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User currently offlineBigMac From Suriname, joined Nov 2003, 324 posts, RR: 9
Posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 12314 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). Also the video is made up of pieces because the whole video is 30 minutes long. I also posted 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:

OR by clicking on:


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

I hope y’all enjoy the video, those who haven’t seen it already anyways! I hope there won’t be any problems this time.

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

To fly, or not to fly: that is the question
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User currently offlineChrisj From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 11978 times:

Excellent report, videos, and pictures! just like others have said, the video makes you feel like you're right on the plane.
very good quality in the videos and pictures. what video camera/digital camera did you use for recording the video and taking the pictures?

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 11723 times:

Sweeet, the videos downloaded fast this time! They were excellent, really did make you feel like you were actually there! Thanks for sharing that, and playing around with the PTV, that was cool!


User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 11712 times:

Excellent report and brilliant videos!


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 11692 times:


Nice report, great videos too (they came down faster this time)  Smile Love the sound of the engines in the 2nd one!

I agree I felt as if I was on that plane Big grin


Justin  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineBigMac From Suriname, joined Nov 2003, 324 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 11402 times:

Thanks everyone. Glad you guys enjoyed the video and could download them (faster)...

Chrisj: The video camera is a Sony DCR-PC9 and the digicam a Canon S230.

To fly, or not to fly: that is the question
User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 11254 times:


I seen that video before from ATL-FLL-ATL flight. Those are looking great video for me into their flight from ATL-LAX on the B777 aircraft and you were flew on the businesselite class. I was watches with the gray box into the cargo hold and it was good for me. Thanks!  Smile


User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 11012 times:

just perfect!!! thanx


They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 10 hours ago) and read 10642 times:

That was a great trip report. I really enjoy reports with pictures. I would put up pics in my reports it I wasnt so dang computer illiterate.


User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 4190 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 10531 times:

Great trip report & great pics to go along with it! Can't wait for my first 777 ride in July! I'll check out the videos when I have time- look forward to that.


Let's Kick the Tires & Light the Fires!!
User currently offlineAerosvit From Ukraine, joined Feb 2004, 112 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10354 times:

umm...the video for me doesn't work with me. the links i mean.

Clava Ykraini
User currently offlineBigMac From Suriname, joined Nov 2003, 324 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 10339 times:

ScottysAir: Glad you enjoyed the video...

Delta767300ER: Thanks. I also enjoy trip reports with pictures.

DeltaRules: The 777 is awesome. You'll have a blast. Unfortunately I've removed the videos. My bandwidth was exceeded within a couple of days.

Aerosvit: Sorry about that. I removed the videos. My bandwidth was exceeded within a couple of days after posting the videos. The whole 10GB.

To fly, or not to fly: that is the question
User currently offlineKevin752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 747 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 10082 times:

Great report. I liked Delta. I realy liked their Lt1011's. I also found out that I made my first 757-200 with Delta Airlines and I am really glad about that. I liked all the pics and the 777 looks great. I am sad since I will not be flying a 777 this year most likly. I am more than sure I will be on some 747-400's and a few A319's.

"Keep Climbing"
User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 748 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9873 times:

Awsome report. Too bad you had to take down the videos.


User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9754 times:

Great report!


User currently offlineGo3team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3269 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9845 times:

If you need a place to host the vids, with no bandwidth restriction... http://www.movie-host.net If I have enough demand, I might make a section just devoted to aviation.

Yay Pudding!
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