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Monsoon 2018: A trip to Baltimore (Part 2)

 
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AnanthMohanram
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:05 am    Post subject: Monsoon 2018: A trip to Baltimore (Part 2) Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Part 2 of my trip to Baltimore. I hope you enjoyed the Detroit to Baltimore segment. The link to that TR: http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=15191 in case you missed it. After spending a wonderful weekend visiting places in Washington DC, College Park and Great Falls, Virginia it was time to head back to Detroit. My flight back with Delta would be on an MD-90 scheduled to depart at 17:54 EDT. I engaged another Lyft cab to take me from College Park to Baltimore Washington International. The airport is located in Linthicum, 16 miles south of the city of Baltimore. The ride to the airport which was only supposed to take 30 minutes, was stretched due to traffic. Slower speed limits on some of Maryland's highways (compared to Michigan, that is) added to the problem. I reached the airport at 4:35pm, an hour and 20 minutes before scheduled departure.

Curb-side at BWI


I found a Delta kiosk to check in and print my boarding pass before heading out to the TSA Security check point. I really liked the airport at BWI, it was well maintained, looked new and had wonderful natural lighting . Security check took a while owing to the evening rush at the airport. There was no Soan-Papdi experience this time, I was airside at 5:05pm. BWI was very lively around this time, just the way an airport should be. They also had some music playing on the speaker system (I think it was Kenny G).

If you enjoy plane-spotting BWI is one place that you will love. The airport has huge windows that offer unobstructed views of the action on the tarmac. The airport also has an open to the air observation deck. Sadly, this was closed due to maintenance. Some of the pictures that I managed to take in the 20 minutes that I had for plane spotting are below:

Post security at BWI


Regional jets in the distance


JetBlue's A320-200-N580JB named "Mo' Better Blue" was preparing for her flight to Orlando. This flight was later diverted to Palm Beach International


American Airlines' Boeing 737-800 would be flying to Charlotte


This A321-200 had come in from Phoenix


Alaska Airlines' Boeing 737-800 with Scimitar wingtips to Portland. The nose had the text "Proudly All Boeing". Not anymore, Alaska.



Baltimore-Washington International is one of Southwest Airlines' hubs. Ironically, this was the only picture of a Southwest Jet at the Gate that I had taken


UPS Worldwide Services - Boeing 767-300, taking a break after hauling in freight from Louisville


An Embraer ERJ-175 belonging to Air Canada Express was preparing for its flight to Toronto Pearson International Airport. The MD-90 in the background had just landed from Detroit.


Walking through Concourse D, headed for Gate D25


Delta's part of the Terminal: A Delta Boeing 737-800 in SkyTeam Colours. N3758Y was flying to Salt Lake City




N866DN, a Boeing 737-900 was flying to Minneapolis St. Paul



N901DE - MD88 service to Atlanta. The First Officer can be seen doing the external inspection of the aircraft prior to departure



Another Scimitar Winglet. United's 737-900 wearing the "Eco-Skies" livery


All set for departure!


Sincere apologies for the awful image quality, but this is the closest I could get, don't know if this one is still in operation..


Boarding for my flight to Detroit was announced at 17:30 EDT. The gate area was pretty small, and there was a fairly huge crowd around the gate area comprising of passengers for the Detroit flight and the flight to Atlanta in the neighboring gate. As always, there were passengers trying to get last minute seat upgrades, but many were left disappointed as the flight was almost full. Boarding, as always with Delta was announced for passengers with special assistance and status holders followed by Economy class, zone wise. I boarded the aircraft at 17:40 EDT. Just prior to boarding I had the chance to see a beautiful 767-300 operated by Condor to Frankfurt. I didn't have time to pull out my camera and take a picture.


Airline: Delta Airlines
Origin: Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Linthicum, Maryland, United States (BWI/KBWI)
Destination: Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Romulus, Michigan, United States (DTW/KDTW)
Flight Number: DL1906
Aircraft Type: McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30
Registration: N920DN
Scheduled Departure Time: 17:54 EDT, 19th August, 2018
Actual Departure Time: 18:07 EDT, 19th August, 2018
Scheduled Arrival Time: 19:33 EDT, 19th August, 2018
Actual Time of Arrival: 19:19 EDT, 19th August, 2018
Actual Flying Time: 1 hour and 12 minutes

N920DN would operate flight Dl1436 to Detroit


Boarding in progress


Seating on the MD-90 in Economy class was in a 2-3 configuration. Seats were comfortable with sufficient leg room. I had an elderly couple for company in seats 24C and 24D. In-flight entertainment was offered in the form of the flight magazine and a clean window with a great view. A flight time of 1 hour and 10 minutes was announced from the flight deck. During the announcement a WOW Air A321 from Reykjavik, Iceland pulled in to gate E2. Push back was on time at 17:53 EDT. We taxied to Runway 28 for departure. Once we lined up with the centerline, the 2 IAE V2525-D5 engines roared to power the 47m jet down the runway.

