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Purging The Miles On The Mormon Trail  
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Posted (3 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6794 times:

BACKGROUND

After 4 or so years of registering miles on my SkyMiles account (on DL, NW and AZ) I finally managed to accumulate enough for a US-domestic roundtrip. My initial intention was to use these miles to fly out of Chicago to the most rare, unusual or otherwise 'podunk' airport I could think of. This would have given me the opportunity to visit an airport that I would otherwise never fly to. My intention was to do the roundtrip in a single day (don't call me cheap, I could only get one day off work, and I did not want to travel on a weekend). After playing around at Delta's website I realized that I could fly to a number of never-heard-of airports like FCA, DVL, JAC and EKO. However I soon realized that if I chose to fly to any of these locations, I would have been left with hardly any time to explore them. Some of these airports enjoy only a couple of flights a day and by the time I got there I would have had to re-board for the return. I thus decided that I was going to choose a destination that would allow me to get there early, spend a day in town, and get back to Chicago just in time for bed. Even though I had enough miles for a couple of international destinations too (YWG and BDA to name two) I did not want to "waste" time going through immigration or connecting at MSP or ATL. Then I realized that I always wanted to visit Salt Lake City. People that know me may laugh at this as I am well known for my -sometimes extremely- secular views, which often blind me against anything that is even remotely associated with one religion or another - in this case Utah and the Church of Latter-Day Saints (aka Mormons). However, I could not help but be curious about this place for which I had heard so many great things: It's clean, very safe, it offers great views of the surrounding mountains, it boasts some very interesting architecture and lots of (really) friendly people. After a little bit of extra search on Delta's website I realized that I could get to SLC by 9am and then leave by 5pm, all for just $5 in taxes. Not bad at all for a day at the office.

The route from ORD to SLC was, broadly speaking, similar to the one that Mormon Pioneers had taken from Nauvoo, Illinois, to what was to become Salt Lake City, back in the 1840s. Those people, persecuted for their beliefs (and polygamy) traveled through Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming to arrive at the unincorporated territory that was to become Utah. The path they followed has come to be known as the Mormon Trail.

I realize that the featured carrier may not excite many people here, but I chose to write this TR for those that are interested in SLC, Salt Lake City itself and for those that read all TR indiscriminately.


EARLY BIRD - LITERALLY

The flight out of ORD was brutally early of course. I got up at 3:45am, grabbed a cab in front of my building in Lakeview and headed northwest to the airport. I had of course checked-in the day before (I had to secure those window seats!) and given the lack of any luggage I proceeded to security, which was unusually long for so early in the day. There were only 2 guys inspecting boarding passes, despite the fact that there were 5(!) TSA employees just sitting there and looking at the passengers. Once I got done, I grabbed some breakfast (how does sushi sound at 5am?) and took a seat at gate E10. Our bird was there already; a lovely CRJ-900 dressed in Delta's old livery (what I call "the Serbian flag" livery). I could not see the registration because it was dark and the jetways were obscuring my view. Boarding was very orderly (mainly due to the very light load, no more than 55%). Even though pretty much everyone got a couple of seats to themselves, I was unlucky to get a guy sitting next to me. That would normally not bother me too much, but he was one of those guys that, when seated, would adopt the "I'm giving birth" position and spread his legs as much as he could. I need not tell you about the armrest. Ach, well.

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Our bid at the gate

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The sky was getting an interesting color by the time we were ready to leave.

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Abrelosojos has his trademark leather shoes, I have my trademark army shorts.

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Cabin view


Our route to SLC.

We took off just as the sun was coming up and we headed toward lake Michigan before turning around to head west. The crew were extremely friendly and attentive, which I see more and more lately on DL flights. After we got our drinks and Biscoff cookies, I decided to read for a little bit and then I spent a good hour and a half sleeping. When I woke up we were flying over some very interesting landscape in Wyoming but I could not get any decent photos as the windows were very dirty indeed. On approach to SLC we flew over the Great Salt Lake (we got a glimpse of Antilope Island) and landed right on time, exactly 3 and a half hours after pushback. After a very long taxiing to the terminal (I swear I thought we were taken to Provo) we anchored at gate C01. What caught my attention was that the ground crew at our gate was made of 20-30-something-old females. Never seen that before.

