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User currently offlineGte439u From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 361 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7996 times:

December 16, 2004
Stuttgart, Germany to Atlanta, Georgia
Delta 117
B 767-300ER
Flight time: 10:29
Seat: 20G

On December 8, I flew from Atlanta to Brussels, and then I traveled through Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Switzerland to Stuttgart, Germany. It was a pleasant vacation, and a joy to drink much 'vin chaud' or 'gluehwein' depending on the side of the Asatian border.

On Thursday, December 16, I took a taxi to Stuttgart Airport from my hotel in a nearby suburb. As I am Medallion on Delta, it only took a few minutes to check in for my 1140 flight, and I was out of the line by 0930. Therefore, I walked around Terminals 1, 2 and 4 of Stuttgart to pick up some timetables, drink an espresso and read the Financial Times.

It only took a few minutes to clear the first security check, and then another 10 minutes to clear the second one for Delta’s flight to Atlanta. After that check, I passed through German immigration, and then entered the waiting area at Gate 110. If you a leaving the EU at Stuttgart, you should be aware that here are not any shops or restaurants after the exit controls.

At 1050, the agents called for Business Elite passengers, and then Medallion got to board at 1100. The agents rechecked my passport, and took my passenger information card.

I was among the first to board in coach.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/gte439u/str/233345641dihDGe_ph.jpg

My seat was located in the forward mini-cabin, which was quite cozy.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/gte439u/str/233345224ZEYRod_ph.jpg

My seat, 20G, was an exit row, and it had plenty of leg room.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/gte439u/str/233345709UZqojS_ph.jpg

Delta’s B767 fleet does not have individual entertainment systems, so one had to watch one of two screens.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/gte439u/str/233345239zAEtfX_ph.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/gte439u/str/233345667PKnVsf_ph.jpg

However, my inflight entertainment was limited to Magnus Mills’ The Scheme for Full Employment and the Condor and Lufthansa timetables.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/gte439u/str/233346584dEHWGF_ph.jpg


After putting my bags away, I took a photo of a Lufthansa 737.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/gte439u/str/233345693PtgZcR_ph.jpg

At this point, the captain greeted us. He informed us that the headwinds were exceptionally strong today, so our flight would take 10:25 minutes rather than the normal 10 hours. He also said that we would travel on a more southerly course, rather than a more typical routing over Greenland and Labrador.


As we pushed back on time at 1140, I snapped this photo of a Lufthansa 733 that had just arrived.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/gte439u/str/233345651EQvzzj_ph.jpg

We taxied to the runway, and were number one to departure. The takeoff roll took about 30 seconds on that cold German morning.

Initially we climbed to 34,000’ as we flew west over Strasbourg to Paris. The crew quickly began to serve drinks, and I paid $4 for a bottle of Chilean Merlot to have with my lunch of pesto tortellini, a small green salad, a roll and an unidentifiable moose.

During lunch, the crew started The Bourne Supremacy, so I took a break from my reading to watch it on the monitors. I have to say that The Bourne Identity was much better, but the sequal was still a good way to waste two hours.

After the movie, we just cruised over the North Atlantic for what felt like hours on end.
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The crew did come by with water periodically during the flight, and served drinks and peanuts about four hours before landing.

Ninety-minutes before arrival, the flight attendants offered mini-pizzas, cookies and drinks again. They also passed by twice with coffee and tea.

Approximately, 30 minutes before landing (1600 EST), we began to descend over the Smokey Mountains.
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We flew south of downtown Atlanta and then turned for landing to the east at 1630 EST.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/gte439u/str/str1.jpg

I was one of the first off of the airplane, and I passed through immigration, customs and boarded the MARTA train in less than 30 minutes.

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User currently offlineCOAIAH From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7857 times:

great trip report......awsome pics too...keep up the good work

User currently offlineCorbin From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7820 times:

Nice trip report! I used to fly STR-ATL-STR a lot way back in the days, as well as STR-JFK-STR.


In life you are either a passenger or a pilot. The choice is yours!
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7579 times:

Great Report, Great Pics too. . . .

Thanks


User currently offlinePensacolaguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7559 times:

WOW, your trip report has brought back some memories when I flew STR-ATL back in the summer of 1998, with DL. Our flight had to land in Banger, Maine because we didn't have enough fuel. And I remember sitting on the cramped seats for 11+ hours, being bored out of my mind. Great pictures, to bad you didn't board via the air stairs though. Hope you had a great European vacation.

User currently offlineAndie007 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 867 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7466 times:

Great trip report.
I enjoyed the reading.

BTW - great pics!

[Edited 2005-05-04 10:41:03]

User currently offlineLeonB1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7283 times:

Nice report and cool pics. I have a B767-300 flight coming up with BA, though admittedly a lot shorter, only from LHR to PRG!

User currently offlinePolarair747 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7216 times:

Nice report with excellent pics too. I'm flying DL 65 MAN-ATL 11 may so anymore info about their inflight service would be appreciated. Keep up the great work!

