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USA Trip Pt. 6: A Morning With Alaska: MCO-SAN  
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1110 posts, RR: 3
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Introduction



Hello everyone and welcome to part 6 of this USA trip series!

For part 1 featuring my first 2 flights on SAS’ “new” A320 please see here:
USA Trip Pt. 1: Getting Started!: AMS-CPH-GVA (by adamspotter Apr 14 2013 in Trip Reports)

For part 2 featuring a scenic early morning flight across the Alps on a Darwin Saab2000, an uncomfortable hop across the pond with Alitalia and my first US Domestic flight (of this trip) on DL please see here:
USA Trip Pt. 2: Crossing The Pond: GVA-FCO-JFK-ATL (by adamspotter May 2 2013 in Trip Reports)

For part 3 featuring a nice flight on Delta’s mighty 777-200LR between ATL-LAX please see here:
USA Trip Pt. 3: Riding The 777-200LR!: ATL-LAX (by adamspotter May 8 2013 in Trip Reports)

For part 4 featuring my first experience with Virgin America from LAX-BOS please see here:
USA Trip Pt. 4: Tryin' Out The Virgin!: LAX-BOS (by adamspotter May 14 2013 in Trip Reports)

For part 5 featuring my first experience with Jetblue between BOS-EWR-MCO please see here:
USA Trip Pt. 5: Jetting With Blue: BOS-EWR-MCO (by adamspotter Jun 2 2013 in Trip Reports)

This part will concentrate on my MCO-SAN flight.

As most of you know this series will be split into 13 different parts:

Part 1: AMS-CPH-GVA
Part 2: GVA-FCO-JFK-ATL
Part 3: ATL-LAX
Part 4: LAX-BOS
Part 5: BOS-EWR-MCO
Part 6: MCO-SAN
Part 7: SAN-LAX-HNL
Part 8: HNL-KOA-OGG-HNL
Part 9: HNL-LAX-PDX
Part 10: PDX-SEA-BOI-SMF
Part 11: SMF-SFO-ATL
Part 12: ATL-JFK-VCE
Part 13: VCE-ZRH-AMS


At the time of booking flights for this crazy trip, Alaska Airlines had just launched their new SAN-MCO-SAN route. For some reason this immediately caught my eye, especially considering they were only asking 90EUR for MCO-SAN. After booking my flights to MCO on Jetblue (see part 5), I immediately checked the Alaska Airlines website to see if the great fare was still there.
Luckily enough the fare had even gone down to 77EUR, so without hesitating I immediately booked it. Scheduled to leave MCO at 08:00 and arriving in SAN at 10:35, operated by one of their many 737-800s. I was hoping to catch one of their beautiful special schemes, but knew the chances for that are slim.


Map



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

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

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Saturday January 26



I am at the Holiday Inn near Orlando airport. After a short but good night’s sleep, my alarm clock goes off at 06:00. I have a long day ahead of me, in the morning I will be heading towards the west coast again before heading further west towards Hawaii in the afternoon (part 7). Talk about flying through many different time zones!
I get my usual morning rituals done and pack my bag. I will be taking the 06:30 shuttle to the airport to catch my 08:00 flight. At 06:25, I grab my belongings and quickly head downstairs to check out. Check out is done swiftly and the shuttle is ready to take me (and others) to the airport.
The shuttle is quite busy this morning with a mix of passengers and FAs. A 15 minute drive follows and I am dropped off at terminal A, where Alaska Airlines operates from. I thank and tip the driver before heading inside.


Check In



I head up the escalator to departures and am met with a long line at the AS check-in desks. I had checked in online in my hotel room the night before but there is no baggage drop off lane, neither is there the possibility to print out my BP at a SSK.
AS operates 2 flights within 10 minutes from MCO, 1 to SEA and the other (obviously) to SAN. To be fair the line moves quickly and the agents work very hard. Nevertheless it takes 25 minutes before I am helped by a very friendly agent.
After tagging my bag to SAN she asks if I will be flying anywhere else after that. I explain to her I will be flying Delta to Hawaii to which she insists to tag my bag all the way to HNL (something I will later regret, but more on that in part 7). After that she also insists on moving me to the emergency exit row as I am quite tall and good looking (those were here words not mine!). I thank her very much and head towards security.

