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User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 953 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 20333 times:

Delta 2848
Depart: 12:15 PM | 12:10 PM
Arrive: 7:45 PM | 7:10 PM
Boeing 737-800, N3764D

Takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V30hvar0o_8
Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4AbwdiHfBo

I booked this routing for this trip for a couple of different reasons. I have never been to DTW and thought it would be fun to do that route on a DL 737. Going through DTW also gave me the chance to get on a DC-9-30, which will be retired by the end of October. It has been a long time since I have been on any kind of DC-9, but figured if I had the chance to get on a -30, I can’t pass it up. The other reasons for booking the way I did was because of cost, it was the least expensive, it gave me the most miles, and I like to fly, so why not?!

The night before I checked in online and paid for my bag. The bag I have is one I could probably cram into the overhead bin if I really tried. In reality it is too big and I rather not buy a new one right now. I also want to get some pictures after I am through security, and that is hard to do with a bag.

I arrived at the airport and proceed upstairs to the Kiosk where I am asked about taking an earlier flight. Both options send me through SLC and prevent me from getting on the DC-9-30. The change would cost $75. I stick with my booked flight.

The security line is the longest I have seen it at T2W when I have been traveling. It was halfway back to the pedestrian bridge. It was about a half hour wait from this location.

After clearing security I looked around the terminal and took pictures of the second to last AM departure from San Diego and a few others around.

After walking down to the Delta gates I asked if they knew what the BOB options were. If it sounded good, I would buy that on board. The menu I was given did not appeal to me, so I decided to go with a California Pizza Kitchen pizza.

My plane arrived a little behind schedule from Detroit, but with a long turn time, it was not going to affect our departure time. Shortly after my flight arrived the 737 from MSP arrived and made a quick turn.

Around 11:45 AM they started boarding 2848 with the first three zones now being for first class and those of different priority. I board with zone four and take my seat in 25A.

I was happy to see that I had the only empty seat in the plane next to me!

We pushed five minutes early and the safety briefing on the PTV started.

As we taxied out the captain told us we were number three in line and with a well timed taxi we never had to stop at the end.

After takeoff we make the standard left turns on the Boarder Five Departure.

Not long after we were at FL350 the flight attendants handed out menus and offered headphones for $2. After completing that they started snack and beverage service. As usual I took a Coke with the Biscoff.

I looked through what was on TV and stumbled across Top Gun. As I watched I read a few magazines to pass the time. About an hour before landing a second beverage service was offered with snacks again.

Around 6:40 EDT the engines are pulled back and we start our descent into the Detroit area. We dodge some clouds on our descent and fly through what looked like a dust cloud.

When we touched down on 3R it felt like we shifted to the left. In GA it would be a bad crosswind landing, but not sure why it felt that way in this case. After turning off of 3R it was a rather lengthy taxi to gate A66. We pulled in 35 minutes early where we quickly deplained.






N610DL, the former Breast Cancer Awareness plane, now it is just another DL 757.


Second to last AM departure from SAN








This 737 would be my ride to DTW.

Arriving from MSP.





The Wifi logo at the boarding door.


A number of destinations are advertised on the PTV before we push back.



North Island and Lindbergh Field




















Delta 2559
Depart: 8:45 PM | 9:17 PM
Arrive: 9:41 PM | 9:51 PM
Douglas DC-9-30, N8978E

Takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvVuxt68VlQ
Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6yNvgzU7RE

After disembarking I had some time to look around since we were early.

My first impression was that the terminal was very nice. I would have to agree with what many say about the terminal. As I looked around though, I discovered what I had hard about, the dots on the windows. They are everywhere!

These dots are not visible until you get close to the window and once you get closer it is clear that you can not see through them at all and there is no way around them. They are so annoying and so small and everywhere. I did not find a single piece of glass that did not have these perfectly round gray dots on the window. Why would someone do this? It is a form of cruel and unusual punishment. It would be like frosting windows at an office building. You can’t see out the windows for anything.

After I realized that I would not be able to take many pictures I decided to try and find something to eat. After walking around a bit I saw a Popeye’s Chicken and figured I would try that. I waited in line for 10 minutes and watched a line of three people not move. Nobody waited on any of the three people in front of me and nobody received their food despite a large amount of cooked chicken waiting to be served. So I left and found a Coney Island place and grabbed a sandwich there. Overall I thought food selection was limited. There are a number of sit down places to pick from, but not many fast food or quick places to eat.

At 8:40 PM they announced that we will be delayed because we were waiting on flight attendants that were arriving from Chicago and told us that we could expect to board around 9:00 PM.

