Welcome to the next Flight-Report for a trip I took in January. This edition will cover my flight from Atlanta to Montreal. Eventually, my Flight-Reports will cover:
DL 1625; BWI-ATL; F Class; 5/1/2014 DL 5324; ATL-YUL; F Class; 5/1/2014 (Current Report) AF 346; YUL-CDG; J Class; 5/1/2014 AF 3886; CDG-AMM; J Class; 6/1/2014 RJ 344; AMM-TLV; J Class; 9/1/2014 AZ 809; TLV-FCO; J Class; 17/1/2014 AZ 610; FCO-JFK; J Class; 17/1/2014 DL 2914; JFK-DCA; F Class; 17/1/2014
After arriving into ATL on DL 1625, I exited the plane. We flew into Terminal A. My next flight, DL 5324 to YUL, was departing from Terminal E, and my layover was only around an hour and a half, so I moved fairly quickly to Terminal E so I could catch a few minutes in the lounge. Before leaving the terminal, though, I was able to take a photo of the 757 next door.
Since I was arriving early on Sunday, ATL wasn't as busy as it would be later in the day.
I was disappointed that we weren't leaving from Terminal F, ATL's new international terminal. Instead, the flight departed from Terminal E, the old international terminal. After taking the train to Terminal E, I made my way toward the Sky Club. Unfortunately, because of the time, One Flew South was not yet open. For those of you who aren't familiar with One Few South, it is what I consider the best airport restaurant in the country. Service is great, the food is great, the atmosphere is great. If I have time and it's open, I always make my way there.
Anyhow, this Sky Club entrance was closed, so I made my way to the main entrance.
Thankfully, due to the time, the Sky Club wasn't very crowded.
The Sky Club is great for plane watching.
As is usual, the Sky Club is not great for for finding good food options. At least since I've been visiting them, Sky Clubs have always been better breakfast options than lunch options. There might be good news on the horizon, though, as Delta is apparently introducing better food.
The bar is popular. Note the special bar in the back. In some Sky Club locations, Delta offers premium beverages for a fee. These mostly tend to be Scotch, but I also see other premium whiskies, tequila, and good vodka back there.
For what it's worth, I like the design of the men's restrooms.
It's time to leave the Sky Club. Despite the lack of exciting food options, the Sky Club was the better place to go, as ATL is seeing more passengers.
Although not as new and shiny as Terminal F, Terminal E has one standout exhibit: several of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.'s personal effects.
Heading to my gate, I have an opportunity to see a few more planes.
At the gate, and here is the chariot that will take me to Montreal.
I'm the first in Business Class to board the plane. Since this is a small regional jet, Business Class is laid out in a 1-2 configuration; economy is 2-2. Leg room is adequate, but not exemplary. Mind you, I'm 1.97m tall.
The fog has not yet lifted from ATL, so taxing doesn't provide great views of planes.
I can see enough to recognize that American Eagle's new livery is just as awful as American Airlines mainline's new livery is.
Because a meal is served on this flight, we receive an oshibori.
Because the flight is less than 1,500 miles, only a cold breakfast is served. The breakfasts consists of a prepackaged muffin, Chex, milk, strawberry yogurt, and fruit. This is Delta's ubiquitous cold breakfast. They really can do better. I ordered an orange juice with my breakfast.
When I said they can do better, I mean they occasionally (really, rarely) do. This is the cold breakfast a year ago, ABQ-ATL.
This is how a cold breakfast is done. There's high-quality granola with a lot of dried fruit. The croissant was lovely. The fresh fruit had blackberries! If Delta consistently provided this for a cold breakfast, I'd be a-okay.
Anyhow, they don't. Back to my flight. Cheers!
Because of clouds, there's little to see out the window.
Finally, the suburbs of Montreal.
We land without a problem. Snowy YUL.
I had a seven-hour layover at YUL, so I rented a car and visited some friends. Immigration was wholly painless, with one of the friendliest customs agents I've ever met.
Delta Air Lines Sky Club (Gate E14)
Atlanta - ATL
Montreal - YUL
A usual Delta medium-haul flight. While breakfast was dull, like usual, service was great.
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