At security I am once again met with a huge line and am starting to get a little worried now as boarding will begin in 15 minutes (at 07:30). Luckily enough the line moves pretty fast so in the end it takes 20 minutes before I clear security without any problems.
Assigned gate for this morning’s flight is 10, so I quickly head to the train and take it to the satellite terminal gates 1-29. A short walk later and I get a first view of my ride. It is N534AS, a fairly new plane delivered to AS on 24/01/2011:

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Boarding



BP for this flight:

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Once reaching the gate boarding is already well underway. The friendly gate agent scans my BP, wishes me a pleasant flight and thanks me for flying Alaska Airlines. I thank him and head into the jetway..


On Board



26/01/2013
MCO-SAN
AS763 // 16F
B737-800 Alaska Airlines // N534AS
07:58-10:09


While entering the aircraft I exchange greetings with one of the female FAs and head into the aisle. Once reaching the exit row, I put all my belongings in the overhead bin and get settled in:

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Fantastic legroom:

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A lot of fellow passengers were also stuck in the long lines at security as a bunch of them board the aircraft after me. Flight load will eventually be around 70% with the aisle seat occupied and the seat next to me remaining empty.
The front left door is eventually closed at 07:55, so the female FA comes on the PA welcoming us on board flight 763 with destination San Diego followed by the usual announcements. Cabin crew on this flight consists of all elder females. They can best be described as very friendly, full with smiles and going “the extra mile” for each passenger.
Once the female FA is done with her announcements the pilot also comes on the PA welcoming us onboard followed by some flight info. Cruising altitude will eventually be 34,000 feet and our flying time 4 hours and 51 minutes.

While the cabin crew perform the safety demonstration manually we commence pushback at 07:58, 2 minutes ahead of schedule:

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After a short pushback, we are released and taxi towards runway 36R:

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That’s the Spirit!:

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UPS 767 departing 36R:

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A WestJet 737 will depart before us:

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Take Off



We reach runway 36R at 08:06, if you look closely you can see the WestJet 737 departing:

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We are next, so we roll onto the runway and start a powerful take off towards the north:

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Rotate!:

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Spot the aircraft performing a parallel departure!:

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Heading towards the west:

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Seatpocket Contents



While climbing, I take a quick peek into the seatpocket and its contents. It consists of the “Northern Bites Menu”:

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WIFI info:

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Inflight magazine:

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And last but certainly not least, the safety card:

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Still climbing:

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Continued Below


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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1110 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 8133 times:
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Cruising at FL340:

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About 45 minutes into flight the crew come about the cabin with the drinks and BOB service. First, the drinks cart reaches my row. I opt for an OJ and Coffee, which is provided with a pack of “Savory Snack Mix”:

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Shortly after the BOB cart reaches my row. I decide to buy the “Bagel Breakfast Sandwich” for 6USD:

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“Egg, cheddar cheese and pork sausage with Baconnaise on a whole wheat bagel”. It is nice and warm and tastes delicious:

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After a nice breakfast, I decide to try out the Gogo inflight WIFI and purchase an hour package. The WIFI works fine and is fast enough. Tracking our flight on FR24!:

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My front neighbor tries to get some sleep using his jacket as a pillow. The jacket however, slips through and falls on my side about 10 times during the whole flight. You think he would learn after a couple times!:

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The crew do a great job at keeping everybody dehydrated as they regularly come about the cabin offering water or OJ:

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As you may have noticed there are no PTVs or drop down screens, meaning there is no IFE. Alaska do sell “inflight entertainment devices” at a cost of 10USD. I had purchased one at the beginning of the flight and finally decide to check it out:

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It has a nice variety of 75 hit movies, sports & TV shows, music and destination information. After exploring the movies section a bit, I decide to watch “Trouble with the Curve” which proves to be a great movie:

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There is not much to see outside except for clouds, clouds and even more clouds:

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Another drinks run by the crew:

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Time to stretch a bit and pay a quick visit to the lavatory which is still in good condition:

