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Fri Dec 19, 2003 9:01 am

Delta Airlines Flight# 3705 Seat:04A
From: Salt Lake City UT, US 16Dec03 07:20am Tuesday
To: Denver CO, USA 16Dec03 08:46am Tuesday
Meal: None Equip: CRJ-Canadair Regional Jet (new-new colors)

My boss insisted on picking me up at the ungodly hour of 6:00 am for our 7:20 flight to Denver, which was a bit overkill as I live only 7 min from SLC. Needless to say we had plenty of time to park the car in long-term, check in at the self-serve kiosks, and stop at Starbucks before heading to the E concourse. Conveniently our flight was departing from E1, so we had a nice time chatting before our flight was called.

We presented our bags to the ramp agent before climbing the stairs to the CRJ. I took my seat in 4A next to a behemoth of a man and just barely fit between him and the window. Luckily the boarding door was closed and seats 3A&B were still empty so I left the large man with seats 4A&B all to himself. Pushback came right on time, with a quick taxi and #2 for departure. Engines spooled up to take off thrust and the brakes were released for a speedy take off roll. Sunlight was just peaking over the snow-covered Wasatch range as our CRJ rotated up into the sky and sharply to the west. The golden sunlight of early morning was so beautiful lighting up the surrounding peaks of the Salt Lake Valley. Within a few minutes we made a sharp 180 degree turn to head towards Denver. Our route took us over the landing aircraft on 16L&R, quite a site to see three aircraft below us on final.

We crossed the Wasatch and made our way east over the High Uintah Mountains. The 13,000 foot peaks seemed so close and the rays of sun lit up the tops of each of the peaks. I’ll have to admit, this was probably in the top 5 of beautiful flights in my life. My eyes were glued to the window until we finally crossed the Continental Divide and the plains of eastern Colorado came into view. We turned to the south and lined up for the western runway (forget the number) We made the long taxi to the C gates and parked at C44.

Overall, it was a beautiful fight, with excellent service from our middle aged FA. We were served two drinks on this 50 minute flight, once again, just part of Skywest’s excellent service. The only negative is they were offering the sad Delta Biscoff cookies. What happened to the “Coaches” energy bar they used to serve??? lol


Delta Airlines Flight# 626 Seat:18E
From: Denver CO, USA 17Dec03 05:35pm Wednesday
To: Cincinnati OH, USA 17Dec03 10:08pm Wednesday
Meal: None Equip: McDonnell Douglas MD80 (new-old colors)

By the time we gave Avis back their Impala, rode the shuttle, cleared security and made the train ride out to the C concourse, I had just enough time to use the bathroom and walk to C46 as they were boarding our aircraft. Once again I lucked out and sat in 19C with an empty seat between me and the man in 19A. (The gentleman in 18D was quite happy I moved…lol) We left beautiful DEN right on time and taxied to God-Knows-Where for our takeoff. (DEN is pretty big, ya know!)

The climb was buttery smooth and our drink service began shortly after takeoff. I ordered the pretzels with a half can of diet coke from the FA and thank goodness they hadn’t run out by my row! Other than that, the flight was uneventful. I pulled out the iBook and watched “Finding Nemo”, not a bad show

I’ll have to say. It seemed fitting to be at 30 thousand something feet, crusing at 500+ miles per hour, 100 years to the day of the Wright Brother’s first flight. I reflected a bit on how far aviation has come and went back to Nemo. The FA’s came by to take our serving items away (uhhh, the cup and the napkin) and I finished watching Nemo (not to ruin it for those that haven’t seen it but they do end up finding the little cuss!)

Hmmm, not much else to say except that I like the MD80. Real quiet up front, loud as hell in the back. I love the big windows and the nice wide isle, which I’d have to say seems wider than even the A320’s. Our –80 turned north and then a 180 to the south to land on 18R and then a taxi into Gate D something or other. I wished the Pilot a happy Wright Brother’s day and deplaned. Gotta say that CVG is a great airport with it’s nice open terminals and efficient layout. I rode the silly bus to the C concourse and perused the magazine stand until I hear what I thought was the boarding call to Newark…

Delta Airlines Flight# 5774 Seat:04B
From: Cincinnati OH, USA 17Dec03 10:50pm Wednesday
To: Newark NJ, USA 18Dec03 12:32am Thursday
Meal: None Equip: CRJ-Canadair Regional Jet

It’s been almost a year since I’ve set my butt in a Comair seat and of course as a frequent Skywesterner, I felt right at home aboard Comair. The plane was mostly full, with the exception of the seat next to me, 04A. Man, all that good Karma I sent out into the universe is finally coming back. We pushed back and taxied toward 18R for take off, but it turns out we just went for a quick Deice before heading over to 18L for our takeoff.

I’ll have to say I can really get used to these rear-engined aircraft for the quietness of the front. Now one thing I can’t get used to is the thought of landing in Newark at 12:30 am and trying to find a cab to the Courtyard somewhere in Edison, NJ. But at least the flight time was 1hr and 20 min, so I had some time to get used to the concept.

