Review: Delta Economy A350 Beijing to Detroit

Airline: Delta

Service: Economy

Aircraft: Airbus A350-900

Departure: Beijing, China (PEK) 4:50 PM

Arrival: Detroit, Michigan (DTW) 6:00 PM

Distance: 6,611 miles

Since I just reviewed my Detroit (DTW) to Beijing (PEK) flight a couple of weeks ago, I'm going keep this one pretty concise.  First and foremost, If you've never flown through Beijing before, or China for that matter, I'd suggest getting to the airport EXTRA early. If you think the TSA is bad just wait until you try and get through their security cluster.

The boarding process was also a little different in Beijing. They had way more boarding groups than Delta traditionally has and there were representatives checking/marking our tickets in line for something, but I couldn't tell you what it was.

After we finally made it on board, everything else was pretty similar. This time around Elizabeth and I were seated in 48A & 48C. The economy cabin was probably about 3/4 full on this flight so we managed to score an entire row to ourselves.


Waiting for us at our seats again were pillows, blankets, and slippers.


Each row of economy seats had individual air vents, adjustable headrests, in-flight entertainment screens, tray tables and 110V outlets.


We had a long taxi to the runway and a little bit of a queue for takeoff. We finally got off the ground around 5:30 p.m.


Headphones and eye masks were handed out after take off.


Next they distributed Evian bottled waters and menus for the flight.


I think the menus for Delta's service to Beijing are a little backwards. On the way to Beijing, there were no pre-arrival breakfast options even though it's an overnight flight and you land at 3:00 p.m. On the way back to Detroit they served a pre-arrival breakfast but it's not overnight and you land at 6:00 p.m.? Anyone else think that's a little odd?

Meal service began with hot towelettes, followed closely by a drink cart with pretzels and almonds. I got the "red wine" again and still failed to find out what kind it was...


For my entree I picked the chicken breast with cheese and herb crumb crust, tomato basil sauce, roasted potatoes and green beans.


It was served alongside a salmon appetizer, salad, crackers and a desert.


The chicken breast was the best American entree I had on both flights. After our trays were cleared, I went straight to the lavatory to change and get ready for some much needed sleep.


I threw on my eye mask and passed out until Elizabeth woke me up for the mid-flight snack. This time they served fried chicken sandwiches with magnum ice cream bars. The chicken sandwiches were okay, but the pizzas on our flight to Beijing were definitely the best mid-flight snack.


I must've worn myself out exploring Beijing because I fell right back asleep. I woke up again over Canada with one hour left in our flight. Like I mentioned above, the pre-arrival meal had a breakfast option even though we landed around 6:00 p.m. I chose the cheese omelette with pork sausage, roasted potatoes, and creamed spinach.


It was served with fresh fruit, croissant, and a yogurt.


The omelette and spinach weren't the best I've had, but it's always nice when you get fresh fruit and a croissant. After the last meal was cleared, we began our final descent into Detroit and landed at DTW right around 5:50 p.m.


I know I just reviewed the DTW-PEK flight, but it's always nice to see how the return flight stacks up. Obviously the hard product was identical, but I thought the catering choices on this flight weren't quite as good. Either way, Delta economy still isn't a bad way to make it to Beijing if you can find the right price.

Did you read both of my reviews? What're your thoughts on Delta economy?