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With around 1 hour and 45 minutes to go the crew come about the cabin offering the final drinks service. This time I opt for a coke, which is once again provided with a pack of “Savory Snack Mix”:

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After finishing my movie I decide to watch another one. This time I go for “Due Date”, which proves to be pretty funny although I am not able to finish it:

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Close up on the winglet:

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With around 50 minutes of flying time to go the FO comes on the PA announcing our descent towards SAN together with the latest weather update and thanking us for flying AS. The weather at SAN is quite bad meaning we will be landing from the west, which is a bit unusual. Landings from the west only occur at SAN when the visibility drops below 2 miles or the cloud ceiling drops below 700 feet.
After experiencing a rare landing from the west at LAX a couple days ago (see part 3), I will now get to experience another unusual landing from the west here at SAN:

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Some nice landscape down below:

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Turning over the Pacific Ocean…:

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Landing



For final approach to runway 09:

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Touchdown is at 10:09:

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We exit runway 09 and taxi to our assigned gate, 15:

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We reach our final parking position at 10:09, 26 minutes ahead of schedule!:

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The seatbelt sign dings off, the front door is opened and the plane slowly empties out. I grab my belongings and thank the crew on my way out. Through the jetway I go and into the terminal which is very busy this morning. I had never realized AS had such a presence here at SAN.
As my bag is already tagged through to HNL there is no need to head to baggage claim. Instead I head landside and back upstairs to departures..


Conclusion



Once again a new airline in the logbook! I have to say I quite like Alaska Airlines. From the friendly check-in agent at MCO to the friendly and attentive cabin crew during flight. Of course you have to pay for almost everything but that is something you have to get used to when flying domestic in the US. The BOB prices are reasonable and the quality of the products are good!
Their aircraft are modern and nice. Shame there is no IFE but the “inflight entertainment devices” are a good replacement with a nice selection of music, movies and shows!
All in all I would definitely consider flying AS again and have a flight booked with them in September.

This will conclude part 6 of this series. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this report and I sure hope you enjoyed it! Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question, I would really appreciate that!

Stay tuned for part 7 featuring my SAN-LAX-HNL flights!

Cheers and take care,

Amsterdamspotter or Brendan Berkhout as known on Facebook.


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USA Trip Pt. 5: Jetting With Blue: BOS-EWR-MCO (by adamspotter Jun 2 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA Trip Pt. 4: Tryin' Out The Virgin!: LAX-BOS (by adamspotter May 14 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA Trip Pt. 3: Riding The 777-200LR!: ATL-LAX (by adamspotter May 8 2013 in Trip Reports)
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User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 502 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7928 times:
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Hi Brendan,

Nice report about AS!
It seems like a nice airline and i think the BoB prices are not too expensive.
How much was the internet for one hour?

Thanks a lot for sharing,

Cheers,
Johannes


User currently offlineTPAfan From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7924 times:

Great TR! This trip report and your previous both caught my eye because of the carrier (B6 and AS). I have always liked AS even though I have never flown them, because of the great things I have heard about them (a relative of mine flies AS alot, and he even did this route). I only wish they were at TPA, so I could spot that beautiful livery, or even fly on them from TPA to SEA. Maybe on a future trip to SEA, I might try catching them on a portion of the leg. They look like a great carrier, with the modern 737s, and good service, and I definitely want to try them. A good choice on your part 
I almost forgot about your TR featuring Virgin America. I enjoy looking at TRs with the smaller carriers such as Virgin, B6, and AS. You catching Hawaiian next? Smile

[Edited 2013-06-13 09:48:01]

User currently offlineVierB From Germany, joined Apr 2013, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7835 times:

Hi Brendon,

Thanks for your great TRs.
I have been waiting for part 6 quite a while, as me and my family will be on AS763 in 6 weeks.
It really looks nice.
And i think i will have one of the “inflight entertainment devices”, looks like a good and cheap option for AS to replace an IFE.
I wonder i they make any money from those low priced flights...

I am checking airliners.net 3 times daily to see if a new of your famous TRs is online.

