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Delta Air Lines ORD-MEM DC9-50 F Class  
User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5702 posts, RR: 52
Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 9679 times:

Hey All- I took a trip around the country, and non revved around and wound up in Chicago for the weekend. I was going to non rev home ORD-STL on United Express but ORD got some weather reports that I didn't like, and the flights were just full. I checked some airfares out of ORD to see if they would match Southwest out of MDW. I was staying at hotel right by ORD so I had to use ORD. I tend to book flights based on routes I have not flown or cities I have not been through. I have flown ORD-STL a lot on AA S80's, however it did offer me a 757 flight. I have been on enough 757's though. I then thought to check out Delta. They routed me for 10 dollars more than American, ORD-MEM-STL. DC-9-50 ORD-MEM and A319 MEM-STL. New airport-MEM, and two new routes. Not to mention I was Silver with Delta and checked the seat map and figured I'd get an upgrade to First Class making the 182 dollar walk up fare I booked look quite cheap. With that decided, I booked it, and enjoyed the rest of my weekend knowing I was confirmed home for once.

I then received an email the next day saying I was upgraded to F Class for ORD-MEM. Excellent!
Delta Air Lines
Flight 2087
DC-9-50
ORD-MEM
N771NC
03/21/2011

I took the shuttle to ORD from the hotel and got there early because check out was 12pm for the hotel, and my flight did not leave until 4:55pm. I figured I'd use the sky club, relax, log online and just enjoy the comfort of being confirmed for once.

I went to print my boarding pass, and walked through security. I went to use the Sky Priority Lane, but ironically, there was 8 people in front of me, and no one was in the normal security lane. Go figure, being Elite didn't help me for security this time! Ha!

I went through security, and went to grab a lunch. I went to Johnny's and paid 12.95 for food. Good Lord.


I went to the Sky Club at ORD for Delta and went in, paid my due ($25 dollars for those who hold a Delta Gold AMEX Card). I hung out in the club, went online chatted with folks. Spotted got some cool action watching the birds fly in and out. Grabbed a coke, and some biscoff cookies. (I am forever addicted to these).

I went to my gate when the DL DC9 was about to arrive so I could get it coming to the gate.

N771NC coming into the gate from MEM
http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/189704_1654558720644_1137330042_31407503_7688704_n.jpg

Air India taxing by for lift off
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/199272_1654558800646_1137330042_31407504_5503815_n.jpg

I snapped this shot to get a picture of a United Express plane in CO livery, and after taking the picture only realized it was actually Continental Express the whole time!
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/196256_1654558960650_1137330042_31407505_3456699_n.jpg

The gate agent announced boarding for First Class passengers, so I jumped in line, and walked through. Handed her my boarding pass, and walked down the jetbridge, got into the plane. Was greeted with a smile, and I sat down in 3D.

We were offered a pre-drink but I declined, I wasn't thirsty yet, and just wanted to watch the bags load into the plane.

I saw bags going to PHX, ECP and DAL, LAX as well. I like to self quiz myself to make sure I know my airport codes!

After everything loaded, I felt the thud of the doors closing and ramp clearing out.

We backed out, and taxied towards the runway for take off. On the way to runway I snapped a couple of pictures.

LH 747
http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/197587_1654559120654_1137330042_31407506_1577306_n.jpg

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/190691_1654559200656_1137330042_31407507_4297294_n.jpg

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/197389_1654559360660_1137330042_31407508_2734613_n.jpg

We taxied to the runway and sat quite a bit. I did take a video of this. Here is the video.

Delta DC-9 Taking Off at ORD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6c_7Q0aQAk

After we took off, we turned right to turn south for Memphis.

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/190661_1654559440662_1137330042_31407509_7750913_n.jpg

Continued climbing and flying past ORD
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/198621_1654559560665_1137330042_31407510_3348169_n.jpg

I settled back to relax, put on my IPOD. I love reading the Delta magazine so I always enjoy the articles they have in the monthly magazine. This month featured Eva Longoria, and I watch Desperate Housewives and she is my favorite actress. I was very excited to see an article about her in the magazine.

I noticed a sunset just barely starting to begin. I absolutely LOVE flying at sunset and night, and always try to time it whenever possible to try to get pictures. This was no exception and this looked nice.

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/200608_1654559800671_1137330042_31407512_855890_n.jpg

Little bit TOO much sun but I liked it


Service had begun by then, so I requested a coke, and it came in a nice glass. I know coke is coke, but there is something about being able to drink it out of a glass on a flight. Just the nostalgic of it all. I was probably one of the fairly few young ones who actually remember the early 90's of flying, just before service had started to dwindle. So I treasure any moment like this, and I am fine with it.

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/190520_1654560240682_1137330042_31407516_8122103_n.jpg

The flight was fairly short, I believe just a bit over an hour soon, we started the approach for Memphis. We made a left turn.



