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New Year 2013! A Delta And SN Tale!  
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Posted (11 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 8662 times:

New Year 2013! A Delta and SN tale!!






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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:


Failed Delta Douglas 9 Trip! (by MSS658 Jul 8 2013 in Trip Reports)
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.

PART III


Mid-August 2012, With my USA roundtrip almost complete I still needed a way to get back home. This part can be actually split in 2 parts. The first part consists of my way back to New York where I was looking for multiple options. First came along United Express via Washington Dulles to New York JFK, both on my beloved CRJ 200. It being almost the only good option I was almost planning on booking it but sometimes waiting another night can help a bit. The next morning Delta Air Lines had a fare for only 91 Euro's on it's direct flight from Columbia to New York Laguardia. The flight would arrive at 10.00 in LGA, well in time for my onward connection out of JFK. The flight would be operated by Chataqua Airlines Embrear 145,one of my favorite RJs. Not long after this flight was booked.
November 2012, When randomly checking my PNR's I noticed some changes. Apparently my Delta Connection flight from Columbia to New York LGA got cancelled and I was rebooked via Atlanta with a departure time that was more than an hour earlier than forseen and with a very narrow connection in Atlanta. The aircraft types where the exact same types as I would had in part II (CRJ200 to ATL and then the MD88 to LGA). However Delta has a rule incase that a schedule change is made of more than 60 minutes you are free to change it at no cost. I immediately started to search for better options. First I had my eyes on a flight via Atlanta to New York JFK with the Boeing 767-300ER in long haul configuration. However I found the timing to be a bit short so I decided to get another combination that departs more or less the same time as my original Itinerary and would get me into New York Laguardia just before 1300. More than enough time to make the connection. I would have another MD-88 to Atlanta and the Boeing 757-200 to LGA, A combo which satisfied me. The only thing I did not understand was that Delta contacts you for a small thing such as an aircraft change (which I probably was the only pax that really cared) but for a time change that was more than an hour I did not receive anything. hmm...
The second part of todays trip contains the return portion of my Brussels Airlines ticket that was used in part I. I would be taking SN502 from New York JFK to Brussels.

Pre-departure:


After a great stay in the USA it was time to head back home again. As said earlier in part II I was staying in one of the suburbs of Columbia where we had a special wedding rate in the Hilton inn Harbison. Great service and great room.

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Sunday December 30, it was time to move on and drop off my rental car. But first I checked into my hotel. Tonight I would be staying at the Days Inn near the airport. For the price I paid (35 EURs ) great value but If you just check out of a Hilton it is a pure downgrade  .



After dropping of my car I went to print my boarding passes for my flights to New York the next day. Interesting to know that the Delta Air Lines counter had already was closed before 16.00. On the other hand a bit logical as the last departure is at DL 5422 at 15.35, unlike last week it was operated by the CRJ 700. Next it was off to the city, nothing of open transportation so I had to pay a taxi both ways, too bad.. After a pleasant evening in downtown Columbia I reached the hotel and went to bed soon. For some Columbia pics see part II.

After a short night it was time to wake up and start my long journey that would take me back home. It was 5.00 now, just about the time Brussels Airlines 501 was due to depart Brussels to New York so I opened my planefinder app. SN501 wasn't visible yet so I decided to start my morning rituals. Just before leaving towards the airport I found out that OO-SFV would be performing to New York rotation this morning. At 6.00 I checked out and headed towards the airport of Columbia.

Leaving Columbia Metropolitan airport


After a small shuttle bus ride I went to the airport and dropped off my bags. It was pretty busy with the first bank of flights leaving between 7.00 and 8.30. Columbia is your average US regional airport all the major carriers regional partners with flights to and from their respective hubs throughout the eastern USA. Delta is the only carrier to fly mainline jets from Atlanta in here (correct me If I'm wrong on that).



Soon it was trough the busy security line, thankfully the line moved pretty soon. By 6.40 I was inside the secured area and could explore the morning traffic. Everything seems to be quiet on the US Airways Express/American Eagle side.



With the first flight to Atlanta closing and another one ready for boarding there was more "alive" in the Delta zone.



The Sun is rising, a new day has begun.


Soon as daylight started to fall I could see my plane parked at gate 9. Today N909DL had the honnors to operate my first leg to Atlanta today. Here is a bad shot of the airframe.

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At 7.15 Boarding started, since I was in zone 2 I was onboard at 7.25 of.

22. Delta Air Lines flight DL 0971 from Columbia to Atlanta


Monday, December 31 2012
Columbia (CAE/KCAE) - Atlanta (ATL/KATL)
Delta Air Lines 0971
McDonnelDouglas MD-88 (LN:1395), N909DL, Economy 34E
Delivered to Delta Air Lines on 29 December 1987
07.45-07.45 (Gate 9; wheels up on runway 29 at 08.12)
09.05-09.02 (Gate B31, wheels down on runway 28 at 08.48)
Announced flying time: 40minutes
Cruising Altitude: FL220
Load factor: 90% in Y
Routing:
KCAE-CAE-KANUK2

Personal statistics
177th flight registered
22th flight in 2012
31st flight on Delta Air Lines
7th flight on the MD-88 series
7th flight on the MD-88
1st flight on N909DL

Movies made onboard DL 0971 from Columbia to Atlanta

Taking off in Columbia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9649108jiQ

inflight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV8ocWwEpbQ

Landing in Atlanta:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztT9sKkp9TY


When boarding I was greeted by two mid-aged flight attendants. One of the flight attendants shouted with a "You where at cowboys yesterday, right!!". It seemed like the crew and I had had dinner in the same restaurant last night. What a greeting where we did had a laugh about. As usual the magical box appeared out of my bag. Like my New York LGA-Atlanta flight I had seat 34E on this flight as well. Great view at this hour.



Next door was a Chataqua Airlines Embrear 145 registered N571RP. I flew the same airframe between Cincinatti and Greenville/Spartanburg back in 2009. I wonder if I would have flown her again if my nonstop flight wouldn't be cancelled.



There where open seats on the plane, however I wasn't lucky enough to have one next to me. Legroom was standard but sufficient for this short leg to Atlanta.




United Express 5700 (CRJ 200-N828AS) bound for Chicago ORD being de-iced.

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Soon the doors were closed and we started our pushback from the gate where we waited a while. The captain came on telling us we had to wait to be de-iced. Soon the de-icing fun begun.



Unlike in Europe, most of the North American carriers do their own ground handeling across each US airport.



Just a few minutes after 8.00 we started to move and commenced our taxi to runway 29.



In the distance I could see a US Airways Express Dash 8-300 land, I took a flight on it in December 2010 from Greenville/Spartanburg to Charlotte. After a short taxi we where reaching the threshold of runway 29.
Propping Around The Upstate! (by MSS658 Aug 7 2011 in Trip Reports)




At 8.13 N909DL blasted off into the South Carolina clear winter skies.



