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USA 2013 Pt 4: Heading South On A Mad Dog ORD-MCO  
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7650 times:


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Maps generated by theGreat Circle Mapper -copyright © Karl L. Swartz.


This is the fourth of a five part series covering my trip to the USA back in April of 2013. So far I’ve travelled from my home airport, London Heathrow, to Paris Orly and then from Paris deGaulle, back to London Heathrow, across the pond to Washington, and then to Chicago where part 3 left off. If you’ve missed the previous parts, they can be found here:

USA 2013 Pt 3: Almost A Disaster With AA DCA-ORD (by jwhite9185 May 29 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 2: BA A320/744 WTP CDG-LHR-IAD (by jwhite9185 May 14 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 1: The Beginning BA LHR-ORY (by jwhite9185 Apr 20 2013 in Trip Reports)

Related videos for this part:

Departure from ORD: http://youtu.be/Od4eJHsZ5Mg
Arrival into MCO: http://youtu.be/TspnUY2YVSY

This part will cover my flight with American Airlines down to Orlando, where I have family. Luckily this sector wasn’t anywhere near as stressful as experienced in part three, although it still wasn’t without trouble.

As the flights that BA gave me on the original booking got me into Orlando a little later than wanted, I booked this sector separately through the AA website.

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A pricey £125 later, and I was all set. The most appealing factor for me on this sector was the fact it was scheduled to be operated by the MD-80, a type that I had logged before, but not for well over 20 years. So I was long overdue getting re acquainted.

Check in via the AA app was a pretty smooth process – while waiting in line for the elevator at the Willis Tower!

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The day started more abruptly than anticipated, due to a fire alarm going off in the hotel. I know I wanted a wake up call, but something a bit subtler would have been more suited. I don’t think I’ve packed up and got dressed quicker in my life…


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I checked out of the hotel at just before 08:30, again a little earlier than I wanted, but as I was up I figured I’d grab some breakfast at the airport. I caught the shuttle over to terminal 3, arriving at a wet terminal around ten minutes later.



Once at a wet terminal, I headed inside to grab my souvenir boarding pass.


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I then went to a ticket agent and to tried and get some sort of printed confirmation of my upcoming flights, so I can avoid the issues experienced on my previous sector. Once again, the agent confirmed that everything was as it should be, and even managed to reserve me window seats for all flights. As far as I was aware, BA had done this for me (twice) but for some reason either BA hadn’t told AA or AA just wasn’t listening. There really are some communication issues between the two…



Once this was sorted, it was through security. Due to my BA status I was entitled to use the fast track – again, something that AA gives which BA don’t. Around five minutes later, I was through and headed off for a heart attack on a plate.


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Bit of history in the food court


Once breakfast was done, I was free to roam T3 for the next hour or so.


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Eventually, I headed down to gate H16 where my flight would now be departing from. Once I arrived, there wasn't an aircraft on stand, so I stood watching the various movements.


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Still the MD80!


At 10:20, the ground staff announced that due to the earlier bad weather there would be a slight delay. Firstly due to not having an aircraft and secondly due to not having a crew. Luckily I wasn't in a rush, as a few minutes later the gate agent announced a further delay due to the aircraft being in a hold above ORD. As I had a decent view, I didn’t mind too much.


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Was this our jet?


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Around five minutes prior to departure, the ground staff were on again, this time saying the aircraft that was planned to operate our flight had been diverted Milwaukee, due to not having enough fuel to hold above Chicago, and that they didn't know what the plan was now - weather it was to wait for the original plane, find us a new one or cancel the flight.

A few moments later, the guy on the desk was on the PA again, saying he didn't know what was going on and that he had 'go do something else now', and with that everybody was left to fend for themselves. Once more, pretty poor customer service from AA, at least from the ground staff. I sat and waited for a while before going for a wonder once more.



A few minutes later the new gate, H8, was announced.



The remaining time was spent getting various email, app and PA updates from AA - mostly informing me that departure time was being pushed back.
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And watching the various AA movements.



At 12:50, the new ground agents said that the aircraft still hadn't left Milwaukee, so a 13:15 departure wasn't looking likely, although there wasn't any official word saying otherwise. A couple of minutes after this, they were back on saying that the aircraft had now departed and was due onto stand at 13:15 - and that despite no official updates coming from upstairs, it's likely to be around 30-40 minutes after the aircraft arrives before we can depart. I could see for myself what was going on though:


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At 13:20, it was finally announced that our aircraft had landed, and we were given a departure time of 14:05. Even so, it still took quite a while for an aircraft to arrive on to stand.

