Catholic2006 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 357 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3129 times:
As you might have read, I had horrible flights down to Texas, and after my 2 week stay, I was ready to go home. That they finally came and I was bursting with excitement because I had only flown AirTran Airways once and I couldn't wait to try them again.
We arrived at the airport at about 11:00 for a 1:25p.m. flight to Atlanta. My mother had to park the car and she dropped my sister and I to the curb. She told us to go and stand at the AirTran Airways ticket counter. We had to get a smarte carte because we had a lot of bags. We stood there at the entrance talking to each other about stuff and telling jokes which turned out to make us laugh so hard that people were staring at us. The lines were empty when we had got there, but began to fill as my mom and my li'l bro parked the car. We had to let at least 10 people in front of us, but that didn't matter to me. We still had a while until our flight left.
My mom and my li'l bro finally came after 30 minutes. I guess when you return a rental you have to go through procedures. We waited in line for about 5 minutes and then we checked in. We walked around the terminal until we found concourse b, and were heading down to security when they said that they wouldn't open it until 12:15 p.m. My sister and I had a good space in line while my mom decided to sit and chat (me, my mom, and my dad talk to much, but so does my li'l brother at times). We lost our space because my mom wouldn't come on. We finally got through and went to wait at our gate. The wait area was filthy. I just sat down and studied Italian which, by the way, is coming along "molto bene!"
We sat there and waited for about 45 minutes. They deplaned the passengers on our plane and 15 minutes later called pre-boarding (un-accompanied minors, passengers needed extra time, etc.) and everyone just decided to board then so the agent said "okay, everyone board since that's what you already seem to be doing." If it was me, I would've have maintained order.
We boarded and were warmly greeted. I, once again, had to explain that I played the Oboe (not the clarinet), and proceeded back to our seats. My brother and I argued over the middle seat and I won because I got it. My sister took the windown and my mom took an aisle and my li'l bro took an aisle seat accross from us. After everyone had seemed to board without a problem we started push back. I was a tad bit disappointed at the interior of the DC-9 aircraft, but it was AirTran so I just kept positive. The Flight Attendants did the little demonstration about emergency procedures or whatever. They did pretty good. The one FA was cute, but waaaay beyond my years obviously. We taxied to the runway and started our roll. Oh how smooth it was and the wings WEREN'T BOUNCING!!! (A+ in take off and plane maintenance for AirTran), but the interior still needs some work on this particular aircraft. Our descent was very smooth and very nice and how safe I felt. I had prayed the Rosary asking for a smooth and safe flight and I asked for a flight that would really make Southwest Airlines look bad, but I don't think God likes battling requests (though the flight was way better).
We reached cruising altitude and I pulled out and Arrivals magazine and checked out there vacations specials and read about the destinations and just skimmed through lots of things. The drink cart came around and I ordered a Coke. I sat there and sipped away as I looked through the sky mall magazine which had some really neat stuff in it (if only I had cash). Then me and my sister decided to clown around and we started to get really loud when we laughed, so my mom had to remind us that she and others were trying to sleep and have a quiet flight. We said sorry and after a while started to get loud again, but I decided I wanted some more of their really good pretzels. I asked the FA for some, but she never brought them. Somehow, my brother just kept gettting bags and bags of pretzels (maybe she likes 8 year olds). Well, I decided that it didn't matter (even though she passed a few times fulfilling others' orders, but I said she just might have forgot about us, but somehow remembered my bro who didn't ask for anything). But didn't say anything because I like the airline. We were just as smooth as ever in the cabin and our flight was just bounceless, and I love that: A nice quiet, but smooth flight with excellent FA's, and a great view. I just glanced over at the window every now and then. We started our descent which was fun because we had those slight drops where your stomach had butterflies for about 5 seconds and finally landed which was as smooth and bounceless as ever and taxied to the gate. It was raining out side but I wasn't surprised because AirTran hires excellent pilots. We deplaned at Concourse C.
I have to type the rest in another post because of some computer problems. Sorry, but this is the end of the first trip.
Ne vous inquietez pas. Je ne vous hais pas . . . . encore, mais faites attention !
Catholic2006 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 357 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3029 times:
Thank you, Continental, and I'm glad that you like reading my reports. I try to make them as detailed as possible (and fun) so that the reader can sort of picture what went on. You seem to keep a positive attitude, so I added you to my respected users list. Thanks again, and God bless!
Ne vous inquietez pas. Je ne vous hais pas . . . . encore, mais faites attention !
FLAIRPORT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2996 times:
"Please post your comments about "ATL-PIT" here and not in that post please. Thank you, and God bless you.
Fine, i will say again...
PLEASE listen to the crew and post the entire trip in one or 2 threads!!!!!!!!!!!! It would help us here and would make it easier for you as well. There is unlimited room in the body, I belive.
SR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1728 posts, RR: 41 Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2993 times:
Nice reports, makes for some reading. While I don't really agree with some of the points you made, you make some nice observations. I'm sure within time you will learn more about some of the comments you made. Keep the trip reports comming, they are very entertaining. Glad you liked AirTran, I personally like them as well.
