Delta Flight 882 SLC-BOS
Dept 2:30 pm Arr. 9:02 pm
Seat 24C 737-800 New/Old colors
Because I didn’t want to leave work early, I decided to pack somewhat lightly and carry on everything. At 12:30 I logged on to delta.com and printed my boarding pass for my flight to Boston. A quick 45 minute drive to the airport, and I was standing in line for security. The line was somewhat long; however, it moved quickly and within no time it was my turn to pass through. Heading to gate C07, I noticed that Delta had changed the gate to C12. Not a big deal because it’s just a few steps away. We began boarding at 2:00 pm for our 2:30 departure.
This flight was completely full and it took everyone quite a while to settle into their seats. Our 2:30 departure came and went as ATC was trying to find a flight path for us into the Boston area. Apparently there were quite a few storms on the east coast to work around. The captain informed us that we’d be taking a severe northerly flight path to avoid storms in the Indianapolis area and that we had about 10 more minutes before we’d get the final paperwork. 10 minutes passed and still no routing from ATC. 15 minutes later, we were informed that we’d be given a third route, as weather was clearing up in the east. This would take us on a more normal flight path over Milwaukee out over the great lakes, across upstate New York with a descent starting over Albany.
Final pushback time was about 35 minutes late and we quickly taxied to 34R. #3 for departure, the captain informed us of an unusually long takeoff roll, as temperatures in SLC were well over 100 degrees. He was right; we rolled almost to the end of 34 before slowly rotating off the runway on our climb out over the Great Salt Lake. We turned east over Farmington and climbed towards Wyoming. The movie began, Head of State, which after the first 15 minutes I stopped watching because it was really stupid. Sorry Chris Rock, but your movie stinks! The flight attendants started a drink/snack service and I began reading my book to pass the time.
Dinner was served over Madison, WI, “Baked Ziti”. I put it in quotes because it was more mushy noodles in a slightly Italian sauce. Drinks were served again and the meal was cleaned up. Horizon’s Spectrum started with “Good Morning Miami” and Delta VJ. We crossed Lake Michigan and it was time for the bathroom. I like the interiors of the NG 737s, but Delta’s configuration leaves a lot to be desired. It looks like Delta took out two rows on the left side of the plane, apparently because they took a Flight Attendant off of the flights and the two rows put them over the FAA’s regulations. I wasn’t aware that DL was doing this. Hard to believe that six people couldn’t help them break even on one more FA.
We started our descent over Albany, making a few turns on the way into Boston. It was quite cloudy/rainy, so there wasn’t much to see. We touched down on 27 and headed for the gate. I’ve heard horror stories of Logan, so I wasn’t expecting much. Actually I didn’t think it was that bad, especially compared to DTW. We’ll see how it goes upon check in. Boston was a blast; I got to see lots of sights. I met LH423, who is an excellent host and knows his city well.
Delta Flight 1535 BOS-SLC
Dept 5:55 pm Arr. 9:10 pm
Seat 25A 757-200 New/New colors
I went to the airport early with LH423 so that I could do some spotting before leaving. Upon arrival I checked in with DL’s Kiosk Check in (Much better than the long line!) and we did some spotting. I got to see my first Song 757, and I actually think they’re pretty cool looking. I like the logo, and the livery is better than the boring DL mainline all white scheme. There were lots of planes there I don’t usually see, Air Lingus A330, Air France A340, British Airways 744, Lufthansa A340 and more. We went to the new international terminal, which is beautiful with the open spaces and hardwood. About an hour before the flight left I headed back to the C gates and joined the long line for security. People were complaining about the 30-minute wait, but it was a breeze compared to times that I’ve flown through LAX. After seeing there were 3 unclaimed First Class Seats on the Delta Screens I checked in at the counter to see if I could upgrade to First with my Skymiles, but apparently you need higher than an “M” class for that. I now know you have to have an “L” as a minimum. Well what did I know, my boss bought the tickets!
We boarded about 5:20 and waited for pushback. Unfortunately it was the same story as leaving SLC. The Chicago area was wiped out with T-Storms so they were trying to re-route us south to D.C. and then west to SLC. The flight was completely full, but it didn’t seem too cramped. We pushed back about 10 minutes late as the BA 744 flight took off for London. We then headed for the runways. We took off on one of the parallels, but I couldn’t see which one. We turned east and upon turning steeply, I saw the next BA744 touch down on 27. It was cool to watch from just off of the ground. We started heading south, but then the captain came on and informed us that we were getting a new route to SLC, much like the way we came.
After 20 minutes a drink service was started followed quickly by mushy noodles again and another drink service. They showed some crazy movie but I didn’t watch (too much homework) and kept reading Financial Management. Coffee was served after dinner and Delta Horizons started again. They showed the same damn tape as the eastbound flight. You’d think the FA’s would be smart enough to look in Sky Magazine and see that on westbound flights you show a different video. Is it really that hard? Maybe so. Come to think of it, it’s quite rare when what they show you matches what the magazine says. Oh well, back to reading “The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Understanding Globalization”. (that really makes the time fly by!)
We had a very smooth flight westbound. I’d like anyone who knows to confirm if the 757s have more legroom in coach than the 738. It felt like I had 1-2” more room. Anyway, as new as DL’s 738s are, I’d take a 757 any day. The only thing the 738s have over the 757s is the moving map that is occasionally shown, which I find helpful on a 5-hour flight or any flight actually.
Right about Cheyenne they came through the cabin with the little DL water bottles and not much after that we got the signal for our initial descent. We came down just to the north of Powder Mountain and turned south over the Great Salt Lake. We flew south of the airport and made a dramatic turn to line up with 34L. The thud of the landing gear sounded and within minutes we touched down about 5 minutes late and taxied into D12 I think…
Overall this DL trip was better than average; I’d give it a B+. As a city, I love Boston. It’s everything New York, with a touch of coziness and way more history! My new favorite East Coast city! I’ll totally have to go back soon. I’d love to see a New England Fall. Maybe I can use all those Skymiles for a trip to New England in October…
Hope you enjoyed!