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Delta, World's 4-Star Airline: JFK-ATL-CUN-ATL-EWR  
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1451 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 22400 times:


Delta, World's Four-Star Airline: JFK-ATL-CUN-ATL-EWR




Before our trip, I was planning to do this report and emphasizing on the details about our hotel in Mexico, the beach, the winter in New York and titling it “Escaping Winter to Cancun with Delta” but after the trip, my four flights with Delta, I fell in-love with the airline and decided to showcase the flights I had with Delta and what made it so special. Welcome to my eight trip report on a.net and welcome aboard Delta Air Lines.

Around the month of January, my mom decided to escape winter by going to Cancun, Mexico, a place where the temperatures are in the high 70s with blue turquoise water, sandy beaches and friendly people. After checking on Expedia, we bought a $600 vacation package: 4 Days, 3 Nights All-Inclusive with flights on Delta. After a brief wait, it was time to escape winter and head to the tropics.

Enough with that, let’s talk about Delta. Now, when I booked our flights, we paid a little bit extra to go with DL since the base flights were with United and although the flight times were great, we only had a 40-minute connection in ORD, plus we’ll be leaving in LGA and those airports aren’t really known for being on-time. (This was a great choice because the Chicago area had a winter storm exactly on our departure day!) Now, I wasn’t expecting much about Delta. As I read Skytrax a lot, Delta is mostly rated negatively both by Skytrax and the users, so I was expecting to have a horrible, most probably delayed or canceled flight with grumpy old flight attendants, dirty seats, horrid JFK ground staff and all of that, BUT, I was in for a surprise.

Upon booking on Expedia, they gave us a DL confirmation code so I could access my trip on Delta’s website. Now, DL’s website, in my opinion, is one of the best ones out there. It’s simple, easy to navigate, full of information and most importantly, seat selection is available. Expedia already pre-booked our seats on the outbound flight, but I had to go to DL’s site to choose our seats for the inbound flights. Since it was only a month before departure, seat options were limited but I managed to grab a window seat on all flights. I also called DL’s call center for some questions (about 5 times) and all of the agents were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Three of them was obviously American, one of them had a Spanish accent and the other one had an Indian accent, so my question is, does DL have call centers all over the world? Or is it just one place but has a diverse set of workers? Overall, so far, so good. DL’s website was obviously top-notch, call center agents were helpful and booking was a breeze.



Hotel Details


DL's website was excellent, it had a lot of information and it was very user friendly.


Passenger Details with seat numbers


Row 27 DEF for JFK-ATL (737-800)


A little further back on the ATL-CUN leg, Rows 29 ABC


Boarding passes printed at home, DL had these colorful thingies (weather forecast, ads, etc) on the bottom of the print page online and it was included when I clicked “Print” so such a waste of ink…oh well! It does look colorful…


My luggage and personal bag with my OZ and AY Junior Plus Baggage Tag


DEPARTURE DAY 02/21/11

After waiting for more than a month, it was finally departure day! It was time to escape winter and say hello to summer and experience the Delta service and product that they heavily publicized on the television and on the NYC Subway system. Our flight to ATL would be departing at 06:00 AM, we already printed our boarding passes at home, so no need to rush. We woke up early at 3:30 and a taxi picked us up at around 4:30. There was a snow-storm on the day we departed, so the roads were pretty slippery and dangerous, the usual 10-minute ride to JFK was a 20-minute ride, so we were a bit worried since boarding begins at 5:20 AM.


Ahh, don't you just love winter?


After surviving the treck down Van Wyck Expressway, we were dropped of at Delta’s “highly unpraised” Terminal 3. I know it’s been bashed by people so many times and in my opinion, most of them are right. First of all, it’s old and shabby but I could see Delta putting effort to make it more modern. Upon entering, a friendly Delta agent greeted us:

“Good Morning!”
“Good Morning”
“Do you need any assistance, any help?”
“No thank you.”


DL's Check-In area at T3, first impression, definitely the most shabbiest out of JFK's 8 terminal, I saw a group of birds flying around. LOL.

The terminal was quiet as our flight was the first departure of the morning, so it was a breeze but I don't think this will be such a pleasant flight during the rush-hour time.

We proceeded to the kiosk to reprint our boarding passes and we had some troubles with our passports and the Delta agent was there, looking at us.

“Do you need any help?”
“Yes please.”
“You have to open your passport to the Visa page and scan it right here”

She grabbed each of our passports, scanned it and helped us go through the whole process. After that, she wished us a great flight.


Kiosk

Is this real? I mean, I’ve read so many reports about how terrible the Delta agents in JFK is, but that was the complete opposite. I understand that we were among the first ones to check-in for the day, so her mood must be better than later during the day, but still, a simple yet a much appreciated gesture from Delta. Definitely a good first impression.

Our boarding gate was Gate 2, after a painless security check and a 30-second walk, we found ourselves at our gate area. There were lots of seating, but it definitely looks shabby, so I’m glad DL is expanding and making their JFK base better. Boarding began smack on-time by Zones, which was organized and people seem to follow it. We were on Zone 3, so it was a brief wait. One note, the terminal wasn’t well positioned for viewing the aircraft as they blocked the view from the outside.


The Gate Area, definitely not good for spotting.


Our flight is the first flight of the day


Our Crew arriving

“Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to board passengers with children under the age of 2 and other passengers that needs extra assistance boarding the aircraft. Once again this is the pre-boarding announcement for Delta flight 1297 service to Atlanta.”

“As for this moment, we would like to welcome passengers seated in Zone 1”

30 seconds later.

“We would like to welcome passengers seated in Zone 2”

30 seconds later

“We would like to welcome passengers seated in Zone 3”


Boarding


Sorry about the quality of the pic, this is the best I can do. Luckily, fellow a.netter KingFriday013 helped me with the A/C reg!  
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Jetway


Snow covered 738 = De-icing process!!

That was fast! Apparently, Zone 3 is the first zone for economy class passengers, so we were the first ones to board on the Y section. Upon entering, I sneaked and looked outside and it looks like our A/C was full of snow and ice which means we will be deiced! Boarding was a breeze and we were greeted by friendly(!) flight attendants upon entering. Our seats was way back on the plane, so quite a walk to get there. Blankets were on the overhead bins, so we grabbed some for souvenir purposes  

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It's a cultural thing.
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User currently offlineJetBlue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1451 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 22516 times:



FLIGHT 1: JFK-ATL



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Origin: New York - John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, NY
Destination: Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA
Airline: Delta Air Lines
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Reg.: N3766
Seat No: 27F

Estimated Departure: 06:00, February 21st, 2010
Actual Departure: 05:59, February 21st, 2010 - AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
Estimated Arrival: 08:44, February 21st, 2010
Actual Arrival: 08:16, February 21st, 2010 - AHEAD OF SCHEDULE


Flight Info from DL's website


(Taken Before Flight)


Slimline seats.


Legroom was decent and leather seats were comfortable


Legroom


Seat view


Seat view


PTVs



Safety Card on this 738


The last remaining pax boarding


Skymag


It's a snowy morning!


