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USA Trip Pt. 2: Crossing The Pond: GVA-FCO-JFK-ATL  
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
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Introduction



Hello everyone and welcome to part 2 of this epic USA trip series I am in at the moment.

For part 1 featuring my first 2 flights on SAS’ “new” A320 please see here:
USA Trip Pt. 1: Getting Started!: AMS-CPH-GVA (by adamspotter Apr 14 2013 in Trip Reports)

This part will concentrate on my GVA-FCO-JFK-ATL flights.

As already mentioned in part 1, this series will be split into 13 different parts:

Part 1: AMS-CPH-GVA
Part 2: GVA-FCO-JFK-ATL
Part 3: ATL-LAX
Part 4: LAX-BOS
Part 5: BOS-EWR-MCO
Part 6: MCO-SAN
Part 7: SAN-LAX-HNL
Part 8: HNL-KOA-OGG-HNL
Part 9: HNL-LAX-PDX
Part 10: PDX-SEA-BOI-SMF
Part 11: SMF-SFO-ATL
Part 12: ATL-JFK-VCE
Part 13: VCE-ZRH-AMS

As (also) already mentioned in part 1 this whole trip started with Alitalia. Alitalia was quite “famous” for their mistake fares in 2012. After missing out on some of them I was glad I snatched an open jaw GVA-FCO-JFK-ATL-JFK-VCE for the total price of 149EUR. Not as good as the 69EUR “Tokyo run” a bunch of a.netters here took but nevertheless I was quite happy.
The whole trick for this error fare was to start and end at one of Europe’s “secondary” airports (in this case GVA & VCE). The other trick was that you have to stay in the USA for a week, both were no problems for me.

Enough talking for now, I hope you enjoy!


Map


First off, the map for this part thanks to the Great Circle Mapper:

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And the map of this whole trip, also thanks to the Great Circle Mapper:

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Wednesday January 23



In part 1 I left you all falling asleep in my hotel room at the Novotel Geneve Aeroport France. After a couple hours of sleep the alarm clock goes off at 05:00, this because the first flight of the day will already leave at 07:15. After a quick shower to wake me up, I pack my bag again and am all ready to go. As the hotel shuttle doesn’t operate this early in the morning I had reserved a taxi for 05:30 during check-in the night before.
Just before 05:30 I head downstairs to check out and waited outside for my taxi. While waiting I took a quick picture of my hotel:

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The taxi finally arrived 10 minutes late at 05:40. After a 10 minute drive we arrived at the airport, so I paid and thanked the taxi driver before heading inside.


Check In



Once inside the check-in area wasn’t all too busy this morning:

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Another nice thing about this itinerary was that the GVA-FCO sector will be operated by a Darwin Airlines Saab 2000. I had checked in online in my hotel room the night before on Darwin’s own website. Online check-in for my FCO-JFK-ATL flights wouldn’t work on any website and I was told to see a check-in agent at the airport.
Once reaching Darwin’s check-in area there was nobody in line so I was immediately helped by a not so happy looking agent. Without saying much he checked my bag through all the way to ATL. After that I started explaining the fact that I wasn’t able to check in online and asked if he could help me out. The only reaction I got was: “We are Darwin, not Alitalia. Try at Rome”. This didn’t leave me with the best feeling as I only had 1 hour 15 minutes connecting time at FCO. As long as this first flight departs and arrives on time I should be fine, I was thinking while heading towards security.

FIDS:

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Security was a breeze and I was through within 5 minutes without any problems. From here I head straight towards my assigned gate D21 which was situated in one of the “satellites”
A 10 minute walk followed using the underground passenger walkway and I was at my assigned gate:

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I quickly bought 2 bottles of lemonade at the only shop around and waited for boarding to begin:

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Boarding



BP for this flight:

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Boarding was announced at 06:45, bang on time. So I got my BP scanned and headed into the waiting bus. A 10 minute wait followed for the last remaining passengers and we made our way towards our aircraft.
We arrived at our aircraft after a 7 minute bus drive and I immediately saw that HB-IZH will be doing the honors on this leg. HB-IZH is a 13 year old Saab 2000 previously owned by Crossair and Swiss. It is flying with Darwin since 25/07/2004.
I exited the bus, put my carry-on on the cart and while watching United’s 763 arrive from EWR I boarded the aircraft.


On Board



23/01/2013
GVA-FCO
F7154 (AZ7023) // 16A
Saab 2000 Darwin Airline // HB-IZH
07:26-09:00


Standing at the entrance is the sole female FA who finds no need to greet me or welcome me on board, instead she just nods. Yes, I understand that it is early!
I head into the cabin and make my way towards my assigned seat 16A. As many of you know the Saab 2000 has a 1-2 configuration so I was glad to snatch one of the single seats during online check-in.
Once arriving at my row I put my belongings in the overhead bin and took a seat:

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Legroom is sufficient for the duration of this flight:

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It was quite a cold night here at GVA:

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The door was closed at 07:05, and we were immediately de-iced. Flight load was about half full at around 50%.

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Meanwhile the sole female FA, who can best be described as business friendly, came on the PA welcoming us on board with the usual announcements followed by the manual safety demonstration. Announced flying time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. No welcome from the flight deck this morning (guess it was too early for them too!).
The de-icing process took up quite some time so we eventually started taxiing towards runway 05 at 07:26, 11 minutes behind schedule.


