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NWA MSP-MDW-MSP Daytrip (Lots Of Pics) Looong!  
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8002 times:

WARNING, you must have a lot of time to read this, plus you must be ready to read a really good trip report, did I mention that it's really really long!? I finally decided that I was going to take a day trip and head out to Chicago. I had a choice, Midway or O'Hare. But O'Hare was like $100 more on American, and Midway was much less on Northwest, plus I've been to O'Hare tons of times, and I've never been to Midway, yet alone fly on NW. I've also never seen Southwest, and I really wanted to see them!! So I booked my trip on travelocity.com, and I picked the flights with aircraft I was never on! I brought a bag with my which consisted of my camera bag, Starburst candies, an airline magazine, and my airline tickets. I've never done a daytrip before, but I really wanted to do one, because so many of you do em' here, and they sound really really fun, especially if you're an airplane fanatic like me.

Here are the tickets, the red markings are from TSA agents with their red pens.
Northwest Airlines
Flight 672
Airbus A320-200 (N363NW)
Depart: 12:56 PM
Arrive: 2:02 PM

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BEFORE: I arrived at the airport around 11:30 for my 12:56 departure. I was excited, and ready to go. I said so long to my brother, and I walked into the terminal. I headed over to the NWA check-in, and I decided to do it electronically on the machine. As I walked, I noticed that at MSP, they have these round thinks that hang from the ceiling that has the airlines logo which has that airlines check-in counter below. It looks very modern, and it's helpful to find your airline. I went to the machine, and I checked in. It took me about 2 minutes. I was originally put in a middle seat at travelocity.com, but when I got to the machine, I chose 'change seat' and I picked 22A, which was a window seat. I made my way to security, and I talked to TSA agent about Chicago as I went through. He told me that he's been there a few times, and he'd rather pay to fly there, because it's a pain in the ass to drive 6 hours, rather than to fly for 1 hour. I got past security, and decided to go to the gate right away for some reason (I forgot about the damn observation deck!). I got to the gate, and I got bored, because I had a hour left. So I walked back, and went to the new C concourse extension for regionals. WOW, I mean WOW, this thing looks FANTASTIC! It looks very welcoming and modern. The underground walkway's pretty cool which connects to the new little terminal. It's funny to see a Saab340 parked with a jetway leading up to it! Anyway, I walked back to my gate, G22, which is inconveniently located ALLL the way at the other end. I got there, and we had about 20 minutes left. I saw N661US, a Northwest 747-400 from Tokyo in new colors, I didn't have time to snatch my camera. I then saw a USAir Express ERJ takeoff, what the hell is USAir Express ERJ doing at MSP? Is it that bad, have they downgraded their 2+ hour flight to an ERJ?? Yikes. A few minutes later, they called general boarding to Midway. I saw Midway on the little screen, FINALLY, MSP has the new LCD screens like almost all the airports do! Last time at MSP, they didn't have them.

BOARDING: I walked up to the gate, and the lady told me I didn't need to show the ID since I already showed it 8,000 times to other people. I walked down the very very long jetway to the A320. I got on the A320, and headed straight to my seat, which was 22A. It had a nice view of the wing. I stowed my bag under the seat, and anxiously waited for the pushback. There was a nice lady who sat in the aisle next to me. After waiting about 15 minutes, the main cabin door was shut, and the engines started up as we pulled out of the gate.

TAXI: This was my first time in an A320, I've been on a Lufthansa A321 before, and they were similar. We made our way to 12R for departure. I expected to wait about 10 minutes in line like always, but we were number one for takeoff. We pulled up to the runway, and we saw a 757-200 come over and touchdown. We pulled onto the runway, and we were ready to depart to KMDW as NWA flight 672.

TAKEOFF: The takeoff was usual. The pilot applied a lot of thrust, and we started going down the runway really fast. I noticed an A320 in new colors land on 12L on the roll. We then rotated, and I got a fantastic view of all the NWA aircraft on the ground. I didn't have my camera out, so I didn't get any photos of takeoff.

