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Topic: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: dc9northwest
Posted 2012-06-20 05:55:33 and read 13847 times.

Time for another trip report. This time we'll go back in time for a short report. I wanted to first get the transatlantic journey out of the way, but now back to the journey back from the Bahamas, started here:
Bahamasair's 737-200, UP205, 21MAY12 (by dc9northwest May 24 2012 in Trip Reports)

The itinerary of these particular segments is as follows:
DL1589, FLL-ATL, 753 (N595NW)
DL1512, ATL-ORD, M90 (N907DA)

As I was hunting for an appropriate itinerary to get me back from Florida after my Bahamasair 737-200 experience, I saw a lot of 757s, which is a good thing for me, as they're my favorite of all aircraft with a 3-3 seating configuration. However, looking more closely, I saw that 2 or 3 flights each day from FLL are operated with the 757-300, an aircraft type operated by very few airlines around the globe. Sold! For 117$ I was able to purchase a ticket from FLL to Chicago, which seems like a decent deal on a one-way ticket.

I'd gotten to Fort Lauderdale about 2 and a half hours late, which meant there was little time to explore FLL at night, after getting to by motel by the seaside. I found the room key in the motel's mailbox since I arrived way after the motel's office closed. Just a couple of blocks from the seaside—hey that's not bad at all, and I know where I would go in the morning to try and catch the sunrise!

Anyway, I woke up at half-past five and wandered out on the streets and went to the seaside... Well, no luck there, as there were thunderstorms over the sea, so the sunrise is a no go. I walked around for an hour or so by the beach. Well, it wasn't anything special, and the beach looked much less interesting than Junkanoo Beach in Nassau!

Anyway, I'm attaching a few pictures of FLL to get everything started:














At 8 am, the driver arrived to pick me up in front of my hotel. Apparently he wasn't very pleased I didn't pick up my phone. Well, how should I have known, it wasn't a FLL number, and in Chicago no one calls ahead of time, for the same service. Plus, being that the tip is included, he has no reason not to get upset, eh?

Anyway, the drive to FLL was very quick and soon I was in Terminal 2 of this airport. I quickly printed my boarding passes from the check-in kiosk and proceeded towards security. Still, the design of FLL threw me off. I had no idea where to go for a few seconds until I figured out that the security was hidden from view by the check-in counters. Strange, strange design if you ask me. Anyway, on my way to security I ran into a middle-aged lady who seemed tired, moving very slowly and muttering something under her breath... Then I heard what she was saying, on repeat: “I'm. Never. Flying. Delta. AGAIN!”. Now, I have no idea what happened, but she seemed broken. I'm not saying Delta is an exceptional airline, but I'm not sure what could cause such a reaction in someone..? I guess she had to spend an overnight in ATL or something. Wonder what she would have done living before air travel took off on this scale..?

Anyway, security was quick as there was no one in line...

The terminal is shaped in a strange manner, a sort of U shape, without any through access at the top, which means there can be bottleneck at the bottom of the U. That said, there are 9 gates, so it's not exactly ATL or ORD.













Well, there was a failure in the Tallahassee weather radar, which meant most if not all flights from FLL were delayed that day... Oh well, too bad... More waiting for me. I had enough time in ATL so my onward flight would not be affected by the roughly 1 hour delay announced (I call this the Bahamasair effect--after you fly on Bahamasair, your next couple of flights will also be delayed). That said, other people didn't look so happy; as the STD came and passed, people started slowly congregating in front of the gate. As the new time of boarding came and passed, 10 minutes later,, this continued. Anyway, soon, it was actually time to board, and half the people were standing aimlessly in front of the gate, almost blocking everyone's access. I held back until SkyPriority boarding was called, and just then entered the battlefield, navigating the traffic jam quite successfully. Soon, I was at the gate and entered the jetway.


Flight DL1589
Aircraft: B757-300
Reg: N595NW
STD-STA: 11:30-13:23
ATD-ATA: 12:08-13:47
Seat: 18F
272nd flight
1st flight on a 757-300

Obligatory legroom shot: not bad, but not that good either (for others, at least--I'm very short).









