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Alaska Milk Run Part 1 (ANC-CDV-YAK-JNU), AS B734  
User currently onlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2285 posts, RR: 7
Posted (1 year 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9947 times:

Alaska Milk Run Part 1 (ANC-CDV-YAK-JNU), AS B734

Hi everyone, and thanks for reading my report (mostly) on an Alaskan milk run operation from ANC to JNU.

First, how about a little background on how this came about. Well, the previous year my parents and I were supposed to go to Seattle, but my dad couldn't make it. So, a 338$ voucher for an AS flight suddenly appeared (after paying 75$ for it). Of course, I'd use it. I quickly decided to use this opportunity to go to Alaska proper. Being interested in aviation means I couldn't pass up a chance of doing a couple of milk runs.

Delta offered a good one-way fare from CHI to ANC on the date I wanted/needed to fly there. Bought.

Then I purchased the 2 milk-run flights for $450 dollars (so I ended up paying only about $117 there).

The last flight, back to Chicago was the most difficult one to choose: I wanted to do overnight flight (aka red-eye) for cost and time savings. That left me with 3 options: DL, AA, UA (so actually only 2 options). AA via DFW was interesting but in the end I decided to do DL, as usual.

So, finally, my itinerary was set in stone. I should mention I initially looked at jetBlue's flights to ANC or a stopover in SNA to experience the take-offs from that airport, but I eventually decided it wasn't worth it, and the milk-runs would be better than trying out one of these options.

May 24th:
DL5718, MDW-MSP, 17:21-18:53, E175, N617CZ
DL1341, MSP-SEA, 19:30-21:05, B752, N694DL
AS107, SEA-ANC, 22:45-01:11, B739(ER), N407AS

May 25th:
AS66, ANC-CDV-YAK-JNU, 15:35-19:14, B734, N794AS

May 26th:
AS64, JNU-PSG-WRG-KTN-SEA, 14:36-20:07, B734Combi, N765AS

May 27th:
DL1014, SEA-MSP, 00:56-06:07, A320, N311US
DL5793, MSP-MDW, 10:05-11:35, E170, N752CZ

This report will focus primarily on AS66, with a bit of detail of the positioning flights to ANC, and a few photos of ANC, along with a short commentary.

Well, on May 24th, it was time to go to MDW, which involves (usually) a harrowing bus ride through South Side Chicago—it's never boring, so to speak, although the return bus journey was more fun.

I got to the airport, printed my boarding passes for the DL flights... Finally got my AS107 boarding pass as well, which OLCI didn't really wanna give me. I succeeded in securing a window-seat—well, that flight was quite empty in the end, so no surprise.

Passing through the priority line is always a nice feeling  Especially at MDW, where many travellers (particularly on Memorial Day weekend) probably haven't passed through security controls in years.
Soon, I was through and headed to the A concourse where DL's gates are located: A5, A7 and A10 if I'm not mistaken. DL+NW had ~5 gates at the airport before the merger, with DL then occupying the now empty C-concourse.

As time passed, I expected boarding. Once priority boarding was called I proceeded onboard, surprised by the fact that there was nothing separating the First and Economy classes. No curtain, no nothing. Very weird. Though whoever's flown Compass knows they're not the best airline around... though usually not as bad as Pinnacle (erm, Endeavour)  


E-175 row 4 legroom:


Volaris to a Mexican destination:


A private MD and Lakeshore Express' Saab 340:


Anyway, soon we were on our way. After a takeoff towards the North-East, I was treated to a magnificent view of downtown Chicago from 3 sides, and headed “North by Northwest” towards MSP, overflying O'Hare airport.

A terrific view of downtown Chicago:


O'Hare:


A somewhat less impressive downtown: Minneapolis (or possibly St. Paul):


After about one-hour flying time we were on descent to MSP and overflew one of the Twin Cities' downtowns, before doing a 180 degree turn and landing towards the South-East.

Not much to report about this segment, the standard drink+snack service from Delta you can find in countless TRs on this site.

