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Failed Delta Douglas 9 Trip!  
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
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Failed Delta Douglas 9 Trip!!







Background:


PART I:


B.transatlantic To The B.apple! (by MSS658 May 30 2013 in Trip Reports)
December 2011, After a bunch of rumors and speculations Brussels Airlines finally decided to operate its first Transatlantic route to New York JFK using its Airbus A330-300 fleet. The opinions where rather indifferent en skeptical towards the success of this route since the major competition on this route by carriers such as United (777 to Newark), Jet Airways (A330 to JFK and Newark), Delta (767 to JFK) and American Airlines (757 to JFK). not to speak about the proximity of Amsterdam and CDG! At the time Brussels Airlines had a hard product you would find in the back of a US Airways 767, however playing the game smart Brussels Airlines soon decided to make an overall refurb of their cabins. lie flats in their Business class (B.business) and Audio Video On Demand in Economy (b.economy).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3_FSJYzKE4

Combining this fact my cousin announced that she would be getting married in December 2012. Another interesting fact is that in all my years of transatlantic travels I only had one sole flight on a Belgian carrier. Back in 1998 I flew on a Sabena A340 from Brussels to Atlanta. Just another reason that builded up to this itinerary. A few months later June 1st came and SN501 to New York JFK departed for the first time, I actually saw OO-SFW the next morning after completing her first transatlantic journey from a company A319 heading to Geneva: Brussels-Frankfurt! The Kuwait Way! (by MSS658 Dec 17 2012 in Trip Reports)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UryHN10qKdI

A few weeks later it was time to plan my next USA trip, not knowing yet where I would be professionally at the time of travel I had to keep some dates in mind. When looking for fares I decided to depart a day before the holiday weekend since fares were much lower than over the weekend. With the possibility of having exams beginning of January I decided to fly back on New Year's eve. When looking up fares All direct routings between Brussels and New York had similar pricings. So without thinking Brussels Airlines flights 501 and 502 were booked. Just too bad there is no advance seat selection in advance!

In the months to come I only heard great things about the new route, even more interesting is that this route had quite an influence on the other carriers flying to the Big Apple. American Airlines and Jet Airways dropped their JFK route while Delta upped the route to one of their refurbed 767's. United downgraded their equipment as well from a 3 class Boeing 777-200ER to a 2 class Boeing 767-400ER. The excitement just grew more and more everyday...

PART II:


July 2012, After booking my Brussels Airlines flights to and from New York I had to find some way or another to head down South. My target was to fly the Delta Air Lines DC9 but originally I was going into look at it in September but moments after booking my Brussels Airlines flights to New York I got the sad news that my grandmother wasn't in to good of shape, later that evening I got another call from the USA that she had passed away.
In the days following I was just browsing some schedules and came across a very appealing itinerary on Delta's website. I could fly from New York Laguardia via Atlanta to Columbia,SC consisting of a nice combination of the Boeing 757-200 on the LGA-ATL segment and the DC9-50 to CAE with very attractive timings. Columbia Metropolitan airport would be a new airport on the list as well with a 2 hour drive from Anderson but with the wedding being in Columbia It was easy to stay in town. Knowing that Delta is notorious for equipment changes on their domestic network (heck, you could say that they would call them the AirBaltic of America). I was still unsure about if I should book it or wait until the aircraft types are more certain. After some time I decided to take the risk and only a few days after booking the first part I booked my flight from New York to Columbia. It was nice to be flying my most flown airline again since my last flight was a longhaul from Cincinatti to Paris CDG back in 2009!

A few months later in September I got an email from Delta indicating a schedule change, at first sight my Atlanta-Columbia flight was only changed by a few minutes. But soon my attention went that the flight number had changed from DL1762 to DL5422... Wait a minute, flight numbers that go on from 5xxx are usually operated by one of the Delta Connection partners and so I would probably lose my DC9 and indeed... My flight would be operated on a CRJ 700 by Expressjet. While not to happy at all about the fact of losing my DC9 flight I could still live with this change as the CRJ 700 was a new type in the log (While I had already logged the DC9-50 with Northwest back in 2006). Will it stay the same...

November 2012, getting closer by the departure date I was random checking my bookings and noted another schedule change (without any notice, which really raised an eyebrow in Part III.) in my New York-Atlanta flight. Just a few minutes but I soon found out that my window seat has been replaced by an aisle a bit further on. When opening the seatmap I found that the configuration has been replaced by a 3-2 configuration meaning that an MD-88 would be operating my flight to Atlanta. I did not mind that at all as it's quite hard to catch those Maddogs, I quickly selected seat 34E right next to the engine. Before accepting the changes I realized my Atlanta-Columbia flight was changed as well. Equipment swap to the DC-9 again?? No, my CRJ700 had changed into the CRJ200. My least favorite CRJ, wait a minute.. My least favorite aircraft in the sky! Not having to many other options I selected a seat in the forelast row.

Pre-departure:


December 22 2012, After a nice walk trough Manhattan I reserved the Super shuttle service to New York Laguardia (actually the same way as I went to Manhattan the day before). Since my seats were selected already I did not bother to use the OLCI, mainly since the wifi was in another downtime...

December 23 2012, After a very sleepless night in a superior hotel in Manhattan (for more details read part I). I packed and I checked out at around 6.15 well in time for my 6.30 shuttle who actually came in a bit earlier. After stopping at a few hotels we had to wait a while due to some passengers oversleeping themselves. Thankfully, my flight was only departing at 10.00 so I did not have to worry. After a while we left Manhattan with a full bus towards Queens and on to Laguardia where we arrived at 7.50. After dropping some passengers flying on American and Spirit me and a couple of other passengers were dropped off at the terminal dedicated to Delta Airlines and US Airways. "Super Shuttle" the ones that took care of my transportation to and from Manhattan this weekend.



