Sponsor Message:
Aviation Trip Reports Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Trying Out Southwest: MDW-BNA-HOU  
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 10727 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04831_zpse40e3a17-1_zps58dc4a0b.jpg


Introduction



Hello everyone and welcome to part 2 of this USA trip series I am in at the moment.

For Part 1 featuring a fantastic flight from AMS-ORD on a KLM MD-11 please see here:
Off To The Windy City On A KLM MD-11!: AMS-ORD (Y) (by adamspotter Jan 20 2013 in Trip Reports)

As I had a very special flight booked the next day in the evening leaving IAH, I needed to find a way to get from Chicago to Houston. All fares from ORD-IAH were quite high so I started looking for alternatives. Southwest immediately caught my eye for 2 reasons: 1. I had heard many good things about them and hadn’t tried them out myself yet and 2. Southwest uses both Chicago’s and Houston’s “ second” airports, namely MDW and HOU. Both airports would be new to the log.
With this in mind I paid a visit to Southwest’s website. As I practically had all day to get to Houston and being a true a.nutter a direct MDW-HOU flight was a bit too boring. Instead I started looking for other options, quite quickly I found a great deal and booked MDW-BNA-HOU. While booking I also immediately paid the extra $10 for the earlybird check-in.
With my scheduled arrival time into HOU being 12:30 that gave me more than enough time to transfer and catch my 18:40 flight out of IAH.

This series was originally going to be split into 6 parts:

Part 1: AMS-ORD
Part 2: MDW-BNA-HOU
Part 3: IAH-SFO LAX-IAH
Part 4: SFO-LAX
Part 5: IAH-CLT-ORD
Part 6: ORD-ATL-AMS

But unfortunately all my pictures have gone lost (more about that at the bottom of this report), so this will be the final part in this series.


Map



The map for this part, thanks to the Great Circle Mapper:




And the map of this trip, also thanks to the Great Circle Mapper:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/map-6.gif


Saturday November 10



In part 1 I left you guys falling asleep in my comfortable bed at the Holiday Inn Chicago Midway airport after a great day of flying and a night with a local a.netter, thanks once again for the company Leo!
With my first flight leaving MDW at 08:10 my alarm clock goes off at 06:30, after a solid 7 hours of sleep. I get my usual morning rituals done, pack my belongings and head downstairs to check out. After a quick check out I am just in time to catch the 06:50 shuttle to the airport. The shuttle is pretty busy and I sit next to a Southwest pilot, he is headed to LAX today.
After a 10 minute ride we arrive at the main terminal. I grab my suitcase, tip the driver and head inside the building.


Check In



Inside, the terminal is quite busy this morning. As I had already done the earlybird check-in, I head over to one of the SSKs to print out my BPs. I quickly find an unoccupied SSK, enter my confirmation number and the machine successfully spit out both BPs.
Next stop is the baggage drop line and after a 5 minute wait I am waived to one of the many desks. The friendly agent scanned both BPs and tagged my bag all the way too HOU. I thank her and head towards security.
At security I am greeted with quite a long line. The line is also going quite slow but no problems as boarding is half an hour away. In line I strike a conversation with a couple of people and before I know it is my turn. After getting a stare down of about 10 seconds the officer realizes the picture in the passport is really me and I am let through to screening. Another 5 minute wait and I am through with no problems. This whole process took about 25 minutes.
As it is getting close to boarding time I head straight towards my assigned gate, B5. A quick look outside shows you who is boss here at MDW:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04767_zps9f9d85c3.jpg

With security passing by every 2 minutes I snap just 1 quick picture of my gate area:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04768_zps5c0bf818.jpg


Boarding



As I had the earlybird I was in boarding group A, A35 if I remember correctly. At boarding time (07:40) an announcement was made for everybody in boarding group A to stand in line at their designated area. 5 minutes later boarding was called at 07:45.
After 34 fellow passengers it was my turn so I approached the male gate agent, got my BP scanned and headed into the jetway. One thing I dislike is that they throw your BP away after it gets scanned as I like to keep them, but that is just a personal taste.


On Board



10/11/2012
MDW-BNA
WN2117 // 20F
B737-3HW Southwest // N606SW
08:10-09:18


Once entering the aircraft I was greeted by a male FA and headed into the aisle. As many of you know Southwest has open seating so I looked for an empty window seat. There were still plenty left so I settled for row 20 seat F, behind the wing.
While the cabin was gradually filling up I took a look outside:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04769_zpsddc02ec8.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04770_zps68d29a7b.jpg

Legroom was good:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04786_zps62d18685.jpg

The doors were closed at 08:08, flight load was nearly full at 95% with the 2 seats next to me occupied. Flight crew consisted of 3 males, they were all good and full with smiles getting their job done while cracking a joke every now and then.
With the doors closed one of the FAs came on the PA welcoming us onboard flight 2117 to Nashville, continuing on to Cleveland. Announced flying time is 1 hour.
After a short welcome from the flight deck we commenced pushback at 08:10, bang on time:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04771_zps64150295.jpg

What followed was a very short taxi to runway 22L while the safety demonstration was being performed:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04772_zps946342a3.jpg

Lobo the gray wolf was also in town:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04773_zps3c63b8cd.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04774_zpsd113a510.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04775_zpsb822cad2.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04776_zpse33b6109.jpg


