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Delta provided a solid flight experience on this small narrow body jet and AeroMexico provided a terrible lounge experience on the ground in MEX. Pros-Good legroom and seat width for economy, large overhead bins, good in-flight snacks, USB power plug at each seat, updated bathrooms. Cons-Poor Service, Poor Lounge Experience.
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Aeromexico Salon Premiere
Since we had no bags to check we headed straight to the
AeroMexico lounge after clearing security. It was difficult to find the AeroMexico lounge since the only signs we saw after security were for the American Express lounge. After searching for a few minutes we looked up and saw the entrance sign for the lounge on the second floor. All of the lounges in Terminal 2 are on the second level above the departure gates. Once we found the lounge we also ran into another issue, we could not find an elevator to the second level. I found it to be ridiculous that there was not an easy to find elevator since many passengers are carrying luggage. We ended up having to climb what seemed like a long flight of stairs to the second floor with our luggage in tow. AeroMexico really needs to improve the ease of finding and accessing this lounge.
The Salon Premier lounge is the lounge for customers flying in AeroMexico's business class called Clase Premier. Christina and I had access to the lounge via my Priority Pass membership. Once we found the lounge we were given a very cold greeting by the check-in agent. He did not say hi or welcome when he saw us. I handed him my electronic Priority Pass card and he asked for my boarding pass which I let him know was also on my phone. After a few minutes he let us into the lounge. AeroMexico's staff really were not friendly at all which was a significant contrast with our amazing experience at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma and throughout our stay in Mexico City. Entering the lounge on the left in a very dimly lit area were newspapers and a wall with clocks showing times from cities around the world. The lounge was very loud with lots of boarding calls, loud conversations, and a soccer match playing on TV. The lounge had two bars one when you entered and one to the right of the entrance at the far end of the lounge. We walked through the lounge looking for seating and ended up in a much quieter area. This area near the Desertika Spa had red chairs in the center with lamps next to each chair and several semi-private areas to the side with eight black chairs each. While we were sitting here I was surprised that the spa was fairly busy with consistent traffic throughout our time in the lounge.
At the rear of the lounge near the second bar was an area with a wide selection of alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic drinks and some snacks. The drink selection included a number of Mexican beers such as Bohemia, soft drinks, bottles of juice, and large containers of water.
The food selection at this lounge was pathetic. They had celery, mini-carrots, tortilla chips, and cold ham sandwiches. During our time at the lounge they also brought out some warm mini-hot dogs which were terrible. On the positive side we saw one person ask the staff to bring a drink order to his seat and the staff member did so. However, staff members were difficult to find and in our room took about 20 minutes for a staff member to clear plates. Finally, the lounge made boarding announcements which were loud and nearly incomprehensible because of a muffled microphone.
Overall, this was a poor lounge experience. Even if you have complimentary access through Priority Pass I would recommend grabbing some drinks at this lounge and leaving. I was surprised that this is the ground experience that AeroMexico provides to its business class passengers.
We exited the lounge and headed towards our gate 53 for our flight to Atlanta. Terminal 2 is the newer terminal at MEX and is the home of all Delta and AeroMexico flights along with flights on AeroMar and Copa. I was impressed by the modern look of the terminal which was well lite with light emanating from what looked like polka dots throughout the ceiling. As we walked to our gate the terminal was really warm something I did not like. Boarding started eight minutes late. Check-in agents held up signs to start boarding for the business class cabin something that I had never seen before. Because of our discounted economy tickets we once again boarded in Zone 3.
Plane and Seats
This was my third Delta plane type on this trip and it was surprisingly solid for a A319. Generally, the A319 plane is used for short haul flights so the approximately 3 hour journey from MEX-ATL was on the outer limits of a comfortable A319 journey. However, I found this A319 to be a lot more comfortable than American Airline's version of the plane. We were seated in row 13 and despite boarding the plane in Zone 3 there was still space in the overhead bins since this plane featured the new larger overhead bins. The seats are about an inch wider than most of American Airlines A319 seats and the plane felt like it had more legroom and better pitch (space between middle of two seats).
The plane also had shared AC power plugs beneath the set of seats in front of us. Because we were seated in row 13 one row behind Comfort+ (Delta's extra legroom seats) the Comfort+ seats in front of us had a convenient extra pocket which was nice for storing a phone. One additional feature that I appreciated on this plane was the updated bathrooms. There were two bathrooms at the rear of the plane which featured touch-less faucets a nice feature which I wish American Airlines would install on more of their planes.
Our flight ended up departing six minutes early but we taxied for about 40 minutes. I am not sure what caused this delay or if it is a typical experience at MEX but it was quite frustrating. Despite the extending taxi on the runway we ended up arriving eight minutes early which indicated to me that Delta a long taxi is normal on this route and Delta plans the scheduling accordingly.
The A319 featured touchscreen in-flight entertainment (IFE) at every economy seat. This entertainment screen was very responsive unlike the one on Delta's 737-800. The IFE also featured a lot more options than the 737-800 and had a USB charger below the screen. My one disappointment was that the Live by Dish did not work on this flight. I wondered if this had to do with the fact that we were outside of the U.S. but even as we approached ATL it still did not work.
Just like my flight from ATL-MEX this flight featured a meal service something which is not typically offered on Delta's flights to/and from Mexico. As I mentioned in my ATL-MEX review I suspect this has to do with Delta's partnership with AeroMexico which has its hub at MEX. The flight attendants came around with a choice of Biscoff cookies and a snack mix to start. I chose the snack mix and Christina chose the Biscoff cookies. This time for a meal we were offered a choice between a turkey sandwich and a fruit and cheese plate. Since I chose a sandwich on the last flight I chose the fruit and cheese plate this time and Christina chose the sandwich. Both came with a Minion sweet roll as desert and my cheese plate had three slices of cheese and some grapes. Overall, the fruit and cheese plate was a solid snack but certainly not a meal as it was advertised. Christina found her sandwich to be more substantial but average in taste. I appreciate that Delta serves a "meal" on this flight at all but I would not come into this flight hungry.
On my four flights with Delta this trip I saw both the highs and low of Delta's service and I would consider this flight a low. While I thought the flight attendant working first class was friendly and even came back to help clean up near the end of the flight. I thought the flight attendants working economy were not friendly. One flight attendant in particular was impatient with passengers. One passenger asked her what the meal options were and she grew frustrated at him and said give me a minute to regroup before she gave him the two options. Then later on as she served another passenger she said thank you for actually knowing the options and not asking me. I just found this to be a rude attitude to have with passengers just asking her a question.
Overall, this was a solid flight on this Delta narrow body jet and a terrible experience at the AeroMexico lounge. After this flight I appreciated the additional overhead bin space, legroom, seat width, updated bathrooms, and inflight snack despite the poor service. I would recommend flying Delta's A319 on this route but spending as little time as possible in the AeroMexico lounge.
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