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User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1043 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 14398 times:


PREFACE

Preparations for this trip started back in January. I was thinking about what I would like to do during my summer break and came to the conclusion that I wanted to visit my family in Charleston, West Virginia, USA. Soon after I began looking for flights online but ended up booking through a local travel agency. The obvious choice would be Delta's nonstop service from Stuttgart to Atlanta and an onward connection on one of their regional affiliates. Since I had traveled twice on this flight within the last two years, I specifically asked for more options through major European gateways such as FRA, CDG or LHR. However, all of which were significantly more expensive than the direct flight from my hometown. As DL also serves Munich and Frankfurt, I inquired about fares from either city, with transportation to the airport by myself. Once more, the result was the same, which seemed a bit odd to me, given DL faces transatlantic competition from either airport whereas they are the sole operator with a non-stop flight from Stuttgart to the USA, which I ended up booking after some consideration. Quite a pity, since I haven't flown on the aircraft types DL operates from MUC and FRA (767-400(ER) and 777-200(ER/LR) respectively) yet. Well, hopefully in the not too distant future I'll be able to add them to my log.


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Of course, I already chose my seats during the booking process. Notably, I couldn't select the exit row on both transatlantic sectors, as the airline apparently blocks them for frequent flyers ("Medallion-Members"). Similar procedure with row one on the Canadair Regional Jet 100/200. No wonder, since the window seats in this row on Delta's B76G subfleet have received the highest possible rating by seatguru.com.


Row 20: Not available for everyone

After obtaining my travel documents, I decided to go ahead and sign up for Delta's frequent flyer program, SkyMiles. Sometimes I wonder why I haven't taken this step before. At the same time, I logged on to their website in order to receive an overview of my upcoming flights. I was very pleased with Delta's web presence: Not only was it very easy to connect my FF-number with my itinerary, but it also offered a broad set of information including a countdown to the day of departure, which I found somewhat great. In addition to this, once can change his seat assignment, choose from a selection of 14 special meals, inform the airline of special needs (wheelchair etc.) or other disabilities (hard of hearing, deaf) on top of the usual data such as flight time, arrival/departure gate, aircraft type, and others. Changes are immediately sent to you by e-mail. Using the website, one can also check in 24 hours or less in advance, which I decided not to do.

Overview of my itinerary

I am a big fan of flightaware.com and have been using the site for years. Recently, the have added a feature which allows one to track registrations of US-based aircraft. After a bit of searching, I found out which particular airframe was scheduled to operate my flight to Atlanta. I can only praise flightaware for their forthcoming developments in terms of flight tracking.

Will flightaware's prediction come true?

OUTBOUND

I couldn't wait for summer to come since I was very excited to finally go on holiday. The day of departure came soon enough and at 7 o'clock in the morning I found myself commuting on the suburban train ("S-Bahn"). I arrived at the airport in no time and proceeded to the check-in counters in terminal 3 which hadn't even opened yet. I was the first person in line and soon after the desks had opened, I received my boarding passes for both flights and dropped off my bag. The staff was very friendly and professional. A pleasant first impression.

Check-in area getting crowded

I planned on seeing the arrival of the aircraft from Atlanta, so I continued to the viewing terrace right away. Of course, I also did some other spotting. The weather in southwestern Germany that morning was pretty agreeable, temperature-wise, but rain clouds were present around the field. Afterwards, I spent some more time in the terminal before going through security.

LH's “Bad Kissingen“ – a common visitor at Stuttgart-Echterdingen


This one's for fellow trip reporter Contact Air


airberlin and Turkuaz

While observing the other traffic on the apron, I also kept an eye on the landings on runway 25. Suddenly, there was shape in the horizon, easily distinguished from the smaller airplanes which had landed before – indeed, this could be a Boeing ´67.

Turning into gate 109. Flightaware's data was reliable in earnest


Almost on blocks (note the construction site and closed taxiway behind on the right)


Inside terminal 1, top level


Terminals 1 through 3


Curbside

Security didn't take too long, but as usual during holiday time, the terminal was crowded. I walked around for a while but there wasn't much to see, so I elected to go to the departure gate 109. To my surprise, there happened to me one more security check for passengers bound for Atlanta. All hand luggage is X-rayed once more, every passenger has to undergo a pat-down search (no metal detectors here anyway). Lastly, the hands and belongings are tested for residues of explosive substances. I've not experienced a procedure like that in the United States so far.


