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Widget & The Flag: New York To New York On DL & US  
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 14601 times:

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by JetBlue777, Trip Report # 10


Widget & The Flag: New York To New York On DL & US

LGA-DTW-FLL-CLT-LGA on Delta and US Airways

NTRODUCTION

A rite of passage is a ceremony performed to facilitate or mark a person's change of status upon any of several highly important occasions. It could be a wedding, a tribal ritual, a religious ceremony or something unique and unusual. As an aviation geek, one of my bucket list is to fly for the sake of.... well.....flying! I just turned 16 this year and to celebrate the perfect square that is my age, I wanted to do something exciting, something spontaneous and unforgettable. I also wanted to congratulate myself for surviving the dreaded "Freshmen Year" of high school, I didn't just survive it, but I did it with flying colors and a GPA of 4.0. I have received a good amount of money on my birthday, a couple hundred dollars. Although I spent some portion of it to buy more Delta Air Lines merchandise for my "Delta Shrine", I saved a huge chunk of it to plan a day trip from my home city of New York. When I introduced the idea of flying for the sake of it to my friends and my parents, they thought I was crazy, but hey, waking up early in the morning to catch your flight, holding that boarding pass with your flight and gate number, boarding time and airline logo, the smell of coffee, the sound of final boarding announcements, that excitement of hearing your boarding group being welcomed to board, that eternal march on the jetway to your aircraft, the flight attendants welcoming you at the door, looking for your row, Deltalina wagging her fingers at you, the plethora of colorful and various airlines outside the window, powerful takeoffs and exciting landings, seeing the world below you from 34,000 feet above, it just excites me! Although I have traveled a lot before and to much more exciting and exotic destinations, this trip will be a special one. It will be an Aviation Rites of Passage, my very first Day Trip and my first experience travelling alone.

PLANNING

I was originally planning to do a day trip in the Pacific Northwest, a region in the US I haven't been to with half of the trip paid by cash and the rest by my dad's AA Miles. Although flying with AS, AA's 767 and The Saab 340 might be tantalizing, it requires two transcon flights in 24 Hours and I have to wait til' November! So, I settled with my home region, the US East Coast. As usual, the very competitive NY-Florida market offers very competitive prices which is always good for the passengers. Using KAYAK, IMO one of the best websites ever developed, I found myself back to my favorite airline in the US: The Widget: Delta (B6 and VX are there too   ) Okay, so Delta offered some weird pricing. To fly to DTW it will cost you $250+ but to fly to FLL via DTW will only cost you $105. So it was a done deal. LGA-DTW-FLL will be on Delta. B6 offered cheaper prices from my preferred airport of JFK but it was a nonstop flight, so B6 is eliminated from the list. From FLL, the prices were much lower . Both B6 and NK offered the same price, although NK offered a new type for me, the A321, I've heard horror stories about them and it was a NONSTOP flight! In the end, I settled with US via CLT, with the flight to CLT on the 734 and the flight to LGA on an A321. The cost was $122, a bit higher than the others but I haven't flown through CLT and US Airways as well as the elongated A320 so it was a great choice! With my iPod, Headphones, camera, $100 dollars, passport and love for aviation in hand, I set out on a journey ALONE from New York to New York with the Widget and the Flag: Delta and US Airways.

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DEPARTURE DAY:

I set up two alarms, one scheduled to go off at 3:49AM and the other one is set to go off at 3:55AM, just to make sure I don’t oversleep. Anyways, I didn’t need it since I was too excited all night and woke up at 2:50 in the morning and just went on the internet to pass the time. At 3AM, I took a shower and had breakfast and my mom called in a taxi for me at 4:30. They said 5 minutes, we waited and waited, 20 minutes later, we called again and they said 1 more minute, and around 5AM, the cab finally came. The driver asked me where I was going and I said Florida to visit my grandmother, I was way too lazy to explain that I am just going there for 1hr 14 Minutes! After a quick drive in the now busy streets of Queens, I found myself in the doorsteps of LaGuardia’s Terminal D, D for DELTA! I already printed my boarding passes at home for both DL and US, but I wanted to reprint my BPs so I’ll have a souvenir. The check-in area was nothing spectacular and the lines on the baggage drop off and regular check-in area was insane. I went to the kiosks, got some luggage tags (and by some I mean many   ) and headed off to security. Two DL agents looked at my boarding pass and asked me if I was flying alone, indeed I am! Security was painless and the TSA agent asked me how old I was and since I was under 18, I didn’t need an ID but I brought my passport just in case. After security and after regretting wearing converse (they take forever to get in to) I proceeded to Gate 10 where DL 1870 to DTW would depart. The terminal was cozy, far better than DL’s home in JFK, they were numerous shops and seats. Gates 8, 9 and 10 were all adjacent to each other, so it was crowded but there were enough seats. Flights to MSP and MEM were departing on the other gates, departing minutes from each other, our flight being the last one at 6:59am. My plane was already outside, N369NB was parked outside waiting for it’s journey to DTW. It was a long wait and finally boarding occurred by zones. What I appreciate about traveling in the US is that most passengers actually follow the boarding procedures, unlike my experiences in the Philippines which was just a zoo! I was assigned in Zone 4, after a quick wait, I boarded DL 1870, Airbus A319 service to Detroit Metropolitan-Wayne County Airport.

