Hello all, I apologize for not posting this report sooner, I had typed it on a seperate computer and saved it, then it got deleted somehow. My flight numbers were unavailable at press time.
Here is a trip report from my weekend adventure in my hometown.
Friday August 29th, 2003
Delta Air Lines
Check In: I arrived at Orlando Int'l Airport at 8:30 AM
and checked in my baggage at the curbside check-in. The Skycap was very friendly and efficient. Total check-in time was about 4 minutes. I proceeded to security which was slightly busy. I passed through without incident with security time being abour 3 minutes.
Boarding: Boarding went as smooth as you can get on a Boeing 767-300. I was seated in row 35 seat A. The aircraft was extremely clean, the seats were in excellent condition, and I wasnt cramped at all.
Flight: We took off from MCO
about 3 minutes early under beautiful sunny August day. We took off northbound and passed direcly overhead downtown Orlando, then our Captain turned us slightly to the northwest as we passed through northern Florida then into southern Georgia. About midway into our flight we passed over this power plant of some kind that I have noticed nearly I every time I fly this route, maybee someone on this site knows what I am talking about. Headphones were placed in our seatbacks and I tuned in and listened to some music for awhile as the F/A's came through the cabin with offering the traditional snack mix, and water, orange juice and a couple other limited beverages. I opted for some water. The F/A that served me was extremely professional, and courteous. We approached Atlanta from the west and I had an awesome view of the downtown Atlanta skyline just before we touched down on the southside of the airport. As we were on the taxiway I observed several Delta aircraft from MD
-88's to a couple 777's, an AA
Super 80, 2 Continental 737's, and a few CRJ's. We docked at Concourse E which is the Int'l Concourse in ATL
Baggage Claim/Transportation: I took my time walking to the baggage claim. If you are not familiar with ATL
's layout, ATL
has 6 concourses (T,A,B,C,D,E) and E is the farthest from the baggage claim. A high speed train connects the concourses together and they also have moving escalators that will take you from concourse to concourse. I chose the moving escalators since I needed the workout. I picked up my baggage without any problems and headed to the MARTA station to board a train to the Peachtree Center station which was near my hotel. The train ride was about 15 minutes and I really enjoyed it. I stepped off at the Peachtree Center and walked to my hotel, which was the Westin Peachtree Plaza
Sunday August 30th, 2003
Delta Air Lines
- 6:49 PM
Check In: I arrived at Hartsfield Atlanta Int'l Airport 2 hours early so I could do some aircraft viewing and grab a bite to eat. Check-In was a breeze as I tried Delta's new Kiosk system and it took me about 1 minute to check my bags and I was all set to pass through security. Security was not a problem as lines were short and it took about 1 minute to get through without any incident. I stopped in at the Chilis to go in Concourse A to get some dinner before doing some aircraft viewing.
Boarding: As much as I dreaded leaving the great city of Atlanta, I was looking forward to another flight with Delta Air Lines. I was seated in row 19 seat F aboard another Boeing 767-300. Once again the aircraft was clean and the seat was comfortable.
Flight: I was sitting next to a very nice lady in her late 40's and we chatted about the city of Atlanta, flying and all kinds of other stuff. We departed ATL
right on-time towards the west, then turning southbound over central Georgia. As we were over the Macon area we encounted some light turbulance as we passed near a storm brewing in the vicinity. Sortly after that we were in clear weather and the F/A's came through the cabin to offer limited drink and snack service. I opted for water as I usually do in these short flights. The F/A that served us was extremely attractive and polite. We approached Orlando from the north and flew just west of downtown before touching down on-time.
De-Boarding: I was the last passenger in the aircraft to leave their seat and I went to one of the F/A's and asked them permission to take some photos. As I snapped a few photos in coach and made my way into the First Class Cabin. The attractive F/A that served me thought it was great that I was taking photos and invited me to the cockpit to snap a few pictures. On my out she gave me permission to snap a photo of her, which I did. Due to security reasons I will not state her name or her crew base.
: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int'l Airport
: Orlando Int'l Airport
Overall: I enjoyed my trip to Atlanta! Delta Air Lines did an excellent job. Flights were on-time, F/A's were very nice and polite, the aircraft were clean, and In-Flight service was excellent for a short flight.