Finally, at just before 13:40 N433AA pulled on to stand, delivered in 1987 - so nice and retro!



A pretty quick turn around followed and boarding was finally called at 14:00.



Due to my priority AAccess I was one of the first to board, although due to a lot going on around it was a little hard to hear the boarding procedure.


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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7686 times:


AA1872
ORD-MCO
8th April 2013
MD83 / N433AA
Seat: 24A / Main Cabin
Scheduled: 10:55/14:30
Off Stand: 14:21
On Stand: 17:49




Once onboard, I found the legroom pretty good. I did initially have a seatmate, but once boarding was complete a flight attendant asked if we were travelling together and then told him to 'jump back' as she hated seeing empty rows - suited me!


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We then pushed back, taxied about twenty feet and then came to a stop for about ten minutes.


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Once back underway again, we headed down to the active, passing a stricken friend along the way.


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This one flew me LHR-WAW back in December. Such a shame to see this.




Shortly after, we powered down the runway. I was expecting this MD to be a little louder, especially down the back , but surprisingly it was comparable to other jets.


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Once again, I connected to the inflight Wi-Fi, and today it was free of charge. Not too sure if this was due to some sort of compensation due to the delay or a special offer. Nothing was mentioned by the crew though.

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Once we had reached our cruising altitude, the captain welcomed everybody onboard and apologized for the delay. This was due to high winds in the Chicago area and therefore putting a few runways out of use at ORD.

A few moments later the cabin service began. I would have thought that after a two and a half hour delay the least they could have done was served a meal up free of charge, but it wasn't to be.



Unfortunately, there wasn't a huge amount to be seen due to the cloud cover.


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Retro overhead!


I decided to head back to the rear washroom, and that’s where all the noise was generated on this jet! The cabin crewmember was sat in the rear jump seat reading, shouted to me that the washroom was free, and I still wasn’t totally sure of what was said! How she could concentrate on reading in that noise, I’ll never know! Guess she was just used to it.



The rest of my time on board was spent surfing the net, watching the world going by and tracking the flights progress


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Initial descent started at 17:20 local, and the captain gave a brief update first off apologizing for the delay and saying that the weather is pretty good with a temperature of 85 degrees. Finally a bit of warmth after a long winter in Europe and less than impressive temperatures in Washington and Chicago.

After the seatbelt sign was switched on, one of the crew came through the cabin cheerfully and casually saying “seatbelts… seatbelts everybody”. One thing that struck me about AA over this trip was how the flight crew were generally pretty good, however the ground staff were a little indifferent.


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The power station in the distance means were nearly there!



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Pretty soon after we were finally down into Orlando international. There was a reasonable taxi over to the terminal, pulling in along side a company 757.


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Upon arrival on to stand, the crew once again apologized for the delay and wished everybody a safe onward journey. Once I had disembarked, it was on to the shuttle and through to the car rental. Thank goodness there wasn’t any immigration to deal with! MCO is probably one of my least favorite airports, as its nearly always chaos!


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As the British Airways flight had just arrived (and the fact I had booked through BA in order to get the Avios) there was quite a queue. Not helped by the fact by the girl in front wanting an upgrade to the biggest 4x4 possible but not quite sure if she actually wanted to pay for it. Around half an hour later I was out to pick the car up.

Not exactly what I booked, but I wasn’t complaining!


It was then a 45 minute or so drive to my aunt’s house in Clermont.

I arrived at her house at around 8PM, some four hours later than expected. Luckily we had been in contact while I was stuck in Chicago and she tracked the flight online so knew that I would be late, so saved me some dinner! Went down a treat, as I hadn’t eaten since around 9AM! The beer was welcome too!




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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7654 times:

The following day was pretty relaxed – breakfast out by the pool, before heading off to the shops.


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That afternoon, I headed up to one of Florida’s original attractions – The Citrus Tower.


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Orlando in the distance



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Before heading to Wendy’s to grab a burger.



After this it was back home for a few hours by the pool, before heading out to my favorite restaurant.

Yes, that is road kill on the menu…



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Deep fried alligator - yum!



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Wonder how long before this lot ends up on the menu?


