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Topic: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: Komododx
Posted 2006-04-10 20:56:48 and read 9460 times.

Introduction
I was going through my pictures of the last few years and found a folder of a 5 day trip me and my best friend took to Washington, DC for Spring Break back in 2003. Imagine that, leaving the nice, warm weather of Florida to go to the bitter cold of DC... during the one week you're supposed to go to the beach to get wasted. Anyway, the good thing about this report is that I have lots of aviation related pics, as opposed to my last report where the pics are mostly of the trip itself MIA-BOG-MIA On AA Business & Bogota Photoreport (by Komododx Mar 15 2006 in Trip Reports)

I'll try and remember as many details as possible. However, keep in mind this trip was over three years ago. But I'm positive the pics will make up for the lack of words.

We booked the trip on expedia.com about two months prior. The cheapest way was to take FL from TLH to DCA via ATL and then back on DL the same way.

Leg 1
Route:
TLH-ATL
Date: March 10th, 2003
Airline: AirTran JetConnect op by Air Wisconsin
Aircraft: CRJ-200


We got up around 4:30am due to our flight leaving at 6:00am. However, this, as always, turned out to be too early. TLH is a very small airport and, of course, there is little traffic. The largest airline here is DL, which operates ERJ's, CRJ's, MD-88's, and 738's. Also serving TLH are Continental Connection (Both Express Jet and Gulfstream), US Airways Express, and Northwest Airlink. Unfortunately, AirTran stopped operations into TLH a few years ago, thus making it a luxury now to be able to afford to fly out of Tallahassee.

Here are some pics of TLH-ATL

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/100_0401.jpg
6:00am departure out of TLH

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View of ATL on approach

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Downtown Atlanta on approach to ATL


Leg 2
Route:
ATL-DCA
Date: March 10th, 2003
Airline: AirTran Airways
Aircraft: B717

Had about a two hour connection in Atlanta. We didn't do much spotting since we were falling asleep. However, we did take advantage of the ATL airport smoking room  yummy  and we called a few local friends to say hello.

The flight to DCA was the first time for me on board a 717. Quite nice I must say. It seemed brand new at the time. The whole flight was uneventful until the approach and landing. It was very windy in DC and we got thrown around quite a bit! I love turbulence and I love landing in the wind... but this time this was too much!

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Landing in DCA with heavy winds

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View of the beautiful terminal

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The old terminal


We had about two hours to kill before our friend was supposed to pick us up, so we grabbed a bite to eat and watched some of the action going on on the ramp.

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US Airways Express ERJ

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UA A32X departing


We had a great time in DC. This was my third time there and I liked it was much as in previous times. My friend had never been here, so we did all the museums and all the sites. It was a great spring break. Here are some pics of DC:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/100_0438.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/100_0487.jpg

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Saw Cheney on one of the days when he was not actually shooting someone  duck 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/100_0632.jpg
This was hilarious. This guy was getting arrested and tried to make a run... all while we were both taking pics and a video

Leg 3
Route:
DCA-ATL
Date: March 14th, 2003
Airline: Delta Airlines
Aircraft: MD-88

Well, a very nice week in DC came to an end. We really did enjoy ourselves. Not only did we go to all the museums and all the sites, we also had some great food. I, of course, could not pass on going to Marrakesh, a Moroccan restaurant. Sure, it's got some cons, such as not taking credit cards (!!!) and the belly dancer is not always there for the show, but I like the food and the whole experience.

A friend of my DC friend, Abdul, from Morocco, offered us to take us to the airport, since he runs a limo service, mostly for Senators and Congressmen. We rode in style back to DCA, but not without first making a stop at California Kitchen Pizza... gotta love it!

Since we got so early to the airport, we had a lot of spare time to do some spotting... Here are the results:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/Tallahassee_Fall03031.jpg
DL Connection CRJ

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Gotta love the Dornier!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/Tallahassee_Fall03034.jpg
UA A319

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/Tallahassee_Fall03034.jpg
DL 737

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/Tallahassee_Fall03042.jpg
Another Dornier!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/Tallahassee_Fall03044.jpg
On the way to the active

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Up up and away!

