I took this trip last summer with my friend as we aspired to complete a distant non-revenue employee trip for the long July 4th weekend.
Flights were full that weekend, and my only hope of reaching NRT involved a connection through DTW. However, ATL-DTW was also full. Thankfully, I received some insight about a 777 ferry flight from ATL to DTW to replace a 777 that was supposed to operated DTW-HND later that evening. I rushed to the airport and found DL 9975 to DTW. After speaking with the gate agent, I boarded the ferry flight with two jumpseating pilots. Including me and the pilots operating the flight, there were just five people aboard the plane.
With just three "passengers," the flight boarded quickly and pushed from ATL's E concourse. It was my first flight with DL's new herringbone BusinessElite flat-bed seats, so I took the opportunity to take many photos.
Rolls Royce Trent 892 on the port wing as we climb out of ATL, en route to DTW.
Personal TV screen and the moving map feature.
Once in cruise, I walked around the empty cabin for a brief photo shoot. Here's the galley abeam the 2L/R doors.
BusinessElite seat in the full flat arrangement.
Economy Comfort seats in the forward economy cabin.
Rear galley behind the economy cabin.
Looking forward from the last row.
Seat controls and lighting in the BusinessElite cabin.
View of DTW on the downwind leg of our approach.
The 2L door after emptying an already empty plane .
Upon arrival in DTW, my friend and I decided to catch the mid-afternoon flight to NRT instead of proceeding with our original plan to take the HND flight in the evening.
747-400 Ship #6313 rests at A38 prior to operating DL 275 to NRT.
The view of both jetways from my seat on the port side of the upper deck!
Pushing from A38, en route to NRT.
Serious amounts of storage in the upper deck.
Looking forward in my seat. This aircraft was equipped with the old NW World Business Class seats. Now, they're just a part of airline history!
Nice line-up of tails at DTW.
In the climb-out from DTW, en route to NRT.
Playing with the personal TV.
A nice long flight to enjoy the BusinessElite seats and service.
Soup and duck appetizer.
Enjoying green tea on the Japanese flight!
Crab cakes entree was delicious.
Cheesecake and fresh fruits for dessert.
In the middle of the flight, I took a stroll downstairs and captured this view of the nose cone section of the BusinessElite cabin.
Crossing the Bering Sea.
Mid-flight snack of cold soba noodles and fresh fruit.
My "real estate" on the upper deck.
Yogurt parfait mid-flight snack.
A messy looking yet tasty pre-arrival meal.
One more stroll through the lower deck.
Stuffed my blanket inside the storage box.
Descending into NRT.
Waiting for the gate agent to connect one of the jetways upon our arrival in NRT.
One of my favorite photos!
A view of the upper deck after the other passengers had disembarked.
Gorgeous views of the DL fleet parked at NRT.
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