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User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1039 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 14334 times:

Hi everyone,

in April this year I traveled to the United States. The purpose was an exchange program covering a stay in Tulsa, OK and a tour through New Mexico which took three and a half weeks in total. Beforehand Delta was chosen because they had the best fares and the best connections. Personally, I would have prefered flying on LH or UA, mainly because they have PTVs on most of their aircraft and I had flown on DL before. I like Delta however  Wink



We left on Sunday, April 5 aboard DL 117. It departs at 11 o'clock in the morning which is very convenient because you only have to be at the terminal at about 8 am. SkyTeam members use terminal 3 in STR. My itinerary didn't include any reservations, so I asked for a window seat while checking-in. Unfortunately the agent told me the flight was overbooked, so no more free seats to assign. I was given a seat right in the middle, not the best one, but I could cope with it.
On my way to gate 109 I could already see our aircraft which had arrived from ATL just some minutes prior.  airplane 


N156DL

Boarding started about 40 minutes before scheduled departure time. As I entered the aircraft, the flight attendant offered me a cockpit visit- and of course I embraced it  Smile
Very nice cockpit crew as well, the F/O let me sit in his seat, definitely a great experience.
According to the paperwork our flight would take exactly 10h 01m. There were 111.000lbs of fuel in the tanks.
I took pictures of the flight deck, but I forgot to ask about permission to upload, so I don't really want to post them here... sorry.
A few minutes after we were pushed back and took off from runway 7.
The service on the flight was pretty much the same as in 2007 when I last flew on DL,
peanuts and drinks after departure and lunch some time later. Chicken or pasta were on offer, I opted for the former and it was quite appetizing. Since I didn't have a window seat, I mainly used my iPod or read in the Sky Magazine. Among the movies shown in flight was James Bond Quantum of Solace. A while after reaching mainland the second meal/snack service began which consisted of the la Pizza 4 formaggi. I was hungry and the pizza was pretty filling.
I swapped seats with one of my teachers somewhere over the Southern States, thus was able to take pictures out of the window  Smile







Already on approach into ATL.





We landed on runway 8L and taxied to concourse E.

Immigration, customs and security were unproblematic though it took quite a while until we got through. Now we had about 4 hours layover time before flying to TUL which I mainly spent with watching planes and spotting from concourse D. It offers nice and unobstacled views of the aprons, but weather was dull and as the sun was already beginning to set, reflections from the windows became stronger.


N680AW before flight to PHX with continuing service to SNA.


LH A340-300 back to FRA. D-AIGI

It turned out that our flight to TUL would be delayed due to bad weather in the vicinity of Atlanta which caused the inbound flight from BTR to be late. After some more technical issues, we finally blocked off at 9.40pm (schedule was 8.30pm).
The flight was EV 5277 and operated by a CRJ-200, registered N872AS.
At least the FA seemed to be in a good mood, and so was her safety presentation. It was hilarious when she said she would hit anyone trying to enter the cockpit in flight with the coffee machine  duck 
Even though night had already fallen in Atlanta, the line for take off was still considerable.
Complimentary beverage and snack service was made, since most passengers had already fallen asleep, the flight attendand gave a second round of drinks and snack for those awake. I appreciated it because I badly needed some caffeine in order not to fall asleep.  coffee 
We landed 70 minutes late in Tulsa. A long journey had almost come to and end for me.  yawn 

If you ever happen to be there, I recommend visiting Tulsa Air and Space Museum. A great place for aviation enthusiasts. In fact, it's more than just a museum, because there are lots of things to try out on your own.  thumbsup 








Bison, photographed at Tallgrass Prairie

I had a great time in Tulsa and on April 20 it was time to continue to Albuquerque, NM.
Flying TUL-ATL-ABQ was the only viable option for us which also meant to be at the airport very early in the morning. Flight 5098 was due to leave at 5.40am.
The whole terminal was less than empty and check-in went fine and quick, I received boarding passes for both segments, but this time with a window seat on either flight  bitelip 



The flight passed without any special occurrences.

