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AHN-ATL-JAX/JAX-ATL-AHN Georgia Skies And Delta  
User currently offlineairportboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 9 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6953 times:

O.k. guys, this is my first trip report ever...so bare with me!
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My best friend finally decided to get married and she needed me to come and help with the wedding. Well she decided to get married in St. Augustine FL. I live about 10 hours from St. Auggie and could not get more than three days off. So I decided to fly. I live in Athens GA where I go to school. Athens Ben-Epps Airport (AHN) has one commuter airline called Georgia Skies (which is a subsidy of Pacific Wings out of Hawaii). Always book you Georgia Skies flight separate from any other flight you may have. Travel sights tend to jack the price up 200.00 more dollars than what it should be. There are not many pics for the first leg of my trip because my camera batteries were dead, but I was able to take some on the way home.



I woke up early because my flight out of Athens was at 6:30am. I have never flown with Georgia Skies and the website said to be there an hour early....well, I found out that was very unnecessary. There were 3 people on my flight including myself. TSA did not start screening us until 5 minutes before we took off. So I checked in at 5:30 and sat in a tiny waiting area for 45 mins.

AHN-ATL
Cessna Grand Caravan
Georgia Skies Flight 0100

The flight was only 20 minutes long and I enjoyed it very much. The landing in ATL was a lot smoother than I thought it was going to be. We parked by Concourse E and an airport bus came and picked us up and took us to the actual gate. ATL was very dead. I flew out of Gate A31. I went to find my gate and then grabbed a snack.

ATL-JAX
MD-88
Delta Flight 1181

I boarded my plane in Zone 2 to my seat of 14A. I am not a fan of the MD-88 like others on this site because I am bigger guy and it is more cramped then my true love...the 757. The flight was very short, only 48 minutes. My rowmates were not the friendliest people  . We landed in JAX at Gate A10, and my ride was there as soon as I walked out of the arrivals area.

I enjoyed a amazing yet crazy weekend in St. Augustine. The wedding did not go quite as planned, but everything turned out great.

I woke up early on the last day and headed to the airport with my roommate. We both had to catch flights out. He was heading to LAX and I was headed back to ATL. He had to board fairly quickly after our arrival to the airport, but I still had about an hour before I had to go to my gate. I had lunch at the food court then headed over to my gate. I love JAX because it has a great variety of aircraft that I don't get to see in Georgia. JetBlue and Southwest fly in and out of JAX regularly. The JAA recently completed two new concourses and tore down the ratty old ones. The new additions are gorgeous. There is a pic on the link above.

JAX-ATL
Boeing 757-200
Delta Flight 1507

I boarded in Zone 3 to my seat of 36A. I settled in and within 15 minutes we were pushing back. I always enjoy the cheesy DL safety video. Then I turned my PTV to The Soup on E! I can honestly say that I was very entertained on this flight. We rose to only 28000 feet since this flight was only an hour long. We got to ATL and had was put into a holding pattern. The captain announced we were 5th in line to land. We parked at Gate T7. It was my first time using a T gate. It was quite convenient.

My plane home - 757-200
http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae35/Josh-Mark_Robinson/AHN-ATL-JAX/DSCI3184.jpg

Concourse A in JAX
http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae35/Josh-Mark_Robinson/AHN-ATL-JAX/DSCI3185.jpg


Once we landed, I made my way to the North Terminal to get my boarding pass (for my separately booked Georgia Skies flight). I could not find the ticket counter at first and then realized it was on the very end and did not have a large banner sign like the other airlines. I had a 3 hour layover in ATL, but found out due to plane availability it was now a 4.5 hour layover. No worries...I love airports. I could have drove the two hours to and from Atlanta instead of flying, but in the long run, Flying was cheaper. I explored the C concourse because I have never been to what I call, "Aritran land". I was not very impressed. I think DL does a lot better job of branding their airline than most. After some plane watching and some roaming, it was time to head to my gate, E37. I then walked around and got some spotting in while I waited some more.

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae35/Josh-Mark_Robinson/AHN-ATL-JAX/DSCI3186.jpg
http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae35/Josh-Mark_Robinson/AHN-ATL-JAX/DSCI3194.jpg
http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae35/Josh-Mark_Robinson/AHN-ATL-JAX/DSCI3195.jpg
http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae35/Josh-Mark_Robinson/AHN-ATL-JAX/DSCI3189.jpg

ATL- AHN
Cessna Grand Caravan
Georgia Skies Flight 0199

This was a full flight. The girl next to me had never been on a small prop plane and she was very nervous. We had a long wait for take off, so I calmed her down by talking about how simple my very first in bound flight was. Once we took off and got in the air, she was fine. I think being able to see all the Atlanta landmarks made her fall in love. I had a nice conversation with everyone on the plane and then before we knew it, we were landing at AHN.

The Same plane that took me too ATL on the first leg of my trip! It was waiting to fly to Macon GA
http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae35/Josh-Mark_Robinson/AHN-ATL-JAX/DSCI3200.jpg

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae35/Josh-Mark_Robinson/AHN-ATL-JAX/DSCI3210.jpg

My plane back to AHN!
http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae35/Josh-Mark_Robinson/AHN-ATL-JAX/DSCI3221.jpg

Sanford Stadium...GO DAWGS!
http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae35/Josh-Mark_Robinson/AHN-ATL-JAX/DSCI3220.jpg

DT Athens and North Campus of UGA!
http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae35/Josh-Mark_Robinson/AHN-ATL-JAX/DSCI3218.jpg



It was a great trip and I hope my next trip report will be better!

[Edited 2010-08-14 12:13:56]

[Edited 2010-08-14 12:15:18]

[Edited 2010-08-14 12:19:24]

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User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6313 times:

Quoting airportboy (Thread starter):
I live about 10 hours from St. Auggie and could not get more than three days off. So I decided to fly. I live in Athens GA where I go to school.

