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Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:53 pm

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Routing for the first report of my new Dead Hubs series.
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Dead Hubs 1: Delta Air Lines First Class on the McDonell Douglas MD-88, McDonell Douglas MD-90, and Airbus A320, West Palm Beach International Airport, West Palm Beach, Florida, Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport, Covington, Kentucky, Memphis International Airport, Memphis, Tennessee, Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida, and Delta Air Lines Sky Clubs: Delta First Class,Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBICVGMEMMIA

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FOREWORD
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In September 2014, just around the beginning of my senior year,, I began talking to another high school senior 932 miles north of where I live--in CVG, or Covington, Kentucky. We talked for around a month before she asked me if I'd like to see her, and I thought "No way, she must be joking...." However, she was not joking--and, after "meeting" her parents through Skype Video Conference, as well as her subsequently talking to my parents through the same medium, I was booked on tickets to CVG. But, under my suspicions of past...infidelity from teenage girls, I bought fully refundable first class tickets.

And, for once, I was forced to make use of them.

Yes, she bailed. Decided she didn't want me in her life--no problem! Many other fish in the sea.  

However, I still had refundable tickets to CVG and still wanted to visit the airport, but, thankfully, I didn't have to fly a dreadfully boring FLL-ATL-CVG-ATL-FLL--my tickets were refundable and therefore all fees waived for changes! With that in mind, I set my sights on FLL-ATL-CVG-MEM-ATL-FLL--but then I was like, wait, Colby, you haven't flown out of West Palm Beach since 2006! And what if you flew out all the way on the top of south Florida from PBI and return on the bottom at MIA? What about Memphis? With a boatload of questions in mind, I dialed Delta Air Lines reservations and got a nice lady on the line. I usually start out with some sort of corny joke like Way back in the 1980's A.D. and before I was born, Memphis was a hub for Northwest which instantly garners a hearty laugh from her. After considering my options, she changed FLL-ATL-CVG-ATL-FLL to PBI-ATL-CVG-ATL-MEM-ATL-MIA and wished me luck on my trip. Six flights in one day? Count me in! 

What was NOT refundable, however, was the dayroom at the Cincinnati Airport DoubleTree by Hilton hotel that I booked for us--I was, and still am, inexperienced at booking lodging accommodations! I missed that somewhere it stated that my rate was NRF. However, looking at the about 2-hour-and-45-minute layover between ATL-CVG and CVG-ATL, I decided that I'd make an effort to get to the hotel room so my $300 wouldn't go to waste, even if I risked missing my connection.

Finally, a bit of a word on Palm Beach International Airport (IATA: PBI, ICAO: KPBI) -- I hadn't used the field since January 2006. On a much, much, much delayed LAX-ATL flight, my family missed our connection in ATL on the 11:00 PM redeye to FLL. However, it turns out that there is an (or was) an 11:45 PM redeye to PBI, 42 miles north of FLL. In PBI, all I remember from my drowsiness were some carpeted ramps leading to baggage claim (past TSA) and orange leather chair gate-side seating. Google maps told me a drive from FLL is only 52 minutes to PBI, but I'd soon later find out that I had vastly underestimated the distance.........


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Distance between the thrice of commercial airports in South Florida as shown by GCMAP. MIA is the largest, FLL is the second largest, and finally PBI is the smallest. Even though Google Maps said it was a 50 minute drive and GCMAP stated it was only 42 miles, I was still in for a shock. Read on...  

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- Yes, I'm fully aware that Delta Air Lines still considers CVG to be a "hub", and that such a "hub" is still profitable as reported by "recent earning reports".

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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:56 pm

KPBI (Palm Beach International Airport) ✈ KATL (Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (The William B Hartsfield / Municipal / Candler Field)

    Airline: Delta Air Lines
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # DL
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # DAL
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign DELTA
    Airline Flight Number: # DL688
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : McDonnell Douglas MD-90
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N953DN, formerly with China Southern Airlines as B-2250 as of November 12th, 2004, formerly with China Northern Airlines as B-2250 as of July 26th, 1996
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # 9253
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: July 12th, 1996
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 18.7 Years Old as of October 19th, 2014
    Aircraft Test Registration: B-2250 (People's Republic of China)
    Aircraft Config: F16W15Y129, formerly F12Y145 with China Southern Airlines as of November 12th, 2004, formerly F12Y145 with China Northern Airlines as of July 26th, 1996
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : 53523
    Aircraft Line Number: # 2143
    Aircraft Delivery Date: To Delta Air Lines as N953DN: January 26th, 2011, to China Southern as B-2250: November 12th, 2004, to China Northern as B-2250: July 26th, 1996
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x IAE V2525-D5 High Bypass Turbofan Engines
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: OWNED by Delta Air Lines
    Meal: Beverage / Refreshment Service
    Cabin: Delta Air Lines Domestic First Class
    Seat Assignment: 4A
    A/C Equipped with IFE: No
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: Yes, GoGo Inflight Wi-Fi available for purchase
    Airline Flight Date: October 19th, 2014
    Boarding Call Time: 6:20 AM EST, October 19th, 2014
    Boarding Zone: 1, PREM, Sky Priority
    Departure Time: 7:00 AM EST, October 19th, 2014
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway C2, Concourse C, PBI
    Arrival Time: 8:47 AM EST, October 19th, 2014
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway B24, Concourse B, ATL
    Time Aloft: 1 hour 47 minutes (107 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 460 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 31,000 Feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 546 SM | Planned: 654 SM | Flown: 573 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : PBI TBIRD1 SHEDS ORL J81 VQQ ONYON1 ATL


FLIGHT DATA SOURCE (S):

1. PlaneSpotters.Net Airframe Data

2. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data

3. FlightAware Live Flight Tracking Data

4. The First & Business Class Experience | Delta Air Lines

5. Palm Beach International Airport - Palm Beach County Florida - Palm Beach County Government


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Arriving (sleepily) into PBI, the ticketing hall seemed to be just as drowsy as I was (hence sideways pictures in some instances) and almost no airline staff were present. Seizing the opportunity, I was the first (and only) person to use the "Carry-on Only" check-in lane and then began photographing the various areas of the ticketing area and pre-security mall.

As I said in the foreword of this report, PBI is the smallest of the three South Floridian commercially-serviced airports, and thus has suffered a ton of cuts as a result of industry-wide consolidation and downturn of the economy following the September 11 Attacks. It doesn't help that FLL is only a mere 42 miles to the south and offers not only many more destinations, but also low, low fares. Recently, however, due to a surge of northeastern folks moving down to South Florida, low cost carriers Southwest and JetBlue have significantly expanded their presence at the field--B6 with seven scheduled and WN with eight (4 SKED, 4 SEAS), making them the two largest carriers at PBI when factoring both scheduled and seasonal destinations into the equation.

Unfortunately, fares still remain high to this day at PBI, and most non-hub service is only seasonal. Plus, F9's service to DEN is being cut on April 28th, 2015, disappointingly...Nonetheless, PBI is still a great deal nicer than FLL, and you'll see why in the following pictures.

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PBI's single-room ticketing hall. Pueblo tiling and wood accents create a bit of a homey and comfortable feel.

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Interesting Delta ticket counter layout here. Note the list of SkyTeam carriers by the Delta banner, I hadn't noticed that before. Also, the kiosk asked me to give up my first class seat on all six flights, despite seats remaining in all the premium cabins on every flight (one remained on this PBI-ATL flight)....I had to decline unfortunetely, on account of all my tight connections in order to fit six flights in 24 hours.

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Huge wicker chairs with floral / palm print cushions and pueblo tile, doesn't get much more Floridian than this!

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Plaques near the parking garage elevators detailing the history of the airstrip.

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All the usual players for a small, seasonal Florida airport...except...

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PeoplExpress was a very much maligned startup based out of Patrick Henry Field, Newport News, Virginia that commenced operations on June 30th, 2014. Notice how at no point did I refer to PeoplExpress as an airline, because they are not an airline. All of their flights were operated by Vision Airlines (V2), using one 737-400 (N745VA) and one 737-300 (N732VA). After burning through most of their startup capital, one airplane was hit by a servicing truck, and the next had to have an engine changed (but there was no money left to pay for it), all flights were "suspended" on September 26th, 2014, stranding thousands around the eastern seaboard of the US. The service coordinator, PeoplExpress, promised service would return on October 16th, 2014, but later rescinded the announcement with no set date of service resumption. On November 12, 2014, PEOPLExpress was evicted from the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport due to non-payment of Passenger Facilities Charges of US$100,000, and it was evicted completely from the complimentary office space that the PHF airport authorities provided them on January 23rd, 2015. At the time of writing (mid-February-2015), there has been no official announcement regarding resumption of service, and the company's telephone support line at 844.4FLYPEX (844.435.9739) has been disconnected.
The first image was taken during their 90-day run, the second was taken on the day of this flight (October 19th, 2014), three days after service was supposedly "resuming". The signage and other such PeoplExpress items have removed from PBI as of late January 2015.

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PeoplExpress still listed on the Concourse signage, which has since been removed as well.

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Getting some updates posted to PeoplExpress "Suspends" Service Through Oct 16 (by wjcandee Sep 26 2014 in Civil Aviation) (the reply I posted about PBI here) on my Lenovo Y50.
The splash page for the airport Wi-Fi advertised Frontier's new nonstop service to Denver, which didn't work as well as they planned, I suppose, because F9 is cutting DEN-PBI-DEN effective April 28th, 2015. Still, Beginning of November 2014 - Beginning of May 2015 was a pretty good run, don't you think? They're also keeping IAD-PBI-IAD and TTN-PBI-TTN.

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Like FLL, PBI was an all CO station before the merger. UA has done a pretty good job removing all the Continental logos and stickers, but feint traces such as this bag-tag reminder still remain.

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Enough airline trivia and onto the niceties of PBI.   The massive pre-security atrium boasts several restuarants, a very large putting green, a shopping mall, and an art gallery along with massive ceilings to complete the welcoming "Florida Beach Village" ambience. Better than FLL, do you think?

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I've seen putting greens in various Delta Sky Clubs before, but never as large as Sam Snead's in PBI, with its little faux water hazards and bunkers! Have a round of putting before your long flight! ...Maybe another day...

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The massive retail / dining center at the opposite of Sam Sneads and the pre-departure seating area. Unfortunately, it is 4 AM EST and everything is closed, but it reaffirms my opinion that despite the smaller size, PBI is much nicer than FLL. Read, DXB: Size =/= Luxury. Also, in the second picture, notice the pleasantly flowing fountain under the two lit yellow pavilions--the dripdripdripdripdripdrip was very calming for a nervous LPDAL trying to stuff as many flights into a day as possible!  

Even after my extensive photography of the pre-TSA area, security was still not open (one of the main disadvantages of arriving this early in the morning) so I bought a coffee from the nearby Starbucks stall and listened to some music while I waited. After TSA finally opened up, I discovered my previous dim-awareness of the carpet ramps in PBI was indeed correct! I had previously read that there was no Sky Club in PBI, so I wandered throughout the straight concourse looking for a place to sit. Until, however, I stumbled upon a Sky Club! Strangely, the official PBI website at the time listed no airline lounges at the airport. After the agent swiped my Sky Club membership card, we had a brief conversation about Airliners.Net and FlyerTalk, before I got a table and sat down to have a small breakfast before boarding my flight.

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An unexpected Sky Club here in PBI.

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VERY similar looking to the FLL Sky Club, right down to the "Service from the Heart" Mosaic.

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A very warm and welcoming seating area, with very soft chairs.


The Palm Beach Sky Club seems to have its own book club! If only I had a book to give...next time, I'll bring some aviation-related titles to leave for others to enjoy.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3936/15561762846_23e081b123_c.jpg
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Delta recently upgraded the Sky Club food selections in 2014, adding a bit of "real food" to all Sky Clubs nationwide and abroad. For breakfast, this includes three types of cereal, yogurt, pastries, English Muffins, hard-boiled eggs (protein   ), and fruit salad. For lunch...Well, that's later!  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3956/15424154528_965312223f_c.jpg
Usually, taking the case off my phone and pressing it up against the glass allows me to take a glare-free shot of the ramp from the airline clubs hither and yon during early morning departures, but it does not seem to work here. From what I can tell, I think this is a 717 being refueled by the truck near the left wing.

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Walking over to my gate to board the usual South Florida to Atlanta hop.

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Unfortunately, my gate, C2, is the only gate without windows... :{ So that meant that the only view of my ride, Delta MD-90-30 N953DN, would be from this tiny emergency exit door window. N953DN was originally delivered to China Northern in mid-1996, passed on to China Southern in late 2004, and finally found a loving home with Delta in April 2012, entering into service after an extensive series of modifications to the interior in July of the same year.

Boarding was slowed a small bit by a stunning seven (!) wheelchair passengers with only two Eulen America ground agents to assist them, so by the time first class was called to board, I was more than ready to sit down.

Inside 4A, which I had chosen as it is the best first class seat for views of the inboard slats and wing profile, my seatmate seemed to be in a kerfuffle. She was very annoyed at someone she was speaking to on her phone, which she explained to me was AT&T trying to get her on an international data plan as she was flying PBI-ATL-MAN. I gave her a little impromptu IT support, and she ended up purchasing a good plan at a decent rate just as boarding for economy began.

I'm always amazed how Delta mainline flight attendants manage to get a full round of 16 first class pre-departure beverages out even in airplanes such as the MD-90 where, even if the gate agents hold coach class passengers at the gate for a couple of minutes to give the first class cabin crew a breather, it is, or appears to be, at least, very difficult for them to get these drinks out with a parade of passengers seeking their seats in the rear end of the aircraft. I'm quite impressed by their ability to not only pour cocktails, but subsequently manage to hand them out without spilling them (most of the time, F/As, just as much as other people, should NOT be expected to be perfect) in a timely manner. Thumbs up, DL.

The chief purser on this flight is a total southern sweetheart, genuinely caring for her passengers up front and taking our beverage orders in advance on the ground. Just after she finished writing the last of our orders down, she grabbed the P/A and begun the safety announcement as the rampers pushed us out from the gate. Taking off from PBI was a bit surreal, as PBI is pretty much a near 80% GA airfield, so there were a lot of hangars lit up and little puddlejumpers scuttling about near our MD-90 as we lined up with Runway 28 Right and blasted off towards the Everglades Conservation Area, making a steep right bank to the north for our short early-morning hop to Atlanta.

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Boarding the MD-90.

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The MD-90's first class cabin is pretty much the same as the MD-88.

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My seat, 4A. Delta has removed all bulkheads from the Maddogs and replaced them with faux cloth sheets. This gives the three Economy Comfort seats an insane amount of legroom (think near 45").

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I just love these little waters that Delta places at each first class seat, very handy when you're thirsty after dashing from gate to gate......  
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Taxiing past an United Parcel Service A310. Unfortunately, my phone did not want to cooperate and kept focusing on the raindrops.