Having reached the waiting area, I settled down and listened to some music on my iPod. The crew (cabin all female, cockpit all male) arrived one hour ahead of scheduled departure time, printed out their documents and had a short congregation before boarding the aircraft. The Captain had the sticker „Ich fliege ab Stuttgart“ („I fly from Stuttgart“) on his bag. Well, I guess he likes our airport. I badly need to get one of those. Boarding began at 10:15 am, families with small children first, followed by BusinessElite and other premium passengers, and finally the „Main Cabin“ (as Delta refers to its Economy Class) after zones. By 10:40 am am I was onboard.

Flight Information
Date: Wednesday, 11th of August, 2010
Carrier: Delta Air Lines
Flight: DL 117
Route: Stuttgart-Echterdingen (STR) – Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Int'l (ATL)
Scheduled Departure Time: 11:00 AM CEST
Actual Departure Time: 11:00 AM CEST
Scheduled Arrival Time: 3:25 PM EDT
Actual Arrival Time: 2:58 PM EDT
Flight Time: 9h 58m
Aircraft: Boeing 767-324/ER
Registration: N394DL (ship 1521) (delivered to DL 21/04/1998)
Seat: 34G
Remarks: Ex Asiana Airlines HL7505 (delivered 10/11/1995)


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Ship 1521 is the only ex Asiana aircraft in Delta's B76G subfleet, mainly composed of former Gulf Air airframes (hence the „G“-identifier). Its characteristic is the reduced number of seats in BusinessElite in favor of one more seat in Economy Class and a third entry door, located before the wing. They are commonly used on routes with a smaller demand for a premium product.
For this flight I chose seat 34G –right-hand side, window, behind the wing– because in case of an unlikely take-off from runway 25, I'd be able to see where I live. Additionally, the flight path sometimes crosses Greenland, which has made for nice views in the past. I found a pillow, blanket and earphones on my seat, which I directly put in the overhead bin before getting settled and buckled up. I couldn't spot one open seat in Economy, Business Class didn't look fully-booked, though. The SkyMagazine copy in my seatback pocket was still from July, what's up with that?   Anyway, it included some well-written articles that I enjoyed reading. The Captain made a welcome announcement just before boarding was completed. According to him, our estimated flight time would be 9 hours and 43 minutes. We pushed on time.


First sights


After pushback, checking the flight controls

The safety video was played during pushback, and after „Deltalina“ had explained the dos and don'ts onboard, the aircraft made its way towards runway 07 – although runway 25 was still the one in use. I believe this needs some explanation, so here goes: Westerly of the airport there is a hill called „Height of Weidach“ which is directly in the take-off path of rwy 25. In case the aircraft is too heavy (which is likely going to be the case for a flight of this duration), it can't take off in this direction due to the obstacle limit/insufficient climb gradient in case of an engine failure. This means that, if winds allow it, either runway 07 has to be used, or the aircraft has to take a reduced fuel load, calling for a stop en-route, most often in Bangor, ME. This has happened in the past – but not today, luckily. After only 12 minutes on the taxiway, ship 1521 thundered down runway 07 in what I would describe as a powerful take-off and initial climb.

Airborne!


Climbout

The aircraft leveled off at 31 000 feet with a solid overcast underneath – not much to see. I spent some time watching Star Wars on my iPod before the first snack service came around. I can't recall what movies the in-flight entertainment featured, but they weren't really appealing to me, the more so as I could just barely see the ovhead screens from where I was sitting. Almost two hours into the flight, the meal service began. Only a short while later, a water, coffee or tea service followed.

Mini pretzels for starters, I opted for water for drink which came a little later


I chose chicken as main dish. Vegetarian pasta was also on offer


Lunch consisted of Chicken Cajun with yellow rice as entrée, salad (with cucumber and raw carrots), salad dressing, cheese, crackers, breadroll, butter and a choc chip & vanilla biscuit for dessert. I drank water (Aquarius Spring!) once more.

