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User currently offlinePHX757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 95 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4220 times:

So I decided once school was out I was going to go back to the good old Minnesota.

When figuring out dates I noticed as of 6/20 HP/Mesa operate a CRJ-900
Dep Phoenix at 7:35 AM and Arr MSP at 12:46 PM. I think this is the longest CRJ flight now - Way too long.

Flight Details -

America West
Monday, June 7, 2004
Flight # 757
Dep - 9:15 AM
Arr - 2:28 PM
Dep Gate - A27
Arr Gate - C9
Seat: 3C
First Class
Aircraft: 757-200

Sunday afternoon (day before) dropped my car off to get the A/C looked at (VERY important here in Arizona) and the Power steering pump needed to be replaced. I called my friend to tell him I would be in around 2:30 PM and went out for dinner. Went home and packed then tried catching some sleep.

So I basically didn't sleep at all the night before and got up around 6 AM to shower and get my bags in the car. Woke my sister up around 6:45 AM and drove to the airport (20 minute drive).

Arriving at the airport, it seemed a little crowded in Terminal 4 however I went over to the First Class check-in Kiosk and tried getting a window seat however there were none available so I got 3C which is perfect by me. I checked my 67 pound bag, and signed the golf club release thing and was on my way.

I then went upstairs to the security checkpoint A. It was packed! The line would have taken me 30-45 minutes to get through (I ran into a friend who waited in it in the gate area) but I was holding a First Class ticket, Elite and First Class line! Breezed though security (after a few bad looks from the TSA lady) Then I grabbed a bagel and some coffee before heading down to A27. This end of the A concourse was packed! All four gates in the area had flights leaving at the same time to Orlando, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta. I walked around looking for a seat and eventually gave up and sat on the floor by a cement post.

Around 8:45 AM a line of people (seemed never ending) started to from at the podium, they called First Class boarding and I skipped the line (again). Once onboard greeted by a another friendly America West F/A (always nice) I get to the first class cabin and there is this lady standing on the seat looking in the overhead bin I was like umm... ok? I guess she lost her phone (what a blonde... or is it those Scottsdale people? LOL)

Pre-flight Beverage :

Dr. Pepper (and a refill)

We pushed back a little late, this is usual in PHX it seems I am always waiting for a gate upon arrival of delayed departing because of aircrafts on the apron.

We waited for a Dash-8 to land and a Delta flight took off ahead of us. Then it was our turn, man I love the powerful take-offs on the 757!

In-Flight Beverage/Appetizer -
Dr. Pepper and First Class snack mix.

Movie - 50 First Dates

Lunch Choices -

-- or --

I opted for the Penne Pasta, which was wonderful.

Desert -

Apple cobbler

The F/A kept coming around refilling drinks throughout the duration of the flight, which was very nice.

We landed late around 2:40 PM and taxied to Gate C9.

Flight Ranks -

Plane - 8/10 (needs new interiors and Plasmas in the rows)
Service - 10/10 (Great America West Crew)
Food - 9/10 (Good food, but still airline food)

Overall - 27/30
Grade - A


After spending 7 days in Minneapolis and 3 in Brainerd it was time to come home. I was originally scheduled on the 4:52 PM Departure, but we didn't get back to Minneapolis until 2AM and I thought what the heck Ill catch the 7: AM Flight.

So I called HP and they said First is wide open, and I said ok please put me on the stand-by list.

Flight Details

America West
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Flight # 756
dip - 7:45 AM
are - 9:18 AM
dip Gate - C16
are Gate - A11
Seat: 2A
First Class
Aircraft: 757-200

So I arrived at the Airport at 6:30 AM for my 7:45 AM flight and check-in my heavy bag and golf clubs. I went over to Security and it took about 10 minutes to get through and what do yah know? I get "Randomly Selected" for secondary screening... (this happened because I was flying Stand-By) so they wanted me down, hand searched my bag, and made me boot up my laptop, and cell phone. I was on my way, I was really surprised that HP had 3 aircrafts on the ground, 8PM Arrival from PHX (733_, 11 PM Arrival from PHX (752), and 6AM Arrival from LAS (320). The 8PM was at C9, 11 PM - C16, and the 6AM - C15. C15/16 are northwester Gates (how nice of them to let us use them huh?)

First Class boarding was called -

I was greeted by a friendly F/A and proceeded to the First Class cabin. Where there was a male F/A with a stuck-up attitude and had a problem with me sitting in First Class, so he looked at my boarding card and his paperwork and then said "fine, sit up here" in a rude voice - I was like um... I don't need this but shrugged and went on.

Pre-Beverage -

Orange Juice

We pushed early and waited for a few craft's in front of us to depart. After reaching cruise altitude the F/A came around asking for drink orders.

In-flight Beverage/App -

Water and First Class Nuts

Breakfast options -

-- or --

Since they didn't have the Waffles I had the Granola which looked like this -

The breakfast was ok, I found out I was seated next to an F/A who lives in MSP and works out of PHX and flies to work everyday! That would be the life!

She was routed
------Spent Night-----------
-------Spent Night----------
-------Standby Home-------

After breakfast I fell asleep for about 1 1/2 hours, then woke up upon decent into PHX.

We arrived early in PHX at 9:06 AM - Pulled into A11 and went to baggage claim very tired.

Flight Rating -

Plane - 7/10 Looked really worn.
Service - 2/10 He was a jackass.
Food - 5/10 Didn't have what I wanted.

Overall - 14/30

Grade 46% - F

It wasn't really the flight, food, or even aircraft, it was the rude F/A that ruined this flight for me. I wish I would have just taken the 4:52 dip. But it's all over now, and I am still a Happy HP Customer!

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9 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineCOAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4089 times:

great report, pics and details!!!

Continental Micronesia: "Fly With The Warmth Of Paradise"
User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4039 times:

Great report, pics & details.  Smile

User currently offlineAv8rPHX From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 713 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3977 times:

Actually we(Mesa) started PHX-MSP service on 6/18 I believe. I take the PHX-MSP route quite often (non-rev to get home). I try to avoid our Mesa flight like the plague as a 3 hr flight on an RJ does not appeal to me. I have found it surprising lately that many of the PHX-MSP flights are overselling on a daily basis. I figured that the route would be less traveled in the summer due to the lack of snowbird traffic.

User currently offlineIowaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3949 times:

mmmmmm the breakfast waffle looks yummy! Smile

User currently offlinePhx757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3952 times:

Yah they did... but they didn't have them! Made me mad. Since there was only 6 pax out of 14 in First.


User currently offlinePhx757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3894 times:

Av8rPHX -

I know, I took a Mesa CR9 from SEA-PHX last January! It was horrible, the service, crew, and seats. ALL BAD!

Most of the flights to/from MSP have been full lately, I am non-revin in August back to MSP...I might have to book a ticket.


User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3864 times:

You were took on the CRJ-900 is not good and the seat was horrible. Why you don't need to take nonstop on NW.

User currently offlinePhx757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3855 times:

ScottysAir -

I used to live in MSP, and the only option for the most part was NWA. Although they have changed drastically over the last few years... I still prefer HP over them any day!


User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3854 times:

wonderful report!


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