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Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:21 pm

Riding the Ultra Long-Haul Twin:
Los Angeles - Atlanta on Delta's Boeing 777-200LR




Intro
It's all about Delta's mighty Boeing 777-200LR in Part 3 of my latest trip report series. Flying on the world's longest-range airliner between Los Angeles and Atlanta was the highlight of the whole US trip.

Originally I had planned to enhance my Continental combo by some narrow-body hops in the Western part of the United States. However, I abandoned my planned domestic itinerary after finding out that Delta operates its Boeing 777-200LR six times weekly between Atlanta and Los Angeles as part of its services to and from Sydney. The variant - the most impressive in the 777 family in my opinion - is hard to get in general, so I decided to take the chance.

All those who have missed Parts 1 & 2 simply need to click here:
The Ultimate 737: LHR-IAH-PDX On CO 777 & 739ER
Pacific Coast Jaunt: 3 Carriers, E120, E140 & Fog



Background
In early September 2009 it was time to book another enthusiast trip. Flights to the United States were quite cheap in mid-October so I started searching for interesting combos. My plan was to get as many new airlines and aircraft types as possible on a five- or six-day trip. The destinations did not matter really much, I only tried to include LAX in order to meet my friend The777Man again. Some days later, after spending countless hours on airline and travel websites, my itinerary was complete:

Munich (MUC) - London (LHR) on British Airways
London (LHR) - Houston (IAH) on Continental
Houston (IAH) - Portland (PDX) on Continental
Portland (PDX) - Seattle (SEA) on United Express, operated by Skywest Airlines
Seattle (SEA) - San Jose (SJC) on Alaska Airlines
San Jose (SJC) - Los Angeles (LAX) on American Eagle
Los Angeles (LAX) - Atlanta (ATL) on Delta
Atlanta (ATL) - Houston (IAH) on Continental Express, operated by ExpressJet
Houston (IAH) - Newark (EWR) on Continental
Newark (EWR) - Frankfurt (FRA) on Continental
Frankfurt (FRA) - Munich (MUC) on Lufthansa

I booked all Continental flights together on the carrier's website - connections on both British Airways and Lufthansa were included in the combo. After that I separately added the flights on United Express, Alaska Airlines, American Eagle and Delta. The itinerary included five new airlines, five new aircraft types and four new airports - I was quite satisfied in the end after getting all the confirmation emails.





Monday, 19 October 2009
Los Angeles (LAX) - Atlanta (ATL)
Delta DL016
07:50-15:10 (08:01-14:54)
Flying time: 03:33 (hrs)
Economy Class, Seat 55J

Boeing 777-232LR
N705DN (s/n 773)
Delivered in 03/2009


1st flight on N705DN
1st 777-200LR flight
24th 777 flight



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I left the pretty La Quinta Airport Hotel early in the morning and took the shuttle to Terminal 5. First of all I checked the departures screen and was glad to see DL016 would arrive from Sydney on time. It was very busy in the check-in hall on that Monday morning, but I managed to find an available kiosk. I had pre-reserved my seat at the time of booking, so there wasn't much to do. Interestingly, flight DL016 was overbooked, but I didn't think a second about taking a later flight and being compensated: I really wanted to fly on the 77L and I had to get my connecting flight to Houston later in the afternoon. After paying 20 bucks for my checked luggage again I joined an extremely long security queue - actually it wasn't easy to find the end of it.   
30 minutes later I could finally proceed to the gate area and went straight to gate 58A to have a look at the aircraft: It was N705DN, delivered in March 2009, one of 8 777-200LRs in the Delta fleet:



The gate area was totally crowded, apparently Delta could enjoy good loads on its various early morning flights. Some time before boarding I noticed an announcement about Delta's "gourmet" buy-on-board snacks. Well, I had planned to buy a breakfast meal anyway.

I had lined up early so I was among the first Economy passengers to step on board. Friendly flight attendants welcomed me while I was walking all the way down to row 55. The comfortable all-leather slim-line seats...



...are equipped with 9-inch touchscreen video monitors:



Legroom was generous, too - definitely enough to survive an ultra long-haul flight. Small IFE boxes are located under the middle seats.



Request to hand out unneeded stuff to the flight attendants:


The flight was packed, no seat remained empty in Economy Class. A guy in the 20s took the middle seat - he was quite friendly, but gave me some worried looks when I took pictures and notes and used my binoculars.

United 757 and 777 parked at Terminal 6:



We finally left the gate eleven minutes late and I enjoyed listening to the engine start-up. The FedEx cargo area:



There weren't any other aircraft ahead of us, so we could roll onto the runway without waiting:



I was hoping for a powerful and noisy takeoff - but what followed was one of the least spectacular 777 takeoffs I have ever experienced.    The plane accelerated slowly and (almost) quietly, rolled and rolled and finally lifted off gently:



V Australia 777-300ER on the left:



Now this was unusual - a Lufthansa A340-600 (on the right) which had apparently stayed overnight:





Always nice to break through the clouds - especially when the wing features raked wingtips:



15 minutes later all the clouds were gone:



Unfortunately I was facing the sun all the time on the aircraft's right side which almost made it impossible to take any pictures of the in-seat screens. And shutting my window shade alone didn't help. So I asked the guy in front of me whether he could shut his window shade for few minutes - I was glad he agreed.

"Ever wish you could pause the movie to go to the onboard lav? Now you can watch what you want, when you want it, with our new Delta On Demand product." That's what you can read about Delta's on-demand in-flight entertainment system on the carrier's website. Delta on Demand features - among others - a wide range of movies and TV series, more than 4100 MP3s (playlist builder), 10 games and HBO pay-per-view programming.

Main menu language selection:



Movie categories:



Some new releases:



The IFE programming also includes a survey and information about Delta, the Skymiles frequent flyer program, the Skyteam alliance and hub airports:



My favorite feature was the airshow programming, including maps with zoom function:







Flight information in Spanish:


Delta on Demand is user-friendly and keeps you entertained on long flights, but there's room for improvement. For example, the number of movies available in languages other than English and Spanish as well as the number of games could be increased. But probably I'm just spoilt by Emirates' world class ICE system...  