Cheers,
Bernd


User currently offlineN172DM From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7605 times:

Great report! I flew with AS several months ago, this report brought back some great memories.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The crew do a great job at keeping everybody dehydrated

I believe you mean hydrated?  

Thanks for taking the time to post, looking forward to part 7!

Cheers,
Danny



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26508 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (10 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7403 times:

Hey Brendan  

Great report on Alaska. I flew them years ago BUR-SEA in F when they had big black leather seats IIRC. Loved them ever since.

Glad they still offer a decent service. The breakfast bap did look decent for $6.

You really have been hopping all over the USA !  

Looking forward to part 7 .

Regards

Philip  



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1110 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7366 times:
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Nice to see some comments allready!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 2):

Hi Brendan

Hello Johannes

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 2):
Nice report about AS!

Thank you very much  
Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 2):
It seems like a nice airline and i think the BoB prices are not too expensive.

Both very true!   

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 2):
How much was the internet for one hour?

If I remember correctly around 5USD

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 2):
Thanks a lot for sharing

Thanks for commenting!

Quoting TPAfan (Reply 3):
Great TR!

Thanks TPAfan!

Quoting TPAfan (Reply 3):
A good choice on your part 

Thanks again  
Quoting TPAfan (Reply 3):
I almost forgot about your TR featuring Virgin America. I enjoy looking at TRs with the smaller carriers such as Virgin, B6, and AS.

Yeah, I though it was about time to try the "smaller" American carriers, really puts the legacy to shame  
Quoting TPAfan (Reply 3):
You catching Hawaiian next?

Not in the next part, but a couple parts later  
Quoting VierB (Reply 4):
Hi Brendon

Hi Bernd

Quoting VierB (Reply 4):
Thanks for your great TRs

No problem, I am glad you like them!

Quoting VierB (Reply 4):
I have been waiting for part 6 quite a while, as me and my family will be on AS763 in 6 weeks.
It really looks nice.

Sorry to keep you waiting! I'm sure you will enjoy your flight and AS will take good care of you  
Quoting VierB (Reply 4):
And i think i will have one of the “inflight entertainment devices”, looks like a good and cheap option for AS to replace an IFE.

I can only recommend them! Keeps you entertained for a long flight like this one!

Quoting VierB (Reply 4):
I wonder i they make any money from those low priced flights...

I was wondering that too, how much did your ticket cost per person?

Quoting VierB (Reply 4):
I am checking airliners.net 3 times daily to see if a new of your famous TRs is online.

WOW, thanks a lot for your support, really appreciate it!

Quoting N172DM (Reply 5):

Great report

Thanks Danny  
Quoting N172DM (Reply 5):
I flew with AS several months ago, this report brought back some great memories.

Glad to hear it brought back memories  
Quoting N172DM (Reply 5):
I believe you mean hydrated?

Haha  yeah, my bad.. Dehydrated is something else 
Quoting N172DM (Reply 5):
Thanks for taking the time to post, looking forward to part 7!

Thanks for commenting, appreciate it  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):

Hey Brendan  

Hello Phillip  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Great report on Alaska

Thanks once again!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
I flew them years ago BUR-SEA in F when they had big black leather seats IIRC. Loved them ever since.

Glad to hear you had a good flight in F  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Glad they still offer a decent service. The breakfast bap did look decent for $6.

  

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
You really have been hopping all over the USA !

Yeah, it was a crazy trip!

Thanks for commenting everyone!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7121 times:

Hi Brendan,

nice and interesting to read about AS. Seems like a great airline, good crew and plenty of drink services.
I think the menu is nice and fair pricing also. You really managed to get a great fare for this long flight!

Regards
Eric



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1882 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7076 times:
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Thanks for sharing, adamspotter!

I'm flying back from Seattle in a few weeks on Alaska Airlines. It will be my first time with them - and I'm looking forward to it. Great looking service on a long-haul flight. How many drink runs? 4? Sure beats many others!

Best,

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineVierB From Germany, joined Apr 2013, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6946 times:

Hi Brendon,

I have paid like 125 USD for a ticket, that makes 5,8 Cents a Seatmile. When i compare this to a TATL leg in summer (FRA-JFK for 650USD) which comes out at 16,8 Cents a Seatmile, that really makes we wonder.
I guess they want to gain market share with the prices, hope it works out for them.