We arrived at the F concourse and I had to hurry to the G concourse to not miss my flight. I arrived at the gate right about when boarding started. I proceeded down the jetway towards our B757 and my seat, 21A, not even hoping to get an upgrade on a very difficult route at a potentially very difficult time.

Delta's B757: seatback view from Y:


The 753 next door:


Economy comfort legroom:


I got settled in for the 3.5hr flight to SEA. This 757 features PTVs in economy class (very nice—I can see the map all the time if I want). The flight appears to be, as is often the case, completely full. After about 80% of the people boarded, an agent walks down and says my name. I answer and he answers back, while handing me a new boarding pass: “You're in First. Bye-bye.” OK, cool. I move up to First like a salmon swimming upstream. My seat, 07D, has a good view of the engine.

Moving on up:


Also, I'd be getting a hot meal in-flight... Score. I don't know how I got the F seat on this flight, but maybe the $1600 ticket I'd bought the previous week helped. On-line, I was far down on the upgrade list when I last checked.

I was asked for my choice of welcome drinks—I probably got myself an orange juice.

The 757 soon leaves its parking position and heads towards the active runway. Our pilots tell us the flight would be about 3 hours long.

In-flight view:


After a while, the first drink service arrives. Around this time we were also asked for our meal choice—between IIRC veggie lasagna and Mediterranean Chicken. No contest for me.

Apple juice and the provided water:


IFE (map, what else?):


A bit later, my meal arrived, and it looked very good. Chicken with tomatoes and olives, as well as some polenta, snap peas, a small salad, bread roll and dessert. I finished everything. You don't see that every day from me... when we're not talking Filet Mignon  

Great dinner:


Legroom is good, and I proceed to get 1hr of internet access as well as watch an episode of Dexter (I think). Time flies by and sooner than expected (or liked), we were on approach to SEA. The setting Sun offered some pleasant views of the Washington coastline, as well as Boeing's Renton airport.

Legroom view:


Safety card:


Approach to SEA:


Descending more:


Boeing's factory airport:


We land on 16R at SEA and proceed to taxi to our gate at satellite S. Disembarkation was quick but I stayed around for a bit to take a couple of pictures. I then take the small train to the main terminal, concourse A, and another to concourse D, I believe. After looking around for a bit, I find an empty seat in the Alaskan-dominated concourse C.

EVA air at SEA:


The Spirit of Freedom at the gate:


SEA satellite S gate view:


When walking around and looking at our plane hidden behind the gates... I think I notice a tail number starting with N4. Holy Shit! An -ER version of the -900. Excellent news. Had never flown on one before. The AS website only indicated -900 a couple of days before the flight. I relax and await boarding.

SEA main dining area:


FIDS:


Boarding comes soon enough and progresses rather quickly, as this flight would be half-empty. Nevertheless we wait for a few passengers from the (I think) Dallas flight before taking off into the darkness towards Anchorage.

Alaska's new beast's interior (739ER):


734 next door:


Boeing Sky Interior:


Safety card:


Window frame:


The “one” window separated from the rest is actually the plugged door:


Alaskan routemap:


Mood lighting:


I won't say much about this flight either, as I proceeded to fall asleep for a couple of hours, as I had 3 seats for my use only, tonight. When I woke up, it was dusk again. We'd caught up to the setting Sun. The twilight was partially hiding the Alaskan terrain, with some glimpses of extraordinary landscapes peeking through...

Approaching ANC: I get two sunsets tonight:


We arrived at ANC and I proceeded to the baggage claim, where the courtesy phone for my hotel (Guesthouse Inn and Suites) was located. I called them and they said the van would be there in 20 minutes. Then I proceeded outside to wait for it. A bit chilly, but not overly so. The van arrived on schedule and took off towards my “motel”. The driver was nice and told me a couple of things about Anchorage... I wasn't all that awake as my biological clock was showing almost 5 am. I then checked-in, went to my room and fell asleep, ready for my milk run the next day... And for the visit of Anchorage, which I concluded shouldn't take more than 2-3 hours or so.

