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Delta, SLC-PIT

Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:04 pm

12Jan04 06:30am Monday
Air Delta Airlines Flight# 1006 Class:T Seat:22D
From: Salt Lake City UT, US 12Jan04 06:30am Monday
To: Cincinnati OH, USA 12Jan04 11:40am Monday
Meal: None Equip: Boeing 737-800 Jet

My co-worker picked me up at 5:30 for our 6:30 departure. I live a short 7 min drive to the airport so we had plenty of time. I called Delta’s automated flight departure information and found that flight 1006 was scheduled to depart on-time. We parked in Long Term A and rode the crowded bus to terminal 2. With great surprise we found the terminal to be less than busy and we quickly checked in at the kiosk and waltzed through security. After a grande chai from Starbucks, we headed to C10 to find that our flight was delayed. (too bad the automated system wasn’t notified…lol) Apparently our captain came down with the flu overnight and Delta was frantically searching for a replacement 737 captain. Our re-scheduled departure of 7:10 came and went without any sign of a replacement and by 7:40 everyone on board was getting restless. The Co-pilot announced that our captain had indeed showed up at the airport, but had forgotten to bring his ID and thus could not make it through security or fly our plane.

By this time most people had gotten off the plane and were re-booked through ATL, or on the next 757 to CVG. The helpful agent suggested that we stay on the 738 as even if it was another hour delayed, we’d still make the 3:25 to PIT and avoid a completely full 757. Also to our surprise, our replacement captain showed up a few minutes sooner than expected and we re-boarded to depart for CVG. With less than 30 people on board, this 738 would be a nice comfortable ride to CVG. We pushed back at 8:30 and taxied to de-ice behind what was probably the 8:25 757 to CVG.

After de-ice we made the long taxi over to 34L and the lightly loaded 738 blasted into the sky above the thick fog covering Salt Lake City. The snow covered Wasatch Range stood majestically above the fog. We climbed north and then west over Park City where it looked like a gorgeous day for skiing. Delta of course offered the movie “Run Away Jury” gratis and served lots of what they had on board, which was only Biscoff cookies and soda. With the light load we actually had OK service from the flight attendants. It was a nice change.

Our flight took us east to Denver, on to St Louis, then towards Cincitucky as one DL agent calls it. I like the moving map “Delta Compass” that is on the monitors. Unlike some systems which are only updated every 15 seconds or so, Delta Compass seems to be updated real time. Changes in pitch or speed are instantly noted on the screen. We flew just north of Louisville then made a left turn to line up with I think 36L. We landed at 1:40pm, two full hours late.

The flight we missed:

12Jan04 12:40pm Monday
Air Delta Airlines Flight# 6168 Class:T Seat:03A
From: Cincinnati OH, USA 12Jan04 12:40pm Monday
To: Pittsburgh PA, USA 12Jan04 01:52pm Monday
Meal: None Equip: Fairchild 328


The flight they put us on:

Air Delta Airlines Flight #5242 Class:Y Seat:10D
From: Cincinnati, OH USA 12Jan04 3:25pm Monday
To: Pittsburgh PA, USA 12Jan04 4:30pm Monday
Meal: None Equip: CRJ-200

Operated by Comair

We had a little extra time in CVG as we had to wait for the next bank of flights and our flight to PIT. We headed over to Comair Land and the little pub there next to the gates and had ourselves a pretty good time…lol Before we knew it, it was time to head to gate 52 for the flight outta there.

Well the one good thing about this flight was that they booked us in Y class, which is 1.5x medallion qualification miles lol. I was sad that I wasn’t going to be able to fly on the 328 and on ACA. Plus I was really late getting to the store I was going to visit, so I felt stupid. We boarded the extremely full CRJ and pushed back right on time for the short hop to PIT. Our FA brought around water and snacks and before we knew it, we were descending from our low cruise altitude of 22,000 feet. The way in was beautiful over the snow dusted hills of Pittsburgh and we landed right on time. We taxied around the entire airport, getting a nice view of a US A330-300 on the way in.

Overall an uneventful flight. And sad that we got there so late. Anyway I’ll post the return flight this weekend, when I actually return from Pittsburgh.
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RE: Delta, SLC-PIT

Wed Jan 28, 2004 10:27 am

23Jan04 12:40pm Friday
Air Delta Airlines Flight# 4704 Class:T Seat:04C
From: Pittsburgh PA, USA 23Jan04 12:40pm Friday
To: Atlanta GA, USA 23Jan04 02:25pm Friday
Meal: None Equip: CRJ-Canadair Regional Jet


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I arrived at the rental car return at 11:45 and walked to the Delta Check in Kiosks. After being warned that my bag was overweight, the Delta agent allowed me to take my bag to the security screening machine, and then I was off to security. The lines moved quickly and within no time I was able to do some shopping and grab a snack. I walked to see some USAir planes, but didn’t see more than a few ERJs. PIT is a nice airport and perfect size. Let’s hope USAir doesn’t pull out of there.

