bsteph
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DL CVG-CDG-JFK (IN J)

Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:25 am

Hi Everyone!

This is my first TR, so let me know if you have any suggestions on how I can become a better poster.

That said, these pictures are from Summer 2007 when I went to Paris for a long weekend with my mom (who is a DL F/A based in CVG and, in my opinion, as a frequent premium class business traveler, an amazing one). I traveled quite a bit with her growing up, which was certainly a treat (and, I definitely miss having the travel benefits these days  Smile ).

Since I love airliners.net, I wanted to take a decent number of pictures to document the trip for everyone since I quite enjoy reading TRs at work.

I travel quite a bit - and, ninety-nine percent of it is on Delta, which is, in my view, the best American airline. I have flown DL between CVG-CDG and JFK-CDG roughly twenty times in the past ten years, and each trip has been consistently good.

That said, I will let the pictures do the talking.

DL 44 - CVG-CDG
767-300ER
J Load - 80%
Y Load - 100%

Below are a few shots I took while waiting at the airport:

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This 767-3ER was about to push-back for FRA.

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My boarding pass:

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Menus were passed out on the ground with champagne, mimosas and water. There was a trolley distributing several international newspapers (though no NYTimes, which I think should be standard in J class). Amenity kits were in the seatback pockets while blankets and pillows were folded neatly in each seat. Dinner orders were taken prior to push-back.

I was originally in row six, which I hate on this plane. But, I eventually moved to row five as it was empty, farther from the galley and the seats have better pitch. I was disappointed that this particular 767ER had the old BE seats; my return trip to Kennedy, however, was fortunately equipped with the updated ones.

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Cocktails were expeditiously served after we leveled. I had a gin and tonic and enjoyed the warm nuts.

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Leg room view - note the Bear Stearns bag... vintage.

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My mom setting the table for the passengers in front of me. I like the 3 tiered cart set-up. Very old school, classy service aspect I think (like Pan-Am in the good days).

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Appetizer was really good - shrimp and something else (sorry, it was a year ago).

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This was followed by a salad. The dressing was OK - definitely better coming back from Europe.

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Michele Bernstein's steak with some kind of puree and Brussels sprouts. I was not a fan of this course - her menu has since gotten better (this was her first cycle I think). It did taste better than the presentation (that meal was apparently very hard to prepare in the mid-galley according to my mom's friend who was in charge of plating and coordinating the food flow of the J service).

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Desert sundae. I also had port and cheese but failed to document it. DL has really good port offerings, in my opinion.

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Our journey across the pond:

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The J class cabin mid-flight.

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Breakfast was served one hour before we landed at CDG. There was an egg option, but I don't like eggs, so I went with cereal.

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We landed quite a bit early and getting through customs was very easy.

A few pics around Paris...

My old subway stop when I was a student in Paris in 2001-2002.

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Me and a beer in Paris.

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Mom and a Kir Royale.

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Mom and me at the Arc.

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Now, the return trip.

Checking in at Terminal 2E at CDG. Beautiful design.

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We left out of E65(?) which gave a great view of planes passing by.

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E is such a beautiful terminal with really nice seats in which to relax!

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So, back to Kennedy (my home airport).

DL 119 - CDG-JFK
767-300ER
J Load - 50%
Y Load - 80%

Same situation as before (though my mom was not working the flight - she went back to CVG). This JFK based crew, though, was fantastic and utterly professional.

So, lunch was the 'big' meal served.

Here is the appetizer: It was excellent.

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The salad was fantastic - very fresh with a great dressing. Note the pretzel bread. I had about 4 pieces. In my opinion, it is the greatest benefit of flying in DL BE!

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The entree, mac and cheese (if I remember correctly) and steak, was fantastic It was really, really yummy and cooked properly.

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This plane had the new BE seats. Here is the leg room pic.

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The new seat.

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So that is it. Great trip all around. I know I may be biased since I come from a DL family, but they honestly offer the best all-around package. When I fly other US airlines for work (out of necessity), I am always very open-minded and excited to see their product. It does not, however, even come close to DL.

Hope you enjoyed!
 
mashimaro1
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RE: DL CVG-CDG-JFK (IN J)

Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:49 am

Great trip report! I loved your holiday photos and the architecture of the airport looks amazing.

What was it like studying in Paris? :P
 
twolz2rn
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RE: DL CVG-CDG-JFK (IN J)

Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:22 am

Great report!

Quoting Bsteph (Thread starter):
Delta, which is, in my view, the best American airline

I agree. I'm hoping to take them (via JFK or CDG) when i move back home!

Quoting Bsteph (Thread starter):
each trip has been consistently good

I've never had a bad international flight to or from CVG.

Quoting Bsteph (Thread starter):
My old subway stop

Thats a nice part of the city. My stop was Luxembourg.

