Woke up at 03:30 for a day trip to N.Y.....man there is something wrong with me (considering I was out late watching the U.F. vs Canes game on T.V. with some friends which I got home around 01:00 from). Honestly I don't know when I got there, but I was given a stand-by boarding pass and proceeded to security only to find out the TSA rats were still sleeping. Just before 5am, they all poured out of a room and began getting ready (we were already 2 rows deep of people). Went through security and headed on the tram to the gates. My plane was at gate 80....I was walking that way and saw a tail that looked to be at our gate. Ship 107 was parked there...thought about it for a minute and realized that it was a -200 series....so I figured that wasn't my plane. I get over to my gate and sure enough, our aircraft was downgraded from a 763 to a 762 in new colors (nice surprise!). Boarding began around 5:15, and stand-by's were cleared sometime after that. I was automatically given seat 13C, but once everyone was on board I asked to move to a window (the flight was around 50% full), so I took seat 35G, just behind the wing. We taxied out to runway 17 and did a pretty weak departure....very shallow climb it seemed like. Delta Horizons was shown, which featured 8 simple rules (never really watched the show until now, I was shocked a few days later when John Ritter passed away) and another show that has slipped my mind (I was still half a sleep!). Beautiful sunrise as we descended into ATL, downwind over the downtown and landed on time.
Originally boarded the plane with seat 24G or something, but before departure an agent came on board and asked me if I'd like to move up front. Naturally I said no, I liked the cramped seats. Just kidding, I moved up front and took my seat next to a DAL Shuttle pilot who was on his way to work. We were #6 for take off from ATL. Since this was my first 767-400 flight, I was excited to see how she performed. We lined up on 26L? and the pilot throttled up and we thundered down the runway. What a great 'buzz saw' sound the engines gave off. What I had heard in the past from other people that it was under-powered etc, but it didn't seem like that at all. We climbed up to FL350 and breakfast was served. Corn flakes, a crossaint, fresh fruit, yogurt and juice. I felt bad for the couple in the seats next to me who didn't speak english....the F/A tried to get their drink order. The man asked for "cafe con letche", but she just couldn't figure it out. She came back with a tray of juice, coffee etc so he could pick what he wanted. The F/A's were VERY friendly on this flight, they all seemed to have smiles on their faces at all times. Decent into LGA was awsome, it's ashame I didn't have a seat on the left side of the plane to get photos as we descended right NEXT to Manhattan. We passed over plane view park and made one hell of a landing on runway 4, the pilots kept hitting the breaks hard in order for us not to flop into the harbor. Great flight anyways, and a great first time on a 767-400!
Met up with Mike McLaughlin and Brian Stevenson who took me over to JFK to meet up with everyone else. Tom Turner, BigPhil, Andy Martin, Art and Anne Brett, Mike P, (later on Yevgeny P, and Dmitry A. showed up). One heck of a spotting day, and it was great to meet some new faces and see old ones again.
Traffic was terrible on the way to LGA, but I got there 30 minutes prior to departure. I went to the ticket counter, and NOBODY was in line....I checked in and headed to security and NOBODY was in line again! I was amazed! Headed to my gate and boarding was just starting. I was on the last to board, and was lucky to get a seat, it was just about full....I saw 1 open seat. Like I said earlier, somebody was watching over me. We taxied out (not to far) and were roughly #35 for departure. We spent about 65 minutes on the taxiway before we finally got off the ground. Also, I noticed the #2 engine cut out, not once but twice (while we were still on the taxiway). The first time I just made a winding down sound, got quiet....and the pilots started it back up. The second time (about 15 minutes later), the overhead lights flickered, and it cut out again (followed by them starting it up). Finally departed on runway 4 and headed south towards Georgia. Now....we were due to arrive at 9:27pm, but with this delay pushed us back to 9:55pm arrival (which was bad new for me), my connection was 10:05pm to Orlando. A flight attendant came over the P/A and announced that we were to arrive at gate A08, then announced that Orlando's gate was T04. I'm screwed I thought to myself. But anyways inflight service....Lobster tail and a baked potato was served in coach, and First class only got snack mix and water, HAH! Kidding again. I felt bad for our F/A, he would start to push the cart down the isle, and someone would have to get up and use the lav which was mid cabin right where he was beginning service. So he would have to pull it back and start over. By the time he made it to our row (which was only a like 5 rows past the galley), it took him about 15 minutes, he kept having to pull it back to get out of the way. We made a SLOW (maybe it was because I was in a hurry ) decent into ATL and landed on runway 26R. As soon as they gave the O.K. to use Cell phones I called up my friend Brian who was waiting for me to make my connection. He tells me your coming into T03. I said "no, they announced A08". Apparently somewhere down the line they switched us without telling us again and PARKED US RIGHT NEXT TO MY CONNECTING FLIGHT! The flight attendant told pax to stay seated while we tried to make our connections (of course nobody listened). Once the 2L door opened, I pushed my way forward and bolted to the gate next to us which they had held. They printed my pass and told me to pick any seat.
Boy was I ever lucky to make this flight....if I didn't....the last CRJ flight to Orlando was full.....and I would have been stuck in Atlanta for the night. Lots of open seats left in the back. The F/A's came around with Delta's "Fast Break" service since the flight was only just under an hour. As much as I like the 767-400/ER and how modern it looks on the inside, I still like the 767-300 better...I don't really know why either. Not much to report on this little segment, after the fast break I took a nap.
No flights planned for October yet, but I may buy a TPA-MIA-TPA for the day just to seal the deal with AA so I can get Gold status (took the mileage challenge, and I'll only be a few 100QP short of Gold).
Sorry for the grammer mistakes ahead of time (very very tired )
ScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5960 times:
Excellent trip report, Justin and you lucky that did flew on the B764 aircraft and those are great plane for myself. I was got stuck at ORD by long delayed due to the weather in Chicago and I missed with B764 aircraft at 5:35pm and we just got on the next flight to FLL home at 6:55pm on B763 aircraft. I know about you were flown out of LGA and they are dropped with their gate search and you need get with their boarding pass go through at security checkpoint. Well, talk ya later!
Dazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5472 posts, RR: 52 Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5899 times:
Funny thing is, I've been trying to get on new colors a/c for awhile now....back in August was my first time on the 777 (which happened to be the first plane in n/c). Now I got new colors round trip haha.