A look at the routing until now:
Once arrived at the T2 we went to the lounge that has just went through refurbishment. That part of the terminal was quiet:
The lounge is this way:
A view from upstairs:
Here we are:
The lounge is almost empty apart from a woman seating in a corner.
A tour of the lounge:
Bagels and danish:
Cream cheese, eggs and fruits:
Cereals and toppings:
More fruits and cottage cheese:
Diary and oatmeal:
I was more than pleased with this extensive breakfast offer.
A tour of the lounge which is huge:
You see, empty!
The bar, the premium liquors are to be paid but basics like wine, beer, vodka or baileys are free:
A view from our seats:
A few minutes before boarding we went to the gate:
The service door:
Boarding started on time with priorities first , as usual:
The first class cabin:
The seat pitch:
A welcome drinks is offered, my brother goes for a coffee while I go for an apple juice:
On time push back:
ERJ 145 AA:
The queen of the skies:
380 QR and then EK:
777 China Southern:
A320 Jet Blue:
Then it is our turn to take off:
Two windows for me:
Philadelphia and PHL:
A global view:
The service starts with another apple juice for me and a ginger ale for my brother:
No more alcool since I have a car to drive.
Choice for the lunch is either chicken salad or pulled chicken sliders, together with a coleslaw and a cookie.
It really looked horrible but wasn't that bad at the end. The salad and the cookie were good though.
A snack basket is also available:
Arriving in Florida:
That swimming pool is huge:
Still on descent:
And then St Petersburg with the Tropicana Field, the reason for our visit. The Tampa Bay Rays are playing there and we follow them since a couple of years. This trip is our 4th one to see them play.
Over the bay:
Two MD90 are at gate:
I always loved that plane. Sad it is now history, no more operators are flying them, DL was the last one:
As we were leaving the plane, the crew thanked us on behalf of this TPA based crew. I learnt that day that DL has a crew base in TPA. I believe it may be one of their smallest crew base.
It was a nice flight but the catering is really nothing more than an average high-school meal. Horrible presentation, average taste.
No IFE aboard, but that's ok.
I was really thrilled by the lounge and our experience at both airports was top notch.
Thanks for reading!!