Take Off



We reached runway 05 after about a 6 minute taxi and started take-off immediately. We rotated in no time and slowly started climbing. During climb I was treated with a nice view of the snowy peaks and the beautiful lights on the ground (and this was only the beginning!):

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A sharp right turn heading straight towards FCO:

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Seatpocket Contents



While still climbing I took a quick look at the seatpocket contents. It consisted of the safety card…:

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And Darwin’s magazine called Evolution:

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The sun was slowly starting to rise:

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Meanwhile the seatbelt sign dinged off and the FA came about the cabin handing wet towels out:

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For the next half an hour I remained glued to my window, while listening to some music, as the views were absolutely stunning! I will let the pictures do the talking:

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Way too soon the beautiful Alps made room for some boring clouds:

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A quick look down the cabin where the FA finally started the service:

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It was almost completely light by now:

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Continued Below


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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
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Close to descent the FA finally reached my row. First I was offered a choice of different breads and chose a croissant. Second I ordered an OJ together with a coffee. There was barely any coffee left so I was given a half full cup and the coffee was just cold! Quite poor service here IMHO. I do like the fact that my OJ was served in real glass though, a nice touch:

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While enjoying my light breakfast we started descent towards FCO. Once again no mention of it from the flight deck. The FO only came on the PA once, during turbulence asking us to fasten our seatbelts:

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Getting closer and lower..:

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Landing



Flaps deployed:

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Gear down:

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Straight in for final approach to runway 16L:

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And touchdown at 08:53, 2 minutes ahead of schedule!:

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We exited 16L and taxied towards our remote stand:

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We will be parking to the right of that Carpatair Saab:

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And in our final parking position at 09:00, 5 minutes behind schedule and 1 hour 10 minutes to go for my next flight:

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The door was opened swiftly and the aircraft gradually emptied. I was the last one off the aircraft bidding the FA farewell on my way out. I quickly grabbed my carry-on and headed into the bus. No pictures of the prop as I was the last one to board the bus and didn’t want to keep anybody waiting (plus I was in a hurry!).
A 5 minute bus ride followed and we were released into the terminal. A quick look at the FIDS shows that gate G09 is assigned for my flight to JFK.
So I hurry myself to the satellite G terminal using the train link between the G gates & the rest of them on my way. I arrive there about 50 minutes prior to STD and head straight to the transfer desk. No one is at the Sky Priority lane so I am immediately helped by an agent who, after typing the first address I will be staying at in the computer, hands over both BPs. I thank her and without giving the BP a look(more on this later) I head straight towards the bathroom.


Boarding



BP for this flight:

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As already mentioned above, the gate for this flight is G09. Once arriving there I am met with the most chaotic boarding scene I have seen in a long time (yes even worse than at CPH yesterday!). A huge crowd has gathered in front of the gate, eagerly waiting for boarding to begin.
I see that priority boarding has begun so I make my way towards the front. This takes a while as I have to zigzag my way through the crowd and some people have trouble moving out of the way for me. Some lady even yells: “ What the hell do you think you are doing!” to me.
A thousand answers go through my head but instead I just decide to bite my lip and ignore it. I eventually reach the Sky Priority lane where my BP is scanned by a gate agent and I am let through. After answering a few security questions I head into the jetway.


On Board



23/01/2013
FCO-JFK
AZ608 // 26E
B777-243ER Alitalia // EI-DBM
10:15-13:54


While still in the jetway I give my BP a look and see that I am seated in 26E, right in the middle of the plane! I had pre-selected a window seat on the right side of the plane prior to this trip so no idea why I lost that seat. Maybe it was due to not being able to check-in and getting my BP just 50 minutes ahead of departure? Oh well, all I can do is hope it’s not a full flight now. I also get a quick look at the aircrafts front gear and see that EI-DBM will be operating this TATL flight, a 9 year old 777-200ER delivered to Alitalia on 12/12/2003.
Once entering the aircraft I am welcomed aboard by a male and female FA and directed into the first aisle. A short walk follows to row 26, Alitalia’s 777s are in a 3-4-3 configuration. I put my belongings in the overhead bin and get settled into my seat: 26E. Not the biggest PTV around:

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To the right I already have 2 neighbors which consist of an older American couple. We have a short chat prior to departure and many more nice chats during flight. Soon enough my left side neighbor also arrives, it is a middle aged female which I only exchange a couple words with during flight.
I am now literally stuck in the middle and the legroom isn’t very generous either:

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This huge IFE box didn’t help the situation much as it took up half of the little legroom I had:

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IFE controls:

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The “boarding completed” is announced at 09:57 by the female purser and shortly thereafter the doors are closed. Cabin crew on this flight is a mix of different ages and genders. They can all best be described as business friendly to quite rude. Very few smiles, not going the extra mile for each passenger and I even saw some ignoring passengers requests. Another thing that irritated me is that even though you talked English to them, some of them would try to answer in Italian first. The only cheerful cabin member I saw was the female Purser who was all about the smiles and assisting passengers, but she helped out in the Business cabin for most of the flight.
With the doors closed the female purser came on the PA welcoming us on board flight 608 to New York’s JFK airport followed by the usual announcements. The flight was completely full in Y making the flight load 100% and nowhere else to move for me. Announced flying time is exactly 9 hours.
Pushback commenced 5 minutes late at 10:15 while the safety demonstration was being played:

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During taxi the pilot comes on the PA with an extended welcome on board and some flight info. Today’s routing is Paris-London-Glasgow-Iceland-Southern tip of Greenland-over Canada and straight into JFK. Cruising altitude will be 36,000 ft.


Take Off



In no time we reach the runway, I try to find out which one but am unsuccessful at it. We wait for a couple of other Alitalia heavies to take off before taxiing onto the runway. Soon enough we start take off roll (at 10:25) and tower into the sky, bye Italy see you in 8 days!


