I fly Delta whenever I go home to Atlanta, just b/c of the convenience...and somewhat b/c I'm biased. This time, I had to change planes in Cincinnati, which was very strange considering the flight time between CMH
is roughly about 29 mins. Anyway, here's the skinny:
Thursday, April 8, 2004
-Delta Airlines flight 1083, CMH
-B757-200 (didn't get the reg #) with the new livery
-scheduled departure, 4:55pm; departed CMH
: 5:01pm from gate C55
: 5:30pm, at gate A7
The ATC at Atlanta Center held us at the gate in Columbus for an extra 10 mins or so b/c of the high volume of ATL
Why they used a 757 for the short hop to Cinci, I'll never know. I guess it didn't matter, considering that the plane was pretty much full except for a few open seats here and there. The weather in Columbus was pretty nice that day, in the 60's with sun and a nice breeze, but ascent out of CMH
on 28R was pretty choppy until we got to our cruising alt of 10,000 feet. Even then, it was hazy all the way to CVG
. The inflight service was the Fast Break service b/c of the short flight. We headed just east of downtown Cinci, made a turn to the west and then back to the north right before landing with a bumpy touchdown on 36R.
My wife and I deplaned and decided to get some food at the Max and Erma's on Concourse A. While waiting for our food, I took a quick stroll to find a newspaper stand and to check out Concourse A. I've been to CVG
a couple times, but had only come in and out of Concourses B and C (where Comair is). For those of you who haven't traveled through CVG
, it's a very nice airport...clean and fresh, but Delta dominant (one of DL
's other hubs). It has a people mover modeled after the one in ATL
, but it goes really slow (like 10 mph) and only travels a very short distance. Riding on it is like watching a big-budget movie with a story that goes nowhere. It's pretty lame!
On my little stroll through Concourse A, I noticed it has a Wolfgang Puck Cafe, which is supposed to be excellent. I was bummed that I didn't see it before we went to Max and Erma's.
We ate and headed down to our gate for the CVG
leg. Here's the info:
Thursday, April 8, 2004
-Delta Airlines flight 755, CVG
-B767-300 (again, no reg #...sorry!) with the new livery
-scheduled departure 7:25pm; departed CVG
7:50pm from gate A28
8:54pm at gate A2
I had never flown on a B767 before, so this flight was a treat for me. Again, the inflight service was the Fast Break service. We departed CVG
on runway 27 and turned south toward ATL
, passing over Nashville, TN
and headed east of downtown ATL
. We then turned to the east and then made a U-turn back west for an arrival, over the Ford Taurus plant, on 26R. I always love flying into ATL
on a clear night...the skyline looks great!
Easter weekend with family was wonderful in the suburbs northeast of Atlanta, with sunny weather (until Easter Sunday, then rain) and temps in the mid 70s. But, today it was time to head back to the crappy Ohio weather with gray skies and temps in the 40s when we landed.
Monday, April 12, 2004
-Delta Airlines flight 2142, ATL
-B757-200 (N627DL...I think...couldn't see it that well) with the old livery
-scheduled departure, 8:13am; departed ATL
8:32am from gate A25.
-arrived in CMH
at 9:58am at gate C55, 18 mins later than scheduled
-seat 24B (unfortunately)
We got to Hartsfield at a little before 7am, after spending over an hour on I-75/85 b/c some genius decided to jump off a bridge over the Downtown Connector right before rush hour. Thankfully, check-in went quick and I thought we were homefree, but we waited for 45 mins in the TSA
security line, which wound from the metal-detectors through the Atrium and back out to the South Terminal baggage claim. For those of you not familiar with ATL
, that's pretty far--probably close to 3 city blocks. It was crappy, but it was a Monday morning in Atlanta after a holiday weekend, so I wasn't surprised. By the time we got to A25, they were boarding our "Zone" (what's with DL
's new "Zone" boarding policy?).
I'm not really sure why we left Atlanta so late, probably b/c of the high volume of today's outgoing traffic. We were 5th in line for TO
for a little while, until ATC finally got the ball rolling and we departed out of 8R, climbing immediately into low cloud cover. In flight service, for the 3rd time, was the Fast Break service. I munched on those really tasty Biscoff cookies they always give you on morning flights, and chugged some coffee. We cruised at 29,000, heading northeast over Knoxville, TX
and just west of Charleston, WV
, before turning back northwest and coming in to the west of Columbus, heading east, over the Ohio State University campus for another bumpy wheels down on 10R.
Well, I hope you all enjoyed this report from this veteran ATL
and Delta flyer (over 20 years from that airport, and over 5 from CMH
). Any questions, I'll be glad to answer them.
"The most terrifying words in the Engligh language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"-Ronald Reagan