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I usually do not do flight reviews because I typically fly standby, and I am just happy to get a seat! But, my flight to Brussels on Boeing 767 was something special. Not only were we flying to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Brussels, but we sat in seats 3B & 3C in Delta One aka first class baby!!
Flying First Class for the First Time
Flying first class for the first time is intimidating!
The first time I ever flew first class was on an early morning flight from New Orleans to Los Angeles. I was surprised to get the world-class treatment with a substantial breakfast and the option for any cocktail I wanted!
Flying across the Atlantic for the first time in Delta One is even more intimidating. Mom and I were cleared early and we were one of the first ones on the plane. Thank goodness because I was what you would call a hot mess.
When we first got on the plane, I was unsure where to stow our carry on (why do I bring a carry-on? Find out by reading my Top Seven Travel Fails). We were the two middle seats in Delta One, and the two overhead bins were tiny! Luckily a flight attendant came up and told me that I could throw our bags in 3A and 3D. Crisis averted.
One of the perks of flying first class that I was extremely excited about was the Tumi amenity kit.
For those who haven’t flown first class internationally before, an amenity kit is a cute small gift from the airline to make your flight more enjoyable. Everything in the amenity kit is items that you could live without, but the reason that they are in the kit means someone needed that item during a trip.
What is in the kit?
-toothbrush and toothpaste
-Kiehl’s lip balm and lotion
-small leather sticky to monogram the case
While I was on the flight, I used the socks, lotion, lip balm, and tissues. The first day at the hotel, however, I used the earplug during my nap and the toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash when I woke up from my rest.
Overall I got great use out of my amenity kit. The tumi container comes in handy for traveling with earphones, cords, and other small items. In fact, we now have a small collection from our two international Delta One Flights, that I am making my own amenity kit for the next time a fly. A great addition to adding luxury to coach.
Dining in Delta One
When we first arrived at our seats, we were offered champagne and were handed a menu so we could select our main entree. Shortly after takeoff, we were given warm nuts and our first choice of wine. I opted to drink red wine, Vivanco Rioja Crianza a light body from Spain.
I was shocked when the flight attendant gave me a tray with a salad, lobster, and soup! I figured I had to pick one of the three, but instead, I was able to eat all of the three. How could I eat all of this food and the main entree? I know my sister warned me to not overeat in the lounge because they were going to give us a lot of food, but how was I supposed to know I was going to have three appetizers.
Soup, salad, and lobster were on the menu. I was most shocked about eating lobster in the air. I rarely eat lobster, I had it once in Maine and once in the Bahamas, but found that this cold poached lobster was delicious.
My next surprise was eating a steak in the air! I was expecting the steak to be tough or not taste all that great, but it was quite good! It was not technically a flat iron steak, but more like a tender beef that fell apart.
The one thing that I thought was strange was that the steak came with wild rice, black-eyed pea pilaf, scallions, avocado and pickled chili. I didn’t understand why my steak had a glob of advocation on it, but I just ate around it.
By the time dessert came around, I was super tired and stuffed, but I always have room for ice cream! I got the ice cream sundae of chocolate and vanilla swirl, with mulled wine sauce, and graham cracker crumbles.
I also drank the red port wine which put me straight to sleep!
Sleeping in a Lie-down Bed
I usually fall asleep on a plane so it was not unusual that I took a nap while on this flight. After dinner, the crew turns off the main cabin lights, and everyone can take a power nap before breakfast. I noticed some seasoned travelers ask for all their food to come out at the same time so they could get to sleep faster.
One of my favorite features was curling up with my travel blanket, and the Delta provided a pillow and just falling asleep. I did get warm about halfway through my nap and had to open my air vent and take off my sweater.
When I ordered my meal, My flight attendant asked me if I wanted to be worked up for breakfast service. Not to miss anything on my first international flight to Europe, I, of course, said yes!
What was, in reality, a two-hour nap, felt like 20 minutes, I was gently woken up by my flight attendant for breakfast. I ate the Baby leek and gruyere frittata. After having dinner not so long ago, I was quite full when it was time to eat my breakfast. The frittata came with orange juice, coffee, a croissant and a small bowl of fruit.
Flying Delta One
I had an excellent time flying in Delta One both to Brussels and back tithe United States. The flight to Brussels lasted 6.5 hours while the trip to New York was 8 hours.
If you have the opportunity to fly Delta One or any other business class planes, you should take it! Before this trip, the longest I had ever been on a plane was 4 hours long. Even though I can’t compare flying in Delta One compared to flying in the back, I’m sure it’s more comfortable – who wouldn’t love flying in a lie-down bed!
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