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DL/AS STL-MSP-SEA-ANC 9/30/11  
User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5686 posts, RR: 52
Posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6090 times:

Hey All--

Reason for the Trip: Airliners.net Member acjflyer and myself take random trips around the country to sample different airlines, aircraft or destinations, with no real rhyme or reason behind the trip in itself. This is airliners.net right?! So we always try to find the craziest routings to get the maximum amount of flying possible.

For our next trip I had some Delta miles to blow, and we were running out of ideas on what aircraft to fly or places to go. We were up one night and it suddenly hit me, I should take us to Alaska, acjflyer has never been, I have only been once, but I had family up there, and coincidentally he has some friends up there too so it really worked out. We decided on Anchorage, and booked an itinerary that had 3 segments each way (like I said maximizing our trips!) out of STL. We booked the trip about a month and a half in advance with the itinerary of CRJ900 on Mesaba, 757-200 (with PTV) and Alaska 737-800. Being the way Delta is, they had switched almost every segment on our itinerary so we didn't fly anything we booked!   Oh Well!

acjflyer had to start his trip out of PHX, so he flew Southwest up to STL the day before our ANC trip, where I drove up to meet him and I showed him around the city, took him to the Arch, the usual St. Louis stuff we have to do. We had a 6:35am departure the next day so we didn't stay out too late.

9/30/2011
Delta Connection/Skywest Airlines
CRJ-900
N807SK
STL-MSP
Flight 4813

As mentioned this trip was originally booked on Mesaba, but at one point Delta switched the carrier to Skywest. Didn't matter to me, as long as it was still a CRJ-900, since this was one of the aircraft we were going for. acjflyer loves the CRJ900, I am not too big of a fan, but figured this trip is for both of us, and at least it wasn't on a CRJ.

So we left the hotel at around 4:30am, headed to Lambert and dropped my car off at one of the parking shuttles. We waited for the shuttle and headed to Terminal 1 where Delta operates out of.

He hadn't been to STL since the Tornado had struck April of 2011, so I quickly showed him around the security and check in areas showing the damage and whatnot.

We proceeded to check in at the Kiosk, it spit out our boarding passes 6 of them LOL, 3 for me and 3 for him.

We continued to security for the A Concourse, he already knew this, but for those who watch Up in the Air, George Clooney was filmed walking through Security at A Concourse in one of the scenes, so as someone who likes celebrities I thought it was very cool to walk in the same footsteps as Clooney did!

We proceeded through security where I forgot to take off my belt. My belt is normally made to go through the metal detector, but since we had the body scan I set something off. I was asked to step aside, and being 5am, I am not exactly attentive to anything. I stood there, and he asked me to take off my belt. He patted me down, and literally fingered my waist around, asked me to un button my pants and checked around there. THAT woke me up!  

After that, I collected my gatherings waited for acjflyer to complete his security check and off we headed to the gates.

A Concourse was JUST finished and redone so it is brand new. I took a couple of pictures to show how it looks.

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You'll see new lights, new design of the roof, and just a lot more bright and airy space. It was a welcome change to how it looked from the old A Concourse.

We grabbed some drinks and food, and waited until boarding time.

We were in the exit row so we boarded in Zone 2, and sat down in our row. It was only booked to 25 or so, so everyone was pretty spread out.

After we completed boarding, we taxied out to the Runway, and we proceeded down and literally took off at 10-15 seconds later. I was shocked, sporty little plane!

acjflyer and I went to sleep, dozing in and out throughout the flight. I took photos as the flight continued and updated my flight log because I am a nerd like that.

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I don't fly morning flights very often but when I do, it's the views like this sun rise that makes it all the worth while to get up in the morning, and enjoy the sun from 35,000 feet!  
Cruising around...

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Cabin of the CRJ-900

Since this was around 1 hour and 15 minute flight or so, it went by fairly quickly. We started the approach for MSP Airport, and it was VERY windy out there. As we were approaching I could feel us rocking back and forth slightly. You will see it in the Video I recorded of us landing on youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcragardyNQ&feature=channel_video_title
Landing into MSP Airport

We touched down and headed to our gate where I waited to grab my gate checked carry on bag.

Delta Air Lines
Flight 1453
MSP-SEA
N683DA
757-200

We booked via MSP-SEA because originally MSP-SEA had the PTV 757, and MSP-ANC had the non-PTV. Guess what, Delta switched it on the day of our departure, go figure! So...MSP-ANC had the PTV aircraft and our MSP-SEA had the non-PTV!   Bummed about that, but what can we do. The trip must go on!

