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Girls Drinking Beer! A Trip Report On AS! 78px P.I  
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Now that I have your undivided attention




Part I:
Boise to Portland
Portland to Seattle
Seattle to Fairbanks
Fairbanks to Seattle

Part II and beyond:
Seattle to Anchorage
Anchorage to Kotzebue
Kotzebue to Nome
Nome to Anchorage
Anchorage to Cordova
Cordova to Yakutat
Yakutat to Juneau
Juneau to Seattle
Seattle to Boise



...

Okay, you can stop looking at that picture above...

Like, really, you can stop now...

...

8,136 miles...
10 cities...
13 segments...
In 55 hours...
Non-rev...
Spring break...

Because I'm certifiably insane!

...

Hey, are you paying attention!?! Quit looking at that damn picture!!! I know you love girls, and I know you love beer, which put the two together and it makes for one damn fine picture, but this trip report is srs bsns, PAY ATTENTION TO ME NOW POR FAVOR!!!  gnasher 

All right, time for me to distract your mind and send you back to this trip report...how about this?


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I bet there's at least a few people here who find this picture more attractive than the one above...



Ahhh, much better! After all, this is AIRLINERS.net, not girls-serving-beer.net; though if there is a website like that, it would pretty much rule the internet forever.

Prologue: Boring Exposition


Ahem, so where to begin?

First of all, this was one of the best trips I've ever taken in my life. I took over 1,300 photos on this trip of airplanes, airports and the scenery in between. Compiling and editing the photos was a difficult task, and writing this trip report will be rather grueling, but this trip was an insane amount of fun, and I've had such a blast looking over the photos and writing about it, I don't even care if nobody reads it. I would GREATLY GREATLY appreciate comments, whether you love or hate it. Really, I am accepting of all comments, as I just love hearing feedback of all different opinions. And no matter what you say, I will value it and respect it.  Smile

By the way, I invested like 8 hours editing these photos, so if you aren't clamoring to tell me that this is by far the best trip report on airliners.net period, then I will personally find where you live and smack you upside the head.

So our story of Airport and the trip up to Alaska begins on March 31st, at around 11:00pm. It was getting toward the end of Spring break, and I was doing what any typical College guy does at 11:00pm.

Ewww, no, I wasn't doing THAT! Gross! No no no, I was just alone and lounging around my computer. It was me and my right hand on my joystick. And I was just......

NO, I was not doing that, either! I was playing Flight Simulator X, sheesh!



I probably looked like this, except a little bit more nerdy...



ANYWAY, you still with me sicko? I was in my apartment and I was playing flight simulator. By this point I was getting a really strong urge to fly somewhere. Once I was done on flight simulator, I started reorganizing photo albums of mine, and decided that I MUST stop wasting this precious free time I have, and must fly somewhere.

Now, as a preface, I am an incredibly lucky individual. My Dad is a captain for Horizon Air, and as such I get non-rev benefits on Alaska and Horizon Air. Which makes it possible for me to fly them for free so long as there are open seats. Unfortunately, it tends to be incredibly difficult to find a cool trip where all segments have a comfortable amount of open seats. But, I don't complain at all, because that means AS/QX is makin' bacon! To me, that's far more important to getting to my destination on time.  Smile

I'm a very leisurely traveler. I don't travel unless I know that I can be stuck somewhere for a few days and still be all right. I'm very laid back and as you've probably guessed by now, I love to fly. And I love to hang around airports. Probably to the unacceptable extreme. Big grin

So anywho, here I was, deciding to fly somewhere the next day. But where would I fly? I looked at loads to Hawaii...full! I looked at loads to Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Miami, Orlando, Chicago. Full, full full!

But then, I recalled a fantastic trip I made last year to Barrow, Alaska. A trip to do some sightseeing in the most scenic State in the union, as well as being able to say that I visited the northernmost city in North America, which to date has not served me any luck in the impressing-ladies department.  sigh 

I looked at loads further on and found something AMAZING. So amazing it caused me to shout out loud, "Holy flights-up-to-Fairbanks-Anchorage-and-various-towns-that-I've-heard-have-spectacular-approaches-and-landings-throughout-Alaska-are-amazingly-rather-empty-enough-to-make-me-comfortable-non-reving, Batman! Flights up to Fairbanks, Anchorage, and various towns that I've heard have spectacular approaches and landings throughout Alaska are amazingly rather empty enough to make me comfortable non-reving!"

Whodathunk? Big grin

Really, I was just looking to fly somewhere. Anywhere! Obviously, I love flying enough to do it for the sake of it. The adventure of non-revving is one of the greatest thrills I have offered to me, so if I have the benefits and I'm not hurting anyone by going on this insane-o trip, then why the eff not?  Smile

So my plan...

BOI-PDX-SEA-FAI-SEA (The purpose of flying to Fairbanks was because First Class was entirely empty according to loads at the time, and there were over 86 open seats in Coach, meaning that a chance to fly First Class on a long flight was really likely. As another preface, I never get to fly First Class anywhere. I'm always in Coach, Coach, Coach, everywhere I go. I only flew First Class once, and that was from SEA-BOI. Wahhhh wahhh wahhh wahhhhhhhhh....)
SEA-ANC-OTZ-OME-ANC-SEA-BOI

I guess I like to keep things simple.  Silly

I packed lightly, in case I'd have to go through security multiple times. I decided against taking my laptop. I only brought two things, a backpack with a pillow and blanket (which I now recommend any non-revver do), headphones so I could listen to some music, and my cell phone charger in case a certain airline who I'm hoping to get a job with called. Big grin

I also packed my camera, a Canon Digital Rebel XTi, otherwise known as my-baby-and-if-anyone-takes-it-I'll-unleash-a-godlike-wrath-that-makes-the-mighty-US-military-look-like-"Teletubbies: Silly Songs and Funny Dances."

And now, thus we begin, the most epic Non-rev adventure of my life so far...

Chapter I: The Beginning

I had stayed up all night the previous night after planning, because I was hyped up and jittery thanks to my best friend, Caffeine.  Smile

I get to the airport at 5:10am, for 6:25am BOI-PDX departure on QX. It's quiet, but things are getting prepped for the morning rush. I go to the self check-in kiosk and grab my boarding pass. Unfortunately, despite the loads being terrific on this Portland flight, I'm not able to select my seat. Darn.

Security's a breeze, for the most part. I don't consider security here to be a hassle, not because it isn't thorough, but because they do it quickly, effiicently, and with a smile and good attitude. Thumbs up.  thumbsup 

Having a bit of time, I decided to head down through Concourse B to check out the action. IMO, the morning action in Boise isn't as cool as it used to be. Of course pax numbers here were hit pretty hard, so it's understandable. It wasn't that long ago that we had a nonstop to Houston on COex and a nonstop to Atlanta on DL. How I miss those days. Still, we're lucky to have what we get, and as my four-year-old niece says, "You get what you get, and you don't throw a fit!"

Ugh, I had to find somewhere to put that obnoxious phrase...it's been stuck in my head all day today.


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UA A320 to Denver...



Ugh, curses to you United. You used to bring mainline equipment to Chicago and San Francisco. All RJs now. We used to have 4 mainline aircraft RONing, but no more... I was going to write a song for YouTube and call it "United doesn't care about Boise!" hoping for the success of "United Breaks Guitars" but then I remembered nobody cares about Boise. We're like the Zoidberg of U.S. cities in the west.  sigh 




Boise's a great city, I swear!!



Some more spotting...there were 4 WN 737s, a Delta 737-800, and a metric f***ton of CRJ-900s.


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Frontier A319 going to Denver in an hour.



