RedTailDTW From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 731 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 14309 times:
Hello A.net members!
This is practically my first trip report on A.net after being a member for a year so I thought I would give it a try.
I wanted to use my AA Advantage Award Ticket to go to Michigan and visit family. My trip started on October 6 and I returned on October 13.
When I got to TUS, the counter appeared to be empty except for a couple travelers and AA employees. I checked in with the AA Self Service Check-in. The lady at the counter offered me to upgrade to first class for $45 on the ORD-DTW leg but I turned it down for obvious reasons. I then proceeded to my gate which was Gate 25 on the East Concourse. Since the TUS concourses are under renovation, I decided to not take any pictures in Tucson.
In no time, my flight began to board and I was in Group 5 so I wouldn't be called for a while. Boarding went fast and I was in my seat in no time. We departed on time at 12:40 and the nice sound of the engines was welcoming. Here are some pics from that flight as well as my layover in Chicago/O'Hare (I arrived at Gate H17):
View of Downtown Chicago
I-294 Before Touchdown
Planes waiting to depart from ORD
AA 767 ready to depart for CDG
At the end of Councourse H
AA MD-80 (Super 80) at Gate H11B
View of Concourse K
Well, boarding started for my flight to DTW so I had to return to Gate H13 to board yet another MD-80. Boarding went smoothly as usual and it was time to say goodbye to ORD.
When I pulled out my camera, I was immediately confronted by the purser who said that I couldn't use my camera for some reason that I don't remember. No worries, I just whipped it back out when she went away and snatched some nice pictures. I noticed that my window was a little dirty so some pictures my have been affected.
AA 757 to MIA
The plane I took from TUS to ORD
American Eagle ERJ145 at Gate G19A
United Express at Concourse F
NW DC-9-30 At Concourse E
NW A319 At Gate E15
Continental Express E145 at Gate E14 to CLE
UA 737 at Terminal 1
United Express at Concourse C
At Concourse C
Ted A320 Departing
United Express Departing
Planes waiting to depart
Overall, the short hop to DTW was nice and, except for the camera, there were no other problems. We arrived at the Smith Terminal and I grabbed my luggage and was off on my way to Lansing after my relatives picked me up.
October 13, 2007-
I woke up and got ready for my flight back home. I enjoyed my stay in Michigan (as always) and was ready to head back home.
The lines for AA at the Smith Terminal were short and Check-in was a breeze. I got my bags checked and headed towards Concourse B. My flight was scheduled to leave out of gate B8 so I went and sat down and had a cup of Starbucks coffee.
Boarding began right on time and everyone got on quickly. The plane was chuck full since the earlier flight to DFW was cancelled. This flight was uneventful and really miserable since I had a guy behind me with his six kids and they screamed, and kicked my seat all flight long. The nice gesture from the flight attendant was that they gave out little candies to the children (Do they really need anymore sugar?). Besides that, it went well like normal. Here are some pictures at DTW:
American Eagle ERJ135 At Gate B15
View Of Concourse C
My plane with the McNamara Terminal / NW World Gateway in the distance
AirTran 717 At Gate B9
We arrived at Gate C22. My layover was nearly 6 hours and 30 minutes so I had ample time to go visit every square inch of DFW so lots of pictures are coming.
At Gate C12 (I missed my flight a couple years ago out of this gate)
AA 757 at Gate C6
AA MD-80 on the Taramac
View of Terminal C from SkyLink
At Gate B3
Terminal B SkyLink Station
View of Terminal D and American Eagle ERJ
AA 777 to Buenos Aries
BA 767 to London
Aeromexico A319 to Mexico City
Lufthansa A340 to Frankfurt
AA MD-80 from SkyLink train
Boarding for my flight back to TUS began at gate A35. I was exhausted since I had walked around DFW for hours and was ready to head home.
Sorry but that's a 767-300. AA uses the 777 from DFW to LGW, FRA, NRT. Otherwise I enjoyed the pics at 2 of AA's hubs, ORD and DFW. That Skytrain does give you a good view of DFW. I always like to ride it when I'm there.
AA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 554 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 13619 times:
This has been quite a pleasure to read! I enjoyed it thoroughly. All the pics were really good! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Take care and enjoy your future travels and be sure to include lots of pics!
J.I. Tsui, American Advantage Member, United Mileage Plus (Premier)