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Trip Report: ATL-IAD-ATL (with Pics)  
User currently offlineOmoo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5804 times:

Hi folks,
It is that time of the year again for my yearly one nighter in DC.
I managed to take some pictures even though I was behind 2 panes of dirty glass most of the time.

Date: 02-Nov Return 03-Nov
Airline: AirTran
Class: Business ($35 Upgrade each way)
Seat: 3F
Equipment: Boeing 717
Total price including upgrades: US $236

Checking in was effortless since I did not have any checkin luggage. Lines were nowhere to be seen at the Aitran counter. Since I was 2 hours earlier for my flight I decided to proceed to the gate area and grab some lunch.
My gate was C 20 and the concourse was packed to the Max as usual on a Wednesday. After lunch I proceeded to take a few photos from he windows. Amazingly the windows were a bit cleaner than normal.

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Gate Area, Web checking and help area

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Parked Airtrans at gate area

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Gate Area where I was sitting for a while


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This is a Spankin new Airtran B737-700?

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This is my ride

Boarding was hassle free and I proceeded to my seat without any delays. This was my first time flying Airtran, so I was a bit suprised to find the Business class seats kind of lame.

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My seat/tray

They are not as comfortable as your usual business or first class seat you find in DL, NW,SAA or KLM. Truly you cannot compare a widebody business seat to a commuter business seat. Upon seating, the stewardess was kind enough to offer us a drink and I chose water. Pushback was prompt and within 20 minutes after boarding we were in the air.
My window was really scratched up I mean really bad, the outside part is full of lines a lot of lines. You cannot take a clear picture at this window.

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My Window, all scratched up

We were served drinks and no mention of a snack !!! That's why I had lunch earlier. Upon arrival to DC I was able to catch a glimpse of several heavy hitters on my way to the main terminal both on foot and while riding those 1950's all terrain IAD transfer busses.

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Virgin sitting at the gate, getting ready for evening to LHR

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First Evening 777 AF Leaving to CDG

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KLM A330 getting prep for AMS (this is my first time seeing a KLM A330)

Outside, I took the bus to the rental car company, got my car and left. Early next morning I tried beating the rush hour traffic to downtown Washington DC, managed to find parking, proceeded to finish my meeting and I was done by 1:45pm. I got really mad that the parking warden left me a $20 parking violation ticket, parking without permit. WTF ! I have to admit that Hertz has a great product when it comes to their NeverLost GPS thingie ! it is amazing !!!! I saved a lot on time and gas when I used NaverLost GPS navigation. Made my way back to IAD and dropped off the car, total charge for car $101 ( I chose the $40 full tank of gas option). Took the bus back to the terminal and proceeded to check in.


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AirTran (all) and Austrian (to vienna) Check-in

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SAS Check-in

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Evening SAS to Copenhagen

It was around 4:00pm and my flight is on 8:30pm, what is a man to do with all this time ? for once I am starving (did not eat lunch), so I proceeded to the TGI Fridays and had lunch before boarding the monster to my gate.
After eating, I decided to wander around to different Gates taking photos and reading my newspaper.

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Gate Area

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Virgin Atlantic - African Queen Arriving from LHR

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IAD construction, this is one HUGE hole !!!

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AF 777 to CDG getting ready

There was a rather odd sight at the end of the concourse, a Saudi Arabian B777-268/ER sitting at the remote stand. aftew a while the crew got in and started the APU, then there was a gate gourmet truck, after a few hrs it left and I did not see a single passenger board? does Saudi Arabian fly passengers to IAD or this was a VIP flight?


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Daniel Wojdylo



Boarding @8:00pm was seamless as usual and the flight good. This particular 717 had the XM radio installed, so I spent most of my time fiddling with it.

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Pushback

The XM was pretty interesting, you can listen to CNN and Fox news even NPR on it. They served snacks and drinks, cheap ass pretzels to be exact. Arrival in ATL was kind of bumpy, we sat on the intersection of 9L for about 20 minutes waiting for departures, several DL heavies, 737's, AF 777 and a DHL cargo.

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Arrival at gate

[Edited 2005-11-04 23:49:16]

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User currently offlineOmoo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5782 times:

This is a repost of the above trip report.....the 30 minutes rule took effect, and the site went down at the same time......

