PHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7 Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 15941 times:
This report will cover Delta flights from PHL-ATL-SNA featuring the 737-700, which I believe is a first for a.net. The second part will feature United flights from SNA-ORD-PHL all in first class, with an unexpected/unwelcome surprise at the end.
My camera is a crappy 4 mega pixel point and shoot so I apologize for the quality of the pictures. I am getting a 10 mega pixel camera for x-mas, so my next report (probably PHL-ORD-SEA-ORD-PHL mileage run in January) will hopefully have better pictures.
When I first found out that Delta would be putting the 73W on flights to SNA I knew I had to get on it. Plus my skymiles would expire in December if I didn’t fly sometime soon. Perfect reason to book a trip over a weekend for no reason. To even sweeten the deal there was a one way first class fare to SNA from PHL for sub $350. I booked it almost immediately. I knew I wanted to fly United back to PHL just in case I would be short of Premier for the year this would seal that issue. As it turns out I didn’t need the flights but the miles always help. I had originally booked these flights for November, but due to work I had to change the dates to December 13 and 14. Kind of pissed about the 250 bucks in change fees, but what are you going to do….Now to the flying
Flight: Delta 1015
Aircraft: N913DN MD-90
Departure: 12:40 PM from gate A13
Arrival: 2:31 PM at Gate B1
Take Off: 27L
My father and I left our house a little after 10:00 AM for the about 30 minute drive to the airport. He graciously dropped me off at Terminal A at 10:45 AM where I then proceeded to the kiosk to grab my boarding passes. Security was quick for 11:00 AM on a Saturday. I wondered all the way down to the food court and got some lemonade from chick-fil-a. Came back to the gate and hung out. I got to the airport so early that the earlier flight was still at the gate. MD-88 at the gate at A13.
I was debating trying to standby for this flight but I knew I would probably never get another chance to be on a MD-90 so I stayed with my flight. Soon enough my plane pulled into the gate. A little longer than the plane that just left.
Boarding started promptly at 12:10 PM. I was probably the 3rd person on the plane, and took my seat. First impression of the first class cabin is that it feels quite cramped. There was standard leg room for domestic first.
We had quite a light load today, first class was 100% full but coach could not have been more than 20% filled. I don’t understand why delta runs so many flights to Philadelphia from Atlanta. Pre departure beverage was offered and I took the first of many jack and diet cokes. The beverage was served in a plastic cup but I understand this just for the pre departure beverage. Makes things easier for the FA. I would rather have the drink than no drink at all even if its in a plastic cup. We had a quick taxi out to 27L where we had no wait for take off and did a rolling take off. The MD-90 is incredible quiet. Besides the sensation of being thrust into your seat you would have no clue that the engines had spooled up and you were taking off.
Some scenes as we took off
The chimes went off quite quickly as we passed through 10,000 feet, probably due to the light load. The announcements were inaudible, I don’t know if this was due to a broken system or the loudness of the air circulation system. Drink service started shortly after, and I chose a jack and diet this time in real glass. The snack basket came around and I grabbed a Quaker chewy chocolate chip bar and some biscoff cookies. Delta’s MD-90 have over head screens but due to the short flight they did not play anything on them.
Drink and IFE
We passed an airport enroute shortly after take off which I think is IAD but not 100% sure.
For a good 40 minutes of the flight a plane was flying next to us, but too far to make out any familiar markings.
My seatmate went to the bathroom, so I took this opportunity to snap some pictures of the cabin
I also went to the bathroom and coming back I saw the passenger manifest posted in the galley. I took a quick peak and 4 of the 12 seats were NRSA’s also 6 of the other passengers were delta or skyteam elites so I am not sure if they were op-ups or full fare, but still did not seem that promising for this route. Drinks were re filled once throughout the flight. The nice and attentive purser asked again but I declined. Not much happened for the short 1 hour and 48 minute flight so I will show some pictures of the scenery.
ATL soon came into view as we turned to line up with 8R
I believe this is down town ATL from I could be wrong.