INFLIGHT: We took a slight turn to the right after takeoff. We were then climbing on our way up to FL270. I then whipped out the camera. I took my first inflight shot.

I really like the winglets of the A320s, especially on NWA. I like the little logo they applied to it. After a while, we were almost at FL270. We were almost into the clouds.

We flew south to Iowa, then turned towards Chicago once were were over Iowa.

Since this flight was strictly over the midwest, the majority of the things you'll see in the air is farmland. Tons and tons of farmland, there'll never be a shortage of food, look at all of it!! I found the pattern of the trees on the land very interesting. I wasn't expecting anything on the flight, not even a beverage. The F/As came around, so I got an orange juice. I even got a little bag of 'Spinzels', they're pretty good, they were buttery! I remember in 98' when I was going to Croatia, we flew MSP-ORD on UA, and we got a box in economy with a sandwich, chips, fruit, candybar, and a drink. Man the times have changed! After 45 minutes, we made our descent into the Chicago area. We passed this little airport in Illinois which appeared to be adding a new runway!

We were getting closer and closer to Midway. I was ready to land! I threw away my garbage, and grabbed my camera again. We started to slow down for the approach, so the pilot applied some spoilers.

This little kid behind me got really annoying, he was flying by himself from PDX-MSP-MDW. He kept kicking my seat, and making these louds noises. When there was turbulence, he'd say 'They're shooting at us!' It was sort of funny.

LANDING: We turned final for 31C, and we made our way down the glideslope. I've seen pictures here of aircraft landing at MDW, and skimming over the rooftops. I had to witness this! We got closer and closer, then I heard BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP. The batteries on my camera had just ran out, and I didn't want to waste time changing batteries and miss the approach, so I didn't get pics of the approach. WOW, the approach was amazing. I was shocked, you do come in SOOOO low over the rooftops! The people who live on the end of the approach are so lucky, they can photograph from their yards! We had a touchdown which was pretty good, the pilot applied full thrust because he touched down a little late, and the runway wasn't that long. We pulled off 31C, and passed the ATA hangars. I've seen ATA at MSP, so I wasn't too excited. Then we passed the Southwest hangars and I got really excited! I saw my first Southwest aircraft in the hangar! It was cool! We taxiied to the B concourse, the part of the concourse that is by the C concourse, it's basically the concourses for the 'non-lowfare' airlines. We pulled into gate B2.

DEPLANING: I got off the plane after a majority of the people left. I walked to the front, and decided to ask the pilot if he knew the registration of the aircraft, because I didn't know it and I wanted to know. So he welcomed me into the cockpit, for some reason the co-pilot wasn't there, he left right away after the engines were cut. We talked about the reg, and I told him why NW has US and NB in their other aircraft, and NB's on the 319's. He told me he never knew that, he thought it was all NW! He then told me he was new to NWA, so he doesn't know much about that! We talked about flight lessons, and how he just bought a Muskateer aircraft. Then I shook his hand, thanked him, and left. I walked up the jetway to the terminal.

TERMINAL: WOW, MDW is better then I expected! I thought it was going to be all stinky and junky, but WOW, the terminal looks super new! I immediately walked down to the end of the B concourse to explore. There was a bunch of Southwest flights leaving, I was super excited to see Southwest! I looked out the window to see a USAir Express ERJ takeoff, and a Chicago Express ATA Saab340 land. Those look really nice! There was an ATA flight leaving for Denver, so after that I left that area. I went back to the NWA gates, and I put new batteries in my camera. When I got back, the NWA A320 was ready to head back to MSP. I snatched a few photos of it.

It was backed out, and the engines were started. The flight was ready to head back to MSP.

The aircraft was pushed all the way back, and then it was disconnected from the tug.