Blasting out of West Palm Beach International Airport past the rather short runway 10L.

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Climbing to our average-for-this-flight cruise altitude.

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Cruise.

Service on this flight was the normal Delta short-hop standard, with a few passes of the snack basket filled with Biscoff cookies, pretzels, peanuts, pound cake slabs, bananas, and chocolate interspersed with the occasional drink run. When I ordered a mug of hot coffee, it was delivered to me in a styrofoam cup, which seems to be a trend with Delta. While I don't find the taste to be anything different than java served in a porcelain mug, Delta may want to watch out for the Korean Nut Lady V2....Maybe the Korean Styrofoam Coffee Businessman? I kid, I kid.  

After a short coversation with my seatmate about her business in Manchester, I politely excused myself, reclined all the way back, and bent the winged-headrest into place before finally lulling into dreamland to the feint sound of the barely-audible distant engines. I wouldn't have much time during most of my connections in ATL for the day to visit the Sky Club or nod off in rest, so every little bit counted. I only woke up to the sing-song voice of the purser saying something like "I'm so sorry sweetie pea, may you please bring your seatback upright for landing?" I looked out the window, and I think she had let me sleep as long as I could based on our altitude when I woke up, before I had to un-recline my seat. Touchdown was pleasantly gentle, and we taxied into Concourse B for an one-minute-early early arrival time.

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Snack basket, round one.

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Some "double-double" coffee to wake me up for a morning of traveling, and a continental breakfast from the snack basket.

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Turning to start out approach into ATL.


Turning onto short final to line up with the proverbial ATL approach.


Short final, almost there...


Touchdown, spoilers deploying under the blanket of a beautiful Georgian sunrise.

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Taxiing in ATL, no day is ever without action at this place. Nonstop takeoffs, pushbacks, servicing aircraft, you name it. Also note the hump in the middle of the runway.

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Delta, Delta, and more Delta.

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Taxiing in beside a younger sib MD-88 N905DE on our way into our assigned gate in Concourse B.

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Pulling into our gate, B24, next to a very sharp-looking 757-200 N683DA.

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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:57 pm

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I've written before how, in traveling to and connecting through Atlanta so many times, it has become a bit of a challenge to find new and amusing things to do in ATL (I'd much rather go to other hubs such as....CVG, DTW, JFK, LGA, MSP), so I was glad the kind Delta agent booked me a nice, comfortable connection of about an hour so I wouldn't have to wander throughout the airport to find something new to do during my connection. The last time I was in ATL for my Sarasota-Bradenton report: Delta First Class+BusinesElite FLL✈ATL✈SRQ✈ATL✈FLL, I compared all four of the airline lounges in ATL. This time however, I was a bit exhausted and really wanted to get to CVG ASAP, so I decided to head to my departure gate to see if I could find anything interesting happening in the vicinity during my short layover.

However, after glancing at the nearest huge FIDs, I discovered that my gate was on the complete other side of ATL in Concourse T, and I was currently standing in B! Given the time, I always elect to walk rather than take the plane train to stay fit and healthy, so I huffed it all the way to CCT and up the maze of stairs and escalators to the jetway level. Upon reaching the top of the concourse, I discovered that the concourse was still under renovation and is particularly....basic in the American Airlines section (very, very little windows--no fun for spotting planes at all) but a little cleaner over at my gate of T4. I bided the few minutes of time I had left by spotting and gazing at the intense avian activity going on in and around the airfield.

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This FIDS monitor didn't switch, so at the time that I took this picture there were more flights to Cleveland (which I visited in this report, also on DL+FL through ATL back on March 8th, 2014: AirTran Business Class Delta F FLL-ATL-CLE-ATL-FLL) than Cincinnati, which begs the question, how many daily roundtrips are on ATL-CVG-ATL and ATL-CLE-ATL each?

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Trying not to get run over, pickpocketed, or stampeded as I make my way to the Plane Train walking tunnel to stretch my 19-year-old legs.

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Spotted this halfway through my walk, looks like someone is going to have some sleeping troubles. I had a blue one a few years back but could never make it work for me--it always felt like the pillow was constricting my neck rather than helping me sleep.

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A ramper chills for a bit in the not-too-freezing Hotlanta weather while I snap pictures of nice Delta adverts.

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Heading to the gate to board my first flight up to CVG.
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:57 pm

KATL (Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (The William B Hartsfield / Municipal / Candler Field) ✈ KCVG (Covington / Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport / Greater Cincinnati International Airport)

    Airline: Delta Air Lines
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # DL
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # DAL
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign DELTA
    Airline Flight Number: # DL2011
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N932DN, formerly OH-BLE with Blue1 as of December 18th, 2007, formerly SE-DMF with Nordic Leisure as of July 7th, 2006, formerly SE-DMF with Blue1 as of March 26th, 2006, formerly SE-DMF with Nordic Leisure as of June 23rd, 2005, formerly SE-DMF with SAS Scandinavian Airlines at delivery as of October 16th, 1996
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # 9232
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: August 1st, 1996
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 18.6 Years Old as of October 19th, 2014
    Aircraft Test Registration: -NULL-
    Aircraft Config: F16W15Y129, formerly Y166 with Blue1 as OH-BLE as of Decmber 18th, 2007, formerly CY141 with SAS Scandinavian Airlines as of October 16th, 1996
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : 53457
    Aircraft Line Number: # 2138
    Aircraft Delivery Date: To Delta Air Lines as N932DN: March 17th, 2011, To Blue1 as OH-BLE: December 18th, 2007, To Nordic Leisure as SE-DMF: July 7th, 2006, To Blue1 as SE-DMF: March 26th, 2006, To Nordic Leisure as SE-DMF: June 23rd, 2005, To SAS Scandinavian Airlines at Delivery: October 16th, 1996
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x IAE V2525-D5 High-Bypass Turbofan Engines
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: LEASED from SAS Scandinavian Airlines
    Meal: Beverage / Refreshment Service
    Cabin: Delta Air Lines Domestic First Class
    Seat Assignment: 3A
    A/C Equipped with IFE: No
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: Yes, GoGo Inflight Wi-Fi available for purchase
    Airline Flight Date: October 19th, 2014
    Boarding Call Time: 8:59 AM EST, October 19th, 2014
    Boarding Zone: 1, PREM, Sky Priority
    Departure Time: 9:39 AM EST, October 19th, 2014
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway T4, Concourse T, ATL
    Arrival Time: 11:00 AM EST, October 19th, 2014
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway B6, Concourse B, CVG
    Time Aloft: 0 hours 59 minutes (59 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 461 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 28,000 feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 375 SM | Planned: 447 SM | Flown: 504 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : ATL SUMMT8 VXV JAKIE3 CVG


FLIGHT DATA SOURCE (S):

1. PlaneSpotters.Net Airframe Data

2. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data

3. FlightAware Live Flight Tracking Data

4. The First & Business Class Experience | Delta Air Lines

5. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) - Kenton County Airport Board

6. Questions About Cincinnati And Memphis For Writeup - Travel, Polls, and Preferences Forum - Airliners.Net

7. CVG Isn't A Hub Anymore, If You Believe DL - Civil Aviation Forum - Airliners.Net

8. Big Announcement At CVG Today (1/28) - Civil Aviation Forum - Airliners.Net

9. DL Significantly Downsizing CVG - Civil Aviation Forum - Airliners.Net

10. Rumor - DL CVG Mainline F/A Base To Close In 2015? - Civil Aviation Forum - Airliners.Net

11. The Future of CVG - Civil Aviation Forum - Airliners.Net

12. Frontier to Add Flights at CVG - Civil Aviation Forum - Airliners.Net

13. I need information on the former Delta Hubs at Cincinnati and Memphis for a report - Delta Air Lines | SkyMiles | FlyerTalk Forums

14. MTM Cincinnati: Why Is Cincinnati Airport In Kentucky? - Edged in Blue - EvilJWinter - Wordpress

15. DETAILED HISTORY
From Humble Beginnings...to an International Hub - Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport - Kenton County Airport board - Web Archive


16. Delta Air Lines Strengthens Domestic Hubs, Offers Customers More International Choices with Winter Schedule - Delta Air Lines News Archive - Delta Air Lines Newsroom - Delta Air Lines - Web Archive

17. Cincinnati hub is shrinking - AJC Business - Atlanta News

18. CVG-lost-half-of-all-flights" target="_blank">Why CVG lost half of all flights - Cincinnati.com

19. Delta further reduces operations at Cincinnati hub; 840 face layoffs - Cleveland.com - Associated Press Business Staff

20. Comair to Cease Operations- Delta Air Lines News Archive - Delta Air Lines Newsroom - Delta Air Lines

21. Low-cost and major airlines see growth at CVG - News - Cincinnati.com

22. Allegiant Air adding more Florida flights at CVG - News - Cincinnati.com


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Walking up to the gate area, I was a bit confused but glad to see the sweetheart purser standing behind the desk--would she be working my next flight as well, I wondered? After I overheard some conversation between the G/A and her while standing at the nearby window taking pictures on N932DN, it turned out that yes, she would be working my ATL-CVG flight as well! Whoopee! 

I was expecting, given the usual nature of ATL gate lice, that boarding would be a bit of a harrowing, unorganized mess, however, my prediction turned out to be wrong; the gate agent did a very good job of enforcing the boarding groups. As soon as I walked down the jetway and saw the glasses-brunette-southern-sweetheart standing in the L1 doorway, she said "Oh, hi again sweetie! Welcome aboard!" You could really tell her smile was genuine, and not being forced upon her by an overzealous human resources department, which is what I like to call good service.   She was genuinely happy and excited to be a flight attendant, unlike some others who are locked into their seniority and just treat it as a paycheck, oh well...

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My ride up for the mid-con hop today to CVG would be an MD-90, but thankfully it was N932DN, a MD-90 almost as old as me (18.6 years, I'm 19) that wore no less than six liveries with four European carriers in Scandinavia before being delivered to Delta on March 17th, 2011 after an extensive interior modification and refurbishment program. Note in the first image, another Maddog is taking off right behind mine.  

Walking up to the gate area, I was a bit confused but glad to see the sweetheart purser standing behind the desk--would she be working my next flight as well, I wondered? After I overheard some conversation between the G/A and her while standing at the nearby window taking pictures on N932DN, it turned out that yes, she would be working my ATL-CVG flight as well! Whoopee! 

I was expecting, given the usual nature of ATL gate lice, that boarding would be a bit of a challenge, however, my prediction turned out to be wrong; the gate agent did a very good job of enforcing the boarding groups. As soon as I walked down the jetway and saw the glasses-brunette-southern-sweetheart standing in the L1 doorway, she said "Oh, hi again sweetie! Welcome aboard!" You could really tell her smile was genuine, and not being forced upon her by an overzealous human resources department, which is what I like to call good service.   She was genuinely happy and excited to be a flight attendant, unlike some others who are locked into their seniority and just treat it as a paycheck, oh well...

Luckily, this purser is the exact opposite of that concept (one of the sweetest I've met, to be honest), and after she finished handing out the initial round of pre-departure drinks, actually came back to converse with me! She asked why I was going to Cincinnati, I told her I had always seen CVG on the route map but never visited it and showed her my six boarding passes. She laughed with a "Honey, that is oftentimes more flights than I work in a single day! You must really love flying!" But of course! I wish I could somehow fit eight flights in a day! Gotta live while you're still young, I say.  

Boarding soon concludes and the aforementioned purser does the non-electronic safety briefing with the oxygen mask, seatbelt, safety card, and the usual host of airplane safety equipment as we push back and taxi to the active runway. ATL's control tower was seemingly using a couple of the runways for landings, and the other two strips for takeoffs, near the wide-open gargantuan hangars of Delta's TechOps MRO facility. Our runway for takeoff today would be 26L, one of the north runways that has a bit of a severe dip, so I as hoping we'd have a fast, thrilling throttle-up roll down the pavement. And that we did!  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3933/15424325657_9542ac7c06_c.jpg
Same exact first class cabin, except for this one appears more worn.

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Same legroom as well, about 6"-7" free space right in front of my growing knees.

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I forgot to mention these nice-looking diamond bulkheads and refurbished overhead passenger service units. Just goes to show that Delta can pretty much take any old airplane and make something new and exciting out of it.  
Luckily, the weather looks nice and cool in Cincy, but not so cool that I can't feel my ears.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3939/15424726960_dbdfeb2374_b.jpg
Of course, the benefit of having a repeat flight-crew is them knowing your personal preferences--the sweet purser keeps me well caffeinated from the beginning.

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High up in the sky, an aircraft creates some thick contrails, perhaps using ATL as a NAV waypoint?

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A rattling A330 takes off right over us as we push back from the gate.

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My dad got to use the Maddog's rear boarding stairs / emergency exit when a jetway broke down, but I still haven't. Lucky man...I wish to be successful as him one day, just haven't told him yet.  https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5603/15401598059_303bd9d7ba_c.jpg
Taxiing out of Ramp 1 at ATL to join the congaline of aircraft departing and landing on runway 26 left. While not as close to the ground as the post-merger Delta DC-9-50s (which I'm still unsure of whether I caught one post-merger due to my heavy Delta flying before I got really into aviation), as you can see here it is still close enough to touch from a standing position. Also, the brand-new looking AA Airbus A319 went tech due to hydraulic problems with the spoilers, unfortunately.

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A wingletless 752 unsheathes her reverse thrust translating sleeves right in front of the Renaissance hotel, which I'll probably end up staying in sometime.

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And her twin sister departs just as she is arriving.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3937/15564513196_25d91f16ca_c.jpg
"Two reds, two whites, and you'll be alright!" Just one of ATL's ten VASIs, or Visual Approach Slope Indicator, which helps pilots determine if they're on the right spot on the glideslope for landing, ensuring they don't land too short or too far down the runway.

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Here you can clearly see how steep the grade of runway 26 left is while we wait for our turn to thunder down the ramp into the blue Georgian skies.

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Blasting past where I had been just mere minutes before, Ramp 1.  https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5615/15588998562_d8eca54bfc_c.jpg
Whoa, that's a ton of cars. Is that the rental car lot or the public parking lot?

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We turned north to trek to Covington as soon as we had left the far outskirts of Hartsfield.

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At first, I was a bit bummed that we didn't get a parallel SODROPS takeoff (or whatchamacallit) but this MD-90 soon appeared, flying parallel to us before banking away and presumably flying south.

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Feeling a bit "MD-90-Artsy" while we make a series of turns.

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This is honestly the cutest and awesomest little house I've ever seen--a nice farm house, a little runway (is it closed or just private? Why the X's) and an adorable little barn to park a C172 and C208 together...Unfortunately I'm pretty sure it is owned already. :'[ Does this airport have a GA small-field code?