Seatpocket Contents



While still climbing I take a quick look at the seatpocket contents, to start with the safety card:

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Ulisse magazine:

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And the Griffair inflight shopping magazine:

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It takes about half an hour before the IFE is finally switched on:

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I found the IFE system to be quite poor with very few movies and TV shows to my liking at the moment, the system also reacted quite slow:

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First I checked out the map and saw that we were close to Geneva, where I started early this morning:

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Still a long way to go:

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The map also features “World News” which was quite a joke if you ask me:

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A nice touch of the map was this information page about different destinations we flew past:

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8 hours and 8 minutes to go!:

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I give the movies page a look and settle with The Campaign, which is quite a stupid movie if you ask me:

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Continued Below


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 12685 times:
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An hour into flight the crew start the snack service. Once the male FA reaches my row I order a Pepsi to go with pack of mixed snacks:

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After clearing everyone’s table the crew come about the cabin handing the special meals out first. There were quite a lot of passengers who ordered a Kosher meal.
With that all done they started the regular meal service. Choices were the usual beef or pasta, this time I settle for the pasta and get handed this tray, together with it I get another Pepsi:

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The main course consisted of Lasagna, which tasted just as bland as it looks:

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The cold cuts were also quite tasteless:

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The highlight of this meal was the dessert, which consisted of this delicious Tiramisu cake:

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After finishing my meal and the movie we were just above the Atlantic Ocean by now:

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6 hours and 13 minutes to go:

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I give the movies page another look and decide to watch The Godfather, which should make time go by fast as it is almost 3 hours long!:

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I frequently pause the movie as I have some nice conversations with the older American couple seated next to me. They are frequent fliers and have seen a lot of the world!
I give the map a look and see that we are getting close to Canada:

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3 hours and 3 minutes to go now:

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I also give the lavatory a quick visit and see that it has not been maintained well and is quite dirty:

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For the remainder of the flight I grab my laptop and play some games on it. We are over Quebec by now:

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1 hour and 30 minutes to go:

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The crew come about the cabin offering the final snack service and with just 1 hour and 20 minutes to go they reach my row. I get handed this small tray and get another Pepsi to go with it. The small hot wrap(or whatever you would like to call it) is filled with cream cheese and tastes quite good. The apple cake to the left is also delicious, all in all a great snack!:

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Landing



With just under an hour to go the FO comes on the PA announcing our descent towards JFK and thanking us for choosing Alitalia.
We gradually descend towards JFK and many fellow passengers have their heads glued to their windows, there must be some good views then!
After just a couple of turns we are lined up for what I believe was runway 31L. The pilot seemed eager to be on the ground as we literally slammed onto the tarmac at 13:50, 5 minutes behind schedule. Man that was a hard landing!
A short 4 minute taxi follows to terminal 1 while the female purser welcomes us to New York JFK.
Once reaching the gate the doors are opened quickly and the plane gradually empties. Being seated in the forward economy section means I get out of the plane quickly thanking the crew on my way out. I head into the terminal and make my way towards immigration.

With just 1 hour and 45 minutes to go for my next flight fellow a.netter William (globalflyer) had advised me to get a special xpress card so that I could bypass the line at immigration as those can get quite long here at JFK. Soon enough I found a rep who was handing the cards out and after explaining my situation he gave me one.
I was quite happy I did this as the line at immigration was huge and am not sure if I would have made my connection. I showed one of the officers my xpress card and he let me in a special line which led all the way to the front. Soon enough I was given a designated row and after waiting for 5 minutes it was my turn. I was quickly stamped into the USA after just answering 2 questions.
Once at baggage claim my bag was already there so I quickly grabbed it and cleared customs without any problems.
Next stop was the Delta transfer desk to drop my bag off. This was done quickly and I made my way outside towards the SkyTrain. I take the SkyTrain to terminal 3 where my final flight of the day will be departing from. I guess I was a bit sleepy/jetlagged as I take the SkyTrain the wrong way, so instead of just 1 stop over to terminal 2/3 I take the detour via the other terminals!

Soon enough I reach T3 and head inside. Heading inside proves to be a bit difficult as there is construction going on everywhere.
Once inside I head straight towards security which is quite deserted. I am through without any problems, guess I will have to get used to taking my shoes off every time the next coming week!
I am now inside T3 and after a quick visit to the bathroom I head towards my assigned gate (3) as it is getting close to boarding time. I quickly connect to the provided WIFI to tell the home front I have made it safely across the pond again (although I already have a message from my dad telling me he saw me land on FR24!).


Boarding



My nicely scribbled BP for this flight:

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Like always seems to be the case here in the USA (expect for during a delay) boarding is announced bang on time at 15:08. First the passengers needing special assistance or travelling with small children, then the SkyPriority passengers and then zone 1. One thing I came to realize is that Delta allows SkyTeam Elite passengers to board with zone 1 instead of SkyPriority as is the case with most other SkyTeam airlines.
Anyway, I join the line and my BP is quickly scanned by the friendly gate agent before I head into the jetway.


On Board



23/01/2013
JFK-ATL
DL95 (AZ5800) // 22A
B737-800 Delta // N?? (anybody who can help me here?)
15:44-18:13


While entering the aircraft I am greeted by a female FA and head into the aisle. I am glad to see I still have my pre-selected seat 22A and after putting my belongings in the overhead bin I get settled in.

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Nice to see PTVs installed on this aircraft!:

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Legroom is sufficient for the duration of this flight:

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The plane gradually fills up, flight load will eventually be completely full in both classes. Cabin crew consists of 2 males and 2 females, they can best be described as friendly getting their jobs done with lots of smiles.
Once the doors are closed (at 15:40) the female FA comes on the PA welcoming us on board followed by the usual announcements. Announced flying time is 1 hour and 59 minutes.

We commence pushback 4 minutes early at 15:44:

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KLM & Aer Lingus are also in town:

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Meanwhile the safety demonstration was being played. This was my first look at Delta’s new safety video and I have to say I like it, it’s funny:

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What a beauty!:

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After being released we taxi to runway 31L:

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During taxi the pilot came on the PA with another nice welcome on board and announcing that we just beat the afternoon rush hour and should be in the air shortly. He sure sounded relieved!

