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Topic: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: KGRB
Posted 2012-11-20 13:00:56 and read 9336 times.

This is the continuation of Part I, which you can read here:

Delta. We Love To Fly. ATW-DTW-PHX (Part I) (by KGRB Nov 19 2012 in Trip Reports)

My trip to Phoenix was a short two days, but I did get to spend some time with Ruby's family, eat at Jack In The Box, and visit the Bass Pro Shops in Mesa. Ruby's mom, Jennifer, bought me some very nice winter boots there that I'll need once the ATW ramp is covered in snow -- a day that's rapidly approaching, I might add.

Ruby's brother-in-law, Jeff, dropped me off at Sky Harbor Airport on his way into work at 2:30 a.m., so I had a great deal of time to kill before my 7:00 a.m. departure to Atlanta. So, why not do some looking around!?!

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Welcome to Terminal 3! This is an example of what the new signage looks like that was installed over the Summer throughout the airport. The old stuff was faded and hard to read from a distance, so this is a great improvement.

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A view out onto the Delta ramp. These aircraft were going to ATL (second departure), ATL (first departure), and MSP, respectively.

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You don't see this logo around very much anymore! Taken in Terminal 3 Baggage Claim.

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Anyone else notice something wrong on this FIDS?

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It's hard to see because of the glare in this photo, but this painting features (from left to right) a Western DC-3, United 767, Northwest Orient DC-10, American 707, America West 737, Frontier MD-80, and Delta 727. It's located behind the Starbucks on level 2 of Terminal 3. I've been on two of those -- the NW DC-10 and the HP 737.

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When I got up here, I noticed the registration on my ride to ATL, N127DL. In Part I, I talked about working on an EV CRJ-900, but I bet you wouldn't have guessed I've worked on this plane in ATW too! A few weeks ago it flew the Jacksonville Jaguars to Appleton to play the Green Bay Packers -- and I got the pleasure (a.k.a. back ache) of working in the forward bin. It was all worth it for the 767, trust me!


The Control Tower at PHX. It is one of the tallest structures in Arizona.

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Terminal 3 South -- the AA side.

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The other side of Terminal 3 South and the only other passenger 767 at PHX, HA's daily flight to HNL.

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Terminal 2 -- featuring many overnighting UA 737s.

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Another view of the amazing plane I was about to ride on.

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Gates 16, 18, and 20. Delta really has a lot of RON aircraft at PHX!

Finally 5:00 came around and the Delta ticket counter was open for business. I checked myself in using the kiosk and waited in the bag drop line. The agent who checked my bags told be I'd have no problem making my flight to ATL today. Yes!

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The Delta ticket counter at PHX. This space was once occupied by Western Airlines.

There was a short line at the TSA checkpoint, and since I was carrying nothing with me, except my phone, charger, and wallet, it didn't take long to pass through. I know the TSA is often ridiculed on this website (often times for good reason), but the folks at PHX are very professional and friendly in my experience.

I was wearing my retro Delta Air Lines L-1011 shirt (which you can find
here
) so it's no surprise that I got identified as an employee. A customer walked up to me and asked, "Do you have a SkyClub here?"

I was happy to answer his question, but unfortunately I had to tell him that Delta closed down their lounge in Terminal 3 (then a Crown Room Club) several years ago. With the number of elites in the Phoenix area, I'm surprised it hasn't reopened.


The entrance to the former Delta Crown Room Club.


I walked over to Gate 17 to ogle at my 767 some more.

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This MD-90 was operating the morning flight to MSP.


Delta is in the process of installing charging stations at many of its bigger airports nationwide, including PHX, but these are not operational yet. I thought this was a cute way of showing it.

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Former Frontier and Northwest gate podiums at PHX. If Delta ever decides to revive the NW brand, all they'll have to do is put the letters back up there and they'll be ready to go!  