It then began it's taxi back to an active for departure back to MSP.
I walked out of the secure area, and up to check-in. I decided to check in a few hours early for my flight back. I went to the electronic checkin, and checked in in about 2 minutes again! It's so convenient! I then walked outside of the terminal to see the weather. It was pretty hot outside, and people were waiting for others to pick them up at the drop off/pick up area. I noticed the A320 was still taxiing. A few aircraft landed, and a Southwest 737 took off. Then I saw the A320 I was just on go up into the air, and take a hard right turn. After it was out of sight, I walked back downstairs, and into the security area. There were a ton, I mean a ton of Southwest adds on the wall, seems like a very nice airline! I walked up to the agent, and the AirTran pilots behind me got to go to the 'employee' section. The agent wrote with the red pen on my ticket to confirm that I'm ok to be in the terminal area (stupid Bush). Then I walked to the x-ray machines, and got through fast. The TSA agents here are quick, a little too quick if you know what I mean. They didn't put much effort in the the process. I walked through, and the guy looking at the bags was too busy talking to his workmate, he didn't even look at the screen. So I was through in like 30 seconds. I then walked over to the C concourse where Continental, Delta, Frontier, and American operated from. I heard an announcment that there was going to be a 30 minute church service in the chapel at 4. It was 3, so I walked up there to check out the chapel. I met the priest who was really nice, it's run by a couple of old folks who were really nice. I told the priest I'd swing around for the 4 o'clock service, I didn't want to go to church on Sunday! I had time, so I went to the food court, and got a pizza. I thought $3.50 was too much for a slice, but HOLY CRAP, this slice was HUGE, and it was possibly some of the best pizza I've ever had, it ranks right up there with the pizza I've had in Italy.

I then walked back to the C concourse, and read the flight boards. It was then around 3:45, so I headed up to the chapel. There were a few people there. So I took my seat in the back of the tiny room. Lots of TSA agents came in, and it looks like a few are regular to the church. Service was nice, but I was surprised, do people in Chicago not give money to church? I thought my $5 was measly, but when people gave nothing I was surprised. After church(it's still funny, church at the airport!?) I headed down to the B concourse again. I wanted to get some Southwest pics. Lots of people were crowded at the window, and a ton had glare, so it wasn't good for pics. I then walked down to the Northwest gates in the B concourse. I saw the 757 from MSP come in, we had a hour and 15 minutes until departure.

I took note of the registration, it was N512US. I remembered the reg. from somewhere... I then started getting nervous, because I have not got any Southwest pics at that time! So I walked anxiously up all the concourses looking for some Southwest aircraft, there were a lot, but the windows were crowded with people. I then found one that was far away, hell, it was better then nothing.

I love those colors on Southwest, it looks very nice! It's possibly the best paint scheme in America. I then got a shot of another 737 in normal colors.

I must say, the normal colors look really nice as well! They are better than a lot of other carriers in the world.

This was my last Southwest shot, it looked nice with all the engine exhaust, and the heat blurring out some of the hotels in the background. It was getting closer to boarding time, so I headed to the Hallmark store to get a Chicago postcard for my mom. I paid 82 cents for that postcard! I then called my brother, and let him know I was heading back to MSP.
Northwest Airlines
Flight 615 (continues to Spokane, WA)
Boeing 757-200 (N512US, it's the aircraft in the pic above)
Depart: 6:12 PM
Arrive: 7:35 PM

BOARDING: They always board the back of the aircraft after first class and special needs, so I got on right away. Since I was in 31A, I got another window seat. I liked this seat, it had a nice view outside. The seat wasn't wide though, the A320's seats were fantastic, they were really wide and comfortable. The seats here were small and normal. The main cabin was shut, and they showed the safety demonstration as we pulled out.

TAXI: We were the largest aircraft at the airport at that time (LOL!). We began our taxi to runway 4R.

I got my last few glimpses at the two carriers who dominate this nice airport.

I was treated to another Southwest 737! After visiting this airport, I really wanted to fly Southwest someday, I guess I caught the 'Southwest-Bug.' We then taxiied away from the terminal, and I was treated once more to another Southwest 737. I was excited over the ATA 737-800, since we get them everyday here at MSP.

