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ATA 737-800 DEN-MDW-DCA  
User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 24
Posted (14 years 2 months 19 hours ago) and read 3049 times:

First of all, I do not like to give specifics of my flight anymore due to security problems, so here it is. . .

March 27 I sitting in DIA's Concourse C in the center of the structure. Before I knew it, there were clouds of dirt rolling in from the west on both sides of the concourse. It looked like a modern "dust bowl". I could not see through to concourse B or see anything to the north, it was a "brown out"! The ATA 737-800 finally arrived 20 minutes late due to headwinds. This was my first time on this type A/C. We finally boarded, I sat just behind the wing with a window seat. The leather seats are a definate upgrade from the old 727 cloth.

We pushed back and headed for the SW East-West runway, it happened to be the only runway being used for takeoff due to the heavy winds from the west. Our line for it started almost at our own gate. We were 20th in line. Others in front of us included two Northwest A320's, two United 777's, a Continental 737-500 and 737-900 (first one I've ever seen in person), and a scramble of other A/C common to DIA.

We took off after only 25 minutes wait-time, just after a hold for a heavy 777 before us. Our takeoff roll was approx. 30 seconds, with a full load to MDW. WE climbed swiftly into the dusty and turbulent sky. If you watch those winglets in turbulance, it is almost enough to give you motion sickness!

We held at 17,000ft until about 50 miles east of Denver, then climbed to 37,000ft.

Our Chicago arrival was another first for me, it was my first "go-around". We were landing in a hurry because half the pax on board needed to make connections, so the atc and ATA tried to work with this. We were shoved in too tight up against another ATA 737-800, we were about 100ft. from touchdown when full-thrust was applied and we leveled quickly before a quick ascent back up, passing a full SWA terminal filled with all their makes of 737s. It took ten minutes to return and finally land. Our landing was spectacular. We came in very fast and bounced of the runway once, coming back down for another hard kiss, we applied full reverse and heavy brakes all while I tried to keep myself in my seat!

We missed our connection, but were taken care of ATA with an $8 food voucher, we ate at Harry Carry's, pretty good food for an airport. Full flight to DCA, quick take-off and ascent to 37,000ft. I got a seat over the left wing, I got to see the Chicago skyline at night in all it's splendor. What a spectacular and beautiful city! That was dreamy. On arrival into DCA, we headed south, did a U-turn to land to the north, finally dipping below the overcast with a full moon above. . .another spectacular site! We came down hard and bounced, we then sttled down once again with a heavy pavement-kissing and medium brakes. One of the FA's got on the horn and said, "We'd like to welcome you to D.C. this evening, and no, we won't charge you for an extra landing from our Captain."

The trip back to Denver was less interesting, but affirmed in me that my new favorite A/C to fly on is the 737-800. Everything about it was just the way I like. It reminded me of flying on a 727, just with more power. Yes, we had another hard landing in both MDW and Denver. It makes me wonder if the ATA pilots are still getting use to the 737-800s.

Another first, I got to see my first 757-300 while waiting for takeoff back to Denver, and that ATA livery looks smart on it as well. P.S. this was on March 30th.

In summary, ATA treated us well and was an exciting airline to fly, maybe because of the 737NG, or maybe it was flying in and out of MDW.

Regards, DIA

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User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6383 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 19 hours ago) and read 2936 times:

I 've flown 4 legs on the ATA 757-300's and I must say not only does it look great but it's also an amazing aircraft to fly on.On to another note -this past Jan. I experienced my first go around, in my case it was on an AA A300 and in my openion it was a bit scary- right before we were about to touchdown the pilot applied full power and off we went. The whole plane remained silence until the pilot come on the pa.

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User currently offlineRacers22 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 2924 times:

First of all, I do not like to give specifics of my flight anymore due to security problems

How do you have security problems after the fact?

User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 7 hours ago) and read 2893 times:

Chepos: Our A/C was silent until the pilot got on the PA as well. . .I forgot about that. On landing for the second time, everyone cheered.

Racers22: I have personally experienced some deeds done by "hackers", or "internet thieves" before. It was determined that they got quite a bit of info about me from other things I have posted on the web. Airliners.net was not involved in any way. I just don't like to take chances now. . .I'm just a little less specific for my own sake. I'm not worried about somebody manipulating my flight before I leave, or after. I'm just covering all my bases. I didn't mean to alarm anyone. Again, Airliners.net has been absolutely safe.

Thanks, DIA

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User currently offlineFrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 2882 times:

Are you some kind of big, important business person? Wait, you flew ATA, nevermind. Just kidding  Smile/happy/getting dizzy.

User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 2868 times:

Everyone just loves Chicago  Big thumbs up i gotta haul my butt to MDW, havent been there for a good month now.

User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

MDW is definately one of my favorite airports to fly into, due to the short runways, plus the houses right up to the perimeter. You almost feel as if your going to clip some telephone lines!

I remember sitting at the end of the runways in the old ATA 727s with the brakes on and the engines roaring. These new 737NGs just go like lightning, with no hold for power.

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User currently offlineCmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2829 times:

It's a damn good thing you didn't put your flight specifics, i was about to hack into your system and steal your ATA miles! your a lucky man.
DC-10's Forever

"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6383 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 month 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2829 times:

People if he didn't want to put his flight specifics lets just respect that.

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