We had a very quick layover in MSP, barely time to go from C to F, and a bathroom break before we showed up to the gate minutes before boarding.

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Our 757, N683DA at the gate

We were Zone 2 again, had the exit row. I am only 5'5 so I don't care too much for the extra leg room, but acjflyer is taller than me so he appreciates the leg room so we took advantage of getting the exit row whenever possible. It did help provide us more leg room and for our carry on as well.

We boarded the aircraft and proceeded to our exit row. Settled down and just talked amongst ourselves until they completed the boarding. This was going to be a full flight.

The safety briefing came on, and the sound kept cutting in and out. Luckily for me, I lip read so I had no problem being able to catch everything that was said, not that it mattered in the end since it was subtitled too.

We backed out of the gate, where I mistakenly called out a MD90 an MD88. Whoops, acjflyer revoked my card right then and there.  http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/314669_2077405731555_1137330042_31872506_1716465260_n.jpg
Backing out as a CRJ taxis by

We went to the same runway I took off on the last time I flew out of MSP to ANC. Powerful take off as usual for a 757, and we banked and climbed up to our cruising altitude.

This was a typical Delta flight. They showed the movie "Something Borrowed" We both had seen this so for me I didn't want to watch it.

We spent the time chatting about the trip, watching Modern Family Season 2, both of us are big fans of that show. We had a lot of laugh out loud moments which probably annoyed some of the other passengers. Sorry! You try watching an episode and not laugh!

We didn't use the wifi, rather we didn't pay for it. I did utilize it to log onto delta.com which is free and check our status of the flight.

Biscoff cookies and drinks came around later, and I always enjoy sampling those.

Again we dozed off, sleeping occasionally, listening to music on the ipod. acjflyer hadn't been to SEA Airport so I was looking forward to getting there and showing him around quickly.

In time we started the descent for SEA Airport, a mountain flew by under us.

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Then another one passed under us as we got closer! They should call this Mountain State, not Washington State!

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We started vectoring a bit doing some turns and providing us beautiful views and scenes of the state of Washington. The last time I flew through SEA was when I did my first international trip on United Airlines out of SEA to NRT. So approaching SEA brought back some memories of that trip.

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Wing Shot! This was taken just before the flaps started coming out.

Right then the flaps started coming out and the spoilers or air brakes, started going up and down. Suddenly I thought Oh Crap! I wanted to show acjflyer, since we hadn't been to SEA the view of flying over the Boeing Field where you can usually see the line up. Usually you get that view sitting on the left side of the aircraft, but we were on the right side as you can tell. Darn it!

We glided into SEA Airport, with the PW engines roaring to life as the thrust reverse slowed us down to a stop.

Taxied to the A Gates and we deplaned and I wanted to take him by the huge Glass Window display that overlooks the CR7 and Q400 ramp activity.

Alaska Airlines
Flight 95
SEA-ANC
737-800
N525AS

This route was the only route that actually stayed the same when we booked it. I had seen every aircraft type operate this route. I was hoping for a change to a -900 as acjflyer and I both had not flown on the 737-900 yet. However, when we proceeded to the gate, it was indeed a 737-800. Still not bad, we both had never flown a 737-800 for Alaska (I did on ATA), so this was still new for us.

We made the trek to C gates in SEA, and excitement was finally building up as we approached the gate. Seeing ANCHORAGE, ALASKA on the gate definitely made it real and exciting for us. It was FINALLY here.

We hung around the gate watching the activity, and at one point I looked down at our Alaska boarding pass and realized we didn't have a boarding number or anything. Not being familiar with how Alaska boards (I pre boarded the last time I flew Alaska, ANC-SEA so I didn't follow the last boarding process), and remembering that Alaska honors Elite folks on other airlines (I am Silver on Delta) I walked to the gate to ask how Alaska boards and when I would board?

I handed her my boarding pass and this is how the conversation went...
Me "Hey-I was wondering there is no boarding order on my boarding pass do you know when we board and if Silver Elites on Delta boards earlier?
Agent "Yes you're on the right flight!"
Me "No..I know that, thanks but I am asking WHEN we start boarding for our flight?
Agent "You will board in 20 minutes!"
Me "I know that I am asking when we board in terms of rows, zones, status?"
Agent "Ya the flight is on time!"

O_o...
 