This meal was probably the best one I've ever had on a plane. The chicken tasted savory, the sauce was excellent, and the rice also very tasteful. I only ate the cucumbers of my salad as I'm allergic to raw carrots, but I'll assume it was as good as the rest.   The bread roll was, I tend to say, ridiculously small. Lots of cheese needed to make it rich in content. The dessert was fine, too – much better than the artificial chocolate mousse that some airlines serve nowadays. Besides that, I liked the whole presentation.

Good coffee (loved the straw, by the way). I had saved up the dessert from lunch

Some words about the cabin crew: They were excellent. Always friendly and with a smile on their lips, all of them did their best to ensure every passenger's comfort. They were helpful with special requests (peanut allergies, regarding snack services) and on top of that, they worked very efficient. I had hardly finished lunch when the coffee arrived. Comfort I'm used to from at home found in a full Economy Class – great!  

The long hours over the Atlantic

I can never sleep on westbound flights across the pond, so I kept entertaining myself with some music and movies. At 1:27 pm CEST the remaining flight time equaled the local time at Atlanta (7:27h/am). I found this quite amusing, surely doesn't happen to often. The flight path crossed, as I had assumed, the southernmost tip of Greenland. Unfortunately, I didn't happen to see anything except for the solid overcast. The extremely bright sun outside even forced me to close my blind for a while. After about six hours in the air, we finally reached Canada.


Land in sight!


Another snack service (Biscoff cookies weren't offered throughout the entire flight, regrettably)


Some more coffee. There were frequent water runs as well


Getting gradually closer


Seat belt sign on...


Afternoon snack consisting of "La Pizza Rucola e Mozzarella" and vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate syrup




Water all the way. In fact, I only drank water onboard. My preferred cran-apple cocktail was out of stock

Approximately one hour prior to arrival, the afternoon snack was served. I was hungry by then and the pizza was a welcomed second meal – tasty, and filling as well. I really like Delta's offering here (they also serve pizza in BusinessElite). The ice cream was good, too, I forgot to open the package but it was vanilla flavored, topped with chocolate syrup. Soon thereafter, the Captain came on the PA announcing the descent into Atlanta, adding it was a „beautiful day“ down there. He was correct indeed. A brief video about entering the US followed. On approach, we flew right parallel to the airport on downwind for landing on runway 08L. The last portion of the flight seemed to fly for me, in the truest sense of the word.

Atlanta downtown


I was convinced the other side of the aircraft would offer a great view of the airport


Turning into final


I-285, around 4 miles from touchdown. Click here for a different perspective (April 2009)


Shortly before touching down


Rapid deceleration

After leaving the runway via taxiway B7, the aircraft made its way towards the international concourse E, half an our early due to tailwinds along the route. They reached 96 mph (154 km/h) at one point in Canadian airspace. Ship 1521 blocked off at gate E1 (as opposed to E4 in the forecast). Whilst deboarding, I asked the F/A in the front galley if I could have a quick look into the cockpit, and with a matter of course, she merely responded „sure“. I think it's great that in today's world with raised security standards, it still doesn't pose a problem to get into the most secured area of the aircraft. The Captain hadn't left yet, but he had dimmed all the screens, „because they produce too much heat“. He cranked them up just for me, I got my picture taken along with some smalltalk. I didn't want to keep him occupied for too long, so I thanked him for his kindness and was the last, but surely most satisfied passenger to leave the aircraft.


Gate E1 is on the southern end of T-E


Next to us, ship 1812 (B764) pulled into the gate, inbound from MAD, and bound for LGW later on


Seats 34F/G during deplaning


The yoke of ship 1521. On the EADI/PFD (upper display), note the groundspeed (GS) displayed as 3 knots. I guess it was a windy day in Hotlanta (well-deserved nickname!)

Immigration and customs were quick, bags arrived in due time, only at security, a line started to pile up. I had a smalltalk with a fellow passenger from the flight, who told me she was traveling to the US for the very first time. We had first seen each other at the train station the same morning. As an Atlanta regular ( ), it was a matter of honor for me to help her with the various stages of entering the US, which can be a challenge when you do it for the first time, after all. We hopped on „The Plain Train“, I alighted at terminal T, and she continued to baggage reclaim. I had more than four hours of layover time, so it didn't really matter where exactly I would start my spotting tour. I'd have even made the earlier flight to CRW, but you never know how crowded the facilities are beforehand. The following pictures were taken from every terminal except for T-A.


