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Vancouver 2010 - Pt. 1: US Airways PHF-CLT-PHX-YVR  
User currently offlinestaralliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 9446 times:

Vancouver 2010 - Pt.1: US Airways PHF-CLT-PHX-YVR

Please feel free to leave your comments, questions, ideas and suggestions!
Thanks for reading!

I will also be making some videos after I finish writing and publishing my TRs! I hope you look forward on reading the other parts of this TR and watching the videos that will follow.

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During my last visit to Vancouver four years ago, my family joked that we would return to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games. Little did we know, we would actually return!

We have family in nearby Richmond, so our lodging and part of our food expenses would be taken of. All we had to do was get ourselves there.

Booking in late October, my dad paid the full fare from PHF to YVR, myself paying the $99 companion fare. We had booked a maximum three-leg trip, and we were planning to pay a $50 same-day change to add an extra leg. I was very excited to get the chance to go to the Olympics!

In December, we also made reservations with Amtrak, Virgin America and Air Canada for a "Pacific Coast Side-Trip" leaving that day after the Closing Ceremonies.

The six months from the time of booking to the day before departure went by very fast. Since then, PHF had announced the new arrival of Frontier Airlines coming up in May, and also has constructed the new concourse.

When the time came, I had lined up nine flights and one train for this journey:

25 Feb:
US2464 PHF-CLT
US415 CLT-PHX
US504 PHX-YVR

1 Mar:
Amtrak Cascades 513 VAN-SEA
VX796 SEA-LAX

2 Mar:
AC569 LAX-YYC
AC219 YYC-YVR

4 Mar:
US230 YVR-PHX
US1540 PHX-CLT
US2574 CLT-PHF

As I followed the Olympics leading up to our departure, I couldn't wait to get into the action awaiting in Vancouver!

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25 Feb 2010

Flight 1/9
US Airways
US2464 PHF-CLT
N242JS - CRJ

ETD: 07:44am
ATD: 07:47
ETA: 11:48am
ATA: 11:19

Seat: 4A

My dad and I were dropped off at PHF three hours early to fit into my mom's busy schedule. We also wanted to get there early so that we could try to add a fourth leg to our journey to Vancouver.

Upon arriving at the check-in desk, we were told to wait while the US agents were busy with paperwork. There was a standby passenger awaiting news for his flight there as well. After the standby passenger was helped, we waited as we watched the US staff wander around their counter aimlessly before they called us up for check-in.

Unfortunately after all that waiting, they were not able to change our itinerary and add that extra leg for $50. We passed through security and waited for our CRJ.

Not only does PHF see commercial and private visitors, but the military conducts many touch-and-goes during the day. They kept us barely entertained as we recorded their impressive operation and waited for two hours for the flight.


Our plane to Charlotte arrived as we prepared to embark on our Olympic journey!



Flying US out of PHF usually limits people to flying a CRJ or Dash-8. By now, we've gotten used to it.



The other US aircraft in PHF

We were soon in the air. My first flights of 2010 did excite me, especially considering my destination! But, I was still persistent to get that fourth leg on my itinerary, so we decided to use my US Airways Club pass in CLT. Before entering, however, we would try to get our extra flight in by asking the club representatives for help.



One good thing about flying those dreaded CRJs to CLT is the opportunity to de-board straight to the tarmac!



New FIDS near the E concourse!

We arrived at the Club and learned that our preferred DFW, STL and IND options were full, but there was room on the CMH option. I quickly made a mad dash down to B16. For those not familiar with CLT, B16 is at the very end of the B concourse! I finished my fast-walk sprint only to find out that there was no more room as they had already issued the standby passengers tickets.

We went ahead and rendered my club pass and enjoyed the club. Wi-fi from T-Mobile for non-club members had to be accessed from a card given by the front desk. The food had improved over the last visit: Milano cookies, cheese and crackers, Sun Chips and their famous spicy trail mix combination. Mu dad enjoyed taking pictures as well.



I ventured outside the Club and soaked in the sights and sounds of the Main Atrium.



After shooting video from above the Bank of America Business Center, I checked my balance at one of the convenient Bank of America ATMs and ordered my traditional fried okra and two pieces of fried pickle from Carolina Pit BBQ.

My dad and I soon made our may to our next flight.



Flight 2/9
US Airways
US415 CLT-PHX
N604AW - Airbus 320

ETD: 4:29pm
ATD: 4:42
ETA: 7:16pm
ATA: 6:48

Seat: 14E

Since my dad was a credit card holder for one of US Airways' programs, we had priority boarding in zone two. We arrived at our gate...



only to find out that there had been a gate change!

By now, they were in the middle of boarding procedures. We ended up having to check in one of our carry-ons because there wasn't any more room in the overheads.


My flight notes

Being in the middle seat may be a dread, but not if you can start a conversation with the window-seated passenger. She was headed to Bakersfield to visit her grandkids. She let me take some pictures out the window over the duration of the flight.



Meal service soon started after departure. My dad and the other lady bought a turkey ranch ciabatta club for $7.



On the other hand, I pulled out my $2 of fried okra and fried pickle from Carolina Pit BBQ and ate that contently.



Two drink rounds and a meal round were conducted for our flight. I took every chance I got when the lady got out of her seat to take pictures.



Soon, we started our descent into PHX.



We had another two hours in PHX before connecting to YVR. My dad and I decided to go look for some dinner to kill some time.


FIDS in PHX


Our plane to YVR


Gate area

We went to a burrito place for dinner. My dad bought a rice bowl, and I myself bought a burrito.


For $7, we thought this was a rip-off.

After dinner, we returned to our gate. My dad's phone was draining battery at a very fast rate for some weird reason, so we wanted to find an outlet, fast.