Passing above the subdivision of the newweds  .



Keep climbing.



Turning towards Atlanta.



Soon we where at FL 220



As on my inbound flight to Columbia, there was no service on this flight neither. Thumbs down as there was more than enough time to carry at least one round. At least I had the engine view that I could enjoy. For the non A.netters onboard there was wifi as well.



Cruising over the Savannah River.



At 8.35 our descent started into the Atlanta area.



Our descent was rather quick.



Anyone knows the name of these mountains down here?



Flaps down please.



Downtown Atlanta/



Meaning that we will be landing soon.



At 8.48 we touched down on runway 28, Atlanta's farmost runway.



Welcome to Atlanta, or as one can say Deltaland!



But Airtran has something to say here as well.



Soon to be Southwest!



At 9.02 We came to a full halt at gate B31, the exact same gate where I arrived at when I was coming on Delta Air Lines 1847 from New York Laguardia a week prior. We where parked next to another MD-88.



On the way out I was allowed to take a peek inside the flight deck.







The room with the view!



The "gas" pedal :-p



I thanked the crew for everything and we had a quick chat about our plans for the day. The purser asked me if I needed any help on connecting from LGA to JFK. Thumbs up on this one. By 9.15 I was trough the jetway back in Atlanta.


Transfer time in Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport



As on my outbound journey I had 50 minutes until boarding was commenced for Delta Air Lines flight 1886 to New York Laguardia. Connecting passengers to destinations all over the United States and long haul connection. Can you spot it? Handy feature of Delta anyhow  .



N909DL awaiting her next mission as DL 1521 to Dayton.

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FIDS shows my next flight to be departing from gate T02, however I decide to go the other way to look at the F-concourse.

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Once in the F-concourse I was pretty much impressed by the open feeling compared to the other concourses.



N854NW (A330-200) resting out before it's next longhaul mission, the new Delta sheme looks good on the 330. But I still can't get used to seeing Delta A330s and A320s taxing around.



Another strange sight to me is the Boeing 747-400 in Delta colours, N645US is being prepared for flight DL 281 to Tokyo Narita at noon.



Wide and open spaces over here.



By now it was 9:45 and it was more than time to head up to the T-concourse where my next part of the adventure will take place. On the way down a quick snapshot of a Boeing 757 in skyteam colors.



After a long trainride I arrived at 10:00 at the T-concourse . For the ones who want to log the maddogs. Atlanta is the place to be.



The South terminal drop off area, I wonder how many times in my life I've been here before.



Soon I arrived at the gate where boarding hasn't commenced yet due to the late arrival of our crew. A quick peek outside of the window shows me that N666DN would secure my second leg of the day to New York LGA. Here she is just after her first mission from Detroit as DL 689
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Delta, Delta, Delta.... all you can see in Atlanta.



At 10:12 boarding commenced for flight Delta Air Lines 1886. Since I was in zone 3 I had to wait a little bit. At 10:29 I was onboard off.


23. Delta Air Lines flight DL 1886 from Atlanta to New York Laguardia


Monday, December 31 2012.
Atlanta (ATL/KATL) - New York LGA (LGA/KLGA)
Delta Air Lines 1886 (Westjet 6630)
Boeing 757-232 N666DN, LN 354 Economy Class 33A
Delivered to Delta Air Lines on 22 March 1991.
10.36-10.47 (Gate T01; wheels up on runway 27R at 11.02)
12.53-12.54 (Gate D01, Terminal DL ; wheels down on runway 22 at 12.48)
Announced flying time: 1hour37minutes
Cruising Altitude: FL 390
Load factor: 100% in Y
Routing:
VGAAA1-AHN-J208-HPW-J191-PXT-KORRY3-LGA
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Personal statistics
178th flight registered
22th flight in 2012
32nd flight on Delta Air Lines
7th flight on the Boeing 757 series
6th flight on the Boeing 757-200
1st flight on N666DN


Movies made onboard DL 1886 from Atlanta to New York LGA
Saftey video :
(intro) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT1OjRi6dGU
(video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noE1YzvfA08

Taking off in Atlanta:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6gD86CmMWs

Inflight:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y7sjTKoqgg

landing into New York LGA:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8SNq3nQX9U

Soon after boarding I distributed my chocolate box, the crew was once again very happy with it. After reaching my seat The aisle seat has already been taken by a woman in her 20s. We exchanged hello's before getting settled, seems like Delta is adding the winglets along the 757 fleet as well.

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Looks like Delta did some work on their 757's. Their older CRT screens have been replaced by newer LCD's.



Right before the boarding door was closed another man came and occupied 33B. Aah, there goes that open middle seat but what can we do about it. Soon the flight attedant came with a request to trade seats with a party of 3. 3 seperate aisle/middle seats where to trade for, suddenly the man next to me calls out "The three of us will change".... Wait, wait... I didn't say anything and I for sure did not want to change my window seat. So I refused the offer. Sorry but I don't think there is any reason another (strange) person should be taking decisions in my place. With that passed, we pushed back about 15 minutes behind schedule.



Giving away to the Airbus registred N364NB, I flew the same airframe back in 2006 from Memphis to Atlanta when still in service with Northwest.



In the meanwhile the saftey video started to play. It was my first time viewing the new saftey vid, personally I tought it was pretty nice. Underway we passed N173DZ at the A-concourse which was being prepared as Delta Air Lines flight 1364 to New York JFK, maybe next time!



Some more Airbus action.



And some colors between all the Delta action as well.

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At 11.02 We reached runway 27R and we blasted off once again into the Georgia skies.



Over the I-20 again.



Turning towards the North.



Bye Bye ATL! See you next time.

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Soon we where high in the sky again enroute to New York.



Soon the Inflight entertainment begun, some sitcoms where shown.



wifi was availible as well.

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Legroom was a bit on the tight side, While it was still acceptable for this shorter hop to New York, I would not want to travel on longer flights they deploy this version of the 757 on.



I just love that winglet.



Leveling off at FL 390 just over the Anderson, SC area.



Some traffic above North Carolina.
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at 11:30 the service started, as on my New York to Atlanta leg you had the choice between peanuts and cookies. There was a BOB round aswell, Delta is offering snack boxes for 6USD. Given that I had not eaten any proper breakfast and my next meal would be somewhere above the Atlantic I decided to purchase one of these. Non-alcoholic beverages are free, Some European carriers can definite learn from this.



The rest of the flight passed uneventful, there was a pretty thick cloud layer above the Northeastern part of the US as you can see.




At 12:15 our decent started in the New York area.


Overflying the PHL area.



Among the Pensylvanian shoreline.



Statue of Liberty could be seen.



Soon we were above Manhattan, I will let the pics do the talking from here on.







Over the Bronx.

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Spot the Target.



Turning on final.



At least one cabin shot of our fully loaded 757.



Flaps down please!



