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FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:40 pm

FLL for a warmer climate



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Hello, dear readers,

a very warm welcome to my first 2012 travel story.
Since early November, when I was in Budapest and Austria for the last time now on Malev, there was biz only for me:

The Quest For One World/Duna Gold (by FLIEGER67 Jan 20 2012 in Trip Reports)

It was back in mid December, when I´ve decided to look for options to spend a weekend around a warmer climate for late January. The first available long weekend without any biz or family matters.
Checking the weather charts shows nothing really exciting around Europe, ok nothing else expected.
Asia, Africa or what about America now?.
Miami is logged on my departure airports map, no option. Key West seems possible, but hotel fares tend to the super expensive party, also a no go.
What about FLL, new on my departure airports map?. KL sells five legs on, at least for me, not that well covered metall with an 85.00 Euro´s average fare per leg. The scheduled flight times fitting to three full days, so press the book it button, isn´t it?.
Much to my excitement leads the fact that Port Everglades closeby is one of the major cruiseports in the US and there are a good number of ships docked in at Sunday.
But also less to my amusement is the fact that the cruiseport is only accessible with a working permit or a
cruise voucher. We will see.
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:40 pm

Here is the routemap:

http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=STR-ATL-FLL&MS=wls&MR=540&MX=720x360&PM=*

Thanx to:

http://www.gcmap.com/
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:42 pm

And also the updated departure airports log:


Departure Airports II auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

What about the latest flown routes?:


Tripreporters Flüge II auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

So, here we go!.


Saturday, 28.01.2012

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b]Service Air France AF 3632 operated by Delta Airlines
Scheduled: 10.50 // 15.30[/b]

This is one of these superstrange bookings available with these fare only via the KL website, partly AF flightnumbers and Delta equipment.
Seat selection is possible in advance via the AF website, but nothing else expected, OLCI isn´t, during my try Friday evening.
Well, let´s go for the classic desk check-in.
On the road to the airport at 08.00 am, parked the car at my usual parking spot with the shortest walking distance to the terminal and check the screen first.
No bad sign for ATL from gate 110
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Good to see no queue at the priority check-in.
A new passport means a new ESTA donation to help the US recovering from the actual depts.
A nice young female agent, good looking btw., asked me the usual questions and wished me a nice trip. Forward to the desk now. Another young female working.
"Good morning, there is one bag to check-in. I´ve selected seat 37A in advance. Is it possible to change for the last row?.
And what about the load on this flight?."
"Let me see, you´re docs are ok.
The last row is blocked by now, but not taken.
The flight is not full at all. There are some open seats.
I will be at the gate later on and check it there for you."
"Thank you, I will ask there again".
No time to wait at security and up the stairs for the AF Skyteam Lounge
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Followed a couple of mails and stocked my bag for the flight.
The plane is at the gate. Not the best picture, but the only one with the registration visible
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It´s a cold, +1 degrees and snowy southern german morning.
But when I write this actually, there are -17 degrees here, so I´am in immediate need to go again for Florida
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This is N154DL. Looks like good this way.
Leg no. 5 only by now for me on the scheduled 767-300
and it´s a new registration.
This is a former Gulf Air machine, in service there from 25.09.1991 and since 30.04.1997 with Delta. More than 20 years in the air.
There are 74 planes on type in the fleet
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Fixed the passport check, onward to the gate desk where the same young female is on duty.
"Hello again, here it is, seat 40B for you".
"No more window?":
"No question, 40A is blocked".
"Thanx a lot, well done".
Boarding is called soon thereafter.
Cockpit crew is a female US captain today.
She is on the speakers with a nice welcome during taxi and once more short after departure with route and weather details.
10.50 am, perfectly ontime, 9 hours, 40 minutes, a long ride today due to very strong headwind up to 250 km per hour.
Departure from 07, no de-icing needed. I´am surprised with a good number of other planes done that earlier.
So, I´am on the way to the States on a plane loaded till 90% in the end, with the last row two seater window for me and the seat beside blocked.
Well done by DL´s STR ground staff.
No suits to see here and also not that much germans to my surprise. Mostly US people on travel.
A first view into the cabin. Oldfashioned dark blue leather seats, no inseat screens, the old style center cabin monitors here
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The cabin ceiling
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Legroom is sure ok here in the last row. But the cabin is not that perfectly clean, to say the least
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Be safe, hopefully
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Delta´s actual magazine
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Up till the blue, how I like it this way
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Cabin crew in the rear eco cabin is all female today, all together nice. I don´t know that DL hired the "Golden Girls", four really senior ladies and one middle aged FA.
Pretzels and water is served short after departure
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LCY good to locate
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The meal is served not that long thereafter. Vegi for me, substantial and sure ok here on Delta
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Routing is LUX-BRU-LON-DUB-with a long time flying in rough air above the northern Atlantic-St.Johns-New York-Washington at maximum 36000 feet.
Leaving the UK now
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Someone else in the same direction
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Cabin crew offered free drinks for several times along the flight, well done.
A view to the well loaded cabin
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Above the States, not far from New York
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Ok, not that easy to follow, but that´s the Hudson river
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Something more to eat prior to arrivals
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My place to rest
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The captain is on the mike with a very nice bye-bye during early approach.
Amazing to follow these parallel downwind into ATL
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Touchdown on the 2743 meters runway 26R. 3.15 pm local, 15 minutes ahead to schedule and 9.15 pm in Germany. Sunny and 17 degrees, that´s what I´am looking for.
The first plane to spot on the ground is a 752, warm welcomed
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Heading for the immigration experience now.
One night only for me in the States, maybe a problem?.
Late disembarking as usual from the last row with a gate position. Walking down the long way with some crew from another Delta flight ahead.
That´s really strange here, inbound from STR, people with scarfs and winter jackets.
At the next gate inbound from somewhere warmer, people in shorts and shirts.
There is a queue at the immigration desks, but nothing really scaring.
But you know, I´am sometimes the lucky guy, the female dispatcher directed the crew to the left hand side with some special desks and simply close to no else customers around and me, too.
An older male agent there.
"You´re documents please.
How long do you want to stay in the US?".
"Till Sunday".
"Sunday, ok". A strange view followed. "Tomorrow?".
"Yes".
"On vacation?".
"Yes".
He shakes his head and stamped my passport.
Welcome to the States!.
Also no time to wait at customs, picked up my bag and rechecked it.
There is also an priority security lane with only 5 to 10 pax in front, shoes off and through without any hassles.
So, now I´am ready for the next flight!.
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:43 pm