ANC baggage belt:


Anchorage hotel room: quite large:


The next morning, after waking up, I established a trail to follow around Anchorage. And so I did. It was an alright town to walk around in the central downtown area. I passed by a modern-looking fire station before proceeding to the Alaska Railroad building. There was a small fair in the area which I went to see, though it's not really my thing. Then I headed towards the Historic City Hall and the Tourist Info Center. I then proceeded to walk westwards, and then back to the Museum. There's nothing of too much interest in the area save the Anchorage Museum.

Still a motel though:


Anchorage fire station:


A nicer looking building:


The “Alask” Statehood Monument:


Alaska Railroad:


Historic City Hall:


Someone's copying the Faroese:


Museum (worth a visit; they had quite a few aviation-themed rooms):


Mountains near ANC:


Ah, my next “stopover”:


Then I took the #7 bus to Anchorage International. This bus runs once every half-hour or hour to and from the airport, during daylight hours, I believe.

Upon arrival I was greeted by a modern yet empty airport. This is clearly not peak time in ANC. That's midnight  

Clearly, I printed my boarding pass before going through security, which seemed a much nicer process in ANC than in other places.

ANC Int'l:


I spy Frankfurt, DE and Cordova:


Nice airport here in AK:


While the airport is not all that large, it features “enough” amenities to satisfy, and the emptiness contributes to the pleasant airport feeling. I proceeded upstairs to watch planes coming in, after getting myself a sandwich at one of the eateries... I was pleased to see a never ending queue of KAL cargo 747s (as well as some other cargo 747s from Asia) landing at ANC for refueling.

Empty B concourse:

Alright, I'd waited long enough watching the Asian heavies come and go, and now it was time to head over to my gate, ready to be stuck on AS66 for four hours with little chance of escape.

Here's the main terminal:


CX cargo 748 (sorry, but the 744 looks so much nicer):


Asian (particularly Korean) invasion:


AS jets:


C concourse:


That's when I found out my flight would be operated by N794AS, the scheduled full passenger 737-400. In any situation, no aircraft type substitution; that's good. My first flight was on a 734... Gotta get to know the 734 in more detail, as I had only flown it a handful of times since the first flight...

N794AS for its 3-stop flight to SEA:


It was time to board and thus I headed down the jetway and turned right on my way to my window seat behind the wing... A good enough view of an aging airframe that provides an essential service to the people in SE Alaska. Ah, terrific, I'd actually get to fly on this ANC-CDV-YAK-JNU route.

Alaska Airlines Flight #66
operated by N794AS, a Boeing 737-400
Seat: 21A (Window—duh)
ANC-CDV-YAK-JNU
Scheduled Dep/Arr: 3:35p-7:14p
On-Time

Here are some views from the inside of the aircraft—while a bit elderly it's in reasonable shape. Legroom good enough for me.

Interior of the aging 734:


Seatback:


Outside, AS dominates now that the KE heavies are on their way out. Not a surprise... Another special livery 737 at concourse C for me to see.

Another special livery:


To other cities in Alaska, you have to take a Saab 340, probably one of these guys below. Not much time for non-AS flights for me, though. Well, at least I'd flown on the SF3 and the DH8A before!

Saaaabs:


Some older birds with their noses high in the air on the tarmac.

Douglases:


Soon, we were ready to take off towards the West, from runway 25L. We then proceeded to bank left to take our course towards Cordova. After a bit of climbing you could see more clearly the nice landscape that Alaska has to offer.

Terrific Scenery:


Cabin view:


Mountains(es):


Still climbing:


A glacier here and there, no big deal:


More AK scenery:


Hope you've enjoyed the scenery. That wasn't a surprise for me. What was a surprise is that AS serves a drink (water or OJ) and a snack even on this 30-minute segment. If I remember correctly, there was a snack on each sector to JNU. Impressive is the word here... Just like the landscape. No Bible verses either. At least I didn't find them.

Service on a 30-minute hop? You don't say:


Superb scenery:


On descent into CDV:


Some low-lying clouds:


Soon, it was about time to land at CDV. The descent brought us very close to a mountain range, followed by a 90-degree turn to line up to CDV's runway. The approach seemed quite fast to me. Perhaps something to do with what felt like quite decent winds on finals.