At 12:43 N666DN touched down on runway 22. We almost used the full runway length. Once on the ground our Purser mistakingly announces that we have landed in Atlanta, she never corrected herself. Wonder if she would have noticed it, Anyway welcome to the big apple!



Before reaching our gate we had to hold for several moments before we could be pulled in by tug. Anyone knows why? The CRJ farm was pretty calm.



At 12.54 we reached our gate and the seatbelt sign was turned off.

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Another cabin shot before deboarding.



Another flight deck visit was granted at the end of the flight.



Close up!



Had a small brief chat with the first officer about airliners.net and about the trip report, F.O R.S If you are reading it I hope you enjoyed it. By 13.05 I was in the Delta terminal of New York Laguardia.

Transferring in New York



Once back in the airport I took a picture of our aircraft being prepared for her return journey to Atlanta as Delta Air Lines 2247 at 14.00.



Since we where parked at gate D1 I asked if I could take one picture from a nearby restuarant. I thanked them for letting me and promised to dine there on my next visit to LGA.



Once Airside I did not have to wait long at all for my checked bags. Well Thank you Delta, Too bad I'm leaving NYC in just 3,5 hours from now.



Soon I got on the next available shuttle bus to JFK. By 13.30 we were on the road again.



After another stop at New Yorks LGAs main terminal we made a 15 minute drive to New York JFK. At 13:55 I could see B.Line 501 heavy taxing to it's gate, it was running a little bit late but there was no worries for a delayed departure. Terminal 1 was the first stop on the list.
Check in for Brussels Airlines 502 to Brussels was already in full progress. Note that there is quit a bit of cancelled flights of Lufthansa, Austrian, Aeroflot,...



Quite an "International" mix of carriers here. SN uses the same rows as Air China, Lufthansa and Austrian Airways.



Soon I joined the rather long check-in line, looks like even on New Years eve this route is going to have a healthy load. The beginning of the line was marked with a promotion of each cabin. B.economy for me today.



Terminal 3, while it is a masterpiece of a construction. It isn't a pleasure to be in there as a passenger at all.


After being checked-in my carry on bag was weighed as well which was just under 12 kilo's. This mainly because I was moving some stuff back to Belgium again. In the early days of Brussels Airlines' service the flights where still marked as Sabena. Thankfully 6 months later it has been adjusted.



Next stop was the TSA checkpoint, which went rather chaotic with construction works everywhere and people who where not so familiar with the procedure. Finally by 15.00 I was trough the checkpoint. I think Terminal 1 is quite a nice place with wide corridors, good spotting locations and interesting traffic.



Like this Saudi Boeing 777-300ER (H7-AKZ) bound for Jeddah as SV 20.



Or an Air France A330-200 (F-GZCM) being prepared for it's flight to Paris CDG as AF 23.

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China Eastern Airbus A340-600 B-6055 taxing out for her 15 our journey to Shanghai as MU 588.



Competitor Air China is being prepared to follow as CA 982 to Beijing. The Queen of the skies (B-2447) would have the honners. I wouldn't opt for Air China for a 12-hour flight. Why? just bare with me another few reports.



Next to our gate there was another A330 boarding registred D-AIKL. This A330 belonged to Lufthansa and was heading to Frankfurt as LH 401 tonight.



Royal Air Maroc 200 arriving from Casablanca.



Alitalia EI-ODH in full Skyteam colors resting out before het 18.00 departure to Rome as AZ609.



XA-MIA, an Aeomexico Boeing 737-800 as AM 403 to Mexico-city.



Brussels Airlines usually uses the farmost gate at Terminal 1. Today was no exception, the only downside is that you almost don't have any view of the terminal. Here is the only thing I could see of OO-SFV being prepared for my flight to Brussels.

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At this time it was 15.45, just a half an hour before boarding I decided to get me a (overpriced IMO) snack and a small drink and filled in some paperwork of today's journey to help my memory a bit when typing this trip report a few months later  .
At 16:10 boarding was called for B.Business and Star Alliance gold members. At 16:15 New York Time, 22:15 Brussels time all other passengers were called. Just a few moments later I was onboard of.

[Edited 2013-08-04 15:02:26]


Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (11 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 8662 times:

24. Brussels Airlines flight SN 0502 from New York John F. Kennedy to Brussels


Monday, December 31 2012
New York JFK (JFK/KJFK) - Brussels (BRU/EBBR)
Brussels Airlines 0502 (United Airlines 9928, Lufthansa 5621)
Airbus A330-321 "OO-SFV" "SN: 95" B.economy 40A
Delivered to LTU as D-AERJ on 4 May 1995 and transferred to Skyservice, Airtours, Garuda, My Travel Airways (C-FBUS) and Malaysian Airways (9M-MKR) before being transferred to Brussels Airlines on 29 June 2010.
17.15-16.58 (Gate 9; Terminal 1; Wheels up on runway 22R at 17.21)
06.40-05.57 (Gate B06; wheels down on runway 25L at 05.50)
Announced flying time: 6hrs20mins
Cruising Altitude: FL 380
Load factor: 90% in Y
Routing: BOSTON-LO6SU-49N50W-51N40W-53N30W-54N20W-DOGAL-KONAN-KOK-EBBR
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Personal statistics
179th registered flight
24th flight in 2012
7th flight on Brussels Airlines
8th flight on the Airbus A330 series
5th flight on the Airbus A330-300
1st flight on OO-SFV

Reccomended song for this long-haul journey: Craig Riley-Out of Africa


Videos related to SN 0502 from New York JFK to Brussels .
Safety video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcLSYaroU3M

Takeoff in New York JFK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSTYLjv1lLY

New Years announcement
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD7z8kfmxYo

Inflight:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GiJQn8cmXg

Landing in Brussels:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prS6LkDTrSQ

After passing trough the pretty long jetway I was welcomed on board my 2 middle aged Flight Attendants of each gender. After joking that seat 40A would be to the left I received a laugh and a good try. Soon I turned towards the right and was greeted by another flight attendant at the 3L/3R doors. Before settling me into my seat I gave the chocolate box in the back galley and received a big thank you. The view for tonight in the last rays of day.


Row 40 just before my seatmates arrived.


b.pillow.


b.headrest.


Soon two more flight attendants came to thank me for the box, in the meanwhile my seatmate has arrived, a father of a Spanish family in the middle block occupied seat 40B. b.welcome, well thank you Brussels Airlines (and Lufthansa).


F-HPJH just after completing Air France 006 Super from Paris Charles De Gaulle.


Soon the captain came online and announced the flying time to Brussels to be about 6hours and 20minutes. The doors were closed and the safety demo was played. 16.58 at JFK or 22.58 in Brussels, a full 20 minutes before our STD our pushback commenced. Suprised this was possible inside the European rush hour over here.


Will we pass Antartica?


Looks more like it.



Soon we commenced our taxi towards runway 22R via the jetblue hangers, etc...