Our lovely Comair FA gave excellent service, passing through with snacks and drinks. The air wasn’t as kind to us though, but the little CRJ tried hard to make it’s way through the stormy weather in the east. The pilot said they’re expecting snow/rain tomorrow and when I talked to my coworker who was already in NJ, I discovered it had already rained quite a bit. You know, I have to wonder if they ever get nervous when it gets really rough, and I mean rough enough that it would be hard to hold on to the yoke? How ‘bout it pilots? At what point does it get a little intense for you, or is that some kind of ALPA secret threshold that will never be known?
So basically it was a very bumpy descent into EWR. We landed on 22L/4R but

I can honestly say I have no idea which direction. My guess would be 22L from the view out left side of the plane, but who knows. We made the long taxi into the gate and then down the stairs out into the cold to wait for our planeside checked baggage. This was the first time for me at EWR, and not too shabby. I easily found my way to the Taxi line and hopped a taxi to Edison.

I’ll post more on the return trip that has yet to happen but in the mean time, I welcome your comments!

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Fri Dec 19, 2003 1:19 pm


That was a great trip report. I can't waite to read about the return trip.

God bless through Jesus,

God bless through Jesus, Jeff
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Wed Dec 24, 2003 1:59 am

So here is the final flight segments home, EWR-ATL-SLC

21Dec03 02:15pm Sunday
Air Delta Airlines Flight# 293 Class:L Seats:SEAT/18E
From: Newark NJ, USA 21Dec03 02:15pm Sunday
To: Atlanta GA, USA 21Dec03 04:44pm Sunday
Meal: None Equip: McDonnell Douglas MD88

Walking to Penn Station was a bitch, as the previous evening’s activities made focusing on the task at hand almost unbearable (However, I do recommend Club Avalon on 20th and 6th Avenue) We did end up making the 12:08 NJ Transit train to Newark Liberty. The Airtrain then lazily took us to Terminal B for Delta Airlines where we joined thousands of morons trying to figure out the self service kiosks. I think Delta should have some practice kiosks outside of the check in area for the morons to try before sticking them in front of a real kiosk.  Big grin

We elbowed our way through security and to gate 45 where we had time for a short nap before boarding the completely full MD88. There were two Song 757s next to our MD, and I’ll have to say, they really look sharp. The paint job is a nice diversion from the typical white boring schemes we see. We pushed back on time and then taxied a bit and waited. The captain said ATC was having a hard time trying to work us in to the south bound traffic out of the NYC area. He told us they had a spot they could slip us into in about 20 minutes and that we’d be waiting until 2:40 to take off. I caught some more sleep and woke up as we turned onto 22R for takeoff. We turned quickly left after lifting off and then shortly after a hard right as we climbed out of the NYC area. You could see planes everywhere around the airport, a nice reminder that this is probably the most busy airspace in the world.

Our flight to ATL was fantastic. The air was totally smooth, and there were clear skies all along the east coast as we made our way south. The Appalachian mountains looked so beautiful below us. I watched “Chicago” on my lap top, and laughed as I noticed out of the corner of my eye that the guy next to me was trying to watch as well as the couple behind me. We came in to the east of downtown Atlanta and then turned right to line up with 26R. We touched down 15 minutes ahead of schedule and taxied directly to our gate in the A concourse, arriving at the gate 5 minutes early. Not bad for departing 20 minutes late  Smile

21Dec03 05:30pm Sunday
Air Delta Airlines Flight# 709 Class:L Seats:SEAT/35F
From: Atlanta GA, USA 21Dec03 05:30pm Sunday
To: Salt Lake City UT, US 21Dec03 07:40pm Sunday
Meal: Dinner Equip: Boeing 767-300

Gosh, it always feels good to be in Atlanta, land of Delta, Home of the Widget. I noticed on the screen three flights to SLC, one of them being at 5:20, ours at 5:30 and another shortly after. Did DL add extra flights for Christmas or was the 5:20 late leaving? Anyway, our schedule only allowed for 45 min in ATL, so after a bit of quick shopping, I made my way to gate A24 to find that they were in final boarding mode. This flight also pushed back completely full.

I was still tired so I fell asleep and when I awoke, I couldn’t figure out where we were, but this much I did know, we were still on the ground! Shortly thereafter the Captain announced #3 for take off, and then I figured out that they had flipped air traffic and we took off on 8R, about 25 minutes late. But what the hell, we had some nice FAs and they decided to play “Seabiscut” instead of the awful “Santa Clause 2” that was supposed to be shown. Bless those flight attendants!

I’ve flown ATL-SLC so many times I feel like I could have flown us home, although maybe not as comfortably and efficiently as our pilots did. Something like you take off from Atlanta, and then turn the plane west you know, over Birmingham, and then cross through the middle there over Iowa. Then head up to Steamboat Springs where you point her through to Provo, then a lazy right turn to line up with 34L or 34R. Something like that.

Service was great on the flight. We had two full drink services, a pass through for water, another pass through for Coffee, and the little Dasani Snack pack. I say great because compared to my last ATL-SLC flight, there was no coffee, no water pass through, and no second drink service. We touched down in a beautiful snow storm on 34R, arriving at the gate at 7:45, five minutes late. Our bags were already at baggage claim, a nice job from the SLC crew.

For the time of the year of these flights, DL gets an “A” for doing a fantastic job of arriving on time or close to on time, not loosing any bags, the FAs giving great service even to cranky holiday travelers, and their overall efficiency despite the holiday rush. Great Job Delta!

Thanks for reading.
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Fri Dec 26, 2003 4:25 am

Hey Jeff!

Glad to hear you enjoyed yet another Delta flight (and a SkyWest one too!  Smile)

Next time you're on SkyWest check for the Mint Chocolate Chip cookies - these are absolutely excellent and very delicious, you get two cookies in the package (good sized cookies)... I love me some of these Big grin

See ya around!
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