Take Off



Just 2 minutes after pushback we rolled onto 22L and started a nice and powerful take off:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04777_zps864d1cae.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04778_zps2727caa3.jpg

Rotate!:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04779_zpsf4af4354.jpg

Straight over the suburbs of Chicago:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04780_zps96a75c8d.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04781_zpsb6b17f60.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04782_zps26efbbd2.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04783_zps9d18398a.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04784_zps1077d348.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04785_zpsf992b0da.jpg

Through the clouds:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04788_zpse544ff1d.jpg


Seatpocket Contents



While we were still climbing I took a look at the seatpocket contents. First the inflight menu:
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04787_zpsa8a555c7.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04790_zps6f09ebe4.jpg

Safety card:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04793_zps46ae8659.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04794_zps90b25ce8.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04795_zpsfbb6f7f5.jpg

Sky mall magazine:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04796_zps32a84b0a.jpg

And Southwest’s own magazine, Spirit:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04798_zps1f8e136c.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04791_zps0c75fdd6.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04792_zps82faed62.jpg

Soon enough the seatbelt sign dinged off and the crew sprang into action. As many of you know Southwest doesn’t use a cart to go up and down the aisle. Instead they take your order and bring your drink on a tray. I actually quite like this concept, as it keeps the aisle free as much as possible for passengers to walk to the bathroom without interfering with the service all too much.

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04799_zps09986eb9.jpg

Great weather for flying today:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04800_zps798e9fb9.jpg

Beautiful blended winglet dedicated to Martin (deltamartin):
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04801_zps8d237145.jpg

Once one of the FAs reached my row I ordered a Dr. Pepper which was brought to me swiftly:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04802_zps20ee7a57.jpg

After the drinks run two of the FAs came about the cabin with a basket filled with snacks. Once they reached my row I got handed two packs of peanuts:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04803_zpsc26e8fd4.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04804_zps4cf000c8.jpg

Evansville Regional Airport:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04806_zpsd2bfa9f9.jpg

In no time the FO came on the PA announcing our descent into Nashville and thanking us for flying Southwest:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04807_zpsaf103285.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04808_zps15815652.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04809_zps9ceaa0ca.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04810_zps33c3f75b.jpg

Braking heavily getting lower and lower:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04811_zpsefd59211.jpg


Continued Below


26 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 10746 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04812_zps389fac2b.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04813_zps9782d852.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04814_zps47845703.jpg

One final turn..

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04815_zps3a25e601.jpg


Landing



For final approach to runway 22L:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04816_zpsfd2bda10.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04817_zps90c945d6.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04818_zps18434eca.jpg

And touchdown at 09:10, 25 minutes ahead of schedule. Well done Southwest!:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04819_zps6949fdd2.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04820_zpsb86e9516.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04821_zps4d922a50.jpg

We exited 20L and taxied to our assigned gate C16:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04822_zps0dffb86b.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04823_zpse3942990.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04824_zpsffa1c21f.jpg

That’s where were heading:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04825_zpsa553f3d7.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04826_zps7a06a7ed.jpg

While waiting for our gate to clear this company 737 that landed just after us passed by:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04827_zpsa600d0c5.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04828_zps98677325.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04829_zps1b60170b.jpg

And in our final parking position at 09:18, still 17 minutes ahead of schedule:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04830_zpsa091428d.jpg

The passengers heading on to CLE were asked to remain seated for a head count while the passengers with BNA as their final destination slowly headed out. I grabbed my belongings and exited the aircraft thanking the crew on my way out.


1 Hour Layover..



With a little over an hour to go before my next flight I decided to explore the C concourse here at BNA. But first one last picture of N606SW, thanks for the nice ride!:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04831_zpse40e3a17.jpg

Concourse C is the largest of all 4 concourses with 24 gates and a large shopping/dining area. Southwest, American Airlines/Eagle, Air Canada/Jazz and SeaPort airlines operate from here. This used to be a hub for AA back in the days. The concourse is carpeted and nothing all to special, although not bad either, let’s just call it average.

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04832_zps0fe81f39.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04833_zps97bf1816.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04834_zps478d6b5e.jpg

After exploring the concourse for a while I bought an extra adapter to also be able to charge my laptop and headed towards my assigned gate C21. Southwest has these comfortable sofas with your personal outlets spread about the concourse. I found an empty one and waited there for boarding to begin.

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04835_zpsedef384c.jpg

My gate was in the far left corner:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04836_zpsc3a866bf.jpg

The poles Southwest uses for boarding:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04837_zpsb92be449.jpg

Just before boarding I decided to head towards the gate to take a quick picture of my aircraft. N511SW will be doing the honors, a 22 year old 737-500 delivered to Southwest on 12/04/1991:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04840_zps32b8fb5b.jpg


Boarding



BP for this flight:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04839_zpsdb207911.jpg

I once again had the earlybird and at boarding time group A was asked to line-up, so I made my way to position 41. 5 minutes later boarding started, so I got my BP scanned and headed into the jetway..