Delta serves peanuts or other small snacks free of charge on longer domestic flights, but it took 1,5 hours until the first round of food - two bags of peanuts - arrived at my seat:



I was quite hungry and had a look at the buy-on-board menu card:



In addition to the usual snack boxes Delta offers "fresh selections". Between 5am and 9:45am only breakfast items are available (local times), so I ordered the Fruit & Cheese Plate for USD 6 (Gouda, Havarti, Sage infused Derby, red grapes, pecan halves, dried apricots, crackers). However, my choice wasn't available and I had to find an alternative. I decided to try the "Almond Butter and Grape Jelly Sandwich" for USD 4 - one of a few entrées created by award-winning chef Todd English. It looked quite tasty, but the wheat bread was a bit dry and the (Justin's) almond butter was not as creamy as peanut butter:


Finally the flight attendants offered something to drink. I asked for decaf and a middle-aged female flight attendant said she would get that from the galley. Two minutes later she came back and almost cheerfully said: "We will brew it freshly for you!" Nice! However, the disappointment followed soon: it tasted awful, not like coffee at all...   

Later in the flight I walked around for a while. The cabin was packed:



Half an hour prior to arrival the second round of drinks as well as pretzels were served - quite late actually. This time I ordered ginger ale - what would be a domestic flight in the United States without ginger ale?  


Shortly after I had finished my drink the plane already started descending. 15 minutes later we were on final approach to Atlanta...



...the home of DELTA:


We touched down smoothly after a flying time of 3 hours and 33 minutes - too bad I couldn't spend ten more hours on that fine aircraft.

Delta 757, cargo jets and the Atlanta skyline:



Well-known buildings: the excellent Renaissance Concourse Hotel (on the left) and Delta's headquarters (on the right):



N705DN came to rest next to Air France A340-313X F-GLZR:


Before disembarking the guy in the middle seat asked me what I would be planning to do with the numbers (registrations) - and I told him about my hobby. However, I'm not sure whether he was satisfied with my answers.

Anyway, after most other passengers had left I asked one of the friendly flight attendants whether it would be possible to visit the flight-deck. She immediately walked away in order to ask and a few moments later I got the green light by the captain. First of all I asked him about the operating differences between the 777-200LR and the 777-200ER and he told me a few aspects. Then I pointed out that the takeoff hadn't been really powerful - and he confirmed it was de-rated takeoff. He permitted me to take pictures and he even took a picture of me sitting the F/O seat.   
Definitely one of the best workplaces in the business:



Great weather, great bird:



Simply impressive - the giant GE90-110B1L2 powerplant:


I grabbed my luggage and walked straight to the Continental check-in area to get my boarding pass for my ExpressJet flight to Houston - story to be continued.


Conclusion
Flying on Delta's Boeing 777-200LR was a great pleasure despite the low-power takeoff. I wouldn't hesitate to go on a Delta ultra long-haul trip - the seats on the 77L are comfortable and legroom is generous. Even though Delta on Demand lacks certain features offered by other carriers it keeps you entertained for a long time. Flight attendants and ground staff members were friendly and motivated which was another positive aspect. Drinks were served a bit late twice, but that's a minor issue. However, it was disappointing that the desired breakfast meal wasn't available on an early morning flight between two major domestic destinations.

Next report: ATL-IAH-EWR-FRA on ExpressJet and Continental


Best Regards,
PlaneHunter



P.S.: Just in case you missed them - other more or less recent reports:
Pacific Coast Jaunt: 3 Carriers, E120, E140 & Fog
The Ultimate 737: LHR-IAH-PDX On CO 777 & 739ER
Bye Bye, Hell! TRD-OSL-TXL-NUE - DY/AB/HE DH4
My Trip To Hell: NUE-CPH-OSL-TRD On Cimber & SAS
SFO-YUL-FRA: Map- & Sleepless On Air Canada's 77W
Sin City Gloss & Virgin America's Chic First Class
Seat Dilemma & Canyon Glamour: FRA To LAX, AC 763
On Par With Air France? DTW-AMS-MUC, KLM A330
Goodbye, Red Tails! DC-9-40/50 & Chicago Tour
Champagne & World Of Coke: Air France A340 To ATL
"Mission A380": Disappointing Legs On BA/BD/EI
Delights Of Doha, 773 & 77W: DOH-DXB-LHR On EK
A380 Really a Step Forward? LHR-DXB-DOH On EK
Quality & Style: HKG-LHR On Air New Zealand 744
Taiwan Trio: TransAsia, UNI Air And The Taipei 101
"The Wings Of Taiwan": EVA Air A332, 744 Combi
SHA-SZX, Shanghai 757: Delayed By The Military
PEK-SHA, China Eastern A330 & Shanghai At Night
Striking Newcomer: Berlin-Beijing On Hainan A330
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:55 pm

Awesome, been waiting for this report! I was certain you'd not miss flying the B77L on that route, pretty sure that's what every a.netter would do.

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
He permitted me to take pictures and he even took a picture of me sitting the F/O seat.

Their longhaul crews are great - I've had similar experiences.  

By the way, I've been spotting from the very same position at ATL as you some months back. Cool. By chance I also took an engine photograph - although it's a GE CF6 that belonged to a B767-400ER.



Note the aircraft taxiing in the background is N701DN, DL's first-ever B777-200LR.

Thanks a lot for sharing with us, it sure was an interesting read. Keep it up!
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:08 pm

Hi PH,

That's an excellent report - sounds like a very impressive plane and overall experience. That IFE looks very good indeed.

Shame about the slowness of the service, it really shouldn't be like that!

Have you any idea how many pax where continuing from Australia on that flight?

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
This time I ordered ginger ale - what would be a domestic flight in the United States without ginger ale?

Hmm, a flight with root beer?   Sorry, but I'm probably the only European that likes it - my former US colleagues couldn't believe their ears when I once ordered that stuff as my beverage of choice during one lunch in California... At least Alaska serves root beer onboard.
 