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Heading to Gate 10, sorry about the quality

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FIDS, not that much flights

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My flight. I was given a choice between the 6:10 or the 6:59am flight, I chose the latter one since the first one is too early and the 6:10 will be on the 738 and I just flew on a DL 738 from JFK to CUN via ATL last February.

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My US and DL luggage tag.

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The young and attractive Asian FA, I was hoping that she'd be in my flight but she was assigned to the MSP flight.

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Gates 8,9 and 10. DL Flights to MEM, MSP and my flight to DTW departed less than 20 minutes from each other.

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The Gate area was large enough to accommodate all the passengers on the three flights.

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US A319 in retro livery, I see them a lot here in NYC.

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DL MD88 heading to Florida with the Marriott LaGuardia Hotel on the back

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DL MD88 towed in to the gate


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N369NB, former NW A319 will be my ride for today to DTW.

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Delta Sign

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Flight 1: LGA-DTW

Airline: Delta Air Lines (DL)
Flight: 1870
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Reg: N369NB (Former Northwest Airlines A/C)
Seat: 19A
Origin: LaGuardia Airport, New York, NY (LGA)
Destination: Detroit Metro-Wayne County Airport, Detroit, MI (DTW)
ETD: 06:59am, June 29, 2011
ATD:
ETA: 08:58am, June 29,2011
ATA:
Duration: 1 Hour, 59 Minutes

Our boarded the aircraft and it seemed the flight attendants were way too busy chatting, not a good impression. All but one of the flight attendants today showed any smiles at all, not the DL I fell in love with! I was assigned to 16A, window seat. When I got there, a young guy in his late 20s or early 30s was already there and I smiled at him signaling that I wanted him to get up so I could be seated.

“If we get lucky, the middle seat will remain empty.”
“Yeah I hope so.”

We both smiled and waited for the doors to be closed with the 16B empty. Unfortunately, our dreams were shattered when a nice looking lady in her mid 20s stopped at our row and gave that same smile informing the guy at 16C that he needed to get up. He was nice enough to help her with her luggage. Fortunately, she was really nice and she didn’t mind me taking a plethora of pictures with my SLR which as you all know is not very quiet when you click the shutter. The head flight attendant welcomed us onboard with no enthusiasm and with a robotic voice.

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard Delta flight Eighteen Seventy with service to Detroit.”

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Busy LGA! 2 DL A319s, 1 DL Connection CRJ-200 and a US A319.

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Wing view from 16A

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DL A319 coming in

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Shabby exterior

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Sky Magazine

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Safety Card

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N324NB

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Air Canada E190 to either YUL

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Southwest 737 to either MDW or BWI

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WN and FL

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Central Terminal with a Frontier A319

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AirTran 717

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CO 738s in New Colors

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The New UA

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More CO Globes!

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United A319 in old colors, I'm gonna be on one of these next month, watch out for my next trip report! (LGA-ORD-DEN-ORD-LGA on UA A319/772)

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United 757 in New Colors




It's a cultural thing.
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User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 14686 times:

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AA Super 80s

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AA Super 80s and AA's LGA Hangar

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American Eagle CRJ 700

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Van Wyck Expsway

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Vaughn College

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Climbing

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The Bronx and Uptown Manhattan with Harlem and Central Park visible. New Jersey is also pictured in the distance.

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Climbing away from the city

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Bronx, Manhattan and the Hudson River where US 1549 ended up. Queens, Brooklyn and New Jersey is also visible. The bridge right under the wing is the George Washington, connecting New York and New Jersey.

