Alright, i've been so busy recently I haven't had time to catch up on my trip logs...so here goes from my almost yearly sojourn down to Florida for spring training....one of my co-workers and i went down, had a nice time and the weather could not possibly have been better. As always, Im not technically inclined or motivated enough to do photos of trips, but I try and be very descriptive of what goes on whenever i travel....enjoy!!!
Thursday, March 9th, 2006
Delta 416, BDL 520pm to CVG 735pm, Boeing 737-800, Seat 13F
Pushback: 517pm Wheels-up: 530pm Touchdown: 720pm At gate: 726pm
Departure gate: A11 Arrival gate: B26
My co-worker and I show up about one hour or so prior to departure which is more than fine since we are carry-on travelers...Bradley was pretty busy as is typical of this time of day - there were three lines for security funneling into the four (of 6) open security lanes. For how ominous looking it was, it moved quickly, and about 10 minutes later we were through the line and into the terminal. We departed from the same gate i left out of on 2/10 for a BDL-LAX Song flight and boarded in zone 2....and our boarding passes were scanned by an agent I recognized that assisted me in check-in on 1/13 for a BDL-ATL flight...and at that time she was fairly new. One benefit of outstations (and with 25 or so flights each day BDL isn't such a small outstation) is that you see some of the same workers repeatedly which is neat i think. Anyhow, im in the window and my colleague, all 6 foot 4 of him is in the aisle. We hoped to get an open seat in between but there was a girl in that seat. Fortunately, for him, there were 2 seats open in the bulkhead row 10 and a nice f/a offered for him to move up to there but the stupid girl next to me didn't move over to the aisle, opting to stay in the middle seat (i presume since my colleague's bag remained under the aisle seat, but i decided it must be because she was really into me)...she was decent looking but appeared to just be interested in sleeping during the flight- i don't think she said one word to me the whole time. Anyhow, the flight was uneventful, we had frequent chop but it was light at least during cruise....Delta Horizons was played and they came around with the snack basket- i got cheese and crackers and diet coke and also ate some snacks i brought with me while i read Sports Illustrated. In the middle of the flight the lead f/a came on the PA and identified herself as a rep for the SkyMiles program, and proceeded to give a 5 minute speech on getting a skymiles card and the benefits of it and blah blah blah. Its great that she's so enthusiastic about her job and the product, but for real, I don't know how many people were listening. I also don't know how many people particularly cared that she interrupted "Joey," since that show got fairly dismal ratings and was cancelled i believe the same week i took this trip (i actually LOVED the show myself but i'd seen that particular episode). As we flew closer to CVG the flight began to get very bumpy, enough so that the captain called for the f/a's to clean up and be seated just before 7:00, about 20-25 minutes before touchdown. By the time the were seated a few minutes later we were getting josseled around pretty good. I don't mind turbulence personally so this did not bother me. What is it about CVG-- i had a go-around the last time i flew into CVG (in November) and this time we made it safely in the first time around but it was a bumpy ride...we touched down hard in cincy and pulled into the gate...i hadn't been to CVG at night in a while- its a lot quieter than it was before they pulled things back to 300ish flights (from 400 or more at one point). Honestly, considering that the non-SkyTeam carriers have about 30 departures combined, why doesn't Delta reject some of the needless Terminal 3 gate leases, and say, return 10 of the gates in the (not quite as nice as 'B') concourse 'A' to the airport who can, in turn, lease, say 8 of them, to US/HP, AA, UA, YX, and AC. Maybe leave a couple for the charters. I think Delta only has maybe 80 or 90 mainline flights each day- they won't miss the 10 gates and then CVG could simplify their airport somewhat. Our aircraft amazingly enough wasn't leaving anywhere until a turn to PHL at 9:45.
Delta 449, CVG 845pm to MCO 1054pm, MD-88, Seat 19E
Pushback: 842pm Wheels-up: 850pm Touchdown: 1044pm At gate: 1048pm
Departure gate: B4 Arrival gate: 77
Continuation of flight incoming from DEN...one noteworthy thing about this flight is that it left from B4, which in years past was in the middle of where this time of night there'd be flights to LAX, PHX, SFO, LAS, SEA, etc...757's galore even maybe some 767's...and not too far away was the int'l departures to AMS (still there), LGW (still there). What used to be a bustling portion of concourse is reduced now to a lone full flight to MCO, and on an MD-88 at that.
Anyhow, we boarded in amongst the high school cheerleader girls heading to Disney for some national competition. One of the cheerleader's sitting behind me took particular interest in my Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition which i was "reading" during this flight. My colleague and I enjoyed the extra legroom in row 19 (everything on the 2-seat side forward of the exits on the MD-88 is much roomier than the rest of the plane it seems), as he is 6'3" and I'm 5'10" and have broad shoulders... This flight also, like the last one, had light chop and also higher winds which slowed us down along the way. Standard snack basket service was provided along with drinks...other than that this was a normal flight- amazingly nice done landing.
Great trip for baseball- saw the Dominicans in the WBC as well!!! Also rented Chevy Monte Carlo from National- I'd reccommend National at MCO - they have good rates and are convienient.
Monday, March 13th, 2006
Delta/Song 2011, FLL 840am to BDL 1128am, Boeing 757-200, Seat 19F
Pushback: 841am Wheels-up: 855am Touchdown: 1131am At gate: 1137am
Departure gate: D2 Arrival gate: A9
This time we got the empty seat in the middle, one of only two or three on the whole plane, so lucky us! They played the "Jazz" safety demo, and since this was my (third) and final time on Song, it was a little sad for me, but at least i'd heard three of the unique demos. Flight was uneventful but of course quite entertaining because i had a tv to play with -- i watched ESPN, the Today show, the weather channel, etc, and listened to my IPod also to occupy myself. For those "PTV is not necessary" people-- you're right, its not, but its certainly nice to have and it enhances the airplane experience and definately assists in passing the time. Thisngs got a little bumpy on ascent and again after we flew past the DC area. Visibility was low in in/around BDL, so you didn't see the ground until a couple minutes before touchdown. All in all, great flights on Delta!!!
Will post last weekends flihgts -- BDL-DTW-CVG-BDL later on.....hope you enjoyed the report.