[Edited 2008-11-16 23:28:57]
 
MaverickM11
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RE: DL CVG-CDG-JFK (IN J)

Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:56 pm

This is the first time I've ever recognized someone in a trip report....how goes it Wink?
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atrude777
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RE: DL CVG-CDG-JFK (IN J)

Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:57 pm

Good Report! Thanks for the pictures.

I realized this was 2007, but thank gosh DL replaced the old Biz seats, that wasn't exactly looking good compared to AA's and UA even.

I am waiting to see how the merger with DL/NW go, maybe I shall switch. haha

You mentioned you travel for work, do you try to choose DL or does the business book it and you just collect the miles as you go, if you can answer that?

Thanks again for reporting

Alex
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MKP1013
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RE: DL CVG-CDG-JFK (IN J)

Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:22 pm

Great TR - On par with any experienced TR'er on a.net. Delta is a great airline - always love to see TR's about their service. Enjoyed the pic's as well - thanks for sharing. Keep posting TR's as you can!
 
ba319-131
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RE: DL CVG-CDG-JFK (IN J)

Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:29 pm

Hi, nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing.

Quoting Bsteph (Thread starter):
Michele Bernstein's steak with some kind of puree and Brussels sprouts

- Hmm, not the most impressive of presentations.

Regards

Mark
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EddieDude
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RE: DL CVG-CDG-JFK (IN J)

Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:37 pm

Hey Bsteph! Very cool trip report! Thank you very much for taking the time to write it and post it. DL is my favorite U.S. carrier and, therefore, I enjoy reading reports on DL flights, especially when the poster had a good in-flight experience!

I sent you an instant message a few seconds ago. I hope you receive it.  Smile
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bsteph
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RE: DL CVG-CDG-JFK (IN J)

Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:43 pm

Hi Everyone - thanks for the comments. I enjoy reading them.

To respond:

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 4):
You mentioned you travel for work, do you try to choose DL or does the business book it and you just collect the miles as you go, if you can answer that?

DL and BA are preferred carriers. Trips to LHR are ALWAYS on BA (sometimes we get put on VS, but it is rare). DL is used for the rest of Europe generally. And, I do get to collect quite a few miles  Wink

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
- Hmm, not the most impressive of presentations.

Yeah - the other, non-steak options were really well presented. However, as I said, my mom told me that this particular entree was difficult to make look pretty. DL has since updated their menu and it is much more "gourmet" looking.

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 7):

I sent you an instant message a few seconds ago. I hope you receive it.

I never got it - but, I don't know where to look.

Quoting Mashimaro1 (Reply 1):
What was it like studying in Paris? :P

It was amazing - I am so Franco/Anglophilic!
 
davescj
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RE: DL CVG-CDG-JFK (IN J)

Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:02 pm



Quoting Bsteph (Reply 8):

Great TR! I do find DL has some of the best in flight crew going. Having flown to Europe ex-CVG, JFK, and ATL, I do find that the CVG crews are the most laid back.

As to Port: DL is better than BA I think, though to LHR, I'm right behind you on the BA cheering booth section.

Dave
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bsteph
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RE: DL CVG-CDG-JFK (IN J)

Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:05 pm



Quoting Davescj (Reply 9):
Great TR! I do find DL has some of the best in flight crew going. Having flown to Europe ex-CVG, JFK, and ATL, I do find that the CVG crews are the most laid back

In a good or a bad way? I am finding that the NYC crews are more laid back as they are younger and newer employees. They are still very professional.
 
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RE: DL CVG-CDG-JFK (IN J)

Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:59 am

I would love to have your mom on my flights as she looks so inviting! It takes a lot to be a flight attendant these days!
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EddieDude
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RE: DL CVG-CDG-JFK (IN J)

Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:02 am



Quoting Bsteph (Reply 8):
I never got it - but, I don't know where to look.

Hmmm. Open your Member Profile and you will see a line right above the "Photo Widget" that reads "Messages". Click on the "Total History" link and you will find it there. If you get nothing, send me a message via the e-mail link on my profile and I will respond to your mail.

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xjramper
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RE: DL CVG-CDG-JFK (IN J)

Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:05 am

Bsteph,

Excellent report, and great photos.

I have to assume I have seen your mom in ATL from time to time, because she looks really familiar.

I love our crews. Big grin

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
- Hmm, not the most impressive of presentations.

I agree with you there.

But, I just flew to ARN and back in BE, and their presentation has changed considerably even from this April when I flew them last to DUB. While the app is served in a tray format, I generally found the food presentation much, much better now.

I wonder if DL can keep it up; I am flying them to CPH this weekend.

Just as a side note, I love the new style of the amenity kit as well. The old red, fold-over style bag was bad. The new one is pretty neat!

xjr  Smile
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