Flight Number 1492
Date, December 26th 2010
Seat 5D Window. LF 100% full
Route-Phoenix(PHX) to Minneapolis (MSP)
Departure Time, 8:07AM MST
Arrival Time, 11:48AM CDT,
Departure gate. 23 Arrival gate G-16
Departure Runway 8 Arrival Runway 35
Aircraft. N595NW, B757-300
Flying time 2:41, at FL350.
The day began with the sound of my alarm clock going off at the all too early hour of 4:30AM. After some last minute packing, I was out of the house by 5:30 and being it was so early in the morning and the day after Christmas, traffic was light which made for a quick trip to the airport. After parking in the T3 ramp we went to the ticket counter to get our tickets and check our bags through to Bemidji. With tickets in hand and baggage checked, it was time to head to security which was quick and easy process. Thankfully, there are no body scanners in T3 and they weren't doing pat downs which was a relief. There were several flights all boarding around the same time as ours, including Delta flights to ATL, SLC and DTW and a Frontier flight to DEN. After a quick stop at Starbucks, boarding was called for our flight starting with First class and frequent fliers, We were all in First class so we got on with the first group of passengers. Just before I got on the plane the sun was just starting to come up over the horizon illuminating the beautiful B757 in warm light, The B757 is definitely one of my favorite looking planes that is still in service today. Once on the plane I took my seat and got a good view of traffic using runway 8.
Deaprting to ATL
The first class cabin looked like it was well used, however the seats were still comfortable with plenty of legroom. shortly after arriving at my seat the flight attendant came by to see if I would like a beverage, having just got starbucks however, I decided to wait till breakfast. Boarding was completed in due time and we were ready to go, We were pushed back and the engines were fired up with a bit of smoke. Once the engines were running we then taxied out to runway 8, we were number 2 for take-off behind a F9 A319. 2 US Airways jets landed then the Frontier took-off and then it was our turn to go. the engines reved up to move us into position and with no delay the engines were throttled up to full power and we were off like a rocket, Take-off is one of the best parts about flying on 757s, even a fully loaded 757-300 the take-offs still feel so powerful. Flight 1492 became airborne just past Terminal 3 and then began to climb steeply up as only 757s can do. We flew east over most of the city before turning towards the North.
There were a few bumps on our way up through 10,000ft but things smoothed out nicely the closer we got to our cruising alt of FL350, Breakfast service started while as we crossed into Colorado. Breakfast consisted of cereal, yogurt, fruit and a bagel. Nothing fancy but it tasted good. Along with the meal drinks were offered, I chose an Orange juice.
nice view for breakfast.
In-flight entertainment offered, consisted of a movie, (I don't remember which one it was) and in-flight Wi-Fi which was free over the Christmas and new years holidays.
The rest of the flight was uneventful and before I knew it we had begun to descend into MSP. We landed in a snowy Minneapolis on runway 35 a few minutes ahead of schedule and began the trek back to the terminal. After waiting for a few planes to take-off, we crossed 12R-30L and parked at gate G-16. Our plane would continue on to MCO next...the life of an airliner, from Arizona to Minnesota and on to Florida in the same day.
Once off the airplane, we had 3 hours before our flight to BJI so we had some lunch at Fridays on concourse C, after which I payed a visit to the observation deck at concourse D. Where I took a lot of pictures that I will put in the next post.
Airline-Delta Connection/ Mesaba Airlines
Flight Number 3126
Date, December 26th 2010
Seat 8A Window.
Route-Minneapolis (MSP) to Bemidji (BJI)
Departure Time, 3:13PM CDT
Arrival Time, 3:57PM CDT
Departure gate. B-1 Arrival gate 1
Departure Runway 30R Arrival Runway 31
Aircraft. N438XJ, Saab 340B+
Flying time 0:44, at FL160.
Boarding was started just a little late but being there are only 30 passengers it didn't make to much difference. Boarding was completed quickly fallowed by the number 2 engine being started before push back. We were number one for take-off after a quick taxi to the threshold of 30R. The two GE CT7s roared into life propelling us down the runway and into the air.
Video of take-off
Flying time was announced as 44 minutes and that there would be no in-flight service offered on the flight execpt some peanuts, because of the short flying time, even though Northwest Airlink used to offer service on the same flight. Right after take-off the cabin started to become very hot, the heat seemed to be emanating from the panels and continued for several minutes before thankfully subsiding. I am not sure what caused it or if it was just the normal heating system.