Verification that I'm indeed flying Delta Air Lines

Leaving New York LaGuardia airport


After arrival I immediately proceeded towards the check-in kiosk and checked in for both of my flights to Columbia. I was offered a payment to be rebooked on another flight in case one of the 2 where overbooked. However with no alternative given I refused the offer! Like most US carriers you have to pay nowadays the 25 USD bribe for checking in your bags on domestic flights. After labeling my bag at the check-in counter I had to bring my bag to the TSA scanner. That's a first timer in a while.. After this it was trough security where the line wasn't too long. As usual the TSA agents where shouting the usual procedures of action and rushing everybody trough.. Boy did I miss this... It's not like it's faster than in countries where they don't shout at you.. After passing the line I went towards the US Airways side for breakfast



US Airways Express/Piedmont Airlines 4404 from Philadelphia (Dash 8-100 N944HA)



Delta Air Lines Maddog taxing in. I wonder if that is the aircraft preforming DL 1847 to Atlanta in just over an hour?



Breakfast and getting ready for a long day!



As most flights to Atlanta, Delta 1847 leaves from Concourse D So far it's still on time!



Concourse D it is then...



MD-88 N905DE



One of the few parts in the world you can call Deltaworld.



For the time being we still had to walk to concourse D, however they are installing a moving walkway.



Once I arrived in concourse D, It had a well used feel to it. However it still was suffient enough! Post-security.



In the gate area you could feel Christmas was near with various Christmas decorations, the huge crowds on a Sunday morning gave another indication that it was almost holiday season.



Gate D5 was assigned for Delta Air Lines flight 1847 to Atlanta and can be found at the very end of the concourse. Our aircraft has arrived as Delta 1486 from Atlanta at 8.56, N919DE has been assigned for the morning run to Atlanta.


Unlike most gate area's this gate area is set up with tables to sit at.



It's a very nice that Delta gives a business friendly touch, the only disadvantge is that there is lesser seats and in a concourse with mostly overbooked flights this isn't so great. After a few minutes of searching I found myself a seat. Another extra feature you get is an Ipad you get to use for online activities.

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Soon an announcement came that the flight was overbooked and they were looking for volunteers for another flight. There was a direct flight to Columbia boarding at gate D3, but a similar announcement came. So I decided to stick with the game plan At 9.24 Boarding was announced, since I was in zone 2 it took about 10 minutes before I was able to pass the jetway towards:

20. Delta Air Lines flight DL 1847 from New York Laguardia to Atlanta


Sunday, December 23 2012
New York LGA (LGA/KLGA) - Atlanta (ATL/KATL)
Delta Air Lines 1847 (Westjet 6629, Aeromexico 5712)
McDonnelDouglas MD-88 (LN:2058), N919DE, Economy 34E
Delivered to Delta Air Lines on 03 November 1993
10.00-10.23 (Gate D06; Terminal DL; wheels up on runway 31 at 10.29)
12.41-12.31 (Gate B31, wheels down on runway 27L at 12.21)
Announced flying time: 1 hour 53minutes
Cruising Altitude: FL340
Load factor: 100% in Y
Routing:
KLGA-LANNA-J48-MOL-FLCON8-KATL

Personal statistics
175th flight registered
20th flight in 2012
30th flight on Delta Air Lines
6th flight on the MD-88 series
6th flight on the MD-88
1st flight on N919DE

Movies made onboard DL 1847 from New York LGA to Atlanta

Taking off in New York LGA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KSqYhL_FYs

inflight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6be8ANHnMF4

Landing in Atlanta:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nxX4iVhGC8

I was greeted by a friendly F/A who directed me towards the back. I still don't get the added value of zone boarding as I had to wait several times, heck even more than on my Brussels Airlines flights where it was free boarding for all. Off course it was added by the American way of making multiple announcements how to stow the bags and to take your seat immediately for an on-time departure. How I haven't missed this in all my Euro-flying... Another thing I noticed since my last Maddog flight in 2009 is that Delta removed the rear galley near the third emergency exit. Instead, there are more seats added. Soon I gave the chocolate box to the F/A whom worked in the rear where I was thanked with a "God bless you". She also told me that she used to work Atlanta-Brussels many times in the past. I soon got settled in seat 34E.



Hmm.. some of the CRJs get parked at the gates as well?



Boeing 757-200, not this time. But we will meet again soon.



Chataqua Airlines Embrear 145. On the schedule, but will it stay that way?



At 9.55 the doors where closed, and the manual safety demonstration commenced. however we waited almost 30 minutes before we pushed back. Hmmm.. later on I discovered on Delta.com that the actual departure was stated as 9 mins early instead of 25 minutes late.. Great way to improve the on-time figures. Finally at 10.25 pushback commenced. Who says Amsterdam is the only place with an RJ-farm?

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Taxi was very short since we where airborne on runway 31 at 10.29. Who needs any form of IFE when you have the roar of the MD?



Over the Bronx I believe



Over New Jersey to continue our Southbound route to Atlanta



Soon at our cruising altitude of 34000 feet!



Somewhere above Pennsylvania



Engine of N919DE



legroom was standard for Economy on this short flight



The only form of entertainment for a few USDs (unless you are an A.netter of course)

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Cabin shot of N919DE during a quick pit stop. Full flight to Atlanta today..



Soon it was 11.25 and the service started in the Economy/Economy comfort cabins. Service was a bit on the slow side however. In the meanwhile we were reaching the Appalachan foothills in Virginia.



At 11.45 the cart reached my seat and was offered the choice between "cookies" or "peanuts". I went for Delta's signature biscoff cookies. It smelled, it looked and it tasted very familiar to something similar in Belgium.


Given the small size of the snack I found that 20+ minutes to serve an Economy cabin was a bit on the slow side...