Saturday, 28.01.2012


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Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood-International-Airport
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Service Air France AF 8800 operated by Delta Airlines
Scheduled: 19.10 // 21.07


The 757-300 is on schedule now and seat 46F is selected.
But the nice woman at STR confirmed also my question for an exit row on this leg.
Now that´s what I like. Sitting in a sun facing seat and enjoy the planes go by or parked ahead
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There is not only Delta here, Vision Air with the Dornier 328 and a Cessna Caravan
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Checking in for the Delta Sky Club now
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The Satellite D example has no apron view but free internet stations and less customers
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Well presented offers
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Sure ok for me here
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Three times for FLL now, the one from gate A10 is me
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This is ship 5815 parked at the gate
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Looks like a really long bird from this point of view
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For all the MD lovers, for example me!
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Let´s go for the A pier Sky Club now
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More spacious and more important with a view to the apron
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Some nice design around
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Comfy and calm this way
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Well done here Delta
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A view from the lounge to my plane
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More 752´s, please
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Speechless, a DC-9, I should go here again
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More MD´s on the run
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Turning for the gate
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Coming closer
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How I love this view
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Back to my gate now for another view to my plane.
This is N595NW, the 757-300 like on schedule.
Leg no. 7 on type and sure a new registration for me.
Delivered to Northwest at 19.09.2003 and since 24.09.2009 with Delta.
16 planes on type are in the actual fleet
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Spot no. 14 on the upgrade list
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Ready to go at 7.15 pm, close to ontime, 1 hour, 30 minutes for the final destination today.
Clear sky and 15 degrees actually.
Departure from the 3624 meters runway 27R.
Confirmed, this is the 757-300
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Dark blue leather seats, the cabin is clean.
26F, exit row window, legroom, no complaints here.
The other two seats are taken by a retired couple heading for a cruise, so it looks like.
Unbelievable when I see how much alcohol they consume during such a short flight. White, red wine and they also ordered a Bloody Mary mix, strange.
I´am not sure how they perform in the case of an emergency!.
The load is very close to 100% in the end.
It feels like the typical Saturday evening vacationeers on travel here
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Cabin crew is four nice middle aged female´s and one senior male FA.
Service is Bretzels and free drinks.
Cockpit crew is from the US, the captain with a nice short welcome during taxi.
A nightly cabin view
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The captain is on the mike again very short prior to approach.
No route or flightlevel information.
Touchdown at the 2743 meters runway 09L. 8.55 pm,
12 minutes ahead to schedule. 18 degrees here and partly cloudy.
Is this the right way out?
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The captain is at the planes door during disembarking, a really nice gesture.
Ship 5815 at the gate in FLL
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My bag is late, but it is finally on the belt.
The large priority tag doesn´t help here in FLL.
Out in the public for a first breath of fresh floridian air,
warm welcomed with these pleasant temperatures.
Accomodation booked is the Cambria Suites at Dania Beach. Not cheap, but with a good rating on TA and most important an free shuttle service for the airport and also the cruiseport.
Well, my first impression was not that nice.
I´ve send a mail to the hotel about my inbound flight and the shuttle pickup confirmation.
No response at all and so I was not that really surprised that Saturday evening while waiting at the hotel shuttle curbside parking and there was nothing to see at all.
My usual routine is to fix a final time, wait untill then and call them.
Some minutes prior to my deadline I saw the van driving by for the next terminal corner. No question powerwalking to the van is the thing to do now.
And thanx to a superheavy american lady, btw. I´ve noticed later on that she might be not as older than 30 years, who need special assistance to board the van, I´ve been there before it leaves. There is a seat available and so I´am on the way to the hotel.
Welcome was nice. I´ve always show my biz card on arrivals, they find my name easier and most times I don´t need to fill any form this way, simply sign in and go. Called for a room on the top floor during booking and received a large suite on the top floor, nice.
Here are a couple of pictures, some of them also taken the next day.
The hotel
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Palm trees around
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Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, that fit´s
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Nice green stuff along the walkway
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And security is also here
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The lobby with the restaurant behind
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Nice seaters
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My suite
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Large and spacious
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Good for a couple of more guests than me alone
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Some food in the not so nice restaurant, the girl serving my table was nice and also good looking, but no more pizza at 10.00 pm it´s not what I really like.
No jetlag problems for me here by now, slept like a baby and perfectly ontime ready the next day after a refreshing shower for breakfast.

This 763 was a really oldfashioned machine, with it´s center cabin monitors. But with my personal seating comfort, it was ok to spend the time this way.
The 753 in the exit row was also for sure ok.
Both flights close to ontime and a real good fare here,
sure ok for me to fly DL again.
And also the variety of lounges, more than expected.

So, the main thing to do now is to spot a couple of the nine big cruisers in the port today.
But you know, a working permit for the cruise port is not around my level to reach.
But hey, what about going on a cruise today?. As long as you know the man with the good connections, that might help for a number of cruise ship spotting pictures.
So stay tuned and if it works, I will show you a couple of more pics soon.

Bye now, comments welcome and appreciated,
"FLIEGER67" or also like the last time "Markus Klaus Felger", that´s the way Facebook know´s me!.
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:04 pm

Hi Markus,

very nice report! I was expecting this review, but I didn't know that you stayed just one night. That's the way to go!  

The old 763 cabin doesn't look very attractive. How did you like the leather seats on that long flight?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
No suits to see here and also not that much germans to my surprise. Mostly US people on travel.

That's what I have always noticed on my numerous transatlantic flights on American carriers.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I don´t know that DL hired the "Golden Girls", four really senior ladies and one middle aged FA.

See above!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The meal is served not that long thereafter. Vegi for me, substantial and sure ok here on Delta

That looks nice. What exactly did you get - rice and...?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
One night only for me in the States, maybe a problem?.

That has never been a problem for me...in contrast to the fingerprints procedure.  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Speechless, a DC-9, I should go here again

Of course. But hurry up! DL continues replacing them by MD-90s.


