Hello everyone, this is the final part of a trip I took to California last autumn.
The flights I took where BOG-ATL [Report Here] ATL-LAX [Report Here] SFO-DTW [Report Here] DTW-ATL [Will not be covered in a full FR, photos at the end of the SFO-DTW report] ATL-BOG: You are here ———————– I chose my itinerary in such a way I could fly all 737s types DL has on its fleet. But the cherry on top of it was that I could fly one of my favorite planes to my hometown: the 757.
When DL began flying to Bogotá back in year 2000, they began with 757s. Other American airlines, such as AA and CO were also sending 757s from Miami and Newark. Somewhere around 2010 DL switched to 737 700, flying them from its hubs in JFK and ATL. UA (who absorbed CO's ops in Colombia) switched to the same type. Thus the only 757 service to Colombia was the AA 757 to MIA. Because of the better economy, more people are flying to the States, and the 757s are back to BOG. DL now only sends 757s both from JFK and ATL, and UA has placed another 757 in one of its daily flights to IAH.
So, after my redeye between SFO and DTW, I took one of Delta's newest jets down to ATL in order to catch my flight to BOG. I had a dilemma, either stay resting in ATL or head to town and re-explore Atlanta. I chose to stay, I felt battered, and the idea of going through security again didn't sound great for me.
(These pics are from the DTW inbound)
Something that caught my eye this time was the sheer amount of MDs still flying in ATL. They used to be the workhorse for AV, thus very recurrent in Colombia, now replaced by A320s.
We parked by a 757 very alike to the one I would fly to Bogotá.
I find the majority of ATL's concourses crowded and uncomfortable due to the low ceilings. While Concourse E is better than the others, it wasn't as nice as the newest one in house: Concourse F. High ceilings, big windows…the whole shebang. So I picked a lonely corner by a window and let myself go to sleep.
When my tummy felt like it, I headed to the food court. I had a pre-chosen food option: The Varsity. I would have gone to the same place had I gone to Atlanta's Downtown anyway.
One can use this very fun machine for our soft drinks.
After eating I headed to the duty free and bought a pair of bottles of booze ( I love Jack Daniel's and it is dirt cheap in the US compared to Colombia), then off to my gate. When I got there I had a huge disappointment our gate wouldn't let me see the plane. I planned to stay the while looking at the plane all the while before boarding, but with nothing better to do I spent the time reading my book.
I had chosen my seat strategically, as I had learned that DL wasn't really organised at boarding and didn't enforce boarding order.
The flight was packed, but I managed to get to my seat before the rest of my row, so I could take a shot at the seats, headrests are a great feature.
Pitch was OK
PTVs were alright…my book for size comparison
The crew was nice and pleasant, I can recall a beautiful Puerto Rican woman and a pretty blonde, whom I overheard telling someone that it was her first international flight. Both of them looked gorgeous in DLs uniform.
I was called to the gate to receive my booze. When back to my seat it was taken by some jerk, he had appropriated himself of the pillow and blanket, and moved my junk to the middle seat and all. I wasn't going to yield my window by no chances, and told him to move. Fortunately he obliged without any opposition.
Soon enough we were taxying to the runway, I managed to get some nice views:
Info regarding our flight:
I like DLs IFE a lot, it provides us geeks with useful info such as Tail No. in order to keep track of the planes we've flown.
We took off to a nice sunset…very calmed flight overall.
I reckon this is Orlando
By the time we were over Miami food was given:
I consider DL gives loads of food (compared to other airlines flying to Latin America), the quality was OK, nothing extraordinary either for good or bad.
Night set in and I watched two movies on the way, there were a lot of options, I chose Guardians of the Galaxy and the one in which Tom Cruise keeps dying all the time… Not the best I say. There were constant water rounds by the crew.
We landed in Bogotá and then I went to Immigration, which took its fair time. I was disgusted with some compatriots who thought a great idea to skip line, and no one from the authorities said a thing to them. I hate that about Colombians, no one says anything for breaking the rules.
Baggage claim took ages (they haven't figured a way to make it quicker….so I expect BOG to be mediocre for ever in this aspect), and then I was off to my house. The cab charged me the same price an Uber could have charged me…I was furious but so tired I wasn't going to fight with the jackass.
—- BONUS TRACK: Photos from California
Delta Air Lines
Atlanta - ATL
Bogota - BOG
A very nice flight that marked the unnoticed return of DL 757s to Bogotá. Delta performed as expected. I consider them to be the best choice to the US.
ATL is a great airport for immediate connections. Otherwise is a very boring place I must say. Not even plane watching is amusing as it is very monotonous.
BOG...OK nothing awesome. It does its job. I hate that the only way home is via Taxi, who may rip you off.
Thanks for reading,
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