Boarding was completed on-time. My first impressions of the seat was positive, legroom was decent and sufficient for domestic flights such as JFK-ATL but flights more than 5 hours, I don’t know, tall people might feel cramped. After the door was closed, the head FA came to the PA and welcomed us onboard. The captain also went to the PA to inform us about the winter storm and our flight information:

“Ladies and gentlemen, good morning from the flight deck, this is your captain speaking. Looks like we’re all set for an on-time departure, we would be pushing back momentarily. We would be de-iced (!!) and that would take a while. Flight time to Atlanta will be 1 hour and 58 minutes, weather in Atlanta is around 65 degrees with broken clouds…”

I was so ecstatic about getting de-iced! The whole process took forever but interesting, nonetheless and you could also see other passengers looking out the window and getting amazed while the guy across our row wasn’t too pleased.

Before we were pushed back, a little kid, around the age of 2 or 3 began to squeal and was about to cry. A flight attendant then walked up to their row with cookies in her hand:

“Why hello there, what’s up?”
“Hi”
“Well, did you fasten your seatbelt yet?”
”No.”
“Well do me a favor, I want you to listen to your daddy and if you do, I’m going to give you this cookie, okay?”
“No.”
*laughs*
“Do you know who I am?”
“No.”
“Well, you’re quite the charmer aren’t you?”
“Tell you what, if you do what your daddy says, I’m going to give you another cookie later, okay?”

The little girl finally listened to the flight attendant and her dad, she literally saved us from a crying baby! Kudos to the flight attendant!


Despite the snow and ice, we pushed back a minute early.


Deltalina! 
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At this point, I was like so excited, my first de-icing experience.


De-icing process was definitely interesting and I wasn't alone, you can see a lot of the pax looking outside...while the elderly man across our row wasn't too pleased.


A good 30-minutes passed by and we were cleared for taxi to Runway 31L


Engine start up


Taxiing

After getting de-iced, we taxied to Runway 31L and blasted off to Atlanta, Georgia.


TAKE OFF VIDEO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el15fy1rD4Y


Take-off was really bumpy, but the flight became smoother once we flew over the clouds. Afterwards, I grabbed my Sony headphones and played around with DL’s IFE system. Everything else, you have to pay, but Live TV and In-Flight Trivia is free. It’s my weird ritual to watch Animal Planet every time I fly a flight with Live TV, so I did. An episode of “It’s Me or a Dog” passed the time, then I played the trivia game. And I also won lol! 
IFE with flight info in Spanish then back in English


Flight info


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View across our row


Wing view

After that, I continued playing with the IFE and reclined my seat. The recline was great, the seat also slides forward for extra comfort.


DL's IFE, not as good as VX's Red as it was very unresponsive and the music menu didn't work for me either.


my Noise canceling headphones


Trivia Game


Trivia


 
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in first place
 
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Cruising


Wingview


Cruising altitude


Wingview again


No snow!!


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A/C Info

Also, WiFi was also available on the flight for a fee, facebook was free however, but did not work on my iTouch.


BoB, Complimentary Drinks and Snacks


FAs starting to handout snacks, DL is now the sole major US airline who still serves complimentary snacks on top of beverages (Compared to UA, CO, AA and US)

The FA Came to our row and asked us for our choice of drinks and snacks. As I'm not a morning person, I chose an Apple Juice because Coke or any kind of soda is way to early and my stomach is just very sensitive when it's early.

"Care for a drink?"
"Apple Juice for me please."
"Peanuts, pretzels or cookies?"
"Can I get one of each please?"
"Sure thing."


Beverage cart




Apple Juice


There's my "one of each" Pretzels, peanuts and of course, the infamous DL Biscoff Cookies.  
Regular passengers got 2 btw.


Biscoff...hmmm.... and there were actually bigger than I thought (TWSS! )


 


Before I know it, the engines throttled down and the captain came to the PA announcing that we have begun our descent to Atlanta.


and to the left we go.


Georgia, Georgia, Georgiaaaaaaa!


Flaps extending


Final approach

Touched down was at 08:36 AM, 8 minutes ahead of schedule. Landing was smooth and flawless.

"Ladies and gentlemen welcome to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where the local time is 8:36 AM..."

LANDING VIDEO:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhTzygF58tE


Exiting the runway


A319 looking good in DL's livery


ATL is also FL territory but DL is the big giant that occupies this massive airport (you could see a DL A/C landing and departing LITERALLY every minute)


DL World


We parked next to a DC-9


DL Tails


Cabin


DL Jetway


One TV....Two TVs....


There's no such thing as too much televisions.. 
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Cabin while disembarkation


After a quick taxi to Concourse B, it was time to disembark. Since it's my first time on DL, it was my mission to have a pic with the captain in the flight deck.

We were among the last ones to disembark the aircraft and we asked the captain if we could visit the flight deck. The F/O then hurried up, got their luggage out of the flight deck and the captain invited me inside. He got his hat out of his head, placed it in mine and my mom took a pic of both of us. A couple more shots, then we were done. Upon deplaning, the head flight attendant gave me a DL pilot pin and a little postcard with DL's 737-700, after all of that, we thanked the entire crew for a great flight.

We exited the A/C and so did our flight crew, the next flight for our A/C was to ORD.

My first flight with DL was great. The flight crew was friendly, great seats, IFE and most of all, the very friendly flight crew! Kudos to DL!

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User currently offlineJetBlue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1451 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 22473 times:


Connecting in ATL, the World's Busiest Airport.


DL 535, our flight to CUN (DL's 3rd Daily flight to CUN)


And nearly all of them are DL Departures. Danggggg! and I thought JFK was busy 
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LH Senator Lounge, which was a surprise to me.


DL A333


Concourse E was rather quiet compared to Concourse B which I'm referring below:


Now, I was confused how ATL is the busiest airport in the world, like how the heck does a city of 500,000 people could have the world's busiest airport by a huge margin?? Well, I posted a topic a while back, and I got some good responses. It's the major hub for DL's, the world's largest airline as well as FL and DL's regional partners. Still, that didn't convince me yet...

But boy, was I wrong. I can totally see why ATL is the busiest airport! The sprawl of people in such a small concourse was amazing. It reminds me of Times Square-42nd or Grand Central Subway Station in New York during a rush hour, however, it looks organize and transfer was hassle-free. We boarded the airTrain (or watever you call them in ATL) and a quick ride and we arrived at ATL's international concourse, concourse E. Everywhere you look, it's DL territory. DL A/C, DL signs, the departure and arrival was 99.9% DL, DL Skyclub, DL Pilots, DL Flight Attendants, everywhere you look, you see something DL-related!

We found our Gate, E27 and a DL A320 was still boarding for its flight to Puerto Vallarta, so we went to the opposite gate, E28 where a KE 744 was parked for it's flight to ICN at 11:50(?)

