Yesterday, I flew on DL Flight 1702 from ATL to CVG. It was a short flight, but it was a refitted Boeing 737-800 that had winglets and PTVs!!
What a machine! I was impressed! Although the aircraft had not yet received the new DL colors (from what I could see), it was still a beautiful bird!
Boarding was kind of slow, considering people bring on (in my opinion) carry-ons that are WAY too big! But that was remedied by a smiling and friendly flight attendant who welcomed us onboard.
When I got to my seat (15F), I was really excited to see that I had a PTV screen (I was hoping it would be so, since I saw that it was a 738 with winglets!). I really liked the touchscreen interface! I pulled up the moving map (that is what I like most about PTVs!!) so I could watch our flight path.
We had an ontime departure, though taxiing in ATL was kind of slow, but we had some great views while doing so. I saw the "Fly Delta Jets" sign, and the DL maintenance hangars with several aircraft in them (752s, 738s, and M88s).
It was a rainy day, but we still had a pretty smooth takeoff. It was powerful, quiet and graceful. I was a little surprised with a 40-second takeoff (yes, I count, lol), considering we had winglets and the new light, slimline seats; maybe we weren't using full thrust...
I really like how DL (unlike other legacies) still gives some free snacks during their flights with the beverage service. Nice little touches like that make a big difference in the flight! We encountered some turbulance as we flew over the Appalachian Mountains. As a result, the flight attendants were unable to finish the beverage service (they got about halfway done).
One thing that I think that the flight attendants on that flight should be commended for is that they recognized the many military personnel we had onboard. They said something along the lines of, "I've noticed that we've got many military personnel with us today and we just wanted to say, 'Thank you for serving our country and fighting for our freedom'" and we all clapped and cheered. I thought that was really nice!
We had a smooth landing in CVG and taxiing the gate didn't take long at all. I got off the flight and I smiled at the flight attendants and said, "Wonderful flight, thank you!!" They smiled back and said, "Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!" I should note that I have NEVER said that on a flight before. I have enjoyed many flights, but this flight was exceptional!
Well done DL!!!!