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US Airways A320 going to Phoenix. US is the only airline that has actually upped the equipment in Boise. Grazie, US!



After a...riveting...half hour checking out Concourse B. I decided to head down to Concourse C. A window revealed two QX CR7s, one going to PDX, and the other going to LAX, if I recall correctly. My aircraft was N601QX, the one further away.


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Ever noticed the similiarites between the QX logo and the Obama logo?



I waltz down to Concourse C, otherwise known as "the basement." And manage to get my boarding pass. I sit down next to this really pretty girl who looks to be about my age. I pull out my iPhone to impress her with my hip and trendy Apple technology and she glances over and smiles. I put on my "Cool" look and "stunner shades", lookin all business-y and important with my iPhone. After all, nothing's cooler than wearing sunglasses at night.

"You're cute," she says. "What's your name?"

"Jammer. Max Jammer." I reply.

"Sounds sexy. What're you going to Portland for?" She cooly asks.

Staying smooth, I reply, "I can't tell you, it's classified. Only Xg5-ranked paygrades are allowed to know. But I can tell you that it involves the President of the United States."

She whips back her hair and says, "Oh, I guess you won't have time to make sweet love to me."

I reply, "Ever heard of the mile-high-club?"

"Take me there, Max Jammer!" She says...

"Oh, please, that's Dr. Max Jammer." I then proceed to put on another pair of sunglasses on top of the sunglasses I'm already wearing.

Then I hear a strange omnipresent voice...

"Annnnnnnnthoooonnyyyyy.......Annnnnnnnthoooonnyyyyy..."

I jolt!

"Would Portland passenger Anthony/Airport please come up to Gate C2 for your seat assignment?"

Ooops, I almost missed my flight. I guess I fell asleep and that was all a dream. The cute girl was no longer there. Oh well, I bet that's what WOULD'VE happened if I had not fallen asleep!

I go up to the podium and get my seat assignment. A window seat! I dig it!

Boise (BOI) to Portland (PDX)
Horizon Air 2502
CRJ-700
6:25am departure
N601QX
Seat: 6E
Gate: C2
April 1st, 2010

I walk down the walkway and board the plane...


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Boarding the airplane...



I get to my seat, 6E awaiting my glorious window seat until...


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Horizon Air: "APRIL FOOLS!"



Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!

I mean, Horizon Air, I love you, but what the eff kind of window is this? It looked like Randy Johnson spent all night throwing baseballs at it! That's not a window, that's an April Fool's Joke! Which, I guess it is April Fool's Day, so...um...bravo?


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Me attempting to snap a picture of the UA A320 from a different angle. Lousy window!



Bah! Oh well, I could look forward to many other window adventures ahead of me. This was but 1/13th of the whole trip, after all! We pushed back, de-iced, started the engines, taxiied and took off!


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That damn window...



The flight to Portland was uneventful. It was a pretty sunrise, for what I saw of it. I ordered a Hot Chocolate, my beverage of choice when flying Horizon Air in the morning. Included where these standard biscoff cookies which were good and edible, something that some airlines' snacks can't claim.  Silly

By the way, I hope QX doesn't give up the free beer and wine before I turn 21. Quite amazing. Big grin

We started our descent into PDX.


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Argh...



After a nice landing, we taxiied to the gate. We parked at the A concourse, and I deboarded, greeted by the fresh and beautiful morning Oregon sky.


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Ahhhh, it's like a breath of fresh air...




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Hey Chester, come visit PDX more s'il vous plait!



I went over to the Seattle shuttle area. For those not in the QX know, QX offers a multitude of daily flights between PDX and SEA. I knew that if the loads filled up on this flight, there'd be others in just a half-hour's time that I'd be able to catch. I waited for about 20 minutes, got my boarding pass.

Crud, 14B on a Q400. No window seat this time.  Sad

Portland (PDX) to Seattle (SEA)
Horizon Air 2042
Dash-8 Q400
7:30am departure
N423QX
Seat: 14B
Gate: A4
April 1st, 2010

I walked out the boarding gate and through the front exit...


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Said front exit...



...crap.

I just realized that they were boarding through both the front door and the backdoor, and seeing as I was in row 14, I had to shimmy my way past people trying to get to rows 10-13 through the back exit, leading to awkwardness of the non-hilarious type.

Oh well, I am Anthony/Airport, reigning King of Awkward. Here me roar.

I plopped my fat-ass onto seat 14B, awaiting to depart Portland for this quick jaunt up to Seattle.


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WARNING: This picture of me and my sexiness may cause you to spontaniously combust.



I did get pictures on this flight, but I opted not to post them, because they are incredibly self-indulgent and I don't want my readers to burst into flames before they can comment and add me to their respected users list. See, you should be thanking me for being such a nice guy!

Again, the flight was uneventful. I sincerely miss the biscottis that QX used to serve on this route. Oh em gee...they were so good.

We landed in Seattle. By now I was admittedly getting a little bit tired. Remember, I had pulled an all-nighter the previous night for no other reason than so Evening-Anthony/Airport could piss off Morning-Anthony/Airport. I swear the two have a grudge. I could feel the sting of exhaustion starting to hit, but alas! I must stay awake. I had lots of mileage and scenery to cover!


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Boarding out of the right exit this time...



Now I had a long time to kill in SEA, about 4 hours. Luckily there's plenty of stuff to do. Plenty of aircraft to watch, and the concourses to cover. I walked through all the concourses and hit all the satellite terminals. There was tons to see, as usual.


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Again, QX I love you, but that is comfortably the ugliest paint scheme ever...Just sayin...



Rant alert. I hate Concourse A in Seattle. Sure, it's more open, it's cleaner, it's glass-and-steelier than the other concourses, but it lacks the old seaport/pier-styled architecture of the other concourses which have so much character! Concourse A is extremely bland to me, it's just like any other new generic concourse in any other airport in the country. Borrrring. SEA, never renovate Concourse B, C, and D por favor. Sure, they may be a little bit darker, and a tad less airy, but they just SCREAM Seattle! It wouldn't be Sea-Tac International Airport without em.

/rant.


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American 737-800 going to...Dallas? To quote Firefly, "Shiny..."



Down toward the end of Concourse A I found two Hawaiian 767-300s, both with winglets. This was the first time I had ever seen a wingletted 767-300. Yuck. I think the 737, 757, and 767 look a lot more natural and dignified without them.

Or maybe I just complain too much. Hey now, I love complaining! Complaining is fun! Now get off my lawn!  grumpy 


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Please! Please! Take me with you! I'll do anything, I'll ride in the freaking cargo hold!



So I head back to Gate N3, where my flight to Fairbanks is scheduled to depart. I love the N Satellite for the big windows that give a tremendously wonderful view of arriving and departing aircraft. I wait for a while and snap some pics of aircraft in the vicinity.


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Alaska 737-700 going to Santa Ana.




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Alaska 737-800 going to Anchorage if I remember right. Definitely not Lei weather there.




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Yeah, I'd say that Alaska has a decent presence in Seattle. I flew on N557AS to Las Vegas and back last year.




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United, how do you do? Enjoy your flight to Syan Fryanceesko.




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If Boise State and University of Washington ever face off, this could be a promo pic.




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It sounded like this: bbbvrvrvorroroororooooororoooooshkshoksohhshkshskoh




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THE SEXIEST PLANE OF ALL TIME. IF YOU SAY OTHERWISE I WILL PERSONALLY FIND WHERE YOU LIVE AND SMACK YOU UPSIDE THE HEAD.




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I hope you had better windows...psh!




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Horizon should just paint all of their planes in the Boise State scheme...then God just might have mercy on mankind.