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Ah, New York! Flying over the Hudson

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The captain announced that our cruising altitude will be 36,000 Feet and we would fly over Buffalo, NY and then over Canada before descending to DTW. The seat belt sign was then turned off and the flight attendants prepared the cabin for the beverage service. The lady next to me was getting cold and she reached for the service button and to my surprise one of the FAs approached her in less than 10 seconds!

"Hey, can I get a blanket please?"
"Give me two minutes"

The mean looking FA then walked away and never returned. However, the FA in her late 30s or early 40s then walked in the cabin and handed in two blankets to the passengers seated in Row 14, 5 minutes later, the lady next to me asked again, this time to the friendlier FA and she was given a blanket with a SMILE in less than a minute. The FA was really friendly throughout the flight, the other FA, while she was very professional and she was really serious while performing the manual safety demo didn't show any smiles at all. She wasn't rude or grumpy but a smile would be great!

Since it was a relatively short flight, the FAs were in a rush to get things done though the other FA still managed to do with a smile. The beverage cart finally came to our row and I asked for an Apple Juice like the one I had on DL 1297 from JFK to ATL (Also a 6AM Flight) since soda is way to early! There were no choice of snacks somehow and I was given the typical Biscoff, I would've chose it anyways. The FA gave me the whole can (note it was unopened, unlike my other DL flights where it was opened for us) I understand, not a big deal, it gets things done quickly. I took more picture and played with my iPod and reclined my seat. The recline was surprisingly great and legroom was decent. The seat was overall comfortable and the whole aircraft was spotlessly clean considering that it's an EX-NWA aircraft so it must be older than me! The cabin was quite cool, just the way I like it.


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Fleet Info on the Sky Magazine. IMO, SkyMagazine is one of the best airline mags out there, very entertaining and reading it passes the time even without the PTVs.

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The only friendly flight attendant on the flight. Kudos to her!

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Apple Juice

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Biscoff

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Oops, broke it!

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Playing bookworm

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Somewhere over Upstate NY

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Cruising at FL360

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Initial Descent

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Speed Breaks Deployed

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It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 14659 times:

As we flew over Canada, the captain came into the PA and announced our initial descent to DTW. During final approach, we flew over Downtown Detroit. We touched down at approximately 8:40AM, 18 minutes ahead of schedule. We taxied to the gate and the captain announced that we would have to wait for a couple of minutes:

"Well folks, it looks like we have surprised the ground crew here coming in early. We'll have to wait for a few minutes to get a tow truck..."

After 3-5 minutes, we were towed in and we started to disembark. I didn't ask to visit the flight deck, well, because I was too shy to ask, (my mom usually does the talking   )

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DL 763 taking off

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We parked next to this 757 going to SFO

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There was a countdown to Departure thing on the gate area, which was interesting

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Cabin while disembarking

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The dreaded dots that I heard about! N369NB, it's next flight is to BNA



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The terminal

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DL 738

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Odd gates on the right, even gates on the left

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IMO, one of the best airports in the US but SFO still remains as my favorite with DTW second and TPA third.

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A rather quiet morning, lots of seating and the ambiance was great

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The Famous Fountain

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The tram. I had fun riding it inside the terminal

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DL 744

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DL 744

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Such a beauty!


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FIDS

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Gate A18



Transfer in DTW was painless. The terminal was very spacious, airy and clean. It was very easy to navigate and A18 where my flight to FLL would depart is only 2 gates away. Since it's my first at DTW I walked around and explored the airport. I walked to the far side of the concourse and looked for the famous fountain. On the way there, I saw a DL 744 probably going to DTW and a DL 772 going to ICN. The terminal was rather quiet this morning and it was peaceful. I also noticed that the automated announcements and signs were also done in Japanese. I took the tram inside the terminal to go back to the other side, I proceeded to Quizno's and sat at Gate A10 facing N369NB. It's scheduled to depart for BNA later in the afternoon. While walking around, I saw a DL 757-200 taxiing with the "humps" on the back which means that the A/C has PTVs/IFE. On DL's website it shows that my 757 doesn't have any IFE (Movie: NO) So I figured out that that won't be our aircraft. However, the 757 turned left and taxied to our gate and I was very happy to see that our 757 will have PTVs for the 3 hour flight. For me, IFE is very important as it passes the time and makes the flight faster. Our ride for today is N696DL, a former song A/C.

After a quick bite, I went to get some souvenirs and headed back to Gate A18 at 10:00AM, the scheduled boarding time. I found a seat next to the gate and guess who was there! The lady who sat next to me on DL 1870, the only available seat was right next to her so I sat there, she must think I'm stalking her! I smiled and she smiled back, it will be completely funny if she sat next to me on this flight! LOL 



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 14618 times:

Boarding was delayed for around 10 minutes because a flight attendant didn't show up:

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are sorry for the delay. We are still waiting for a flight attendan--- Oh wait! There she is."