Shaking the mountain range's hands:


Landing towards the east at CDV after one of the fastest approaches on a 737, felt like:


We then back-track a bit along the runway before exiting on the taxiway heading towards the small terminal of CDV airport. Some pax disembarked and I took the time to download pictures to my laptop... Would you know it, CDV offers 1-hr of free internet to passers-by. Very nice.

Cordova terminal (free wi-fi!):


Well, not quite 40 minutes later after landing (scheduled stop in CDV) we were on our way again. That's the way to go—ahead of schedule for us.

Glacier glaciating on and off:


Mudhole—interesting nickname:


Another short segment to go now. It should take about 30 minutes to Yakutat. The scenery dominates once again, I must say. Another round of service provided by AS.

Towards Yakutat:


Is the scenery boring you yet?


How about now?


Wing-view:


More threatening clouds on approach into YAK:


A very slow cruise ship on its way somewhere. I don't really understand cruise ships... The only reason I'd do it is to collect lots of Caribbean countries in a short time without having to depend on LIAT (or whatever it's called nowadays). I do hope the poor sods on the ship have wi-fi... Otherwise it'd get really boring for me. Ocean, ocean, ocean, oh, there's a whale. Also, they're very slow. Pssh.

We overtook that cruise ship in seconds:


Trying a more artistic shot:


YAK is another small airport, but it has 2 runways, for all the traffic it sees. The terminal is roughly the same size as that at CDV, but no free wi-fi here, seems like.

Also, a restaurant/bar/hotel offering Food Shelter Booze. Pick 1 out of 3.

Willkommen nach Yakutat:


YAK terminal:


Food Shelter Booze... I'm sure many could do without the first two:


During this stop I investigated the lavatorial facilites; they were in order. The F/A commented something like “oh, everyone needs to take a piss during this stop” in a very jovial manner. Things are different in Alaska.

Seat view:


After a longer stop than at CDV, we were on our way to my final destination (for the day): Juneau. We taxied by a Douglas aircraft on our way to the runway and took off towards the East.

Douglas bird:


Evening creeping in:


Interesting:


Another roughly 30 minutes of flight to JNU. We were on descent before you knew it. Everything seemed to go by too quickly. On approach, we overflew the airport before doing a 180-degree turn and landing towards the West. A couple of minutes later we had reached our parking position and I disembarked our B734 via the jetway. Three minutes later I was at baggage claim and called for the hotel shuttle. It was already on its way.

Man and nature:


We win; mountains can't fly:


Mendenhall Glacier:


Overview of JNU on approach:


So many small planes:


JNU baggage claim area:


As I stepped out of the airport, someone said “summertime in Juneau, Alaska” with a bit of a drawl. And so it was; sun was shining and the temperature was a quite un-Alaskan ~72F/22C.

Summertime in Juneau, Alaska!


My “suite” at the Driftwood Lodge:


Well, that's about it for now—stick around for a bald eagle, pictures of Juneau (and Seattle) as well as the Combi milk-run down to the lower 48.

Conclusions to follow in the 2nd part of this report.

Hopefully you've enjoyed! As always, comments/questions are appreciated.

Cheers!

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User currently offlinerahulrahul From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 9620 times:

Nice report! Alaska is one place that I would love to go!

Rahul



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User currently offlineLPDAL From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 561 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9464 times:
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The service on both airlines looks nice. Have you always gotten a slice of pie/cake when you travel first class? They always serve a wrapped brownie on the routes I take.. :P


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User currently offlineTPAfan From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9101 times:

Nice TR!! I went to Alaska something like 6-8 years ago (time of Hurricane Katrina) and I loved it. But at the time, I was young, and did not really enjoy aviation, but I still have my memories of my flights, and I still remember the bears inside the glass casings inside ANC airport. I'm continuously impressed by AS and their offering through these trip reports, and talking to people, and definitely an airline I need to try out soon. As for the cruises, I actually loved the cruise I went on recently, and even though at times it was boring, I feel it was well worth it, especially a time to relax, enjoy shows, eating, and eating, and the staff cleaning up after you across the whole cruise. I definitely want to go on an Alaskan one, as the views of Alaska impress me every time I see it, even though I was there for a 2 week period while there years ago. BTW, nice upgrade on the DL flight!

