Nwcoflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 699 posts, RR: 13 Posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5727 times:
This trip report occurred on Saturday, May 22, 2004 on NWA flight 303.
I was originally scheduled on an earlier flight, NW315. However this flight did not have dinner in first class, and I wanted dinner. I asked the gate agent if I could stand by on flight 303, which left a few hours later. He said sure, and confirmed me in first class on NW303.
Boarding began about 20 minutes later than it should have, at 4:40PM for our 5:10PM scheduled departure. This was understandable, because the aircraft arrived 20 minutes late due to thunderstorms in the Twin Cities area. (Major tornado outbreak occurred this past Saturday across the Midwest).
As I boarded the aircraft, I was greeted by a kind flight attendant, who asked if I would like a pre flight drink. I took her up on the offer, and had a can of
Grapefruit Juice Cocktail.
I love row 3 in the 757-300, if I cant have row 1. I think it has the most legroom in first class, next to row 1. We pushed back about 30 minutes late, and the pilot announced that we would be 40 minutes late arriving into Los Angeles. There were severe thunderstorms beginning to develop rapidly over the upper Midwest, and he said we would have to be re-routed.
Flying out of severe thunderstorms.
After takeoff, the flight attendant began taking orders for dinner. Our choices included chicken and noodles, with a salad, and other sides, or a beef rib dinner with a roll of French bread, slice of carrot cake, a side salad, mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, raw salmon with whip cream dip and a touch of Wasabi, and a selection of wine. I had everything except the wine, which I substituted for a Mike’s Hard Lemonade.
As she began to serve the meals (I took the beef by the way), the pilots told the flight attendants and anybody who had their seatbelts unfastened to take their seats immediately and fasten their belts, STAT! No less than 20 seconds later, the aircraft began to experience heavy to severe turbulence. This was by far the most intense turbulence I have ever experienced. I personally love turbulence so it made my day, but some other people began to look a little sick! We were really rolling for about 20 minutes. The pilot updated us, making us aware that we were flying over thunderstorms that were producing tornadoes over Nebraska. I got a picture of the storms when we broke out of the clouds.
The flight attendants were finally allowed to get back up, and began serving dinner again. Everything about the meal was delicious! The three best things were the beef, the cake, and the salmon with whipped cream and a tinge of Wasabi. That whipped cream sure woke up my taste buds. I probably spent 30 to 45 minutes eating, it certainly was a lot of food, even for first class IMO. (The dried apricots in the salad were very good too.)
After the flight attendants served dinner, we flew through more thunderstorms, and the flight attendants were asked to be seated again.
After dinner, the flight attendant came around with water and coffee. I took a cup of coffee, and enjoyed the view out of my window. A beautiful sight of the Rocky mountains, Bryce and Zion National Parks in Southern Utah, and then the Grand Canyon. Once I saw Lake Mead in southern Nevada, I knew it would be less than one hour, and I would be on the ground in LA. I finished the book I was reading, and had another cup of Sierra Mist.
Over the Rocky Mountains full of snow in late May! And I thought Minnesota was bad.
Flying over the Rocky's, viewing the beginning of the Great Basin, near Zion and Bryce National Parks in S. Utah.
Over Zion NP.
Enjoying a cup of coffee.
Over the Grand Canyon.
More Grand Canyon.
Even more of the Grand Canyon.
The San Bernardino County mountains during decent to the
Los Angeles International Airport. You can see the smog in
the valleys below the mountains, which is almost a constant
feature in the LA and Orange County area.
We landed in LA about 20 minutes late, not bad considering the aircraft arrived late from PHX, we left MSP late, and we flew through some violent thunderstorms. The flight attendants made a special announcement for everybody to remain seated, so some pax connecting on DL to Honolulu could catch their connecting flight, which I thought was cool. Back in SoCal for a week, than home to Minnesota.
Ground Customer Service 10/10- No lines, friendly service.
Aircraft 10/10- Clean, comfortable, and not too cold.
In flight service 10/10- Always attentive.
Food 9/10- I wish desert would come separately from the meal.
Overall: 39/40 (IFE not included because NWA doesn’t have any on domestic flights).
BTW, This flight felt like it was 5 minutes long. With all of the great service, turbulence, and grand views, there was no need for IFE to pass time, which is usually how it is on NWA flights. So all of you PTV people who think that an airline cannot survive with out PTV's, ask somebody who fly's NWA. I think it would actually destroy the experience.
Nwcoflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 699 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4403 times:
It was smoked salmon.
That makes more sense. Don't know why I wrote that.
They weren't apricots, but sun dried tomatos.
Are you sure about that? It was much more sweet
than any dried tomato I have ever had. Check out that
yellow thing below the tomato in the picture. (Unless
that was a Orlov Yellow Tomato).
You did NOT fly through any thunderstorms and you probably experienced light to moderate turbulence (by definition) and not severe.
OK, we did not "core punch" any thundertorms. However, I know we flew very close to thunderstorms. And yes, I know it was not severe turbulence by defenition, and probably was moderate.
Hope you have a good return...
I flew home yesterday afternoon, got upgraded again, and had another great flight. Thanks.
Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4176 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4304 times:
It might of been an apricot... but I do know that they've been serving salads with red and yellow sun dried tomatos in them. When I first had one I initially thought it was some rotten piece of I don't know what... but it turned out to be a tomato, much to my delight. You would know if you went through a t-storm. We try and avoid them by about 20 miles or so, but you can get pretty good turbulence off of them if you're on the downwind side.
Jblake1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4182 times:
Thanks you for posting such a great trip report. I bought a F Class trip out to LAX and back on June 26 this morning and was wondering about the service and the meals. I'm really excited about my first trip aboard a NW 753!
Thanks for the info, I'll try and add my experiences in late June.
SR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1741 posts, RR: 37
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4027 times:
Good to see you enjoyed NW. Everytime I tell someone I prefer to fly Northwest I get the look of discontent from them, "Northworst! You have to be crazy!" It gets better when I tell them I fly them over the Atlantic. Glad to see there are some others out there who think NW is a good carrier like me.
Great pictures. I have always enjoyed the 753's on both NW and CO. They are great planes. Though I have not noticed a difference in the legroom on the 753 vs. the rest of the fleet. Did you get a feeling of more spaciousness?
Nwcoflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 699 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4047 times:
SR 103, I get the same reactions with people when I tell them NW is my favorite airline. But the fact is they have always treated me better than any other airline, plus I think WorldPerks is one of the better frequent flyer programs out there.
Mabey it seems like the F class pitch is better just because of the size of the F cabin on the 753 (and the 757 in general).