Passengers were already gathering around the podium for boarding. I waited for my turn, I was assigned to Zone 3. Boarding went by relatively fast and soon enough I was onboard DL 1804 to FLL. After the flight attendant showed up, boarding began by Zones with passengers with small children first then the general boarding.


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Flight 2: DTW-FLL

Airline: Delta Air Lines (DL)
Flight: 1804
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200
Reg: N696NB (Former Song A/C)
Seat: 39A
Origin: Detroit Metro-Wayne County Airport, Detroit, MI (DTW)
Destination: Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
ETD: 10:40, June 29, 2011
ATD: 10:45, June 29, 2011
ETA: 13:41, June 29,2011
ATA: 13:15, June 29, 2011
Duration: 3 Hours, 1 Minute



This time, I was greeted by two friendly flight attendants and I went back to the aircraft. Row 39F was my seat for today. I was the first one on the whole row to get there. Legroom was far better than the A319, although the seats were kinda worn out, it was rather comfortable and the presence of PTV in each seats is an added bonus. Minutes later, a guy in his late 20s sat on the aisle seat, back in my mind, I was hoping that the middle seat would be empty so both of us would benefit from the empty middle seat. It was clear that we won't depart on-time as people were still boarding close to the estimated time of departure. I kept looking up front if people were still boarding, and one by one, each seat was filled and the middle seat remained empty. Then the head flight attendant came to the PA:

"Ladies and gentlemen, boarding doors have been close. This is Delta Air Lines Flight Eighteen-O-Four with service to Fort Lauderdale..."

YES!! The flight was 90% full, with the middle seat being empty as well as some seats on the back. This is the first time that the seat next to mine was empty (well I always travel with my parents so they're always next to me!  ) We pushed back around 5 minutes behind scheduled. Since there were PTVs, my favorite airline safety video was played with my girl Deltalina! I enjoyed every second of it and Deltalina wagging her finger never gets old! We taxied to the runway faster than usual and since there were no traffic ahead of us, we were accelerated down the runway in no time. This is my first time on a 757 and take off was spectacular! We headed south and soon enough, we were climbing to our cruising altitude. IFE was turned on and I rested while watching some shows.

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Gate Area



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My ride for today

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Wing view from Seat 39A

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View across

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My ride from LGA earlier

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Last passengers to board

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Pushback with a SAAB340

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DL 744


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Decent recline

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Legspace while my neighbor was away

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Cabin

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Nice looking cabin

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President Barack Obama was giving a speech at that time so most of the channels were showing that, so I just watched Scooby Doo, Spongebob and House of Payne to pass the time.

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Spongebob

CONTINUED...

More pics on DL 1804

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Snacks were served around 45 minutes after take off. The flight attendants were much friendlier on this flight. I bought a Doritos and the left over Sandwich onboard. I had a struggle opening the bag of chips  http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5078/5894618861_32a26821e7_b.jpg
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Bad weather over Florida

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Service Not Available

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I would love to live here!

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Speed Breaks

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US 734 to PHL, I'll be departing on the same gate but with a 734

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DL 757. It was on the taxiway when we landed, apparently, it had some mechanical issues and returned to the gate.

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Disembarking the A/C


As we approached Florida, it was clear that weather wasn't good. The seat belt sign was switched on as we experienced some turbulence. We made a left turn in Central Florida as we flew over the Everglades. It was a spectacular view, too bad it wasn't sunny. The seat belt sign was turned on the rest of the flight as we approach FLL. The flight attendants did their final check and flaps were extended. We touched down at 1:15PM, more than half an hour early. Since it was my first time onboard a 757 I was about to ask the pilot if I could visit the cockpit, but they somehow left early and we dismebarked at Door 2  

The flight attendants were all standing at the door and wished us a pleasant day. Another great experience from Delta! My first impression of FLL was okay, it was nothing spectacular but it was definitely showing its age. It was rather dark and dingy.

[transfer FLL]

I had less than 1 hour to get from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 for my US Airways flight. I asked a friendly TSA Agent about getting to Terminal 3.

"Excuse me, Hi, what terminal is this?"
"Terminal 2"
"Ok, How do you get to Terminal 3?"
"What airline are you flying?"
"US Airways."
"Ah yes, Terminal 3. Go down the escalator and go outside, it's to your right"
"Thank You so Much"
"Have a good one."

