Well, Delta had it wrong on my itinerary, but the airline was consistent in telling me I’d be flying on 737-200, even though it had retired those old rustbuckets years ago.
Even when I checked in online on Sunday, the Web page said to expect the old Boeing.
But instead, a mint-fresh 737-700 pulled up to the gate in Atlanta, and this was a nice new plane. It had a touch-screen video system at each seat, which not only reclined but the bottom cushion slid forward for more comfort. Blended winglets and high-bypass turbofans heralded the external differences between the promised -200 and the delivered -700, and there are many more upgrades not so visible.
While I was looking forward to flying on a bit of history, I didn’t mind the more modern ride at all.