BR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2910 times:
Catholic, If the wings were bouncing on the 737, you should have been glad. The more the wings flex, the better it is. If a wing is stiff, it could snap off at any second. Flex=Good. Stiff=could be bad.
AirOne From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 607 posts, RR: 2 Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2905 times:
One last piece of advice....
Since Southwest is one of the few US carriers making money......get to like them. I can assure you Southwest will be around for a long time.They revolutionized the low fare industry, certainly Air Tran had borrowed aspects from them.
Plugger From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 83 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2876 times:
Chris. You definitely have a future as a travel writer and a sharp editor at one of the better airline magz outta snap you up right now, though I doubt if Southwest would be interested. Evelyn Waugh would have been proud to have written as you do at your age.
I can't wait for your first review of a long international flight. While you are still young you should take one of those horrible charter flights and report, I'm chuckling already. Then reward yourself with a return on BA or CX.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5541 posts, RR: 11 Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2840 times:
I, incidentally, think that Chris probably does not have a career as a travel write, or anything else involving aviation. Chris, I say that with a smile on my face. I replied to what I consider a horribly uninformed trip report, and you replied to me, and we kept respectful tones (although I must admit, you did better than I did) SO- I think I can pretty much say what I think, and you as well, and we will both be just fine. I don't think that you are an imbecile, and you probably don't think that I am, either.
What I wish to say is that we the aviation enthusiasts clearly did NOT impress on you that there is not a Craftsman or Snap On tool that is capable of changing wind currents. How do I know this?
"Oh how smooth it was and the wings WEREN'T BOUNCING!!! (A+ in take off and plane maintenance for AirTran"
Good takeoff? Yes. Give credit to God for that, seriously. Good maintenance? Irrelevant. It does not matter how many times I change the oil in my car, when I go over a speed bump, it's still, well, bumpy. Does that make sense?
I like AirTran too, and hope to fly them someday. The 717 is my favorite- I have already flown that bird with TWA. But no matter how much I like or dislike that company, I cannot credit a bumpy or smooth ride to the guy that turns a torque wrench. Or even the pilot. If- and this is important Chris, because you missed it the last time I said it- IF Air Traffic Control assigns him a certain altitude, he cannot, except in emergency, disobey their request. He can ask- "Fort Worth control, this is critter two-four-niner, it's a bit bumpy here at FL230, can we get a bit higher?" or whatever. But if ATC says, "Critter two-four-niner, please hold present altitude," then TOO BAD. The pilot can't just 'steer around' the bumps.
Incidentally, you say, "if only I had cash" in reference to ordering from Skymall. I don't think they take cash.
The flight attendant never gave you your pretzels? And you actually ASKED for them (a far improvement from NOT ASKING the last one to take the brown backwash out of your flat coke)??? Then why on Earth do you favor the service on this flight over the last one, when the attendant TOOK your order and BROUGHT it to you? You're trying to tell me that good is bad, and bad is good???? I don't think the bishop approves of that practice, buddy.
I am sorry you didn't like Southwest. I am going to fly on them for the first time in YEARS this coming Wednesday on a 1 hour flight. Afterward, I may agree with you completely! But my judgement of their maintenance department will hardly be based on whether we hit turbulence.
I know this has been argued- very heatedly- over the last year, but AirTran's maintenance department has received much criticism since 2000. Whether deserved or not (I for one am at least suspicious, though not as much as others on this board, i.e. the paranoid) no one can argue that they had three (or was it four?) airplanes catch fire in just four months. Fortunately, no one died, but as the flames were burning through the business cabin floor... I would be far for fearful! And then, when the airline personell scrubbed the smoke out of the cargo hold BEFORE the FAA/NTSB investigators arrived... boy, that's weird too. Although, I believe ATL got blamed for that.
Southwest has... not had an airframe destroyed by fire. And AirTran has had several.
Well, I hope that you are having a good weekend, and remember: Christians are like tea bags; you don't know what's in them until you throw them in boiling water.
Plugger From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 83 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2798 times:
I still think, Chris, that you have a career as a writer, of very funny travel articles. For people who take themselves so very seriously you will remain a perplexing annoyance worthy only of factual correction, not a bad thing in itself but also missing the point of your fresh and honest point of view. Keep flying and keep writing about it.
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 27 Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 2686 times:
Of course you don't notice wing flex (or bouncing as you insist on calling it) on a DC-9 or 717 because the engines are in the back and not attached to the wing, thus the wing does not have to bend nearly as much to compensate for the extra weight of the engines.
I also find it interesting that you keep referring to yourself and your point of view to that of a CHILD even though you are really a teenager. Furthermore, you write pretty well for a "child" which leads me to further doubt any of the drivel that you are posting on these boards.
Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2109 posts, RR: 21 Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 2675 times:
agreed with what most of you are saying, but it's gone too far, and Catholic doesn't seem to be around to defend himself. (I think he said something about Band Camp?) So we'll close things up for now.