First off, I'd like to apologize for the general low quality pictures in this report. I was at home after arriving back at Dallas Fort Worth before I realized I had the camera on the wrong setting the entire day. It was somewhat of a bummer, but whatever.
This is my 2nd daytrip. After having a blast on my first daytrip 8 months prior, I decided I needed to mark some milestones off of my flying checklist:
1) Fly on a widebody
2) Fly in a premium cabin
3) Fly on Continental
4) Fly through new airports (IAH and MSP)
Final routing, DFW-IAH-MSP on Continental and Continental Express, and MSP-ORD-DFW on American. I booked the flights as one-way tickets for a total of $160 after tax.
I woke up at 5am, hugged mom goodbye and chauffeured dad to the airport. We parked in the 1 hour parking at Terminal B, near United's gates. I printed out our Continental tickets the night before, so we proceeded straight to security. The TSA officer asked me why I was entering security on the other side of the airport from where we were departing from, and I told him because this is where our car was parked. I have no idea why he felt so compelled as to ask, but whatever. We made it through security no problem and entered the secure side of DFW at B30, a United Airlines gate where the 6am flight to SFO was about to begin the boarding process.
My dad and I proceeded up to the Skylink station and made our way over to Terminal D.
DFW Terminal D
American Airlines 777 at D23 after arriving from EZE
American Airlines 763 at D22 after arriving from SCL (sorry for the awful glare)
American Airlines Super 80 at D21 loading up for BNA
Tigin's Irish Pub
Blue glass art sculpture at D15
Too early, and too low for BA
After walking the length of Terminal D, we went up to the Skylink and rode it to Terminal C.
An Alaska 738 taxiing to the runway for departure to SEA, and later HNL?
Frontier A318 preparing for departure to DEN
Continental 73G at E9 going to EWR
Our Continental 735 at E10, getting ready to take us to IAH
American Airlines Super 80 going to DCA
My dad and I didn't have much time in Terminal C as we had to make our way back to Terminal E to board our flight.
Note: our aircraft was parked at E10, although we boarded through the E9 doorway.
I took my seat in 21F
Flight attendants finishing up before taxi out
Here we go! Headed to the bridge
American Eagle ATR getting ready for takeoff
D in the distance
Holding short of 36R
Oh yay almost time for takeoff
And we're rollin...
And we're off...
Warehouse district. Okay it's just Coppell.
Grapevine Mills Mall
The golf course where our car window was smashed, and our GPS was stolen in July.
The lake that my house backs up too
And we're above the clouds
The flight attendants quickly made their way into the aisles giving the typical beverage service.
And as soon as we leveled off, we began to descend
Rather sparse load this saturday morning
As we neared the Houston area, the clouds became thicker
There was brief clearing
Flaps for approach
Into the clouds
Out of the clouds
Large retail center
People looking out as we near the ground
Oh I'd love to live in this neighborhood! Gear down too.
Flaps for landing, and more vapor trail
Thump! We're down rather hard.
Quite a bit of runway left
EVA Air Cargo 744 taking off
Lots of Continental Express ER4's parked on the ramp
A rather dead Terminal D. I'd much rather see BA, LH, KL, SQ, QR, and EK there.
One of my favorite pictures of the day!
Continental 762 from GRU, loading up for EWR
Terminal E horseshoe
Continental 777 loading up for Tokyo Narita
We pulled into C34 I believe, and went up to the train station to go see Terminal E.
Line of Continental 737's at Terminal C
FID's. I like the clock
Would I be wrong to call this the most famous view at IAH?
A must take photo!
738 going to CLE
Tokyo Narita gate
Back in Terminal C
I must say, I've never seen a Bass Pro Shop in an airport
Loading up for MIA
Reminds me of Northpark Mall in Dallas
59 minutes to departure
I really like the Continental decor all over this airport. Notice the gold stripes on the wall.
