My college roomate from Syracuse University recently moved out to Seattle after getting a job with Boeing. He is an aerospace engineer and is currently working on the production line for the VERY VERY DELAYED 787. I’ve been meaning to go visit him for a while so I finally decided to just do it. I found two cheap one way tickets on Delta and Continental.
I left work early on Thursday afternoon and hopped on the A train in lower Manhattan.
|Canal Street Station on the A train|
I took the A train all the way out to Howard Beach and connected to the Air Train. This is an incredibly easy and inexpensive way to get from the city to JFK
. I would never take a cab in a million years. I arrived at the Air Train at around 2:30.
|Arriving at the Howard Beach/JFK Station |
|An A train leaving Howard Beach and heading out to the Rockaways|
|View from the Air train of Delta Planes at Terminal 2|
|The old Pan Am Worldport, Now Terminal 3 for Delta|
My flight wasn’t until 4:40 but of course I wanted some time to take pictures and wander around Delta’s terminals 2/3. I arrived at terminal 3 to check in. This is the old PAN AM
Worldport and I think it a truly remarkable structure. Now alot of people complain and say its dingy and old and outdated. I still love it and I think that its a really cool place to explore. The gates are all over the place and tucked away in weird spots which makes for a little adventure instead of the generic concourse where all the gates are in a straight line B1-30. BORINGGGG. You want orderly lines of gates then go to ATL
. One thing I will say about the Delta facilities that is bad is that the check-in area is way too small. At 3pm on a Thursday afternoon you have hundreds of people checking in for flights to everywhere from Dakar to Buffalo. The terminals simply cannot handle the traffic and thus the lines are really long. I used the self check in to print my boarding pass. Then I got on line to check my bag. After doing so, which took a while, I was told my an agent that the line for security was too long and that I should go to terminal 2 to go through secuirty. He pointed to a door and i followed. I had to walk outside along the street through heavy traffic. For those of you who have been to JFK
you will know that getting from terminal to terminal on foot is nearly impossible. I made it in one piece and got through security in about 30 minutes. It was extremely hot in terminal 2 so that was annoying.
|Self Check-In area of Terminal 3|
Once inside I made my way back to terminal 3 via the passageway accross the tarmac. Terminal 3 was packed with people and tons of international flights getting ready to leave. Also they were using 31L for departures and arrivals so I was able to get some pictures alongside the runway as planes landed and departed. Below are some pictures from inside terminal 3.
|Virgin Atlantic A-346 and a Delta 772LR in the background|
|Habitat for hummanity plane pulls into terminal 3 to join the rest of the Delta flights getting ready to cross the pond|
|Aer Lingus A-333 arriving from Shannon.|
|AA AB6 departing for somewhere in the Carribean im sure.|
|DL 738 in new colors with winglets landing on 31L|
|Arriving delta and departing UAL|
|Egypt Air 772 with the JFK control tower|
|this delta 763 is heading to Paris.|
|Habitat For Hummanity plane is boarding for Rome.|
At around 4:15 I made my way back to terminal 2 and my flight to Seattle had already started boarding. I snapped a few more pictures from Terminal 2 and terminal 1 accross the tarmac and made my way over to gate 29.
|The first of many Lufthansa departures from JFK. This A-343 is headed to Frankfurt.|
|Turkish A-343 getting ready to head back to Istanbul|
They were doing some zone nonsense but I ignored that and just got on even though my zone had yet to be called. Nobody said anything. The inside of the 737-800 with winglets was cool and comfy. Really nice modern cabin. Im glad I got one of the upgraded Delta planes.
|Economy Cabin of my aircraft.|
The flight was completely full. I settled in my seat and the captain came on and announced our flight time at 5 hours and 49 minutes. We were ready to push a few minutes early but we had to wait for flights to San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles to push before us. This was annoying. Since we were closest to the fence at the back of the ramp we were last to go. This delayed us about 20 minutes. We finally push and began our crawl to 31L. I could see there were alot of planes in front of us but they were using 22L for departures as well so I assumed this would speed things up. It DID NOT. Captain came on a few minutes later and said we were number 27 to take off. We werent airborne for another 75 minutes.
|Olympic Air getting ready to head back to Athens. This flight was very delayed!|
|some planes at terminal 1 while we taxied out to 31L|
|Obvioulsy JFK is Delta's Hub.|
|Long queue for 31L departures. I counted 17 planes behind us!|
At around 6:25 we rocketed off 31L. This was one of the most powerful, loud, fast and longest take-offs I can ever remember. It was fun! We did the classic Howard Beach Climb out over Queens and Brooklyn and then turned back northwest and headed off to Seattle.
|BEGGINING OUR TAKEOFF ROLL|
|Thundering Take-off from 31L...|
Shortly after the pilot came on and announced our routing. Then the flight attendants began their first service. A free round of snacks, cookies, crackers, peanuts, followed by the Buy-On –Board menu options. I bought a chicken pesto sandwhich for $8 and it was very good. I settled back into my seat for the cross country flight. Im glad I brought my personal DVD player because much of the IFE system was not working during the flight. I beleive only live TV
worked but none of the movies or HBO on demand worked. Oh well. Flight was uneventful. About an hour before landing the crew did another full service. I grabbed some free snacks and another soda and enjoyed the very long descent into Seattle. We arrived about 30 minutes late. Not so bad because they factor in alot of ground delay time at JFK
so the flight time is padded.
|Snack for free and the sandwich i bought|
|Night has fallen as we make our way across the midwest...|
|shot of the dark cabin somewhere over north dakota|
|second snack and drink service|
|felt like we were over montana forever!|
I had a great time in Seattle! Unfortunately due to the ongoing strike at Boeing everything is closed so I couldn’t go inside the factory or museum. BOOOOO. Other than that I had a great trip.
A report from SEA
on Continental will follow soon.
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