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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:40 pm

Hi Markus! Nice report. I had no idea that DL served STR, let alone with a 763! Nice job logging the DL 753, I hope to get on a DE example sooner or later.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Speechless, a DC-9, I should go here again

Been there, done that, and I agree. I would love another ride as well!

Thanks for sharing and best regards,

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:55 pm

Hi Markus!

As usual a nice tripreport!
Nice to read about your experience on the DL 763, I'll be flying one in a month too, so it was good to see what I might expect, I have also chosen seat on one of the last rows on the left side.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
LCY good to locate

Nice to see central London with LCY under the clouds.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Looks like a really long bird from this point of view

It is a really long bird! I have considered to fly a Condor 753, I will hopefully do that some time.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Speechless, a DC-9, I should go here again

That's something I'd really like to fly!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I´am not sure how they perform in the case of an emergency!.

Good for everyone that you were the one seated closest to the emergency exit then!

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:58 pm

Interesting read. I had a great time in Fort Lauderdale past summer, and also flew trough ATL on the way back. Lots of planes to see in ATL. What what was your routing on the way back.

And, how did manage that look long in that old 763 without AVOD?  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
This is one of these superstrange bookings available with these fare only via the KL website, partly AF flightnumbers and Delta equipment.

Ah, yes, I've been messing around with those as well. Always interesting to enter the same dates and destination(s) at the AF, KL and DL website and the see the different routings and prices that are offered. Although in my experience DL usually gives the most option, especially because their multi-city option works best for domestic connections in the US, after arriving from Europe or departing towards Europe.

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"No question, 40A is blocked".

You prefered aisle 40B over your original window 37A?
 
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:08 pm

Hi Markus,

What a nice read for a bitterly cold sunday afternoon !!!

Good to see all went well on your DL flights; I flew them 2 years ago JFK-TXL on a similar 767-300 and, honestly, was not impressed at all with them...the 757-300 makes it a great plane to fly with them, as well as one of the remaining DC-9's and/or MD80/90...

We also stayed at the Cambria Suites last year for our 1st Caribbean cruise (on the Celebrity Solstice), and really liked the hotel room and (whirl)pool...we were able to eat at the Subway across the street there (24h open), so in case you're hungry and staying there again, you know where to go  

Were you able to spot a lot of cruise ships there ? Please, share some pictures as I'm also a 'cruise fanatic' LOL

Looking forward to the continuation of your TR...

Cheers,

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:16 pm

Hi, Markus,

Great read about your trip to FLL with DL through ATL. Nice to see your flight on the 757-300; a rarity! Looks like DL provided you with a pretty decent Y class service.

I've been on the 763 - quite spacious. I really do like the 2-3-2 in Y configuration that the 767 usually has.

Looking forward to your return!

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:27 pm

Hola Markus!

Great way to start the new flying year, looking for some sun and warmth... much needed in the last days, below zero temperatures even here on the Med coast as well as snow on the beaches... surprising!

Great to see that you got to fly the B757-300 on your trip to FLL, a very rare machine here in Europe.

It seems DL delivered a good service and you got quite lucky to have an empty seat next to you, always a great asset on long-hauls. They seem to offer a pretty nice service for these days. I have not flown many American carriers on long haul from Europe but they tend to be manned by senior crews as you mentioned, at least they were the last time I flew them, old NW service AMS-SEA some years ago.

You were lucky again at the border control as they did not give you a full service when flying for just over 24 hours in US soil. I had a bad experience with that as well some years ago as well.

Looking forward to reading the return sector.

Salut!

Roger
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:33 pm

Hi Markus,

Nice report. Good to see you managed to get some warmth and sunshine in the middle of your dire January, but as you put it - the weather nowadays is far worse than when you did this trip...  

Good to read about DL, ATL and FLL, I'm thinking about spending one night at FLL as well in June, most probably flying DL to WAS from there via ATL, and a lot of 757s are showing up in the schedules...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This is one of these superstrange bookings available with these fare only via the KL website, partly AF flightnumbers and Delta equipment.

What's so strange about it? Most of the cheap fares are usually limited to just the airline's own flight numbers, in this case both KL and AF.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A new passport means a new ESTA donation to help the US recovering from the actual depts.

Oh yeah, have to this later this year as well. But it's not like it's very expensive... try a Chinese visa one day.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A nice young female agent, good looking btw.,

It's Markus, allright.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
"Good morning, there is one bag to check-in. I´ve selected seat 37A in advance. Is it possible to change for the last row?.

Hmm, why on earth do you need to check a bag for a single night's stay? Your average rollaboard can hold 3-4 days worth of stuff easily. What is it would go AWOL - on such a short trip getting it back would be a major hassle.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The meal is served not that long thereafter. Vegi for me, substantial and sure ok here on Delta

Is that really vegetarian? What is it? That brown stuff on the left definitely looks like beef to me!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The first plane to spot on the ground is a 752, warm welcomed

Nice!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Spot no. 14 on the upgrade list

Nice idea with that list of available seats per cabin on the bottom - no upgrade for you it seems.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Unbelievable when I see how much alcohol they consume during such a short flight. White, red wine and they also ordered a Bloody Mary mix, strange.

What's so strange about that? Sounds like an usual flight to me  .

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Welcome was nice. I´ve always show my biz card on arrivals, they find my name easier and most times I don´t need to fill any form this way, simply sign in and go.

I use my ID card instead.
 
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:46 pm

Howdy Markus.

Good to get into your first 2012 story. Interesting to follow you on some longer segments across the pond.

I really enjoyed the pictures you took from the DL 763 interior. Well, it's kind of outdated by todays standards in terms of appearance and equipment but, I love to see these old birds. Great to notice those old style overhead luggage bins.
The food and service style looks and sounds ok and you sure got a nice seat with a private feel tor the TATL.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
"You´re documents please.
How long do you want to stay in the US?".
"Till Sunday".
"Sunday, ok". A strange view followed. "Tomorrow?".
"Yes".
"On vacation?".
"Yes".
He shakes his head and stamped my passport.
Welcome to the States!.

Every time, good for a laugh to see the reaction on these guys faces. Unless they get concerned about the motive.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
How I love this view

Well, it's one of the best around. Super sleek.

Hotel looks quite good but a bit of a shame about the collection mess up.

Looking forward to reading more about your trip Markus.
Cheers,Lee.
 
