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User currently offlineORDZW From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 198 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 10149 times:

Hello again!

After a long time of staying in one place, I was finally able to join my family in Orlando, FL for a week vacation. Initially, I wasn't sure if I would be able to take go for an entire week so I wasn't able to book the trip until about 2 weeks before. I got a pretty good deal on American Airlines through expedia.com.

This was my first time flying AA for about 3 years, so I was excited to fly a different airline!

Normally, I would fly out of my hometown of Albuquerque, NM, but I was already in Denver visiting my family. As such, I flew in and out of DEN. I connected in ORD on the way, and DFW on the way back. While ORD is in entirely the wrong direction, both flights were short enough to split up the trip quite nicely.

Date: May 19, 2007
Segment: DEN-ORD
Flight: AA1174
Aircraft: MD-83 (N594AA)
Departure Gate: C39
Arrival Gate: H10
Departs: 1500
Arrives: 1825
Seat: 21F (exit row window)
Departure Runway: DEN Runway 34R
Arrival Runway: ORD Runway 27R

Out of all 4 of my flights, this was the only one that I was not able to reserve a window seat ahead of time. As a result, I got to the airport about 3 hours early to see if there were any available day-of-departure. As I thought, the ticket counter was quite empty, so I approached one of the agents to see if there was a window available. He told me that the exit row was available and of course, I took him up on his offer!

AA Ticket Counter in DEN:

After checking in, I headed to the gate. While American uses Concourse C, I still took the A bridge since I had a lot of time before my flight. It also gives me the opportunity to take some pictures.

DEN Main Terminal:

Flip the Dolphin just pushed back. He was operating the charter operation to HUX today.

Overview of Frontier's newly-acquired gates from UA, taken from the bridge:

LH 343 operating the daily MUC flight:

After watching the LH flight for a little while, I decided to get on the train and head out to the C Concourse.

Center of the C Concourse:

My gate, C39:

The flight boarded on time, and I settled into my seat for the 2-hour flight to ORD. As I expected from the lack of seat options ahead of time, the flight was quite full. The door closed on time and we taxied out to Runway 34R for takeoff.

Service on the flight was standard domestic service we have come to expect these days, with free beverage service and snacks available for purchase. I was given the whole can of Sprite, but I did not indulge in the snack service.

Before I knew it, we were on approach into ORD.

Hazy view of the Chicago skyline:

Coming from the west, we flew north of the airport and circled around 180 degrees just shy of the lake shore for approach to Runway 27R. We landed on time and pulled into Gate H10 shortly after.

The aircraft that brought us from DEN, parked at the gate in ORD:

I had just less than an hour before my connecting flight, so I wasn't able to explore outside of Terminal 3. I took a few pictures and ate lunch/dinner in the food court between the H and K concourses.

View from the concourse between H and K - The 777 was being prepared for its flight to LHR. The Sears Tower is barely visible above the APU exhaust:

Date: May 19, 2007
Segment: ORD-MCO
Flight: AA1772
Aircraft: MD-82 (N583AA)
Departure Gate: K4
Arrival Gate: Airside 1 (not sure on Gate!)
Departs: 1920
Arrives: 2255
Seat: 18A (window)
Departure Runway: ORD Runway 32L
Arrival Runway: MCO Runway 36R

View of the Orlando gate, K4:

My aircraft parked at the gate, note the AS.com livery 737 in the background:

Boarding was once again on time. I boarded with group 4 and found my seat. This time, I was on the 2-side. This flight was also quite full, and there was a gentleman in the aisle next to me.

View out of the window. The 767 was being loaded for its flight to DUB.

We pushed back on time and started our taxi to 32L.

International Terminal:

The flight was similar to the last flight - Whole can of soda and snacks for purchase. Since I had already eaten in ORD, I did not buy snack but had a can of Sprite to drink.

After arriving in MCO, I had to wait a little while for my family to come and pick me up. They had flown into TPA earlier on UA and drove across. (It was a little cheaper at the time).

While I was waiting, I walked around the terminal and took a couple of pictures.

Deserted AA check-in at 11pm:

DL ticket counters. Note the new logo!

My family arrived shortly after and we drove to our rented villa where we would be staying for the next 7 nights.

During the week, we spent 3 days visiting Walt Disney World and 2 days at Universal Studios. I won't go into to much detail, since this is an aviation forum, but I will post a few pictures!

Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom:

Animal Kingdom's newest ride: Expedition Everest:

Sorcerer's Hat at Disney-MGM Studios:

Spaceship Earth at Epcot, I am quite pleased at how well this one came out!