By the time I had walked all over, it was time to board our CRJ to Atlanta. This was my first time on ASA, and I liked the tan interiors of their CRJs. We pushed back right on time and taxied to 28R I think, now I can’t remember which runway it was. The takeoff roll was smooth and very quiet, especially from 04C. The flight down to Atlanta was uneventful. We were served drinks with a pass through for seconds. I watched the Count of Monte Cristo, but wasn’t able to finish as we cleared to land before the movie ended. We had lined up with 26R, my favorite runway into ATL as you get to fly over the Ford Motor Company plant, and you also get a nice view of downtown Atlanta. It was a beautiful clear day in Georgia.

ATL is starting to feel like a second home to me as it seems like I’m always there…lol But it’s a good second home, ‘cause there is always lots of action there, even if it is mostly DL planes zipping around. I headed to some silly tavern in Concourse T and patiently awaited my flight to SLC.

23Jan04 03:50pm Friday
Air Delta Airlines Flight# 2248 Class:T Seat:31B
From: Atlanta GA, USA 23Jan04 03:50pm Friday
To: Salt Lake City UT, US 23Jan04 06:00pm Friday
Meal: Snack Equip: Boeing 767-300 Jet

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Well I didn’t really want my assigned seat of 31B as DL’s website was showing a few available preferred seats in the front section of coach which is more quiet. I noticed online that 14B was showing available so I asked the agent at the desk if I could have it. She said sure and printed me out 10C. Hmmm… Now normally I wouldn’t care, but I hate bulkhead seats cause they’re a little narrower and you can’t stretch your legs out as far. I asked her what happed to 14B and she said, “oh, 10C is much better…” Well who am I to argue. I’m a little anal about where I sit on a 4 hour and 10 minute flight so after she left I asked another agent for 14B. She said it had been taken and said she could switch me for another isle seat so I told her fine. She put me in 37F, worse than I was before the whole mess! I think I learned a valuable lesson… Just stick with the seat you’re originally given, and be happy about it lol.

This was my first time with Delta’s new Zone Boarding, and it seemed to work well as the plane filled up quite fast. The only annoying thing was the gate agent that couldn’t control the volume of her voice announcing the same announcements as the automated boarding system. It seems like many of Delta’s employees in Atlanta have a hard time controlling the volume of their voice; they’re so damn loud on the PA system! Stop yelling into the microphone!!! Anyway I didn’t have to wait for any slow people to board in front of me, or get up when 37G decided to board because he was already there. We were on one of the older 763s with the hanging screen which happened to be right next to my seat. I like the newer versions with the monitors in the ceiling of the isles.

Nevertheless, a 767 is a 767 and I was in for a nice flight. Our on-time pushback put us at #3 for our turn on the runway. After a few minutes we took a nice stroll down 26L and slowly rotated up, up, and away. The fasten seatbelt sign was soon turned off and a preview for the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” was shown. I hadn’t seen it and I heard it was good so what the hell. A bottle of merlot was served to me and the movie started over Montgomery I’d imagine. I tried to enjoy the little blue bag as Delta so affectionately calls them and tried to concentrate on the movie.

An hour or so into the flight we hit a few clear air bumps and so the seatbelt sign was once again illuminated. The bumps intensified and the FA’s took their seats and announced our second drink service was on hiatus until things smoothed out. I tried not to spill my blue bag contents as we made our way through the unfriendly air. Of course, all good things come to an end, and we finally got our second drink just west of Denver.

Our approach into the SLC area was breathtaking as we had a full spoiler descent over the Wasatch mountains just south of Provo. The late evening sun illuminated Mt Timpanogos in a way I’ve never seen before, and all the blessed souls on the right side of the plane transfixed themselves to the windows as we made our way down to 34R. The spoilers were finally stowed and the landing gear was deployed in time for an early touchdown and taxi to D1, in the midst of soupy fog that has plagued the valley for over three weeks!

Overall an excellent flight. Too bad for our late flight on the way to CVG, but that type of stuff happens.
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RE: Delta, SLC-PIT

Fri Jan 30, 2004 5:13 am

Great report.

Delta does a really great job normally. I rarely have a bad experience.

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