After a few minutes in the line it was our turn. 17.21 US Eastern or 23.21 European central the pratt engines spooled up the throttles and my last flight of 2012 had commenced.



Turning over the ocean.


Back over long Island.



Soon we were at our cruising altitude on our way to Brussels.



Soon setteling into the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.




17.50 in New York, 23.50 in Belgium the carts where in the aisle for the first beverage round. About ten minutes later the captain came along that it was midnight in Brussels and whishing everybody on behalf of the crew a happy new Year. Soon the purser translated it in Dutch en French (except for the welcome speach that was in 3 languages, all the flight deck announcements where in English). The cabin applauded, soon the crew members went back to the galley to get some typical New York hats and glasses to continue the service. I personally found this very attending and definitely appropriate on a night such as these.


Tonight you could choose out of sparkling wine as well.



Somewhere over Nova Scotia.

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Cabin of OO-SFV, quite a bit of people flying on New Years eve.

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The complete flight will be in the dark, but thanks to nextview we have a view what we could have seen.



Total flight progress



18.50 in New York JFK, 0.50 in Brussels. 1,5 hour airborne and still about 5 hours to go prior to touchdown in Brussels dinner was served choices where chicken or fish. I opted for the chicken, while it wasn't bad the quality was considerably lower than what I received on SN 501 when flying out of Brussels. Would have been nice if it would match the quality as on the outbound leg from homebase



b.spicy



b.kitchen utinsels



And don't forget to b.fresh...



Leaving the Canadian coast



19.50 In the eastern USA, 1.50 in Belgium. Still four hours to go until landing in Brussels the crew preformed another beverage service. As I wasn't planning on sleeping due to our very early arrival. However if I would have planned to sleep I would have annoyed me a bit at the slow pace of service. Especially since the Brussels Airlines crews are used to working even shorter red-eye flights (Dakar/Banjul/..-Brussels is around 5hrs30). On the other side the quality is better than the US carriers. So I guess this is personal on what one prefers faster service or better quality. Cabin after the 2nd apero round.



20:15 Eastern USa Time, 2:15 Central European time lights were turned off, since I had an exam coming up for travel agency. I might as well study a bit on an entertaining way.



Well over the Atlantic.



Another short film about video montage taken over Belgium.



But first the darkened cabin PTV shot.



Some sights along Belgium.



Less familiar.



And more familiar ones..




My home town.



Soon I went to use the lavatory, I could immediately notice some differences between the cabins of the A330 I had on the outbound (OO-SFN) and our A330 (OO-SFV) in terms of panneling etc.. For an example on SFN you would have a panel in between the exit door and the first row of the second Y cabin (at the middle block seats) while SFV did not. On the return some crewmembers and I started a conversation. I was offered cheese from Business class as well, too bad I did not have my camera on me then. The crew members manning the back galley where a married couple that actually did not live so far from me. As on the outbound leg I was once again very impressed by the knowledge of the industry by this set. Thumbs up, too bad it started getting bumpy and the seatbelt sign was switched on. By the time that the seat belt sign was switched off again the preparations for Breakfast where in full swing so I decided not to disturb.
4.35 in Brussels, 22.35 in New York the lights where switched on again. At this point we where about 5.15 mins in the air and with one hour and fifteen minutes to go we where nearing the end of our crossing.



Nearing the Irish coast.



Some land insight.



Soon Breakfast came in a box. Portion was ok, however I don't understand the meaning of chocolate for breakfast, especially swiss chocolate (no offends, I like swiss chocolate but why would the Belgian national carrier serve swiss chocolate). I did like the refreshment towel however.



During my final stretch I made a quick picture of the cabin, Another difference between OO-SFN on the outbound and OO-SFV on the return is that SFV is missing a panel here.




I thanked the crew again for the wonderful service and returned to my seat soon. At 5.20 Belgian time, 23.20 USA time we started our descent into the Brussels area.



Soon overflying the Belgian coast again.



My playlist for tonight (which is the same music list that was played during boarding).



Waving hi to Sultanils in Antwerp  


Starting our final approach to runway 25L.



Gate B06 will be used for arrival, the same gate the last Sabena flight came in in 2001 from Abidjan and Cotonou.



Connecting pax to all around Europe.



How much as I love flying, I envy the people that have to wait here 6 hours before boarding another long haul flight to Africa.



Nearing the ground.

.

At 5.50 Brussels time, 23.50 back in New York. OO-SFV's wheels touched down on Brussels runway 25L after 6 hours and 30 minutes in the air.



In the English announcement the purser made a happy new year's announcement for the American passengers on board as it was nearing midnight in the Eastern part of the USA. Once the arrival announcements where completed Selah Sue's This world was played. Good song to end a record year of flying.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJtM7SRo6l8

It was raining outside so pics did not turn out so well.. Traffic existed of mostly Brussels Airlines A330s arriving from African destinations, quite an unusual sight for me to see all the SN 330s parked at the B-concourse instead of the A/T area.



5.57 European Central time, 23.57 Eastern US time our Airbus A330-300 came to a full stop at gate B06 ending Beeline 502 a full 45 minutes before schedule. It was my pleasure Brussels Airlines.

.

Parked beside B-6116 belonging to Hainan airways which just arrived here from Beijing as HU491.



When deboarding I asked if I could make one more shot of the flight deck which was granted. OO-SFV and SFW are equipped with Pratt and witney engines while the other A330-300s (OO-SFM/N/O) are GE's.



After thanking everybody again for the great flight I was on my way again. 6.10 in BRU, 0.10 back in JFK I was here.

Arrival in Brussels Airport



B06 being rather in the beginning of the terminal I did not have to walk that far, soon I was met by a rather long line. With most of the Africa longhauls (and the Hainan flight from PEK) arriving between 05.00 and 06.30 It's one of the only busy periods on this side of the airport. After a 10 minute wait I could go to baggage claim where I had to wait another 10 minutes before I could claim my luggage.


By 6.35 I was met by a shuttle service that drove me back.

Post-flight


At 7.30 I arrived at home, since I was awake since 11.00 the day before I was starting to get tired and went for a few hours shuteye  .

Overall verdict



As my ride from New York to Columbia in Part II, Delta preformed well on my flights today. Friendly crews and fairly comfortable seating. Too bad they did not serve on my Columbia-Atlanta leg as 40 mins airtime is really long enough to do a service round. As from what I could see even the passengers in First did not get any. However I did find the BOB on my Atlanta-New York Laguardia flight to be more than sufficient. Another fact that raised an eyebrow is that I did not get any notification of my flight changing more than an hour, that while I did get one of aircraft change (what once again, I was probably the only one who cared..). While Atlanta is one of the busiest airports in the world I find it easy to navigate in and very well signed as well. Columbia and New York LGA where very easy airports to arrive in.

