I flew on Delta Connection (ASA) flight 4401 (CRJ) to ATL. We were a little bit late leaving the airport and were in the clouds almost all the way. We were late getting to ATL as well, and I believe some people might have missed their connections. Fortunately we had lots of time in between out flights. We took off on runway 8R at GRR and landed on runway 8L at ATL. I sat in seat 9A.
After killing some time riding the train at ATL I boarded Delta flight 325 (727-200. N8882Z ex-Eastern Airlines aircraft). This was an aircraft that could have used a little bit of refurbishing. The flight to TX was kind of long for me...3 hours. We took off on runway 8R at ATL. I believe we landed on runway 26L at ELP, but as I am not as familiar with ELP I am not certain. I sat in seat 19F.
Photo © James Richard Covington, Jr
On December 30, we left again for GRR taking the same route through ATL. We took Delta's 2176 (another 727-200, N296WA, ex-Western Airlines aircraft). This aircraft was more recently updated and more comfortable. I understand that we ended up getting re-routed over STL rather than DFW due to a big storm, so we arrived about 40 minutes late in Atlanta after departing late in El Paso. (By the way, I remembered to take my belt buckle off this time ) I sat in seat 27A. On the way out the pilot told me that I can carry a GPS on board if I want to. I didn't know that was allowed???
Photo © Gregg Stansbery
My last flight was Delta Connection (ASA) 4401 (CRJ) back to GRR. We were delayed about 10 minutes due to maintenance (who knows what that was supposed to mean). We got back to GRR about 10 minutes late and had to walk across the ramp in rain (I guess they didn't have anyone to operate the jet bridge). I sat in seat 11A.
In my opinion Delta is one of the best airlines. They are very professional compared to some other airlines that I have flown on and their employees are much more pleasant. I am happy that I was able to fly on two 727s, as they are probably going to be retired next year.