June 5 BDL-ATL DL757 Flt#865
We arrived at BDL around 0515 for 0630 departure and found that BDL is very busy this early in the am. We also found that DL no longer uses the E-ticket machines at BDL. The ticket counter was pretty busy but moved along fast. The security was about the same. There was a security guard at the front of the line telling everyone what they had to do. He was having a good time with his job which made everyone waiting to get in a lot less tense.
We waited at the gate for a short time then boarded our plane. Our plane was only about 75% full so boarding was very easy. We taxied to rwy 33 just as it started to rain pretty heavy...Sweet! Our 757 rocketed into the air (man I love the power of the 757) We enter and the clouds very quick and were out of them just as fast. Coming out of the clouds was awesome, we weaved in and out of the bigger clouds till FL350. The rest of the flight was uneventful. Traffic at ATL must have been very busy at ATL as we made several loops in the pattern.
June 5 ATL-LAX DL 764(N842MH) Flt#1565
I could hardly wait to get my first flight on a 764 what a sweet plane it is. We boarded and took our seats right behind the wing. To look and and see that HUGE raked wingtip was incredible. The inside was very nice the overhead bins were nicely contoured. We taxied out and the Captain announced that there was at least 12 planes ahead of us. After we got by them there must have been another 20 planes behind us.....ATL is one busy airport.
Our plane taxied into position and after about a minute we were off. I said the 757 was powerful and it was....But the 764 put the 75 to shame. What a powerful takeoff. I couldn't get the goofy smile off my face for about 10 minutes. We raced up to Fl 370. I stared out the window at the massive wing for almost the entire flight. The first half of the flight was pretty boring, but once you get into New Mexico and Arizona the sky cleared up and we could see the desert then the mountains. As soon as we reached California we started our descent into LAX. The descent was very quick and we flew around fl50 w/ full flaps for what seemed like about 15 minutes which I can only assume was because the traffic volume in the LA area. I was excited to see LAX for the first time but because of the fog/smog at noon you couldn't see more than maybe 1500 feet. But the spotting I did for the next week and a half made up for it
June 14 LAX-ATL DL 763 Flt#1998
Our flight home left LAX at 1325, however the nice people at DL decided to change the flight time to 1255. So now instead of having time to walk around the terminal it was a big rush. Good thing DL had E-ticket machines in LAX we walked right up and had our boarding pass in no time. Then we had to fight the security line....it was huge. After about 30 minutes we got thru the line and we were one of the last people to board our plane. I didn't even have time to look out the window to catch the rego. We taxied out to 24R and had one departure ahead of us and we were off in no time. Our climb took us out over the Pacific before making the left turn over Long Beach. The crew had the flight map/info up on the screen which was very cool. As we passed over Long Beach we were at Fl160, ground speed was 501 MPH!!, w/ a 34 MPH tailwind. This had to be one of the smoothest flights I have been on, no bumps at all. There were some storms in the ATL area so we did some maneuvering to allow the the traffic ahead of us get caught up. We landed and taxied to the E terminal which is mostly international flights. I am not complaining though because I got to the DL777 in the Olympic scheme which was very nice. Strangely enough the 764 that took us to LA was parked right next to us!
June 14 ATL-BDL DL MD-88(N901DE) Flt#1565
Another delayed flight....ugh. Our MD-88 was coming in from STL but was delayed due to weather. So we found the Chilis in the A terminal which had a great view between the A and B terminal. After a great margarita and burger from chilis we made our way down to our gate. Our plane was still not there, but there was a flight flying to DCA security had all the seating around that gate blocked off and the didn't open till the DCA flight left. Anyone know why?
Our plane finally arrived and the people at DL moved very quickly to get us on our way. They must have had a Southwest crew do the turnaround(haha). It was very fast. So at 2230 we taxied out and were on our way. We were seated in an exit row right over the wing which was awesome, tons of room. We made a slow climb to our cruise altitude. Now that it was dark and the storms had moved to the east we had a great lightshow from the thunderstorms. I could see the lightning all the way up the east coast. As we descended thru the clouds we went thru some pretty heavy rain which looked very cool every time the stobe on the wingtip flashed. Our Captain put us in a pretty steep dive just before Hartford and we came right out of the clouds just west of Hartford. The rain stopped just before the airport and we made a smooth landing on Rwy 6. We taxied passed a bunch of DL and AA planes parked in remote parking for the next am rush.