The following pictures are touchdown and taxi:
Fly Delta Jets!
I believe off in the distance that is one of Delta 77L’s
Passing aircraft at the gate on the way to B1
I had about 1.5 hours in ATL before my connection to SNA. Luckily the connecting gate was B25, so I roamed around B terminal too see what kind of action there was. Nothing to interesting though, mostly 757’s and MD-88s.
I camped out at B25 and waiting for the 73W to arrive from SNA.
Pulling into the gate, my plane N302DQ
Flight: Delta 917
Aircraft: N302DQ Boeing 737-700
Departure: 5:00 PM from gate B25
Arrival: 7:00 PM at Gate 11
Take Off: 8R
Boarding started at 4:10 more or less on time. Again I was one of the earlier ones to board. Delta promotes this breezeway boarding for first class and elites. But on both flights they did not even utilize this feature. I don’t know if their phasing this out or was it just for my flights. Leg room was a little bit better than on the MD-90
Pre-departure beverage was handed out again, and again it was a joke and diet in a plastic cup. 757 next to us to I believe Phoenix
The PTV scrolls through advertisements while on the ground, you can’t start anything or look at the map until the wheels leave the ground. Cute girl though!
We pushed back on time and taxied back out to 8R for take off. Announcement by the captain stated we will be arriving a little late due to incredible strong headwinds, at times above 150 MPH.
I love shots like this
Delta CRJ-700 about to take off
Delta 737 landing on 8L
American MD-80 rolling
We passed a delta 767 and united 737 as we rolled down the runway for take off
Leaving the ground
I believe this is the Delta maintenance center, by the fly delta jets sign
My PTV shortly after take off displaying some flight details
Our partial reflection in the engine
Our route across the US this evening
I began watching pineapple express on the PTV. All the movies and shows are free for those seating in first.
We broke through the clouds around 17,000 feet if I remember correctly
Cabin as we reached cruising altitude and dinner service began
The purser on this flight (did not catch her name) was awesome. She always had a smile and the look on her face that she was working hard to make sure all 12 of us in first were taken care of. I didn’t look into economy but from what was said on the PA it was 100% full.
I am used to flying United first and have never been on Delta first. But on United the place mat is a real cloth napkin. On delta they give you this thick paper thing with the delta logo on it for your tray table, not very classy, but better than nothing I guess.
A hot towel service was done before the drink orders were taken, always a nice touch. The purser took our individual drink orders, I of course got a jack in diet which came in a real glass.
It was getting dark out, but there was still some light out, I like the sky when its in that in-between stage.
Dinner today was a choice between short ribs or vegetarian pasta. I choose the pasta, short ribs sounded too messy.
The meal came with a salad, bread, and a piece of chocolate cake. I finished watching pineapple express, and then messed around with the TV shows for a while. I played the trivia game as well, but I found the questions kind of difficult. I actually won one round though.
Not far out now. This flight was a little over 5 hours which is a little long for this flight, which is a direct result of the head winds I assume.
About 1 hour from landing the purser came around with the snack basket if anyone wanted anything else, of course I obliged. She did frequent runs of drinks throughout the entire flight. If I had any GTEM cards like United has for Delta I would have given her one. We landed shortly after 7:00 PM and taxied to gate 11. SNA was pretty quiet at this time of night, with a couple departures between 7 and 8. With no bags I was quickly at the curb trying to figure out how to get to the Hilton across the street. I called them and they said that you can walk there, so that’s what I figured I would do. I weaved around the parking garage for like 15 minutes before seeing a door. Walk out the door and your suddenly on the sidewalk, I walk to the light and walk down the block and check into my room.
Goodies from the Flights
Room, I ordered a room with a king, but for some reason they gave me 2 queens. Being Hilton gold I was hoping for an upgrade, but that did not happen. I did get a free breakfast and free drink coupon at the bar, both of which I did not use. I also thought I would get free internet, but that didn’t happy either. It didn’t matter, I just wanted to sleep anyway.
