What a perfect morning to fly Delta. Unlike so many over the past few days I received no alerts that any of my flights were canceled. In fact, days before I cleared all my “real” upgrades (C+ “upgrade” don’t count in my book).
The first thing I did at check in on the Fly Delta APP was start to track all the flights I could. I say that because inside the APP you can only track mainline or Delta flights not any of their regional partner flights as they are different airlines that are just painted to look like real Delta jets. Anyway I started, as I have shown you before, to track the incoming flight from Orlando MCO that would become my flight back down to MCO. Important because if that flight did not take off on time it is very likely my flight will not be on time either and I would have an advanced warning to start making other plans.
I need not have worried. My heart, in my somewhat sleepy state, did skip a beat when I got the boarding alert as I at first thought it was for my fight not the one departing from MCO (stupid brain).
All good once I understood the alert. I also, for grins and Bumpertunites checked the flight to see how full it was. With 35 standbys and 36 seats open I expected it to go out even and it did with a pilot in the jump seat as well.
The only downside of living in the Midwest is we are mostly populated with what some flyers call “Satan’s Chariot”, that is, the cursed CRJ200s. They, unlike Delta mainline, use the B/C gates. The ONLY perk of this is the Sky Club reps in the B/C club are just stupidly, amazingly good. Well there is maybe one more perk as there was greeting us, not one but two, Delta special service Porches. Could one of them be for me?
I walked off the jet to see my name on the tablet. Gosh, I love seeing that. This is my 3rd or 4th gate to gate ride with Delta. Most of the other ones have been when I had a really tight connection and had it not been for the ride I would have missed my flight. If you are wondering who gets these it is somewhat random and extended to Platinum and Diamond Medallions (and a bunch to Delta 360s I am told).
It really is a fun ride as few of us get to see the operational side of the airport who don’t work for the airline. Oh, and it does get you from gate to gate much faster too.
To sum up my flying Day 3 after the Delta CPU meltdown all was either perfect or beyond perfect. All worked as it normally does any day you fly Delta, that is, on time flights with great service by everyone wearing Delta colors. The only minor complaint I had was airport related. Notice the photo above. See a problem?
You see Detroit DTW airport has a bird problem. Not the Delta bird problem but a sparrow problem. Now I love sparrows and feed them at home. But inside the airport is not where they belong and they have poo’ed all over the seats in most of the concourse as you can see. It is disgusting. Time to pay a catcher to get them out of the airport.
Let me close with one more bit from this unique week with Delta. The new Delta CEO, Ed Bastian has just impressed me to no end. Not only did he apologize day one on video but an even MORE sincere apology day two on video as well. Really impressive. Everyone should keep in mind that Delta did not have to offer $200 credit vouchers for Day 1, 2 & 3 (till noon) for delayed flights. Now for flights from Europe under the EU261 they are going to maybe have to pay a small fortune but that is not the same as the domestic offer. They could have been like other airlines who had issues and said sorry – who cares – we know you will be back anyway. This does mean a bunch to me. I just so wish Mr. Bastian would make a similar video and apologize for his predecessor all but decimating the SkyMiles program but let’s not go there today shall we! – René