That was it for Southwest, I didn't see them again. We made our way to 4R pretty quickly. We passed the general aviation area, and the tower.

We continued to 4R. We stopped before the runway, and we passed Atlantic Aviation hangar. MDW is unique, it's plopped right in the middle of a residential area. It was cool to see the fence, then right behind it someone's backyard. They are lucky, the just look out their window and see a big 757 taxi by. We passed Kerry's auto collision center. After waiting for a Chicago Express ATA Saab340 to land, and an ATA 737 to takeoff, it was finally our turn to go. We pulled onto the runway.

TAKEOFF: The pilot applied full thrust, and we didn't move. That's because he had the breaks on, he wanted to let the engines get ot full power before he let the breaks go because the runway isn't that long. I heard they also do this at SXM. We went rocketing down the runway after the jolt which came from the releasing of the breaks. We rotated pretty early actually.

We got up into the air, and climbed nicely. I saw a 727 of USPS, and an American Fokker F-100 not at the gates, it was static.

We then took a turn after takeoff, which was to the left, over the residential neighborhoods.

We kept flying left for a while.

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The 757 continued to fly left, then it finally leveled the wings. We got a good last glimpse at MDW.

The departure was scarier then hell! We leveled off really low, and he cut the engines. I knew this was part of the departure plan, so I wasn't worried. The engines didn't seem like they were running for three minutes, and we didn't gain any altitude. A few minutes later, the engines came back into force, and we were then climbing.

INFLIGHT: I was sitting next to this hot chick who was from Chicago, and flying to MSP to see friends, because she lives there. She thought I was older, and asked where's some good places to drink. She was 21! I told her that I was only 16. She was very nice, she kept talking almost the entire flight to me! We then climbed into the clouds, and we saw another aircraft leaving a contrail passing us heading west to east.

We cruised our way up to FL310. The pilot was making all these wrong announcments. He told us we might arrive 20 minutes early. How the hell were we going to make it into MSP in 35 minutes!?

Our 757 was an awesome performer! We made our way up to FL310, right where Illinois meets Iowa, it got hazy.

We got 'Spinzels' pretzels by Harvest Road again. The girl next to me said she doesn't really like pretzels, but these were good because of the butter. Everyone got a half-can of soda. The girl next to me ordered tonic water and gin. The gin came in these two tiny bottles which looked cool. It cost $10, I don't know anything about gin, so I couldn't say if it were a good price or not. The F/As skipped me, so I asked can I have a drink. So I asked for a Sierra Mist, and they gave me the whole can since they were done with this part of the cabin. The seat pitch on the 757 is normal, but on the A320 is was REALLY nice! Legroom's never a problem, I always stick my feet and legs under the person's seat in front of me! We made our way over Dubuque, Iowa, Mason City, Waterloo, and then up 35E to MSP. We were 31,000 feet up, and there was still clouds/haze below us, and on top of us. So for about 25 minutes we got nothing to look at outside except one 757 wing. A few minutes later, we made our descent 55 miles from the airport. We broke through all the crappy clouds, and had a relatively smooth descent. I threw away my garbage, and I talked to the girl about college, and jobs. We then talked about landing and takeoffs as we made our way to final. I told her that landing was harder than takeoffs, because there are soo many things to do. She told me she wonders how a little discman like hers would effect a plane. I told her people would pay attention to their CDs rather than landing, especially when most accidents occur. I said who cares, do what you want, I kept my camera on the entire time! We made our way onto final.

It was relatively smooth the entire way down, the pilot applied flaps, and then eventually let the wheels down. We were approaching 12R, the runway which I took off that morning, so that means we'd fly over the residential area, and pass Minneapolis and fly over Cedar Avenue.

It was hazy around MSP, though it was still ideal for photography! We got lower and lower, and we were almost to 12R.

