Although I have been visiting Airliners.net for almost a year now, I have never ventured into the forums. I discovered them earlier this week...and what a pleasnt discovery! I was most facinated by the trip reports people have posted, and so I decided that perhaps my first post should be a similar report.
I am currently a student at the University of Missouri, but I call the Upstate of South Carolina my home. Most of my flying expereinces out of Missouri have been from STL. STL is about 30 miles closer to Columbia than is MCI. The only problem is that MCI tends to have lower fares. I opted to fly out of MCI on Delta (my favorite carrier). Since the trip from MCI to GSP was over three weeks ago, the details are fading. THus, I will report on my trip back to school earlier this week.
I was confirmed to leave GSP on Delta's 9:55 am departure, but due to family schedules, it was better for me to try and see if I could get an earlier flight. So I headed out to GSP to see if I could get on Delta's 6:10 am departure for Atlanta. The agent at the counter told me that both flights appeard to be wide open, and that I should have no trouble going standby...so I checked my bags and headed out to Gate B-3 for the departure. At approx. 25 mins until 6, the agent called me for my boarding pass. In all my years of flying, this is only the second time I have gone standby...I'm not sure why.... The only other time was back in November of this year on Continental from DFW-IAH-MCI. That time, they issued me boarding passes for both flights...DFW-IAH and IAH-MCI at DFW... Delta on the other hand, just issued me the BP for GSP-ATL... What is normal policy in this matter?
DL 1154 GSP-ATL MD88
I was assinged seat 28D...an asile seat, but since the flight looked so thin, I didn't complain. As it hapt, I was the pax furtherest aft on the plane that morning. Once the door was shut, I quickly moved over to 28E and watched the sights. We pushed back two minutes early and taxied out to RWY 4. GSP just completed an extension of RWY 4 (its 11,000 feet...most charts show it as RWY 3/21...it just changed to 4/22 this summer), and this was my first time to depart on the new extension. We took off and I got a spectacular view of Greer, Spartanburg, and the foothills as we quickly turned north and then finally southwest...most likely tword the Foothills VOR. No service on this quick fllight, but the FA's were friendly...one sat right across the row from me and read the morning paper for a while. We flew over Gwinette County GA and over the Northeast side of Atlanta and turned to about 270 just south of downtown. This is my favorite approach to ATL (from the Northeast for a 9 or 8 runway) Often times, espcially in an MD88 I have noticed, they have to make pretty drastic turns and decents. This time was no exception, and we landed on 9R at about 6:50. We taxied into Ramp 2 and headed for Gate B-22. For some reason, it took extra long for the ramp crew and the agent to position the Gate and secure us.... dont know what that was all about...
I deplaned and found out that my flight to MCI was scheduled to leave from Gate D-30. This excitied me because it meant that I got to take the underground train (which I liked better back in the 80s with the computer voice), but it also meant that I couldnt stop by Chick-fila on Councourse A.... a tradition of mine!
I headed out to D and got a cup of coffee and waited for the agent to call me.
DL 839 ATL-MCI 72S
Boarding was delayed until about 7:50 since the flight crew was late arriving in Atlanta. I ended up in seat 27A after coaxing my way out of 26C with the gate agent. It was no matter however, as the flight was perhaps 50% full. I had the entire row to myself. The ATL agents made the mistake of not placing the SkyDeli cart in the gate. Thus, the FAs had to pass them out as they prepared the cabin. I stowed my bag under the seat to wait for the beerage service.
We pushed back just about on time at 8:05. We taxied post haste to 8R and took off without delay. I think we were just ahead of Delta's normal 8-8:30 ATL push. Departure took us Northeast and then back west again just north of Downtown ATL.
As we leveled off at FL310, the FAs made their way through the cabin with beverages. I had a Diet Coke as usual for me and added that to the SkyDeli snack of a SaraLee bagel with Land-o-Lakes Cream Cheese...a banana...and OJ. For the rest of the flight, I sat back and tried to sleep while listening to some CDs....Sleep didnt come. Our approach seemed to take us over South Central Missouri and then Northwest tword KC. The captain informed us that the winds were out of the Northwest, and I knew to be ready for an approach to one of the 1 rwys. We ended up landing at approx 9am...just on time...on RWY 1R. As a side note, I should say that KC has my favorite type of runway surface (yes I look at those)...concrete with the white markings outlined in black (for better visability I assume).
We taxied in and gated at 38....the same gate I departed from to come home. Bags were a little late, but you cant really beat the 30 foot walk from the gate to your bags to the curb at MCI.
Hope you enjoyed this post. I will try to make further ones
Any comments or questions are welcome