User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2417 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9021 times:

Nice TR...

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
I think I notice a tail number starting with N4. Holy Shit! An -ER version of the -900. Excellent news.
Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Safety card:

The safety card shown is for the B738 ONLY...


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1930 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 8989 times:
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Great report, dc9northwest! Really good photos so far of your trip.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
After about 80% of the people boarded, an agent walks down and says my name. I answer and he answers back, while handing me a new boarding pass: “You're in First. Bye-bye.” OK, cool. I move up to First like a salmon swimming upstream. My seat, 07D, has a good view of the engine.

Definitely words that make a frequent traveler feel good! The meal looks really good too! I've flown this route many times; most recently last week, and it's always a packed flight!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
I spy Frankfurt, DE and Cordova:

I also see a lot of "red-eyes" on the board!

Looking forward to the next part.

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5449 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8539 times:

My God, what a monumental trip report! I'm not sure what to say!!!

Taking milkruns has got to be aviation at its finest, flying to obscure places that you've heard of, and knowing that this is the lifeline for these communities... it's so much more fun than a "normal" flight. But then throw in that scenery....... I'm blown away.

Maybe one day   

I honestly can't wait for the return trip

Happy flying,
Alex



Worked Hard, Flew Right
User currently offlineairkas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3980 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8504 times:

Damn nice photos!




User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6557 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8307 times:

Hi Alex !

Thanks for a great report with fantastic pictures !

Flights look good and very nice that you got the upgrade on DL. Meal in First looks great!

Nice that you got a new aircraft types with the 734 and the 739/ER.

Stunning pictures of Alaska ! Very nice to see the glaciers from above.

Very much looking forward to the next part !

The777Man



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User currently onlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2285 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7883 times:

Hi everyone, thanks for your comments!

Quoting rahulrahul (Reply 1):
Nice report! Alaska is one place that I would love to go!

Thanks, Rahul! Yeah, the views are quite something  
Quoting LPDAL (Reply 2):

The service on both airlines looks nice. Have you always gotten a slice of pie/cake when you travel first class? They always serve a wrapped brownie on the routes I take.. :P

I can't say I've flown F on many routes where they offer food. I've gotten quite a few types of desserts but honestly can't say whether a brownie was one of them. A slice of cake is a popular choice though AFAIK.

Quoting TPAfan (Reply 3):
Nice TR!! I went to Alaska something like 6-8 years ago (time of Hurricane Katrina) and I loved it. But at the time, I was young, and did not really enjoy aviation, but I still have my memories of my flights, and I still remember the bears inside the glass casings inside ANC airport.
Quoting TPAfan (Reply 3):
I'm continuously impressed by AS and their offering through these trip reports, and talking to people, and definitely an airline I need to try out soon.

Thanks TPAfan! Yeah, AK has some superb views--and AS is a good airline IMO.

Quoting TPAfan (Reply 3):
As for the cruises, I actually loved the cruise I went on recently, and even though at times it was boring, I feel it was well worth it, especially a time to relax, enjoy shows, eating, and eating, and the staff cleaning up after you across the whole cruise.

I don't know, I'm sure people enjoy them, but that I wouldn't. 7 days... hell, I'd get bored in NYC in 7 days, and that's not one boat in the middle of the ocean  
Quoting TPAfan (Reply 3):
I definitely want to go on an Alaskan one, as the views of Alaska impress me every time I see it, even though I was there for a 2 week period while there years ago. BTW, nice upgrade on the DL flight!

Well, I'm sure AK offers some good views to ocean-based travellers too. But after a while even that would get monotonous.

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):
The safety card shown is for the B738 ONLY...

Hi debonair... Nope, it specifically states -900/ER, if you zoom in on the seatback photo...

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):

Nice TR...

Thanks!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 5):
Great report, dc9northwest! Really good photos so far of your trip.

Thanks very much, Matthew!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 5):
Definitely words that make a frequent traveler feel good! The meal looks really good too! I've flown this route many times; most recently last week, and it's always a packed flight!

