Delta Connection CRJ-700 first class Los Angeles to San Diego

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01. Introduction: To Taipei with Star Alliance and SkyTeam business class awards
02. United Airlines 737-900/ER first class San Diego to Los Angeles
03. Asiana A380-800 business class Los Angeles to Seoul
04. Incheon Transit Hotel
05. Eva Air A321 regional business class Seoul to Taipei
06. Grand Hyatt Taipei
07. The quiet serenity of Taipei during Chinese New Year
08. China Airlines Dynasty Lounge, TPE, Terminal 1
09. China Airlines 777-300/ER business class Taipei to Seoul
10. KAL Prestige Class Lounge, ICN
11. Korean Air A380-800 Prestige Class (business class) Seoul to Los Angeles
12. Delta Connection CRJ-700 first class Los Angeles to San Diego

So it all comes down to this. 5 amazing segments with 13,912 miles already flown, and the only thing standing between me and home sweet home is a ride on a Delta Connection CRJ-700. I can’t even begin to describe how much of a bummer it was to get off what was one of the best flights I’ve ever had in my life and to be dropped squarely into the hell that is Terminal 5 at LAX. Domestic flying sucks enough as it is, but having to endure the crowds of T5 only to be then wedged into a CRJ is not something I was particularly looking forward to. One moment I’m being treated like royalty in Korean Air Prestige class, the next moment I’ve got a Delta flight attendant who hates her job looking disappointed when I say “why yes, I would like some water before takeoff please.”

DL4888
Los Angeles, CA (LAX) – San Diego, CA (SAN)
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Aircraft: CRJ-700
Registration: N608SK
Duration: 49 minutes (gate to gate)
Seat: 3A (first class)

delta skywest CRJ-700 side view

Delta Connection / Skywest CRJ-700 (N608SK) side view illustration by norebbo.com

delta connection skywest CRJ-700 seat map

Seat map of this Delta Connection / Skywest CRJ-700 (courtesy of seatguru.com) showing my seat for this flight.

los angeles to san diego air route

Our route from LAX to SAN today: LAXX9 MZB

Delta is moving to the other side of LAX soon, so the silver lining of this segment (besides the fact that I was almost home) was that this would be my last chance to experience Delta in Terminal 5. Not that it’s something very important or anything – I’m looking at it squarely from a historical perspective, and I’m thinking it will be fun to sit around when I’m old and tell all the young whipper-snapper road warriors how crappy the Delta experience used to be at LAX. Having had those experiences should maintain my street cred as a seasoned traveler despite being too old to travel anymore. See? I’m always thinking ahead!

terminal 5 LAX delta

Curbside Terminal 5 at LAX: Home of Delta Air Lines. Not for very much longer though!

delta sky priority check in T5 LAX

Delta Sky Priority lanes here at LAX. I was able to bypass this completely since I already had my boarding pass.

terminal 5 LAX interior

The interior of Terminal 5 is actually quite nice, but it’s the crowds (and lack of quiet places to sit) that I dislike so much.

gate 51B terminal 5 LAX

Gate 51B today.

Delta CRJ-700 LAX N608SK

Awww, just a pup! Quite a stark contrast in size compared to the A380 I just got off of.

Thankfully boarding was right on time, and since I just wanted to get this over with as fast as possible, I was right there at the gate ready to get onboard as soon as first class was called. I was tired and already missing the Korean Air A380 experience like you wouldn’t believe. How disappointing it was to be stepping onto a tiny regional jet for the final leg home.

delta connection boarding pass LAX

My boarding pass for what was without a doubt the least exciting segment of this entire trip.

delta connection jet bridge LAX

This pic doesn’t show it very well, but the angle of the jet bridge was pretty steep since it had to mate up with the door of a little CR7.

boarding delta connection CRJ-700 LAX

As much as I dislike flying on little regional jets, I will admit I how much I enjoy how “business jet-like” they are. I pretend to feel important as I’m stepping onboard, and that usually helps to dull the pain.

delta connection CRJ-700 close up LAX

One last up close look at the exterior before stepping inside.

delta CRJ-700 first class cabin

Delta Connection CRJ-700 first class cabin.

delta CRJ-700 first class single seat

Delta Connection CRJ-700 first class seat 3A.

seat 3a misaligned window delta CRJ-700

Well isn’t this nice? I had no idea that my seat (3A) was not exactly a window seat.

delta CRJ-700 first class seat pitch

Delta Connection CRJ-700 first class seat pitch. Not quite on the same level as Korean Air Prestige Class.