IllumiNations at Epcot:

Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom:

Somewhere in the middle of "Wishes" at the Magic Kingdom:

Entrance to Universal Studios Orlando:

Entrance to Seuss' Landing at Universal's Islands of Adventure:

Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure, I was a little annoyed that both torches weren't lit - Oh, well!

Toon Lagoon:

Overview of the lake at Island's of Adventure, featuring the Hulk Coaster:

After a long week of walking and numerous early mornings, it was time to go home  Sad

My family were flying back on Ted non-stop to DEN, but since I booked my ticket at a different time, I had to connect through DFW on AA. I wasn't too disappointed, though, since it had been about 4 years since I was last in DFW!

Date: May 26, 2007
Segment: MCO-DFW
Flight: AA825
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200 with winglets! (N188AN)
Departure Gate: 14
Arrival Gate: A15 or 16
Departs: 1655
Arrives: 1845
Seat: 12F (window)
Departure Runway: MCO Runway 18L
Arrival Runway: DFW Runway 17C

I spent about an hour waiting with my family on Airside 3 by their UA gate until it got a little closer to departure time for my flight. Since Airsides 1 and 3 are accessible via the same security checkpoint, I waited until about 10 minutes before the scheduled boarding time and took the train from Airside 3 to the terminal and walked across to the train for Airside 1. I made it with plenty of time to spare. Since I had some time, I took some pictures in from Airside 1.

Copa 737 completing boarding for its flight to PTY. A Martinair 767, just arrived from AMS, is in the background:

AA MD-80 bound for ORD. The Martinair 767 is in the background. If you look closely, you can see the winglet of the Copa 737 that has just pushed back:

My aircraft at the gate - 757 with winglets!

View out of the window at the winglet and CO gates in the background:

The flight boarded on time. I was in Group 6 this time, so I had some time to wait. Once on board, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the middle seat would remain open for the entire flight. Shortly before the door closed, one of the flight attendants made an announcement for us to close the overhead bins! I have never been on a flight where the flight attendants were too lazy to make the one-minute walk down the aisle to close the remaining open overhead bins! Has anyone else seen this???

Other than that, the service was the same as my flights down to MCO - Whole can of Sprite and snacks for purchase. The movie on the flight was "Because I Said So," starring Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore. I didn't watch, though, since I had my portable DVD player.

Since we left on time out of MCO, we arrived early into DFW. Too early, in fact, which caused us to wait for our gate to open. We were still in the gate early, so I had about an hour and 20 minutes before my connecting flight to DEN. I had not been to DFW since they opened the new Airlink train, so what do you think I did..?

Interior of the train:

American Eagle at the gate:

ATA 737:

Lance the Ocelot, heading to DEN:

No question as to who has a hub in DFW!

After circling the entire airport on the Airlink train, I arrived at the D Concourse where I would find my departure gate. I looked at the information board and decided on Cousin's Bar-B-Q for dinner. Unfortunately, it took quite a while to circle the airport on the train, and I had to eat it quite quickly! It turned out, however, that my flight was delayed 30 minutes due to a late arriving aircraft - Great, I gave myself indigestion for nothing!

Date: May 26, 2007
Segment: DFW-DEN
Flight: AA1187
Aircraft: MD-80 (didn't get the registration)
Departure Gate: D30
Arrival Gate: C37
Departs: 2000 (actual 2030)
Arrives: 2100 (actual 2110)
Seat: 12A (window)
Departure Runway: DFW Runway 18L
Arrival Runway: DEN Runway 16L

Overview of Gate D30 in DFW:

International Terminal D in DFW:

The aircraft arrived and we began boarding. I was actually quite impressed with how quickly the DFW team turned it! We were closed an on our way in only about 25 minutes! Not bad, considering the flight was almost entirely full.

Luckily, it was a short taxi and we were soon on our way. The flight was quite bumpy to begin with due to some storms in the area, but once we got through, it smoothed out. This was the only flight where I didn't get the whole can, but it was also the shortest, so I didn't mind too much!

Overall, I was quite pleased with my AA experience. Besides the lazy flight attendants on the MCO-DFW flight, the service was comparable to any US airline these days. 3 of 4 flights operated on time - The only delayed flight was due to weather, which I can't really blame AA for!

Thank you for reading, and please keep an eye out for my next trip - Wherever that my be!

9E, AA, AQ, AX, BA, CO, CP, DH, DL, EV, F9, FL, HA, HP, KL, NK, NW, OH, OO, QX, RP, RW, S5, TW, UA, US, WN, YV, ZK, ZW
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User currently offlineWalter747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1440 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 10107 times:

Quoting ORDZW (Thread starter):
Animal Kingdom's newest ride: Expedition Everest:

When i went in June we waited 2.5 hours for that ride. It was worth it though.

