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USA Trip Pt 9: Dashing On Horizon: PDX-SEA-BOI-SMF  
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
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Introduction



Hello everyone and welcome to part 9 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)

For part 6 featuring yet another first experience, this time on Alaska Airlines between MCO-SAN please see here:
USA Trip Pt. 6: A Morning With Alaska: MCO-SAN (by adamspotter Jun 13 2013 in Trip Reports)

For Part 7 featuring my flights to Hawaii on Delta please see here:
USA Trip Pt. 7: Heading To Hawaii: SAN-LAX-HNL (by adamspotter Jul 13 2013 in Trip Reports)

For Part 8 featuring a great flight on a Hawaiian A330 and 2 flights on Southwest please see here:
USA Trip Pt. 8: Hawaiian A330 & WN: HNL-LAX-PDX (by adamspotter Sep 14 2013 in Trip Reports)

This part will concentrate on my PDX-SEA-BOI-SMF flights.

Due to missing out on my Hawaii Island hopping flights (see part 7), this series will now be split into 12 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-LAX-PDX
Part 9: PDX-SEA-BOI-SMF
Part 10: SMF-SFO-ATL
Part 11: ATL-JFK-VCE
Part 12: VCE-ZRH-AMS


After having tried Alaska Airlines for the first time (see here) I thought it was about time to try their sister carrier, Horizon Air out.


Background



Horizon Air is a subsidiary of the Alaska Air Group. It is the 8th largest regional airline in the USA and its main hub is SEA. Two other hubs it has are PDX & LAX. Horizon Air serves a total of 47 different destinations in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

It was formed in May 1981 and started its first operation on September 1st 1981 with a Fairchild F-27. It has also operated the Dash 8-100, Dash 8-200, CRJ-700, DC-9-10, Fairchild Metroliner I, Fairchild Metroliner II and the Fokker F28 Fellowship. It was also the launch customer of the Dornier 328 turboprop.

Nowadays its fleet consists of a total of 48 Dash 8-400s (It also has a bunch of CRJ 700s with SkyWest). 9 of those wear a special livery. All 9 of those special liveries are for different Universities:


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Of course I am hoping to catch one of these special liveries!

Most of you probably remember Horizons striking 25th year anniversary special scheme. Unfortunately this one was scrapped in October 2012:


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Horizon also used to have these 2 striking green liveries. This was to “highlight the fuel saving attributes of the Q400 over regional jets”. Nowadays these are painted in Horizons standard livery:


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Booking



For those of you following my series know that I am in PDX at the moment. With PDX being one of Horizons hubs I saw this as a great opportunity to book something special. I also wanted to take as many flights as possible with them, not just only one.
Taking that into consideration, it took a while to find something nice and suitable. In the end I booked a PDX-SEA-BOI-SMF route via Alaska Airlines’ website. All operated by Horizon Air’s Dash 8-400.
It was a bit pricy but BOI & SMF would be new airports for me and both these airports are barely featured here in the trip reports section.
The only downside of this itinerary is that the first flight will be leaving at 5:25. But hey, we can’t have it all!

Enough introduction for now, I hope you enjoy this report!


Map



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



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

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Tuesday January 29



I am at the Holiday Inn near Portland Airport. With my first flight leaving at 05:25 my alarm clock goes off at 3:30. I quickly get my usual morning rituals done, pack my bag and head downstairs to check out. Check out is done quickly and the shuttle driver is waiting for me with a cup of coffee, which is much appreciated!
A short drive follows and the driver drops me off in front of the terminal.


Check In



After tipping the driver I head inside and straight towards the AS check in area, which is pretty much deserted:

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I print my BP out of one of the SSKs and head over to the check in desks to drop my bag off. I am quickly helped by a friendly agent who tags my bag all the way through too SMF. I am afraid she might raise an eyebrow about my “strange” routing, but luckily enough she says nothing.

Next up I head towards security:

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Security is a breeze this morning and I am through in 10 minutes without any problems.
PDX airside actually looks quite nice. Like many US airports it is carpeted but has many restaurants/shops. The terminal design isn’t too bad either, I have seen worse!:

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Looking towards the C gates:

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Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air operate from the A,B & C gates:

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FIDS:

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Gate for this morning’s flight is A4:

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Boarding



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Boarding is called just behind schedule at 04:57, starting with priority boarding and those needing special assistance. Shortly after all rows are called for boarding, so I join the line that has formed. I am quickly helped by the gate agent who scans my BP and wishes me a pleasant flight. I thank her and head outside.
Once outside it is raining very hard. This excludes the opportunity to take a quick picture of my plane. Instead I quickly put my carry-on on the cart and head towards the aircraft.


On Board



29/01/2013
PDX-SEA
AS2544 // 18E
Dash 8-402 Horizon Air // N447QX
05:20-06:07


At the entrance of the aircraft a female FA awaits who welcomes me on board. I thank her and head into the aisle to my seat: 18E.

