I've waited almost a year to do so, but here is my first trip report! I've tried to follow the examples of previous posts and trip reports that have inspired me to journal my future travels.
Since I waited so long to post the report, I don't have alot of specifics on the flight (flight and a/c reg.numbers) but I will try my best to recollect from memory what transpired.
Again, please forgive me for the lack of detail associated with my first submission!
Seat: In the 30's?
My wife and I decided to spend our Thanksgiving holiday overseas in Amsterdam. This was really exciting for me, since it was my first trip to Europe, and I was going to travel on one of my favorite planes to watch soar over my apartment building in Minneapolis, the A330. Truth be told, I was actually looking forward to the flight and the experience onboard more than sightseeing in The Netherlands!
So, arriving at MSP a few hours early, I was able to do some plane-spotting...
Assistance please; Is this an A321? I've seen this plane several times at MSP, and before someone says it, I know it's a dumb question! =)
Before long, boarding began and we made our way to the front of the queue where I snapped a pic of our ship to AMS.
I was really excited to fly on a NWA painted ship for a final time before everything went to DL livery. My wife really didn't understand the significance, but I know my fellow A-Netters will!
My glorious view for the next 9+ hours
Sorry for the pic size above...I couldn't get this one to upload properly...
A procession of 757's....
We sat at the gate for around 45 minutes while a replacement tug (our original was down for the count) was brought into place. I didn't mind at all, I was thrilled to be on my first A330 and about to embark on my first transatlantic trip!
When we finally departed it was close to sunset, making for a beautiful scene once we broke through the dense cloud layer that covered the Twin Cities.
About 1.5 hours into our flight, meal service began. Below are a few pictures of the meal which I recall as being quite filling and of good quality.
An aspect of the experience that I was impressed with was Delta's IFE system. I was worried about a lack of choices, but I was able to fill most of the flight with movies I had wanted to see, but didn't have the time to watch.
The flight crew was top-notch, I was sincerely worried about some of the horror stories I had heard with regards to the quality (or lack thereof) in legacy carrier flight crews. This uneasy notion was quickly put to rest however, I felt as though the FA's truly enjoyed their jobs and serving Delta's customers. It was very refreshing to see!
Customs/Immigration was a breeze at AMS; we arrived just after 6:00 local time, so the lines were minimal.
I will post Part 2 to this trip in the very near future. In the meantime, any comments, suggestions, or questions can be posted.
Thanks so much for reading my first (of many) trip report!