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User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6775 times:

Hello all, just took a little vacation to San Antonio and i thought i would share the trip.

I had planned to just go to SAT and just come home, but there was supposed to be a business customer in Houston to visit, and since i chose a routing through houston anyways, i thought i would make a day to see him. unfortunately, after the flights were booked the customer said that they were no longer available for a visit! so i did a little sightseeing in houston as well.

My first flight was a continental express flight direct from CLE-SAT. Its kind of a long flight for a ERJ-145, but i like the departure time and ease. I also like gate checking my bag.

Wednesday, May 2nd.
Flight 2895
CLE-SAT
ERJ-145
D: 8:45pm
A: 10:57pm

I arrived at the airport at around 7:30pm, and this was the first time travelling where i didnt need to check my bag or check in. it was a breeze, since i already had my boarding pass i just headed right for security. Everything went thru fine, even my giant bag of electronics! I took a moment to put my shoes and belt back on and headed for the gate. This was out of gate C-25, so i had a bit of a walk.

On my way out i spotted the CO 752 leaving for LAS.

http://lh4.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXN_vVYAII/AAAAAAAAARc/eMHVO361EYM/s800/CIMG0257.JPG

The last time i took this flight it was out of the D terminal, and we did not use a jetway, just some stairs, it was nice to stay in the main building for this one. Here is a shot of the ERJ at the gate. there was a food truck there, but i dont know what exactly they were putting on the plane, because i certainly didnt get much!

Earlier in the day when i checked in i checked my seat selection and noticed that the exit row was open so i grabbed the window seat. this made the flight more bearable on the ERJ.

This is the ERJ waiting for us.
http://lh3.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOCfVYAJI/AAAAAAAAARk/uHEIfFgBZIQ/s800/CIMG0259.JPG

A Champion air 727 at sitting around...maybe for the New Jersey Nets who were in town losing to my cavaliers?!

http://lh4.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOFvVYALI/AAAAAAAAAR0/5Gp4aGwVtKE/s800/CIMG0262.JPG

After grabbing a bottle of water and some mints for the flight it was time to board. I scanned the boarding area for all the cute girls on the flight, so i could hope that they were sitting next to me, but none of them did!

We sat a bit at the gate, because there was an equipment problem with a ground vehicle, but no more than 5 minutes really. a bit of taxiing in the sunset and we were off. it was interesting that this flight time makes it light when you board, dusk when you start taxiing, and dark when you finally take off.

here is a video of the takeoff, and some of the lights of cleveland.



The flight attendant was a young blonde lady who was very nice, and on this late night RJ flight all they served was some peanuts and a drink. she offered extra peanuts, and she gave me the whole can of soda. she made her way up and down the aisle a few times, offering seconds to anyone who wanted them.

The flight was bumpy, and took a bit longer than expected. we were routed around some weather and ended up arriving at about 11:30pm.

after taxiing a bit we arrived at the gate, and i picked up my gate checked bag. my friend was waiting in the cell phone lot (something that CLE does not have yet) and he came and picked me up at the curb.

after a great few days in san antonio, it was time to head to houston for the second stage of the trip. i had booked this flight specially because CO operates a 752 on this short hop flight, and this would be my first time on a 757 of any kind. I have always thought the 757 was one of the best looking planes around so i was glad to finally be riding on one.

on my way up a spotted a few interesting things so i snapped a few pictures.

it looks to be a funjet 757
http://lh4.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOHvVYAMI/AAAAAAAAAR8/Vy1rYClRSmY/s800/DSC02208.JPG

someone can maybe tell me what this is...

http://lh4.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOIvVYANI/AAAAAAAAASE/35X1uwru_4I/s800/DSC02209.JPG


it was interesting to see so many people at the gate for this flight. SAT was really not made to handle planes this size, and the gate agent let everyone know that this was a full flight and he wanted order and cooperation to get the flight off on time. everyone obliged and boarding was semi-painless. the only problem was this musclebound guy who had a bit of roid rage about having no place to put his bag...a nice flight attendant came and told him there was space about 8 rows back, and he said, in a snappy tone "But when we have to leave everyones going to be going the other way...no way!"

