Hello and welcome back to this set of reports covering my trip to Chicago and Indiana!
Here's the routing:
8/19/16: Delta 5955, LGA-ORD, E175, Economy (Here) 8/23/16: Delta 4086, IND-LGA, CRJ900, Economy, and Tourist Bonus! (You are Here)
As promised, there will be some touristy pictures at the end of the report.
We arrived to the airport at 18:00. The main building at IND is very open and spacious.
Since we had no bags to check, we went straight to security. It was pretty much empty, and only took 4 minutes to complete.
Once through security, there are big windows with views of both concourses. Judging by what I saw, Indianapolis Airport is SIGNIFICANTLY under capacity - there were tons of open gates.
Delta flights leave from concourse A. The concourse is very modern and clean, complete with lots of shops.
My flight departed from gate A11.
There was plenty of seating, lots of power ports, and free wifi.
A Delta MD88 heading to Minneapolis.
This flight would be operated by N296PQ, a 2.5 year old CRJ900.
Boarding began at 19:07, and I was on board at 19:17.
One of the first things I noticed on board was how low the ceilings were, especially compared to the E175 I had taken to Chicago. The plane, however, seemed brand new, as if it was delivered yesterday.
Legroom was fine - a little bit tight but not a problem for the announced 1h34m flight.
No seatback IFE here, but most of Delta's regional jets are equipped with streaming IFE.
A nice view out the window.
I felt the plane push back, and as I went to note the time, I was surprised to see it was 19:32 - 2 minutes early!
We began taxiing at 19:36.
B727 presumably used for fire training.
We took off from runway 23L at 19:40, just 4 minutes behind schedule.
Service came through at 19:58 and offered a drink and pretzels. I went for Sprite (as always).
Nothing else really happens on these short, regional flights, so I'll intersperse some views amongst the rest of the report.
The crew was friendly as always. DL is often regarded as having the most professional crews in the US, and I can definitely attest to that.
The seat was comfortable. The legroom was sufficient for a short flight, but I could see it being an issue on anything over 3 hours.
I've mentioned it before, but it's great that Delta offers streaming entertainment for free. That being said, my mom flies this route very frequently for business and notes that the selection is always the same.
I took a trip to the back of the plane towards the end of the flight. The load in Y/W was light, coming in at 35/60. It's also worth noting that the bag is SIGNIFICANTLY louder than at/in front of the wings.
We began our descent into LaGuardia and touched down at 21:12, 29 minutes ahead of schedule.
We pulled into the gate at 21:19 next to this guy.
Off the plane quickly, we waited for our gate-checked bags in the jetway. I've never seen something like this before, but thought it was pretty cool.
That wraps up the flight portion of this report. As promised, I've included some photos from Chicago as well as a private hangar tour I received at CLU airport in Indiana.
Thanks so much for reading!
Delta Air Lines
Indianapolis - IND
New York - LGA
IND Airport - Clean and efficient!
Seat - Good for a short flight
Food - See above
Crew - Friendly and professional
IFE - Unused, but nice to have
LaGuardia Terminal C - It's LGA, I don't really need to say much more
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