This is the third in a four flight trip to Des Moines for my April break. We start the trip at Des Moines Airport, I just having completed my vacation. BOS-ATL- link ATL-DSM- link DSM-MSP-Here Scheduled departure 3:30 p.m. (3:23 actual) scheduled arrival 4:43 (4:48 actual) MSP-BOS-Coming Soon
Our trip to DSM from my aunt and uncle's house was uneventful, traffic was non existent, and we arrived long before departure time.
I never pass up on a spotting opportunity, so I was sure to get a pic of this bird. Security was fast, and we soon found ourselves in Des Moines well maintained, but old, terminal. after reaching our gate and finding it plane less, I went for a walk around the 12 gate terminal. I found some stairs and went down them to find this extra seating/ground gate-probably the nicest part of the terminal.
I took that opportunity to take a picture of this United Express E 175.
I saw a few other planes, including this American CRJ 700.
When I went back to the gate, our bird, a 2 1/3 year old Endeavor Air (for Delta Connection) CRJ 900 was pulling up to the gate.
Upon boarding the gate agent told us that we didn't have to gate check our full carry on size rollerboards if they fit into the bins. Surprisingly, they did!
After that, I decided to explore the seat. Width was fine for my small 28 inch waist, and pitch left some room with my 5 foot 10 height.
The captain announced we would have a 20 minute delay due to congestion into Minneapolis. We taxied to the runway and waited out the delay while other planes took off.
The wait was soon over, and we took off over Des Moines before making a sharp turn north toward Minneapolis.
As we reached our cruising altitude, the FAs announced that, due to the flight being just under 250 miles, there would be no service on the flight, but that requests would be taken. More on this later.
I settled down in my seat and watched a movie on Delta's free streaming.
I visited the lav but forgot to take a picture. Noticeable features included the short 6 foot ceiling and a sink that didn't require one hand on it at all times. The cabin felt fairly spacious inflight.
As we began our gradual descent and the flight attendants came around to collect trash, I decided to test my luck and ask for a cup of water. The flight attendant considered it and told me she would try. I profusely thanked her and was rewarded.
We began our descent into rainy Minneapolis. Gear down.
Touchdown was five minutes late.
We ended up at gate C 17, away from the small RJ terminal and next to a company CRJ 900.
And so ended our short hop to Minneapolis.
Des Moines - DSM
Minneapolis - MSP
I have no complaints with this flight. The fact that Delta isn't requiring gate check for carry ons is a big plus and I was very happy our 5 regular sized carry ons all fit. The larger CRJs are truly a different plane than the CRJ 200, and the LED lighting and comfy seats made a difference. Huge props to the FA for giving me water during the top of the descent too. Allin all this was a satisfying flight on Delta Connection, and I would definitely do it again.
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