he was also wearing a t-shirt that said "yum yum, come get you some" so that speaks a bit about the guy anyways.

http://lh4.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOavVYAbI/AAAAAAAAAT0/XEZ7E0JU9zY/s800/CIMG0368.JPG


Monday, May 7th.
Flight 678
SAT-IAH
757-200
D: 3:15pm
A: 4:16pm


the 752 arriving

http://lh5.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOJ_VYAOI/AAAAAAAAASM/2JTjzwXZCtc/s800/DSC02210.JPG

http://lh4.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOOvVYASI/AAAAAAAAASs/T2uFFq_E2Yo/s800/DSC02212.JPG

squeeeeeezing into a little gate!

http://lh6.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOQPVYATI/AAAAAAAAAS0/KxYUNU2DLWk/s800/DSC02213.JPG

Here is a video of the takeoff



this was a pleasant flight, very short. as soon as we got to allitude they scrambled through with a water service and then it was time to descend into houston.

the 752 with flaps full.



interesting how much empty space there is!




a video of the landing, with a startled lady.



i went down the baggage claim and walked through the D terminal, which i hoped i would be leaving from, as the security line was tiny, and it seemed less used than the other.

there were only 4 people waiting for bags at our carosel, as most people just had hand baggage.

i went to rent a car, and if anyone here has rented a car in houston, you know it is a bit odd. i was looking for the Alamo bus, when i noticed that there was a bus marked "Take for all rental car companies" they bus you about 5 minutes away to a giant pavillion. in the pavillion there is a desk for every rental company, and there are 2 floors of parking where it appears that all the companies share the cars! i did myself a little favor, and upgraded to a premium car, and they gave me a Chrysler 300M Hemi...which was nice.

http://lh3.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOdfVYAcI/AAAAAAAAAT8/tLMh7SQTQzw/s800/CIMG0370.JPG

taxiing around IAH i spotted a few notables


http://lh4.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOXvVYAZI/AAAAAAAAATk/kbJoMYidRJU/s800/CIMG0365.JPG

http://lh6.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOZPVYAaI/AAAAAAAAATs/s5x_zlmrynI/s800/CIMG0366.JPG

While in houston i went to johnson space center, which was pretty interesting, i will post a couple of shots.
http://lh3.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOffVYAdI/AAAAAAAAAUE/3FJ12q5xgXI/s800/CIMG0372.JPG

http://lh4.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOhvVYAeI/AAAAAAAAAUM/5O1l2gtCkDA/s800/CIMG0374.JPG

http://lh3.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOjfVYAfI/AAAAAAAAAUU/k4VQD4uAzzU/s800/CIMG0377.JPG

http://lh3.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOlfVYAgI/AAAAAAAAAUc/0-vOv6ilKVw/s800/CIMG0399.JPG

after my day in houston it was time to head home.

Tuesday, May 8th.
Flight 644
IAH-CLE
737-800
D: 6:45pm
A: 10:34pm


I returned my rental car to the crazy building and caught a bus back to the terminal. I did not have a printer in my hotel room so i needed to print my boarding pass. there wasnt much of a line, so i hit a do it yourself terminal and i dropped off my bag to the nice agent.

and to my delight, i was leaving out of d-terminal, so i got to hit the stairs and walk right past the maze of security headed into the C terminal and go back to that little security checkpoint.

it was a breeze other than a british guy with BO. :-/

i had plenty of time as my rental car needed to be back by 4. it was about 4:45 now, so i headed to the papadeaux restaurant in D terminal. i had some lobster bisque and some fried shrimp that was really good for airport food. i also had my last shiner bock on texas soil. i went and did a little shopping for food for the flight and headed to the gate. i spend the $10 on the internet to check my mail and myspace and chatted with a friend online a bit while i waited.

