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User currently offlineJetBlue320 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 9 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2429 times:

Airtran Airways
Flt. 1008
B717-2BD
N950AT
June 16, 2000

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I checked in at Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport at 12:15 PM for a 2:00 PM Departure. Check in was Great. Nice Agents, and it went smooth. I only had one bag to check so it wasn't much trouble. I went through the security checkpoint, and proceeded to Gate 6 where I sat down in the chair and ate some Hot Dogs, and Pecan Spins while waiting on my plane. It came in at 1:24 PM and I checked the Registration. WOW, According to Bill Harms' Census, This plane was only 2 months old. When they called my row for boarding (11) I boarded and sat in my Designated Assigned Seat (A) Which was a Window seat. Well, The first part of the trip didn't start out too well. Just before we pushed back, This annoying Lady who looked more like a Man with a wig started yakking to me about her grandkids. Well, I didn't mind talking to her but come on, she kept yakking. So before Pushback, I moved back to Row 28 Seat A (Window) There I listened to the ever so quiet BR715-A130 Start up, which was an amazing sound (Expected on a RR Engine). We taxied to Runway 14 where we stopped for a minute while the Captain Announced our Flight Path, and the sightseeing landmarks which I already knew about. We took off on time at 2:05 PM and I was Literally JOLTED in my seat because of the overpowered engines. 18,500 X 2 can really be felt compared to the DC9s 14,000 X 2. We had a smooth flight, and I had a Minute Maid Apple Juice in an 11.5 Ounce Can. We landed 15 minutes early in Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Some parts of the Airport (Like NWA Terminal E, Where Airtran is located) was nice, but the AA Terminal was a little run down. I disembarked, and collected my Baggage, and said goodbye to that beautiful 717.

American Airlines
Flt. 1215
MD-83
(Why does AA post their regs in the back back  Sad)
June 16, 2000

I proceeded to the American Airlines Ticket Counter and got my luggage checked by the ever so friendly agents...NOT!!!!!. They actually snared at me, checked my luggage and practically threw my back on the belt. Well, Good Afternoon to you too.  Angry. Anyway, I proceeded to Gate C-14 after going through Security. Boarding Began Immediately. This MD-83 was very Clean... And Smelly... AHHHHH, I Love that Coffee and Oxygen Smell. We took off on time at 5:45 PM and at 6:00 PM We got our Service. Now, I asked the F/A if I could have an Apple Juice, and the little snot gave me a bunch of Hogwash saying "We're Out... SORRY!!!" Well, At the time I was about to ask for an Orange Juice, The Senior F/A came up to me and said "Here you are." and snared at the younger attendant and sent her up to the front cabin... Oooh, I feel sorry for those First Class people  Acting devilish Anyway, We landed at 6:30 in SAT where I collected my luggage and met my Cousin and his way past cool MAZDA MIATA and We went to his house 2 miles away from the airport where I unpacked and got on his roof and watched SOUTHWE... FLYING PEANUTS Go By.


>4 DAYS LATER<


American Airlines
Flight ****
MD-90-30
N901RA
June 20, 2000

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I Check in at the Ticket Counter with the Great, and Friendly Agents who treated my luggage with Care. (It must be something about the lovely San Antonio Air) and he gave me my Boarding Pass. Well, I expected an MD80 and... Lo and Behold, an MD-90-30 Pulls up. My Jaw Dropped an Unexpected 500 Feet (For those without a sense of humor, this is an expression)
.(WOWEEE!!! an MD90. I was excited. Anyway, They called my Row 10 and I sat in My Window seat. The engines made a weird sound before starting, and they were as quiet as the 712. We took off on time at 12:10 P.M. and Service was splendid. Why on Earth did we get Lunch) (A Meal)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy. And Why on Earth was I on a West Coast plane. I drank my Minute Maid Apple Juice. We landed in Dallas on Time at 12:56 P.M. I proceeded to the last segment of my flight