Good trip report but I just want to know: You live in Athens, GA and it takes you 10 hours to drive to St. Augustine? How slow do you drive?    Mapquest puts Athens to St. Augustine at 6 hr 40 min. I used to live in Warner Robins, GA and could make Daytona Beach (well south of St. Augustine) in 5 to 5.5 hours the couples times I drove between the two cities so I knew something sounded odd about your 10 hour figure. Truth be told, you say arrived at AHN at 5:30 AM, and Delta's website shows DAL1181 arriving at 10:45 AM. If you drove and left for St. Augustine at 5:30 in the morning, you would be there pretty close to when you got there by flying. Not that I'm questioning anyone's motives for flying - I always say "why drive when you can fly". You just cited time being your reason for flying and if you drove the speed limit and had minimal stops, you could make that drive in the same amount of time you could fly it, haha.


User currently offlineairportboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6250 times:

Well Yes, it really is about 9-10 hours with traffic and MapQuest is usually wrong because it says only 3.5 hours to my hometown from Athens which is really 4-4.5. But I also had to be in St. Augustine by a certain time because I was apart of the wedding. If I had of drove, I would not have been able to be there in time in part with my work schedule.

User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5909 times:

I still want to know how slow you drive, lol. I've made Athens in 2 hours from Warner Robins when driving through Athens to pick up I-85 near Commerce (rather than going I-75 to ATL and then picking up I-85 in ATL). As I said, Daytona is only 5 to 5.5 hours from from Warner Robins so you were looking at most 7 hours from Athens to St. Augustine because Lord knows if you're not doing at least 75 mph on I-75 you're getting run off the highway by everyone else.   

On a side note, I take it you go to UGA? If you do, please beat GA Tech again this year. I hate those guys.   


User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5861 times:

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 3):
I still want to know how slow you drive, lol. I've made Athens in 2 hours from Warner Robins when driving through Athens to pick up I-85 near Commerce (rather than going I-75 to ATL and then picking up I-85 in ATL).

Wait, what??? How does that work?? Warner Robins is directly off I-75. I can't think of an easier line to I-85 than I-75 from there. If there's a more direct route, it'd be the maddeningly slow roads 129 or 441 which are riddled with traffic lights and drivers who have absolutely no concept of speed maintenance or lane etiquette...Not to mention speed traps in Eatonton and Madison!

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 3):
On a side note, I take it you go to UGA? If you do, please beat GA Tech again this year. I hate those guys.  

You hush your mouth!! As much as I love Athens (worked 30 minutes North of it for over a year, and lived not much further away, thus visiting frequently) I cannot betray my Yellow Jackets!

Excellent report though! I've always wondered how that worked. I've lived not far from Athens and also about three miles from Briscoe.

[Edited 2010-08-15 13:41:26]

User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5806 times:

Quoting luckyone (Reply 4):
Wait, what??? How does that work?? Warner Robins is directly off I-75. I can't think of an easier line to I-85 than I-75 from there. If there's a more direct route, it'd be the maddeningly slow roads 129 or 441 which are riddled with traffic lights and drivers who have absolutely no concept of speed maintenance or lane etiquette...Not to mention speed traps in Eatonton and Madison!

But to get to I-85, you have to drive northwest I-75 to Atlanta and deal first with Stockbridge and the mess around the I-75/I-675 interchange. Then you have to deal with I-285 and then Spaghetti Junction till you get to I-85. Deal with Atlanta traffic? No thanks.

Either way, it shouldn't take you four hours to get to Commerce from Warner Robins. We could make Chattanooga, TN in four hours.

Quoting luckyone (Reply 4):
You hush your mouth!! As much as I love Athens (worked 30 minutes North of it for over a year, and lived not much further away, thus visiting frequently) I cannot betray my Yellow Jackets!

When I first moved to Georgia in 1995, we were more Yellow Jackets fans (even went to a game at GA Tech), but one of my dad's office partners was (still is) a really obnoxious GA Tech fan and so it became more fun to root against GA Tech because the guy was always so pissed off when Tech lost, especially to UGA.


User currently offlineairportboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5772 times:

Quoting luckyone (Reply 4):
If there's a more direct route, it'd be the maddeningly slow roads 129 or 441 which are riddled with traffic lights and drivers who have absolutely no concept of speed maintenance or lane etiquette...Not to mention speed traps in Eatonton and Madison!

I definitely have to agree with that statement. I usually take 441 or 15...there are tons of police anywhere. Taking I-85 or I-75 would be going around my elbow to get to my eyeball. I hate driving anyways. With everything combined it is still about an 8-10 hour drive to the St. Augustine area from NE Georgia. Trust me...I have done it before with out the luxury of Delta.


User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5747 times:

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 5):
But to get to I-85, you have to drive northwest I-75 to Atlanta and deal first with Stockbridge and the mess around the I-75/I-675 interchange. Then you have to deal with I-285 and then Spaghetti Junction till you get to I-85. Deal with Atlanta traffic? No thanks.

I guess it's a question of what bugs you more. Personally, I'll take mass traffic that is still moving over over-zealous cops and a stream of Buelas and Bubbas driving 35 mph with no passing lane for ten miles...That does worse for my stress than Spaghetti junction, but I grew up with Atlanta traffic, so I guess it's what you're used to, haha.

I meant to ask, does Georgia Skies interline baggage?


User currently offlineairportboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5721 times:

Quoting luckyone (Reply 7):
I meant to ask, does Georgia Skies interline baggage?

Yes it does. And what is so awesome about it is the the fact they do not charge at all for baggage. My bags flew free all the way to JAX...on Delta.


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