this gate didnt offer much opportunity for pics, so i couldnt get one.

i got my window seat, and when i had checked it, it showed the middle seat empty, which turned out to be true, which was nice.

here are some shots while taxiing.

http://lh6.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOnPVYAiI/AAAAAAAAAUs/h1oJ7o5s3K0/s800/DSC02222.JPG

http://lh6.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOmPVYAhI/AAAAAAAAAUk/lgExpmu7rwg/s800/DSC02219.JPG

this captain was an interesting pilot...i love his style on taxiing. when it was our turn he fired up the engines as we turned the corner and didnt stop, just rolled right on down.

here is a video



the captain came on and saidthere were some storms moving thru the south, so we were routed out east, but he said we were fast enough to make up the time, he was right.


the sunset and the winglet

http://lh6.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOoPVYAjI/AAAAAAAAAU0/3j6oxylA1Mk/s800/DSC02225.JPG

the "snack"

http://lh4.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOpvVYAkI/AAAAAAAAAU8/ICRHpQbheIA/s800/CIMG0411.JPG

there were a couple of bumps we hit, but really a pleasant flight, especially with the middle seat open.

now the approach was interesting. it seems like we came in very low, did a pass over the airport (i noticed the IX center neon) and then we cut around and got down in a hurry. i may have been the only one who noticed the approach, but i have flown into CLE so many times, and i have never had one like this.

parked next to a 752 at CLE

http://lh4.google.com/image/dimoko/RkXOsvVYAmI/AAAAAAAAAVM/_srchGiIiZo/s800/CIMG0415.JPG


thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it.

youtube is bring a pain, so i will post the rest of the videos later, after they upload,

[Edited 2007-05-12 18:43:19]

[Edited 2007-05-12 18:53:04]


"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams
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User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6717 times:

Nice report!
I think that the 757 you see from the window is from ? airline.  Smile

[Edited 2007-05-12 19:07:47]

User currently offlineXAAPB From Mexico, joined Jan 2005, 438 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6703 times:

Great trip report and pictures! I like the 757 mini trip from SAT to IAH, how long did it take, about 30 mins??

Quoting Dimoko (Thread starter):
On my way out i spotted the CO 752 leaving for LAS.

I think in that picture is a 753 isn't it?
Cheers
Jorge



Jorge Meneses
User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6692 times:

here is the last video, the night approach into CLE




"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams
User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6557 times:

Nice report and pictures.

Quoting XAAPB (Reply 2):
Quoting Dimoko (Thread starter):
On my way out i spotted the CO 752 leaving for LAS.

I think in that picture is a 753 isn't it?

That's what it looks like to me. The one he parked next to in CLE also appears to be a 753.

Quoting Dimoko (Thread starter):
and to my delight, i was leaving out of d-terminal, so i got to hit the stairs and walk right past the maze of security headed into the C terminal and go back to that little security checkpoint.

Looking at a map at IAH, it appears you can walk or take the train between terminals without having to exit and reclear security. Does anyone know if that is possible?

Quoting Dimoko (Thread starter):
i went to rent a car, and if anyone here has rented a car in houston, you know it is a bit odd. i was looking for the Alamo bus, when i noticed that there was a bus marked "Take for all rental car companies" they bus you about 5 minutes away to a giant pavillion. in the pavillion there is a desk for every rental company, and there are 2 floors of parking where it appears that all the companies share the cars!

CLE and TUS also have that sort of system, but the companies do not share cars. The one at TUS is very close to the terminal so people walk to it. It is a parking garage type structure. CLE has a bus to a lot just under the final approaches to RWY's 24. Inside there are the desks to the companies and each company has a separate zone for their cars. This type of central off-airport rental area seems to be more popular with airports now.


User currently offlineXAAPB From Mexico, joined Jan 2005, 438 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6154 times:

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 4):
Looking at a map at IAH, it appears you can walk or take the train between terminals without having to exit and reclear security. Does anyone know if that is possible?

