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Mon Jul 01, 2002 12:29 am

This is my first attempt at writing a trip report, so I hope it is decent. I took this trip over a year ago, so I might mess up a few details, so I apologize in advance for any errors.

Sunday, 15 April 2001
Boston, MA (BOS) ? Orlando, FL (MCO)
Delta 2351 (opb Delta Express)
Boeing 737-232 Adv
N307DL Seat 14F
Departure: Scheduled: 0800 Actual: 0800
Arrival: Scheduled: 1103 Actual: 1057

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I awoke for my 0800 flight early that Easter Sunday morning at around 0430, watched the replay of the previous night?s Maple Leafs-Devils game on ESPN, and left for Logan Airport, which is a 35 minute drive before 0700 on a Sunday morning, around 0600. I arrived at Park Shuttle and Fly (offsite parking, only $10 compared to the $12 Massport wanted) and hopped on the Shuttle for Terminal C. There was two girls joining me on the bus, going on a GWV to Aruba (AUA). On the drive into KBOS, I saw the usual suspects, which included:

British Airways 747-236B G-BDXN Old Colours
Continental Airlines 737-724 N24715
Delta Shuttle 737-832 N3730B
Delta Shuttle 737-832 N3735D
Delta Shuttle 737-832 N3736C
Frontier Airlines 737-300 N319FL

Upon our arrival at Terminal C, we all deboarded the bus. I headed for the Delta First Class/Medallion level check-in counter, where there was one person in front of me (because the ATL, SLC, and CVG were all checked-in by this time). Check-in was brief, as was security (compared to after 9/11) and I proceeded into the gate area. From the pier, I saw the following birds (as well as some from the plane, I can?t remember which):

Air Jamaica Airbus A320-200 6Y-JMF
Delta Express Boeing 737-232 Adv N308DL
Delta Express Boeing 737-232 Adv N325DL
Delta Express Boeing 737-232 Adv N327DL
America West Airbus A319-100 N818AW
American Airlines Boeing 757-223 N638AA
American Airlines Boeing 737-823 N332AN
North American Boeing 757-28A G-FCLI JMC colours
Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-332 ER N1602 1997 colours
Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-332 ER N1612 1997 colours
Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-332 N127DL Old Colours
Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-232 N606DL New Colours
Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-232 N6709 New Colours
American Airlines Airbus A300-605R N70072
Air Canada Airbus A319-112 C-FZUJ
United Airlines Airbus A320-200 N439UA
Trans World Airlines MD-83 N9406W (last MD-80 Series built)
Delta Connection/ACJet FRJ-328 N411FJ
Delta Connection/ACJet FRJ-328 N412FJ
Delta Connection/ACJet FRJ-328 N417FJ
Delta Connection/ACJet FRJ-328 N418FJ
Delta Connection/ACJet FRJ-328 N420FJ

I made a quick pit stop at the Dunkin? Donuts (what?s a day without Dunkin?s?) and then boarded early, as I was invited on board first. I went down Gate C-29?s jetway and proceeded to board Ship 307. I went up to the flight deck, and briefly chatted with the pilot, who went over the flight path, and the cruise altitude/speed with me. I then retreated to the cabin, when Medallion boarding had begun. I took my window seat and settled in for the flight. After a prompt pushback, we taxied all the way out to Runway 33L, after a long taxi along Taxiway Charlie. We rotated around Taxiway Foxtrot, about 5000 ft down the runway. We climbed past Bedford/Hanscom (BED / KBED), and followed the I-95 motorway down to the Providence area, flying over T.F. Green Airport (PVD / KPVD). After cutting across Long Island and the New York area, we hit some turbulence that remained with us until we hit descent. Around the time we peaked over Long Island, we were served the normal Delta Express fare, which consisted of crackers, an oatmeal bar, and a piece of chocolate. Twenty minutes later at 0935, we were served drinks, with me choosing a Coke. I did zone out a little after the drink service, I can tell you the following. We remained at FL310 for the remainder of the flight, most likely we couldn?t go up to FL330 or higher. The seats were the average Delta domestic seats, 31? pitch, 6? recline, etc. Around 1000 we started our descent into KMCO, as we followed the I-4 into the Orlando area. We flew over Orlando/Sanford (SFB / KSFB) and landed on Runway 17 with full flaps and the speedbreaks going at it. We taxied in on Taxiway Golf, reaching our arrival gate of 95. On the ground at MCO, I saw the following planes:

Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-232 ER N861DA 1997 Colours
Delta Express Boeing 737-232 Adv N321DL 1997 Colours
Delta Express Boeing 737-247 Adv N234WA Old Colours
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 N734SW Old Colours
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 N761SW Old Colours
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 N789SW Old Colours
Northwest Airlines DC-10-40 N145US
Northwest Airlines DC-10-40 N159US

I also saw an AirTran 717, Midway 737-700, and JetBlue A320-200, amongst other planes.
After taking a ?boring? monorail ride to the main terminal (due to Comair?s strike), I reclaimed my stuff, and took a motor shuttle to the Caribe Royale. On the way out, I did see a Delta Shuttle 737-832 N3739P climbing off 17. Well, that wraps the aviation aspect of my 2001 Easter (hey, the food at the hotel was excellent).