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Take Off



After a 15 minute taxi we roll onto runway 31L…:

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Start take off immediately….:

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And rotate in no time!:

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Through the clouds:

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Seatpocket Contents



A quick look at the seatpocket contents, to start with the safety card:

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Sky magazine:

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Sky Mall magazine:

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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 12588 times:
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http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC06256_zps48d67861.jpg

The IFE is swiftly switched on and I immediately go to the moving map:

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1 hour and 49 minutes to go:

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I grab my laptop and connect to delta.com (which is free) to check in for my flight the next day:

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Cruising at FL360:

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Close to Baltimore by now:

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The crew come about the cabin offering the usual snack service. I choose the pretzels this time together with a coke:

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Getting closer to Atlanta:

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38 minutes to go…:

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Now at 35,000 feet:

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The FO comes on the PA announcing our descent towards ATL and thanking us for choosing Delta.. The sun is beginning to set which looks great!:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC06274_zpsa7fad0d8.jpg

Making some final turns…:

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Landing



For final approach to runway 9R:

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And touchdown at 18:05, 25 minutes ahead of schedule:

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We exit 9R and taxi to our assigned gate, A21:

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No doubt who’s boss here!:

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We reach our final parking position at 18:13, still 17 minutes ahead of schedule. Well done Delta!:

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The front door is opened quickly and the plane gradually empties. I thank the crew and head into the terminal straight towards the domestic baggage claim. At baggage claim I meet up with fellow a.netter William (globalflyer) who was kind enough to pick me up/meet up. I exchange greetings with him and pick my bag up at the designated carrousel.
From here we head towards the parking garage where his beautiful Audi is parked. First we head over to my hotel to drop my stuff off. Hotel for tonight is the Wellesley Inn Atlanta Airport, booked via booking.com for just 50EUR (more on this hotel in part 3).
After dropping my stuff off and freshening up a bit we head over to a local pub to grab a bite to eat. Despite being very jetlagged we have some nice conversations. After a very nice meal we head back to the hotel and bid each other farewell. William, it was very nice to meet you and thanks for picking me up! Next time the meal is on me and hope to see you again soon (when I’m less jetlagged!)
I head into my room and quickly fall in a deep sleep.


Conclusion



First of all Darwin Airlines provided an OK flight. After reading some reports about them here I know they can perform much better than my flight. I know it was early but having a not so happy FA and barely hearing anything from the flight deck doesn’t provide for a very relaxing flight. Flying a Saab and the amazing views of the Alps sure made up for this all.
Then Alitalia, I feel that I can’t really complain as I only paid 149EUR for all 5 flights but if I paid the full fare I wouldn’t be a happy camper. The FAs were quite rude most of the time and most of the food tasteless. The IFE was not really up to date and most of the movies weren’t really to my liking at the moment (of course this differs per person!). Would I fly Alitalia long haul again? Of course if another mistake or cheap fare comes up!
Delta provided another relaxing flight and the PTV featuring the moving map sure was a big plus!

This will conclude part 2 of this USA trip. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this report and I hope you enjoyed it.
Feel free to leave a comment and ask a question, I would really appreciate that.
Stay tuned for part 3 featuring my ATL-LAX flight.

Cheers and take care,

Amsterdamspotter or Brendan Berkhout as known on Facebook.


Previous Trip Reports



USA Trip Pt. 1: Getting Started!: AMS-CPH-GVA (by adamspotter Apr 14 2013 in Trip Reports)
Trying Out Southwest: MDW-BNA-HOU (by adamspotter Mar 17 2013 in Trip Reports)
Off To The Windy City On A KLM MD-11!: AMS-ORD (Y) (by adamspotter Jan 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS (by adamspotter Dec 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa Inaugural: Rotterdam-Munich-Rotterdam (by adamspotter Nov 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
Catching The LAN A340: FRA-MAD-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Oct 23 2012 in Trip Reports)
Air Baltic, Norwegian & KLM: RIX-ARN-HEL-AMS (by adamspotter Oct 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
KLM Business To HEL + A BT Dash 8: AMS-HEL-RIX (by adamspotter Sep 27 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 5: YYZ-AMS In A KLM Upper Deck! (by adamspotter Sep 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 4: Off To Canada!: PHL-LGA-YYZ (by adamspotter Sep 9 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 3: Big Delay + JFK-PHL On DL (by adamspotter Aug 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 2: Maine! + BOS-JFK On DL In Y (by adamspotter Aug 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 1: Delta Long Haul: AMS-BOS In Y (by adamspotter Aug 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
Spotting Pics + My Journey Back Home On Swiss In C (by adamspotter Jun 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
Weekend Spotting Trip To Zurich On Edelweiss In C (by adamspotter Jun 25 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Heathrow Via Munich + Lounges (by adamspotter Jun 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
Business Class To Manchester On KLM (by adamspotter May 6 2012 in Trip Reports)
To LGW Via FRA + Spotting At FRA (by adamspotter May 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Toronto For The Weekend Pt. 2: YYZ-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Apr 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Toronto For The Weekend Pt. 1: AMS-FRA-YYZ (by adamspotter Apr 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
Another Great Day With LH: AMS-MUC-FCO-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Mar 31 2012 in Trip Reports)
Delay & Plane Change: AMS-BCN-MAD-BCN-AMS On VY! (by adamspotter Mar 24 2012 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa To Brussels!: AMS-FRA-BRU-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Mar 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
First Trip Report!: AMS-CPH-FRA-AMS (SAS & ICE) (by adamspotter Mar 3 2012 in Trip Reports)


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1273 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 12345 times:

Hi there Brendan, great to follow up on the first part of your trip.

Interesting as when the fellow a.netters went on their trip to Japan, AZ didn't look to bad, yet after seeing your experience they look pretty poor - especially the leg room.

To bad you got stuck in the middle too. I had a similar misfortune on my DCA-ORD flight a few weeks back - I figured there was bound to be a day when I wouldn't get a window seat but still a little annoying especially when you've pre booked one.

Also interesting to see a bit from Delta - they look miles better than AA!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
Some lady even yells: “ What the hell do you think you are doing!” to me.
A thousand answers go through my head but instead I just decide to bite my lip and ignore it.

Not sure I would have showed the same restraint...

Looking forward to the following parts.