The following morning, I headed down to the lake for a walk, and then went to see what the old town of Clermont had to offer – not an awful lot really. I guess the big WalMart and many other chain stores opening up a few years ago saw most of the local shops off. Still, it has a nice local feel to it.


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Town Hall


After this, I headed back for a couple of hours, watched the US version of Jeremy Kyle (you think the UK version is bad…) before heading off into Orlando and the Florida Mall.


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That evening my uncle cooked up a great BBQ by the side of the pool.



The next day I did something I had been meaning to do on my previous three trips to the area but never actually got around to. The Kennedy Space Centre. I had been before but I was too young to remember it so I could do it on my own terms now! To be honest it was a bit of an anti climax. Whilst interesting, there didn’t seem to be an awful lot there, and I was surprised there was almost no mention of the space shuttle. Although I’m led to believe this will be changing in the coming months.


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On the way back, I did something else I had wanted to do on my previous visits – go to the B52 Park at the airport. I had initially planned to do this when I arrived, but due to my late arrival, I decided against it. Another advantage of doing this was that I would miss out a couple of tolls on the Turnpike. Around the airport they are every mile or so, and the trip to the space center ended up costing me quite a bit – which wasn’t good considering I was running low on cash as it was, and I was reluctant to draw some out of an ATM due to the fees my bank would charge. Although I would later have to do this anyway…

Not bad views, but a little far away



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Car Vs. Plane


After around fifteen minutes, it started getting a little humid and cloudy so figured there was probably a storm on the way – so made my way back. In the end there were only a few sprinkles though.


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Definitely warming up


Once back, I had some dinner watched some TV and went to bed. The following day I would head back to the UK via MIA and ATL, but you’ll have to tune into part five to hear how that went!

Previous trip reports

USA 2013 Pt 3: Almost A Disaster With AA DCA-ORD (by jwhite9185 May 29 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 2: BA A320/744 WTP CDG-LHR-IAD (by jwhite9185 May 14 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 1: The Beginning BA LHR-ORY (by jwhite9185 Apr 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Comparing The Competition: BA/VS Inaugural MAN-LHR (by jwhite9185 Mar 31 2013 in Trip Reports)
Taking TAP To Portugal: LGW-OPO-LIS-LHR Feb. 2013 (by jwhite9185 Mar 10 2013 in Trip Reports)
Poland On The Dream)liner - LOT LHR-WAW-LHR In C/Y (by jwhite9185 Jan 1 2013 in Trip Reports)
A Speedbird & Titan 767 – LHR-LCA-LHR In C…ish (by jwhite9185 Feb 1 2013 in Trip Reports)
British Airways LGW-AGP-LCY 737/E190 Nov. 2012 (by jwhite9185 Dec 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
Part 2: 5 Flights 3 Airlines MXP-ZRH-DUS-LHR LX/LH (by jwhite9185 Nov 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
Part 1: 5 Flights 3 Airlines LHR-BRU-MXP In Theory (by jwhite9185 Oct 29 2012 in Trip Reports)
Cancellations, Widebodies And Iberia LHR-MAD-LHR (by jwhite9185 Oct 17 2012 in Trip Reports)
Virgin Atlantic's New A330 LHR-JFK-LHR (by jwhite9185 Sep 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Night In Amsterdam - KLM F70/738 LHR-AMS-LHR (by jwhite9185 Aug 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
Trying Out Flybe - LGW-BHD-GLA-BHD-LGW (by jwhite9185 Jul 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Day Trip To MAN (by jwhite9185 Jun 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
Nice, Monaco And The Great British Lounge With BMI (by jwhite9185 May 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
EI237/182 LGW-DUB-LHR And 2 Lounges (by jwhite9185 Apr 18 2012 in Trip Reports)
LGW-FRA-BRU-LHR With LH And SN (by jwhite9185 Mar 27 2012 in Trip Reports)
BA906/8735 LHR-FRA-LCY (by jwhite9185 Mar 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
VS015/016 LGW-MCO-LGW June 2010 (by jwhite9185 Jan 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
VS006 MIA-LHR A340-642 June 2008 (by jwhite9185 Feb 10 2012 in Trip Reports)
Virgin Atlantic 747 To BGI - October 2007 (by jwhite9185 Aug 3 2012 in Trip Reports)



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User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2443 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 7499 times:

Nice trip report and pictures! Its always cool whenever we get ORD diverts at MKE, so it was definitely interesting to read about it from the other perspective.


