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GFK-MSP-SEA On NW Saab And 757, Pics & Vid  
User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9124 times:

After a summer term at the University of North Dakota, at long last, it was finally time to return home to Seattle. I was SO excited, it was excellent. I was counting down the days until I could leave. I actually tried to leave GFK earlier with
Northwest, but leaving at 8:15am the same day would incur a $479.00 fee, which I found outrageous, as that was more than my roundtrip ticket.

On August 1, 2007 in MSP the I-35W Bridge collapsed. I send my condolences to the families of the victims and anyone else affected by this tragedy. The reason I mention this is because President Bush decided that Saturday August 4 would be an appropriate day to visit the site. That being said, MSP was completely closed with a TFR for two separate periods of around 30 minutes. So my Saab, which was stuck in Sioux Falls for the first TFR, was then stuck in MSP for the second TFR, then stuck even longer in MSP, making the plane around 2.5 hours late into Grand Forks. However, and I give the ground crew credit for this, the GFK crew turned the Saab around in a matter of minutes, so we were on our way quickly. However, being we departed an hour late, and I had a 50 minute connection, I was quite worried about making the connection.


August 4, 2007
Mesaba Airlines Flight 3279
Saab 340B (N418XJ)
Depart: Grand Forks International Airport (GFK) Gate 1
Scheduled Time: 3:00pm
Actual Departure Time: 4:10pm
Seat: 9A
Load Factor: 30/34 (88.2%)
Cruising Altitude: 17,000 feet
Arrive: Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Gate A14
Scheduled Time: 4:25pm
Actual Arrival Time: 5:33pm


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We took off out of Grand Forks and immediately proceeded on course to GFK. I asked the flight attendant if they were delaying other NW flights due to the TFR and connecting passengers, and she said no, that many people were already missing their connections. I really didn't want to be one of them.

{Tangent Break, to Gain Reader's Sympathy (TBTGRS) }

I had not seen any of my friends or in particular my lady friend in nearly two months, and there was a big dance party that night to welcome me home and also because another person was leaving. This would really only be possible to attend if I made my initial connection, so as you could imagine, I was quite worried about my Saab being delayed.

There was a quick beverage service on the flight, and surprisingly, the 29 inch pitch on the Saab(single side) was quite comfortable (I am 5' 10.5"). I was constantly checking my watch, cursing under my breath at the 250ish kt. speed, as opposed to the 400-450kt speed of the DC9. We flew through most of the weather at 17,000 feet, and finally, at long last, began our descent. I was praying that we would not be put in holding and that we would get a straight in approach to runway 12L. My prayers were answered, as we shot through the clouds and dropped the gear. We touched down on runway 12L, and taxied to gate A14, the furthest south gate. I asked the flight attendant if I could get off first and in order to try and make the connection. She said that would be fine, but as soon as they touched down, all the passengers got up and wouldn't (seriously) let me through.

I got off the jetway with my 35 lbs carryon flight bag at 5:33pm, and checked the flight monitor for my flight, NW161. To my relief, they had delayed the flight until 5:40pm. To my horror, my gate was F14, the absolute furthest gate from me possibly. Taking a deep breath, I ran as hard as I could, almost knocking people out of the way to get to gate C1 and the tram. It took a minute for the tram to get there, and finally, it got all the way to the end of the C concourse. It was around 5:37 now, and I ran, ran as hard as I possibly could through the shopping area and past the E concourse on the way to the F concourse. I turned around the corner, sprinted past the Gatwick flight and multiple 757s, heading towards the gate. At exactly 5:39pm, one minute before the scheduled departure time, I arrive, out of breath and sweating so hard I couldn't see, with the gate open and the Boeing 757-300 sitting right there. I look up and hear laughing. I look up to see the gate agent, a stocky woman of around 40, laughing at me. Here is the exchange.

"I ran all the way from A14 in six minutes, please tell me I am not too late. I really need to get on this flight."

(still laughing) "Oh no! You're not getting on this flight."

"Damn it!!!! (so loud the whole gate area could hear) Damn it!! The plane's right there and the door is open! Can I please, please get on this one."

(really condescending) "No."

"Damn it, I need to get on 163 then."

(finally stopped laughing) "Fine, I got one seat left on 163. Are you old enough to sit in an exit row?"

(Annoyed out my ass) "Do I look that young?"

"Fine, boarding starts at 6:45. This gate here."

Pictures-

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Two FedEx Boeing 727s in GFK.

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An overview of the airport from the 5th floor of a UND building.

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Our Saab getting ready for departure.

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Another DC9 arriving from MSP.

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The real GFK, the VOR.



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Overview of the city of Grand Forks, ND

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Cruise.

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The Saab engine.

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Descending into MSP.



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Heading towards the gate.

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Here is the outline of the MSP airport. Again, I ran from A14 to F14.


August 4, 2007
Northwest Airlines Flight 161
Boeing 757-300 (N595NW)
Depart: Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Gate F14
Scheduled Time: 5:20pm
Actual Departure Time: 5:45pm
Seat: 29A
Load Factor: 100%
Cruising Altitude: FL360
Arrive: Seattle International Airport (SEA) Gate S9
Scheduled Time: 6:58pm
Actual Arrival Time: 7:10pm


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So I missed my connection, after the most amount of effort I had ever used to run through the airport. I was so angry at the gate agent, even though every seat on the plane was probably taken. She didn't have to be such a bitch about it though. So I waited at the gate, where my 757-200 arrived from Fairbanks. I saw a 747-400 take off from runway 22, which was quite impressive, and a differently painted Icelandair 757-200.


