Purdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 8 Posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1227 times:
Finals ended Friday, so I headed back home to San Diego yesterday. My first flight, an American Eagle Embraer 145, pushed back right on time at 1:18 pm. We taxied out to the runway and took off to the south from 23R. After turning northbound, we climbed to FL220 and were served pretzels wiht the beverages of our choice (Coke for me, of course!) We flew just east of Frankfort, IN, then east of Monticello, IN, before coming into Chicago. We flew out over Lake Michigan and came in on what I think was 32L.
Once in O'Hare, I headed to the gate for my 3:05 pm flight to San Diego. I got a First Class seat and boarded the 737-800. After sitting down, the flight atttendant came by to offer beverages, and I had a Coke. We pushed back a few minutes early and taxied out. I had an aisle seat, and the woman next to me chose to keep the shade closed, so I couldn't see out the window to well. Instead, I read American Way. After taking off, we were served the warm mixed nuts that I love so much, to accompany the cocktail or beverage of your choice (Coke). The flight attendants took dinner orders, and then brought around our salads. I chose to have sea bass in a garlic-shallot butter, served with french green beans, potatoes, and rice. The other choices were chicken in plum sauce and stuffed shells (Manicotti). After dinner, which was delicious, we were served ice cream sundaes or fruit plates. I had a sundae with hot fudge, whipped cream, and nuts. After lunch, the service remained attentive and the f/a was always there to fill my drink, even going back to coach and one point to return with 5 cans she called "re-enforcements." We had some massive tailwinds, I guess, because we got into San Diego half an hour early.
The trip was nice, uneventful. I'll be leaving tommorrow evening (Monday) for a week and a half to go to New York, Santo Domingo, and Fort Myers, so I'll be away from the forum for a while.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3505 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1110 times:
Nice report, as always. It sounds like you had nice flights, did you upgrade yourself using electronic stickers from your AAdvantage account? That's how I upgrade when I travel within the United States. My parents flew on a 737-800 three months ago from Chicago to San Jose, they were in First Class. My dad said that this aircraft was a little bit louder than the Super 80, even when sitting in the first row, but he liked it anyway.
Enjoy the rest of your trip.
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 22 Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1104 times:
Nice description. I went on AA first class SAN-ORD-SAN a long time ago. I was a small child, but I remember the ice cream sundae for dinner. It seems the service hasn't changed, which is good, I guess. Remember to always sit on the left side when landing or taking off from SAN!! All the planes are on that side. Its good AA is changing the equpiment from SAN to ORD to 738s. I hate the super 80s. Too bad that when you came back to San Diego, though, you still had to arrive at our crummy airport!!
Purdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 8 Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1093 times:
You don't like our airport? Sure, I'd like to have a more "glamorous" airport... you know, multiple runways or something. SAN has a nice feel to it, though. Not too big, but big enough for American to have plenty of service. When I leave San Diego tonight for my other trip (heading to the airport in about 15 minutes), I am taking the only MD-80 flight American still runs to ORD, flight 1224. Our red-eye departs SAN at 11 pm, just in time to get off the ground before curfew, and gets to ORD at 4:46 am.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3505 posts, RR: 13 Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1072 times:
That's where my father is going next week. He leaves next tuesday. He flies from Brussels to Chicago on a 767-300 then connects on an MD-80 to La Guardia. Two days later he flies direct JFK-SAN on a 757, I know he'll have a great flight. Michael, according to the American Airlines schedule, they have two S80 flights from SAN to ORD each day. Flight 1224 which is the one you'll be on and flight 522 which leaves beginning of the afternoon to arrive in Chicago in the evening. My dad's reservation shows flight 1822 from SAN to ORD but according to the schedule that's valid thru Apr 30, flight 522 is effective May 1. Anyway, he flies on a Super 80 from San Diego to Chicago and then he connects on a 767 to Brussels.
Yes sure everyone likes the new 737-800 that much, but the Super 80 is OK. I wouldn't mind flying on a Super 80 instead of a 737-800 or a 757. What I would be upset about is flying a Super 80 or a 757 if I can get a 727, the 727 is rapidly dissapearing and will soon be gone but the 757 and 737-800 will be around much longer, so will the Super 80. The 757 and the 737-800 should be around even longer than the Super 80 will. If I can get a 727 i fly on it because it may be the last occasion in my life I fly on it, the other aircraft types will be there a lot longer. That's my opinion.
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 22 Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1067 times:
SD has a nice feel for its airport because it doesn't know any better. Sure its nice and cozy and all, but I would much rather enjoy it if the terminals were a little bigger and more functiol working with one another and if I knew there was room for adequate and safe expansion. I would rather have an airport like SFO that can actually be walked through without having to go outside and take a bus.