LANDING: We were almost there.

If you look closely at that photo, you'll see Lake Nacomis, Cedar Avenue, and Hope Church, you should know where this is if you live or lived around MSP. We passed that, and made our way over the marshy areas before 12R. We passed over, and I took one last shot.

It just so happens that NW's new A319 in new colors happened to slip into the picture! It looks really nice. We had a nice touchdown, and the girl said this was the worst part, the landing! At first I thought we weren't going to use reverse thrust because we rolled with spoilers for a while, and then it reverse thrust, and it was LOUD! We then pulled off 12R, and began our way to C4. As we taxiied, I watched the A319 takeoff. We made a pretty fast taxi to the gate. I was surprised at the weather, I took off in pure sun, and arrived back a few hours later in crappy weather. We passed an Icelandair 757 heading out to 12L for departure to Rejkavik. We arrived at C4, and the pilot cut the engines. I got up, and went straight to the bathroom. I couldn't wait, I really had to go, and I wasn't prepared to wait for all the people in the front to get off the aircraft. I got out, picked up my bag, and went to the front, said 'so long' and got off the looong 757. I walked down the jetway. The aircraft had one or two people already waiting at the gate for the 9:20 departure to Spokane, WA. I walked around the terminal, and then headed to the payphones. On the way, I saw the Icelandair 757 go really fast down the runway, then lift off. I called my brother, then 30 minutes later, I was in the car on the way home, thus concluding my daytrip to Chicago.

CONCLUSION AND THOUGHTS: I was really pleased with NWA. I've never been on an A320 or a 757(as far as I could remember). NWA made these flights really nice, the cabin crew was great, especially the pilot on the MSP-MDW flight. I will definetely do one of these daytrips again this year, I'll try to go someplace different, if I go to MDW again, I won't be dissapointed! I'll try NWA again anytime, they are really great! I'll do more picture reports next time, over the next few weeks I'm heading to EWR on Continental, and to MCO on Northwest. I must say, I fell in love with Southwest Airlines. I did't even fly them, and I still like them! I really hope to fly them someday. Maybe I'll do another daytrip to Chicago, a flight early in the morning from MSP, then take a Southwest flight, then Southwest back to MDW, then a flight back to MSP. I'll try a daytrip in a few months maybe that has a few stops! Northwest gets a very happy customer(me) from flying me! I'd give em' a 10/10, why not a 10/10? They were ahead of schedule, they offered beverages which I didn't expect, and I got to fly on two really sweet aircraft! Thanks for reading my post! I hope you enjoyed it! Is this possibly the world's longest trip report!?!! Have a good one!


37 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12341 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7772 times:
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Nice trip report and I really liked all your photos. Yeah SouthWest is a great carrier and hopefully soon you can fly them.

You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 7692 times:

Thanks! I really like Southwest, and I didn't even fly them! It's just the atmosphere of the flights seems so inviting! Like I was saying maybe I'll do another daytrip, fly NWA to MDW in the early morning, take a Southwest flight, then another one back, then NWA back to MSP!


User currently offlineNwa747-400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 7609 times:

GREAT REPORT! All the pics and info was awesome!

Regarding the 757--did they show the safety demo on the TVs or was it done "live" by the FA's?

Fly the Red Tail!!!

User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1748 posts, RR: 37
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7537 times:

Excellent trip report. I really enjoyed the pictures. Hope you will be able to try Southwest soon, its an experience in its self. Glad you liked NW. Good to know they made a great first impression on you. Hopefully I made the right choice by flying Northwest Orlando-MSP-AMS instead of KLM next month. I am also sure you'll have a great time on CO to EWR. Watch out for the ground staff though!  Big grin Keep the excellent trip reports coming.