Around noon our decent started towards Atlanta Hartsfield international airport somewhere above the Carolinas.

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As pretty common on US carriers the seat belt sign came on very quickly and way above 10 000feet. Is there any reason why the US carriers only switch the seat belt off when they reach cruising altitude while the Euro carriers do it immediately when reaching 10 000 feet. In the meanwhile we where approaching 10 000 feet and above the Georgia countryside. Isn't this a great view. Wing, engine and a clear sky. What more can you want?



Nearing ATL!



Parallel approach with an Airtran Boeing 737-700



Downtown Atlanta in sight



Meaning that we are on final Approach on runway 27L in Atlanta.



At 12:21 we touched down on Atlanta's 27L using full reverse, quite noisy when you are seated next to the engine.



Yes sir!



The 2 major players here in Atlanta in front of each other.


Airtran, soon to be no longer sight...



Southwest, soon to be a very familiar sight in Atlanta.



Passing the end of the D-concourse where multiple regional jets where awaiting. Are you going to take me to Columbia soon?



Next mission of N919DE, Delta flight 1862 to New Orleans in just over an hour!



At 12:31 we arrived at gate B31, Thanks to Delta's well padded schedule we departed nearly a half an hour late in New York and still arrived on time.



N907DL, one of the very few Maddogs here on the ground.



My luggage being offloaded, always nice to see it was on board with you.


The crew was quite senior as they were used to working routes such as Brussels, Dubai,... They thanked me for the chocolates and flying Delta. On the way out I was allowed to make one more picture up front of this workhorse.



At 12:40 I was inside the world's busiest airport!


Transfer time in Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport



I had about 50 minutes before my next flight would start boarding. Delta Connection 5422 is still bound to leave from the D-concourse. As most concourses in Atlanta the B concourse was pretty crowded with a narrow corridor.



Smart looking A319.



Our CRJ has already arrived at gate D39.



Having just missed the train I decided to walk to concourse C- before reboarding the train on to concourse D. Quite interesting stuff in the walkway.



I'm quite surprised that Delta is using Concourse D as well, as this is usually used for Airtran, Southwest and all other domestic non Skyteam airlines (with an exception of American Airlines and some United flights). But I guess they can do something with the old Northwest gates over here. On the way to the gate I passed the US Airways gates. An A319 bound for Charlotte as US1426 was at the gate waiting. Exactly the same flight I took last year.
Spectacular Southeastern Sunset Takeoff With US! (by MSS658 Jun 17 2012 in Trip Reports)



ARGHH!!!! You should have been operating the flight to Columbia!



At 13:10 I reached the end of the Concourse! It seems that Delta decided to fit a few more gates in where there used to be 2. It got quite crowded sometimes with a bunch of RJ departures around the 1330-1400 bank.

Too bad there where no windows around our gate so I decided to just stick around in the gate area until boarding began. Boarding for Delta Connection flight 5422 to Columbia began at 13.35. I was seated in zone 3. I don't understand how Delta manages to make up 3 seperate zones for a 50-seat plane... But so what. 10 minutes later Zone 3 was called and I was in the jetway towards our small CRJ.

21. Delta Connection/Expressjet flight DL 5422 from Atlanta to Columbia


Sunday, December 23 2012.
Atlanta (ATL/KATL) - Columbia (CAE/KCAE)
Delta Connection/Expressjet 5422
CRJ 200ER N917EV CN 7769 Economy Class 12A
Delivered to Atlantic Southeast Airlines on 26 March 2003 and delivered to Expressjet on 31 December 2011.
14.00-14.07 (Gate D39; wheels up on runway 27L at 14.18)
14.59-14.57 (Gate 8; wheels down on runway 29 at 14.59)
Announced flying time: 37minutes
Cruising Altitude: FL240
Load factor: 100% in Y
Routing:
MUNSN6-MUNSN-CAE

Personal statistics
176th flight registered
20th flight in 2012
1st flight on Delta Connection/Expressjet
8th flight on the CRJseries
4th flight on the CRJ-200
1st flight on N917EV


Movies made onboard DL 5422 from Atlanta to Columbia
Taking off in Atlanta:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPFAJkWHDxM

Inflight:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yId1tbld3CI

landing into Columbia:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my2i2M_YjcE

Halfway the jetway I dropped my handluggage of on a cart that was mounted outside the jetway. Something new, it is usefull and looks timesaving. Once onboard I was greeted by the sole F/A and was soon thanked for the chocolate box. My neighbour, a rather large man was already seated in the window seat. After notifying him that's my seat he moved to the aisle. Seating was a bit cramped, giving the size of my neighbour it did not help it neither. Next door another CRJ 200 "N879AS" belonging to Atlantic Southeast Airlines.



Not so long after the doors were closed and the F/A did a manual saftey demo. Like on the flight from New York, we did have to wait a few minutes before push. 14.07 we where underway again. Another view I can't get used to is the A330 in Delta colors, N821NW preparing for flight DL 604 to Amsterdam and on to Mumbai.



N182DN arriving from on or another European destination.



My first time in Atlanta since the opening of the new F-concourse.



Since when does Air Jamaica come back to ATL?



at 14:18 the small engines of N917EV spooled up and we where soon back in the air. As usual on those CRJ's legroom is pretty bad!



Parallell with the I-20 moterway (So I believe)



And soon back over the countryside.



Due to the "short" flight time the F/A announced she would not be doing a service. Hmmm.. I still find 40 minutes enough to do one.. Or maybe I'm just being spoilt by flying all kinds of Euro carriers the last year. As expected no form of IFE neither, except for my camera. Hmm.. great angle from the last row.



Seems like an overcasted afternoon today!



Seat is showing some signs of age I propose.



Cabin shot of our full Canadair Regional Jet



Another thing I just don't like about these aircrafts are the ultra-low windows.



