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Delta 737-700 ATL-SXM In Y W/Pix  
User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1109 posts, RR: 8
Posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 24945 times:

Hello everyone! This Trip Report will include the following flight segments, centered on Delta's ATL-SXM flight with the 73G:

- Delta DL 2083 | TPA-ATL | Boeing 757-200
- Delta DL 439 | ATL-SXM | Boeing 737-700
- Winair WM 653 | SXM-SBH | De Havilland DHC-6

Introduction


The options available for traveling to SXM from TPA are fairly simple. One can either take AA through MIA, DL via ATL, or even NK through FLL. They were all around the same price, so it only seemed logical to choose DL since the ATL-SXM leg would be operated by one of DL’s new 73G’s with PTV’s and AVOD. Plus, DL has a ticketing agreement with WM, who we would be connecting to in SXM. Neither AA nor NK have any agreement with WM.

Ticketing was done with AMEX since our tickets involved two carriers, which worked out flawlessly.

DL 2073


Check-in at TPA was efficient as always, and the DL agent was able to through-check our baggage to St. Barts.

Both DL and NW now operate out of Airside E at TPA. It makes it seem much more crowded, with is something not common at TPA.



At the gate, I noticed that our aircraft had the satellite “bumps” on the top of the fuselage. This meant that this aircraft had PTV’s. Very nice!



Airline: Delta Air Lines
Flight: DL 2073
Date: 27 July 2009
Aircraft: Boeing 757-232
Departure Airport: Tampa (TPA / KTPA)
Arrival Airport: Atlanta (ATL / KATL)
Scheduled Departure Time: 07:00
Actual Departure Time: 06:55
Scheduled Arrival Time: 08:40
Actual Arrival Time: 08:30
Departure Gate: E64
Arrival Gate: B26
Class: Economy
Seat: 21D
Estimated Load Factor: 95%

Boarding began early at approximately 40 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. This allowed us to depart about 5 minutes early, which was very nice. A friendly flight attendant welcomed us on board and we made our way to row 21, which is very close to doors 2L and 2R on DL’s 757’s. The seats were very comfortable and the touch screen PTV was nice, however, everything costs money except for watching satellite TV.



We took off to the south on runway 18R and immediately turned right across the bay. The captain announced that we were dodging a few storms on our climb from TPA, but that the flight should be smooth.

Yum…


For the rest of the flight, I just watched TV and listened to my iPOD. We landed very early on the far runway in ATL, however, it took us a LONG time to taxi in so we only arrived at the gate about 10 minutes early. Still nice to arrive early though.

DL 439


After looking at the FIDS, I confirmed that our next flight was supposed to depart from E28. I enjoy concourse E, mainly because the biggest aircraft depart from there.



One thing I have to say about ATL is that it honestly has to be one of the most efficiently run airports in the country. While it is far from the nicest, its layout is among the best and most convenient. People who complain about ATL clearly haven’t attempted to transfer at JFK, CDG, EWR, etc.

As I arrived at E28, I was delighted to see our small but sleek 73G sitting at the gate. While this is one of DL’s smallest mainline aircraft, it is among the newest and nicest IMO.



I’m guessing that all E gates are common use? They are different from the standard DL gates.



Airline: Delta Air Lines
Flight: DL 439
Date: 27 July 2009
Aircraft: Boeing 737-732
Departure Airport: Atlanta (ATL / KATL)
Arrival Airport: Saint Maarten (SXM / TNCM)
Scheduled Departure Time: 10:05
Actual Departure Time: 09:51
Scheduled Arrival Time: 14:19
Actual Arrival Time: 14:09
Departure Gate: E28
Class: Economy
Seat: 24F
Registration: N303DQ
Estimated Load Factor: 60%

Oddly enough, boarding began very early once again; about 40 minutes before scheduled departure. We were one of the last to board and it looked like the flight was only to be about 60% full. Good for me but bad for DL!

As I sat in my seat, I couldn’t help but notice how nice this aircraft was compared to most of the aircraft DL flies. In Asia, this would be nothing unusual, but here in the U.S. this aircraft is among the nicest.



The seat was very comfortable. Leg rests and winged head rests would obviously be nice, but I think that’s asking a little too much for a 73G.



This 77L was heading to SJU. I had no clue DL flew them there.





Pushback began about 15 (!) minutes early. I was amazed. I’ve never departed ATL this early. Anyway, there quite a long line of aircraft waiting to depart, so it wasn’t until about 20 minutes later that we actually took off. Still, we were off to a great start.

Takeoff was to the west from 27R.







The captain announced that we should expect a fairly smooth flight, however, we were to be dodging some storms, similar to the TPA-ATL flight. We did receive frequent updates from the flight deck throughout the flight, which was good.



The seat belt sign wasn’t turned off until we reached our cruising altitude.



The first “meal service” began shortly after departure. Nothing special, unfortunately.



I spent most of the flight enjoying the AVOD IFE, which was very good. There were several movies on demand along with games, TV shows, and a variety of music. DL definitely has one the best IFE systems in the U.S. IMO. Even better than B6 actually.

Over the ocean.


The crew on this flight was mediocre to say the least. They never smiled and mumbled when they were talking to passengers. A huge downer unfortunately.



The second food service began about an hour before arrival. I was starving so unfortunately I gave into the airline’s evil BOB option and purchased some chips.



The descent into SXM was very steep. The spoilers were used almost the whole time.





Landing video:







The F/A’s informed us on board that we would have to clear immigration and collect our baggage, regardless of our final destination. I was pretty sure they were mistaken and I was fortunately correct when I found transit counters for WM soon after exiting the aircraft.

