In response to MCOflyer this is the ATL-TLV I just completed, leaving ATL on March 28 and arriving in TLV on March 29.
I had dead headed down to ATL from LGA on the 27th to allow sufficient rest prior to leaving for TLV. Stood with another F/A here in ATL. Left for the airport around 4:30 PM to allow for traffic and don't like being hurried when I arrive. Got to Crew Operations around 6:00 Pm after having a bite to eat. Signed in and waited for other crew members to arrive. Pulled up the load sheet for tonights flight, only four open seats in C 100% Y load tonight. Going to be a busy flight. Saw the a/c, inbound flight 152 from LAX would be arriving late, about 20 minutes off sked at Gate E17. Briefing was held about 8:45 PM. Went over the heavy load for tonight, alot of special meal requets. Debated whether to serve the Specials with the regular meals or as we normally do prior to the regular meals. Due to the numbers involved we decided to follow the normal routines so as not to miss anyone. Was originally assigned to the C cabin howver due to the load and number of "specials" waseasier to be in the Y cabin if any problem(s) arose. Boarded the a/c at 9:15PM and started my check of the passenger manifest and seating assignments for all "specials." Checked the meal counts and insured liquor carts were properly sealed. Other F/A checking the Duty Free and lavs, blamkets, pillows etc. Boarding started at about 9:50 PM when Gate Agents came aboard and asked if we were ready, she stated there were lots of pax w/children and they were going to limit cabin carry-ons to one p/pax (Thank you). Made several announcements in Hebrew/Arabic for pax to clear aisle and to take their assigned seats. Boarding completed at 10:45PM closed doors, cross check, made announcements concerning seat buckle, electronis, and viewing safety film in Hebrew and Arabic. Left gate at 10:54 PM, 14 min. late. Made walk through cabin take off at 11:08PM, not too bad for ATL, usually given priority due to length of trip. Other DL flights may not be too happy but....... We started the meal service about 40 min after take-off, giving the passengers who ordered special meals their meal while the beverage carts were infront of us. Some problems with passengers who change their seat, needed to verify passenger name when giving out the meals. Took over an hour with just the specials. Then regular meal service began, apologized to pax about the delay, no problem as they understood. About 2 and half hours after take-off strated the clean up which went quick. Our flight plan for tonight had us leave the continental US over Norfolk and fly up the East Coast past Cape Cod and then turn east past Halifax. Our intended flight path was to cross the ocean and fly just north of Spain, over southern France across Italy, Greece, Cyprus and into TLV. However ATC requested we turn futher north and therefore flew along the west coast of France, down the west coast of Italy, turn to overfly Cyprus and into TLV. I was supposed to take the first crew rest period but I prefer to sit in an empty seat or in the Galley. Several interesting passengers on board and I love to speak in their language. In addition to a large number of Hebrew and some Arabic speaking passengers there was a number of Spanish speaking touists from South American going to the Holy Land. Due to the Jewish and Christian Holy Days approaching flights have been very heavy. About two and half hours prior to landing we did the breakfast service, again the "specials" first. Then handed out the landing cards and played the film for their completion. Also went over the forms in English and Hebrew / Arabic to reduce the chaos upon landing. I collected the passports of all the crew members and filled out the CREW IMMIGRATION FORM, our passports are not stamped. The crew member handling this is usually first one of the crew off the plane to go to immigration and await the rest of the crew. We landed on RWY 8 taxied on 21 to inner taxi way to Terminal 3 arriving at 16:24PM local time, one min early. After Business passengers left A/C I left with all crew information and the first group of Y passengers. The new Terminal 3 requires a long walk to Immigration. At Immigration there are booths for Israeli Passport holders, Non-Israeli
Passport Holder and, thankfully, a CREW booth. There were several flights in so to put it mildly, it was very busy. They took the CREW INFORMATION FORM, checked the names in their computer and if there was any one in the crew who was a first time flight member into Israel they would as k for their passport and then rerquest to speak with that crew member. Since we did not have any first timers on this flight and being able to speak with them in Hebrew I was finished in less than 5 min. Now had to wait for the rest of the crew. This took about a half hour. When they arrived at immigration I gave them back their passports and we headed to the Delta Operations office to sign off and see if there were any messages/changes from Operations in ATL - NONE. Headed for the crew bus to head into TLV and our hotel. Temperature was 77F. Got to the hotel sat down to write this, take shower and then head out. Too early to go to sleep, want to ge use to Israeli time. Our return trip is scheduled for March 31st.