Tuesday, 06 November 2012
Delta Air Lines
Flight: DL846
From: Phoenix, AZ - Sky Harbor Int'l. (PHX), Gate 17
To: Atlanta, GA - Hartsfield-Jackson Int'l. (ATL), Gate A16
Equipment: Boeing 767-300
Departure: 6:55 a.m. (7:00 a.m. scheduled)
Arrival: 12:41 p.m. (12:44 p.m. scheduled)
Duration: 3 hours, 46 minutes

I sat down at Gate 17, so I could hear them call my name when I was cleared onto the flight. There were a group passengers siting nearby raving about how good Wisconsin cheese is. Take that California!  

After the disappointment on the 737 flight, I was hoping to get a window seat this time. I was cleared into 13G, which is an Economy Comfort window right next to the number two engine! My seatmate was a Phoenix woman that commutes to Atlanta every so often for work. During boarding I overhead many passengers comment on how surprised they were to be flying on such a big plane out of Phoenix. Even she was surprised; probably more used to the 757s that are common on this route.

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The MD-90 to MSP framed by Piestewa (formerly Squaw) Peak and the Camelback Mountains.

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We began to push back and the old safety video with "Deltalina" was played. The passengers across from me were talking about the new video, so it seems to be generating a lot of buzz.


This 737-800 to DTW was pushing back at the same time as us.

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One of Delta's many RON aircraft, parked on a remote stand.

We taxied to the south side of the airfield, which meant we got a great view of Terminal 3 South, including AA's ops.

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The UA lineup at Terminal 2.

We turned onto Runway 7L, the engines spooled up, and soon we were off the ground. No aircraft can match the 757's legendary takeoff performance, but this one was pretty good. We climbed out over the East Valley and banked a little bit to the left, since Atlanta is more-or-less a straight shot from this runway.

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In-flight service featured breakfast items from the EATS menu, complimentary pretzels, peanuts, or Biscoff cookies and Coca-Cola products. I ordered a Canada Dry ginger ale and cookies. On the second pass, I had a cup of Seattle's Best coffee. My seatmate had the Boar's Head breakfast sandwich, which I really wanted, but decided it wasn't worth the money.

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This 767 featured in-seat entertainment, with pay-per-view movies, free satellite TV, music, games, and a moving map. I spent the $6.00 to watch "Rock of Ages," a comedy/musical featuring Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, and some great songs from the hair band era.

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We began our descent into overcast Atlanta and the fasten seat belt sign was turned on. We encountered a bit of turbulence inside the thick cloud layer.

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The sun actually made an appearance again, briefly,

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I passed the remainder of the flight listening to some tracks off of Norah Jones' new album "Little Broken Hearts" and watching election coverage on New York's NBC 4. All I'll say is... my guy won.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8200/8200703072_ec6f67332c_c.jpg

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I think this may be I-285. Some Atlantans will have to correct me if I'm wrong.

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A Marriott hotel near ATL.

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The PIC made a textbook landing in ATL.

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Can you guess which airline is dominant here?

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Current and future Delta aircraft.

Our aircraft arrived at gate A16 and the ground around us was still wet, so it was clear that it had been raining shortly before we got there.



I wished my seatmate farewell and walked over to the underground train to take me to Concourse D for my Appleton flight. When I went up the escalator into the concourse I noticed that all of the ceiling tiles had been removed and dry wall had been put up around some of the interior walls. Does anyone know what kind of construction is going on there?

Concourse D is one of the few places at ATL where you can actually see other airlines, including Star Alliance partners US Airways and United.

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I watched this UA 737-700 push back for its flight to IAH, IIRC. Note the 'Continental' titles still on the ground service equipment.

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An increasingly rare sight -- a Delta DC-9-50. These will be leaving the fleet next year.

(Continued in next post)

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: KGRB
Posted 2012-11-20 13:02:40 and read 9338 times.