Air Canada A321:


Old Douglas DC-3:


Bahamasair aircraft:


View of T1 and preparations for the extension of runway 9R/27L:


Anyway, we departed just over 30 minutes late, which is not too bad considering that generally it takes a long time to board a 753... I was seated in the Economy Comfort zone, which gave good legroom and seating towards the front of the cabin—useful when you're connecting.

We headed towards runway 9L and took off without a large delay. Then we overflew the Atlantic for a bit before doing a 180 degree turn and going back over land. On our right there was a huge thunderstorm which we avoided by flying further inland and then doing a 90 degree turn to the north.













Well, there are some missing pictures again (not sure where they went), particularly those of the meal service, but I will described it for you. A plastic glass filled with apple juice, accompanied subtly by a couple of Biscoff cinnamonny cookies. That's it, of course, being a domestic segment. As you can see below, the 753 had drop-down screens providing IFE. What did DL show on this short segment? The Big Bang Theory. I didn't watch it, considering the view outside was much more interesting.





After about 1h20' flying time we started our descent into ATL. In 20 minutes, I would experience my first landing on ATL's new runway they built somewhere on the Georgia-Florida border   Actually, it wasn't that bad, and the taxi in wasn't longer than some I experienced in a place like CDG, for instance. On our way there, I saw this wonderful AF 777-300ER which I'm sure made some of the passengers say “I will. Never. Fly. AirFrance. Again” due to its reputedly uncomfortable configuration  









Soon we were at the gate and ready to disembark... I looked at where to go for my next flight... and guess what, there was another delay. See, the Bahamasair effect—it's a real thing.  

Here are some pics taken at the gate where I was waiting for the MD-90 that would take me to Chicago:






I will add some pictures taken in the new concourse F a few days earlier, on the outbound journey. It reminded me a bit of OTP, at least in some areas.















These seats look remarkably uncomfortable:



Ryanair's new TATL route Leipzig-Atlanta:


Flight DL1512
Aircraft: MD-90
Reg: N907DA
STD-STA: 15:05-16:25
ATD-ATA: 16:38-17:22
Seat: 26A
273rd flight
6th flight on a MD-90

Here is my lovely MD-90 coming in, N907DA:








After boarding:


Infinite legroom seat:


Carry-on deposit:


I don't really have much to say regarding the MD-90 segment, because, well, frankly I fell asleep soon after boarding, waking for a little bit upon take-off and then soon after we were airborne... Waking up only about 15 minutes before landing.

As you can see, the flight got into ORD about an hour late, which isn't that great. The route we took was over Birmingham, AL and St. Louis, MO, before arriving in Chicago out of the west, landing on runway 9R, IIRC. I was still quite asleep at that point.

Thanks for reading, everyone, and I hope you enjoyed the 757-300 voyage. It's a boring, short, domestic segment, but I hope the rare aircraft type makes it worthwhile  




Here are my previous TRs, for reference:
ORD-JFK-FCO-OTP, B6/DL/AZ, June 2012 (by dc9northwest Jun 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
Bahamasair's 737-200, UP205, 21MAY12 (by dc9northwest May 24 2012 in Trip Reports)
March 2012, ORD-CDG, Delta, 763 (by dc9northwest Apr 8 2012 in Trip Reports)
March 2012, FCO-JFK-ORD, Delta, 333/CR7 (by dc9northwest Apr 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
March 2012, OTP-FCO, Alitalia, A319 (by dc9northwest Mar 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
MCI-OTP: Three Upgrades And A380 Flight Deck Visit (by dc9northwest Feb 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
The Baltic States In 6 Easy Flights (by dc9northwest Dec 26 2010 in Trip Reports)
Romanian TR: Bucuresti-Suceava Via Timisoara (by dc9northwest Dec 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Connecting In ATL, Right Before The Snowstorm (by dc9northwest Mar 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
MCI-ATL-AMS-OTP With DL And KL (60+pics And Vids) (by Dc9northwest Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: 817Dreamliiner
Posted 2012-06-20 07:53:21 and read 13430 times.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):

Great report dc9northwest! your pics are pretty good, too bad some are missing as you said, but either way thanks for sharing.