Me and my mom went to the food court while my dad stayed at the gate to watch for our luggage. The food court had a lot of choices and seating with decent views of the apron. Since oily food such as pizza or McDs makes me dizzy when I travel, the only reasonable reason to eat was Chinese Food. I opted for something spicy to avoid nausea (it really helps me) and a bottle of Pepsi, by that time, I was really hungry. We grabbed a seat and enjoyed the view..

After a quick bite, we went to exchange our dollars to pesos (a big mistake since in Cancun, they actual accept dollars and also the Mayans in Chitchen Itza.)

Since the flight to Puerto Vallarta, left, we proceeded to E27 and settled in for a long wait. I was feeling a bit sleepy, so I lied down and took a rest. I also went around to do some spotting which an although it's DL-World in ATL, I saw some interesting visitors. Including the KE 744 that's going to ICN and a World Airways MD-11, my first time up close and personal with this type of A/C.


Currency Exchange


Ahh, is there anything better-looking than the 747-400?   
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Her Majesty, Queen of the Skies in Korean Air Livery... It's like hot fudge and sundae, perfect combination. Well, I feel sorry for those people who's about to board this flight...14 hours to ICN, quite a long journey! But I guess they will enjoy it with KE's great service from those Asian Barbies they call Flight Attendants  
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Another beauty, the MD-11. My first time up-close with this beast!


DL A320 at Gate E27 to Puerto Vallarta.

I'd also like to mention that I've witnessed more than a dozen passengers almost missed their flights, including this one, a family of maybe 5 or 6 with 2 babies were running like crazy not to miss their flight. Fortunately, they made it. And minutes later, another group of passengers were running the entire length of the concourse as they heard their names being called on the PA system, "RUN FORREST, RUN!!"



Ah, spotting and chinese food, great!


I find this a bit odd, all of the DL planes (whether A or B) were sparkling clean EXCEPT for their A330s..hmm..


Empty Gate Area..Internet Stations were located on the gate areas, for a fee though. Everything here costs something, WiFi isn't free unless you go to an Atlanta-related website...


Can't get enough of this bird!


Sparkling DL 752


kE 744 again


an again...


DL A320 to Puerto Vallarta


DL 757 departing


ATC Tower


Codeshare with AM, funny how some people actually thought they were going to board on an Aeromexico flight  
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The pin and postcard that the flight attendant gave me (also the cover of the TR)


Another look


DL 763


More departures


Here she comes, our ride to Cancun. DL 737-800.


The beautiful bird


N3740C


Another look


Our flight crew of 4, the blonde FA on the right side was also on our return flight (DL 536)


Boarding began nearly 20 minutes late (scheduled as 11:30) , but not to worry, boarding was scheduled 50 min. before departure. Our flight crew arrived and shortly boarding commenced, we were still assigned to Zone 3. After a quick boarding process and friendly gate agents, we walked down the jetway for our 2hr 30+ minute flight to CUN.

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User currently offlineJetBlue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1451 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 22453 times:


FLIGHT 2: ATL-CUN


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Origin: Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA
Destination: Cancún - International Airport, Cancún, Quinta Roo, Mexico
Airline: Delta Air Lines
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Reg.: N3740C
Seat No: 29A

Estimated Departure: 12:20, February 21st, 2010
Actual Departure: 12:25, February 21st, 2010 - BEHIND SCHEDULE
Estimated Arrival: 14:22, February 21st, 2010
Actual Arrival: 13:56, February 21st, 2010 - AHEAD OF SCHEDULE


Boarding


Boarding, Codeshare with AM as Aeromexico 5335


Passengers in Half-Winter clothes and half-summer clothes  
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Sorry about the quality...

The flight attendants today was much cheerier today, which I understand because they are going to Paradise and most of the passengers are in the holiday mood. Upon entering the A/C, we were greeted by friendly and smiling flight attendants. A red blanket was provided for each passenger in both F and Y, a nice touch by DL since it's a relatively short international flight, but they managed to make it a little bit different from it's regular domestic flights.

The 738 didn't have any PTVs but did have drop-down LCDs which showed different TV Shows (How I Met Your Mother, A show about Taiwan and more) Which kept me entertained throughout the flight. But DL should definitely use their 738s with PTVs on their flights to CUN. On the up side, a flight attendant walked by and asked us if we wanted headsets and I decline, thinking that we had to pay. She did a second round:

"Headsets?"
"No thanks....Wait, is it free?"

She laughed and she handed us three headsets.

Headsets turned out to be complimentary, another thumbs up to DL! The headsets weren't obviously Bose-quality, but it was a nice gesture from DL. Also, they also came with adapters that allows you to plug your single jacked headphones to double jacked headphones that is usually used in most A/C and since I don't like the headsets offered by most airline, this adapter would definitely be useful in the future.


The headsets



Same slim-line sits...but...


With the absence of PTVs


Complimentary red blankets from DL and I must say, they are of good quality! I took 2 of it home as a souvenir  
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Legroom was good.


No PTVs but the drop down LCDs kept me entertained for the flight


Seats


Cabin still boarding


IFE Control


DL A332 to JFK


Wing view from Row 29A, the food court is also visible


Passengers still boarding


The very friendly and cheerful flight attendant  
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Ayyy! There's my girl Deltalina again  
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Would be great to be on an A332 on such a short flight!


Last minute prep



Push back, flight was nearly full with an exception of 2 seats on the back and a couple of seats in F.


FLY DELTA JETS!


Turning to Runway 27L

Boarding was completed on-time, however, we pushed back 5-minutes later than scheduled. The head FA gave us a cheery welcome on board DL 535 to Cancun. We pushed back while Deltalina wags her finger telling passengers....

"SMOKING ISNNOTTTT ALOWWEDDDDDDDDD ON ANY DELTA FLIGHT."

After a brief taxi to Runway 27L, our pilot welcomed us on board, gave the usual info in his uhhhhhh voice, passed by the famous "Fly Delta Jets" sign and off we go to CUN. Take off was powerful and once airborne, the flight became bumpy but later settled down as we gained altitude.


Ahh scratched up windows!!


Time to watch some episode of How I Met Your Mother. Immigration forms were handed out and announcements were made constantly on the PA regarding this, later, refreshments were served.


Dirty window

The friendly FA came to our row and asked us for our choice of drinks and snack. I asked for another Biscoff (can't get enough of those!! ) and a Coke. I was given two and she also give me a bag of peanuts. And all of this was done with real smiles, yet another great set of Delta flight attendants! I wonder if my return flight would be the same? I've heard the DL flights can be a hit or a miss, so my four flights with them will test their consistency.


My "One of Each" again  .... but without the pretzels..as they tasted sorta weird.


Is there anything better than a traditional bag of airline peanuts...??? oh wait there is! and it's DL's BISCOFF COOKIES .
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I fell asleep throughout the flight with the help of DL's blanket that I rolled up to use as a pillow.


Descent to CUN


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Paradise!


Pardon the windows, they annoyed me too...


