Wednesday, September 7th, 2005
Delta Air Lines
Flight # 1558
5:30 AM-6:56 AM
McDonnell Douglas MD-88
Security/Check-In: Check-In was a breeze as I used the Delta Air Lines Kiosks. It took me about 2 minutes to load my luggage and print my boarding pass. I was then off to my gate which was 77. Security was also a breeze as I cleared it in about 5 minutes without any difficulty.
Crown Room Experience: I purchased a One-Day Delta Crown Room pass and entered the Delta Air Lines Crown Room at Orlando Int'l Airport. WOW, I was highly impressed. The Delta Crown Room had windows that overlooked the runway/taxiway, desks, comfortable couches, dataports, TV, and a full service bar. It was extremely beautiful. I had a couple glasses of Apple Juice and found a seat in the "quiet" section of the Crown Room overlooking the taxiway. I detected a Wireless Internet Connection and visited this great site, did some work and typed part of this Trip Report.
Boarding: I boarded the very nice McDonnell Douglas MD-88. This aircraft looked new inside and spacious, however it was not the new style interior that Delta is retrofitting their MD-88's with. This aircraft had blue seats with blue and white pinstripe paneling on the bulkheads. I was seated in Row 26 Seat Alpha (Exit Row). The legroom was outstanding and the seat next to me was empty so I had even more personal space. The weather in the Orlando Metro Area was cloudy and rainy. Rain bands from Tropical Storm Ophelia were making their way through the area, however it did not cause us any delays.
Flight: The Flight Attendants announced that they would be turning out the cabin lights since it was still dark outside. This made the cabin of the aircraft very cool-looking. The Captain said were #1 for takeoff and I was still wide awake as we coasted out on the runway. Takeoff was very powerful and On-Time as the P&W JT8D's came to life with one of the most beautiful sounds ever. We climbed towards the north, then made a 180 degree turn to the south over southern Osceola County. As we were climbing, we turned to the north and flew over the Clermont Area. Even though it was dark, I could still see the bright white clouds of the outer bands of Tropical Storm Ophelia. We reached our cruising altitude of 33,000 Feet about 15 minutes into the flight and the Flight Attendants came throughout the cabin with beverage service. I opted for a glass of apple juice, and yes I did get the whole can. We cruised over the Great State of Georgia in clear weather and started our descent into Atlanta just as the sun was rising. We approached Hartsfield from the west and touched down On-Time at the southside of the airport. The landing was one of the rougher landings I have ever had but I like that "Cowboy Pilot" style. We taxied from the east end of the airport to Concourse B. I saw tons of Delta Boeing 737's/757's,767's, and a couple Delta 777's. I also saw several ASA RJ's and a ton of AirTran Boeing 717's. Sadly, My camera's batteries were dead and I didn't have any extra with me. I apologize for not having any photos of this flight.
Overall: This was my first McDonnell Douglas MD-88 flight with Delta Air Lines and I highly enjoyed it. I can not say enough about how beautiful the MD-88 was, especially in the "Wavy Gravy" color scheme as well as the extremely clean interior. I hope to have many more flights on Delta Air Lines MD-88's. The MD-88 is a wonderful aircraft and I was glad to finally fly on one with Delta Air Lines. The Flight Attendants were extremely nice and professional.
Layover/Crown Room Experience: I deboarded the aircraft and made my way into one of the Delta Air Lines Crown Room's and detected a Wireless Internet Connection where I sent a few E-Mails and surfed the net. This Crown Room was crowded and not as spacious as the one in Orlando. I had a few glasses of Apple Juice and exited the Delta Air Lines Crown Room. I then went to the food court and had a Coke and a slice of Pizza before making my way to the Delta "Relax and Recharge" Center to do some more work online. I took a few pinches of Skoal Classic dip which gave me a nice buzz before my flight. Remember folks, "Take a pinch, not a puff". The weather in Atlanta was wonderful, sunny skies, 78 degrees, light wind. It was a beautiful day for flying.
Wednesday, September 7th, 2005:
Delta Air Lines
Flight # 989
8:25 AM-9:50 AM
Boarding: I boarded the extremely attractive Boeing 767-200. This aircraft was extremely nice inside having blue seats with blue and white pinstripe paneling on the bulkheads. I was seated in Row 28, Seat Alpha (A). As the cabin door closed, I noticed that their was a few rows of seats that were not taken. I told the lady that I was sitting next to that I was going to go ahead and move to another row so it would work out good for both of us. I moved to Row 22, Seat Alpha (A). Their was nobody on the whole row from the Alpha Seat to the Golf Seat.
