The night before our flight from DCA we had to drive from a family friends house in Fayettville, NC after visiting her to our Best Western hotel in Oxon Hill, MD. We lived in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. We finally arrived at the hotel about 0100-0130. We needed to depart at 0600 for Enterprise to drop off our rental car in Crystal City near the airport. BTW I had to go back to the hotel to check for my wallet after we had already checked out in the morning(thank god we were only a mile away when I realized this). The fatigue had taken it's toll along with the constant driving, flying etc...
Finally after finding my wallet in the room we made our way to the Beltway and south over Woodrow Wilson Bridge only to enter the beginnings of rush hour (Thankfully it only took 30 mins to get to the exit for highway 1) to Crystal City vice the normal 45 mins- 1hr.
Finally we made it to Enterprise dropped off our rental and then were shuttled to DCA which made everything convenient and we could finally relax.
When we had finally arrived at the terminal everything was good no delays or anything. However once checking at the ticket counter we proceeded to the TSA Check-In luggage drop off area where there was only one screener working the area, we then dropped off our 2 bags for Check-In and proceeded to security check point and only took 5 mins to get thru. Everything was uneventful for the rest of the day. I wasn't expecting much more than a small snack or chips being on the short flight, although the airport restaurant snack bar had a good choice of healthy foods so I bought a Yoghurt with granola before boarding the MD-88.
Date: Tue July 25, 2007
Flight: DL 419
Registration: Not able to see
Load Factor: 98%
Departure Gate DCA: Gate 19
Arrival Gate ATL: (Concourse B)
SUMMARY OF THIS FLIGHT-
We took off without delays and received a breakfast snack choice with beverage for this 1hr 47 min flight it was sufficient. The verdict on this flight not much to report with the short flight. I think the FA's were doing a great job overall.
A pax sitting in front of me told me you usually dont get all these clear picture shot opportunities on descent in to the Atlanta area he was also snapping a lot of shots as well.
UPON REACHING ATL-
We had a 3 hour layover from time of deboard approximately so I decided to eat lunch at Chili's restaurant upstairs in Terminal A We traversed on the underground train from Terminal B to get to Terminal A really easy it was like a 1-2 min ride. Upon finishing our lunch we then proceeded to Gate A10. However our flight wasn't there yet. We still had a good hour-hour and a half til actual boarding. So my wife and daughter kept themselves entertained while I managed to wander around Terminal A for a bit before embarking on our cross country journey.
Pre-Boarding was smooth and everything was again uneventful we managed to take off only a few mins late.
Date: Tue July 25, 2007
Flight: DL 885
Load Factor: 100%
Departure Gate ATL : A10
Arrival Gate LAX: 58A (Concourse B)
Departs: 1450 (EST)
Arrives: 1621 (PST)
By this time we began initial descent in to the LA metro area.
SUMMARY OF THIS FLIGHT-
Flying on the 764 was pretty impressive. I had more room than on the 752 SLC-DCA flight and was really comfortable. My daughter was seated next to me in 18F whilst my wife had seat 19G right behind me because of the 2-3-2 seat configuration we couldn't sit 3 abreast unless we grabbed middle of the plane seats I prefer window seats though. My wife also informed me upon completion of this flight that the young lady who had 19F next to her thought told my wife that she had the window seat. Since my wife is a nice person she is let the young lady have the window seat The lady was really dumb and doesn't know that G comes after F. However I doubt it she probably was insistent on getting the window seat.
FA'S AND SERVICE-
The FA's on this flight were really attentive to pax and weren't old and crabby like some UA FA's I have experienced. FYI we received the DL cheese and crackers snack pack again, and one other chips and beverage service 1-1 hr 15 mins away from landing. Of course I wasn't expecting much on domestic flights. What I have noticed is that DL give the cheese and cracker box for flights 4 hrs or more, and anything less than 4 hrs is a choice of 5 small snacks (chips, cookies, cheese and crackers etc...)
