I’m back with my 4th TR
now, this time for my trip to AMS
in WBC. This was my third trip to AMS
, but my first since I’ve been a premium member, and able to post TR
’s. This time though, the opportunity arose for me to get on the 744. Prior to this trip, I’ve never flown the 744, this flight was long overdue.
To save myself from repeating myself on all my opinions and what nots of TATL WBC out of DTW
, please refer to my CDG TR here
The weather in DTW
sucked that day, so the quality of the ground pics isn’t the greatest. I really love this time of day a lot of heavies on the ground for the NW
, and KL
Euro flights, plus the 744’s departing to Asia (and now AMS
Well, this journey begins with me arriving at DTW
at 1545 for the 1720 departure. Once again, security was a breeze and the gate area pretty vacant for a full 744 departing in about 1 hour. I approached the counter, to find the agents extremely busy. They told me a CO
flight cancelled, and I’d have to wait to get a seat assignment, shit.
This time of year there are 5 744 departures out of DTW
. 2xNRT, KIX
, and AMS
My Equipment to AMS
After a nervous 5 minutes, they called me up to the counter where I heard the greatest words known to man: “would you like lower deck or upper deck”? I even got a window and an open seat next to me.
Taken right before preboarding, doesn’t look like enough to fill the 744.
July 9, 2008
747-400 N666US Delivered 11/1989
Load Factor J~85% Y~95%
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Photo © Peter Tsagaris - CYOW Airport Watch
In a few minutes, boarding started and I was on by 1730. Since we had to wait for the CO
flight, I had a good hour long sit before push. When I arrived at the seat, I already found the pillow, blanket, menu, headset, and amenity kit; while the crew distributed champagne, orange juice, or Budweiser. After the initial preflight beverage, and dinner orders were taken, the crew disappeared into the galley until we were airborne. I also noticed that they didn’t pass out newspapers, but the papers were stacked in an obvious spot, so I just grabbed one.
For being over 18 years old this 744 was pretty clean inside. The WBC cabin was in good shape, the same as on the 330’s. Due to the small overhead bins on the upper deck, I had to stow my bag on the lower deck. A plus to sitting on the upper deck is the large storage bin next to the window seat, it comes in very handy to stow your backpack as well as the pillow, blanket, ect., because there is limited space under the seat due to the large IFE box.
Tell me this isn’t the most depressing front page you’ve ever seen. I want to know how the hell Kwame even got elected for a second term.
Seat 80K, the last seat on the plane.
Large unused space behind 80K
The laptop powerport, I wish they’d put these on every aircraft without PTV’s
Here’s the amenity kit, it is what it is. The only thing I find useful is the toothbrush, and maybe the pen. The pillow is comfy, the headset is good, but since I’m 6’4”, the blanket is a bit too small.
Despite having to wait for the CO
flight to arrive, we only pushed about 15 mins late, taxi was a quick one to 22L, and we were off.
Construction on the new terminal moving along nicely, the Barry terminal on life support. Out with the old, in with the new.
The mother of the last KC-135 pilot has yet to be born.