At 9:05 PM we start to board and it goes quickly due to a light load and small aircraft. As I step onto the DC-9-30 that was delivered to Eastern in October of 1968 I could not help but feel as if this classic knew that it was starting its final summer of work. This seasoned workhorse had the smell of regular coffee and Jet A penetrated deep into these walls. Do not get me wrong, it was a great smell. The cloth seats and older style lighting date the cabin, but fit the aircraft perfectly and to be honest I would not have had it any other way.

As I took my seat I noticed the difference in size of the engines to that of its younger sibling, the MD-80. They are noticeable smaller, or at least they appear that way as I can see over the top of the engines when looking behind them.

At 9:17 PM we push back and the engines spring to life. A quick taxi to 3R has us in the air in 10 minutes and we are on our way.

The buzz sound that I love on the MD-80 series can not be found on the DC-9-30. The buzz is replaced with a more powerful roar. One very noticeable thing on the DC-9 is that the engines are out of sync! I looked a few times to my right expecting for the guy next to me to say “sync those engines!”, as it is what my CFI said a few times while working on the multi.

On the climb out we make a turn to the east on our hub hopping mission to the Twin Cities. We are treated to the last few minutes of sunlight that the day has to offer. The sound of out of sync engines are complimented by the old style rotating strobe light. Instead of a flashing strobe these roll back and forth, just as the beacons do. It is fitting for the aircraft.

After we got to cruise beverage service starts. I take the same as before, Biscoff and Coke. This time I receive the entire can. The single FA working the Y cabin worked quickly and quietly to allow those to sleep who could manage do so over the roar of the JT8Ds next to me.

The flight was smooth and like many things, went too quickly.

We started our descent over Eau Claire, WI. We made a left downwind for 12L and made our base turn over downtown Minneapolis. As we turned I was able to look back and see the lights of Target Field. As we continued to turn, I could see the Minnie and Paul sign lighting up, meaning the Twins had beaten Baltimore!

We continued our approach to 12L and made a soft landing followed by the thunderous roar of the JT8Ds. On rollout we heard a loud bang. Not sure exactly what it was.

A quick taxi had us into C2 just 10 minutes behind schedule.

On my way out of the aircraft I was able to get a picture of the cockpit. As I disembarked from the DC-9 and step into one strange world. First, they have replaced the carpet at MSP and in my opinion it looks bad! I prefer whatever was there before. Maybe it will grow on me.

The second thing that really catches my eye is the rebranding to Delta. I knew about this, and expected to see it. I have even seen pictures. But when you step off the plane it is strange. For my entire life this place has been RED. Everywhere! Concourse C has forever been a sea of Red tails lined up, and the PA system was clogged with pages for Northwest passengers and final boarding calls. It might not have helped that it was as if we flew through a time warp and I was expecting to see the Langoliers – this place was a ghost town.

After I got off the plane I went up to the Observation Deck to get a picture of the last DC-9-30 I will ever fly on.

After getting my picture I head down to baggage to find my bag waiting for me. I now find myself into uncharted territory at MSP in the Lindbergh Terminal, finding the rental car facility. I know generally where it is, but finding it can be confusing (ok, not really). You go down a level, take a tram before going up three floors!







A close up of all those dots.




At C2 in MSP





The following day it is time for one of the reasons I made this trip, Target Field!

The Killer

Gate 34, Kirby Puckett gate.

Right Field just after you enter

From the upper deck

Minnie and Paul sign in CF

Retired numbers

Play ball!

Twins win! Beat the O's 6-0!

Downtown Minneapolis from I-394.

Two days after my first game at Target Field I met up with a friend who was able to give me a tour of the Delta North buildings/hanger. Very cool to see everything.









It rained most of the day, but the game vs. the White Sox was still on, so it was time to head back to Target Field!

I love this view from these seats!


Kevin Slowey, not his best night...

It was cool, but GREAT to be outside!



Delta 3087 (Mesaba Airlines)
Depart: 3:10 PM | 3:12 PM
Arrive: 4:21 PM | 4:17 PM
Canadair CRJ-900, N936XJ

Takeoff Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghqt2sYyHTg
Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSTZlaWvdik

A few months ago MSP made the announcement they would be renaming the terminals. The main terminal, Lindbergh, would be Terminal 1 and the smaller Humphrey Terminal would be Terminal 2. They are spending something like $1.5 million on rebranding road signs and advertising making people aware of the changes. What a waste, I refuse to call either terminal 1 or 2.

Before heading to the airport I had a few things to do around the Cities. One of them included lunch. Knowing what I know about the airport, I know there are a good number of options of places to eat, however I wanted to go to a Potbelly Sandwich Works one more time before leaving town. I do wish they would expand to the west coast!

After dropping the car off I proceed down three flights to the tram that quickly takes me to the Lindbergh Terminal. I check my bag at the counter they have downstairs since there is no line.