A300,A319,A320,A321,A333,A343,A346,A388,732,733,734,735,738,741,742,744,752,763,772,77W,788,Q400,DC10,E145,E170,E175,E19
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 12319 times:

Hi Brendan,

interesting second part of your new series. Nice to see you tried Darwin, still missing in my log.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I do like the fact that my OJ was served in real glass though, a nice touch:

That's impressive.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
This huge IFE box didn’t help the situation much as it took up half of the little legroom I had:

Horrible!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
With that all done they started the regular meal service. Choices were the usual beef or pasta, this time I settle for the pasta and get handed this tray

Bad to hear that most of the meal tasted bland. I still remember getting a great dinner on a JFK-FCO flight in 2008.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 12094 times:

Hi Brendan  

Thanks for the second part. Very nice indeed. Great bargain fare you got .

Lovely pics over the Alps ! Hard to beat that .

AZ as I expected them to be . I certainly wouldnt pay more than that to fly them too. Not when you look at alternative products.

Looking forward to the next part  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 11881 times:
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Nice to see some comments already!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
Hi there Brendan, great to follow up on the first part of your trip.

Hi James, thankf for stopping by  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
Interesting as when the fellow a.netters went on their trip to Japan, AZ didn't look to bad, yet after seeing your experience they look pretty poor - especially the leg room.

Yeah, Alitalia sure is a mixed bag! The legroom was horrible indeed

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
I had a similar misfortune on my DCA-ORD flight a few weeks back

At least your wasn't a TATL flight  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
Also interesting to see a bit from Delta - they look miles better than AA!

They sure are!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
Not sure I would have showed the same restraint...

I normally wouldn't either..

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):

Hi Brendan

Hi PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
interesting second part of your new series

Thank you!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
That's impressive.

  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Horrible!

Indeed, it was huge!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Bad to hear that most of the meal tasted bland. I still remember getting a great dinner on a JFK-FCO flight in 2008.

Good to hear you had a better meal than I did

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Hi Brendan

Hey Phillip  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Thanks for the second part. Very nice indeed. Great bargain fare you got .

You're welcome, glad you liked it   It was a great bargain!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Lovely pics over the Alps ! Hard to beat that .

The Alps remain impressive!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
AZ as I expected them to be . I certainly wouldnt pay more than that to fly them too. Not when you look at alternative products.

Me neither!

Thanks for commenting guys!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 972 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 11858 times:

Hi Brendan, great report as always! What a great flight between GVA and FCO, beautiful views and that on a Saab 2000! Shame about the AZ flight though. DL seemed good as usual. Looking forward to the next parts!

User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1346 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 11831 times:

Hi Brendan,

very intersting trip.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
After that I started explaining the fact that I wasn’t able to check in online and asked if he could help me out. The only reaction I got was: “We are Darwin, not Alitalia. Try at Rome”. This didn’t leave me with the best feeling as I only had 1 hour 15 minutes connecting time at FCO. As long as this first flight departs and arrives on time I should be fine, I was thinking while heading towards security.

Old school   When I flew with AZ from BEY to CDG via Milan, they could not even issue a AF onward boarding pass...

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Meanwhile the sole female FA, who can best be described as business friendly, came on the PA welcoming us on board with the usual announcements followed by the manual safety demonstration. Announced flying time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. No welcome from the flight deck this morning (guess it was too early for them too!).
The de-icing process took up quite some time so we eventually started taxiing towards runway 05 at 07:26, 11 minutes behind schedule.

What a treat to fly this aircraft. I believe they bought Baboo. Loved this airline. They served gourmet food from a local pastry etc...

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
While still in the jetway I give my BP a look and see that I am seated in 26E, right in the middle of the plane! I had pre-selected a window seat on the right side of the plane prior to this trip so no idea why I lost that seat. Maybe it was due to not being able to check-in and getting my BP just 50 minutes ahead of departure? Oh well, all I can do is hope it’s not a full flight now.

Probably. They were expecting you as a no show and gave your seat away. Will probably happen with any airline, but it's really unlucky...

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
With just 1 hour and 45 minutes to go for my next flight fellow a.netter William (globalflyer) had advised me to get a special xpress card so that I could bypass the line at immigration as those can get quite long here at JFK. Soon enough I found a rep who was handing the cards out and after explaining my situation he gave me one.

Tell me more about that card. What are the requirements to get one, and what do you need to do to get it?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
My nicely scribbled BP for this flight:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/...album%202/DSC08802_zpsb9bd6e1a.jpg


Wasn't AZ able to issue the DL boaridng pass?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I grab my laptop and connect to delta.com (which is free) to check in for my flight the next day:

That is great. I remember once I flew EWR-ATL-RDU and while being on EWR-ATL (being delayed) I already rebooked myself to a later ATL-RDU while being onboard. Even if your flight is just a bit delayed it will allow you to rebook free of charge to another flight, even from another nearby airport, or day, and sometimes making cool itineraries like MIA-ATL-RDU-JFK or something like that  


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 11113 times:

Hi Brendan


Thanks for sharing the first part of your new US series. It was great to follow along with you.
Nice job on logging the SAAB, something I still want to do as well
Must have been a TATL from h*ll being stuck in the middle for 9 hours, + AZ doesn't convince me at all.
Isnt this the same airframe that brought a buch of a.netters to and from Tokyo a while ago?
Interesting to see the Wellington hotel, I stayed there on Chirstmas eve 2011 after my US flight from CDG!
US Airways A332s, A Step Forward In The Fleet? (by MSS658 Apr 26 2012 in Trip Reports)


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1683 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 11079 times:
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Hi Brendan,

Good to see this next episode on line, I enjoyed reading!

You had a nice surprise in store with the Darwin flight, I believe the next departure to FCO from GVA is around 11am, so too late for you. That flight is operated by the Embraer, so should’ve been nice as well. Too bad to see you being stuck in a middle seat on longhaul but at least you made it onto the flight! I guess the DL sector to ATL made up for the cramped seating a bit, and it featured some very nice views as well!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
There was barely any coffee left so I was given a half full cup and the coffee was just cold!

