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DL Rocks My Socks: STR-ATL-SMF(-LAX) Very Long,Pix

Sat May 24, 2008 5:29 pm

This report is going to be long, there's just too much that I can't leave out and I didn't wanna split it up.

I had spent almost a year going to college in California in 05/06 and returned for a brief visit in May 07. Now as my university career in Tuebingen comes to an ending and a good friend of mine passes her exchange year at Sacramento State, I felt like that would make for great reasons to fly to the Golden State once more.
When my slot for the trip was set, I began to look for flights from STR to SMF in November and checked various websites for fares every day. 626EUR used to be the cheapest fare (w/ LH/UA) which was definitely more than I had intended to pay. April had to be low season so I decided that it wouldn't hurt to wait for better prices. My friend over in Sac got a little nervous and began to doubt that fares would come down and that I might not visit. But then - bang: In early January, Delta had thrown out great deals to almost all destinations in the US and I didn't hesitate to get my first Delta experience with the only intercontinental service out of STR. The fare was an almost unbeatable 450EUR (then $650).

Even though I am not a frequent flyer I signed up for Delta SkyMiles (never hurts) and was very excited about the trip. One week prior to my departure my exact flight was still available for 516EUR, not very much. How is Delta ever gonna make any money?
In February, another part to the trip was added - a visit to LA where I hadn't been last year. A great plus was that a good friend from my exchange year had settled near LAX. WN was a little more expensive than UA and DL, and both legacy carriers offered return tickets for just 80EUR ($120). Being a fresh member of SkyMiles plus to appreciate their loyalty to STR, I decided to award Delta with the honor of bringing us down south on Embraer Jets.

I finished my diploma thesis right on time after numerous night shifts (dead line: 4/14 - "Rent Seeking as a Problem of Economic Development") and was more than ready to go west. I had picked my seats already with my booking - great, Delta! - so the short drive (delayed a little bit due to morning congestion on the B27) to the airport was very relaxed as I didn't have to worry about my precious window seats. DL's check in is located in T3 and quite a bit of a line awaited me. So after a couple of minutes it was my turn. The friendly agent asked me some questions (Is that my baggage? Did anybody give me something? Purpose of the trip). I then dropped my one suitcase; the agent told me the flight would be about half full - surprising considering the long lines upon check-in. Anyway, off I was and I wandered around the airport for a bit.

Delta's check in sticks out:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415009.jpg

It was time once more to acknowledge what a nice airport STR actually is - modern, spacey, clean. What I didn't like is that I was asked 3 times by 3 different bank associates if I wanted to open a bank account or get a credit card or whatever. I responded in English so they let me go cuz they only want German customers obviously.
I proceeded to security which was a breeze with friendly staff. I never had any problems with that in STR!

Stuttgart is Mercedes-City!
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415016.jpg

Our ride had arrived early at Gates 109/110, before that was a passport control: the unfriendly woman gave me a kinda strange look (yes, my hairstyle has changed since my passport picture was taken).
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415024.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415018.jpg

After about 10.20h boarding began by zones; status clients can always use the "breezeway", whenever they wish to board; again the agent asked several questions, like: did you buy anything? Where was your carry-on baggage since security screening?

DL117 STR-ATL (about 85% full)
767-300ER N152DL
Seat 38G, Gate 109/110
Tuesday 4/15/2008: 1100-1520


I took my seat which was 38G, my seat neighbor was already seated and we introduced each other - she was Luisa, a Colombian from Bogotá who had spent 3 weeks in Germany with a friend and was now going back. She was great, super friendly and funny. The German woman in front of us was going to visit her niece in Pensacola, FL. About half of the passengers were American (almost only male), another half German (I also noticed 2 Italians). The flight attendants introduced themselves, at least 2 of them were of German descent. Safety information was shown on the screens in comic-style.
We were pushed on time and taxied down to runway 25 in miserable weather.

Other regular visitors in STR:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415031.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415035.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415039.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415040.jpg

The captain came on and announced the flight time to be 9.30h which would make for an early arrival. Oftentimes, Delta takes 07 even if 25 is in use, due to weight and wind issues. Not today, 25 also for us.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415051.jpg

Take-off was very powerful and just moments after we were airborne one of the f/a came on and began to give detailed information on immigration and customs in the US. All the information also in German. So much German, almost felt like a LH flight  Wink.
Leg room was ok for me and I'm pretty tall. The clouds started to disappear the more west we got, over Belgium, then towards Britain.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415062.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415079.jpg

London must have been to the south of the plane, unfortunately I didn't get a look at it - all seats on the other side were taken and the windows in the doors are tiny and useless. Whatever. It took forever to cross Britain - after all England isn't that 'eng' (Sorry for a lame German joke^^).
Meal service started about an hour into the flight. As Luisa and I were seated in the last window row on the right, there was no meal choice any more so we were just given the Chicken without a comment (which I would have taken anyway). Drink service followed suit and again without a comment both of us were given a bottle of red wine free of charge! Maybe I should've told the f/a that I would have preferred a Sprite, but what the hell. By and large, the f/a were really sweet and nice and helpful. Kudos to the Delta crew!
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415102.jpg

Irish west coast:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415108.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415120.jpg

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The wine was fine for me (I don't know anything about wine nor do I like it at all), hopefully would get me tired. The food tasted really good, but as always just wasn't enough. Word of advice: If you're a hungry person, try to get a woman in the seat next to you  Smile Luisa wasn't hungry at all (she complained about the great German food that was kinda heavy as a downside) so she ate less than half of her meal; she was more than willing to give it to me  Smile Also her wine, of which she only had drank a third or so. After her portion I was really full which had never happened to me on a flight before.
The f/a had announced that they would take a rest break some time into the flight which they did - 39&40FG were blocked. Nevertheless, water was offered throughout the flight. And at about halftime, ice-cream was distributed  Smile I had been looking forward to that especially. Unfortunately, it was not Haagen-Dazs but some no-name product. It was decent though, and Luisa was so nice to take one just to hand it over to me. I had also bought a sandwich in the morning just in case I would get hungry...still I had to eat it since it had ham on it which you can't bring to the US. So I stuffed that in me, too.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415143.jpg

After Ireland we hit the ocean but it was covered in clouds. In-flight entertainment was on the monitors in the aisle, but I didn't watch them as they all seemed uninteresting to me. That didn't bother me, but I would have liked to see the air show more so that I knew where we where and what to expect down below. Music didn't work somehow or I didn't get it how it works...Rather I was chatting with my neighbor, gazing out the window, reading some pages and trying to get some ZZZ's.
We made landfall somewhere over Labrador and fortunately skies were clear (as was the window, by the way). So it provided us with great views for the next 4 hours or so. The land was snow-covered which looked beautiful. Somewhere around the St.Lawrence river mouth, first streets and towns came in sight. I had hoped to get a look at NYC but we were too far west for that. So the land looked rather unspectacular with only small towns and some airports that I didn't recognize.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415158.jpg