Bernd


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1424 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (10 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 6843 times:

Hi Brendan,

I am really enjoying your US series. Keep up the good work!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Luckily enough the fare had even gone down to 77EUR,

What an amazing fare for a 5hr flight!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
After that she also insists on moving me to the emergency exit row as I am quite tall and good looking (those were here words not mine!). I thank her very much and head towards security.

Staff flirting with the passengers, whatever next? 
Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Shortly after the BOB cart reaches my row. I decide to buy the “Bagel Breakfast Sandwich” for 6USD:

It looks good & like it's homemade thanks to the packaging. This is one of the best parts of your reports: seeing what you buy on the BOB (when they don’t run out!).

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
My front neighbor tries to get some sleep using his jacket as a pillow. The jacket however, slips through and falls on my side about 10 times during the whole flight. You think he would learn after a couple times!:

Some people never learn….sadly.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I had never realized AS had such a presence here at SAN.

I’m glad you said that. American aviation is not my strong point, but I would never have expected to see so many AS planes at SAN.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1576 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (10 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6782 times:
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Hi Brendan,

Part 6 already, you’re nearly halfway your writing! You really seem to zig-zag your way to the US, west to east, east to south, south to northwest. Alaska Airlines treated you quite well apparently. An exit seat just by ‘looking good’, how’s that for an upgrade. But of course, the downside of this are the minor viewing possibilites.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I was hoping to catch one of their beautiful special schemes

Like the Salmon one, that is a very cool scheme.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
After that she also insists on moving me to the emergency exit row as I am quite tall and good looking (those were here words not mine!)

So funny and a nice compliment by an attentive checkin agent   

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
“Egg, cheddar cheese and pork sausage with Baconnaise on a whole wheat bagel”. It is nice and warm and tastes delicious

Looks very tasty but why present it in a sleazy wrap of thin foil?

Sultanils



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User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6408 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (10 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6450 times:

Hi Brendan!

Great to see this part of your series!

AS looks good but too bad you have to pay for IFE. They should at least have drop down screens..... I think they were okay when I tried them last year LAX-SEA. Also they only gave me a glass of soda, not the whole can. I wasn't overly impressed but glad you think otherwise.

Very cheap fare !

Looking forward to your next part!

The777Man



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1110 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6258 times:
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Good to see more comments!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
Thanks for sharing, adamspotter!

No problem Matthew, glad you liked it!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
I'm flying back from Seattle in a few weeks on Alaska Airlines. It will be my first time with them - and I'm looking forward to it. Great looking service on a long-haul flight.

I'm sure you will enjoy Alaska Airlines! Will there be a TR? Would be great to read!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
How many drink runs? 4? Sure beats many others!

There were even more than 4, I was quite amazed by it myself too!

Quoting VierB (Reply 10):
I have paid like 125 USD for a ticket, that makes 5,8 Cents a Seatmile. When i compare this to a TATL leg in summer (FRA-JFK for 650USD) which comes out at 16,8 Cents a Seatmile, that really makes we wonder.
I guess they want to gain market share with the prices, hope it works out for them.

Hi again Bernd, wow you sure got a good fare too! I just looked up fares for this flight in the upcoming months and the price always seems to stay around 115EUR, which is still very good IMHO. Very interesting..

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):

Hi Brendan

Hi Hannah!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
I am really enjoying your US series. Keep up the good work!

Thank you very much for your kind words and am glad you are enjoying them  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
What an amazing fare for a 5hr flight!

  

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
Staff flirting with the passengers, whatever next? 

Who knows? 
Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
It looks good & like it's homemade thanks to the packaging. This is one of the best parts of your reports: seeing what you buy on the BOB (when they don’t run out!).

Indeed! Yeah, it was fun trying all the different BOB food out!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 11):
Some people never learn….sadly

Indeed...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):

Hi Brendan

Hoi Nils!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Part 6 already, you’re nearly halfway your writing!

