Depart: 12:15 PM
| 12:10 PM
Arrive: 7:45 PM
| 7:10 PM
Boeing 737-800, N3764D
Takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V30hvar0o_8
Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4AbwdiHfBo
I booked this routing for this trip for a couple of different reasons. I have never been to DTW
and thought it would be fun to do that route on a DL
737. Going through DTW
also gave me the chance to get on a DC-9-30, which will be retired by the end of October. It has been a long time since I have been on any kind of DC-9, but figured if I had the chance to get on a -30, I can’t pass it up. The other reasons for booking the way I did was because of cost, it was the least expensive, it gave me the most miles, and I like to fly, so why not?!
The night before I checked in online and paid for my bag. The bag I have is one I could probably cram into the overhead bin if I really tried. In reality it is too big and I rather not buy a new one right now. I also want to get some pictures after I am through security, and that is hard to do with a bag.
I arrived at the airport and proceed upstairs to the Kiosk where I am asked about taking an earlier flight. Both options send me through SLC
and prevent me from getting on the DC-9-30. The change would cost $75. I stick with my booked flight.
The security line is the longest I have seen it at T2W when I have been traveling. It was halfway back to the pedestrian bridge. It was about a half hour wait from this location.
After clearing security I looked around the terminal and took pictures of the second to last AM
departure from San Diego and a few others around.
After walking down to the Delta gates I asked if they knew what the BOB options were. If it sounded good, I would buy that on board. The menu I was given did not appeal to me, so I decided to go with a California Pizza Kitchen pizza.
My plane arrived a little behind schedule from Detroit, but with a long turn time, it was not going to affect our departure time. Shortly after my flight arrived the 737 from MSP
arrived and made a quick turn.
Around 11:45 AM
they started boarding 2848 with the first three zones now being for first class and those of different priority. I board with zone four and take my seat in 25A.
I was happy to see that I had the only empty seat in the plane next to me!
We pushed five minutes early and the safety briefing on the PTV started.
As we taxied out the captain told us we were number three in line and with a well timed taxi we never had to stop at the end.
After takeoff we make the standard left turns on the Boarder Five Departure.
Not long after we were at FL350 the flight attendants handed out menus and offered headphones for $2. After completing that they started snack and beverage service. As usual I took a Coke with the Biscoff.
I looked through what was on TV
and stumbled across Top Gun. As I watched I read a few magazines to pass the time. About an hour before landing a second beverage service was offered with snacks again.
Around 6:40 EDT the engines are pulled back and we start our descent into the Detroit area. We dodge some clouds on our descent and fly through what looked like a dust cloud.
When we touched down on 3R
it felt like we shifted to the left. In GA
it would be a bad crosswind landing, but not sure why it felt that way in this case. After turning off of 3R
it was a rather lengthy taxi to gate A66. We pulled in 35 minutes early where we quickly deplained.
N610DL, the former Breast Cancer Awareness plane, now it is just another DL
Second to last AM
departure from SAN
This 737 would be my ride to DTW
Arriving from MSP
The Wifi logo at the boarding door.
A number of destinations are advertised on the PTV before we push back.
North Island and Lindbergh Field
Depart: 8:45 PM
| 9:17 PM
Arrive: 9:41 PM
| 9:51 PM
Douglas DC-9-30, N8978E
Takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvVuxt68VlQ
Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6yNvgzU7RE
After disembarking I had some time to look around since we were early.
My first impression was that the terminal was very nice. I would have to agree with what many say about the terminal. As I looked around though, I discovered what I had hard about, the dots on the windows. They are everywhere!
These dots are not visible until you get close to the window and once you get closer it is clear that you can not see through them at all and there is no way around them. They are so annoying and so small and everywhere. I did not find a single piece of glass that did not have these perfectly round gray dots on the window. Why would someone do this? It is a form of cruel and unusual punishment. It would be like frosting windows at an office building. You can’t see out the windows for anything.
After I realized that I would not be able to take many pictures I decided to try and find something to eat. After walking around a bit I saw a Popeye’s Chicken and figured I would try that. I waited in line for 10 minutes and watched a line of three people not move. Nobody waited on any of the three people in front of me and nobody received their food despite a large amount of cooked chicken waiting to be served. So I left and found a Coney Island place and grabbed a sandwich there. Overall I thought food selection was limited. There are a number of sit down places to pick from, but not many fast food or quick places to eat.
At 8:40 PM
they announced that we will be delayed because we were waiting on flight attendants that were arriving from Chicago and told us that we could expect to board around 9:00 PM
At 9:05 PM
we start to board and it goes quickly due to a light load and small aircraft. As I step onto the DC-9-30 that was delivered to Eastern in October of 1968 I could not help but feel as if this classic knew that it was starting its final summer of work. This seasoned workhorse had the smell of regular coffee and Jet A penetrated deep into these walls. Do not get me wrong, it was a great smell. The cloth seats and older style lighting date the cabin, but fit the aircraft perfectly and to be honest I would not have had it any other way.