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-06-20 10:53:10 and read 12965 times.

Hi Alex !

Nice report !

Great to try to not so common aircraft types in one day.

Legroom looks great even on the 753 but like you said you are short. I love those exit rows with no seat in front!

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: Air380
Posted 2012-06-20 14:49:11 and read 12594 times.

Nice Report!
What Ryanair flies from Leipzig to Atlanta? Charter? When? How often?
Thanks!

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: dc9northwest
Posted 2012-06-20 15:10:44 and read 12531 times.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 1):
Great report dc9northwest! your pics are pretty good, too bad some are missing as you said, but either way thanks for sharing.

Hi 817! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. It's much appreciated.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 2):

Hi Alex !

Nice report !

Great to try to not so common aircraft types in one day.

Legroom looks great even on the 753 but like you said you are short. I love those exit rows with no seat in front!

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man

Hi L./The777Man,

Thanks for reading!

Yes, well, there's certainly a bit more legroom in the Economy Comfort zone, it's ok, on par with other Economy Premium products, I suppose.

Yeah, those are some of my favorite seats--only the MD-90 features those on aircraft I fly reasonably often, it seems.

The 753 seemed in better conditions than some other A/C in Delta's fleet, like the MD-88, for instance.

Thanks, next one will be a while--from my Norway trip in July--unless I decide I have enough material from one of my previous journeys  

Again, thanks for reading and commenting!

Quoting Air380 (Reply 3):
Nice Report!
What Ryanair flies from Leipzig to Atlanta? Charter? When? How often?
Thanks!

Hi Air380,

I think that's supposed to be Ryan International Airlines, not the Ryanair in Europe--someone probably entered the wrong code! Not sure of how often, sorry

Thanks for reading, hope this solves the dilemma!

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-06-20 15:17:58 and read 12512 times.

Hey, A.,

that´s for sure a good one to follow. Also nice pictures.
I´ve done the very same route on the very same plane type also earlier in the year.
Really interesting for me.

Good to see all that, at least from an European point of view interesting aircraft types.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-06-20 15:19:08 and read 12510 times.

Hey Alex sometimes the shortest and Domestic trip reports can be very enjoyable and this was no exception. I really enjoyed it.  

Did you like Fort Lauderdale of what you saw of it ? I didn't really rate it that much and prefer Miami.

Anyway looking forward to another report soon  

Philip  

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: dc9northwest
Posted 2012-06-20 15:45:37 and read 12456 times.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
Hey, A.,

that´s for sure a good one to follow. Also nice pictures.
I´ve done the very same route on the very same plane type also earlier in the year.
Really interesting for me.

Good to see all that, at least from an European point of view interesting aircraft types.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Hi Markus,

Thanks for reading and leaving some comments!

I am also interested in seeing routes and aircraft I've flown showing up in reports. Good to know you caught the 753 as well!

Yes, there are not many of those aircraft in Europe indeed!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Hey Alex sometimes the shortest and Domestic trip reports can be very enjoyable and this was no exception. I really enjoyed it.  

Did you like Fort Lauderdale of what you saw of it ? I didn't really rate it that much and prefer Miami.

Anyway looking forward to another report soon  

Philip  

Hi Philip,

Good to hear from you!

Fort Lauderdale was OK in my eyes, better than the average US city, so to speak, but still nothing spectacular or must-see. Actually I've never been to Miami or Miami Beach so I can't compare. It seemed a bit like Anytown USA+Ocean. One thing I wouldn't do--go there for the beach alone. Nassau's was so much nicer/better IMO.

Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

Alex

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: SRQKEF
Posted 2012-06-20 15:55:23 and read 12440 times.

Nice report Alex! The 753 is a really nice plane, experienced it over 10 times (always on TF-FIX, the sole -300 of FI).  

