My friend, brother and I ended up getting to ATL at 8:30 (unfortunately I had zero say in what time we left). My brother and I already had our boarding passes printed, but my friend didn’t, so he had to wait and use self check-in to print his boarding pass.
Finally he made it through and we headed off to security, where there was a ten-minute wait or so. Eventually we made it through and headed down to the train, where I felt obligated to take a picture
We got off the train at Concourse A and made the long walk all the way to the end to gate A2, stopping at Chick-Fil-A for some food. Sitting out the window was our 757:
I couldn’t see a registration, unfortunately, so I sort of made a mental note to ask a flight attendant after we landed in Jacksonville.
Boarding started at 9:20, exactly 30 minutes before our scheduled departure. My brother and I were seated in zone 6, but our friend was in zone 7, so we split when they called zone 6 and boarded. In waiting to get on the plane, I was able to look out the jetway and see the registration was N647DL. When we got on my brother and I split, ourselves, as he was in seat 35F, and I was in 23F. No one was in my row yet, so I took my seat unimpeded and had a pretty good view out my window:
I had a nice view of the engine, but more importantly:
A PTV, my first experience with one
After we went through the boarding process, we pushed back at 9:50, but taxiing took forever. There was a line to takeoff. I’m not sure on how many were ahead of us, but it took 15 minutes or so. As we made our turn on to runway 27R, I saw a Delta 757 behind us. Not expecting anything special, I scanned the registration and had to look again to make sure my eyes were seeing the right thing. It was N687DL, the 757 I flew this summer to CVG. I know it’s kind of stupid, but I thought it was cool.
…Anyway, takeoff was absolutely no different from any other 757 (and that’s a wonderful thing ), powerful, and extremely steep.
Soon after they switched on the PTV’s and I explored around the menu (and found out that we were cruising at 28,000 feet) for a while before finally settling in on trivia. I joined halfway through, and still about won. It was enjoyable to say the least. Right in the middle of my absorption in this little screen, at 10:15 they came around with peanuts and drinks. I got a cup of water and began eating, all still while playing trivia, but the questions got really bad, so I ended up exiting the game. I thought about what would be on TV, and turned it to ESPN and watched College Football Gameday. I never thought about how cool it would feel to watch TV up in the air, but it was great.
Unfortunately the flight was all too short, as we began descending almost as fast as we got to cruising altitude. The PTV’s were left on all through approach, landing, and even all the way to the gate. Is that standard? We came down through some low clouds and I could see the skyline of Jacksonville pretty well. Landing was pretty hard on runway 7, and sadly, no reverse thrust was used.
We pulled in at gate A9, and I saw something out the window:
N958AT, a 717 that I flew to IAD back in November 2005. I called my brother as I waited for everyone to get off, since I’m never in a hurry to get off an airplane, and the conversation exchange went like this:
“Hey do you see that Airtran 717 next to us?”
“We flew that plane to Washington DC for Thanksgiving.”
“That’s pretty cool, but you’re a nerd.”
Ah well. Finally it got empty to the point that I almost had to get off, so I did, and met up with my brother and friend in the gate area.
It was only a one-way, and we drove back. The flight was much too short for my liking, but it was another great experience on Delta. I can’t wait to see some more of those PTV’s in the future.
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