I was not expecting to fly again until next month, but an opportunity presented itself for me to significantly overpay on a last minute flight. I am a United loyalist, but Delta actually offered the better times on a trip in which the schedule was crucial. I did not originally plan to make a flight report out of this, but why not? I'll apologize in advance for the picture-taking because I was operating the entire trip on very low sleep (~4-5 total hours of sleep in 48+ hours). Just to make it fun, see if you can guess why I was making this trip before checking the bonus section. I figure the destination will make it fairly obvious.
I arrived at the airport 11 minutes before boarding and was at my gate 6 minutes later. I had actually never flown from this side of Austin-Bergstrom before. United's gates are all on the other end. As usual, Austin was small and efficient despite being quite busy given it was 5:30AM. When I showed up, folks were already standing around even though boarding wouldn't be called until a few minutes later (as usual). It was a completely full flight and the gate agents asked for volunteers.
DL 1304 was operated by a 17-year old A319 (N327NB). She had just flown into Austin from LAX the previous evening.
Because the plane was so packed, I did not manage an unobstructed shot of the seat. 15B was a middle, exit-row seat. It was one of two available seats when I booked.
Here is the obligatory legroom shot. As you can see, it was quite good.
There were power outlets between each seat.
There was an overhead panel for things such as lights.
The IFE is 9 inches according to Delta - quite crisp actually. Far better than what I am used to on United (i.e. nothing at all, even in Domestic First). It was touchscreen and also had quite a good selection. There is an USB port for charging right underneath the screen.
I discovered that sitting next to me was a same-year graduate of the my alma mater. What a coincidence, we chatted for the vast majority of the flight.
We pushed back on-time and taxied for some time before taking off. I think there must have been quite a few flights departing around the same time.
Service took a while to get started, and because I was immersed in conversation, I did not catch the exact time. When it came around, I was offered a selection of snacks and drinks - ended up picking cookies to go along with a diet coke. I fell asleep for about 30 minutes from exhaustion and woke up as the captain announced our descent.
We began our descent at 8:32 AM and touched down at 8:54 AM. A few minutes of taxing and we were soon at the gate.
After I deplaned, finally got a nice picture of the plane:
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For those of you who guessed it - you only get one chance to experience your alma mater's first national championship. Most of these are in portrait mode unfortunately.
Celebrating Our Victory
Trophy Presentation and Ceremony
Outside the U.S. Bank Stadium after the game
Thanks for joining me!
Delta Air Lines
Austin - AUS
Minneapolis - MSP
Overall, I think Delta probably offers the best domestic economy flights of the big three in the U.S.
Cabin & Seat: Very comfortable economy seat for a short-haul flight, great IFE (that I didn't actually use beyond the flight map).
Service: Delta flight attendants were efficient and seemed pleasant. Not much else to say for such a short flight.
Meal & Catering: U.S. domestic economy catering is awful, but Delta is better than United in this regard since they consistently offer a choice when it comes to snacks.
Bottom Line: Not much to add - if status and price were equal, Delta offers a better economy product than AA or UA.
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