On Board



10/11/2012
BNA-HOU
WN3552 // 18F
B737-5H4 Southwest // N511SW
10:22-


When entering the aircraft I was greeted by a male and female FA in a friendly manner and headed into the cabin. Open seating once again so I settled into 18F, right behind the wing:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04842_zpsf13d6924.jpg

The cabin was in excellent condition despite the plane being 22 years old:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04841_zps0f3b0246.jpg

Amazing legroom here in 18F:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04843_zpsc1ae67d2.jpg

Our neighbor N215WN:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04844_zpsaca5cd00.jpg

The plane slowly filled up, flight load will eventually be 100% except for the seat between me and my neighbor in the aisle seat. We had a short laugh about how lucky we were, great legroom and the only free middle seat in the whole plane between us!
Flight crew consisted of 2 males and 1 female all good and getting their job done, although a bit more reserved as the bunch in the previous flight.
The doors were closed at 10:18 and one of the male FAs came on the PA with the usual announcements and welcoming us on flight 3552 with destination to HOU. This plane will be continuing on to Dallas Love Field, El Paso and Phoenix. Announced flying time is 1 hour and 50 minutes.
A short welcome from the cockpit followed, wishing us a pleasant flight.

While the safety demonstration was being performed we commenced pushback at 10:22, 3 minutes ahead of schedule:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04845_zps1c92ed6f.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04846_zps5558d423.jpg

After being “ released” we taxied to runway 20C:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04847_zps1847262f.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04848_zps8a95db58.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04849_zps14775ca5.jpg

Some construction going on here:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04850_zpsa2922794.jpg


Take Off



After waiting for an AA mad dog in front of us we rolled onto 20C and started take off:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04851_zps74393756.jpg

DL 757 in the background:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04852_zps31e32de7.jpg

American Eagle just landed on 20R:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04853_zps4d170f24.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04854_zps3b6f13ec.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04855_zps192ceac1.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04856_zps3ced2b75.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04857_zps9977ae0d.jpg

Rotate!:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04858_zpsf91d0a89.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04859_zps983602f8.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04860_zps10d60f2f.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04861_zps29b32753.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04862_zpsaf5bed16.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04863_zpsc29ea356.jpg

I could sit here all day!:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04864_zps32823461.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04865_zps3b1f2bfb.jpg

Don’t you just hate it when people do these kind of things:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04866_zpsa9acd993.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04867_zps774780ec.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04868_zps93c9b20a.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04869_zps27ea7f98.jpg

Somebody is having a big BBQ down there:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04870_zps6bfa5540.jpg


Seatpocket Contents



Seatpocket contents were the exact same as the previous flight.


Continued Below


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 10716 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

The seatbelt sign dinged off and the same rituals as the previous flight were performed. First the crew came around taking drink orders and I once again got a Dr. Pepper (man that stuff is good!). After that they once again came around with a big basket filled with snacks. This time I got handed a pack of peanuts and pretzels:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04872_zpscc38a24a.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04873_zpse9fbcd5e.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04874_zps469e2de6.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04875_zpsf9955c50.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04876_zps64e0fde5.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04877_zps06d14d99.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04878_zps8d657a33.jpg

While getting closer to HOU, clouds came in sight:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04880_zps84edd5c0.jpg

Soon enough the FO came on the PA announcing our descent into HOU, expecting a very bumpy approach/landing and thanking us for flying Southwest:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04881_zps5448aafc.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04882_zpsf768999e.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04883_zpsfa06dd9b.jpg

This aircraft was heading to IAH:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04884_zpsf22f67ac.jpg

And soon enough IAH was visible through the clouds:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04885_zpscebe0063.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04886_zps28cdb4d9.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04887_zps44d7cfba.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04888_zps9ebf747d.jpg

Heavily breaking and a sharp right turn, turbulence was quite moderate too as expected:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04889_zps6b12d96c.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04890_zpsc68453f5.jpg

One last left turn..

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04891_zps62cc8029.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04892_zps9c02877b.jpg


Landing



For final approach to runway 12:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04893_zps089f875c.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04894_zps80d2d094.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04895_zps365b98e0.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04896_zps0029156c.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04897_zps6e98abc1.jpg

Crossing runway 17:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04898_zps31eaaa4c.jpg

And touchdown at 12:09, 21 minutes ahead of schedule:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04899_zps42b5562e.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04900_zps4d2a3942.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04901_zps3bc7d10a.jpg

We exited runway 12 and taxied to our gate:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04902_zps363ab035.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04903_zpsb8486e06.jpg

Passing by the General Aviation ramp:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04904_zps78c9cf91.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04906_zpsd4ff19e3.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04907_zps9646bc54.jpg

Always nice to see a 727!:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04908_zps723c8c23.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04909_zps19132cb3.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04910_zps1f35cd57.jpg

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04911_zpsc6f2434f.jpg

And in our final parking position at 12:13, 17 minutes ahead of schedule. Well done Southwest!:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/DSC04912_zps422bbbd9.jpg

All passengers continuing on to one of the other destinations were asked to remain seated while I (and other passengers) grabbed my belongings, thanked the crew and headed out into the nice HOU terminal. From here I headed straight to the baggage claim to retrieve my bag which came out quickly.


Conclusion



These were my first two experiences with Southwest and I must say I quite like them. Southwest has been profitable every year since it was established and I can see why. They are effective and have a great service concept IMHO. Both flights departed on time and arrived at the gate well ahead of time. Another plus is that you can check your first 2 bags for free. That already puts them ahead of their US competitors.
So will I fly Southwest again? Most definitely! I like them and will consider them during my future USA trips if needed.