Suddenly I hear an announcement. I have it sort of tuned out in my head until I hear the word "Fairbanks" causing me to snap to attention. Gate change announcement. We will now be boarding out of Gate C15. Awesomesauce.


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Yet another logojet. At this rate, pretty soon the logojets will outnumber the regular Alaska scheme. Not that I'm complaining...




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This guy nose what he's doing.




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I thought this was a cool shot.



So I schlep on down to Gate C15 only to hear "Fairbanks" and "Gate change announcement..."

Looks like we're now going to Gate D2. Sheesh, another gate change announcement and I'll bet we'll be departing out of Boeing Field! Oh well, I got time and my gut could use the exercise.

So I wait for a while, call my parents, who are getting ready to call the men in white coats after I tell them my full itinerary. I'm excited to board this 737-800 to Fairbanks. There's a near full load going up, but enough seats that I feel comfortable that I'll get on.

Until suddenly....


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Uhhhhhh....




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Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh......



...crap.

Apparently they changed the aircraft on us. Damn you AS for wanting to make money! Sheesh, talk about no respect for us Non-revs! Non-revs BUILT this airline! Alaska wouldn't exist if it weren't for Non-revs! I mean think about it! Orville and Wilbur Wright were technically Non-Revs....technically...

...think about it!

No respect for us non-revs.

So now here I am worried that I might not get on this airplane.


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Alaska Disney plane departing...




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Gate area...I think I'm one of the very very very very very very very few that loves the D gates.



However, despite the fact that we are on a smaller aircraft, I manage to get a seat. An aisle seat, yes, but I'll gladly take it! The gate agent was incredibly nice and apologetic about it, and I told him that I understand that these things happen and that I'm just happy to be onboard.


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Portait of a Chester...



I get in line and board the aircraft...

Seattle (SEA) to Fairbanks (FAI)
Alaska Airlines 123
737-700
1:00pm departure
N622AS
Seat: 9D
Gate: D2
April 1st, 2010


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Going down the jetway



I put my backup in the overhead bin and my camera case below the seat quickly and sat down. Suddenly, a guy indicated that he was in the seat next to me. But this wasn't any ordinary guy, no no...this guy had THE most EPIC beard ever.



Okay, maybe it wasn't THIS epic. But still...



He was also incredibly nice! He saw my camera and asked if I wanted his window seat to take pictures. I graciously accepted and offered to buy him a meal/digEplayer on the way up if he wanted. He kindly said thank you but that he'll be sleeping on the way up. With any luck, me too.

Now I know this is going to be incredibly hard to believe, but rainclouds started forming over Seattle.

I think part of the reason I love flying is because I simply have this strange fascination with clouds and weather. And what better way to experience weather than plastering your face to a window while hurdling through the air at hundreds of miles per hour up in the air!

Seattle has beautiful clouds. In fact, I can't think of a city that so frequently has incredibly beautiful cloud formations. And today would be no exception. Beautiful rain-clouds started forming above.


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Amazing...




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Amazinger...



We pushed back and proceeded our taxi to the runway for departure.


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Being mooned by Chester...




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I'm loving the logo-jets...




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Okay, I'm starting to forget what the regular AS paint scheme looked like...



We turned onto the runway and did a rolling take-off, woohoo! I love the sound of the 737 engines.


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Rolling take-off...




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I can't think of a witty comment for this shot




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Okay, now this is almost looking like we're in Hawaii...




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Clouds!




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Hmm, well I'd definitely say I'm in airplane right now...



Simply put, I crashed on this flight. Err, slept really hard... I didn't wake up till we began our approach into Fairbanks. A nice, lovely snooze. I heard that we passed Denali and had a great view of it...but was that possible? It didn't seem like it'd correlate with our flight plan. Hmm...


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Approach into Fairbanks...




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Classic Alaskan wilderness




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Another reason I love flying into Alaska is for the insanely cool approaches that weave you through mountains and what-not, and runways that are so short that really hard landings with tons of brakes and full reversers are inevitable. To me that's thrilling and exciting stuff. Unfortunately, our landing this time was smooth as silk, in fact I didn't even feel it. It was smooth, there was hardly and lurching or jerking around. It was an excellent landing.  Sad

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Alaska pilots: Quit being so damn good...




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Classic! Another reason I love traveling up to Alaska




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Fairbanks terminal. Not huge, but very nice and architecturally sound.



We taxiied to Gate 2 and deplaned. I called my Dad to let him know that I was in Fairbanks.


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Turning to the gate.




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Our plane!



But you know, I figure my chances at getting First Class are still good, right? I mean, Coach is still very empty, and First Class is totally empty. There probably won't be many upgrades and I should be fine.  Smile

Until suddenly...

"Ladies and Gentlemen, we do have First Class available on this flight..."

Shhhhhhh, quiet lady!

"...for those of you that would like to upgrade for only $100..."

I said QUIET! I'm trying to get First Class here! Sheesh!

"...we still have First Class available!"

Stop, stop it!!! Please, I'll do anything. I'll put on a monkey suit and dance for you if you want, just keep FC on the down-low!

And right as I'm thinking that, exactly 8 people walk up to the podium. The total amount of First Class available on the aircraft? 12 seats. The total amount requested by people upgrading...exactly 12.

NOOOOOOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoooooooooo!!!!

I would've gotten on FC if it were a 737-800. I would've gotten on if that gate agent had any respect for us Non-revs. I mean seriously, we're the most important customer, amiright? The passengers just comfortably EXPECT service and EXPECT to get onboard. Us nonrevs are cruelly forced to wear out our nerves struggling to get a seat. We're the ones doing all the work here!

There's only one logical answer: this is one big conspiracy against non-revs like me. They intentionally gave me a smaller aircraft so they could toy with my fragile little mind...it's a conspiracy I tell ya!

...or they just want to...you know...make money...



No respect!



It's not fair. It's just not fair.  Sad

*sob*


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Alaska, eh? More like Harass-ka...cause...you know...they're always harassing us non-revs.......ya know? I said think about it!



And then I get my seat assignment. Ha, whaddya know, I get the same seat I sat in last time. 9D

So I mosey my way down the jetway...I don't know what kind of cruel act I did to deserve this punishment. I mean, a guy like me deserves first class, ya know? I can't sit in back, in "Coach" with the, ahem, peasants! I'm not cattle! I deserve to sit up front with my fellow astute snobs, and spend all day drinking overpriced booze and using $100 bills as toliet paper! I deserve it, honest!

I once helped an old lady cross the street a long time ago, and it wasn't because I was hoping her dementia would result in excessive monetary payment...not entirely anyway...well okay maybe that was part of the reason, but still! You know? When I go to the movies, I don't spike up my hair into a mohawk so that the people behind me can't see. And when I get seat assignments on airplanes I don't ever complain! See, I'm the good guy here, honest!

This is cruel and unusual punishment, I say!



I can't ride with these....things.....they're like mooing or something!




http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx273/AnthonyAirport/AlaskaSpringBreak359.jpg

Walking down the jetway...



Fairbanks (FAI) to Seattle (SEA)
Alaska Airlines 122
737-700
4:40pm departure
N622AS
Seat: 9D (same seat)
Gate: 2
April 1st, 2010


http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx273/AnthonyAirport/AlaskaSpringBreak360.jpg

Look at that dastardly Eskimo. He's smiling because he wants you to feel pain...



But then I notice...

Woah woah woah! Hold up now!

The boarding door closes......and I still have this whole row to myself! A whole row! No way!!