Unacceptable for a morning flight. And the FA didn’t bother to make any more?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
After answering a few security questions I head into the jetway.

Why do you have to answer security questions before entering the jetway  Wow!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
B777-243ER Alitalia // EI-DBM

Exactly the same vessel that brought us a.netters to and from NRT a few weeks prior!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
This huge IFE box didn’t help the situation much as it took up half of the little legroom I had

You really had the worst seat in the house...

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I found the IFE system to be quite poor with very few movies and TV shows to my liking at the moment, the system also reacted quite slow

Besides the fact that the PTV was small, I found the offers quite good. But indeed, the units were not very responsive.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The main course consisted of Lasagna, which tasted just as bland as it looks

Another déja-vu! I had just the same meal from MXP to NRT! I liked it, your lasagne looks a bit overcooked  

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I also give the lavatory a quick visit and see that it has not been maintained well and is quite dirty

First the pax need to have some decency to leave behind a clean toilet, but the crew regularly has to check as well.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
boarding is announced bang on time at 15:08.

I always find it funny how in the USA they work by the minute with their flight timings  

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 926 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 10786 times:

Hi Brendan...great TR. I am glad the special access card at T1 helped. A little known secret for us ANetters.


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 10125 times:
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Great to see more comments, appreciate it!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 8):
Hi Brendan

Hi Robert!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 8):
great report as always!

Thank you very much!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 8):
What a great flight between GVA and FCO, beautiful views and that on a Saab 2000!

Indeed, a great way to start the long day ahead of me  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 8):
Shame about the AZ flight though. DL seemed good as usual

  

Quoting reifel (Reply 9):

Hi Brendan,

Hi Reifel  
Quoting reifel (Reply 9):
very intersting trip.

Thank you, it sure was 
Quoting reifel (Reply 9):
Old school   When I flew with AZ from BEY to CDG via Milan, they could not even issue a AF onward boarding pass...

That's even worse as they are in the same alliance IMHO

Quoting reifel (Reply 9):
What a treat to fly this aircraft

It was indeed a nice treat!

Quoting reifel (Reply 9):
Tell me more about that card. What are the requirements to get one, and what do you need to do to get it?

You have to have a tight connection. When heading towards immigration there is a rep handing them out with a list of tight connections, ATL wasn;t on the list but he gave me once anyway.. very nice!

Quoting reifel (Reply 9):
Wasn't AZ able to issue the DL boaridng pass?

They did, but I couldn't find it anymore 
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):

Hi Brendan

Hi Marc!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Thanks for sharing the first part of your new US series. It was great to follow along with you.

You're welcome, am glad you liked it.. Although you mean second part  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Nice job on logging the SAAB, something I still want to do as well

Try Darwin!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Must have been a TATL from h*ll being stuck in the middle for 9 hours, + AZ doesn't convince me at all.

It sure was! But for the price paid I can't complain  The time did go by fast though luckily enough..

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Isnt this the same airframe that brought a buch of a.netters to and from Tokyo a while ago?

Yes it is!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Interesting to see the Wellington hotel, I stayed there on Chirstmas eve 2011 after my US flight from CDG!

A nice hotel for the price paid!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):

Hi Brendan

Hello Nils  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
Good to see this next episode on line, I enjoyed reading!

Thank you, am glad you liked it  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
You had a nice surprise in store with the Darwin flight, I believe the next departure to FCO from GVA is around 11am, so too late for you. That flight is operated by the Embraer, so should’ve been nice as well

Indeed a nice surprise.. Wouldn't mind trying that Embraer out either  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
Too bad to see you being stuck in a middle seat on longhaul but at least you made it onto the flight!

Very true! That was a relieve  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
I guess the DL sector to ATL made up for the cramped seating a bit, and it featured some very nice views as well!

  

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
Unacceptable for a morning flight. And the FA didn’t bother to make any more?

No, she disappeared into the back galley and as we were already in descent I didn't bother..

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
Why do you have to answer security questions before entering the jetway

That happens on most flights to the USA..

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
Exactly the same vessel that brought us a.netters to and from NRT a few weeks prior!

There is a nice coincidence!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
You really had the worst seat in the house...

Unfortunetely, I did..

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
Another déja-vu! I had just the same meal from MXP to NRT! I liked it, your lasagne looks a bit overcooked  

I remember seeing that in your report, yeah it was quite overcooked..

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
First the pax need to have some decency to leave behind a clean toilet, but the crew regularly has to check as well.

Very true!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
I always find it funny how in the USA they work by the minute with their flight timings

Haha, yeah that is quite funny 
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 12):
Hi Brendan

Hi William

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 12):
great TR.

Thank you!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 12):
I am glad the special access card at T1 helped. A little known secret for us ANetters.

Yes, am glad you helped me out there!

Thanks for commenting guys!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9850 times:

Hi,

Nice continuation of your series. Thanks for all the great photo's.

A shame that you ended being stuck in the middle seat. Something I never look forward to. Also disappointing to hear that the food wasn't up to scratch on AZ. At least you had a nice end to your journey with Delta.

Thanks


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6549 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9813 times:

Hi Brendan!

Thanks for a great part 2!

Too bad the AZ flight wasn't so great.

You should always check the boarding pass before you go on the aircraft to make sure it's a good seat or try to change it.

Meal doesn't look so good but pasta is usually never good on airplanes.

IFE was okay when I flew about a year ago but the box is HUGE. Literally the size of a shoe box....Too bad you had to sit there....and you are so tall too.

DL looks okay and nice to see the PTVs on the 738.

Great that you met up with another a.netter in ATL.

I'm very much look forward to part 3!

The777Man



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 9638 times:
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Nice to see more comments, thanks!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 14):
Hi

Hi aflyingkiwi,
Thanks for stopping by!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 14):
Nice continuation of your series

Thank you very much

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 14):
Thanks for all the great photo's.