At 14:35 our decent started into the Columbia area.



Overflying the Columbia airport.



Soon the flight attendant came to do her last inspection, well actually it was the first time she was seen in the cabin... Made an announcement that laptops, ipads,... where not allowed at all in the seatbacks. Something new maybe? Downwind leg.



Final Approach!


At 14:51 we landed safely in Columbia, after a very short taxi we came to halt at gate 8. Besides N567RP, A chataqua airlines Embrear that arrived earlier from New York Laguardia as DL 6123.



On final position.



Soon the cabin emptied, allowing me to make a better cabin shot.



After thanking the crew I went towards the terminal. But first I picked up my handbag from the trolley waiting at the beginning of the jetway (just like in ATL)


At 15.06 I was inside the terminal.


Arrival in Columbia Metropolitan Airport



Soon as I deboarded I found a place Where I could at least make one pic of N917EV which was being prepared as the continuation of Delta Connection 5422 from Columbia to Atlanta (DL 5422 does an ATL-CAE-ATL rotation).



Unlike New York and Atlanta, Columbia was pretty quiet but you could still feel the christmas atmosphere.



What I don't get about the USA that the smaller regional airports are more top notch in amenities than most large airports. Waiting area in the arrivals hall is been pictured here.



FIAS.



Feels more like a resort than an airport



Arrivals hall!



Soon I went to claim my rental car by national. Apparently I got an upgrade in car due to non available. I gladly excepted that compensation. Yes this is really an airport?



Still not one or another exclusive resort.



Soon I found my new home in the parking lot. A Dodge charger that only had a couple of thousand miles on it, quite nice.



The flight deck, could get used to this cockpit.

Post-flight


By 1540 I was underway for a two hour drive towards Anderson, SC where I arrived just before nightfall. The next few days I spended time in Anderson, I want go too much in detail but for the ones who want too see Anderson, please look at my report that I wrote last year.
Spectacular Southeastern Sunset Takeoff With US! (by MSS658 Jun 17 2012 in Trip Reports)

The end of that week I went to Columbia for a very fun wedding of my cousin. Great seeing back some family members that I haven't seen among the years. At the last day of my stay I had some time to explore the city of Columbia. Pretty sleepy for a US city on Sunday afternoon. But I suppose most people spend their times in the malls and restuarants in the suburbs.





Overall verdict



It has been a while that I've flown Delta Air Lines. Delta is an airline like most major US carrier that doesn't have all the glitter and glamour. However I found that Delta does do an effort to make the overal experience a bit more pleasant. From a very user-friendly booking site, to an easy check in, too good airport facilities, cheery, friendly and helpful staff. Some aircraft do have AVOD and free wifi as well. The only downside was the lack of service on my leg to Columbia, 40 minutes is more than sufficient to do a service round.

New York Laguardia's airport is very business oriented with the Ipads in the gate area's.
Columbia airport was a nice and relaxing airport as well with quite a bit of natural lights. The Rocking chairs, palm trees and the little ponds make it more like a beach resort hotel instead of an airport.

As for my DC9-mission, too bad it did not work out as planned. But I'm still happy I got to log the aircraft back in 2006 in the Northwest colours

Overall Remarks.



Delta Air Lines 1847 from New York LGA to Atlanta:



Departure: 70% (Nice, clean, work stations. Quite crowded )
Aircraft cleanliness : 60% (Nice and maintained, however a broken armrest. The leather seats where well used.)
Seat Comfort: 70% (Standard legroom, seat with very narrow)
Crew: 70% (Friendly but a bit slow in their service)
IFE: 80% (wifi)
Catering: 80% (multiple choices between Cookies, Pretzels and peanuts)
Arrival: 80% (Connection info at gate, well signed transfer.)

Total score = 73%

Delta Connection/Expressjet 5422 from Atlanta to Columbia:



Departure: 70% (Crowded)
Aircraft cleanliness : 60% (Aged)
Seat Comfort: 70% (Cramped, did like the headrests.)
Crew: 80% (Friendly)
Catering: 60% (None.)
Arrival: 90% (Easy,fast and a very calm atmosphere)

Total score = 72%


How did today's flight compare


1. Delta Air Lines 1847 on 23/DEC/2012 = 73 %
S. Haul Economy on Delta Air lines Average = 73% (28th place of 40 in the category)
New York LGA average = 70% (34th place of the 52 in the category)
Atlanta average = 75% (16th place of the 52 in the category)
MD-88 average = 72% (29th place of the 39 in the category)

2. Delta Connection/Expressjet on 23/DEC/2012 = 72 %
S. Haul Economy on Delta Connection/Expressjet Average = 72% (31th place of 40 in the category)
Atlanta average = 75% (16th place of the 52 in the category)
Columbia average = 90% (4th place of the 52 in the category)
CRJ-200 average = 73% (25th place of the 39 in the category)
As a bonus I would like to give a list of regs I spotted in New York LGA, Atlanta and Columbia

New York Laguardia airport
N351NW
N336UW
N575RP
N919DE
N376CA
N374CA
N909DE
N6702
N675DL
N567RP
N904DE

Atlanta airport
N919DE
N130DL
N326NW
N988AT
N280AT
N837AS
N825AS
N920EV
N398CA
N921EV
N340AT
N901DL
N911DA
N915DE
N879AS
N8495B
N922EV
N840MH
N931EV
N840AS
N942EV
N821NW
N144DL
N182DN
N6704Z
N181DN
N177DN
N917EV

Columbia Metropolitan airport
N567RP
N917EV

Total facts in this trip report
1 New Airport (Columbia)
2 New registrations (N919DE, N917EV)

Total facts in the series (report 2 of 3)
1 New Airport (Columbia)
3 New registrations (OO-SFN, N919DE, N917EV)

Thanks for reading and viewing this trip report, I hope you enjoyed reading it. As usual, comments and feedback are always welcome

Stay tuned for my next trip report:
New Year 2013; A Delta and Brussels tale.