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Untouched river in Quebec:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415173.jpg
St.Lawrence River
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415183.jpg
Perce/the city of "Le-Trou-de-Chat", Quebec
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415192.jpg
Bathurst, New Brunswick
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415197.jpg
Art?
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415206.jpg
Bangor, ME!!
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415213.jpg
Guess the airport (must be in MA, CT or NY state)
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415223.jpg

When the air show was up again, I realized we had passed Lancaster County (Amish) and were on our way along the Appalachian mountains straight to Atlanta with no major attraction any more.
About an hour before landing, pizza was handed out and guess what...I got the entire pizza of my lovely neighbor. I wouldn't have needed it desperately (I had also brought along some snacks and candy), but I gladly accepted since it tasted real good.
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At 14.15, that is more than an hour before our scheduled arrival time, our descent began. First slowly, than faster and faster, we got closer to the ground.
Guess the airport (kinda close to ATL):
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415277.jpg
Guess the airport (even closer to ATL):
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415294.jpg

The captain came on a second time and announced the landing would already be in 15min from the east. We were already over the Atlanta metro and wow - I had heard a lot about the sprawl here, but what I saw blew my mind. Talk about sprawl at its best and ever proliferating:
Lake Lanier:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415296.jpg
Huge mall in the vicinity:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415301.jpg
Sprawl:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415306.jpg
Huge freeway intersection:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415314.jpg
Guess the airport (really close to ATL):
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415315.jpg
We passed downtown and I had outstanding views. http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415321.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415326.jpg

Bummer that the f/a were very clear about switching off all electronic devices including cameras. But I figured I might have a couple of pictures less in this report rather than spending a night in jail  Wink So what's now missing is pictures of more sprawl  Wink Seriously, I can't believe how much land those subdivisions occupy.
I had hoped to see a plane on parallel approach and I shouldn't be disappointed. Traffic in ATL is just so massive that there are at all times planes landing and departing on all runways. Soon we came closer to the airport and there were enormous parking lots (also getting bigger and bigger - a light rail is also under construction). The approach was kinda bumpy and rough, the landing, however, was very smooth. I was allowed to switch my camera on again which I gladly did.
Air show after landing:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415339.jpg
New colors:
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http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415356.jpg

We arrived at the international terminal. As always I let all the other passengers jump up and stand in the aisle for some minutes while I was relaxing in my seat, watching traffic through my window. That must have gotten me distracted a bit too much cuz an f/a had to remind me to get out - the plane was empty and all the passengers had already left *ooops* Immigration took about half an hour; I had to show 2 fingers, at other windows there were already devices for all 10 fingers which slowed down the process; my officer was neither friendly nor unfriendly - he didn't say ONE word. Alright with me.
My suitcase was already there when I got down to the ground level; customs waved everybody through (I had fresh cheese with me which shouldn't have caused any trouble) and I dropped my suitcase at the belt. Then I passed security, where I had to empty a can of Sprite. Other than that, everything went smooth. Later I found out that I had smuggled the toothpaste from the amenity kit from the Stuttgart flight through security - OMG, I could have blown up the entire airport!
First sight after security:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415377.jpg
Lufthansa from FRA has already arrived, too:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415380.jpg
LOTS of military personnel waiting for flights to Shannon and Leipzig, strange sight at a civil aviation airport:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415388.jpg
Pope arriving in DC at the same time:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415394.jpg
Great plane:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415410.jpg
Major competitor for DL:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415411.jpg
German technology around the world:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415428.jpg
LH going back:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415443.jpg
Just a little bit of ATL's craziness:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415453.jpg


DL 1079 ATL-SMF (almost full)
757-200 N637DL
Seat 43A, Gate E02
Tuesday 4/15/2008: 1954-2152


The flight to Sacramento left from Concourse E so I didn't even have to change concourses, still I had to kill about 4 hours.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415474.jpg

From 5.45 on, planes also started to arrive on the southernmost runway. It's pretty fascinating to watch traffic because at all times there is (more than) one thing going on. Multiple airplanes on approach for 3 runways while several others await their departure on another 2 runways. Plus stuff going on on the tarmac.
Great light at dusk:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415483.jpg
ATL at its best:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415488.jpg
Big day for the airline industry and DL/ATL in particular:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415492.jpg
Nice plane in great light:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415495.jpg

Our flight was delayed a little bit because the turnaround after its previous international flight had taken slightly longer. Boarding took forever on the narrow 757, even boarding by zones doesn't help a lot. I went to my seat 43A with 43B staying empty. We pushed back somewhat late, then went to 07R with sequence number 4.
Boarding:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080415515.jpg

The acceleration on the 757 is phenomenal (even for this full and pretty long flight) and we rocketed into the ATL skies at dusk, with the sun about to set shortly. The flight to SMF took 5h which was incredibly long after the already long journey. I tried to stay awake to fight jet lag which was kinda successful but really hard. There were cities to be seen on the ground but without the air map (a movie was shown, earphones 2$) I had no idea where we were. Not much to say about the flight, we got free drinks and pretzels about 2 or 3 times, some passengers bought food from the b-o-b menu.
We approached SMF passing the city on the north and flying a 270° circle for our landing from the south on 34R. We arrived about 10 minutes late at a very quiet SMF airport. My friend picked me up and we went straight to her apartment near Sac State University.
Sacramento like a bright island in a pitch-black sea:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080417014.jpg

I explored the city, the campus of Sac State and liked Sacramento pretty good! The state capitol (Arnie not apparent ;( ) was a very pleasant sight with great guided tours.
Little fellow on CSUS campus:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080417036.jpg
State capitol:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080417135.jpg

DL 7776 SMF-LAX (operated by ExpressJet) (full)
E145 N17169
Seat 10C, Gate A1
Friday 4/18/2008: 1600-1728


On Friday we flew down to LA to meet up with a friend of mine. The self check-in kiosks are extremely easy to use, a great system. Shortly before boarding the ground attendant came on, announcing that the flight was oversold so that people might be bumped depending on how many actually checked in. I went up to her but she only offered flights the next morning (I had speculated for an opportunity to fly UA and their CRJ700). It turned out that nobody had to be left behind as some people obviously had not checked in.
Boarding was again by zones which was strictly enforced and pretty efficient. The plane was really nice, great blue leather seats and sufficient seat pitch.
Our little plane:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080418014.jpg

We departed on time on 15L and banked to the left right over the city (I don't know why they don't pass the city on a straight southerly routing...).
Downtown Sac:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080418035.jpg
Capitol:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080418039.jpg