I walked down the escalator and stopped to check if all my belongings were there. I exited the arrival hall and walked to Terminal 3. It was very humid and I was walking on the sidewalk which was a bit dangerous so a moving walkway connecting the terminals would be great but I doubt a lot of people use FLL as a connecting airport.


TO BE CONTINUED:


Part 2: FLL-CLT-LGA with US and Conclusion

[Edited 2011-07-02 16:15:43]

[Edited 2011-07-02 16:20:27]


It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 14533 times:

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The 757 that returned to the gate

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Arrival Area of T3

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AA Check-In

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US Check-In

I went on the kiosk to reprint my boarding pass. It worked fine and in no time I headed for security. There were no lines, so I finished in less than 5 minutes. The agents were very friendly and asked me if I was traveling alone and they were shocked that I was! I proceeded to the gate and grabbed a seat. The gate area was cozy but its showing its age, the choices of shop and restaurants were poor but there was a dunkin donuts, so I grabbed something to eat and waited for my flight to CLT to board. Our aircraft didn't arrive yet so I just walked around and took more pictures.

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A Pair of B6 A320s

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Our aircraft arriving, N444US

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WN 737

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DL MD88

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Boarding

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The flight number continues to DUB, which confused a lot of people since they thought it goes directly to DUB. I don't see the point of showing DUB as it just confuses people, why can't they just put US 724 to CLT?



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 14473 times:

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Flight 3: FLL-CLT

Airline: US Airways (US)
Flight: 724
Aircraft: Boeing 737-400
Reg: N444US
Seat: 17F
Origin: Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport, Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
Destination: Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, NC (CLT)
ETD: 2:55PM, June 29, 2011
ATD: 2:54PM, June 29, 2011
ETA: 4:56PM, June 29,2011
ATA: 4:50PM, June 29, 2011
Duration: 2 Hour, 1 Minute

Since it was my first time flying with US, I didn't know what to expect but I know they are bashed by so many people for being rude, arrogant and unreliable. When I entered the aircraft, I was greeted by two smiling and friendly flight attendants. First impression, good. The cabin was dated as I expected it to be flying on a classic. However, the seats were refurbished with leather and the cabin was well maintained. I was assigned to Row 17F, right behind the wing.

The seat was comfortable and legroom was decent. The seat in front of me was somehow broken as it kept reclining even though the person who sat on it didn't click the button. The flight attendants on this flight were very cheerful and friendly which I totally didn't expect from US Airways! We pushed back ahead of schedule, the only flight so far which departed on-time. A quick safety demo and we taxied to the runway heading to CLT.


The captain announced that the weather in the Florida area was horrible so we have to dodge a few thunderstorms. Flight time will be 1hr 41 minutes. We took off and headed off the Atlantic Ocean before turning left to fly over Central Florida and dodge the huge storm that's currently lurking in Northeastern Florida. The flight was extremely bumpy and we had to do some turns every 5 minutes or so to avoid the storms which made me dizzy. We leveled off and service began. Unlike DL, US only serves beverages and I ordered another round of Apple Juice. Like I said , the FAs was the biggest shock although my only complaint is that their uniforms were a bit old fashioned but then it mixes well with the date aircraft.  http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5307/5895454484_a800e39ec1_b.jpg
The Seats

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The very friendly female FA, the other FA was a male in his 50s, also very friendly.

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AV A320

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WN 737 in old colors

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DL A319 ahead of us

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WN 737

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Huge thunderstorm in the distance

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Better weather in the Carolinas

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US and LH

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We landed 6 minutes ahead of scheduled. After waiting for a US A332 to depart, we were cleared to taxi to our gate. I thanked the crew for a wonderful flight and exited the aircraft. My flight to LGA will depart at Concourse C so I had to walk a bit.

-to be continued-



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineN126DL From United States of America, joined May 2010, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 14253 times:
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Wow, great pics with the DSLR! What kind?


DH8 E145 E175 CR2/7/9 A319/20/21 A332/3 D95 M83/88/90 712 737/8 752/3 763/4 77L
User currently offlineN716 From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks ago) and read 14172 times:

Quoting N126DL (Reply 6):
Wow, great pics with the DSLR! What kind?

My question too...outstanding photo quality. The clarity is great! Nice TR!



"Kids, You Tried Your Best and You Failed Miserably. The Lesson Is, Never Try."~ Homer Simpson
User currently offlinecotparampguy From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 13770 times:

Awesome trip report. I was working on that B6 320 with the blue rudder in the picture with the pair of them at FLL.