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Our morning treats. Not much really. I'd rather have some octopus, right PlaneHunter?  
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Flying somewhere over Wyoming

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Just before finals, over the Great Salt Lake

THE ELUSIVE BUS
My intention was to catch the UTA bus to downtown Salt Lake City (just $2.25 one-way, not bad, not bad). However, what I did not know was that hardly anyone uses the bus in SLC. Once I got in the terminal I looked around for signs but there was nothing. I walked around convinced that sooner or later I will see a sign that showed where to go for the UTA bus. Being male I of course refused to ask for directions until it was absolutely necessary. Finally, after 20 mins of walking around, I decided to ask for directions at the Information desk. The guy on the desk had to think about it for a little bit and finally told me where to go. His directions involved a number of left and right turns, up and down stairs, and of course after 5 seconds I had lost him completely (I was of course too proud to ask him to repeat the directions again). I walked to the general direction he pointed but I ended up in an indoor parking lot. I thought, this can't be it so I walked back to the terminal. I was about to say 'screw it' and grab a taxi, but I was determined to figure this thing out. Once back in the terminal, I asked a security guy. He frowned and said that he had no idea where the buses leave from but he asked me to follow him. We walked up and down stairs, over skybridges and got nowhere, so after a while we ended up at the same Information desk I had been earlier. Upon seeing me again, the guy at the desk laughed and then repeated the instructions, this time in a more coherent way. The security guy then walked with me to the direction we were told and eventually we ended up in the same parking lot I had found myself in earlier. This time, after some more careful inspection I spotted a bus stop hiding behind a truck. I thanked the security guy for his willingness and effort to help me. It was my first taste of Utahn friendliness. However, the whole thing made me feel like such an amateur. It was kinda embarrassing but I swear there were no signs (zilch, nada, nichts). And, seriously, who puts a bus stop on the second floor of a parking lot, when there is plenty of room right outside the arrivals area (none of which seemed to be occupied by anything other than a couple of hotel shuttles)? Just like the rest of the city (see below) the area outside the arrivals was very quiet and almost devoid of any vehicles. It reminded me of your average German airport. I don't know how they do it.

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The rather empty arrivals area

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SLC as seen from the highway

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A glimpse of the mountains en route to town.

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And some more of that



SALT LAKE CITY

The bus ride lasted just over 15 mins (there was hardly any traffic at all, even downtown) and I was dropped off a couple of blocks south of Temple Square. Despite being 10am, there wasn't a soul in the streets. It was like a nuclear disaster had just happened. Here is a collection of photos from the lovely downtown area of SLC, which as you may expect is dominated by LDS-related buildings.


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The LDS Church headquarters tower

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A huge "U" sign on one of the hills overlooking the University of Utah campus

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Energy Solutions Arena, home of the Utah Jazz

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The State of Utah Capitol Building

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A view of the airport from the Capitol Building hill

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The Eagle Gate

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Part of Salt Lake City's skyline. Key Bank Tower and Eagle Tower.

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The TRAX tram

I know what you're thinking. While in SLC, did anyone try to convert me? Of course. While in Temple Square shooting photos, I was approached by two foreign ladies (in their early 20s) who were there to do missionary work. After a friendly chat I explained that, since long, I have made my mind up regarding all things spiritual. I also told them that I was there only for few hours so I had to get going if I wanted to see all the things in my list. I wish I had more time for interaction and chat with the locals or "locals" but I had to push on.