Yes, in fact there are 2 trains, one that goes underground for passengers that had not passed security or just need to move between terminals, and the other one that connect's the A and B gates with the C, D, and E gates. What is rare is that the flight to CLE departed from terminal D, probably the 738 he tooked was comming from outside the US scince the D gates are for International flights or it's just a simple mistake and he mean Terminal E.
Greetings



Jorge Meneses
User currently offlineMke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6012 times:

Great report and pictures!!! I'm surprised that CO flies SAT-IAH with a 757, but oh well that's kind of NW does from MSP/DTW to MKE with 757's.


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User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5946 times:

Quoting XAAPB (Reply 5):
or it's just a simple mistake and he mean Terminal E.

you may be right. i made an effort to save my boarding passes, but that effort failed i guess! i couldnt find them when it came time to do the report.



"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 5784 times:

Quoting Dimoko (Thread starter):
i was looking for the Alamo bus, when i noticed that there was a bus marked "Take for all rental car companies" they bus you about 5 minutes away to a giant pavillion. in the pavillion there is a desk for every rental company, and there are 2 floors of parking where it appears that all the companies share the cars!



Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 4):
CLE and TUS also have that sort of system, but the companies do not share cars. The one at TUS is very close to the terminal so people walk to it. It is a parking garage type structure. CLE has a bus to a lot just under the final approaches to RWY's 24. Inside there are the desks to the companies and each company has a separate zone for their cars. This type of central off-airport rental area seems to be more popular with airports now.

Those are what we airport executive types call 'consolidated car rental facilities'.....the goal of which is just as the term implies: consolidates the rental car companies into a smaller area, which not only frees up a bunch of old space for us to rent out or develop, but also relieves some vehicle congestion on the terminal roadways by combining shuttle operations. DFW has one of the larger consolidated facilities going. We have plans for one here at MSY, but they are shelved for the time being after Katrina (we have more important priorities for those funds).

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5531 times:

i did like the rental car location, and i liked having the one shuttle, so there are 15 busses to choose from.

getting back tho, the GPS unit and the signs had different opinions on how to get there!



"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams
User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5191 times:

Enjoyed your report.

IAH is probably my favorite airport. And Continental is a great airline. As for RJs the Embraer is my favorite (quite comfortable, unlike the CRJ 200). So you made some good selections!

Just for clarification, the new Continental International terminal is Terminal E (With the shops and Pappadeaux). I ate there recently myself ). The former IAB, which is now the generic part of the IAH international complex is terminal D. Terminal D is where BA, AF, KL, LH all fly out of. It's easy to confuse them, especially if you are thinking of the two new beautiful terminals in Texas Terminal D at DFW and E at IAH. Anyways, so that clears that up.

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 4):
Looking at a map at IAH, it appears you can walk or take the train between terminals without having to exit and reclear security. Does anyone know if that is possible?

You can walk or get between terminals B, C, D, and E, and part of A. You can walk between C, D, and E. You can catch the train that's inside security, which makes stops at B (Continental Express), C (Continental), and D/E (International and Continental).

To get to A, you can access the gates for Colgan Air Saab flights via a bus service. You cannot get to the part of A that includes UA/AA/US however. You have to exit security and go back in for that. I know, as I'm a huge IAH fan, and like to visit IAH when I can. Problem is, I'm an AA employee, so if I non-rev on AA I can't get in the good terminals. So, frequently I'll get a pass on CO rather than fly my own airline!


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5171 times:

This was a good written TR.

On my way out i spotted the CO 752 leaving for LAS

I think that is a 753 and not a 752

The pic on the sunset was unusual and beautiful.



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User currently offlineBoeing743 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 406 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4821 times:

Very good report, I was at San Antonio on May 5th. me and my partner arrived in IAH on Friday and return to IND on Monday May , We left IAH at 1:05pm from new terminal E.

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