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:08 pm

Hey, good to follow all that comments.

@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):

very nice report! I was expecting this review, but I didn't know that you stayed just one night. That's the way to go!

Thank you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):

The old 763 cabin doesn't look very attractive. How did you like the leather seats on that long flight?

Ok with the two seats for me, but I don´t want to go this way with a seat neighbour.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):

That's what I have always noticed on my numerous transatlantic flights on American carriers.

Really interesting.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):

See above!

Definitely.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):

That looks nice. What exactly did you get - rice and...?

Mushrooms.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):

That has never been a problem for me...in contrast to the fingerprints procedure.

Good to know.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):

Of course. But hurry up! DL continues replacing them by MD-90s.

I should do it better soon.


@Martijn:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 5):
Hi Markus! Nice report. I had no idea that DL served STR, let alone with a 763! Nice job logging the DL 753, I hope to get on a DE example sooner or later.

Thank you and sure the way to go in Europe with the DE 753.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 5):

Been there, done that, and I agree. I would love another ride as well!

Count me in.


@Martin:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):

As usual a nice tripreport!
Nice to read about your experience on the DL 763, I'll be flying one in a month too, so it was good to see what I might expect, I have also chosen seat on one of the last rows on the left side.

Thank you and pretty good to know that there is something more coming up this way.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):

Nice to see central London with LCY under the clouds.

Good to locate from above.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):

It is a really long bird! I have considered to fly a Condor 753, I will hopefully do that some time.

Do it, really special.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):

That's something I'd really like to fly!

Count me in, definitely.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):

Good for everyone that you were the one seated closest to the emergency exit then!

Hah, good point.


@Robert:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 7):
Interesting read. I had a great time in Fort Lauderdale past summer, and also flew trough ATL on the way back. Lots of planes to see in ATL. What what was your routing on the way back.

And, how did manage that look long in that old 763 without AVOD?

Thank you and sure not that easy for the long run on the 763 with only the center cabin screens.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 7):

Ah, yes, I've been messing around with those as well. Always interesting to enter the same dates and destination(s) at the AF, KL and DL website and the see the different routings and prices that are offered. Although in my experience DL usually gives the most option, especially because their multi-city option works best for domestic connections in the US, after arriving from Europe or departing towards Europe.

Exactly my opinion. Always different options to see.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 7):

You prefered aisle 40B over your original window 37A?

With the blocked 40A it was ok this way.


@Pieter:

Quoting MH017 (Reply 8):

What a nice read for a bitterly cold sunday afternoon !!!

Good to see all went well on your DL flights; I flew them 2 years ago JFK-TXL on a similar 767-300 and, honestly, was not impressed at all with them...the 757-300 makes it a great plane to fly with them, as well as one of the remaining DC-9's and/or MD80/90...

Thank you and for sure there is interesting stuff on offer by DL.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 8):

We also stayed at the Cambria Suites last year for our 1st Caribbean cruise (on the Celebrity Solstice), and really liked the hotel room and (whirl)pool...we were able to eat at the Subway across the street there (24h open), so in case you're hungry and staying there again, you know where to go

Good to know. It was late Saturday evening and I wasn´t in the mood to walk away and search for more options to eat.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 8):

Were you able to spot a lot of cruise ships there ? Please, share some pictures as I'm also a 'cruise fanatic' LOL

Looking forward to the continuation of your TR...

All of them, Pieter, more pictures on the way!.


@Matthew:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):

Great read about your trip to FLL with DL through ATL. Nice to see your flight on the 757-300; a rarity! Looks like DL provided you with a pretty decent Y class service.

Thank you and DL was sure ok this way.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):

I've been on the 763 - quite spacious. I really do like the 2-3-2 in Y configuration that the 767 usually has.

Count me in with the seating on the 763, much better than the 3 seats at the window.


@Roger:

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 10):

Great way to start the new flying year, looking for some sun and warmth... much needed in the last days, below zero temperatures even here on the Med coast as well as snow on the beaches... surprising!

Thank you and I´ve read about the winter weather around the Med.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 10):

Great to see that you got to fly the B757-300 on your trip to FLL, a very rare machine here in Europe.

Definitely interesting offers by DL.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 10):

It seems DL delivered a good service and you got quite lucky to have an empty seat next to you, always a great asset on long-hauls. They seem to offer a pretty nice service for these days. I have not flown many American carriers on long haul from Europe but they tend to be manned by senior crews as you mentioned, at least they were the last time I flew them, old NW service AMS-SEA some years ago.

Pretty senior crew, Roger, I was surprised.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 10):

You were lucky again at the border control as they did not give you a full service when flying for just over 24 hours in US soil. I had a bad experience with that as well some years ago as well.

It seems I´ve choosen the reaxed agent this time.


@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Nice report. Good to see you managed to get some warmth and sunshine in the middle of your dire January, but as you put it - the weather nowadays is far worse than when you did this trip...

Thank you and it his also here in Germany not that really comfortable.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Good to read about DL, ATL and FLL, I'm thinking about spending one night at FLL as well in June, most probably flying DL to WAS from there via ATL, and a lot of 757s are showing up in the schedules...

That sounds superb, really good to know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

What's so strange about it? Most of the cheap fares are usually limited to just the airline's own flight numbers, in this case both KL and AF.

This fare with the AF flight numbers was only offered by KL, not by AF and also by DL or Exp.de, so it feels somewhat strange

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Oh yeah, have to this later this year as well. But it's not like it's very expensive... try a Chinese visa one day.

It seems I should do it this way shortly.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

It's Markus, allright.

It is!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Hmm, why on earth do you need to check a bag for a single night's stay? Your average rollaboard can hold 3-4 days worth of stuff easily. What is it would go AWOL - on such a short trip getting it back would be a major hassle.

I don´t want to carry it around, so check in with no extra fare was the thing to do for me.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Is that really vegetarian? What is it? That brown stuff on the left definitely looks like beef to me!

Mushrooms, Petteri.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Nice!

Definitely.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Nice idea with that list of available seats per cabin on the bottom - no upgrade for you it seems.

No upgrade for me, it seems some checked in eco pax doesn´t show up.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

What's so strange about that? Sounds like an usual flight to me

For Palma, ok, but I don´t expect it this way!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

I use my ID card instead.