As already mentioned in the introduction all my pictures of previous reports and future reports of 2012 have gone lost. My computer broke down and despite having a back-up that has gone lost too for some odd reason. After trying everything possible to retrieve it I have to admit defeat and face the reality that those pictures are gone. These include the rest of this USA Trip (United 787, US Airways First Class), some more inaugural fun on British Airways when they opened a 3x daily LHR-RTM-LHR route and some more European hops. This goes to learn to always have an external back-up of all your documents/pictures. A hard lesson learnt.

This will conclude part 2 of this USA trip and unfortunately the last part. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this report and I hope you enjoyed it.
Feel free to leave a comment and ask a question, I would really appreciate that.
My next report will be on part 1 of an epic USA trip I made back in January of this year:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u441/bjb020/bjb020s%20album%202/map-8_zps4f6692e1.gif

Cheers and take care,

Amsterdamspotter or Brendan Berkhout as known on Facebook.


Previous Trip Reports



Off To The Windy City On A KLM MD-11!: AMS-ORD (Y) (by adamspotter Jan 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS (by adamspotter Dec 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa Inaugural: Rotterdam-Munich-Rotterdam (by adamspotter Nov 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
Catching The LAN A340: FRA-MAD-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Oct 23 2012 in Trip Reports)
Air Baltic, Norwegian & KLM: RIX-ARN-HEL-AMS (by adamspotter Oct 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
KLM Business To HEL + A BT Dash 8: AMS-HEL-RIX (by adamspotter Sep 27 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 5: YYZ-AMS In A KLM Upper Deck! (by adamspotter Sep 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 4: Off To Canada!: PHL-LGA-YYZ (by adamspotter Sep 9 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 3: Big Delay + JFK-PHL On DL (by adamspotter Aug 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 2: Maine! + BOS-JFK On DL In Y (by adamspotter Aug 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 1: Delta Long Haul: AMS-BOS In Y (by adamspotter Aug 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
Spotting Pics + My Journey Back Home On Swiss In C (by adamspotter Jun 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
Weekend Spotting Trip To Zurich On Edelweiss In C (by adamspotter Jun 25 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Heathrow Via Munich + Lounges (by adamspotter Jun 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
Business Class To Manchester On KLM (by adamspotter May 6 2012 in Trip Reports)
To LGW Via FRA + Spotting At FRA (by adamspotter May 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Toronto For The Weekend Pt. 2: YYZ-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Apr 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Toronto For The Weekend Pt. 1: AMS-FRA-YYZ (by adamspotter Apr 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
Another Great Day With LH: AMS-MUC-FCO-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Mar 31 2012 in Trip Reports)
Delay & Plane Change: AMS-BCN-MAD-BCN-AMS On VY! (by adamspotter Mar 24 2012 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa To Brussels!: AMS-FRA-BRU-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Mar 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
First Trip Report!: AMS-CPH-FRA-AMS (SAS & ICE) (by adamspotter Mar 3 2012 in Trip Reports)


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6568 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 10554 times:

Hi Brendan!

Very nice to see this report from your trip in the fall. I feel very bad for you to lose all those pictures.

Flights looks nice and even better that you got to fly on a 733 which are leaving the WN fleet and even more luck to fly one of their very few 735s on the second flight.

It was great to see you here at LAX and I hope to see you here again soon.

Looking forward to your next report !

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlinebufmd90pl From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 10423 times:

Great trip report as usual, Brendan.

I have never been to BNA or HOU, but, they both seem like nice airports!

As much as I hate on WN, they really are a great airline and I am glad you enjoyed them. I find it ironic our LCC's in America offer Y pax more "frills" then the legacies.

Cannot wait to see your TR on the 787!

~T.J.



Views expressed are MINE only and NOT of United Airlines, United Continental Holdings
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 10399 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Nice to see some comments, thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 3):
Hi Brendan!

Hi 777Man

Quoting The777Man (Reply 3):
Very nice to see this report from your trip in the fall

Thank you!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 3):
I feel very bad for you to lose all those pictures.

Thanks, unfortunately not much can be done

Quoting The777Man (Reply 3):
Flights looks nice and even better that you got to fly on a 733 which are leaving the WN fleet and even more luck to fly one of their very few 735s on the second flight.

Indeed, 2 other reasons I booked these flights   

Quoting The777Man (Reply 3):
It was great to see you here at LAX and I hope to see you here again soon.

It was great to see you too, looking forward to meeting you again! Thanks for everything  
Quoting bufmd90pl (Reply 4):
Great trip report as usual, Brendan.

Thanks TJ

Quoting bufmd90pl (Reply 4):
I have never been to BNA or HOU, but, they both seem like nice airports!

They sure are compared to some other US airports  
Quoting bufmd90pl (Reply 4):
As much as I hate on WN, they really are a great airline and I am glad you enjoyed them.

haha, yeah I know you dont like WN. We have different opinions there  
Quoting bufmd90pl (Reply 4):
I find it ironic our LCC's in America offer Y pax more "frills" then the legacies.

That says enough!