Tuesday, 06 November 2012
Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet Airlines
Flight: DL5323
From: Atlanta, GA - Hartsfield-Jackson Int'l. (ATL), Gate D38
To: Appleton, WI - Outagamie County Rgnl. (ATW), Gate 7
Equipment: Bombardier CRJ-700
Departure: 3:33 p.m. (2:55 p.m. scheduled)
Arrival: 4:14 p.m. (4:11 p.m. scheduled)
Duration: 1 hour, 41 minutes


The aircraft operating today's flight, an EV CRJ-700.

The gate agent announced that maintenance was on board the aircraft and that we would be delayed in our departure. Just how long that delay would be was unknown at this point. I didn't really care, since I was in no hurry to get home and it would buy me some more time in Atlanta.

I passed the time watching CNN's election coverage and they kept talking about what a close race this was. They sure got that one right, huh? :-|

Then the agent announced that whatever was ailing the plane seemed to be fixed and we were ready to board. She cleared me into seat 11B, an aisle seat just forward of the wing, but I moved into 11A, a window, since it was open after boarding had been complteted.

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Boarding the CRJ-700 through an awkwardly-positioned jet bridge.

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A fellow EV aircraft at the gate next door.

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We pushed back from D38 about a half-hour late, but the crew assured us that we'd arrive more-or-less on-time in Appleton.

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And after a short taxi, we lined up on the runway for departure. We went past the ExpressJet maintenance facility (it's the building with the light blue roof behind that 757), as well as the Renaissance Hotel and the Delta corporate headquarters (seen below).

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You can see the slats are still deployed at this point after take off.

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I was trying to get the camera to focus on something below us, but I think I like the way this turned out instead.

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This flight featured the usual choice of cookies, pretzels, or peanuts and Coca-Cola products. I had a Coke this time, along with the Biscoff. After the service was completed, I walked to the back of the CRJ and used the lavatory. I love hearing the roar of the GE engines back there.

As an employee I feel an obligation to keep it clean, so I picked up the trash on the floor of the lav. and wiped down the sink. (Is it really that hard to dispose of your trash properly, people??? :-| )

I walked back to my seat and snapped a few more pics of the cabin and the beautiful cloud layer below us.

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When we began our descent into Appleton, the captain informed us that it was going to be cold and rainy there. I should've brought a coat with me, but I just didn't want to deal with it. Now I knew I was going to freeze when I stepped off the plane.


Note that the spoilers are deployed.

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Somewhere southeast of Appleton.

We were using Runway 30 today, which treated us to my favorite approach into ATW (you can see a lot more of the Appleton metro area on this one).

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The Wisconsin Highway 441 (Tri County Expressway) and Racine Street interchange in Menasha.

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The 441/Roland Kampo Bridge over Lake Butte des Morts.

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A traffic jam on northbound US 41.


Yep, it's raining here.

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This landing was a little more rough than the others on this trip, which meant I had a harder time keeping the camera still.

We taxied into Gate 7 past some of the Gulfstream hangars (their operation in Appleton comprizes of several different buildings) and this Delta Connection/SkyWest CRJ-200 from MSP at Gate 5.

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The jet bridge at Gate 7 can accomidate anything from a CRJ-200 to a 767, but is most commonly used for Delta's ATL flights on CRJ-700s and -900s. It is also used for NFL charters during the football season.


One last look at the CR7 through the jet bridge window.

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Baggage Claim Carousel 2 in Appleton. This one is used exclusively by Delta. Carousel 1 (in the background) is shared by United and Allegiant.

I claimed my bag and hurried over to my car in the employee lot, which is a long distance from the terminal, trying to stay as dry as I could.

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This is what it looked like before I turned my wipers on.

To sum it up, the trip was a fantastic experience for me, both in the air and on the ground. Ruby came home a couple of days later, through Atlanta as well, and had a great time too. Delta always comes through for us!

I hope you've enjoyed taking this virtual journey with me and I look forward to hearing any thoughts you have. Thanks for reading!

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: spiritair97
Posted 2012-11-20 16:23:04 and read 9239 times.

Nice report, though that UA 737 you saw at ATL was a -500, not a -700 from the looks of it.

Otherwise, nice and it's cool to see smaller airports in TRs.

