Today, I´m going to talk to you about my trip to Vegas I need in September 2005.
My routing was: SJO
on both DL and CO
. I was supposed to took DL 564, which is the second DL flight to ATL
. The morning flight is DL 1799. I was really looking forward for this flight, since they are my two favorite airlines and Vegas, well, you know... Also I was looking forward for this DL flight, because this flight was a week after they declared protection against bankrupcy.
I arrived to the deserted SJO
terminal around 11am. It was quiet, since all the morning arrivals left already and the next rush hour is late in the afternoon. At this time, counters were open for DL, AA
, US, TA
. Flights to Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte and Fort Lauderdale, Lat Am destinations and Toronto, respectively.
The counter for DL was deserted. I was like "huh?". Well, the staff was nice, checked the bags to ATL
where I had to move them to the belt for the flight to LAS
I passed security easily.
I made some spotting. Two US A319s, AA
A319, many TA
A320s. My plane to ATL
was not there yet.
It was a very cloudy day and I was looking at the tip of the runway and saw a big plane landing. It was IB
-IZY named "I.Zuloaga". That made my day.
Traffic at SJO
US A319 N765US bound for FLL
A319 C-GKOB bound for YYZ
My plane DL 752 just arrived from ATL
And finally, the plane that made my day:
Boarding was on time. Loads were extremely low. About 15 people on board this 752!!! We taxied, the video with the safety percedures was shown. As we aligned to the runway, we powered, but sudently, the capitan put the throttle to idle. We left the runway. He said that their the planes navigational system need to be reset. That will take 5 min. After that, we taxied back to the runway, but left it again. Everybody was nervous. The capitan said that the weather is too bad for take-off. And it was true. I was raining, and the extremely cloudy with low visibility.
Here are some pics before take-off:
Awfull weather in SJO
Menu that was given to us before take-off (great touch, thank you DL):
Confy leather seats:
Sky Magazine with my passport and the menu:
We took-off an hour after scheduled take-off, when the weather was slighty better. Just before us AA
took off and both of the US and one AC
took off before we even boarded the plane.
Awfull clouds and 0 visibility. Seconds after take-off:
10 min after leaving SJO
, this beautiful weather. The clouds were trapped in the Central Valley:
The service began soon after take-off, as IFE, we got Delta Horizons and a movie called "A lot like Love". We got the meal, which was according to the menu:
Every meal was accompained by a salad consisting of: seasonal garden green, tomato and carrots served with dressing.
Then, we had two choiced:
Chicken Breast Medallions:
Roasted chicken on a bed of Orzo with corn and sweet peppers, topped with asparagus, marinara sauce and cheese sauce.
with mushrooms in red pepper tomato sauce, topped with cream sauce and a tricolor bell pepper Julienne
Every meal was accompanied by bread and butter and by a
Passion Fruit Cake
My meal, I choose the Tortellini:
I consider myself a gourmet. And I can tell you that this meal was EXCELLENT. I would give it a 200 out of 10!!!! So flavory, the tortellinies were cokeed just right, the sauce was extremely tasty, the peppers were fresh. The bread was hot, salad was fresh, and the dessert was heaven. If we got his meal in economy, I guess people in Bussines must´v get a Emeril menu or something. Gorgogeus. And take into account that DL is bankrupt. To drink, I choose, as always, cranberry juice.
After that, I watched out of the window. Beautiful see, we saw Cuba and all that.
Beautiful colors, dusk over Carribean:
You can consider me a fetishist, but I got you a pic of the bathroom:
After a few minutes, crew passed again with drinks and after that with the papers for Inmigration. We got a Dassani bottle of water which was a great touch too, excelent DL, just excelent.
My Dassani water, which I kep and drank it at the borders of Grand Canyon think about how great DL is:
Rest of the flight was uneventfull, we landed 30min late to ATL
. My flight to Vegas, DL 998 was leaving in 50mins.
Pic of Atlanta during final approach:
We taxied to the gate, and I rushed out of the plane, since I had no time to spare. Of course, I said good bye and THANK YOU like a million times before leaving the plane.
one of the best non-longhaul flight I EVER had.
Check in: 9/10
Seat confort: 10/10
On time: 5/10 (but the delay was not their fault!!!)
I ran though inmigration (thanks God no queues there!!!). My had to wait for 10min to get my bags. I ran thorough security and arrived to the gate on the boarding pass. But no plane there. I panicked. But them, I looked well on the screen and it said that the flight to LAS
was moved three gates lower. I ran there and boarded just on time.
Plane was a B762. The plane was extremely full, fat people eating pop-corn, messy plane, old seats. I knew that this flight arrived from SJU
and continues to LAS
, can anybody confirm this? It was DL 998.
We had a fat F/A and an anorectic F/A, but both were nice.
As soon as I sit on my seat at the back of the plane, I saw the doors for the baggage space close. I knew, at that point that my bags will not get it to Vegas. Well, good luck to DL I said at the moment.
, Terminal A just before taxiing to the runway:
We took off on time and rather slowly. On the way, the experiencied severe turbulence over mid-west, the capitain said its one wing of Hurricane Rita that was destroying Texas at that time. Very bumpy flight.
We got the famous "junk food" box, with chips, raisins and Oreo cookies. I was a nice touch, if I remember how AA
passangers starve during flights.
The famous junk food box:
As the movie, I saw Herbie: Fully Loaded. I liked it, even though I saw like half of the movie because people were moving down the aisle all the time, blocking the view of the HUGE TV
monitor. What a bad kind of IFE. Very unconfortable for passangers.
The 4 and a half hrs flight was smooth after we passes Oklahoma, no more turbulences.
Approach to LAS
After touchdow, I could clearly see the Luxor and the New York, New York hotel and all others. The Stratosphere was looking sexy as well. Left the plane and off to Vegas. I was kind of scared at first, having saw all the CSI episodes, but it turned out to be my best vacation. I traveled also to Grand Canyon and all the way to Colorado, Cortez, Mariposa. Then on to Utah, St. George and stuff and back to Vegas for some gambling.
normal flight, better than any AA
, US, NW
domestic flights. I didn´t like the IFE and the seats.
Seat Confort: 4/10
Service: 8/10 (superior to any other carrier, exept CO
Meal: 7/10 (nice touch to get something on a domestic flight!!)
return via IAH
is on the way. Feel free to coment, criticize and/or ask.