Isolated beach





Damn windows! And btw, I thought those green things were actually trees and I thought it was an ocean of sea weeds lol


Touchdown was at 1:56 PM, nearly half an hour earlier than scheduled, kudos to DL again! Woah, the sun! The wonderful sun is back! Sunshine, Sunshine!! lol, winter makes you crazy doesn't it?  ... After a quick taxi, it was time to disembark. No time for flight deck visits since we were in a hurry to avoid the "2PM" immigration rush. We exited the A/C and thanked the crew for another great flight with Delta.


Coming in early with only one DL A320 visible


Time to go!


I was so excited that they connected the airstairs to the rear door, turns out they were used for airport cleaners not for passengers...and I was holding my camera prepared to take pictures of our bird, oh well...



Our ride from ATL  
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User currently offlineJetBlue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1451 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 22422 times:


Welcome to Cancun!

Temperature: 85 Degrees Fahrenheit
Locals: Extremely Friendly

     



First impressions of CUN, it smelled so good, so ocean-y and so Mexican!? lol. The airport was bright, clean and airy. Immigration was fast since there were only 2 flights that arrived at that time, both DL flights. The immigration officer was friendly.

With my limited Spanish...

"Hola!"
"Hola."
"First time in Mexico?"
"Yes. Si. Si."
"Filipinos?"
"Yes, but we live in the US now."
"Purpose of visit?"
"Vacation, trying to escape the cold"
"Ah, I see."

After a quick stamp and some paper work..

"Well, enjoy your stay! Have a good day."

Immigration was definitely a breeze, the Mexican people, I love them!

Then a security check...again..what?! Okay, it's a different country..so it's different in here. A quick queue, they checked our luggage and stuff. Then my mom was asked to pressed the little button and guess what, it turned red. Well, that's not good, red is never good!   

Two airport agents checked our luggage, blah, blah, they said we're good to go.

Then, we were greeted by hundreds (okay, maybe like 40 or 50) agents that I've heard about, not going to that in much detail. We exited the airport and looked for "Best Day" travel agents that we arranged to pick us up. After a quick look, they found us, we found them, we waited for three other pax and off we go to our hotel . First stop, Royal Solaris Cancun , our hotel.

First Impressions of Cancun: WOW. Is this Mexico? Everything reminded me of the United States, especially Florida. The roads were wide, their were police cars, Fords, etc. After a quick ride, we were dropped at our All-Inclusive Hotel, now it's time for some unlimited fun, food, drinks and sun!

Check-in was painfully slow and the hotel staff was coughing right infront of us, not good. At that time, I wasn't really happy as I felt dizzy and all I wanted to do was go to the pool and swim. Wahhh.   

A very friendly, I mean extremely friendly bell hop attended us and guided as through the hotel. Obviously, he wanted to sell some time-share things and my parents were interested in it, somehow. So, my parents have an appointment tomorrow with them, while my plans are just: SLEEP. EAT. RELAX. SWIM. BATHE IN SUN. MORE SWIMMING. MORE EATING. MORE SLEEPING. Repeat Process.

After that boring stuff, we were at our hotel room. We were assigned to a better hotel room as we paid extra, it had a great Mexican architecture compared to the usual hotel room style that most people have on the main building. The hotel complex is separated into two buildings, the main one had the buffets, pools, most of the action, while we were assigned to the much more sophisticated side with lots of character and a peaceful atmosphere. All guests can go to several restaurants, but we chose the buffets over the fancy smonchy as we're here to be full not to dine in luxury. But of course, we tried the "luxurious" and upscale restaurant they have on the last night.

We only had four days and 3 nights to enjoy Mexico, so we spent the third day exploring Mexico and took a bus tour to Chitchen Itza (Mayan Pyramids) and had a blast. But the Mayans were already modernized with satellite dish on top of their houses, cellphones, televisions and even a Ford! Shocker. The Pyramids were such an amazing experience, bought a lot of souvenirs that I bargained :

"Cuanto Es?"
"Noventa Pesos"

I walked away.

"@%@($**@(#@ Cincuenta."
"Ah, sorry, yo no hablo espanol"
"5 Dollars, 50 pesos."

Eh, I'll be back.

"thirty pesos."
"Deal."

And that's how you bargain  
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LOL.

Overall, it was a nice stay in Cancun, definitely Americanized but the beach was amazing. Saw the real Mexico when we visited Yucatan and Chitchen Itza, so enough with this, I know you a.netters like to hear more about Delta, so blah, blah, four days later, we were back in CUN. Gahh! The worst part of the vacation, saying goodbye to the unlimited food, drinks, sun, beach, friendly people... I'll be back Cancun! I'll be back!

Vacation Pics


Our hotel room


Nice hallway


It was some kind of festival, Mexican Flag Day I think?



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Garlic Shrimp w/ Tequila served with Risotto
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The very odd and unique Seafood Caesar Salad, didn't expect this..
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Blackforest Salad IIRC
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It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1451 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 22417 times:

DEPARTURE DAY - February 24th, 2011

We were once again picked up by the same travel agency, also shared transportation. The first pax were dropped at Terminal 2 for their B6 flight to JFK and we were dropped at Terminal 3 for our DL flight to ATL.

I apologize for not having any pics of the airport as I accidentally lost all of my pictures on my bloggie (since I ran out of memory on my first camera) LUCKILY, the flight pics on the MD88 has been saved. Phew. But Terminal 3 was bright, clean and airy. DL's check-in area was located at the very end of the long check in hall. And holy guacamole.

There must be 200 people in line, it snaked around and around. I was like "Oh boy, JFK did a great job, now CUN is going to bring down DL's rating from me!" Luckily, it moved fast and the DL agents kept opening up new check in desks to accommodate the overflowing passengers, A friendly DL agent then handed us a sticker for our hand luggage, which was odd, does anyone know why they do this? Well, the sticker was placed in my bag and it's definitely great for souvenir purposes and telling people "Hey, I'm flying DELTA" Finally, we were checked in.

"Good afternoon, Passports please."

She checked our passports, did some typing..

"Can we change our seats?" (Since we were assigned to 29E, 30E and 31E and sitting with a stranger is a big disadvantage.
"Say please!" My mom barked lol.
"Please?"
"Let me check, it's a full flight today and I only have Rows 35 and 36 available, so I decline as those seats are windowless or the view is blocked by the engines."

She printed our boarding passes and to my surprise it was those hard paper bound BPs that most airlines use, another souvenir!  

After a great check-in experience, the horror began.