Brussels Airlines provided the same high standard service as on the outbound flight as well. The only point that surprised me a bit is the quality of the main meal that was significantly lower than on my BRU-JFK flight. Service was a bit on the slower side as well, no deal as I wasn't planning on sleeping due to the early timings but it would have disturbed me if I would be p.ex on the later timed flight from Washington Dulles to Brussels (that gets in around noon). The crew was very attentive as well, as for the new year's celebrations it was more than appropriate. It was very nice that they did something while still remaining the same high standard service (which was remained at all times, before I get any discussion started). New York JFKs terminal also has great opportunities to spot aircraft and they have a nice variation of traffic as well. Flying on New years eve was special, I think everybody should have done it at least once. But I wouldn't do it again, unless I had to be somewhere or be home by a certain day.

Overall Remarks.



Delta Air Lines 0971 from Columbia to Atlanta:



Departure: 90% (Friendly staff and easy to navigate in)
Aircraft cleanliness : 70% (Well used cabin but still ok despite it's age.)
Seat Comfort: 80% (Standard legroom, comfortable)
Crew: 90% (Friendly, proactive, interesting greeting )
IFE: 70% (wifi)
Catering: 60% (None)
Arrival: 80% (Connection info at gate, well signed transfer.)

Total score = 77%

Delta Air Lines 1886 from Atlanta to New York LGA:



Departure: 70% (Crowded, but very clear information)
Aircraft cleanliness : 70% (Well used but ok)
Seat Comfort: 60% (Cramped.)
Crew: 90% (Friendly and proactive)
IFE: 80% (wifi and sitcoms shown)
Catering: 80% (BOB was very good quality wise, standard cookies avail as well)
Arrival: 70% (Easy but crowded)

Total score = 74%

Brussels Airlines 0502 from New York JFK to Brussels:



Departure: 70% (TSA on the minus side, large windows however)
Aircraft cleanliness : 90% (Clear and fresh)
Seat Comfort: 90% (plenty of legroom, width)
Crew: 90% (Friendly,proactive and plenty of refills during the flight)
IFE: 90% (Various choices on the AVOD)
Catering: 70% (Quality was lower than SN501, service was a bit on the long side as well)
Arrival: 70% (well signed, a bit on the slow side however.)

Total score = 81%


How did today's flight compare


1. Delta Air Lines 0971 on 31/DEC/2012 = 77 %
S. Haul Economy on Delta Air lines Average = 73% (30th place of 43 in the category)
Columbia average = 90% (4th place of the 56 in the category)
Atlanta average = 75% (19th place of the 56 in the category)
MD-88 average = 72% (30th place of the 39 in the category)

2. Delta Air Lines 1886 on 31/DEC/2012 = 74 %
S. Haul Economy on Delta Air lines Average = 73% (30th place of 43 in the category)
Atlanta average = 75% (19th place of the 56 in the category)
New York Laguardia average = 90% (39th place of the 56 in the category)
Boeing 757-200 average = 71% (32th place of the 39 in the category)

3. Brussels Airlines 0502 on 31/DEC/2012 = 81 %
L. Haul Economy on Brussels Airlines Average = 83% (1st place of 10 in the category)
New York JFK average = 63% (53th place of the 56 in the category)
Brussels Airport average = 70% (35th place of the 56 in the category)
Airbus A330-300 average = 76% (11th place of the 39 in the category)
As a bonus I would like to give a list of regs I spotted in Columbia, Atlanta, New York LGA, New York JFK and Brussels

Columbia Metropolitan airport
N909DL
N571RP
N823AS
N444AW

Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International airport
N909DL
N127HQ
N623DL
N523US
N933AT
N582CA
N3715B
N854NW
N645US
N712TW
N143DA
N841MH
N823AS
N666DN
N689DL
N934DN
N173DZ
N555NW
N934DL
N364NB
N283AT
N389AT
N805NW
N943DL
N373J
N838MH
HL7402

New York Laguardia airport
N215JQ
N908DL
N990DE
N900DE
N646DL
N666DN

New York John F. Kennedy International airport
H7-AKZ
B-6055
B-2447
D-AIKL
XA-MIA
F-GZCM
EI-EDH
N926DL
OO-SFV
F-HPJH

Brussels airport
OO-SFV
OO-SFY
OO-SNC
OO-SFW
OO-SFO
B-6116


Total facts in this trip report
3 New registrations (N909DL, N666DN , OO-SFV)

Total facts in the series (report 3 of 3)
1 New Airport (Columbia)
6 New registrations (OO-SFN, N919DE, N917EV, N909DL, N666DN, OO-SFV)

Some flying facts for 2012


10 New Airlines (SAS Scandinavian, Air Canada Express/Sky Regional, National Helicopters, Kuwait Airways, Airberlin/Germania, Easyjet Europe, Condor Flugdienst, Ryanair, Germanwings and Singapore Airlines)
4 New Types (Boeing 737-600, Dash 8-Q400, Bell 260 and Boeing 757-300)
12 New Airports (Stockholm ARN, Toronto YTZ, Copenhagen, Geneva, Stuttgart, Berlin TXL, Berlin SXF, Palma De Mallorca, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn and Manchester)
23 New registrations (SE-DNX, LN-RPE, C-FCAB, C-GITP, C-FSRJ, C-GSZZ, C-FCAE, OO-DWG, OO-SSR, 9K-AME, D-AGAN, G-EZPG, D-ABOL, EI-DLW, D-AGWP, 9V-SWH, D-AILA, OO-SFN, N919DE, N917EV, N909DL,N666DN and OO-SFV)

OO-DWA was recorded in 2005 as well on a roundflight within europe.

Ratings in 2011
Worst Rated flight: 13 on 03 June 2012 : U2 4707 Berlin SXF-Brussels rated 68%
Full report and details: The Easy Way To (Air) Berlin! (by MSS658 Feb 16 2013 in Trip Reports)

Best Rated flight: 17 on 18 August 2012: SQ 0327 Manchester-Munich rated 86%
Full report and details: A 5 Star Meet In The Bavarian Heat! (by MSS658 May 2 2013 in Trip Reports)

Average 2012 rating: 77%

higlights in 2012
Logging the Boeing 757-300.
Logging fifth freedom routes on Kuwait Airways and Singapore Airlines
Meeting a whole buch of A.netters, old as new friends all over Europe.
Toronto City Centre approach
Having logged a few short and long hauls on Brussels Airlines
Equipment swap from A340 to the A300 on Kuwait Airways.

Downsides in 2012
-Berlin Schoenefeld.
-logging OO-DWA for the second time.
- losing the DC9

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:
Aegean, Europe's best regional airline?

