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Viva Las Vegas! DL 763 With AVOD; Pics

Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:19 am

So over the weekend I met three friends in LAS for three nights of cutting loose and to see if any of us could put the "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" slogan to use. Big grin

DL was the most expensive nonstop option from ATL by about $50 but I decided to pay a little more so that I could add to my Sky Miles account...also, better planes, too...757 and 763 as opposed to all 319 or 73G. No contest, really.

I departed ATL on 1/17/08 on Delta #1279, the scheduled 8:00pm nonstop. Some days it is flown with a 763, some days with a 757. It was a 757 tonight and, as expected, was fully booked. This plane was in the Deltaflot scheme with no AVOD but with the new blue leather seat covers, which made for an attractive looking cabin. I had seat 41F. We pushed on time and were in the air about ten minutes later. It was going to take us 4h06m to reach LAS flying at 34,000ft. Just about thirty minutes after takeoff, the F/A's came around with a snack pack as well as a drive service. A really lame looking movie was shown...Jane Austen Book Club I believe it was. I decided to just listen to my iPod and relax. A second drink/snack service was offered about 1h30m before landing. I have to say the service was truly excellent on this flight, and the landing was one of the smoothest 757 landings I've ever experienced. We came to an eventual rest at gate D38.

Once I deplaned, I headed over to the CO gates to meet my friend Laura, who had just arrived from EWR on CO. We then proceeded to hail a cab and head on over to our hotel...Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon (which was actually a nice, cheap, clean place to stay in an excellent location)....where our other two friends had already checked in and were ready to get the party started. What proceeded was three nights of sleep deprivation, and the realization that although Vegas is about as fake of a place as you can find, it sure is a hell of a lot of fun. If you can't have a good time in Vegas, you can't have a good time anywhere. But Vegas requires you to step up to the plate and not take the easy way out if you want to appreciate it. It's not a place for lightweights, and rightfully so. We also did quite a bit of walking...Bill's down to the Stratosphere was a decent little walk, as was my final one of the trip from Bill's all the way down to Mandalay Bay.

Here are some select pictures from my visit to Sin City USA:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_3472.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_3468.jpg

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Alas, all good times come to an end. So yesterday, 1/20/08, we all said our goodbyes and went our seperate ways...to SFO, EWR, BNA, and ATL.

Delta flight 64, the scheduled 12:20pm departure to ATL (and MAN, with an obvious plane change), started boarding at 1150 from gate D38. I made it to the gate by 1145 after waiting over :30 in security. The line was huge but it moved pretty quickly all things considered. I had seat 14A on this newly refurbished domestic 763. Talk about a nice interior. It looked like a brand new aircraft. The seats were very comfortable...much, much more so than the old blue cloth seats...and the PTV's were certainly a nice touch, and fit in well with the great new look of the cabin. The plane pushed on time, and we took to the sky after a fifteen minute taxi. The sky was basically devoid of all clouds so I got a great view of the LAS area followed by the Hoover Dam/Lake Mead and later, the Grand Canyon. Just an awesome day for flying. In flight service was the same as on the way to Vegas...two rounds of drinks, one snacks pack, and one additional snack service. I spent most of the flight fooling around the the PTV, which contained a HUGE assortment of movies, HBO programming, cable shows, music, games, and a very detailed in flight map. I especially enjoyed the trivia game in which you compete with other passengers. I spent a good while doing that. Again, the service was fantastic. We actually landed ten minutes ahead of schedule after flying for 3h26m at 35,000ft. After a very smooth landing, we parked at gate A26. This ship would continue to MCO. Here are some pics from DL64:

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http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_3519.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_3520.jpg

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http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_3526.jpg

So, in conclusion...

Great flights. Great city. Great friends.
 
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RE: Viva Las Vegas! DL 763 With AVOD; Pics

Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:06 am

So does the saying hold true?  Wink

Good report. You can really see how Lake Mead has dropped from your pictures. Wow!
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Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:20 am

Interessting pics, nice report
 
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RE: Viva Las Vegas! DL 763 With AVOD; Pics

Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:30 pm

Did Las vegas two months ago and it was great! almost felt like watching my own pictures  Wink Great report!!
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Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:46 pm

Great report - I really need to visit to Las Vegas again in the near future.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
I especially enjoyed the trivia game in which you compete with other passengers. I spent a good while doing that.

Congratulations to Delta for installing the new IFE system. The trivia is one of my favorite games in the air, enjoyed it for many hours on NWA A330s. The map is also similar to NWA's.

I guess it was a 763ER? Haven't heard of IFE updates for the non-ERs yet.


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RE: Viva Las Vegas! DL 763 With AVOD; Pics

Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:02 pm



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
I guess it was a 763ER? Haven't heard of IFE updates for the non-ERs yet.

I didn't catch the registration number, but I think only two 763's have had the PTV mod so far. Both seem to be running ATL-LAS from what I can tell on Delta.com

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 1):
So does the saying hold true? Wink

I'm not telling.  Wink
 
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Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:05 pm

VIVA LAS VEGAS!!!! I was just there for NYE. 11 more months and counting!

Nice report! I wish I could fly a heavy to Vegas for a change!
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Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:08 pm



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):

I guess it was a 763ER? Haven't heard of IFE updates for the non-ERs yet.

It had to have been a regular 763, since the 763ER's are not getting PTV's any time soon.
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Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:37 pm

great pics and report thank you !
 
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Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:48 pm

Looks like I missed you on DL64 by one day (I was on that bird yesterday, 1/21). Unfortunately for us, the whole IFE system was down for the flight, but at least I had some work to do!
 