Airtran Airways
Flight: 1009
Boeing 717-2BD
N940AT
June 20, 2000

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I Proceeded to the Gate after getting Directions to the E. Terminal from an Ever So Friendly NWA ARJ Captain whom I talked to before going to Gate Check In. I asked him questions about his plane. I asked him about service, and ETC. Anyway, I went to the Friendly Airtran Agent who checked my bag and gave me a boarding pass (I requested the rear area of the plane for 2 reasons. Mainly because I Love the Quietness back there) We took off on time, but this 717 was in need of maintenance. the Light Cover was coming off and I could clearly see the SYLVANIA Light Bulb.  Sad Come on Airtran, You can do better than that.  Angry Anyway, The Flight was Smooth and the Captain was Over-Arrogant on his BRAND NEW PLANE. I had a FLORIDA's NATURAL GROWERS' PRIDE Apple Juice which was DELICIOUS. >SLURPS< (Sorry for the bad manners guys). They also offered Biscoffs. The Flight Attendants were Very Nice, and I talked to them in flight. We landed on time in GPT where the Thrust Reverse was applied, and If I hadn' t had my seat belt on, I would've ended up in Row 23. I disembarked from Gate 6 and met my mother there who was impressed with the shinyness of the new 717-200. We picked up my baggage and went home.

Overall, I loved the Airtran Flights, Both of them. Even though N940AT Had the missing Light Cover, I didn't pay much attention because it wasn't like the pilot could just leave the cockpit to fix a light.

The American Flights were GREAT... Especially the MD-90. THANK GOD FOR DOUGLAS FOR BUILDING SUCH FINE AIRCRAFT.

And this is my trip report. Needless to say, I flew on all McDonnell Douglas Manufactured Aircraft, and Not Boeing. If you have any more questions, Do not Hesitate to email me.

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User currently offlineJetBlue320 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

The Flight Number for the return trip to DFW is Flt. 2086
Sorry for the confusion


User currently offlineJason Seiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

Great report.
If you look on the nose gear doors of AA planes you can get the ship number. Anybody with JP Airline Fleets can look up the tail number given that number. AA has three digit (sometimes one number and two letters) that identify its aircraft that are listed next to the actual tail numbers in JP Fleets.


User currently offlineSwiss-airplane From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 591 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2292 times:

Cool trip report. Very interesting to read. Looks like that the 717 is a very nice airplane. By the way I also love AA, they are my favourite major US airline.
greets,
mike


User currently offlineJetBlue320 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2276 times:

Thanks, Jason... Next time I fly AA, Which will probably be never again now that I have joined SKYMILES, I will check the Nose Gear for the regs.

User currently offlineJetBlue320 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 2264 times:

Yes, The 717 is a Very Nice Airplane to fly on. Especially Trans World's. That is more comfortable than Airtran's but I am not one to complain. The Airtran made me feel like I was at home. You can really tell the difference between the uncomfortable recirculated air of the DC9, and the Comfortable 100% Fresh Air of the 717. I know I could.

User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5767 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 20 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

I have also flown a pair of 717s and loved them. I prefer Douglas narrowbodies to Boeing. And the 717 has so much more personality- especially from the cabin- than a 737, which is just like a 727, 757, 707, 319, 320, and so on.

I liked those strange BR engines. They make such awful noises on startup, but once they get going they are sweeeet.

Oh, about the MD-90 engines. Yes, welcome to the IAE V2500. I really like that engine too. When flying Airbus 320s, I like United's V2500 powered birds over competitor's CFM ladies. Not a big deal, of course, just a preference. It does make distinctive noises, doesn't it.

I was planning on flying AirTran to the DC area this winter, but the ticket was purchased for me as a gift and I now find myself flying American.

I live in Dallas, and can agree with you about our terminals. C is great, as is B. Delta's E terminal is terrible- in conctrast to what you said, I don't like AirTrans area at all. Run down. Terminal A is dark and dreary. BUT- our brand- spankin' new international terminal will make other world airports look bad. I just hope I get to fly out of it someday!



User currently offlineTwaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2220 times:

So what was an ex Reno bird doing flying AA intraTexas routes??

User currently offlineJetBlue320 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2211 times:

My Question exactly. I was going to ask the Captain, But I am sure he was just as clueless as me when he was assigned to fly SAT-DFW on an MD90. But nonetheless, I enjoyed the flight on the wonderful, and short lived MD90. and I wish I could post my pictures on here, but my scanner sucks, and Johan will not accept my photos. The one photo I do have on here was scanned last year at school when I had a class that had a scanner in it.

User currently offlineJetBlue320 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

What I meant, is if he was an MD90 Captain, He should have been flying to San Jose, not San Antonio. But I am sure when he got his flight assignment, he questioned some people about it.

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