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ATL-LAX-ATL On DL 777-232/ER BizE W/Pics+Video  
User currently offlineBigMac From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 15382 times:

On January 7th 2004 I made a day trip from FLL to LAX through ATL and back just to check out Delta’s 777. I have never been on a 777 so the only thing I was afraid of was that they might change the plane to something else other than a 777 on the ATL-LAX and return flight. Since the FLL-ATL and return flights were uneventful I’m not going to write anything about them. What I have written is a short summary of my trip with photos and some pieces of video (no take offs and landings though). Also because I don’t have that much bandwidth the quality of the photo’s and videos may not be that good (at all, I’m not a professional). The whole video is half an hour, 6 GB. Also, at the end of my post I have a really short video from my FLL-ATL-FLL flights. There you’ll see how a caterer opens the door (that goes up) of a 767-432/ER.

The videos can be found here:

Date: January 7th 2004
Flight: DL115
Seat: 3A
Class: Business Elite
Departure: 10:05A
Arrival: 12:35P
Gate: E26

This is so cool!!! Just found this picture… Can you see me in 3A???

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Photo © Michael Carter

So I got of my flight my FLL-ATL flight at gate T1 and walked straight to the departure terminal which was really close. I went to the First Class check-in counter and there were 3 groups/couples/persons in front of me and 4 agents helping with check-in. Still I think I waited about 20 to 25 minutes in line because everybody had problems checking in. Then it was my turn. Check in was really fast. I had seat 3A which I choose when I booked my flight. I asked the male agent if he could check me in for the return flights from LAX-ATL and ATL-FLL. He was of course confused since I just got off a flight from FLL and was on my way to LAX. After explaining I was making a day trip he told me he could check me in after 20 minutes or I could go to the gate and check in there since it would take a couple of minutes to get to the gate. I proceeded to go to the gate.

Once at the gate I asked the agent if she could check me in. She was also confused. Her computer told me I could not check in there. Oh well… I went and sat down near a large window looking at the plane. Wow!!! I was really getting excited seeing the 777. I then proceeded to take some pictures and video. As I was about to take some pictures and video boarding was announced for Business Elite and Medallion members. I barely had taken some pictures so I quickly took some. By the time I had finished they were already boarding economy class passengers so I just stood at the back of the line.

At door 2L I was greeted by a flight attendant that checked all boarding passes. I proceeded to seat 3A. Since I boarded when boarding for Business Elite passengers had finished I had no place to store my hand bag, even though it was a small bag. So I just put it under the seat in front of me since there was so much room there.

As soon as I sat down a flight attendant asked me if I wanted to drink something. I asked for an orange juice. The leather/cloth combination seat was really nice. It was very comfortable, not soft nor hard. Just right. The amount of space between my seat and the seat in front of me was so huge. Enough to squeeze an economy seat in between. After about 20 minutes the door was closed and we pushed back. The in flight safety video was played. It was the same old one I had seen on many other Delta aircrafts. On the way to the runway I saw 2 of Delta’s retired MD-11’s. Takeoff was awesome. Those 2 monster engines came to life and we started to slowly roll down the runway. What struck me was that the engines made a noise unlike any other, kind of like a powerful air compressor pump (see video).

Once in the air and the seat belt sign was turned off we were given hot towels promptly. The guy next to me began wiping his “whole” seat; the PTV, the seat controls, the drink tray, the hand rest, the remote. It was kind of funny.

I then took a look at the IFE. They were going to start the movie service soon and since the IFE was not on demand I looked what movies they were going to have. There were a lot of movies of which only The Runaway Jury seemed interesting. Once the movies started it seemed that the channels didn’t correspond with what the in flight magazine said. So I had to look channel by channel for The Runaway Jury. After a couple of minutes I lost interest in it so I skipped it and went to play some games. There were many games but the games had to load for like a minute. I tried Black Jack, Poker, and Hang Man. I liked Hang Man so that’s what I played most of the flight. I then reclined my seat completely. As the seat was almost in the “sleep” position it seemed that the front of the bottom seat cushion kind of swiveled down a little bit so that the seat was easier to sleep in. The flight attendants then started to lay out the linens but lunch was not handed out for almost 15 minutes.