"Relay for Life - American Cancer Society" - Ship 1817 portraying one of Delta's involvements in charitable organizations


N3762Y is bound for Detroit


The Inuit with the lei


Inside view of terminal C


Named „Senaatintori – Helsinki“. KLM's „Flying Dutchman“ seen hours before traversing the Atlantic Ocean


Ship 7110 being prepared for a 14-hour flight to Dubai


GE90 engine – a masterpiece of present day engineering


B737NG to COS – Colorado Springs


Air France Jumbojet (F-GITD) going back to Paris-CDG. I have a flight logged on sistership Tango Bravo

As the sun was setting over Hartsfield-Jackson International, I proceeded to terminal D, where my flight to Charleston, WV was going to depart from. The shared waiting area of gates D1A/D2 is very nice, as it offers a direct view of taxiway Lima. The CRJ that would take me to CRW was already on blocks. Boarding was called 45 minutes before scheduled departure time.



N905EV


Flight Information
Date: Wednesday, 11th of August, 2010
Carrier: Atlantic Southeast Airlines (dba Delta Connection)
Flight: EV/DL 4948
Route: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Int'l (ATL) – Charleston-Yeager (CRW)
Flight Time: 1h 18m
Aircraft: Canadair Regional Jet 200
Registration: N905EV (ship 905) (delivered 04/04/2002)
Seat: 12A


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Upon boarding the aircraft, I was greeted by a friendly and clearly motivated FA. I proceeded to row 12, right behind the wing.


First sights

I settled down and grabbed the SkyMagazine (this time, it was the August issue) for a pre-departure read. It featured a good article and interesting interview about one of my favorite actors, Mark Wahlberg (especially since the 2006 movie „The Departed“) which kept me busy until pushback. If you're interested in reading the SkyMag online, simply follow this link. I had both seats for myself, and legroom was decent. A picture will follow in the next part. I got distracted from a loud sound outside only once. I looked up and spotted a DL 777-200/LR on T/O-roll. Just wow – these engines do not only look huge, they also sound like that.   Our take-off was from runway 26L this time, followed by a right turn with early flap retraction (flaps 8 T/O for those who care). The seatbelt sign was illuminated for the entire duration of the flight due to thunderstorms along the route, as a precautionary measure. Flashes were visible right beside the left wing, and also as reflections on it. Quite exciting. Miraculously, there was not a single bump that I recall. The pilots did a good job evading the CB activity. Service, which took place nonetheless, consisted of a drink (I ordered Canada Dry Ginger Ale) and two packs of Biscoff cookies (finally!).


The approach started soon after the trash had been collected and night had fallen. No chances for decent photographs, but I recognized some geological landmarks (like the Kanawha River). The final approach was thrilling. The 1921 meters-long runway 23 was in use, and shortly before final, there is nothing to see at night. It's essentially a dark area that the aircraft keeps descending onto until the runway lights finally pop up. The touchdown was rough, the breaking action phenomenal. On top of all that, it was raining outside. The pilots slammed on the brakes so hard that I had to hold on my camera bag with my feet. What a great end of a trip on a US regional carrier. The aircraft blocked off at an apron parking position. It was a nice touch that both the FA and Captain were saying goodbye to the passengers. I commended him for his flying skills through the thunderstorm, which he seemed to appreciate. I got to use the CRJ's own stairs for the first time. Private jet feeling, eh? I tried to take pictures of the jets parked at the gates while walking across the tarmac, but even with flash, they didn't come out nicely. Too bad. My bag was the very first one on the belt – what is a priority tag anyway?  
This also marks the end of the first part of my journey. I actually wanted to include all flights in here, but it has gotten so long that I will split it up in two parts, because there is a lot to write about the flight home to Germany.

I would spend the next three weeks in sunny West Virginia and South Carolina.

Thank you for reading. I'd be happy to receive any feedback on this trip report! So don't hesitate to express laud, criticism, questions, suggestions, etc. I certainly look forward to reading from you.

