Depart: Columbus, OH
Time: 7:05pm (On Time)
Arrive: Cincinnati, OH
Time: 7:56pm (Early - 7:40pm)
Aircraft: MD-88 (Old-New Colors)
January 2, 2003
Photo © Joe Statz
We (mom, dad and brother) arrived at the airport around 5:00pm. I checked in and had my baggage sent through the new scanning machines that they have in the check-in lobby. There were really no lines at all. We were departing from gate 55 in the C concourse.
I don’t know about the A and B gates, but Ohio State Buckeye pride was definitely shown throughout the concourse (especially where a majority of the charter flights left from). I walked over to gate 47 where there was a Planet Airways charter flight leaving for Phoenix. It was a 727-200.The passengers were told that the flight was going to be delayed due to some sort of broken light bulb (I didn‘t get all the details), but they started boarding about 5 minutes later. It was dark by this time, so I walked back over to the gate where our plane (DL1664 from Atlanta) was arriving.
Passengers deplaned the aircraft and boarding started at around 6:40pm. I was one of the last ones to board since I was in row 10 (the bulkhead row). I sat in 10C. That was a great seat: not a lot of engine noise, and since the bulkhead wall ends a little early, I had room to slide my legs up into the first class cabin (that helped a lot since I‘m so tall).
We pulled back on time at 7:05pm. We taxied and took off on 10L to the east. We got an announcement saying that the flying time to Cincinnati would be a quick 29 minutes, the seatbelt sign would stay on, and that the flight attendants would not be leaving their jump seats.
The flight was pretty uneventful - a couple of bumps, but nothing major. The flight attendants read off a list of connections in Cincinnati. There were 61 passengers on our flight connecting to Las Vegas.
We arrived at gate B18 around 9:45pm. Our flight to Albuquerque was leaving from B12 at 8:50pm.
Depart: Cincinnati, OH
Time: 8:50pm (Delayed - 9:15pm)
Arrive: Albuquerque, NM
Time: 10:11pm (Delayed - 10:50pm)
Aircraft: 737-800 (Old-New Colors)
January 2, 2003
Photo © Radomir Zaric
The inbound 737-800 flight, arriving as DL1134 from Atlanta, was delayed. This pushed their 8:00pm arrival back to 8:17pm. Obviously our flight was delayed. We didn’t begin boarding until about 8:45pm.
By this time, it had begun to rain/snow. The plane had been boarded for about five or six minutes when the captain came on the PA system and told us that we were waiting for a few more bags to be loaded onto the plane. The weather was getting nasty outside, and he said that it wasn’t going to be any better, so he was going to try and get us out of Cincinnati ASAP. A couple of seconds later, he said that they were checking the weight of the aircraft from extra bags that had been added at the last minute.
We pushed back about 9:15pm. They showed the safety video on the drop down monitors and then we sat there on the ramp for a minute or two. This waiting was followed by an announcement from the captain stating (again) that the weather was getting worse and we were going to have to be de-iced. We weren’t the only planes that had to be de-iced, so we had to wait, and wait, and wait some more until we finally pulled up to the de-icing station. It was pretty interesting to watch them spray down the plane with those cherry-picker type things.
We were thanked four our patience by the captain and told that we were number two in line for take off. We were off the ground by 9:45ish.
This was my first time on a 737-800. I loved it. The plane was very clean and it seemed to be all put together! (That is a lot more than I can say for some of the other Delta aircraft that I have been on). The flip down monitors were great and I loved the tallness of the seatbacks. On most other planes that I’ve been on, I’ve never been able to lean my head back against the seat. Legroom wasn’t that bad. I’m 6’3 and I was actually pretty comfortable. I found that if I didn’t put things under the seat in front of me, I could slide my legs under if I needed to stretch out. Lucky for me, the person in front of me didn’t let down the back of his seat. I hate that and I personally thing that seats on planes should not recline period.
No movie or food on this flight, but there was a drink service that started pretty late in the flight, and they did show Delta Horizons. It included: Moving Planet; CNN In-flight; Delta VJ; ESPN Sports Century; Food Network’s Unwrapped; Just for Laughs and a few other shows. They all fit in pretty good since the last program was on while we began our descent into Albuquerque.