It´s mainly the point that my cellphone number is printed on the biz card and they often ask for it.

Greetings,
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:12 pm

Hi Markus,

very nice report of your journey to FLL.
It remembers me of my visit there in summer last year.
The food on DL seems to be not too bad, but the pre-arrival snack could be improved.
Also nice to catch another 753, for sure not the most common bird around.

Thanks a lot for sharing.
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:22 pm

Nice start Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I don´t know that DL hired the "Golden Girls", four really senior ladies and one middle aged FA.

- Ah, typical of US carriers, seniority!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The meal is served not that long thereafter. Vegi for me, substantial and sure ok here on Delta

- Not a bad looking meal for a US carrier.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Heading for the immigration experience now.
One night only for me in the States, maybe a problem?.

- Won't be a problem, been there before with an immediate return flight, I imagine the officers all thought I was mad!

Cheers

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:49 pm

Hey, good to see more comments.


@Lee:

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 12):

Good to get into your first 2012 story. Interesting to follow you on some longer segments across the pond.

Thank you.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 12):
I really enjoyed the pictures you took from the DL 763 interior. Well, it's kind of outdated by todays standards in terms of appearance and equipment but, I love to see these old birds. Great to notice those old style overhead luggage bins.
The food and service style looks and sounds ok and you sure got a nice seat with a private feel tor the TATL.

Sure ok with me and these seating/aircraft combination.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 12):

Every time, good for a laugh to see the reaction on these guys faces. Unless they get concerned about the motive.

Definitely.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 12):

Well, it's one of the best around. Super sleek.

You know, I love these birds.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 12):

Hotel looks quite good but a bit of a shame about the collection mess up.

Sure ok in the end.


@Johannes:

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 14):

very nice report of your journey to FLL.
It remembers me of my visit there in summer last year.
The food on DL seems to be not too bad, but the pre-arrival snack could be improved.
Also nice to catch another 753, for sure not the most common bird around.

Thank you and also my opinion with the pre arrival snack, nothing special.


@Mark:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 15):
Nice start Markus!

Thank you.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 15):

- Ah, typical of US carriers, seniority!

Super seniority here!.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 15):

- Not a bad looking meal for a US carrier.

Definitely ok for me.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 15):

- Won't be a problem, been there before with an immediate return flight, I imagine the officers all thought I was mad!

It seems he had the same impression about me!.

Greetings,
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:14 pm

I see we got in there before the next instalment!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
The 757-300 is on schedule now

- A type still missing from my log, must do something about that!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
The Satellite D example has no apron view

- Rubbish!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
More spacious and more important with a view to the apron

- Now that's more like it!

Cheers

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:17 pm

Great trip report! It is always interesting to hear what other people think of DL since they are my primary carrier!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I don´t know that DL hired the "Golden Girls", four really senior ladies and one middle aged FA.

This cracked me up because the truth of the matter is that they didn't hire the "Golden Girls"...they probably hired cute young things...back in the '70s and they have now "matured" into the to Golden Girls! LOL

The one middle aged FA was probably the foreign language FA!

I am sorry you were on a 763! They are SLOWLY upgrading them to have the lie flat seats in BusinessElite and to have AVOD in Y...

I am *AMAZED* you managed to be in the SkyClubs and they were NOT totally full! In ATL the SkyClubs always seem to be at capacity...

I love your photo of the upgrade list! Since the list passengers with the first three letters of their last name, with a "/" and then their first initial sometimes you get some nice combos...

On you upgrade list notice that number #8 is "MOOT " and #12 is "SAND"
 
 
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:45 pm

Hey, more comments, nice.


@Mark:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 17):
I see we got in there before the next instalment!

Pretty good to follow you´re reply again.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 17):

- A type still missing from my log, must do something about that!

Definitely recommendable.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 17):

- Rubbish!

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 17):

- Now that's more like it!

Sure my point, you know and the place is real recommendable.


@A.:

Quoting burj (Reply 18):
Great trip report! It is always interesting to hear what other people think of DL since they are my primary carrier!

Thank you.

Quoting burj (Reply 18):

This cracked me up because the truth of the matter is that they didn't hire the "Golden Girls"...they probably hired cute young things...back in the '70s and they have now "matured" into the to Golden Girls! LOL

The one middle aged FA was probably the foreign language FA!

So it seems with the middle aged female and also that´s the point with the "Golden Girls"!.

Quoting burj (Reply 18):

I am sorry you were on a 763! They are SLOWLY upgrading them to have the lie flat seats in BusinessElite and to have AVOD in Y...

Good to know. There are also sometimes winglet equipped planes on the STR route.

Quoting burj (Reply 18):

I am *AMAZED* you managed to be in the SkyClubs and they were NOT totally full! In ATL the SkyClubs always seem to be at capacity...

So it seems I was also lucky this way.

Quoting burj (Reply 18):

I love your photo of the upgrade list! Since the list passengers with the first three letters of their last name, with a "/" and then their first initial sometimes you get some nice combos...

On you upgrade list notice that number #8 is "MOOT " and #12 is "SAND"

Also really special from my point of view.

Greetings,
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:54 pm

Hi Markus !

Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

Nice to see you fly west again; next time you should even farther west to LAX so we can meet!  

DL 763 looks okay but too bad with no PTV, something UA's three-class 763s have had for a long time. Now they are all AVOD.

Great catch to go on a 753. Not so of those anywhere......

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
l be flying one in a month too,

Where are you going ?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Nice idea with that list of available seats per cabin on the bottom - no upgrade for you it seems.

UA and I think also AA and perhaps US have those as well. The screen also give destination info and info about the aircaft including fleetnumber so you can figure out the registration.

Looking forward to the next installment, Markus !

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:38 pm

Hi Markus,

Lovely report about your trip to the sun!

DL's product doesn't seem too bad but they really need to update their cabins ASAP. Having no AVOD on such a long flight must be quite annoying. However the meals don't look too bad & I one thing I like about DL is that they have a lot of interesting types in their fleet (753, DC9, MD90 etc.)

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:09 pm

Hi Markus,

nice read, thanks! Good couple of DL legs, not your usual, but all count towards FB status?  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
The meal is served not that long thereafter. Vegi for me, substantial and sure ok here on Delta

Looks like a good sized meal.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
"Till Sunday".
"Sunday, ok". A strange view followed. "Tomorrow?".
"Yes".