The air got hazy the higher we got plus there was nothing at all to see on the ground except for some farms and fields. There is literally nothing there in the central valley between Sac and the LA area.
We got a drink service and a cereal bar, not bad for such a short flight.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080418064.jpg
Descent into LAX began after about an hour, we flew over Thousand Oaks, Malibu, passing LAX on the north…
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080418108.jpg
Incredible, the waste residential areas of LA:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080418116.jpg
USC and the big Olympic stadium:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080418120.jpg
Only single family homes for a city of ~15mio
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080418141.jpg
…and turning in on final:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080418143.jpg
San Diego Freeway:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080418154.jpg
Famous In-N-Out on Sepulveda:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080418163.jpg

We landed right on time on 24R after which a super strong breaking was applied.
California or Australia?
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080418173.jpg

We taxied very fast to Delta Terminal 5 and disembarked quickly. My friend picked us up and we spent 4,5 wonderful days in LA and San Diego.
After a great dinner at the In-N-Out, this wonderful airplane arrived after a 12h flight from MUC:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080418211.jpg
Not a great picture, but still showing the fascination of LAX (driving on the 1 parallel to the runways on our way to Venice):
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080418216.jpg
Venice at its best:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080418223.jpg
Infamous LA traffic:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080419143.jpg

Our trip to San Diego was fantastic, definitely one of the greatest cities! This adds to it…
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080421132.jpg
On the beach in Coronado, there is always some interesting traffic from the nearby airbase:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080421188.jpg
The famous Hotel Del Coronado (Some like it hot w/ Marilyn Monroe):
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080421191.jpg
Passing SAN on I5:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080421267.jpg

Back in LA, downtown, and wonderful weather:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080422051.jpg
Walt Disney Music Hall:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080422084.jpg
Wildlife in the city:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080422114.jpg
Public show while having lunch:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080422169.jpg
The Getty Center, hours before we flew home:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080422186.jpg
Coming back to the parking structure, I had to witness we had a flat tire but fortunately it was really easy to change and the whole thing didn't take more than 15min.

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080422259.jpg

DL 7756 LAX-SMF (operated by ExpressJet) (full)
E145
Seat 7B, Gate 51B
Tuesday 4/22/2008: 1845-2007


Very informative screens:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080422261.jpg

The flight was again very unspectacular, but absolutely decent and overall good. Boarding was again very efficient, still I had to wait in the door/aisle shortly; the one male f/a was chatting with the cockpit crew so I asked if I could take a quick picture - no problem  Smile

Spotted while waiting in the jetway:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080422265.jpg
Still waiting:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080422269.jpg
Flight deck:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080422271.jpg
Animal traveler:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080422272.jpg

I didn't have the window on that flight which was not all too bad since the air was smoggy and hazy and you couldn't see all too much. Departure was from runway 24L, the Embraer aircraft has loads of power and we rocketed off into the sky at dusk. We turned on a northerly routing shortly after departure and I was able to spot Six Flags Magic Mountain near Valencia where we had spent some happy hours on Saturday.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080422285.jpg

Service was again a drink and a cereal bar. I also was offered a second drink which I gladly
accepted. Delta/ExpressJet once more raised their stakes. Landing in SMF was from the north on 16L after seemingly endless minutes over apparently uninhabited farmland; their ain't much of towns and cities north of Sacramento. It had actually rained a bit in Sac so it was kinda chilly when we left the terminal (landing on time).
SMF art:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080422294.jpg

Wednesday and Thursday we were in Sac before we went on a roadtrip over the weekend which lead us via Carmel and the 17mile drive over the Pacific Coast Highway down to San Luis Obispo. We spent the night with my former roommate and had a great time in my old home.

Sutter's Fort in Sacramento:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080423014.jpg
Actors providing good insights into the lift 150 years ago:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080423035.jpg
Dead jellyfish sitting on the beach in Carmel:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080427040.jpg
World-famous Lone Cypress:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080427068.jpg
Pacific Coast Highway:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080427090.jpg
Curvy roads; it takes hours and hours to drive down the coast.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080427144.jpg

On Saturday night we drove up the 101 to Martinez (East Bay) where my other ex-roommate now lives. He took us on his boat on Sunday on Lake Berryessa which was totally awesome and really sunny/hot (as had been Saturday, too).
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080427370.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080427383.jpg

Old Sacramento on the last day:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080428004.jpg
California Railroad Museum; almost unbelievable.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080428014.jpg
The museum is really great, both for railroads on display and Californian history in general.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080428042.jpg
That's me  Smile
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080428065.jpg

DL 1469 SMF-ATL (full)
757-200 N688DL
Seat 40F, Gate A1
Tuesday 4/29/2008: 0630-1403


After two wonderful weeks it was time to head back east. We got to the airport at around 5.30 which was absolutely fine, earlier would have been a waste of precious sleeping time. The airplane sported the new colors which look very good IMO. No winglets, though, unfortunately. Boarding, even though strictly done by zones, again took really long. The plane filled up and I couldn't see one single free seat.
Competitor to Phoenix:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429002.jpg
My ride:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429007.jpg
Boarding at Gate A1:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429013.jpg
Sloooooow:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429015.jpg
Sunrise, next to the ERJ bound for LAX:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429022.jpg
767 later heading to HNL:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429024.jpg
On our way to the runway; WN has massive operations in SMF:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429028.jpg



Take-off was very powerful, the route after departure was similar to the flight to LA: We turned east right after take-off on 16L and got a nice last view of the city.
View west, no towns, just farming:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429032.jpg
Old Sacramento and the railroad museum on the bottom, along with I5:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429040.jpg
The entire downtown area, with the capitol:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429041.jpg
Sac State Campus:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429046.jpg

After a few minutes we already reached snow-capped mountains and the service began which was really good due to the friendly flight crew ("Welcome on our flight to Honolulu). http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429058.jpg
Mountains and deserts somewhere over Utah:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429070.jpg
I had brought food from our yesterday's last visit at the Cheesecake Factory  Smile
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429078.jpg

All in all we got 2 or 3 free beverage services along with free snacks (cookies, crackers). I guess it was a pretty standard domestic flight, but the crew made it really special so the 4 hours of flight time passed by rather quickly. A movie was shown, The Golden Medal (or so) but not many people watched it. I was allowed to have the blinds open at all times throughout the flight which I liked a lot. Our route was announced by Cpt. Mike Scott (F/O Paul Gustafson) as passing Tulsa (OK), north of Little Rock (AR), Memphis (TN), Alabama in the Huntsville area and then straight into ATL. Skies were clear so I got good views of the heartland of America, not sure exactly where though.
Traffic:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429083.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429092.jpg
Small town somewhere in the Midwest:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429103.jpg
Full flight:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429125.jpg
The Mississippi, I presume:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429138.jpg

Then finally I got a great view of the megaport ATL and this time also took many pictures of the urban sprawl east of the airport.

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429216.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429225.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429227.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429233.jpg
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Sat May 24, 2008 5:55 pm



Quoting Gjunnar (Thread starter):
Guess the airport (must be in MA, CT or NY state)

Albany . . .