SR 103

User currently offlineTineau From Netherlands, joined Nov 2001, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7508 times:

Great report!! I like the photos you took! Thanks

User currently offlineAv8rPHX From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 713 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7501 times:

Great pics...makes me miss the Minneapolis area tho  Sad . I am thinking about taking a day and 1/2 trip to MSY from PHX. Right now I can go PHX-MSP-MSY r/t for $178. WN isnt a bad airline,I just see too many of their planes in PHX since it is their hub, wish I could see some more Red Tails here. Hope to see some more trip reports from you in the future.

User currently offlineTaloush From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2001, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7492 times:

Excellent report and fantastic photos, John! I'm glad that you enjoyed your day-trip and NW--it's refreshing to hear some positive remarks about them!

Just out of curiousity...What kind of camera do you use? Your pics are most impressive!  Big thumbs up


Your attention, please.
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7466 times:

Thanks everyone for the kind comments! Nwa747-400, on the 757 the F/As did a 'live' safety demonstration. The TVs were down, but they weren't turned on.

Taloush: I'm using an Olympus C-700, which is a 2MP camera. It's actually pretty nice, it has a 10X optical zoom! I have a few pics on a.net with it, and I have more on the way! The reason why some of the pics above may be slightly blurry is because it's really tough shooting through lots of glass!


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7368 times:

I was just really glad to get on the A320 and 757. Both are sweet aircraft. Has anyone else flown NWA on these? I noticed that the A320s seat was bigger, and comfortable, while the 757s seat was sort of small. The 757 looked like a normal seat, while the A320 had a head cushion built in, and it looked more welcoming! Thanks for reading my report!


User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2434 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7336 times:

Great report! I like the "virtual report" with all the photos (I'll have one of my own later this week.) Glad to hear you liked MDW. It's definitely an airport in a class all its own, and the new terminal is really making things a lot nicer.

User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 7327 times:

Excellent report and the pics are excellent!  Big thumbs up

cathay pacific, now you're really flying
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7267 times:

Thanks! I'll try to do it again in the future!!!


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12341 posts, RR: 45
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7242 times:
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If you want to experience WN you should see about going VIA mdw again taking NW to MDW and then WN to BWI which is quickly becoming a very big hub for them and you could see lots of planes of there's. Maybe even a few of the special painted ones, like Texas One and such. Leave early from MSP fly to MDW change to southwest and go to BWI spend the day and then return from BWI to MDW and get back on NWA to MSP.

You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineMrLineGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7182 times:

The airport you saw on approach to MDW was Lewis University Airport (LOT) in Romeoville, IL. which is a southwestern suburb of Chicago.



More right rudder...
User currently offlineGotAirbus From Singapore, joined May 2001, 851 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7162 times:

Nice trip report indeed...I do not see that much "airplane fanatics" in A.net giving in-depth analysis of an airline and its surroundings.


P.S.: Keep up that enthusiasm of yours!

(gotAIRBUS?) - (Got Commonality?) - (Have A Nice Flight!)
User currently offlineAv8rPHX From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 713 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7158 times:

I noticed that the A320s seat was bigger, and comfortable, while the 757s seat was sort of small. The 757 looked like a normal seat, while the A320 had a head cushion built in, and it looked more welcoming!

I am still a big 757 fan,but I enjoy the comfort of an A320 over the 757 anyday. I do alot of flying on HP and try to take the Buses when possible. I still have yet to be on an NW Airbus,been on every other model of their planes except for the Airbus.

User currently offlineCoAir@IAH From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7131 times:

I'm not going to lie to you.
Loved the trip report, but I was disappointed that there were no pictures of your seatmate on the return to MSP.

BTW, I fly into MSP quite a bit from IAH and was wondering something.

Is it ALWAYS bumpy on landy at MSP?

No matter the weather, once the flaps are lowered, the jolts are inevitable.
You or anyone know why??


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7124 times:

Thanks everyone! MrLineGuy, that was cool that you found that airport! Looks pretty nice.

