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Journey To Alaska: ATL-FAI-ATL On DL/AS; F/Y  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 13722 times:

I’m not going to do much typing here. I think the 150+ pics will make up for it. I will say a few words, though. The purpose of this trip was to put a DL mileage award ticket to use before it expired. I decided to go to Alaska so I could get the most bang for my buck. For 35K miles, I got three F segments (ATL-MSP on DL, MSP-SEA-FAI on AS) and return in Y (FAI-ANC-SEA on AS, SEA-ATL on DL). This was a perfect itinerary for me because I wanted to experience AS some more, as well. I had flown them once previously in ’06 and I was very impressed. Also, I’ve always been captivated by Alaska…it’s always been such a mystical, spiritual, intriguing place for me. I picked FAI over ANC just to be different...and it all worked out. Due to work constraints I could only stay for one night but I got a great day ($80/night) at the Fairbanks Princess Lodge, which is owned by Princess Cruise Lines. The hotel was very nice and it was very close to the airport. I did rent a car so I could explore the area some the next day….visited the Museum of the North (absolutely stunning museum), took a drive to see the Alaska Pipeline about 10 miles north of Fairbanks, drove around town some, took a drive to the town of North Pole (just to say I’ve been to the North Pole), and had a killer breakfast and lunch at two local places. I left the hotel at 7:30am and was on the go until 1:30pm when I returned the rental car, so I squeezed as much in as I could in six hours. On the way home I was supposed to connect from the ANC-SEA flight to DL’s 11:05pm red eye to ATL, but that one was oversold, I volunteered, and they used my seat…so I got an extra night in SEA plus a travel voucher on DL out of the deal. It pays to be flexible I guess, right?

ATL-MSP (DL 1108) was on a brand new 73W. Flight time was 2h17m. First Class service consisted of a bottle of water pre-departure followed by a hot towel service :30 after takeoff, then a lunch, which consisted of a turkey sandwich, chips, bowl of fruit, and a packaged brownie. Also, several drink runs, plus a visit by the snack basket about :30 out of MSP. Great flight overall and a great crew. The plane still had that new-plane smell to it and it was spotless. Comfortable seats but not as good as the AS F seats, IMO. Here are pictures from DL 1108...











*** MSP layover ***







MSP-SEA (AS 37) was operated by a 73H. Flight time was 3h02m. There was a bottle of water at every seat in F along with a pillow and blanket. Before push back the Flight Attendant came around and welcoming each passenger by their name. My name on her list was missing my last letter (I) and when I told her how it was pronounced she marked it down on her paper and apologized. No apology needed…I thought that was great service. No hot towels on this flight however a bowl of nuts were served and digi players were passed out free of charge. Numerous drink runs on this 3-hour flight plus a hot lunch service comprised of a nice mixed greens salad with a beef spare rib and gravy, and a chocolate. The Flight Attendant assigned to F was constantly on her feet and as soon as she saw a glass which was nearing empty (not totally empty) she would ask if we would like something else to drink. Simply fantastic service…probably the best I’ve ever had. The plane itself was very comfortable. Here are pictures from AS 37...
















*** SEA layover. Most of the time was spent in the AS Board Room...nice view from up there! ***






SEA-FAI (AS 129) was operated by a 73H. Flight time was 3h07m. This flight was not as good as the previous one from a service standpoint….the F/A on this one assigned to F wasn’t as visible as the one on the previous flight and she wasn’t as personable, as well. Not rude mind you, just “doing the job”. Again, each pax received a bottle of water pre departure. Same meal served as on the last segment. No bowl of nuts served on this one…instead, snack mix was served. Free digi players passed out again and several drink runs. Same comfortable cabin as the previous flight. Pillow and blanket at every seat. Overall, a good experience, but not quite as good as the DL or the previous AS flight from a service standpoint. Here are pics from AS 129...




















*** Fairbanks (and area) pictures ***





view from the 3rd floor

view from my window




















FAI-ANC (AS 188) was operated by a 734. Flight time was 44m. Y cabin on the 734 clean and reasonably comfortable featuring all leather seats…not an open seat on the entire airplane. Short flight but once we reached cruising altitude a water/juice/snack mix service was offered to all passengers. Cheerful group of F/A’s on this one which really conveyed the “Alaska spirit”. Beautiful approach into ANC under a clear sky…just spectacular. Here are pics and a video from AS 188...




link to takeoff video:















*** ANC layover ***



ANC-SEA (AS 100) was operated by a 73H. Flight time was 3h02m. The Y cabin on this new-ish 737-800+winglets was really very nice…more room than on the 734 and the leather seats were more comfortable thanks to winged headrests. Again, totally full flight. Digi players were offered for $5 (I declined) and then the BOB service started, which consisted of a snack box or a cheeseburger/chips for $5. I had the burger/chips and it was tasty and filling. Two drink runs were offered as well on this flight and each passenger was given the whole can both times. I love the Jones Soda that AS serves…IMO better than Coke or Pepsi products. Excellent flight. Here are pics from AS 100...












SEA-ATL (DL 1054) was operated by a 757. Flight tine was 4h18m. This was a newly reconfigured 757 with PTV’s. Seats were pretty comfortable although legroom was nonexistent…and unfortunately for me, the guy in front of me was reclined the entire flight, so my knees were squished in the seat in front of me for most of four hours. The plane itself was warm inside and it sort of made for a not so pleasant experience after the first couple of hours. BOB was offered and a drink service (I just had biscoffs and a Coke) but the second drink run about 1h30m before landing was cut short by the captain due to turbulence. The turbulence never really materialized. The flight would have been a lot better if the cabin was a little cooler (the air vents didn’t help much since the air coming out of them wasn’t all that cold). The F/A’s had their hands full on this one due to a large group of Japanese people who were constantly up and about even when the seatbelt signs were on. Here are some pics from this flight as well as a video link...

one HA looks on as another one climbs out





link to video:




In short...Alaska is a place where I could see myself spending a great deal of time in. And Alaska Airlines really is, in my humble opinion, "North of Expected".

