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Thu Jun 12, 2003 11:24 am

Hello everyone! Well.... After spending a challenging 8 days in Indianapolis helping my grandparents after my grandfather got out of the hospital from surgery, it was luckily time to come home.

Sunday, June 8, 2003
Delta Air Lines flight #1722
Registration: N944DL
Seat(s): 11A, 11B (my mom)
Departure City: IND
Scheduled Departure Time:11:10am
Actual Departure Time:11:05am
Departure Gate: B5
Departure Runway: 23R
Arrival City: ATL
Scheduled Arrival Time: 1:40pm
Actual Arrival Time:1:36pm
Arrival Gate: A6
Arrival Runway: 26L

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My Uncle and Aunt drove my mother and I to the airport about 9 am and we had to take interstate 465 the whole way around because I-70 is being worked on I guess. Never the less, it only took a few minutes longer. We pulled up to the airport around 9:30 or so and parked the car in the surface parking area. We then rolled our bags into the airport. We took the escalator up and checked-in using the Delta kiosks. We then checked-in our bags and headed towards security. Before entering security, I made a stop into the Indy 500 shop to buy a souvinier I promised I'd buy for my best friend back in Orlando. After I bought a 5 dollar key chain ( he better appreciate it ), we said goodbye to my uncle and aunt and headed through Concourse B/C security. No problems at all and headed to the gate. We got there and sat around for a while. I went up to the counter to ask the agent if it was possible to assign my seats for my connecting flight that I could not get seats for over the phone or internet. She told me I could only have that done in Atlanta. Oh well. I sit back down and watch my plane pull up. It was 944DL in all new colors  Smile . I took a few pics and then waited to start boarding. At 10:45am they announced boarding for first class. We were close to the last to board becuse we were in row 11. I was going to stop at the cockpit before we took off but it looked crowded in there and I really didn't feel like having to bother my seat mates to get in my window seat later on. Anyhow, I got seated and about 5 minutes later we began pushback. The safety demo started and we made our way to 23R. We were #2 for takeoff behind a ATA 738. We then took position and blasted away. Takeoff was smooth but after passing about 3000 feet we got into some dark overcast skies. Those clouds lasted until about 12000 feet. I got a little worried a couple times. It got really bumpy several times and the fact that I couldn't see the ground or sky kind of freaked me out. So finally we got out of it and continued to climb until 33,000 feet. We then leveled off and pretty much stayed there for the rest of the flight. We got pretzels and lemonade or water for a snack. We then started to decend into ATL and I noticed the clouds were thickening. I thought we were getting close to ATL and then I looked down and there's the airport far below us. I thought for a moment we were in a holding pattern but then I saw planes taking off from 27L and I figured we were going to circle and land on the opposite side of the airport (26L/26R/27L/27R). Sure enough I was right. We decended into some dark clounds and I got a little nervous again. We then made a sharp turn to 090 and I almost started to say my prayers. It was that frightening. Finally we got below all of it but it was still windy. My mom almost got sick. That wouldn't have been fun.  Smile We finally made a bumpy landing on 26L and taxied off to gate A6. After we landed, I really didn't feel like getting on another plane but I had to anyway. At least our next plane was a 777.  Smile

We went on the monorail and took it all the way from concourse A to concourse E. We then got off and walked to gate E16.

Delta Air Lines flight #1973
Registration: N863DA
Seat(s): 46C, 46D (my mom)
Departure City: ATL
Scheduled Departure Time: 2:35pm
Actual Departure Time: 2:34pm
Departure Gate: E16
Departure Runway: 26R
Arrival City: MCO
Scheduled Arrival Time: 4:00pm
Actual Arrival Time: 4:06pm
Arrival Gate: 71
Arrival Runway: 35