I was tired by this point, so I surfed around the internet for a little bit, but then hit the hay, in anticipation for the next day! My flight the following day left at 8:00 so I set my alarm for 5:30 AM to leave by 6:00 AM. The RCC opens at 6:30 on Sundays so I wanted to have some time in there to get breakfast and go on the internet. I didn’t know how bad weather would be in ORD, so I wanted to be ready with back up plans just in case.
DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2106 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 15758 times:
Quoting PHLstudent (Thread starter): Dinner today was a choice between short ribs or vegetarian pasta. I choose the pasta, short ribs sounded too messy.
I thought the same thing on a recent fligt that I took from PDX to ATL but, it's a boneless offering and some of the best tasting and most tender beef I've ever had aloft. Try it next time; I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Burj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 903 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 15725 times:
Wow thanks for the great trip report!
I fly DL a lot and thought I'd point out that that the place mat wasn't just paper but actually has a kind of rubbery surface. I believe this is to help your dinner from slipping off the tray table.
As for breeze-way they are definitely not getting rid of it. They did have to tweak how it is used and not all gate agents use it the same way.
Currently breezeway only opens up AFTER they board first class. Elites who are not in first class should be zone 1 anyways so they wouldn't need it. It is only really helpful if you have elite status and get to the gate late. If they are in the middle of board zone 3-X you can then use breeze way to basically cut the line.
Daviation From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 14850 times:
Very nice TR! That was indeed IAD, and one of your photos clearly shows the Udvar Hazey Smithsonian Museum. I once spent the day there with my son -- flew down early on Indy from SWF to IAD, saw every exhibit, flew back at night. My son loved every moment; I was nearly dead from exhaustion! Yes, that was indeed downtown ATL as well. I laughed because I recently took that same photo during a transfer on the way from LAS to SWF. I mistakenly thought that ATL was LAS in my photo, so I was baffled myself when I told people that downtown Vegas is so close to the airport! It took me awhile to realize my own error.
The airshow scrolls through many different screens and it would zoom in. I just did not happen to capture a picture of it zoomed in. My camera is pretty crappy right now, so it would take me like 3 or 4 shots to get a picture that was not all blurry and distorted. Next time I will have a better camera so I will get more extensive PTV shots.
UAL757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 809 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 14748 times:
Quoting Phlstudent (Reply 16): haha thats correct. I'm a big fan of T.I., plus I was getting in the mood for going to Atlanta.
Dude, I love these pictures, they turned out great, and the TR. An ideal trip report.
I haven't flown DL for so long (and in fact the last airlines I have flown have been UA and AS). The F meal looks messy, but I'm sure it tasted good. And the paper thing seems cheap, but the service seemed to make up for it, right? All in all, it seems DL has a nice F product.
I'm looking forward to your return flights on UA. Good thing you made 2P.
MSNfan From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 14667 times:
Excellent report, those pictures were great regardless of how many megapixels they were. That was quite the combination of aircraft with a MD-90 and DL 73G too. Can't wait to read the second half-thanks for posting.
Dentistry: Because everyone smiles in the same language!
XJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2511 posts, RR: 42
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 14132 times:
Fantastic report. To be completely honest, I find most airplanes cramped at my height, so I don't look at the pitch or seating arrangement of the aircraft. I look for two very specific things when aboard, the crew and the IFE. I always bring my own along, but DL's inflight product is one of the best domestically. Don't get me wrong, UA's Channel 9 is sweet, but you can only watch so many episodes of the Office without pulling your hair out. VX's IFE I haven't actually experienced because i flew on the one aircraft that it didn't have it working but I hear its pretty good just lacking route structure. I hear US is pulling their overhead monitors out on their 757s. I may be a little biased, but again, I think DL's product is one of the best.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15): Interesting report, nice to see a report about DL's new 73G. The food looks good, DL seems to offer a decent F Class product. Could you zoom into the airshow map?
You know whats interesting? I flew back from ARN and on the way there and back when we were over international waters or countries, it didn't zoom in. Stateside is does, no problem. However, internationally, it didn't.