Lunch consisted of a decent portion of tomato soup with real chunks of tomato, a grilled chicken cheese sandwich, a slice of tomato and lettuce, and a small bag of snacks. That was it??? I was expecting something a little fancier and a little bit more food but then again it’s what you get in domestic first class (Delta’s anyway). I don’t particularly like soups because they are messy but the tomato soup was really good. Once I was finished with my soup I wiped my mouth and the paper napkin was all red from the soup. I than ate the grilled chicken cheese sandwich which was good.

After lunch I played some more with the IFE. Since the sun was shining full force through my windows the guy next to me asked me if I could close the shades which I did.

Halfway through the flight I got a headache so I took an Advil. It did not help. So I proceeded to take a nap but I couldn’t really fall asleep.

An hour or so before landing I asked one of the flight attendants if I could visit the cockpit and she asked the captain right away and told me it was OK.

After we landed I saw some International airlines; Singapore Airlines, China Airlines, Lufthansa, Korean Air, Varig, Aero Mexico. After the door was opened I waited for all Business Elite passengers to deplane and then asked the flight attendant if it was still OK to visit the cockpit. She told me most probably not but she still called the captain and it was OK. I went to the cockpit and saw the captain and first officer just grabbing their stuff together. The first officer was on his way out. The cockpit looked awesome. The glass screens looked so surreal. The glass screens looked so clear that it looked like it was painted on (sorry, I don’t know much about airplanes). On my way out of the cockpit I stumbled and almost fell because I forgot that the cockpit was a little higher than the rest of the cabin.

January 7th 2004
Flight: DL114
Seat: 4A
Class: Business Elite
Departure: 1:45P
Arrival: 8:55P
Gate: 57

I left the plane and went to go the front of the terminal since the terminal was small. I then walked back and proceeded to the gate and checked in for my flight back to ATL. The male agent that helped me definitely should learn some manners. He threw my boarding pass/ticket onto the counter, there was no hi, bye or have a nice flight, and “never” looked me into the eyes when he talked.

Boarding started 15 minutes later. When the gate agents announced they would board I went up immediately. I wanted to board immediately because I still had a headache.

As I entered the plane a flight attendant greeted me and gave me a second look as if she saw me before. It was the same flight attendant I had on my way to LAX. It seemed that the whole crew was the same except for the captain and first officer.

I went to me seat, 4A this time, and again put my handbag under the seat in front of me since I found it more convenient than putting it in the overhead bin.

After about 25 minutes the door was closed and we pushed back. There was some trouble with the video system. A couple of flight attendants fiddled with the system but they couldn’t get it to work so they did the safety demonstration live.

Once we were in the air and the seat belt signs were turned off a flight attendant started handing out hot towels. I wiped my hands and then started wiping my “whole” seat, just like to guy who sat next to me on the ATL-LAX leg. The seat I was in was in a bad shape. The seat control pad was wrinkled and it was very hard to push the seat controls. The seat controls did not respond always. Also the leg rest could not fully extend so my feet were sticking out at the end of the leg rest. It was kind of irritating because the end of the leg rest pushed against Achilles heel (I hope Achilles heel is right).

While a flight attendant brought my drink she asked me if I wasn’t on the previous flight. I told her yes and explained to her that I was on a day trip.

Right before the movie service was about to start the flight attendants began to fiddle with the video system again. After a couple of reboots the system finally worked and the movie service began. The flight attendants also began to lay the linens over our seat trays and shortly thereafter we were given dinner. It consisted of a small bowl of fresh salad, a piece of cold and dry bread, a piece of desert, and a bowl of pasta. The salad was fresh which was good. I didn’t touch the bread because it felt like a small stone. The desert was a piece of cake that was beyond sour. The pasta on the other hand was really good. The bowl of pasta was filled with pieces of chicken, peanuts and other nuts, and carrots. The pasta itself was filled with cheese. Even though I only ate the pasta I couldn’t finish it. It was definitely better than lunch.