Quoting bufmd90pl (Reply 4):
Cannot wait to see your TR on the 787!

Unfortunately no TR on the 787 as the pictures are gone!

Thanks for commenting guys

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 10266 times:

Hi Brendan


Thanks for putting up this report, it was a pleasure to read. Sorry to hear about what happened with your other pics. I was really looking forward to the whole series.

I flew WN back in 2011 and I really did enjoy the carrier as well. One of the better US carrier (and some Euro Legacies can take an example as well). Here is my report
Losing My Southwest Virginity! (by MSS658 Dec 18 2011 in Trip Reports)

Your flight pretty much matched mine, Great job on logging the 737-500 however  .

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinedirktraveller From Singapore, joined Jan 2011, 587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10033 times:

Hi Brendan,

Great trip report and pictures on your recent flight with Southwest.

The 22-years old 737 seemed to be maintained really well. Also, from the picture legroom seems decent for the length of the flight. I would not expect these from LCCs but seemed Southwest did a pretty impressive job for an LCC.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
This will conclude part 2 of this USA trip and unfortunately the last part. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this report and I hope you enjoyed it.

Sorry to hear the unfortunate issues with your computer and the missing pictures.
But thanks for sharing your USA trip experience with us, and I enjoyed the pics you have so far.

Regards,
Dirktraveller.


User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 9926 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Hello everyone

Goedenavond Brendan!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
In part 1 I left you guys falling asleep in my comfortable bed at the Holiday Inn Chicago Midway airport after a great day of flying and a night with a local a.netter, thanks once again for the company Leo!

We had an awesome night touring Chicago on such a rare, warm night considering it was November. Anytime man, please come back to Chicago soon!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
A quick look outside shows you who is boss here at MDW:

Nothing beats walking by MDW and seeing Southwest takeoff and land!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
As many of you know Southwest doesn’t use a cart to go up and down the aisle. Instead they take your order and bring your drink on a tray. I actually quite like this concept, as it keeps the aisle free as much as possible for passengers to walk to the bathroom without interfering with the service all too much.

Seems like a great idea. You actually feel like you are being personally served.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
With a little over an hour to go before my next flight I decided to explore the C concourse here at BNA. But first one last picture of N606SW, thanks for the nice ride!:

Oh Nashville... The airport I was supposed to visit if my 787 flight wasn't delayed but the pictures of the airport are nice.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
As already mentioned in the introduction all my pictures of previous reports and future reports of 2012 have gone lost. My computer broke down and despite having a back-up that has gone lost too for some odd reason. After trying everything possible to retrieve it I have to admit defeat and face the reality that those pictures are gone. These include the rest of this USA Trip (United 787, US Airways First Class), some more inaugural fun on British Airways when they opened a 3x daily LHR-RTM-LHR route and some more European hops. This goes to learn to always have an external back-up of all your documents/pictures. A hard lesson learnt.

I was very sad when I found out you lost your pictures. Would you still consider finishing the series without the pictures?

Met vriendelijk groetjes,

Leo/ORD



Leo/ORD -- Groetjes uit de VS! -- Heeft u laatst nog met KLM gevlogen?
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1714 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9743 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Hello adamspotter,

Very nice report with plenty of very good pics. You really seemed to have the weather on your sie, as opposed to your computer crash... Southwest indeed looks pretty decent!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
With security passing by every 2 minutes

You mean agents passing by? By now you'll know that isn't without a risk  

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Lobo the gray wolf was also in town

How I like those Frontier tail designs!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
And Southwest’s own magazine, Spirit

And subsequently, Spirit's magazine is called 'Southwest'  

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The concourse is carpeted

Ugh, what a nasty motive.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Don’t you just hate it when people do these kind of things:

Too bad you didn't have a sharp needle to your disposal 

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 928 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9633 times:

Hi Brenden...as always a great report. I know you are sickabout losing your other photos! At least to got the fly the UA787. I also enjoyed that flight too!   Look forward to your next reports especially the Hawaii experience!   Cheers, Will


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9456 times:

Hey Brendan  

Nice report as always. Sorry about the loss of pics but Im sure you will take many more over this year with many nice flights and destinations. So look on the bright side !

Nice to see Southwest are still good. I used to fly them back in 1994-1995 when I lived in BUR. They were good back then too.

Anyway looking forward to the next trips  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 508 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9376 times:

Hi Brendan,

Great report about Southwest!
After reading your report, I think they might even be better than the legacy carriers, who charge a little fortune on some routes!
Interesting point for your short layover!

Thanks a lot for sharing and cheers,
Johannes


User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9320 times:

Nice report; too bad about your pictures, though  

I just bought a ticket on WN; LAS-DEN. I have a trip planned DEN-LAS-DEN on UA, but a work commitment came up so I needed to come home sooner. The $150 change fee plus a higher fare added up to $220 or so to stay on UA, so I grabbed a ticket on WN for $85. I haven't flown WN since 1995 so it will be interesting - maybe I will do a report as well.


User currently offlinemxp From Italy, joined Aug 2003, 456 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9286 times:

Hi
Nice TR thanx as im going to fly WN for the first time too next month in my USA trip and seems a good airline.
Im sorry fou your photos. Happened to mee too last october when my external hard disk went on the floor. I had only one copy of my photos but fortunately except practically all my life of airplane spotter i was able to retrieve all other photos.