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The rather sleepy first class cabin in this McDonell Douglas during our short climb to cruise.

As I said before, having a flight attendant on a successive flight right after the previous one on your itinerary is more of a treat than you might imagine: first, the flight attendant already knows your preferences, so they'll know how to pour that perfect mug of Joe just the way you always take it, or the perfectly-balanced cocktail to get you ready for a bit of rest. Second, they are more personal in their service, which makes it all the more better. Third, if you're lucky and have a really, really good flight attendant, like this one, she may even take some time out during the flight to come back to you and/or your seatmate and regale you with a story. I never thought I'd say this, but I was kind of distraught when I heard that she would be going right back to Hartsfield after N932DN turned around in CVG.

ATL-CVG is actually shorter than I imagined, normally clocking in at just under or over one hour on a good day. Thus, I was rather surprised when I felt the airplane pitching down just after a couple passes of the snack basket and a few drink services, with my new flight attendant friend announcing our initial descent into Cincinnati. Given Cincinnati is in Ohio, and Covington is in Kentucky, I was a bit confused on the airport's actual location. I paid for a few hours of Go-Go Inflight Wi-Fi and surfed to Google Maps to find out.

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As I suspected, CVG is entirely in Kentucky in the northeastern tip of the state, with the Ohio River between the nearby borders of Indiana (left) and Ohio (right), with the state limits represented by a gray dashed line dividing the river in half.

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This time I surprise the kind purser by ordering only a simple glass of water to start out the service with.

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The woman across the aisle asked the purser if my seatmate was okay. Yeah, he was just snoozing the entire flight, not caring a bit about the snack or drink service.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3946/14990171663_7ebfc148e6_c.jpg
Oh my, those new apple muffins were to die for, (just like the Brownie Brittle introduced a month later), and the nut, fruit, and seed granola bars were decent as well. Kind brand, right?

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A huge cloud blanket covering up a large chunk of land in the Midwestern United States.

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Noooooo!!! It is too early to descend!!! :[

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I spot civilization poking between the layers of the cloud cover!  https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5603/15401989268_09c4849811_c.jpg
There's CVG! There's CVG! There's CVG! Look, you can even see the tiny yellow airplanes of the DHL hub across from the 90-degree intercepting the runway, ma! https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3941/15586623392_5d089ea3d2_c.jpg
Slats down, let's do this!

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The unique "Pilot's Halo" combined rainbow and shadow formation clearly makes out the distinct profile of the McDonell Douglas MD-80 series aircraft.


We flew right past the airport and into Ohio before making a sweeping left bank to line up with the active at CVG.

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Sorry for the terrible picture, but this was the best (and only) shot I got of the Cincy skyline.

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Long final, showing the beauty of the Midwestern United States during the October Fall season.

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Wow, this place is insanely beautiful during the fall! I never expected such a dynamic vista of color-changing fall trees on short final like you see above! https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3941/15424706560_040a4882e2_b.jpg
Almost to CVG, and you can see the Cincinnati skyline jutting out in the distance at the right center of this image.

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Touchdown, spoilers deployed and reverse thrust pulling us back to a safe taxi speed.

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Turning off the taxiway, I get my first view of yet another new airport for me: CVG!!!   Here is the view from our MD-90 when we passed by the hustling and bustling DHL hub. I have to say, I really appreciate that DHL steps out of the norm and paints their aircraft all sorts of whacky and fun colors such as taxicab yellow and firetruck red.

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The first side I see of the passenger terminal it looks a bit empty at 11AM...But at least the architectural style is unique.

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I have to say, besides DTW (and the lineup of Comair CR2s in the desert after their bankruptcy, though I only saw that on A.Net pictures), this is probably the largest lineup of regional jets I've seen at a Delta Air Lines hub airport.

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Taxiing into the B Concourse at Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport.

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Pulling up into Gate B6.

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One of the many Canadair Regional Jets that are omnipresent throughout the Delta CVG hub. This one, Delta Connection Operated by Endeavor Air CRJ-900 NEXTGEN N298PQ, ironically enough, just arrived from FLL. She's a young girl too, just about 6 months old when this photo was taken, an infant airplane.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3950/15562083536_e2174a2873_c.jpg
Concourse A (?) at CVG, with a lonely MQ ERJ-145.

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A bored Delta gate agent attaches the jetway while I watch in fascination. Can't wait to be a ramper or G/A or any job in the industry for that matter...Only 3 months of high school left!! 
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:58 pm

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Covington / Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport (Greater Cincinnati International Airport) (IATA: CVG , ICAO: KCVG)
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Thanks to the help of some older adult senior members of both Airliners.Net and FlyerTalk.Com (look for your shoutout in the end of this report ), I managed to scour several nuggets of interesting information on not only CVG's heyday, but also many facts, opinions and view points I would have never seen from my limited (and often clouded) scope, and literal "icing" I could place on my "trip report cake". However, I'm going to discuss the history of the airport and share some interesting facts in the CVG-ATL portion of this trip report, so keep on reading.  

Anyway, as a 19-year-old teenager (who, in November will be 20, so barely a teen I suppose), every new experience is exciting for me, even dull repetitive things that would literally bore others to tears. Every new aircraft, every new airport, every new pre-departure beverage, every new....everything is a gigantic thrill to me, and, I can attribute that somewhat to my autistic spectrum disorder (formerly known as Asperger's, they keep changing the names up on me) which drives me to have an insanely deep obsession with the airline industry, and that I thank my lucky stars for. Because, if you ever see me even near an airport, I'm all smiles, grinning ear to ear to just be there.

So imagine when I step into CVG, an airport I saw marked in big bold font on Delta route maps in Sky Magazine for years ('Cincinnati"), and am greeted with a large, quiet airport to explore--perfect for me, I might as well have died and gone to heaven. A lot of the time I'll show up to FLL 6-8 hours before my flight, pass TSA, and before I know it, that 6-8 hours passes like 6-8 milliseconds and I'm even hungrier for more aviation related-time. Thus, flights, flights, flights, and more flights, as many flights as I can fit in a weekend, daytime, or night, as much time as I can spend spotting at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), and going airline-flying after school for the heck of it....I enjoy my life very dearly. Unsurprisingly, many of my relatives, my parents included, cannot figure my obsession with aircraft, airlines, and aviation as a whole, but are very supporting and nurturing of it.

As I said in the beginning of this report, due to my relative inexperience of booking hotel rooms back in October 2014, I was knackered into buying a $300-a-night hotel room, which, just like the airport itself, appears to be exorbitantly yet artificially priced way too high for no readily apparent reason.

But, I still had a near four hour layover near the hotel, I figured I would be exhausted (which I was), and I didn't want my $300 to go to waste. The hotel was on airport property, so there was no excuse to let my hard-earned $300 sum go to waste. So, wandering through this new CVG airport, I tried not to get too distracted as I walked to the dropoff curb while simultaneously dialing the hotel and requesting the shuttle, I'd have plenty of time to explore CVG on my return CVG-ATL flight if I played all my cards right.

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Don't get locked in!

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On the bright side, even if the terminal is mostly empty, at least it is large and quiet--two huge "like" factors for me.

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Lots of retail and dining options as well, here in CVG--almost feels like a mini-hub of its own kind.

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The first thing I thought when I saw "Blue Grass", given that this was a Comair hub before their bankruptcy and subsequent defunct-ness, is "James Polehinke"--a bit chilling...

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Now here's another very homey thing--the exposed beam architecture of the half-circle food court reminds me very much of Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport's (FLL's) Terminal 1 Ticketing hall (picture by me   ).

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A listing of the airport's executive management team under the FIDs board in the terminal shuttle walking tunnel.


Waiting outside for the hotel shuttle, it turns out that Covington, Kentucky was not as freezing as I thought it would be--I only needed my navy blue hoodie--and yes, I did have a ton of fun seeing my breath in the somewhat frigid air. https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3955/15611276952_40d1b04598_c.jpg
Riding the hotel shuttle for a grand total of a few minutes to the on-site airport hotel.

When I arrived and politely tipped the shuttle driver, I assumed looking at the general outside look of the building, that it would be just another DoubleTree property with a modern yet professional look inside, perhaps even chic-looking in a way. However, as a ton of people say, never assume anything--what I walked into was totally the opposite of what I thought I was entering... https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3938/15399590107_ab871108b4_c.jpg
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Out front, you could assume it's just another DoubleTree Hotel...

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NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER! It turns out that this DT is actually an Aviation Saloon / Parlor themed hotel! Awesome!

After taking the pictures you see above, I wandered over to the check-in where the friendly manager produced some room cards for me and a......hot cookie! Yes, the hot cookie is the mascot of the DoubleTree hotel chain, and they even sell them in tins as well (I bought three big tins before I left). Their cookies are THE BOMB! Warm, melty, and sweet!

After I unlocked my room, I don't remember much else, just drowsily getting under the covers and dozing off for about two hours (which, after getting almost no sleep the night before, felt so good) before waking up, freshening up, and setting out to explore the hotel and the beautiful fall scenery just outside of it. I was hoping some of the colorful fall trees I saw on final to CVG would at least be near or around the hotel, as I couldn't actually go into Covington nor Cincinnati due to the short length of my layover.

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Framed barnstormer pictures in the hallway leading to the elevator. Step back to a simpler time in aviation and hear the roar of a Curtiss Jenny!

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Now, for an ordinary adult, this would be just another boring hotel room to "straighten up in" in preparation to "meet a client". However, I am not ordinary, so something like this is very fun and exciting.  https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5605/15399584328_1e6de676ae_c.jpg
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After my couple-of-hour-long snooze (dang, those beds are like having a nap on a puffy cloud), I set out to explore the hotel. The first place I run into is the fitness center, and I really want to run on one of the treadmills, but I'm in dress shoes, a button down, and slacks, so that wouldn't work...Next time.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3951/14965538603_f51aa8d112_c.jpg
An indoor pool, which I was sad that I could not swim in. I really need to slide a bathing suit in my carry-on before my next daytrip. Also, no hottub unfortunately...That would really hit the spot on a snow day.

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By this time, the tempature had risen to almost 65. I asked the shuttle driver, who was sweeping up the parking lot, when it snows here. He said it usually starts in November, and that I'd picked a perfect day to visit as the weather was perfect. As it was! Not too hot, not too cold, and no nasty Floridian humidity making your skin all sticky.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3955/15583019781_d1c895b125_b.jpg
So for a young man from Fort Lauderdale, I get very excited when I see things like this as well--this might occur near Pensacola, Tallahassee, or Jacksonville but nowhere near where I hail from.

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A beautiful day in Hebron / Covington, KY.

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Awesomely enough, there is a huge grassy and hilly area right near the parking lot with a few multicolored trees--if this isn't Americana fall beauty, I don't know what is!

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The DoubleTree from the hill.

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Walking back into the hotel to pack up and get ready to go back to Atlanta, I notice this nice little cookie-adorned bus.

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Checking out the free papers in the lobby. Looks like they have a tabloid and the Wall Street Journal.

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Riding the entirely-electric-powered shuttle back to the dropoff curb at CVG.
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:00 pm

KCVG (Covington / Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport / Greater Cincinnati International Airport) ✈ KATL (Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (The William B Hartsfield / Municipal / Candler Field)

    Airline: Delta Air Lines
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # DL
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # DAL
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign DELTA
    Airline Flight Number: # DL1934
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N959DN
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # 9259
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: February 17th, 1998
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 17.1 Years Old as of October 19th, 2014
    Aircraft Test Registration: B-2259 (People's Republic of China)
    Aircraft Config: F16W15Y129, formerly F12Y145 with China Southern Airlines as B-2259 as of November 12th, 2004, formerly F12Y145 with China Northern Airlines as B-2259 at delivery as of February 25th, 1998
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : 53529
    Aircraft Line Number: # 2220
    Aircraft Delivery Date: To Delta Air Lines as N959DN: August 25th, 2011, To China Southern Airlines as B-2259: November 12th, 2004, To China Northern Airlines as B-2259: February 25th, 1998
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x IAE V2525-D5 High Bypass Turbofan Engines
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: OWNED by Delta Air Lines
    Meal: Beverage / Refreshment Service
    Cabin: Delta Air Lines Domestic First Class
    Seat Assignment: 4A
    A/C Equipped with IFE: No
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: Yes, GoGo Inflight Wi-Fi available for purchase
    Airline Flight Date: October 19th, 2014
    Boarding Call Time: 1:26 PM EST, October 19th, 2014
    Boarding Zone: 1, PREM, Sky Priority
    Departure Time: 2:06 PM, October 19th, 2014
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway B4, Concourse B, CVG
    Arrival Time: 3:35 PM EST, October 19th, 2014
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway T5, Concourse T, ATL
    Time Aloft: 1 hour 2 minutes (62 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 454 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 31,000 Feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 375 SM | Planned: 470 SM | Flown: 477 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : CVG CHCLL3 BWG KOLTT1 ATL


FLIGHT DATA SOURCE (S):

1. PlaneSpotters.Net Airframe Data

2. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data

3. FlightAware Live Flight Tracking Data

4. The First & Business Class Experience | Delta Air Lines

5. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) - Kenton County Airport Board

6. Questions About Cincinnati And Memphis For Writeup - Travel, Polls, and Preferences Forum - Airliners.Net

7. CVG Isn't A Hub Anymore, If You Believe DL - Civil Aviation Forum - Airliners.Net

8. Big Announcement At CVG Today (1/28) - Civil Aviation Forum - Airliners.Net

9. DL Significantly Downsizing CVG - Civil Aviation Forum - Airliners.Net

10. Rumor - DL CVG Mainline F/A Base To Close In 2015? - Civil Aviation Forum - Airliners.Net

11. The Future of CVG - Civil Aviation Forum - Airliners.Net

12. Frontier to Add Flights at CVG - Civil Aviation Forum - Airliners.Net

13. I need information on the former Delta Hubs at Cincinnati and Memphis for a report - Delta Air Lines | SkyMiles | FlyerTalk Forums

14. MTM Cincinnati: Why Is Cincinnati Airport In Kentucky? - Edged in Blue - EvilJWinter - Wordpress

15. DETAILED HISTORY
From Humble Beginnings...to an International Hub - Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport - Kenton County Airport board - Web Archive


16. Delta Air Lines Strengthens Domestic Hubs, Offers Customers More International Choices with Winter Schedule - Delta Air Lines News Archive - Delta Air Lines Newsroom - Delta Air Lines - Web Archive

17. Cincinnati hub is shrinking - AJC Business - Atlanta News

18. CVG-lost-half-of-all-flights" target="_blank">Why CVG lost half of all flights - Cincinnati.com

19. Delta further reduces operations at Cincinnati hub; 840 face layoffs - Cleveland.com - Associated Press Business Staff

20. Comair to Cease Operations- Delta Air Lines News Archive - Delta Air Lines Newsroom - Delta Air Lines

21. Low-cost and major airlines see growth at CVG - News - Cincinnati.com

22. Allegiant Air adding more Florida flights at CVG - News - Cincinnati.com


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The Delta dropoff curb at CVG.