As I took my seat I noticed the difference in size of the engines to that of its younger sibling, the MD
-80. They are noticeable smaller, or at least they appear that way as I can see over the top of the engines when looking behind them.
At 9:17 PM
we push back and the engines spring to life. A quick taxi to 3R
has us in the air in 10 minutes and we are on our way.
The buzz sound that I love on the MD
-80 series can not be found on the DC-9-30. The buzz is replaced with a more powerful roar. One very noticeable thing on the DC-9 is that the engines are out of sync! I looked a few times to my right expecting for the guy next to me to say “sync those engines!”, as it is what my CFI said a few times while working on the multi.
On the climb out we make a turn to the east on our hub hopping mission to the Twin Cities. We are treated to the last few minutes of sunlight that the day has to offer. The sound of out of sync engines are complimented by the old style rotating strobe light. Instead of a flashing strobe these roll back and forth, just as the beacons do. It is fitting for the aircraft.
After we got to cruise beverage service starts. I take the same as before, Biscoff and Coke. This time I receive the entire can. The single FA
working the Y cabin worked quickly and quietly to allow those to sleep who could manage do so over the roar of the JT8Ds next to me.
The flight was smooth and like many things, went too quickly.
We started our descent over Eau Claire, WI
. We made a left downwind for 12L and made our base turn over downtown Minneapolis. As we turned I was able to look back and see the lights of Target Field. As we continued to turn, I could see the Minnie and Paul sign lighting up, meaning the Twins had beaten Baltimore!
We continued our approach to 12L and made a soft landing followed by the thunderous roar of the JT8Ds. On rollout we heard a loud bang. Not sure exactly what it was.
A quick taxi had us into C2
just 10 minutes behind schedule.
On my way out of the aircraft I was able to get a picture of the cockpit. As I disembarked from the DC-9 and step into one strange world. First, they have replaced the carpet at MSP
and in my opinion it looks bad! I prefer whatever was there before. Maybe it will grow on me.
The second thing that really catches my eye is the rebranding to Delta. I knew about this, and expected to see it. I have even seen pictures. But when you step off the plane it is strange. For my entire life this place has been RED. Everywhere! Concourse C has forever been a sea of Red tails lined up, and the PA system was clogged with pages for Northwest passengers and final boarding calls. It might not have helped that it was as if we flew through a time warp and I was expecting to see the Langoliers – this place was a ghost town.
After I got off the plane I went up to the Observation Deck to get a picture of the last DC-9-30 I will ever fly on.
After getting my picture I head down to baggage to find my bag waiting for me. I now find myself into uncharted territory at MSP
in the Lindbergh Terminal, finding the rental car facility. I know generally where it is, but finding it can be confusing (ok, not really). You go down a level, take a tram before going up three floors!
A close up of all those dots.
The following day it is time for one of the reasons I made this trip, Target Field!
Gate 34, Kirby Puckett gate.
Right Field just after you enter
From the upper deck
Minnie and Paul sign in CF
Twins win! Beat the O's 6-0!
Downtown Minneapolis from I-394.
Two days after my first game at Target Field I met up with a friend who was able to give me a tour of the Delta North buildings/hanger. Very cool to see everything.
It rained most of the day, but the game vs. the White Sox was still on, so it was time to head back to Target Field!
I love this view from these seats!
Kevin Slowey, not his best night...
It was cool, but GREAT to be outside!
Delta 3087 (Mesaba Airlines)
Depart: 3:10 PM
| 3:12 PM
Arrive: 4:21 PM
| 4:17 PM
Canadair CRJ-900, N936XJ
Takeoff Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghqt2sYyHTg
Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSTZlaWvdik
A few months ago MSP
made the announcement they would be renaming the terminals. The main terminal, Lindbergh, would be Terminal 1 and the smaller Humphrey Terminal would be Terminal 2. They are spending something like $1.5 million on rebranding road signs and advertising making people aware of the changes. What a waste, I refuse to call either terminal 1 or 2.
Before heading to the airport I had a few things to do around the Cities. One of them included lunch. Knowing what I know about the airport, I know there are a good number of options of places to eat, however I wanted to go to a Potbelly Sandwich Works one more time before leaving town. I do wish they would expand to the west coast!
After dropping the car off I proceed down three flights to the tram that quickly takes me to the Lindbergh Terminal. I check my bag at the counter they have downstairs since there is no line.
I am offered the option to upgrade to an earlier flight, but that is not what the plans call for today.
Now I need to go up two floors to the ticketing and security area. The security line is not that long, which I am a little surprised to see. I get in line only to see that it will grow quickly.
They have two lines open, but only one metal detector for people to walk through. The TSA
people here are in NO interest in moving things along. The guy in charge of directing people through the metal detector thought it was necessary to tell everyone they need to make sure their bags have gone onto the conveyer belt before walking through. He also thought he, and him alone, needed to tell people that were just picking up bins that they need to take jackets off, put laptops into the bins, etc.