Past trip reports:
Failed Delta Douglas 9 Trip! (by MSS658 Jul 8 2013 in Trip Reports)
B.transatlantic To The B.apple! (by MSS658 May 30 2013 in Trip Reports)
A 5 Star Meet In The Bavarian Heat! (by MSS658 May 2 2013 in Trip Reports)
Germanwings, A Near Miss And A Smart Upgrade! (by MSS658 Mar 29 2013 in Trip Reports)
Flying The 274 Narrowbody Jet To Mallorca! (by MSS658 Mar 17 2013 in Trip Reports)
The Easy Way To (Air) Berlin! (by MSS658 Feb 16 2013 in Trip Reports)
Brussels-Frankfurt! The Kuwait Way! (by MSS658 Dec 17 2012 in Trip Reports)
Avrojetting To And From Copenhagen! (by MSS658 Nov 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
Toronto, Niagara And A Delayed YYZ-CDG! (by MSS658 Oct 22 2012 in Trip Reports)
Toronto City Centre? But Not On Porter! (by MSS658 Sep 23 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Canada? On Air Canada If Course! (by MSS658 Aug 31 2012 in Trip Reports)
SAS, Stockholm And The A.net Meeting! (by MSS658 Jul 29 2012 in Trip Reports)
Spectacular Southeastern Sunset Takeoff With US! (by MSS658 Jun 17 2012 in Trip Reports)
US Airways A332s, A Step Forward In The Fleet? (by MSS658 Apr 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
Going Home, The Star Alliance Way! (by MSS658 Mar 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
Jetting The Blue Way To New York! (by MSS658 Feb 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
Chasing The Storm On US Airways! (by MSS658 Jan 24 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains! (by MSS658 Jan 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
Losing My Southwest Virginity! (by MSS658 Dec 18 2011 in Trip Reports)
Au-revoir Continental! (by MSS658 Dec 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
SATA, The Azores And The A310 Part II (by MSS658 Nov 13 2011 in Trip Reports)
SATA, The Azores And The A310! Part I (by MSS658 Oct 16 2011 in Trip Reports)
Sun, Snow, Rain And ... Lufthansa! (by MSS658 Sep 4 2011 in Trip Reports)
Propping Around The Upstate! (by MSS658 Aug 7 2011 in Trip Reports)
US Airways And Irregular Operations! (by MSS658 Jul 17 2011 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa, There Is No Better Way To Fly! (by MSS658 Jul 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
A Short Hop On A Big Bird! (by MSS658 Feb 27 2011 in Trip Reports)
A West Side Flight On The East Side! (by MSS658 Jan 9 2011 in Trip Reports)
Wifi And Condensation On US Airways! (by MSS658 Dec 10 2010 in Trip Reports)
Air Canada, North America's Hidden Jewel? (by MSS658 Nov 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
A Ride With A Rare Blue Bird! (by MSS658 Oct 31 2010 in Trip Reports)
US Airways A333's.Are They Really That Bad? Part 2 (by MSS658 Oct 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
US Airways A330-300's. Are They Really That Bad? (by MSS658 Oct 16 2010 in Trip Reports)



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (11 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8662 times:

Hi Marc,

its nice reading about your last flights of 2012 (and technically, first flight of 2013). It was interesting for me about DL's domestic service (or the lack of - on your flight to Atlanta) and most interesting they have wi-fi on their MD88! I noticed you had seats with excellent views on both DL flights! Great for you! (Also interesting how you flew on DL so many times!)

SN's service looked good and I loved the PTV screen (was it touch-screen?). Nice that the crew conducted a special new year celebration onboard!

Well, thanks for sharing this TR, it was most comprehensive!

Gavin/RvXKaz



They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (11 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8662 times:

Another nice report Marc! I've always fancied spenidng NY on a plane! Good that SN offered some spakrling wine for the occasion. SN looked good again, but I really hate their moving map - really horrible looking.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
suddenly the man next to me calls out "The three of us will change"....

Ha, I guess he saw his chance to swap his middle for an aisle!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Still four hours to go until landing in Brussels the crew preformed another beverage service. As I wasn't planning on sleeping due to our very early arrival. However if I would have planned to sleep I would have annoyed me a bit at the slow pace of service. Especially since the Brussels Airlines crews are used to working even shorter red-eye flights (Dakar/Banjul/..-Brussels is around 5hrs30). On the other side the quality is better than the US carriers. So I guess this is personal on what one prefers faster service or better quality.

This is very annoying if you want to get some sleep, and the crew are slow and don't turn the lights off quickly. The EY crew on my MAN-AUH flight (also around 6h30) didn't finish dinner until 3 hours into the flight....how are you supposed to sleep!?!



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (11 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8662 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
I've always fancied spenidng NY on a plane!

In the back?



Hi Marc,


Very nice report... it is amazing that even on new year, aviation does not take a rest. I wouldn't mind being up in the air for NY... but only with a good airline.

Sounds as though SN were quite solid, though I still think the meals look mediocre.

Cheers!

LUke!



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 5, posted (11 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8662 times:

Hi Marc,

interesting last part of this series. SN's product looks fine, wouldn't mind to try its J Class.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):

N854NW (A330-200) resting out before it's next longhaul mission, the new Delta sheme looks good on the 330.

Not half as good as the NWA scheme...

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):

Like this Saudi Boeing 777-300ER (H7-AKZ) bound for Jeddah as SV 20.
HZ-AK12.


Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Alitalia EI-ODH in full Skyteam colors resting out before het 18.00 departure to Rome as AZ609.
EI-DDH.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
N444AW

???


PH

[Edited 2013-08-04 22:47:27]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1658 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (11 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8662 times:
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Hi MSS658,

Good to see another dose of American domestics and the return portion of the SN service to NYC. 3 nice additions to the log in the form of the MD, the B757 and of course another SN A330. I’m happy to see that our national carrier does a decent job on their American destinations. It’s a tough market and I hope they’ll maintain the high standard!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
For the non A.netters onboard there was wifi as well.

And for the a.netter? The window?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
the Boeing 747-400 in Delta colours

I admit it looked way better in the Northwest coat.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Sorry but I don't think there is any reason another (strange) person should be taking decisions in my place.

You’re definitely right. At least he could’ve asked you if you were alright with that.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Bye Bye ATL! See you next time.

Nice overview shot that really shows the vastness of ATL.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
would not want to travel on longer flights they deploy this version of the 757 on.

So this was an internationally configured one. The seating looks indeed on the tight side.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Soon I got on the next available shuttle bus to JFK

Is it free or does it cost you an arm and a leg - as usual those services do.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Would have been nice if it would match the quality as on the outbound leg from homebase

Usually the catering ex-Europe tends to be a bit better (or so they say  )

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Waving hi to Sultanils in Antwerp

Sorry, I missed you   

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (11 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 8664 times:

Hi Marc,

Very nice report on your NYE flights! Your domestic MD88 hop reminded me of mine last year. Strangely, i find myself more attracted to this plane nowadays. And sitting by the engine in the back is the best! Of course, nothing too great about DL's domestic 'service' but the inflight wifi is always a pleasure!


SN's seems like a decent airline, but i was not too impressed with sub-standard meals. A snack box may be acceptable on such a flight in this day and age, but they could at least have made dinner funkier or something   haha

Otherwise, it was a very nice touch to see SN celebrate New Year's on board!