Security was painful. Okay, I get it, there's a long line, it happens, peak hour, so that was okay in my book. But when it was our turn, my bag and my mom's bag was inspected PURELY because we have liquids inside our bags. The agents were super rude, he open my bag, rummaged through it AND suddenly pulled out my laundry bag where my wet clothes and under garments were located and it fell on my nice pile of clean clothes, good job, now it's all wet, you smart poop! (okay, I'm being immature, but still.) The other agent also confiscated an elderly's ointment that she exclaimed that she needed and another lady who's "$20 Dollar Lotion" got confiscated. ANDDD another elderly couple's tennis racket has to be checked in which the lady yelled "17 years, 17 years we've been flying and this is the first time.." OH GOSH. I couldn't help but be so annoyed by the security agents, completely rude and to think we weren't hassled in JFK nor ATL! Okay, maybe I'm a bit too harsh, or maybe I was just in a bad mood because of the fact that I was leaving paradise. Oh well. What can you do? Bad last impression..tsk. Sigh...I just can't get over the fact that I was going home to WINTER :-|

After quick walk to our gate, we found ourselves some seats and had a great view of the action below. I witnessed some interesting A/C (AM 738, Blue Panorama 767, Cubana Ilyushin Something, Some more exotic A/C)


Ehrr Are we in Atlanta?


to be continued……

(Next Part, will be posted tomorrow: DL 536, 2242 CUN-ATL-EWR) and Conclusion on Delta )

Stay Tuned and Thanks for reading.



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineordjoe From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 22283 times:

Seems like a great trip, good pictures. DL has very good hard and soft product even in Economy, I just wish they could do something about the "sky pesos" program

User currently offlinebpat777 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 22178 times:

Nice trip report and great pics. DL has been my favorite airline for a few years now.

User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1912 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 22089 times:
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Good report!

Well done coverage of your trip with Delta. Looks like you had a nice trip. Looking forward to your next report of the return!

I also like the E Concourse at ATL .. this is where my flight to Liberia, CR left last year. I too also enjoyed seeing a World MD-11 at one of the gates. A rare site! Costa Rica With Delta In J & F (Pics!) (by 767747 Mar 4 2010 in Trip Reports)

Matthew


User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 21746 times:

Wow great trip report and the photos are really good!

I'm glad that you enjoyed your experience with Delta. I agree the FA's are really great!

As for your JFK experience...you DEFINITELY benefited from being on a very early flight before the crowds start.

The kiosk's work well enough when it is really simple, but anything more complicated than a flight with one connection and bad bad stuff starts to happen.

That is also true with the website. It works well enough for straight forward and simple tasks, but anything even a little complicated and it all goes so terribly wrong!

The plane cards are a great touch...and about that pin...

It is pretty cool that you got that pin because it is in fact a very old pin, as you can tell from the OLD logo. The new pins are smaller and much simpler and have the RED widget.

I look forward to reading your future installments.


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 20802 times:

Great trip report with fantastic pics.

Delta seemed to offer an excellent product for you on both of your flights. Cancun also looks like a fantastic place to have a break and I'm sure it's well needed after the winter you had in the US.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
As I read Skytrax a lot, Delta is mostly rated negatively both by Skytrax and the users, so I was expecting to have a horrible, most probably delayed or canceled flight with grumpy old flight attendants, dirty seats, horrid JFK ground staff and all of that, BUT, I was in for a surprise.

Well, you can't always trust Skytrax.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
PTVs

Nice.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
DL is now the sole major US airline who still serves complimentary snacks on top of beverages (Compared to UA, CO, AA and US)

It's a shame that all of the majors don't serve snacks any more though Kudo's to DL for still serving this small but nice touch

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 2):
Another beauty, the MD-11. My first time up-close with this beast!

Nice Catch

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 4):
(Next Part, will be posted tomorrow: DL 536, 2242 CUN-ATL-EWR) and Conclusion on Delta )

Looking forward to that.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently onlineWNCrew From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1438 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 20455 times:

For the record, DL is not the only US Airline still serving complimentary snacks, in fact, WN serves more complimentary snacks than any other US Carrier.


ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1451 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 20369 times:

Continued...

After security, we proceeded to gate C20 where DL 536 to ATL would depart. The departure area was bright, airy and clean. It provided a wonderful view of the apron. Like I said, I lost some of my pictures, so apologies for not having any pictures of the terminal.

I walked around the terminal with all the flights departing to the US (US 757, CO/UA 757, UA A319 and the 3 or 4 DL flights) I went back to my seat and saw our MD-88 from ATL arriving, I was excited to be on the MD88 as I've never been on such type before (though my first flight was on a DC-9 back when I was 5) Anyways, the MD88 looked so shiny and clean, just like most of DL's A/C exteriors. I was also worried as I was expecting the MD-88 to be old, dirty and worn out aircraft and for the hundredth time, I was wrong again.


Before I knew it, it was time to board. Same procedure, we were in Zone 3 so it was rather quick. There was ANOTHER (!!) security inspection before boarding the aircraft, but it was random, LUCKILY, we weren't hassled, so off we go.


FLIGHT 3: CUN-ATL



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Origin: Cancun - Cancun International Airport, Quinta Roo, Mexico
Destination: Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia
Airline: Delta Air Lines
Aircraft: McDonnel Douglas MD-88
Reg.:
Seat No: 30E (Moved to 31E)

Estimated Departure: 13:44, February 24th, 2011
Actual Departure: 13:39, February 24th, 2011- AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
Estimated Arrival: 17:23 February 24th, 2011
Actual Arrival: 16:54, February 24th, 2011 - AHEAD OF SCHEDULE


We were greeted by two friendly flight attendants, we walked by first class which was newly refurbished and my first impressions of the MD-88 was a total shock for me. It was super clean, tidy and the seats were in good condition. It also has a cozy feeling to it. My seat was 30E, while my parents were assigned to 29E and 31E, window seats for all of us  D) We were also greeted by the same flight attendant we had on DL 535, she assisted me with my luggage as the overhead bins were much smaller and it took a lot of effort to finally close it. Constant announcements were made to passengers on how large hand luggages should be placed in the "A" side of the aircraft as the overhead bins were bigger on that side.

Now I was worried who I was going to sit next to for the next 2hr 30 minutes and OH BOYY!... a huge, bulky man in his 30s sat next to me with his 2 year old son on his lap, his son had a seat across them with her mother and brother, so maybe his son would sit there...hopefully! He was friendly though, however, the armrest elevated a little bit as he couldn't properly fit on the seat. Legroom was better on this bird compared to the 737, however, recline did not make any difference and the absence of ptvs or an overhead tv was again, a let down. Oh well, who needs televisions when you can have a view?  
....

We were all set, ready for departure nearly 20 minutes ahead of schedule. However, our captain came to the PA and said that we weren't allowed for push back until 5 minutes before departure, luckily, the A/C was on and I was just looking out the window while I saw an AA 738 push back to ORD and a Blue Panorama 767 as well as some exotic airlines taxied by. I'd also like to note that the captain was very talkative! He was very humorous and made the passengers laugh with his jokes and stuff. He also mentioned that he was in the airforce when he was younger and he has been flying for over 40 years. He informed us that we would be turning left over the Gulf of Mexico to avoid the Havana Airspace and etc.

Finally, we pushed back at 1:39 PM, 5 minutes before scheduled departure. The flight attendants did a manual safety demo... sigh, I miss Deltalina wagging her finger!  
....

After a quick taxi, passing by Terminal 2 while witnessing some interesting birds, we were all set for take off. Take off was powerful! Now I totally get why people love the MD-80/90! Lift off was spectacular, I mean, the rapid ascend was just exhilarating! However, I was on the wrong side of the A/C as the left side of the aircraft had the view of Cancun! BOO!