Alaska Airlines, you're my FAVORITE airline ever. Bar none! I would never say anything bad about you ever. Not in a million years!
What's that you say...? Oh, pish posh, I wasn't REALLY complaining! It was all a joke, an April Fool's Joke...see? See? That's what makes it sooo funny! I would NEVER EVER complain!


http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx273/AnthonyAirport/AlaskaSpringBreak365.jpg

I love you Alaska. You're the best airline ever...



So we taxiied out to the runway and prompty took off over Fairbanks.


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This could almost be monochrome...




http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx273/AnthonyAirport/AlaskaSpringBreak382.jpg

Under the clouds...Alaska, you're still my favorite airline!



I got pretty hungry, so I opted to purchase a Cheeseburger buy-on-board meal...then I said why the heck not and shelled out $6 for a DigEplayer.


http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx273/AnthonyAirport/AlaskaSpringBreak387.jpg

Alaska, I love you even if you only seem to serve Cheeseburgers, Cheeseburgers and more Cheeseburgers as BOB on every evening flight.



I sort of went into idle contemplation mode on this flight. To me, this is what makes flying flying. This is another element besides weather that causes me to go on ridiculous excursions like these. Because what better place to sit back, and meditate and think about life than at 35,000 feet?

That incredible sense of idle contemplation...

Thinking about life. Thinking about friends, and family. About love and happiness. About hate, and grudges. About jobs, careers, and philosophizing on a fulfilled life. Looking from above the clouds at the ground below. Examining our cities and towns, and streets and roads. Gazing at nature's wonderful creations. Monstrous mountains and heavenly waters. Thunderclouds and lazy cirrus wisping across the sky.

Amazing. Truly amazing.

It's why I fly.  Smile

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I don't think a comment is necessary for the above shots...



We started our descent into Seattle. By now it had approached night time. So far this trip has been a success, but it does not end here. In fact, we have only started to reach the mid-point of the full journey. Aye, there is much more to see beyond this point. This is but the beginning. Maybe I am crazy for going on long excursions like these. But for me, this is truly what living is all about. That sense of adventure. That sense of excitement of going to far-off places that I've only seen in an Atlas. Places that could only be left to the imagination.

We landed in Seattle, and taxiied to our gate, D4.


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Landing, reversers out...




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After landing in Seattle, I would immediately head to Gate C11, where I'd take a night-flight up to Anchorage, where further adventures will await...

Ah, yes, there is so much more to see...

End of Part I
 wave 

Cheers!
Anthony/Airport

[Edited 2010-04-06 08:43:31]

25 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 24128 times:

Sorry, a.net is acting weird...let me know if you have technical problems with this post.  Smile

Cheers!
Anthony/Airport

[Edited 2010-04-06 08:44:31]

User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 23891 times:

I've only read half of it and I'm pissing myself with laughter         

I love your writing style, and it's a great report.


User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 22874 times:

Solid TR, Like the Q400 pics it is my favorite aircraft...


Our Returning Champion
User currently offlinejeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 22419 times:

I love landing in Fairbanks. However, I love landing in Anchorage more so because of the emerald green water and the mountains. Alaska is such a spectacular state.


God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlineUAL757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 806 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 22378 times:

Alaska is also my favorite airline, and I must say, your pictures are incredible of all the AS aircraft (and the other pictures too)! I've read this maybe three times now, and I laugh a bit more each time. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I never sit far back enough to see the wing, and I've never realized how dirty AS keeps the wings! Shame...

Great writing. Great pictures. Great trip. Nice job & keep it up!


User currently offlineSpdBrdConcorde From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 22325 times:

Great trip report...Excellent                    

User currently offlinestratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 22065 times:

Quoting Airport (Thread starter):
"...for those of you that would like to upgrade for only $100..."

I said QUIET! I'm trying to get First Class here! Sheesh!

"...we still have First Class available!"

Stop, stop it!!! Please, I'll do anything. I'll put on a monkey suit and dance for you if you want, just keep FC on the down-low!

LOL..Man I can relate as a former non-rever.. But now that I pay for my tickets I have to admit it is a good revenue maker for the airlines I bet. Thats why I usually always fly AirTran with most upgrades at 49 dollars I always pay to upgrade. Got too spoiled back in the day flying F/C.



NWA THE TRUE EVIL EMPIRE
User currently offlinecoopdogyo From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 21489 times:

Great Trip report. I am also writing an AS trip report to Hawaii. I even got upgraded to first class for the flight back tomorrow. At least you didn't go to Hawaii or we could have had the same trip report.

User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 21161 times:

Ugh! Sorry about the photos, my bandwidth exceeded the limit on Photobucket.

I'll upload my photos to flickr or somewhere else. Anyone know any other good photo hosting sites?

And don't worry, I'll respond to everyone individually. At the moment I'm a little pressed for time, so I'll respond in the afternoon-ish.  

Cheers!
Anthony/Airport


User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 879 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 21073 times:

Quoting Airport (Reply 9):
I'll upload my photos to flickr or somewhere else. Anyone know any other good photo hosting sites?

Have you tried www.tinypic.com? It's worked for me in the past just fine...
Thanks for the wonderful report. It was nice reading this entertaining report in the early stages of my work day!!!  


User currently offlineCARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 812 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 20778 times:

Good report ... like the long stories...



Regarding the pics:
A saw people using Googles Picasa online service working well for trip reports. Perhaps uploading them there could help you...

>>> http://picasaweb.google.com

[Edited 2010-04-07 08:40:21]

User currently offlinetarunkashyap14 From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 20427 times:

Hey, enjoyed your trip report.
must say the best writing style ever seen on a.net...
Try picasa online service, it must work.



N9234V
User currently offlinemtaabq From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 20017 times:

Good day to you, Sir.

My sweet Lord in heaven that has to be the BEST trip report I've read here in a long time.

(Now don't all you other A*Nutters get your panties in a wad; EVERY trip report is good but -- COME ON! This guy's a freakin' genius!)

Your writing style is amazing and your pictures are sublime.

I don't know that anything else needs to be said; I could use every superlative I know and still not be able to adequately convey how humorous I find, and how impressed I am with, this TR.

May you be blessed with boobies and beer aplenty.

With the utmost of respect and affection, I am,

Your Humble Servant,

Mike
a/k/a mtaabq


User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 19859 times:

NOTE: Here's the report in full using Picasa instead of Photobucket



Now that I have your undivided attention




Part I:
Boise to Portland
Portland to Seattle
Seattle to Fairbanks

Part II and beyond:
Fairbanks to Seattle
Seattle to Anchorage
Anchorage to Kotzebue
Kotzebue to Nome
Nome to Anchorage
Anchorage to Cordova
Cordova to Yakutat
Yakutat to Juneau
Juneau to Seattle
Seattle to Boise



...

Okay, you can stop looking at that picture above...

Like, really, you can stop now...

...

8,136 miles...
10 cities...
13 segments...
In 55 hours...
Non-rev...
Spring break...

Because I'm certifiably insane!

...

Hey, are you paying attention!?! Quit looking at that damn picture!!! I know you love girls, and I know you love beer, which put the two together and it makes for one damn fine picture, but this trip report is srs bsns, PAY ATTENTION TO ME NOW POR FAVOR!!!   

All right, time for me to distract your mind and send you back to this trip report...how about this?


http://lh6.ggpht.com/_5obVob2VSpE/S70h95cpgyI/AAAAAAAAAEs/SM00F28oQjg/Alaska%20Spring%20Break%20214.jpg
I bet there's at least a few people here who find this picture more attractive than the one above...



Ahhh, much better! After all, this is AIRLINERS.net, not girls-serving-beer.net; though if there is a website like that, it would pretty much rule the internet forever.