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Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
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User currently offlinedirktraveller From Singapore, joined Jan 2011, 494 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 9563 times:

Hi Marc,

Great report as usual. Delta seems to offer a decent product for a domestic US Economy Class.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
While not to happy at all about the fact of losing my DC9 flight I could still live with this change as the CRJ 700 was a new type in the log (While I had already logged the DC9-50 with Northwest back in 2006).

Its always sad to have a change in itinerary that causes you to missed your chance to fly on a specific equipment, but since you have flown DC-9 before, it should not be a big disappointment, especially if you got to add a new type into your log  
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
They thanked me for the chocolates and flying Delta. On the way out I was allowed to make one more picture up front of this workhorse.

Really nice that you got the opportunity to snap a picture on the flight deck!  

Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
Dirktraveller


User currently offlineLYSflyer From France, joined May 2013, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 9384 times:

Hi!

Thank you for this very nice TR! Nice photos. Bad luck about equipment change, I hate that!

Regards


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 9192 times:

All my thoughts go to you Grand mum, may she rest in peace!

That said, this a great TR as usual about domestic hops as usual

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
It was nice to be flying my most flown airline again since

How do you like an airline that plays with your nerves by changing so many times the equipment?  
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Another interesting fact is that in all my years of transatlantic travels I only had one sole flight on a Belgian carrier. Back in 1998 I flew on a Sabena A340 from Brussels to Atlanta. Just another reason that builded up to this itinerary.

Excellent idea,   .

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I packed and I checked out at around 6.15 well in time for my 6.30 shuttle who actually came in a bit earlier.

Is this shuttle complimentary?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I was offered a payment to be rebooked on another flight in case one of the 2 where overbooked. However with no alternative given I refused the offer!

Hmm interesting but, how does it works? Can any passenger be entitled to it?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
later on I discovered on Delta.com that the actual departure was stated as 9 mins early instead of 25 minutes late.. Great way to improve the on-time figures.

You are right indeed! LOL

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Cabin shot of N919DE during a quick pit stop. Full flight to Atlanta today..

Do you know the use of the "box" located overhead in the middle left exit row?

Thanks for sharing this new episode

looking forward to reading you











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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5005 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 9192 times:

Hi, M.,

good to follow you´re DL story, well done.
And believe me, this DC-9 way happened to me not only once.
And it is not counted here till now.
Great pictures from you´re travels, really detailed about the airports.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9006 times:

Hi Marc!

Nice to read about another of your trips to the US! DL looks good on your flights! Pity about the A/C changes!
Agree with you on the CR2. Not comfortable at all, I also had a large neighbour on one of my CR2 flights, not fun at all. But I still like the look of the aircraft!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
was overbooked

It feels like overbooking is very common on domestic flights in the US?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
t Delta removed the rear galley near the third emergency exit. In

It looks quit strange in your cabin picture without the third galley!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Who needs any form of IFE when you have the roar of the MD?

I agree with you, love the sound of the MD. Never get tired of that!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
US carriers the seat belt sign came on very quickly and way above 10 000feet.

I also noticed that, don´t really know the reason and when it comes to EU carriers it feels like some turns off the seat-belt sign below 10 000 feet

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Due to the "short" flight time the F/A announced she would not be doing a service

Strange, she would have time to serve 50 pax a drink in 10 min or so. Read many reports here with the same experience like you on flights in the US shorter then 1 h. Then I was very surprised when I flew between SEA-PDX on the EMB120. It was a 45-min flight and we were served a drink. Didn´t expected anything!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Still not one or another exclusive resort.

That looks nice!

Thanks again for the report Marc!

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6402 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (9 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8979 times:

Hi Marc !

Thanks for another great report with great pictures !

I'm a bit surprised you took SuperShuttle when you can just take the Subway or just a regular airport bus from many locations in Manhattan. But if you have more than one bag to check, then it makes sense.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I was greeted by a friendly F/A who directed me towards the back. I still don't get the added value of zone boarding as I had to wait several times, heck even more than on my Brussels Airlines flights where it was free boarding for all. Off course it was added by the American way of making multiple announcements how to stow the bags and to take your seat immediately for an on-time departure.

It would be much MORE messed up without zone boarding.....trust me, I do this every day. As for the announcements about bags, we could easily ended up checking 30 bags at the gate on a LAX-IAH/IAD/ORD flight.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
At 9.55 the doors where closed, and the manual safety demonstration commenced. however we waited almost 30 minutes before we pushed back. Hmmm.. later on I discovered on Delta.com that the actual departure was stated as 9 mins early instead of 25 minutes late.. Great way to improve the on-time figures.

It's usually measured by brake release which means the plane shows out although it still sits there for a while as long as brakes are released. They are just waiting for traffic/ATC.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Cabin shot of N919DE during a quick pit stop

Different with a 3-2 configuration rather than a 2-3. I think DL is the only carrier with the 3-2 configuration.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):

As pretty common on US carriers the seat belt sign came on very quickly and way above 10 000feet. Is there any reason why the US carriers only switch the seat belt off when they reach cruising altitude while the Euro carriers do it immediately when reaching 10 000 feet.

FAA requirement. Seat belt sign is on until at least 17 000 feet and that's when you hear the double chimes. Most of the flights in the US are farther to the south than most flights in Europe and the air tends to be warmer farther south and therefore more unstable.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Soon I found my new home in the parking lot. A Dodge charger that only had a couple of thousand miles on it, quite nice.

Nice to get a bigger car but it also takes more gas. I remember renting a compact car in SFO a few years ago and the only cars left were SUVs since people preferred the cars with low gas mileage.