Quoting ORDZW (Thread starter):
IllumiNations at Epcot:

I liked how all the countries lite u.  Smile

Hussel, Hussel, Husel, Grind, Grind, Grind
User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 10090 times:

This was a great TR with great pics. Thank you specialy for the DL counter pics with the new logo!!!!
Last year i was on various AA flights and i thought that their staff was bored and not really interessted in customer service.
You've just toped my opinion with the overhead bin excample.

cheers: DALelite

They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineMKP1013 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9918 times:

NICE report! Loved the pics! I haven't been on a flight where FA's told us to close the bins, but if I had settled into a window seat I wouldn't be wrestling back up to close a bin. Still, looks like you enjoyed flying on AA. Definitley looking forward to the next report!

User currently offlineXJramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2511 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 9544 times:

Excellent trip report! Loved the pics!


Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 9501 times:
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Quoting ORDZW (Thread starter):
Shortly before the door closed, one of the flight attendants made an announcement for us to close the overhead bins! I have never been on a flight where the flight attendants were too lazy to make the one-minute walk down the aisle to close the remaining open overhead bins! Has anyone else seen this???

I've heard this before. The flight attendants want everybody seated so they can depart the gate. Then they tell you to close your bin. Why can't they just do it themselves? Too lazy? Go figure.
Other than that I'm glad you had a good experience on AA

Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineJmy007 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 598 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 9454 times:

Quoting ORDZW (Thread starter):
Shortly before the door closed, one of the flight attendants made an announcement for us to close the overhead bins! I have never been on a flight where the flight attendants were too lazy to make the one-minute walk down the aisle to close the remaining open overhead bins! Has anyone else seen this???

Great read and pics!

I've had something similar happen once before. I was on a UA flight to Maui, and I placed my backpack in the overhead bin, and there was plenty of space left. This was during boarding, and I certainly wasn't the last on. After I was seated, a rather unpleasant F/A stop by the bin (which was about 2 seat behind me) shout very sternly, "Who's bag is this." Sheepishly I said mine, and then the F/A told me to get up and close it the bin. Keep in mind, the doors had not been closed, and people where still trickling on. I unbuckled, got up, and saw all the perplexed passenger, wonder what the deal is with the F/A. A kind gentleman who was seated under the bin closed it. I want to say something, but did not, as I did not want to get kicked off the flight  Smile In all my years of flying, I have never heard of or seen such a thing, as I always see F/A making certain those bins are close prior to push back.

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User currently offlineTeo747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9343 times:

Nice report! I saw that exact same LH A340 in DEN a week later on the 26th.

User currently offlineFlyBoy84 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 394 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8979 times:

Those pictures are spectacular! Great trip report! Hope to go to MCO and Orlando one day!

User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8918 times:

Great report!!

HMMM maybe I should think about Orlando for next summer. Its amazing all of the people who fly through ORD who post here. We could walk right past each other and never know it hehehehehe!

Safe flying to all this summer! Looks to be a busy one.

User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7475 posts, RR: 78
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 8764 times:
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One of the top 5 trip reports I've read on this site, ever.

Excellent photos of DisneyWorld and the airports.

Fantastic job mate.  thumbsup   thumbsup 

User currently offlineBPS3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 605 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8740 times:

Great report and excellent pictures !!!!

In regards to the announcment to close the overhead bin, didn't you know that the flight attendants are primarily on board for your safety and not for customer service (lol) !!!!! Honestly have never had such an experience before.

Looking forward to your next TR.



User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8715 times:

Nice Report, Grade A pictures. Thanks.

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User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8668 times:

Quoting Jmy007 (Reply 6):
I always see F/A making certain those bins are close prior to push back.

They are required to make sure they are closed....it is part of the safty check.......I could see them reminding/asking people to close bins. In fact, I've often heard FA's request that once the bin is full, pls close it so those looking for space can more quickly find it.......But honestly, to single someone out???? Harsh.

Can I have a mojito on this flight?
User currently offlineNycaviator From United States of America, joined May 2007, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 8196 times:

Quoting ORDZW (Thread starter):
I have never been on a flight where the flight attendants were too lazy to make the one-minute walk down the aisle to close the remaining open overhead bins! Has anyone else seen this???

I have not been on a flight where the flight attendants made an announcement like this.

Great report and I really enjoyed the pics.

Flying is like having eyes on the top of the world.
User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2845 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8168 times:

Very nice TR... I always love flying into MCO.. one of my favorite airports..

BTW, I thought Illuminations was probably the best fireworks show I have ever seen

Quoting Triple7man (Reply 5):
Why can't they just do it themselves? Too lazy? Go figure.

I don't understand that either. I know we can't close the door until all bins are shut, so our f/a's do it most of the time.

next flight:TBD
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