User currently offlineReifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7192 times:

Great report, I loved the pictures too!

Can you tell us what was the approx. passenger load on your flight?
I flew once with DL from JFK to STR, 767 too... Summer 92 if I remember right... There was a stop in BRS those days.


User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7123 times:

Great report and very good pics as well! According to the replies, quite a few people have already travelled on this route. No wonder it seems to be quite successful.

Quoting Gte439u (Thread starter):
After that check, I passed through German immigration, and then entered the waiting area at Gate 110. If you a leaving the EU at Stuttgart, you should be aware that here are not any shops or restaurants after the exit controls.

Good point - I also think this is a great disadvantage at STR (my home airport, by the way). Especially for flights with special security checks like DL or (to a smaller extent) BA, you have to be at the gate early. So people would have plenty of time to spend some money in shops or snack bars, but unfortunately there is nothing available.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineCO2BGR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 558 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7069 times:

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 4):
Our flight had to land in Banger, Maine because we didn't have enough fuel.

Its spelled Bangor, and suposed to be pronounced "bane-gor" not "bang-er" like almost everyone does thats not from around here. The New York area is particularly bad.

"Flight 2269 going up to 'Bang-her'" ..... um no.



There are too many self indulgent weiners in this town with too much bloody money" Randal Raines- Gone in 60 Seconds
User currently offlineGte439u From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7048 times:

Quoting Polarair747 (Reply 7):
Nice report with excellent pics too. I'm flying DL 65 MAN-ATL 11 may so anymore info about their inflight service would be appreciated. Keep up the great work!

Delta's service on international flights can best be described as efficient and typical of that offered by other US carriers. You'll have to pay for alcohol, there will be a choice of main meal and a snack before landing. I've seen the crew pass through the aisles with drinks, but usually they stay in the rear galley. I usually go to the rear galley to in flight to get an additional drink. It's always fun to chat with the crew there too.

Quoting Reifel (Reply 8):
Can you tell us what was the approx. passenger load on your flight?

I'd say that the flight was at least 90% full, with almost all seats in Y taken. I did not get a look at J, however.

Remember that I took this flight only a week before Christmas, so there were many travelers going to visit family abroad.


User currently offlineGte439u From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7055 times:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 9):
Good point - I also think this is a great disadvantage at STR (my home airport, by the way). Especially for flights with special security checks like DL or (to a smaller extent) BA, you have to be at the gate early. So people would have plenty of time to spend some money in shops or snack bars, but unfortunately there is nothing available.

I was very disappointed by the lack of shops or food. I had 7 Euros left in coins that I was to spend on a coffee and magazine. However, the only options by Delta's gate are a Coke machine and a snack machine. It seems like the airport could set up an espresso to take the last euros of those leaving the Eurozone.


User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6872 times:

Nice report, always appreciated to see it with some photos in it.

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 4):
Our flight had to land in Banger, Maine because we didn't have enough fuel

That happens a lot on that route. I remember from an article in AeroInternational that the ATL flight either has to leave luggage behind or refuel at BGR, because of a combination of the runway lenght, the mountain in the vicinity and unfavorable winds.


User currently offlineTommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6213 times:

NICE REPORT! I liked the pics!

I recently flew on a DL 767-300 MCO-ATL in the last row (47.) This plane was a domestic 767 so there were not as many mounted LCD screens and the coach seats were very worn.

Overall great pics!



"Folks that's the news and I'm outta here!" -- Dennis Miller
User currently offlineIntothinair From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 392 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5691 times:

Nice pictures and a great report.
Seems like the ATL-STR route is successful.
Delta seems to fly to quite a lot of destinations in Germany, FRA, MUC, STR, and now also TXL.

Cheers, Konstantin G.


User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3103 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5465 times:

DL seems to be one of the most recognized carriers in Germany, and they've historically had a great presence there. Let's hope they consider some new cities, such as HAM or DUS in the future.

Great report. I've always enjoyed DL's transatlantic service. I like the fact that the 767's have very few middle seats. Hopefully I'll get to do another transatlantic with them soon. Glad you had a good experience as well.


User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2350 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4979 times:

Great pics and great trip report. keep up the good work.


"Drunks run stop signs. Stoners wait for them to turn green."
User currently offlineAirWales From UK - Wales, joined Oct 2004, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4770 times:

Really enjoyed the report and great pics. Dont know if it is me but the interior of the plane looked really dated?!

User currently offlineGte439u From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4510 times:

Quoting AirWales (Reply 18):
Dont know if it is me but the interior of the plane looked really dated?!

The interior was dated, but comfortable enough.

Be on the look out for an ATL-MSP-PDX-NRT-PEK report with pictures in the next few weeks. I'm flying Kashgar-Urumqi-Beijing-Shenzhen on China Southern next week, and I'll post pics of that trip as well.


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3914 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 4491 times:

Tommy767,

I've done that route and A/C too... it was like being in an old bus Silly


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