They probably get quite a few people on mileage runs, with ATL being well connected internationally due to the DL hub.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Checking in for the Delta Sky Club now

Did you get any vouchers for drinks, or stick to coffee / mineral water?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Spot no. 14 on the upgrade list

A shame though as it appears that there is only 1 space left up front!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, that fit´s

Is that the view from your room? A shipping container, doesn't look too nice   The front of the hotel looks ok though.

Looking forward to the continuation!

Thanks again

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:31 pm

Hey, good to see more comments.


@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 20):

Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

Nice to see you fly west again; next time you should even farther west to LAX so we can meet!

Thank you and will do so.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 20):

DL 763 looks okay but too bad with no PTV, something UA's three-class 763s have had for a long time. Now they are all AVOD.

Great catch to go on a 753. Not so of those anywhere......

Different cabin layouts on DL so it seems and the 753 was really good.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 20):

UA and I think also AA and perhaps US have those as well. The screen also give destination info and info about the aircaft including fleetnumber so you can figure out the registration.

Sure a good idea from my point of view.


@aflyingkiwi:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 21):

Lovely report about your trip to the sun!

DL's product doesn't seem too bad but they really need to update their cabins ASAP. Having no AVOD on such a long flight must be quite annoying. However the meals don't look too bad & I one thing I like about DL is that they have a lot of interesting types in their fleet (753, DC9, MD90 etc.)

Thank you and exactly my point with DL, interesting metal around.


@R.:

Quoting signol (Reply 22):

nice read, thanks! Good couple of DL legs, not your usual, but all count towards FB status?

Thank you and always my intention with the Status segments.

Quoting signol (Reply 22):

Looks like a good sized meal.

For sure.

Quoting signol (Reply 22):

They probably get quite a few people on mileage runs, with ATL being well connected internationally due to the DL hub.

So it seems.

Quoting signol (Reply 22):

Did you get any vouchers for drinks, or stick to coffee / mineral water?

It´s free bar service, no vouchers needed.

Quoting signol (Reply 22):

A shame though as it appears that there is only 1 space left up front!

And it was not for me at all.

Quoting signol (Reply 22):

Is that the view from your room? A shipping container, doesn't look too nice   The front of the hotel looks ok though.

I saw it while walking around the hotel Sunday morning, some 500 meters away near the road to the hotel.

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:27 am

Hey Markus ,
Great report nice to see you in the USA   The old B767 cabin I cant make my mind up about. Not sure Id like to do a long flight on it but then again you know me I dont like longhaul that much . Meal looks better than I expected though .

Looking forward to the next part .

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:13 am

Great read Marcus , it sure filled in a boring afternoon at work. I love the old 767 and always try and get one on QF domestic if I can. The states looks ok . I have never been but maybe one day. And whats with the Thai flag ? do I see another more exotic TR comming up?

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:59 am

Hi Markus,

That was quick! Are you trying to avoid a backlog?  

The 767 cabin does look very outdated, particularly without the individual screens - lucky you getting two seats on such a full flight.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A new passport means a new ESTA donation to help the US recovering from the actual depts.

What do they try and sell it as - a tourist tax?!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
But when I write this actually, there are -17 degrees here, so I´am in immediate need to go again for Florida

Yes, I'll come too!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The meal is served not that long thereafter. Vegi for me, substantial and sure ok here on Delta
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Is that really vegetarian? What is it? That brown stuff on the left definitely looks like beef to me!

I thought the main course looked very dry. And yes, I'm with Petteri, those mushrooms do look like beef.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
He shakes his head and stamped my passport.

I'm sure he's not used to hearing that everyday, still at least there were no problems, you never know in America.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Spot no. 14 on the upgrade list

A nice touch.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And security is also here

Cost cutting measures are everywhere......

Looking forward to part 2

Happy flying
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:53 am

Hello FLIEGER67,

Pretty cool to find you some long hauling again. You deserved that for sure after some busy biz weeks and the (ice) cold weather in Europe. Nice catch on the 763 (almost becoming a classic as well) and the 753. DL still seems to have a decent amount of 757’s in their fleet, so we don’t have to worry to not being able to sample it anymore.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
good looking btw.

Aha, that’s important as well of course!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
with the last row two seater window for me and the seat beside blocked.
Well done by DL´s STR ground staff.

  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I don´t know that DL hired the "Golden Girls", four really senior ladies and one middle aged FA.

Good one lol! You didn’t ask for a photo or autograph?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A view to the well loaded cabin

Now I see it this way, this cabin is becoming pretty outdated as well. Were the seats comfy enough?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Cessna Caravan

Air Choice One? Some a.netter will hopefully surprise us with a report on this one!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And security is also here

  

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:00 am

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
For Palma, ok, but I don´t expect it this way!.

Well, Florida to the Americans is about the same as Palma is for you Germans...
 
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:28 pm

Hi Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
It´s a cold, +1 degrees and snowy southern german morning.
But when I write this actually, there are -17 degrees here

With that "scheussliches Wetter" I am not surprised that you would want to escape to somewhere warmer.
Nice to see the check-in staff was willing to see if they could accommodate a seat request and check again later. Even if they can't do it, it is good to see them make the effort rather than simply shrug the shoulders

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
I don´t know that DL hired the "Golden Girls"

I can see it now: "picture this, Sicily 1943..."   That is probably my favourite US comedy.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
The meal is served not that long thereafter. Vegi for me, substantial and sure ok here on Delta

Looks OK for Y. Do they use real knives and folks or plastic ones? I couldn't quite make it out in the photo - my eyesight isn't what it used to be.  

Looks like the overall experience was satisfactory. I trust that the brief "vacation" was enjoyable and look forward to the return trip.

Regards,
Roy.
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:43 pm

Hi Markus,

Another really entertaining story - very nice to see you fly some long haul segments too!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
A nice young female agent, good looking btw.