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: fshplns
Posted 2012-11-20 17:00:55 and read 9178 times.

Quoting KGRB (Reply 1):
I watched this UA 737-700 push back for its flight to IAH, IIRC.

Checked our paperwork, shows UA1681, a 737-500(aircraft 626). You are exactly correct, IAH bound.

Chris

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: 767747
Posted 2012-11-20 18:37:42 and read 9020 times.

Good report!

Quoting KGRB (Thread starter):
Anyone else notice something wrong on this FIDS?

AA 1472 to ATL?!  
Quoting KGRB (Thread starter):
As an employee I feel an obligation to keep it clean, so I picked up the trash on the floor of the lav. and wiped down the sink. (Is it really that hard to dispose of your trash properly, people??? :-| )

People are gross!

Thanks for sharing,

Matthew (767747)

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: fshplns
Posted 2012-11-20 19:06:49 and read 8975 times.

Quoting KGRB (Thread starter):
When I went up the escalator into the concourse I noticed that all of the ceiling tiles had been removed and dry wall had been put up around some of the interior walls. Does anyone know what kind of construction is going on there?

Actually they are building a food court and other assorted shops like most other concourses here in ATL. I think that D concourse is the last one to get one.

Chris

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: SkyTeamTriStar
Posted 2012-11-21 15:36:04 and read 8439 times.

As an employee I feel an obligation to keep it clean, so I picked up the trash on the floor of the lav. and wiped down the sink. (Is it really that hard to dispose of your trash properly, people??? :-| )

I did the very same thing whenever stepping into the Lav. Its a testimony to the thoughtfulness, and integrity of the Delta Spirit. Its the small things that Mr. Woolman showed as an example for his company and employees' have "carried the torch"...

Well done.

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: xjramper
Posted 2012-11-21 17:18:32 and read 8353 times.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
Quoting KGRB (Thread starter):
Anyone else notice something wrong on this FIDS?

AA 1472 to ATL?!  

That can't be it, AA1472 is PHX-ATL (stop in DFW). Hmm...

Great report

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: brilondon
Posted 2012-11-21 17:32:47 and read 8339 times.

Quoting KGRB (Thread starter):
Anyone else notice something wrong on this FIDS?

Every flight is on time?

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: ATA1011Tristar
Posted 2012-11-21 20:06:56 and read 8246 times.

Quoting KGRB (Thread starter):
It's hard to see because of the glare in this photo, but this painting features (from left to right) a Western DC-3, United 767, Northwest Orient DC-10, American 707, America West 737, Frontier MD-80, and Delta 727.

That paining is awesome! I am sorry I missed it the time I flew through PHX.

Quoting KGRB (Thread starter):
The MD-90 to MSP framed by Piestewa (formerly Squaw) Peak and the Camelback Mountains.

The lighting in this beautiful picture is stunning. I love the contrast between sky and mountains.

Quoting KGRB (Thread starter):
In-flight service featured breakfast items from the EATS menu, complimentary pretzels, peanuts, or Biscoff cookies and Coca-Cola products.

I like the napkin.

Quoting KGRB (Thread starter):
As an employee I feel an obligation to keep it clean, so I picked up the trash on the floor of the lav. and wiped down the sink. (Is it really that hard to dispose of your trash properly, people??? :-| )
Quoting SkyTeamTriStar (Reply 6):
I did the very same thing whenever stepping into the Lav. Its a testimony to the thoughtfulness, and integrity of the Delta Spirit. Its the small things that Mr. Woolman showed as an example for his company and employees' have "carried the torch"...

Well done.

I agree – that was an honorable thing to do.

Quoting KGRB (Thread starter):
A traffic jam on northbound US 41.

At least things are as you left them! 
Quoting KGRB (Thread starter):
One last look at the CR7 through the jet bridge window.

This picture really shows how sleek the CRJ family is!