Quite OK legroom for this short flight:

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The plane quickly fills up, it will be a full load this morning at 100%. Cabin crew on this flight consists of 2 females, they are friendly enough although nothing special.
The front left door is eventually closed at 05:19 and one of the female FAs comes on the PA welcoming us onboard this short flight to Seattle. She continues on with the usual announcements and an announced flying time of just 30 minutes.
No welcome from the flight deck, they say nothing throughout the whole flight.
While both FAs perform the safety demonstration we commence pushback at 05:20, 5 minutes ahead of schedule.
Once released we taxi towards runway 28L.


Take Off



We reach 28L after a 7 minute taxi and take off right away. While climbing I am provided with some nice views of the lights below. No pictures are possible due the rain unfortunately.

The seatbelt sign dings off quickly and the crew jump into action. Despite a flying time of only 30 minutes the crew quickly perform a snack service. The offers are Starbucks Coffee, Apple Juice or Water together with one of those delicious Biscoff cookies. Both the coffee and cookie hit the spot nicely!:

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The crew clear all the rubbish while we are already descending.
I keep my head glued to the window as we quickly descend towards SEA..


Landing



And are on final approach to runway 16L. The approach is very beautiful as we fly straight past downtown Seattle and it’s beautiful skyscrapers.
A smooth touchdown on 16L follows at 06:04. We are welcomed to Seattle as we exit 16L and head towards the “Dash farm”. This takes only 3 minutes and we are in our final parking position at 06:07, 6 minutes ahead of schedule!
The front and back left door are opened quickly, so I decide to head out through the back door so that I can catch the registration.
It is N447QX, a fairly new Dash 8 delivered to Horizon Air on 05/05/2011:

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I head into the terminal and decide to wait near gate C2, where my next flight will be departing from. C2 is a so called finger gate and goes from A-M all designed for Horizon Air. I find an empty seat and connect to the WIFI for the next 25 minutes until boarding starts.


Boarding



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Boarding is called shortly behind schedule at 06:47. First priority boarding and those needing special assistance followed by all rows. The agent scans my BP and I head towards the aircraft, which is at exit B. After putting my carry-on the cart I decide to use the back entrance which gives me an opportunity for this shot, dedicated to Markus (Flieger67) of course!:

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On Board



29/01/2013
SEA-BOI
AS2136 // 18A
Dash 8-401 Horizon Air // N417QX
07:12-09:40



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At the back left door a female FA awaits, no greetings or welcome from her so I head into the aisle and to me seat: 18A.
Legroom is a bit tight but still acceptable for this flight:

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More passengers board the plane, it is going to be another full load this morning with just a few empty seats to be seen. The seat next to me is occupied by a middle aged lady who sleeps during most of the flight.
Cabin crew consists of 2 females, they can best be described as business friendly.
Both doors are closed at 07:00 and one of the female FAs comes on the PA welcoming us on board followed by the usual announcements. She doesn’t seem to be in much of a good mood as she rushes through it as quickly as possible.
There is no announced flying time and once again no words from the cockpit during the whole flight.
The crew also perform the safety demonstration while still on stand.


Take Off



We eventually push back at 07:12, 3 minutes ahead of schedule. We are quickly released and head over to runway 16L, the same runway I arrived on earlier. It is a bit busy at SEA this morning as we are number 6 for take off. We eventually reach the runway at 07:30 and gently take off towards the south.
Once through the clouds it is finally light enough to take some pictures:

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There is snow on the ground:

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Soon enough the clouds finally disappear and I am met with some very nice views down below. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, simply beautiful!:

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Meanwhile the crew come about the cabin offering a snack service. They are so busy talking in between that they forget my entire row, so I quickly press the call button and explain what just happened. The FA just raises her eyebrow and asks what I would like. I order an OJ and get another one of those delicious Biscoff cookies:

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The sun also shows itself while we are just about to commence descent towards snowy BOI:

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Making a final left turn…

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Landing



For final approach to runway 28R:

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The gear is down:

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Touchdown is at 09:38:

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We exit 28R and taxi towards the gate:

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After just a 2 minute taxi we reach our final parking position at 09:40, 1 minute behind schedule:

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The seatbelt sign dings off and both left doors are opened. I decide to exit via the back so I can catch the registration.

“Under the wing, you know”:

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The Dash is quite a sexy plane!:

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This is N417QX, an almost 9 year old Dash 8 delivered to Horizon on 09/07/2004:

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2 Hour Layover…



With 2 hours to go before my next and last flight of the day (with Horizon) I decide to explore BOI a bit. BOI isn’t all that interesting and not busy at all, not that I was expecting this. Nevertheless I am happy that I was able to log this airport. First I decide to head landside for a bit.