I am offered the option to upgrade to an earlier flight, but that is not what the plans call for today.

Now I need to go up two floors to the ticketing and security area. The security line is not that long, which I am a little surprised to see. I get in line only to see that it will grow quickly.

They have two lines open, but only one metal detector for people to walk through. The TSA people here are in NO interest in moving things along. The guy in charge of directing people through the metal detector thought it was necessary to tell everyone they need to make sure their bags have gone onto the conveyer belt before walking through. He also thought he, and him alone, needed to tell people that were just picking up bins that they need to take jackets off, put laptops into the bins, etc.

It took 25 minutes to get through a line that should have taken 10 minutes at most. It was frustrating.

Once through security it is noon and I have lots of time to look around. I start by going to G Concourse and looking around. I can not get used to the Lindbergh Terminal being Delta Land.

I have not been in this terminal since October 2007, and I really do enjoy the terminal. The layout is easy to navigate, it looks nice, the windows are free of dots and they are CLEAN!

After walking through G Concourse I proceed to F and walk down to the end. As I am walking down the Concourse I see an Alaska Airlines 737 arrive to an F gate. I did not know where they were flying into before, but interesting to see that DL is handling them and it was a codeshare flight to SEA. I guess one reason it is so strange is because they never served MSP when I lived in MN…so its just different.

I continue on down F and wait to see the 763 (my favourite type) from LAX arrive. This is one of the things about this merger and this trip I can not seem to grasp the reality of. You have to understand that 767s never showed up at MSP when I was growing up. Never! Nobody operated the type there; Northwest never operated it and I have not been there when the Paris flight was switched to a 763ER.

After watching the 763 land I proceed to the E Concourse. I wanted to go to the end to see what had become of the Delta gates. One of them is now a Midwest gate, and the other two are not in use by anyone. It is sad to see in some ways, but DL does not need anymore gates.

After a quick walk through of E I head up to the Observation Deck above the D Concourse.

I had been waiting a long time to get the pictures I took up there of the C Concourse. There was a little of everything. A few Airbuses in the On and Up, a DC-9-30 in the nwa Silver scheme, and an MD-90 in the Colors in Motion scheme. This is something else that just looks very strange. I honestly have no idea what it is like to Northwest employees, especially the long time ones to see such things. All my life this was all Red Tails on this concourse with the odd duck being America West at the end.

The Observation Deck lives up to its expectations and delivers a lot of variety and consistent action. The surprise of the afternoon was a 747-400 that landed on 12L. My understanding is that this does not happen. I know that domestic DC-10’s that would go to MKE would depart on this runway, but don’t think I have ever seen a heavy land on it.

After watching my dad’s flight arrive I decided to go meet up with him and head to our gate, C20.

At 2:45 PM boarding for our flight started with fist class and other important people. Shortly later the rest of us are allowed on and I take my seat in 17D.

The first thing I notice about the CR9 is the windows are high up. The windows on the CRJ are low, and you have to bend down to look out. With the CR9 you almost have to look up to see out. The base of the window was very high.

The other thing I notice is the that you do have more room. It is a larger Barbie Jet. Nothing too special, not sure how long I would want to ride on it, but it is a larger version of its sibling that does not cram you next to your neighbour.

We push back a few minutes behind schedule and the FA introduces the crew. She uses first names for the pilots, something I did not like at all. “Co-pilot Brad” ?? Just does not strike me as professional. I also noticed that Mesaba does not disclose who they are! All they told us is that we were on “Delta Connection” and nothing about Mesaba. SkyWest does let you know that they operate the flight.

We taxi over to runway 17. I have landed on this runway before, but never departed on it. We follow out two MD-90s to this runway and depart right after them.

The CR9 sounds much like the CRJ and we accelerate quickly. We pass by the Ikea and Mall of America as we depart. Quickly after that we are into the clouds.

Once we are in the air it is announced that we will not be receiving any beverages due to the short flight.

Hold on here! The flight time is 51 minutes, and there are 76 people on this plane when we are full, there are two FA’s, one working the forward cabin and the other in the back. And we can’t get a beverage?!

Southwest does it on SAN-Bay Area – sometimes twice!

The FA starts walking down the aisle with a bottle of water and offering it to everyone. Every person takes a cup and she goes through the bottle quickly. She ends up making five trips back up front to get a new bottle. After this she hands out peanuts to everyone, and then comes back through with more water for whoever wants it.

So she did in a way serve the cabin. Why not get the beverage cart out, throw the nuts on there and just do the service?!

Shortly after the “service” we start our descent into Omaha. It is not long before we are back into the soup and hit a few bumps on the way down.

We break out just below a 1,000 ft or so, and make a nice landing on 32L. We pull into A3 and quickly disembark.