========================================

Hi folks,
It is that time of the year again for my yearly one nighter in DC.
I managed to take some pictures even though I was behind 2 panes of dirty glass most of the time.

Date: 02-Nov Return 03-Nov
Airline: AirTran
Class: Business ($35 Upgrade each way)
Seat: 3F
Equipment: Boeing 717
Total price including upgrades: US $236

Checking in was effortless since I did not have any checkin luggage. Lines were nowhere to be seen at the Aitran counter. Since I was 2 hours earlier for my flight I decided to proceed to the gate area and grab some lunch.
My gate was C 20 and the concourse was packed to the Max as usual on a Wednesday. After lunch I proceeded to take a few photos from he windows. Amazingly the windows were a bit cleaner than normal.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00326.jpg
Gate Area, Web checking and help area

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00324.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00323.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00322.jpg

Parked Airtrans at gate area

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00327.jpg
Gate Area where I was sitting for a while


http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00337.jpg
This is a Spankin new Airtran B737-700?

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00334.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00318.jpg
This is my ride

Boarding was hassle free and I proceeded to my seat without any delays. This was my first time flying Airtran, so I was a bit suprised to find the Business class seats kind of lame.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00339.jpg
My seat/tray

They are not as comfortable as your usual business or first class seat you find in DL, NW,SAA or KLM. Truly you cannot compare a widebody business seat to a commuter business seat. Upon seating, the stewardess was kind enough to offer us a drink and I chose water. Pushback was prompt and within 20 minutes after boarding we were in the air.
My window was really scratched up I mean really bad, the outside part is full of lines a lot of lines. You cannot take a clear picture at this window.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00340.jpg
My Window, all scratched up

We were served drinks and no mention of a snack !!! That's why I had lunch earlier. Upon arrival to DC I was able to catch a glimpse of several heavy hitters on my way to the main terminal both on foot and while riding those 1950's all terrain IAD transfer busses.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00342.jpg
Virgin sitting at the gate, getting ready for evening to LHR

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00348.jpg
First Evening 777 AF Leaving to CDG

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00349.jpg
KLM A330 getting prep for AMS (this is my first time seeing a KLM A330)

Outside, I took the bus to the rental car company, got my car and left. Early next morning I tried beating the rush hour traffic to downtown Washington DC, managed to find parking, proceeded to finish my meeting and I was done by 1:45pm. I got really mad that the parking warden left me a $20 parking violation ticket, parking without permit. WTF ! I have to admit that Hertz has a great product when it comes to their NeverLost GPS thingie ! it is amazing !!!! I saved a lot on time and gas when I used NaverLost GPS navigation. Made my way back to IAD and dropped off the car, total charge for car $101 ( I chose the $40 full tank of gas option). Took the bus back to the terminal and proceeded to check in.


http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00351.jpg
AirTran (all) and Austrian (to vienna) Check-in

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00352.jpg
SAS Check-in

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00353.jpg
Evening SAS to Copenhagen

It was around 4:00pm and my flight is on 8:30pm, what is a man to do with all this time ? for once I am starving (did not eat lunch), so I proceeded to the TGI Fridays and had lunch before boarding the monster to my gate.
After eating, I decided to wander around to different Gates taking photos and reading my newspaper.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00358.jpg
Gate Area

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00361.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00362.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00363.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00366.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00369.jpg
Virgin Atlantic - African Queen Arriving from LHR

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00371.jpg
IAD construction, this is one HUGE hole !!!

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00378.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00379.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00380.jpg
AF 777 to CDG getting ready

There was a rather odd sight at the end of the concourse, a Saudi Arabian B777-268/ER sitting at the remote stand. aftew a while the crew got in and started the APU, then there was a gate gourmet truck, after a few hrs it left and I did not see a single passenger board? does Saudi Arabian fly passengers to IAD or this was a VIP flight?


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Daniel Wojdylo



Boarding @8:00pm was seamless as usual and the flight good. This particular 717 had the XM radio installed, so I spent most of my time fiddling with it.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00387.jpg
Pushback

The XM was pretty interesting, you can listen to CNN and Fox news even NPR on it. They served snacks and drinks, cheap ass pretzels to be exact. Arrival in ATL was kind of bumpy, we sat on the intersection of 9L for about 20 minutes waiting for departures, several DL heavies, 737's, AF 777 and a DHL cargo.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a170/styxl/Trips/DSC00401.jpg
Arrival at gate


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