So long,
Marius aka Luftfahrer

My trip reports:
Delta Air Lines Transatlantic & Regional (1)
germanwings to London-STN
Delta to TUL, ATL and ABQ



'He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified.' Joseph Conrad
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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1965 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 14285 times:
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Good report! Looks like you had a good time with Delta. The food looked to be pretty good on your flight to ATL. I also always find Delta flight attendants to be some of the best; they are often really warm and friendly.

Thanks for sharing! Great views of your approach into ATL .. the clouds looked pretty cool!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 14225 times:

Interesting report and nice to see photos of ATL. Although your photos make it look nicer than it really is! It actually helps to be there when it isn't crowded. As the photo of terminal C shows, if it not very wide and there is no moving walkway, so it can be quite an obstacle course trying to go down it if your gate is at one of the ends!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
„The Plain Train“

Actually it is the PLANE train...but maybe Plain is more descriptive of the train itself!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
and two packs of Biscoff cookies (finally!).

Glad you got your Biscoff! This is one of the best parts of flying Delta! You can actually buy them from Walmart, but those don't have "Delta" written on them!

Regarding the blocked off seats for elite fliers (Medallions).... on the 767 the exit rows are blocked off for Medallions BUT the first row of the CRJs are usually bocked off for everyone until the day before the flight.

I am glad you didn't mind not having AVOD.... it is really uncompetitive on the Transatlantic market to NOT have AVOD and Delta is slowly upgrading the 767s to offer them.


User currently offlinejeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 13938 times:

Did you enjoy West Virginia?


God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27327 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13322 times:

Great report and nice to see DL offering a good Y product. Kudos to DL for letting you see up front especially in this hyper sensitive climate. Also Im impressed with the food offerings, alot better than I expected.


OA260


User currently offlinefca767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1786 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 13206 times:

Nice Report, I'm flying on Delta, Liverpool-Amsterdam-Detroit-LAX  Good to see you still get fed decent food.
And one thing that I like about american airlines like Delta is that they will put you on an earlier flight in the US if you want for free well if they can...Isn't that true? I only have 2 hours in Detroit so it won't matter. But coming back, would be good to get to LAX early to hopefully get a good flight out to spend time in DTW city  


User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1043 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 12473 times:

Hi all,

Quoting 767747 (Reply 1):
Good report! Looks like you had a good time with Delta. The food looked to be pretty good on your flight to ATL. I also always find Delta flight attendants to be some of the best; they are often really warm and friendly.

Thanks! Definitely, was an enjoyable flight. I was also surprised about the food which was really good in my opinion. Same experience with the DL FAs on longhaul flights.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 1):
Great views of your approach into ATL .. the clouds looked pretty cool!

It was a bit bumpy (windy day) but overall, a very smooth flight. But then, the 767 is a stable aircraft. My favorite, actually.

Quoting burj (Reply 2):
Interesting report and nice to see photos of ATL. Although your photos make it look nicer than it really is!

Thank you! I'll take that as a compliment  . I think ATL is a nice airport (very easy to change between terminals). Delta has improved it over the last years, all their facilites have been revamped, they've added more power ports, help desks and self-rebooking machines. If you walk to the north side of terminal T (UA, AA, CO), it's like a change in time. They still have equipment from the nineties or so there, as opposed to the shiny, new DL gate areas.

Quoting burj (Reply 2):
As the photo of terminal C shows, if it not very wide and there is no moving walkway

Terminal C is way too crowded indeed. T-E was a pleasure, though (more in the next part)

Quoting burj (Reply 2):

Actually it is the PLANE train...but maybe Plain is more descriptive of the train itself!

Oh! You caught me.   No pun was intended here, but yes, it is quite plain. However, it's fast, and better airconditioned than the terminals (in my experience). I love the voice as well.

Quoting burj (Reply 2):
Glad you got your Biscoff!

My favorite cookies. I wish I had known Walmart sells them.

Quoting burj (Reply 2):
the first row of the CRJs are usually bocked off for everyone

IIRC it was blocked, at least when I booked, but I anyway prefer to sit behind the wing.

Quoting burj (Reply 2):
I am glad you didn't mind not having AVOD....

Well, my iPod is essentially audio and video on demand. I'd still like to have AVOD, mainly for the airshow. Nothing beats the price of a flight with an outdated product, though.