My bag is waiting in the baggage office, so I assume it took an earlier flight and once again did not fly with me and instead took an earlier flight.

The check in counter in the lower level. I have always liked the location of these counters, easy to check in here.

The main floor of the ticketing area.



N501US, in the On and Up scheme

Anyone know the N number on this? Or exactly what type it is? I have a guess, but do not know for sure...

Chester at MSP!






763 from LAX


Old DL gate, now Midwest...soon to be F9/RW? Or will they move it? And more of that ugly carpet!


Lots of RJs





I know many on a.net do not like the Saab in the On and Up, but I do, I think it looks good in it.




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User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 953 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 20303 times:


I liked this picture because it is a real life flash back...it is what MSP once looked like...but is now really rare to see.

Lots of this though

This MD-90 just arrived from SAN.




Only a few of these TV screens are around MSP, most others are flat screen's.




















Delta 3024 (Mesaba Airlines)
Depart: 10:56 AM | 10:50 AM
Arrive: 12:08 PM | 12:01 PM
Canadair CRJ-900, N923XJ

Takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5yMs75ujGM
Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3YvckVOVCA

We decided to hit the road for Omaha around 8:00 AM since we had to get gas and thought about finding a place to grab breakfast. After getting gas we just decided to return the car and eat on the other side of security.

Once on the other side I grab a muffin at the only place to eat, which tasted pretty good. There is not much action at Eppley Field, so you have to pay attention so you don’t miss anything. What I did see what a SkyWest CRJ operating for AirTran.

A few untitled planes arrived, an E175 and ERJ. The E175 is a Republic plane for Midwest/Frontier, not sure about the ERJ though.

The CR9 from MSP arrived right on time and taxied into A4 where it was greeted by seven ground workers who worked quickly to unload bags.

I am still impressed with Delta’s outstations and how quickly they can turn aircraft. Granted this is a large Barbie Jet, but it is still impressive to have people boarding within 12 minutes of arriving.

Boarding went quickly and I noticed a difference in the crew when I was getting on the plane. The lead FA was friendly and welcoming with a warm smile.

Before we pushed back the captain told us that weather in the Cities was shaping up to be a great weekend. He didn’t tell us much, but I enjoy hearing from the crew at some point about weather, time in route, and our flight path. Maybe it is the pilot in me, but I have to imagine others like this as well.

We push five minutes early and quickly taxi to 32L where we are number one for takeoff. After takeoff a left turn to the northeast is made and we are on our way.

Once in the air it is announced there will be a choice of Coke beverages along with a snack. The time on this flight was 45 minutes from takeoff to touchdown, the inbound leg was 51 minutes and we were told there was not enough time to serve us. I do believe this is up to the crew. The two FA’s went to work and quickly had everyone served.

I took a Ginger Ale and was given two packages of peanuts. No choice of Biscoff here, something I wish was available on every flight!

A quick flight had us on a descent into MSP before we knew it. Our approach took us directly over MSP, to the north right over downtown and further north to Crystal airport. At this point we make a left turn and line up for 12L. We make a smooth touchdown and taxi to C12.

After deplaining I spotted the captain in the gate area helping an elderly woman find her way to her next gate. She looked to be in her upper 80’s, maybe 90’s, and apparently was confused where she needed to go, and asked the captain for help. Instead of passing her off to the gate agent or someone else he walked her up to the gate and called for assistance. I hung around the gate area to watch this captain explain to the driver of the electric cart where she needed to go. He assured the woman the driver would take her to the right flight and help her once they got there. This was nice to see, someone go above and beyond their duty to help the passenger.

I figured I better take this picture, who knows how long we will see YX branding.

This is an ExpressJet ERJ!

SkyWest CRJ operating for AirTran










This is the first time I have seen this in person...







The MOA and Ikea

I-494, MOA and Ikea and the CR9

The HHH Terminal and part of MSP.

Target Center and Target Field

Downtown Minneapolis

Crystal Airport

Downtown again


Delta 2475
Depart: 2:20 PM | 2:25 PM
Arrive: 4:12 PM | 4:02 PM
Boeing 757-200, N502US

Takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGTB-cKMsZI
Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU-81KQ644Q

One thing that MSP does not have that other Delta hubs does have is the TV screen after you deplane. In ATL or SLC it shows where connecting passengers need to go. I do hope that they plan on adding these, as they are nice way to quickly see where you need to go.

No fear though, I was on top of it. I was very aware of where I needed to go but double checked this with the monitors. DL2475 would be out of C4, not much of a walk.

I decided to walk to the F concourse to see if there was anything larger to see, as the F and first part of the G Concourses (the first part of G used to be the Gold Concourse) is where the larger aircraft are found. That old Gold is where most international stuff departs out of. The biggest thing to see was a 753 to SFO. F Concourse was packed full of people as well so I got the pictures I wanted and made my way back to the observation deck.