DL looks okay here and too bad you missed out on the DC-9-50 but at least you have flown on one before. My only DC-9-50 flight was with TW JFK-DCA in May 1993.

The airport in CAE looks very nice.

Looking forward to your next report

The777Man



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 909 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7799 times:

Nice report as always Marc! Delta seemed to do a good performance as always. Of all the US carriers I prefer them the most - to bad about their schedules changes all the time though! Columbia looks like a nice airport indeed!

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6639 posts, RR: 78
Reply 8, posted (9 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7532 times:

Hi Marc,

interesting report about your DL trip. Bad to hear about the equipment changes, but those frequently happen. It was much easier to get on a DC-9 in the NWA era.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
When opening the seatmap I found that the configuration has been replaced by a 3-2 configuration meaning that an MD-88 would be operating my flight to Atlanta. I did not mind that at all as it's quite hard to catch those Maddogs, I quickly selected seat 34E right next to the engine.

Well, there are still 117 frames in services.


PH



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (9 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7450 times:

Goodmorning to all:

Hi Dirktraveller

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 1):
Hi Marc,

Great report as usual. Delta seems to offer a decent product for a domestic US Economy Class.

Thanks, glad you liked it.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 1):
ts always sad to have a change in itinerary that causes you to missed your chance to fly on a specific equipment, but since you have flown DC-9 before, it should not be a big disappointment, especially if you got to add a new type into your log

Yea, thankfully I did the DC9 once in 2006

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 1):
Really nice that you got the opportunity to snap a picture on the flight deck!

Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
Dirktraveller

Thanks!

Hi LYSflyer:

Quoting LYSflyer (Reply 2):
Hi!

Thank you for this very nice TR! Nice photos. Bad luck about equipment change, I hate that!

Regards

Thanks, yea stuff happens sometimes...

Hi Leo:

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
All my thoughts go to you Grand mum, may she rest in peace!

That said, this a great TR as usual about domestic hops as usual

Thanks! I'm glad you liked my TR!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
How do you like an airline that plays with your nerves by changing so many times the equipment?

If several equip changes have been in my advantage as well  
Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
Excellent idea, .

 
Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
Is this shuttle complimentary?

Nop, even the breakfast in that hotel wasn't complimentary.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
Hmm interesting but, how does it works? Can any passenger be entitled to it?

Wondering the same.. Doesn't make sense If they don't give you an alternative

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
Do you know the use of the "box" located overhead in the middle left exit row?

Thanks for sharing this new episode

looking forward to reading you











Looking forward to reading more TR from you

The box used to be a galley.
Stay tuned 

Hi Patron87

Quoting parton87 (Reply 5):
Hi Marc!

Nice to read about another of your trips to the US! DL looks good on your flights! Pity about the A/C changes!
Agree with you on the CR2. Not comfortable at all, I also had a large neighbour on one of my CR2 flights, not fun at all. But I still like the look of the aircraft!

Thanks, glad you liked it. CR2 is a horrid plane....

Quoting parton87 (Reply 5):
It feels like overbooking is very common on domestic flights in the US?

It has indeed more hapenned in the US

Quoting parton87 (Reply 5):
It looks quit strange in your cabin picture without the third galley!

Indeed!

Quoting parton87 (Reply 5):
I agree with you, love the sound of the MD. Never get tired of that!

Best IFE in the air.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 5):
Strange, she would have time to serve 50 pax a drink in 10 min or so. Read many reports here with the same experience like you on flights in the US shorter then 1 h. Then I was very surprised when I flew between SEA-PDX on the EMB120. It was a 45-min flight and we were served a drink. Didn´t expected anything!

I had a similar story on a CLT-ATL leg on a CRJ in 2011. Funny enough the return was on an A319 and we did get service.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 5):
That looks nice!

Thanks again for the report Marc!

Greetings
Robert

My pleasure

Hi Markus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Hi, M.,

good to follow you´re DL story, well done.
And believe me, this DC-9 way happened to me not only once.
And it is not counted here till now.
Great pictures from you´re travels, really detailed about the airports.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. We should try to hunt the DC9 before it leaves

Hi Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
Hi Marc !

Thanks for another great report with great pictures

My pleasure, glad you liked it.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
I'm a bit surprised you took SuperShuttle when you can just take the Subway or just a regular airport bus from many locations in Manhattan. But if you have more than one bag to check, then it makes sense.

Had quite some luggage, otherwise I woud have taken public transport.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
As for the announcements about bags, we could easily ended up checking 30 bags at the gate on a LAX-IAH/IAD/ORD flight.

I suppose due to the larger carryons people bring on compared to the Eurohops.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
It's usually measured by brake release which means the plane shows out although it still sits there for a while as long as brakes are released. They are just waiting for traffic/ATC.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
FAA requirement. Seat belt sign is on until at least 17 000 feet and that's when you hear the double chimes. Most of the flights in the US are farther to the south than most flights in Europe and the air tends to be warmer farther south and therefore more unstable.

Thanks for the insight man  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
Nice to get a bigger car but it also takes more gas. I remember renting a compact car in SFO a few years ago and the only cars left were SUVs since people preferred the cars with low gas mileage.

Funny enough gas was still cheaper than in Belgium (heck a full thank in the charger only costed 70% of what I pay to fill a prius in Belgium)

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
The airport in CAE looks very nice.

It does  

Hi Robert:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 7):
Nice report as always Marc! Delta seemed to do a good performance as always. Of all the US carriers I prefer them the most - to bad about their schedules changes all the time though! Columbia looks like a nice airport indeed!

Thanks  

Hi PH

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
interesting report about your DL trip. Bad to hear about the equipment changes, but those frequently happen. It was much easier to get on a DC-9 in the NWA era.

Thanks, glad you liked it.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Well, there are still 117 frames in services.