User currently offlinetu154 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 379 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 13634 times:

Great TR.....enjoyed the pics. Good work!


FIRST ON THE ATLANTIC.....FIRST ON THE PACIFIC.....FIRST IN LATIN AMERICA...FIRST 'ROUND THE WORLD.....PAN AM!!
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3018 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 13611 times:

Great report, thanks! Always nice to go on a joyriding daytrip!

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
Using KAYAK, IMO one of the best websites ever developed

I used to agree, until recently I noticed that some flights were quoted at double the actual price, and others less - a shame, so I now check all airlines' own websites, plus brokers like Expedia, Opodo, to get the best price  
Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
Heading to Gate 10, sorry about the quality

No worries, I can't see a problem with the quality!

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 1):
[take off video]

Do you have the link?

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 1):
Bronx, Manhattan and the Hudson River

Great shot of the city!

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 1):
Fleet Info on the Sky Magazine

I also love this picture, the varying focus is very well done!

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 2):
The Famous Fountain

I seem to recall a similar one in JFK T7, but I may be mistaken...

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 4):
The flight number continues to DUB

I can understand it if the FLL-CLT is a tag on, but having to change planes to stay on the same "flight"? I know IB are guilty of this as well.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 5):
-to be continued-

Looking forward to the last part.

Thanks!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13291 times:

Nice trip report, having flown both carriers quite a bit. Sorry to hear about your DL crew on your LGA-DTW flight.
Concerning your US flight they do serve snacks (but as BOB). Read my trip report of my FLL-CLT last July for more Wifi And Condensation On US Airways! (by MSS658 Dec 10 2010 in Trip Reports)



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineaivisavia From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 13235 times:

A great trip report! Enjoyed reading it, and also happy birthday  

User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 12930 times:

Quoting N126DL (Reply 6):
Wow, great pics with the DSLR! What kind?
Quoting N716 (Reply 7):
The clarity is great! Nice TR!

Nikon TG-BGD40 and Thanks!

Quoting cotparampguy (Reply 8):
Awesome trip report. I was working on that B6 320 with the blue rudder in the picture with the pair of them at FLL.

Thanks! Shame that the weather wasn't great when I went there.

Quoting tu154 (Reply 9):

Great TR.....enjoyed the pics. Good work!

I'm glad that you liked it, thanks for reading!

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
I used to agree

Well I've never had any problems with Kayak, though I always check other websites just to make sure I got the best price  
Quoting signol (Reply 10):
Do you have the link?

My bad, I do my trip report on Microsoft Word and I probably forgot to substitute that for the actual link. I need to upload them first too! I'll post it on the second part of the TR

Thanks signol for reading, I appreciate it!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Nice trip report, having flown both carriers quite a bit. Sorry to hear about your DL crew on your LGA-DTW flight.

Yeah, when it comes to crew friendliness I think US won this round. But still a fan of DL, perhaps they were ex-NW?

Quoting aivisavia (Reply 12):
A great trip report! Enjoyed reading it, and also happy birthday

Thanks for reading and aw, I appreciate it  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Concerning your US flight they do serve snacks (but as BOB)

I had my dad's credit card so I could've bought something but I wasn't feeling good because of the turbulence and stuff.


Thanks for all your replies, I'll post the second part and the videos as soon as possible! Stay Tuned  

JetBlue777   



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 995 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 12845 times:

Nice little report you've got going here! A couple of formalities, though...

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
Central Terminal with a Frontier A319

First, as a Frontier Airlines animal (of sorts), I am required to say "There go Andre" upon seeing this plane. Second, that would be an A320, one of F9's newest. (That's as severe as I'm going to get, I promise!   ) Third, I was lucky enough to visit that plane's flight deck in March, and it was pretty cool. I strongly suggest making your way to any flight deck; on my flight, I waited until most of the passengers were gone, then I just went forward and asked the crew if I could poke my head in for a few pictures. Not only did they enthusiastically approve my request, but the First Officer invited me to sit in the Captain's chair while he took my photo!

I would hope the flight crew wouldn't be jerks as to not allow you a visit, too, so go for it! I'll be waiting for the conclusion to this story (and for an upcoming flight deck photo...)  



Flying friendly for a while, but is that a widget I see in the rear-view mirror?
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 12733 times:

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 14):

Thanks for pointing that out and isn't "Andre" the A/C named after that worker's son from Undercover Boss?

