plateman From United States of America, joined May 2007, 904 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 7598 times:
I love reading all your trip reports so I'm trying my hand at another, a short regional flight on American Eagle from New York Kennedy to Washington National. I welcome all feedback
I grew up on Long Island and now live about 10mins from DCA. I return home every 8 weeks or so to see my entire family in New York. There are many options for getting from DC-NY. Among them are multiple buses, Amtrak and numerous flights.
I usually stick with flying as if the weather is good, it is by far the quickest, if not cheapest way. Buses are unreliable, train is expensive and slow. Flying has the option of American Eagle and Delta Connection to JFK and the Delta and US Airways Shuttles to LGA. The shuttles are always way overpriced and since I despise Delta's JFK hell, I stick to AA Eagle whenever possible. I have flew with them on this route 11 times in the past 10 months. In fact I made a good friend and fellow A.netter on one of these flights once.
The flights used to be only ERD's but now they mix in CRJ700's. This is the return journey ... enough typing, let's get to the photos!
Since my parents were both at work, I got a town car to take me to the airport. We've been using the same people for ages and they are always early on time. The car was called for 3pm, but arrived promptly at 2:40pm.
I arrived in good time at JFK and got dropped off curbside at American's T8, which I adore. It's spacious and airy. As we were approaching the Europe block, security lines were long but TSA had every lane open, so it moved quickly. They were just many, many confused EU-passport holders
This is the view right upon exiting security ... wish more American airports were like this
AA has a gorgeous 'skyline of the world' mural in their main terminal
And looking back at the TSA or what you see when you make your way toward baggage claim
The terminal has a main pier and satellite connecting by underground moving walkway. This is in the main pier
First shot of an AA bird
Looking toward one of the international terminals
And more European heavies
Then a surprise ! They were filming a movie in the terminal
These are not travelers but rather movie extras standing in place for more takes. One was complaining that they were doing too many takes.
More of the camera set-up before I got yelled at. While it was cool to see film being shot, it was very disruptive as security was bossing around normal passengers and forcing them to walk in narrow corridors
I decided to watch traffic for a bit so stood in the corner and watched
United premium service B757
American Eagle jet
Port Authority Police .. do they always drive with their emergency lights on?
Always enough seating and the seats are pretty comfy too
And for those of you who enjoy them .. the flight boards
And a shot of my ERJ .. about 10 years old
Since the overheads are tiny, baggage is gate checked. JFK has a great setup with automatic luggage gates and at DCA they just hand deliver on the jetbridge.... very much beats Delta's T3 CRJ zoo where you stand on a cold tarmac and there are no jetbridges. Plus you make your way through the high school staircase
Onboard, view from seat 4A ... part of the reason I love the ERJ's is that I like an aisle seat for legroom and window seat for views, so you get both on this bird
A380's are not so uncommon anymore
Surprisgsly we had a short lineup for take-off ;... they block these flights at around 90mins due to the numerous delays. The DCA-JFK was 30 mins in air and this JFK-DCA was 45mins .... so if JFK is 'working' you land quite early
The skies split for our takeoff
We took off right after a Turkish bound for Istanbul ... gave them a big window to get in front of us
New York right after takeoff
The flight was 100% full including the usual deadheading pilots.
Now no service was offered due to 'time,' I find this to be untrue as I've been served a drink on a 35min block time and on the 30min inbound, the FA at least offered water. Here there was nothing, the FA just stayed in his seat the entire flight. Does AA have any standard service times?
Good cloud layer for the first half of the flight
But a gorgeous sunset
We then flew over I-270 and I-495, the Capitol Beltway around DC. Of course traffic was horrendous as usual
Then as we lined up for river visual I was super excited as it was sunset so the views were going to be incredible. Here is Sibley Hospital in upper Northwest Washington
Lining up with the Potomac and Key Bridge
Georgetown University campus
Kennedy Center and Washington Monument
National Mall .. with reflecting pool still under construction ... sorry for the blurry, window was not clean
Washington Monument up close
We landed 30 minutes early and there was a gate ready. I did my usual trick at JFK and my bag was first on the jetbridge in DCA. Since I was starving, stopped for Panda Express at DCA and then to a taxi. Unusually, there were no lines. The Alexandira Union Cab Ford Edge took me home.
Thanks for reading, I welcome all comments, question, feedback.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16260 posts, RR: 52 Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7253 times:
The only thing I don't like about T-8 is that it's always so dark and dreary. Every photo is like the second photo you posted. The only reason I can think of is that those temporary walls are the problem, if the terminal were to be built out as per it's original scope perhaps there would be more sunlight beaming into the terminal from the sides. Instead they have those temporary walls with the murals.
gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 2512 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5557 times:
Thanks for posting Brian!
Quoting plateman (Thread starter): Surprisgsly we had a short lineup for take-off ;... they block these flights at around 90mins due to the numerous delays. The DCA-JFK was 30 mins in air and this JFK-DCA was 45mins .... so if JFK is 'working' you land quite early
Funny how they change the format of the typeface. Some places have the country in small (e.g. France), some in caps (e.g. SPAIN) and some without (e.g. Abu Dhabi). LHR doesn't have a country, but LCY does. Funny! LHR terminal 5 has the same issues
plateman From United States of America, joined May 2007, 904 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4895 times:
Thanks everyone for the feedback!
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 1): Hi Brian, thanks for sharing! I flew DCA-JFK once, a few years ago, also on American Eagle. This report brought back some memories. I quite like the ERD, as you said the window/aisle seat is ideal!
Cheers ... it is nice for a tall person like me who loves the view too.
Quoting STT757 (Reply 2): The only thing I don't like about T-8 is that it's always so dark and dreary
Usually my flights are at dark, so did not normal that. Still more light than Delta T2/3
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3): I was there last august! You can find the report here!
That A-frame suggests it's the forthcoming adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's book The Corrections - starring Ewan McGregor in the lead role (and I think I know which scene they must have been filming if it was in an airport). It's due out 2013
9w748capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 409 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3041 times:
Cool report! When I saw the thread title, I initially thought "what the hell could be interesting about a JFK-DCA flight" - well you proved me wrong! Cool spotting pics especially at JFK - I've never flown through there so I particularly enjoyed the pics of the FIDS - very cool. Thanks for sharing!
767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 26 Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3030 times:
Thanks for sharing your experience on the ERJ!
Quoting plateman (Thread starter): Now no service was offered due to 'time,' I find this to be untrue as I've been served a drink on a 35min block time and on the 30min inbound, the FA at least offered water. Here there was nothing, the FA just stayed in his seat the entire flight. Does AA have any standard service times?
AA is not alone - When we flew "Comair" from Asheville, NC to Atlanta back in Dec 2010, the flight was 30 minutes once in the air and nothing was served.