Entrance:

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Check in area:

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As there isn’t much to do landside and it is just too cold for me outside I clear security again, this just takes 5 minutes.
I am also just in time to see the aircraft that had just taken me to BOI leave again. I believe it was heading back to SEA but am not sure:

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All empty now!:

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Now it is time to explore BOI airside a bit. Once you clear security you walk into this area where there is a food court. Down the escalator is the way to the C concourse where Horizon operates from. To the left of this picture is the way to the B concourse where all other airlines operate from:

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B Concourse:

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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
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Airlines serving BOI are Alaska Airlines (Horizon Air), Allegiant Air, Delta, Southwest, US Airways and United:

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C Concourse:

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C1 will be my gate to SMF later on:

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I decide to head upstairs, grab a bite to eat at Villa Pizza and wait for my aircraft to arrive. Soon enough I see a Dash 8 landing and taxiing towards the ramp:

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N433QX will be taking me to SMF, an almost 5 year old Dash 8 delivered to Horizon on 27/06/2008:

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After finishing off my Pizza I head downstairs and wait for boarding to begin.


Boarding



BP for this flight:

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Boarding is called at 11:40, 10 minutes behind schedule. It is done in the same sequence as the previous 2 flights. The gate agent scans my BP and I head back outside into the cold. The carry on once again goes on a cart and I head inside.


On Board



29/01/2013
BOI-SMF
AS2405 // 3E
Dash 8-402 Horizon Air // N433QX
11:59-12:25


At the entrance of the aircraft I exchange greetings with a female FA and head into the aisle. For this flight I choose seat 3E which will give me a good view of the prop:

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Cabin crew on this flight consists of 1 male and 1 female. They are friendly and quite better than the previous 2 crew I had. While passengers are still boarding I overhear the FA saying that there will be a total of 59 passengers on this flight. Unfortunately the seat next to me will once again be occupied, this time by a female business woman.
Both left doors eventually close at 11:56 and the female FA comes on the PA welcoming us on board followed by the usual announcements. And for the first time today the Pilot also comes on the PA welcoming us on board followed by some flight info. Announced flying time is 1 hour and 20 minutes and we will be cruising at FL240.

We commence pushback 1 minute ahead of schedule at 11:59:

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We are quickly released and taxi over to runway 28R, the same one I arrived on earlier:

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Take Off



28R is reached at 12:06 and we take off right away:

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We rotate quickly and are provided with a great view of the terminal, Boise and it’s beautiful backdrop:

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Clouds will obscure a lot of the views this time unfortunately:

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Seatpocket Contents



All right, now it’s time to check out the seatpocket contents of all 3 flights.

First the Northern Bites menu:

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Safety card:

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And the magazine:

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Half way in flight the crew perform a snack service. I get a coke together with a savory snack mix. The Coke is provided with the whole can which is much appreciated:

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Every now and then the clouds make way for the beautiful scenery below:

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This is Pyramid Lake in Nevada:

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We enter Californian airspace and start descent towards SMF:

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2 airports along the way, I am having trouble identifying them so any help is much appreciated!:

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Landing



After a couple of turns we are on final approach to runway 34L:

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Touchdown is at 12:22:

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While being welcomed to Sacramento we exit 34L and taxi towards the gate:

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Southwest resting at Terminal B:

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We head over to the other end of Terminal B (which is pretty much deserted) and park there:

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We reach our final parking position at 12:25, 12 minutes ahead of schedule:

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The seatbelt sign quickly dings off and once again both left doors are opened. I head towards the front door thanking the FA on my way out.

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Dedicated to Palmjet!:

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No problems with taking pictures here, the way it should be!
I head into the terminal and towards the APM (Automated People Mover) which will be taking me back to baggage claim:

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Conclusion



Horizon Air is a nice airline and I definitely enjoyed my 3 flights with them. The Dash is a great aircraft and for sure my favorite prop. Although the FAs weren’t good on 2 out of 3 flights the great views outside sure made up for it. All cabins were still in great condition and not all too cramped for me although I am 2 meters tall. The snack services were sufficient for all 3 flights and those Biscoff cookies are too die for! Getting a snack service done on a 30 minute flight is very good, there are few airlines which would do the same (in my own experiences).
PDX was a nice looking airport and I certainly enjoyed my short stay there.
BOI was also interesting to visit and I am glad I was able to log it. Although you can quickly get bored as there isn’t much to do or see, a 2 hour layover was more than enough.
I was very impressed with SMF, the terminal was so roomy and clean. Of course this also had to do with the fact that it was nearly empty at the moment. More of SMF in part 10!

This will conclude part 9 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 10 featuring my SMF-SFO-ATL flights!

Cheers and take care,

Amsterdamspotter or Brendan Berkhout as known on Facebook.