The constant action from the observation deck is just like it has always been. The difference is the aircraft that are passing by the observation deck. Oh how I wish I had my camera from 10-15+ years ago when I would stand up there and window gaze. The 727, DC-10, all the DC-9s, TWA, ATA, etc. I guess the mental pictures will have to do – I can still picture all of that action.

I watched my 757 land on 12L, this is one of the Northwest 757s that has recently been repainted. This 757 is spending the day hub hopping, it is arriving from Detroit and would take me to SLC, and after that will return to MSP. The plane pulls into C4 for an on time arrival.

I figure boarding will start about 30 minutes before departure so at 1:40 PM I head down to C4. They have already started to board when I get there at 1:45 PM. I check the boarding pass that says they start boarding at 1:40 PM, 40 minutes to board?! We better leave on time!

This 757 was delivered in March 1985 and is one of the older 757s in Delta’s fleet. The interiors still spoke of Northwest with the cloth seats and yellowing side panels. Overall the aircraft was clean, just the windows were gummy and a little hard to see out of.

As I got to my seat the guy across the aisle from me was eating a burrito. Nothing wrong with that, since airlines do not serve much food they force people to do this. But a burrito? That thing stunk!

As I got to my seat, 35F, I had to ask the guy sitting in the middle to move. He had just sat down and was getting situated when I made him move. I boarded about as early as I could, yet this guy beat me to the seat. Why is it that people with a middle or aisle seat feel the need to jump on board as early as possible?

As we pushed back the rather senior crew of flight attendants went through the safety briefing. A quick taxi had us at the end of 12L where we were number one. One thing I have liked about departing out of the C Concourse at MSP is that you rarely see a backup of planes to takeoff unless there is construction on the other runway.

After takeoff from 12L we make a turn to the left and circle around the Cities and pass over the U of M campus and the new football stadium. We also pass over downtown again. We continue to the west and gradually to the southwest.

After climbing to FL380 the female captain welcomes us onboard and tells us about the weather in Salt Lake and that we plan to be at the gate right on-time.

After the captains greeting service is started but it takes a while to get to the back of the plane. I took a Coke and Biscoff.

The guy sitting next to me was 230 and 6’5”, big guy. Up to this point everyone was getting along. Once beverages were handed out he takes out his beef stick. A beef stick. In a pressurized tube. Really?! This kind of thing needs to be banned! The smell! The burrito was better smelling. I mean, it’s a beef stick.

In addition to this, after the beef sticks (yes, two!) he figured he now deserved a little extra room. I had already gave him the arm rest, now he wanted more room, going into my space. Ah, I don’t think so bud. It made for a less comfortable second half of the flight.

The FA working the back of the cabin decided to take a break after handing out drinks and just waited until we started our descent to pick up trash.

We passed over the Great Salt Lake on our approach and passed to the west of the airport before turning around to line up with 34L. It was a bumpy approach which made me think of the few times I have been into the airport. I am not sure I have ever had a smooth approach. I would guess it is the location of the airport with the mountains.

After landing a quick taxi has us into gate D1 12 minutes early. With the large guy next to me I wait until he exits the plane before I gather my things, which is fine with me because it lets a few more people off so I can ask to get a picture of the flight deck, which the captain had no problem with at all.


The main hall in MSP, between all the Concourses















This is my ride to SLC




Err, out with the old, in with the new? No, just kind of like the picture...



Full C Concourse

A lot of "Delta"




Gophers football stadium on campus

Downtown Minneapolis




Salt Lake




Delta 2895
Depart: 7:47 PM | 7:40 PM
Arrive: 8:42 PM | 8:20 PM
McDonnell Douglas MD-90, N914DN

Takeoff video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WqFKpkaNzg
Landing video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL4XKG5DJOI

After disembarking I check our departure information to see we will be going out of D5. It never seems to fail that when you have hours to make a connection you have to go feet to get to the next gate. And when you have minutes to make that connection you have to walk a mile.

First thing I do is walk down to the end of the D Concourse. I get a few pictures and walk around a lot of people. The Paris flight had to be a full one as there were people everywhere. It did not help that there were flights going out at just about every gate.

I decide to go grab lunch/dinner at Manchu Wok, it is about the only place that sounds good at SLC that is quick. I had the Orange Chicken and Kung Pau Chicken. It was pretty good.

I walk around for a while but there is not much to see. Salt Lake City, like many hubs, has banks. In the afternoon these banks become very obvious. I happened to be there in the middle of the afternoon and evening bank. Because of this there was next to nothing happening.