Some more photos of downtown with my Nikon D3100:


The pointy white building above is of course the Salt Lake Temple, the most sacred of places for the Mormons. Only Mormons "in good standing" can go in there for specific ceremonies. The panoramic photo of the Temple (and the whole Temple square) was taken from the observatory at the top floor of the LDS Church HQs tower. I walked in there, asked how I could get to the observatory and a friendly lady working there took me up the secure elevator and gave me a private tour of the building. She also gave me a brief summary of SLC's history while pointing at the various landmarks we could see from up there. What a treat! To my surprise, she did not try to talk religion with me, which I greatly appreciated. The Capitol building, despite its grandeur, was entirely empty of human activity as you can see from my photos of its interior above. It felt surreal to be (what appeared) the only person in there. I would expect something like that in a public area in DPRK but not in Utah. The only place I have seen something similar was in pre-1989 Bulgaria.



BACK AT THE AIRPORT

After a very enjoyable but exhausting day at Salt Lake City, I grabbed the bus (it was much easier finding the bus stop this time) and headed back to SLC. I went through security in a breeze and decided to do some souvenir and food shopping. SLC is a very enjoyable airport. Clean, fairly well organized, with great views of the aircraft and the mountains behind them. Of course the only aircraft you can see belonged to DL. I swear, not even ATL looks so DL-dominated. The only other carriers I saw while there were a couple of WN aircraft and that was pretty much it.

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Check-in area

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The pre-security area was as empty and quiet as the rest of the city.

Our bird at gate D09 was hidden behind the jetway so yet again I could not see the registration or get a good photo. I could see from its tail however
that it was a "serbian-flag carrier" again, which disappointed me a bit. I really wanted to get on a CRJ-900 with the newer color-scheme. Too bad.

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Our shy bird behind the jetway

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Our gate

Since I had about 90mins before boarding, I walked a bit more around the airport and shot some more photos:

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Lunchtime!

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A non-DL aircraft? Are you sure you've landed at the right airport cowboy?


Some shots from inside the airport:
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Our route from SLC back to ORD

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Boarding

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A sneaky photo of the fuselage while boarding

A few photos from during take-off:
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This time the flight was near-full but again the boarding was very orderly. One of the male flight attendants (the one who made the announcements) sounded like Ozzie Guillén, which combined with the bad sound quality made announcements hard to follow. He also behaved in a rather bossy way, instructing people what to do in a borderline-rude way, while always wearing a rather deep frown. When it was time to serve us drinks I asked for a Coke but I got Diet Coke. I hate Diet Coke. Too bad, I was not gonna argue with this guy. (I am portraying myself as a total wuss in this TR, am I not?).

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Pretzels and... Diet Coke.

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Flaming Gorge in Wyoming

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Some interesting landscape somewhere between Wyoming and Nebraska.

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Dusk over Iowa.

This time the windows were much cleaner so I managed a few half-decent shots of the (very-vaguely defined) lake shore and the mountains, as well as the landscape over Wyoming and Nebraska. Once it got dark, I decided to focus on my book while trying to ignore the girl behind me who was singing out loud the latest Hannah Montana tunes. Landing at ORD was very smooth and before you knew it I was on my way home.


GENERAL COMMENTS

I have found myself flying with DL a lot lately and so far they have managed to stay always on time. Their crew seems to be a hit-or-miss but overall nothing you can complain about. Salt Lake City is a beautiful place and, given the opportunity, I would like to visit it again. Overall, I am very pleased with the way I spent my SkyMiles. Of course I could have saved them and accumulated more for (perhaps) a TATL trip, but who am I kidding. I am not that patient.

Thank you so much for reading. I would really appreciate your comments.

My next trip would be yet again on DL, but this time it would involve a little-known destination (did I hear someone say 'podunk"?) and a route that is about to be terminated by the end of the year if not earlier.

WideBodyroga

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13 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6811 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6584 times:

Hi Widebodyroga,

very interesting report with great pictures from Salt Lake City! I have never been there, looks quite nice.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Once I got done, I grabbed some breakfast (how does sushi sound at 5am?)

Better than octopus...  

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Our morning treats. Not much really. I'd rather have some octopus, right PlaneHunter?

