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Delta DL1836 TPA-JFK 17Mar08  
User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1105 posts, RR: 8
Posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 10121 times:

Arrived at the airport about 2 hrs before departure cause we had a connection with 9W to DEL at JFK. Check-in at TPA is divided into two sections. One is for domestic and has several self check-in kiosks. The other is the old-style check-in which is for paper tickets and international travel. Since we wanted our bags checked all the way to India, we went to the international line.

Check-in was easy. We gave her our DL e-ticket receipt and our 9W e-ticket receipt and asked her if she could check our bags all the way through....she said it was no problem.

After check-in we proceeded to security and then to the crown-room club, which is very nice in TPA.

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn119/B77WER/DL1836/100_0381.jpg

View from the club



I know I'm biased because I live in TPA, but TPA is by far my favorite U.S. airport. All the airsides are brand-new, have high ceilings with great architecture, and have a bunch of food options. All the staff, even TSA, are really friendly and efficient. I have never had a bad experience at TPA.

Anyway, back the flight. We went to the gate about 10 min before boarding was supposed and got to see that our plane didn't have the new livery. Oh well there's always next time. Oh, and DL's gate areas are the nicest in TPA. They have LCD TV's with flight information, standby lists, etc.

Airline: Delta Airlines
Aircraft: MD-88
Flight #: DL1836
Date: 17Mar08
STD: 12:15
ATD: 12:05
Load factor: 100%
Seat: 12D

Boarding pass

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn119/B77WER/DL1836/100_0380.jpg

Boarding was on time and the flight was boarded by zones as usual with DL



A CRJ parked next to us...no clue where it's going



View of the ramp at TPA



Forward cabin view.



The captain came on the PA and welcomed us on board and told us we should expect an on time departure and we should expect to arrive in JFK early. He asked for the cabin crew to arm all doors and crosscheck. We soon started pushback early.

F/A's did their safety demo and sat down for takeoff.

Another DL MD-88



TPA ramp



Another DL MD-88 starting up



We then saw a DL 767-300 in the new livery. Why couldn't our MD-88 have it?!? lol



We taxied out to rwy 18R for takeoff...there was about a 10 min wait since the other rwy at TPA is closed for construction I believe. Anyway we taxied onto the runway only to taxi off shortly after. The captain immediately told us not to worry and that ATC was rerouting all flights going to northeast.

We taxied back onto the rwy after a DL flight took off and immediately banked to the right after departure....I've noticed that almost all flights out of TPA do this. I guess they all fly the same SID and have to avoid the traffic going in and out of MacDill AFB.



During climb, I got this cabin shot



And a view of the legroom with the newly designed safety card



Once we got to our cruising altitude, in-flight service was started which consisted of cookies and a drink....standard for U.S. domestic I guess.



A shot of the wing during cruise



Also, the cabin crew were excellent during this flight. They all had great attitudes and seemed to proud that they were flying for DL. A VERY nice change from couple of years ago. This definitely sets them apart from other U.S. carriers.

About 30 min before arrival, the captain announced our descent into JFK but said we had to hold a bit because of traffic going into JFK. Also, during descent, I noticed the slats were deployed about 20 min before landing....not sure if this is normal or if it just that we were holding a low altitude.

Landing on runway 31L in JFK was smooth as usual with DL....those DL pilots definitely know how to land aircrafts. Taxi to the gate was short and got these shots of the ground in JFK







After leaving the Maddog, we went to the airtrain station to go to T8 where our 9W flight departed from. I got these shots of an LH tail and an MS 772





Hope you enjoyed reading and feel free to view my TR's on 9W:

Jet Airways 777-300ER JFK-DEL ( Pix)

Jet Airways 9W707 W/Diversion (Pix)

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User currently offlineCOERJ145 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9955 times:

Great report and pictures!!

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
A CRJ parked next to us...no clue where it's going

Nope. A Freedom(Mesa) Airlines ERJ-145, probably headed to TLH or PNS.


User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1105 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9908 times:



Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 1):
Nope. A Freedom(Mesa) Airlines ERJ-145, probably headed to TLH or PNS.

Sorry about that I'm usually good about not confusing A/C....guess I missed this one


User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9665 times:

First trip report I have read in few months ... I've never been to TPA. It appears TPA has a nice facility.


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User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9606 times:

Great TR. I also do like TPA and the DL fascilities.

cheers: DALelite



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User currently offlineCODC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2406 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 9385 times:

Nice shot of the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, usually my base of operations down there. Wonderful hotel with a convenient location, outstanding staff, and very good amenities.

The Intercontinental on JFK across from the Westshore mall is very good as well...but going from the lobby of the Hyatt to the security checkpoint at TPA in no more than 10 minutes on the average day is awesome, not to mention the view of operations on 18R/36L if your room is on the east side of the hotel!


User currently offlinePhatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1354 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 9301 times:

Good TR. One comment:

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
We taxied back onto the rwy after a DL flight took off and immediately banked to the right after departure....I've noticed that almost all flights out of TPA do this. I guess they all fly the same SID and have to avoid the traffic going in and out of MacDill AFB.

The "Tampa 3" SID is moreso a noise-abatement procedure for the Beach Park residents (the area to the west of West Shore Plaza). Piston Props/Turboprops are excluded from this procedure.


User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1105 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 9265 times:



Quoting Phatfarmlines (Reply 6):
The "Tampa 3" SID is moreso a noise-abatement procedure for the Beach Park residents (the area to the west of West Shore Plaza). Piston Props/Turboprops are excluded from this procedure.

Ok that makes sense. I have a couple of friends that live in Beach Park and it is already a bit noisy as it is....guess it would be much worse if A/C flew closer.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8536 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8892 times:
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Nice report, thanks.

Minimal snack service, but better than nothing these days!

rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8874 times:



Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
Why couldn't our MD-88 have it?

Currently there's only one MD-88 flying in the new colors (N908DL). Glad you enjoyed your trip. Our TPA facility is one of my favorites.


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8525 times:



Quoting Flynavy (Reply 9):
Currently there's only one MD-88 flying in the new colors (N908DL)

Will they paint anymore MDs in the new livery??

Nice TR

The pics are really good.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineUAopsMGR From Croatia, joined Mar 2005, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8417 times:



Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
I know I'm biased because I live in TPA, but TPA is by far my favorite U.S. airport.

It's one of my favorites too! Nice pics and report.



Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.- Homer Simpson
User currently offlineCurticool From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 8336 times:



Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
know I'm biased because I live in TPA, but TPA is by far my favorite U.S. airport. All the airsides are brand-new, have high ceilings with great architecture, and have a bunch of food options. All the staff, even TSA, are really friendly and efficient. I have never had a bad experience at TPA.

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Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
Will they paint anymore MDs in the new livery??

Yes but it's Slow  yes 
hopefully another by next year  Smile


Great trip report!!!

-Curticool  Big grin


User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 941 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 8316 times:

Nice report... guess there isn't much to report about on domestic US flights anymore, is there?

=(

Yet you did a good job with what you had to work with.



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