I checked the arrivals board to see that my aircraft would be arriving early, so I decided to hang out around the gate area to see it arrive. It came in 20 minutes early, which gave it almost two hours on the ground until our departure.

Around 7:15 PM the time had come to start boarding. I had looked forward to riding on the DC-9-30 because it had been so long since I was last on a DC-9 and due to the fact they will be gone by October.

The MD-90 however is something I have been looking forward to for a long time. It is different enough from the rest of the family and unique since there are so few operating and I have tried a few times to book on one but was never able to.

First class boarded quickly clearing the way for zone three. The MD-90 looks just like Delta’s MD-88s except for seating arrangement being flipped. I take my seat in 34A, which is the last row on the left side and just in front of the emergency exit door on that side.

The SDSU Baseball team was also on this flight and had taken seats throughout coach. The last person to board the plane was Tony Gwynn. He sat in the last row by himself and I never did talk to him, but he was very nice. The FA in the back talked to him some and knew who he was, but didn’t really know. It was nice to listen to them talk and hear that he is the same guy you hear on the TV (even though I can’t stand his broadcasting) and a pretty down to earth guy.

We push about seven minutes early and the engines spring to life. They sound more like the MD-88 on start up.

As we taxi out to 34L the captain welcomes us aboard and tells us about the weather in San Diego and briefly told us how we would depart SLC. Once we got to the end we are number one. We taxi into position and hold for a few minutes before adding full power and accelerate down the runway.

The MD-90 still has the buzz that I love about the -80, but sounds closer to the 717, yet more defined buzz and maybe quieter overall.

On climb out we make a turn to the left to the west before turning to the southwest. The -90 is smooth and quiet on the climb out. This is definitely a plane I would enjoy riding on for longer segments, such as SAN-MSP like it is being put to work on.

After we got to cruise the captain came back on to tell is in more detail about the route of our flight and that we should be about 20 minutes early.

The flip down LCD screens that serve as the in-flight entertainment on the MD-90 were lowered and turned on. They showed a couple of TV shows since it was a shorter flight. I watched the first one before listening to my music.

Beverage and snack service started shortly after. They also offered M&Ms and snack boxes. I thought this was interesting since this is a shorter flight compared to the MSP-SLC flight which did not have these for sale.

Being that we were in the back of the plane we were the last two to be served. The FA thought I said a Diet Coke, which is what my dad wanted. She asked to confirm that I wanted a Diet when I corrected her. She got a Coke out for me and offered me the rest of the can since we were in the back. Since she already poured the Diet she offered that one to my dad, so he got two drinks. Another plus to being in the back is that we got two packages of Biscoff! As she served snacks she made chit chat and overall was very friendly. Very minor differences between this FA and the one on the 757 flight, but they were at the same time major differences. Just her smiling and making conversation went a long way. A little effort is the difference in providing service, and providing great service.

As we chased the sun to the west coast and watched as the sky became a soft pink that went perfectly with the smooth sound of the MD-90 I can’t help but to think this is what is great about aviation. The sky, the sound, being on what can be considered a rare aircraft….gotta love it.

Way too soon the Salton Sea is visible and the captain makes the announcement we are starting our descent and thanks us for flying with Delta.

As we continue our descent the marine layer is visible just to the west of Alpine, it has come in far, meaning it is probably thick as well. We continue our descent into the marine layer. As we continue down I wonder if we will break out, as it felt like a long time to be in it. Sure enough though, we break through right around downtown.

A nice landing is followed by a smooth rollout. We exit and taxi to gate 26, something I have never done on a Delta flight at San Diego.

After arriving at the gate deplaining goes quickly. On my way out I ask to get a picture of the flight deck and the captain was happy to help me out with the request.

The crew of the MD-90 was very nice and friendly. And the aircraft did not disappoint. I very much enjoyed every part of it and look forward to booking on more -90 flights.

Overall the entire trip was great. All the crews were good, although some were better than others. Flights were on time and I got exactly what I wanted out of it. My only complaint is the bag fee – GET RIDE OF THAT!

As stated before, I did not like Detroit airport and will avoid it at all cost. I will likely only connect there if it is the only option. I will also have to return there when I go to Comerica.

The DC-9 did not disappoint, although my video did. I am happy to have done this flight and I am sure a few years from now I will be very happy I did it (or maybe as early as this October).

This was my first time on Mesaba and the CR9. I come away with mixed feelings about Mesaba. I don’t care for the relaxed attitude of using first names and leaving out the operator of the flight. They also had an inconsistent product with no beverage service on the inbound leg to OMA and with beverage service on the outbound leg. I would say the difference in the two cabin crews on Mesaba was like that of the 757 and MD-90 crews, just different people where one is able to easily give the impression of great service just by making a few changes. A smile goes a long ways.