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IAD

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DL 757 on its way to ATL

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/Tallahassee_Fall03058.jpg
Love the deep blue color

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Small airfield outside Atlanta

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Downtown Atlanta again

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UA Express CRJ


Leg 4
Route:
ATL-TLH
Date: March 14th, 2003
Airline: Delta Airlines
Aircraft: B738

The final leg of the trip. Atlanta is around 350 - 400 miles from TLH and the flight on the 738 is always very, very quick! By this time all the walking and the little amount of sleep of the past five days was sinking in... and we were really tired! Here are some pics of the last leg:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/Tallahassee_Fall03087.jpg
On board DL B737-800

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Next to a 767

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Fellow DL 738 landing

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/Tallahassee_Fall03092.jpg
Good ol' Widget scheme

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Some traffic piling up behind us

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I thought this shot would be worthy of A.net... unfortunately it got rejected!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/Tallahassee_Fall03097.jpg
ATL overview

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/Tallahassee_Fall03106.jpg
Flight show!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/Tallahassee_Fall03113.jpg
Approaching TLH from the NE

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/Tallahassee_Fall03117.jpg
Downtown Tallahassee

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Tallahassee's main terminal during landing

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TLH main terminal

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/komododx/Tallahassee_Fall03126.jpg
This pic came out like crap b/c the F/A was rushing me. Oh well, I'll still post it


Conclusion

All in all it was a great trip on two good airlines. I've never really liked the CRJ, I still prefer the ERJ. The 717 was really nice. The service aboard FL was good as usual. I think they are a good airline. Too bad back then there was no XM radio. Delta was pretty good this time, especially on the last leg on which the F/A's rushed to serve everyone a drink and pretzels (or chips?). Too bad DL's service had now gone down the drain completely.

Hope you enjoyed and if you read all the way up to here you might as well leave a comment!

Stefano  wave 

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: MKEdude
Posted 2006-04-10 22:23:01 and read 9367 times.

Quoting Komododx (Thread starter):
Small airfield outside Atlanta



Looks like Peachtree-DeKalb airport. I think that's the Chamblee MARTA station off to the right.

Good report

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: 767747
Posted 2006-04-10 22:46:56 and read 9340 times.

Nice report and pics! The White House picture is great! That is interesting that a B-738 was used on the short flight from ATL-TLH. The shortest flight I took on a 738 was ATL-SAV which was a 25 minute flight.

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: Sspontak
Posted 2006-04-11 00:11:46 and read 9244 times.

An awesome report. Great inflight pics and DC pics.

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: FlightShadow
Posted 2006-04-11 00:42:51 and read 9211 times.

Cool report, reminds me of how much I love ATL!

Quoting Komododx (Thread starter):
Small airfield outside Atlanta

I got a pic of that on approach from IAH  Smile

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: DSMflyer
Posted 2006-04-11 01:54:05 and read 9135 times.

Great report, thanks for sharing. Especially love the guy wrestling with the cop while you're standing there watching. Pretty funny stuff.

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: Alaskaqantas
Posted 2006-04-11 02:06:29 and read 9122 times.

Quoting Komododx (Thread starter):
Saw Cheney on one of the days when he was not actually shooting someone

hehehehehe (sorry if that offends anyone)
Nice pictures and good memory from that long ago!
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: Komododx
Posted 2006-04-11 20:13:33 and read 8748 times.

Thanks for all the comments! Glad you liked it

Quoting 767747 (Reply 2):
The White House picture is great

I know. It took several attempts and I'm surprised we could get such a great picture of it, yet also such a crappy one of the flight deck!

Stefano  wave 

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: Evan767
Posted 2006-04-17 00:31:32 and read 8289 times.

Quoting Komododx (Thread starter):
Too bad DL's service had now gone down the drain completely.

When was the last time you flew Delta buddy? Delta is not decreasing service, but working to increase it. We are now serving a choice of delicious snacks such as peanuts, pretzels, sunchips, bigger biscoffs, granola bars, etc. We now actually serve food (snack) on longer flights to the west and back instead of the BOB expensive crap that everyone else serves. If you ask me, the service back then was sh** compared to today.

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: Komododx
Posted 2006-04-17 02:29:04 and read 8239 times.

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 8):
When was the last time you flew Delta buddy? Delta is not decreasing service, but working to increase it. We are now serving a choice of delicious snacks such as peanuts, pretzels, sunchips, bigger biscoffs, granola bars, etc. We now actually serve food (snack) on longer flights to the west and back instead of the BOB expensive crap that everyone else serves. If you ask me, the service back then was sh** compared to today.

Can I please buy some drugs off of you!

I fly DL on average once a month. Last summer I flew DL once a week on the TLH-MIA and TLH-FLL route. I was lucky to get a mini Dasani bottle and on about 3 out of 8 flights on those routes I got a tiny bag of pretzels. If you ask me, I'd rather have the opportunity to buy something on board. Furthermore, at fares right now not lower than $280 and as high as $800 on the Tallahassee-South Florida routes, that is a complete and outright rip-off!

Of course, I cannot base my views on DL having flown a total of about 20 times on the TLH-FLL/MIA routes. I also flew DL on business on the ATL-SJU route and got not one, but two bags of pretzels on the flight. On business! This was last summer.