     

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
While in SLC, did anyone try to convert me? Of course. While in Temple Square shooting photos, I was approached by two foreign ladies (in their early 20s) who were there to do missionary work.

Interesting.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
A non-DL aircraft? Are you sure you've landed at the right airport cowboy?

 

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
I really wanted to get on a CRJ-900 with the newer color-scheme. Too bad.

Well, there will be plenty of them soon...


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3273 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6483 times:

Your pictures of SLC look really nice. Looks like a facinating place to visit. And the lack of people on the streets make getting around easier! Thanks for sharing!


http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6316 times:

Wow what an awesome TR! I totally respect you for using your miles to go visit a city for a day! As a Delta frequent flier I've been through SLC numerous times but never left the airport...heck never left airside even...and I've ALWAYS been curious what the city was actually like!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
what I call "the Serbian flag" livery)

That is funny... Most of my friends and I refer to that livery as the "Deltaflot" livery as it looks like something Aeroflot would have had back in the day....

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
After we got our drinks and Biscoff cookies,

I noticed you got two packages of Biscoff "crack" cookies...hmm...biscoff!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Pretzels and... Diet Coke.

Wait no biscoff on the way back and a diet coke when you asked for regular! What a crappy FA!


So your pictures of Salt Lake City are great...but really scary! Where WAS everyone? Are you sure there wasn't some secret Mormon holiday going on that you weren't invited too?

Good to know you weren't bugged too much about religion...If it has been me I would have asked people if they knew Mitt Romney and where I could find him....


 


User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5833 times:

Hi!

Many thanks for the trip report. Salt Lake City looks like an interesting place to visit and from what I could tell looked like you could get around the downtown area quite easily on foot. Great to see the home of the Utah Jazz if that's what it was. NBA is so cool but we are starved of it here in the UK! I don't think I've ever flown Delta but would like to try them one day. I think they fly seasonally to the South of France so maybe I could try to fly to Nice and from there to the US direct to fly a more interesting route for me! Anyway great report and cool you had a good time on your day off work!

Many thanks,

Pierre


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5536 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
very interesting report with great pictures from Salt Lake City! I have never been there, looks quite nice.

Thanks, PH! Glad you liked the photos. Since I got my new Nikon, I've been "in the zone" so to speak, trying to get some good shots wherever I am.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Well, there will be plenty of them soon...

True. I do like the new livery a lot so I don't mind too much about the switch. I do miss the NW livery though. I'm sad to see one after another aircraft getting switched to DL's colors.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Your pictures of SLC look really nice. Looks like a facinating place to visit. And the lack of people on the streets make getting around easier! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks gabrielchew! SLC is a really lovely place but some people may find it "boring" due to its "easygoingness". I can already imagine some New Yorkers cringing at the idea of visiting the place   . I just wish I had more time to visit the nearby mountains, and the lake too.

Quoting burj (Reply 3):

Wow what an awesome TR! I totally respect you for using your miles to go visit a city for a day! As a Delta frequent flier I've been through SLC numerous times but never left the airport...heck never left airside even...and I've ALWAYS been curious what the city was actually like!

Hehe, thanks burj. Despite my many years of flying this was my very first award trip (that's what you get when you fly with different carriers all the time). As for Salt Lake City, maybe next time you happen to connect there you can allow a long enough layover to hop to downtown. It's worth it.

Quoting burj (Reply 3):
That is funny... Most of my friends and I refer to that livery as the "Deltaflot" livery as it looks like something Aeroflot would have had back in the day....

Deltaflot? Haha, that's a good one.

Quoting burj (Reply 3):
So your pictures of Salt Lake City are great...but really scary! Where WAS everyone? Are you sure there wasn't some secret Mormon holiday going on that you weren't invited too?

Scary isn't it? I kinda liked it though because it's been such a long time since I've seen something like that. Combined with my sleeplessness, it felt like I was in a dream.

Good to know you weren't bugged too much about religion...If it has been me I would have asked people if they knew Mitt Romney and where I could find him....