Quoting Gjunnar (Thread starter):

The famous Hotel Del Coronado

Very cool hotel . . . the view is great, relaxing place to spend a weekend.

Quoting Gjunnar (Thread starter):
California Railroad Museum; almost unbelievable

Been there twice. Very interesting. I particularly like the dining car with each table outfitted in a different railroad's dinner service.


Great report - and pix. Thanks
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Sat May 24, 2008 6:42 pm



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):

Albany . . .

Hey ANC... I'm not 100% sure that's ALB... maybe Schenectady, but I know that shorter cross runway is way shorter than ALB's is and also ALB only military helo's, no fixed wing a/c based there.
Scotty doesn't know...
 
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Sat May 24, 2008 6:51 pm

Hi Gjunnar,

fantastic report, very detailed and with a great mixture of pictures, aviation and non-aviation as well. Very well done!

It is nice to read a report about the only long-haul flight from our home airport STR. Good to see that DL is offering a good product on that route.

Quoting Gjunnar (Thread starter):
That didn't bother me, but I would have liked to see the air show more so that I knew where we where and what to expect down below.

I know that problem. For me, the air show also is the most important programme on a flight - I don't need anything else.

Quoting Gjunnar (Thread starter):
California or Australia?

Wow, four QF aircraft! I didn't know that they are that present at LAX.

By the way: your report ends a bit abruptly. Is it possible that there is something missing?

Anyway, great work!

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Sat May 24, 2008 7:44 pm

Great TR... Really loved the mix of A/C that you got to fly on.

Quoting San747 (Reply 2):


Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):

Albany . . .

Hey ANC... I'm not 100% sure that's ALB... maybe Schenectady, but I know that shorter cross runway is way shorter than ALB's is and also ALB only military helo's, no fixed wing a/c based there.

It's Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY. Those A/C on the lower right hand side of the pic are C-5 of the 105th Airlift Wing and KC-130 of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 (VMGR-452).

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Sat May 24, 2008 9:07 pm



Quoting Contact Air (Reply 3):

Wow, four QF aircraft! I didn't know that they are that present at LAX.

QF have a huge presence at LAX... In the early morning there are usually six 747-400s on the ground. Plus now they fly a daily A330-200 to LAX as well.
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Sat May 24, 2008 9:15 pm



Quoting San747 (Reply 2):
Hey ANC... I'm not 100% sure that's ALB... maybe Schenectady, but I know that shorter cross runway is way shorter than ALB's is and also ALB only military helo's, no fixed wing a/c based there

I didn't look it up, just s swag, runways config looked similar to ALB . . .

Quoting VIflyer (Reply 4):
It's Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY

Believe you're right.  thumbsup 

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Sat May 24, 2008 9:41 pm

Great report and pix, tks.

Quoting Gjunnar (Thread starter):
As Luisa and I were seated in the last window row on the right, there was no meal choice any more so we were just given the Chicken without a comment (which I would have taken anyway). Drink service followed suit and again without a comment both of us were given a bottle of red wine free of charge! Maybe I should've told the f/a that I would have preferred a Sprite, but what the hell

- Interesting, no choice in meal for the last row, get that but I'd expect a choice for my drink! - That said, I'm more than happy with red wine  Smile

Quoting Gjunnar (Thread starter):
About an hour before landing, pizza was handed out and guess what...I got the entire pizza of my lovely neighbor

- You got a good seat mate there!

Quoting Gjunnar (Thread starter):
Little fellow on CSUS campus:

- Great picture!

Regards

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RE: DL Rocks My Socks: STR-ATL-SMF(-LAX) Very Long,Pix

Sat May 24, 2008 10:23 pm



Quoting Gjunnar (Thread starter):
Guess the airport (even closer to ATL):

That would be Gainesville, GA - I've been seeing that airport a lot lately on approach to ATL.
 
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Sat May 24, 2008 10:36 pm

Oooops, something went wrong....here is the missing part to make the TR as long and exhausting as I had announced it





Then finally I got a great view of the megaport ATL and this time also took many pictures of the urban sprawl east of the airport.

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429216.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429225.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429227.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429233.jpg
Trees have yet to grow in this subdivision:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429255.jpg
Sprawl:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429274.jpg
Logistics in the vicinity of ATL:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429296.jpg
Downtown:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429302.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429303.jpg
Interstate freeway seconds before landing:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429309.jpg
Touchdown:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429314.jpg
Interesting aircraft in ATL:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429316.jpg
The famous Renaissance Hotel:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429318.jpg
ATL?
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429322.jpg
ATL!
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429325.jpg
Definitely ATL
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429332.jpg

We landed 20 minutes early at 1.40 and arrived a B33. The landing hadn't been very smooth due to strong winds so the f/a made an announcement to give an applause for the cockpit crew which some people actually did. Then some funny announcements followed, like: Don't forget anything on the plane and in case you do, please leave only stuff that is nice and useful to the crew. The flight crew is based in Orlando and in case you didn't like the flight, "we're based in Phoenix". If you want to complain about anything unpleasant, you can just write it on an old $20 bill....and so on. I wasn't used to the kind of fun on an airplane even though I heard about it from WN flights for instance. I liked it a lot.
Disembarking:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429351.jpg

The staff on the tarmac began offloading the luggage, and it looked kinda funny:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429337.jpg
Many guys, many trucks. Every guy had a small slip of paper, and according to that they unloaded the plane. I understand it can be a tough job but out of the 7 guys the majority just stood around most of the time…
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429343.jpg



This time I had to change concourses so I checked out the entire airport and rode the train the entire length to the E concourse and back to the T concourse. ATL is very efficient I have to say, nothing fancy, but very much suited to handle loads and loads of people.
I did some spotting and basically just waited for my flight back home.

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429355.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429360.jpg
Tunnel connecting the concourses:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429370.jpg
The 757 that had brought me in from SMF:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429381.jpg
Changing planes is really easy in ATL:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429398.jpg
Walking is also an option:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429403.jpg
Just some plane pictures, waiting in the T concourse:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429422.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429428.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429429.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429438.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429444.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429465.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429476.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429481.jpg

A delay of one hour was announced due to the aircraft arriving late. Bummer, I was tired and wanted to get on the darn plane.