The rest of the flight after the heating issue, was uneventful and passed by quickly and as fast as we departed we began to descend into BJI, we flew right over the town and came around the north side of the airport before landing on runway 31 a few minutes early and after a short taxi we came to a stop at the terminal.
Landing in BJI
In the end Delta got us safely up to Bemidji with decent service and no delays or lost bags.....of course our trip home had all sorts of "Murphys Law" moments.
treebeard787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 503 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9531 times:
For the return trip we were scheduled to fly out on Jan 1st on flights DL3198 BJI-MSP and then on DL2899 MSP-PHX so here we go.
Airline-Delta Connection/ Mesaba Airlines
Flight Number 3198
Date, January 1st 2011
Seat 8A Window. LF 100% full
Route-Bemidji (BJI) to Minneapolis (MSP)
Departure Time, 1:05PM CDT Scheduled
Arrival Time, 1:57PM CDT, Scheduled
Departure gate. 1 Arrival gate
Departure Runway Arrival Runway
Aircraft. , Saab 340
Flying time ,
The weather for our stay in MN was pretty nice for the first part of the week we were there. Then a snow storm started to move in on the 30th of December. The forecast called for it to clear out by Saturday, the day of our flights home. So we didn't worry to much and just enjoyed the snow. Saturday morning came and it was still snowing pretty good and it was quite windy on top of it all, so visibility was less than a mile, not the best flying weather.
We loaded up all the bags into the cars and headed out to the airport, The roads from the lake house to town were in decent shape most of the way and a half hour later we arrived in town. By this time our flight had already been delayed by 40 minutes, nothing to bad so we decided to stop at Caribou coffee before going to the airport. While we were at the coffee shop the wind really started to blow and visibility dropped to well less than a mile.
After getting coffee we headed over to the airport, of course by this time our plane still hadn't left MSP yet so once at the airport, we decided to wait to check-in and return the rental cars just to make sure we would be flying out today, as the weather still hadn't let up. http://www.bemidjiairport.org/pdfs/rehab_project/first_floor.pdf
BJI is currently expanding the terminal building and because of this the terminal was pretty crowded, and the 6:30 flight to MSP had been canceled as well, just making the terminal even more crowded. By 12 the plane still hadn't left MSP yet and by this time I was starting to get hungry, BJI doesn't really have anything in the way of food options, just some vending machines. So I got some frozen tacos and a root beer, which weren't to bad all things considered.
the check-in area
front of the terminal.
Time continued to go by and finally they announced that the runway wasn't in a safe condition for landing and that our flight was canceled, So my dad talked to the agent and found out that all flights from BJI to MSP were full till Wednesday, so he called Delta and had us rebooked out of MSP the next day on Jan 2nd on flight 2899, which meant we would have to stay over one more night and then drive down to Minneapolis in the morning.
Sunday morning came and we once again loaded up the car, of course one of the cars had a dead battery so we spent an hour truing to get it running. Finally we got everything working and began the 4 hour trip to MSP.
Flight Number 2899
Date, January 2nd 2011
Seat 1D Window. LF 100% full
Route-Minneapolis (MSP) to Phoenix (PHX)
Departure Time, 6:05PM CDT
Arrival Time, 8:13PM MST,
Departure gate. G-13 Arrival gate 25
Departure Runway 12R Arrival Runway 26
Aircraft. N581NW, B757-300
Flying time 3:08, at FL340.
Thankfully the roads were in pretty good shape most of the drive from Bemidji and we safely arrived at the airport around 12, returned the rental cars and proceeded to check-in for our flight.
The airport was very busy, the check in lines were quite long as were the security lines, but being as we had First class we were able to use the priority line, however there was a Delta agent blocking access to the First check-in line, we approached her to enter the line and she blocked us and asked us to show our tickets, we told her that we didn't have our tickets yet and that is why we wanted to enter the line, she didn't seem to believe that we were flying First class for some reason. She finally let us by, but told us that if we weren't booked in First they would just turn us away when we got up to the front of the line....you don't say....So far it has been a tiring start to 2011.
After that, everything went smoothly and with our tickets in hand we made our way to security.
Security was relatively easy. After that we then went to find some food. After we finished eating I did some plane spotting.
After spending a couple of hours watching planes I headed back to G-13 where our PHX flight would depart from.
Along the way I stopped to watch an A330 that had pushed back.