As I said previously, I thank the following commentators on these threads from FlyerTalk and Airliners.Net for providing the knowledge, wisdom, and insight (aslo listed in the source list in the flight template at the beginning of this message) :

I need information on the former Delta Hubs at Cincinnati and Memphis for a report - Delta Air Lines | SkyMiles - FlyerTalk Forums

Questions About Cincinnati And Memphis For Writeup - Travels, Polls, and Preferences Forum - Airliners.Net

CVG Isn't A Hub Anymore, If You Believe DL - Civil Aviation Forum - Airliners.Net

CVG was originally designed for the nearby municipality of Covington, Kentucky (hence the IATA and ICAO codes) (1) but also at the behest of Cincinnati government officials upriver at their own city. Shortly after President Jimmy Carter signed the Airline Deregulation Act into federal law on October 24th, 1978, Delta chose CVG to serve as their primary Midwestern Hub (2), building up a large operation there while also in part funding the construction of CVG's new Terminal 3. (3) Through the years, Delta's operation, along with the now-nonexistent contracted regional subsidiary Comair, eventually became larger and larger until the hub peaked in 2005 at a combined daily roster of 600 flights a day.

After the events of the September 11th, 2001 attacks, the subsequent airline industry downturn and flurry of consolidation, Delta Air Lines filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in 2005 and attempted to reduce costs by cutting approximately 26% of their flights from the giant hub (4) attributing the rapidly skyrocketing price of fuel caused the heavy 50-seater (CRJ-100/200) fleet at the hub to be incredibly expensive to operate. (2)

In 2008, Delta Air Lines begun its merger with Minneapolis - Saint Paul based airline Northwest Airlines, cutting flights at Cincinnati by 22% that year, closing the airport's BusinessElite lounge (all BusinessElite lounges are now closed, replaced by Sky Clubs or just closed altogether), and further slashed the already cut-up operation by another 17% the following year in 2009 (5). Five further cities were cut by Delta in February 2010 (CVG-lost-half-of-all-flights" target="_blank">6), leaving the number of combined regional and mainline destinations at 63 scheduled flights. Delta then further closed down the operation by completely closing CVG's Concourse A, cutting nearly 840 jobs from the area, (7) and consolidating all of their flights into Concourse B. On the contrary, Delta reported at the time that the Cincinnati would maintain the same amount of departures, but later rescinded the statement in June 2011 when another 10% of flights were removed from the hub.

Delta Air Line's now-defunct regional subsidy Comair operated a bulk of the 50-seater Canadair Regional Jet 100 and 200 series aircraft at CVG, and represented over half of the regional departures from CVG. In the late 2000s, Comair faced significant financial difficulties (8), and in summer 2012, Delta and Comair announced that Comair would cease all operations and become defunct in October of the same year ([url=http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=43& item=1676]9[/url]). Comair's entire fifty-seater fleet was retired, and larger aircraft such as their CRJ-700/900 series airplanes were transferred to other carriers, including Minneapolis based Endeavor Air, formerly Pinnacle Airlines. Despite this, Delta commented that, "The discontinuation of Comair's operations will not result in any significant changes to Delta's network, which has enough flexibility to accommodate these changes." (9)

Due to the very large presence of Delta at CVG, despite the multiple hub cuts, fares remain high at CVG due to very little direct competition from low-cost airlines. This has caused many travelers to avoid CVG and instead elect to depart from other nearby airports including DAY (Dayton, Ohio), SDF (Louisville, Kentucky), and IND (Indianapolis, Indiana). In October 2012, Denver-base Ultra Low Cost Carrier Frontier Airlines began limited service to Denver, Colorado and Trenton - Mercer, New Jersey, beginning a slow expansion process at the airport. In 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada-based Ultra Low Cost Carrier Allegiant Airlines began service to Las Vegas and other vacation destinations from CVG. Eventually, both carriers both grew CVG's nonexistent low-cost-carrier presence from zero weekly flights to 70 by summer 2015. (10) Currently, Allegiant has made Cincinnati their largest non-hub O&D (Origin and Departure) destination. (11)

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Delta's check-in at CVG. Very small, at that....Well, at least there are high ceilings!

Walking into CVG, a bit sad to have to leave this fun airport, even though I already had my CVG-ATL boarding pass from my phone's Passbook app, I still wanted some actual receipt paper boarding passes for my collection, so I found the Sky Priority Carry-On Only kiosk and printed some (avgeek alert!   ) before walking over to security. At the TSA checkpoint, I looked around for a bit for the Sky Priority security queue (more time to spend post-security before I had to leave) but couldn't find anything. Confused, I ask what appeared to be an airport worker where the lane was, only to be told that "Sky Priority security isn't open on Sundays". Well, you gotta do what you gotta do, I guess, so I joined the massive line waiting to be scanned, groped, imaged, and other things Big Brother doesn't want you to know about...

Once I cleared the security checkpoint, my teenage hunger sense dawned on me and I headed up to the food court to find some lunch. I settled on a good-looking Chili Dog joint, ordered three of them, and sat down while watching the minimal activity on the ramp. But damn, those Chili Dogs were heavenly! I wish I remembered the place where I bought them from!

Even though there was a Sky Club near my gate that I could have used, I was perfectly content walking around the airport, photographing the superstructure and passing aircraft to bide time before my flight back to ATL began boarding.

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CVG's Delta Sky Priority Check-in desk.

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A relatively large ticketing hall serves CVG departing passengers.

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I was surprised to see that a good portion of the FIDs advertisements were focused on the new CVG-FLL-CVG flights from both F9 and G4 (not shown). I didn't know FLL was the prime vacation destination from Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana residents alike.

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The massive atrium between the two collections of check-in areas which lead down to baggage claim and the airport offices.

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Nothing much going on outside on the ramp over here.

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Same on the other side as well.

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Old style sharper Widgets on the gate-side seating.

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The gate agent announces first class boarding for our flight.


Apple's Passbook App is really awesome--if you have good battery life, that is! I need to charge up...

CVG gate agents are extremely senior (as in, they have high seniority, not their age) and managed to wrangle all the passengers into the airplane without too much trouble. I was slightly depressed that the awesome purser wouldn't be on this and likely any of the rest of the three flights I was taking that day, but didn't let it get me too down. The purser working this flight, though, was not very animated and only smiled a few times while she took pre-departure beverages and handed them out.

Long after everyone in first class had finished sucking down the last of their pre-departure drinks and even after the entirety of the coach cabin had sat down, literally nothing happened. We just sat there, main boarding door wide open and jetway still attached, for twenty minutes. A few other first class passengers started to wonder what was happening, and one of them spoke up after another couple of minutes of non-activity asking why we hadn't left the gate in so long. The purser told us that some coach passengers had reported someone in row 14 was smoking a cigarette (how he managed to light it, who knows) and the passenger denied it, yet apparently the "CABIN SMOKE WARNING" light lit up on the warning panel in the cockpit (or something, that is what the purser claimed).

The flight was delayed for an hour and two minutes (62 minutes) in total while the flight crew dealt with whoever the would-be inflight smoker was before we finally pushed back and departed from the same runway I had originally landed on four hours earlier, but this time taking off to the south, rather than landing in that direction. Our departure was relatively swift, despite the fully-loaded MD-90s takeoff performance. We ended up following the Ohio river south, trimming left and right to stay alongside it before making a crescent-shaped flight path right into ATL.

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The bright Northern Kentucky / Southern Ohio sun pokes between the gaps of the jetbridge and our MD-90. This particular airframe was N959DN, thankfully another unique registration, but unfortunately I couldn't take any pictures of it from the gate area because our gate was the only corner one without windows. N959DN, just like N953DN in the beginning of the day, was originally delivered to China Northern Airlines on February 25th, 1998, later transferred to China Southern Airlines on November 12th, 2004, and finally found a loving home in Atlanta, Georgia on August 25th, 2011 after an extensive series of interior and maintenance modifications.

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Same exact cabin, too.

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The purser (pink shirt) explains the reason for the over-an-hour-long delay to the first class passengers,

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While I energize myself for some more flights later in the day.

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And some other airlines show up, too!   Looks like everyone flies 50-seaters to CVG in some sort of capacity. I almost feel like I'm at a small regional airport with the huge variety of fifty-seater aircraft around this airfield.

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Bye CVG, thanks for a fun experience! I do love the sheer amount of glass used in the end of Concourse B and the nice-looking control tower.

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Looks like N193DN, a 17.5-year-old 767-300 that has been with Delta all of its life and is configured in the higher density 76H configuration with only 26 Countour Sleeper Suites in the BusinessElite cabin and 200 combined Economy Comfort and Economy seats, will be serving today's daily turn across the pond to Paris. This flight is largely, in part, still here because General Electric Aviation, largely known for their home appliances and aviation engines, is headquartered in Cincinnati. This flight serves a great purpose in their logistics, ferrying 4,200,000 pounds (1,900,000 kilograms) between their factories in Cincinnati and France.

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The same flight (but not the same specific airframe) in over in CDG, taken by my good friend (and honorary Britizen) Ben123Planes, taken from an Air France A319. Read his awesome report here: https://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/261475/

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Blasting past some G/A cargo types (what are those?), the control tower, and some construction happening on a nearby taxiway.

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Liftoff.

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She came down from Cincinnati.
It took her three days on a train.
Lookin' for some peace and quiet;
hoped to see the sun again.
But now she lives down by the ocean.
She's takin' care to look for sharks.
They hang out in the local bars,
And they feed right after dark.

Can't you feel 'em circlin' honey?
Can't you feel 'em swimmin' around?
You got fins to the left, fins to the right,
and you're the only bait in town.
You got fins to the left, fins to the right,
and you're the only girl in town.


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The gnarly, twisting, and turning Ohio river provides some interesting photo opportunities.

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Later, CVG, it was fun while it lasted. Notice you can see clearly see the large N193DN at the far west end of Concourse B, resting before she turns over to CDG, and a Delta MX hangar in the northeastern corner of the field, which looks like a little red plastic Monopoly house at this distance!  https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5606/15569196156_4b52042e94_c.jpg
A race circuit near a highway. Now that looks like a ton of fun, doesn't it...

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Cruisaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn'''''''''' USAAAAA AYYY!

Service on this leg was identical to the last, with a thrice of passes of the snack basket and a few rounds of drinks passed around. I really wish Delta would introduce some real grub (read: actual meals) on these routes instead of what is basically a selection of junk food that fills me up no longer than a box of Krispy Kreme sugar bomb doughnuts. AA and US at least have real finger sandwiches instead of just chips, bananas, candy, etc. Well, you give some, you take some I guess? Service on this flight was okay, but lacked the personal touch of the last flight, but I guess that is because the specific purser wasn't on this turn, oh well.

Not long after the last round of drink refills, we were on approach to Atlanta (I can almost tell when we're descending now) through a series of ATC given vectors for one of the four parallel runways at ATL. I wasn't worried on our taxi-in about our 1:02 delay, because I thought the agent had given me a fairly reasonable two-hour-long layover in Atlanta. Or did she...?

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Cabin during cruise.

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I ordered a tonic with lime, my new virgin cocktail of choice. Coca Cola is okay, but I just wasn't feeling the Coke vibe at the moment.

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She'll be coming around the mountain with a snack basket when she comes! Oh wait...Wrong song...Sorry... :P

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Deluxe meal service on CVG-ATL:
To Start: Sweet and Savory Biscoff Cookies and Gourmet Goldfish Crackers
Main Course: Three Italian Bakery-baked Milano Cookies with a deluxe banana on the side and Luxurious Lightly Salted Peanuts©®™.
Dessert: A selection of Scrumptious Milky Way and Kit Kat fun-size chocolate bars.
The meal service on this flight can best be described as alright. The biscoff cookies were sweet and tasty, but were just a tad too crumbly, and the Gourmet Goldfish Crackers smiled back a little too much at me for my own taste. Pepperidge Farm must have a pretty good contract with Gate Gourmet, as these Milano Cookies were top of the line Italian cuisine, and meshed perfectly with the excellent balance of both the sweetness of the banana and the sophisticated plushness of the salty flavor stemming from the Luxurious Lightly Salted Peanuts©®™. The dessert however, was the epitome of sweet-tooth inspired culinary masterpieces, with each fun-sized bar having its own unique finish as you swallowed the Palm Oil goodness. All in all, the above paragraph was sarcasm.

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This airport came into view as we started our descent into Georgia. Which one is it

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Another McDonell Douglas already way ahead of us in the pattern.

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Downtown Atlanta looks cool, but is there anything to do in it?

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I can see some Graffiti but not any actual people...

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Leaving Atlanta (the skyscraper part, at least) behind.

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Stone Mountain, annoyingly my DSLR wanted to focus on the scratched window hence the black area on the right of the frame, my apologies for that.

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Performing the final traffic pattern turn just before short final.

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And we're going to be performing a dual landing with this Delta 757-200 winglet.

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Blast this infernal scratched window! Here we are touching down near a quite sexy Lufthansa A340-300. The 757-200 is still in the air, visible above Concourse F.

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Taxiing into Concourse T in ATL.

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And another flight parks, coming to a close. Now onto Memphis, Tennessee!

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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:04 pm

I sauntered casually out of my CVG-ATL flight, stopping to glance at one of the giant DL FIDs board displays to see when my ATL-MEM flight would be boarding.