After dinner I realized that my headache was gone. YAY! After dinner I watched the Runaway Jury for 20 minutes, looked at a “live” performance of Sarah McLachlan, watched a British comedy, and played some more Hang Man for the rest of the flight.

Check-in: 5/10
Blame the long wait for check in in ATL and the rude gate agent in LAX.

Service: 9/10
Overall I found the service to be very good. I was constantly asked if I wanted something to drink and if my glass was almost empty they asked me if I wanted some more. There was never an empty glass or anything used on the hand rest tray. The flight attendant always smiled.

Food: 6/10
The food was just OK, not bad, not good, not great, nor excellent. I mean it was just regular (Delta) domestic first class food.

IFE: 9/10
The IFE was also good even though it wasn’t on demand. It had enough entertaining games and there were enough movie channels. The screen was a little small though.

Seat: 9/10
The next best thing would be a lie flat bed, which Business Elite doesn’t have. The seat is very wide, comfortable, the seat pitch is amazing, and the seat is close to a lie flat bed. Remember, this was a US domestic flight.

Aircraft: 9/10
Seat 4A wasn’t in good shape, the defective leg rest and the non responsive seat controls. Also in Seat 3A the PTV was a little loose. But the aircraft looked like new. The cabin and toilets were very clean.

Overall: 8/10

Here is a short video of my FLL-ATL-FLL flights:

32 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineGoboeing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 15171 times:

Nice videos, with excellent quality! Did you take any of takeoffs and landings?


User currently offlineContinental From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 15149 times:

Nice report! I wish I could see the videos, I have DSL and it's taking forever for the first one to load up. Goboeing, how long did it take for yours to download??


User currently offlineGoboeing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 15080 times:

They transfered to my computer at about 65 kb/s. About 5 minutes for all of them.


User currently offlineAirVB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 15053 times:

Great report-took way too long for just one video to load, but I enjoyed the pictures and all the details. Nice job


User currently offlineCaptain_777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 14977 times:

Excellent Report. Great Pictures, the video was giving me some problems and I couldn't get into it though. I'll look forward to hearing your next trip.

User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 14952 times:

good report and nice FLL footage! That was D7, correct? nice CO 75 taxiing in and you couild see them preparing the CRJ for departure to TLH, I believe.

User currently offlineDelta767300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 14890 times:

WOW, That was a great trip report! The photos and videos made it feel like we were actually In-Flight! I look forward to seeing your trip reports again!


User currently offlineBigMac From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 14716 times:

Hey everyone... Thanks for the replies... I guess I need another place to store my videos as I'm also having trouble downloading them... Maybe I'm over my download limit. Anyone have a suggestion as to where I can rent webspace?

User currently offlineJBLUA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 14633 times:
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Nice report and videos!
Are you sure thats a CO 757? I think its a 738


User currently offlineAAJAXFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 14627 times:

Thanks for the photos.

I am surprised by the meal.... it's a pitiful one-tray affair.... pitiful compared to some other airlines transcon meals (or even mid-con meals).

User currently offlineCory6188 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 14605 times:

I'm having trouble downloading the photos. Windows Media Player opens up and then says that the server is not responding. Am I missing something here or are the videos not working?

User currently offlineBigMac From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 14574 times:

AAJAXFlyer: Yes the meal was actually really bad compared to other transcont flights.

Cory6188: Yes, you won't be able to download the video's because I think I've passed my bandwidth and I'm still looking for a place to put the videos. Most probably by next weekend I'll repost the videos.

BTW. I'm still looking for a place to store the videos for a month. Anyone have a suggestion?


[Edited 2004-02-01 19:21:38]

User currently offlineBigMac From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 14552 times:

Sorry... Couldn't edit my last post nor my first post to delete the link to the videos...
Flairport and JBLUA320: That was a CO 737 and I left D5. Was the video that bad?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Again you won't be able to download any videos for now...

[Edited 2004-02-01 20:28:23]

User currently offlineBa319-131 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 14488 times:
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Nice report and photos,i too have had trouble with the video,ok well!