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We got to the gate and saw a beautiful 777 in new colors (and I later found out this plane was the first to have Delta's new colors {N863DA}) We went up to the agent and got our seating assignments. No window seats left. Dang!!! I had never sat in anything but a window seat before so I wasn't sure how much I'd like it or not. I have to say though, I really enjoyed it. The only part that sucked was that there wasn't much to take pictures of. Anyhow, we boarded soon after we got there and on to another plane. Again I didn't visit the cockpit but on my back I noticed a man sitting in, I think it was, 35C. I walked by him and I accidentally brushed up against his coat with my laptop bag and when I looked at him as I brushed up against him, I noticed a badge on the side of his belt. Was he an Air Marshall??? Don't know..... I'm thinking he was because his row hadn't been called yet and why else would he be wearing a badge on a commercial flight??? Well.... anyhow.... I found my seat and got buckled in. I immediately started to fool with the PTV!!! I never had been on a flight before with my own PTV. It was awesome. Even though there was only 2 channels, it still was great. I loved watching the map while we were inflight. But we pushed backed one minute early but it seemed we sat on the apron for another 5 minutes. I can't really remember. I was too busy playing with the PTV.  Smile But we taxied to 26R and we were number 10 for takeoff initially. It went by pretty fast though. We finally got to take off and I never experienced a plane with such thrust as the 777. It was great. We took off with a few minor bumps and turned south and climbed to FL330. For several long periods of time we were incountering minor turbulence and flew through thick, vast clouds but I didn't seem to care as much because of that darn little PTV. I really was into that thing. I know though that when we leveled off the outside at temp was -30 F. Pretty cold. Glad we were inside.  Smile We got snack mix on this flight and lemonade or water again. I wish they would serve sodas!!! So we then started decending into Orlando right after I finished my drink and we flew over Gainsville and my hometown, Apopka, and then made a right turn to the south which told me we were going to be landing on 35. Sure enough we flew over Disney and then Kissemmee and then made one last left turn for the final approach. We lined up with runway 35 and then 2 minutes later made a smooth landing in HOT Orlando. I got off that plane and almost passed out in that jetway because it seemed so damn hot and humid to me after spending 8 days in weather that never got above 75 and got as cold at 39 one day. I missed Indy's weather immediately. But we got off the plane and back into the Air Conditioned Airport. We used the bathrooms and then hopped onto the monorail and took that to the main terminal. We met my father by security and headed down together to the baggage claim and got out bags. We got in our car and headed home. It was nice to get back. HOME SWEET HOME!!!!
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Thu Jun 12, 2003 1:11 pm

Hey, it was great report. Didn't you make seat arrangement for B777 earlier online or call Delta? I flown on United 777 many times I already have seat assigned in advance weeks or months without any problem. I can't stand flying without window! I hope next time your flight 777 with window.


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Thu Jun 12, 2003 10:30 pm

The way Delta does it is like this: When I booked the flight, the seat map on showed NO seats availiable. I called Delta on the phone about this and they also showed the same thing but they told me that Delta always holds like 10% (give or take) of the seats on the aircraft that you are flying. In this case they were holding 4 rows of seats. Not sure which rows those were but I know row 46 was one of them. They told me that I'd have to get my seating assignments on the day of travel. I was hoping I could get them in Indianapolis but I guess I could only get them in Atlanta.

Actually I'm going to be flying back up there in 1 month for my REAL summer vacation. I go up to Indiana for about 1 week every summer to spend with my Uncle's and Aunt's. But this last trip was a last minute thing because my Grandfather was in the hospital and my Grandmother needed help. But in July I'm going up there again on Delta and stoping in Atlanta again and I have a 777 to ATL on the way up and a 777 to MCO from ATL again coming home. Also I have window seats on both 777s because I booked it far enough ahead of time. I can't wait!!!!!!!!!

-See ya, Justin
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Thu Jun 12, 2003 10:56 pm

Lemonade or water now are the choices! Wow I can not believe they actually just offer you that. WN gives you your choice of beverages between DTW and MDW and that is under an hour flight! I remember when there was a noticeable difference between LCC's and the major carriers.
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Fri Jun 13, 2003 12:31 am

Well..... they use to serve sodas on these flights but I think they realized that many times the people in the back of the plane were getting served on final approach into the destination. So instead of taking cans of soda and pouring them into Cups of Ice, they just give you small bottles of cold lemonade, water, and sometimes fruit punch. I guess it saves time when you have 250+ people to serve in 50-60 minutes.
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Thu Jun 19, 2003 12:27 pm

Wasn't an air marshall, they only ride in business class and their badges arent anything that are worn.

Probably just a LEO who got preboarded to speak with the crew.
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Thu Jun 19, 2003 12:27 pm

From concourse A to E....that's a killer. I did that back in April...except I had to run. 777....lucky s.o.b.  Big grin
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Tue Jun 24, 2003 12:33 am

Dazed767- It wasn't that bad going A to E. Just had to ride the monorail the whole way and stop 3 times along the way. I'll be on two more 777s in 3 weeks. One is from MCO-ATL and coming home ATL-MCO again. I can't wait. I just love those PTVs so much. TTYL!
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Tue Jun 24, 2003 1:38 am

On Delta's ATL-Florida runs, they have a service called FastBreak; they pretty much give you Orange Juice (in the morning) or Lemonade/Water in the afternoon; the reason as said was that since they use 767/777 primarily, it is difficult to service a full aircraft on such a tight schedule. I believe First Class still gets full beverage service though.

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Tue Jun 24, 2003 2:55 am

To see pictures of my flights that I took as well as previous flights that I've flown..... go here: and search up "Justin Idle"

This is one picture I took from flight 1722

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