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User currently onlineTPAfan From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 7406 times:

Great TR!! What I like alot about this trip report is showing a different side of Orlando rather than the image of it being Disney, Sea world, Universal, and the other theme parks. You captured the nature in it, relative to its location in central Florida, and the Southern culture that can be portrayed in parts of Florida, including Orlando. Nicely done.

User currently offlinen716 From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7315 times:

Nice TR! Which flight tracking program do you use?


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26854 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7253 times:

Hey James  

Nice report and another installment in your USA series. Nice food and especially Wendys! So bad but yet so good lol..

Looking forward to the next one .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7097 times:

Thanks for the nice read, Shame about the delay...

Nice pics of Central Florida. As TPAfan said above, it is interesting to see then side of it that isn't Disney, universal etc.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6885 times:

Nice report James, picture quality comes out really good too, great colors and contrast.
AA does a good job it seems -on board- but I'm not too keen on their ground staff. Similar experience by me in 2009 when I flew them on a B777 on JFK-LHR.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinecanadianpylon From Canada, joined May 2003, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6784 times:

Excellent Trip report! Orlando is my favourite place to visit (been there twice), and I loved seeing some of the pics of places to go that don't start with Disney or Universal!

Keep up the fantastic reports (especially the takeoff and landing vids!)



Always looking for the longest route with the most transfers.
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1661 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6613 times:
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Hello J,

Very good report mate and I'm glad it wasn't such a mess as featured in your previous report. Still an extensive delay mut not too much of an issue. And you got to fly on the might MD, whic is always a bonus! You got a winning team that day: nice plane, weather an drew   

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
So I was long overdue getting re acquainted.

20 years is sure very long. Will AA's MD's still be around for some time?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
arriving at a wet terminal

Inside lol?!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Still the MD80!

I like that display with a pic of the airplane type and it even says 'Super 80'  

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
and then told him to 'jump back' as she hated seeing empty rows

Did she say it just like that? What a sense of humour.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
This one flew me LHR-WAW back in December. Such a shame to see this.

She should be up and flying again, no?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Not exactly what I booked, but I wasn’t complaining!

Lol, looks like a real pu*** magnet car 

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6520 times:

mke717spotter,

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 3):
Nice trip report and pictures!

Thanks,

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 3):
Its always cool whenever we get ORD diverts at MKE, so it was definitely interesting to read about it from the other perspective.

I wonder if there were any more that day?

TPAfan,

Quoting TPAfan (Reply 4):
Great TR!!

Thanks,

Quoting TPAfan (Reply 4):
What I like alot about this trip report is showing a different side of Orlando rather than the image of it being Disney, Sea world, Universal, and the other theme parks. You captured the nature in it, relative to its location in central Florida, and the Southern culture that can be portrayed in parts of Florida, including Orlando. Nicely done.

So much more to that area other than just the parks. Shame the hordes of tourists generally don't get to see it. Although if they did start venturing out, no doubt the unspoilt areas will become touristy too.

n716,

Quoting n716 (Reply 5):
Which flight tracking program do you use?

That was the FlightRadar24 iPad app.

Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Nice report and another installment in your USA series.

Cheers,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Nice food and especially Wendys! So bad but yet so good lol..

Indeed!

aflyingkiwi,

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 7):
Thanks for the nice read

No problem,

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 7):
Shame about the delay...

True, but could have been so much worse. At least I didn't have a connection to make.

Eric,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
Nice report James, picture quality comes out really good too, great colors and contrast.

Thanks,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
AA does a good job it seems -on board- but I'm not too keen on their ground staff. Similar experience by me in 2009 when I flew them on a B777 on JFK-LHR.

A common theme I noticed with all of my AA flights on this trip.

canadianpylon,

Quoting canadianpylon (Reply 9):
Excellent Trip report!

Thank you.

Quoting canadianpylon (Reply 9):
Orlando is my favourite place to visit (been there twice), and I loved seeing some of the pics of places to go that don't start with Disney or Universal!

I did drive around the Disney complex on my way back to MCO. Such a tacky area! Shame most people associate Orlando with theme parks and not much else.

Quoting canadianpylon (Reply 9):
Keep up the fantastic reports (especially the takeoff and landing vids!)

Plenty more trips to write up and plenty more to come! Videos too..