Previous Trip Reports



USA Trip Pt. 8: Hawaiian A330 & WN: HNL-LAX-PDX (by adamspotter Sep 14 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA Trip Pt. 7: Heading To Hawaii: SAN-LAX-HNL (by adamspotter Jul 13 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA Trip Pt. 6: A Morning With Alaska: MCO-SAN (by adamspotter Jun 13 2013 in Trip Reports)
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)
USA Trip Pt. 2: Crossing The Pond: GVA-FCO-JFK-ATL (by adamspotter May 2 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA Trip Pt. 1: Getting Started!: AMS-CPH-GVA (by adamspotter Apr 14 2013 in Trip Reports)
Trying Out Southwest: MDW-BNA-HOU (by adamspotter Mar 17 2013 in Trip Reports)
Off To The Windy City On A KLM MD-11!: AMS-ORD (Y) (by adamspotter Jan 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS (by adamspotter Dec 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa Inaugural: Rotterdam-Munich-Rotterdam (by adamspotter Nov 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
Catching The LAN A340: FRA-MAD-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Oct 23 2012 in Trip Reports)
Air Baltic, Norwegian & KLM: RIX-ARN-HEL-AMS (by adamspotter Oct 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
KLM Business To HEL + A BT Dash 8: AMS-HEL-RIX (by adamspotter Sep 27 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 5: YYZ-AMS In A KLM Upper Deck! (by adamspotter Sep 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 4: Off To Canada!: PHL-LGA-YYZ (by adamspotter Sep 9 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 3: Big Delay + JFK-PHL On DL (by adamspotter Aug 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 2: Maine! + BOS-JFK On DL In Y (by adamspotter Aug 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 1: Delta Long Haul: AMS-BOS In Y (by adamspotter Aug 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
Spotting Pics + My Journey Back Home On Swiss In C (by adamspotter Jun 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
Weekend Spotting Trip To Zurich On Edelweiss In C (by adamspotter Jun 25 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Heathrow Via Munich + Lounges (by adamspotter Jun 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
Business Class To Manchester On KLM (by adamspotter May 6 2012 in Trip Reports)
To LGW Via FRA + Spotting At FRA (by adamspotter May 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Toronto For The Weekend Pt. 2: YYZ-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Apr 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Toronto For The Weekend Pt. 1: AMS-FRA-YYZ (by adamspotter Apr 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
Another Great Day With LH: AMS-MUC-FCO-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Mar 31 2012 in Trip Reports)
Delay & Plane Change: AMS-BCN-MAD-BCN-AMS On VY! (by adamspotter Mar 24 2012 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa To Brussels!: AMS-FRA-BRU-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Mar 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
First Trip Report!: AMS-CPH-FRA-AMS (SAS & ICE) (by adamspotter Mar 3 2012 in Trip Reports)


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 9199 times:

Nice report Brendan! Looks like you had a busy morning. You got some great views from the window. Nice too that Horizon serves a free selection of rotating wines and microbrews....cool!


http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LHR-GVA-LHR-TXL-LHR-VE-PRN,SPU-OSL-LHR, LGW-DXB-BKK-DXB-LHR
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5140 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 9094 times:

Hoi, B.,

real good work and definitely interesting airports. Not that much to see around these places here.
Also nice to follow something from you´re hand about Horizon and especially the Dash, well done.
Impressive to notice the weather difference between Boise and Sacramento.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
dedicated to Markus (Flieger67) of course!:

Well done again.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):

“Under the wing, you know”:

The perfect intro pic!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Shopping and sun med style!.
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8954 times:

Hi Brendan.

This was a very quick transition from sunny Hawaii to the the frigid cold of the Pacific Northwest and Idaho. Lovely snowy landscapes! Makes me miss the winter weather. Well, not really.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
There is no announced flying time and once again no words from the cockpit during the whole flight.

I guess it was so early in the morning that nobody was in a talking mood. It happens all the time in my workplace...

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Meanwhile the crew come about the cabin offering a snack service. They are so busy talking in between that they forget my entire row, so I quickly press the call button and explain what just happened. The FA just raises her eyebrow and asks what I would like. I order an OJ and get another one of those delicious Biscoff cookies:

Was the crew ex-AZ? My row is always invisible to them.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
BOI isn’t all that interesting and not busy at all, not that I was expecting this.

Actually BOI looks much more interesting than I would have expected. Pretty spacious and modern. Sweet.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I head into the terminal and towards the APM (Automated People Mover) which will be taking me back to baggage claim:

Wait, is that a... giant chicken?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
2 airports along the way, I am having trouble identifying them so any help is much appreciated!:

The first one is Beale Air Force Base (BAB), while the second one is Yuba County Airport (MYV).
 .

Really enjoyed this one Brendan. I just booked myself some Dash-8 flights for the winter (albeit on the East Coast) so it was nice to read a report featuring some of those good-looking birds.

