Hello, everyone - this is the first of many blogs which are about my Calgary Trip.
Flight: Delta Airlines flight 4627
Aircraft: Bombardier CRJ-700
Departure time: Scheduled: 6:40 AM
Arrival Time: Scheduled: 9:00
Operated by Skywest Airlines
Skywest Airlines - Operated for United Express - December 2nd, 2005
Skywest Airlines - Operated for Delta Connection - March 1st, 2016
Age: 11.7 Years
First of all, please watch the Trip Report for this flight if you haven't
Now, here we go!
First of all, this was an international flight into the U.S., but there was a pre-immigration line and so you had to go through the passport control, etc. so we arrived as a domestic flight, rather than an international flight.
The U.S. bound passenger terminal is chaotic? I don't know the word. Old, Cramped etc.
One thing though, there are OPEN DOORs to the Domestic terminal that are supposed to be locked.
The doors are made for gate agents, etc. to be able to go from this terminal to the next.
The doors were locked OPEN, meaning that anyone could enter the U.S. terminal without going through border control, etc.
Here's our Bombardier CRJ-700 at gate B33!
Here's our gate area...
The boarding process was quite smooth. There were three groups: Disabilities + small children, Priority (first class, paid, sky miles members)
One thing though, the time on the boarding pass says - Boarding: 5:45 AM
That's 1 HOUR before departure!
We actually started boarding 20 minutes before departure, a significant difference.
I was seated two rows behind the exit row so I heard the conversation between the flight attendants and the person sitting in it. As a side note, the flight attendant was REALLY grumpy and unhelpful. She was also Chinese.
Exit row person = EP
Flight attendant = FA
FA (in a calm voice) - Are you willing to assist in the operation of the exit row?
EP (quickly and quietly) - no
FA (Fustrated) - ARE YOOOUUU WWWILLLING TTOO AAASSSIIISSSTTT IINNN TTHHEE OOPPERRAATTIOON OOFF THEE EEEXXIIITTT RRROOOWWW?
EP (quickly and quietly) - no
FA - I need a verbal YES
FA (Even more fustrated and loud) - Ma'am, you HAVE to move and switch with this man behind you! NOW!
EP(like the boss) - I'm not moovving!
FA (about to breakdown) - You have to
Now, the flight attendant stormed up into the cockpit and told the captain. The captain calmly sent the other flight attendant over.
Now with a nice smile and being more gentler than the other flight attendant, this new young american one asked" Are you willing to assist with the operation of the exit row?
EP - Yes
Now, the Chinese FA gave glares and dirty looks whenever she looked at the person in the exit row...
One thing that Bombardier CRJ is known for are DIRTY WINDOWS. I don't know if it's that the engine can somehow suck in dirt and the dirt flys onto the window or if it's that the CRJ's fuselage is so close to the ground that when the aircraft lands, it picks up dirt, I DON'T KNOW.
Regardless, the airplane windows are SO DIRTY.
In fact, so dirty that my camera couldn't focus in the videos, which is why I'm stuck with a low quality takeoff video, something that I don't really want. Regardless, I posted it on the internet.
Here's our flight route!
So, the Bombardier CRJ-700 uses the same old technolegy in the toilot as some Boeing 757s I've been on which is the BLUE LIQUID!
The CRJ is also very DIRTY. I saw actual GLUE on the ground in a corner.
Seats and Cabin:
The seats in the CRJs are extremely NARROW!
I feel like they might even be 16 inches wide!
the seatback is also narrow, giving you extra legroom to stretch out
there is no adjustable headrest, making it unconfrortable
There was no snacks to purchase.
You got a choice between Salted Peanuts, Pretzels, and Biscoff Cookies
I found that the peanuts taste AWESOME! although all of these choices taste great. They gave two bags of peanutes, one bag of pretzels if you ordered pretzels, and one package of two biscoff cookies.
I found that the drink selection was extremely limited.
I don't order coffee because I know the water that they use can sometimes be nasty so I asked for other items.
Me: Can I have some milk?
FA: Sorry, we don't have milk
Me: Apple juice?
FA: Sorry, no apple juice. The only choices we have are Orange juice, Cranberry Juice, Coffee, Water, Coke, Diet Coke...
Me: I'll take the Orange Juice
I mean seriously?
First flight of the day and there's no apple juice and instead Cranberry Juice?????
Quote of the blog:
The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn't it be? —it is the same the angels breathe.
-- Mark Twain, Roughing It, Chapter XXII, 1886.
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Jonathan travels the wold to take these videos and writes these blogs. He is still a student and learning. He loves airplanes and Legos and this is his "hobby."