Quoting KGRB (Thread starter):
Anyone else notice something wrong on this FIDS?
Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
AA 1472 to ATL?!
Quoting xjramper (Reply 7):
That can't be it, AA1472 is PHX-ATL (stop in DFW). Hmm...

Oh, dang – AA1472 to ATL was my guess too.

This was another fun (and well written) TR to read. I am glad everyone made it home safely!

ATA1011Tristar

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: DTWLAX
Posted 2012-11-21 20:59:50 and read 8203 times.

Quoting KGRB (Thread starter):
Anyone else notice something wrong on this FIDS?

I do not see anything wrong.
Am I missing something?

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: JetBlueGuy2006
Posted 2012-11-23 11:13:54 and read 7661 times.

The AA Flights to Dallas (1472/2242) are listed as Dallas/FTW instead of DFW

Great report!

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: EWRkid1990
Posted 2012-11-23 11:44:19 and read 7643 times.

AA 1472 to ATL is continuation of AA 1472 to DFW. Notice they leave at the same exact time from the same exact gate.

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: DTWLAX
Posted 2012-11-23 11:56:18 and read 7636 times.

Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 11):
The AA Flights to Dallas (1472/2242) are listed as Dallas/FTW instead of DFW

Nothing wrong in that... Dallas/FTW stands for Dallas/Fort Worth... note that they are listing destination names not airport codes (although Detroit has the airport name listed)

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: PHX787
Posted 2012-11-23 11:58:23 and read 7634 times.

Quoting KGRB (Thread starter):
Former Frontier and Northwest gate podiums at PHX. If Delta ever decides to revive the NW brand, all they'll have to do is put the letters back up there and they'll be ready to go!

Good report!

This gate is in the process of being refurbished so HA could move there sometime next year.

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: KGRB
Posted 2012-11-27 15:04:46 and read 7067 times.

Thanks, everyone for your kind comments and I'm glad you enjoyed it! This was my personal favorite that I've written so far.

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 2):
Nice report, though that UA 737 you saw at ATL was a -500, not a -700 from the looks of it.

Yes, you're right. I think the winglets threw me off, but it's definitely a -500. Good catch!

Quoting fshplns (Reply 5):
Actually they are building a food court and other assorted shops like most other concourses here in ATL. I think that D concourse is the last one to get one.

Thanks for answering my question. Concourse D is actually pretty nice as-is, so I'm sure this will make it even better!

Quoting xjramper (Reply 7):
That can't be it, AA1472 is PHX-ATL (stop in DFW).

I never would've guessed it continued on to ATL; just thought something was wrong in the system. Thanks, XJramper.

Quoting ATA1011Tristar (Reply 9):
This picture really shows how sleek the CRJ family is!

I know many will disagree with me, but I actually love the CRJ-700/900 (I haven't been on a -1000, but I'm sure they're nice as well). Bombardier fixed what many of us hated about the -100/200 (small, low windows) and made many other improvements, like moving the APU exhaust to the tail cone, simplifying some cockpit systems and adding forward cargo pits. As someone who works on both the ERJ-145 and the CRJ family on a daily basis, I would take the CRJ anytime.

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 14):
This gate is in the process of being refurbished so HA could move there sometime next year.

Will DL be doing the ground handling for HA then? I know I've heard that they were looking to drop Servisair.

Topic: RE: Delta. We Love To Fly. PHX-ATL-ATW (Part II)
Username: dlramp4life
Posted 2012-11-27 18:51:16 and read 6987 times.

Great trip report! I was glad to see my work posted in these pictures   On that night I was on the repositioning crew moving aircraft around and yes we do have a good amount of RONs in PHX

I had to tow that 763 off the gate and reposition it after one of the redeyes left.

Quoting KGRB (Reply 15):
Quoting PHX787 (Reply 14):
This gate is in the process of being refurbished so HA could move there sometime next year.

Will DL be doing the ground handling for HA then? I know I've heard that they were looking to drop Servisair.

Fingers crossed, it would generate so much revenue for our station but as of right now it appears that they are sticking with Servisair.


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