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Topic: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: 767747
Posted 2010-11-12 14:49:10 and read 10432 times.

Greetings Everyone!

Having just taken a trip to Chicago around the middle of October, my next trip to NY the last weekend of the month came up very quickly.

Having had a very busy week the week leading up to my trip, I rushed to finish packing on Thursday night. Luckily as I was only going for 2 days to visit my parents, and since I was not bringing much, I was soon ready to go.

A car picked me up at about 5:15am, and dropped me at Terminal 1 at MSP within about 15 minutes .. It’s so nice to live close! Having already checked in on-line, I proceeded through security very quickly, grabbed some breakfast, and headed down the C concourse for my early flight to JFK.

This morning, I was going to be traveling on a CRJ-900, my first experience on this type of jet. I noticed at the gate that the flight was about ½ full .. and I was lucky enough to receive the exit row aisle, 13C. There was no-one next to me, so I ended up having the row to myself, which was very nice.

About 6:45am, boarding began, and so we all lined up for boarding. First Class was checked in full, and after they boarded, I was able to head down the jet way. Both flight attendants welcomed us on board, and they were very welcoming and friendly. What impressed me was how spacious the cabin felt! I’ve flown the CRJ-200 many times, and the CRJ-900 is much more comfortable.. First Class looked really nice, and I hope I get a chance to try it on this type of jet soon.

The airplane was freezing!! It was one of the coldest days yet this fall, and what was amazing was how much frost there was on the windows. All the passengers tried to keep warm while the door was open, and luckily after about 15 minutes we were all ready to go. At one point once the boarding door was closed, I noticed #5A had become open, so I thought I could head forward and sit there, as it was further up front. One of the 2 flight attendants, then said .. “No, please go back to your seat .. we’re keeping that open for weight and balance.” So, I went back to the exit row, and got comfortable.


We were de-iced shortly after pushback, and we waited for takeoff for quite a while. There were a few other CRJ’s getting de-iced next to us, and it was cool to watch the process of how the planes are cleaned of all the ice/frost. Pretty complicated job I think! Maybe Mike Rowe should try to do this in an episode of Dirty Jobs  After a long takeoff run, we were airborne over South Minneapolis, and we headed north before turning to the East. Nice to view St. Paul and Minneapolis from the air, and I was lucky enough to just make out our apartment from the air!


Minneapolis, MN

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Morning view of St. Paul

The curtain between First and Coach was soon closed, and for the first 40 minutes, the flight attendants were busy with their breakfast service, before coming back to us to serve drinks. Biscoff cookies and pretzels were also on hand, and I received a few bags of each.

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The rest of the flight was really un-eventful, and I was able to even get some sleep! It was a nice, calm, easy flight ..
Landing at JFK was from the south, after we broke out of the clouds over the Atlantic and Jones Beach, only to turn around and head north to the airport.

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Almost there!

After landing, I spotted an ANA 777-300, and a China Airlines 747-400 taxiing as we headed over to Terminal 2, and our parking stand. Soon, we were disembarking down stairs onto the tarmac, and I grabbed my carry-on, before heading into the terminal. With no stopping at the baggage claim, I was soon outside.

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

After a nice weekend visiting family, I arrived at LGA for my 11:35am flight back to MSP at 10:00am. Thankfully I had checked in on-line, as the line for security was unbelievably long! Every time I pass through LGA, the line for security is always really long. I think it’s due to the fact that so many flights leave around the mid-morning.

I did a little bit of spotting in the terminal, and then went over to Gate 8 to see if there were any seats a bit further forward. The agent was able to get me the bulkhead window, # 4F and with the “Sky Priority” on my boarding pass, I was able to board at the first call.

The flight was 100% which is pretty standard for LGA-MSP flights that I’ve taken .. lots of people making connections in MSP, I presume. I settled in, and enjoyed my book while boarding wrapped up.

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View forward from # 4F

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I believe this A319 was going to Tampa

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Spirit waiting in line for takeoff ..

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US Airways A321

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A few minutes after takeoff, as we began the turn to the NW.

The flight to MSP was just about 2 hours, and everything went smoothly. Beverages were served about 30 minutes into the flight, and I was also able to get some more sleep, as I was pretty tired after the busy weekend.

We broke out of the clouds over Hudson, WI and began the final approach .. We had an incredibly smooth touchdown, and within a few minutes we were docking at the small, D concourse.

All in all, 2 good, easy, comfortable, flights with Delta. Now, I’m looking forward to our next trip with Delta at Christmas!

Thanks for reading. Comments and suggestions are always welcomed!

Matthew (767747)

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: BA319-131
Posted 2010-11-12 20:33:51 and read 9604 times.