Alberto


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 9094 times:

Hoi, B.,

superb pictures and really nice weather to fly around. Southwest looks like good this way.
Especially interesting with me while I was inbound HOU also last week, but you know!.
Such a shame that the further pics are gone.
Hope to see anyway something more soon.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Capital travel on schedule!.
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9036 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Nice to see more comments, thanks a lot!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Hi Brendan

Hi Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Thanks for putting up this report, it was a pleasure to read.

Thank you, am glad you liked it

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Sorry to hear about what happened with your other pics.

Yeah, a real shame but oh well a hard lesson learnt  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
I was really looking forward to the whole series.

I was looking forward to making it! Nevertheless the start of an epic trip will be next!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
I flew WN back in 2011 and I really did enjoy the carrier as well. One of the better US carrier (and some Euro Legacies can take an example as well). Here is my report

I remember reading your nice report!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Your flight pretty much matched mine, Great job on logging the 737-500 however

  

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 7):
Hi Brendan

Hi dirktraveller

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 7):
Great trip report and pictures on your recent flight with Southwest.

Thank you very much!

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 7):
The 22-years old 737 seemed to be maintained really well.

It sure was!

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 7):
I would not expect these from LCCs but seemed Southwest did a pretty impressive job for an LCC.

Indeed, not much shows that Southwest is a LCC

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 7):
Sorry to hear the unfortunate issues with your computer and the missing pictures.
But thanks for sharing your USA trip experience with us, and I enjoyed the pics you have so far.

Thanks once again!

Quoting LFutia (Reply 8):
Goedenavond Brendan!

Goedenavond Leo!

Quoting LFutia (Reply 8):
We had an awesome night touring Chicago on such a rare, warm night considering it was November. Anytime man, please come back to Chicago soon!

We sure did, hope to get back to Chicago this year  
Quoting LFutia (Reply 8):
Nothing beats walking by MDW and seeing Southwest takeoff and land!

  

Quoting LFutia (Reply 8):
Seems like a great idea. You actually feel like you are being personally served.

Exactly my opinion!

Quoting LFutia (Reply 8):
Oh Nashville... The airport I was supposed to visit if my 787 flight wasn't delayed but the pictures of the airport are nice.

Well you didn't miss all too much 
Quoting LFutia (Reply 8):
I was very sad when I found out you lost your pictures. Would you still consider finishing the series without the pictures?

I was considering that but decided not too as I didn't make all too many notes on those flights as I had many pictures!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Hello adamspotter,

Hello Sultanils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Very nice report with plenty of very good pics

Thank you very much!  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
You really seemed to have the weather on your sie, as opposed to your computer crash...

Haha, yeah the weather was superb!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Southwest indeed looks pretty decent!

   considering they are a LCC

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
You mean agents passing by? By now you'll know that isn't without a risk

Very true!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
How I like those Frontier tail designs!

Same here!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Ugh, what a nasty motive.

haha, not the most beautiful indeed

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Too bad you didn't have a sharp needle to your disposal

That would have come in handy 
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 10):
Hi Brenden...

Hi William!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 10):
as always a great report

Thank you very much, appreciate it

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 10):
I know you are sickabout losing your other photos

Sure am, but oh well

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 10):
At least to got the fly the UA787. I also enjoyed that flight too!

Same here, quite special as they have been grounded for some time now!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
Hey Brendan

Hey Phillip  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
Nice report as always

Thank you man!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
Sorry about the loss of pics but Im sure you will take many more over this year with many nice flights and destinations. So look on the bright side !

Very true, at least my HUGE backlog got a bit smaller with the loss of those pictures 
Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
Nice to see Southwest are still good. I used to fly them back in 1994-1995 when I lived in BUR. They were good back then too.

Wow, I was 4-5 years old back then haha  (not trying to make you feel old  )

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 12):
Hi Brendan

Hi Johannes

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 12):
Great report about Southwest

Thank you very much!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 12):
After reading your report, I think they might even be better than the legacy carriers, who charge a little fortune on some routes!

I share that opinion, really puts the US legacy carriers to shame IMO

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 12):
Thanks a lot for sharing and cheers

Thanks for commenting!

Quoting kurt (Reply 13):
Nice report; too bad about your pictures, though

Thanks Kurt, Indeed a shame but not much can be done anymore

Quoting kurt (Reply 13):
I just bought a ticket on WN; LAS-DEN. I have a trip planned DEN-LAS-DEN on UA, but a work commitment came up so I needed to come home sooner. The $150 change fee plus a higher fare added up to $220 or so to stay on UA, so I grabbed a ticket on WN for $85. I haven't flown WN since 1995 so it will be interesting - maybe I will do a report as well.

Would love to read a report about your experience on WN!

Quoting mxp (Reply 14):
Hi

Hi Alberto

Quoting mxp (Reply 14):
Nice TR

Thanks!

Quoting mxp (Reply 14):
im going to fly WN for the first time too next month in my USA trip and seems a good airline.

Enjoy Southwest, I'm pretty sure you will

Quoting mxp (Reply 14):
Im sorry fou your photos. Happened to mee too last october when my external hard disk went on the floor. I had only one copy of my photos but fortunately except practically all my life of airplane spotter i was able to retrieve all other photos.