On UA they dont even give snack service on the flights (only beverages). Only on TED they handed out snacks and beverages on the DEN-RNO flight (pretty sad if you ask me).
The FA's on this flight were also working the LAX-HNL portion of this flight to my knowledge which departed about 1800 about the same time as my LAX-RNO flight. The only complaints on this flight was that the A/C was blowing way too cold, and the headphones I purchased for $2.00 only worked in mono (one-side) whereas the Song 752 SLC-DCA worked in stereo (Guess you get what you pay for).
The Inflight movie was (The Last Mimzy), they also ran an episode of The Office after the movie as we were starting to descend in to LA.
I like the FA's new look uniforms they're very nice and refreshing. I also noticed all the seats on 5 different DL aircraft were all leather. The only seats that seemed worn out were the MD-90 and MD-88's no biggie they're all short flights. As everyone probably noticed I managed to get a lot of good shots, some even rare I was pretty lucky. If you think these shots are good wait til you see the shots I got from LAX-RNO trip (Part 3).
One other tidbit me and my wife noticed that the DL Terminal at LAX was a horrible there was garbage left on the floor, and the carpets were really dirty, and stained especially around gates 58A & 59A where we de-boarded and waited for our next flight.
Overall I was very impressed by DL I would fly them again. On a scale of 1-10 I give DL a 8. I might even consider flying to HNL with my wife on DL. I manages to earn over 5300 sky Miles this vacation each.
Here is my web album if you're interested in checking out all the places me and my family visited on the East Coast there are also many more pics there and more pics from DL flights that I didn't have room on the A.net trip reports that are on that web album.
DL Trip Report (Part 1) RNO-SLC-DCA
Thanks to everyone for reading these reports any of you're comments or questions are appreciated.
According to your flight track, you went over ABQ, so I would lean toward that.
So you received the snack pack twice? Plus another service? Or do by again you mean it was the same as the SLC-DCA flight? Still more food than many other US legacies (AA, UA, US, NW).
Thanks for sharing your report on the new DL. Looks great!
[Edited 2007-07-29 06:01:40]
I love ASO!
You're welcome, thanks for the info.
Very cool TRs (both of them). I esp liked the photos of the Swiss A340 on approach to LAX beside your flight!
Someday the sun will shine down on me in some faraway place - Mahalia Jackson
Intresting style... I like how you did it!
Have a good trip?
Enjoy the East Coast!? w00t
That is definitely ABQ. In one of the pictures, I can see the I-25 and I-40 Interchange.
The reason New Mexico is so windy is because Texas sucks and Arizona blows.
Great trip report. Yes, the B764 are great aircraft with the B777 style interiors. It is powered by GE CF6-80 engines. The LAX DL terminal is really bad, they haven't worked on it for a long time, but maybe with the continuing expansion, they will do something to improve it!
You never know...they went over AMA too
Now i have a very strong urge to try to connect in DCA.....:D
I feel like an idiot....at first i thought it was a baseball field.
Shipwreck alert. Head on over to Airspaceonline.com.
Lol, I can sense you;re enthusiasm.
For some reason I started to think Stone mountain and said it to my wife, then a gentleman in front of me confirmed it was in fact Stone mountain.
Interesting...the only reason I had thought EL Paso is another person said the ATL-LAX flights fly further south than I had thought because I was hoping to get shots of the Grand Canyon he said if I was on a ATL-SFO flight i might see it.
If we did fly over the Canyon it was already covered with thunderstorms and heavy clouds so I couldn't see it anyways. However the Flight Tracker makes it clear we were farther North than I presumed.
Exactly! I-25 and I-40 interchange - Definitely ABQ!
Great report - Very thorough!
9E, AA, AQ, AX, BA, CO, CP, DH, DL, EV, F9, FL, HA, HP, KL, NK, NW, OH, OO, QX, RP, RW, S5, TW, UA, US, WN, YV, ZK, ZW
I have been to Santa Fe before but wasn't sure since I've never been to Albuquerque before. I'm usuallu really good at my geography but thanks for clarifying
Thanks the trip itself was great with so many Kodak moments as well.
