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Atlanta Airport - Exploring For One Day

Wed Aug 11, 2004 2:11 am

I may take advantage of today's one day sale of $59 roundtip from LGA to ATL and do some spotting/exploring for the day. I think I might book it for Oct 2. I plan on taking the 8:00am flight on a 763 from LGA and get into ATL at 10:40am. I will be leaving on the 7:30pm on a 738 back to LGA. I will not be renting a car. Can you suggest some great spotting areas and any airplane shops/museums or if there are any Delta shops that I could see for the 8 hours. Thanks.
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RE: Atlanta Airport - Exploring For One Day

Wed Aug 11, 2004 2:13 am

Having been to ATL countless times, One of my favorite places to spot is at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel. The Parking Garage is also good, but the TSA Rent-a-cops cannot harass you at the Renaissance. HA HA!!! try and see if you could stay overnight on a weekend at the Renaissance and request and AIRPORT VIEW room. You will not regret it.
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RE: Atlanta Airport - Exploring For One Day

Wed Aug 11, 2004 2:23 am

Actually I meant the sale fare is $59.00 each way plus taxes and can be purchased one day "only today". With taxes the fare is $136.70.

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RE: Atlanta Airport - Exploring For One Day

Wed Aug 11, 2004 2:51 am

The Delta Museum isn't open to the public yet. Currently they have three airplanes, two of which are airworthy. The 'company store' is located near the General Offices just off Virgina Ave. It is a privately owed store that stocks Delta branded items for the public and sells uniforms to employees. In ATL it is called the Flight Station. Go to www.flightstation.com. You could take a cab to get there.
 
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RE: Atlanta Airport - Exploring For One Day

Wed Aug 11, 2004 5:11 am

You can take the subway (public transportation) from Hartsfield to downtown Atlanta for lunch. You will get good view of airport (inside and outside) from subway station.
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RE: Atlanta Airport - Exploring For One Day

Wed Aug 11, 2004 5:31 am

I've ben to flight station before and it is REALLY cool! Every DL model is available (I have an L1011 and the Soaring Spirit 757-200)! THey have EVERYTHING that you can imagine that is Delta. It is literally right across the street from the main gates of Delta's corperate HQs (Or, as I call it Delta's Fortress!) I don't know how much a cab would cost to there, but I imagine it is pretty cheap as it is only a couple of miles. Be aware that they are doing airport construction for a couple of years, so try to plan a 1/2 hour-1 hour ahead of what you would normally plan for arrivin back at ATL.
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RE: Atlanta Airport - Exploring For One Day

Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:01 am

I plan on taking the 8:00am flight on a 763 from LGA and get into ATL at 10:40am.
Too bad that flight is not operated by a 764.  Insane

You could consider finding out when the international flights arrive and depart so that you can watch them from the terminal.

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RE: Atlanta Airport - Exploring For One Day

Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:20 am

Nice advise from all of you. The Flightstations sounds great. I would love to pick up some models. I wonder if they have any books on DL. Going into the city also sounds like a great idea. I will then try to get on an earlier flight and make more of a day of it.

Thanks so much!
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RE: Atlanta Airport - Exploring For One Day

Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:29 am

I have to 2nd the opinion about the Renaissance Concourse Hotel. Every year, I make at least one trip to ATL and always stay at the Renaissance. Even if you don't stay overnight, you can sit on the back "lawn" of the hotel and admire the airside activites of ATL. Just grab the free courtesy shuttle that departs outside Baggage Claim every 30 minutes. It is a must-see.
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RE: Atlanta Airport - Exploring For One Day

Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:44 am

I did a solid 3.5 hours of spotting from the terminals in ATL back in April, got quite a bit of action (I was somehow able to fleet the entire ASA ATR-72 fleet while spotting...all 19 of those birds). They have some good locations at the end of the concourses (the DL end of C is pretty good) that overlook the airfield.

As for the Renaissance, I haven't stayed there, but I might by the end of the year, if not early next year. From GSO, flights to ATL are pretty cheap, so I am seriously considering spending my birthday in Atlanta, flying DL down in the morning, go to a couple of Braves games (they play the Mets at night on the 28th, then the 29th at 1), then fly back at night...you can't really celebrate a birthday much better than going to 2 ball games, doing a ton of spotting, and taking a flight.

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RE: Atlanta Airport - Exploring For One Day

Wed Aug 11, 2004 8:33 am

Originally I was planning my one day Atlanta trip for sometime in October but I have a change of plans. I just read in Airliners Magazine that Atlanta is having their airline collectibles show on August 28th at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport Hotel. That should be interesting so I just bought my ticket for August 28 on the Delta website. So now this has turned into a pretty awesome day trip: Airline Show; Flightstations; spotting; and hopefully I will have time for a quick trip into the City of Atlanta by subway. I got the sale fare of $136.70 round trip:

Aug 28 DL LGA - ATL 6:00am-8:17pm 757 nonstop
Aug 28 DL ATL - LGA 7:30pm-9:46pm M88 nonstop

I was hoping for a 763 and a 738, but that is the best I could for the times I needed. I have not been on an M88 for a long time so that will be good and 757 is a great plane and much bette than the CRJ's.
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RE: Atlanta Airport - Exploring For One Day

Wed Aug 11, 2004 8:46 am

757 is a great plane and much bette than the CRJ's
With all of the Delta-cum-Song 757 conversions, a main-line Delta 757 is pretty exciting these days.

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RE: Atlanta Airport - Exploring For One Day

Wed Aug 11, 2004 1:48 pm

The food court seating area in Concourse A is a good place to visit. It provides a good view of a true hub airport in action.
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