And I've been to the flight deck numerous times before, including Delta. On my previous trip report Delta, World's 4-Star Airline: JFK-ATL-CUN-ATL-EWR (by JetBlue777 Mar 4 2011 in Trip Reports), the pilots were nice enough to invite me in and the captain even gave me his hat for the picture! Upon deplaning the aircraft, the head flight attendant gave me a DL postcard and a retro pin! Good stuff. I love Delta  

The only time I got rejected was in MNL while flying from ICN (OZ A333) I've always asked the pilots if I could visit the cockpit except this time because I was flying alone and well I was too shy to ask    My mom usually does the talking :p

Thanks for Reading!



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineN126DL From United States of America, joined May 2010, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 12549 times:
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Next question...where did the United CREW tag and the red DELTA tag (not the paper one) come from? Would like my own red DL one...


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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 12515 times:
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Good report! Really nice quality photos ... I like the shot of the 757 cabin during deplaning with the PTV's in the foreground in focus, the others not .. very cool!

I'm a regular DL customer, and I find their service to be always fairly good. Nice to hear you had some nice flights with US! I haven't flown them in years ... Maybe sometime soon!

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 12387 times:

Quoting N126DL (Reply 16):
Next question...where did the United CREW tag and the red DELTA tag (not the paper one) come from? Would like my own red DL one...

I got The United Crew tag on www.stopoverstore.com for around 2.95USD (IIRC) they also have other airlines. The Red Delta One, I got from www.deltashop.com for only $1.60, but shipping and taxes cost $10.00 so it's great if you bought other merchandise, they have a lot so if you're a DL fan then it's definitely worth it! They have a 1:400 Scale Gemeni Jets 777-200LR for only 14.95 whereas most websites sells it for $35+

Quoting 767747 (Reply 17):
Good report! Really nice quality photos ... I like the shot of the 757 cabin during deplaning with the PTV's in the foreground in focus, the others not .. very cool!

I'm a regular DL customer, and I find their service to be always fairly good. Nice to hear you had some nice flights with US! I haven't flown them in years ... Maybe sometime soon!

I'm glad that you liked it! Thanks for reading and yeah, Delta does provide good service!


Thanks for all the kind replies and stay tune for the second part, most likely posted tomorrow.

JetBlue777   



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23222 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 12251 times:

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
The seat was overall comfortable and the whole aircraft was spotlessly clean considering that it's an EX-NWA aircraft so it must be older than me!

You must be a pretty young high school student - 3169 was delivered in 2005! Their oldest 319 is only ~12 years old.



I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 12065 times:

Great trip report!

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
Using KAYAK, IMO one of the best websites ever developed

Yes! Kayak is one of my favourites, especially if you want to construct "interesting" itineraries with extra connections!

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
The terminal was cozy, far better than DL’s home in JFK

I've only "enjoyed" Delta's JFK operations.... Might have to start looking into flying from LGA!

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
My US and DL luggage tag.

Pretty nifty! Where did you get the Delta one?

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
The dreaded dots that I heard about! N369NB, it's next flight is to BNA

Yes the DTW dots! UGH!

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 3):
Passengers were already gathering around the podium for boarding.

These would be known as "Gate Lice"...
 

Did you see the light and sound show in the DTW tunnel connecting A to B/C?


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 21, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 12039 times:

Hi Jezrel,

great report with many high-quality pictures! Bad to hear about the general lack of friendly FAs. Isn't it amazing that you hardly hear about unfriendly FAs on WN or B6?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineN126DL From United States of America, joined May 2010, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 11884 times:
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Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 18):
The Red Delta One, I got from www.deltashop.com for only $1.60, but shipping and taxes cost $10.00 so it's great if you bought other merchandise, they have a lot so if you're a DL fan then it's definitely worth it! They have a 1:400 Scale Gemeni Jets 777-200LR for only 14.95 whereas most websites sells it for $35+

I got the blue tag, the 77L model, a mousepad and a lanyard for $20 - cheap! Love it. Thanks again.



DH8 E145 E175 CR2/7/9 A319/20/21 A332/3 D95 M83/88/90 712 737/8 752/3 763/4 77L
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 11697 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 19):
You must be a pretty young high school student - 3169 was delivered in 2005! Their oldest 319 is only ~12 years old.

My mistake, thanks for pointing that out.

Quoting Burj (Reply 20):
I've only "enjoyed" Delta's JFK operations.... Might have to start looking into flying from LGA!

Make sure you check-in online or on one of the kiosks, once you start checking in luggage, you start hating an airline!  