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The FIDs board read 4:15 PM. Ah, I'll be okay then, I think to myself. It's only... *looks down at phone* 4:01 PM?!?!?!?!?? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! *takes off running*
RUN COLBY RUN RUN RUN RUN RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ah...kay....oh...kay...ah.....kay...ugh.....Got to my gate huffing and panting at 4:14 PM. *Breathes heavy sigh of relief*
Ugh....uhuuuuuuuuuuuhuuuuuhhuuhu *heavy panting*....so happy to be here, walking down this thing...Need...fluids...
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:05 pm

KATL (Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (The William B Hartsfield / Municipal / Candler Field) ✈ KMEM (Memphis - International Airport)

    Airline: Delta Air Lines
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # DL
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # DAL
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign DELTA
    Airline Flight Number: # DL1778
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : McDonnell Douglas MD-88
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N956DL
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # 956
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: March 23rd, 1990
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 24.9 Years Old as of October 19th, 2014
    Aircraft Test Registration: N956DL
    Aircraft Config: C16W15Y118
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : 49887
    Aircraft Line Number: # 1699
    Aircraft Delivery Date: April 27th, 1990
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x PW JT8D-219 High - Bypass Turbofan Engines
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: OWNED by Delta Air Lines
    Meal: Beverage / Refreshment Service
    Cabin: Delta Air Lines Domestic First Class
    Seat Assignment: 4D
    A/C Equipped with IFE: No
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: Yes, GoGo Inflight Wi-Fi available for purchase
    Airline Flight Date: October 19th, 2014
    Boarding Call Time: 3:35 PM EST, October 19th, 2014
    Boarding Zone: 1, PREM, Sky Priority
    Departure Time: 4:15 PM EST, October 19th, 2014
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway A20, Concourse A, ATL
    Arrival Time: 4:38 PM CST, October 19th, 2014
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway B8, Concourse B, MEM
    Time Aloft: 0 hours 53 minutes (53 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 450 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 32,000 feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 331 SM | Planned: 370 SM | Flown: 430 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : ATL GEETK8 VUZ WASER VANZE1 MEM


FLIGHT DATA SOURCE (S):

1. PlaneSpotters.Net Airframe Data

2. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data

3. FlightAware Live Flight Tracking Data

4. The First & Business Class Experience | Delta Air Lines

5. 1950's Map of Memphis International Airport

6. Progressive Architecture, Volume 54 - Eugene Clute, Russell Fenimore Whitehead, Kenneth Reid, Elizabeth L. Cleaver - Reinhold Publishing Corporation, 1973 - Architecture - Google Books

7. Our History - Memphis International Airport

8. Delta Air Lines scratches Amsterdam from Memphis - News - Memphis Business Journal

9. Delta Air Lines plans additional cuts to service at Memphis International - The Commercial Appeal - Memphis

10. MEM officials find silver lining despite Delta's plans to de-hub, cut jobs - wmcactionnews5


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Well, this is the first time this has happened to me in awhile...

Huffing, puffing, and all out of sorts, I boarded my MD-88 (at least it's not another MD-90!   ) with sweat gushing down my entire face and my whole body just...aching....My seatmate senses my aloofness (was it the waterfall of seat pouring down my face or my sheer look of exhaustion?   ) and asks me what's up. Well, I just sprinted faster than Forrest Gump across Hartsfield Jackson so I wouldn't screw up my entire itinerary and I'm kind of literally exhausted because I also have about 3 hours sleep going for me sir. Or I just quipped "I ran here so I wouldn't miss my flight", to which he replies "Well, you're safe here!" That you're right, my good man, that you're right....

Even though I arrived one minute early to Flight AttendantsCrossCheckStandbyForAllCall the darling purser, who is between the previous flight's purser and the sweetheart purser (three times using that word in a row d=), still manages to serve me a tonic with lime which I gulp down faster than gravity pulls water down Niagara Falls and stuff the empty cup in the seat pocket (don't worry, I later threw it away before landing) before we push back.

The MD-88 didn't have any noticeable performance differences despite having smaller turbofans hanging off the back of the airplane. We taxied to the same runway I had started my Cincinnati saga on, throttled up, and flew westward to begin our jaunt to southwestern Tennessee.

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Now's a great time to thank The Lord for those little water bottles they put at every seat. Notice anything different this time around? Yep, I'm sitting on the opposite side of the plane, 4F instead of 4A.

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A tonic and lime a day keeps Colby's dehydration at bay.

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Pushing back, the ramper didn't seem to notice the paper-FOD he was about to step on.

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In case you wanted to know what the airplane I'm riding on looks like, here you go. This is 24.8 year-old sister ship MD-88 N962DL.

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Former Southwest aircraft, and current WN aircraft.

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Joining the huge line of aircraft to take off on Runway 26 Left.

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A Presidential 737-700 BBJ in TechOps?

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Looks like ATC is doing dual landings over on the other pair of parallel runways.

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Racing down the runway! V1....

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An UPS DC-10 in the distance, looking mighty purdy.

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The ATL Airport Renaissance Hotel, a lineup of Delta Air Lines airplanes, and Delta's corporate headquarters. Okay now I REALLY want to stay there!  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3954/15583502551_d63ca9620b_c.jpg
Count the FL (AirTran, RIP...) 717s! I see ten in this picture alone, and the Atlanta skyline yet again.

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The last thing I saw before I passed out in siesta.

As I mentioned before, I was insanely exhausted, and, by virtue of instinct, I pulled my traytable out of my armrest, put my head down, and promptly missed the entire cruise portion of the flight, only waking up on the beginning of long final. (I should really come up with a plan to counter my exhaustion on these long daytrips). We touched down after flying over a spiderweb of highway interpasses and overpasses, coming to a stop right past a taxiing Fedex DC-10. Unsurprisingly, MEM was even more dead than ATL save for the Fedex aircraft buzzing around everywhere.

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I think this might be Tennessee, I don't know, I just got up from an hour-long flight nap...

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Definitely TN, there's Memphis! Unfortunately, covered in smog. And a weird pyramid structure on the right, what is that?

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A site definitely unique to Memphis...

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Who cares if it is FX, at least it is an airworthy civilian DC-10 flying around! Plenty of them and MD-11s running around this neck of the woods.

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And..........................TOUCHDOWN! Delta MD-88 scores 7 points! Wait a minute...

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Taxiing in and parking, that sure is one heck of a beautiful looking terminal building, you could even see the candle-stick candlelight chandeliers hanging from the inside of the inverted-pyramid architecture through the glass panes from this distance!  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3939/14990337653_babc029dd0_c.jpg
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Saying my goodbyes to sweet girl MD-88 N956DL, my FOURTH McDonell Douglas aircraft of the day.
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:06 pm

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Memphis - International Airport (IATA: MEM , ICAO: KMEM)
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Memphis International Airport opened during the 1930s Interwar period on a 200-acre-large plot of farmland around seven miles from the city center of Memphis, Tennessee as Memphis Municipal Airport with three hangars and an unpaved grass / dirt runway. The airport added an actual and paved ramp, along with a modern terminal, in the 1950s. (1) In 1963, the current upside-down pyramid column terminal opened at MEM, designed by Roy P. Harrover & Associates (2), and, around the same time, Southern Airways, a now-defunct airline, was becoming prominent on the airfield.

Southern Airways and North Central Airlines were later merged to create Republic Airlines (IATA: RC , ICAO: REP, not to be confused with regional airline Republic Airways / Airlines, which is still operating at the time of this writing) on July 1st, 1979, establishing a RC hub at Memphis International Airport in 1985. Republic Airlines itself was later merged into Northwest Airlines, who operated a hub at Memphis for 23 years between 1985 and 2008, when Northwest Airlines was merged into Delta Air Lines. (3)

Following the merger, Delta Air Lines renounced Memphis' hub status, and began drastically cutting flights past 2010. In 2012, following massive non-hub cuts, Delta's service to their Amsterdam hub (also acquired through the merger with Northwest) was cut. (4) Furthermore, most recently, Delta announced cuts to most non-hub cities from Memphis leaving the rapidly dwindling amount of flights at 23 daily departures as of April 2015. (4) (5)

Walking into Memphis, based on previous posts I had heard about the airport being a total trash pit, I didn't have high expectations. But, I was pleasantly surprised to walk out into an old-style brick-wall airport with modern trim (in some areas, look, I'm trying to give MEM some credit   ) that was mostly serene and quiet aside--I think their terminal announcements system was broken because I didn't hear a single loop during my entire one-hour-and-thirty-two-minute stay there. Since I heard the Sky Club didn't have any windows (well, at least that you couldn't see through--the ones in the Sky Club were 90% frosted), I spent only enough time there to satisfy my hunger before exploring the terminal and spotting before my flight back to Atlanta began boarding at 6:00 PM Central Time.

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Despite the low ceilings, I really like how they managed to mesh modern airport design and old-style wood and brick materials so well without conflicting architectural styles.

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All of the afternoon and evening flights fit onto a forth of a single FIDs monitor, sad... :'[

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Entering into the unique-looking MEM Sky Club.

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The MEM Sky Club even has it's own little hand sculpted, finished, and painted mahogany 777-200 gate guardian. I asked the check-in agent to buy it, but they said that it needed to stay.   On the bright side, you can buy this exact model on the Delta Air Lines DeltaShop here: DELTA 777-200LR GE 1/100 SCALE MODEL - DELTASHOP

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So, according to several members on Airliners.Net, Northwest management (now Delta) largely kept the former World Club the same into and past the merger with Delta. I like World Club decor!

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Delta has added real food to ALL Sky Club locations as of late 2014, including corn salad, olives, fresh veggie sticks, two kinds of soup, iceberg lettuce strips, popcorn, as well as the previous offerings of cheese, biscoff, carrot sticks, ranch dip, and olives. Thumbs up Delta 999,999,999x! At least you're making an effort to include REAL food unlike UA and don't even get me started on AA's surcharged Admirals Club food...

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Sampling the Italian Wedding Soup, which had ball noodles and meatballs, not to mention it was hot. The iceberg lettus was nice and moist but also crunchy, and finally the snack mix was excellent as well--yes, this teenage boy went back for plenty of heaping helpings of seconds.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3935/14990034544_d8802a7078_c.jpg
Now full of food (for thirty seconds, anyway...   ), I set out to explore MEM. This one is for my railfans and history gurus, a train and some other art pieces made from precious metal right outside the Sky Club.

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Heading back past the Sky Club so I could see if I could find a quiet little nook or cranny to spot from.

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In the same vein as CVG, small regional jets are abound at MEM.

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MQ's old Vignelli Associates Scissor Eagle logo is still present in their MEM station.

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A rather utilitarian looking ticket desk with an ancient US Airways advertisement behind it. The black strip of tape is covering up a Star Alliance logo now that US Airways is in OneWorld in preparation for their complete absorption into American Airlines in late 2015.

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I love these ticketing hall buildings...So unique!

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An abandoned, empty gate area.

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At one end of Concourse C I found this bench storage area / another abandoned gate with plenty of open seats (actually, I'm the only one here, :P ) and plenty unobstructed windows with views of the active runway, so I snuggle in for a few tens of minutes to see if I could find anything fun flying about.

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Right under the window is American Airlines dba American Eagle dba Envoy Air (say that three times fast) ERJ-145 N631AE, a 16.5-year-old frame that has been with MQ her entire life.

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A Fedex DC-10 being loaded way across the airstrip at the Fedex Global Distribution Center. I think it's cool they placed a logo on the inside of the loading door that is right-side-up when it is open, good job FX.

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SeaPort Airlines, an Essential Air Service carrier (basically, the government pays airlines to fly small puddlejumpers into tiny towns that would not normally be able to sustain air service) that serves small towns in Arkansas via a fleet of Pilatus PC-12s and Cessna C208 Caravans.

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Where else other than Memphis can you see TriJets taking off every other moment? Yes, they're all FX (Fedex Express Airlines) CARGO jets, but at least they're still flying!

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50 seater versus DC-10.   Nah, just kidding, this Delta CRJ-200 is taking off to who knows where. :P

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Heading into MEM's uber-modern Concourse B to explore it just before my flight to ATL boards. I love how the blue moodlighting combined with the hanging light fixtures in the center creates a sort of "Starry Night" feeling.

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Elvis Shop in MEM.
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:07 pm

KMEM (Memphis - International Airport) ✈ KATL (Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (The William B Hartsfield / Municipal / Candler Field)

    Airline: Delta Air Lines
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # DL
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # DAL
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign DELTA
    Airline Flight Number: # DL10
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : Airbus A320-212
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N350NA
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # 3250, formerly 3250 with Northwest Airlines as N350NA at delivery as of May 28th, 1993
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: March 17th, 1993
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 21.9 Years Old as of October 19th, 2014
    Aircraft Test Registration: F-WWDG (France)
    Aircraft Config: F16Y132, formerly F16Y132 as N350NA with Northwest Airlines at delivery as of May 28th, 1993
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : 418
    Aircraft Line Number: # 418
    Aircraft Delivery Date: To Delta Air Lines as N350NA: October 29th, 2008, To Northwest Airlines as N350NA: May 28th, 1993
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x CFMI CFM56-5A3 High Bypass Turbofan Engines, formerly 2x CFMI CFM56-5A1 High Bypass Turbofan Engines
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: OWNED by Delta Air Lines
    Meal: Beverage / Refreshment Service
    Cabin: Delta Air Lines Domestic Business Class (C)
    Seat Assignment: 2A
    A/C Equipped with IFE: No
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: Yes, GoGo Inflight Wi-FI Available for purchase
    Airline Flight Date: October 19th, 2014
    Boarding Call Time: 6:00 PM CST, October 19th, 2014
    Boarding Zone: 1, PREM, Sky Priority
    Departure Time: 6:40 PM CST, October 19th, 2014
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway B12, Concourse B, MEM
    Arrival Time: 9:04 PM CST, October 19th, 2014
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway B2, Concourse B, ATL
    Time Aloft: 0 hours 48 minutes (48 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 455 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 31,000 feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 331 SM | Planned: 349 SM | Flown: 406 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : MEM BBKNG3 KERMI DEVAC KOLTT1 ATL


FLIGHT DATA SOURCE (S):

1. PlaneSpotters.Net Airframe Data

2. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data

3. FlightAware Live Flight Tracking Data

4. The First & Business Class Experience | Delta Air Lines

5. 1950's Map of Memphis International Airport - Flickr

6. Progressive Architecture, Volume 54 - Eugene Clute, Russell Fenimore Whitehead, Kenneth Reid, Elizabeth L. Cleaver - Reinhold Publishing Corporation, 1973 - Architecture - Google Books

7. Our History - Memphis International Airport

8. Delta Air Lines scratches Amsterdam from Memphis - News - Memphis Business Journal

9. Delta Air Lines plans additional cuts to service at Memphis International - The Commercial Appeal - Memphis

10. MEM officials find silver lining despite Delta's plans to de-hub, cut jobs - wmcactionnews5


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Arriving at my gate just in the nick of time.

Just as I walked up to my gate, first class was called to board, so I unintentionally timed the end of my expedition of the various interior spaces of MEM's secure airside just perfectly, I suppose!   To give a break from the constant MD-80 series flights, this MEM-ATL routing would be on an A320, so enjoy. This would actually be my first time on a Delta domestic Airbus, they don't fly them very much into FLL and when they do it's usually a one-off thing and not when I choose to fly with them.

Boarding the A320, I was surprised to see that Delta's narrowbody Airbus aircraft have to have the most ancient interior of all of the domestic fleet--bolted ashtrays, manila and brown armrests, single-color headrest-less recliner armchair type of seats, it had almost felt like I'd stepped back into the early 2000s when this was a Northwest airplane and MEM was a NW hub! Boarding is finished soon enough, and the sun concludes setting one-fourth of the way through our taxi journey to the active. The A320 isn't a particularly performance oriented, fast mover plane (say, compared to a F-15) but I still enjoyed a break from the constant wing without engines hanging underneath takeoffs.

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My ride back down to Atlanta today, Delta Air Lines's N350NA, a Pre-Merger Northwest Airlines A320 inherited by Delta with the merger that was 21.9 years old by the time I rode on it.