You're welcome, glad you liked them  
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 14):
A shame that you ended being stuck in the middle seat. Something I never look forward to

Indeed, its never good to me stuck in the middle seat.. especially on a long haul

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 14):
Also disappointing to hear that the food wasn't up to scratch on AZ. At least you had a nice end to your journey with Delta.

  

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Hi Brendan!

Hi 777Man  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Thanks for a great part 2!

Thanks, glad you liked it  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Too bad the AZ flight wasn't so great.

Indeed   

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
You should always check the boarding pass before you go on the aircraft to make sure it's a good seat or try to change it.

Yeah, I normally always do but as I was in such a hurry..

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Meal doesn't look so good but pasta is usually never good on airplanes.

True, I should have went for the beef  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
IFE was okay when I flew about a year ago but the box is HUGE. Literally the size of a shoe box....Too bad you had to sit there....and you are so tall too.

I remember reading your report on it!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):

DL looks okay and nice to see the PTVs on the 738.

The PTVs were a nice touch!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Great that you met up with another a.netter in ATL.

I have been lucky with meeting a.netters  

Thanks for commenting guys!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2452 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8394 times:

Hoi hoi Brendan,

Amazing how you show us the benefit of Skyteam’s worldwide network! Darwin Airline was surely a nice twist!  


Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Online check-in for my FCO-JFK-ATL flights wouldn’t work on any website and I was told to see a check-in agent at the airport.

How cumbersome! Was there any other alternative, e.g. telephone check in?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
BP for this flight:

Interesting to see both actual and code shared flight numbers printed on one BP.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
It was quite a cold night here at GVA:

I believe you. Look at those ice crystals!   


Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
It consisted of the safety card…:

First time I see instructions for oxygen mask on turboprop’s safety card!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
as the views were absolutely stunning! I will let the pictures do the talking:

Winter Wonderland!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
Some lady even yells: “ What the hell do you think you are doing!” to me.

Good on you to remain calm.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
the legroom isn’t very generous either:
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
This huge IFE box didn’t help the situation much as it took up half of the little legroom I had:

Oh no, that’s just inhuman!   


Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
The highlight of this meal was the dessert, which consisted of this delicious Tiramisu cake:

You just can’t fault Tiramisu!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
The small hot wrap(or whatever you would like to call it) is filled with cream cheese and tastes quite good. The apple cake to the left is also delicious, all in all a great snack!:

Good to know the snack service made it up to you.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
I also give the lavatory a quick visit and see that it has not been maintained well and is quite dirty:

Gross!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
I quickly connect to the provided WIFI to tell the home front I have made it safely across the pond again (although I already have a message from my dad telling me he saw me land on FR24!).

Good on you to inform your family, especially your beloved dad!  Smile


Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
Cabin crew consists of 2 males and 2 females, they can best be described as friendly getting their jobs done with lots of smiles.

Better than their Italian counterparts!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
What a beauty!:

  


Quoting adamspotter (Reply 3):
I grab my laptop and connect to delta.com (which is free) to check in for my flight the next day:

That's handy!   


Quoting adamspotter (Reply 3):
At baggage claim I meet up with fellow a.netter William (globalflyer) who was kind enough to pick me up/meet up.

What a lovely gesture of Will!   


Thank you for sharing! You just whet my appetite for my first TATL experience ever, even though I will not be flying with AZ! Oh, and it has been a great pleasure as well to meet you in MAN!  Smile



Warme groet,
Suryo  

[Edited 2013-05-10 09:58:01]


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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5155 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8310 times:

Hoi, B.,

great pictures from you´re flight above the alps and good to see you on the Darwin Saab, sure something special.
No comments about AZ, definitely nothing to pay a lot for.
And good to see DL doing well.
Looking for the next part now.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 8180 times:
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Hi Brendan,

You always surprise me with your long hual trips, and it looks like you are always flying somewhere  

You continous sequence of photos of taking off and landing almost feel like a slideshow and makes one feel they are experiencing those parts of the flight themselves!!

I remembered not to call you Adam this time!!


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7873 times:
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Nice to see more comments!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
Hoi hoi Brendan

Hoi Suryo  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
Amazing how you show us the benefit of Skyteam’s worldwide network! Darwin Airline was surely a nice twist

Thanks, and yes Darwin Airlines was a nice plus  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
How cumbersome! Was there any other alternative, e.g. telephone check in?

I didn't bother trying those other options out

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
First time I see instructions for oxygen mask on turboprop’s safety card!

Indeed!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
Winter Wonderland!

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
Good on you to remain calm.

It was very hard!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
Oh no, that’s just inhuman

Especially on a longhaul

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
You just can’t fault Tiramisu!

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
Better than their Italian counterparts!

Much better!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
That's handy!

Indeed, a very nice feature  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
Thank you for sharing! You just whet my appetite for my first TATL experience ever, even though I will not be flying with AZ!

Thanks for commenting and enjoy your first TATL experience  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
Hoi, B.,

Hoi Markus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
great pictures from you´re flight above the alps and good to see you on the Darwin Saab, sure something special.

Thanks and yes Darwin is definitely something special

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
No comments about AZ, definitely nothing to pay a lot for.

Indeed!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 19):
Hi Brendan

Hi FSB

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 19):
You always surprise me with your long hual trips, and it looks like you are always flying somewhere

Yes, long haul has been the way to go lately..

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 19):
You continous sequence of photos of taking off and landing almost feel like a slideshow and makes one feel they are experiencing those parts of the flight themselves!!

Thanks, I'm glad you liked them

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 19):
I remembered not to call you Adam this time!!

Haha, very good 

Thanks for commenting guys!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7631 times:

Hi Brendan,

Sorry it took me a while to get around to reading this report.

That was a great opportunity to fly Darwin as part of this special fare, normally they are anything but cheap. And what a stunning morning to boot. It reminds me of my flight into NCE last December, that was also such a glorious winter’s day. Needless to say, I loved your shots of the Alps.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The taxi finally arrived 10 minutes late at 05:40. After a 10 minute drive we arrived at the airport, so I paid and thanked the taxi driver before heading inside.