August 4, 2007
Northwest Airlines Flight 163
Boeing 757-200 (N555NW)
Depart: Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Gate F14
Scheduled Time: 7:05pm
Actual Departure Time: 7:15pm
Seat: 16A
Load Factor: 99%
Cruising Altitude: FL360
Arrive: Seattle International Airport (SEA) Gate S7
Scheduled Time: 8:30pm
Actual Arrival Time: 8:45pm


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I finally boarded the plane, and to my surprise and happiness, it was the very first seat in after door number 2. I sat right across from two really friendly flight attendants, and next to a very pretty, friendly lady. Finally we pushed back and taxied to runway 12L.

We took off very quickly and powerfully from runway 12L, and climbed out over the city. We climbed through the clouds enroute to FL360, and I pulled out my computer and watched a very good movie called Phone Booth, with Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, and Kiefer Sutherland. We had a brief beverage service and I opted not to buy the snack box for 5 dollars. We had a stiff headwind, and I was still quite angry about missing my connection. We started our descent down into SEA at around Wenatchee, WA and Mt. Rainier shown brightly from above the clouds. We entered downwind for runway 34R. The flight attendants sat down, and chatted with me. They were all based in Detroit, and were taking a 753 back to DTW that night. We touched down smoothly, and taxied on back to the S Satellite. I was the first man off the plane, and I met my dad, who had arrived much earlier in SEA.


Pictures-

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Our 752 arriving from FAI.

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The Icelandair 752 from KEF.

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View from my seat.

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Engine shot.

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Sister NW 752.



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Some St. Paul Airport.

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Cruise flight.

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Engine shot.

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Mt. Rainier.

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Pt. 2

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Landing vid.


So I missed the dance party, and it was horrible. However I got to see everyone else later. Many people missed their connections because Bush came to town, but I guess Northwest can't delay all their flights for connecting passengers. Oh well. Thank you for reading.

Will


From YVR
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User currently offlineTeo747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9107 times:

Nice report...too bad about the missed connection. Just to make you feel much, much, better, I flew through MSP on Tuesday with a 2 1/2 hour connection and had to go all the way from Gate D4 to D2 for my connecting flight.  Wink

User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2654 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9011 times:

Awesome pictures and videos! Odd Icelandair paint scheme, I've never seen that before. Sorry that you missed your connecting flight. The gate agent shouldn't have laughed just because you missed your connecting flight.

[Edited 2007-08-10 04:30:09]


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User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3081 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 8603 times:

Nice report, thanks for sharing! I haven't had the chance to fly NW domestically in almost 10 years, but it doesn't sound like I'm missing anything. On the other hand, their long-haul flights are pretty good if you can get on the A330.

And it's a shame that the gate agents were so rude. There isn't much dignity left in flying anymore as it is, and being made fun of my airline employees just about eliminates any that may be left.


User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 8375 times:

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Quoting RwSEA (Reply 3):

And it's a shame that the gate agents were so rude. There isn't much dignity left in flying anymore as it is, and being made fun of my airline employees just about eliminates any that may be left.

Amen. However, being that NW is the only airline serving GFK, I anticipate flying them quite a bit in the future. However, on the way back, I get to fly an A330-300! Keep your eyes pealed for that report!

Will



From YVR
User currently offlineMke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2443 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 8303 times:

Very good report and pictures!!! Looks like GFK is a cool little airport, I'm surprised there aren't more airlines flying there. I'm guessing NW only flies to MSP from there, or DTW as well?


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21528 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8186 times:

Quoting Mke717spotter (Reply 5):
Looks like GFK is a cool little airport, I'm surprised there aren't more airlines flying there. I'm guessing NW only flies to MSP from there, or DTW as well?

It's not much of an airport. Small, yes, so you can get through it fast, but I wouldn't call it cool. NW only flies to MSP out of there, though they will use it as a stopover for the Saabs on their way to even more remote points in the upper midwest (like DVL or TVF). The community of Grand Forks seems to be in a constant state of irritation about the quality of NW's service and is trying to lure other airlines (like Lynx), but so far nothing.

Quoting Thepilot (Thread starter):
Here is the outline of the MSP airport. Again, I ran from A14 to F14.

Damn, I feel for you. I had to do G7 to B16 once after my flight got delayed leaving EWR because of a late arrival (typical for EWR). I missed that connection too, but at least the gate agent was sympathetic to my plight - she knew I was coming, but she couldn't hold the flight long enough - and did what she could to help. It was the last flight out, though, so I ended up heading into Minneapolis for a few hours (it was deserted on a Sunday night), and then heading back to the airport and spending the night on the benches above the check-in counter.

-Mir



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User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2214 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8049 times:

Quoting Thepilot (Thread starter):
"I ran all the way from A14 in six minutes, please tell me I am not too late. I really need to get on this flight."

(still laughing) "Oh no! You're not getting on this flight."

"Damn it!!!! (so loud the whole gate area could hear) Damn it!! The plane's right there and the door is open! Can I please, please get on this one."

(really condescending) "No."

"Damn it, I need to get on 163 then."

(finally stopped laughing) "Fine, I got one seat left on 163. Are you old enough to sit in an exit row?"

The next time someone is that rude, write her name down, and send a complaint letter to Northwest Airlines human resources, with the flight / date you wanted to fly on, explaining the circumstances without expressing too much anger in your letter.

The only way employees this rude will be motivated to act in a more considerate manner is if you complain about their behavior.

Likewise, whenever an airline employee seems to be trying extra hard to be nice to passengers, I always write a letter praising the employee to his / her employer's HR department. Praise is the best motivator, to encourage employees who still care about passengers to keep being nice.



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User currently offlineLASOctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7965 times:

Quoting Thepilot (Reply 4):
I anticipate flying them quite a bit in the future.

i would only anticipate flying NW just for their 757s.....but then again, theres Delta for that..
very nice videos! what kind of camera do you use?



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