The lines were simply horrible, even at 5 in the morning!

Quoting Burj (Reply 20):
Pretty nifty! Where did you get the Delta one?
www.deltashop.com, it's available for 1.65USD. Though shipping and taxes will cost you 10+, so it's a great idea to buy more than one thing other than the luggage tag, they have a bunch of delta merchandise and it's usually half the price compared to other sites like eBay.

Quoting Burj (Reply 20):
Did you see the light and sound show in the DTW tunnel connecting A to B/C?

Unfortunately, I didn't. I spent so much time walking around and enjoying the tram that I only had a few minutes to eat lunch then boarding began. Maybe next time..

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):

Hey PlaneHunter! Thanks for reading. I agree, WN and B6 offers the most consistent product and service.

Quoting N126DL (Reply 22):
I got the blue tag, the 77L model, a mousepad and a lanyard for $20 - cheap! Love it. Thanks again.

Great! I'm guessing that the red one is sold out, when I bought it they were only 10 tags available. I also got the mousepad and I agree, it's really cheap! The tags are available on eBay for 7USD, whereas its only a dollar and 65 cents in the site!


Thanks for all your kind replies! I'll be posting the second part later today, I am currently working on it.  

JetBlue777   



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23222 posts, RR: 20
Reply 24, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 11628 times:

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 23):
My mistake, thanks for pointing that out.

No problem. I think inside, the 319s are generally about as nice as DL's 738s, though the IFE on the 738s is better. The 320s are a different story; 3201 through 3250 are early 90s vintage, while 3251 to 3278 are a similar age to the 319s.



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25 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Jezrel, What a great report! Do you know what intrigued me most? It is the fact that no one bothered you taking pictures in-flight and on the groun
26 Post contains images JetBlue777 : I agree. The seats on the 738 also slides forward, as for legroom, they are comparable. I was lucky enough to sit next to seat mates who minded their
27 Post contains links and images JetBlue777 : I had over an hour and a half in CLT to transfer. My flight from FLL parked at Concourse B while my flight to LGA was due to depart at Concourse C. I
28 Boof : Great TR well done!! I love the photos of Manhattan on the approach to LGA. The title picture with the wing and downtown is one of the best shots I've
29 9w748capt : Very cool report with great pics, as others have said! That's just great that you were able to swing a day trip as a present. I wish you many more ple
30 Post contains links and images Burj : The tunnel is a MUST...the total show takes like 12 or 15 minutes. Since most people use the travelators/moving walkways to get through the tunnel it
31 Post contains links and images JetBlue777 : As we landed in New York's LaGuardia Airport, flying over my home city of New York during sunset, my first day trip and my first experience traveling
32 Post contains images initious : Hey Jezrel, Congrats on being 16 years old and achieving a 4.0 GPA! It's wonderful seeing you flying around once again, always enjoyed your reports of
33 USAirALB : Nice TR! If I had to take a guess, based on the hospitality, I'd say your crews on US were based in CLT. They used to be equipped with LCDs. You can s
34 Post contains images JetBlue777 : Thanks! I appreciate it. Thanks for reading and I'll be posting my next TR (LGA-ORD-DEN-ORD-LGA on UA's A319/A320/772) by the end of next month! Sham
35 chepos : Thank you for shaing. I am partial to US for the obvious reasons however I have always enjoyed flying on DL as I always considered them to be a good a
36 JetBlue777 : Hey Chepos, I agree. DL can be inconsistent, some gate agents are very friendly and some, not so much. I prefer DL most of the time since they're usu
37 Post contains images initious : Thank you for the early birthday wish! You're the first to wish me this year. I am also pretty excited to write my next TR! Regards, Daniel
38 Post contains images JetBlue777 : Your're welcome. I'll be looking forward to your next TR! If you don't mind me asking, where's your next destination(s) going to be? I hope you'll ha
39 mke717spotter : Awesome trip report and pictures! You're lucky, about a month ago I flew DTW-TPA on one of DL's 757s and there were no PTVs on board.
40 Post contains images JetBlue777 : Thanks for reading. I appreciate it! I was surprised that my A/C had PTVs since on DL's Website it doesn't say it has any form of IFE. It's really a
41 Post contains images richierich : As with most of the other posters here, love the Trip Report! Two airlines, four different types... what's not to like! Why do they do this? That make
42 Post contains images JetBlue777 : Thanks for the compliment! Exactly. Not just US 724, a bunch of US flights from Florida (MIA, MCO, FLL, etc) has flight numbers that starts with "7"
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