See, Delta is doing everything they can to make a good impression on you!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
But when I write this actually, there are -17 degrees here, so I´am in immediate need to go again for Florida

Well, reading this report I am really starting to count the number of days left for my holiday.. -24 here in Finland today, spiced with snow storms.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The meal is served not that long thereafter. Vegi for me, substantial and sure ok here on Delta

That looks really nice and fresh! That doesn't look very vegetarian to me though...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The Satellite D example has no apron view but free internet stations and less customers

Hmm, that website opened on the computer looks pretty familiar to me...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Three times for FLL now, the one from gate A10 is me

Am I the only one who thinks that monitor could use some colors? Looks quite depressing to me...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Spot no. 14 on the upgrade list

I can see you!
I think we could use the same type of upgrade lists also in Europe.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Of course. But hurry up! DL continues replacing them by MD-90s.

Well, things could be worse, perhaps you end up on one of the MD-90s that were previously operated by Blue1?
 

Finally, not having heard anything, how is Mr. S. doing? Or is he also on vacation?

Regards,
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:32 pm

Hi Markus,

Your report is just the drug I need before getting on the bike tomorrow in the most freezing morning I will ever experience in my whole life. Especially the moment you took a sun facing seat while enjoying the tarmac view. What a warm sensation!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
OLCI isn´t,

That’s odd.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
A new passport means a new ESTA donation to help the US recovering from the actual depts.

I like this expression.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
there are -17 degrees here, so I´am in immediate need to go again for Florida

You have just been in Florida, Markus. How about Indonesia?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Cockpit crew is a female US captain today.

Was she blonde?  


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
I don´t know that DL hired the "Golden Girls", four really senior ladies and one middle aged FA.

   Were their names Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia as well?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Vegi for me

Indian one?   


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
"You´re documents please.How long do you want to stay in the US?"."Till Sunday"."Sunday, ok". A strange view followed. "Tomorrow?"."Yes"."On vacation?"."Yes".He shakes his head and stamped my passport.Welcome to the States!.

That's what I call a breeze border control.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
I´am not sure how they perform in the case of an emergency!.

Everyone would have to rely on you.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Is this the right way out?

Yes, for the elderly couple next to you.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
And security is also here

Do not underestimate them.  


Thanks again for sharing. I will keep your sunny pictures in mind every time I get too cold outside.

Best wishes,
Suryo
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:29 pm

Hi and good to see more comments.


@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 24):

Great report nice to see you in the USA   The old B767 cabin I cant make my mind up about. Not sure Id like to do a long flight on it but then again you know me I dont like longhaul that much . Meal looks better than I expected though .

Thank you and the seats are ok as long as there is an open one next to you.


@Mal:

Quoting mal787 (Reply 25):
Great read Marcus , it sure filled in a boring afternoon at work. I love the old 767 and always try and get one on QF domestic if I can. The states looks ok . I have never been but maybe one day. And whats with the Thai flag ? do I see another more exotic TR comming up?

Thank you. Count me in for the 763. Sure Thailand and Singapore ahead shortly, of nothing goes wrong.


@Hannah:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 26):

That was quick! Are you trying to avoid a backlog?

Thank you and that´s the way to go for me now. Expect the second part during the next weekend.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 26):

The 767 cabin does look very outdated, particularly without the individual screens - lucky you getting two seats on such a full flight.

Lucky me, definitely.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 26):

What do they try and sell it as - a tourist tax?!

Like the Visa thing everywhere around the world, catch some money.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 26):

Yes, I'll come too!

Good to know!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 26):

I thought the main course looked very dry. And yes, I'm with Petteri, those mushrooms do look like beef.

Indian style rice curry with mushrooms.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 26):

I'm sure he's not used to hearing that everyday, still at least there were no problems, you never know in America.

Definitely, you never know.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 26):

A nice touch.

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 26):

Cost cutting measures are everywhere......

Definitely!.


@Nils:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 27):

Pretty cool to find you some long hauling again. You deserved that for sure after some busy biz weeks and the (ice) cold weather in Europe. Nice catch on the 763 (almost becoming a classic as well) and the 753. DL still seems to have a decent amount of 757’s in their fleet, so we don’t have to worry to not being able to sample it anymore.

Thank you and sure ok with the 763/753 combo for me.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 27):

Aha, that’s important as well of course!

Very important!.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 27):

Good one lol! You didn’t ask for a photo or autograph?

Next time, definitely.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 27):

Now I see it this way, this cabin is becoming pretty outdated as well. Were the seats comfy enough?

Sure ok for me this way with the aisle open.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 27):

Air Choice One? Some a.netter will hopefully surprise us with a report on this one!

I´am looking forward to see something like this.


@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 28):

Well, Florida to the Americans is about the same as Palma is for you Germans...

I wasn´t really prepared for something like this!.


@R.:

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 29):

With that "scheussliches Wetter" I am not surprised that you would want to escape to somewhere warmer.
Nice to see the check-in staff was willing to see if they could accommodate a seat request and check again later. Even if they can't do it, it is good to see them make the effort rather than simply shrug the shoulders

Thank you and sure the way to go for me during this time of the year.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 29):

I can see it now: "picture this, Sicily 1943..."   That is probably my favourite US comedy.

Hah, good point.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 29):

Looks OK for Y. Do they use real knives and folks or plastic ones? I couldn't quite make it out in the photo - my eyesight isn't what it used to be.

Plastic, no real stuff.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 29):

Looks like the overall experience was satisfactory. I trust that the brief "vacation" was enjoyable and look forward to the return trip.

So it was, more is coming up soon.


@R.:

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 30):

Another really entertaining story - very nice to see you fly some long haul segments too!

Thank you.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 30):

See, Delta is doing everything they can to make a good impression on you!

So it feels like!.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 30):

Well, reading this report I am really starting to count the number of days left for my holiday.. -24 here in Finland today, spiced with snow storms.

Tough, -19 this morning and that´s for sure enough for me.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 30):

That looks really nice and fresh! That doesn't look very vegetarian to me though...

Always these mushrooms.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 30):

Hmm, that website opened on the computer looks pretty familiar to me...

Followed me around the globe.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 30):

Am I the only one who thinks that monitor could use some colors? Looks quite depressing to me...

Good point, not that really welcoming.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 30):

I can see you!
I think we could use the same type of upgrade lists also in Europe.

I like it this way, sure a good idea.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 30):

Well, things could be worse, perhaps you end up on one of the MD-90s that were previously operated by Blue1?

Good point, that sounds possible.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 30):

Finally, not having heard anything, how is Mr. S. doing? Or is he also on vacation?

