As spring break was coming to an end, It was time to return back to school at Purdue University. Living in NY, I have taken all the airlines that fly from LGA-IND (TZ/US/NW). I never had the opportunity to try Delta’s DAILY nonstop from JFK-IND operated by Comair.
My father dropped me off at the Delta Terminal (Terminal 3) at JFK on a clear evening. Even with the international rush going on, I made my way to the kiosk fairly quickly, and soon got my boarding pass. I switched my seat to the exit row, but when I was on the plane, the exit row didn’t seem any bigger than the regular seats. Does anyone know if it is? Anyway, it was a while since I had been in terminal 3, and I found it to be a real dump. It was disorganized and messy. The signs were not easy to see, and after I passed through security I had to ask someone where to find Gate 11. After my regular stop at the Starbucks I made my way to gate 11, which seemed to be where all the Delta Connection flights left from. This area was a real wreck. They decided to have like 10 flights leaving from one gate area in an hour. I think they boarded flights to PHL and STL 10 minutes before calling my flight. There were no seats left, as the gate area was full of people making connections.
As soon as my flight to IND was called, I walked down the stairs and on to a very cramped bus. It was marked by a white sign that said IND on the front of it. Most people on the bus seemed to be connecting from European flights (some people even connected from BA). I didn’t know delta transferred that many people through JFK. Does anyone know how successful DL is on flights like JFK-IND? The bus drove through JFK and I had great views of international aircraft. It was just a LITTLE more exciting than IND! I saw an Aeroflot 767, and Aer Lingus A330, many DL 767s, a Virgin A340, an even the Emirates A340 parked somewhere.
DL Flight 4969 (Operated by Comair)
Dep JFK: 1745
Arr IND: 1955
As the bus stopped by our plane, I could see about 8-10 other Comair CRJs parked next to us. As I boarded the aircraft, I was greeted by a very young, nice FA. I took my seat in 8D and found it a little cramped, in typical CRJ fashion. However, I thought it was better than the NW CRJ-200 that I was on. Of course, immediately this big lady that “has eaten a little too much McDonalds” sat next to me. It wasn’t that bad because I am skinny, but If I had been fat, I don’t know how we would have sat next to each other. The flight left like 10 min late because there was some problem where they thought that someone on the flight that shouldn’t be.
We made a fairly quick taxi out to Runway 13R. We were number 5 for takeoff behind several DL 767’s and an American Eagle ERJ. We departed right after what looked like a Delta 737-300. I didn’t think they flew those into JFK. Anyway, the CRJ powered up and we had a quick liftoff almost right after we left the displaced threshold. We made a hard right turn and climbed into a clear New York sky. Since I was on the right side of the plane, I got a great view of Long Island as we turned.
As we flew over New Jersey, we passed an overcast cloud layer that we unfortunately would be over the whole flight. The flight was very comfortable and smooth. The route took us from JFK-> Harrisburg, PA -> south of PIT -> CMH-> DAY-> IND. I ate the standard pretzels, listened to my MP3 player, and before I knew it we were over Dayton, Ohio, and were starting out descent into Indy.
There were a few bumps on descent, but nothing too bad. One thing I love about eh CRJ is that you really feel the plane pitch nose-down and It feels like you are descending rapidly. The weather in Indy was cloudy and a little drizzle, so the view was not great. As we broke through the clouds the flaps came down, and I could see the Indy “skyline” off to my right. We made a small turn and landed smoothly on the shorter runway right next to the terminal. We were quickly parked at the B Pier ( for DL and AA) next to a Delta MD-80 and 737. I don’t know where the other flights were going, as our CRJ was going on to CVG.
All in all, It was a good trip with Delta and Comair. It was my first trip on Comair, and they seemed to be a very professional and safe airline. Even though I don’t like CRJ 200s, I would not hesitate to fly Comair again. Terminal 3 sucks, but It was a good trip, and it was nice to be back at Purdue.
My next trip will be on 5/8 when I fly IND-LGA on the NW DC-9