Up next was DL 1853 from ATL-ABQ which left from terminal B, Gate 8 at 10.55am.
Departure was spot on time and off we were with a full loadfactor in both cabins. The 757 we flew on had neither PTVs nor wifi system installed. As you can see, my window had a couple of annoying spots , still it was a nice and scenic flight overall  Smile


N603DL


Colorful SkyWest CRJ-900. N821SK


Leaving Atlanta, shortly after departure from runway 26L









Some pictures from New Mexico:


Rio Grande


Road near Taos


Space Hall of Fame in Alamogordo

On April 28 it was time to fly back home. We were due to leave ABQ at 9.35am on DL 1664.
The sun was rising whilst on the way to the airport, check-in and security were problem-free but the line was rather lengthy. I must say I really liked Albuquerque Sunport, nice interior, free wireless LAN and plenty of stations to recharge electronic devices. I originally wanted to take more pictures, but somehow forgot about it... oh well.
Our aircraft was already standing at the gate, MD-88 N973DL. There was another Maddog on spare as pictured in the background (N990DL).



I actually wanted to ask for a cockpit visit, but upon seeing that the pilots were busy, I didn't want to disturb them. This was also the time when the panic about swineflu was in full swing, a couple of passengers were wearing breathing protections.
Flight was full once more, but we left on schedule. Safety presentation was done manually.
After a fairly long the take off roll the JT9Ds were flying us towards ATL. I had an aisle seat and the person at the window was asleep... great... This particular MD-88 featured Delta's gogo wifi inflight system, so I gave it a try. The access was 7,95$. Of course I visited a.net and flightaware to see where we were flying at.


Just after overflying the boarder of Texas


Tasty bagel, price 3$  yummy 

What I found pretty cool was that the flight attendants came to my seat a couple of times to ask for our remaining flight time. It was quite amazing to see how accurate flightaware's data are, we made a couple of turns on approach to ATL and about 10 seconds later it was visible on my display. Landing on runway 10 with strong breaking action.

Now we had about 4 hours of spare time, again a good possiblity for me to make a tour through the airport's concourses. At first I went to terminal T where DL 116 to STR was scheduled to depart from, and our aircraft was already at the gate.


N16065


Another B767 was to fly to Lagos, Nigeria. N1612T

I thought terminal E would give me the most interesting views and biggest aircraft, and so it turned out to be. Since it was still early in the afternoon only a couple of widebodies were at the gates, among them DL B764, BA B772, NW A332, AF A332.


N836MH


This aircraft flew to BCN some hours later.





I returned to the gate well before scheduled departure time at 5.40pm to recharge my iPod/camera battery.
Soon after boarding was called. I hoped for another cockpit visit, and it worked out  Smile
Once again the flight crew was very generous and cordial, the Captain was a former MD-11 pilot at Delta. Having reached for my seat, he came on over the PA saying the flightime would be about an hour shorter than scheduled due to high tailwinds.
We joined the line for take off as number 3 and soon after we were blasting towards the warm evening sky of Georgia. Not much to note about this flight, smooth landing on runway 25 at STR. I once again was allowed to enter the cockpit where the Captain gave me the paperwork from the flight- awesome stuff  Smile Thanks again, Capt!

==Conclusion==

I find Delta's product is acceptable. The crews I had were actually very nice, especially the aircrew, but also the flight attendants have a high amount of professionalism and experience. Their international B767-300ER fleet is comparatively outdated and will hopefully be improved in the next years. What I would like to see are PTVs and new seats in Economy, maybe also in Business though it really isn't my affair. The overhead screens are of low image quality unless you're seated very close to them.
However, I do like the content of the entertainment system, movies were well-chosen in my opinion and there was the right proportion between films, sitcoms, advertisements and airshow. On their domestic aircraft PTVs and wifi are continuously being installed. Especially having internet in flight was a cool feature to me. Sign-up was user-friendly and done in a few minutes, connectivity and speed were absolutely flawless. It's worth the money. Catering was satisfying, though their buy on board sandwiches seem a little pricy, but I can't really judge since I didn't purchase one. This was my impression after having flown Delta six times in a month.

I hope you enjoyed reading my trip report. It's actually the first one I've ever written. So I am of course open to criticism and suggestions  Smile
Feel free to comment.

Best regards,
-Marius


'He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified.' Joseph Conrad
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User currently offlineAidanoc5793 From Ireland, joined Apr 2009, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 14018 times:

Love it dude, What a great trip report, it was a very interesting read, well done!!!!! Its awesome that SRT has a DL ATL flight, wish ORK would get any TATL service!! again fantastic and great photo's too.

