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User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19236 posts, RR: 52
Posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4457 times:

Hi folks,

I’ll be flying BWI-ATL-BWI just before Christmas with DL. It has been 10 or 11 years since I was last in ATL and since I last flew DL! I have three questions:

1) When booking an hour ago, DL didn’t permit me to select my seats. I have gone to ‘my trip’ but still no success. When can I do this in advance?

2) Is it fine for me to stay airside the entire time? Or do I need to proceed landside and then back?

3) I will be wandering around ATL’s concourses, but are there any specific gates or cafes (I believe I once read that Starbucks has a good location for viewing, but I could be wrong; if I'm not, which one?) that offer a good view? I do not take photos or registrations but simply watch.

Thanks for your help!

James.

[Edited 2010-12-11 08:17:34]


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User currently offlinen126dl From United States of America, joined May 2010, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4441 times:
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The E concourse will give you good views of ramp activity around the larger aircraft (usually from KE, KL, AF etc..A332, 777, 744) and I believe C has windows on each end giving you some spotting of arrivals and departures.


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User currently offlineJKJ777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4425 times:

you will not need to leave the secure area for any reason unless you were checking a bag (which does not sound like it). Print your boarding pass in advance regardless of your seat assignment.
sometimes when the flight is oversold, you will not be able to choose seats and will get a boarding card with no seat assignment. keep checking your iteneraries and you may stumble on to an open seat. when you check in online, other seats may open as well. remember a lot of seats are held until the last 24 hours for us medallions.


User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1032 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4420 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
3)

Starbucks is everywhere at ATL. In terminal T alone there are two of them, and if I recall correctly, the one on the north end of the concourse (where AA, CO and UA have their gates) offers a small view of the apron. Perhaps there are even more with this feature. However, my recommendation is to buy your coffee and then head out to the north/south end of concourse D, which are both adjacent to busy taxiways. Also, I have found the escalator area in the center of concourse T to be a very good vantage point. There is no seating available, though. In general, terminal E (and partly D as well) are frequented by the most diversified traffic of the airport. You can basically settle down at any gate and enjoy the view of the tarmac. Naturally, it doesn't lack a Starbucks as well.  

Some pictures:



South end of concourse D



Taken from the escalator area in terminal E

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):

I’ll be flying BWI-ATL-BWI just before Christmas with DL.

Enjoy your flight!

[Edited 2010-12-11 09:54:57]


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4374 times:

Quoting n126dl (Reply 1):
The E concourse will give you good views of ramp activity around the larger aircraft (usually from KE, KL, AF etc..A332, 777, 744)

Southern end of E concourse gives views onto the departure queue for 27R and arrivals on 27L; arrivals on 28 will be distant.
E concourse also has the best food court to my experience, though it can be busy.
-HT.



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User currently offlinen126dl From United States of America, joined May 2010, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4364 times:
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Quoting HT (Reply 4):
E concourse also has the best food court

Awesome "health food" place in the food court and there are power outlets over by the windows at each seat.



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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4362 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
1) When booking an hour ago, DL didn’t permit me to select my seats. I have gone to ‘my trip’ but still no success. When can I do this in advance?

I'd check your booking and see if they've assigned you any seats and if the "change seats" option is available, you can select new seats for your flights. Did you book via Delta.com or another site? I know when I booked a ticket on Delta via a site other than Delta.com, they didn't allow me to select my seats at the time of booking, but I could change those seats later.

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):

3) I will be wandering around ATL’s concourses, but are there any specific gates or cafes (I believe I once read that Starbucks has a good location for viewing, but I could be wrong; if I'm not, which one?) that offer a good view? I do not take photos or registrations but simply watch.

There's a Starbucks on E inside of Simply Books (right before the escalators down to the transportation level) that has some decent views of the ramp on E.


User currently offlineIBOAviator From Canada, joined Sep 2010, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4328 times:

Have fun in ATL. I always love travelling in-n-out of ATL because there is so much to do on Air Side. You have 5 concourses to go an explore and watch planes from. So many good locations, so many little areas to sit and watch from.

Concourse D- south end- offers a nice view of the south (27-09) runways.

Concourse E offers you plenty of opportunities to watch all the Int'l traffic arriving and departing as well.

For all you ATL lovers out there - Rock On!!!!!



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User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19236 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4312 times:

Thanks very much everyone! Appreciated.

Quoting srbmod (Reply 6):
Did you book via Delta.com or another site?

Delta.com. I selected my seat for my return sector without issue within the booking process, but I still can't do it for my outbound despite trying again. Strange!  Silly

[Edited 2010-12-12 00:48:56]


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User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19236 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4278 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 4):
Southern end of E concourse gives views onto the departure queue for 27R and arrivals on 27L

Is 27R usually used for departures and 27L for arrivals?

What about 28 and the northern runways - any regular pattern of use for departures and arrivals?

Cheers!



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1032 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4276 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 4):
E concourse also has the best food court to my experience, though it can be busy.

The food court that primarily serves McDonald's and similar junk food places has some seats at the windows that allow a view of the northeastern ramp and runways 08/26.

Quoting IBOAviator (Reply 7):
You have 5 concourses to go an explore and watch planes from.

My thoughts exactly! Atlanta is a great airport for many reasons. After coming in on a longhaul flight, it is a great workout to walk around the concourses after having had to sit for hours.

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 9):
Is 27R usually used for departures and 27L for arrivals?

Correct.

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 9):
What about 28 and the northern runways - any regular pattern of use for departures and arrivals?

Runway 28 is mainly used for landings, the northern runways (08/26) use the same logic as the southern ones (09/27): Inner runway used for take-offs, outer one for landings. Exceptions confirm the rule, though.

[Edited 2010-12-12 09:28:14]


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User currently offlinealitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4753 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4234 times:

Time permitting grab a bite at "One Flew South."

If not, 2nd best option in the airport is Chic-Fil-A @ A9.

Happy ATL'ing.



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User currently offlineIBOAviator From Canada, joined Sep 2010, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4231 times:

Quoting alitalia744 (Reply 11):
Time permitting grab a bite at "One Flew South."

If not, 2nd best option in the airport is Chic-Fil-A @ A9.

I'll have to check these out! I'm there next week for a few hours  



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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3788 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4018 times:

There's a nice lounge in the T-Gates between T2 and T3...it faces to the west & allows views of the ends of 9L & 9R.


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User currently offlineflyerboy1990 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3951 times:

I love traveling through Atlanta! Make sure to walk each concourse. Also, please do eat Chick-fil-A while you are there. I stayed in Atlanta for the first time early this year and was addicted instantly. Unfortunately, it's not so common here in Ohio.

I understand your concern for not getting a seat assignment and it's irritating to not know where you are sitting. Keep checking online up until just a few hours before the flight.

And due to the configuration of the whole airport, just about any gate area is a good spot to watch!



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