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User currently offlineAir380 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 7648 times:

This is my first trip report, so please forgive my amateurish try!

Flight DL 20 ATL - FRA
Boeing 772, N862DA (delivered 1999 to DL)
Dept. 6:20 PM
Arrival 9:20 AM 4-18
Load Factor: est: at 95% front and back.

Well, another business trip at last minute's notice to Europe. The wife at home drives a poor traveler crazy, as she insists on packing and checking the luggage. It is cold over there! Where is your jacket?? By the way, invest in some decent luggage, mine is supposed to withstand a bullet (just what you want to face while in the air) but it has survived countless trips and was money well spent.

Well, I love the 777's, too bad Delta has so few of them. For me, Delta is the most convenient carrier and I have been loyal with them for at least 15 years, being at a medallion level for most of it.

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After a short but yummy Killian's at the Crown Room Club in concourse E in Atlanta I take all my belongings and find my ride.

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She stands beautifully in the evening sun and looks very inviting. I hope that I will be able to sleep some tonight, since I have to attend a business meeting in the early afternoon and get to zoom over the Autobahn to my destination!

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I enter and the purser and the flight attendant bid me a very friendly good evening.

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I found my seat, I think it was 3E, and get my welcome champagne. It is a tad cheap in the plastic glass, I wish they would go back to real glasses! It is not Krug, but pretty decent Lallier Brut, drinkable. A pillow, blanket, and a little amenity kit is already in the seat, the latter with socks, chap stick, tooth brush and paste, and a sleeping mask. I sip my champagne and get a refill right away.

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I took some pictures of the seat, it is comfortable, but of course, no flatbed or a suite.

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Shortly after we are shown the safety briefing movie and we taxi to the runway. We wait in a queue of about 5 planes waiting to take off to their various destinations. Soon it is our turn. The powerful engines spool up and we accelerate down the runway. How much more powerful than a 767, that is what I often fly to Europe! I did not pay attention about the runway used ( I am afraid, even if I did, I would not know) and the climbing rate etc. I just enjoyed the feeling of being able to have a couple of hours to myself.

The flight attendant comes and remembers my name during the whole flight. She always addresses me as Mr. ... and I think this is quite nice service. She also says, I see you are one of our valuable Platinum fliers and we thank you for your patronage. I remark that I hope Delta is around for some time longer, for a while it looked like the pilots were going to strike and that I would not have been able to take this flight. We chat for a little bit and she says that all hope things will turn out ok.

And then the food starts. Nice table presentation, escept the plastic knives! Come on, enough of the plastic, don't other carriers use real knives again?
Here is the menu:

Appetizer
Sesame Chicken with cucumber and pecan smoked trout
Goat cheese round with sun dried tomatoes

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Next I had the Salad mix, I am not going to write the whole thing

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Then we had a choice between herb-crusted lamb loin with garlic sauce and potato wedges, which I chose and grouper in mango-cucumber salsa with black pearl rice. Both dishes hat various vegetables.
Also, they offered cheese tortellini with mushroom and Thai chicken coconut soup with red curry and lemon grass as vegetarian dishes.
I was happy and enjoyed my selection. Accompanying the meal was a good French Bordeaux.



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A cheese plate rounded up the menu and I enjoyed a port wine with it.

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I declined coffee, as I wanted to catch some zzz's. But I did not decline the ice-cream, yum!

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Feeling sufficiently full and the dinner ending the flight attendants turned the lights down and I reclined my seat and fell asleep right away. No movies or entertainment this time.

I woke up for breakfast, went to the lavatory, which was clean and well stocked. And soon after breakfast service began.

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Fresh OJ
Fruit, Breads
And Choice between Cereal
or breakfast Quesadilla, which I chose and liked ok.

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Unfortunately weak coffee, but landing in Germany soon should take care of that!

Soon we were on finals for Frankfurt, of course not without circling a bit over the busy airport. Touchdown was smooth, and sorry, I actually don't put my camera out when they ask you not to use any electronic equipment.

Flight attendants said bye and thanks, very friendly and professional despite the tough times.

Delta still seems like a good carrier to me, they get me where I want to go.

Hope I did not bore you!