User currently offlineBasefly From Denmark, joined Apr 2007, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 14012 times:

Thanks Luftfahrer..... Great first trip report, keep them coming, really cool that you got invited in to the cockpit on the outbound.....


757/777-A340/A380, Love them.
User currently offlineDeltaHolland From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 13752 times:

Thanks, awesome read. Glad it was a positive expierence.
Good quality pics too.
Its funny, I actually did this flight yesterday on my flight simulator. Big grin


User currently offlineCaspritz78 From Germany, joined Aug 2007, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 13651 times:

NIce report and nice pictures. Great to hear STR-ATL is overbooked. Means there is a demand for it and that it will stay. It is very nice to have this flight which is quite exotic. I think it is the only flight to the States from Stuttgart and the only flight from the States to Stuttgart. Wonder what people think when they see Stuttgart on the monitors in Atlanta.

User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1039 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 13462 times:

Thank you everyone for your comments! Very much appreciated  Smile

Quoting Caspritz78 (Reply 4):

Yes, Delta has been flying to STR for many years and apparently they have always had high loads.
The return flight (DL 116) for that matter was also very well booked, 25J/179Y as per loadsheet. Premium traffic is definitely existent.
Cargo was 14 322lbs in case somebody is interested.



'He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified.' Joseph Conrad
User currently offlineAv8rDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 13302 times:

Great report!
I also did an exchange when I was in high school (with a partner school just south of Frankfurt). Hope you enjoyed the trip.



Maintain thine airspeed, lest the Earth rise up and smite thee.
User currently offlineCrosswinds21 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 699 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 13261 times:

Nice report. Flying TUL-ATL-ABQ seems like something that only someone on a.net would do. Big grin

User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1712 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 12492 times:

Hi Marius,

What a great report with superb pictures!
great read! Also good to see STR can fill up flights to ATL since FRA & MUC are not too far away.

Quoting Caspritz78 (Reply 4):
Wonder what people think when they see Stuttgart on the monitors in Atlanta.

O lord, would you buy me.....a Mercedes-Benz Big grin



flown: F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,77W,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineDL752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 174 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 12123 times:

The pictures are crystal clear!
I loved them! The one of the Delta 757 really stands out.
DL752 Smile


User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5700 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11991 times:

Very cool report!

Enjoyed the pictures and really loved that TWA 747 one as well.

I really oughta fly a DL flight sometimes next month to check it out and compare it with NWA and whatnot.

Glad you had a good time on DL!

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineGjunnar From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 11759 times:

Great report and good pictures. I was excited to see another trip report on the only STR TATL route.
I was on the very STR-ATL flight last year and was really happy with DL. Sure, PTVs would be nice but IMO a great crew or better food are more important. Acutally, DL delivered on both of those really well.


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 11668 times:

Hey, Marius,

always nice to read something ex STR, heavily used by me the last years.
And also nice to follow you´re experience on DL 116/117, also done sometimes.

Sounds you had a good time in the southwestern States, an area which I will also visit again.

Interesting story and pix.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1039 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 11581 times:



Quoting Av8rDAL (Reply 6):

Yes, I certainly did  Smile

Quoting Crosswinds21 (Reply 7):

It's kinda odd, I know Big grin I think flying TUL-DEN-ABQ on WN was also an option, but it didn't work out. Would have loved to see what Southwest is like.
Ironically, our flight route from ATL-ABQ overflew TUL. And I wondered what this big city down there might be...  scratchchin 

Quoting DALCE (Reply 8):

Thank you.

Quoting DL752 (Reply 9):

Glad you liked the pics!  camera 

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 10):

Thanks, good luck, maybe you'll get to fly one of those wifi or PTV-fitted aircraft.
Way to go, Delta.  yes 

Quoting Gjunnar (Reply 11):

 checkmark  True. So was my experience.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):

Thanks- I've also been following your reports for quite some time now, always great to see trips from and to my homeairport STR.
The Southwest was definitely worth a visit.



'He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified.' Joseph Conrad
User currently offlineFX772LRF From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 675 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 11372 times:

Awesome trip report. Great read.

Can I ask as to what camera you use?

Thanks!