Prologue: Boring Exposition


Ahem, so where to begin?

First of all, this was one of the best trips I've ever taken in my life. I took over 1,300 photos on this trip of airplanes, airports and the scenery in between. Compiling and editing the photos was a difficult task, and writing this trip report will be rather grueling, but this trip was an insane amount of fun, and I've had such a blast looking over the photos and writing about it, I don't even care if nobody reads it. I would GREATLY GREATLY appreciate comments, whether you love or hate it. Really, I am accepting of all comments, as I just love hearing feedback of all different opinions. And no matter what you say, I will value it and respect it.  

By the way, I invested like 8 hours editing these photos, so if you aren't clamoring to tell me that this is by far the best trip report on airliners.net period, then I will personally find where you live and smack you upside the head.

So our story of Airport and the trip up to Alaska begins on March 31st, at around 11:00pm. It was getting toward the end of Spring break, and I was doing what any typical College guy does at 11:00pm.

Ewww, no, I wasn't doing THAT! Gross! No no no, I was just alone and lounging around my computer. It was me and my right hand on my joystick. And I was just......

NO, I was not doing that, either! I was playing Flight Simulator X, sheesh!



I probably looked like this, except a little bit more nerdy...



ANYWAY, you still with me sicko? I was in my apartment and I was playing flight simulator. By this point I was getting a really strong urge to fly somewhere. Once I was done on flight simulator, I started reorganizing photo albums of mine, and decided that I MUST stop wasting this precious free time I have, and must fly somewhere.

Now, as a preface, I am an incredibly lucky individual. My Dad is a captain for Horizon Air, and as such I get non-rev benefits on Alaska and Horizon Air. Which makes it possible for me to fly them for free so long as there are open seats. Unfortunately, it tends to be incredibly difficult to find a cool trip where all segments have a comfortable amount of open seats. But, I don't complain at all, because that means AS/QX is makin' bacon! To me, that's far more important to getting to my destination on time.  

I'm a very leisurely traveler. I don't travel unless I know that I can be stuck somewhere for a few days and still be all right. I'm very laid back and as you've probably guessed by now, I love to fly. And I love to hang around airports. Probably to the unacceptable extreme. 

So anywho, here I was, deciding to fly somewhere the next day. But where would I fly? I looked at loads to Hawaii...full! I looked at loads to Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Miami, Orlando, Chicago. Full, full full!

But then, I recalled a fantastic trip I made last year to Barrow, Alaska. A trip to do some sightseeing in the most scenic State in the union, as well as being able to say that I visited the northernmost city in North America, which to date has not served me any luck in the impressing-ladies department.   

I looked at loads further on and found something AMAZING. So amazing it caused me to shout out loud, "Holy flights-up-to-Fairbanks-Anchorage-and-various-towns-that-I've-heard-have-spectacular-approaches-and-landings-throughout-Alaska-are-amazingly-rather-empty-enough-to-make-me-comfortable-non-reving, Batman! Flights up to Fairbanks, Anchorage, and various towns that I've heard have spectacular approaches and landings throughout Alaska are amazingly rather empty enough to make me comfortable non-reving!"

Whodathunk? 

Really, I was just looking to fly somewhere. Anywhere! Obviously, I love flying enough to do it for the sake of it. The adventure of non-revving is one of the greatest thrills I have offered to me, so if I have the benefits and I'm not hurting anyone by going on this insane-o trip, then why the eff not?  

So my plan...

BOI-PDX-SEA-FAI-SEA (The purpose of flying to Fairbanks was because First Class was entirely empty according to loads at the time, and there were over 86 open seats in Coach, meaning that a chance to fly First Class on a long flight was really likely. As another preface, I never get to fly First Class anywhere. I'm always in Coach, Coach, Coach, everywhere I go. I only flew First Class once, and that was from SEA-BOI. Wahhhh wahhh wahhh wahhhhhhhhh....)
SEA-ANC-OTZ-OME-ANC-SEA-BOI

I guess I like to keep things simple.  

I packed lightly, in case I'd have to go through security multiple times. I decided against taking my laptop. I only brought two things, a backpack with a pillow and blanket (which I now recommend any non-revver do), headphones so I could listen to some music, and my cell phone charger in case a certain airline who I'm hoping to get a job with called. 

I also packed my camera, a Canon Digital Rebel XTi, otherwise known as my-baby-and-if-anyone-takes-it-I'll-unleash-a-godlike-wrath-that-makes-the-mighty-US-military-look-like-"Teletubbies: Silly Songs and Funny Dances."

And now, thus we begin, the most epic Non-rev adventure of my life so far...

Chapter I: The Beginning

I had stayed up all night the previous night after planning, because I was hyped up and jittery thanks to my best friend, Caffeine.  

I get to the airport at 5:10am, for 6:25am BOI-PDX departure on QX. It's quiet, but things are getting prepped for the morning rush. I go to the self check-in kiosk and grab my boarding pass. Unfortunately, despite the loads being terrific on this Portland flight, I'm not able to select my seat. Darn.

Security's a breeze, for the most part. I don't consider security here to be a hassle, not because it isn't thorough, but because they do it quickly, effiicently, and with a smile and good attitude. Thumbs up.   

Having a bit of time, I decided to head down through Concourse B to check out the action. IMO, the morning action in Boise isn't as cool as it used to be. Of course pax numbers here were hit pretty hard, so it's understandable. It wasn't that long ago that we had a nonstop to Houston on COex and a nonstop to Atlanta on DL. How I miss those days. Still, we're lucky to have what we get, and as my four-year-old niece says, "You get what you get, and you don't throw a fit!"

Ugh, I had to find somewhere to put that obnoxious phrase...it's been stuck in my head all day today.


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UA A320 to Denver...



Ugh, curses to you United. You used to bring mainline equipment to Chicago and San Francisco. All RJs now. We used to have 4 mainline aircraft RONing, but no more... I was going to write a song for YouTube and call it "United doesn't care about Boise!" hoping for the success of "United Breaks Guitars" but then I remembered nobody cares about Boise. We're like the Zoidberg of U.S. cities in the west.   




Boise's a great city, I swear!!



Some more spotting...there were 4 WN 737s, a Delta 737-800, and a metric f***ton of CRJ-900s.


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Frontier A319 going to Denver in an hour.



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US Airways A320 going to Phoenix. US is the only airline that has actually upped the equipment in Boise. Grazie, US!



After a...riveting...half hour checking out Concourse B. I decided to head down to Concourse C. A window revealed two QX CR7s, one going to PDX, and the other going to LAX, if I recall correctly. My aircraft was N601QX, the one further away.


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Ever noticed the similiarites between the QX logo and the Obama logo?



I waltz down to Concourse C, otherwise known as "the basement." And manage to get my boarding pass. I sit down next to this really pretty girl who looks to be about my age. I pull out my iPhone to impress her with my hip and trendy Apple technology and she glances over and smiles. I put on my "Cool" look and "stunner shades", lookin all business-y and important with my iPhone. After all, nothing's cooler than wearing sunglasses at night.

"You're cute," she says. "What's your name?"

"Jammer. Max Jammer." I reply.

"Sounds sexy. What're you going to Portland for?" She cooly asks.

Staying smooth, I reply, "I can't tell you, it's classified. Only Xg5-ranked paygrades are allowed to know. But I can tell you that it involves the President of the United States."

She whips back her hair and says, "Oh, I guess you won't have time to make sweet love to me."

I reply, "Ever heard of the mile-high-club?"

"Take me there, Max Jammer!" She says...

