On Friday June 10, 2016 I flew from DTW to Evansville, Indiana (EVV) by way of ATL and it was all Delta mainline. I have flown to EVV before, but never mainline. The reason I have flew to EVV is because I attend the Lawn & Garden Tractor Extravaganza/Southern Indiana Antique Machinery show. A friend of mine tows our equipment down a few days earlier, but I can’t get out of work that long so I fly down and meet him. There are a few direct flights per day between DTW and EVV, but I chose this evening flight for two reasons; one it fit my schedule and the other is because it gave me the opportunity to fly on a 717, which I had not flown on since the TWA days. I arrived at DTW two hours before departure and found the place not very busy, which is common at around 4pm. I was able to get through the TSA line is less than five minutes which was great.
I usually don’t eat dinner at 4pm, but I didn’t know how crowded ATL would be or if I would have enough time eat between flights. I have connected in ATL before and sometimes it can take a while to get between gates. I sat down at max & Erma’s and had a cheeseburger, which was very good by airport standards.
I was amazed to see a small crowd gathered around a TV showing a soccer match; we don't see that too often in the USA.
I am always amused by all of the new types of vending machines at the airport. It used to be they only had machines for drink and snacks, now they have machines for ties and cufflinks.
I wondered over to the gate where I saw the fresh 2015 build 737-900 that would take me to ATL.
There was a big crowd hanging around the gate but everyone loaded in an orderly fashion and on time.
The plane still had that new plane smell and it had some very nice Y seats.
The leg room was adequate.
We pushed back right on time and were in the air in no time. The FAs passed out snacks and I read my magazine and just chilled out.
After a while I checked out the IFE; I always enjoy playing trivia.
We arrived in ATL right on time and I headed down to the train to head over to the next terminal.
I always enjoy a train ride.
The next terminal was BUSY, lots of RJ and 717 traffic. I stopped and had a frozen yogurt.
I saw my plane was at the gate so I knew we’d be getting off to EVV on time. I was pleasantly surprised to see the 717-200 I would be flying on was N906AT, which was built for TWA. There is even photos of it in the a.net database in TW colors. The only other time I flew on a 717 was with TW, back in 2001. I also like the 1970s Ford truck parked at the gate.
The flight was full. There were lots of people at the gate and a lot of them were children. The schools in Evansville had been out for few weeks so I figured they were families headed back home from summer trips.
We boarded the aircraft right on time and left the gate on schedule. There were three planes ahead of us to take off, which wasn’t as bad as I would have thought. The 717 interior was very nice and made me think of all of my wonderful NW DC-9 flights.
The FAs passed out snacks. I was planning on reading my magazine, but my reading light would only work for about a minute at a time. It would shut down and then come back on. I assume it was overheating. After about five minutes I decided to sit in the dark. The other people around me were sleeping, so I couldn’t use somebody else’s light. We arrived in EVV right on time and went right up to the gate. I am sure we were the last flight of the evening because the TSA checkpoint and bar were closed. There wasn’t much going on in EVV
A buddy of mine picked me up out in front of the terminal and we headed off to the Vanderburgh 4-H Center for the tractor show.