Stojan



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User currently offlineozark1 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8941 times:

Here is the terminology that you used to describe the flight attendants on your first two segments:
Segment 1: "Friendly enough but nothing special". What does that mean? So at 5am are you expecting them to fawn all over you or something? I guess so, because this crew ended up being graded as not being good.
Segment 2: "Business friendly". ?? They should have apologized for missing your row during the beverage service, but they were also rated not good.
So you used the word friendly in both descriptions of flights where you rate the F/A performance as "not good".
Don't understand.


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8754 times:
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Nice to see some comments, it is much appreciated!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):

Nice report Brendan!

Thanks Gabriel!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Looks like you had a busy morning.

Indeed, but it was well worth it  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
You got some great views from the window.

  

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Nice too that Horizon serves a free selection of rotating wines and microbrews....cool!

Indeed, one of them is also free each month I believe

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):

Hoi, B.,

Servus Markus  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
real good work and definitely interesting airports.

Thank you!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Not that much to see around these places here.

No, not really..

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Also nice to follow something from you´re hand about Horizon and especially the Dash, well done.

  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Impressive to notice the weather difference between Boise and Sacramento.

Indeed, from rainy PDX to snowy BOI and ending in sunny SMF!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):

Hi Brendan.

Hello Stojan  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
This was a very quick transition from sunny Hawaii to the the frigid cold of the Pacific Northwest and Idaho.

Indeed.. From the sun to the rain to the snow and back to the sun 
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
Lovely snowy landscapes! Makes me miss the winter weather.

Despite it being cold, the snow always makes for great pictures  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
Well, not really.

Well be prepared the winter is coming  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
Actually BOI looks much more interesting than I would have expected. Pretty spacious and modern. Sweet.

That's true, better than quite some other US Airports I know..

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
Wait, is that a... giant chicken?

it's called art 
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
The first one is Beale Air Force Base (BAB), while the second one is Yuba County Airport (MYV).
 .

How did you find that so fast? Was checking Google Earth for about an hour and then gave up 
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
Really enjoyed this one Brendan

Thanks Stojan!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
I just booked myself some Dash-8 flights for the winter (albeit on the East Coast) so it was nice to read a report featuring some of those good-looking birds.

Enjoy the flights!

Quoting ozark1 (Reply 6):
Here is the terminology that you used to describe the flight attendants on your first two segments

First of all, thanks for reading my TR..

Quoting ozark1 (Reply 6):
So you used the word friendly in both descriptions of flights where you rate the F/A performance as "not good".
Don't understand.

Well, just being friendly (enough) is not good (enough) IMHO. A FA should be safety conscious, quite friendly, helping and going the extra mile for each passenger.. She basicly is the face of the airline no matter what time of day it is! This was my conclusion after observing the FAs throughout the flight.
Next time be so kind to comment on what you though of my TR and not just that. Thank you!

Thanks for commenting everyone!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinebrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3007 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8521 times:

Wow I am also 2m tall and it's quite amazing to me that you are taking so many flights on your current trip. My knees would be aching for mercy by now!


Firings, if well done, are good for employee morale.
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8080 times:
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Quoting brons2 (Reply 8):
Wow I am also 2m tall and it's quite amazing to me that you are taking so many flights on your current trip. My knees would be aching for mercy by now!

Haha, well it wasn't all that bad in the end.. At least I got an exit row every now and then  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (10 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7828 times:

Hey Brendan,

Nice report on the Pacific Northwest Dashing... What can I say, Horizon doesn't look really "special", per se, but alright.

Boise under the snow looks great, I miss that sort of weather. Well, I don't mind 18C and cloudy, either, but I do like the snow.

That's great, that you managed to add some airports to your log, and, yeah, BOI isn't a top choice on A.net 

Cheers and hope to see the rest,

Alex


User currently offlinecytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 568 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7698 times:

Thanks for the latest update to your adventures.   It's a pity you didn't get any out-of-the-ordinary liveries on your Q400s. My son and I got to ride in the University of Idaho aircraft traveling home from SMF-PDX last year which was cool.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
Wait, is that a... giant chicken?

My wife's grandmother (who lives in Sac) says that sculpture reminds her of when she was a child and her mother would skin rabbits, and hang them upside down for the blood to drain before cooking them. Now that's what you want people to think when walking into that beautiful new terminal! 

Hope you enjoyed my neck of the woods and I'm looking forward to the next installment!