Indeed, my thoughts exactly! Yeah, as far as I knew MSP-SEA has been a mainstay at NWA and now DAL for years...

Quoting 767747 (Reply 5):
I also see a lot of "red-eyes" on the board!

Looking forward to the next part.

Matthew (767747)

Oh yeah, lots of red-eyes from ANC...

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 6):
My God, what a monumental trip report! I'm not sure what to say!!!

Haha, thanks, Alex, for your kind words!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 6):
Taking milkruns has got to be aviation at its finest, flying to obscure places that you've heard of, and knowing that this is the lifeline for these communities... it's so much more fun than a "normal" flight. But then throw in that scenery....... I'm blown away.

Yeah, milk runs are a nice thing to do... I try to get on one whenever I have the chance (not very often, mind you...). Beautiful scenery, no?  
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 6):
I honestly can't wait for the return trip

Thanks, hope I'll get around to it this week  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Hi Alex !

Thanks for a great report with fantastic pictures !

Hi L.,

Thanks for your comments!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Flights look good and very nice that you got the upgrade on DL. Meal in First looks great!

Nice that you got a new aircraft types with the 734 and the 739/ER.

Yeah, DL treated me really well here, I must admit.

Just to clarify, my first flight in 1999 was on a 734; that's what I meant; sorry if I wasn't clear. The 739/ER was a nice surprise though!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Stunning pictures of Alaska ! Very nice to see the glaciers from above.

Very much looking forward to the next part !

Thanks again! Hopefully sometime soon  
Quoting airkas1 (Reply 7):
Damn nice photos!

Thanks very much, airkas1!


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7480 times:

Hello Alex

Nice to see your Alaska milk run and as usual stunning pics.
Great to read about something exotic.
Looks like NEK has also been introduced in the US I see.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1702 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7475 times:
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Hi dc9northwest!

Great story once again, lovely mountain and glacier views! You got to log some nice eqpt once again: another B752, a B739ER and a classic B734, how cool is that! Just when I thought I’d seen it all on the milk runs, you come up with another one  Wow! Nice to see some pics of AS and ANC as well.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Volaris to a Mexican destination:

That tail scheme makes you dizzy when looking at it.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
handing me a new boarding pass: You're in First.

That’s way behind cool! I bet you left your original seat with a big grin. But why were you not designated a new seat at boarding initially?

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
FIDS

You’ll need glasses to read that info.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
AS jets

Where’s my favorite aka the Flying Salmon?

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Is the scenery boring you yet?

   Not at all!

Sultanils



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User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2417 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7449 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
Hi debonair... Nope, it specifically states -900/ER, if you zoom in on the seatback photo...

Hi, true. Sorry, I am not used to see a B737-900ER with blocked/unused after wing exit doors... But you are right, AS is operating the B739 without the additional exits!


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6557 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (1 year 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7449 times:

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
But why were you not designated a new seat at boarding initially?

They were probably missing someone in First and I guess they missed the flight so the upgraded Alex. Happens quite often in the US.

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User currently onlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2285 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (1 year 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7384 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):

Hello Alex

Nice to see your Alaska milk run and as usual stunning pics.
Great to read about something exotic.
Looks like NEK has also been introduced in the US I see.

Hello Marc,

Thanks very much for your comments!

Yeah, "NEK" is spreading, though they don't call it NEK here  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
Hi dc9northwest!

Great story once again, lovely mountain and glacier views! You got to log some nice eqpt once again: another B752, a B739ER and a classic B734, how cool is that! Just when I thought I’d seen it all on the milk runs, you come up with another one   Nice to see some pics of AS and ANC as well.

Hi Sultanils!

Good to see the Belgian Legion left some comments  

Thanks, the equipment was good, but the views were even better. Thanks to AS and probably the Alaskan government for the opportunity!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
That tail scheme makes you dizzy when looking at it.

Yeah... I'm personally not the biggest fan of the livery.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
That’s way behind cool! I bet you left your original seat with a big grin. But why were you not designated a new seat at boarding initially?

