Delta Airlines - LHR-DTW
Flight DL 263
From: London Heathrow (EGLL)
To: Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Int'l (KDTW)
Depart: 1300 GMT
Arrive: 1630 EST
Aircraft: Boeing 767-400ER
Registration: N834MH - ship 1810
Flight time: 7 hours 43 mins (approx)
Load factor: 70% (approx)
Purpose of trip: Visiting relatives
If you're reading this you're probably vaguely interested in my trip report, i've done it in two parts as i
have too many pictures uploaded.
The search for the cheapest/quickest routing began. Not that i needed to do any ''research'', i knew exactly
what i wanted. The obvious choice was DL
but also the most expensive, a total of £634. It would however
be a interesting trip as i've never flown on
Delta or a 767-400 before, a plane i've been desperate to ''try''. The cheaper alternatives were obviously AA
and US via lengthy and tiring transits throught ORD
. Booked my flights on
Check-in at terminal 4 was in zone F, a quick and pain-free process, gate 14 would be
our departure gate today, a brisk 5 minute walk. The departures area of T4
is a much better/nicer place to
fly from, the rest of the terminal remains a dump though. The extra security for US flights is clearly visible
as i had my hand luggage, shoes and jacket thouroughly searched at the gate.
Terminal 4 departures area
N828MH Just arrived from JFK
, pulling into gate 8
764, arrived from possible MSP
And another one, a mini Atlanta here
Once at the door we were greeted with a smile and a 'hello, welcome aboard' by a FA
, the first thing you notice
is the economy comfort seats which have a different shade of blue than the other seats. I took my seat on 22A.
Found a red blanket and pillow on the seat, FA
's handed out headphones, they were cheap-looking and sure
enough the sound quality was atrocious, but what did i expect in coach class?
The seat felt quite narrow although the leather made it reasonably comfortable. The leg room was rather
tight and i'm only 5'8''. Parked to our left were an AF
A321, i counted five DL
planes scattered around
, they've certainly let their presence felt at LHR
! After a short taxi to 27L we made what felt like a powerful
take off, the seat belt sign remained on as the climb was very bumpy. Our routing took us directly north from
Heathrow then turning northwest towards Manchester, then west towards Liverpool, north of Dublin then the
Atlantic, Quebec, Montreal, Toronto. It was a fairly southern route, i've flown LHR
where we've taken a
more nothern route.
Early stages of the flight
The PTV language alternates between English and Spanish
Delta's website is quite handy as our seats were automatically allocated 48 hours before departure.
The only thing that remained was to choose my meal, i opted for a Muslim meal. Pretzels and a round of
drinks were served before lunch. An hour into the flight lunch was served, specially requested meals were
served before everyone else. The meal consisted of yellow rice with peas, lentils and mushrooms, fruit salad,
green salad and bread roll. Nothing to rave about here, it's a standard economy class meal. The choice of drinks
consisted of coke, pepsi, sprite, orange juice, apple juice, tea coffee etc. I never expect five star cuisine in Y class,
the food tasted adequate, the only complaint is the size of the portions, don't be fooled by the picture, the meal was tiny.
It didn't really matter as i brought my own food onboard.
First meal service - unopened
The meal in all it's glory - It's essentially a vegetarian meal, however i'm grateful that Delta offers the halal option.
The silver haired male FA
serving my aisle was a dead ringer for actor Steve Martin, he was the
friendliest, most customer oriented crew member, the rest were rather robotic and devoid of any character.
After serving lunch the crew disappeared for two hours.
Big head winds most of the way
I noticed only one of the female FA
's wearing the new red uniforms, the rest were not? Once the meal was over i
started playing with AVOD system, it's a decent IFE system although it would freeze and crash whenever it felt like it.
The Linux reboot screen appeared too often. There was constant mild turbulence throughout the flight, the plane
bounced up and down every few minutes, the seat belt sign remained on virtually the whole flight.
Cabin after meal service
Long way to go still
Darkened cabin with the blinds down as bright sunshine penetrates the cabin, most of the pax settled in after the meal
Flight progressing well
Picture of my brother in his seat (was travelling with family this time) with me by the window
The view through the window, the wings are noticeably larger than previous 767's and the raked wingtips give the 400ER a distinctive identity.
View from the cheap seats, you can't beat the 767's 2-3-2 seating arrangement though.
No drop-down monitors on DL
About to enter North American territory
The flight was progressing well on time, an hour before landing the afternoon snack was served, roasted vegetables (peppers, mushroom, tomato) in a bread, panini style. And an ice cream to go along with it. Both tasted delicious, it was certainly better and more enjoyable to eat than the main meal, full marks to DL
for that. A tea/coffee and beverage round followed the snack.
Pilot announcement in progress, the sound quality on the PA system was poor, you could hardly make out what the pilot was saying.
By now we were almost there, after a couple of twists on descent we landed at DTW
well ahead of schedule, the landing was on 9L
/27R i believe, (correct me if i'm wrong on that)
Welcome to Romulus! McNamara terminal Concourse C in the background, after a long taxi we docked at gate A38 on Concourse A, roughly in the middle of the 1.6 km terminal.
Turning into the gate, tonnes of DL
planes everywhere, they've certainly muscled in well!
The scramble to get off the plane
Having said goodbye to the crew we headed to immigration which suprisingly was empty, no queue's, no crowds, there were only a handful of passengers for the visitors line, infact the line for US citizens was busier. The immigration officer looked bored out of his mind, he was probably glad to see us!
Not to worry, there was a AF
flight from CDG
arriving an hour later. The entire immigration, customs and arrivals areas were very quiet at this time of the day. Having done all the formalities i walked out into the sauna that was Detroit, the temperature was 37 degrees celcius with 70% humidity! Yikes!
Thanks for reading, any comments/opinions/feedback is much appreciated.