Terminal 3


Copa E190


Thomson 767 (Sorry about the quality, the Sony Bloggie sucks at taking pictures)


B6 E190 in the new livery, quite attractive!


Can anyone identify this aircraft?


Interjet A320


Aeromexico and Cubana Ilyushin (?)


Cubana and Ilyushin


JetBlue A320


Turning to the Runway for take off


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TAKEOFF VIDEO:


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After take off, goodbye Mexico, until we meet again...


The seat which became uncomfortable after a while, luckily, DL still provided blankets which I rolled up and used as a pillow.


Cruising. After the seat belts sign was turned off, my mom and dad moved to Row 35 (Rows 35 and 36 were completely empty) A mom and her son moved to Row 36 and used the whole row as a bed for his son, some lady switched with a guy so the guy could sit next to her girlfriend, A lady moved to my mom's original seat, I moved to Row 31E, my dad's original seat so the guy's son could sit next to him..So it was an interesting mix up we had!


Gah, the engines were so loud, even with my "noise canceling" headphones, I could still hear the loud roar of these engines which I'm too lazy to look up, JT something...


Immigrations were soon handed, by this time I was really hungry...


Beverage cart


This time, I only got 1 cookie  
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The left turn our captain talked about


and there's Cuba....


I guess i had to wait until we land in ATL to get more food!


Welcome back to the US


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What river is this?


Sorry about the quality, but this was a WN 737 flying above us over Georgia.


Descending


Interesting cloud formation


and to the left we go....


Almost there


Is that you Cancun?   


Final approach


Final Approach


Flaps extended

LANDING VIDEO:

Landing was once again, amazing, we accelerated... decelerated...accelerated... decelerated...until seconds from touch down, we did a very steep dive and the engines throttled down...then touch down! We landed at 4:56 PM, nearly half an hour early.


Back in DL World


FL Territory


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Damn Bloggie!


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DL 764


Sister ship



"I swear I will never fly American Airlines in my life!" - My mom
"Trust me, it's like flying on a public bus...American Airlines sucks!" - My English Teacher

Never been on AA and I think I wouldn't be flying AA for a while since my mom really hates them lol, her flight from BNA to LGA was canceled, she said that the FAs were rude and the seats were worn out, oh well, I can't really say.


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CONTINUED BELOW...
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It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1451 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 20364 times:

After a long taxi, we disembarked and as usual, we were the last ones to disembark. Since it's my first flight on an MD88, I asked the captain if I could take a picture with him and the flight deck, so he said yes. The flight deck was old fashioned as expected, we thanked the crew for another great flight and headed for immigration.

The walk to immigration was painless and there was only 1 flight and that was our flight, so it was hassle free. Upon lining up, a friendly airport agent with a Southern accent greeted us:

"How y'all doing today?
"Good"
"Passports please."
"My wife has it" My dad replied.
"Of course, it's always the wife!"

*Laughs* 

"Have a good day."

Another good impression from ATL! The immigration was definitely the friendliest we've encountered, we chatted for a little bit and in not time, stamped our passports and welcomed us back to the United States. We proceeded to the arrivals area where all connecting passengers will transfer. After a long walk, we encountered yet another friendly ATL agent:

A friendly female airport agent stopped us:

"Hold on, is that all you got?"
"Yes, we dont have any checked-in luggage with us today."
"All right! That's how we roll right? You're all set, have a great flight!"

Friendly agents after friendly agent, great job ATL!

Another airport agent checked some documents and asked us a question:

"Filipinos?"
"Yes, but we live here in the US."
"Ah, see I'm so good that's why they pay me so much!"

*Laughs*

WOW. What a great way to welcome passengers! Impressed with ATL, it's now among my favorite airports in the US along with SFO and TPA.

We rode the tram to Concourse B where DL 2242 would depart. We went to the food court which offered a GREAT view of the live action. Although it was nearly all-DL, I saw a BA 772 landing at 27R. Also, a DL E190 (Compass) parked right next to us and boy, I thought this baby was small (and by small, I mean ATR-72/Q300 Small) but I appreciated it's size while sitting next to it!


DC-9 to IAH


Ahh just look at this place!


Brazilian Beauty


 ....


DL E190 operated by Compass Airlines


We grabbed some Chinese food..again and hurried up since we only had 40 minutes til boarding. After a quick walk, we found ourselves at B18, our gate for tonight's flight to EWR. The gate area was rather small but cozy, it was filled up but I managed to find a seat and saw our MD88 parked outside.



The friendly gate agent


Our plane to EWR


BP


Standby List

Boarding began on-time. It's quite interesting that boarding announcements were automated, it was quite fast and once again we were in Zone 3. The gate agent scanned our boarding passes but didn't tear it (Thank goodness, another souvenir! ) I was video taping while boarding the aircraft and two FA greeted me and even smiled looking at the camera, HOWEVER, while passing F class, a passenger gave me this really dirty look and when I looked back he still was looking probably about to say something to the FA and b*tch about it, I just stopped the video as I didn't want to raise a red flag.  
FLIGHT 4: ATL-EWR


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Origin: Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia
Destination: Newark-Liberty International Airport, Newark, New Jersey
Airline: Delta Air Lines
Aircraft: McDonnel Douglas MD-88
Reg.: I Don't Know  
Seat No: 30E

Estimated Departure: 19:20, February 24th, 2011
Actual Departure: 19:19, February 24th, 2011- AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
Estimated Arrival: 21:36 February 24th, 2011
Actual Arrival: 21:19, February 24th, 2011 - AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

Our seats were 30 D and E while my dad sat 31E. Unfortunately, the flight attendant sat across us row so I didn't take any take off nor landing videos as I did not want to get in trouble and it was dark anyways  
...


DL 2242 was supposed to be on a DC-9, but it was recently changed to an MD88!  
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FA Jump Seat


The super tall flight attendant


Almost ready

Take off was powerful, since it was a short flight, service began immediately after the seat belt sign has been turned off.
A relatively short flight attendant pushed the beverage cart with a lot of effort, as I can see, while the other flight attendant pulled it. You can see the poor flight attendant struggling as the A/C was still ascending.


Now I wasn't really sure if the flight attendants would be friendly on this flight, as I understand, this is a late night flight. But YET AGAIN, I was wrong. (The flight attendants were very friendly, especially the head flight attendant wasn't just friendly but very attractive   


Galley


FAs

The flight went by relatively quick and soon enough, it was time to land in EWR. We leveled of at 1000 feet, did some sharp turns, then we were on final approach to EWR. Interestingly enough, the flaps nor the landing gear was retracted and it looks like we were pretty close! But then, another turn followed by another, then finally, the flaps were extended, landing gears down and we did a rapid descent to EWR, touched down was smooth and as always, ahead of schedule.

Conclusion Below........