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User currently offlineVandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 516 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 13591 times:


I always like reading travel reports to the north. Due to the many pictures, yours is really enjoyable. That must have been a nice experience.

Next to your report, I also like the PanAm picture.


User currently offlineBZNPilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2006, 291 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 13579 times:

A really excellent report, thank you for sharing. Your pics are superb and I felt like I was along for the trip. I too think AS is a great airline and I try to fly them whenever possible, though thus far I've only been in coach. Looks like their F product is great...and you gotta love the Alaskan Amber Ale!


User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 13486 times:

Quoting Vandenheuvel (Reply 1):
Next to your report, I also like the PanAm picture.

I'm a lifelong fan of Pan Am so I was pretty happy when I saw that one.

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 2):
...and you gotta love the Alaskan Amber Ale!

That Alaskan Ale is delicious...I could drink that stuff all day lol

User currently offlineUAL757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 809 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 13025 times:

I had the same F meal from SNA-SEA last week as you did from MSP-SEA, SEA-FAI. I liked it, although my presentation was a bit better. I think AS is a great airline.  Smile

I really liked your pictures!

User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 12861 times:

I absolutely loved your report. The pictures were very good. I have been blessed to be able to go to Fairbanks and Anchorage. I fell in love with Alaska. If you ever go back to Fairbanks in the summer I highly recommend going on the Discover River Boat tour. It is fun and interesting. Plus, they have a bush pilot demonstrate how they take off and land in the water.

God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3286 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 12561 times:

Quoting UAL757 (Reply 4):
I had the same F meal from SNA-SEA last week as you did from MSP-SEA, SEA-FAI. I liked it, although my presentation was a bit better. I think AS is a great airline.

And I just had it again on LAX-SEA. Not bad if you ask me.

Great report! Thanks for sharing.

User currently offlineMal787 From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 713 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 12507 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
Numerous drink runs on this 3-hour flight plus a hot lunch service comprised of a nice mixed greens salad with a beef spare rib and gravy, and a chocolate.

Great report with some awsome pics, but that meal presentation for 1st is not good, sure hope it tasted better than it looks.


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User currently offlineSAAB900 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 492 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11860 times:

Am I the only one with the dreaded "Bandwidth Exceeded?  Angry


User currently offlineSkyTeamTriStar From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 456 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 11795 times:

Quoting SAAB900 (Reply 8):
Am I the only one with the dreaded "Bandwidth Exceeded?

No, my friend. I am getting the same thing. Send help

User currently offlineRW717 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 11708 times:

Quoting SkyTeamTriStar (Reply 9):
No, my friend. I am getting the same thing. Send help

Me too!!!!

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User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 11687 times:

Bandwidth Exceeded...wow that's poor...sorry about that guys. Let me see if I can get it to work.

User currently offlineEastern747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 703 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 11472 times:

can't open pictures!

User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 10600 times:

Pictures should be up and running again for those interested.

User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 2155 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 10513 times:

Great report! Alaska is in the top 3 of my "places to see before I die list"!

Nice picture of Ship 409 of QX, I flew on that plane some time back. Did you see a lot of classic planes at FAI and ANC? ie. DC-3/6?


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User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 10494 times:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 14):
Did you see a lot of classic planes at FAI and ANC? ie. DC-3/6?

I saw a few DC-6...didn't catch a DC-3 this time around.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 14):
Alaska is in the top 3 of my "places to see before I die list"!

When you go there, take a month off to visit it if you can. So much to see!

User currently offlineChugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 10179 times:

Always nice to see pictures of Fairbanks show up on here. It's one of those towns that's really a better place to live than it is to visit, and I have a lot of memories of the five best years of my life spent at UAF. I'd move back in a heartbeat if an opportunity came up.

Thanks for sharing, MSYTristar.

User currently offlineDaviation From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9838 times:

Great report! I 'toured' Alaska two summers ago, if you can call one week much of a tour. I visited Juneau, Sitka, etc. As you said, you could easily spend a month in Alaska and still have plenty to do. I traveled from SWF to SEA by way of ATL!!! I took FL because it was relatively inexpensive, and the flights were great. Our approach into SEA allowed as to see Mt. St. Helens in the distance, but flew so close to Mt. Ranier that you felt you reach out and touch it. Incredible.

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17783 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9706 times:

Great TR

Your pics are really good.

I have never been to Alaska, but hope to experience it one day! Would also like to try out AS one day.

Thank you for sharing


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User currently offlineEireRock From Ireland, joined Nov 2007, 301 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9701 times:

Great Report, Fairbanks looks great, would love t visit.

I also noticed the Ryan Adams book Infinity Blues, what did you think of it? ( I haven't read it yet but im a fan).

User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9657 times:

Quoting EireRock (Reply 19):
also noticed the Ryan Adams book Infinity Blues, what did you think of it?

It was good...mostly poems and short stories...took me a while to get into it, but once I got used to his writing style, I got through it with no problem. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad.
BTW...glad to see a fellow R.A fan on a.net!

User currently offlineEireRock From Ireland, joined Nov 2007, 301 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 9527 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 20):
BTW...glad to see a fellow R.A fan on a.net!

Oh big R.A fan here mate, seen him a few times in DUB. Great songwriter!!
Thanks for the Trip Report and Book Review!!

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