DL look nice enough, I was supposed to fly them down to Florida in October to finally log them off my list of to-fly airlines but no, that wasn't to be, so now I'm booked on my 21st B6 flight instead.  

cheers, Sveinn  

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: 767747
Posted 2012-06-20 19:19:53 and read 12128 times.

Another great report, dc9northwest!

Really nice photos - I love the larger format!

I look forward to checking out ATL's F concourse next time I pass through the airport - Air Transat to Macon? Surely they are not a code-share on a flight to Macon, GA? This is bizarre ...  

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-06-21 03:35:53 and read 11686 times.

Nice report! I flew the same flight almost exactly a year ago, on June 26th. Originally scheduled for a 757-200 but a last minute equipment sub turned into a MD-90. Not bad from an aviation point of, but it caused quite a mess at check-in, as many seats had to be re-assigned (one seat per row less).

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
However, looking more closely, I saw that 2 or 3 flights each day from FLL are operated with the 757-300

Yeah, lots of capacity between Florida and ATL!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
For 117$ I was able to purchase a ticket from FLL to Chicago, which seems like a decent deal on a one-way ticket.

A great price indeed.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
We headed towards runway 9L and took off without a large delay. Then we overflew the Atlantic for a bit before doing a 180 degree turn and going back over land. On our right there was a huge thunderstorm which we avoided by flying further inland and then doing a 90 degree turn to the north

I too ran into a tunderstorm at FLL. We were holding for take-off at 9L, almost our turn when they changed the runway configuration... and we had to taxi al the wat to the other side of the airport

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
I will add some pictures taken in the new concourse F a few days earlier, on the outbound journey.

Looks great!

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: dc9northwest
Posted 2012-06-21 04:02:31 and read 11626 times.

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 8):
Nice report Alex! The 753 is a really nice plane, experienced it over 10 times (always on TF-FIX, the sole -300 of FI).  

DL look nice enough, I was supposed to fly them down to Florida in October to finally log them off my list of to-fly airlines but no, that wasn't to be, so now I'm booked on my 21st B6 flight instead.  

cheers, Sveinn  

Hi Sveinn!

From a service standpoint, I suppose I have to hand it to B6--they have it down better than DL. That said, I'm still a loyal DL flyer and their fleet is very diverse so it's harder to get bored.

Icelandair has a nice narrowbody fleet in my view--love 757s!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):

Another great report, dc9northwest!

Really nice photos - I love the larger format!

I look forward to checking out ATL's F concourse next time I pass through the airport - Air Transat to Macon? Surely they are not a code-share on a flight to Macon, GA? This is bizarre ...  

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew

Hi Matthew!

Thanks for reading!

I have no idea what's up with Air Transat to Macon either! Surely someone entered some info wrong, but I can't see what--the codes aren't similar to those of Georgia Skies and the name--obviously not. Hmmm....

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):
Nice report! I flew the same flight almost exactly a year ago, on June 26th. Originally scheduled for a 757-200 but a last minute equipment sub turned into a MD-90. Not bad from an aviation point of, but it caused quite a mess at check-in, as many seats had to be re-assigned (one seat per row less).

Hi Robert!

Cool to know--I only remember one "at-the-gate" equipment swap by DL, from a MD-88 to a 738 I think, but yeah, there was some chaos, for sure.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):
Yeah, lots of capacity between Florida and ATL!

I know DL used to operate 764 and L1011s on this route! Hah, how things have changed!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):
I too ran into a tunderstorm at FLL. We were holding for take-off at 9L, almost our turn when they changed the runway configuration... and we had to taxi al the wat to the other side of the airport

Hah, yeah, this time of year thunderstorms tend to be a very common occurrence in Southern Florida--I think hurricane season begins in June.


Thanks for reading and commenting, guys!

Alex

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: sultanils
Posted 2012-06-21 04:19:46 and read 11611 times.