Dear me, where’s the Swiss punctuality? (Too close to the border, therefore French influence  )

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
A 10 minute wait followed for the last remaining passengers and we made our way towards our aircraft.

I also remember a long wait in the bus when I did GVA-LUG on Darwin.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
There was barely any coffee left so I was given a half full cup and the coffee was just cold! Quite poor service here IMHO. I do like the fact that my OJ was served in real glass though, a nice touch:

That is poor. Surely the FA could have made some more?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
This takes a while as I have to zigzag my way through the crowd and some people have trouble moving out of the way for me. Some lady even yells: “ What the hell do you think you are doing!” to me.

So it sounds like FCO has the priority boarding set up very well organised…..I’m impressed you didn’t answer the lady back, I’d have been very tempted!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I am now literally stuck in the middle and the legroom isn’t very generous either:

Oh no, losing your window seat is one thing, but then ending up on the middle seat with such abysmal legroom for a transatlantic flight, ouch.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
With that all done they started the regular meal service. Choices were the usual beef or pasta, this time I settle for the pasta and get handed this tray, together with it I get another Pepsi:

That meals looks grim. I’m really glad your AZ flight was so cheap, otherwise I think it would have been a real disappointment.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
grab my laptop and connect to delta.com (which is free) to check in for my flight the next day:

Pretty cool, isn’t it? Checking online for your next flight whilst up in the air  

Great that you had time to meet up with William too.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7212 times:
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Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
Hi Brendan,

Hi Hannah!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
Sorry it took me a while to get around to reading this report.

No problem! I have been posting reports quickly lately 
Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
That was a great opportunity to fly Darwin as part of this special fare, normally they are anything but cheap

Indeed!   

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
And what a stunning morning to boot. It reminds me of my flight into NCE last December, that was also such a glorious winter’s day.

I remember reading that report! The Alps sure impress everytime  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
Needless to say, I loved your shots of the Alps.

Thank you very much  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
Dear me, where’s the Swiss punctuality? (Too close to the border, therefore French influence &nbsp Wink

My hotel was in France, so I guess thats why 
Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
That is poor. Surely the FA could have made some more?

She apparently wasn't in the mood to do so..

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
So it sounds like FCO has the priority boarding set up very well organised…..I’m impressed you didn’t answer the lady back, I’d have been very tempted!

I had to bite my tongue there!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
Oh no, losing your window seat is one thing, but then ending up on the middle seat with such abysmal legroom for a transatlantic flight, ouch.

Couldn't agree with you more!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
That meals looks grim. I’m really glad your AZ flight was so cheap, otherwise I think it would have been a real disappointment.

Thats what I kept telling myself during the while flight  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
Pretty cool, isn’t it? Checking online for your next flight whilst up in the air

Very cool indeed, I did it quite a lot during this trip 

Thanks for commenting Hannah, really appreciate it  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineEmek96 From Germany, joined Apr 2013, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7168 times:

Hey Brendan !

Nice report with many, many nice pitures!
I like your impressive pics from the alps, it is always a nice IFE to owerfly the alps !
I think AZ isn't good at all, I think airlines like BA or LX have much better service on such routes, but for this price it is sure OK, but for their normal longhaul fares (quite expensive I think) I wouldn't book them.
Delta also looks quite good, didn't know that they have IFE even in their short haul fleet.

Thank you again

Elias


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6731 times:
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Quoting Emek96 (Reply 23):
Hey Brendan !

Hey Elias  
Quoting Emek96 (Reply 23):
Nice report with many, many nice pitures!

Thank you very much!

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 23):
I like your impressive pics from the alps, it is always a nice IFE to owerfly the alps !

Thanks again and yes, the Alps impress every time  
Quoting Emek96 (Reply 23):
I think AZ isn't good at all, I think airlines like BA or LX have much better service on such routes, but for this price it is sure OK, but for their normal longhaul fares (quite expensive I think) I wouldn't book them.

Definetely agree with you there!

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 23):
Delta also looks quite good, didn't know that they have IFE even in their short haul fleet.

Normally they dont, I'm guessing this 738 is also used on longer routes outside of the USA

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 23):
Thank you again

Thanks for commenting  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 766 posts, RR: 12
Reply 25, posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6235 times:

Very enjoyable trip report

You must have spent so much time for preparation... nice routing !!
The pictures over the alps are stunning and Darwin seems to be nice airline, is it not to expensive?
AZ provided you a good service for the price paid, but the FA needs some customer service training... but i guess it's still better than a US carrier

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Not the biggest PTV around:

nice to see you   .

Thanks for sharing



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User currently offlineUnited1689 From United States of America, joined May 2013, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6074 times:

Fantastic Trip Report! Thanks for sharing!

Wow that legroom on the 777 looked rough!! Can't imagine bearing that for 9 hours! Although service might have been better than a US carrier I'm sure Delta could provide you with more legroom for the TATL. Or United (which has Economy Plus) but you would've had to stop through IAD.



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 27, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5501 times:
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Nice to see more comments!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 25):
Very enjoyable trip report

Thank you very much Leonard  
Quoting eastafspot (Reply 25):
You must have spent so much time for preparation... nice routing !!

Yes it sure took a while, but I like the result

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 25):
The pictures over the alps are stunning and Darwin seems to be nice airline, is it not to expensive?

Indeed! Darwin is normally expensive but this flight was part of Alitalia's mistake fare

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 25):
AZ provided you a good service for the price paid, but the FA needs some customer service training... but i guess it's still better than a US carrier

Very true!

Quoting United1689 (Reply 26):
Fantastic Trip Report! Thanks for sharing!

Thank you very much  
Quoting United1689 (Reply 26):
Wow that legroom on the 777 looked rough!! Can't imagine bearing that for 9 hours!

It sure was, I'm glad I survived!

Thanks for commenting!

cheers,

Brendan


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