Hi Nils,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
Very good report mate

Cheers,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
I'm glad it wasn't such a mess as featured in your previous report.

Me too - I'd take a 2.5 hour delay over that mess every time!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
Still an extensive delay mut not too much of an issue.

Exactly. Got a little boring in the end though - if I'd known a bit earlier, I would have paid the $50 to visit the Admirals Club.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
And you got to fly on the might MD, whic is always a bonus!

Yes, although I have got another scheduled not so long from now.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
20 years is sure very long.

I still vaguely remember it though - DL between CVG and TPA.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
Will AA's MD's still be around for some time?

I think they will be disappearing but with 180 odd of them, no doubt it wont be a quick process.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
Inside lol?!

Wouldn't have surprised me!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
I like that display with a pic of the airplane type and it even says 'Super 80'

Shame they couldn't put the reg on too! Noticed a similar thing at DCA but not MCO a few days later.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
Did she say it just like that? What a sense of humour.

Those were her exact words! It was the same cabin attendant that came through the cabin casually announcing seat belts on descent.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
She should be up and flying again, no?

By now yes.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
Lol, looks like a real pu*** magnet car

I did get more than a couple of 'nice car' comments from people in the toll booths and the petrol station! The 15mpg i got would put me off owning one though!



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User currently offlineFallap From Denmark, joined Jan 2009, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6282 times:

Great trip report! It's always nice to see the old MD80's flying   I'm surprised that they've "bothered" with installing WIFI, since the MD80's (sadly) won't stick around much longer.

And why were you sad about seing that LOT 787?  


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 13, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6050 times:

Hi James,

another good report with nice pictures! I visited Orlando 20 years ago and really liked it.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):

Finally, at just before 13:40 N433AA pulled on to stand, delivered in 1987 - so nice and retro!

And probably gone soon...flew on AA's MD-82 some years ago, was a nice experience.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6037 times:

Fallap,

Quoting Fallap (Reply 12):
Great trip report!

Thanks,

Quoting Fallap (Reply 12):
'm surprised that they've "bothered" with installing WIFI, since the MD80's (sadly) won't stick around much longer.

I was surprised too, especially considering the 757 I went on a few days later didn't have it.

Quoting Fallap (Reply 12):
And why were you sad about seing that LOT 787?

Well I wasn't sad to the point of tears! Just that I had a great flight on that very aircraft just a few months ago, so it was a bit of a shame to see it sat there for all that time pretty much abandoned.

PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
another good report with nice pictures!

Thanks,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
And probably gone soon...flew on AA's MD-82 some years ago, was a nice experience.

As mentioned above, I found that aircraft in better condition cabin wise than the AA 757 I went on later that week.



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User currently offlineFallap From Denmark, joined Jan 2009, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5810 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 14):

Why did LOT abandon their 787 there? Was it because of the battery problems?


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5523 times:

Quoting Fallap (Reply 15):

Yes. There was also a QR stuck at LHR.



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5462 times:

Hey James


Great to see you made it to Orlando without any problems this time.
Good to catch the MD80 as well, getting rare! ? Nowadays I have a bunch of DL MDs logged!

Looking forward to the return


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5138 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 5348 times:

Hi, J.,

finally good to follow you´re actual part of the US story.
Also well done here, together with lot´s of local pictures.
That´s the way I like it. And also a good catch these retro MD by AA.
Watching for the next part now.
Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: How to deliver a present in style!.
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5092 times:

Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 17):
Great to see you made it to Orlando without any problems this time.

So was I, although as I booked the ticket separately to the rest of the journey, I wasn't expecting any issues.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 17):
Good to catch the MD80 as well, getting rare! ?

Well in European skies at least. I was supposed to go on one this past weekend, but it got subbed for a 733.

Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
Also well done here, together with lot´s of local pictures.

Thanks,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
And also a good catch these retro MD by AA.

One of the reasons I chose to go to Chicago!



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Reply 20, posted (1 year 1 month 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4627 times:
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Nice read and pictures James, really enjoyed.

Many years since I was last on an MD-80 but I do recall they are lovely and quiet unless you are sat near the rear where the engines are located.

The 2-3 layout is nice too, especially if you are sat on the '2' side.

Looking forward to part 5 when you get the time to upload it.

Cheers

Mark

p.s - nice rental car, in 'Hertz' yellow too!



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Reply 21, posted (1 year 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4461 times:

Hi Mark,

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 20):
Nice read and pictures James, really enjoyed.