"Oh, please, that's Dr. Max Jammer." I then proceed to put on another pair of sunglasses on top of the sunglasses I'm already wearing.

Then I hear a strange omnipresent voice...

"Annnnnnnnthoooonnyyyyy.......Annnnnnnnthoooonnyyyyy..."

I jolt!

"Would Portland passenger Anthony/Airport please come up to Gate C2 for your seat assignment?"

Ooops, I almost missed my flight. I guess I fell asleep and that was all a dream. The cute girl was no longer there. Oh well, I bet that's what WOULD'VE happened if I had not fallen asleep!

I go up to the podium and get my seat assignment. A window seat! I dig it!

Boise (BOI) to Portland (PDX)
Horizon Air 2502
CRJ-700
6:25am departure
N601QX
Seat: 6E
Gate: C2
April 1st, 2010

I walk down the walkway and board the plane...


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Boarding the airplane...



I get to my seat, 6E awaiting my glorious window seat until...


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Horizon Air: "APRIL FOOLS!"



Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!

I mean, Horizon Air, I love you, but what the eff kind of window is this? It looked like Randy Johnson spent all night throwing baseballs at it! That's not a window, that's an April Fool's Joke! Which, I guess it is April Fool's Day, so...um...bravo?


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Me attempting to snap a picture of the UA A320 from a different angle. Lousy window!



Bah! Oh well, I could look forward to many other window adventures ahead of me. This was but 1/13th of the whole trip, after all! We pushed back, de-iced, started the engines, taxiied and took off!


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That damn window...



The flight to Portland was uneventful. It was a pretty sunrise, for what I saw of it. I ordered a Hot Chocolate, my beverage of choice when flying Horizon Air in the morning. Included where these standard biscoff cookies which were good and edible, something that some airlines' snacks can't claim.  

By the way, I hope QX doesn't give up the free beer and wine before I turn 21. Quite amazing. 

We started our descent into PDX.


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Argh...



After a nice landing, we taxiied to the gate. We parked at the A concourse, and I deboarded, greeted by the fresh and beautiful morning Oregon sky.


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Ahhhh, it's like a breath of fresh air...




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Hey Chester, come visit PDX more s'il vous plait!



I went over to the Seattle shuttle area. For those not in the QX know, QX offers a multitude of daily flights between PDX and SEA. I knew that if the loads filled up on this flight, there'd be others in just a half-hour's time that I'd be able to catch. I waited for about 20 minutes, got my boarding pass.

Crud, 14B on a Q400. No window seat this time.  

Portland (PDX) to Seattle (SEA)
Horizon Air 2042
Dash-8 Q400
7:30am departure
N423QX
Seat: 14B
Gate: A4
April 1st, 2010

I walked out the boarding gate and through the front exit...


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Said front exit...



...crap.

I just realized that they were boarding through both the front door and the backdoor, and seeing as I was in row 14, I had to shimmy my way past people trying to get to rows 10-13 through the back exit, leading to awkwardness of the non-hilarious type.

Oh well, I am Anthony/Airport, reigning King of Awkward. Here me roar.

I plopped my fat-ass onto seat 14B, awaiting to depart Portland for this quick jaunt up to Seattle.


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WARNING: This picture of me and my sexiness may cause you to spontaniously combust.



I did get pictures on this flight, but I opted not to post them, because they are incredibly self-indulgent and I don't want my readers to burst into flames before they can comment and add me to their respected users list. See, you should be thanking me for being such a nice guy!

Again, the flight was uneventful. I sincerely miss the biscottis that QX used to serve on this route. Oh em gee...they were so good.

We landed in Seattle. By now I was admittedly getting a little bit tired. Remember, I had pulled an all-nighter the previous night for no other reason than so Evening-Anthony/Airport could piss off Morning-Anthony/Airport. I swear the two have a grudge. I could feel the sting of exhaustion starting to hit, but alas! I must stay awake. I had lots of mileage and scenery to cover!


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Boarding out of the right exit this time...



Now I had a long time to kill in SEA, about 4 hours. Luckily there's plenty of stuff to do. Plenty of aircraft to watch, and the concourses to cover. I walked through all the concourses and hit all the satellite terminals. There was tons to see, as usual.


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Again, QX I love you, but that is comfortably the ugliest paint scheme ever...Just sayin...



Rant alert. I hate Concourse A in Seattle. Sure, it's more open, it's cleaner, it's glass-and-steelier than the other concourses, but it lacks the old seaport/pier-styled architecture of the other concourses which have so much character! Concourse A is extremely bland to me, it's just like any other new generic concourse in any other airport in the country. Borrrring. SEA, never renovate Concourse B, C, and D por favor. Sure, they may be a little bit darker, and a tad less airy, but they just SCREAM Seattle! It wouldn't be Sea-Tac International Airport without em.

/rant.


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American 737-800 going to...Dallas? To quote Firefly, "Shiny..."



Down toward the end of Concourse A I found two Hawaiian 767-300s, both with winglets. This was the first time I had ever seen a wingletted 767-300. Yuck. I think the 737, 757, and 767 look a lot more natural and dignified without them.

Or maybe I just complain too much. Hey now, I love complaining! Complaining is fun! Now get off my lawn!   


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Please! Please! Take me with you! I'll do anything, I'll ride in the freaking cargo hold!



So I head back to Gate N3, where my flight to Fairbanks is scheduled to depart. I love the N Satellite for the big windows that give a tremendously wonderful view of arriving and departing aircraft. I wait for a while and snap some pics of aircraft in the vicinity.


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Alaska 737-700 going to Santa Ana.




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Alaska 737-800 going to Anchorage if I remember right. Definitely not Lei weather there.




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Yeah, I'd say that Alaska has a decent presence in Seattle. I flew on N557AS to Las Vegas and back last year.




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United, how do you do? Enjoy your flight to Syan Fryanceesko.




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If Boise State and University of Washington ever face off, this could be a promo pic.




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It sounded like this: bbbvrvrvorroroororooooororoooooshkshoksohhshkshskoh




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THE SEXIEST PLANE OF ALL TIME. IF YOU SAY OTHERWISE I WILL PERSONALLY FIND WHERE YOU LIVE AND SMACK YOU UPSIDE THE HEAD.




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I hope you had better windows...psh!




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Horizon should just paint all of their planes in the Boise State scheme...then God just might have mercy on mankind.



Suddenly I hear an announcement. I have it sort of tuned out in my head until I hear the word "Fairbanks" causing me to snap to attention. Gate change announcement. We will now be boarding out of Gate C15. Awesomesauce.


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Yet another logojet. At this rate, pretty soon the logojets will outnumber the regular Alaska scheme. Not that I'm complaining...




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This guy nose what he's doing.




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I thought this was a cool shot.



So I schlep on down to Gate C15 only to hear "Fairbanks" and "Gate change announcement..."

Looks like we're now going to Gate D2. Sheesh, another gate change announcement and I'll bet we'll be departing out of Boeing Field! Oh well, I got time and my gut could use the exercise.

So I wait for a while, call my parents, who are getting ready to call the men in white coats after I tell them my full itinerary. I'm excited to board this 737-800 to Fairbanks. There's a near full load going up, but enough seats that I feel comfortable that I'll get on.

Until suddenly....


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Uhhhhhh....




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Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh......



...crap.

Apparently they changed the aircraft on us. Damn you AS for wanting to make money! Sheesh, talk about no respect for us Non-revs! Non-revs BUILT this airline! Alaska wouldn't exist if it weren't for Non-revs! I mean think about it! Orville and Wilbur Wright were technically Non-Revs....technically...

...think about it!

No respect for us non-revs.

So now here I am worried that I might not get on this airplane.