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:09 pm

I flew the 777 LR from ATL-LAX last august. One of my all time favorite rides. I was in business elite and loved the IFE system and the food was good. In terms of performance, it all depends how much the pilot is gunning the plane because out of ATL the 777LR was smooth and the climb was particularly fast. Might have actually been a record when flying up to 10,000 feet. Those seat belt signs came off some 3-4 minutes after take off.

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
Finally the flight attendants offered something to drink. I asked for decaf and a middle-aged female flight attendant said she would get that from the galley. Two minutes later she came back and almost cheerfully said: "We will brew it freshly for you!" Nice! However, the disappointment followed soon: it tasted awful, not like coffee at all...   

DL's coffee is no different from the rest. The only airline that has coffee that actually tastes GOOD is UA. They brew and serve it in medal carafes in economy. Everybody else is plastic carafes, hence that bitter/stale taste.
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:27 pm

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 1):
Awesome, been waiting for this report!
Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 1):
Thanks a lot for sharing with us, it sure was an interesting read. Keep it up!

Thanks a lot, Luftfahrer!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 1):
I was certain you'd not miss flying the B77L on that route, pretty sure that's what every a.netter would do.

Indeed, I really couldn't resist.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 1):
Their longhaul crews are great - I've had similar experiences.

Good to hear!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 1):
By the way, I've been spotting from the very same position at ATL as you some months back. Cool. By chance I also took an engine photograph - although it's a GE CF6 that belonged to a B767-400ER.

Cool picture! And a nice coincidence that you also captured N701DN, named The Delta Spirit.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
That's an excellent report - sounds like a very impressive plane and overall experience. That IFE looks very good indeed.

Thank you, FlyingFinn!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
Shame about the slowness of the service, it really shouldn't be like that!

I'm wondering whether it was - for any reason - an exception on that flight.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
Have you any idea how many pax where continuing from Australia on that flight?

No, unfortunately. But that would really interesting to know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
Hmm, a flight with root beer? Sorry, but I'm probably the only European that likes it - my former US colleagues couldn't believe their ears when I once ordered that stuff as my beverage of choice during one lunch in California... At least Alaska serves root beer onboard.

When I visited the World of Coca Cola one year ago I tried dozens of different soft drinks from around the world - but I cannot remember anyone which tasted worse than root beer...  
Quoting Tommy767 (Reply 3):
I flew the 777 LR from ATL-LAX last august. One of my all time favorite rides. I was in business elite and loved the IFE system and the food was good.

Sounds good - must have been great sitting in these new Business Elite seats.

Quoting Tommy767 (Reply 3):
In terms of performance, it all depends how much the pilot is gunning the plane because out of ATL the 777LR was smooth and the climb was particularly fast.

I fear these derated takeoffs will ever increase...

Quoting Tommy767 (Reply 3):
DL's coffee is no different from the rest. The only airline that has coffee that actually tastes GOOD is UA. They brew and serve it in medal carafes in economy. Everybody else is plastic carafes, hence that bitter/stale taste.

Interesting to know. Air Berlin, Lufthansa and KLM used to serve really good coffee.


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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:23 pm

Hey, PH,

well, thats for sure a highlight trip here.

Well written and nice, sunny pictures, something lost here in Germany, isn´t it.

Domestic on the 772LR, definitely a not-to-miss experience.

And it seems that was a recommendable experience.

Also the flightdeck visit, real interesting.

Looking for the next part now.

Regards,
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:36 pm

Hi PH!,
that's an awesome report again. Didn't know that DL was flying the 77L domestically, but of course your detective mind noticed and you booked right away. You get on quite some interesting metal lately   
I don't like the seat design, but the IFE looks great indeed. And yes, raked wingtips are great to watch, enjoyed them only once on a B77W so far. If you want to get on a 77L again someday, from May this year EK will fly them 6x weekly to AMS. It will become the first operator of this type at my home airport.

Regards,
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:42 pm

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
Hey, PH,

well, thats for sure a highlight trip here.

Well written and nice, sunny pictures, something lost here in Germany, isn´t it.

Hi Markus, thanks a lot for your feedback!
Indeed, when I look at the pictures it helps to forget that white mess outside for a while...

It seems you will show us some nice pictures from sunny Egypt soon!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
that's an awesome report again. Didn't know that DL was flying the 77L domestically, but of course your detective mind noticed and you booked right away. You get on quite some interesting metal lately

Hi Eric, many thanks!


Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
Didn't know that DL was flying the 77L domestically, but of course your detective mind noticed and you booked right away.

Yes, I was quite surprised find the 77L in the domestic schedule during trip planning.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
If you want to get on a 77L again someday, from May this year EK will fly them 6x weekly to AMS. It will become the first operator of this type at my home airport.

Wow, EK knows how to create attention...


PH

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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:53 pm

Planehunter - very much enjoying your latest series of reports. Your pics are excellent as always. I have also had bad luck lately with taking pics from the window inside the aircraft - always seem to have the sun facing into the window making pics very tricky!

Good thing your semi paranoid seatmate did not decide to report you or complain to the flight crew. Did he ask you any more about your hobby and why you took pictures and registrations? Whenever people ask me that question, I ask them whether they go fishing or play a certain sport, and if they say yes - I ask them the same question: Why? Usually stops them in their tracks!

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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:03 pm

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 8):
Planehunter - very much enjoying your latest series of reports. Your pics are excellent as always.

Thanks a lot, Palmjet! Great to hear you enjoyed it.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 8):
I have also had bad luck lately with taking pics from the window inside the aircraft - always seem to have the sun facing into the window making pics very tricky!

It was really annoying on that flight. I really need to be more careful when choosing my seats in the future.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 8):
Good thing your semi paranoid seatmate did not decide to report you or complain to the flight crew.

Absolutely, yes. I still remember being called and interviewed by Homeland Security officers at MSP some years ago - thanks to a seat mate.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 8):
Did he ask you any more about your hobby and why you took pictures and registrations?

No, he didn't inquire any more.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 8):
Whenever people ask me that question, I ask them whether they go fishing or play a certain sport, and if they say yes - I ask them the same question: Why? Usually stops them in their tracks!

Good strategy!  