Yes, I recieved a Snack pack like SLC-DCA and a choice later of the 5 snack selections which they walked around and handed them out. I choose Sunchips. So 1 snack pack on this 4+ hr flight and one final snack & beverage service.
The cheese and crackers weren't bad in the snack pack.
Tell me about it. UA had no snacks (not even peanuts) on any 2-3 hr flights I have taken.
[Edited 2007-07-30 18:28:29]
Yeah the semblence was almost identical except the size differences, and configurations.
I have heard that some parts of LAX terminals by previous posts were run down but after seeing the trash on the floor and carpet all around the lounge before boarding confirmed.
Who knows with all the construction i seen around the airport and tarmac etc... maybe terminal remoldling is in order
I'm flying DCA-ATL-LAX-LAS in November and I was assigned the exact same seat you had, seat 18 G. I'm really excited to fly the 764 for the first time, glad to see you had a good experience with DL! I'm flyijng them back from LAS-ATL-BWI in First Class so hopefully I can write up a trip report for that. Thanks for sharing!
It was a great seat as evidenced by my pictures I was the 2nd row back from the dividing wall were also right behind the lavatories. Too bad I didnt get 17G with all the legroom however I felt like I had plenty of room to move around. BTW enjoy you're trip. Las Vegas is a 6 hr drive from me I should take another trip down soon.
Doesn't LAS-ATL fly a 764?.
[Edited 2007-07-31 19:25:31]
I seem to remember there being a thread in the last couple months stating that DL 764's are gradually being re-configured to Int'l configuration and it will be a gradual process I'm assuming that includes the newly configured 764's but those flights will mostly go to Int'l destinations. Its supposed to take about 2 yrs or so, and there are supposed to be more 764's flying overseas if I'm not mistaken.
[Edited 2007-07-31 20:03:08]
That should be fun I dont know how the F class seats are on a 763 but on the 764 they looked comfy. I've heard DL's F class product since re-emergence from Chpt 11 has improved noticeably.
[Edited 2007-08-02 22:57:14]
I liked this tr just slightly more because you were flying into my home airport, LAX. But like your other tr, i loved the pics, and this time even more because none of the pics were hazy. So for both tr's, very good job.
Judas Priest North American tour in '08 . . . cannot wait!!!
If the window wasn't so dirty on the outside I could've got some really great shots of DC. A couple of the shots had really great potential and they looked photogenic even with the dirt, but the fog, haze and humidity in SLC was horrible that day not to mention it was a little hazy when I started to descend Upon DC.
Its not like I have a crappy digital camera Its a top pf the line Canon with 7.1 Megapixels that the salesman highly recommended at Best Buy becuase I was looking for quality.
Thats why I didn't take a lot of outside shots in the first TR on the Song Jet I took more of my PTV inflight map as evidenced by my web album. http://picasaweb.google.com/Mike8940...RNOSLCDCAOnDeltaAirlines2007_07_17
[Edited 2007-08-03 16:11:00]
Then you'll like Part 3 because I got some really great landscape shots on that report from LAX flying mostly over CA
jeez the last mimzy, i feel bad for you man, i have never seen it and never want to.
VERY nice TR
The sky is no longer the limit, but the mere minimum
Yeah even if I tried to watch it the headphones were in mono and it the seemed kiddish however my wife and diughter seemed to enjoy it, I did enjoy the quick episode of The Office. I just sat back for most the trip and enoyed taking pics of the scenery etc...
[Edited 2007-08-04 19:12:30]
Engines on the -400 are not Trents, they are CF6-80 B8F
Great report! I wonder what that Delta flight from DCA-ANC was that's listed on the screen in your first pic...must have been a charter.
Thanks, I didn't notice that before must have been
Thanks, I didn't notice that til now yeah I can't think of any direct flights to ANC from DCA on DL's normal scheduling.
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