I gave up and looked over to acjflyer with a "help me" look! I walked back over to him, relayed the conversation, and acjflyer correctly guessed we probably boarded by rows or something. We decided to just sit back and watch.

An announcement came on saying that those who are elites on other airlines may board. Acjflyer pointed at me with a laugh and told me we could board!

I looked at my boarding pass and of course Alaska's boarding pass doesn't make that clear I am elite. I had no way to prove it. So I stood there scrambling through my bag trying to find a DL boarding pass that showed my elite status. Then it dawned on me I had the Elite Card! So I stood there at the gate trying to find it, pointless at this point because they had finished boarding elites, and moved to the next row. I told acjflyer I must not have it because I wrongly assumed all airlines would recognize my elite status on the boarding pass!

Ugh...we boarded in our row, and we sat down in Row 7, I put my stuff away and guess what? Yep...found my Elite Card stuffed in the back of my wallet. *sighs*

I leaned over acjflyer to grab a snapshot of our engine on the ground, and right then it started raining. Typical Seattle!


Engine of N525AS

After we completed boarding we backed out and taxied to the runway for take off. We were FINALLY on our way to Anchorage!

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After Take Off

Now we had another three hours to go before we landed in ANC. *Yawns* Boy we were getting tired.

We looked over the in flight magazine going over all of the Alaska cities, and places Alaska and Era fly to. Very interesting and just so cool to see all of the routes that exist just for the State of Alaska alone.

I was hungry at this point so we decided to split a hot Buy on Board meal. I really enjoyed it, acjflyer wasn't too pleased with it, but said it was ok for an in flight hot meal.

We had a crazy woman sitting in the aisle seat that asked myself and acjflyer the most random questions that I didn't even understand half the time. She was very old, weak and feeble, and at one point, acjflyer joked that she'd probably be dead by the time we arrived. I mean she literally appeared to be at that point. I chuckled, looked over, saw her head slouched over, looked back at acjflyer and said "dear god I hate you right now, and if she does, YOU'RE carrying her off the plane!"

Thankfully she didn't, and actually told us when we got closer to landing she had lived there since 1951 or something, my memory is a bit foggy, acjflyer can correct me, he's the one that spoke to her!

After 3 hrs of eating, sleeping, checking out the state of Alaska from the air, and watching more Modern Family, it was time to finally start the approach.

The approach was BUH-EAU-TIFUL! Oh my gosh. The trees, the water, the mountain, everywhere we looked, gorgeous!

We did some turns, flew over the water and then I recognized the approach. It was the same one we took last year when I flew up. So I made a point to tell acjflyer how the approached worked, and said at some point we should be doing a big turn to the right--*plane starts to turn to the right* I smiled at the timing of that, and continued "after we turn to the right, we will straighten up and line up for the runway and it's a straight in approach rest of the way"

Sure enough our flight did exactly that to the runway! We landed, and for me I recognized everything instantly and for acjflyer he was very excited to finally be in the state of Alaska!

We taxied to the gate and got off the plane and stepped into the beautiful Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport!

We have finally arrived!  

Delta and Alaska was very good. All flights were on time, decent service. I think Alaska had the best service, actually having hot meals on board in Y. Granted it was buy on board, but still pretty good. I know the segment of the flights played a part.

It was disappointing not to get the 737-900 or the PTV 757 but that's not the direct fault of Delta,. I do wish Delta were to really upgrade the interior of the 757's. They advertise AVOD and PTV all the time but except for my 777 flight, I have yet to be on a 757 with them. Unfortunate but that's how it is.

I am sure acjflyer had a great time sampling these out, he's welcome to chime in on his views.

I hope you all enjoyed the trip report and the brief pictures and my quirky moments! It's always an adventure when we travel!

Alex


Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
16 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15444 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5486 times:

Quoting atrude777 (Thread starter):
A Concourse was JUST finished and redone so it is brand new. I took a couple of pictures to show how it looks

That's finished!? It looks like a warehouse. Maybe they should have used some of their cargo city money to make the terminal not look like a dimly lit has-been.



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User currently offlineMarcoPoloWorld From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 617 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5423 times:

Thanks alot for the trip report, and am looking forward to knowing about your return!

Too bad you didn't capture the meal service, as I was kind of curious about hot meal on AS.

Anyways, thanks again for sharing!


User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 900 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5174 times:

Cool trip report!

I TOTALLY feel you on the whole Delta changing aircraft type and schedule... I always get emails saying important information about your flight...and all it says is that they moved my flight be 3 minutes!

