Welcome back! My wife likes to do one charity half-marathon a year. This year she chose to do the flagship St. Jude race in Memphis, TN. As that is a 10+ hour drive, we decided to fly instead. Our routing will take us to ATL then on to Memphis on Delta.
Glad to have you along with us and hope you enjoy the trip!
Also, please excuse how short this report is. A half hour flight makes it tough to create volume. It was also dark outside.
They are also blurry. I was just not on my A game at all.
Arrival to CAE and Security
Airline: Delta Airlines (DL)
Aircraft: Boeing 717-200
Flight Number: 2808
Departure Gate: A9
Scheduled Departure Time: 6:00
Actual Departure Time: 6:06
Scheduled Arrival Time: 7:11
Actual Arrival Time:6:44
Arrival Gate: C49
Scheduled Flight Time: 1 HR 11 MIN
Actual Flight Time: 38 MIN
As always, I checked in 24 hours in advance via the Delta App. I was awarded Main Group 1 as I am a Delta Select member ( I know how that is a divisive topic but it creates value for me). My wife also likes to have access to overhead space and on 717s it gets very iffy if your beyond Main 1. The check-in process was straight forward as always and in no time I was ready to fly! Delta really does have a great app.
We arrived at CAE at around 5AM in the morning. I did not need to stop by the Delta desk so I proceeded straight to security. Regular security had around 100 passengers in it, not sure why. Luckily, I had Pre-check and the lane was empty. CAE is a small airport with only 1 security check point and roughly 15 gates.
I was through security in under 10 minutes as I had to have my bag screened twice. Past security you walk down a short hallway until you reach a circle with gates (7-10) (Delta) on the right and (1-6) (American and United) on the left. Gates 11-5 were straight ahead and down and from my experience are used by all three. Today we will be using gate 9.
Food options are limited so eat before you arrive. Ample seating with decent outlet availability exist in the waiting area.
Limited spotting options this morning but I could see all regional aircraft on the tarmac in addition to the (3) 717 mainline jets for Delta.
Boarding began at 5:25 and Main Cabin 1 proceed at 5:35.
The seat was lumpy but clean. Leg room was tight but more than enough for a short flight. The one saving grace is adjustable headrests. I was located in the fantastic row 20 where the left side has only 1 seat and the right 2 seats as opposed to 2 and 3.
Power plugs with USB chargers were provided under each seat. Wifi was available as well. The seatback pocket had your usual safety card, wifi book, food book (none offered) and the Delta Sky Magazine.
On flights under 250 miles, Delta does not provide any snacks or drinks in the main cabin. I have come to expect this and knew going in.
We pushed back early at 5:52 and made a short taxi to Runway 11 for a 6:06 take off. The caption announced a short 46 minute flight with a cruising altitude of only 28,000 ft. The flight was un-eventful and we touched down at 6:44 on runway 27L. The taxi to gate C49 was fast.
Thanks for flying with me and I can't wait to see you again on the next leg of this journey.
Solid short hop with Delta. This was a mainline aircraft so that made the experience that much better.
I look forward to seeing you on my next flight ATL-MEM on a rare MD-90!