Nice little TR, thanks for sharing.

Out of interest, did you get the registration of the planes you flew?

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
What impressed me was how spacious the cabin felt! I’ve flown the CRJ-200 many times, and the CRJ-900 is much more comfortable.. First Class looked really nice, and I hope I get a chance to try it on this type of jet soon.

- Indeed, the -900 is pretty nice in Deltas configuration, flew one N937XJ on the JFK-MSP route back in September.

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
I arrived at LGA for my 11:35am flight back to MSP at 10:00am

- I hope not, you would have missed that flight!

Rgds

Mark

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: MSS658
Posted 2010-11-13 00:26:43 and read 9297 times.

Nice report, I have been on a CR9 from DL as well back in 2008. I was surprised as well by the difference between the CR9 and CR2. Can't wait for my next CR9 flight in a month.

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: akhmad
Posted 2010-11-13 04:39:07 and read 9069 times.

Hi Matthew,

Lovely mini report of yours. Great pictures you have got here. Especially the sunbathing Minneapolis and Spirit A319. Beautiful!

I have never been on CR9. I must say, I like the overhead bin design.

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: noelg
Posted 2010-11-13 06:35:35 and read 8949 times.

Great report, thanks for sharing   Always nice to read a TR from a domestic US as there aren't that many post them on here.

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: airbuseric
Posted 2010-11-13 09:23:15 and read 8693 times.

Hi Matthew!

Good to read from you again. Indeed, I fully agree on your comments on the CR9. Very comfortable, I like those and flew a lot of LH. btw, the CR7 offers similar comfort. Row 5 would've been a bit more quiet though.

Regards
Eric

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: 767747
Posted 2010-11-14 15:30:58 and read 7649 times.

Thank you everyone, for your comments!  
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 1):
Out of interest, did you get the registration of the planes you flew?

Hey Mark! No, I wasn't able to grab them .. The CRJ-900 was at a gate at MSP where it was really hard to grab the registration #, and then in LGA, I simply forgot to write it down. Thanks for the question; I'll definitely remember this for my trip in December.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 1):
- Indeed, the -900 is pretty nice in Deltas configuration, flew one N937XJ on the JFK-MSP route back in September.

Yeah, its really nice. That's interesting that you flew on one to MSP from JFK as well! They seem to be a popular jet for that flight ..

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Lovely mini report of yours. Great pictures you have got here. Especially the sunbathing Minneapolis and Spirit A319. Beautiful!

Thank you, Suryo, for your kind comments! Glad you liked the photos!  
Quoting noelg (Reply 4):
Great report, thanks for sharing Always nice to read a TR from a domestic US as there aren't that many post them on here.

Thanks, noelg! Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Good to read from you again. Indeed, I fully agree on your comments on the CR9. Very comfortable, I like those and flew a lot of LH. btw, the CR7 offers similar comfort. Row 5 would've been a bit more quiet though.

Thanks, Eric! Nice to hear from you as well.   Yeah, I remember flying on an AA CR7 a few years back and it was pretty spacious if I recall.

Best!

Matthew

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: Luftfahrer
Posted 2010-11-15 05:16:35 and read 7374 times.

Very nice trip report Matt!

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
This morning, I was going to be traveling on a CRJ-900, my first experience on this type of jet.
Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
I’ve flown the CRJ-200 many times, and the CRJ-900 is much more comfortable

That sounds pretty good, I have yet to fly on the CRJ-900, maybe next year! The cabin looks very inviting... unlike some in the CRJ-200 fleet.

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
View forward from # 4F

For a moment I thought you were in FC on that flight (this was an A319, right?), because Seatguru doesn't show seat 4F (only 4D or 5F). I recall having heard DL wanted to reduce the amount of FC seats, so the information is probably outdated by now, though.

Anyway, thanks for sharing!

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: KaiGywer
Posted 2010-11-15 07:57:33 and read 7250 times.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 7):
For a moment I thought you were in FC on that flight (this was an A319, right?), because Seatguru doesn't show seat 4F (only 4D or 5F). I recall having heard DL wanted to reduce the amount of FC seats, so the information is probably outdated by now, though.

Correct. The new configuration has row 4 A-F as the first row of coach

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2010-11-15 10:22:12 and read 7086 times.

Hi Matthew,

nice report with some good pictures. I guess your CRJ flight was operated by Pinnacle?

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
What impressed me was how spacious the cabin felt! I’ve flown the CRJ-200 many times, and the CRJ-900 is much more comfortable..

Yes, it's so different from the CR2.


PH

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: Palmjet
Posted 2010-11-15 12:21:04 and read 6977 times.