I must say the food looks pretty awful,not something i'd expect for the cost of a Delta First class ticket.

User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 14469 times:

Very nice trip report, BigMac and those are looking wonderful flight in/out of LAX flight and how is they doing? I knew that you were flew on the ship #7003, right? I was flew on the B777 from last 4 years ago flew out from ATL to MCO. It is great ride on their flight for me and watches with the fligh tracker.

User currently offlineBigMac From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14431 times:

Again, sorry to dissapoint everyone with the problems downloading the videos. Embarrassment

Goboeing: I don't have any takeoffs or landings. Personally, to play it safe I don't think it's a good idea to use a camcorder during takeoff and landing.

Ba319-131: Yes, the meal looked pretty simple and small. Really sad being given on a 4 hour and 30 minute flight.

ScottysAir: Thanks for the complements. Yes, it was ship #7003 and someone posted a picture on a.net of my flight landing in LAX. Yes, the 777 is definately something special to be on.

User currently offlineNWAgoldelite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 14344 times:

I practically laughed out loud when I saw what DL served you on that trans con. Is there a reason why you like to stick with DL after what they've done to skymiles?

User currently offlineCory6188 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 14320 times:

Any luck with reposting the videos somewhere else? I'd love to see them. You can even email them to me if you have the patience to send them.

User currently offlineDmerinop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 14305 times:

Very good report, very interesting.
Hey, how much did your flight cost???


User currently offlineBigMac From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 14298 times:

NWAgoldelite: Yes, it is actually very sad what they served. I'm not a person that flies on a certain airline because of miles, I choose my flight by aircraft & features first, then by price, and then by airline.

Cory6188: No luck yet posting the videos somewhere else. Maybe by weekend I'll repost the report with the correct link. The videos are about 70MB, I don't think you'll want that in an e-mail.

Dmerinop: Thanks. It was 600 smackeroos...

User currently offlineCory6188 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 14283 times:

I was just looking at your photos again. The F/A in the ninth picture down from the top (in the doorway) sure didn't look very happy to be there.

User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 14206 times:

Great report, loved the video, the seat pitch looks amazing

Hope to get some good shots of the a330 and 757 of usair when i fly

User currently offlineBigMac From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 14014 times:

Cory6188: You are right. But to me it looks like the flight attendants are always looking at me. The couple of pictures below the one you are looking at, another flight attendant is in the process of turning and looking at me. Kind of as if I'm not allowed to take pictures and they are suspiscious of me.

Trekster: Thanks. The seat pitch was amazing. As was the seat, even though it wasn't a bed, but close. I'm looking forward to your pictures and report. Pictures are really worth a thousand words.

ALSO: I "suggested the deletion" of my report because I will be updating the video link "soon".

User currently offlineCory6188 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 13889 times:

It's no surprise they were looking at you - it's not too often that someone takes pictures of the plane while inflight.

25 COEWR2587 : Excellent pics. Very nice report aswell too.
26 Austin767400 : Nice Pix! Great Report! Austin767400
27 Post contains images Iflyatldl : BigMac:I'm flying DL F class ATL-LAS-ATL on the 764 in a few weeks, so I'll be interested to see if it's anything like your trip. Great Report!
28 COEWR2587 : Iflyatdl... I hate to burst your bubble somewhat, I'm sure you'll get great service and all in the 764, it's just that it won't have the BusinessElite
29 Post contains images Iflyatldl : COEWR2587: Yeah, I knew the seats would be domestic first class seats...On one hand, I'm kind of excited and on the otherhand, I'm not expecting a who
30 Post contains links and images COEWR2587 : I'm guessing they do. I know in coach they don't. Seatguru.com says First class on the 764 has individual LCD monitors; I guess they mean PTV's. The 7
31 CougarAviator : Excellent report and excellent photos. I could not get the video to load. Oh well. And man, that sure was a pretty 777!!!!
32 Post contains images Iflyatldl : COEWR2597: Thanks for the first class pics! I kind of remember them being set up that way. This is my first trip on the 764 in about three years. We'l
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