As our friend from LAX said, someone probably missed the flight  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
Where’s my favorite aka the Flying Salmon?

Ah, the Salmon Thirty-Salmon (very punny!)? Haven't seen it  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
  Not at all!

Good, I'll include more in the next part.

Thanks, mr. Sultanils, for your comments!

Quoting debonair (Reply 12):
Hi, true. Sorry, I am not used to see a B737-900ER with blocked/unused after wing exit doors... But you are right, AS is operating the B739 without the additional exits!

Ah, figured that's what you meant. 738s, 739s and 739ERs are operated with the same exit arrangements by AS. Even so, they seem to have different safety cards for each.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
They were probably missing someone in First and I guess they missed the flight so the upgraded Alex. Happens quite often in the US.

Yeah, that's the most likely explanation!


User currently onlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6434 times:

Hey Alex, awesome report! The scenery looks absolutely stunning on the AS flight. Jealous! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to hearing about the return trip!

User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6294 times:
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Hi Alex!

Great first part here on your Alaska milk run with many great pictures! I really enjoyed this one  
That milk run looks like lots of fun, cant get enough of those stunning views!
As you know I was thinking about booking some flights within Alaska but it was just too expensive for me at the time, good to see you were able to use vouchers!
Service on both airlines looks good. The meal in first looks delicious and a quick snack with drinks is just fine on a 30 min flight!
Nice pictures of Anchorage, will be spending the afternoon and night there in just over 3 weeks, cant wait!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
A terrific view of downtown Chicago:
Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
O'Hare:

Both beautiful pictures, nicely done!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
After about 80% of the people boarded, an agent walks down and says my name. I answer and he answers back, while handing me a new boarding pass: “You're in First. Bye-bye.” OK, cool. I move up to First like a salmon swimming upstream.

Congrats on the upgrade!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
but maybe the $1600 ticket I'd bought the previous week helped.

Wow, 1600?

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
IFE (map, what else?)

DLs map sucks as well, at least it's better then B6s

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Approaching ANC: I get two sunsets tonight:

That must have been a cool experience

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Another special livery 737 at concourse C for me to see.

Hoping to catch one of those in 3 weeks!

Thanks for sharing and very much looking forward to the next part!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently onlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2285 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (1 year 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6027 times:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
Hey Alex, awesome report! The scenery looks absolutely stunning on the AS flight. Jealous! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to hearing about the return trip!

Thanks for commenting, Robert!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 16):
Great first part here on your Alaska milk run with many great pictures! I really enjoyed this one  
That milk run looks like lots of fun, cant get enough of those stunning views!

Thanks very much, Brendan!

The milk run is tons of fun... I'd say the 2nd part is even better, but I still have a bit of preparation left to do before being able to post the report... Might contain a video or two!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 16):
Service on both airlines looks good. The meal in first looks delicious and a quick snack with drinks is just fine on a 30 min flight!

Yup, agree with you completely here, Brendan!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 16):
Nice pictures of Anchorage, will be spending the afternoon and night there in just over 3 weeks, cant wait!

Thanks! 3 weeks, huh? What's the weather like in September, I wonder!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 16):
Both beautiful pictures, nicely done!

Thanks again!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 16):
That must have been a cool experience

It was, I woke up from my 2-hr nap and there it was again, the Sun's last ray on that day.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 16):
Hoping to catch one of those in 3 weeks!

Thanks for sharing and very much looking forward to the next part!

Good luck--hopefully I'll be posting the 2nd half this weekend!


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (12 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5505 times:

Hey Alex,

What a lovely report from a place you know I'd love to visit one day. Great photos as always. Normally I'd be drooling at the sight of all these mountains (as you know very well, we don't even have hills here in the Midwest) but after a few days in Austria I got my fix. Still, Alaska has to offer a much "wilder" nature and for that reason its mountains are quite different from those in Europe. I'm glad you got to go there, even just for a few hours in total. I bet you must be sick of all those mountains now that you're based in Switzerland? :p.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
DL, AA, UA (so actually only 2 options)

Lol. Well said .