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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:24 pm

Great TR

Good pics as always.

Congrats on adding a new aircraft type once again.

I really have to get on that DL 77L one day from LAX to ATL.

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
Before disembarking the guy in the middle seat asked me what I would be planning to do with the numbers (registrations) - and I told him about my hobby. However, I'm not sure whether he was satisfied with my answers.



Hehe, he probably was worried the whole flight. Wonder what went through his mind all time  


Thank you for sharing

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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:38 pm

Thanks for the great TR. The weather looks very nice. Flying DL on this route on the 77L is definitely something I'd like to try one day. It must be very different to flying the narrowbodies that are common. The AVOD looks brilliant.

Does anyone know whether DL flies their 77L to any European destinations?
 
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:59 pm

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
"Ever wish you could pause the movie to go to the onboard lav? Now you can watch what you want, when you want it, with our new Delta On Demand product." That's what you can read about Delta's on-demand in-flight entertainment system on the carrier's website. Delta on Demand features - among others - a wide range of movies and TV series, more than 4100 MP3s (playlist builder), 10 games and HBO pay-per-view programming.

They only have this now!!!!!     
 
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:14 pm

Great TR, thank you!

How did you like the seat? It looks a bit worn down IMO, but I guess that´s just a feature of leather seats.
 
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:32 pm

Excellent report with great pictures! I'm happy that you had a great ride on the DL 77L! You did it just in time too since DL will not be flying the 77L ATL-LAX vv eff June or July 2010.

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
Legroom was generous, too - definitely enough to survive an ultra long-haul flight

Yes, I can attest to this as well. Legroom was no problem on a long-haul flight.

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
Delta on Demand is user-friendly and keeps you entertained on long flights

I agree; the system is great although not as great as Emirates' ICE. I think and hope that this is the system that will be installed on UA's 777s that will be refurbished soon.

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
Delta serves peanuts or other small snacks free of charge on longer domestic flights, but it took 1,5 hours until the first round of food - two bags of peanuts - arrived at my seat:

Nice that DL serves peanuts!!! I just can't believe it took so long for the first service; 1.5 hours is very long time when the whole flight is 3:30h

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
This time I ordered ginger ale -



What brand did they serve ?  
Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
he even took a picture of me sitting the F/O seat

Show us the picture! That must have been very nice to talk to the pilots and get them to take a picture of you!

Looking forward to the final installment in this series....

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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:58 pm

It was a pleasure to read your very positive rating for DELTA and our 777LR. When based in ATL i flew the 777ER
ATL-DXB exclusively now that Im based at JFK I fly either JFK-TLV or JFK-AMM which are currently 763 flights
I had hoped that with the equipement upgrade on our TLV service it would be a 777 but they will go to a 747-400
aircraft. Again thanxs for flying DL.
 
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:12 pm

Hi PH,

Great report on board of DL B77L! Really enjoyed it!

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
Main menu language selection

Including Dutch, I am wondering how often DL will deploy B77L in the near future to Holland.

Thank you for sharing.

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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:00 am

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):

Can anyone spot the error on the map?
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:15 am

Always love to read your reports. My friend just took that bird to Sydney on Wednesday I believe. He called me to marvel at the size of the engines.

Great Read!
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:28 am

HAHAHAHA, that map is in Spanish. I have noticed that a TON flying the route between LAX and ATL..

One thing about T5 @ LAX. When there is a really long line for security, sometimes a trip down to T6 is not so bad an idea. I have done that a lot with great success. There is a tunnel that will take you back to 5.

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
had lined up early so I was among the first Economy passengers to step on board. Friendly flight attendants welcomed me while I was walking all the way down to row 55

This is one of my biggest complaints with passengers these days. They make announcements at the gate about the 'Zone' number located on your boarding pass and to board with this zone. People start lining up so early and just stand there with a Zone 6 on their boarding card. They are right in the way and it makes it very difficult to have a seamless and pleasant boarding experience. I am so fortunate to be able to board in Zone 1 or 2. I just could not take the stress and crowd. LINE UP AND BOARD WHEN YOUR ZONE IS CALLED  
 
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:37 am

Nice report! I flew the LR when ATL-BOM-ATL and it is a great aircraft to fly long haul in. I slept for almost 15 hrs nonstop in economy on the way back, flight was 18.5 hours!

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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:14 am

Great trip report!

1.5 hours into the flight for service is definitely longer than normal... One possibility is that US carriers and crews tend to be much stricter about staying seated, and keeping the seat belt sign on, after take-off.

It could be the crew was seated for the first 20-30 minutes before they started setting up their carts....

I am really sorry you didn't get to try the cheese platter...it is actually one of the best deals in terms of BOB food offerings in the U.S. The cheese is quite good and they aren't too stingy with the fruit and nuts...for $6 it isn't bad at all...

As for the map in Spanish... Delta domestic flights with AVOD have the map and flight info in both English and Spanish...it is just one of the begrudging acknowledgements of the spread and importance of Spanish in America.

I am really pleased that you took pictures! As you've seen, Americans are really paranoid when it comes to air travel. I would love to do trip reports but as an non-white male...I know I would be asking for a WORLD of trouble if I walked around a domestic airline cabin snapping photos! Sad but true...

Thanks again for a great trip report!
 
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:03 am

Super excellent Trip Report on a very unique route/aircraft type combo! Something we have come to expect from the Plane Hunter himself!  

Although it is quite known that DL does SYD-LAX-ATL with the 77L, it never really registered in my mind that this bird can actually be flown domestically on the LAX-ATL service!

I am not a huge fan of Delta's operations at JFK, especially their messy layout at their respective terminal, but seeing their mega operations at ATL is always fascinating to me!

I am also pleasantly surprised to always see young looking Delta cabin crew at Dubai as well, which is a huge contrast to the norms of US Airlines!

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
Flying on the world's longest-range airliner between Los Angeles and Atlanta was the highlight of the whole US trip.

Frankly, this beats any 'premium' service flight that runs between JFK and the west cost!

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
I abandoned my planned domestic itinerary after finding out that Delta operates its Boeing 777-200LR six times weekly between Atlanta and Los Angeles as part of its services to and from Sydney.