The Paris flight, a 763ER




When I passed through SLC in October it did not have the new branding on it, it now does...I like the old one better. They need to put the red Widget up there.










User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 953 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 20252 times:

Departing to Paris



My ride to SAN


Cleaning the window











User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2533 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 20155 times:

Nice trip report! I particularly like the DC-9 and MD-80 shots very much. They are just beautiful!

Thanks for sharing.


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User currently offlineburnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7922 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 19215 times:

All your pics have already exceeded bandwith. I would suggest another photo hosting site and Photo bucket often does this.

User currently offlinePHXtoDCAtoMSP From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 18529 times:

Any way we can view the photos some other way?

User currently offlinecaleb1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 523 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 18481 times:
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Would really like to see the pictures, but none of them are viewable through photo bucket.

User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2326 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 18029 times:

We can't get anything...

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User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 953 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 17780 times:

All the pictures should work now.

User currently onlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2558 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 17683 times:

Good trip report and pictures, it looks like you had a fun time.

Quoting C767P (Thread starter):
I did not find a single piece of glass that did not have these perfectly round gray dots on the window.

I was at DTW yesterday and to my surprise, I actually managed to find one dot-free window at the north end of the concourse next to gate A78.

Will you watch the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions on Sunday? Only if coach Eric Mangini resigned after a loss.
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 17621 times:

Quoting C767P (Thread starter):
It rained most of the day, but the game vs. the White Sox was still on, so it was time to head back to Target Field!

Hey, I was at that game too!

User currently offlineKingAir200 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1657 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 16917 times:

Great TR and fantastic pictures.

Quoting C767P (Thread starter):
One very noticeable thing on the DC-9 is that the engines are out of sync! I

Likely because of the engine intermix on the particular DC-9 you rode on. If you look above the engine instruments in your cockpit photo, you can see the Dymo tape labels which say "JT8D-9A" on the left and "JT8D-15A" on the right.

User currently offlineeicvd From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2289 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 16772 times:

Great TR, im a DL fan (never flown them, just have an obsession with them) so I really liked your photos. Thanks for posting

User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1447 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 16707 times:

Great TR and pictures! I'm not a DL fan myself, but the pictures look wonderful! How much did this whole trip cost? Great trip! I do miss those red tails, but the DL livery looks great in those pics haha.

Thanks for sharing!

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User currently online767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2131 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 days ago) and read 16562 times:
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Great report! Living near MSP and using this airport all the time it was really nice to see all your photos! You got some great shots! Sounds like you had some pretty good flights.

Quoting C767P (Thread starter):
A few months ago MSP made the announcement they would be renaming the terminals. The main terminal, Lindbergh, would be Terminal 1 and the smaller Humphrey Terminal would be Terminal 2. They are spending something like $1.5 million on rebranding road signs and advertising making people aware of the changes. What a waste, I refuse to call either terminal 1 or 2.

I agree with you on the amount of money that was spent, but it made it a lot easier for people traveling through Minneapolis/St Paul who had no idea which terminal was the right one to go to. I've heard of lots of people who got dropped off at the Lindbergh Terminal for a flight supposed to be at the Humphrey Terminal, and vice versa. Now, its very clear on all the nearby roads what airlines serve each terminal.

Quoting C767P (Thread starter):
Once we are in the air it is announced that we will not be receiving any beverages due to the short flight.

This is ridiculous! I think its really annoying when this happens. On a short flight from LGA-RIC a few years back, they didn't serve beverages on the 1 hour flight because of the "short duration" ... but on the return they did!


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User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2326 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 days ago) and read 16520 times:

One of the best TRs on the site....
Gotta love the angle of attack on those CR7s and 9s

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User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 16405 times:

The E170 N870RW operating for YX/F9. The E145 was also operating for YX/F9. We have not completely repainted alot of the 145's as they pretty much just came over from the UA contract. The 170's are slowly getting there except they will be in F9 colors.

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User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 953 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 16266 times:

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 9):
I was at DTW yesterday and to my surprise, I actually managed to find one dot-free window at the north end of the concourse next to gate A78.

It is good to know there is at least one! Why that one? Did someone break it in frustration and require it to be replaced?!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 14):
I agree with you on the amount of money that was spent, but it made it a lot easier for people traveling through Minneapolis/St Paul who had no idea which terminal was the right one to go to. I've heard of lots of people who got dropped off at the Lindbergh Terminal for a flight supposed to be at the Humphrey Terminal, and vice versa. Now, its very clear on all the nearby roads what airlines serve each terminal.

Part of what I don’t like about that is that a little more of what makes MSP unique disappears with the renaming of the terminals. I did not like when they went from the different colored Concourses to lettering them. For me, I will always call it the Humphrey and Lindbergh terminals!

Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 15):
One of the best TRs on the site....