Quoting jeffrey1970 (Reply 3):
Did you enjoy West Virginia?

I did.  
Quoting oa260 (Reply 4):

Thanks!

Quoting oa260 (Reply 4):
Kudos to DL for letting you see up front especially in this hyper sensitive climate.

More about that on the inbound flight... it was even better!

Quoting fca767 (Reply 5):
Nice Report, I'm flying on Delta, Liverpool-Amsterdam-Detroit-LAX

Have a good flight, I'm sure you're going to enjoy it.

Quoting fca767 (Reply 5):
Good to see you still get fed decent food.

They serve the Cajun chicken type also from other airports, so maybe that is what you will get, too.

Quoting fca767 (Reply 5):
on an earlier flight in the US if you want for free well if they can...Isn't that true?

I guess so, but I didn't want to. Had some spotting to do.  

Thanks again for all the feedback!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
in favor of one more seat in Economy Class

Correction: That should read four, not one.



'He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified.' Joseph Conrad
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6943 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 12419 times:

Hi Marius,

great report with countless high-quality pictures, really enjoyable! I wouldn't hesitate to fly Delta on long-haul routes in these days - as long as I get a PTV.  

Btw - did they charge for beer or wine?

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
This means that, if winds allow it, either runway 07 has to be used, or the aircraft has to take a reduced fuel load, calling for a stop en-route, most often in Bangor, ME. This has happened in the past – but not today, luckily.

I wouldn't mind about such a stop - but only if I didn't have to get a connecting flight.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
This meal was probably the best one I've ever had on a plane. The chicken tasted savory, the sauce was excellent, and the rice also very tasteful. I only ate the cucumbers of my salad as I'm allergic to raw carrots, but I'll assume it was as good as the rest. The bread roll was, I tend to say, ridiculously small. Lots of cheese needed to make it rich in content. The dessert was fine, too – much better than the artificial chocolate mousse that some airlines serve nowadays. Besides that, I liked the whole presentation.

Wow, that looks very good. I hadn't seen such a nice main course on American carrier for a long time.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
Whilst deboarding, I asked the F/A in the front galley if I could have a quick look into the cockpit, and with a matter of course, she merely responded „sure“. I think it's great that in today's world with raised security standards, it still doesn't pose a problem to get into the most secured area of the aircraft.

Yes, amazing, isn't it? Carriers such as Emirates or SIA always deny access, American carriers happily invite you...

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
GE90 engine – a masterpiece of present day engineering

  


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinefca767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1786 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 12414 times:

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 6):
I guess so, but I didn't want to. Had some spotting to do

Me too, but maybe to get to LAX early to get to Detroit early 
Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 6):
They serve the Cajun chicken type also from other airports, so maybe that is what you will get, too.

I'm sure amsterdam will be good to me  


User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 953 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 12230 times:

Nice report Marius. Glad you got to see a few of our carriers. We do not have that much of a variety!  


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1433 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 12217 times:

Hi Marius,

Beautiful photo's you've included in your TR!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
This means that, if winds allow it, either runway 07 has to be used, or the aircraft has to take a reduced fuel load, calling for a stop en-route, most often in Bangor, ME. This has happened in the past – but not today, luckily.

Interesting fact, I didn't know that!

Thanks for sharing this trip report with us!



Всяк глядит, да не всяк видит.
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11893 times:

Hi Marius,

Great trip report and lots of fantastic pictures. It is always nice to read a report about our home airport STR and its only scheduled long-haul flight. DL seems to offer a very good long-haul product. The meal and the snack look very good indeed.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
I am a big fan of flightaware.com and have been using the site for years. Recently, the have added a feature which allows one to track registrations of US-based aircraft. After a bit of searching, I found out which particular airframe was scheduled to operate my flight to Atlanta. I can only praise flightaware for their forthcoming developments in terms of flight tracking.

Nice feature - I have never heard of this site.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
This one's for fellow trip reporter Contact Air

Thank you very much! It is always nice to see a picture of yourself...  
Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
The Captain had the sticker „Ich fliege ab Stuttgart“ („I fly from Stuttgart“) on his bag. Well, I guess he likes our airport.