As for the 757's...if you fly the longer routs, the transcons, it is pretty rare NOT to have AVOD.... The 757's without AVOD are mainly the legacy NW 757s so those tend to stay on MSP/DTW routes...


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1881 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4983 times:
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Good report, Alex!

Looks like you had a fun day of flying with DL/AS. We had a vacation in Seattle last September, and loved it! Great place to visit. Your photo of the ramp and engine at SEA reminded me of our trip there ...

Glad you had a smooth layover in MSP. My hometown airport!

Matthew


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6639 posts, RR: 78
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4977 times:

Hi Alex,

nice report with some good pictures. Too bad you didn't get a 757 with PTVs.

Quoting atrude777 (Thread starter):
Reason for the Trip: Airliners.net Member acjflyer and myself take random trips around the country to sample different airlines, aircraft or destinations, with no real rhyme or reason behind the trip in itself. This is airliners.net right?!

  

Quoting atrude777 (Thread starter):
So we always try to find the craziest routings to get the maximum amount of flying possible.

That's the way it should be.  



PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5686 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4802 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 1):

That's finished!? It looks like a warehouse. Maybe they should have used some of their cargo city money to make the terminal not look like a dimly lit has-been.

Oh I loved it! Looked soooo much better then before the "old" A Concourse. The bathrooms are completed and finished, looks so much better, the picture doesn't really do it too much justice, it's better to view it in person during the day. Much more open space and airy.

Quoting MarcoPoloWorld (Reply 2):

Too bad you didn't capture the meal service, as I was kind of curious about hot meal on AS.

I didn't think of that, sorry! I was just so hungry we just dived right into the meal!

Quoting Burj (Reply 3):

I TOTALLY feel you on the whole Delta changing aircraft type and schedule... I always get emails saying important information about your flight...and all it says is that they moved my flight be 3 minutes!

Oh I can't count how many times we got notified of flight number changes, aircraft changes, flight time changes, over and over!

Quoting Burj (Reply 3):

As for the 757's...if you fly the longer routs, the transcons, it is pretty rare NOT to have AVOD.... The 757's without AVOD are mainly the legacy NW 757s so those tend to stay on MSP/DTW routes...

I have flown a lot of routes on Delta, both long and short, have yet to get AVOD or PTV on a 757. All of my 757's oddly have been PMDL, not Northwest, so these are def the result of Delta themselves.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):

Looks like you had a fun day of flying with DL/AS. We had a vacation in Seattle last September, and loved it! Great place to visit. Your photo of the ramp and engine at SEA reminded me of our trip there ...

Oh it was a blast, just a very long day! I have been to Seattle a couple of times, acjflyer has not, we're thinking of making that our next destination perhaps, see if we can get creative on our routing to SEA!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):

Glad you had a smooth layover in MSP. My hometown airport!

I have yet to have an issue with MSP so far, it is a great airport! Thanks for reading!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):

nice report with some good pictures. Too bad you didn't get a 757 with PTVs.

Thanks so much for reading! I appreciate it! I know, I was so bummed when it didn't have PTV when we originally booked it the seatmap had shown a PTV 757.



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
That's the way it should be.

Woo Hoo! Sometimes it's hard to find creative routings with so many non stop options or even one stop.

Thanks all for reading and commenting!

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4775 times:

Hi

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing it with us! We don't see any trip reports to ANC on here!
Nice sunrise pics as well on the STL-MSP sector.


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15444 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4564 times:

Quoting atrude777 (Reply 6):
Oh I loved it! Looked soooo much better then before the "old" A Concourse. The bathrooms are completed and finished, looks so much better, the picture doesn't really do it too much justice, it's better to view it in person during the day. Much more open space and airy.

It looks about the same as when I was there last in March and it was still under construction. I mean, exposed HVAC and roof structure? They can do better than that. It looks like a warehouse, an open and airy warehouse perhaps, but still a warehouse. Quite a contrast to both the check-in area and Terminal 2.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 900 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4525 times:

Quoting atrude777 (Reply 6):
I have flown a lot of routes on Delta, both long and short, have yet to get AVOD or PTV on a 757.

That sucks! I hope you get to try it out soon, if not on a 757 then maybe a 737....


User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5686 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4271 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 7):

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing it with us! We don't see any trip reports to ANC on here!
Nice sunrise pics as well on the STL-MSP sector.