Hi there - Likewise, similar to the other posts, I really enjoyed this short trip - some very nice pics as well. I also love the CRJ900, having flown one in NW Airlink colours from MDW - DTW in Jan 2009. Very spacious and huge windows - great for pics ! Thank you for posting this. Hope you are intending to post a report of your travels at Christmas? Cheers P/jet

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: 767747
Posted 2010-11-15 16:00:58 and read 6829 times.

Thank you all for your comments!  
Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 7):
For a moment I thought you were in FC on that flight (this was an A319, right?), because Seatguru doesn't show seat 4F (only 4D or 5F). I recall having heard DL wanted to reduce the amount of FC seats, so the information is probably outdated by now, though.

Anyway, thanks for sharing!
Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 8):
Correct. The new configuration has row 4 A-F as the first row of coach

Hey Luftfahrer and KaiGywer, thank you for your comments! I thought the same thing for a moment when I got # 4F, because I had been on a NW A319 it would have been FC, and with "Sky Priority" listed on the boarding pass and "Zone 1" I felt like I had been upgraded for a split second, before I remembered that Delta had reduced their F cabin on the A319 .. bummer!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
nice report with some good pictures. I guess your CRJ flight was operated by Pinnacle?

Thanks, PlaneHunter! It was actually operated by Comair. I spoke to the flight attendant at one point, and she said that she worked for them, and was based in CVG.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 10):
Hi there - Likewise, similar to the other posts, I really enjoyed this short trip - some very nice pics as well. I also love the CRJ900, having flown one in NW Airlink colours from MDW - DTW in Jan 2009. Very spacious and huge windows - great for pics ! Thank you for posting this. Hope you are intending to post a report of your travels at Christmas? Cheers P/jet

Thanks, Palmjet! Glad you liked the report! I know .. those windows sure beat the CRJ-200, where I have to lean down to look out!   Yes, I'm looking forward to posting my report about my Christmas travels .. for sure! I'll be flying MSP-RDU, and then AVL-ATL-MSP.

Best!

Matthew

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: ps76
Posted 2010-11-16 14:52:18 and read 6436 times.

Hello(!),

Just to say many thanks for the trip report and pictures. Delta look like a pretty cool airline still and the route from Minneapolis to New York was an interesting one. Nothing wrong with a bit of cold and snow when you come from a constantly rainy UK! Have also been on a Crj while in the US and it was cool.

Many thanks

P.

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: 767747
Posted 2010-11-17 19:13:02 and read 5997 times.

Thanks, ps76!

Quoting ps76 (Reply 12):
Hello(!),

Just to say many thanks for the trip report and pictures. Delta look like a pretty cool airline still and the route from Minneapolis to New York was an interesting one. Nothing wrong with a bit of cold and snow when you come from a constantly rainy UK! Have also been on a Crj while in the US and it was cool.

Many thanks

P.

Glad you liked it! Yes, I bet you're not used to seeing too much snow/cold weather in the UK .. except last year, you seemed to get quite a bit, it looked like! (My uncle lives in the UK ..  

Best,

Matthew

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: QFKangaroo747
Posted 2010-11-17 20:55:05 and read 5955 times.

Good job on this trip report, I enjoyed it.

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: 767747
Posted 2010-11-18 19:01:49 and read 5620 times.

Quoting QFKangaroo747 (Reply 14):
Good job on this trip report, I enjoyed it.

Thanks, QFKangaroo747! Glad you enjoyed it!

Matthew

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: BZNPilot
Posted 2010-11-19 14:18:15 and read 5193 times.

Hi Matthew,

Very nice report, thanks for sharing your experiences.

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
This morning, I was going to be traveling on a CRJ-900, my first experience on this type of jet.

Isn't it a great aircraft!? I've only been on one so far, but really enjoyed it.

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
What impressed me was how spacious the cabin felt! I’ve flown the CRJ-200 many times, and the CRJ-900 is much more comfortable..

Absolutely...totally different feeling than the old CRJs. Like a whole different type of aircraft, really.

Great morning shots of the Twin Cities, too...beautiful dawn light.

Best regards,
BZNPilot

Topic: RE: 48 Hours In NY With Delta! :)
Username: 767747
Posted 2010-11-21 07:41:14 and read 4686 times.

Hey, BZNPilot!

Thanks for your nice comments!  
Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 16):
Isn't it a great aircraft!? I've only been on one so far, but really enjoyed it.

Yeah, it is a really nice aircraft. I'm actually getting excited, as we're going to be flying on one again at Christmas Eve down to Raleigh/Durham, NC from MSP.

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 16):
Great morning shots of the Twin Cities, too...beautiful dawn light.

Thanks! Yeah, it was a bit hard to grab this photo .. but luckily I had my camera ready at the right time!

Best,

Matthew


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