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1451 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 20282 times:

Flying with Delta was a true pleasure. From the ground agents in JFK who helped us with our little dilemma, to the friendliness of all cabin crew on all flights, to the ground agents in CUN, the very chatty pilots, the cleanliness of all the aircraft, etc. DL exceeded my expectations.

Service Efficiency/Service Friendliness

Snacks were served very fast and efficient but did not feel rushed at all. All of the flight attendants smiled and interacted with the passengers. I also expected that DL would have one good flight and the rest would be the other story, but it wasn't. They delivered a very consistent and friendly service throughout my four flights and the ground staff in JFK, ATL and CUN. So, I would like to thank all the flight attendants and ground staff who made my trip memorable and enjoyable!

Seat Comfort

Seat comfort on the 737-800 was great, the seat recline was good and the seat cushion also slides forward for extra comfort. All seats on their A/C are leather, so it was very comfortable. Complimentary blankets were provided on DL 535/536 for extra comfort and a nice way to differentiate it from it's regular domestic flight similar in duration.

Cabin Cleanliness and Condition

Surprisingly, all of the four DL A/C were super clean and didn't looked worn out. The 737s were in immaculate shape and the MD88 came as a surprise for me as well, considering the age of both MD88s (I'm only assuming) It was in great condition and provided a cozy feeling.

In-Flight Entertainment

It was great to fly on DL's 738 with PTVS in Y, although you have to pay for movies, LiveTV and the Trivia Game kept me entertained. Although the overhead TV on the 738 to CUN was appreciated, it would be definitely better if they actually deployed their 73H (737s with PTVs) on this international route. The MD-88 didn't have any entertainment at all, so that was a big let down.

Complimentary Meals

DL is the only Legacy Carrier in the US that still serves both beverages and snacks, so kudos to DL! The choice of Biscoff Cookies (Now one of my favorite airline food! ) Peanuts, Pretzels and a choice of non-alcoholic beverages was a very nice gesture from them. Although a real airline meal that CO used to serve are much appreciated, I understand that they are trying to save money, just like any other airline nowadays, I'd say DL did a great job on this one.

On-Time Performance

Despite the snowstorm on the outbound flight, DL managed to be on-time (even a minute ahead of schedule) on DL 1297. The flight to CUN was 5 minutes behind schedule, however, all of the flights (DL 1297, DL 535/6, DL 2242) arrived nearly half an hour early, so another kudos to DL!

Airport Environment

JFK is definitely shabby, but at least they are trying to make it look modern. ATL on the other hand was excellent, the DL agents were friendly, there were a lot of DELTA signs, easy to navigate and although it's the world's busiest airport, I felt like I was in a small airport as it was very cozy. Also, the ground staff in CUN was great considering the amount of people checking in.

Website Info/Call Centers

Their website is among the best I've experience, very user friendly and had a seat selection. The call center agents were helpful, although, I only asked simple questions, so that probably helped.

Cockpit Communications

The flight crew on all flights was definitely friendly, I was invited to the cockpit upon my request and was allowed to take pictures. The flight attendant on DL 1297 also gave me a little souvenir, the pilot on DL 536 was definitely humorous and you can tell that he loves his job. Overall, very friendly crew, just like most of the US Crews I've experienced.



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I would not hesitate to fly with Delta again, they provided a consistent, friendly and great product. Although it is far from "5-Stars" I can only say that with my four flights with them, I can rate them as a strong "4-Star" Airline.

Thank you for reading my trip report, comments and suggestions are always welcomed!

Until next time!

KEEP CLIMBING.

other trip reports

Mabuhay! Philippine Airlines to MNL in Y (pics)
http://start.airliners.net/aviation-...rums/trip_reports/read.main/180548

50 Days in Asia with a 5-Star Airline Part 1 (pics) Asiana Airlines 221/701 JFK-ICN-MNL
http://start.airliners.net/aviation-...rums/trip_reports/read.main/175313

50 Days in Asia with a 5-Star Airline Part 2 (pics) Cebu Pacific, Airphil Express MNL-CGY-CEB-MPH-CEB
Boracay Island
http://start.airliners.net/aviation-...rums/trip_reports/read.main/176625

50 Days in Asia with a 5-Star Airline Part 3 (pics) Asiana Airlines 222/702 MNL-ICN-JFK
http://start.airliners.net/aviation-...rums/trip_reports/read.main/178580

Virgin America and Southwest JFK-LAX-SFO-JFK (Pics)
http://start.airliners.net/aviation-...rums/trip_reports/read.main/154714

Goodbye Asia, Hello America! (NO PICS) Etihad and Philippine Airlines CGY-MNL-AUH-JFK
http://start.airliners.net/aviation-...rums/trip_reports/read.main/162750

JFK-TPA-JFK on JetBlue (pics)
http://start.airliners.net/aviation-...rums/trip_reports/read.main/151876



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlinedeltal1011man From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 9289 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 20195 times:

Great TR.
Just a note. CZ only has E75s. They will so have E70s but no E90s.  



yep.
User currently offlineATLflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 735 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago) and read 20184 times:

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 14):
JFK is definitely shabby, but at least they are trying to make it look modern..

This is why they are demolishing T-3 in the near future.
http://www.delta.com/traveling_check...information/jfk_terminal/index.jsp

Great trip report too! I really think Delta is trying harder than any of the other legacies to create a pleasant overall experience.


User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5154 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago) and read 20138 times:

Good trip report. The Cubana was a Tupolev Tu-204 (214?)


Third Coast born, means I'm Texas raised
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1985 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 19788 times:

Hi there

Great trip report, very detailed, and like you said, DL seems to be surprisingly good these days. I haven't flown DL for about 5 years or so, and back then they were terrible, not to mention their fares were very high (then again, for a while they were the only carrier to serve the airport where I lived).

Great pics of the hotel, Cancun looks fantastic! Never had any intention of going (thinking it would be full of American fatso tourists), but it looks gorgeous!

Cheers
Coal



Nxt Flts: VA SYD-CBR-SYD | VA SYD-OOL-SYD | JQ SYD-MEL | VA MEL-CBR-SYD | DL SYD-LAX-ATL-MIA | B6 FLL-DCA-BOS | DL BOS-L
User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 19688 times:

Wow, what a fantastic trip report! I really enjoyed going through all the pictures! Delta is a great airline, had the pleasure to fly with them in August to ATL. The Delta crew has a great sense of humor and personality!

Also, what can i say about Cancun... just a fantastic place as well. I'll be going on May so your TR has me packing already lol!

Congrats for that fantastic trip. Hope you enjoyed your stay in Mexico.

Cheers,

Alonso



KLM- The Best Airline in the World!
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1451 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 19217 times:

Thanks for all your kind replies and comments! Really appreciated!  
Quoting ordjoe (Reply 6):

Seems like a great trip, good pictures. DL has very good hard and soft product even in Economy, I just wish they could do something about the "sky pesos" program

Hey ordjoe, thanks for the reply! Yes, I've heard tons of negative comments about DL's FF Program and I completely understand, DL's RT from JFK to LAX is 60,000 Miles compared to UA or AA that only charges 25,000 Miles! You could even get a Roundtrip J ticket in AA or UA! (I picked a random date, so I don't know if DL has fares that costs fewer miles)

Quoting bpat777 (Reply 7):

Nice trip report and great pics. DL has been my favorite airline for a few years now.