Glad to have it secured anyway  

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1110 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (9 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7236 times:
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Hi Marc,

Nice report on your 2 Delta domestic flights. I find Delta's service to be solid and better than the other "legacy" carriers flying around the US. The only downside is the equipment changes, shame to see you missed out on the DC9, nevertheless catching a Mad Dog is pretty nice too  
Columbia looks like a nice small airport!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
"Super Shuttle" the ones that took care of my transportation to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Used the super shuttle myself to get from HOU to IAH back in November.. A bit pricey if you ask me..

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Like most US carriers you have to pay nowadays the 25 USD bribe for checking in your bags on domestic flights

Long live status 
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
As most flights to Atlanta, Delta 1847 leaves from Concourse D So far it's still on time!

Went through LGA last summer, that DL flight to Caracas looks pretty interesting..

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I was greeted by a friendly F/A who directed me towards the back. I still don't get the added value of zone boarding as I had to wait several times

Wel Sky Priority passengers and zone 1 are all status passengers which are seated throughout the aircraft hence you having to wait a couple times.. Zone 1 is also all ecnonomy comfort passengers..

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Hmm.. some of the CRJs get parked at the gates as well?

Yes, happens a lot at airports in the US..

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
At 9.55 the doors where closed, and the manual safety demonstration commenced. however we waited almost 30 minutes before we pushed back

Probably due to ATC clearance.. LGA is busy but not all too big.. Shame the pilot didn't keep you updated though..

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Who says Amsterdam is the only place with an RJ-farm?

We still have a fokker farm 
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Parallel approach with an Airtran Boeing 737-700

That's what I like about ATL!

Thanks for another nice report and looking forward to the next one!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1881 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (9 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6794 times:
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Great report, MSS658!

I really like your views from inside LGA. I haven't been there in a while with Delta, and I've yet to see the expanded section into the US Airways terminal, so it was nice to see your photos.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Due to the "short" flight time the F/A announced she would not be doing a service. Hmmm.. I still find 40 minutes enough to do one.. Or maybe I'm just being spoilt by flying all kinds of Euro carriers the last year. As expected no form of IFE neither, except for my camera. Hmm.. great angle from the last row.

This is something I think that is up to the crew on the flight. On a short 30 minute segment from PSC-SEA and SEA-RDM with Horizon Air two weeks ago, drinks were served along with a snack. But, on a flight from Asheville, NC to ATL two years ago, there was no service on a 40 minute flight ; I think it all depends on who you get.

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1824 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 6671 times:

Thanks for the nice report! Bummer about that DC-9. At least you flew it with NW.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Columbia airport was a nice and relaxing airport as well with quite a bit of natural lights. The Rocking chairs, palm trees and the little ponds make it more like a beach resort hotel instead of an airport.

CAE is a great little airport. Blows the larger airports of the water. It might be the place where I met the nicest TSA agent I've ever run into as well. My family connection has moved from Columbia though, so I doubt I'll ever go to CAE again.


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 6540 times:

Hello Brendan

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 10):
Hi Marc,

Nice report on your 2 Delta domestic flights. I find Delta's service to be solid and better than the other "legacy" carriers flying around the US. The only downside is the equipment changes, shame to see you missed out on the DC9, nevertheless catching a Mad Dog is pretty nice too
Columbia looks like a nice small airport!

Thanks, too bad about the equipment swap indeed!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 10):
Used the super shuttle myself to get from HOU to IAH back in November.. A bit pricey if you ask me..

Guess it depends from city to city

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 10):
Wel Sky Priority passengers and zone 1 are all status passengers which are seated throughout the aircraft hence you having to wait a couple times.. Zone 1 is also all ecnonomy comfort passengers..

Thanks!


Hi Matthew

Quoting 767747 (Reply 11):
Great report, MSS658!

I really like your views from inside LGA. I haven't been there in a while with Delta, and I've yet to see the expanded section into the US Airways terminal, so it was nice to see your photos.

Thanks, glad you liked it.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 11):
This is something I think that is up to the crew on the flight. On a short 30 minute segment from PSC-SEA and SEA-RDM with Horizon Air two weeks ago, drinks were served along with a snack. But, on a flight from Asheville, NC to ATL two years ago, there was no service on a 40 minute flight ; I think it all depends on who you get.

heard that a few times. I dit get a service as well on multiple CLT-DCA, CLT-ATL, CVG-GSP legs before

hi MSPNWA

Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 12):
Thanks for the nice report! Bummer about that DC-9. At least you flew it with NW.

Thanks!

Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 12):
CAE is a great little airport. Blows the larger airports of the water. It might be the place where I met the nicest TSA agent I've ever run into as well. My family connection has moved from Columbia though, so I doubt I'll ever go to CAE again.

Don't forget GSP just op the road, same story.


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26482 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6477 times:

Hey Marc  

Great report and pics. Nice to see DL still offered a decent product. Shame about the AC change but glad you logged a new type  

Looking forward to your next report.

Regards

Philip  



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User currently offlinejetjeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1429 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6347 times:

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Reply 16, posted (9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6291 times:
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Quoting 767747 (Reply 11):

Indeed, I've had drink and snack services om my MD-88 and CRJ-200s between ATL and MYR.

Also, not DL, but I have had drink services on my mainline flights between CLT and MYR (30 minutes each, mostly around 25 minutes to be exact), but not the RJs.



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 611 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (9 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6119 times:

Hey Marc. It seems like you had a nice couple of flights on your way down south.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I was thanked with a "God bless you".

Hm, I wonder whether the crew was from down South or not .

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Soon I found my new home in the parking lot. A Dodge charger that only had a couple of thousand miles on it, quite nice.

How was the gas mileage on this bad boy? I love "upgrades" on car rentals but I'm not happy when what I'm offered is a gas-guzzler...

