First Overseas Flight!!

Sep 29th, 2005, 01:18 PM
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First Overseas Flight!!

Delta ATL to Madrid - >Iberia to SVQ. Just wondering how the Delta 767 is in the sky. How is the in-flight entertainment in coach/economy class.

Thanks in advance!
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Sep 29th, 2005, 02:24 PM
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You'll get quicker responses if you re-post your question with Delta in the title.
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Sep 29th, 2005, 02:28 PM
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If you are not doing an upgrade to Bus/First: avoid, imho.
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Sep 29th, 2005, 02:51 PM
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I haven't flown Delta to Madrid, but I am reasonably sure there will be movies.
My recommendations for a first overseas flights are: 1. It will be cold in the plane for 7-8 hours. Dress in layers so you will be warm enough. Blankets will be provided, but you will feel colder if you don't have a layer of clothing next to you. 2. Don't wear tight clothing. That amount of time sitting in a plane sometimes has people complaining about the "airline food" when the real problem is tight clothing (jeans, esp.)
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Sep 29th, 2005, 03:01 PM
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We've flown Delta 767s from ATL to Europe lots of times, and survived--and actually had fun, since we frequently travel with several lively friends.

The seats are small and uncomfortable, as you probably expect, and there are no individual TV monitors.

The movies etc. are shown on the usual overhead screens and the quuality of your view will depend on your seat location.

See if can find a thread named " India" from several months ago. After reading it, Delta will seem like Air Force One.

Don't let any of this scare you! You're going to Europe, for heaven's sake! It will take a lot more than an uncomfortable crowded seat to keep you from having a wonderful time!


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Sep 29th, 2005, 03:04 PM
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I have flown with Delta over and back to the States and a number of flights internally in the States and have had no problem.Most of the flights have been in the 767 which is one of my favourite planes. A small bit of advice sleep all you can on the flight and you will not feel jetlag as bad as you will be rested.Do not wear tight shoes.
I usually put on the earphones and listen to the soft relaxing music.
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The 767 aircraft will not have the screen on the back of the seat in front of you nor will it offer the flight tracking advisor that is a feature of the 777. The screen will be above eye level like the ones you see on domestic flights where the flight attendants explain safety rules. You will have headphones provided for movies, music, etc. I have noticed in the past few years Delta seems to use the triple seven for flights to London and Paris but for trips to other European cities you get the 767. At least that has been my experience. Have a great trip!
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Sep 29th, 2005, 04:16 PM
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a minor suggestion, but one worthy of consideration for a long flight. suggest you buy a pair of travel socks from the local chemist. they are well worth the extra money and can be kept for future flights. jay
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..I think as a first time traveller you must realize that almost any airline's economy class is probably equivalent to the greyhound bus. However, it helps to realize that the airplane will get you from point A to point B just like the bus so don't expect anymore than this. Try to sleep..a warm sweater and socks as outlined above will help. An eye mask and earplugs are also useful. Although it is recomended not to drink alcohol, I usually have a glass of wine with dinner which puts me to sleep (yes, I am a cheap date). Again, if this is your first trip keep your first day light and if you are renting a car, please don't drive any distance (or drive at all) if you are sleep deprived. Have a great vacation.
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Sep 29th, 2005, 04:47 PM
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Thanks for the replies! I am truly excited to go on my first trip to europre. My wife and mother in law are going and both sevillanos. I don't speak spanish, but I have built in tour guides.

Any advice on people with ear-pressure problems with such a long flight? I bought ear-planes do those work at all??

Thanks again for the replies.
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Sep 29th, 2005, 04:50 PM
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Along with the suggestions above, I always take plenty of snacks (especially when flights are really long) with me because I don't care for the food they serve. Our layover in JFK didn't provide with many food options either so we were prepared and had food to eat while we waited for our next flight.

I also take my mp3 player, a book, and a crossword puzzle just in case I can't fall asleep.

I think aspirin (if it doesn't affect you medically) is also a good idea or just remember to get up/walk to the restroom and allow your blood to circulate. It's not highly common but you can get blood clots if you sit for very long periods of time.

Have a wonderful trip!
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Don't know Delta but always fly coach from west coast US to Europe. Comfortable clothes, shoes you can easily slip off, a paperback book & a trashy magazine ... have a few drinks, watch the movies, use the headphones to listen to music to create "white noise" ... pack a few snacks of your own.
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When are you going? I too am going to Seville but not until the end of October. My connections are from San Francisco to London then on to Seville.

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Sep 29th, 2005, 09:25 PM
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Going from Oct. 22 to 29th yeah!!!

Have a great time!

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<<I don't speak spanish...>>

But you still have over three weeks. You could learn 200 words in that time, and another 200 while you are there.

Por favor.

There you go. There are your first two!

You will be amazed at how it will add to your enjoyment of Spain.

Best wishes,

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Re the ear-pressure probs, suggest you have a chat with your Dr before you go. I find chewing (lollies/gum) helps - swallowing often clears "blocked" ears. I also take "chuppa chups" to give to parents for littlies crying - it's often the poor little things ears, but they don't know, so can't tell anyone.
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I don't know if you will be checking your luggage, but after a couple of unexpected overnight layovers due to weather or mechanical problems, I always take enough in a carry-on to sustain me overnight in a hotel enroute. That means my medicines, a change of undies and sox, sleep mask and earplugs, a book, and phone and fax number for the first hotel I'll be staying at in Europe (in case I'm delayed, I'll want to contact the hotel asap in hopes I don't get "dinged" for the first night if I don't show up on time.)

I always take candy, nuts, cheesits, etc., not because I get hungry, but because I get bored.

Finally, you could also take a rosary, so you can noisily rattle your beads and terrorize your neighbors! Just kidding!
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My mother too is from Sevilla so I am going to spend time with my family there. As a child we went back and forth all time and this time I am taking a friend with me and leaving the hubby and kids at home! You will LOVE Seville. There is soooo much to do and so pretty. The people there are wonderful too! Have a great time..I know I am going to.
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WHAOOOO SLOGDOG!!! to check out where you are sitting. I love kids and I never make a stink if a child is crying around you can tune it out if you are focused. ....but I avoid baby isle when given a choice.

Seat Guru will put warning on those seats.

2. see if you are on a 777 and you will have a tv monitor on the back of your seat.

3. I will say it again slogdog WHAWHOO FOR YOU!!!
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Sep 30th, 2005, 08:10 AM
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Good reminder above!! Most important of all. Book your seat!!! Take no chances. Whether you prefer an aisle or a window... no one wants to get stuck in the middle.
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