-FX772LRF  wave 



Cleared to IAH via CLL 076 radial/BAZBL/RIICE3, up to 3k, 7k in 10, departure on 134.3, squawk 4676, Colgan 9581.
User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1039 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 11278 times:



Quoting FX772LRF (Reply 14):

Thanks, sure, my camera is a Sony A200K.



'He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified.' Joseph Conrad
User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1697 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 11266 times:

Great TR, I always wondered how DL was performing on routes like ATL-Stuttgart.
Well done, great pics !


User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 10597 times:

Hi Marius,

Very interesting report and some great pictures. I always like reading STR-reports. Good to hear that DL seems to be successful on STR-ATL.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
On their domestic aircraft PTVs and wifi are continuously being installed.

This is an interesting aspect. Many US-carriers have PTV in large parts of their domestic fleet while it is installed quite slowly on the long-haul fleet. While PTV isn't the most important aspect for me personally, I still wonder about that policy.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1039 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 10538 times:

Thanks again everybody!  Smile

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 17):

I could imagine the cost is higher with big aircraft than with the smaller ones.
Their 767 fleet is huge, but I think they'll keep them for some more years until replaced by the 787. I am going to stay tuned and visit http://blog.delta.com/ for updates on occasion.
The gogo inflight wifi system found on many domestic DL aircraft also creates some revenue, but I don't believe it would work in the airspace outside from the US.



'He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified.' Joseph Conrad
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8700 times:

Hi Marius,

great report with very clear pictures. You got a nice mix of aircraft. Too bad I hadn't noticed this report earlier.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
The access was 7,95$. Of course I visited a.net and flightaware to see where we were flying at.

Cool stuff!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
What I found pretty cool was that the flight attendants came to my seat a couple of times to ask for our remaining flight time.

Did you charge for offering such a service?  Wink


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1039 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8603 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):

Hi and thanks for the feedback!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
Did you charge for offering such a service? Wink

The F/A's were very good-looking, no way I could have charged something  fluffy 



'He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified.' Joseph Conrad
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8396 times:
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Hi Marius,

Nice TR, looks like some good flights withn DL & good memories of your travels.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
I asked for a window seat while checking-in. Unfortunately the agent told me the flight was overbooked, so no more free seats to assign. I was given a seat right in the middle, not the best one

- At least the 767 is a 2-3-2 layout!, not so bad.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
Flight 5098 was due to leave at 5.40am

- Not a human time of day!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
What I found pretty cool was that the flight attendants came to my seat a couple of times to ask for our remaining flight time

- Quite amusing.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10601 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7977 times:

Good TR, very interesting. It does seem odd to me that you had to go TUL-ATL-ABQ when you could have gone TUL-SLC-ABQ, also on DL, unless that flight was booked full.

I do understand, now that the ok has been given to start installing WiFi in the 767-300 fleet in October. This, from Widgetheads.net:

"Wifi Coming to 767-300 Fleet In October
September 29, 2009
It appears the certificate has been received to authorize use of wifi in the 767-300 fleet. Ship 138 was the prototype 763 to get wifi, and also the first widebody aircraft to have wifi. The rest of the 763 fleet is scheduled to get wifi during overnight mods in October."



"A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary"----Fred Allen
User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1039 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7828 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):

Thank you... definitely  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
- At least the 767 is a 2-3-2 layout!, not so bad.

I realized that when I saw that some carriers have a 2-4-2 layout! Ouch.


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Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
- Not a human time of day!

True, although I didn't struggle to get up at all. I was too excited about flying, I guess Big grin Wake-up all in ABQ was at 4 in the morning or so...

Quoting Mayor (Reply 22):

Thanks!

Quoting Mayor (Reply 22):
It does seem odd to me that you had to go TUL-ATL-ABQ when you could have gone TUL-SLC-ABQ, also on DL, unless that flight was booked full.

We got the tickets well in advance, so I guess that was not reason. I looked up the flight today and if the schedules haven't changed in the meantime, it would have departed way too late, hence we'd have lost almost an entire day in ABQ. But now that you mention it, going via SLC sure would have been a great way to get there... one new State and 1 or even 2 new aircraft types that I have yet to fly on.

Quoting Mayor (Reply 22):
I do understand, now that the ok has been given to start installing WiFi in the 767-300 fleet in October.

Saw it on Delta's blog the other day. Way to go!



'He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified.' Joseph Conrad
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