The good thing about taking the 11am flight vs the 7am is you don't have to get up super early which is always a plus. My dad dropped me off at my brothers house around 8:30 and shortly after that we went to get some coffee at Seattle Espresso on the way to the airport. Traffic was pretty light and we made good time to the airport arriving at Terminal 3 in no time. I had printed out our boarding passes at home so we just went straight to security. There were a fair number of people going through security but it went quickly and just a few minutes later we were airside, after gathering up our stuff we got some breakfast at Wendy's and went to our gate to wait. After breakfast I wondered around to see what other planes were around. Terminal 3 is pretty busy in the morning, there were Delta flights to SLC, DTW, ATL, our flight to MSP and another SLC flight, SY had a B737-700 going to MSP, FL had a flight to ATL and F9 had one going to DEN too. I also saw the Honeywell B757 takeoff from runway 8. And for some reason there was a B6 E-190 parked on the Honeywell ramp.
Boarding was called on time, starting with first class and elites and then they went by zones after that, we had zone 4 so we were one of the last ones to get on. The interior of this MD-90 looked to be in pretty good shape,the seats were clean and looked pretty new. In my opinion one of the best things about the MD-80/90s is the 2 and 3 seating layout vs 3 and 3. So my brother had the aisle and I had the window with no middle seat which gave us a little more comfort.
Boarding was uneventful and not to much later we were ready to push back. Both engines started up with no issues and we taxied out to runway 8, we were number 1 to take off and only had to wait for one plane to land and then we took-off. Both IAE V2500s roared to life propelling us down the runway and about half way down the runway we lifted into the air and began to climb steeply. Climb out was smooth and powerful. We flew east for a ways before turning left and heading in a northerly direction towards Minnesota. Our cruising alt according to our pilot was to be FL310 and flying time was to take about 2:30 or so. The flight attendants came around serving drinks and snacks, Snack choices were either Peanuts, Pretzels or cookies. I chose a Ginger ale and Peanuts. There wasn't any entrainment offered on this flight except Wifi which was available for a fee, So I just used my iPod. The rest of the flight went by pretty quickly and we started to descend into MSP shortly after passing over Sioux Falls. Our approach over Minneapolis gave us a nice view of downtown and MSP airport. the pilots made a good landing on runway 35 just after 4pm local time and immediately after touchdown heavy breaking action was applied and we exited the runway via a high speed taxiway and began the long trip back to the terminal. we had to wait for several planes to take off from runway 30L before we could cross it. we finally were parked at gate G-18 at 4:05PM completing flight 2392.
I got several pictures during the taxi to the gate.
just after take off.
My in-flight entertainment
Climbing up to FL310
A very full river
Touchdown on 35
fallowing us to the terminal
Parked at G-18 with a B738 next door.
Overall the flight was good, Delta delivered a good service for the price. It was about what I expected it to be.
I enjoyed flying on the MD-90, I am glad they have found a good home with Delta for years to come.
Here are just a couple of pictures from the game.
Autographs I got
On the day of the game my brother and I headed down to the game early using the light rail. We went early to see the park before it got too crowded and we wanted to try and get some autographs, we were able to get two from pitchers Mijares and Burnett. The Twins won the game 5-4 thanks to a big walk off hit from Casilla that drove in two runs. Target field is awesome, one of the best places to watch a baseball game I think. Go Twins!! After the game we had dinner at the Twin City grill which was really good, I definitely recommend it. I always enjoy being in Minneapolis and this trip was no exception.
Flight Number 2799
Date, October 3rd 2010
Seat 23A Window. LF 100% full
Route-Minneapolis (MSP) to Phoenix (PHX)
Departure Time, 3:09PM CDT,
Arrival Time, 3:41PM MST,
Departure gate. G-14 Arrival gate 16.
Departure Runway 17 Arrival Runway 26
Aircraft. N3746H, Boeing B737-800W, New Colors, Winglets. LIve TV WiFi.
Flying time 2:32, at FL360.