Yeah, I'm getting there!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Alaska Airlines treated you quite well apparently. An exit seat just by ‘looking good’, how’s that for an upgrade

They sure did   

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
But of course, the downside of this are the minor viewing possibilites.

Very true, although I didn't miss much from the looks of it!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Like the Salmon one, that is a very cool scheme.

Indeed, their newest "Spirit of the Islands" special scheme is also very beautiful IMO

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
So funny and a nice compliment by an attentive checkin agent   

  

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Looks very tasty but why present it in a sleazy wrap of thin foil?

I actually didn't mind the tin foil myself..

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):

Hi Brendan!

Hi there 777Man!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Great to see this part of your series!

Thanks, glad you liked it!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
AS looks good but too bad you have to pay for IFE. They should at least have drop down screens.....

You have a point there, that would be much nicer!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
I think they were okay when I tried them last year LAX-SEA. Also they only gave me a glass of soda, not the whole can.

Not getting the whole can is quite poor IMHO

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Very cheap fare !

Indeed!

Thanks for commenting everyone, really appreciate it  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6643 posts, RR: 78
Reply 15, posted (10 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6013 times:

Hi Brendan,

another good report about your US adventure. AS is a nice airline, hopefully it won't be merged into one of the giants.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
That’s the Spirit!:

The good old colors!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):

“Egg, cheddar cheese and pork sausage with Baconnaise on a whole wheat bagel”. It is nice and warm and tastes delicious:

That looks nice indeed, wouldn't mind to try it. I bought a decent snack box on my SEA-SJC flight some years ago.

Pacific Coast Jaunt: 3 Carriers, E120, E140 & Fog (by PlaneHunter Jan 30 2010 in Trip Reports)


PH



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5013 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (10 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5789 times:

Hoi, B.,

well done to catch one more airline around the States.
Nice pictures and story.
AS looks like a pretty good example of domestic US flying.
Such a weather difference between departure and arrivals.
Looking forward to the next part.
Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (10 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5472 times:

Hi Brendan

Another nice part of your trip report series!
Haven't flewn AS yet neither, they look pretty good.
However with the lack of IFE (except for the 10USD console) would make me think twice of flying longer coast to coast flights with them! Even with that said they still look to be one of the better ones in the us.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1110 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (10 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5377 times:
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Good to see some more comments!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):

Hi Brendan,

Hi PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
another good report about your US adventure

Thank you very much  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
AS is a nice airline, hopefully it won't be merged into one of the giants.

Indeed, that would be a shame!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
The good old colors!

Looks much better  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
That looks nice indeed, wouldn't mind to try it. I bought a decent snack box on my SEA-SJC flight some years ago.

I remember reading that great report!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 16):
Hoi, B.,

Hi Markus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 16):
well done to catch one more airline around the States.
Nice pictures and story.

Thank you!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 16):
AS looks like a pretty good example of domestic US flying.

  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 16):
Such a weather difference between departure and arrivals.

Indeed, not what you usually see at San Diego!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 17):

Hi Brendan

Hello Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 17):
Another nice part of your trip report series!

Thank you very much

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 17):
Haven't flewn AS yet neither, they look pretty good.

It's about time you try them  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 17):
However with the lack of IFE (except for the 10USD console) would make me think twice of flying longer coast to coast flights with them! Even with that said they still look to be one of the better ones in the us.

Yeah, the lack of IFE is something they should work on!

Thanks for commenting guys!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 909 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4581 times:

Nice report again! Seems like AS offers a pretty good product, and that you had an enjoyable flight. Pretty neat to be landing again from the West just like at LAX, on the other hand the approaches from the East into SAN can be quite stunning. Looking forward to the next part!

User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1110 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (9 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4090 times:
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Quoting roberts87 (Reply 19):

Nice report again!

Thanks Robert!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 19):
Seems like AS offers a pretty good product, and that you had an enjoyable flight.

Both very true!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 19):
Pretty neat to be landing again from the West just like at LAX, on the other hand the approaches from the East into SAN can be quite stunning.

Indeed, luckily enough I have had a couple approaches from the east at SAN already  

Thanks for commenting Robert!

cheers,

Brendan


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