Well it's been a while since I've posted a trip report. Most my trips are so boring and uneventful. I thought I'd post this report because I was upgraded to First.
11Jul04 08:45am Sunday
Air Delta Airlines Flight# 410 Class:V Seat: 2A
From: Salt Lake City UT, US 11Jul04 08:45am Sunday
To: Atlanta GA
, USA 11Jul04 02:25pm Sunday
Meal: Breakfast Equip: Boeing 767-300 Jet Status: Confirmed
I arrived at the airport about 45 minutes before the flight and proceeded to the Medallion Check-in line. The friendly agent printed my upgraded boarding pass and said to ask in ATL
for the upgrade from ATL
), USA - Connecticut">BDL
. I walked over to the first class security line and made it through in minutes. It was nice to finally get to walk past the throngs of people in line.
By the time I made it to D2, the automated system called for the boarding of Zone 1, "Which includes the First Class Cabin" as the robotic voice so nicely points out. On board, jackets were taken and drinks offered. I had OJ and spent the time waiting for everyone to board by reading my book. When everyone was on board and the forward boarding door was closed, the Captain stated that we'd be commence the engine start at the gate, as our aircraft's APU was inoperative.
Shortly thereafter, pushback began with the repetitive safety video, "[Captain] Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome aboard Delta Airlines. The most important service we can provide you is to ensure your safety...[Female FA
] Please pay close attention to the following safety instructions..." or something like that. I think I have the Spanish video memorized better, "Las leyes federalas prohibidan forzar, desactivar o deystruir unos de los detectores de humo de los banos."
Taxi to 16R with the sun over the mountains
Climbing over I-80 right before our right turn to the west.
We taxied to 16R for blastoff. Climbout was to the west and north, and after gaining enough altitude, we turned east to cross the might Wasatch Mountains. Within a few minutes we were at the western end of the Uintah Mountains, and not long after that we crossed into Colorado as the breakfast service began.
Delta's First Class breakfast
Breakfast was half decent, if a bit small in the portions. The little omelet was actually pretty good. During breakfast, the movie began, "The Whole Ten Yards" After lots of sound problems, and restarting several times, the movie continued. I believe there were several people in Coach that weren't able to watch the movie, as their sound was not working. This seemed like a pretty old 763. It was quite rickety, and the seats, at least in First Class, were quite worn out. Most of DL
's planes are long overdue for a new interior, but I guess profitability is more important right now.
A couple of hours into the flight we hit some pretty good bumps, and there was light chop all the way into ATL
. We flew right over downtown ATL
on the way in, with a 180 degree turn to line up with the far north runway (I think 26R?) Touchdown was the usual rough 767 thud, with a short taxi into A18. It was time to head to B03 to see if they could get me another seat in First.
Downtown Atlanta, GA
11Jul04 03:33pm Sunday
Air Delta Airlines Flight# 869 Class:Q Seat:25C
From: Atlanta GA
, USA 11Jul04 03:33pm Sunday
To: Bradley Intl/Hartford 11Jul04 05:57pm Sunday
Meal: None Equip: McDonnell Douglas MD
-88 Status: Confirmed
Well I was fourth on the upgrade list, with only one seat unassigned in First. Oh well, at least I had an exit row with nobody in 25B. We boarded 25 min prior to departure. I boarded when they called the Medallion Members in Zone 3. It sure is nice to be able to be on the plane first and not have to fight for room to put your luggage! The only annoying thing is sitting on a parked airplane while all the slow, dumb people try to find their seats...lol
We headed to the south side of ATL
this time for takeoff. Amazingly I fell asleep before the takeoff roll, and roused briefly while turning after rotating off the runway. The flight up the east coast was fairly typical, with pockets of bumps intertwined with mostly smooth air.
I sure like MD
aircraft. The 2-3 layout is quite nice, with the wide isles and big windows. The only think that would make the -88 better is some inflight entertainment! It's nice to have the engines at the rear, making most of the cabin fairly quiet. I feel bad for those suckers in row 28+. So NOISY!
Inside the MD
-88, somewhere over NC
We flew northeast towards DL
), USA - Connecticut">BDL
, passing NYC just after the top of descent. Manhattan looked so compact from FL250. We made what seemed like too many turns as ATC sequenced us into DL
), USA - Connecticut">BDL
. Again I fell asleep as we neared Bradley and I couldn't tell you where we landed to save my life...lol. As those of you familiar with Bradley know, it's a breeze to get in and out of, and within 15 minutes of walking off the plane, I was in my Avis rental on my way to the Holiday Inn.
Delta did a pretty good job on these segments. If they ever become profitable again, I'd love to see them put some $$$ into their plane interiors. Other than that, the service was great, with both flights right on time.
I'll post the rest of the trip report when I fly home from PHL
on Friday. I'm taking the Amtrak from Hartford to Philly. I thought it'd be fun to try out Business Class on Amtrak. If anyone's interested, I'll post a few comments on the train experience.