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
As for my DC9-mission, too bad it did not work out as planned. But I'm still happy I got to log the aircraft back in 2006 in the Northwest colours

I'm sorry you missed the DC-9 but given that you have flown it before then it shouldn't be as big of a deal.  .

Thanks for the nice read,

Stojan



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1148 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5809 times:

Hi Marc, too bad about missing the DC9. I know how annoying those last minute subs can be!

DL don't look to bad really in comparison to AA who I travelled with earlier this year. Although domestic US flying seems like a bot of a chore compared to flying in Europe.

Looking forward to further parts.



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (9 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5761 times:

Hello to all

Hi Philp

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Hey Marc

Great report and pics. Nice to see DL still offered a decent product. Shame about the AC change but glad you logged a new type

Looking forward to your next report.

Regards

Philip

Thanks, glad you liked it.

Hi Stojan:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 17):
Hey Marc. It seems like you had a nice couple of flights on your way down south.

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 17):
Hm, I wonder whether the crew was from down South or not .

hmmm.... deep doughts  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 17):
How was the gas mileage on this bad boy? I love "upgrades" on car rentals but I'm not happy when what I'm offered is a gas-guzzler...

Actually the only had to fill it up once.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 17):

I'm sorry you missed the DC-9 but given that you have flown it before then it shouldn't be as big of a deal. .

Thanks for the nice read,

Stojan

Indeed.

Hi James:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 18):
Hi Marc, too bad about missing the DC9. I know how annoying those last minute subs can be!

DL don't look to bad really in comparison to AA who I travelled with earlier this year. Although domestic US flying seems like a bot of a chore compared to flying in Europe.

Looking forward to further parts.

Thanks, glad you liked it. DL is indeed one of the better US carriers.

Quoting jetjeanes (Reply 15):
Air Jamacia..I havent seen one around in a while

Haha, same here  

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1570 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (8 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4854 times:
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Hi Marc,

Another one of your nice and detailed US travel stories. I'm sorry to hear you missed out on that DC-9 though  And where are the pics of you performing at your cousins wedding 

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Another extra feature you get is an Ipad you get to use for online activities.

Just like that, no fee?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Airtran, soon to be no longer sight...

Another one down the drain?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
On the way out I was allowed to make one more picture up front of this workhorse.

What a great looking classic flightdeck!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Another thing I just don't like about these aircrafts are the ultra-low windows.

Me neither although I found those in the CRJ-200 way better than the nasty F50 ones.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Soon I found my new home in the parking lot. A Dodge charger that only had a couple of thousand miles on it, quite nice.

Certainly beats a Prius   

Sultanils



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4256 times:

Hello Nils
Sorry for my late reply

Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
Hi Marc,

Another one of your nice and detailed US travel stories. I'm sorry to hear you missed out on that DC-9 though And where are the pics of you performing at your cousins wedding

Thanks, You don't want to hear me singing! I can preform otherwise in ZRH in oct.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
Just like that, no fee?

Yes, Indeed!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
What a great looking classic flightdeck!

Always a nice change to the average A320

Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
Me neither although I found those in the CRJ-200 way better than the nasty F50 ones.

Personally can't agree here.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
Certainly beats a Prius

Sultanils

But I do agree here  


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User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3020 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (8 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4203 times:

Nice report Marc - shame you missed the DC9 though. Next time!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
US Airways Express/Piedmont Airlines 4404 from Philadelphia (Dash 8-100 N944HA)

I flew N943HA PHL-LGA a few years ago. Nice flight on a tiny plane!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Another thing I noticed since my last Maddog flight in 2009 is that Delta removed the rear galley near the third emergency exit. Instead, there are more seats added.

Makes sense. Given how little on offer nowadays, no point having this second galley. It did make the rear cabin quite cozy though.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Due to the "short" flight time the F/A announced she would not be doing a service. Hmmm.. I still find 40 minutes enough to do one.. Or maybe I'm just being spoilt by flying all kinds of Euro carriers the last year. As expected no form of IFE neither, except for my camera. Hmm.. great angle from the last row.

Very poor. I wonder if DL reccommends the FAs do this to save on drinks costs? 40 mins is plenty of time to serve 50 people a quick drink. Not a bad job if you are still paid to just sit there rather than work.



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Reply 23, posted (8 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4162 times:
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Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Wondering the same.. Doesn't make sense If they don't give you an alternative

It puts you on the list. At the gate, the gate agent will then page up those passengers who volunteered at check in and look for available options. If they don't find enough people from kiosk volunteering, they will make the generic announcements in the gate area.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Next door another CRJ 200 "N879AS" belonging to Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

ASA and Expressjet is one and the same now. They merged a couple of years ago.



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3946 times:

Hi Gabriel:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 22):
Nice report Marc - shame you missed the DC9 though. Next time!

Thanks! Too bad indeed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 22):
I flew N943HA PHL-LGA a few years ago. Nice flight on a tiny plane!

Great to know,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 22):
Makes sense. Given how little on offer nowadays, no point having this second galley. It did make the rear cabin quite cozy though.

That's a fact.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 22):
Very poor. I wonder if DL reccommends the FAs do this to save on drinks costs? 40 mins is plenty of time to serve 50 people a quick drink. Not a bad job if you are still paid to just sit there rather than work.

Have had similar stories on US before as well.

Hi KaiGywer

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 23):
It puts you on the list. At the gate, the gate agent will then page up those passengers who volunteered at check in and look for available options. If they don't find enough people from kiosk volunteering, they will make the generic announcements in the gate area.
Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 23):
ASA and Expressjet is one and the same now. They merged a couple of years ago.

Good to know, thanks!


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
25 redtailsforever : Great trip report. I think you gave the best picture perspectives of the crj, that i' ve seen. That shot really shows how low that window is.
26 MSS658 : Hi redtailsforever Thanks! Yea... don't like the CRJs at all.. Greetings Marc
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