The WM agent scanned our baggage receipts and printed out our boarding passes for our flight to St. Barts. We then went through a security checkpoint and then up stairs to the departure area.



SXM has a very nice airport IMO.



Thankfully we were able to get on an earlier flight to SBH, which was very good.

WM 653


All WM flights depart from bus gates known as the “C Gates” at SXM.

Airline: Windward Island Airways
Flight: WM 653
Date: 27 July 2009
Aircraft: De Havilland DHC-6
Departure Airport: Saint Maarten (SXM / TNCM)
Arrival Airport: Saint Barthélemy (SBH / TFFJ)
Scheduled Departure Time: 14:55
Actual Departure Time: 15:00
Scheduled Arrival Time: 15:10
Actual Arrival Time: 15:10
Class: Economy
Estimated Load Factor: 100%

This flight was only 10 minutes in duration but offered some great views. The landing was also very cool. My only complaint is that the cabin was VERY hot. Around 95 degrees!







SBH


Takeoff and landing video:



Conclusion


Overall I enjoyed my experience with DL this time around. It’s great to see them purchasing new aircraft with slimline seats and AVOD IFE. The cabin crew were not that great to say the least but that would be my only complaint.

Feel free to take a look at my other Trip Reports:

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User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1331 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 24451 times:

Very nice trip report!


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User currently offlineJohruk From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 24211 times:

Great report!

Love the landing in St Bart's...Makes me want to go on holiday...But guess I will have to wait till Oct for my trip to Canouan!


User currently offlineDL752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 174 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 24099 times:

Always a pleasure to fly DL.
Glad that you had all early Delta flights and PTV's!
DL752 Big grin


User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1041 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 23784 times:

Very nice TR with great pictures and videos. Thanks for writing.   
DL's AVOD makes a good impression to me!

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
One thing I have to say about ATL is that it honestly has to be one of the most efficiently run airports in the country. While it is far from the nicest, its layout is among the best and most convenient. People who complain about ATL clearly haven’t attempted to transfer at JFK, CDG, EWR, etc.

I couldn't agree more... especially about the CDG part  

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
As I sat in my seat, I couldn’t help but notice how nice this aircraft was compared to most of the aircraft DL flies. In Asia, this would be nothing unusual, but here in the U.S. this aircraft is among the nicest.

I'd love to fly on their 737-700 aircraft. Looks definitely like a very good product.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
The crew on this flight was mediocre to say the least. They never smiled and mumbled when they were talking to passengers. A huge downer unfortunately.

I've had both on DL... not so nice and friendly crews, but also outstanding ones    . Seems like you were not that lucky!

[Edited 2009-08-06 11:31:53]


'He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified.' Joseph Conrad
User currently offlineMSP7378 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 23641 times:

Great report! Thanks for sharing!

User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 23072 times:

Thanks for the reading and viewing entertainment.


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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3836 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 22833 times:

Nicely done. I've been to SXM twice, but not since 2005...would love to go back!

Where all is DL running their 73Gs now? I know they used them into/out of CMH right after they came into the fleet. I got to fly them twice & DL can send them into CMH anytime they want to, IMO...that's a nice plane!



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User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1109 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 22708 times:

Thanks for the supportive comments everyone !

Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 7):
Where all is DL running their 73Gs now? I know they used them into/out of CMH right after they came into the fleet. I got to fly them twice & DL can send them into CMH anytime they want to, IMO...that's a nice plane!

I believe the 73G's are flying to SXM, TGU, and UVF but other than that I don't know. We actually flew back to ATL on a 757 but I believe the 757 only flies to SXM on Saturdays.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8588 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 22679 times:
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Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
As I sat in my seat, I couldn’t help but notice how nice this aircraft was compared to most of the aircraft DL flies. In Asia, this would be nothing unusual, but here in the U.S. this aircraft is among the nicest.

- What was so different? - just because it was new?

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1109 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 22106 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 9):
- What was so different? - just because it was new?

Mainly that I suppose. And I really cannot think of a domestic U.S. aircraft that is nicer... perhaps VX's aircrafts but I haven't flown VX. Thanks for reading, Mark !


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6938 posts, RR: 77
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 20169 times:

Another really enjoyable report. Good to get an impression of DL's 73G.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
As I sat in my seat, I couldn’t help but notice how nice this aircraft was compared to most of the aircraft DL flies. In Asia, this would be nothing unusual, but here in the U.S. this aircraft is among the nicest.

The interior looks very nice. Even in Asia personal IFE on a narrow-body jet is something special.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
I spent most of the flight enjoying the AVOD IFE, which was very good. There were several movies on demand along with games, TV shows, and a variety of music.

Is the map available free of charge?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1109 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 19704 times:

Thank you, PlaneHunter!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Is the map available free of charge?

The IFE was completely free since this was an international flight. But the moving-map is always free of charge regardless of whether the flight is international or domestic.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 19445 times:

Lovely... always nice to read about such exotic flights.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
People who complain about ATL clearly haven’t attempted to transfer at JFK, CDG, EWR, etc.

Or CDG... Urgh!

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
The first “meal service” began shortly after departure. Nothing special, unfortunately.

Perhaps I am not used to this but it is an international flight no? Despite this no meals served?



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User currently offlineLACA773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 4064 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 18714 times:
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Thanks for the TR. Very interesting. It looks like DL needs to put headrests on those seats. It would make them much more comfortable. Did the BOB options include the salads & sandwiches, or basically just the junk food?

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