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080429412.jpg

DL 116 ATL-STR (~90% full)
767-300ER N156DL
Seat 37G, Gate T34
Tuesday 4/29/2008: 1740-0900 +1


Finally, our plane showed up:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430490.jpg
3rd pilot:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430495.jpg
Boarding begins…
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430505.jpg
The flight wasn't entirely full, actually:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430507.jpg

Boarding started at around 6.10 and we departed from 27R at about 6.30 (2 or 3 planes in front of us in line).
Planes queuing up behind us:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430532.jpg





A 757 departed simultaneously from 26L and headed out west.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430537.jpg

We took a southeast turn and passed the airport south, then heading up north when it already got dark outside.
ATL speedway:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430550.jpg
Shortly after departure, the 767 is also a pretty powerful airplane:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430561.jpg
Route out of ATL:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430566.jpg
On our way back to STR:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430573.jpg

Captain coming on with some more interesting announcements:


I chatted with my seat neighbor, Thorsten from Stuttgart who had passed a 3 week vacation in Costa Rica (air fare roundtrip about EUR700, booked 3 days before departure, again very competitive). The cabin crew announced that (due to the delay?) they would give out one free alcoholic beverage along with the meal service; after that, it would be $5 as always. I chose a Miller Genuine which was pretty good. For dinner, I asked for chicken as did Thorsten, but only one chicken meal was left so I took the pasta thing. It was pretty good, no picture, sorry.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430576.jpg

Eastbound flights are faster due to tail winds, but the flight through the night was long enough still and I couldn't sleep much. I passed the movies which were not what I would have liked to see. I just watched one episode of The Office which of course was hilarious.
The air show was only shown when we had already reached the French-German border near Lahr. We must have got a breakfast then but I didn't take a photo of it and totally forgot what it consisted of but as I wasn't unsatisfied afterwards, it must have been quite alright. Our routing was over the Vosges south of Straßburg, Lahr, hitting Black Forest near Gengenbach.
Nice clouds over France:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430578.jpg
Cabin, only few seats remained empty:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430587.jpg
Lahr airport:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430603.jpg
Village of Herlesries, typical black forest scenery:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430616.jpg
Talsperre Kleine Kinzig, near Freudenstadt:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430624.jpg
Our way into Europe:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430631.jpg
Actually we passed STR airport south and landed from the east:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430637.jpg

Unfortunately I didn't realize we flew north of Reutlingen (which I live very close to) until we had almost passed it, so I haven't taken any more detailed pictures than that:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430648.jpg

Then we saw Metzingen ("Outlet-City", Hugo Boss), the castles Hohenneuffen and Teck.
Metzingen:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430653.jpg
Hohenneuffen:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430663.jpg
"Albvorland", with Owen, Lenninger Tal:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430665.jpg
Burg Teck:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430667.jpg
"Albaufstieg" of the Autobahn 8 Stuttgart-Ulm-Munich:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430674.jpg
Spring in southern Germany; typical "scattered orchards" (Streuobstwiesen):
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430693.jpg
Esslingen am Neckar:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430701.jpg
Festo, one of the many car suppliers around Stuttgart:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430703.jpg
Neckar Valley towards Stuttgart, with the harbor, Daimler factories, the Daimler stadium, Bad Cannstatt:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430707.jpg
Ostfildern Scharnhauser Park, former US base:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430713.jpg
Autobahn 8 shortly before touchdown:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430717.jpg



At 9.50 we touched down and taxied to Terminal 1. Immigration was fast without any questions asked. Baggage claim then was one the same belt with several "Schengen" destinations, so my concerns with customs were relieved as I would just use the "Schengen" exit where there are no customs officers at all My mom already awaited me and in no time I was home.
New fuel tanks being built:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430720.jpg
Typical STR visitors:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430730.jpg
Tail collection:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430734.jpg
Our baggage on the same belt with numerous Schengen flights:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430736.jpg
Last picture of this journey:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080430739.jpg

Verdict: Delta provided great flights at low prices and I have no complaints. Seat pitch was always ok, too. Sure PTVs would be nice and are of course already available in 764s and 777s. After all, I was really pleasantly surprised and will totally choose Delta again.
California of course was awesome, I can't wait to visit again!



I had two more trips since I've returned from Cali, I will just give a brief review of kinda unspectacular domestic/intra-European flights.
Only two days later, on Friday 5/2, I flew to Vienna to attend my sister's wedding. Thursday had been a holiday so many people used the long weekend for short trips, in consequence flights were rather tight. Nevertheless I got a great offer with LH for just 80EUR ($130) on orbitz.com round trip.
So here's just a brief summary of those flights:

LH 3600 STR-VIE (about 60% full)
CRJ200 D-ACLW
Seat 8F (emergency exit), Gate 164
Friday 5/2/2008: 0700-0815


Other than previously listed, not a 700 but a 200 series would bring us to Vienna. A mix of leisure and business travelers used the service today. Two young female f/a came around with a beverage round and a sweet cake. The flight took only one hour and we landed on time from the southeast over seemingly almost uninhabited farmland (pretty much like SMF). Standard intra-European flight, I guess, nothing special, nothing bad.

Not a very full flight today:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080505006.jpg
Schoenbrunn Castle, loads of tourists (as in the entire city):
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080505315.jpg
Me in the castle from an unusual perspective:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080505330.jpg

LH3607 VIE-STR (90% full)
CRJ700 D-ACPC "Espelkamp"
Seat 20A, Gate B32
Monday 5/5/2008: 1930-2040


This flight was delayed due to late inbound aircraft with caused some confusion with passengers on the OS flight to Nice which would use the gate after us. Business class was pretty empty but coach completely full. I was seated in the last row; the noise of the engine was enormous, I would rather prefer a seat in front next time. Again two f/a, one older female and one really young male, who came around with beverages and a cookie. OS seems to provide more service, but for this short flight it was absolutely ok. This time we overflew my hometown of Pliezhausen, due to our delay it was already too dark to take good pictures. We landed on runway 07 and arrived in T1.

Econ was full, biz not:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080505405.jpg
Sunset over the clouds:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080505417.jpg
Pliezhausen sitting on the Neckar Valley, in the last light of the day:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080505424.jpg

Verdict: LH offered a decent product at a very good price. They delivered what I expected and I would fly them again any time.

This week, I then had to fly to Hamburg for a career thing. I chose AB this time as the cheapest carrier at the times that I needed. Both LH and 4U were more expensive so I was looking forward to my first AB experience.

AB6652 STR-HAM (full)
A320 D-ABDL
Seat 1A, Gate 333
Monday 5/19/2008: 0815-0930


I checked in online and chose the very first seat on the plane. The weather in STR was miserable this morning so I was glad the weather was supposed to be good in northern Germany (my first time in Hamburg, btw). The cabin was equipped with slim and very comfortable blue Recaro seats and looked clean and new. Loads of newspapers and magazines were available upon boarding the plane. Three female and rather young f/a were on this flight and came around with drinks and a snack ("Moechten sie eine warme Laugenstange dazu?"). Flight time was only 55 minutes and even before we had reached HAJ our descent started. We landed from the east on runway 23 and parked at the southernmost finger gate. Red chocolate hearts were handed out as a good bye, again a very nice touch of AB. Baggage claim was gonna be in T1 so we had to walk about 5-10 minutes to get there. Other than that, HAM made a great impression on me, I immediately liked it.
The Airbus arriving from HAM:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521048.jpg
People queuing up:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521050.jpg
Company 733 heading to TXL:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521053.jpg
Germanwings also flying to HAM right behind us:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521054.jpg
Much better weather on final for HAM's 23 runway:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521127.jpg
Terminals and apron:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521129.jpg

