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RDU-HSV On DL + Egg Beater Jesus - (pics)  
User currently offlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 993 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 12491 times:

Ok, it has been a while since I've written a TR. I had to go to a wedding in Huntsville, Alabama, flew from Raleigh/Durham. Thought I would write up an intra-south TR from the South's airline - DL.

Friday, August 22, 2008
DL 1117
100% full
About 1 hour in the air

Hard to tell from the picture - but - it is in the new livery. Yay, the trip starts off rite.

Business side of RDU Terminal A - You can tell it is RDU cause it says Raleigh/Durham. I wonder if the new terminal will have a "Welcome to Raleigh/Durham" airside sign or is that something from days gone by?

Inside the mighty 757 - played PTV trivia with about 15 others on the flight - guess who came in first - that's right - flyPI!

Funny story about the PTV. The flight attendant came on the P/A and warned people not to buy a movie as the flight was only one hour. Smart move on the F/A's part -but - how clueless would you be to buy a movie on a one hour flight?

The flight down to Atlanta went by wicked fast, nothing usual about the flight.

DL 1699
~75% full
about 30 minutes in the air

I had a 1 hour layover in ATL - by the time I got to the gate - the flight was boarding, perfect. It has been a while since riding on Delta - I think the "breezeway lane" for elites is hysterical.    breezeway.  

Inside the 737 to HSV. I sat on the aisle this time which focused my attention towards the cabin experience instead of the flying experience. Nice.

See on a short flight like ATL-HSV there is no service at all - no drink, no peanut, no nothing. It is actually great. F/A 's just go through the cabin and do what F/A's are trained to do, keep an eye on things. One actually stopped and talked to me for a while - very friendly, nice. So relaxed on the part of the cabin crew, and you know what - that is really what is missing from the *golden* days of pax flying - a relaxed cabin crew.
Now on to Huntsville. There are actually a number of things in HSV to see and do- NASA Space camp comes to mind. But, if you ever find yourself in Huntsville, you must see...

...Eggbeater Jesus

First Baptist Church in HSV. Why the mosaic artist decided our Lord was to be whisk incarnate, I don't know. But, next time you are frothing up your next omelet or delicious whipped cream be sure and think of Him. He gave his life for your cooking sins. (ok ok ok ok - calm down it is only a joke. But still - it's Eggbeater Jesus.  )

The weekend was great - but now time to return to RDU!

Sunday, August 24, 2008
DL 1279
running about 1 hour late.
30 min. ride
about 85% full.

now, I said the the weekend was great - and it was -but- hurricane Fay was letting us she was nearby. I woke to wind and rain.

Well, if this was the way the day was going to start, I expected delays - bumps in flight.

Sure enough, I got to the airport and was promptly greeting with a 1 hour delay. This would leave a 30 min connection time, certainly a missed connection. Time to rain it in, don't lose my cool over a delay. Don't take it out on the TSA, get myself arrested. Now isn't the time to forget my name and have to go to the ticket counter and ask DL staff is they know who I am. (kind of embarrassing last time that happened. )

Ha, ha, fooled you, really, now - an airliner geek upset over a delay.   I was a little upset. though. Both flights today were to be on MD-88. And the MD-80/90 is my fav. I really didn't want to miss the connection.

Let's put our little delay to good use, shall we. How many chances will you get to take a little air side tour of HSV? HSV is pretty small, a single concourse, much like my hometown ROA (let's hear it for ROA!!)

The main drag.

Smokers take notice, HSV has air side smoking.

American's gate - you can tell American wants you to remember their name - they put it up three times. American! American! American!

At the end of the concourse down the steps are commuter a/c gates - though, every airline was using the "all-growed up, big boy" gates for their commuter a/c.

Loved the sign from United - it is so old fashion looking - like something from their 1950's or 1960's corporate branding, with a kiss of the 1970's tulip. I also love that they include the map with the arrows and dots representing Denver and Washington, just in case you need to go there but aren't quite sure where "there" is.

Interesting UA - according to my 9/75 UA system timetable, that you cleverly called "Our Friendly Times," UA offered not 1 but 2X daily n/s to LAX from HSV.

Delta is the official airline of US Space Camp. Geez, DL, another airline is already trying to be the official airline of outer space - when are you going to catch up?

How cool are these ceiling tiles!?!

My ride to ATL. Love those MD-80's.

True to DL's word, we were leaving 1 hour late. The Capt. also warned us that is was going to be a bumpy ride. He also said we were going to have to sit at the gate for additional 12 minutes (can you believe it!?! Another 12 whole minutes) because there was a traffic management program in effect for ATL.

At that, the lady behind me started rambling on about how she was going to miss her flight to blah, blah, blah. I chuckled a little, see she don't know, and, though not a certainty, but there was a chance that if a traffic program for arrivals was in place, her flight to blah, blah, blah would likely be delayed. Even if it isn't, it is early in the day, plenty of chances to get to blah, blah, blah.  

I'll let you in on a little secret - I like bumpy flights - they're kind of fun. I was disappointed, this flight wasn't bumpy at all. It was fine.

ATL is DL/FL land.

DL 1598
about 1 hour flight
~95% full

yikes - 30 minutes to connect - scheduled into E concourse and departing from B concourse - not going to happen. Hey, we're parking at the B concourse and a quick check on the departures board - RDU is still departing from B! Maybe I'll make it.

My ride to RDU. I made it. Yay another MD-88.    .

Here is what an MD-88 looks like from the inside. I was sitting in row 15 - towards the front - I had forgotten how quiet the MD-80's are up front - nice.

Flight was great. Arrived back into RDU on time, but, the jetway was broken - we had to be towed into place, that is the Capt didn't know jetway A15 wasn't working correctly until he'd parked the plane. Capt says - everybody sit back down.  

That brings me back home.

Delta was great - it was great to fly them where they grew up - the American South aka Dixie. There is a certain quality to Delta crew, professional and friendly - in a genuine way. It is like maybe everyone at Delta once worked for Southern Railway on the Crescent.

Whatever the case, it is easy today, with all the service cuts and staffing cuts and blah, blah, blah bad news for the airlines, to be critical of the experience of passenger flight . Flying is still a great experience, every bit as nice as 30 years ago. Delta's staff just proved that.

[Edited 2008-08-24 16:32:52]

[Edited 2008-08-24 16:45:12]

Rex Kramer: Get that finger out of your ear! You don't know where that finger's been!
3 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1447 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 12470 times:

Cool TR

Quoting FlyPIJets (Thread starter):
American's gate - you can tell American wants you to remember their name - they put it up three times. American! American! American!

 rotfl  I love that!

Quoting FlyPIJets (Thread starter):
much like my hometown ROA (let's hear it for ROA!!)

Yay Virginia! Big grin

Quoting FlyPIJets (Thread starter):
Geez, DL, another airline is already trying to be the official airline of outer space


Roar, lion, roar
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12341 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 12178 times:
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I love egg beater jesus!

You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineLHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 12028 times:

Very simple and to the point TR, just the way I like them.

Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 1):
I love that!

As do I. You would think that in this day and age of cutting everything possible you would think they'd get rid of such redundancies like that.

I am also intrigued by the eggbeater Jesus. He may have been able to turn water into wine, break bread, give fish to people, perform miracles what have you. Though he could in theory make one ridiculously good (and given his body figure a large) omlet. Seeing him painted like a whisk simply proves it!  biggrin 

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