Back in January 2003 I flew DL business on the BVT-BOS-ATL-PBI route. All I got on the BOS-ATL leg was yet another bag of pretzels and a drink, albeit served in an actual glass.

If this is improving the service then I really see no future for DL.

Stefano  wave 

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: Phatfarmlines
Posted 2006-04-17 02:31:24 and read 8236 times.

Good TR. I would have questioned when this trip was taken since I saw the US D38 at DCA but I looked back at your heading and you took it at 2003.

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: GEEZ
Posted 2006-04-17 02:33:30 and read 8236 times.

SDTRS!!!

Excellent photo's beeeeeeeeyottttch!!!!!!

The guy making a run from arrest...  rotfl  rotfl  rotfl 

Nice to see a widget schemed DL... I didn't think there was any left out there!

I look forward to your TR from your up and coming European vacation!

Chris Big grin

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: Komododx
Posted 2006-04-17 02:44:44 and read 8230 times.

Quoting Phatfarmlines (Reply 10):
Good TR. I would have questioned when this trip was taken since I saw the US D38 at DCA but I looked back at your heading and you took it at 2003.

Thanks! I love the Dornier. Too bad they ain't too popular in the US.

Quoting GEEZ (Reply 11):
SDTRS!!!

Excellent photo's beeeeeeeeyottttch!!!!!!

The guy making a run from arrest...

Nice to see a widget schemed DL... I didn't think there was any left out there!

I look forward to your TR from your up and coming European vacation!

Chris

Thanks buddy! Yeah, this summer's trips reports will be quite something.

Expect:

-MIA-CDG-OSL-CDG-MIA on Air France
-OSL-BGO-OSL on Norwegian
-OSL-ARN on FlyMe
-ARN-HEL on Fly Nordic
-HEL-CPH on Blue1
-CPH-OSL on Norwegian

Stefano  wave 

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: GEEZ
Posted 2006-04-17 03:27:19 and read 8200 times.

Quoting Komododx (Reply 12):
OSL-BGO-OSL on Norwegian



Quoting Komododx (Reply 12):
CPH-OSL on Norwegian

Double beeeeeeeeeyoooooooootch!  rotfl 

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: September11
Posted 2006-04-17 04:10:55 and read 8182 times.

Neat pictures -- keep trying to get your photos accepted on Airliners.net.

It was my first time get a view of TLH airport terminal here. Again, great pictures.

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: Evan767
Posted 2006-04-17 17:32:25 and read 8092 times.

Quoting Komododx (Reply 9):
Can I please buy some drugs off of you!

I fly DL on average once a month. Last summer I flew DL once a week on the TLH-MIA and TLH-FLL route. I was lucky to get a mini Dasani bottle and on about 3 out of 8 flights on those routes I got a tiny bag of pretzels. If you ask me, I'd rather have the opportunity to buy something on board. Furthermore, at fares right now not lower than $280 and as high as $800 on the Tallahassee-South Florida routes, that is a complete and outright rip-off!

Of course, I cannot base my views on DL having flown a total of about 20 times on the TLH-FLL/MIA routes. I also flew DL on business on the ATL-SJU route and got not one, but two bags of pretzels on the flight. On business! This was last summer.

Back in January 2003 I flew DL business on the BVT-BOS-ATL-PBI route. All I got on the BOS-ATL leg was yet another bag of pretzels and a drink, albeit served in an actual glass.

If this is improving the service then I really see no future for DL.

First of all, TLH-MIA/FLL is a signifigantly short route and is operated on comair. Even though it is on comair, the flight attendant should have offered you a choice of about 5 snacks and a choice of drinks. We no longer serve just tiny pretzels, but other items as well.

On the ATL-SJU route, like I said, that was last summer, Delta has increased service since then.  Yeah sure Now adays, you should at least get a round of unlimited drinks, and about three times around with the snack basket. I flew DEN-ATL and the f/a's came around 3 times with the snack basket and everyone helped themselves to as much as you wanted. Delta will not serve you only pretzels now. The whole point of my reply earlier was to tell you that Delta is NOW increasing service...... not last summer!!!!!!

"Back in January 2003" "Back in January 2003" "Back in January 2003" THAT WAS 3 YEARS AGO!! Did you not read my reply at all????? Once again.....the whole point of my reply earlier was to tell you that Delta is NOW increasing service. On BOS-ATL you will likely get at least 2 maybe 3 (if the f/a is good)times around with the snack basket and unlimited beer, wine (whine in this case), soda, juice, or whatever you want. Do not be afraid to ask.