Many thanks for sharing this with us! Looking forward to more always!

Cheers,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1915 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (11 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8662 times:
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Another great report, MSS658! Thanks for sharing.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Check in for Brussels Airlines 502 to Brussels was already in full progress. Note that there is quit a bit of cancelled flights of Lufthansa, Austrian, Aeroflot,...

I wonder why? Was the weather in those cities really bad that day? Wow!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Like this Saudi Boeing 777-300ER (H7-AKZ) bound for Jeddah as SV 20.

Terminal 1 sure does have a lot of airlines flying out of there! I remember when it was just Lufthansa, Korean, Air France, Alitalia, and JAL!

Matthew


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6500 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (11 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6445 times:

Hi Marc !

Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
N645US is being prepared for flight DL 281 to Tokyo Narita at noon.

N676NW

The Delta flights look okay and nice to get a mainline aircraft from CAE. I remember flying US 727s CLT-AVL in 1989 but that's a while back.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I wouldn't opt for Air China for a 12-hour flight. Why? just bare with me another few reports.

Why not ? I had a nice flight on their 777-300/ER PEK-SHA and wouldn't mind flying it on a 12h flight. See my report from October last year

Air China PEK-SHA 77W In Y (by The777Man Oct 22 2012 in Trip Reports)

A lot of Air China's long haul flights to Europe and USA are on the 77W. Not many 744s left.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 1):
Soon we were at our cruising altitude on our way to Brussels.

The map looks strange and doesn't show a lot of cities on it. I don't like it very much.

Dinner on SN looks barely okay. Was there any meat there ?

Breakfast looks just like on US carriers which is okay for such a short flight.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6256 times:

Good stuff Marc, it seems like you had a decent time on board Brussels Airlines. I wish they flew to ORD so I could sample them some time (I try to avoid layovers within the USA when I fly TATL or I would have tried to fly them out of JFK or IAD).

Thanks for the very detailed account of your recent travels!  .

Stojan



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (11 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6191 times:

Goodmorning to all
Great to see the replies.


Hi RvXKaz:

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 2):
Hi Marc,

its nice reading about your last flights of 2012 (and technically, first flight of 2013). It was interesting for me about DL's domestic service (or the lack of - on your flight to Atlanta) and most interesting they have wi-fi on their MD88! I noticed you had seats with excellent views on both DL flights! Great for you! (Also interesting how you flew on DL so many times!)

Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. wifi is starting to get more and more common on US domestic flights. Delta is indeed my most flewn carrier.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 2):
SN's service looked good and I loved the PTV screen (was it touch-screen?). Nice that the crew conducted a special new year celebration onboard!

Was touch screen indeed;

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 2):
Well, thanks for sharing this TR, it was most comprehensive!

Gavin/RvXKaz

Thanks  

Hi Gabriel:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Another nice report Marc! I've always fancied spenidng NY on a plane! Good that SN offered some spakrling wine for the occasion. SN looked good again, but I really hate their moving map - really horrible looking.

Thanks, glad you liked it. You should try it once. There where some advantages in the moving map, but I agree it isn't the best one out

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Ha, I guess he saw his chance to swap his middle for an aisle!

But I held him from it haha  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
This is very annoying if you want to get some sleep, and the crew are slow and don't turn the lights off quickly. The EY crew on my MAN-AUH flight (also around 6h30) didn't finish dinner until 3 hours into the flight....how are you supposed to sleep!?!

same thing on my Air Canada from YYZ to LHR over a few weeks ago, dinner service 2hours in the flight...

Hi Luke:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 4):
Hi Marc,


Very nice report... it is amazing that even on new year, aviation does not take a rest. I wouldn't mind being up in the air for NY... but only with a good airline.

Thanks, well SN is a nice airline  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 4):
Sounds as though SN were quite solid, though I still think the meals look mediocre.

Do agree, meal on my ex-BRU flight was a delight however...

Hi PH

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Hi Marc,

interesting last part of this series. SN's product looks fine, wouldn't mind to try its J Class.

Thanks, glad you liked it. Heard pretty good things about their J class  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Not half as good as the NWA scheme...

Always a strange sight too see them in DL colours

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
HZ-AK12.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
EI-DDH

Thanks!

Hi Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Hi MSS658,

Good to see another dose of American domestics and the return portion of the SN service to NYC. 3 nice additions to the log in the form of the MD, the B757 and of course another SN A330. I’m happy to see that our national carrier does a decent job on their American destinations. It’s a tough market and I hope they’ll maintain the high standard!

Thanks, I'm happy you liked it. I can agree about SN, they really are one of the better ones.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
And for the a.netter? The window?

or the engine...  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
I admit it looked way better in the Northwest coat.

Specially the old NWA colours..

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
You’re definitely right. At least he could’ve asked you if you were alright with that.

(y)

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Nice overview shot that really shows the vastness of ATL.

Thanks!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
So this was an internationally configured one. The seating looks indeed on the tight side.

Domestic one, but they do some transcons to San Diego, Seatlle,... which are 3+hours

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Is it free or does it cost you an arm and a leg - as usual those services do.

20 USD, not so bad IMO.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Usually the catering ex-Europe tends to be a bit better (or so they say )

Agree, but the contrast between quality usually isn't that big.


Hi Roni

Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
Hi Marc,

Very nice report on your NYE flights! Your domestic MD88 hop reminded me of mine last year. Strangely, i find myself more attracted to this plane nowadays. And sitting by the engine in the back is the best! Of course, nothing too great about DL's domestic 'service' but the inflight wifi is always a pleasure!

Thanks, I'm really glad you liked it. I guess we have to take advantage of the MD88 while it is out there.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
SN's seems like a decent airline, but i was not too impressed with sub-standard meals. A snack box may be acceptable on such a flight in this day and age, but they could at least have made dinner funkier or something haha

I can agree, too bad it did not match the quality as lunch on my BRU-JFK leg.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
Otherwise, it was a very nice touch to see SN celebrate New Year's on board!

I liked the extra touch indeed

Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
Many thanks for sharing this with us! Looking forward to more always!

Cheers,
Roni

Thanks.

Hi Matthew

Quoting 767747 (Reply 8):
Another great report, MSS658! Thanks for sharing.

Thanks!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 8):
I wonder why? Was the weather in those cities really bad that day? Wow!

I asked and it was forseen cancellations, don't know why..

Quoting 767747 (Reply 8):
Terminal 1 sure does have a lot of airlines flying out of there! I remember when it was just Lufthansa, Korean, Air France, Alitalia, and JAL!

Matthew

It sure is a nice variation in the US if you compare it to EWR, PHL, ATL IAH, ....

Hi Lars

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Hi Marc !

Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

Thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
N676NW

Thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
The Delta flights look okay and nice to get a mainline aircraft from CAE. I remember flying US 727s CLT-AVL in 1989 but that's a while back.

