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1st Trip Report MSP-AMS On DL In Y --Part 1

Thu Oct 14, 2010 7:57 pm

Hello All,

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!


Outbound Flight:
MSP-AMS
11/24/2009
Airbus A330-300
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! =)


A321?



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!

Cargo Road
 
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RE: 1st Trip Report MSP-AMS On DL In Y --Part 1

Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:00 pm

Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
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! =)

Absolutely an A321. But I'm not sure how long it has been since it began regularly scheduled service to MSP.
 
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RE: 1st Trip Report MSP-AMS On DL In Y --Part 1

Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:29 pm

Nice trip report. Looks like you had a good flight there - Delta is on my too fly list; especially their ex NW A330's.

I look forward to your future reports!

Kev.
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RE: 1st Trip Report MSP-AMS On DL In Y --Part 1

Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:17 am

Quoting Continental (Reply 1):
Absolutely an A321. But I'm not sure how long it has been since it began regularly scheduled service to MSP.

US has been flying MSP-PHX with A321's for a little over two years. US is scheduling an A321 on MSP-PHL for short time in November as well.

Nice report.
 
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RE: 1st Trip Report MSP-AMS On DL In Y --Part 1

Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:15 am

Nice 1st TR, thanks for posting.

Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
Assistance please; Is this an A321? I've seen this plane several times at MSP

- Yep, is indeed.

Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
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.

- Well the quantity seems ok though hope it tasted better than it looks!

What was the load like?

Cheers

Mark
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RE: 1st Trip Report MSP-AMS On DL In Y --Part 1

Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:14 am

Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
Is this an A321?

Indeed as mentioned above. What gives it away are the big doors in front and aft of the wing. The a320 has 2 smaller doors over the wing (and the a319 and a318 have one small door over the wing).

Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
I was thrilled to be on my first A330 and about to embark on my first transatlantic trip!

I can imagine, I still haven't flown the a330. Very high on my to-fly list!

Can't wait to read part 2 of your trip!
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RE: 1st Trip Report MSP-AMS On DL In Y --Part 1

Fri Oct 15, 2010 9:13 am

Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
Truth be told, I was actually looking forward to the flight and the experience onboard more than sightseeing in The Netherlands!

Haha, same when I go somewhere!

Great trip report, DL really looks great!

Looking forward to your future reports!


Cheers Julian
 
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RE: 1st Trip Report MSP-AMS On DL In Y --Part 1

Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:43 am

Hey cargord,

thanks for this report and welcome to this forum. Well done!

Having also joined airliners.net only recently I know how hard and time consuming it is to write your first report.

Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
and I was going to travel on one of my favorite planes to watch soar over my apartment building in Minneapolis, the A330

Yes, the A330 is definitely a nice airplane, I have logged some flights on it with USAirways a couple of years ago.


Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
- Well the quantity seems ok though hope it tasted better than it looks!

That were exactly my thoughts after looking at this picture  

So how did you like Amsterdam, and Europe in general?

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RE: 1st Trip Report MSP-AMS On DL In Y --Part 1

Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:54 pm

Thanks for the good report! It's nice to see a report from MSP; as that is also my home airport!

US Airways has been utilizing the A321 on their MSP-PHX flight for quite some time; its nice to see in MSP as its the only airline that offers this service here.

I flew on a NWA A330-300 in early 2008 from MSP to LGW and the food service was very similiar .. I remember the pasta being good, but everything else was just ok.

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew
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RE: 1st Trip Report MSP-AMS On DL In Y --Part 1

Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:34 pm

Nice first report!

Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
Truth be told, I was actually looking forward to the flight and the experience onboard more than sightseeing in The Netherlands!

Sounds familiar...  

Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
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!

Of course we understand. And NWA colors look so much better than DL colors on the A330, don't they?

Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
Below are a few pictures of the meal which I recall as being quite filling and of good quality.

The presentation is quite bad, but taste is more important anyway.


PH

[Edited 2010-10-20 07:36:06]
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RE: 1st Trip Report MSP-AMS On DL In Y --Part 1

Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:06 pm

Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
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! =)
Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
Indeed as mentioned above. What gives it away are the big doors in front and aft of the wing. The a320 has 2 smaller doors over the wing (and the a319 and a318 have one small door over the wing).

The biggest dead giveaway is the length of the aircraft. It's the longest of the baby airbuses..the A318 being the smallest. Give me a baby airbus to fly on anyday!!

Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
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

I keep on saying better to have a limited choice, and hopefully movies you do want to see, rather than something like Emirates ICE with countless movies where you usually land up watching nothing. lol

Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
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

I flew NW and I found their FAs to be really nice! I even remember an FA rushing out of the aircraft to the gate area to hand a stuffed toy to one of it's younger passengers who had left it onboard. (I'm usually one of the last to leave an aircraft). Also wouldn't these be NW FAs really on board this flight.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
The presentation is quite bad, but taste is more important anyway

That meal looks like a TV dinner thawed out, and that salad looks like it's out a bag lying out all day...just terrible, but it's the taste that matters I guess.
 
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RE: 1st Trip Report MSP-AMS On DL In Y --Part 1

Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:53 pm

Hi cargord,

Nice first TR! I would say I am eager for more.

Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
Truth be told, I was actually looking forward to the flight and the experience onboard more than sightseeing in The Netherlands!

I know that feeling.

Quoting cargord (Thread starter):
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.

Just from curiosity, did you capture the sunset view?

Looking forward to your next installment.


Cheers,

Suryo
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RE: 1st Trip Report MSP-AMS On DL In Y --Part 1

Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:25 pm

Great start...next time try to include some pics of the IFE and the cabin. Then it would be excellent.

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