Flyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1691 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1729 times:
I decided to spend July 4th weekend with my girlfriend in Boston. Since I was traveling alone to see her, and did not feel like driving, the Shuttle was my choice.
DL 1916 7/3/04
Dep LGA: 10:30am (ATD 10:30am)
Arr BOS: 11:36am (ATA 11:21am)
737 N225DL Seat 7F
Not knowing how bad traffic would be from my house, to LGA, I elected to leave at 9:00am. Considering it was the Saturday morning before 4th of July, there was hardly any traffic at all. My dad dropped me off at the Marine Air terminal at 9:20am, were I made my way to being the whole process of flying. As I had only carry on baggage, and printed my boarding pass the previous night, I was able to proceed directly through security, and into the waiting area. Boarding was called at 10:00am, and since I was one of the first few people in line, I had no trouble securing my preferred seat. The flight was 100% full, due to holiday travelers going to Boston, and the fact shuttle flight are only every other hour on Saturdays. We departed of Runway 13 at 10:41am, and proceed to turn NE towards Beantown. Cruise altitude was 21,000 feet, which we remained out for around 8 minutes. The skies were clear this day, which allowed great views of the Long Island sound, and coastal areas. Choice of drinks were served, along with Biscotti cookies. I was disappointed by this, last time when flying shuttle, we at least got a bagel. Descent into Logan started around 11:00am, where all of a sudden it got quite turbulent. A front has passed through the area earlier that day, and the air was still quite unsettled. We landed on runway 4R, at 11:15am. Taxi into the gate was normal, I did see the AA 777- N755AN operating the once weekly BOS-SDQ service awaiting to depart the gate.
DL 1923: 7/5/04
Dep BOS: 2:30pm (Went on 9139)
Arr LGA: 3:35pm
Dep BOS: 12:00pm (ATD 12:00pm)
Arr LGA 1:05pm (ATA 1:06pm
737 N3730B Seat 21F
I awoke early on on the morning of July 5, as I wanted to have breakfast with my girlfriend, and hoped to get on an earlier flight. The weather in Boston was crappy this am, and I had no reason to remain in Boston. The hotel I was staying at this time Logan Airport Hilton, is located on airport ground obviously, so taking the free shuttle provided was the best option. This trip really showed how convenient the Shuttle can be. I left the Hilton at 11:30am, and arrived at Terminal B 7 minutes later. I proceeded right to check-in, which was a mess due to the bad weather, and rerouting of passengers from a cancelled Usairways flight. I normally would have used online check-in, but since I wanted an earlier flight than what I booked, I figured best to check at the desk first. The agent informed me of an extra section which was added, and would be departing at 12:00pm. Even though at this time it was 11:45am, she said no problem for me to get on it. I was psyched about this, as I would get to ride a 737-800 for the first time. I quickly boarded the newish looking plane, which was only half full. We pushed back at 12:00pm, and made our way over to runway 22R. As the weather was very poor at this time, heavy rain, and winds, I was expecting the initial climb to be very bumpy. Takeoff occurred at 12:17, right after a B6 A320. The first few minutes were mostly calm, it was quite cloudy, and all I could see was the wing of my plane. 10 minutes or so into flight, the pilot came on to warn of very rough air the next 10 minutes or so, and for everyone, including the flight attendants to remain seated. Now you know when the crew has to remain seated, things are going to get bad. Sure enough for the next 10 minutes we flew into what was definitely the worst turbulence I had ever experienced, my stomach was not to happy. We finally smoothed out over CT, which allowed the crew to pass out drinks, and pretzels. Initial descent occurred around 12:50pm, allowing nice views of Westchester, and Manhattan. Landing was on Runway 22 at 1:02pm. Overall the Shuttle is a great convenient product, I would much rather go this way, than via Acela.
Flyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1691 posts, RR: 4 Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1568 times:
DL within the last year has switched to using all 737-300's on the Shuttle routes, apparently due to lower passenger loads. The 737-800 is only used for extra section, and sub flights.
I paid $165 for my ticket, for when I fly Shuttle, I will not pay higher than that. Yes, we did enjoy ourselves quite a lot in the Hilton