It sure does beat the CRJ.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Why not ? I had a nice flight on their 777-300/ER PEK-SHA and wouldn't mind flying it on a 12h flight. See my report from October last year

Air China PEK-SHA 77W In Y (by The777Man Oct 22 2012 in Trip Reports)

A lot of Air China's long haul flights to Europe and USA are on the 77W. Not many 744s left.

Had a rather average expercience with them earlier this year, report to come

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Dinner on SN looks barely okay. Was there any meat there ?

I agree, there was a very small portion.

Breakfast looks just like on US carriers which is okay for such a short flight.

at least it's better than AC or US  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
The map looks strange and doesn't show a lot of cities on it. I don't like it very much.

It could show more cities indeed (and more important cities than the rather small towns like "Zwevegem" and "Heist op den berg"


Hi Stojan

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
Good stuff Marc, it seems like you had a decent time on board Brussels Airlines. I wish they flew to ORD so I could sample them some time (I try to avoid layovers within the USA when I fly TATL or I would have tried to fly them out of JFK or IAD).

Thanks for the very detailed account of your recent travels! .

Thanks, glad you liked it. It's worth coming to JFK or IAD to try them out once.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1250 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5917 times:

Hi Marc, nice finale to the story. SN looked good on the TATL route once again, and the more I read about Delta, the more I want to try them out.

Bit of a cheek of the guy to offer you all to move - pretty sure I would have stuck to my guns too.

Never knew LGA was so close to JFK - just 15 minutes by road? Impressive!



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 742 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5864 times:

Happy new year Marc!

Interesting return with great pictures, thanks for sharing!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
There was a BOB round aswell, Delta is offering snack boxes for 6USD.

Do you remember what was inside?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Like this Saudi Boeing 777-300ER (H7-AKZ) bound for Jeddah as SV 20.

Would not it suppose to be virtually "AKY"?

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 1):
24th flight in 2012
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 1):
Before settling me into my seat I gave the chocolate box in the back galley and received a big thank you.

If a box costs a fiver (not the best ones), you've spent the equivalent amount of a return flight in Europe...

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 1):
About ten minutes later the captain came along that it was midnight in Brussels and whishing everybody on behalf of the crew a happy new Year. Soon the purser translated it in Dutch en French (except for the welcome speach that was in 3 languages, all the flight deck announcements where in English)

Cool and always nice to see inflight celebrations

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 1):
After joking that seat 40A would be to the left I received a laugh and a good try.

= b. silly   .

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 1):
23 New registrations

Which plane have you flown twice or more?


Many thanks for sharing



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5136 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5830 times:

Hi, M.,

pretty good to follow you´re Belgian new year´s eve experience.
Well done and also nice pictures.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1447 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5222 times:

Hi Marc,

Spending New Year’s Eve in the air? Great idea! Nice photos of the frozen winter landscape too.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
On the way out I was allowed to take a peek inside the flight deck.

Super. That’s just how a flight deck should be- not the modern computers of today….

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Wait, wait... I didn't say anything and I for sure did not want to change my window seat. So I refused the offer. Sorry but I don't think there is any reason another (strange) person should be taking decisions in my place.

No way, I would also have refused to give up my window seat.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Check in for Brussels Airlines 502 to Brussels was already in full progress. Note that there is quit a bit of cancelled flights of Lufthansa, Austrian, Aeroflot,...

Maybe because of the date?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Portion was ok, however I don't understand the meaning of chocolate for breakfast, especially swiss chocolate (no offends, I like swiss chocolate but why would the Belgian national carrier serve swiss chocolate).

Ha ha, can you imagine the uproar if Swiss started serving Belgian chocolate on their flights?!

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26852 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5196 times:

Hey Marc  

Another great report. Lovely pics and a nice read. Something also different to do on NY.  

You did really well with the flight deck visits. Well done  

Looking forward to the next report.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (11 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4882 times:

Hi
Sorry for the late reply guys.


Hi James:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 12):
Hi Marc, nice finale to the story. SN looked good on the TATL route once again, and the more I read about Delta, the more I want to try them out.

Thanks, DL is a nice airline among the US legacys


Hi Leo,
Thanks, glad you liked it.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 13):
Do you remember what was inside?

Variety of cookies and snacks (all items are pictures btw)

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 13):
Would not it suppose to be virtually "AKY"?

Thanks  
Quoting eastafspot (Reply 13):
Cool and always nice to see inflight celebrations

and very attentive

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 13):
= b. silly .

haha, good one  
Quoting eastafspot (Reply 13):

Which plane have you flown twice or more?


Many thanks for sharing

OO-DWA, had her in 2005 as well.


Hi Markus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
Hi, M.,

pretty good to follow you´re Belgian new year´s eve experience.
Well done and also nice pictures.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Thanks.

Hi Hannah

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
Hi Marc,

Spending New Year’s Eve in the air? Great idea! Nice photos of the frozen winter landscape too.

Thanks, glad you liked it  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
Super. That’s just how a flight deck should be- not the modern computers of today….
Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
No way, I would also have refused to give up my window seat.

I can only agree

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
Maybe because of the date?

I asked why and they said forseen cancellations

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
Ha ha, can you imagine the uproar if Swiss started serving Belgian chocolate on their flights?!

Indeed

Hi Philip.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
Hey Marc

Another great report. Lovely pics and a nice read. Something also different to do on NY.

You did really well with the flight deck visits. Well done

Looking forward to the next report.

Regards

Philip

Thanks!
Glad you liked it.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (11 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4826 times:
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Hi Marc!

Another nice report here on your hop back to Europe. Both SN and DL look good, nice to see some New Years celebrations on your SN flight as well.


Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
For the non A.netters onboard there was wifi as well.

So I am not an a.netter as I use WIFI a lot on DL
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
On the way down a quick snapshot of a Boeing 757 in skyteam colors.

One of my favorite!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
It was my first time viewing the new saftey vid, personally I tought it was pretty nice

Same here!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Soon we were above Manhattan, I will let the pics do the talking from here on.

I love the approach into LGA!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Note that there is quit a bit of cancelled flights of Lufthansa, Austrian, Aeroflot,...

Any idea why?

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 1):
After joking that seat 40A would be to the left I received a laugh and a good try

Do you use that joke on every long haul flight?

Thanks for sharing an looking forward to the next one!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4354 times:

Hi Brendan

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Hi Marc!

Another nice report here on your hop back to Europe. Both SN and DL look good, nice to see some New Years celebrations on your SN flight as well.

Thanks!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
One of my favorite!

They look great!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Same here!

Did you spot Deltalina?

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Any idea why?

Forseen cancellation  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
I love the approach into LGA!

It's nice isn't it!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Do you use that joke on every long haul flight?

Did it on shorthaul as well. :p

Thanks for sharing an looking forward to the next one!

cheers,

Brendan

Greetings
Marc



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