San747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5012 posts, RR: 12 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9315 times:
My first trip report since 2005... I've flown quite a bit since then, but never bothered to do the effort of a trip report again until now! This time I flew my usual SoCal-New York itinerary, and I cleverly scheduled myself to certain more interesting flights... Plus this was my first itinerary as an AAdvantage member, it got me a nice chunk of miles.
This my only my second time ever flying out of SNA. I had checked in online the night before, and I packed a large bag that I figured I could try getting away with not checking, because I didn't feel like going to the baggage claim after 3 flights... But anyway, I went to security at about 5:20 AM and the line was HUGE... Took about 20-25 minutes to go through. They took my toothpaste, but otherwise I made it through fine.
As we boarded, the flight attendant looked at me like I was a nutjob trying to bring my bag on the plane, and she told me if there's any problem, I need to take it to her to check. I assured her it wouldn't be (I was familiar with 737-800s from working with ATS), and luckily, found the perfect spot in the overhead bin for it. We pushed back and waited about 20 minutes before taking off, and I took some shots with my phone in the meantime-
Just before pushback.
N647AS, an Alaska 737-700 withOUT winglets
N538UA, notice the new colors nosecone
N738AL, Aloha's first 737-700
Flaps down, ready to go
Takeoff through thick clouds
At cruise altitude of 37000 feet
Beginning descent outside of Dallas
Waiting for a gate outside of Terminal D
We arrived at gate D38 around noon. I gave that flight attendant a smile and told her I managed to find a place for my bag, then exited the aircraft into the new D terminal, which was very nice. I checked the monitors, and found that my next flight was to be departing from gate A24. I took the new SkyLink, which was 8,000 times better than the old DFW TrAAin... I got there right on time for boarding. This time, the gate agent wouldn't let me take the bag on with me (which made no sense, but what was I going to do?)
Gate A25 as we get disconnected from the pushback vehicle
Taxiing out to 17R
American Eagle ERJ-145
Airtran 737-700... despite the number on the nose wheel, this was N307AT
Delta Connection ERJ-170
After takeoff, I slept most of the flight. We did pass over an almost empty DAL, but I couldn't get a picture due to clouds in the way... Anyway, after about an hour and a half-
Initial descent to ORD
My PTV showing us approaching ORD
We flew from the southwest over Chicago suburbs like Joliet and Aurora and then I saw an AA MD-80 a few thousand feet below and saw runways 14L and 14R, the cargo ramp, etc. I thought it was interesting that ATC had vectored us directly over the airport, but soon we turned to the east over Lake Michigan, then swung around for a 27R approach.
Downtown Chicago barely visible
Can you find the United A320 approaching parallel to us?
We arrived at gate K12. It was a good flight, and only my second 777 ever! I love being able to take an aircraft like that on a short domestic route. I had a little under 3 hours before my next flight, so I got some food. I went to the monitors, found that my flight was leaving from gate G1a, and I made my way down there and just hung out. I launched my FS2004 and just spotted at various airports.
At first, we were informed that there would be a roughly half-hour delay, but they got the whole thing sorted out, and it was more like only 15 minutes or so. They did change my seat from 12A to 11A, I think because we flew a different aircraft (I guess it had a different configuration). Boarding began at 6:00 PM.
We taxiied out to runway 22L and passed by the international terminal. I spotted SR, RJ, AZ, AI, AF and some AA and UA aircraft. I also spotted a Ryan International 757 (N929RD). We waited about 7-10 minutes, then lined up and quickly spooled up for takeoff. Out of my window I could see a 747 on approach for 27L and it looked like it was coming right for us... That was cool, .
Shortly after takeoff
View inside the cabin
The sunset about an hour and 15 minutes into the flight. I slept for a little while and soon we were descending into the ALB area. After some procedural turns, I saw the familiar lights of the engine run-up area by runway 1, then I saw Million Air and the terminal. It was raining almost torrentially at this moment, and I thought to myself that I would've hated to work the ramp at that moment. I met up with my dad, and went to the baggage claim hall to claim the bag I was forced to check in DFW.
And of course, they lost the bag. That was the reason I didn't check the bag in the first place, and what happens when I was forced to? Oh well, that's the way life is. At least after filing my claim with the friendly AA person and we finally left the airport, it had stopped raining!
Overall, it was another fine experience with AA, nothing amazing, but definitely satisfactory. I was really happy to fly a 777 and I loved the Jungle Jet. It was nice and quiet, and of course I loved sitting on the single seat. Nothing like having a window AND aisle seat!
NEXT REPORT- my return to California on UA: JFK-LAX-SNA! Look for it next week!
San747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5012 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9003 times:
Quoting Kjet12 (Reply 2): I was working at gate G3 when you were flying through. Too bad I didn't work your flight. How did MQ treat you in ORD? Glad you enjoyed the jungle jet!!
Cool! MQ was fine, all the gate agents were amicable and in a good mood... It was funny, when the agent announced that there would be a 20-minute delay, everyone started to freak out, and one woman actually said, "I rebooked on American because I thought they would be on time."
...And I'm just sitting there thinking, "Jesus lady, it's only 20 minutes! It's not that big of a deal!"
AA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7944 times:
Great TR!! Your pics were nice!
I was recently on the 738 from GUA-DFW and v.v. I certainly appreciate it much more than the Super 80 and 757 i flew from DFW-SEA and v.v. respectively. The Super 80 had long been a favorite of mine, but now two planes are dear to me in the AA fleet - 767 and 738WL. I find the Jungle Jet doesn't handle turbulence very well. It's quite rocky at times. I encountered this on the flight from EWR-YYZ, JFK-YYZ (COEx and AE).
For a regional jet, two of my most favorite RJ experiences were on Air Nova and AirBC BAe 146, and USAirways Express CRJ-900 (the latter being the absolutely most comfortable experience!!).
Hope you enjoyed your time with your dad too. That is more precious than anything. I just came back from my dad's 65th b-day celebration in HKG and we all spent time together and went to Macau and Cheung Chau Island (well known for its seafood and it's very idyllic - got the Riviera look).
I enjoyed it lots.
Keep up the good work on the trip reports!
J.I. Tsui, American Advantage Member, United Mileage Plus (Premier)