The usual cost cutting these days. I will hire him only for the real "dirty" jobs!.


@Suryo:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):

Your report is just the drug I need before getting on the bike tomorrow in the most freezing morning I will ever experience in my whole life. Especially the moment you took a sun facing seat while enjoying the tarmac view. What a warm sensation!

Thank you. I saw you´re picture on FB lately, take care on the bike.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):

That’s odd.

Also my impression.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):

I like this expression.

Thank you again.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):

You have just been in Florida, Markus. How about Indonesia?

Good point, something also for me.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):

Was she blonde?

Ah, I should have checked it!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):

   Were their names Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia as well?

Now I remember, yes so it was!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):

Indian one?

And delicious.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):

That's what I call a breeze border control.

Definitely, lucky me.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):

Everyone would have to rely on you.

So it seems.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):

Yes, for the elderly couple next to you.

Hah, good point.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):

Do not underestimate them.  


Thanks again for sharing. I will keep your sunny pictures in mind every time I get too cold outside.

Never ever and once more, take care on the bike with these superfreezing temperatures.

Greetings,
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:08 am

Hi Markus

Great report, thanks for sharing it with us!
I followed this report with particular interest because I have logged many Delta 767 longhauls as well!
Your STR-ATL flight matches my expercience and toughts with Delta! While crew and service or on par (or sometimes a bit better). Hard product on these birds are definate much to be desired!
Good to know that the 753 is showing ATL-FLL! Maybe an idea for me.

Greetings
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:35 pm

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 32):
take care on the bike.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 32):
take care on the bike with these superfreezing temperatures.

You are too kind. I survived that freezing morning.  
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:36 pm

Hi Markus

Very nice report - sorry it's taken me a while to post a comment.

Interesting that you got one of the ex GF machines for your flight from Germany to ATL. They are quite rare in terms of the door configurations.

Good to see that you got some much needed sun and warmth. The temps in Germany I hear have been very low this past couple of weeks. I hope you've been able to escape to somewhere warmer?

FLL is always great to fly in and out of don't you think? It's amazing how much that airport has grown from the first time I was there in 1997. It really seems to be bursting at the seams sometimes. I heard that they are extending the other shorter parallel runway so that they can have simultaneous landings/take offs!

Thanks again

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:05 pm

Hi, nice to see more comments.


@Marc:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 33):
Great report, thanks for sharing it with us!
I followed this report with particular interest because I have logged many Delta 767 longhauls as well!

Thank you.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 33):

Your STR-ATL flight matches my expercience and toughts with Delta! While crew and service or on par (or sometimes a bit better). Hard product on these birds are definate much to be desired!
Good to know that the 753 is showing ATL-FLL! Maybe an idea for me.

Good to know and FLL on the 753 is for sure interesting.


@Suryo:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 34):

You are too kind. I survived that freezing morning.

Really good to know and you prepared me well for the temperatures back in Europe.


@PJ:

Quoting palmjet (Reply 35):

Very nice report - sorry it's taken me a while to post a comment.

Interesting that you got one of the ex GF machines for your flight from Germany to ATL. They are quite rare in terms of the door configurations

Thank you and sure I was also surprised that this 763 was ex Gulf Air.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 35):

Good to see that you got some much needed sun and warmth. The temps in Germany I hear have been very low this past couple of weeks. I hope you've been able to escape to somewhere warmer?

Definitely, BKK and SIN soon, if nothing goes wrong.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 35):

FLL is always great to fly in and out of don't you think? It's amazing how much that airport has grown from the first time I was there in 1997. It really seems to be bursting at the seams sometimes. I heard that they are extending the other shorter parallel runway so that they can have simultaneous landings/take offs!

Exactly my opinion with the movements at FLL, sure interesting.
I saw some adverts for the runway extention during my stay there, it seems it´s on the way.

Greetings,
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:13 pm

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 12):
Every time, good for a laugh to see the reaction on these guys faces. Unless they get concerned about the motive.

ATL has a lot of DL staff travelling like this. Except they go to Europe for a day and back. Maybe he thought you were just a European airline employee doing the same thing in reverse  
Quoting burj (Reply 18):
I love your photo of the upgrade list! Since the list passengers with the first three letters of their last name, with a "/" and then their first initial sometimes you get some nice combos...

I've seen a few good ones too. One of our fellow members here once had T. Cunningham on the upgrade list...I'll let you figure that one out yourself  
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:08 pm

Hey, Kai,

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 37):

ATL has a lot of DL staff travelling like this. Except they go to Europe for a day and back. Maybe he thought you were just a European airline employee doing the same thing in reverse

Count me in for the airline employee thing, a good excuse.

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 37):

I've seen a few good ones too. One of our fellow members here once had T. Cunningham on the upgrade list...I'll let you figure that one out yourself

Hah, good point.

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:23 pm

Hi Flieger67

Wow, a long haul report from you - something different!
Nice that you got a 757-300 from ATL to FLL!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Speechless, a DC-9, I should go here again

Although that would have been far more interesting! Amazing that they are still used in the USA on a regular basis by a major carrier!

Looking forward to reading part 2.

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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:35 pm

Hi, J.,

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 39):


Wow, a long haul report from you - something different!
Nice that you got a 757-300 from ATL to FLL!

Thank you.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 39):

Although that would have been far more interesting! Amazing that they are still used in the USA on a regular basis by a major carrier!

Definitely amazing, also my opinion.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 39):

Looking forward to reading part 2.

Good to know.

Greetings,
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:57 pm

Hello Markus!

Thanks for the great story. Nice to see some longhaul stories! Good catch with the quit rare 753!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
for the last time now on Malev

 
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
there are -17 degrees here

Nice!:D It´s not that common with these low tempratures in your area right?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I should go here again

Good idea! It would be nice to catch the DC-9 again before they´re all gone!

Greetings
Robert
 
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RE: FLL For A Warmer Climate!

Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:37 pm

Hi, Robert,

Quoting parton87 (Reply 41):

Thanks for the great story. Nice to see some longhaul stories! Good catch with the quit rare 753!

Thank you and good to follow you´re feedback.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 41):

Nice!:D It´s not that common with these low tempratures in your area right?

Really not at all standard here.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 41):

Good idea! It would be nice to catch the DC-9 again before they´re all gone!

Definitely!.

Greetings,
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