You were lucky then!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
Hoi, B.,

Hi Markus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
superb pictures and really nice weather to fly around.

Thank you!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
Southwest looks like good this way.

Indeed   

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
Especially interesting with me while I was inbound HOU also last week, but you know!.

Yes I do, looking forward to your report!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
Such a shame that the further pics are gone.
Hope to see anyway something more soon.

Indeed, have a great time down under!

Thanks once again for commenting guys, really appreciate it!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1301 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8484 times:

Hi there Brendan, nicely detailed report as usual. Just a shame we won't get the conclusion, but I guess these things happen.

Great that you got a pair of classic 737's. I personally prefer those to the NG versions - although I have only sampled the one 737NG so far.

Southwest looks pretty good too - especially for a low cost carrier.

Till next time...



A300,A319,A320,A321,A333,A343,A346,A388,732,733,734,735,738,741,742,744,752,763,772,77W,788,Q400,DC10,E145,E170,E175,E19
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7772 times:

Hi Brendan, great report as usual! Indeed, Southwest is a good airline, I enjoyed my flights with them too. BNA is an interesting choice of airport to connect too, looks like a typical US airport: carpet and low ceilings! Also great to catch a 735 with WN, not so many of them left.

Shame your photos all got lost, but I look forward to reading about your January trip!


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7638 times:

Hi Brendan,

nice report with many good pictures! WN looks great as usual, it's one of my favorite US carriers. Good to see you got both the 733 and 735. I flew on those on my first WN trip back in 1997 (ONT-LAS-ONT).

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Once they reached my row I got handed two packs of peanuts:

Sweet and salty? That's what they had back in 1997. I had a great chat with a nice flight attendant on the lightly loaded plane. In the end, she gave me a huge bag full of peanut packages (some 30 ones or so) and I enjoyed those for a long time. I also got some 20 orange drink stir sticks (with the WN heart). Some of them are left and we use them for drinks at home. Great reminder of that trip!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 7527 times:

Hi Brendan!

Nice report as usual! Southwest does look impressive indeed, I sure would like to fly with them some day.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Beautiful blended winglet dedicated to Martin (deltamartin):

Thank you very much! Nice shot!  
Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The plane slowly filled up, flight load will eventually be 100% except for the seat between me and my neighbor in the aisle seat.

You two were lucky indeed!

Shame about the lost pictures, but I do look forward to this one:

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
My next report will be on part 1 of an epic USA trip I made back in January of this year:

 

Martin


User currently onlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5090 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7423 times:

Thanks for the report on WN. It is amazing that I have never flown them, and I can live through you!

Saludos,
Alex



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7200 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Nice to see more comments, thanks a lot guys!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 17):
Hi there Brendan

Hi J

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 17):
nicely detailed report as usual

Thank you!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 17):
Just a shame we won't get the conclusion, but I guess these things happen.

Indeed, not much to do about it anymore unfortunately

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 17):
Great that you got a pair of classic 737's. I personally prefer those to the NG versions - although I have only sampled the one 737NG so far.

I dont really have a preference there, I like both of them

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 17):
Southwest looks pretty good too - especially for a low cost carrier.

Yes they sure do, you should try them out next time you're in the US of A  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Hi Brendan

Hello Robert

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
great report as usual

Thanks mate!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Southwest is a good airline, I enjoyed my flights with them too.

Yes they sure are, am glad you enjoyed your flights with them too

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
BNA is an interesting choice of airport to connect too, looks like a typical US airport: carpet and low ceilings!

Thats why I choose BNA, hadn't been there yet. It is indeed your typical US airport

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Also great to catch a 735 with WN, not so many of them left.

  

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Shame your photos all got lost, but I look forward to reading about your January trip!

Thanks, looking forward to making those reports!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
Hi Brendan,

Hi PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
nice report with many good pictures!

Thank you very much  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
WN looks great as usual, it's one of my favorite US carriers. Good to see you got both the 733 and 735. I flew on those on my first WN trip back in 1997 (ONT-LAS-ONT).

Also one of my favorite US carriers!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
Sweet and salty?

Only salty this time

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
That's what they had back in 1997. I had a great chat with a nice flight attendant on the lightly loaded plane. In the end, she gave me a huge bag full of peanut packages (some 30 ones or so) and I enjoyed those for a long time. I also got some 20 orange drink stir sticks (with the WN heart). Some of them are left and we use them for drinks at home. Great reminder of that trip!

That sounds like a great FA, of only there were more of them  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Hi Brendan

Hello Martin

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Nice report as usual

Thanks mate!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Southwest does look impressive indeed, I sure would like to fly with them some day.

They sure are, you should try them out next time you're in the USA  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
Thank you very much! Nice shot

No probs, thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
You two were lucky indeed!

We sure were!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
Thanks for the report on WN. It is amazing that I have never flown them, and I can live through you!

Haha , thank you I'm glad you liked it Alex

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6898 times:

Hoi hoi Brendan,

Who else can better enrich our knowledge of US aviation than you?  


Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
This series was originally going to be split into 6 parts:

Part 1: AMS-ORD
Part 2: MDW-BNA-HOU
Part 3: IAH-SFO LAX-IAH
Part 4: SFO-LAX
Part 5: IAH-CLT-ORD
Part 6: ORD-ATL-AMS

But unfortunately all my pictures have gone lost (more about that at the bottom of this report), so this will be the final part in this series.
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
As already mentioned in the introduction all my pictures of previous reports and future reports of 2012 have gone lost. My computer broke down and despite having a back-up that has gone lost too for some odd reason. After trying everything possible to retrieve it I have to admit defeat and face the reality that those pictures are gone. These include the rest of this USA Trip (United 787, US Airways First Class), some more inaugural fun on British Airways when they opened a 3x daily LHR-RTM-LHR route and some more European hops.

  


Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
One thing I dislike is that they throw your BP away after it gets scanned as I like to keep them, but that is just a personal taste.

What a shame! Did you ever ask whether you might keep your BP after being scanned?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
As many of you know Southwest doesn’t use a cart to go up and down the aisle. Instead they take your order and bring your drink on a tray.

I must have read it somewhere, but thanks for the reminder!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
The concourse is carpeted and nothing all to special, although not bad either, let’s just call it average.

Actually, I like the motif!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
Amazing legroom here in 18F:

It must be 33 inch!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
This plane will be continuing on to Dallas Love Field, El Paso and Phoenix.

WOW! It must be an exciting mile run!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
Don’t you just hate it when people do these kind of things:

How about drawing silly figures on the elbow?   


Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
This goes to learn to always have an external back-up of all your documents/pictures. A hard lesson learnt.

I had to learn the similar lesson as well.   


In any case, thanks a lot for sharing your Southwest experience! I would love to fly the airline if I ever make it to the US.


Warme groet,
Suryo  



Friends forever
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6373 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
Hoi hoi Brendan,

Hoi Suryo  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
Who else can better enrich our knowledge of US aviation than you?

Haha, that is true! And much more to come  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
What a shame! Did you ever ask whether you might keep your BP after being scanned?

I didn't bother

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
I must have read it somewhere, but thanks for the reminder!

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
Actually, I like the motif!

You are one of the few  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
It must be 33 inch!

Probably even more! As I am 2 meters tall

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
WOW! It must be an exciting mile run!

I wouldn't mind remaining seated  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
How about drawing silly figures on the elbow?

A lot of things came to mind 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
I had to learn the similar lesson as well.

Sorry to hear that!

Thanks for commenting Suryo and see you in a couple of days! 

Groetjes,

Brendan

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
In any case, thanks a lot for sharing your Southwest experience! I would love to fly the airline if I ever make it to the US.


User currently offlinePlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 5582 posts, RR: 28
Reply 25, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5882 times:

Good reports! I'm wondering after flying WN today PHX-SEA what the normal protocol is for drink service. On a flight pushing 3 hours there was one drink service and then nothing. In the past they've usually had two on the longer segments.

What's the norm?

-Dave



Next Trip: SEA-ABQ-SEA on Alaska
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 26, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5165 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Hi PlanesNTrains,

Quoting PlanesNTrains (Reply 25):

Good reports!

Thank you very much..

Quoting PlanesNTrains (Reply 25):
On a flight pushing 3 hours there was one drink service and then nothing. In the past they've usually had two on the longer segments.

What's the norm?

I wish I could answer that for you... Quite interested to know myself now..

cheers,

Brendan


Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic Trying Out Southwest: MDW-BNA-HOU
Username:
No username? Sign up now!
Password: 


Forgot Password? Be reminded.
Remember me on this computer (uses cookies)
  • Trip reports only! Other topics here
  • If criticizing an airline, express yourself in a dignified manner.
  • No adverts of any kind. This includes web pages.
  • No hostile language or criticizing of others.
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Use relevant and describing topics.
  • Check if your post already been discussed.
  • Check your spelling!
  • DETAILED RULES
Add Images Add SmiliesPosting Help

Please check your spelling (press "Check Spelling" above)


Similar topics:More similar topics...
RTW Pt.11: Trying Out The Whale! DXB-KEF Final Pt. posted Sun Sep 16 2012 13:10:27 by SRQKEF
Trying Out Southend! Aer Lingus SEN-DUB / ORK-LHR posted Sun Jun 24 2012 19:35:54 by shamrock350
Trying Out Aer Lingus On MAN-DUB-MAN posted Sun Jan 9 2011 15:30:37 by DanTaylor2006
LAX-AUS-HOU-MDW On Southwest (WN) posted Sun Apr 11 2004 07:34:29 by Alexchao
Southwest SFO-LAX-ABQ-MCO-MDW-SFO With Pics posted Tue Jan 15 2008 16:03:29 by PanPan
MDW-ISP On Southwest (Pics Should Work Now!) posted Mon Dec 18 2006 22:41:08 by LGAtoIND
Southwest On Southwest CLE-PHX-MDW-CLE posted Mon Jul 17 2006 22:11:34 by Redngold
Southwest: Nov 13TH, BWI-MDW-STL posted Mon Dec 19 2005 23:35:05 by Atrude777
Southwest Airlines MDW-PHX-MDW With Pics And Vids posted Mon Jun 13 2005 21:57:33 by SouthwestMDW
PHL-MDW On Southwest, Pics! posted Sat Dec 4 2004 19:57:26 by SouthwestMDW

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format