View from Seat 24E


WOW Air from Iceland


I've never been to an airport in the US where I haven't seen these Yellow Taxis


Taxi to Runway 28



Lining-up


Take-off from BWI!




After a steady climb in excellent weather to our planned cruising altitude of 30,000ft, the seatbelt signs were turned off. Several passengers moved about the cabin. The inflight snack service also started about 15 minutes after take-off. It was the usual snack that is served on most American domestic flights. Passengers could buy snacks apart from the complimentary snacks and drinks served on board. For the complimentary snack, there was a choice between pretzels and another snack pack containing pretzels along with chips. I picked the second option along with apple juice.

In-flight snack


Cruising along to Detroit




Info on the A330-300 in the inflight magazine


Around 40 minutes into the flight, one could hear the engines go quieter, indicating that we had initiated our descent into Detroit. This was confirmed by the seatbelt signs coming on accompanied by a brief announcement from the first officer informing the passengers that we would be landing around in DTW at around 19:15 EDT. The cabin crew picked up the cups and snack bags from the snack service and cleared the aisles in preparation for landing. We had started our descent somewhere over Ohio, continued over Lake Erie, then turned north to fly along the Detroit river before turning south for a landing on Runway 21L. The sky was clear, allowing for a smooth descent and landing, in addition to offering excellent views of the Detroit area during sunset. After a smooth landing on 21L, we taxied to the McNamara terminal (Terminal A). We docked at Gate A27, next to a Bombardier CRJ-900LR.

Descent over Lake Erie


Flying over Grosse Isle Municipal Airport


Flying over Dearborn; The Ford Motor Company's headquarters are in this city


The Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River connecting the United States (Left) and Canada (Right)


Final approach and landing: Runway 21L








Taxi to Gate A27




Thank you for a lovely ride Smile


I walked out of the aircraft into a super busy McNamara terminal while N920DN prepared for her next flight to Philadelphia. This was a wonderful flight with Delta, a great trip to Baltimore, all in all. The MD-90 is a wonderful aircraft, comfortable seats, decent legroom in economy, even for taller passengers on short flights such as this. The aircraft was well maintained and the cabin crew were professional in service. If you guessed that I took a Lyft back home, yes, you're right. Anything to accumulate airline points.

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed sharing my experience with you. Until next time, fly safe!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, we were waiting for Part 2! Thank you for posting things on time, in such a beautiful manner. BWI is a nice airport, and your routing was one of the flights I took in Jun'05, so this brought back many sweet memories. It was at BWI that I had first come up and close with the B712s of AirTran, and have longed since then, for a ride in the type! A Boeing plane built in Long Beach.
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Again super pics
- I only transited thru BWI but nothing looks familiar hehehehe
- how do you manage to keep track of spotting and which aircraft goes where Surprised wow
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
Yes, we were waiting for Part 2! Thank you for posting things on time, in such a beautiful manner. BWI is a nice airport, and your routing was one of the flights I took in Jun'05, so this brought back many sweet memories. It was at BWI that I had first come up and close with the B712s of AirTran, and have longed since then, for a ride in the type! A Boeing plane built in Long Beach.
Cheers, Sumantra.


Thank you Sir Smile I loved the 1 hour and 15 minutes I spent at BWI Airport, plane spotting was fun. Delta has some of the B712 that AirTran used before, I have never flown the type either, but it seems to be a lovely aircraft. Glad the TR helped to rekindle some memories from your 2005 trip Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stealthpilot wrote:
Again super pics
- I only transited thru BWI but nothing looks familiar hehehehe
- how do you manage to keep track of spotting and which aircraft goes where Surprised wow


Thanks for reading Smile BWI is really nice, worth spending time there! Regarding spotting, thanks! I try and make a note on my phone most of the time, else FR24 helps once I have the aircraft registration in the picture Smile
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