Good choice!

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
the most impressive in the 777 family in my opinion -

Agree! I can't wait to try my first B77L, whenever that would be!

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
...are equipped with 9-inch touchscreen video monitors:

Ahhh! reminds me of Song!

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
The flight was packed, no seat remained empty in Economy Class. A guy in the 20s took the middle seat - he was quite friendly, but gave me some worried looks when I took pictures and notes and used my binoculars.

If he gave you worried looks, then i wonder what would have happened if it was me instead (an arab a.nutter on a US plane?)  
Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
Main menu language selection:

Should include Arabic since they fly to DXB, or at least Hindi!

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
Delta on Demand is user-friendly and keeps you entertained on long flights, but there's room for improvement. For example, the number of movies available in languages other than English and Spanish as well as the number of games could be increased. But probably I'm just spoilt by Emirates' world class ICE system...

Looks decent!

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
I was quite hungry and had a look at the buy-on-board menu card:

Nice menu!

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
I decided to try the "Almond Butter and Grape Jelly Sandwich" for USD 4 - one of a few entrées created by award-winning chef Todd English. It looked quite tasty, but the wheat bread was a bit dry and the (Justin's) almond butter was not as creamy as peanut butter:

Looks very fresh! But what's so award winning about simple almond butter and jelly spread over bread?

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
what would be a domestic flight in the United States without ginger ale?

No PH TR is complete without your ginger ale my friend  
Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
Air France A340-313X F-GLZR:

She looks unusually clean today!

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
He permitted me to take pictures and he even took a picture of me sitting the F/O seat.
Definitely one of the best workplaces in the business:

Very lucky indeed! I should start trying my luck at cockpit visits! I havent done that in a very long time!


Thanks a lot for sharing this TR! .. Looking forward to the next one!

Cheers,
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:57 am

Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
Great TR

Good pics as always.

Congrats on adding a new aircraft type once again.

Thanks, Gabriel!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
Hehe, he probably was worried the whole flight. Wonder what went through his mind all time

Well, he could have asked earlier.

Quoting mdavies06 (Reply 11):
Thanks for the great TR.

Thanks!

Quoting mdavies06 (Reply 11):
It must be very different to flying the narrowbodies that are common. The AVOD looks brilliant.

Delta offers more domestic widebody services than other US carriers, but a 77L is still better than a 763 of course.

Quoting spootter10 (Reply 13):
Great TR, thank you!

Thanks!

Quoting spootter10 (Reply 13):
How did you like the seat? It looks a bit worn down IMO, but I guess that´s just a feature of leather seats.

I found it very comfortable - but I'm not sure whether I would still like the leather surface after 12 hours.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
Excellent report with great pictures! I'm happy that you had a great ride on the DL 77L!

Hi Lars, many thanks for your feedback!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
You did it just in time too since DL will not be flying the 77L ATL-LAX vv eff June or July 2010.

Bad to hear. Will 77Ls be based at LAX then?

Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
What brand did they serve ?

I don't know, unfortunately. On my next trip I will keep an eye on that.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
Show us the picture! That must have been very nice to talk to the pilots and get them to take a picture of you!

I'll mail it to you!

Quoting B767300ER (Reply 15):
It was a pleasure to read your very positive rating for DELTA and our 777LR.

Great to hear, thanks a lot!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Great report on board of DL B77L! Really enjoyed it!

Hi Suryo, many thanks.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Including Dutch, I am wondering how often DL will deploy B77L in the near future to Holland.

Would be great for AMS, but I guess the 77L will be used on longer international routes only.

Quoting ABQ747 (Reply 17):
Can anyone spot the error on the map?

Not yet...

Quoting ATLFlyer323 (Reply 18):
Always love to read your reports.

Thanks, Brandon, great to hear!

Quoting ATLFlyer323 (Reply 18):
He called me to marvel at the size of the engines.

Yes, these engines are most impressive.

Quoting jkj777 (Reply 19):
One thing about T5 @ LAX. When there is a really long line for security, sometimes a trip down to T6 is not so bad an idea. I have done that a lot with great success. There is a tunnel that will take you back to 5.

Interesting to know!

Quoting jkj777 (Reply 19):
This is one of my biggest complaints with passengers these days. They make announcements at the gate about the 'Zone' number located on your boarding pass and to board with this zone. People start lining up so early and just stand there with a Zone 6 on their boarding card. They are right in the way and it makes it very difficult to have a seamless and pleasant boarding experience. I am so fortunate to be able to board in Zone 1 or 2. I just could not take the stress and crowd. LINE UP AND BOARD WHEN YOUR ZONE IS CALLED

I had zone 3 and didn't block anyone. However, I have to agree in general - it can be quite a mess sometimes.

Quoting 9V-SPJ (Reply 20):
Nice report!

Thanks!

Quoting 9V-SPJ (Reply 20):
I slept for almost 15 hrs nonstop in economy on the way back, flight was 18.5 hours!

Wow, that's a long time. I guess that's only possible in comfortable seats.

Quoting Burj (Reply 21):
Great trip report!

Thanks, Burj!

Quoting Burj (Reply 21):
1.5 hours into the flight for service is definitely longer than normal... One possibility is that US carriers and crews tend to be much stricter about staying seated, and keeping the seat belt sign on, after take-off.

It could be the crew was seated for the first 20-30 minutes before they started setting up their carts....

Interesting aspect.

Quoting Burj (Reply 21):
I am really sorry you didn't get to try the cheese platter...it is actually one of the best deals in terms of BOB food offerings in the U.S. The cheese is quite good and they aren't too stingy with the fruit and nuts...for $6 it isn't bad at all...

I will try to get that next time!

Quoting Burj (Reply 21):
As for the map in Spanish... Delta domestic flights with AVOD have the map and flight info in both English and Spanish...it is just one of the begrudging acknowledgements of the spread and importance of Spanish in America.

I didn't mind about the Spanish map in general - just noticed that it appeared in Spanish despite my different language selection.

