As I am writing this, I am sitting in my room in the Days Inn Miami International Airport hotel, just a five minute walk from a major MIA spotting point. I am here thanks to a sub-$300 fare that Delta Air Lines offered from Japan to many cities in the United States about two months ago.
This is just a quick overview of the trip, and the articles that are about to follow later on once I am back home.
I left Tokyo on March 3. After some spotting and visiting Museum of Aeronautical Science located near Narita, I flew to Detroit on the Delta Air Lines 747 that is about to retire in a few months.
Then, after a slightly prolonged (but friendly) chat with the immigration officer, I connected onto an A320 flight to Atlanta.It was my first time flying in and out of Atlanta, and I was just amazed by the airport. The sight of the countless rows of (mostly Delta) aircraft parked at all the concourses made it clear that I was at the busiest airport in the world!
After getting off the aircraft in Concourse D, I took the automated train to Concourse B where my next flight was leaving from. There, I spent some time relaxing in the Delta Sky Club before taking a 757 flight to Miami.
So far, I spent a day and a half spotting at Miami airport, and half a day at Fort Lauderdale airport. Luckily, in spite of the “cloudy” forecasts, the weather was great for the last two days, and I was able to catch many interesting aircraft.
Tomorrow (at the time of writing this) is my last full day here, and the forecast looks slightly worse than for the first two days, but hopefully there will be some more sunshine.
The day after tomorrow, I will be catching a morning flight to Detroit on an MD-88. From there, I will head home on the 747 once again. That will be most likely my last Delta Air Lines Jumbo given that they are going to be retired by the end of this year.
Once I am home, you can expect more detailed articles about the trip including spotting reports and reports from some of the Delta flights, as well as reviews of the lounges I visited during the trip.