DL 5331 TRI-ATL 5:45PM-6:49PM CRJ Seat 8B Exit
DL 1794 ATL-LGA 7:40PM-10:06PM 757-200 ETOPS Seat 3B BusinessElite
I am so lucky to fly from TRI! There is almost always no line, no waiting for either check in or security! I completed both quickly, enjoyed a few minutes in the TRI Business Center, then boarded. Delta Medallions boarded first, then by zone. We pushed back early, but took a 30-minute ATC hold. We finally departed at 6:10 pm, 25 minutes past scheduled departure. There was no service en route, but the flight was a quick 41 minutes, and we landed only two minutes past our original arrival time.
I made my way from C44 to E34 and my flight to ATL was delayed about 15 minutes. When we boarded, the gate agent scanned my boarding pass and a new seat assignment, 3B, popped out. When I got to the plane, I realized there had been an equipment change to a 757-2oo ETOPS, which has a smaller first class section, actually an international BusinessElite section, with personal IFE in the armrests, individual reading lights, and nearly lie-flat seats with leg and foot rests! I was psyched as this was my first time on one of these birds! And my seatmate was a Delta flight attendant who primarily works 767 international flights, so he was a wealth of knowledge. We had a great time chatting at the beginning and end of the flight. During the flight, we both used our IFE. He watched a movie, while I watched old episodes “Friends” and “Frasier.”
In-flight service was dinner: a pasta chicken salad with grated cheese, tomato, and olives; fresh fruit (grapes and slices of peach, pineapple, and apple), breadsticks, and a caramel chocolate brownie. I also enjoyed a few of the Rande Gerber Signature margaritas.
We took off at 8:00 pm and landed a few minutes early at 9:58 pm. What a great ride and flight. The BusinessElite seats were very comfortable, the service was excellent, and the company of my flight attendant friend was very nice!