Please reread my thread earlier. I was not saying Delta had awesome service back at the beginning of 2003, I said Delta's service was sh** compared to then... Try Delta again now and you won't be disappointed.

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: Chuckles1225
Posted 2006-04-17 18:31:11 and read 8074 times.

Quoting Komododx (Thread starter):
Saw Cheney on one of the days when he was not actually shooting someone

You know, I think he actually went on to shoot a white house aide later that day. It was an accident of course.  cheerful 

Otherwise great report and very nice pictures. Call me stupid but i didnt know that Air Wisconsin was operating flights for Air Tran Jet Connect. That's really pathetic becuae i live in Appleton, WI which is where the airline is based out of. I also didnt know that DL was operating 738s to TLH. I flew to TLH a couple of years ago and there was nothing bigger than a CRJ there. I think i might need to fly DL to TLH again sometime.

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: Komododx
Posted 2006-04-17 19:06:50 and read 8061 times.

Quoting GEEZ (Reply 13):
Double beeeeeeeeeyoooooooootch!

You are so jealous, aren't you?

Quoting September11 (Reply 14):
Neat pictures -- keep trying to get your photos accepted on Airliners.net

Thanks! I have a better camera now and my pics might now have a shot (no pun intended) at getting accepted.

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 15):
First of all, TLH-MIA/FLL is a signifigantly short route and is operated on comair. Even though it is on comair, the flight attendant should have offered you a choice of about 5 snacks and a choice of drinks. We no longer serve just tiny pretzels, but other items as well.

Well that's a lovely excuse. I've had better service on DL on the ATL-TLH route which is much shorter. On a 1 hour 15 min flight on a cramped CRJ or ERJ I'd expect some kind of snack... As I said above, none were offered last summer (August). Furthermore, I highly doubt they have changed a bit in just 8 months.

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 15):
On the ATL-SJU route, like I said, that was last summer, Delta has increased service since then. Now adays, you should at least get a round of unlimited drinks, and about three times around with the snack basket. I flew DEN-ATL and the f/a's came around 3 times with the snack basket and everyone helped themselves to as much as you wanted. Delta will not serve you only pretzels now. The whole point of my reply earlier was to tell you that Delta is NOW increasing service...... not last summer!!!!!!

Good for you! And if so, good for DL. I won't be flying them anymore.

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 15):
"Back in January 2003" "Back in January 2003" "Back in January 2003" THAT WAS 3 YEARS AGO!! Did you not read my reply at all????? Once again.....the whole point of my reply earlier was to tell you that Delta is NOW increasing service. On BOS-ATL you will likely get at least 2 maybe 3 (if the f/a is good)times around with the snack basket and unlimited beer, wine (whine in this case), soda, juice, or whatever you want. Do not be afraid to ask.

Did you read my TR??? I mentioned how the service WAS BETTER 3 years ago! It's crap now and will continue to be crap. If they go down the drain, good riddance.

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 15):
Please reread my thread earlier. I was not saying Delta had awesome service back at the beginning of 2003, I said Delta's service was sh** compared to then... Try Delta again now and you won't be disappointed.

See above  Yeah sure I'll never fly DL again. The only reason I flew them was because FL pulled out of TLH. Good thing I'm moving to a city which gets service from UA, US, AA, and WN.

Quoting Chuckles1225 (Reply 16):
You know, I think he actually went on to shoot a white house aide later that day. It was an accident of course.

 rotfl 

Quoting Chuckles1225 (Reply 16):
Otherwise great report and very nice pictures. Call me stupid but i didnt know that Air Wisconsin was operating flights for Air Tran Jet Connect. That's really pathetic becuae i live in Appleton, WI which is where the airline is based out of. I also didnt know that DL was operating 738s to TLH. I flew to TLH a couple of years ago and there was nothing bigger than a CRJ there. I think i might need to fly DL to TLH again sometime.

Thanks. Yes, Air Wisconsin did operate the AirTran JetConnect service while it existed, just as the operate Express service for UA.

Stefano  wave 

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: Komododx
Posted 2006-04-17 19:08:24 and read 8061 times.

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 15):
and is operated on comair

Actually it's Chautauqua. Get your facts straight before you start playing Armchair CEO.

Stefano  wave 

Topic: RE: TLH-ATL-DCA-ATL-TLH On DL/FL (40 Pics!)
Username: AV8AJET
Posted 2006-04-18 15:54:15 and read 7930 times.

Quoting MKEdude (Reply 1):
Looks like Peachtree-DeKalb airport. I think that's the Chamblee MARTA station off to the right.

Good report

Actually I think it is Gainesville, Georgia. Just north of Atlanta on the Macey arrival.


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