Sunday, 21 April 2001
Orlando, FL (MCO / KMCO) ? Atlanta, GA (ATL / KATL)
Delta 929
Boeing 767-332
N131DN Seat 11A
Departure: Scheduled: 0730 Actual: 0735
Arrival: Scheduled: 0906 Actual: 0905

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Once again, I woke up early for my departure out of MCO, leaving Disney?s Caribbean Beach at 0600. On the drive to the airport, I saw a UPS 727-100 (too bad I couldn?t get the tail number), a few American MD-82s and 757-200s (plus an A300 I think), and other assorted planes. Check-in took about 10 minutes, as there was a slight back-up at the First Class/Medallion line. After proceeding through security quickly, I arrived in Delta?s Airside 4. From the terminal, I noticed the following planes waiting for their morning flights:

Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-232 N101DA Old Colours
Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-232 N632DL Old Colours
Delta Air Lines Lockheed L-1011-1 N733DS Old Colours
Delta Air Lines MD-88 N969DL Old Colours
Delta Express Boeing 737-232 Adv N336DL Old Colours
Delta Shuttle Boeing 737-832 N3730B
Frontier Boeing 737-300 N312FL

I decided to skip breakfast (bad idea, since my car was broken back at KBOS) in lieu of spotting, but I don?t regret it. At around 0700, Medallion boarding began, as I put my stuff in 11A and proceeded to the flight deck. Up there, we discussed the Atlanta approach, Atlanta traffic, as well as the flight time, etc. (the Captain told me the ETA was 0846, but due to the ?Atlanta factor? it would be an on-time arrival). I retreated to my seat just in time for Delta?s good ole Fastbreak Orange Juice, which would hold me content until my chicken dinner at 1700 that night. As we taxied past the new Airside 2, I saw a few AirTran birds, as well as a JetBlue, Midway, and of course Southwest. We took off on Runway 17, and proceeded up to Jacksonville and then went up over Georgia into the Atlanta area. We cruised at FL290, about 540 mph again. The IFE for the flight was a CNN program and Drew Carey, but I chose the window, and saw Macon Airport, as well as other airfields. We did have to do one circle above Atlanta due to congestion, but we were cleared to land on Runway 09R. There were four planes landing at once, with our 767-332 on 09R, a Delta MD-88 on 09L, an ASA ATR-72 on 08R, and an AirTran 717 on 08L. Quite interesting. After landing in Atlanta, we taxied to our gate in the A concourse. During the taxi, I remembered the reason why I love Atlanta?the copious quantities of Delta jets. Of note were quite a few L-1011s, an MD-11 nosed in at the E concourse, along with an SAA 747-400, and the AirTran 717s. We parked at gate A25, and right next to us at A27 was N632DL, the 757 that started the day across from us at Gate 81 in KMCO. I found this to be interesting. I didn?t have far to walk to gate A28, where I waited for my flight to KBOS. I did some spotting (I won?t list planes, I saw too many), but not enough to content me, as I only had a 35 minute layover (ugh).

Sunday, 21 April 2001
Atlanta, GA (ATL / KATL) ? Boston, MA (BOS / KBOS)
Delta 268
Boeing 757-232
N670DN Seat 21F
Departure: Scheduled: 0940 Actual: 0942
Arrival: Scheduled: 1204 Actual: 1203

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We began boarding at 0920, with a crabby old gate agent who was not the most pleasant person to be dealing with at 0920 on a Sunday morning. I asked her about upgrading at the gate, and she scowled at me, saying it was full. Okay, good enough. I went up to the flight deck to talk with the pilots, who also went over the flight plan with me. I also asked them if they knew anything about the Comair situation, since I had seen a Comair CRJ taxing at KMCO. They didn?t know anything about it. Returning to the cabin, the gate had closed and the gate agent was given the final paperwork to the flight attendant. Since I saw two seats available in First Class, I asked the Flight Attendant about upgrading. However, the gate agent gave the same snobby answer I was given at the gate. ?Sorry, I didn?t ask you, I don?t want to hear your voice,? I muttered to myself, returning to my seat in Economy. At least the agent in KMCO gave me the reasons that F was full (which it was) and that my ticket (a FF reward ticket) was toward the bottom of the list of upgrades. That I would accept, but not grouchy. We pushed back a few minutes late, and taxied out to 09L. I saw the usual suspects I mentioned earlier, as well as a Martinair MD-11 and a World Airways MD-11 (normal colours, no special liveries). At the gate, we had been given a snack bag with a banana and tuna sandwich, none of which I would eat, so I settled in for the flight. I had the choice of watching Delta Horizons (Spin City, Drew Carey, etc.) or the window, and I chose the window. Our altitude was FL370, I don?t know the speed. We flew over Maryland and the JFK VOR, with a landing over Winthrop and Runway 27 at KBOS. At the end of the runway, the American 757 RetroJet flew directly over us on takeoff from 22R, and I saw the usual KBOS suspects (AA A300, DL 757/767, FRJ, TWA MD-83, etc.) as we pulled into Gate C-30. Baggage Reclaim was normal, it was only our flight being unloaded at that time. I took the Shuttle Bus back to the parking lot, found my car dead, and had to deal with that, but oh well. I had seen my first 767-400 that day (that makes up for it).

Overall, a good round-trip on Delta (except for crabby at KATL), and I would recommend flying them again. Thanks for reading my report, and please give me some advice on how to make this a little better.

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Mon Jul 01, 2002 2:15 am

Nice report. It seems weird to me you took a 763 down in Florida. Usually the ATL-Florida routes are operated by 762's.
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Sat Jul 06, 2002 6:44 am

the ATL-MCO has no 762s on it.. it is only 763s, 764s, 777s and MD11s. Other routes, such as ATL-FLL have a 762 on it.
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Sat Jul 06, 2002 11:18 am

The MCO-ATL flight gets 777's, MD-11'S and other widebodies. It's great to fly on a widebody for such a short flight.
Great trip report.
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