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Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:38 pm



Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 9):
Unfortunately for us, the whole IFE system was down for the flight, but at least I had some work to do!

The system worked on again, off again, really. They had to reboot it twice. I guess it was written up but maybe MX didn't have a chance to take a look at it when it spent the night in MCO.
 
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Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:04 pm



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 10):
The system worked on again, off again, really. They had to reboot it twice. I guess it was written up but maybe MX didn't have a chance to take a look at it when it spent the night in MCO.

Could have been it...the F/As said that the IFE system on ours had been written up for mx but they needed the plane (the plane had been in ATL but another plane that was supposed to fly our route went mechanical and they grabbed our plane.)

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Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:37 pm

Great TR

Your pics are lovely!!

Need to visit LAS one day!!!


Thank you for sharing

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RE: Viva Las Vegas! DL 763 With AVOD; Pics

Sat Jan 26, 2008 1:07 pm

was it in the new livery?
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Sat Jan 26, 2008 1:11 pm



Quoting DeltaL1011man (Reply 13):
was it in the new livery?

Nope, Deltaflot.
 
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Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:10 pm

Nice report. I flew a Delta 738 with new seats from LAX-CVG last Monday. The seats didn't seem any more roomy than the previous ones and the armrests were very thin. Well, who cares as long as you get a PTV, right?
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Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:39 pm

LAS TRs are always fun to read because they almost always have a lot of pics as well as the occasion good (ground) story. Plus, there's pretty much something for everyone there so it's really hard to go wrong.

What was up with that 30-degree (SE bound) turn near OKC on your flight back? Weather? Scenery? Routing?!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 12):
Need to visit LAS one day!!!

Yeah, you do. Everyone should. If anything, the arrival into LAS is a lot of fun and you won't find a more festive group of pax and crew on an a/c. Pax leaving LAS, however, can be a different story: hangovers, shotgun marriages/anullments/divorces, dwelling on bad decisions, gambling losses and the like.


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Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:24 pm

Nice report and pictures.

Always good so see pix from Vegas, a great city, everyone really should visit there once in their life!

Quoting Dalb777 (Reply 7):
It had to have been a regular 763, since the 763ER's are not getting PTV's any time soon.

- Interesting to note the domestic fleet are being done before the international fleet, should have been the other way around IMHO.

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Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:12 am



Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
A really lame looking movie was shown...Jane Austen Book Club I believe it was. I decided to just listen to my iPod

CO showed me that same movie going to EWR a few weeks ago...and I did exactly what you did...  Smile
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:41 pm



Quoting Cactus739 (Reply 18):
Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
A really lame looking movie was shown...Jane Austen Book Club I believe it was. I decided to just listen to my iPod

CO showed me that same movie going to EWR a few weeks ago...and I did exactly what you did...

C'mon guys! I saw this movie CVG-SEA, and ended up liking it a lot. I thought a.net was inhabited by more thoughtful types....  Wink
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:45 pm



Quoting Cactus739 (Reply 18):

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
A really lame looking movie was shown...Jane Austen Book Club I believe it was. I decided to just listen to my iPod

CO showed me that same movie going to EWR a few weeks ago...and I did exactly what you did... Smile

Did the same exact thing on my outbound CVG-LAS. That and popped in a couple of Seinfeld episode in my laptop.
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:11 pm



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 5):
Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 1):
So does the saying hold true? Wink

I'm not telling.

Your vague response to the question speaks volumes  wink  .....nice report and great pics.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
so I got a great view of the LAS area followed by the Hoover Dam/Lake Mead and later, the Grand Canyon.

The COWBY2 departure out of LAS with the left turn out and climb along the south rim of the Grand Canyon is spectacular. I've done it twice on WN's LAS-MSY nonstop.

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Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:02 pm

Great report, pics! Can you compare/contract the room/comfort of these seats to the old Coach seats on the 763?
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Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:53 pm



Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 22):
Can you compare/contract the room/comfort of these seats to the old Coach seats on the 763?

The new ones are much, much better. 100X better I think. The backs are higher, and even though they are slimline, they are still very comfortable.
 
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Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:14 pm



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 23):
Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 22):
Can you compare/contract the room/comfort of these seats to the old Coach seats on the 763?

The new ones are much, much better. 100X better I think. The backs are higher, and even though they are slimline, they are still very comfortable.

How about legroom? It sounds like they're supposed to have better legroom (though not increased pitch) due to the slimline design. Thanks.
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Tue Mar 04, 2008 7:45 pm



Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 24):
How about legroom? It sounds like they're supposed to have better legroom (though not increased pitch) due to the slimline design. Thanks.

I seem to recall more legroom...not sure if my mind was playing tricks on me, but there did seem to be a slight difference between the new seats and the old ones in terms of pitch.
 
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RE: Viva Las Vegas! DL 763 With AVOD; Pics

Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:12 am

I just flew to LAS on DL from DCA back in November. On the way there I actually had to connect through ATL and LAX, so I got to fly on the 764 which was really nice and brand new. The way back I was in F class on the 763, but the seats were still in the older style (although still leather, just lacking PTV). I was REALLY impressed with DL's service and their extaordnary FA's. I got some great pictures of the Grand Canyon that look identical to yours. For me at least, the Vegas slogan definitely held true  Smile

Hope you had fun, and great trip report by the way!
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Thu Mar 06, 2008 11:05 am



Quoting 777fan (Reply 16):
hangovers, shotgun marriages/anullments/divorces, dwelling on bad decisions, gambling losses and the like.

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Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:56 pm



Quoting SAS A340 (Reply 27):
When i was in Vegas i wish i had the strenght to rock 24/7.....

I just like being there. I like to check out the hotels and good eats more than anything else when I go.
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