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Some manufacturer-bretheren in the distance.

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Boarding was halted for a few moments for whatever reason, and I noticed that one of the cockpit glass frames was green? Why?

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A very retro first class cabin.

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Yes, these first class seats are decidedly old-school. At least the padding appears to be nice and thick, though...

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Legroom is awful here--only four inches at the max and I'm only around 5'11.5"!

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Our next door gate neighbor is Pinnacle Airlines dba Delta Connection's CRJ-400 (a very rare type, so I've heard at least) N8888D (probably the most fun aircraft registration I've come across in awhile), an 11-year-old Pre-Merger Pinnacle Airlines dba Northwest Airlink airframe.

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Pulling out of the ramp at MEM.

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MEM's brand new 7-story parking garage, a portion of which is lit up pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month.


Turning onto the runway.


Roaring out of Memphis, TN, and immediately turning east to begin our short 50-minute jaunt back to upstate Georgia.

The chief flight attendant's service on this flight, towards me at least, is very motherly (that is a good thing, by the way). She took a genuine interest in my constant photography of the aircraft she was in charge of, and told me about what she faces daily on the job. I asked her if she wanted to work the 747, and she said she actually prefers the smaller narrowbodies as they are easier to manage.

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Delta's groundbreaking addition of Cape Cod Kettle Chips has FlyerTalkers everywhere going crazy.

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This time, the calamitous meal cuts included one less fun size chocolate bar. UGH! I'm never flying Delta again!!!!!!*
*Sarcasm....

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Plain tonic water with lime garnish is quickly becoming my short haul beverage of choice.

It seems I had overestimated the length of MEM-ATL, it is around 332 miles long and lasts only slightly longer than an hour each way (sometimes clocking to be as little as 50 minutes), around roughly the same length as FLL-TLH on a Silver Saab 340B+. This had not shocked me as much as ATL-CHA (Chattanooga, Tennessee), which is frequently ran on MD-88 aircraft which only takes a shocking 18 minutes on a good day--I had initially thought that Chattanooga was a bump-in-the-road small town, however it is anything but that--a a real, beautiful city! Add that to the list, right after PWM.  

After surfing the web for around 30 minutes, the captain came on the horn and announced our descent into Atlanta, my third (and final) one today, but this one would be at night! ATL's airport authorities love to light up the facility during nocturnal hours so I was excited to see that they had not only lit up the control tower pink but also lit up the FLY DELTA JETS sign in red!

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I can't imagine how stunning the view looks from the cockpit as well...

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During one of our vectors, you could see city lights out of the opposite rows' windows, which was insanely fascinating for me to watch for whatever reason.


Almost there? I couldn't see anything! :P


Ah, back in ATL once more.

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Pulling into the gate, one of the far-out ones on the end of the concourse.

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Parked.

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The Airbus A32X series cockpits are extremely roomy and modern-feeling. I could literally do push-ups behind the cockpit seats, there was that much room...I also love the orange backlighting they give to all the signs and buttons.

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Yours truly: backpack, buttondown, slacks, wingtips, two cameras, and a cookie tin.   I don't normally carry the two cameras around on my neck (usually put the smaller one in my bag) but I was rushing to get up to the cockpit and just slung the second one around my neck. The F/O insisted she take a picture of me in her seat, so why not.  
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:07 pm

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Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (The William B Hartsfield / Municipal / Candler Field) ( IATA: ATL , ICAO: KATL) *3*
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My hunger for more airline flights by this point had only grown in sheer strength, so I was glad to be trying out a new route: ATL-MIA (I always fly into FLL on DL, but never MIA). In fact, I went over to the FIDs board listings starting with "F", only realizing after staring at the Fort Lauderdale listings for a few minutes that I was actually flying into Miami, and not into Fort Lauderdale. Nevertheless, I finally had enough of a layover to visit a Sky Club, and so I found the one nearest to my gate, which was the size of a repurposed broom closet (seriously, it was one of the tiniest I've ever seen) but still managed to fill me up with good food and fill up my battery-powered techno-gobbledygook with plenty of juice.

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Hi again ATL! We seem to be seeing eachother a lot today...

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One of the smallest Sky Clubs I've ever visitied.

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Heading over to Gate B16 to board my final flight to MIA. Sorry for the quality.
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:08 pm

KATL (Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (The William B Hartsfield / Municipal / Candler Field) ✈ KMIA (Miami - International Airport (Wilcox Field / 36th Street / Pan American Field)

    Airline: Delta Air Lines
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # DL
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # DAL
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign DELTA
    Airline Flight Number: # DL1949
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N927DN, formerly B-2269 with China Eastern Airlines at delivery as of March 26th, 1999
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # 9227
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: February 17th, 1999
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 16.1 Years Old as of October 19th, 2014
    Aircraft Test Registration: B-2269 (People's Republic of China)
    Aircraft Config: F16W15Y129, formerly C12Y145 as B-2269 with China Eastern Airlines at delivery as of March 26th, 1999
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : 53589
    Aircraft Line Number: # 2259
    Aircraft Delivery Date: To Delta Air Lines as N927DN: May 4th, 2010, To China Eastern Airlines as B-2269: March 26th, 1999
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x IAE V2525-D5 High Bypass Turbofan Engines
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: OWNED by Delta Air Lines
    Meal: Beverage / Refreshment Service
    Cabin: Delta Air Lines Domestic First Class
    Seat Assignment: 4A
    A/C Equipped with IFE: No
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: Yes, GoGo Inflight Wi-Fi available for purchase
    Airline Flight Date: October 19th, 2014
    Boarding Call Time: 9:19 PM EST, October 19th, 2014
    Boarding Zone: 1, PREM, Sky Priority
    Departure Time: 9:59 PM EST, October 19th, 2014
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway B16, Concourse B, ATL
    Arrival Time: 11:46 PM EST, October 19th, 2014
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway H9, Concourse H, MIA
    Time Aloft: 1 hour 18 minutes (78 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 452 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 32,000 feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 596 SM | Planned: 635 SM | Flown: 765 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : ATL THRSR8 LUCKK SZW SCCOT2 MIA


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The final ride of the day is Delta Air Line's MD-90 N927DN, a 1999-series MD-90 originally delivered to China Eastern Airlines in 1999 and later transferred to Delta in mid 2010.

Boarding my sixth and final flight of the day, I was exhausted yet still excited to try ATL-MIA, a new route for me as well as a strange experience -- not flying AA or a OneWorld carrier into Miami! I don't know how to describe it, but it was a very strange experience flying DL into MIA.

As soon as I had sat down, the purser took my drink order (quick service!), but this time it was a not quite middle aged male but not younger either. However, his young, energetic spirit seemed to be going over very well with the majority of the first class cabin, most of which were senior citizens.

But what happened next was literally the treat of the day--the captain personally came out from the cockpit and gave us first class passengers a briefing of the flight--I would have never expected an airline pilot to go above and beyond his job duties like that but it was pretty awesome. After he disappeared back into the cockpit, we began to push back, and I felt the characteristic jolt as the rampers revved us back out of the gate.

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"Good evening folks, I'm sorry about the delay, I'm going to request an expedited departure from tower so we will attempt make some time up as we cruise down to Miami. After our initial climb, we'll be at around 30,000 feet for a bit over an hour before we descend into Miami, and have you folks on your way. Thanks for flying Delta!" The captain gave us a personal briefing up front, what a treat for an avgeek.

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Neighbor Delta Air Lines MD-90 N903DA heading to Charlotte. We would later cause some unintentional problems for this flight.

Suddenly we stopped as soon as our MD-90 was diagonally pointed out of the gate. The head purser came upfront and told us that a person in the last row of Y was complaining about a noise in the back of the aircraft (likely referring to the IAEs hanging on the fuselage), demanding to be sat upfront in F (obviously, due to the 100% load factor, this was not possible) or to be let off the flight immediately. Since our flight was a bit late boarding, it was even more late when the effects of this goofy passenger's antics came into play. And since our plane was only barely out of the gate area, a nearby flight to CLT (also an MD-90) was being blocked by our aircraft. Had CVG-ATL's would-be inflight smoker's brother found his way onto our flight? :P

All four of the flight attendants held a mini-meeting in the galley while the passengers waited. Finally, the passenger decided to subside their demands and we managed to taxi all the way to one of ATL's long runways without stopping (Thanks ATC!), quietly droning into the deep black skies of Georgia on our way down to the tip of Florida.

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Diagonally stuck, and not going anywhere.

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N903DA won't be going to CLT anytime soon, with us in the way...

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Scrub-a-dub-dub! Line MTC washing off a Delta 737.

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Blasting off from Atlanta one last time. For today, anyhow...

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Goodbye, Atlanta...Be back soon.

Service on this final leg was identical to the first five, a few passes of the snack basket and a few rounds of drinks during the short hour of cruise that we had to play with. I think Delta should really introduce some real food on these hour long hops, but I'm not counting on it (and, to their own credit, they do switch up the snacks inside every once in awhile). After I finished my munchies and carbonated drinks, I set to work on the inflght Wi-Fi, uploading pictures from this trip to my Flickr account before stowing my laptop and just staring out the window at the passing lit-up cities.

As I've grown older, I've noticed that time goes by faster and faster! A year used to seem like an eternity, now it seems like a few months. A month feels like a week, and a day feels like a few hours. Undeniably, as the Floridian peninsula below our aircraft became more slender, I knew my first ATL-MIA flight would be coming to a close. And while I heave a sigh that yet another daytrip is coming to a rapid close, the pilots announced that we made up eleven minutes enroute to South Florida, bringing us into MIA on a smooth landing from over the Everglades to the West then taxiing for a bit into Concourse H. After everyone deplaned, I requested a cockpit visit which was quickly granted and I thanked the flight crew for their excellent service, especially the preflight briefing. "Don't mention it, it's my job, son!" were his kind words.

After exiting, I explored MIA for a bit, before finally walking all the way over to the American Airlines check-in area (devoid of all people) to check-in for my daytrip the next day to JAX then caught a cab back to the beach house in Fort Lauderdale. I would later change the JAX trip to November 4th, to enjoy it with my best friend, which will be my next report. Stay tuned!  https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5613/15587001956_00f02a5b22_c.jpg
The flight attendant was amused by my extensive photography of the snack basket. :P

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Coffee to end the night. Thankfully, it did provide a minor boost of stamina for an exhausted LPDAL.

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Long final over the outskirts of the Everglades Conservation Area.

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Almost there...

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Final touchdown of the day.

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Parked, not next to N350NA, unfortunately. Wouldn't that be fun?  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3940/15423996909_7c6b4f1932_c.jpg
Colby is very sad that he has to leave his 6th flight of the day.  https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5597/14967237724_ae7cd819d4_c.jpg
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Not without a cockpit visit, too!
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:10 pm

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MIA's Concourse H and J are very different from AA's D and E.

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No, your eyes are not deceiving you, this is an IntraEurope Air France A320-214(WL) F-HEPF, one of the rarest catches of the day (for being on this continent, anyway). Air France serves two Haitian cities, Port Au Prince, the capital of Haiti (PAP), and Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP) from Miami, in addition to the "normal" widebody longhaul service to Charles de Gaulle.

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I tried to find the SwiftAir and Sun Country HAV flights, but they were in an entirely cordoned off section of the airport, so I didn't bother. Also, note the time. :P

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Concourse J is the main international flagship thoroughfare of MIA, serving all the European majors and a few other abroad carriers. The walkway in the center of this image is an immigration tunnel.

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Wow, what a throwback, my first 747 flight, MIA-FRA. My next would be five and a half years later in November 2014, albeit on Delta in BusinessElite in upper deck suite 79K and lower deck nose suite 1A. Look out for my 25th Report Special: 25. Delta First Class, 747-400/753 FLLATLMSPATLFLL

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TransAero (Russian airline) flies 744s to MIA as well. When did the "Tourist Class" moniker fall out of use? The only time I see economy referred to as "Tourist Class" is in vintage airline books.

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I've been to Grand Cayman on two of my many cruises, but I still really want to try out Cayman Airways--besides the awesome Sir Turtle mascot, I heard their service is great and they have some really interesting airplanes in their fleet (Twin Otters, for one).

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The Concourse D ticketing hall, dominated by AA, US (at the time of writing), and QR is completely devoid of any passenger life at this hour.

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Checking in for my Republic Airlines d/b/a American Eagle E175 flight up to JAX the following morning (wait, isn't it already morning? :P ) I later changed this reservation to November 4th, as a combined birthday present for my best friend and Is' birthdays, which are only a week apart.

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Taking a cab all the way back up to Lauderdale by the Sea (which is a town, not "Fort Lauderdale by the Sea", which doesn't exist. "By The Sea" is part of the town name, not describing the location...)

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Zooming by, ironically enough, FLL, while dreaming up my next daytrip. Goodnight.
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:10 pm

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21. US Airways First Class, AA First Class MIATPAMIA (by LPDAL Dec 4 2014 in Trip Reports)
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20. United GlobalFirst Suites FLL✈MCO✈IAH✈IAD✈EWRFLL (by LPDAL Nov 27 2014 in Trip Reports)
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19. AA Flagship Suites First Class 777-200 MIA✈LAX✈MIA (by LPDAL Sep 25 2014 in Trip Reports)
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18. AA Flagship Suites First Class 777-200 MIA✈LAX✈MIA (by LPDAL Sep 25 2014 in Trip Reports)
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17. American Airlines First Class, 767-300 MIA-MCO-MIA (by LPDAL Sep 17 2014 in Trip Reports)
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16. Silver Airways Saab 340B+, United Club FLL-MCO-FLL (by LPDAL Aug 31 2014 in Trip Reports)
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15. United First Class, Piper P-31 FLL-IAH-VCT-IAH-FLL (by LPDAL Jun 26 2014 in Trip Reports)
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14. American Airlines Flagship Business Class MCO-MIA (by LPDAL May 20 2014 in Trip Reports)
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13. US Airways Envoy Suites First Class FLL-PHL-MCO (by LPDAL May 20 2014 in Trip Reports)
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12. United First Class, 757-200s Of UA FLL-ORD-IAD-FLL (by LPDAL May 5 2014 in Trip Reports)
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11. 1989 Idaho Bush Adventure, Cessna 206 SFO-SLC-C48 (by LPDAL Apr 6 2014 in Trip Reports)
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10. Atlantis On JetBlue+BahamasAir 737-500 FLL-NAS-FLL (by LPDAL Mar 23 2014 in Trip Reports)
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9. AirTran Business Class Delta F FLL-ATL-CLE-ATL-FLL (by LPDAL Mar 10 2014 in Trip Reports)
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8. Banyan Air [email protected]+Bombardier Global Express 5000 (by LPDAL Feb 20 2014 in Trip Reports)
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7. Spirit Airlines New First Class FLL-MCO-FLL (Pics) (by LPDAL Feb 17 2014 in Trip Reports)
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6. Fahf 2: Southwest Business Class R/T FLL-TPA-FLL (by LPDAL Feb 10 2014 in Trip Reports)
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5. 7 Hours On A Silver Saab 340B+! FLL-EYW-TPA-FLL (by LPDAL Jan 27 2014 in Trip Reports)
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4. Goodyear Blimp/Airship/Dirigible Ride PMP-PMP(Pics (by LPDAL Oct 15 2013 in Trip Reports)
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3. DL EconomyComfort-Better Than Economy? FLL-JFK-FLL (by LPDAL Oct 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
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2. Delta First/BusinessElite FLL-ATL-BOS-AMS (Long) (by LPDAL Jul 31 2012 in Trip Reports)
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1. Delta F Class FLL-LGA/JFK-FLL (by LPDAL May 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:37 pm

Hi, great TR - as always!