Quoting Burj (Reply 21):
I am really pleased that you took pictures! As you've seen, Americans are really paranoid when it comes to air travel. I would love to do trip reports but as an non-white male...I know I would be asking for a WORLD of trouble if I walked around a domestic airline cabin snapping photos! Sad but true...

Yes, that's really sad.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 22):
Super excellent Trip Report on a very unique route/aircraft type combo! Something we have come to expect from the Plane Hunter himself!

Hi Roni, thank you very much for your kind words!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 22):
I am not a huge fan of Delta's operations at JFK, especially their messy layout at their respective terminal, but seeing their mega operations at ATL is always fascinating to me!

I have to agree about JFK. Going through ATL is always a pleasure.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 22):
If he gave you worried looks, then i wonder what would have happened if it was me instead (an arab a.nutter on a US plane?)

I fear he would have been even more concerned, unfortunately. Bad times.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 22):
Should include Arabic since they fly to DXB, or at least Hindi!

Interesting aspect. But I guess there's room for improvement.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 22):
Looks very fresh! But what's so award winning about simple almond butter and jelly spread over bread?

Yes, very good question. I have wondered about that, too.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 22):
No PH TR is complete without your ginger ale my friend

 
Quoting ronerone (Reply 22):
She looks unusually clean today!

You're right! Rain at Paris?  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 22):
Very lucky indeed! I should start trying my luck at cockpit visits! I havent done that in a very long time!

You should try it next time - they can only say yes or no, there's nothing to lose.


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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:08 am

Hi PH,

Excellent as usual! I eagerly anticipated the 77L as soon as the third paragraph of your 1st report in this series! And it has come through. It would have been nicer if you were at the other end of the leg, heading towards SYD though! As I'm sure you would have loved to.

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
I didn't think a second about taking a later flight and being compensated: I really wanted to fly on the 77L and I had to get my connecting flight to Houston later in the afternoon

I wouldn't change from the 77L either but how much were they offering? Or didn't they get to that point?

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
V Australia 777-300ER on the left:

I'm sure you'd get a better take off in one of those beauties!

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
The IFE programming also includes a survey and information about Delta, the Skymiles frequent flyer program, the Skyteam alliance and hub airports:

Interesting! It's good to see so many things being added into IFE these days.. The maps look excellent

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
It looked quite tasty, but the wheat bread was a bit dry and the (Justin's) almond butter was not as creamy as peanut butter:

So not as gourmet as it set out to be? I was really hoping for something more interesting than that! They sound like rather interesting breakfast items to be honest..

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
what would be a domestic flight in the United States without ginger ale?

What would be any flight you take without ginger ale?  
Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
He permitted me to take pictures and he even took a picture of me sitting the F/O seat.

That's great. I love it when pilots do this! It shows that some care about us enthusiasts!


Gotta love that wing and the engines. Good to know the staff were motivated. Always a positive sign. I'm looking forward to experiencing DL when I go to USA!

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
However, it was disappointing that the desired breakfast meal wasn't available on an early morning flight between two major domestic destinations.

I guess you can't always expect popular choices when sitting in the back. But I really wonder how long it took for them to run out.


Wow, one more TR and this series is done and dusted! Too many to count for me! Looking forward to the next exciting read.

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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:18 am

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
Bad to hear. Will 77Ls be based at LAX then?

The 77L will probably be based at ATL. Routing of aircraft would be something like this :

DTW-NRT-LAX-SYD-LAX-NRT-DTW. I'm not sure if they will fly the 77L from DTW, ATL or perhaps JFK.

From what I've read in various posts on A/net, DL will probably set up a 777 pilot base at LAX.

Looking forward to the picture!

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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:10 pm

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 24):
Excellent as usual!

Hi Nicholas, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 24):
It would have been nicer if you were at the other end of the leg, heading towards SYD though! As I'm sure you would have loved to.

Yes, absolutely.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 24):
I wouldn't change from the 77L either but how much were they offering? Or didn't they get to that point?

No, I didn't proceed after reading it would be overbooked.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 24):
What would be any flight you take without ginger ale?

Unfortunately, you don't get that stuff on most European flights...

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 24):
Gotta love that wing and the engines. Good to know the staff were motivated. Always a positive sign. I'm looking forward to experiencing DL when I go to USA!

I'm sure you'd like it.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 24):
Wow, one more TR and this series is done and dusted!

Yes, but there are some more series on the horizon...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 25):
The 77L will probably be based at ATL. Routing of aircraft would be something like this :

DTW-NRT-LAX-SYD-LAX-NRT-DTW. I'm not sure if they will fly the 77L from DTW, ATL or perhaps JFK.

Hi Lars, thanks for the update. Too bad there won't be any more 77L domestic flights.


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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:43 pm

Hi PH,

nice to read another part of your USA-series - great report and fantastic pictures as always.

Good to hear that Delta offers a good product on the B 777-200LR - you were lucky to enjoy it on your shorter domestic flight as well.

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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:57 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
Quoting ABQ747 (Reply 17):
Can anyone spot the error on the map?

Not yet...

Santa Fe is misspelled.
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:12 am

I am taking this flight but in reverse, ATL-LAX in two weeks!

Thanks for giving me a general view/idea of what to expect! I am going to take full advantage of this too and will try the menu out and such! Looking forward to it, and will try to do a TR to compare it also!

Thanks again!

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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:42 am

Nice TR, thanks for sharing - I beg pardon for my ignorance, maybe you've even written it but I must have missed the line: was the 77L due to continue to some overseas destination?

I'm a little bit perplexed by the leather seats: not a common sight, on long range planes, at least in coach. It's a matter of personal preferences, but I find leather quite unconfortable to sit on long trips.
 
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sun Feb 14, 2010 3:30 pm

Planehunter - very much enjoying your latest series of reports. Your pics are excellent as always. I have also had bad luck lately with taking pics from the window inside the aircraft - always seem to have the sun facing into

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
What brand did they serve ?

I don't know, unfortunately. On my next trip I will keep an eye on that.

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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:53 pm

Very nice TR. Its nice to know that DL still provides free snacks in Y while almost everyone else gives you a beverage and a napkin.