Later that day, I went back to the airport to relax a bit; great light in the evening:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521138.jpg

AB6662 HAM-STR (full)
A319 D-ABGH
Seat 24F, Gate C03
Tuesday 5/20/2008: 2005-2120


I got the airport already at noon and asked if I could get on the earlier flight back at 4pm, but as it would have cost >150EUR, I decided to wait on the free visitor's terrace which provided good looks. Traffic was plenty this afternoon so it didn't get too boring even though I was really tired.
HAM's greatest visitor (even used to be 345/77W):
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521156.jpg
A300-600ST "Beluga"; Finkenwerder not far…
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521167.jpg

My flight left from Gate C3 and was again completely full, a mix of leisure and business travelers.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521169.jpg

Again, packs of newspapers and magazines were offered and the even friendlier three female, young, and very good-looking f/a also offered drinks and chips or waffles ("Manner-Schnitten"). The captain came on twice and announced information on the route and the like. Flight time was 55min again, our descent started as early as north of Frankfurt. The views on the completely covering clouds with the setting sun were absolutely gorgeous. Landing was on runway 07 on time, chocolate hearts again .

Great lighting:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521175.jpg
Packed cabin:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521176.jpg
Pretty and real nice f/a; the uniforms are also the best I have seen so far:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521195.jpg
Flight route; we landed from the west so we had to flight way west from that point of time:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521211.jpg
The magic of flying:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521214.jpg
I was really excited:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521223.jpg
Last sunrays for the day, then we dived into the sea of clouds and landed shortly after:
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh272/galbrech/pix02/20080521229.jpg

Verdict: My first AB experience has made me a great fan of this airline. I was super satisfied with the entire flights, from online booking through friendliness of the crew. I will try to fly them again as often as possible! Let's hope that their financial situation isn't as bad as I hear it is supposed to be.



Sorry for this very long TR I'm glad you made it through here and I sincerely hope you enjoyed it. Any kind of comment is welcome!

[Edited 2008-05-24 16:10:18]
 
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Sat May 24, 2008 10:56 pm

Thank you everybody for your replies so far!!

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
Very cool hotel . . . the view is great, relaxing place to spend a weekend.

I would love to spend a night or two there, but I'm afraid it's kinda expensive...maybe in ten years or so  Wink

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
California Railroad Museum; almost unbelievable

Been there twice. Very interesting. I particularly like the dining car with each table outfitted in a different railroad's dinner service.

Indeed, I liked that as well. There was also a volunteering guy inside who told me about the different services. You can actually buy some of the china at the museum...

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 3):
It is nice to read a report about the only long-haul flight from our home airport STR. Good to see that DL is offering a good product on that route.

I agree. The product is on par with the competitors I have used so far (and to what I hear about other airlines like LH).

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 3):
California or Australia?

Wow, four QF aircraft! I didn't know that they are that present at LAX.

Sick, right? And these planes spend lots of time sitting on the tarmac...

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 3):
By the way: your report ends a bit abruptly. Is it possible that there is something missing?

I added the missing part. Sorry for that  boggled 

Quoting VIflyer (Reply 4):
It's Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY. Those A/C on the lower right hand side of the pic are C-5 of the 105th Airlift Wing and KC-130 of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 (VMGR-452).

Very good, that's the one. Now I can really see the actual routing (with the help of google earth).

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
Interesting, no choice in meal for the last row, get that but I'd expect a choice for my drink! - That said, I'm more than happy with red wine

Sure, a choice would have been nice, but as DL loses tons of money right now I can see they want to minimize costs whereever possible.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
Little fellow on CSUS campus:

- Great picture!

Glad you like it. Squirrels are dime a dozen in California, but they never cease to amaze me. So cute.

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 8):
That would be Gainesville, GA - I've been seeing that airport a lot lately on approach to ATL.

Thank you for that input. There are quite a bunch of smaller airports in the greater Atlanta area.

Again thanks for all the comments, I appreciate it.
 
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Quoting VIflyer (Reply 4):
It's Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY. Those A/C on the lower right hand side of the pic are C-5 of the 105th Airlift Wing and KC-130 of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 (VMGR-452

Hey, you beat me to it! Ya, flying into SWF is a lotta fun; sharing the jetway with bizjets, C172's and C-5's: not too much like it. Little tiny tower on a hill, too.
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Sun May 25, 2008 12:14 am

Thanks gjunnar for the interesting and very detailed trip report!
Funny to read a TR from another 'Tuebinger' (I am from 'Waldhaeuser Ost' but currently live in Sydney since last July).
I especially like the photos from good old home. When I see them I can´t wait to get back (but only after getting one last dose of Winter in New Zealand  Wink
Cheers,
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Sun May 25, 2008 1:59 am

One of the best trip reports I have ever seen! Great pictures. Glad you enjoyed your flight on DL!
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Sun May 25, 2008 7:58 am

Wow, what an amazing collection of several trips compressed into one report, supported by some nice pics and vids! Of course I was particularily interested in reading about our local airport's only longhaul flight, and I was glad you enjoyed this flight. Delta's longhaul product on this route still seems to be good - I took this route as well, but it's already nine years ago. Thanks taking the time to write this detailed report! Regards, Alex.
 
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Sun May 25, 2008 2:54 pm

Great job! Nice pics too.

Quoting Gjunnar (Thread starter):
there was no meal choice any more so we were just given the Chicken without a comment

Same thing happened to me on my flight FRA-CVG in March. The menu had two options but there was only one available for everyone. In fact, it looks like the same exact meal! Wonder what the deal is.

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Sun May 25, 2008 3:57 pm



Quoting Gjunnar (Thread starter):
Guess the airport (must be in MA, CT or NY state)



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):


Quoting Gjunnar (Thread starter):
Guess the airport (must be in MA, CT or NY state)

Albany . . .



Quoting San747 (Reply 2):


Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):

Albany . . .

Hey ANC... I'm not 100% sure that's ALB... maybe Schenectady, but I know that shorter cross runway is way shorter than ALB's is and also ALB only military helo's, no fixed wing a/c based there.


Scotty doesn't know...

It's Newburgh Stewart Airport, in the bottom right hand corner you can see the military ramp. The C-5s belong to the New York Air National Guard, the C-130s are Marine Corps Reserve.
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Sun May 25, 2008 10:00 pm

Great report and awesome pics.

I always though that Delta has stopped flying into STR.

Does anyone know what the average loads on that flight is?
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Mon May 26, 2008 5:02 am

Great trip report! You asked about the easterly turn after departure from SMF... It's the FROGO SIX DEPARTURE that instructs a left turn to 090 at 600' to intercept the SAC 120 radial.

Also, I think some of the airports you captured near the Atlanta area are Fulton County (FTY) and Peachtree (PDK).
 