Quoting lpdal (Thread starter):
Dead Hubs 1: Delta Air Lines First Class on the McDonell Douglas MD-88, McDonell Douglas MD-90

I am very impressed by DELTA's maintenance department. It seems all a/c have been refitted to one single DL standard, despite having different backgrounds (ex SAS, China Southern/China Northern, China Eastern).

Quoting lpdal (Reply 3):
Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30
Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N932DN, formerly OH-BLE with Blue1 as of December 18th, 2007, formerly SE-DMF with Nordic Leisure as of July 7th, 2006, formerly SE-DMF with Blue1 as of March 26th, 2006, formerly SE-DMF with Nordic Leisure as of June 23rd, 2005, formerly SE-DMF with SAS Scandinavian Airlines at delivery as of October 16th, 1996

WOW! I worked for NordicLeisure and our MD90's were nick-named "christmas trees" - because always all warning lights flashed red. It was the most unreliable aircraft and the No. 1 candidate to went AOG (even the OLDEST airworthy MD81 SE-DMT -3rd off production line btw- was much, much more reliable!)- unbelievable that your flight went so smooth... But AFAIK, the 2 NordicLeisure airframes DL took over were rebuild in 2011 in MZJ prior handover (can anyone from DL confirm?).
 
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Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:33 am

Very cool report! Those dying DL hubs really are something to see. I flew via MEM last year and couldn't believe how dehubbed it was. I recall coming across a gate blocking entrance to a portion of the concourse with many gates as they are no longer used. It felt so weird to walk around there.

I think it's cool that CVG still has CDG service. I flew CDG-CVG a few years ago which was absolutely packed. It was my only transatlantic flight where the vast majority of the passengers were American. There were no more than 10 passengers in the non-US customs line.

I hope you enjoyed your trip!
 
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Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:43 am

Have you considered going out of your comfort zone (lack of a better term) and trying out a Transcon first class. You should fly Mint Class or Delta's Transcon product.

Nice trip report, love the detail!

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Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:12 pm

Hey Debonair, and thanks for another great comment  ,

Quoting debonair (Reply 14):
Hi, great TR - as always!

Great comment - as always!   

Quoting debonair (Reply 14):

I am very impressed by DELTA's maintenance department. It seems all a/c have been refitted to one single DL standard, despite having different backgrounds (ex SAS, China Southern/China Northern, China Eastern).

They have really improved in that regard, and not just in the domestic fleet regard--just a few years back they had 6 (!) different business class products on the longhaul fleet--now they only have three!  
Quoting debonair (Reply 14):
WOW! I worked for NordicLeisure and our MD90's were nick-named "christmas trees" - because always all warning lights flashed red. It was the most unreliable aircraft and the No. 1 candidate to went AOG (even the OLDEST airworthy MD81 SE-DMT -3rd off production line btw- was much, much more reliable!)- unbelievable that your flight went so smooth...

I've never had a delayed MD-series flight in recent memory, in fact!

Quoting debonair (Reply 14):
But AFAIK, the 2 NordicLeisure airframes DL took over were rebuild in 2011 in MZJ prior handover (can anyone from DL confirm?).

I don't work for DL, but I can confirm that from Delta Air Lines MD-90 N932DN's PlaneSpotters.Net Operator History:

N932DN Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-90 - cn 53457 / ln 2138
Airframe Details
Construction Number (MSN) 53457
Line Number 2138
Aircraft Type * McDonnell Douglas MD-90
Date of Manufactur * Jul 1996
Age 18.7 Years
Airframe Status Active

Reg

Aircraft Type *

Airline

Engines *

Config *

Delivered

Fleet Number

Aircraft Name

Remark
SE-DMF McDonnell Douglas MD-90 SAS Scandinavian Airlines 2x V2500 (hidden) 16. Oct 1996 Heidrek Viking wfu and std at CPH 25. Mar 2005
SE-DMF McDonnell Douglas MD-90 Nordic Leisure 2x V2500 23. Jun 2005 leased from SAS Scandinavian Airlines
SE-DMF McDonnell Douglas MD-90 Blue1 2x V2500 25. Mar 2006 leased from Nordic Leisure
SE-DMF McDonnell Douglas MD-90 Nordic Leisure 2x V2500 07. Jul 2006 ret, leased from SAS Scandinavian Airlines
wfu 17. Sep 2006
returned to lessor 30. Sep 2006
OH-BLE McDonnell Douglas MD-90 Blue1 2x V2500 (hidden) 18. Dec 2007 Jamijärvi leased from SAS Scandinavian Airlines
ferried OSL-HEL 18. Dec 2007 on delivery
ferried HEL-ARN 29. Nov 2010 on return to lessor
ferried ARN-KEF-BGR-MZJ 08. - 09. Mar 2011 for maintenance
N932DN McDonnell Douglas MD-90 Delta Air Lines 2x V2500 (hidden) 17. Mar 2011 9232 leased from SAS Scandinavian Airlines

Hi Continental, glad to see a new commentator on my reports, and thanks for your kind words!  
Quoting Continental (Reply 15):
Very cool report!

Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting Continental (Reply 15):
Those dying DL hubs really are something to see. I flew via MEM last year and couldn't believe how dehubbed it was. I recall coming across a gate blocking entrance to a portion of the concourse with many gates as they are no longer used. It felt so weird to walk around there.

I remember going to Chicago Midway in 2010 for the first time and seeing some of the concourses and jetways boarded up. A sad state of affairs, I must say, but at least MEM is sustaining some service. And, they still have the FX (Fedex Express Airlines) hub, which supports the local economy immensely.

Quoting Continental (Reply 15):

I think it's cool that CVG still has CDG service. I flew CDG-CVG a few years ago which was absolutely packed. It was my only transatlantic flight where the vast majority of the passengers were American. There were no more than 10 passengers in the non-US customs line.

Heaven knows what klaxons would wail if this service was cut!   However, having [daily] CDG service doesn't really set CVG apart from a ton of airports--several smaller and non-hub DL airports / stations have SEAS (seasonal) including PHL, PIT, BOS, ORD, and EWR.

Quoting Continental (Reply 15):
I hope you enjoyed your trip!

I enjoyed every minute, thanks for your great comment.  

Hey Max, exciting to see another user somewhat (lol, minus 3-4 years) around my age on here,

Quoting Max752 (Reply 16):
Have you considered going out of your comfort zone (lack of a better term) and trying out a Transcon first class. You should fly Mint Class or Delta's Transcon product.

Yep, number eighteen on my past reports list: 18. AA Flagship Suites First Class 777-200 MIALAXMIA (by LPDAL Sep 25 2014 in Trip Reports)
I just noticed number nineteen is a duplicate of the above report, the correct one is this write-up: Delta First Class+BusinesElite FLL✈ATL✈SRQ✈ATL✈FLL (by LPDAL Oct 25 2014 in Trip Reports)

It's really not about comfort--I can adapt to pretty much any environment I'm in and enjoy every bit of the airline-flying experience. What it really comes down to is what aircraft / hard product I want to catch, and how much time I have. As you know that I know, we are in high school (I am a 19-year-old senior as mentioned several times throughout the report), so that is my priority right now.

As for JetBlue Mint, I would pretty much have to fly to JFK or LAX just to access that product, so, for all intents and purposes, I don't really have a desire to try it at the moment. Regarding Virgin America first class, it looks nice enough but 1) their service is hit and miss, 2) their times out of FLL are nonsensical for me, and 3) for the amount of money they charge for certain routes, it would make more sense to just fly on a legacy. For example, they're charging about $1,300 for first class on FLL-JFK-FLL, and Delta charges on $800 for full fare refundable first class. On FLL-LAX-FLL, they're charging around $3,000, while American Airlines at MIA has their 777-200 Flagship First Class suites for around or just a tad more than that sum. So, if I did try either of those two, it would be solely for novelty value and not for any sort of practical transportation purpose.

Quoting Max752 (Reply 16):
Nice trip report, love the detail!

With that said, I do enjoy your reports as well, so keep on writing, Max. Great job on your latest Transcon Wars report, and thanks for the nice words.  

Thanks again, everyone!

-LPDAL / Colby

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Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:40 pm

Quoting lpdal (Thread starter):
, I assumed looking at the general outside look of the building, that it would be just another DoubleTree property with a modern yet professional look inside, perhaps even chic-looking in a way. However, as a ton of people say, never assume anything--what I walked into was totally the opposite of what I thought I was entering... 

Back in the 70s, that hotel was built as an Americana Hotel (owned by AA). I tried to find some pics of one, but this was as close as I could get:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/American-Air...al-Matchbook-Matches-/261122109390

I think AA sold the hotel chain by 1980 or so......
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:10 am

Great report. It's almost hard to believe that not too long ago CVG was Delta's second largest hub and had non-stop service to multiple European destinations.
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:02 pm

Nice report. Interesting to see the ex-Nordic Leisure plane on there. I'm pretty sure I flew that a few times on LGW-TLL back when they were filing in for OV that was short one aircraft.
 
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Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:23 pm

Hi Colby.......Another great and complete report. I wish I had your energy and appetite. I was on the flight when you put your head down and feel asleep. Too bad you missed the great hot dinner of a filet, double baked patato, veg. melody, warm bread, and an ice cream sundae. Poor you. By the way, I for one appreciate the fact you dress appropriately. Said that before, but it's the way people should be dressed. Just unbutton that top button of your shirt. Just a little geekie. LOL I might come back to LBTS to look for a place to rent. Winter here has been the pits, it's 1 degree and wind chill of -35F. Is the Sea Watch still there as well as the the little hamburger joint at the beginning of the dock on Commercial? Keep up the great reports.
 
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Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:14 am

Colby,

Your reports are my favorite to read. You do an outstanding job and I really appreciate the amount of effort that goes into your reports. Please keep writing them!
 
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Sat Feb 21, 2015 4:19 am

Great report with great pictures.....how did you get served (G&T) if you are 19? I thought they didn't allow that in the states....has it changed?
 
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:09 am

Quoting lpdal (Thread starter):
In September 2014, just around the beginning of my senior year,, I began talking to another high school senior 932 miles north of where I live--in CVG, or Covington, Kentucky. We talked for around a month before she asked me if I'd like to see her, and I thought "No way, she must be joking...." However, she was not joking--and, after "meeting" her parents through Skype Video Conference, as well as her subsequently talking to my parents through the same medium, I was booked on tickets to CVG. But, under my suspicions of past...infidelity from teenage girls, I bought fully refundable first class tickets.

And, for once, I was forced to make use of them.

Yes, she bailed. Decided she didn't want me in her life--no problem! Many other fish in the sea.

I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I was to see a total lack of snowglobes in this TR. Great report!  
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Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:04 pm

Colby,

Great report and I want to thank you for the amount of effort you put into your report!! So thank you.

Quoting lpdal (Thread starter):
as she was flying PBI-ATL-MAN

Heck of a long layover in ATL! The DL64 doesn't leave ATL until about 1930.

Quoting lpdal (Thread starter):
her business in Manchester

Wonder what this was...!
 
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Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:40 am

Thanks for the report! Glad to see there is still a touch of NW left in MEM, but it sucks to see all CRJ-200s where countless RJ-85s, DC-9s, 757s, 727s, and DC-10s used to be. Did you manage to spot the TN ANG base across the runway from the terminals to the east?

Hopefully the planned expansion brings some more natural light into the terminal, but honestly, with the downward slope MEM is on, I'm afraid it will be for nothing.  

Hopefully WN, NK or F9 will come in and pump some life into it.
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Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:34 pm

Great report, but sorry you weren't able to get a leg over with your bird in CVG.
 
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:59 pm

Hello everyone, just a few updates and notices;

1. I've received a few questions asking about the LH reservation in the conclusion of this report. That was an old trip I took back in July 2009, you can tell because LH no longer uses that marketing slogan.

2. I do not respond to troll accounts, flamebait, or off-topic questions. Please do not bother, I know what you're trying to do.

3. I generally do not respond to private messages unless either 1) I know very you well (2+ years) 2) I send the first message. If you can't say it publicly on the forums, do not message it to me.

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Hi DL_Mech,

Quoting DL_Mech (Reply 18):
Back in the 70s, that hotel was built as an Americana Hotel (owned by AA). I tried to find some pics of one, but this was as close as I could get:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/American-Air...al-Matchbook-Matches-/261122109390

I think AA sold the hotel chain by 1980 or so......

Thanks for that info, reminds me of those fancy eateries with the matches near the seating podium. Good times, good times...  

Hey 777-200,

Quoting 777-200 (Reply 19):
Great report. It's almost hard to believe that not too long ago CVG was Delta's second largest hub and had non-stop service to multiple European destinations

Thanks! Times change, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. CVG is an okay airport, but nothing amazing...

Hi Jfidler,

Quoting jfidler (Reply 20):
Nice report. Interesting to see the ex-Nordic Leisure plane on there. I'm pretty sure I flew that a few times on LGW-TLL back when they were filing in for OV that was short one aircraft.

I was excited to ride on airframes that had spent many years on foreign continents!   I was amazed to see how many different hats they wore over the years.

Hi Eastern747,

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 21):
Hi Colby.......Another great and complete report. I wish I had your energy and appetite.

Spirit of youth, no?   It is near impossible for me to gain (lipid) weight, so I'm always chowing down on my favorite foods.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 21):
I was on the flight when you put your head down and feel asleep. Too bad you missed the great hot dinner of a filet, double baked patato, veg. melody, warm bread, and an ice cream sundae. Poor you.

Wouldn't that be amazing?   Unfortunately, I probably only missed a snack basket...

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 21):
By the way, I for one appreciate the fact you dress appropriately. Said that before, but it's the way people should be dressed. Just unbutton that top button of your shirt. Just a little geekie. LOL

:o
Yes, I'll do that.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 21):
LOL I might come back to LBTS to look for a place to rent. Winter here has been the pits, it's 1 degree and wind chill of -35F.

You and hundreds of others! The place is literally full to the brim right now.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 21):
Is the Sea Watch still there as well as the the little hamburger joint at the beginning of the dock on Commercial? Keep up the great reports.

