atrude777
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Delta Air Lines STL-MSP-ANC Sept 3rd, 2010

Sat Sep 11, 2010 2:49 am

Hey All--

I flew to Boston to attend a Lady Gaga concert with a buddy of mine, and got a VDB voucher of 400 dollars which I used to pay for my ANC trip for Labor Day Weekend.

This was my first time see the "upper" states of the US (rather Alaska specifically haha) and I had not seen my cousin who was based at the AFB in Anchorage. I have switched from American to Delta and have been taking advantage of the promotion Delta has offered to STL flyers, along with BNA, RDU and PIT.

With that I booked a trip to ANC to visit my cousin, total itinerary was STL-MSP-ANC-SEA-ATL-STL.

September 3rd, 2010
Delta Air Lines
Flight 2913
STL-MSP
Airbus A319
N357NB

I left for the STL Airport at 2:30am, to get there by around 5am for a 6:40am departure. I absolutely hate morning departures, however to fully get the maximum two days of Anchorage I had to get into ANC as early as possible.

I got to airport at 5am, and went to the kiosk to check in and print out my boarding pass.

I headed to security and went through, was quite crowded but I got through in about 10 minutes. Got to the gate at 5:30am, and we were to start boarding at 6am.

I pre-boarded and got on the plane and looked out the window. Time for my ANC trip to begin!

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They completed the boarding which I fell asleep for kind of. I was so tired, and would be doing a lot of nodding off during the entire trip on the way to ANC.

We backed out of A-3 as they did the briefing and headed to the new runway to take off. Do we still need to keep calling it the new runway now? LOL

We took off and headed for MSP.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl6eI3-LzLM
Take Off Video

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs628.snc4/58847_1403975176212_1137330042_30969552_868290_n.jpg
Right after take off.

I promptly fell asleep kind of, just nodding off, waking u periodically for pictures. I have flown this route a few times, first time in coach though believe it or not LOL.

Service was just drinks being so early in the morning. *snores*

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Clouds..oh the joy!  

In no time, we started approaching MSP, so the dings would chimde through the cabin, tray tables up and locked, seatbacks in their upright and locked position, we all know the drill.

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Approaching...

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Landing into MSP!

We landed, and taxied a ways to the gates. Parked next to an MD90.

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Got off the plane and took a picture of it at the gate, it was continuing onward to Phoenix (PHX).

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Delta Air Lines
Flight 2395
Boeing 757-200
N687DL

I was kind of dreading this flight because it was not a PTV bird. This was going to be a really long flight, my longest flight in coach actually. Ya, I am a snob lol

I had only a 30 minute connection so I was hoofing it all the way from the G gates to the C gates, C-1 to be exact of course.

Reached the gate and man it was packed! I texted with my family and friends getting ready for my trip to Alaska! I was getting excited now for sure.

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My 757 at the gate.

I pre-boarded and went to my seat and settled in for the next 5 hour flight, which we had a head wind of 127 MPH actually.

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Long flight without PTV

You think I would be used to it being at Southwest Airlines, but truthfully I have never been on a flight over 5 hours on Southwest and to be honest, I was in the company with my co -workers so I had something to pass the time, Not really so for this flight to ANC.

Sat at my seat as I awaited everyone else to board. I scored big time with this flight as there was no one in my row, MAJOR score!!!

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757 Wing taking me to ANC

This was a bit weird, we backed out and they did the safety briefing. The usual smoking is not allowed on board, and quite a few of the passengers must have been frequent Delta paxs as they waved their fingers too right as that woman on the TV did too! LOL

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Flaps out as we head out to the runway for departure.

We sat on the runway for a couple of minutes, and then the engine came alive and we went down the runway for a very quick take off! Typical 757!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doZmK6ZwL-s
Video of Take Off

After we took off we started cruising up to the altitude.

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Climbing up

We hit cruising altitude and I kind of pretty much nodded off to sleep. I woke up when they started doing the service.

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My in flight meal...LOL

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Passing Jet

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Gotta represent!  

I did nothing but sleep, listen to my music or do my homework back and forth, it was a long flight, didn't watch anything on TV except for the big bang theory, quite hysterical show.

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Here is one in flight video I took.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GENkGA7BCI

We began to approach ANC and we flew right by ANC Airport as we approached it.

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ANC Airport

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Approaching ANC

We landed into ANC and had a beautiful approach too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdga6f6yA0M
Landing.

Delta was a great airline, had no big complaints except for lack of PTV but I know Delta is busy working hard on getting that done and completed. We had wifi on both my flights but I am not able to use it as I need to keep laptop plugged to be able to use the laptop itself.

I will add a couple of pictures in Alaska.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs308.ash2/58847_1403977016258_1137330042_30969597_5909696_n.jpg
One of the Glaciers

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Alex
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RE: Delta Air Lines STL-MSP-ANC Sept 3rd, 2010

Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:06 am

Great report! I can only dream of doing a trip to Alaska at this point; if I ever do go it will hopefully be on Delta. I want to visit Barrow (BRW), and ANC-BRW round trip costs more than NYC-ANC round trip! So I will definitely pay my way there, and enjoy a nice 757 ride.

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RE: Delta Air Lines STL-MSP-ANC Sept 3rd, 2010

Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:22 am

Great report, atrude777!

Looks like you had some nice flights, and good photos from Alaska! I remember when NWA used to operate the MSP-FAI flights in the summer months with the 757; definitely a long flight with limited IFE, and food service in Coach!

Hope you had a nice trip up there. It's a place I'd love to go!