Enjoying PHX's Wi-Fi


To my dismay...


Air Canada luggage tags for Vancouver 2010.


Gate signage.

Flight 3/9
US Airways
US504 PHX-YVR
N664AW - A320

ETD: 08:59pm
ATD: 9:12
ETA: 11:18pm
ATA: 11:11

Seat: 12F

We soon boarded. The F/As had Vancouver 2010 pins with their uniforms.


Placards make finding the registration so much easier!


Interior


Wing views


Interesting tray ad.


More wing views.


Taxi


Take-off

Shortly after I finished taking taxi and take-off videos and pictures, a drink service followed. I was curious to try one of the mixers (the alcoholic beverages without the alcohol) for $1. That pomegranate mixer lasted me the whole flight, as I had to dilute it with ginger ale many times.


I got quite bored, so the bottle became am interesting photo subject.

During the flight, I talked with one of the locals and learned about their opinions and ideas of Vancouver and Victoria. I also got some shut-eye before arrival.

We landed in Vancouver very close to midnight.




After clearing the customs area (which was amazing too), we arrived in Vancouver Intl's amazing arrivals hall!



We waited for my uncle to get the car as my dad and I caught up with my aunt. The midnight arrivals were coming in, and we left YVR. We stayed with our relatives in Richmond, near the fishing village of Steveston.

That night, we changed plans. Instead of going to Victoria the next day, we decided to stay in the Vancouver area to absorb the Olympic experience as much as we can. We came to Vancouver to celebrate the Olympic ideals with the world, and wow, what a party it was going to be!



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Continued in Part 2!

Thanks for reading! Please comment for any comments, suggestions, questions and ideas!

[Edited 2010-03-05 22:34:09]


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User currently offlinealespesl From Czech Republic, joined Jan 2004, 582 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 9301 times:

Very nice reading, loved the pics, especially on the CRJ flight.....

Loooking forward to part 2.



Next Flight: Oct 10: PRG-MUC-KIV EMB 195/CRJ 900, Oct 12: KIV-MUC-PRG CRJ900/EMB 195 wiht Lufthansa
User currently offlinestaralliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8786 times:

Quoting alespesl (Reply 1):
Very nice reading, loved the pics, especially on the CRJ flight.....

Loooking forward to part 2.


Thanks for reading! I'll get started on Pt. 2!



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User currently offlinejflchantha From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 124 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8468 times:

I havent flown US in years! Service seems to be the same ha? Down right convenience and nothing more ha? It was a great TR! I thought your flight log was an interesting thing, I might do that on my next flight and tell you how it goes!

User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 8107 times:

Quoting jflchantha (Reply 3):
I havent flown US in years! Service seems to be the same ha? Down right convenience and nothing more ha? It was a great TR! I thought your flight log was an interesting thing, I might do that on my next flight and tell you how it goes!

Thanks for reading! The reason why I like US Airways is because it's cheap, convenient and has friendly service that goes above and beyond. I don't mind IFE. I usually have a great experience when I fly em. I'm easy to satisfy.

My flight log is basically a spreadsheet where I can write down all of the info I'll need to write a TR, like flight, E/ATA, E/ATD, Seat, and Reg. It's very handy and it look really cool when filled haha.

I'll take a picture of it once all the TRs are out.



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User currently offlineKLASM83 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 629 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8042 times:

You know, staralliance38, PHF really is a nice little airport. Thanks for the pics! Also, good recounting of a US experience.


Don't you want to hang out and waste your life with us?
User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7814 times:

Quoting KLASM83 (Reply 5):
You know, staralliance38, PHF really is a nice little airport. Thanks for the pics! Also, good recounting of a US experience.

Thanks for reading! I love PHF and I prefer it over ORF. Better airport, lower fares, it's perfect! I'm happy F9 will be coming to PHF too! Small little airport is growing!



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User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3058 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7693 times:

Dont you just love the waterfall in the arrivals area?

Nice TR



E135/E140/E145/E70/E75/E90/CR2/CR7/CR9/717/732/733/734/735/73G/738/739/752/753/762/772/319/320/321/333
User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7073 times:

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 7):
Dont you just love the waterfall in the arrivals area?

Thanks for reading!

I was wondering whether or not to take pictures of the waterfall at customs! It was very nice though!

The Olympics did YVR well. One of the best airports I've been to!



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User currently offlinecrjflyer35 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 668 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6497 times:

Love seeing TR's through PHX!!! I was working the ramp that night, however I wasn't on the ramp your flight went out of...Thank Goodness! 504 always has at least 2,000 lbs of mail.


Ok, wait for the RJ to pass, cleared to push tail south Mike, and you're cleared to spin #2 in the push.
User currently offlinethegman From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6129 times:

I might write a TR on my latest trip just because you might really enjoy it.

It looked like this:
CLT-HNL-PHX-SFO-LAS-PHL-CLT


User currently offlineJFKMan From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6040 times:

Great TR on a great airline, US Airways!

That FLY THE FLAG! sticker you have on your flight notes, I have a few of them too!


Tommy

(aka JFKMan)



US / AA - JFK / TPA
User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5820 times:

Thanks for reading!

Quoting crjflyer35 (Reply 9):
504 always has at least 2,000 lbs of mail.

Wow! That's a lot.

Quoting thegman (Reply 10):
CLT-HNL-PHX-SFO-LAS-PHL-CLT

I would live to read that someday haha.

Quoting JFKMan (Reply 11):
Great TR on a great airline, US Airways!

Cheers to that!

Sorry I haven't been able to post the other VX, AC and US TRs. I've been swamped with schoolwork.



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