DL619 a B747-400 being de-iced
Shortly after I got back to the gate our plane N581NW pulled up. Everything was going well at this point, it seemed as if Murphy's grip had finally let go.
Boarding was called on time and at the same time as a flight SNA next door at G-12, So the gate area was a little crowded.
I had seat 1D a bulk head seat. the cabin seemed to be in about the same condition as N595NW was on the 26th of December. quickly a friendly flight attendant came by offering to get a drink, I had a water bottle with me so I declined anything. Boarding was completed pretty quickly and it looked like we would be going home with no more issues, but then I notice that a mechanic kept going into the flight deck, never a good sign. Then the captain came on the PA and told us they were having a problem with the potable water supply on the aircraft and that it would have to be fixed. I guess Murphy had one last trick for us. Luckily it was a quick fix and the boarding door was closed and we were pushed back not to long after.
Just before we were pushed back.
The engines came to life and we then taxied out to runway 12R as a light snow began to fall. I was thinking we would have to be de-iced before take-off but I guess I was wrong as we just taxied right by the de-icing area and straight to the runway. Along the way I also saw one of the last DC-9-40s in nwa colors taxing to runway 17-35, the last time I would ever see an NWA paint job or a DC-9-40 in motion.
After waiting for a plane to land we were cleared for take off. both PW engines roared into life and life and in no time we were in the air like a rocket.
Climb out was a little bumpy but not to bad,
The captain told us we would be taking a longer route into PHX to avoid some turbulence and because of this the flying time would be a little longer than normal, he also said we would be cruising at FL340 and flying time would be 3 hours and 10 minutes. Not long after take-off the flight attendants began serving dinner, a choice of a chicken sandwich or a chicken salad, I ordered the salad and a ginger ale. The salad was fresh and tasty and was served with a tasty pea soup. The dinner was good quality, better than I expected.
sorry for the bad quality picture.
During dinner they began to show the in-flight movie, The Social Network. and free Wi-fi was available on the flight as well.
The rest of the flight cruised by uneventfully and in no time we were descending into PHX. On our approach to runway 26 I could make out the 202 and 101 freeways and other points in the valley along with the Phoenix zoo that was still lit up for "Zoo Lights" The closer we got to the runway, it seemed like we were coming in a little fast and a little high and it felt like we floated a little over the runway before the tires firmly hit the ground fallowed by full reverse thrust and braking, during the braking, several galley doors flew open and some trays flew out with a crash...It wasn't the best of landings thats for sure. After a quick taxi we parked at gate 25 as one of the only other planes at T3. After a short wait we were in the terminal headed for the baggage claim.
at gate 25
a RON Delta B757.
All in all the trip was a good one if not a bit tiring thank to the weather. Delta got us home safely in the end.
Thanks for reading my report and coming along for ride.
phatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1322 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7696 times:
Looking at some of the MSP pics, I see some low-profile jetways in use. F9 @ gate E5 for instance. Even some of the C-concourse jetways appear to be below the window lines. Were these gates mainly used for DC-9 type aircraft back in the day?
treebeard787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 503 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6685 times:
Thanks everyone, Glad you enjoyed it.
Quoting phatfarmlines (Reply 6): Looking at some of the MSP pics, I see some low-profile jetways in use. F9 @ gate E5 for instance. Even some of the C-concourse jetways appear to be below the window lines. Were these gates mainly used for DC-9 type aircraft back in the day?
They were used by Northwest DC-9s quite a lot, Some of the gates like C-1 and C-3, can handle aircraft the size of A320s.
treebeard787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 503 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4830 times:
Quoting Coal (Reply 9): Great report, especially all the pics!
However, I thought Bemidji was somewhere in West Africa. Never heard of that place.
Thank you, Yeah the ticket agent in PHX wasn't even sure where it was at first.
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 10): Thanks for sharing! I like the pics at MSP, especially the ones of N357NB as the last time I saw her I was on board and she was wearing the Bowling Shoe livery!
Thanks! I will miss the bowling shoe, MSP won't look the same without it.
Quoting jamesontheroad (Reply 11): Always nice to read about BJI... I flew in for Christmas and New Year twelve months ago; especially enjoyed the experience of arriving on a Saab.
Thanks for sharing
Glad you enjoyed it. I like the character of the Saab, Too bad they are leaving the fleet. It will be interesting to see what DL sends into BJI once the Saabs are gone and the expansion project is complete.