-Chris


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1664 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (10 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7449 times:
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Mr adamspotter,

Nice to see an ‘all Dash all Horizon Air’ report! I loved the wintery scenes and good to see that the snowy weather didn’t affect your schedule   

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
All 9 of those special liveries are for different Universities:

That’s a quite cool and unique collection.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
it is carpeted

Urgh, and in such an ugly ‘livery’ as well.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
BP for this flight:

And for the other 3! You clearly travelled in ‘eco modus’ lol!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The Coke is provided with the whole can

Excellent and how it ought to be  

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 966 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7316 times:

Hello Brendan, nice report as always. Lovely views on your flights to and from BOI. Must be a bit of a shock, going from sunny and warm Hawaii to snowy and cold Boise.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Horizon also used to have these 2 striking green liveries. This was to “highlight the fuel saving attributes of the Q400 over regional jets”. Nowadays these are painted in Horizons standard livery:

I flew one of those  
Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I was very impressed with SMF, the terminal was so roomy and clean. Of course this also had to do with the fact that it was nearly empty at the moment. More of SMF in part 10!

Looking forward to that! When I flew through SMF in 2008 the new terminal hadn't opened yet.


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (10 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 7276 times:
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Nice to see some more comments!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 10):
Hey Brendan

Hey Alex!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 10):
Nice report on the Pacific Northwest Dashing...

Thanks!  
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 10):
What can I say, Horizon doesn't look really "special", per se, but alright.

Very true   

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 10):
Boise under the snow looks great, I miss that sort of weather.

Yeah, beautiful scenery.. I really enjoyed it

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 10):
Well, I don't mind 18C and cloudy, either, but I do like the snow.

I'm sure you'll get enough of it in GVA this winter  
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 10):
That's great, that you managed to add some airports to your log, and, yeah, BOI isn't a top choice on A.net 

Haha true, have a trip planned for next year with many unknown airports..

Quoting cytz_pilot (Reply 11):

Thanks for the latest update to your adventures.

No problem, am glad you are liking them!

Quoting cytz_pilot (Reply 11):
It's a pity you didn't get any out-of-the-ordinary liveries on your Q400s. My son and I got to ride in the University of Idaho aircraft traveling home from SMF-PDX last year which was cool.

Lucky you! I would have loved to get one of them.

Quoting cytz_pilot (Reply 11):
Hope you enjoyed my neck of the woods and I'm looking forward to the next installment!

Thank you very much for commenting, appreciate it!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Mr adamspotter

Mr Sultanils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Nice to see an ‘all Dash all Horizon Air’ report!

Thanks!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
I loved the wintery scenes and good to see that the snowy weather didn’t affect your schedule

Indeed, am glad it didn't.. As a delay or cancelled flight would have affected me badly 
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
That’s a quite cool and unique collection.

Yes it sure is, not many airlines do this in Europe unfortunately..

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Urgh, and in such an ugly ‘livery’ as well.

I don't mind it actually..

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
And for the other 3! You clearly travelled in ‘eco modus’ lol!

Hahaha 
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Excellent and how it ought to be  

Very true, if only other airlines would do the same

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):
Hello Brendan

Hoi Robert!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):
nice report as always.

Thank you  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):
Lovely views on your flights to and from BOI.

Indeed  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):
Must be a bit of a shock, going from sunny and warm Hawaii to snowy and cold Boise.

Yes it sure was and back to sunny California  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):

I flew one of those  

Lucky you!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):
Looking forward to that! When I flew through SMF in 2008 the new terminal hadn't opened yet.

Don't have all too many pictures unfortunately.. But can say I really liked the terminals!

Thanks for commenting everyone!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinepdx From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7134 times:

Hey there Brendan! You didn't have any time for spotting at PDX! Too bad you had to take that super early flight to SEA. Glad you liked our airport. Had you been able to spend the morning or afternoon you'd have seen quite a few university themed Q400's. Just the other day I saw 4 of them at one time. Really enjoy your TR's! Safe travels!

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 16, posted (10 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7112 times:

Hi Brendan,

great report with many lovely pictures! Awesome scenery on your way! Horizon looks fine, but it's too bad they only operate the Dashs in these days which don't belong to my favorites.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Nowadays its fleet consists of a total of 48 Dash 8-400s (It also has a bunch of CRJ 700s with SkyWest). 9 of those wear a special livery. All 9 of those special liveries are for different Universities:

They're nice indeed. Too bad you weren't lucky enough to get one.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The Dash is quite a sexy plane!:

I cannot agree.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I get a coke together with a savory snack mix.

That snack mix looks quite nice.


PH



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26863 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7091 times:

Hey Brendan  

Another great part to your USA series ! Lovely photos. I love the Alaska Airlines livery on that prop  

Also looking forward to more on SMF as its been years since I was there. I have a cousin who lives there. Lovely part of Cali .


Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (10 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6997 times:
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Good to see more comments!

Quoting pdx (Reply 15):

Hey there Brendan!

Hi pdx!

Quoting pdx (Reply 15):
You didn't have any time for spotting at PDX!

No, I shamefully didn't..

Quoting pdx (Reply 15):
Had you been able to spend the morning or afternoon you'd have seen quite a few university themed Q400's.

That would have been nice!

Quoting pdx (Reply 15):
Just the other day I saw 4 of them at one time.