Quoting Tommy767 (Reply 3):
The only airline that has coffee that actually tastes GOOD is UA. They brew and serve it in medal carafes in economy. Everybody else is plastic carafes, hence that bitter/stale taste

I'm pretty sure US serves it in a metal carafe, I could be wrong. WORST coffee was on UA Express by Mesa Air. It was so gross, it had this taste that reminded me of silicone, or plastic, mixed with urine.
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:10 pm

Very nice report and DL look quite decent. The Ginger Ale indeed is a must lol...

Some nice pics there.

Thanks for the report.

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Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:57 pm

Great TR! Impressive bird and great trip. Hope to hear about more of your US journey!
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Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:04 am

Thanks for this great report, Planehunter! Looking forward to the next part.

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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:46 am

Just a few comments;

First, thanks for the report!

Second, to the poster who asked this, Delta does not operate any 777LR to any European Destinations. Sorry!

Finally, for those who want to ride on this beauty LAX-ATL-LAX on the domestic portions of DL 16/17, your time is running out. Starting June 1st, the equipment will run SYD-LAX-NRT-LAX-SYD and thus no longer will be used ATL-LAX-ATL.
 
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:43 am

Hi PH, another fantastic trip report. Thank you for the continuing series of interesting treks across America.

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
Flying on the world's longest-range airliner between Los Angeles and Atlanta was the highlight of the whole US trip.

I'd bet! Wide-body domestics in the U.S. are infrequent enough so I can imagine how rare this opportunity is. Having not been on the 77L, it's a ride I am actively looking for, and this looks a likely candidate for my next U.S. visit, thanks  

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
A guy in the 20s took the middle seat - he was quite friendly, but gave me some worried looks when I took pictures and notes and used my binoculars.

Haha, obviously not a member of this forum!

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
The plane accelerated slowly and (almost) quietly, rolled and rolled and finally lifted off gently

Now that's rare indeed for a B777 but not having been on a 77L, I can't wait to experience it for myself

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
Movie categories:

Looks like quite a decent selection of categories.

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
But probably I'm just spoilt by Emirates' world class ICE system..

Yes that can be quite the spoiler whichever other airline you fly on!

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
This time I ordered ginger ale - what would be a domestic flight in the United States without ginger ale?

Haha... I can totally relate! I can't imagine anywhere else I would order ginger ale but on a U.S. domestic it comes part of the landscape...

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
Before disembarking the guy in the middle seat asked me what I would be planning to do with the numbers (registrations) - and I told him about my hobby. However, I'm not sure whether he was satisfied with my answers.

I'm glad you didn't make the news that night!

Hope to see more from you.

cheers,
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:59 am

Excellent Trip Report, i was very excited to see a TR about Delta's 77L. I did not know they also fly domestic.

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
In addition to the usual snack boxes Delta offers "fresh selections". Between 5am and 9:45am only breakfast items are available (local times), so I ordered the Fruit & Cheese Plate for USD 6 (Gouda, Havarti, Sage infused Derby, red grapes, pecan halves, dried apricots, crackers). However, my choice wasn't available and I had to find an alternative. I decided to try the "Almond Butter and Grape Jelly Sandwich" for USD 4 - one of a few entrées created by award-winning chef Todd English. It looked quite tasty, but the wheat bread was a bit dry and the (Justin's) almond butter was not as creamy as peanut butter:

OMG! You have to pay for the food on Delta?

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
HBO pay-per-view programming.

Come on! PPV TVs?! That is a shocker; it seems like they will think of every possible way to get money. I am not sure why on earth would they choose dark blue leather. Leather seats look terrible, give you the "slippery, sweaty" feel if you stay too long, and wear out a lot. I do not know why people give the impression of leather seats being trendy and hip.

The colors should have been a bit lighter and perhaps give a feeling of freshness into the cabin.

Otherwise, looks like a nice plane!

Well done!
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:02 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
I found it very comfortable - but I'm not sure whether I would still like the leather surface after 12 hours.

I flew a DL 77L to JNB last year, and I have to say that I was sitting watching several movies in the exit row (2nd part of coach) and after 8 hours, I was very uncomfortable sitting in my seat. I tired all sorts of positions, getting up and walking around for a while, but my rear end didn't seem to agree with the seat cushion anymore.

Speaking of this, does anyone have any suggestions dealing with a seat like this when you flight is 16hrs long? The seat cushion in the exit row isn't any different than any other coach seat, so I was just curious.

Nice post PlaneHunter!
 
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:42 am

I'm flying this same flight May 28 and after seeing that food, I'll make sure I bring my own on the plane with me!!
 
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 20, 2010 6:42 pm

Hi PH, great report, a very interesting and enjoyable read.

I didn't know DL still flew the 77L domestically, only thought they did that during the first month(s) of operation.
The interior looked very nice, though not sure how comfortable those leather seats would be on a 16 hour ULH flight, I guess they would get pretty warm, sweaty and sticky?

The in-flight service provided by US airlines, is today waaay superior than what we have in Europe. I.e most full service airlines now going no-frills, not serving a single glass of water for free. I would be more than happy to get a drink and a bag of peanuts here.

The drink offerings in DL Y seem pretty generous, nice to see them serving Ginger Ale. Pity that we don't have it much here in Europe... well LH does  
The BoB menu offerings on DL seem pretty nice as well, with some good quantity of food, for a reasonable price.

Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
Before disembarking the guy in the middle seat asked me what I would be planning to do with the numbers (registrations) - and I told him about my hobby. However, I'm not sure whether he was satisfied with my answers.

Yawn... Americans being so overly afraid of terrorism...  

Thanks for sharing!
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:18 pm

Hi there,

Another excellent report with great pics, kept me entertained for a while!


Quoting planehunter (Thread starter):
the seats on the 77L are comfortable and legroom is generous.

That's good to read. There are not many airlines around with decent legroom in their long-haul planes.

Which Ginger Ale brand does Delta serve?

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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:36 pm

In reply to #39 I find placing the blanket over the pillow helps on very long flights - atleast that is what
I suggest to my pax so I always hand out double blankets and pillows. Try it.
 
