Saturday, November 10th
Scheduled (actual) departure: 16:35 (16:42)
Scheduled (actual) arrival: 17:12 (17:08)
Equipment: Boeing 757-200
Yield: F: 100% Y:90% (estimated)
I was the first off the aircraft and first into the terminal and into Chautauqua Land or more commonly referred to as Concourse A of the CVG
airport. I only had 35 minutes or so to connect and I was hungry as hell. But, I wanted to make sure I was the first to board considering I still had a carry on and I was sitting in a "bulkhead" seat which meant my carry-on would be going in the overhead. Nice thing about the "bulkhead" rows, DL
considers those folks and that they have to have a little extra time, so they put those folks in right along with Zone 1. That being said, I had to bypass Panda Express
and venture onto Concourse B.
I made my way up the escalator and on down to B20 where the wait began. One thing that cracks me up about CVG
is that no matter how many agents they have working the flight, they barely get the flight out on time. This flight had 5 agents working the flight and we still got it out a hair late.
Pretty soon after I arrived at the gate, I heard the nice GIDS lady say, "We would like to invite those passengers on, Delta flight 305, in Zone 1 to board at this time". For those unfamiliar with the term GIDS, is simply stands for Gate Information Display System. It displays flight information, stand-by information for both upgrades, confirmed stand-bys, as well as non-rev stand-bys. It also usually has audio attached that provides the necessary announcements as well as tells what zone is boarding.
I smiled, handed my boarding card to the agent and said "yes". As per protocol, the agent who is scanning boarding passes is required to ask if that passenger is willing and able to assist in an emergency. 19F is one of those coveted emergency row seats. The agent looked at me funny when I said yes and nothing else, until the machine beeped the magical beep it does when it recognizes an E-row seat. He laughed and said have a nice flight.
I made my way down the jetway, called the necessary people to let them know I was boarding and that I would talk to them in an hour or so. I settled down into my seat just in time to see my bag that I checked to DAB
being loaded in CVG
. So I quickly got my phone out again and snapped a pic of the bag being loaded.
My bag being loaded...sun in my eyes and everything lol
I love this seat mainly due to the leg room:
I grabbed a quick engine/wing shot before we pushed.
The captain was very informative explaining the routing which would be LEX
, Rome, GA
and then into the ATL
airport. Total flying time would be 56 minutes take off to touch down and that he apologized about the late push out of CVG
and that we would make up time in route.
I grabbed a quick shot of us taxiing:
We took off 18C and made a slight right turn and proceeded on course that the captain prescribed to us prior to the push. The flight attendants immediately got up after the 10,000 foot customary off/on/off/on flick of the no smoking sign. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and I snapped a few pictures:
When the drink cart came around, I chose my customary Sprite and cheese crackers. The flight attendants were awesome and about what I expect out of the New Delta.
Pretty soon it was time for the decent into the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. I grabbed one last shot before landing:
Touchdown was smooth and in about 5 minutes we were at our gate in the B concourse. Atlanta was no more a zoo than usual but the nice thing was my gate was literally right next door. My CVG
flight parked at B6
and my flight to DAB
was out of B8
. No chance they can mess up getting my bag to my DAB
flight, is there???
Saturday, November 10th
Scheduled (actual) departure: 1910 (1908)
Scheduled (actual) arrival: 2022 (2012)
Yield: F: 100% Y:60% (estimated)
Since it was night time by the time our flight pushed I only have a few more pictures for you, but the nice thing was that I was working early in the morning the next morning so I was able to get this shot for you from the ramp side in DAB
But back to that night, we had only one gate agent which kind of cracked me up. I know ATL
is a mess, why must only one agent work a flight by themselves? I mean its crazy lol. But I grabbed a few shots of people milling about...
The reason why I chose 11D on this flight was so that I was one of the first people off so I could help my fellow coworker who was working by herself. The flight was great, smooth as silk. I did sit next to a very nice lady who started in DUB
that morning and unfortunately had to take a bag claim for her once I started working (on my day off no less).
I grabbed a quick shot of my knee intimately familiar with the seat in front of me:
I make it off the plane and my supervisor, who I love dearly, told me that my bag didn't make it. I laughed and I kind of figured because I told her I watched it go on the flight in CVG
and that my gate was right next door to the DAB
flight, so there wasn't a chance my bag was going to make it.
Overall, I am sincerely impressed with how Delta has turned it around and how we are making ourselves a great airline. Every one was professional, every one I came in contact with held up to my standards of how I think a DL
employee should be.
Any comments would be appreciated!