After a fun weekend in Minneapolis it came time to head back home to AZ. My brother and I were booked on flight 2799 which is operating with B737-800W instead of the A320s that used to fly it. We stayed at the Hampton Inn right across from the Mall Of America, it was a nice hotel, but the best part was that its located right next to the approach end for runway 17/35, so I could watch all the planes come in to land from our room. The morning of our departure we both had a quick breakfast in the hotel before heading over to the airport. We returned the rental car and took the tram to the terminal and printed out our tickets at a self service check in and went to security, it went quickly with no issues. It was only 11:30 after all that, so we had a couple of hours to kill. We spend some of that time on the observation deck.
ANG C130 just after landing
An MD-90 tail
Taxing to the C gates
In town to fly the Jays home after the final regular season game.
Delta DC-9 taxing for take-off. A few years ago I never thought I would see a DL DC-9 again.
Concourse C action
A UA E-170 taxing to the gate while an American Eagle CRJ-700 pushes back
Not many planes left with the NW colors
Take-off from runway 17. taken from our hotel room
take-off runway 17
Going to ATL
N3746H at G14.
After killing some time up on the observation deck we decided to grab some lunch at a Chilis Too that was on concourse G, by the time we finished lunch it was time to head over to our gate of G-14. Our plane wasn't at the gate when we go there but a few minutes later a nice looking B738 decked out in the new colors with winglets pulled into the gate. N3746H would be our plane today.
After the inbound passengers got off and the plane restocked pre boarding was called for F passengers and elites. We had zone 4 again so we were the last ones to get on again.
Boarding seemed fairly quick, but then our departure time came and went and I started to wonder what was up, and not much later the pilot said that the microphone in the oxygen masks weren't working so they had to be replaced to be allowed to fly and they had to do all the paper work on that. luckily pushback was only about 25 minutes late.
This 747 was towed across the airport to be parked by a hangar.
Finally with the mic working we were pushed back and the CFMs roared into life and we began to taxi out to runway 17.
Just after taxing across runway 4 I saw a DL 747 take off, probably bound for NRT. There were a few planes in front of us awaiting departure on runway 17 including a UA A319, DL MD-90 a DL B757 and A319 and behind us there was a SY B738 and a nice looking Citation X biz jet. a few minutes later it was our turn to launch into the sky, The CFM-56 engines came to life and speeding us down the runway and into the air. Cruising alt was FL360 for most of the flight, except a short time at FL380 over New Mexico.
About 20 minutes after take-off, give or take, in flight service began which was pretty much the same as the flight up to MN, the same drinks and snacks were offered This aircraft had in flight TV and WiFi, though I just had mine on the ln flight map most of the way as it cost money to watch anything. The flight was pretty uneventful, I just used my iPod and also slept for a little while. We began to descend just after crossing the AZ NM border, and I noticed we were doing a lot of turns all the way into PHX. We flew right over the top of SDL and made a sharp right turn and flew parallel with PHX before making another left turn and flying out towards gateway before once again making another turn to finally line up for runway 26. Wheels made contact with the pavement rather roughly fallowed by hard breaking action, it hardly took anytime to stop and we exited the runway right by Terminal 3. I noticed that our flight was the only plane at the north gates of T3, we docked at gate 16 on-time completing our flight, Our plane was to fly to SLC a little later on.
parked at gate 16.
I had an awesome time in Minneapolis and at the Twins game and I hope you enjoyed reading my report.
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5516 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9124 times:
Great report! Don't you just love Target Field? Too bad the Twins are sucking it up now and will likely be eliminated in the next game.
I still cannot get over the sight of all those Delta jets from the observation deck. Just years ago I remember going there and seeing a sea of red tails, most in the old colors. The DC-9s dominated those gates. Oh well, such is life.
The week before you came to MSP, some areas of southern Minnesota got ten inches of rain over 48 hours - this is the result! Some of the freeway bridges across the Minnesota River near MSP had to be closed due to flooding.
Honeywell has chartered one of our E190s for testing purposes. It's going to all kinds of places that doesn't normally see our E190's...or even B6 fort that matter. Not sure the exact systems that they're working on though.
"If you do not learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it"