[Edited 2006-04-25 02:16:30]

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User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 905 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 7610 times:

didn't bore me at all, it could have been even longer!!
But, mean nice report for your first one mate!
is Delta your choice airline?
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.



to some people the sky is the limit, to aviation enthusiasts, its home!
User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7531 times:

Kyle, i wasn't bored at all. Wished your report was longer. Looking forward
for a report from FRA to ATL. It was good to hear that you have had a pleasant journey on my favorite airline.

salute: DALelite

p.s. geniess den deutschen Kaffeee (enjoy the german coffee)



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineCgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7201 times:

Quoting Air380 (Thread starter):
And then the food starts. Nice table presentation, escept the plastic knives! Come on, enough of the plastic, don't other carriers use real knives again?

Very nice report. I haven't had the chance to fly any B777 yet. Hopefully that will change someday. I can't agree more about the plastic knives, especially in Business. To use security as an arguement is simply laughable. A metal fork can hurt too....I aslo think its a bit cheap to serve beverages in plastic in business. It just comes across as being stingy.

Otherwise the meal service and presentation looked quite nice. I'll be using DL this summer to JFK (in economy:-( ) so it will be interesting to see how they compare with the European airlines.

How was the return flight?

Oh and nice pics too!

Cheers!



A330 man.
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1931 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7025 times:
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Nice report and pics! I flew Delta Business Elite in '99, and it looks to be the same then as it is now. Its good to see that Delta still has real glasses and linen on the international flights, as opposed to the domestic flights.

User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6903 times:

Would be a nice report if those jpgs were not so compressed.  Smile

User currently offlineZone1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1035 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6779 times:

Nice first trip report. How come you went to the Crown Room instead of the Business Elite lounge in ATL?


/// U N I T E D
User currently offlineAir380 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6676 times:

OOps, that was the Business Elite lounge, I messed up, sorry! Also, I tried to compress the pics less and it (Image shack) would not upload them, sorry. Return flight was on a 767, if you are interested I will post a report. Thank you for your comments!

User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6174 times:

Nice first trip report. Too bad about the photo compression, but that's one of the disadvantages of online hosts.
Anyway, nice to see that no matter how much everything on DL changes, food, service, IFE, there is still the good old large ice cream sundae after dinner Big grin .


User currently offlineArdian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 544 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 9 hours ago) and read 5620 times:

I kinda like the photo compression! It's almost pixelart  Wink
But it's a nice tripreport: didn't bore me at all and it wasn't amateurish!


User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 940 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months ago) and read 5502 times:

Good first trip report and I look forward to the next one. I'll echo the request for even more detail in the future.

If you want to start a campaign to get metal knives returned to US carriers, I'll be sure to sign the petition!



Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlinePanamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4898 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5343 times:
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Nice trip report and definitely not amateurish at all...keep up the great work!

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 3):
....I aslo think its a bit cheap to serve beverages in plastic in business. It just comes across as being stingy.

Actually, the plastic glass in BusinessElite is only for the pre-takeoff drinks. It's the same on all US carriers - supposedly some FAA rule that there should not be glassware out prior to takeoff....after takeoff, all beverages in Business are served in real glasses (and unlike some other airlines, DL actually has separate glasses for champagne, wines, and regular drinks)


User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5092 times:

Nice report. Food looks good!


My soul is in the sky...
User currently offlineAerofan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4997 times:

one question - does anyone know if DL serves anything else but ice cream for dessert? the very same ice cream dish was served on jfk-rom-jfk flight that i took on dl in jan

User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4826 times:

Great to see that DL´s B/E has some more admirers (I became one of them just recently).

Quoting Air380 (Thread starter):
Unfortunately weak coffee, but landing in Germany soon should take care of that!

 Big grin That reminds me of the stickers on Coffee-supply in our office in Marietta, GA: "Caution: European coffee" as it was brewed with double-dose coffee powder.

Quoting Aerofan (Reply 13):
does anyone know if DL serves anything else but ice cream for dessert?

I've seen only ice cream sofar, including strange looks from F/A's when ordering it w/o any extras (no crunchy things, no whipped cream)

Quoting Door5Right (Reply 12):
Food looks good!

Sofar food on DL B/E has been quite excellent for me.
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4813 times:

Air380 i am missing your return report!!!


greetings: DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineAerofan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4551 times:

well dammmmmmmmn, they need to become a bit more imaginative about their dessert. i ordered mine plain as well. then the fa had to stick it in the micro to melt it a bit. i din't ge the looks though

the fas were very friendly


User currently offlineExusair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 684 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4156 times:

DL used to stock a poached pear dessert that was rarely eaten. There is also a fruit plate for those who do not wan't ice cream, as well as a selection of liquores.

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