Thanks, it was my pleasure! We had a great time out there! You're right, ANC trips are indeed few and far inbetween!

Quoting Burj (Reply 9):

That sucks! I hope you get to try it out soon, if not on a 757 then maybe a 737....

I did try it on a 777, but THAT is few and far inbetween as well, I love the 757..just not the interior on Delta's when it lacks PTV. Unfortunately quite a few of my DL trips have a 757 leg on them, and have yet to see one.

Our next trip on Delta is probably back to SEA so maybe I'll be lucky then!

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlinejmy007 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 598 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4256 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 8):
looks about the same as when I was there last in March and it was still under construction. I mean, exposed HVAC and roof structure? They can do better than that. It looks like a warehouse, an open and airy warehouse perhaps, but still a warehouse. Quite a contrast to both the check-in area and Terminal 2.

Have to agree. It looks like an improvment, but that's not saying much. They didn't even bother to remove the old yellowish marble on the walls. The main walkway looks better, but the gate area looks cheap and temporary. Lipstick on a pig I guess....



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User currently offlineAA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 564 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4130 times:

Aww . . that really sucks! Sorry it didn't turn out for you on that . . . I would rather play safe and not depend on aircraft types or specifications like PTV. I might get disappointed. I'm doing the 332 in Business close to my birthday. I'm doing HKG-NRT and return on the same day!  


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User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5686 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3670 times:

Quoting AA767LOVER (Reply 12):
Aww . . that really sucks! Sorry it didn't turn out for you on that . . . I would rather play safe and not depend on aircraft types or specifications like PTV. I might get disappointed. I'm doing the 332 in Business close to my birthday. I'm doing HKG-NRT and return on the same day!

Thanks for reading and commenting! I know, the trip in itself was fun, just wished we could have gotten the planes we originally had booked.

I would normally play it safe but, we knew we were flying anyway to ANC and the trip was going to happen so why not add some aircraft variation if we could make it possible!

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineairindia787 From United States of America, joined May 2011, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3307 times:

The inconsistencies with the PTVs really annoy me as well. I just finished flying DAB-ATL-DFW and back, and on the ATL-DFW leg the plane had no PTV whatsoever, just the awful CRT monitors, but the return DFW-ATL featured slimline seats with Delta on Demand. I hope DL continues to upgrade their fleet so that the chance of being on a plane without PTVs decreases substantially.

User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5686 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

Quoting airindia787 (Reply 14):
The inconsistencies with the PTVs really annoy me as well. I just finished flying DAB-ATL-DFW and back, and on the ATL-DFW leg the plane had no PTV whatsoever, just the awful CRT monitors, but the return DFW-ATL featured slimline seats with Delta on Demand. I hope DL continues to upgrade their fleet so that the chance of being on a plane without PTVs decreases substantially.

Absolutely! Thanks for reading! I am having to book Delta again for another trip, and I am trying to find PTV routes and for all the touting Delta is doing, out of the 4 legs I have checked, only one has PTV, not really good.

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 900 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3042 times:

Quoting atrude777 (Reply 15):
I am having to book Delta again for another trip, and I am trying to find PTV routes and for all the touting Delta is doing, out of the 4 legs I have checked, only one has PTV, not really good.

Was just on a ATL-PHX flight and PHX-ATL flight and both were 757s and NEITHER had AVOD....

On the ATL-PHX flight the movie they were playing, "X-Men first class" kept have the old school VHS tracking problem where the screen wouldn't stay in place so to speak...

Sent a note to Delta about it and in the reply they said:

"I am truly sorry for
your disappointment when our Audio Video On-Demand (AVOD) system was not
installed on Flight 1015. I can only imagine how frustrating it must
have been, and I appreciate the opportunity to offer an explanation.
Flights of lengths greater than 1250 miles (trans-continental flights)
and flying greater than 4 hours have AVOD installed. Unfortunately, the
flight you mentioned is not a market targeted to have 757’s installed
with AVOD at each seat. Again, I apologize for your disappointment."

So this explains a lot. Before when I said the longer transcon routes have AVOD that wasn't by chance...it appears to be Delta's official policy.

What was interesting is that my ATL-BOS flight was a 757 with AVOD and it was going on from BOS to DTW....

On trips that are going to be transcons and have lots of competition JFK to the west coast...there will most likely be AVOD, but other routes like ATL-PHX (where the competition - USAirways - does NOT have AVOD) Delta is happy to send the old school 757s...

Hopefully that info will help....


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