Thanks

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 20):
Many years since I was last on an MD-80 but I do recall they are lovely and quiet unless you are sat near the rear where the engines are located.

Even towards the back it wasn't unbearable.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 20):
The 2-3 layout is nice too, especially if you are sat on the '2' side.

Even more so when you don't have a seat mate!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 20):
Looking forward to part 5 when you get the time to upload it.

Just putting the finishing touches to it!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 20):
p.s - nice rental car, in 'Hertz' yellow too!

Wouldn't have been my first choice of colour, but easy to spot in the car park!



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Reply 22, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days ago) and read 4112 times:

Nice report as always James. Seems you have your share of bad luck with AA, but a good flight in the end. Always nice to catch another MD-80. Thanks for sharing!

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Reply 23, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days ago) and read 4108 times:

Hi Robert,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 22):
Nice report as always James.

Thanks,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 22):
Seems you have your share of bad luck with AA

Thankfully, that was the lot!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 22):
Always nice to catch another MD-80.

Yes, especially since I missed out on the one I had planned with SAS last week.



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Reply 24, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4087 times:
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Hello James,

Great fourth part to your series here with many nice pictures!
Shame to see AA messed up once again, but at least you had a ticket the whole time  
Great destination pictures as well, really enjoyed them!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
As far as I was aware, BA had done this for me (twice) but for some reason either BA hadn’t told AA or AA just wasn’t listening. There really are some communication issues between the two…

Hmm, that is pretty bad especially considering they are in the same alliance. Allthough this happens a lot with Sky Team as well.. It can get quite irritating!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Around five minutes later, I was through and headed off for a heart attack on a plate.

Was this also devoured in 6 minutes?  LOL.. That bacon looks burnt there

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
A few moments later, the guy on the desk was on the PA again, saying he didn't know what was going on and that he had 'go do something else now', and with that everybody was left to fend for themselves.

Wow, he said those exact words? Very poor indeed! Great to hear the flight crew were a nice bunch though..

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
This one flew me LHR-WAW back in December. Such a shame to see this.

Glad to see they are flying again, except for the United ones 
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Not exactly what I booked, but I wasn’t complaining!

Nice car, awful color though

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Before heading to Wendy’s to grab a burger.

Wendys! one of my favorite  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Deep fried alligator

No thanks!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Car Vs. Plane

Love this picture! Such a size difference!

Thanks for sharing and hoping to read the last part soon!

cheers,

Brendan


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Reply 25, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3921 times:

Brendan,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Great fourth part to your series here with many nice pictures!

Thanks,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Shame to see AA messed up once again, but at least you had a ticket the whole time

Yeah, rather this problem than the last!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Hmm, that is pretty bad especially considering they are in the same alliance.

Different booking engines though - so understandable.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Was this also devoured in 6 minutes?

Could well have been!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Wow, he said those exact words? Very poor indeed!

Yeah, it was a case of good luck with that, seeya. I noticed that there were rebooking phones around too and wondered if you had to phone up if there were problems rather than the ground staff sort it out.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Glad to see they are flying again,

Yeah, coming through thick and fast now - wonder how long before were all sick of flying them time and time again?!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Nice car, awful color though

As I mentioned above, wouldn't have been my first choice, but handy for finding it in the parking lot!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Wendys! one of my favorite

Same!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
No thanks!

Great stuff! A lot like chicken actually, but with a seafood flavour to it.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Love this picture! Such a size difference!

Imagine if it was next to something a little bigger?!



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Reply 26, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3899 times:

Hi James

Not sure how I missed this part of your series, but great report once again. Great pics of Orlando. I remember flying on the MD 80 with BW many years back between ANU and KIN (and once with JM between MBJ and GCM), great planes they were!

Looking forward to your next series.



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Reply 27, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3881 times:

Hi Yvan,

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 26):
Not sure how I missed this part of your series, but great report once again. Great pics of Orlando.

Thanks, although shame you ended up reading it all out of order - hope it still made some sense!

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 26):
I remember flying on the MD 80 with BW many years back between ANU and KIN (and once with JM between MBJ and GCM), great planes they were!

Yeah, it was a pretty comfortable flight - and certainly something different to the many A32X's you seem to get these days.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 26):
Looking forward to your next series.

It'll be along shortly! Don't want to get too far behind, as I've got plenty to write about and plenty coming up.



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