Nice!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
Atlanta downtown

Great picture!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
Whilst deboarding, I asked the F/A in the front galley if I could have a quick look into the cockpit, and with a matter of course, she merely responded „sure“. I think it's great that in today's world with raised security standards, it still doesn't pose a problem to get into the most secured area of the aircraft.

Great to hear that things like that are still possible - even in the USA with the tight security regulations there.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
This also marks the end of the first part of my journey. I actually wanted to include all flights in here, but it has gotten so long that I will split it up in two parts, because there is a lot to write about the flight home to Germany.

I'm looking forward to your onward story.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1043 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 11644 times:

Hi all,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
great report with countless high-quality pictures, really enjoyable!

Thanks a lot PH! And good to hear from you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
as long as I get a PTV.

There will be the day when even the last B767 in the fleet will be refurbished.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Btw - did they charge for beer or wine?

Both free, booze (whiskey etc.) $7 for a really small bottle. It makes more sense to buy it in the Duty Free and then consume it directly onboard, if it wasn't forbidden - logically.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Yes, amazing, isn't it? Carriers such as Emirates or SIA always deny access, American carriers happily invite you...

Indeed, indeed...

Quoting fca767 (Reply 8):

Me too, but maybe to get to LAX early to get to Detroit early

Make sure to post a trip report later on!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 9):
Nice report Marius. Glad you got to see a few of our carriers. We do not have that much of a variety!

Thank you. That's true, my "yield" on the flight back wasn't bad either, I just noticed.

Quoting Severnaya (Reply 10):
Beautiful photo's you've included in your TR!

Thanks for the reply, I'm glad you like them!

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 11):

Good to hear from you, Christoph! And thanks for your feedback.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 11):
Thank you very much! It is always nice to see a picture of yourself...

 
Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
I'm looking forward to your onward story.

It's progressing nicely and should be online towards the middle of this week.



'He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified.' Joseph Conrad
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 11609 times:

Quoting fca767 (Reply 5):
And one thing that I like about american airlines like Delta is that they will put you on an earlier flight in the US if you want for free well if they can...Isn't that true?

That might have been true before, but now if you want to change to an earlier flight there is a fee for that, unless you are high enough Medallion (elite flier) then they waive the fee.

http://www.delta.com/traveling_check...s/sameday_travel_changes/index.jsp

Of course if you get a nice enough person at the airport they might be willing to waive the fee OR if it is in their own interest. For instance if you original flight is overbooked they will be more than happy to put you on an earlier flight if it has space.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 6):
Thank you! I'll take that as a compliment  . I think ATL is a nice airport (very easy to change between terminals). Delta has improved it over the last years, all their facilites have been revamped, they've added more power ports, help desks and self-rebooking machines.

Consider the amount of traffic that ATL handles, it is a functional airport. However even changing terminals is not as simple as it could and there can be bottle necks at the escalators as people try to get between the terminal and the "Plane Train"

Of course ATL is MILES ahead of Delta's JFK terminals. The BEST Delta airport (by far) is DTW! It is REALLY a beautiful facility and had a great layout and good amenities!

As for the cockpit visit, I'm not surprised. They have super strict security during the flight, and before the flight the pilots are busy. But usually once you get to your destination the crew are relaxed and happy and that is the best time to ask to see the cockpit.


User currently offlinefca767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1786 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11398 times:

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 12):

Make sure to post a trip report later on!

I will do, I think this trip my interest you in the meantime as I don't go for another 2 weeks. I did SIA777 to Munich  Manchester - Munich (Singapore Airlines) (by fca767 May 16 2010 in Trip Reports)

Quoting burj (Reply 13):
Of course if you get a nice enough person at the airport they might be willing to waive the fee OR if it is in their own interest. For instance if you original flight is overbooked they will be more than happy to put you on an earlier flight if it has space.

Ah this might have been what happened in orlando and wanted to get me on the earlier flight  
Quoting burj (Reply 13):
Of course ATL is MILES ahead of Delta's JFK terminals. The BEST Delta airport (by far) is DTW! It is REALLY a beautiful facility and had a great layout and good amenities!

I'm excited to go there


User currently offlinesspontak From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 477 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 11189 times:

It looks like you had a great trip. I will be on a Delta 767-332ER in January 2011 and I was wondering which seat in economy would have the best views. Your seat 34G looks perfect with a good view of the wing with the water and land not obstructed. I will also choose 34G. You posted a great trip report. Thank you.