Another part of the Tennessee Sunset
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Continuing the approach
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Delta DC-9-50 Landing into Memphis, Tenn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tl-ci46il0

We touched down and taxied off the runway. About a minute later the DL A330 from AMS came swooping down and roared past us as it slowed down. I thought that was wild and got a kick out of it. Wish I had been in position to get a picture of it.

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/188391_1654561000701_1137330042_31407520_43457_n.jpg

We taxied to the gate and I got off and went to snap a picture of my DC9 at the gate.

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/190582_1654561440712_1137330042_31407523_3385355_n.jpg

I continued to catch my connecting flight, a Delta Airbus A319 flying MEM-STL. No pics from this one, but this was a good quick flight as well.

Again I enjoyed Delta, enjoyed my benefits as being Silver, had no complaints, this was my first time flying Silver, was very quick to get an upgrade to F Class, which was very nice. I know I won't be lucky all the time, but it is nice when I get it.

Thanks for anyone who read this and feel free to leave comments or questions. Check out my videos on the youtube account via the links I posted.

Thanks again!

Alex

[Edited 2011-03-23 21:32:50]


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User currently offlineDFW36L From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 89 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9642 times:

A sort of unusual route with sort of unusual planes. Cool trip! First class on a DC9! I hope I ride on a DC9 again before they are gone.

I love ORD so I was glad to see that. It's odd they aren't in Concourse L anymore. Your aerial shot points out what a mess the runways are at ORD, but at least the delays are back under control.

Thanks for posting!
Matt



See! I knew American Eagle was First Class all along!
User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8868 times:

Hi!,

Just wanted to say many thanks for the report and pics. Was cool to join you on the flight at least in writing. I also remember the 90s and used to love flying in the US and on US airlines during that period. Back then flying American or United across the Atlantic was far superior (and often cheaper) than British Airways and stuff. Nice inflight pics of the sunset too and glad you had a good time in Chicago, that is a nice city with a nice airport too!

Many thanks,

Pierre


User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2465 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 8211 times:

Nice trip report and pictures!!! I always like reading about flights on DL's DC-9s. Did they offer you any food on that flight?


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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1966 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 7799 times:
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Good report, Alex!

Nice you got on a DC-9, and in First! I've flown through ORD many times with Delta; will actually be doing it again in late April on a CRJ-900, so I was familiar with your photos of the Delta gates.

Quoting atrude777 (Thread starter):
I saw bags going to PHX, ECP and DAL, LAX as well. I like to self quiz myself to make sure I know my airport codes!

Cool idea! I should do this ... I always like seeing where flights are going from the different gates, but never thought to do this.

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew


User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3217 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 7536 times:

WTF?! You totally used my buddy passes to get to ORD and I don't even get a shout-out!! We are no longer on speaking terms  




But yea, beyond that, very cool of you to book via MEM!! I love that hub.... especially if you have enough of a connection time to get BBQ while there. Mmmmmm.... Barbecue..... *cue Homer Simpson drooling*


User currently offlineDFW36L From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 89 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 7531 times:

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 5):
WTF?! You totally used my buddy passes to get to ORD and I don't even get a shout-out!! We are no longer on speaking terms  

Man, Matt, that's harsh. Alex, you must respect the buddy pass giver!



See! I knew American Eagle was First Class all along!
User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 902 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 7316 times:

Congrats on the upgrade! It is definitely special when an FO gets an upgrade! It is really route dependent....

User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 3016 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6778 times:

Interesting, thanks for putting it up... I'd like to get a ride on a DC-9 before they dissapear. We will see...


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User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5702 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6553 times:

Quoting DFW36L (Reply 1):
Thanks for posting!
Matt
Quoting Ps76 (Reply 2):

Many thanks,

Pierre
Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
Good report, Alex!

Thanks all. Thanks for reading and commenting, glad you all enjoyed them.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):

Nice you got on a DC-9, and in First!

It's funny, I have gotten F Class just about every single time on a DC9 with NW/DL, so this isn't new to me at all, and kind of disappointing because I'd like to ride in the back of the DC9 to get that engine sound. However for whatever reason I get bumped to F Class.

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 3):
Nice trip report and pictures!!! I always like reading about flights on DL's DC-9s. Did they offer you any food on that flight?

Thanks! Yes they did offer snacks out of a basket, bananas, chips, candy, and whatnot were offered. I took some biscoff cookies and candy.

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 5):

But yea, beyond that, very cool of you to book via MEM!! I love that hub.... especially if you have enough of a connection time to get BBQ while there. Mmmmmm.... Barbecue..... *cue Homer Simpson drooling*

Ya wish I had more time to connect, it was literally get off the plane, sit for 5 min walk across the terminal and then board my flight to STL. (Then almost get kicked off but that's another story...)

Quoting Burj (Reply 7):
Congrats on the upgrade! It is definitely special when an FO gets an upgrade! It is really route dependent....

Thanks, I was surprised to get it out of ORD but not into STL oh well!

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 8):
Interesting, thanks for putting it up... I'd like to get a ride on a DC-9 before they dissapear. We will see...

Thanks, go for it if you can! Def worth trying for!

Alex



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