Yes, and yes! Will do.  

Hey MeanGreen

Quoting MeanGreen (Reply 22):
Colby,

Your reports are my favorite to read. You do an outstanding job and I really appreciate the amount of effort that goes into your reports. Please keep writing them!

You and my other readers can expect many, many reports to come! I'm hoping to do 100 by year's end.

Hi YYZAMS,

Quoting YYZAMS (Reply 23):
Great report with great pictures.....

Thanks a ton.  
Quoting YYZAMS (Reply 23):
how did you get served (G&T) if you are 19? I thought they didn't allow that in the states....has it changed?

It is just plain tonic water with lime, as stated in the report.  

Hi EA CO AS, great to have another senior member aboard  
Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 24):

I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I was to see a total lack of snowglobes in this TR.

With all the time I've spent on Civil Air Patrol, school, work, and family time I've been left with little to no time to even think about chasing girls. Actually, I don't even care, dating in high school is largely a novelty and when it really comes down to it, to put it quite bluntly, the time, effort, money, and other resources spent trying to enter a romantic relationship are really not worth the limited satisfaction the relationship provides. Not to mention, the added stress, etc..

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 24):
Great report!

Much obliged!

Quoting phunc (Reply 25):
Colby,

Great report and I want to thank you for the amount of effort you put into your report!! So thank you.

No problem at all, glad you enjoyed it.

Hey Phunc, glad to have a long term commentator come back as always  
Quoting phunc (Reply 25):

Heck of a long layover in ATL! The DL64 doesn't leave ATL until about 1930.

7:30 PM? Wow, that is a long layover? I'd have a nice nap in the airport hotel.

Quoting phunc (Reply 25):
Wonder what this was...!

I don't remember exactly, but she was American and not British, I think...

Hey TWA772LR, and thanks for your research making this trip report possible. 
Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 26):
Thanks for the report!

Thanks for your facts!  
Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 26):
Glad to see there is still a touch of NW left in MEM, but it sucks to see all CRJ-200s where countless RJ-85s, DC-9s, 757s, 727s, and DC-10s used to be

I haven't been on a CRJ-200 since.......2010, probably. But yes, MEM is nearly dead.

Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 26):
Did you manage to spot the TN ANG base across the runway from the terminals to the east?

I did not, unfortunately.  
Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 26):

Hopefully the planned expansion brings some more natural light into the terminal, but honestly, with the downward slope MEM is on, I'm afraid it will be for nothing.

Probably so, but one can hope.

Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 26):

Hopefully WN, NK or F9 will come in and pump some life into it.

NK starting FLL-MEM would be interesting. Doesn't F9 already serve MEM? There's an image with a F9 frame in the background in the report.

Thanks again everyone,

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Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:08 am

Colby, your report is very thorough and comprehensive.

There are a few areas I think require clarification for the benefit of members of Airliners.net who may read this report.

1. You made reference multiple times in your report to the "purser" on your flights. While most pursers are flight attendants, there are some important differences that should be noted. First, in order to be qualified as a "purser," a flight attendant must submit formal application to In-Flight services. Then, the flight attendant must successfully pass an extensive interview, and if accepted, attend additional training before becoming fully qualified and certified as a "purser." Normally, they will wear the designation "Purser" beneath their name tags.

Pursers are generally assigned to "trans-oceanic" flights, although they may also be assigned to those transcontinental flights that operate with a Business Elite cabin. While pursers assist with normal safety duty and in-flight service to the passengers, their duties are much more "supervisory" and/or "managerial" in nature. Pursers are responsible for ensuring all flight attendants perform their duties as required, including managing flight attendant rest periods, as required, and they ensure meal/beverage/snack services are initiated and completed on schedule. Pursers make sure the in-flight entertainment systems operate correctly, are responsible for all paperwork, including distribution and completion of customs and immigration forms, and are the primary contact between the cabin and the flight deck. They must coordinate with the pilots with regard to their meals as well as flight deck entry/exit procedures for the pilots' breaks. The role of "purser" is especially important on widebody aircraft which may operate with as many as eleven or twelve flight attendants, or more, depending upon the type of aircraft.

While some of the flight attendants on your flights on this trip may have been "purser" qualified, not any of the flights on which you traveled would have had an actual "purser" position designated as pursers are not assigned to, or required on, short domestic flights.

By the way, many airlines have different designations for the chief or head flight attendant assigned to a flight. At Delta, I think the head flight attendant is designated as the "Flight Leader."

I hope this clarifies the duty of a purser, which as I mentioned, is more of a supervisor or manager position than flight attendant.

2. On your flight from Atlanta to Cincinnati, you had a photo of a light assembly near the end of the runway with the following caption,

""Two reds, two whites, and you'll be alright!" Just one of ATL's ten VASIs, or Visual Approach Slope Indicator, which helps pilots determine if they're on the right spot on the glideslope for landing, ensuring they don't land too short or too far down the runway." and you have a link to a Wikipedia article concerning the VASI.

This is incorrect. Let me explain . . .

Quite a few years ago, most of the VASI systems in the United States were decommissioned and replaced with the PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator) system. You can take a look at Wikipedia if you want a more detailed explanation of the PAPI system. While the guidance of a PAPI is similar to that of a VASI, it is my understanding the PAPI system is more accurate that the VASI, as well as simpler and less expensive to maintain. While you can still occasionally find VASIs in operation in the United States, they are mostly found at smaller "municipal" type airports serving general or corporate aviation. Most of the airports in the U.S. that have scheduled airline service now use PAPIs.

And, with reference to your statement, "Just one of ATL's ten VASIs . . . " well, technically, there are zero VASIs at the Atlanta airport, but if you mean PAPIs, there are eight. Runway 10/28 does not have any type of visual guidance system at either end.

3. There were a few minor typographical errors:

On your flight from Atlanta to Cincinnati, you had a photo of the runway as the aircraft was lining up with the following caption, "Here you can clearly see how steep the grade of runway 26 left is while we wait for our turn to thunder down the ramp into the blue Georgian skies."

Did you mean thunder down the "runway?" As you know, the ramp is normally where aircraft park, not land and takeoff.

On your flight from Cincinnati to Atlanta, you had the following comment, "we were on approach to Atlanta . . . for one of the four parallel runways at ATL.

I think you meant "five" parallel runways: 8L/26R, 8R/26L, 9L/27R, 9R/27L, and 10/28.

On your flight from Atlanta to Memphis, you stated, "MEM was even more dead than ATL."
Did you mean MEM was even more dead than CVG? It seemed like there was a lot of flight activity at ATL.

At the Miami airport, you have a photo of an Air France Airbus A-320, with the following caption, "Air France serves two Haitian cities, Port Au Prince, the capital of Haiti (PAP), and Pointe-a Pitre." This is very minor, as far as I know, from Miami, Air France only serves once city in Haiti, Port Au Prince. Point-a-Pitre is on the island of Guadeloupe, not Haiti."


and finally, a few comments you made which I did not understand:

On your flight from Atlanta to Cincinnati, during taxi out from the gate to the runway, you had photos of the aft portions of a Delta MD-88 and an American Airbus A-319 with the following caption, "While not as close to the ground as the post-merger Delta DC-9-50s . . .as you can see here it is still close enough to touch from a standing position"

Close enough to touch what from a standing position?


You had a photo of an Airbus A-330 taking off with the following caption, "A rattling A330 takes off right over us as we push back from the gate."

I didn't understand the comment about rattling. A few years ago I had the opportunity to travel aboard an A-330 and I don't recall it rattling. It seemed to be a very smooth trip. Or, did you mean the A-330 caused the aircraft you were aboard to rattle?

You made a comment about SODROPS and were disappointed they were not being used. I'm not completely familiar with this concept. Can you please explain SODROPS, how it would be applied to operations at the Atlanta airport and why you would have expected it.

During your transfer between flight from Atlanta to Cincinnati, you made reference to "Atlanta gate lice." I change planes occasionally in Atlanta and am not familiar with gate lice there. Can you please explain this comment, as well.

Overall, a very detailed trip report.

e38

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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Sat Mar 07, 2015 6:11 am

'ello again. Fine job here. Observations are as follows:

Quoting lpdal (Reply 1):
Taxiing in beside a younger sib MD-88 N905DE on our way into our assigned gate in Concourse B.

Took a spin on that ship in September 2011. Nice to see you again.

Quoting lpdal (Reply 2):
it has become a bit of a challenge to find new and amusing things to do in ATL (I'd much rather go to other hubs such as....CVG, DTW, JFK, LGA, MSP), so I was glad the kind Delta agent booked me a nice, comfortable connection of about an hour so I wouldn't have to wander throughout the airport to find something new to do during my connection.

That's what you're supposed to do in ATL, though. Go underground and start walking.   

Quoting lpdal (Reply 5):
This airport came into view as we started our descent into Georgia. Which one is it

I don't know yet, but I'll do my darnedest to find out...sometime later today.

Quoting lpdal (Reply 7):
And a weird pyramid structure on the right, what is that?

This pyramid in Memphis is...the Memphis Pyramid. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis_Pyramid
Good night, and keep watching the skis. Uh, skies.
 
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:02 pm

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 30):

Quoting lpdal (Reply 5):
This airport came into view as we started our descent into Georgia. Which one is it

I don't know yet, but I'll do my darnedest to find out...sometime later today.

Your answer: Fulton County Airport http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_County_Airport_%28Georgia%29
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:15 am

While you definitely have a passion and put some admirable time and effort into your reports, they're simply too long for me. They just go on and on and on and on. At times my browser crashes while trying to load your trip reports!

When I decide to read a report that interests me, I look to spend maybe ten minutes most reading. Unfortunately, I don't have the time to dedicate an hour for a report. nor do I think most people? You include way too much useless info that has no relevance to the report.

Also, you post too much info. From reading your reports over the past year, I already know your full name. Where you live and work. If somebody really wanted to dig, I'm sure you've provoded enough info for identity thieves to screw you or your father big time.

Please don't take offense. I myself am on the spectrum.

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Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:16 pm

Wow that was an awesome trip report! Sad to see how MEM has faded, I have flown to PNS over the last 18 years and many of my trip routings from 1998 to 2005 were through MEM on Northwest (routing CID-MSP-MEM-PNS), sometimes I would be on DC10's between MSP & MEM (in 2001 and 2002), I always loved that! MEM was a bustling hub then. My last trip through MEM was in 2011 on DL coming back from LAX. (LAX-MEM-MSN). I've also taken DL a couple times CID-CVG-ATL-PNS (in 1997 twice) looks like CVG has fared a little better as it retains somewhat of a mini hub aspect. Also have taken flights through CVG to SRQ (2004) & SDF (2009). CVG was a beautiful airport, still is modern looking. Alas since 2005 my trips to the Florida panhandle/Gulf Beaches of Alabama (where my parents winter) have mainly been now either on AA (CID-DFW-PNS) or DL (CID-ATL-PNS) pretty much evenly divided you could say. In fact I just came home through ATL saturday. Love ATL for all of the non stop action, hustle and bustle and people watching. AA and DFW comes in a close second, definitely two of our largest mega hubs in the US.

Thanks for sharing!
 
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Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:57 am

Quoting e38 (Reply 29):

While the purser information was interesting, that was quite a nitpicky post for what was, I found, a really engaging and entertaining trip report, sounds like a fun day,
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A big    to your post.  

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Hi Tigerguy, thanks for another nice comment

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 30):
'ello again. Fine job here.

Very appreciated!!  
Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 30):
Took a spin on that ship in September 2011. Nice to see you again.

Wow, that is pretty amazing. I once saw an AirTran (RIP) 717 in JAX that I saw weeks earlier in ATL, it's always a stunning yet fun feeling to see a reg again!

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 30):
That's what you're supposed to do in ATL, though. Go underground and start walking.

  

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 30):

I don't know yet, but I'll do my darnedest to find out...sometime later today.
Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 31):

Your answer: Fulton County Airport http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_County_Airport_%28Georgia%29 [/quote

Much obliged for your efforts!

[quote=Tigerguy,reply=30]
This pyramid in Memphis is...the Memphis Pyramid.

That sure is an impressive structure!  

Hi CIDFlyer, welcome aboard to my trip reports :3,

Quoting CIDFlyer (Reply 33):
Wow that was an awesome trip report! Sad to see how MEM has faded, I have flown to PNS over the last 18 years and many of my trip routings from 1998 to 2005 were through MEM on Northwest (routing CID-MSP-MEM-PNS), sometimes I would be on DC10's between MSP & MEM (in 2001 and 2002), I always loved that! MEM was a bustling hub then. My last trip through MEM was in 2011 on DL coming back from LAX. (LAX-MEM-MSN). I've also taken DL a couple times CID-CVG-ATL-PNS (in 1997 twice) looks like CVG has fared a little better as it retains somewhat of a mini hub aspect. Also have taken flights through CVG to SRQ (2004) & SDF (2009). CVG was a beautiful airport, still is modern looking. Alas since 2005 my trips to the Florida panhandle/Gulf Beaches of Alabama (where my parents winter) have mainly been now either on AA (CID-DFW-PNS) or DL (CID-ATL-PNS) pretty much evenly divided you could say. In fact I just came home through ATL saturday. Love ATL for all of the non stop action, hustle and bustle and people watching. AA and DFW comes in a close second, definitely two of our largest mega hubs in the US.

Thanks for those anecdotes, I love reading my commentators' experiences. 
Quoting CIDFlyer (Reply 33):
Thanks for sharing!

Many more trip reports are coming soon!  

Thanks again!

-LPDAL / Colby

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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:05 pm

What an amazing and detailed report! Thank you so much for keeping me entertained for the majority of this Sunday. May your future travels be just as adventurous.

(And as for the girl - her loss   )
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RE: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA

Tue Mar 24, 2015 1:30 pm

Hi everyone, and thank you for the great first 3 years!!!   https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7631/16915054412_f330f3d36d_c.jpg

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Quoting NDiesel (Reply 36):
What an amazing and detailed report! Thank you so much for keeping me entertained for the majority of this Sunday. May your future travels be just as adventurous.

Thank you! I'm planning a few trips involving CHS, CMH, STL, DAY, TLH, ESC, JAC, EAG, and a few others. Stay tuned! 
Quoting NDiesel (Reply 36):
(And as for the girl - her loss  

Of course -- I've had a few relationships over the course of my high school years, but from what I can tell it was largely a novelty and nothing to get too serious over (meanwhile, all the senior girls in my class are getting engaged to their senior boyfriends at age 18--what a recipe for disaster!). An older friend in college told me what I should have realized long ago--there is no chance of having a serious, mutually-benefiting relationship in high school (and to some extent, college, as well). There simply isn't enough maturity or fidelity for the "high school sweethearts" concept to exist.  

Thanks again for your great comment, NDiesel.  

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