The flight had a few bumps here and there, but it wasn’t too bad at all. We landed at Albuquerque International Sunport between 10:45pm and 11:00pm. We picked up our car and we headed to Phoenix.
Depart: Albuquerque, NM
Time: 1:00pm (Early - 12:58pm)
Arrive: Cincinnati, OH
Time: 5:47pm (Late - 5:58pm)
Aircraft: 737-800 (New Colors)
January 7, 2003
Photo © Zach Gollman
We arrived and checked in at the ticket counter then headed straight to the gate. When we got their, DL0602 was boarding passengers for the flight to Atlanta. We had a while to wait.
Boarding began at 12:20pm. I was in row 27, so after first class and medallion members were onboard, I was in the first rows to be called. Other than being cold outside, it was a beautiful day in Albuquerque.
We pushed back two minutes early, and were in the air shortly after that. Delta Horizons came on after take off and I watched Friends and a few minutes of Delta VJ. After that, I lost interest and I tuned into some audio.
The seat belt sign went on and off periodically. These bumps were worse than what I had experienced on the previous two flights. It didn’t seem to stop the flight attendants and passengers from moving around the cabin though.
Connections were read off. There were people connecting to Charlotte, Paris - Charles de Gualle, New York - LaGuardia, London - Gatwick, Atlanta, Miami, etc… They read off two connecting flights to Columbus - one was a Comair flight leaving around seven, and the other was the mainline flight leaving at nine. We were on the mainline flight back to CMH.
The descent leading up to landing was not a smooth one at all. That’s when we got thrown around inside. The wind was horrible! I can’t even describe how terribly rough it was. I got kind of nervous on final approach because there was a slight drop before touchdown that didn‘t feel very normal to me. Everything was cool though, and the actual touchdown was not that bad at all, the worst part came when the nose gear touched the ground. You could hear a few gasps.
We pulled into gate B20 and just had to walk across the way to B19 for our final flight back home to Columbus. We had about three hours to kill.
Depart: Cincinnati, OH
Time: 8:45pm (Late - 8:48pm)
Arrive: Columbus, OH
Time: 9:36pm (Late - 9:42pm)
Aircraft: MD-88 (New Colors)
January 7, 2003
Photo © Gregg Stansbery
Boarding started on time at 8:15pm. I was one of the first ones on the plane since I was in the last few rows. Row 31 is right in front of the galley wall. The seats don’t recline, but instead of the configuration being 3-2 like it was in the rest of the plane, it was 2-2 in my row. Replacing seat 31C (the seat next to mine) was the flight attendant jump seat.
Not a lot of leg room on this plane, but it didn’t make a difference since it was only a 20-minute flight.
We pushed back a few minutes late. The pilots were late coming off of inbound flights, so they arrived shortly before boarding. While they did their checklist and all that other stuff that pilots do, the flight attendants went around passing out snack mix and tiny bottles of water.
We were informed that we were number two in line for take off and the flight attendant (a very attractive blond) took her jump seat next to me.
There was a young woman sitting in row 26. She had her twin daughters (they couldn‘t have been more that two years old), and an infant in her arms. Two of the three children started crying during taxi and didn’t calm down until we were at cruising altitude. It didn’t bother me much at all. I know how it is to be with a crying baby on a plane - my brother cried half the way to St. Louis when he was a baby.
We shot off into the sky. The interior of the plane was freezing and very loud. There wasn’t much conversation between me and the flight attendant that I was sitting next too, but we did laugh about my little brother, and about how I was kind of squeezed in behind the seats.
We landed six minutes behind schedule in Columbus, pulled into C54, and made our way to baggage claim on the lower level, where the arriving passengers of DL0598 (a 757-200 from Atlanta) met us at our carousel. They had both flight numbers on the screen at the baggage carousel, but it was broken. We stood there for 10 minutes while the thing came on and went around and around, but no bags came out. The Delta agent came out of the baggage office and said that flight 598 had been moved to Southwest’s carousel 5. Later, we found out that’s where they were sending our bags out too. We went over there to number 5 (where there was also a group of Southwest passengers who had just arrived from Baltimore/Washington). It didn’t take that long for us to get our bags, and then we were headed off for home.
Overall, it was yet another wonderful trip on Delta.