Thank you!

Quoting FutureFO (Reply 16):
The E145 was also operating for YX/F9.

When did Chautauqua start operating flights for YX/F9/RW?

User currently offlinegjunnar From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 16006 times:

Really great and entertaining trip report. Loved your writing style and the pictures!

I do agree the S340 looks great in DL colors. The observation deck at MSP is really cool - is MSP the only major US airport to have an observation deck like this?

User currently offlineflyorski From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1004 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 15806 times:

Great trip report! It looks like a great trip! I like the photos from SLC its not often that I see tr's featuring a transfer in slc. The pics from MSP also are great, and some DTW (when the glass has no dots) are nice to. Thanks for posting, it makes and nice read.

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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 15231 times:

Wow !! I had fun reading this trip report ...

Quote: "This is the first time I have seen this in person..."

me too!!

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User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 day ago) and read 15091 times:

We started operating the 145's and the 135's for YX/F9 over the late fall and early Feb. The 145's all came over to YX after the UA contract expired.

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User currently offlineMKP1013 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 14762 times:

Wow what a great TR! Lots of flights there! You must have gotten a nice amount of MQMs   One thing I noticed is the FL/Skywest partnership - need to research that, never heard of it. Anyway, looked like a lot of fun and thanks for sharing.

User currently offlinedl767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 12 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 14428 times:

What was the date you flew out on out of SAN?

User currently offlinePI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (5 years 12 months 4 days ago) and read 14322 times:

Your wrote a very thorough and fair report, and your photographs were some of the best ever enjoyed on this forum. Thank You for writing and sharing an excellent report.
I just flew DL to LGA. Completely different crew experiences. The MD88 crew outbound was outstanding, including multiple beverage runs on a flight of just under 3 hours, and a F/A walked the entire cabin, thanking every passenger in every row for flying DL. An impressive flight experience.
The return on a ex-NW crewed A319 was on-time, aircraft was spotless and crew very ho hum. One beverage service quickly done right after takeoff and 2 F/A's then sat down in the empty last row and TOOK A NAP. They woke up 15 mins before landing to complete the cabin check. A very unimpressive experience. Almost made me think I was on AA or US!
I did enjoy the humor (not likely shared by you) about the burrito and beef stick eating goobers you rode with. I can imagine the smell, exceeded only by my experience in a warm cabin on the ground at a Florida airport of someone eating a room temperature TUNA SANDWICH. Mix in a bit of turbulence and a lasting smell for 2 hours.....
I've digressed a bit. Congratulations again on a great trip report.

watch what you want. you may get it.
25 C767P : May 8. Thank you! The difference in the crews is always interesting to me. It does not seem to matter the airline, it happened on DL before the merge
26 azjubilee : Nice report... a few comments. DL advises Mesaba on their onboard announcements and the "script" doesn't include mentioning Mesaba. the FAs are suppos
27 C767P : I don’t like that Delta makes the regional carrier take their name out of the on board announcements. I know I heard it in October when I was on Sky
28 azjubilee : Maybe they thought they couldn't complete it in time. I doubt it was laziness, because if that were the case they wouldn't have bothered with the wate
29 C767P : It wa sa full flight, smooth until we started the descent. I hope I didn’t give the impression that I thought the crew was lazy. I was more confuse
30 azjubilee : Actually, setting up the entire beverage cart and pushing it through the aisle providing MANY options to the passengers is far more time consuming and
31 WESTERN737800 : Thanks for sharing. Lots of great pics of a wide variety of aircraft. One of the best trip reports I've seen on anet!
32 CrimsonNL : Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed the pictures very much! Brings back some great NW memories! Best regards, Martijn
33 usa330300 : Regarding the passenger in the middle seat. What is it to you, and your bad attitude. Assuming he boarded within his zone/row, he did nothing wrong. R
34 C767P : Wow! I think you completely missed what I was saying about everything you mentioned. My point on the middle seat people….If I have a middle seat or
35 LazialeMKD : Great report! It was fun and enjoyable to read it!!!
36 Post contains images parton87 : I like the report. Great pictures and great reading
37 rj777 : "I figured I better take this picture, who knows how long we will see YX branding." I was just at Eppley the other day dropping off a friend of mine,
38 DLHFLYER : best report i have ever seen. Were the leather seats comfortable? Did you like MSP more or DTW? TWINS > TIGERS > WHITE SOX Oh, and personally, I
39 C767P : That’s too bad, although that is why I take pictures like that…its nice to have them around after the real thing is gone. Thanks! I think they we
40 Post contains images fawannabe : amazing trip report! loved ! sooooooooo many photos.
41 Post contains images stabilator : Any way to fix the pictures again? They don't seem to be working
42 C767P : Should be working again.
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