That is cool.. I also saw 4 different ones on the ground at SEA the other week.

Quoting pdx (Reply 15):
Really enjoy your TR's! Safe travels!

Thanks again!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Hi Brendan

Hello PH

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
great report with many lovely pictures!

Thank you very much!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Awesome scenery on your way!

That's for sure, lovely wasn't it?  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Horizon looks fine, but it's too bad they only operate the Dashs in these days which don't belong to my favorites.

That's a shame.. On the other hand the Dash does belong to my favorites  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
They're nice indeed. Too bad you weren't lucky enough to get one.

Nope, hope to catch one next time! I'm not that lucky in catching "special" liveries unfortunately

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
That snack mix looks quite nice.

Yes it sure is.. I love Alaska's snack mix it's different than the usual you get.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):

Hey Brendan

Hey Phillip

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Another great part to your USA series !

Thank you!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Lovely photos. I love the Alaska Airlines livery on that prop  

Indeed, AS' livery looks great on the dash

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Also looking forward to more on SMF as its been years since I was there.

Was the new terminal built when you were there?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
I have a cousin who lives there. Lovely part of Cali .

Indeed, I love that part of California  

Thanks for commenting everyone!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6505 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (10 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6967 times:

Hi Brendan!

Thanks for another great report with great pictures !

Nice scenery in the Northwest and the terminals look nice too.

Legroom looks a bit tight but you are very tall.

Looks a great day of flying!

Looking forward to your next report !

The777Man



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 months 16 hours ago) and read 6666 times:
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Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):

Hi Brendan!

Hi there 777Man!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):
Thanks for another great report with great pictures !

No problem, glad you liked it!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):
Nice scenery in the Northwest and the terminals look nice too.

Indeed, scenery was lovely and PDX/BOI looked better than expected

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):
Legroom looks a bit tight but you are very tall.

True, but it was perfectly fine for the short duration of the flights

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (10 months 13 hours ago) and read 6627 times:

Cool! Enjoyed your report Brendan and also seeing all the snowy pictures of Boise!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 7):
Indeed, one of them is also free each month I believe

Beer and wine are always complimentary on Horizon, and that's actually my favorite thing about flying with them, compared to the other regional carriers. The microbrews are really good too!

[Edited 2013-10-05 10:30:25]

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (9 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6431 times:

Hey Brendan


Nice follow up on your USA series. Horizon air looks pretty good (compared to other US carriers)
Great scenery pics

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (9 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6295 times:
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Nice to see more comments!

Quoting EIPremier (Reply 21):
Cool! Enjoyed your report Brendan and also seeing all the snowy pictures of Boise!

Thanks EIPremier, am glad you enjoyed it  
Quoting EIPremier (Reply 21):
Beer and wine are always complimentary on Horizon, and that's actually my favorite thing about flying with them, compared to the other regional carriers. The microbrews are really good too!

Wow, I didn;t know that actually. That is great news, although I didn't fancy any beer at the time of day..

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 22):

Hey Brendan

Hi Marc!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 22):
Nice follow up on your USA series.

Thank you

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 22):
Horizon air looks pretty good (compared to other US carriers)

Indeed  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 22):
Great scenery pics

Yes, the scenery was extraordinary

Thanks for commenting,

Brendan


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1261 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (9 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6119 times:

Hi there Brendan, nice continuation of your series. Interesting to see something from Horizon, as I've always been interested in them - due to the fact their owner also owned my favourite motor racing team! Although I'm not sure he has much to do with horizon now, and the racing team is long gone!

Your flights didn't look too bad - pretty much on par with any other US domestic really.



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 25, posted (9 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5552 times:
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Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 24):
Hi there Brendan

Hi James!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 24):
nice continuation of your series

Thank you very much

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 24):
Interesting to see something from Horizon, as I've always been interested in them - due to the fact their owner also owned my favourite motor racing team!

It's about time to try them out then during your next visit in the USA  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 24):
Your flights didn't look too bad - pretty much on par with any other US domestic really.

  

Thanks for commenting James  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinexaapb From Mexico, joined Jan 2005, 435 posts, RR: 5
Reply 26, posted (9 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5320 times:

I really enjoy reading this TR, I love those stunning shots with all the ground cover in snow, remembers me the time I flew out of Reno to San Diego in snowy conditions.

Simply beautiful.

Greetings from MEX.

Jorge



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1447 posts, RR: 33
Reply 27, posted (9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5168 times:

Hi Brendan,

Good to finally catch up on part 9 and read your report about Horizon Air.

