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Delta Air Lines MCO-ATL-PHX/PHX-ATL-MCO (1996)  
User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Posted (12 years 1 month 6 hours ago) and read 6035 times:

Hello to all, This trip report from 1996 was one of the greatest trips I took, especially the aviation part. I apologize for not having any pictures but I am computer illiterate.  Big thumbs up

July 21st, 1996
Delta Air Lines
Boeing 727-200
7:25 AM-8:XX AM
Fl# N/A

Check-In: We checked all of our baggage via curbside check-in without any incident. Estimated time was about 5 minutes.

Boarding: I came into this years trip with a considerable amound of aviation knowledge and could now identify every type of aircraft and tell you what airline flew what type of aircraft and their hubs. We boarded a Boeing 727-200 as I was seated in row 13, seat A. This Boeing 727-200 had blue seats with brown wood panelling.

Flight: We took off on-time southbound before making a 180 degree turn to the north and passed over northern Florida and continued over southern Georgia. The F/A's came through the cabin and served full drink service and some kind of muffin that was pretty tasty. The weather was clear and humid as we passed over Georgia and for the first time I noticed the "famous" power plant that I always see when I fly that route. We touched down in Atlanta on-time under sunny skies. Their were aircraft taking off and landing non-stop. We docked at Concourse A

Layover: The layover was exciting! Since the 1996 Olympic Games were hosted in Atlanta I saw a lot of the teams from different countries passing through the airport and saw a lot of Delta aircraft  Smile

July 21st, 1996
Delta Air Lines
Boeing 727-200
ATL-PHX (Connecting flight)
11:30 AM-N/A due to no memory
Fl# N/A

Boarding: We boarded the same Boeing 727-200 from the previous flight. I was seated next in row 25, seat F.

Flight: We took off from ATL about 30 minutes late due to our pilots connection flight being delayed. We took off from ATL westbound and then turned partially northwest over Memphis, TN then over Oklahoma City, OK. Flying midway over the plain states we encountered some rough weather for about 30 minutes but it smoothed out. The F/A's came through the cabin with full meal and drink service (This was back in the days where they gave you some pretty good stuff in coach on a 3 hour flight). The meal service consisted of a salad, some type of really tasty meat, and a small piece of cake. After meal and drink service was completed one of the pilots just happen to step back into the coach cabin for some odd reason. As he walked by my seat I asked him how he was doing and he stopped at my seat and talked to me for a good 5 minutes. We talked about the turbulance and then I asked him politely if I could have a pair of Delta wings, he said sure and went to the back and got me a pair. He was a very nice gentleman and I am grateful that he took the time to speak to me. The rest of the flight was excellent as we touched down in "The Valley of Sun" as the temperature was 108 degrees.

Baggage Claim: My uncle met us at the gate and walked with us to the baggage claim. I was very impressed with the size, moderness(sp), architecture, and cleanliness of PHX. We picked up our baggage without incident.

August 1st, 1996
Delta Air Lines
Boeing 757-200
10:30 AM-N/A
Fl# N/A

Check-In: We checked-in at the Delta ticket desk without any problems and we were off to our gate. While we were waiting to board our flight I walked around the terminal looking at all kinds of different aircraft. To be more specific I saw 4 AA MD-80's, NWA 727-200, Delta 727-200, some America West 737's, 757,s and some Southwest 737's.

Boarding: We boarded the Boeing 757-200 which seemed a lot more spacious than the previous Boeing 727's that I had been on. The 757 has white panelling and blue seats which gave it a very new and spacious look. I was seated in row 26 seat A as I found the headphones for IFE in the seatback in front of me.

Flight: We took off on-time as the weather was extremely clear over Arizona that day. As we were crossing over New Mexico the F/A's came through the cabin and served full drink service and meal service. For some odd reason I do not recall what type of meal it was. Our In-Flight movie was "Happy Gilmore" starring Adam Sandler, I watched the whole flick and enjoyed it. As we were cruising over Texas the captain came over the PA and adv we would be climbing to 41,000 ft to avoid a line of thunderstorms. It was amazing to fly overhead of the weather  Smile On our approach to Atlanta we had a magnificiant view of the downtown skyline. We touched down on-time in the clear Georgia sky.

Layover: Atlanta was hopping busy! We saw more Olympic Athletes and a lot more Delta aircraft. I walked around Concourse B for about an hour then went to the Pizza Hut Express to get some lunch before boarding my next flight.

August 1st, 1996
Delta Air Lines
Boeing 767-300
ATL-MCO (Connecting Flight)
Flight Times unavailable
Fl# N/A

Boarding: This was my first wide-body flight (other than the L-1011 flight when I was a baby) I was impressed with the size and how spacious the Boeing 767-300 was inside. I was seated in about row 31 seat C. This was my first aisle seat but I did not have any problems of complaints at all. This Boeing 767-300ER had blue seats w/ white panelling.

Flight: The weather was sunny and clear as we took off westbound and then turned southbound and flew over Macon, GA. The F/A's came through the cabin with full drink service and the peanuts. I had a Coca Cola and 2 bags of peanuts. I found the 767-300 to be very very comfortable and spacious. We descended over northern Florida and passed over Walt Disney World on approach to Orlando.

Baggage Claim: I took my time de-boarding the aircraft and met my family at the baggage claim. The part where I arrived at the baggage claim at MCO was always the saddest part of the trip  Sad


ATL: The William B. Hartsfield Atlanta Int'l Airport
MCO: Orlando Int'l Airport
PHX: Phoenix-Sky Harbor Int'l Airport


Overall, This was a very enjoyable trip. I selected this trip to do a report on because it included was my first wide-body flight that I remember and that it was such a great trip. I was very pleased with Delta's service, aircraft were clean, and flights werent significantly delayed.


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User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3142 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5748 times:

Excellent report! Its interesting to see how the aviation industry was so differnt not that long ago.

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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5673 times:

Dan, this is excellent trip report and you went visit your uncle in PHX? How is your flight was doing on the B727? Is that for long flight on their B727 to PHX?

User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5668 times:

Dave, Thanks for the comments. Yes it is interesting to see how the aviation industry has changed over the last few years. I've got quite a few trip reports from the past that I am going to be posting on here soon.

Scotty, Thanks for the review. Yes I went to visit my uncle, he currently lives in Mesa. The 727 was very comfortable on this route. This was my longest 727 flight. It lasted about 3 hours but it was a very enjoyable flight.


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