I had received a decent amount of money for Christmas, and I had narrowed my spending choices down to two: 1) 16GB iPod Touch, or 2) iPhone. I was having such trouble choosing between which I was going to buy. I decided to give up thinking about it for the night. I got on to the A.net Trip Reports Forum, and started reading some of the TR
's. I saw one that said, "Daytrip." It was at that point when I had made a sudden, unexpected final decision; I was going to forget about the flashy electronic devices and take a flying trip.
My first routing choice was on an American Airlines 757-200 flying DFW
, and then United via ORD
on ERJ-145, and Airbus A319. This planned travel date was January 31. I had all of these flights picked out, and on-hold reservations with each airline. I decided to bring up the topic with my parents. It didn't go as well as I had planned. I'm sure you can probably all answer/guess right to what they had said would go wrong because they pretty much told me what everything is that "WOULD GO WRONG" as they put it the whole time they were shooting the idea down. Then, my dad comes up to me the next morning and asks me if I wouldn't mind him tagging along because he had slept on it, and decided it would be a fun thing to do. He told me we couldn't fly on January 31 because one of his assistants had already asked that day off. He told me to look at January 24th. To my surprise and pleasure, I found a more complex, more fun routing for us to take. After getting the go ahead from him, our final routing was DFW
on Delta, and STL
I woke up at 4:30 am and packed my bag, my mom told me to take lots of great pics (which I think she was pleased.) We left the house at 5:10 am and were on our way to DFW
. Early in the morning, it's about a 30 minute drive to DFW
, but we stopped at a Wal-Mart to get packages of gum since it would be expensive in the airport.
We arrived at DFW
at about 5:50 am. We parked our car in the 1-Hour Parking at Terminal B, and easily made it through security at the B30 checkpoint with Delta boarding passes. To my surprise and relief, we didn't have SSSS typed on our tickets. I had thought we might since we were flying a 757 to Atlanta, one-way, no checked bags, etc. When we showed our Delta Boarding passes to the TSA
agent, he looked at us funny like he wondered why we were over here. He didn't bother to ask and sent us right through. Security was a breeze. After in the secure area, we immediately went up to the DFW
Skylink station at Gate B30 to go over to Terminal D. I wanted to see some of the heavies that had just arrived from South America. There were definitely lots of people in the Custom's Hallways arriving in DFW
. Other than that, Terminal D may have been the most quiet of the 4 Terminals I walked through. There were about 3 departing flights that I saw, and they were very empty it seemed like. Nashville and Miami on AA
, and an MX
A318 to MEX
. I'm sorry I didn't get any pictures of Terminal D. I wasn't really thinking about it at the time. After Terminal D got boring, we rode the Skylink to Terminal C where there were somemore early AA
flights departing. Here is where the pictures start.
gate ropes at Gate C12
gate area at Gate C12. A flight to SFO
was the next to depart.
Here are a couple of pictures from the Skylink headed from Terminal C to Terminal E.
Here is N648DL in DFW
, preparing for a departure to ATL
in about 2 hours.
The end-wall of Gate E14 at DFW
1) Delta 1916
Load: About 50%
Right as we arrived from walking from the Skylink station, the automated gate system called for Zone 4, so I hurried up to take that Delta wall picture, and cut some Zone 5 people to get on the plane.
Boarding the plane
We left the gate about 6 minutes before scheduled, and were on our way to ATL
Inside the cabin during the safety video
My view out of 37A, and a side view of N648DL preping for an ATL
During pushback, the safety video was still being played while engines started. This pic might look a little foggy, but thats actually the smoke from the PW
January 24th was a North operation at DFW
. Runway 35L was having work done on it, so we taxied across it, and left on Runway 35C.
Taxiing to Runway 35C
2 American Eagle EMB-145's and a Continental Express EMB-145 taxiing and holding at Runway 35C ready for departure to Cleveland
A look back at Terminal E with N648DL in the distance as we hold for Runway 35C.
A look at Delta's old hangar, now AA
Holding for an arriving AA MD
And with this picture, I was thrown to the back of my seat during the typical powerful 757 takeoff
See you tonight DFW
Within a minute after takeoff, we were in the clouds
The cabin in the clouds
About 4 minutes after takeoff, we were through the clouds
Climbing to FL390
Within minutes of the seatbelt sign being turned off at FL240, the Delta Horizons video came on. And in-flight service began.
Cabin with the show 10 Items or Less playing on the screens
My meal. Pardon the kleenex in the top left corner (just now saw that there)
No ground was visible until we descended through FL040 on approach to ATL
Spoilers being deployed as we make a rather fast/rapid descent into ATL
Coming through the clouds close to ATL
Views of warehouses seconds prior to touchdown in Georgia
We lumber over I-75
Seconds after that, we touch down rather hard onto Runway 26L in ATL
Some planes as we taxi into Gate A17
We disembarked the aircraft quick and expiditiously.
A 767-300 preping for a departure to PBI
One of Delta's 738's in new colors and winglet equipped
A Delta 757 taxiing past
A Delta logo board put over a painted wavy gray logo
Korean Air 747-400's 3 and 4 engines
Preping for an on-time departure to ICN
The following pictures are of Delta's first 777-200LR, The Delta Spirit
New to Atlanta, and New to Delta
A Delta 763 loading up for Lagos, Nigeria
The Korean Air 744 rotating off of Runway 27R with a long flight ahead of them
A view of the Atlanta Terminal North from Concourse T
Interstate view from Concourse T. I-20 goes home to Dallas.
1) Delta 1626
Boeing McDonell Douglas MD
We arrived at Gate A32 for our flight, and boarding hadn't yet started, but began about 5 minutes after we arrived. We were in Zone 4, and boarded the aircraft within 10 minutes.
-88, N997DL waiting for us at Gate A32
My view of a Pinnacle CRJ-900 that pushed about 5 minutes before us
No more CRJ-900 next to us
Cabin during final boarding process
Taxiing to Runway 26L
KLM A330 taxiing to Concourse E moments after touching down in ATL
's control tower with an MD
Delta's Hangar, Famous sign, and Delta's fourth 737-700
After a notoriously loud, and fast takeoff... I saw this water tower in the city of East Point, Georgia
What airports are these? I know one must be Peachtree DeKalb Airport
The JT8D engine just 2 rows behind me
View Tennessee from above
Inflight on our MD
Rear galley of the MD
The Mississippi River
After making a slow descent into STL
crossing between Missouri and Illinois many times, we made a hard landing on Runway 30L. I'm sorry, I didn't take any pictures of the snacks on this flight since I had someone sitting next to me. It was the exact same except I wasn't given the can. Kudos to Delta! All of my flights with them were early arrivals. They have clean airplanes, leather seats, tasty snacks, etc. I will always fly Delta if given the chance.
Delta's score: 9.5/10
I will finish the United part soon.
Happy flying to all!
[Edited 2009-01-25 13:04:50]