I loved your photos of your approach into BOI: what an amazing landscape! When you live in Central Europe where everything is so tightly packed together, it’s always amazing to see these huge expanses of ground where there’s no habitation. In fact, it looks very like the Arctic. And of course the contrast to the green fields you saw when flying into Sacremento – I guess that’s the States for you.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Despite a flying time of only 30 minutes the crew quickly perform a snack service. The offers are Starbucks Coffee, Apple Juice or Water together with one of those delicious Biscoff cookies. Both the coffee and cookie hit the spot nicely!:

Great to see these days that you can still get service on such a short flight!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
2 airports along the way, I am having trouble identifying them so any help is much appreciated!:

Can’t help you with them, but they’re great photos, so crisp & clear.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineStuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4939 times:

I'm sure I'm not the only person eagerly awaiting part 10... or did I miss it?

Thanks for taking the time to so nicely document your experience!


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Reply 29, posted (9 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4768 times:
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Nice to see some more comments!

Quoting xaapb (Reply 26):

I really enjoy reading this TR,

Thanks a lot xaapb, am glad you liked it!

Quoting xaapb (Reply 26):
I love those stunning shots with all the ground cover in snow, remembers me the time I flew out of Reno to San Diego in snowy conditions.

Yes the views were just superb!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 27):
Hi Brendan

Hello Hannah  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 27):
Good to finally catch up on part 9 and read your report about Horizon Air.

Thanks for once again stopping by, appreciate it!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 27):
I loved your photos of your approach into BOI: what an amazing landscape!

Yes, the approach was very stunning. I just couldn't stop taking pictures  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 27):
When you live in Central Europe where everything is so tightly packed together, it’s always amazing to see these huge expanses of ground where there’s no habitation. In fact, it looks very like the Arctic

It is indeed a whole other world in the US with lots of space. It kind of does look like the Artic  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 27):
And of course the contrast to the green fields you saw when flying into Sacremento – I guess that’s the States for you.

Yes it sure is!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 27):
Great to see these days that you can still get service on such a short flight!

Indeed, I wasn't expecting anything to be honest!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 27):
Can’t help you with them, but they’re great photos, so crisp & clear.

Luckily enough Stojan already helped out on them, thanks  
Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 28):
I'm sure I'm not the only person eagerly awaiting part 10... or did I miss it?

Part 10 is still in the making. Sorry it is taking so long but life has been busy! Hope to get it out somewhere next week  
Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 28):
Thanks for taking the time to so nicely document your experience!

No problem, am very glad you are liking them!  

Thanks for commenting everyone!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineEric777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 30, posted (5 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3231 times:

Nice set of reports. Cannot seem to find the remaining parts to your series. Did you get to write those parts or did I miss them?

User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1221 posts, RR: 17
Reply 31, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3015 times:

Hi Brendan

Better late than never I guess - sorry for the delay in posting comments on this instalment of your US series from last year.

I really enjoyed this - not just because it featured my favourite Dash 8 in all three sectors, but it featured some airports we don't see that much here on A.net. Great scenic shots coming into Boise.

Have you seen the new colours which the Alaska Group is now gradually introducing? Looks nice on the Dash 8 for sure.

Horizon looked pretty good. Shame about the two sets of crews but at least you had one nice crew. My last Dash 8 - 400 flight was with Porter out of YUL and they were fantastic in both directions.

Thanks again for putting this one together. Palmjet



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 32, posted (5 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2177 times:
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Hello everyone and sorry for the late reply,

Quoting Eric777 (Reply 30):
Nice set of reports. Cannot seem to find the remaining parts to your series. Did you get to write those parts or did I miss them?

Thank you very much.. Unfortunately I haven't had much motivation to keep on writing trip reports the last couple of months. However I am in the middle of writing part 10 at the moment..

Quoting palmjet (Reply 31):
Hi Brendan

Hi PJ

Quoting palmjet (Reply 31):
Better late than never I guess - sorry for the delay in posting comments on this instalment of your US series from last year.

No problems at all! I have a huge backlog of reports to write and read!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 31):
I really enjoyed this - not just because it featured my favourite Dash 8 in all three sectors, but it featured some airports we don't see that much here on A.net.

I am glad you enjoyed it, and this report indeed features some airports you don't see much here. Although you aren't missing much 
Quoting palmjet (Reply 31):
Great scenic shots coming into Boise.

Yes, that approach was amazing with all the snow on the ground.. Made so many pictures, it was hard to chose which ones to put in this report..

Quoting palmjet (Reply 31):
Have you seen the new colours which the Alaska Group is now gradually introducing? Looks nice on the Dash 8 for sure.

No, I actually haven't seem them yet? When was this announced? Guess I missed it.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 31):
Horizon looked pretty good. Shame about the two sets of crews but at least you had one nice crew.

Indeed, overall Horizon were pretty much ok despite the 2 set of crews

Quoting palmjet (Reply 31):
My last Dash 8 - 400 flight was with Porter out of YUL and they were fantastic in both directions.

Still wanting to try out Porter myself!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 31):
Thanks again for putting this one together. Palmjet

Thanks for commenting!

cheers,

Brendan


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