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RE: Delta Air Lines STL-MSP-ANC Sept 3rd, 2010

Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:18 am

Quoting atrude777 (Thread starter):
I had only a 30 minute connection so I was hoofing it all the way from the G gates to the C gates, C-1 to be exact of course.

You SOOOOOO did not have a 30 minute connection!! We discussed this the night before, remember?! You thought it was a 53 minute connection and I'm like neg, MATH FAIL, it's a 1+07 connection.   

Quoting atrude777 (Thread starter):
Sat at my seat as I awaited everyone else to board. I scored big time with this flight as there was no one in my row, MAJOR score!!!

Huh. HUH!! Fancy that!! I'm not the only one who enjoys an open row.....   

Quoting atrude777 (Thread starter):
My in flight meal...LOL

Oh my God I love that snackbox. The dried apricots and the humus... fantastic.

Quoting atrude777 (Thread starter):
Gotta represent!

You closet Delta lover  

Glad you enjoyed the trip!! I really am shocked they don't use the 75X on MSP-ANC, especially when SLC-ANC has the 75X and SLC is considerably shorter. When I did DTW-ANC earlier this summer it was a 75X. Bizarre.
 
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RE: Delta Air Lines STL-MSP-ANC Sept 3rd, 2010

Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:32 am

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 3):

You SOOOOOO did not have a 30 minute connection!! We discussed this the night before, remember?! You thought it was a 53 minute connection and I'm like neg, MATH FAIL, it's a 1+07 connection.

Scheduled, by the time we landed, taxied and I got off the plane it was 8:45am, and we had a 9:15am departure. Had to wait for a gate after landing in MSP, so ya, 30 actual minutes of connecting in MSP.

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RE: Delta Air Lines STL-MSP-ANC Sept 3rd, 2010

Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:59 pm

Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 1):
Quoting 767747 (Reply 2):
Great report, atrude777!

Thanks you both for reading and replying!

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RE: Delta Air Lines STL-MSP-ANC Sept 3rd, 2010

Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:49 pm

Greetings from Anchorage!
That looks like the Matanuska Glacier.... yeah? Or am I wrong? It's a great one.
Glad you enjoyed your time here.
Yeah, NW's birds to ANC definitely suck. Glad to see that Delta at least returned overhead TV's to them- the last time I flew NW here from MSP, there was just a plastic brick in the ceiling to remind you that, once upon a time, people watched movies on airplanes.
 
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RE: Delta Air Lines STL-MSP-ANC Sept 3rd, 2010

Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:09 am

Lots of memories for me in your report. First, I've had a very similar wing view of N357NB. Except the time I saw it from the cabin it was a NW compass on the wingtip fence, not plain dark blue. Interestingly that plane went straight from the factory Bowling Shoe to Delta colors. And then the trip to ANC looked familiar. I took it with SY, but the view outside is a carbon copy, especially the nice day at ANC where you flew around the airport before landing. I did the same thing with my flight, and I watched a FedEx DC-10 appraoch and land as we were on the downwind. Awesome view all the way from MSP to the gate at ANC!

Still don't know why the 75X isn't on that route. Heck, the former (or still current?) peak season 753s would be a slight upgrade.
 
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RE: Delta Air Lines STL-MSP-ANC Sept 3rd, 2010

Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:59 pm

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 6):
Yeah, NW's birds to ANC definitely suck. Glad to see that Delta at least returned overhead TV's to them- the last time I flew NW here from MSP, there was just a plastic brick in the ceiling to remind you that, once upon a time, people watched movies on airplanes.

The aircraft that are flying the ANC routes right now are all PMDL 757's, of which has been the case for quite some time now, except when they were running the 3 daily 753's during the summer which have drop down LCD screens throughout the cabin.
 
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RE: Delta Air Lines STL-MSP-ANC Sept 3rd, 2010

Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:16 pm

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 6):

That looks like the Matanuska Glacier.... yeah? Or am I wrong? It's a great one.

I think that is the Glacier we went out to!

As Burnsie mentioned it actually was a PMDL 757, which didn't have the PTV or anything like that.

Thanks for reading! ANC was great!

Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 7):

Thanks for reading! The views were indeed maginificent all the way to ANC! Had a great journey, it just felt like it took forever!

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RE: Delta Air Lines STL-MSP-ANC Sept 3rd, 2010

Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:50 am

I've never flown Delta before, but would like to soon. Is there any way you can tell ahead of time if your aircraft will have have PTV (or AVOD)??
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RE: Delta Air Lines STL-MSP-ANC Sept 3rd, 2010

Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:30 pm

Was that meal from MSP-ANC free or BOB? Looks like a carb fest! Nothing fresh on offer? Alaska looks beautiful!
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RE: Delta Air Lines STL-MSP-ANC Sept 3rd, 2010

Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:48 pm

Quoting atrude777 (Thread starter):
You think I would be used to it being at Southwest Airlines

We had 757s? :O :p

Quoting atrude777 (Thread starter):
Gotta represent!

They spelled Southwest wrong  


Great TR Alex.
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RE: Delta Air Lines STL-MSP-ANC Sept 3rd, 2010

Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:28 am

Great report!

A few years ago, I booked a day trip to Alaska from ord nonstop on UA, in first using miles. Totally agree with you Alex, that is a LONG flight with no ptv and not traveling with anyone. With that said, the views from the plane on the way up were absolutely breath taking. Unfortunately, I only had about 5 hours in Alaska and then turned around. So beautiful up there. Thanks for posting these beautiful pictures, they def remind me of a very memorable trip.
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RE: Delta Air Lines STL-MSP-ANC Sept 3rd, 2010

Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:41 pm

That's good traveling!
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