Hello Alex,

Nice short report.
Congrats on scoring the 753, in Europe that will be even more difficul than in the US of A I think. Also the MD-90 is a nice addition to the log. I especially liked the pics on climbout of FLL into the Big Blue  

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Obligatory legroom shot: not bad, but not that good either (for others, at least--I'm very short).

That’s really excellent legroom (for a not too large person  )

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
That's it, of course, being a domestic segment.

A drink and a snack. At least it’s something  

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
What did DL show on this short segment? The Big Bang Theory.

No inflight map?

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
On our way there, I saw this wonderful AF 777-300ER which I'm sure made some of the passengers say “I will. Never. Fly. AirFrance. Again” due to its reputedly uncomfortable configuration

Well I guess the latter is to be said from more carriers than AF alone. Although I find the cabin comfort on their big ones quite OK.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Ryanair's new TATL route Leipzig-Atlanta:

Ha ha, a bug in the system?

Sultanils

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: dc9northwest
Posted 2012-06-21 14:12:45 and read 11251 times.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Hello Alex,

Nice short report.
Congrats on scoring the 753, in Europe that will be even more difficul than in the US of A I think. Also the MD-90 is a nice addition to the log. I especially liked the pics on climbout of FLL into the Big Blue  

Hi Nils!

Thanks for reading! Hah, indeed, the 753 is even rarer in Europe. The MD-90 is not that rare in my log anymore--have logged 6 since February 2010--but it's a great plane to fly!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
That’s really excellent legroom (for a not too large person &nbsp Wink

Yeah, the new Economy Comfort.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
No inflight map?

Not as far as I remember... And I think I would have  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Well I guess the latter is to be said from more carriers than AF alone. Although I find the cabin comfort on their big ones quite OK.

Well, of course, it's not only AF that added some more seats to the cabin, hehe. AZ and KL also have some 3-4-3 777s. I tend to subconsciously avoid 777s lately--just realized that aside from my latest KL flight last December, I hadn't flown one in eight years IIRC...

Anyway, thanks for reading, Nils!

Oh, and:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Ha ha, a bug in the system?

Yeah, it seems the system is failing--Ryanair from/to Leipzig, Air Transat to Macon, GA... Really weird  

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: jwhite9185
Posted 2012-06-22 07:45:37 and read 10860 times.

Great report there on a couple of rare types here in Europe - shame you couldn't get a couple more pics of the MD90.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
I'm not saying Delta is an exceptional airline, but I'm not sure what could cause such a reaction in someone..?

If she was anything like the typical EasyJet passenger, it was probably because she turned up 15 minutes after check in closed and still expected to be let on the plane!

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-06-23 01:20:34 and read 10455 times.

Hi

Great report, thanks for sharing.
Good luck on catching the 753. Tuesday it's my turn to fly them as well to PMI
Great to see the new F-concourse as well, hope that will make life easier when arriving after a TATL flight.

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: dc9northwest
Posted 2012-06-23 07:33:42 and read 10327 times.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 14):
Great report there on a couple of rare types here in Europe - shame you couldn't get a couple more pics of the MD90.

Hey James,

Thanks--yeah, sorry about missing the opportunity for a full TR on the MD-90!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 14):
If she was anything like the typical EasyJet passenger, it was probably because she turned up 15 minutes after check in closed and still expected to be let on the plane!

Hmm... Maybe that's true in her case, who knows!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):
Hi

Great report, thanks for sharing.
Good luck on catching the 753. Tuesday it's my turn to fly them as well to PMI
Great to see the new F-concourse as well, hope that will make life easier when arriving after a TATL flight.

Greetings
Marc

Hi Marc!

Thanks for reading!

Yeah, it's ridiculous to have to clear security and recheck bags even when your final destination is ATL. Hopefully the new building solves this problem once and for all!

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-07-01 09:49:36 and read 9484 times.

Hi Alex,

Nice little report with great pictures, thanks for sharing!

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter

Topic: RE: Delta's 757-300, FLL-ATL, 22MAY12
Username: September11
Posted 2012-07-01 12:26:40 and read 9329 times.

Nice pics

Never been on 753..

ATL is my favorite airport -- always improving


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