CoAir@IAH, lol, I think it'd be odd to take a picture of the girl! The approach into MSP this time was not bumpy. The approach into MDW was VERY bumpy! Maybe it's because there are lots of airport that use MSP causing airwake, or maybe you fly in when the air masses change!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineCoAir@IAH From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7110 times:

Are you kdding?
Throw a compliment her way and tell her she's the most memorable part of your flight (and that doesn't have to be true)....but tell her that and she'll pose for a picture. I don't think it would be odd. In fact, most people I know think that taking pictures of A320 winglets is MORE odd. Believe me as I know this from personal experience...LOL...

Next time you're next to a hottie, AND (heaven forbid..) she's friendly -- Snap her picture. You'll make everyone's day when you post your trip report and they'll be talking about it for weeks.

As for the bumpy arrivals into MSP....I cannot remember one smooth landing @ MSP. Ironically, the best was in a Saab 340 coming in from CWA last Christmas. The temp was in the low teens and it was before sunset.

Take care.

User currently offlineFlyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2026 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7102 times:

IF you've took a ride on an old nasty city bus then you've flown southwest... nah they arent that bad, they have good crews...etc but they aren't super nice, They are getting better tho!

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7088 times:

LOL! CoAir@IAH, she was cool with me and all. I never really thought about taking her picture, I guess I should have....


User currently offlineCoAir@IAH From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7081 times:


This should go out to all trip reporters who take pics on the airplane.

Get pictures of the ladies (or the gentlemen) you find pleasing. Especially if you mention them in your reports. Again, it doesn't just have to be of women.

This is an equal "opportunity" website.


User currently offlineTbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7071 times:

My friend, if you are only 16 years old, I can imagine what your trip reports will be like in 10 years! GREAT writing skills. You know, with your love of aviation and your skill at writing, you might want to take a look at travel journalism. Not only do you get to travel extensively, but you get PAID for it...You don't miss a thing (like seatmates MDW-MSP)!

Now, if you want a really neat take-off (better than the one at MDW), try SNA on a 757. Short, HEAVY noise abatement - thrilling ride!

Keep up the great work!

User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7071 times:

Sweet trip report! It made me feel like I was flying.

Go big or go home
25 Continental : Thanks! Tbear, I have expressed interest in that career! I think it'd be very fun to travel, write up about the experience, and get paid for it! Hmmm,
26 Tbear815 : If you do get to LGW, my friend, take some time to see London - there's a LOT more than just airports (although LHR is fascinating). When I was your a
27 Continental : I'd imagine I could get my dad to go with me. I would like to see London again! co
28 Post contains images DC-10 Levo : Fantastic report John! Probably the longest report I have ever read . Those pics are great! Have you tried uploading any? The close-up of the winglet
29 CMK10 : A great report with some nice shots too. Like you I take some daytrips myself. This year I've been to Boston and Washington-Reagan/National and next m
30 Post contains images Continental : Thanks again! Ash, I submitted some, I got about 6 in! CMK, yeah, I think I'll go ahead and get the Worldperks thing filled out. My parents fly NWA a
31 Post contains images Continental : Hey Ash, the A320 winglet one got rejected for badmotiv. co
32 Post contains images IndustrialPate : I enjoyed the pictures . A couple points: - The A319/A320's seats are wider than those on a B737 or B757. I find the A319/A320 more comfortable in Eco
33 Continental : IP, I noticed that too! The seats on the A320 were possibly some of the best economy seats ever flown on. The 757 actually seemed smaller than most, l
34 IndustrialPate : The majority of NW’s B752 fleet [i]is[/i] old – in fact, several of the DC-10 and B742 are newer! Of their 56 B752, 33 were delivered 1985-1988, 1
35 Lu : Great report. Enjoying it like reading Harry Potter. so funny you are. you wrote:the lady told me I didn't need to show the ID since I already showed
36 Northwesta319 : EXCELLENT REPORT! That is a great report, hope to hear more from you!
37 Continental : Once again, THANKS everyone! IP, that was great! You know a ton about NWA and their fleet, that info. was very interesting, I never knew that! Lu, bef
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