Delta's 757-200E BusinessElite Cabin
I recently had the pleasure of flying with Delta's 757-200E BusinessElite product. This was an internationally configured aircraft with sixteen seats in BusinessElite and coach behind the boarding door. Delta also uses this BusinessElite product on flights between JFK-SFO and JFK-LAX.
BusinessElite seats on this aircraft are recliner seats. They don't turn into lie-flat beds like the BusinessElite seats on Delta's 747, 767 and 777 aircraft. (However, that is in the process of changing. Delta is introducing lie-flat beds on some 757's later this year) This was my first time in these recliner seats. I've flown on both the 767 and 777 in BusinessElite.
My first impression was that this cabin is spacious. Delta has put 16 seats in a cabin that normally accommodates 24 or 26 standard domestic first class seats. The legroom is incredible. The recliner seats are 21" wide and have a pitch around 55". You can see in one of the photos above there is ample legroom.
I also found the seats to be quite comfortable. They are soft, spacious and the leg and foot rest are well positioned. If I couldn't book a lie-flat bed I would't be too upset if I had this seat instead. The one big downside, these seats don't provide the privacy you get with the lie-flat beds on some of the other aircraft. (The 777 in particular)
My flight was from JFK to San Juan, Puerto Rico. We did not receive the standard BusinessElite pillows and duvet. Instead we had standard domestic first class pillows and blankets. However, we did receive the Tumi amenity kits Delta provides in BusinessElite on long haul flights. This was a breakfast flight and the food was standard first class cuisine. I had the cold cereal. The other option was an omelet. The flight attendants did provide sparkling wine and mimosas.
The BusinessElite seats on this plane recline into a sleeping position that isn't flat, but it's still pretty good. Think of a comfortable recliner in your living room. Your individual tv is stowed in the arm rest and is the same size as the in-seat TV's on some of Delta's domestic fleet. Seat controls are in the arm rest and easy to navigate. There's also a goose neck LED light over your shoulder. There is also a standard power outlet at each seat.
While the seats are somewhat dated, I found this configuration to be comfortable and I would definitely book it again.