Flight: We tookoff under sunny skies from the northwest end of the airport and climbed eastbound, then turning northbound. We had a great view of the Atlanta skyline as we turned westbound and flew right over Midtown Atlanta. We reached our cruising altitude of 42,000 Feet somewhere over Alabama where the weather was still clear. I took my Dell Inspiron 6000 Laptop Computer out and listened to a CD my girlfriend made for me before I left. The Flight Attendants started snack and beverage service. I had a Coke and I ate everything from the Snack box. The snack box consisted of 2 Oreo Cookies, A small pack of California raisins, 4 crackers and some kind of spread. They started the In-Flight Movie which was "The Longest Yard" featuring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. This was the first time I saw this movie and I really enjoyed it. After the movie was over I got up and stretched my legs throughout the rear galley. For some reason the rear galley on the Boeing 767-200 seems larger and more spacious than the Boeing 767-300 & Boeing 767-400, anyone else notice this? I took a few photos of the cabin which are presented below. I returned to my seat and popped in the movie "Super Troopers" in my laptop and watched it. After Super Troopers was over I put a CD back in and listened to the following groups/artists: Eve 6, Lonestar, Blink 182, Peter Catera, Don Henley, Faith Hill, The Gorrillaz, et al. The Flight Attendants did 3 beverage runs throughout the cabin and were some of the most polite and professional Flight Attendants I have ever seen. We started our descent into the Valley of Sun from the south. We flew over Firebird Int'l Raceway/Firebird Lake which gave us a beautiful view. We continued our descent northbound over South Mountain as I could see the TV/Radio Towers at the summit. We continued our descent and flew right over Phoenix Harbor Int'l Airport and then over Squaw Peak (Which I climbed to the summit a few days later). We then made a turn to the west and flew parallel to down Phoenix. After that, we made a 90 degree turn to set us up for landing. As we were on final approach we had a spectacular view of the downtown Phoenix Skyline as well as Bank One Ballpark and America West Arena. We touched down on the north side of the airport and taxied to Terminal 3. As the passengers de-boarded the aircraft I stayed on and asked one of the Flight Attendants in the rear of the aircraft if I could take a couple photos. She said yes and I snapped a couple shots and we chatted about her career, and my career (Law Enforcement). She was extremely nice and wished me good luck in my career. I deboarded the aircraft the same time the Flight Crew did. The infamous former Airliners.Net member "ScottysAir" AKA Scott Weinberg met me at the gate and directed me towards the baggage claim area. I stopped into the food court to grab a cup for my dip as my Uncle Kevin called me via my cell phone to see where I was at, then finally found me. ScottysAir showed Kevin and I towards the baggage claim and I picked up my baggage without incident. Uncle Kevin and I then made our way to the Advantage Rent-A-Car counter as Scotty headed out into the sunset. I caught the Rental Car shuttle to the rental car center and picked up my rental car. I had reserved a small compact car, however they were out so they have me a medium size car for the discounted price. The car was a white Dodge Stratus R/T. The car had a 3.0 V6 which produced 200 Horsepower, leather seating, auto-stick transmission, CD Player, sunroof, and a nice gauge cluster. I have to say I enjoyed this car, had more power than I expected.
Overall: This was my first Boeing 767-200 flight ever and I highly enjoyed it. Again I cannot say enough on how great of condition this aircraft was in. Sadly Delta has announced they will be selling their Boeing 767-200's . I am glad I was fortunate to fly on one before they were all gone. The Flight Attendants were outstanding from service to attitude. This definitely ranks as one of my best flights ever.
Monday, September 19th, 2005:
Delta Air Lines
Flight # 348
1:05 PM-7:35 PM
Security/Check-In: I returned my rental car and caught the shuttle to curbside Check-In. Check-In took about 5 minutes as the skycap loaded my bags into the machine, and printed my boarding pass as I was off to the terminal. Security took about 10-15 minutes as the TSA idiots only had 1 checkpoint open. TSA finally started acting smart and opened up another checkpoint. I took everything out of my front pockets and put them into one of the tubs to go through the X-Ray machine. I went through the metal detector and it went off on me. The TSA employee told me it was the small amount of metal on my cowboy hat. I took my cowboy hat off and went through the metal detector for the second time and it went off again. I then remembered I forgot to take my can of Copenhagen out of my back pocket. I put it in a tub to go through the X-Ray machine and finally cleared security without any other incidents.
Crown Room Experience: I bought another One-Day Delta Crown Room Pass and entered the Delta Air Lines Crown Room. The Delta Air Lines Crown Room agent verified my boarding pass and asked me if I wanted an Exit Row Seat. I immediately said yes and was reassigned to Seat Alpha, Row 18. I then went to one of the work desks with my laptop and detected a Wireless Internet Connection. I did some work online and chatted with a few of my friends before boarding.