Go Delta!
User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2743 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10906 times:

Nice TR!
The interior of DL 763ERs look so bad and outdated though



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5130 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10748 times:

Seems like Delta continues to provide a good trans-Atlantic product. Thanks for bringing us with you on the report. Beware of SkyMiles - it is called SkyPesos for a reason .....

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2853 posts, RR: 25
Reply 18, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 10623 times:

Nice TR.

Delta is indeed a nice carrier, I have flown them a few times between LGW and BCN to MIA via ATL and have found the service to be good, good food (the pizza halfway thru the flight is a nice touch and yummy) good crews and ATL is a nice airport to transit.

They are my preferred carrier on flights to the US (second choice is CO)

Looking forward to the return journey.

MIAspotter.



I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 10533 times:

Quoting fca767 (Reply 14):
I'm excited to go there

If you go to DTW try to have a decent layover so you have time to:
1) Ride the train back and forth, great view of the terminal and of the planes at the gates
2) Go through the light and sound tunnel between Terminal A and Terminals B/C... This is the COOLEST light and sound show I have ever seen!
3) Take a permanent marker and sign a stone!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 17):
Beware of SkyMiles - it is called SkyPesos for a reason .....

Funny you mention that...I've only seen that term on FlyerTalk...but alas it is true... Delta tends to give SkyMiles away like tic-tacs and therefore they have as much value!


User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1043 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 10462 times:

Hi all,

thanks again for the huge feedback!!

Quoting burj (Reply 13):
can be bottle necks at the escalators

I noticed this in terminal C IIRC. But then again, there's a construction site right now. 1 escalator is just not enough, however they have several in terminal T and E. Pretty reasonable.

Quoting burj (Reply 13):
Of course ATL is MILES ahead of Delta's JFK terminals.

Let's put it that way: ATL has the convenience, and JFK the diversity. Make your pick - I wouldn't mind being routed through JFK for a change...

Quoting burj (Reply 13):
The BEST Delta airport (by far) is DTW!

On my to-fly list.

Quoting burj (Reply 13):
As for the cockpit visit, I'm not surprised.

Return flight was even better, actually.

Quoting fca767 (Reply 14):
I will do, I think this trip my interest you in the meantime as I don't go for another 2 weeks. I did SIA777 to Munich

Will read it.   It's great to have a 777 on a short-haul trip. Also missing in my log...

Quoting sspontak (Reply 15):
You posted a great trip report. Thank you.

Thanks, I'm glad you liked it.  
Quoting sspontak (Reply 15):
It looks like you had a great trip. I will be on a Delta 767-332ER in January 2011 and I was wondering which seat in economy would have the best views. Your seat 34G looks perfect with a good view of the wing with the water and land not obstructed. I will also choose 34G.

I chose it from my gut feeling and got exactly what I had expected. I can also recommend seatguru.com if you're unsure which seat to choose.

Quoting LY777 (Reply 16):
Nice TR!

Thank you.

Quoting LY777 (Reply 16):
The interior of DL 763ERs look so bad and outdated though

...so good it will be updated.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 17):
Seems like Delta continues to provide a good trans-Atlantic product.

Absolutely.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 17):
Thanks for bringing us with you on the report.

You're welcome.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 18):
Nice TR.

Thanks.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 18):
Delta is indeed a nice carrier, I have flown them a few times between LGW and BCN to MIA via ATL and have found the service to be good, good food (the pizza halfway thru the flight is a nice touch and yummy) good crews and ATL is a nice airport to transit.

Good to hear another experience.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 17):
Beware of SkyMiles - it is called SkyPesos for a reason .....
Quoting burj (Reply 19):
Delta tends to give SkyMiles away like tic-tacs and therefore they have as much value!

Haha, now that you mention it, I remember being awarded 500 SkyMiles for taking a 5-minute survey.



'He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified.' Joseph Conrad
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 10408 times:

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 20):
Return flight was even better, actually.

So is there going to be a TR for the return?


User currently offlineKcrwflyer From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3847 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 9688 times:

Great TR, hope you enjoyed your stay here!

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