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
A private MD and Lakeshore Express' Saab 340:

Nica catch. I still haven't been given the chance to see Lakeshore Express' aircraft at MDW.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
A somewhat less impressive downtown: Minneapolis (or possibly St. Paul):

The side of the river with the skyscrapers would be Minneapolis. Kinda weird that the capital (St.Paul) lacks any sort of major highrise...

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Nice airport here in AK:

There is something about those northern airports in Canada and Alaska that make them look very cozy. I can imagine myself trapped in there during a snowstorm yet not giving a damn about it...

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Impressive is the word here... Just like the landscape. No Bible verses either. At least I didn't find them.

Yeah, I think they stopped doing the whole Bible thing some time ago. They finally decided to joing the 21st century it seems. Good for them...

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Mudhole—interesting nickname:

LOL. I really don't wanna know how he got that nickname...

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
We taxied by a Douglas aircraft on our way to the runway and took off towards the East.

I normally don't like the look of old aircraft but there is something about those old Douglases that makes them look great. I'd love to ride one, preferably in Alaska, where they are plenty...

Looking forward reading more of your exciting flights of recent  .

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User currently onlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2285 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (12 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5296 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
What a lovely report from a place you know I'd love to visit one day. Great photos as always. Normally I'd be drooling at the sight of all these mountains (as you know very well, we don't even have hills here in the Midwest) but after a few days in Austria I got my fix. Still, Alaska has to offer a much "wilder" nature and for that reason its mountains are quite different from those in Europe. I'm glad you got to go there, even just for a few hours in total. I bet you must be sick of all those mountains now that you're based in Switzerland? :p.

Hey Stojan,

I don't think you can ever have enough mountains, can you? Beautiful pieces of nature in general! But yeah, seeing Mt. Blanc outside my apartment balcony is quite something, I must say. Harder to impress me following this!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
Nica catch. I still haven't been given the chance to see Lakeshore Express' aircraft at MDW.

Haha, it was definitely hiding behind that building, I was lucky to catch it.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
The side of the river with the skyscrapers would be Minneapolis. Kinda weird that the capital (St.Paul) lacks any sort of major highrise...

Ah, really? Hm... I'd've thought both have some skyscrapers! That's how little I know about the upper Midwest, I guess.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
Yeah, I think they stopped doing the whole Bible thing some time ago. They finally decided to joing the 21st century it seems. Good for them...

Flight is brought to us by Science, not God. God didn't give humans the power to fly for millions of years. Science did rather rapidly on the appropriate scale.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
LOL. I really don't wanna know how he got that nickname...

I'm sure it had nothing to do with mudholes.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
I normally don't like the look of old aircraft but there is something about those old Douglases that makes them look great. I'd love to ride one, preferably in Alaska, where they are plenty...

Really? Yeah, I can't stand the fact that the cabin is on an incline when on the ground--seems odd to me somehow.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
Looking forward reading more of your exciting flights of recent  .

Thanks, Stojan. Any particular requests? 

Cheers, and thanks for commenting  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3243 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (12 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5159 times:

Super report and photos Alex - Alsaka looks absolutley stunning. Thanks for posting!


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User currently offlineBlackandWhite From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5026 times:

I had been in JNU about a week before you arrived. I was one of the poor slobs on a cruise, yes there is WIFI on these ships , but it is rather expensive $100.00 for 40 mins, also as it is a satellite signal the connection speed is very slow and a limited bandwidth which makes large downloads and streaming very difficult, but then you don't go to AK for the WIFI.
I took an Otter seaplane excursion from downtown JNU over the glaciers and through the river valleys, the glaciers look good from a 737, but are more spectacular when your about 500ft above them
When are you posting your onward flts, I flew on AS64 on N744AS, on the 10th march , but as that was 1988, so I look forward to seeing your pictures to see if the airport have changed, I remember WRG as the only place I ever saw a Bristol 170 Freighter flying


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6758 posts, RR: 77
Reply 22, posted (11 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3272 times:

Hi Alex,

cool report, nice routing/aircraft combo. The scenery looks awesome, Alaska has been on my to-do-list for a while.


PH



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