Lie flat row of economy class seats
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I Scored an Economy Class Lie-Flat Seat!

s 1992 calling me? I ask because I just unexpectedly scored something which I had not experienced in years: the passenger load on my flight from New York to Amsterdam was so light that many of the passengers had the option to move to empty rows of seats in the middle of the Airbus A330 aircraft, which are four across…

…and that is what I did after the airplane departed: I snagged one of those rows and — aside from the meal services — slept for several hours through most of the entire flight in my ersatz economy class lie-flat seat. This was important because I basically did not get any sleep the night before at Washington Dulles International Airport.

The photograph displayed at the top of this article shows my “bed” for the night — complete with plenty of pillows and blankets…

…which means that I actually abandoned my window seat — something I very rarely do.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.
I actually abandoned my window seat — even though no one sat next to me — so that I can spread across four seats in the middle of the aircraft to use as my “bed” for the night. Aside from when the aircraft took off from the runway, the window seat was virtually useless anyway because most of the flight from New York to Amsterdam was during the night. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Passengers did not fill up the aircraft much more than what you see in the photograph shown below.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

There was a couple with a young child — slightly older than a typical baby; but not quite a toddler just yet. I do not know its gender; but it would not stop whining and “fake” crying, which started long before the airplane left the gate — so I know it was not an ear pressure equalization issue.

The mother would say things such as “Use your talking voice” and “why are you whining?” — but did little else to quell the irritating whining, which was accompanied by sighing. Fortunately, it stopped — I do not know how and I do not care, as long as it stopped — just as I settled in to go to sleep and did not start again until just prior to landing at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

I had a choice of meals: the beef stroganoff; vegetarian pasta; or the shrimp salad. I chose the shrimp salad. The shrimp were quite tasty…

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

…but other than the lettuce and asparagus, the salad part was not all that good: radishes, strong red onions, zucchini, yellow and red peppers were dominant in the salad. I chose not to eat that part.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I was awakened to the snack box for breakfast approximately an hour before landing.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I do not get all of the hype with “Greek” yogurt. I ate it. It was fine — nothing great. Perhaps George from TravelBloggerBuzz can assist here.

By the way, one of the flight attendants asked where was my final destination. As with the agent in the Delta Sky Club in New York, she had no idea where Muscat or Oman is located.

Anyway — aside from the whiny baby — the flight was great: plenty of room to stretch out and sleep; never a line to use the lavatory; quick service even though the flight attendants were not quite as friendly as usual for Delta Air Lines; and a smooth flight aside from one small bout of turbulence shortly after take-off.

Now on to Muscat…

All photographs ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

    1. Oman is a country that actually has an entire gulf named after it, DeltaPoints.

      Surely that is worth something

      …and thank you!

  1. Had the same lie-flat seat on Economy Comfort on my flight from MXP to JFK 2 days ago. The plane was very empty and I walked around the cabin and there were many rows with 3 seats totally empty. Food for lunch was very bad (BTW I would never ever eat shrimp on coach class on a plane 🙂 ). Interesting that Delta offered 3 meals during flight. There was a regular lunch right after take off from MXP, then a Mediterranean snack at mid flight (olives, crackers and humus and a chocolate) and then a calzone pizza with ice cream 1 hour before landing. They also offered bottled water for all coach passengers which I thought was only offered to business class passengers. As for Greek yogurts, they are really tasty. Problem is that you got the cheapest one from Yoplait. 🙁

    1. The bottled water and hot towels for all passengers are certainly a nice touch, Santastico.

      The shrimp I had were really tasty — and no stomach issues or other aftermath, thankfully…

  2. I love these economy lie flat beds. Glad you had some good sleep and enjoyed the flight last time I had such a luck was also on a flight to Muscat. One of my favourite cities. Enjoy.

    1. I thought about you while I was in Muscat, Elena-MuslimTravelGirl. I did enjoy being in Oman and will post trip reports of my experiences.

      Thank you.

  3. Hi cousin, very nice article. I can’t say my two legs on BA To Bangalore were quite as deserted as yours was, nor the food quite as good, but I was able to have my aisle seat with no seat partner on both legs. Actually, it seemed that almost everyone had one seat empty beside them, the way it would be if all the middle seat were empty. 777. After over 2 weeks of rough city life and travel in India, I’m finally relaxing these next 4 days prior to returning. Currently at a classy small BRITISH COLONIAL style place Called THE BUNGALA after doing an airbnb last night 2 hours north in Trichy (the full name of the city is to long, so the road signs shorten it to Trichy). Two days from now travel to Madurai for touring the grand Sri Menakshi temple there and spend the night. Then a very long day back to Bangalore to relax 36 hrs before getting on the return flight. Hope you and the family are well.
    -Anonymous ( don’t need others to know I’m not at home, safety)

  4. DL 162 MSP-AMS was incredibly empty on Tues Feb 10 as well. There were approx 90 coach passengers across 259 seats.
    I didn’t move fast enough for ‘lie-flat’ but had the entire row 27 to myself. Sat in 27H for takeoff, dinner and landing, and managed a pretty good sleep angling myself in 27 DF for the overnight.
    They also still had shrimp salad at row 27, and it was the best Y meal across the Atlantic in 8 recent flights.
    Now, the return 6 days later had the awful, awful pasta in orange ‘tomato sauce’ entree. From best to worst Y meal in one R/T. Still not full Y, maybe 75% load factor – on a President’s Day Monday.
    DL has acknowledged weakness in Atlantic pax loads. I’d say so.

    1. Tomato sauce should be red. In my experience, when it is orange in color, it is usually not as rich in flavor or as thick.

      I am sorry to read that you did not score the “lie-flat”, RaflW — but at least you had something

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