I enjoyed these ads all around the airport too
The cramped gate area in Terminal B
Terminal B ramp
Boarding for our MSP flight began right ontime.
Walking down the steep jetbridge
I took my seat in 17A
The flight departed a few minutes behind schedule
And we're on our way
United Airlines A319 departing for DEN
Delta MD-88 taxiing out for departure to ATL
And we're rollin...
After a very long takeoff roll, we're in the air
And we're out
Our flight attendant was very quick at passing out the meals. Today, we had a choice of ham or turkey sandwiches.
Inflight. Getting bored with the camera
This flight became very long. I stayed awake the whole time, and was truly ready to get off the plane.
We begin descending into MSP
For some reason I can't explain, I didn't take any pictures of the descent and approach. I really don't know why.
Here we are taxiing into the gate
And this will conclude this portion of the trip report. I'll continue writing the rest at a later time.
This was my first time on Continental, and I was more than please with their service. I really liked IAH and can't wait to visit again!
Right now there is an AA MD-80 flying over my house.
DALALWAYS From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 97 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 10726 times:
Great trip report, but I want to mention one thing. As a flight attendant it bugs me to see people post "no can" when mentioning the beverage service. PLEASE if you want the can just ask for it. As you know flight attendants have to follow company policy, so that is why we give a cup (speaking for DL, when I work for UA, we couldn't be bothered with pouring into those LITTLE cups that they provided us with..LOL). The next time you are on a flight and you think that just a cup of soda will not quench your thirst, just ask us for a can when you order your drink and we will be more than happy to give it to you. Hope to see you in the skies soon.
GVAJFKflyer From Switzerland, joined Aug 2009, 100 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 10716 times:
Very nice pictures at DFW. It actually looks like a nice airport. Last time I was there, I had to run between terminals without being able to use the skylink train because I could only get the boarding pass for my connecting flight on US Airways at terminal E. Ended up missing that flight, because my incoming flight was delayed 40 minutes @ Terminal D (which I found modern and nice). Had to buy a ticket on AA, in order to avoid missing scheduled meetings. Did it on the phone, then had to run to terminal A landside to collect the ticket, which I was not able to do at the first set of AA counters I found. Had to run again at the other end of the terminal, and I must say I did not find Terminal A to be nearly as nice as those shown on your pictures. Finally managed to board my flight ... and fell asleep immediately. That was some experience. Good to see that yours went more smoothly Can't wait to read the next instalment of your report.
Super80DFW From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 1637 posts, RR: 12 Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9797 times:
I'm really disappointed with the title for the trip report because I meant to add more to it than just "Mission 777" and when I tried to go back and edit (6 minutes after posting), it wasn't working. Irritating.
Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 3): When did y'all take this trip? I was expecting to see the black *A decal underneath the CO sign on the gate display.
September 19th, 2009. Delayed writing...
Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 3): Make a connection between 3pm and 5pm. The chances of seeing SQ at IAH will be greater once services goes from 4x weekly to 5x weekly!
Well I'll be flying to North Carolina in both June and August, so maybe on one of those trips I'll go with CO during that time period and try to see all the good heavies.
Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 3): The other are the wall of TV's by the President's Club at Terminal E.
I got a picture of those too, but it was way to bad of quality to post in here. Atleast I got to see in person though.
Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 3): It's been ages sine I've been to Northpark Mall, but is it still that sparse? Thought they were doing a bunch of upgrades to the place.
I meant the architecture, not the sparseness of shops. HAHA! Northpark is booming.
Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 3): What? No Mall of America pic? I thought you would continue on with the pics of flying over shopping malls!
We actually landed on MSP's rather new runway, 17 I believe. We overflew Downtown Minneapolis and the site of the bridge collapse. When we took off from MSP, my dad said he saw the Mall of America.
Thanks for all of the other comments too. I'll be writing the portion including my first widebody flight and in the J cabin in the coming days. I'm off this week.
Right now there is an AA MD-80 flying over my house.