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Alaska Disney plane departing...




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Gate area...I think I'm one of the very very very very very very very few that loves the D gates.



However, despite the fact that we are on a smaller aircraft, I manage to get a seat. An aisle seat, yes, but I'll gladly take it! The gate agent was incredibly nice and apologetic about it, and I told him that I understand that these things happen and that I'm just happy to be onboard.


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Portait of a Chester...



I get in line and board the aircraft...

Seattle (SEA) to Fairbanks (FAI)
Alaska Airlines 123
737-700
1:00pm departure
N622AS
Seat: 9D
Gate: D2
April 1st, 2010


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Going down the jetway



I put my backup in the overhead bin and my camera case below the seat quickly and sat down. Suddenly, a guy indicated that he was in the seat next to me. But this wasn't any ordinary guy, no no...this guy had THE most EPIC beard ever.



Okay, maybe it wasn't THIS epic. But still...



He was also incredibly nice! He saw my camera and asked if I wanted his window seat to take pictures. I graciously accepted and offered to buy him a meal/digEplayer on the way up if he wanted. He kindly said thank you but that he'll be sleeping on the way up. With any luck, me too.

Now I know this is going to be incredibly hard to believe, but rainclouds started forming over Seattle.

I think part of the reason I love flying is because I simply have this strange fascination with clouds and weather. And what better way to experience weather than plastering your face to a window while hurdling through the air at hundreds of miles per hour up in the air!

Seattle has beautiful clouds. In fact, I can't think of a city that so frequently has incredibly beautiful cloud formations. And today would be no exception. Beautiful rain-clouds started forming above.


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Amazing...




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Amazinger...



We pushed back and proceeded our taxi to the runway for departure.


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Being mooned by Chester...




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I'm loving the logo-jets...




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Okay, I'm starting to forget what the regular AS paint scheme looked like...



We turned onto the runway and did a rolling take-off, woohoo! I love the sound of the 737 engines.


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Rolling take-off...




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I can't think of a witty comment for this shot




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Okay, now this is almost looking like we're in Hawaii...




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Clouds!




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Hmm, well I'd definitely say I'm in airplane right now...



Simply put, I crashed on this flight. Err, slept really hard... I didn't wake up till we began our approach into Fairbanks. A nice, lovely snooze. I heard that we passed Denali and had a great view of it...but was that possible? It didn't seem like it'd correlate with our flight plan. Hmm...


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Approach into Fairbanks...




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Classic Alaskan wilderness




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Another reason I love flying into Alaska is for the insanely cool approaches that weave you through mountains and what-not, and runways that are so short that really hard landings with tons of brakes and full reversers are inevitable. To me that's thrilling and exciting stuff. Unfortunately, our landing this time was smooth as silk, in fact I didn't even feel it. It was smooth, there was hardly and lurching or jerking around. It was an excellent landing.  

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Alaska pilots: Quit being so damn good...




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Classic! Another reason I love traveling up to Alaska




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Fairbanks terminal. Not huge, but very nice and architecturally sound.



We taxiied to Gate 2 and deplaned. I called my Dad to let him know that I was in Fairbanks.


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Turning to the gate.




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Our plane!



But you know, I figure my chances at getting First Class are still good, right? I mean, Coach is still very empty, and First Class is totally empty. There probably won't be many upgrades and I should be fine.  

Until suddenly...

"Ladies and Gentlemen, we do have First Class available on this flight..."

Shhhhhhh, quiet lady!

"...for those of you that would like to upgrade for only $100..."

I said QUIET! I'm trying to get First Class here! Sheesh!

"...we still have First Class available!"

Stop, stop it!!! Please, I'll do anything. I'll put on a monkey suit and dance for you if you want, just keep FC on the down-low!

And right as I'm thinking that, exactly 8 people walk up to the podium. The total amount of First Class available on the aircraft? 12 seats. The total amount requested by people upgrading...exactly 12.

NOOOOOOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoooooooooo!!!!

I would've gotten on FC if it were a 737-800. I would've gotten on if that gate agent had any respect for us Non-revs. I mean seriously, we're the most important customer, amiright? The passengers just comfortably EXPECT service and EXPECT to get onboard. Us nonrevs are cruelly forced to wear out our nerves struggling to get a seat. We're the ones doing all the work here!

There's only one logical answer: this is one big conspiracy against non-revs like me. They intentionally gave me a smaller aircraft so they could toy with my fragile little mind...it's a conspiracy I tell ya!

...or they just want to...you know...make money...



No respect!



It's not fair. It's just not fair.  

*sob*


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Alaska, eh? More like Harass-ka...cause...you know...they're always harassing us non-revs.......ya know? I said think about it!



And then I get my seat assignment. Ha, whaddya know, I get the same seat I sat in last time. 9D

So I mosey my way down the jetway...I don't know what kind of cruel act I did to deserve this punishment. I mean, a guy like me deserves first class, ya know? I can't sit in back, in "Coach" with the, ahem, peasants! I'm not cattle! I deserve to sit up front with my fellow astute snobs, and spend all day drinking overpriced booze and using $100 bills as toliet paper! I deserve it, honest!

I once helped an old lady cross the street a long time ago, and it wasn't because I was hoping her dementia would result in excessive monetary payment...not entirely anyway...well okay maybe that was part of the reason, but still! You know? When I go to the movies, I don't spike up my hair into a mohawk so that the people behind me can't see. And when I get seat assignments on airplanes I don't ever complain! See, I'm the good guy here, honest!

This is cruel and unusual punishment, I say!



I can't ride with these....things.....they're like mooing or something!




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Walking down the jetway...



Fairbanks (FAI) to Seattle (SEA)
Alaska Airlines 122
737-700
4:40pm departure
N622AS
Seat: 9D (same seat)
Gate: 2
April 1st, 2010


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Look at that dastardly Eskimo. He's smiling because he wants you to feel pain...



But then I notice...

Woah woah woah! Hold up now!

The boarding door closes......and I still have this whole row to myself! A whole row! No way!!

Alaska Airlines, you're my FAVORITE airline ever. Bar none! I would never say anything bad about you ever. Not in a million years!
What's that you say...? Oh, pish posh, I wasn't REALLY complaining! It was all a joke, an April Fool's Joke...see? See? That's what makes it sooo funny! I would NEVER EVER complain!


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I love you Alaska. You're the best airline ever...



So we taxiied out to the runway and prompty took off over Fairbanks.


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This could almost be monochrome...




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Under the clouds...Alaska, you're still my favorite airline!



I got pretty hungry, so I opted to purchase a Cheeseburger buy-on-board meal...then I said why the heck not and shelled out $6 for a DigEplayer.


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Alaska, I love you even if you only seem to serve Cheeseburgers, Cheeseburgers and more Cheeseburgers as BOB on every evening flight.



I sort of went into idle contemplation mode on this flight. To me, this is what makes flying flying. This is another element besides weather that causes me to go on ridiculous excursions like these. Because what better place to sit back, and meditate and think about life than at 35,000 feet?

That incredible sense of idle contemplation...

Thinking about life. Thinking about friends, and family. About love and happiness. About hate, and grudges. About jobs, careers, and philosophizing on a fulfilled life. Looking from above the clouds at the ground below. Examining our cities and towns, and streets and roads. Gazing at nature's wonderful creations. Monstrous mountains and heavenly waters. Thunderclouds and lazy cirrus wisping across the sky.

Amazing. Truly amazing.

It's why I fly.  

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I don't think a comment is necessary for the above shots...