It took 25 minutes to get through a line that should have taken 10 minutes at most. It was frustrating.
Once through security it is noon and I have lots of time to look around. I start by going to G Concourse and looking around. I can not get used to the Lindbergh Terminal being Delta Land.
I have not been in this terminal since October 2007, and I really do enjoy the terminal. The layout is easy to navigate, it looks nice, the windows are free of dots and they are CLEAN!
After walking through G Concourse I proceed to F and walk down to the end. As I am walking down the Concourse I see an Alaska Airlines 737 arrive to an F gate. I did not know where they were flying into before, but interesting to see that DL
is handling them and it was a codeshare flight to SEA
. I guess one reason it is so strange is because they never served MSP
when I lived in MN
…so its just different.
I continue on down F and wait to see the 763 (my favourite type) from LAX
arrive. This is one of the things about this merger and this trip I can not seem to grasp the reality of. You have to understand that 767s never showed up at MSP
when I was growing up. Never! Nobody operated the type there; Northwest never operated it and I have not been there when the Paris flight was switched to a 763ER.
After watching the 763 land I proceed to the E Concourse. I wanted to go to the end to see what had become of the Delta gates. One of them is now a Midwest gate, and the other two are not in use by anyone. It is sad to see in some ways, but DL
does not need anymore gates.
After a quick walk through of E I head up to the Observation Deck above the D Concourse.
I had been waiting a long time to get the pictures I took up there of the C Concourse. There was a little of everything. A few Airbuses in the On and Up, a DC-9-30 in the nwa Silver scheme, and an MD
-90 in the Colors in Motion scheme. This is something else that just looks very strange. I honestly have no idea what it is like to Northwest employees, especially the long time ones to see such things. All my life this was all Red Tails on this concourse with the odd duck being America West at the end.
The Observation Deck lives up to its expectations and delivers a lot of variety and consistent action. The surprise of the afternoon was a 747-400 that landed on 12L. My understanding is that this does not happen. I know that domestic DC-10’s that would go to MKE
would depart on this runway, but don’t think I have ever seen a heavy land on it.
After watching my dad’s flight arrive I decided to go meet up with him and head to our gate, C20.
At 2:45 PM
boarding for our flight started with fist class and other important people. Shortly later the rest of us are allowed on and I take my seat in 17D.
The first thing I notice about the CR9 is the windows are high up. The windows on the CRJ are low, and you have to bend down to look out. With the CR9 you almost have to look up to see out. The base of the window was very high.
The other thing I notice is the that you do have more room. It is a larger Barbie Jet. Nothing too special, not sure how long I would want to ride on it, but it is a larger version of its sibling that does not cram you next to your neighbour.
We push back a few minutes behind schedule and the FA
introduces the crew. She uses first names for the pilots, something I did not like at all. “Co-pilot Brad” ?? Just does not strike me as professional. I also noticed that Mesaba does not disclose who they are! All they told us is that we were on “Delta Connection” and nothing about Mesaba. SkyWest does let you know that they operate the flight.
We taxi over to runway 17. I have landed on this runway before, but never departed on it. We follow out two MD
-90s to this runway and depart right after them.
The CR9 sounds much like the CRJ and we accelerate quickly. We pass by the Ikea and Mall of America as we depart. Quickly after that we are into the clouds.
Once we are in the air it is announced that we will not be receiving any beverages due to the short flight.
Hold on here! The flight time is 51 minutes, and there are 76 people on this plane when we are full, there are two FA
’s, one working the forward cabin and the other in the back. And we can’t get a beverage?!
Southwest does it on SAN
-Bay Area – sometimes twice!
starts walking down the aisle with a bottle of water and offering it to everyone. Every person takes a cup and she goes through the bottle quickly. She ends up making five trips back up front to get a new bottle. After this she hands out peanuts to everyone, and then comes back through with more water for whoever wants it.
So she did in a way serve the cabin. Why not get the beverage cart out, throw the nuts on there and just do the service?!
Shortly after the “service” we start our descent into Omaha. It is not long before we are back into the soup and hit a few bumps on the way down.
We break out just below a 1,000 ft or so, and make a nice landing on 32L. We pull into A3
and quickly disembark.
My bag is waiting in the baggage office, so I assume it took an earlier flight and once again did not fly with me and instead took an earlier flight.
The check in counter in the lower level. I have always liked the location of these counters, easy to check in here.
The main floor of the ticketing area.
N501US, in the On and Up scheme
Anyone know the N number on this? Or exactly what type it is? I have a guess, but do not know for sure...
Chester at MSP
763 from LAX
gate, now Midwest...soon to be F9
/RW? Or will they move it? And more of that ugly carpet!
Lots of RJs
I know many on a.net do not like the Saab in the On and Up, but I do, I think it looks good in it.