Boarding: Like I stated in the above paragraph, I was reassigned to Seat Alpha, Row 18 (Exit Row). Their was a line backed up into the jetway from the aircraft as passengers were boarding. I think we could cut down these lines if all these idiots wouldn't bring these huge carry on bags onto the plane. After the inconsiderate passengers finally put their bags into the overhead bins I made my way to my seat (18A/Exit Row). This row had a pretty good amount of legroom however it didn't seem as much as the MD-88 I flew on a couple weeks before. The Boeing 737-800 had blue seats with blue and white paneling on the bulkheads. I am not a big 737-800 fan but this aircraft was nice and comfortable. I wouldn't want to be on a flight longer than 3 hours on one though. I would take an MD-88 over a Boeing 737-800 anyday. The Bravo Seat next to me was empty so the gentleman in the Charlie seat and I had great room. Although still not as much as the MD-88.
Flight: We tookoff on the southside of the airport On-Time towards the west and flew directly over downtown Phoenix. We then turned southbound and climbed just west of South Mountain. We reached out cruising altitude over Eastern Arizona and ingressed into New Mexico. The Flight Attendants started snack and beverage service. I had a Coke and I ate everything from the Snack box. The snack box consisted of 2 Oreo Cookies, A small pack of California raisins, 4 crackers and some kind of spread. I then popped in my Gretchen Wilson CD into my laptop and listened to her for awhile as I was typing this report. The In-Flight movie was "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" or something like that. It sounded stupid so I didn't even bother watching it. The Flight Attendants came through the cabin with the 2nd round of beverage service, I opted for a Coke and some peanuts. At this time we were cruising over Texas at 37,000 Feet about 1 hour and 5 minutes from landing in Atlanta. The Captain said the weather in Atlanta is also clear and that we shouldn't have any problems. I then listened to some music on my laptop and read some of the Book of Mormon. I then chatted with the gentleman sitting in the aisle seat, he was in the Army Reserves and was on his way to Ft. Benning. I wish him good luck and a speedy retirement. Our flight path took us over the following cities: Amarillo Texas, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, Memphis Tennessee, and Birmingham Alabama. We started our approach in the sunset over Central Alabama. Within minutes we approached the Atlanta Metro Area from the west where we had an incredible view of the downtown Atlanta skyline. We touched down from the west on the north side of the airport and taxied for about 10-15 minutes to get to Concourse A. After everyone deboarded the aircraft I asked the Captain if I could take some pictures of the cabin and he was very nice and gave me permission. I took a few photos and one of the Flight Attendants offered to snap a couple photos of me in the First Class Cabin. You will see the photos below. One of the other Flight Attendants noticed me wearing my cowboy hat, Wranglers, boots, ect and yelled "Yeehaw". It was funny. I deboarded the aircraft and made my way into Concourse A.
Layover: Since I stayed aboard the last flight I only had 25 minutes before my connecting flight to Orlando started boarding. I took out my laptop to add more to this report. I watched a ton of Delta Air Lines aircraft movement while taking a dip of Copenhagen.
Monday, September 19th, 2005:
Delta Air Lines
Flight Number: 707
Boarding: I boarded the Boeing 767-400ER and took my Seat in Row 17, Seat Alpha (A) which is an exit row. I chatted with the Flight Attendant Crew Leader for a few minutes and stored my carry on bags. I shut a couple more overhead bins for her and she Thanked me. I told her I would shut all of them for her. She told me it would be great. I thought she was joking but she was serious so I walked throughout the Coach Cabin shutting all the full overhead bins. She thanked me and called me her "Flight Attendant helper". We chatted a little bit about the Flight Attendant career and she told me how she loved it.
Flight: We then tookoff on the southside of Hartsfield towards the east, then turned southbound and flew over Macon, Georgia. We reached our cruising altitude of 28,000 Feet over Central Georgia. The Flight Attendants came throughout the cabin with snack and beverage service. I had a Coke and some peanuts. I then kicked back and relaxed as we cruised over Southern Georgia. As we started flying over Northern Florida we experienced some choppy weather, however it was not enough to warrant the Captain to turn on the fasten seatbelt sign. We started our descent into the Greater Orlando Metropolitan Area and flew west of downtown Orlando and started our approach over South Orlando. We approached Orlando Int'l Airport from the south and landed without incident. I immediately deboarded the aircraft and made my way to the baggage claim. Collecting my baggage took about 5 minutes and I was off to my car. My vacation had officially ended
ATL: The William B. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int'l Airport
MCO: Orlando Int'l Airport
PHX: Phoenix Sky Harbor Int'l Airport
Overall: I had a great vacation in the Greater Phoenix Area. I was highly impressed with the service of Delta Air Lines. I have flown Delta hundreds of times and have never had a bad experience. The Flight Attendants were very efficient and polite. The aircraft I flew on were in great condition and the flights were On-Time. I would like to thank everyone for reading this report and wherever you go, make sure you fly Delta Air Lines.