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Tue May 27, 2008 8:49 pm

Again thanks for all your comments!

Quoting Spootter10 (Reply 12):
Thanks gjunnar for the interesting and very detailed trip report!
Funny to read a TR from another 'Tuebinger' (I am from 'Waldhaeuser Ost' but currently live in Sydney since last July).
I especially like the photos from good old home. When I see them I can´t wait to get back (but only after getting one last dose of Winter in New Zealand Wink
Cheers,
spootter10

Lucky you to be abroad. My exchange year in California was fantastic and I'm sure Australia will be just as great.
I lived in TUE last year but moved out as I'm graduating in June (went to the Pruefungsamt yesterday to close my credit point account --> will get my transcript/Zeugnis on June 27).
Today we had 30°C, guess Sydney isn't warmer than that right now, huh? Anyway, enjoy your time and maybe see you when you're back.

Quoting JetBlueAUS (Reply 13):
One of the best trip reports I have ever seen! Great pictures. Glad you enjoyed your flight on DL!

Thanks, JetBlueAUS. I wasn't sure if Delta would be able to satisfy me like e.g. BA did, but they were really great. Let's hope the merger will be successful and the new airline as good as the current.

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 14):
Wow, what an amazing collection of several trips compressed into one report, supported by some nice pics and vids! Of course I was particularily interested in reading about our local airport's only longhaul flight, and I was glad you enjoyed this flight. Delta's longhaul product on this route still seems to be good - I took this route as well, but it's already nine years ago. Thanks taking the time to write this detailed report! Regards, Alex.

Thanks, Ndebele. I only found one TR about DL116/117, not very much considering the route has been in existence forever. STR can be glad that DL is such a loyal customer and continues the service. On the other hand, other airports in Germany of comparable size aquired new transatlantic airlines recently (CGN, TXL, HAM, DUS) with Stuttgart not making any progress in that respect. I had always hoped for a second US destination since DL discontinued JFK in 2001, but nothing is on the horizon...
Plus EK won't be allowed to serve STR before 2018 (!), so I'm not too optimistic about new really interesting routes.
Anyway, we can be happy DL is there as they proved to offer a decent product at reasonable prices.

Quoting TwoLz2Rn (Reply 15):
Great job! Nice pics too.

Quoting Gjunnar (Thread starter):
there was no meal choice any more so we were just given the Chicken without a comment

Same thing happened to me on my flight FRA-CVG in March. The menu had two options but there was only one available for everyone. In fact, it looks like the same exact meal! Wonder what the deal is.

Thanks, TwoLz2Rn. Looks like DL really needs and actually do cut expenses somewhere. I won't complain about the lack of meal choices as long as it's something that I'm ok with, such as pasta, beef, or chicken. And at least the f/a on the the flight to STR was really sorry and apologized deeply  Wink
If I want something fancier, I still can choose LX, LH or BA, but probably pay a lot more.

Quoting Oasis (Reply 17):
Great report and awesome pics.

I always though that Delta has stopped flying into STR.

Does anyone know what the average loads on that flight is?

Thanks, Oasis. Delta has continually served STR since 1986, first one-stop due to the short runway in STR. From 1995 on it has been a nonstop service and was one of the very first routes to be resumed after 9/11.
From what I hear the loads are supposed to be very good and the route one of the most profitable of the DL network. I have no numbers to verify, but it definitely seems to be going alright.
One of the factors of success is Daimler and their factories in Tuscaloosa, AL. Another are the US military bases in the Stuttgart area with still a couple of thousand servicemen.

Quoting Modesto2 (Reply 18):
Great trip report! You asked about the easterly turn after departure from SMF... It's the FROGO SIX DEPARTURE that instructs a left turn to 090 at 600' to intercept the SAC 120 radial.

Also, I think some of the airports you captured near the Atlanta area are Fulton County (FTY) and Peachtree (PDK).

Thanks, Modesto2. I still don't really get it what sense it makes to cover the city with the noise of low-flying airplanes...  Wink But for me it was great to get such great views of downtown and everything, so I won't complain at all.
Thanks for the information on the Atlanta area airports, it will help me retrace our way into ATL.
 
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Fri May 30, 2008 2:53 am

Great job on the TR. An enjoyable read.
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Sat May 31, 2008 3:14 pm

Very good trip report with lots of pictures, just the way I like it!
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Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:38 pm

Fantastic trip report, I really enjoyed it. Especially the pics of Southern California, which reminds me of my trip to LA and San Diego that I returned from just last week. Thank you!
 
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Quoting VIflyer (Reply 4):
It's Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY. Those A/C on the lower right hand side of the pic are C-5 of the 105th Airlift Wing and KC-130 of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 (VMGR-452).

No question about it. I have flown out of their commercially on more than one occasion and I know the layout of the apron and runways. Very good picture of it!

Quoting Gjunnar (Reply 9):
Logistics in the vicinity of ATL:

A well-known ATL approach landmark!

Quoting Gjunnar (Reply 9):
Many guys, many trucks. Every guy had a small slip of paper, and according to that they unloaded the plane. I understand it can be a tough job but out of the 7 guys the majority just stood around most of the time…

They must be union guys!!

Quoting JetBlueAUS (Reply 13):
One of the best trip reports I have ever seen! Great pictures. Glad you enjoyed your flight on DL!



Quoting Contact Air (Reply 3):
fantastic report, very detailed and with a great mixture of pictures, aviation and non-aviation as well. Very well done!

I have to concur. This was one of the best trip reports I have EVER read. Very comprehensive with good narrative sprinkled in. I felt like I took this trip with you - those are always the best reads! This was excellent! A+!
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Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:20 pm

Thanks you guys, anykind of feedback always spurs the motivation to write a TR as it is a lot of work.

Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 20):
Great job on the TR. An enjoyable read.

Thanks, DeltaRules. I agree with your user name  Wink

Quoting Mke717spotter (Reply 21):
Very good trip report with lots of pictures, just the way I like it!

Thanks, Mke717spotter. I try to write my report the way that I like to read in other reports. So surely a load of pictures is simply indespensible.

Quoting LHR777 (Reply 22):
Fantastic trip report, I really enjoyed it. Especially the pics of Southern California, which reminds me of my trip to LA and San Diego that I returned from just last week. Thank you!

Thanks, LHR777. Southern California is just a gorgeous piece of the world. Especially San Diego is very close to what I consider paradise.

Quoting Richierich (Reply 23):
No question about it. I have flown out of their commercially on more than one occasion and I know the layout of the apron and runways. Very good picture of it!

Thanks, Richierich. I always try to take photographs of the conspicuous landmarks such as big cities, bridges, airports. Unfortunately, my camera (Fujifilm S5700) is not totally satisfactory.

Quoting Richierich (Reply 23):
Quoting Gjunnar (Reply 9):
Many guys, many trucks. Every guy had a small slip of paper, and according to that they unloaded the plane. I understand it can be a tough job but out of the 7 guys the majority just stood around most of the time…

They must be union guys!!

