Lambert747
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DL: ATL-LAS ~ (Many Pictures)

Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:19 am

Background

Atlanta to Las Vegas, as part of a two leg trip originating at New York.JFK.

Cost

$173.00 One-Way including JFK-ATL segment

Observations of ATL

Something definitely has to be said for the brains that run the Delta Air Lines engine. Atlanta as many on here have argued over time and time again is the without a doubt busiest airport in the USA. Be it for passenger traffic, be it for aircraft movements, Atlanta takes the cake. The airport has a very good and robust selection of places to dine and spend time while between flights. Perhaps the greatest setback of the Atlanta Airport is the crowds of people that I am sure do not allow people to sleep while in between flights.

The airport transportation system that connects all of the concourses runs very smoothly and without a doubt stomps on similar passenger moving systems in airports at ORD, DFW, IAH, among others. One of the things that I was most struck by was the array of passengers. For example on our Las Vegas flight we had passengers that had arrived from Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Santiago, Buenos Aires, and even African markets. The current mix at Atlanta cant help but to remind people of the days gone by of air travel where you literally saw people from all continents pass by. Delta has the right recipe, and by the looks of things Atlanta is not hurting for passenger traffic.

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Lone Delta MD-88 sitting at T concourse

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AA MD-80 awaiting a flight to DFW from T concourse

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A concourse looking at T concourse and the 767-300 I arrived from JFK on

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Delta 767-400 preparing for LAX

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Delta MD-88 arriving into A concourse

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Delta 767-400 preparing for FLL

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Delta 757-200 preparing for SNA

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Delta Connection CRJ preparing for MSN

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Delta 757-200 preparing for RSW

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Delta MD-88 on taxi-in from LGA

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Delta 757-200 on taxi-in from PBI

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Delta Connection CRJ on taxi-in from MKE

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Delta company traffic



The ATL-LAS Flight

Delta Air Lines
Flight 1085
Boeing 767-300 (Domestic Configuration)



Scheduled Departure: 11:15am
Pushback: 11:38am
Gate Return: 12:12pm
Final Pushback: 1:30pm
Final Take-Off: 1:54pm

Scheduled Arrival: 12:35am
Actual Landing: 2:38pm
Actual Gate Arrival: 2:44pm

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Our ship to LAS as DL# 1085



Pushback was delayed a few minutes as we had some late boarding passengers, and some passengers that just plain thought the airline works around them. We taxied more than slowly I even ended up falling asleep for a few minutes. Somehow the time went by and I woke up as we were still on the ground. I was thinking to myself that this has to be one of the longest taxis ever (barring JFK and LGA). Within moments the Captain came over the speaker and announced that the number 2 engine was not starting and that we would have to return to the gate. He was both apologetic in voice as well as concerned. We pulled back into the gate and were immediately told to pull down the window shadows to relive the 90F weather outside of the aircraft cabin. The Captain made another announcement that we would not be able to turn on the air as the problem was the starter with the engine.

In the interim and within minutes the Flight Attendants started the AVOD system as well as an on the ground water service. I was taken back by the fact that so many other airlines do nothing. While Delta Air Lines faced with a problem was insuring that the passengers were both comfortable and feeling welcomed. After a few more announcements the Captain thankfully announced that the starter was replaced and we were good to go. I can tell you in all of my years of flying I have never seen a 767-300 power up with such force down the runway. That force was fierce, in an odd way it was like I was a child all over again, and the massive power of the DC-10.

The flight overall went smooth. Nothing to complain about as the crew should be commended for both excellent service and a more than welcoming atmosphere. At one point during the flight the Flight Attendants played a game in which everyone donates a dollar and the person who guesses the combined age of the 6 Flight Attendants gets the money. Well the end result were passengers in I believe 26G and 34G who both guessed the grand total of 275 years. This yielded each of the passengers who won a sum of $44. I cannot again express my gratitude for such a commendable, professional, and service oriented crew. The arrival into Las Vegas was met by the typical turbulence, and mad dash to the baggage claim.

Previous Trip Report:

https://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/134225/
JFK-ATL ~ DL
15 September, 2008

https://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/134060/
LAS-EWR ~ CO
10 September, 2008

https://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/130017/
SMF-LAX-PSP ~ UA
8 July, 2008
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RE: DL: ATL-LAS ~ (Many Pictures)

Thu Sep 18, 2008 12:08 pm

once again superb TR. i didn't know that it is allowed to gamble on the plane unless they are installed on a PTV.

cheers: DALelite
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RE: DL: ATL-LAS ~ (Many Pictures)

Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:38 pm



Quoting Lambert747 (Thread starter):
Something definitely has to be said for the brains that run the Delta Air Lines engine. Atlanta as many on here have argued over time and time again is the without a doubt busiest airport in the USA. Be it for passenger traffic, be it for aircraft movements, Atlanta takes the cake. The airport has a very good and robust selection of places to dine and spend time while between flights. Perhaps the greatest setback of the Atlanta Airport is the crowds of people that I am sure do not allow people to sleep while in between flights.

I agree - Part of the reason why I love living in GA is so I can travel through the ATL airport. And not only is it the busiest in the USA, but the world as well.

Again - loved your TR's and especially the last two since they were in ATL. Great reads! Thanks!
 
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RE: DL: ATL-LAS ~ (Many Pictures)

Fri Sep 19, 2008 1:18 pm

Thank you for the trip report. I cashed in some Delta miles recently for an upcoming trip from SWF-ATL-LAS. A couple of questions: (1) does Delta charge a fee for the FIRST checked bag, or does that remain a free service? (2) On my return flight, because of a radical change in Delta's schedule at SWF, my layover in ATL is six hours!! Is there anything to do at the airport, perhaps a movie theater? As stated above, I have always had a good experience at Hartsfield Airport - the transportation system between terminals is great, and the staff is extremely helpful.

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RE: DL: ATL-LAS ~ (Many Pictures)

Fri Sep 19, 2008 1:52 pm

ATL is a great place for plane sightseeing.

Quoting Lambert747 (Thread starter):
Perhaps the greatest setback of the Atlanta Airport is the crowds of people that I am sure do not allow people to sleep while in between flights.

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