Haha. I only stayed in SLC for 8 hours. Had I stayed a bit longer, things may have been different. I hear stories about non-Mormons that live in SLC and it seems that the "conversion" process is always in effect.

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 4):
Many thanks for the trip report. Salt Lake City looks like an interesting place to visit and from what I could tell looked like you could get around the downtown area quite easily on foot. Great to see the home of the Utah Jazz if that's what it was. NBA is so cool but we are starved of it here in the UK! I don't think I've ever flown Delta but would like to try them one day. I think they fly seasonally to the South of France so maybe I could try to fly to Nice and from there to the US direct to fly a more interesting route for me! Anyway great report and cool you had a good time on your day off work!

Thanks Pierre! Yes, the arena in my photos is indeed Utah Jazz's home. As a huge basketball fan and someone who lived in the UK for 7 years I feel for your thirst for the NBA. Now that I am based in the States I can follow the NBA all I want but it's hard to follow the Euroleague, which I am a big fan of. But then again, in the UK I could not follow either, so it's an improvement 

I have flown with Delta a couple of times to/from the UK (EDI-ATL-EDI and JFK-EDI) but I believe that these services have been discontinued/become seasonal. Delta still flies to LHR and MAN I believe though. Their TATL product was pretty good (I thought) back in the early-mid 2000's but nowadays it's no better than any other US-based carrier.



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User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5508 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
Deltaflot? Haha, that's a good one.

Actually appears to be more common than I thought...did some googling...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24242317@N05/2496420230/

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Deltaflot


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6811 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5464 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
I do miss the NW livery though. I'm sad to see one after another aircraft getting switched to DL's colors.

That's true - I miss the beautiful NW A330s in particular.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5449 times:

Hi Widebodyroga,
thanks for this interesting report. Interesting to read about domestic flights in the U.S. - personally I've never been on the American continent, so it's high on my to-do list. And the CRJ-900 is nice, one I haven't managed to catch yet (because of equipment changes)...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
My intention was to do the roundtrip in a single day (don't call me cheap, I could only get one day off work, and I did not want to travel on a weekend)

We won't judge you - I've done a single day trip so many times I've lost counting! (well, almost...   )

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
despite the fact that there were 5(!) TSA employees just sitting there and looking at the passengers

In the position of "security inspectors" by any chance?  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
we flew over the Great Salt Lake (we got a glimpse of Antilope Island) and landed right on time, exactly 3 and a half hours after pushback.

That seems like a long flight on the CRJ - at least such flights are rare here in Europe.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Our morning treats. Not much really. I'd rather have some octopus, right PlaneHunter?

You got it!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Being male I of course refused to ask for directions until it was absolutely necessary.

Hey - don't generalize! I'm male and I ask for directions all the time...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Some more photos of downtown with my Nikon D3100:

Stunning shots!

Thanks for sharing!
717Flyer


User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1086 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5431 times:

WOW!
I absolutely enjoy your mormon trail trip report  
I always wonder what it's like in SLC! Pretty clean and decent city and ....very mormons!!
But after livining in Califronia for quite sometimes, I don't think I could enjoy anywhere else in the USA!!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
He also behaved in a rather bossy way, instructing people what to do in a borderline-rude way, while always wearing a rather deep frown.

This would never be the case of Asian Carriers e.g. THAI, SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA, ASIANA, ANA etc.
Asian Carrier could just fire the F/A because the mannerism shown with the annoucement is against Company policy.
Well, if pax ever record the PA with iPhone 5 and send in to airlines!!
I always experience this kind of attitude now and then when flying US carriers.
Even Asian F/As who work with US carriers tend to have this attitude.
Shame! It must be hard work being F/A in the USA!!!

Anyhow, many thanks for sharing. It's an enjoyable read through this report!!
net-hkt



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5219 times:

Hi Widebodyroga

I very much enjoyed this report (as I did with your Bahamas trip), especially the destination pictures. Great stuff! Seems that you have been flying DL a lot recently. When's your next trip?