Haha, something like that  Wink

Quoting Richierich (Reply 23):
I have to concur. This was one of the best trip reports I have EVER read. Very comprehensive with good narrative sprinkled in. I felt like I took this trip with you - those are always the best reads! This was excellent! A+!

Thanks a lot for the kind words and the great mark (I never have gotten an A+ before  Smile )
 
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Fri Jun 13, 2008 5:37 pm

Great detailed report! The pics of LAX, downtown L.A. and Venice Beach are waking up memories to my weekend trip to LAX in 2005.

I especially enjoyed your pics about the road trip. Such a great country!
Thanks for sharing.

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Sun Jun 15, 2008 7:22 pm

Thanks, Stefan. I would have included many more photographs of my trips and activities there if the report hadn't already been way too long  Wink
 
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Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:19 am

Great trip report. I really love long and detailed reports like these. Many people are making them short and right to the point thanks for having a detailed one. Sadly I'm working on a long and detailed one of my trip to China but MY COMP CRASHED so I lost all my pics and vids.  Sad Hopefully they will be recovered.
 
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Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:34 pm

Hey thanks Navymmw.

Quoting Navymmw (Reply 27):
I really love long and detailed reports like these. Many people are making them short and right to the point thanks for having a detailed one

I could have made it even longer but that might have pissed off others that rather like the shorter reads. Glad you like my style. There will hopefully be many more trips to the US for some more long long reports.

Quoting Navymmw (Reply 27):
Sadly I'm working on a long and detailed one of my trip to China but MY COMP CRASHED so I lost all my pics and vids. Sad Hopefully they will be recovered.

Man, that's a bummer. Keep my fingers crossed we will get to enjoy your TR with those pictures. A lot can be done to recover lost data!
 
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Quoting Gjunnar (Thread starter):
Guess the airport (kinda close to ATL):

AVL-Asheville, North Carolina...

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Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:10 am

Great TR! U need to travel more!
 
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Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 29):
AVL-Asheville, North Carolina...

Thanks Tom. Hadn't thought it'd be that far from ATL.

Quoting Akeytravel (Reply 30):
Great TR! U need to travel more!

Don't we all! But thanks, Akeytravel, I will try to follow your advice  Big grin
 
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Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:08 am

First of all, great trip report. My big question is when did DL start boarding international flights from terminals other than E? I lived in Atlanta for several years up to 2001, and last transfered internationally at ATL in 2003 (I avoid DL like VD). I remember even in 2003, they were still running domestics from E in the afternoon and evening because there were plenty of free gates. Terminal E is fantastic for international flights, but putting them in other terminals can't be optimal (every terminal other than E is quite the bummer)! I had no idea there was customs and immigration available in T! Or is the plane towed in from E?

Wow, things certainly changed in five years.
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Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:16 pm

Thanks JCS17 for your reply.
As this was a first time for me @ ATL, I have no information about what it was like once. You're right that there is no immigration in the T concourse (or in any other that I have seen); our plane was tugged in from E or maintenance. There were a couple of other flights to Europe depart from T, maybe the planes having a domestic sector before the jump across the pond. I couldn't really find a big difference between E and the other concourses, all looked pretty much the same to me. I guess it's different for a local...
Oh, and you should consider giving DL a 2nd chance. I was overall very satisfied with what I got for my money.
 
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Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:41 pm

Glad you had a great trip! I've always enjoyed my trips with Delta.
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Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:58 pm

Amazing pictures and very, very good report! The pictures are just stunning, great job!
 
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:36 am

Thanks you guys for your kind replies, I appreciate them.

Quoting UltimateDelta (Reply 34):
Glad you had a great trip! I've always enjoyed my trips with Delta.

I wasn't sure what to expect of DL as I had never used their services. Now I am pretty much a fan of the airline and hope that they'll manage to become profitable again.

Quoting Stylo777 (Reply 35):
Amazing pictures and very, very good report! The pictures are just stunning, great job!

I'm certainly not a great photographer and my camera ain't very good. Thus I'm really flattered by your comment!
 
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Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:36 pm

This was truly a brilliant report. A great read, thank you very much for putting all the effort into making it.

When I first started going through the report and I reached the section where you had just taken off, I was surprised to hear that Delta was making announcements in German...then I scrolled over STR and I realised that it was Stuttgart, not Strasbourg as I had originally thought! Being an idiot, when I had read "Stuttgart is Mercedes city" I simply said to myself that it was interesting that you mentioned it since your flight was from Strasbourg! Silly me.

Incidentally, I had not noticed that DL operated 767-300ERs with the 6 doors + 2 window exit configuration, I thought they all were in the 4 doors + 4 window exits. I just cross checked this on airfleets and found out that the two tail numbers you mentioned were ex-Gulf Air aircraft that Delta acquired used in 1997.

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Quoting Gjunnar (Thread starter):
Incredible, the waste residential areas of LA:

Did you mean vast?

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So was Luisa good looking???
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:30 am

Hey thanks AirxLiban for your comment.

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 37):
Delta was making announcements in German...then I scrolled over STR and I realised that it was Stuttgart, not Strasbourg as I had originally thought!

Hehe, that's funny. And incidentally I just happened to take a trip to Strasbourg last Wednesday, what a great city! Then again, there's still so much German (language, culture, histroy) present in Strasbourg and the border is close that it actually could make sense to make announcements in German on flighs out of SXB too.
But of course DL does not operate out of SXB.

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 37):
Incidentally, I had not noticed that DL operated 767-300ERs with the 6 doors + 2 window exit configuration, I thought they all were in the 4 doors + 4 window exits. I just cross checked this on airfleets and found out that the two tail numbers you mentioned were ex-Gulf Air aircraft that Delta acquired used in 1997.

You're absolutely right, there are not too many 763 with the 6+2 configuration in DL's fleet. Interesting to read where these particular planes have been operated before.

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 37):
Did you mean vast?

Of course you're right here. Actually there are a couple typos in the text, but unfortunately a.net doesn't let me edit the text.

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 37):
So was Luisa good looking???

Actually she was really good looking! I had such a great time talking to her, eating her food, learning about her Colombian home. And we still keep in touch via email.
I asked her if I could take a picture of her (which didn't turn out well) but you will understand that I'm not gonna show it here...
 
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:54 am

Great trip report - thank you.
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:42 am

Thanks Pumaknight. Any such comment really motivates me to contribute more trip reports in the future.
 
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Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:13 pm

great TR!
Loved it!
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Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:19 am

Hey thanks. Glad you enjoyed it after such a long time of it being posted  
 
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Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:48 pm

Thanks for a great report, Gjunnar! Wonderful pictures as well! Surprised that DL does not have PTVs on the international 763s but meals look good and service seem to be okay. Great pictures from Sacramento and Los Angeles.

Looking forward to your next report!

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