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NWA MDW-MSP-MDW(Part 2) With Pics!  
User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2232 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 4284 times:
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Here is the second part to the trip. After having fun in Minneapolis, it was time to go. I took the train to the airport and check in after stepping off the tram. i had to pay some money since my bag was 4 lbs overweight, I really did not care about that. After security, I decided to go early to the observation deck and get some good pics of some aircraft from there. There was a TSA agent up there but was on his break and other workers came up there for naps, otherwise it was a nice experience and the planes I saw were wonderful. Unfortunately I have too many pictures to look through that I took up there so here is what I saw as a condensed version. All this was in a 3 hour period up there.

USAF/ANG C-130's (3)
United 757-200, 737-300(3)
Midwest 717-200
Northwest A320, A319's DC-9's 757(200 and 300) 747-400, and A330
NWA Airlink CRJ-200, and the 900(I missed getting a pic of the one I was on landing before the flight I departed in)
US Airways A320
Delta MD-80, CRJ-700(ASA and Comair)
Sun Country 737-800 (2)
many more NWA aircraft.

Sunday June 24th 2007
Northwest Airlink flight 3629 MSP-MDW
DEP:Scheduled: 5:06PM Actual: 4:59PM
ARR:Scheduled: 6:38PM Actual: 6:20PM
Bombardier CRJ-900 N902XJ
(no pictures yet on the database, this airplane was brand new and started service days ago here is the first one they got)

I made it to the gate area about 30 minutes before boarding after being up in the observation deck for a couple of hours and getting a sandwich afterwards, I waited and talked to a gate agent about the scheduling and cancelling of flights and she said the same thing as the check-in agent that it was staffing. After that I waited for the time to board and there was one guy coming up asking to get on the MDW flight to CLE and change planes at MDW, the CSA agent said that he could not do that on standby, so he walked off. the flight was full anyway and it was time to board.

The smell was wonderful since it was new and the F/A said that it just started service. I looked in the cockpit for a minute and saw someone was in the jumpseat and I took my seat. The CRJ had the new bins, with LED lights and the handle was placed differently. The window screens have a slot in the window curvature for the handle to be stowed if you want the screen up. Some of the screens slide from the top while others slid from the bottom up. other features are the first class seats have smaller sliding doors on the bins and smaller space than the right side.
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb275/CcrlR737Pilot/IMG_2250.jpg
The safety announcement was automated and the safety cards are new and the cabin signs have the "Turn off electronic devices" and "Fasten Seat Belt" illuminating. the seat belt sign was on for the whole flight though.

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb275/CcrlR737Pilot/IMG_2251.jpg

We taxied out to runway 17-35 which took the longest time, since the other NWA aircraft went to the two 12 runways to take off. We made a wonderful takeoff and got up to 22,000 feet in about 25-30 minutes and passed by the Mall of America when we took off. The weather was nice and it got cloudy as we got closer to MDW

Here are two pics of the cabin and outside during cruise altitude.
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb275/CcrlR737Pilot/IMG_2259.jpg
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb275/CcrlR737Pilot/IMG_2247.jpg

45 minutes had passed when it was time to land. We went through the puffy clouds and made a turn toward the approach for 4R. The landing was light but they had to brake and put reverse thrust on near the end of the runway. We taxied back to the gate and the wonderful flight was over. I did not get a chance to talk to the pilots or see the cockpit since the FAA was with them and the pilots did not get out after all the passenger left. I talked to the F/A's and told them it was a nice flight and the airplane was nice. They did not know if it was a Next Generation, but I believe it was. The last pic here is of us landing at MDW.

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb275/CcrlR737Pilot/IMG_2267.jpg

Overall the short flight was great and the plane had that new smell, if you want to ride on it, I say go on. This is the new CRJ with some nicer features that will be on the Next Generation version, and the best one I have been on. I still wished I would have taken more pictures but I will try to ride on it through MSP again someday.


"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
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User currently offlineFlyingchoirboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 281 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 4264 times:
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Nice pics! I have been trying to get me a seat on a CRJ-900 on US to ATL, but it's always been too pricey. Oh well, sometime.

Thanks for sharing!

Scott



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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 4146 times:

Good report and pics. The CRJ-900 looks like a very nice plane.

About the cabin shot. Are you sure that one is in flight? All the bins are open.


User currently offlineShannoninAMA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 4022 times:

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 2):
The CRJ-900 looks like a very nice plane.

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Can't wait until i can fly on one  Smile


Great report!


Shannon  half 


User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 14 hours ago) and read 3971 times:
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Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 2):
About the cabin shot. Are you sure that one is in flight? All the bins are open

That was before departure, there is another one I did in flight, I just had the wrong one I put in the post.



"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2654 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3677 times:

Quoting CcrlR (Thread starter):

Does the entrance to the observation deck seem hidden? When I was there while waiting for my flight to DCA the entrance was hidden by carts.



It ain't no normal MD80 its a Super 80!
User currently offlineAzjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3888 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3385 times:

Mesaba is the launch customer for the next gen CRJs... so you were on a next gen. The planes are so new, all the pilots for the forseeable future will be in training, so it was likely the CA was receiving a linecheck or a FAA observation.


AZJ


User currently offlineTeo747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

Nice report, the CRJ-900 does look nicer than the evil -200 series!

Oh, and where exactly is the observation deck at MSP? I've got a 5-hour layover there in August, so I'll have plenty of time to spend up there...I've flown through MSP at least 10 or 12 times and never even knew it had an observation area.


User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2654 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3228 times:

Quoting Teo747 (Reply 7):

The observation deck is at concourse D. Theres a sign at the entrance of the observation deck. It is kind of hidden so look closely for it.



It ain't no normal MD80 its a Super 80!
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8486 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3018 times:
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Nice report, thanks.

I managed to get a light on a US CR9, very nice plane.

I wish that observation deck at MSP was pre-security, such a shame.

Rgds

Mark



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