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:33 pm

Hi,

Thank you for sharing. It's pleasant story with nice pictures, well done!
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:31 pm

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 27):

nice to read another part of your USA-series - great report and fantastic pictures as always.

Hi Christoph, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting ABQ747 (Reply 28):
Santa Fe is misspelled.

Ok, thanks!

Quoting atrude777 (Reply 29):
Thanks for giving me a general view/idea of what to expect! I am going to take full advantage of this too and will try the menu out and such! Looking forward to it, and will try to do a TR to compare it also!

Hi Alex! Cannot wait to see your trip report!

Quoting atrude777 (Reply 29):
I am taking this flight but in reverse, ATL-LAX in two weeks!

I'm sure you will enjoy it!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 30):
Nice TR, thanks for sharing - I beg pardon for my ignorance, maybe you've even written it but I must have missed the line: was the 77L due to continue to some overseas destination?

The plane had arrived from Sydney.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 30):
I'm a little bit perplexed by the leather seats: not a common sight, on long range planes, at least in coach. It's a matter of personal preferences, but I find leather quite unconfortable to sit on long trips.

I'm not sure, I guess it also depends on the kind of leather.

Quoting widget1580 (Reply 31):
Planehunter - very much enjoying your latest series of reports. Your pics are excellent as always.

Thanks a lot!

Quoting widget1580 (Reply 31):
I have also had bad luck lately with taking pics from the window inside the aircraft - always seem to have the sun facing into

Bad to hear. I have become more careful with the choice of seats because of that.

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 32):
Very nice TR. Its nice to know that DL still provides free snacks in Y while almost everyone else gives you a beverage and a napkin.

Thanks! Indeed, DL offers a decent service compared to others - but it still cannot match CO.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 33):
Very nice report and DL look quite decent. The Ginger Ale indeed is a must lol...

Some nice pics there.

Thanks for the report.

Hi Phil, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 34):
Great TR! Impressive bird and great trip. Hope to hear about more of your US journey!

Hi Mark, many thanks! The last part should be online within the next ten days.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 35):
Thanks for this great report, Planehunter! Looking forward to the next part.

Many thanks! More reports to follow.

Quoting DLATL777 (Reply 36):
First, thanks for the report!

Thanks, Todd!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 37):
Hi PH, another fantastic trip report. Thank you for the continuing series of interesting treks across America.

Hi Airpearl, thanks a lot for your words! Good to hear you like the series.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 37):
Haha, obviously not a member of this forum!

We should start handing out small cards showing the a.net adress...  
Quoting airpearl (Reply 37):
Yes that can be quite the spoiler whichever other airline you fly on!

Absolutely, yes.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 37):
I'm glad you didn't make the news that night!

Oh yes, it must have become much more difficult again on US flights for us enthusiasts after the December 2009 incident.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 38):
Excellent Trip Report, i was very excited to see a TR about Delta's 77L. I did not know they also fly domestic.

Thanks QatarA340!

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 38):
OMG! You have to pay for the food on Delta?

Yes, and Delta is not alone in the US.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 38):
Come on! PPV TVs?! That is a shocker; it seems like they will think of every possible way to get money.

Continental wants money for its LiveTV offerings, too.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 38):
The colors should have been a bit lighter and perhaps give a feeling of freshness into the cabin.

I found the blue color ok, but yes, there are better interiors.

Quoting flyibaby (Reply 39):
Nice post PlaneHunter!

Thanks!

Quoting flyibaby (Reply 39):
I flew a DL 77L to JNB last year, and I have to say that I was sitting watching several movies in the exit row (2nd part of coach) and after 8 hours, I was very uncomfortable sitting in my seat. I tired all sorts of positions, getting up and walking around for a while, but my rear end didn't seem to agree with the seat cushion anymore.

That's bad to hear.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 41):
Hi PH, great report, a very interesting and enjoyable read.

Hi Jonas, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 41):
The interior looked very nice, though not sure how comfortable those leather seats would be on a 16 hour ULH flight, I guess they would get pretty warm, sweaty and sticky?

Possibly, yes. But proabably it depends on the kind of leather.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 41):
The in-flight service provided by US airlines, is today waaay superior than what we have in Europe. I.e most full service airlines now going no-frills, not serving a single glass of water for free. I would be more than happy to get a drink and a bag of peanuts here.

Iberia and SAS are good examples for that - but there are still numerous European carriers which offer more than certain US legacy carriers.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 42):
Another excellent report with great pics, kept me entertained for a while!

Hi Patrick, thanks a lot! Great to hear it kept you entertained.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 42):
Which Ginger Ale brand does Delta serve?

Canada Dry, according to another poster.

Quoting B767300ER (Reply 43):
In reply to #39 I find placing the blanket over the pillow helps on very long flights - atleast that is what
I suggest to my pax so I always hand out double blankets and pillows. Try it.

Interesting idea, I may try it.

Quoting B767300ER (Reply 43):

Thank you for sharing. It's pleasant story with nice pictures, well done!

Hi Jeroen, thanks for your reply!



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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:20 pm

The last time I was in atl , Air france operated the CDG-ATL-CDG route on the 777.. But its good seeing the A343 in action.. I would hate to see the bird getting extincted..
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Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:20 am

Quoting planiac787 (Reply 46):
The last time I was in atl , Air france operated the CDG-ATL-CDG route on the 777.. But its good seeing the A343 in action.. I would hate to see the bird getting extincted..

The trip took place in 2009, AF has meanwhile switched to 777s on the ATL flights. But there are still 13 A340s left, I don't think they will leave the fleet anytime soon.


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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:41 am

Nice report! Enjoyed reading it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
I fear these derated takeoffs will ever increase...

Hopefully not - as fuel costs rise over and above the cost of maintenance, hopefully the balance will swing more in favour of high-power takeoffs (which despite sounding like a logical fallacy are actually more fuel-efficient as you reach optimum cruise quicker).
 
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RE: Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR

Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:03 am

Nice report. Thanks for resurrecting it  . I didn't even know DL flew the 77L on LAX-ATL routing. You definitely had quite the American adventure back then!

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