Back in February I found a flight to CLE on DL, I was going to take for miles. The flight was also on an MD-88 to CLE. Since DL is retiring them next month, this probably was my last flight on an MD88. I was taking a redeye to ATL, so I got to the airport an hour before my flight.
Phoenix, AZ (PHX) – Atlanta, GA (ATL)
Scheduled Departure Time – 11:45pm
Actual Departure Time- 11:42pm
Scheduled Arrival Time – 5:13am
Actual Arrival Time- 4:38am
2 hours 56 minutes
N368DN at gate F10, after arriving earlier from ATL
Cabin before departure
The flight was not full, and boarding was done by 11:25pm. A few minutes later, the door was closed and we started to push back at 11:32pm. Once the engines were started, we began the taxi towards 25R. There were not any planes ahead of us so we taxied onto the runway, and took off at 11:42pm, 3 minutes before our scheduled departure time.
Climbing via the BROAK1
We climbed to 37,000ft. Once we leveled off, the flight attendants quickly came through with drinks and snacks. It was a smooth flight, that passed quickly. About an hour before landing, we descended down to 33,000 ft. A little later we went down to 31,000ft, were we stayed until starting the descent over Alabama.
Descending via the GNDLF2 arrival
We touched down on 27L, at 4:38am. There were not any others airplanes taxiing. So, we got to the gate quickly. We parked at gate T4, 4 minutes after landing.
N368DN at gate T4, before its next flight to TPA
I had a few hours until my flight to Cleveland.
Atlanta, GA (ATL) – Cleveland, OH (CLE)
McDonnell Douglas MD-88
Scheduled Departure Time – 8:16am
Actual Departure Time- 8:35am
Scheduled Arrival Time – 10:05am
Actual Arrival Time- 9:49am
1 hour 14 minutes
N905DE at gate B12, it arrived the night before Sarasota
Boarding started around 7:45am. Everyone was onboard by 8:10am. There were 2 flight attendants doing IOE on this flight. The flight attendants made an announcement, telling us if we needed anything to ask the people that were still in training. It was a cold morning in ATL, and we had frost on the wings. Once the engines were started, we taxied and got deiced.
Taxiing to get deiced
Taking off 26L, N919DN behind us was going to Indianapolis
Climbing via the SMKEY2 departure
It was a bumpy climb out of ATL. We climbed up to 37,000ft. Once we leveled off, the flight attendants came through with snacks and drinks
The flight went by quick, and soon enough we were starting down into CLE
Taxiing to the gate after landing
Pulling into gate B2
N905DE flew right back down to ATL
N905DE taxiing out for departure
I had a few hours in CLE, before my next flight
Delta Connection “Endeavor” 5487
Cleveland, OH (CLE) – New York, NY (JFK)
Scheduled Departure Time – 2:25pm
Actual Departure Time- 2:46pm
Scheduled Arrival Time – 4:11pm
Actual Arrival Time- 3:48pm
1 hour 2 minutes
N905XJ after arriving from JFK
It was a cold and snowy afternoon, and we also needed to get deiced again
Taking off 24L
We climbed up to 31,000ft. In first class, the flight attendant came through with drinks and a snack basket
Descending into JFK
B6 A321 from Port-au-Prince on final for 31R
Pulling into gate B55
Sunset at JFK
New York, NY (JFK) – Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
Scheduled Departure Time – 7:59pm
Actual Departure Time- 8:18pm
Scheduled Arrival Time – 12:02am
Actual Arrival Time- 11:22pm
5 hours 4 minutes
N887DN after arriving from Punta Cana
We pushed back from the gate 2 minutes ahead of the scheduled departure time. The engines were started, and we started the quick taxi to runway 31L from the kilo-echo intersection.
Climbing out of JFK
We initially climbed to 34,000ft
Dinner in first class
It was a smooth flight out to PHX
Descending into PHX
Final runway 8
After landing it was a quick taxi to gate F10. The same gate I had left from, 24 hours earlier.