Unlike the last time I flew Delta Connection from Los Angeles to San Diego, I was blessed with an aircraft that was clean and had windows that I could actually see out of. Not that it mattered all that much – this flight was scheduled to fly exactly at the time of day when the sun would be directly overhead, meaning that photography would not be ideal. The best in-flight photography requires the sun to be on either end of the horizon and high noon just doesn’t cut it. It was alright though – I had shot over 50GB of pics and video over the last 5 days, so I was pretty much spent when it came to taking pics. My camera gear was practically still smoking from working so hard, so a break seemed like a good idea. Besides, the misaligned window in my seat wasn’t very convenient.

delta CRJ-700 first class interior

Delta Connection CRJ-700 first class cabin as seen from seat 3A.

delta connection first class drink

Complimentary water bottles before departure.

Our taxi our to 25R was a bit slow due to congestion around the airport, but we didn’t have to wait all that long. Probably 10 minutes max, and we were up and on our way down to San Diego.

delta CRJ-700 taxi LAX

Pushing off the gate and almost ready to roll.

taxiing at LAX

All the other airplanes look like giants compared to this little CR7!

american airlines A319 LAX

Taxiing around LAX is always fun, and you can usually get some nice up close views of some interesting aircraft. Unfortunately, this was as interesting as it got today.

LAX 25R

Turning onto 25R.

taking off LAX runway 25R

Here we go. The final segment of this trip!

departing runway 25R LAX

Always interesting stuff to see on the cargo ramp at LAX.

departing LAX over the ocean

Crossing over the beach and out to the Pacific Ocean. Big left turn towards San Diego in 3, 2, 1…

mountain snow surrounding LA

Look at all that snow on the mountain peaks surrounding LA! It was a wild and wet winter here in southern California, that’s for sure.

Rancho Palos Verdes

That’s Rancho Palos Verdes down there. I’ve never been there but it sure looks nice!

CRJ-700 first class cabin

No in-seat video screens on these CRJ-700’s. Doesn’t matter to me at all, as I much prefer looking out the window instead.

fasten seat belt while seated

This little patch is all the seat-back entertainment there is.

I was sitting there watching out the window as we followed the coast all the way down, I began thinking about amazing air travel really is. I had just flown half way around the world – all in the same day – and that really boggles the mind if you really think about it. I woke up in Taipei, flew to Seoul, then to Los Angeles, and I will sleep in my own bed tonight in San Diego. Mind. Blown. Especially considering how much I enjoy watching old Hollywood westerns, and back in those days, it took months just to cross the US on horseback. Factor in the risk of being killed by Indians or some horrible disease, and it just doesn’t seem like moving from place to place was even worth it. I took another sip of my water and suddenly felt thankful for this CRJ-700 which was whisking me from LAX to SAN in less than 25 minutes. All in air-conditioned comfort no less.

The skies were completely clear all the way down to San Diego today, so it was easy to follow along and know our exact position just by looking at the coastline. Costa Mesa, then Camp Pendleton, followed by Oceanside and all the beach communities rolled right past my window before we turned inland just south of Torrey Pines.

Torrey pines san diego

Torrey Pines. I ride my bike through here every weekend!

Miramar MCAS

Miramar MCAS. Queue Top Gun theme song now…

SAN approach

Over east county San Diego now as we get lined up for runway 27.

flying over downtown san diego SAN approach

Of all my years flying into SAN, I have yet to get a really amazing shot of the downtown skyline with a wing or engine in it. The lighting was horrible today as you can see, so it looks like I’m going to have to wait until next time.

SAN approach downtown san diego

It’s still an amazing view even if photography conditions aren’t ideal!

SAN airport approach

Crossing over the airport perimeter.

SAN airport delta skyteam 737-800

Oooh, that’s the Delta 737-800 in SkyTeam colors!

san diego airport jet bridge gate 50

One last reminder of how small of an airplane the CRJ-700 is.

delta CRJ-700 deplaning

Hang on a sec guys – we’re not going anywhere until they lower that jet bridge.

And that’s pretty much it. An uneventful and quick flight with service not even on the same planet as some of the fine Asian airlines I experienced earlier on this trip. Oh well. I was home, and that’s all that really mattered.

Thanks for following along on this lengthy 12-part trip report! I will admit that this took a lot longer to write up than I was expecting, but these detailed flight reviews take a long time to put together and I’d rather not rush things. I hope you enjoyed this one!

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