Thanks and I'm glad you love DL too!  
Quoting 767747 (Reply 8):

Good report!

Well done coverage of your trip with Delta. Looks like you had a nice trip. Looking forward to your next report of the return!

I also like the E Concourse at ATL .. this is where my flight to Liberia, CR left last year. I too also enjoyed seeing a World MD-11 at one of the gates. A rare site! Costa Rica With Delta In J & F (Pics!) (by 767747 Mar 4 2010 in Trip Reports)

Hey 767747, thanks for reading! Do you happen to know where the MD-11 was going to? And was it a charter flight?

Quoting Burj (Reply 9):
As for your JFK experience...you DEFINITELY benefited from being on a very early flight before the crowds start.

Yes, I figured that out too, judging by the size of the check-in area, it doesn't look too good during the evening rush hour..

Quoting Burj (Reply 9):
The plane cards are a great touch...and about that pin...
Quoting Burj (Reply 9):
It is pretty cool that you got that pin because it is in fact a very old pin, as you can tell from the OLD logo. The new pins are smaller and much simpler and have the RED widget.

Yes, it was a very nice gesture from DL and a very good souvenir!  
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Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 10):

Great trip report with fantastic pics.

Delta seemed to offer an excellent product for you on both of your flights. Cancun also looks like a fantastic place to have a break and I'm sure it's well needed after the winter you had in the US.

Yes, it was a great place and a very well needed break from the snow and blizzards.   

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 10):
Well, you can't always trust Skytrax.

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Quoting WNCrew (Reply 11):

For the record, DL is not the only US Airline still serving complimentary snacks, in fact, WN serves more complimentary snacks than any other US Carrier.

I meant Legacy Carriers, that's why I compared it to (UA, AA, US and CO) And B6 also serves complimentary snacks, as well as FL and F9, IIRC. But thanks for pointing that out.

Quoting deltal1011man (Reply 15):
Great TR.
Just a note. CZ only has E75s. They will so have E70s but no E90s.  

Yes, I meant E75s!  
Quoting ATLflyer (Reply 16):
This is why they are demolishing T-3 in the near future.
http://www.delta.com/traveling_check...information/jfk_terminal/index.jsp

Great trip report too! I really think Delta is trying harder than any of the other legacies to create a pleasant overall experience.

I'm glad that DL is making effort to make their JFK base a much more pleasant environment to their passengers, so kudos to DL! And yes, they are trying really hard to please their customers.  
Quoting Drerx7 (Reply 17):

Good trip report. The Cubana was a Tupolev Tu-204 (214?)

Thanks for reading and thanks for point it out.  
Quoting Coal (Reply 18):
Great pics of the hotel, Cancun looks fantastic! Never had any intention of going (thinking it would be full of American fatso tourists), but it looks gorgeous!

Well, Cancun was over-the-top, tourist-y kind of place with all the activities, so if you want to relax in a calm and serene environment, you're better off in a different place. However, the beach was fantastic, of course the people were friendly and the weather was just perfect.

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 19):
Wow, what a fantastic trip report! I really enjoyed going through all the pictures! Delta is a great airline, had the pleasure to fly with them in August to ATL. The Delta crew has a great sense of humor and personality!

Also, what can i say about Cancun... just a fantastic place as well. I'll be going on May so your TR has me packing already lol!

Congrats for that fantastic trip. Hope you enjoyed your stay in Mexico.

Cheers,

Alonso

Thanks for reading! Yes, I was surprised by the attitude of the DL crew on my flights, they remind me of the friendly and humorous WN crew I had in 2009.



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1912 posts, RR: 24
Reply 21, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 18839 times:
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Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 20):
Hey 767747, thanks for reading! Do you happen to know where the MD-11 was going to? And was it a charter flight?

I think it was going to Brussels or Dusseldorf? I believe it had just come in from Germany prior to my photo ...

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1012 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 18705 times:

I generally like Delta trip reports, and this one is no exception. Well done!

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 20):
Do you happen to know where the MD-11 was going to? And was it a charter flight?
Quoting 767747 (Reply 21):
I think it was going to Brussels or Dusseldorf? I believe it had just come in from Germany prior to my photo ...

Last time I was at ATL, the WO MD-11 was chartered by the US Military bound for LEJ, and probably beyond.



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User currently onlineWNCrew From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1438 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 18244 times:

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 20):
Yes, I was surprised by the attitude of the DL crew on my flights, they remind me of the friendly and humorous WN crew I had in 2009.

That's wonderful! I'm a semi-commuter and I use DL quite a bit. I am a HUGE fan of their rebranding. I think they nailed the "look" they were going for, very sheik without being too exclusive. I still find the employees (the crews at least) to be warm and friendly.



ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
User currently offlineRamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 17950 times:

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
we went to exchange our dollars to pesos (a big mistake since in Cancun, they actual accept dollars

And now I get to say my favourite phrase in the world... I TOLD YOU SO!

Thanks for sharing, glad you had fun. Mexico is generally a good value for a vacation and easy to get to. Next time branch out and see some of the real deal... Cancun is almost a U.S. exclave, as you discovered. Try CZM or PVR, and do give some thought to skipping the all-inclusives. You'll find exploring on your own to be far more rewarding. One of the most memorable meals of my life was getting tacos from a street vendor in a little village called Chacala. I've still never had better, and the total cost for 2 people was about 6 bucks.


25 Post contains images JetBlue777 : Thanks! Yes, I love their brand new image. Thanks for reading! LOL. Oh well, it's all about the experience and souvenir though.. And I'd like to go b
26 BizJet : Fantastic pics! Are the full-size versions posted on the internet anywhere?
27 jetblue777 : Bizjet, Thanks for the reply! Unfortunately, I don't remember where I downloaded the full version of the pics, I know it's somewhere on Flickr but I
28 RockyRacoon : Nice report! Chichen Itza is great!
29 The777Man : Hi JetBlue777! Thanks for yet an amazing report with amazing pictures! Seem had some great flights on DL with a nice variety of aircraft. Cancun and C
30 jetblue777 : Thanks! Yep, indeed it was. Thanks for the reply! Despite Cancun being too "touristy" I think it was a great place to spend a few days from the cold
31 abrelosojos : Thank you for taking us with you on a fantastic series of flights on Delta. The airline looks great, and I am not surprised with all the great flights
32 brilondon : Can anyone identify this aircraft? The answer to your question is I believe a Convair 340. That was a great trip report, not too fond of the videos yo
33 Post contains images atlflyer323 : While the "city" population of Atlanta is not very large, the metro ranks in the top 10 Metro's in the US. Atlanta is by no means a small city. How d
34 Post contains images jetblue777 : Wow! It's great to get a reply from a legendary A-Netter like you! Thanks! CUN is definitely great, but I would love to explore the other parts of Me
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