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Delta still flies to LHR and MAN I believe though

Yeah, come to T4 at LHR sometime and you will see a multitude of DL aircraft on the ground at any one time during the day!

Cheers P/jet



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5053 times:

Hi

Nice trip report, enjoyed the read. Liked the SLC pics as well, a place I want to see as well one day


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 948 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4939 times:

Thanks for the report; I now know what lies beyond security in SLC! You've reminded me of my transfer in SLC a few months ago, and I was mildly curious about the city. I saw some wildfires burning during the inbound approach--I found it ironic that this city associated with the LDS church would be ablaze!   

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
A sneaky photo of the fuselage while boarding

Hmmm, I also managed a sneaky photo as I stepped on the plane going back home...I don't usually fly DL, but I had to put it in my laptop's lineup of desktop photos.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...20Guilt%20Free%20Trip/DSCF2473.jpg



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4777 times:

Quoting burj (Reply 6):
Actually appears to be more common than I thought...did some googling...

Interesting. Given my obsession with all things related to aircraft livery, I am surprised then that I never came across it before. Thank you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
That's true - I miss the beautiful NW A330s in particular.

Ah yes, those were beauties.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
In the position of "security inspectors" by any chance?  

Hehe, most likely!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Hi Widebodyroga,
thanks for this interesting report. Interesting to read about domestic flights in the U.S. - personally I've never been on the American continent, so it's high on my to-do list. And the CRJ-900 is nice, one I haven't managed to catch yet (because of equipment changes)...

Thank you 717Flyer. I read about your cancelled CRJ-900 flight at CPH. I'm sure you'll get plenty more opportunities. Thankfully the -900 will not be going anywhere for awhile!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
That seems like a long flight on the CRJ - at least such flights are rare here in Europe.

Indeed. I was, too, surprised that our equipment was going to be a CRJ-900. I know that in Europe this is unheard of but from time to time I have seen this happen here in the US.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Hey - don't generalize! I'm male and I ask for directions all the time...

Hehe, there's this stereotype here in the US that guys never ask for directions. Maybe it's a pride thing. Despite being European, I completely and utterly fall under this stereotype, even if I do realize that it's silly.  
Quoting nethkt (Reply 9):

WOW!
I absolutely enjoy your mormon trail trip report  
I always wonder what it's like in SLC! Pretty clean and decent city and ....very mormons!!
But after livining in Califronia for quite sometimes, I don't think I could enjoy anywhere else in the USA!!

Thanks, nethkt. Don't we all love the places we live? I am also convinced that I could not survive outside Chicago, even if I have already lived in several places around the world.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 9):
This would never be the case of Asian Carriers e.g. THAI, SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA, ASIANA, ANA etc.
Asian Carrier could just fire the F/A because the mannerism shown with the annoucement is against Company policy.

So true. Asian carriers are in a whole different level. Unfortunately, most western carriers go by much lower standards in this regard.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 10):
I very much enjoyed this report (as I did with your Bahamas trip), especially the destination pictures. Great stuff! Seems that you have been flying DL a lot recently. When's your next trip?

Thanks Palmjet. I am glad you enjoyed both TRs. I have indeed been flying a lot with DL lately (even though DL does not have a strong presence in Chicago). My next trip with them is at the end of this month. It will involve 2 new airports, 1 new aircraft type and a new State for me. For more info you can look at my signature 
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Nice trip report, enjoyed the read. Liked the SLC pics as well, a place I want to see as well one day


Thanks Marc. I would highly recommend SLC for a brief visit. Now my next plan is to also see the rest of Utah.

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 12):
Hmmm, I also managed a sneaky photo as I stepped on the plane going back home...I don't usually fly DL, but I had to put it in my laptop's lineup of desktop photos.

Hehe, what a coincidence. Nice photo, by the way. Better than my, tilted, one. And I see that you got to fly with the new lively. How very nice.



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