We started our descent into Seattle. By now it had approached night time. So far thi


User currently offlineSHAQ From Panama, joined Jun 2007, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 19780 times:

Quoting Airport (Reply 14):
'll ride in the freaking cargo hold!

hmmm ... do you want to DEADhead to Hawaii ?  
Quoting Airport (Reply 14):
Gate area...I think I'm one of the very very very very very very very few that loves the D gates.

One word , Dark ! How can you like this gates lol!

Quoting Airport (Reply 14):
"Oh, I guess you won't have time to make sweet love to me."

When I read this , I was aware you were joking  
Quoting Airport (Reply 14):
I probably looked like this, except a little bit more nerdy...

Buahahaa ! Hey ... how are alaskans girls ? Or you were only flying?

Parfait ! Congrats ! Your writing style is amazing
Edit for typo

[Edited 2010-04-07 19:05:31]


Studying hard, for flying right!
User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 19772 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 2):
I've only read half of it and I'm pissing myself with laughter

I love your writing style, and it's a great report.

Thank you!! 
Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 3):
Solid TR, Like the Q400 pics it is my favorite aircraft...

Thank you as well! I agree the Q400 is definitely one of my favorites, and perhaps also most frequently flown type, as I fly QX so frequently.

Quoting jeffrey1970 (Reply 4):
I love landing in Fairbanks. However, I love landing in Anchorage more so because of the emerald green water and the mountains. Alaska is such a spectacular state.

Oh absolutely. Everytime I fly up to Alaska, it never ceases to amaze me just how jaw-dropping the scenery is. It's breathtaking in so many ways, whether its the desolate flat landscapes of Prudhoe Bay and Barrow, or the lush evergreen forests near Anchorage, or the heavenly mountains along the inside passage.

Quoting UAL757 (Reply 5):
Alaska is also my favorite airline, and I must say, your pictures are incredible of all the AS aircraft (and the other pictures too)! I've read this maybe three times now, and I laugh a bit more each time. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I never sit far back enough to see the wing, and I've never realized how dirty AS keeps the wings! Shame...

Great writing. Great pictures. Great trip. Nice job & keep it up!

Thank you so much!!! I think these photos came out better than in any other trip I've taken, and that's always been my achille's heel with Trip Reports, so I appreciate the compliments.  
Quoting SpdBrdConcorde (Reply 6):
Great trip report...Excellent

Thank you! 
Quoting stratosphere (Reply 7):
LOL..Man I can relate as a former non-rever.. But now that I pay for my tickets I have to admit it is a good revenue maker for the airlines I bet. Thats why I usually always fly AirTran with most upgrades at 49 dollars I always pay to upgrade. Got too spoiled back in the day flying F/C.

Wait a second...what? You mean people actually...pay to fly? Like pay money?  

LOL, just kidding, I'm a spoiled little brat, yes, but not that spoiled. Thank you for the compliments! 
Quoting coopdogyo (Reply 8):
Great Trip report. I am also writing an AS trip report to Hawaii. I even got upgraded to first class for the flight back tomorrow. At least you didn't go to Hawaii or we could have had the same trip report.

Ooh, I look forward to reading! I love reading about Alaska's F product to Hawaii, as I'm dying to try it!  
Thank you for the kind words!  
Quoting buck3y3nut (Reply 10):
Have you tried www.tinypic.com? It's worked for me in the past just fine...
Thanks for the wonderful report. It was nice reading this entertaining report in the early stages of my work day!!!

I tried Picasa first, and that seems to be working great, but if that has a bandwidth issue, then I'll check out tinypic.com. Thanks for the tip, and for the wonderful compliments! Glad to add some humor to the work day  
Quoting CARST (Reply 11):
Good report ... like the long stories...



Regarding the pics:
A saw people using Googles Picasa online service working well for trip reports. Perhaps uploading them there could help you...

>>> http://picasaweb.google.com

Thank you! I did try Picasa and all seems to be working great. I'll use that next time as well.  
Quoting tarunkashyap14 (Reply 12):
Hey, enjoyed your trip report.
must say the best writing style ever seen on a.net...
Try picasa online service, it must work.

Thank you so much!

Quoting mtaabq (Reply 13):
Good day to you, Sir.

My sweet Lord in heaven that has to be the BEST trip report I've read here in a long time.

(Now don't all you other A*Nutters get your panties in a wad; EVERY trip report is good but -- COME ON! This guy's a freakin' genius!)

Your writing style is amazing and your pictures are sublime.

I don't know that anything else needs to be said; I could use every superlative I know and still not be able to adequately convey how humorous I find, and how impressed I am with, this TR.

May you be blessed with boobies and beer aplenty.

With the utmost of respect and affection, I am,

Your Humble Servant,

Mike
a/k/a mtaabq

HAHA!! Wow, well, sir, I am humbled and amused.  

Seriously, thank you so much! Hahaha, what a compliment!! 

I am currently in the process of writing Part II, so look for it in a few days.  

Cheers!
Anthony/Airport


User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 19771 times:

Quoting SHAQ (Reply 15):
hmmm ... do you want to DEADhead to Hawaii ?

LOL!

Quoting SHAQ (Reply 15):
One word , Dark ! How can you like this gates lol!

Like I say, because I'm certifiably insane. 

Actually, I used to transit the D gates as a kid all the time, so it might just be part nostalgia. Though I dunno, I think the D gates are nice and cozy.  
Quoting SHAQ (Reply 15):
Buahahaa ! Hey ... how are alaskans girls ? Or you were only flying?

I was only flying, ohh, but I do have a tale of an Alaskan girl I saw onboard SEA-ANC (which will be in the next part). I'll elaborate on that further.  

Cheers!
Anthony/Airport


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5510 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 19671 times:

Awesome sense of humor. Finally a trip report where I am engaged the entire time!

User currently offlineCanadianDC10 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 346 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 19405 times:

hahah what a wonderful trip report!! You are hilarious. I laughed a bunch of times.

User currently onlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 19380 times:

Ab-so-lute-ly the best trip report ever, you've made my day . Nice gals to catch attention at the beginning   .


WARNING! The post above should be taken with a grain of salt! Furthermore, it may be slightly biased towards A.
User currently onlinesunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2038 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 18391 times:

Dude all those photos and not one of a galley? What kind of sicko are you? What about the rest of us who want to see galleys. Throw a brother a bone.

Very good TR. But.....THAT PHOTO OF THE GUY !!! Your camera didn't break. Not the old dude, but the young dude.

BTW welcome to my reps. list.



Just an MSPAVGEEK
User currently offlineflyorski From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 17381 times:

Great TR!! I must say I am impressed, I have not read a TR this funny in a long long while. Keep these TRs coming, this is GREAT!!


"None are more hopelessly enslaved, than those who falsly believe they are free" -Goethe
User currently offlineHorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 807 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 17127 times:

Amazing TR! It made my day! I actually laughed so hard. Great job!   

Devon



Flying high on the Wings of the Great Northwest!
User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2558 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 14139 times:

Quoting Airport (Thread starter):
Please! Please! Take me with you! I'll do anything, I'll ride in the freaking cargo hold!

Excellent trip report! Speaking as a pilot for HA, if you ever do decide to fly on us, let me know! I'll try and give you the $2 tour before we go. Just don't go in the cargo hold - all that knocking on the floor while you're trying to get out of the basement may disturb the passengers above.  

HAL



One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.
User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 25, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 13406 times:

Oh my! I just realized I have not posted Part II yet!

Thank you all for the wonderful comments, and thank you HAL for bringing this thread back up to the top and reminding me! If I fly HA in the near future *cross fingers*, I'll definitely let you know.  

As for part deux, I will get on that immediately!  

Cheers!
Anthony/Airport


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