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June 24th AA RSW-STL (Major Pics Beware!)  
User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Posted (9 years 2 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 11963 times:

Airline :American
Aircraft: MD-82
Scheduled Departure: 1:20pm
Scheduled arrival: 2:51pm
Reg: N221AA


Check in, Security-Well it was now time to finally go home!! FINALLY!!! The flight was scheduled to leave at 1:20pm, and we decided to leave at 10:00am from the hotel, as it is a 1 hour drive, so we would get there about 11:00a,. That gives us 15 minutes or so to get rid of rental car and get to airport, and then ample time for security and looking around the airport. So with that in mind we left for RSW around 10:00am. I had talked to Tommy last night and we were both worried that it was not enough time so I was hoping we would be fine. We ran into a freak storm, that was so bad we had to pull over. That lasted about 5 minutes, but it was making me nervous. It cleared and we arrived into RSW at about 10 minutes after 11:00am. We drive to the Alamo car rental, drop off the car and headed to a shuttle bus. We got on and it took us to the departure A terminal where AA flies out of at RSW. We got off and headed to the AA check in counters. We checked in at the Self Service Check –In. It was then I freaked a little bit. The airline had moved our departure time from 1:20pm to 12:49pm. I looked at my watch thinking ho gosh do we have enough time now?! When we checked in it was 11:30am, less then an hour before they started boarding already according to our pass. My mother got the SSSS Card haha. Went to security and waited about 10 minutes before we got to the machines. We all went through and my mother got pulled aside to be checked of course. The TSA was cracking jokes about it and making fun, all in good spirits and such. Once we got through we headed to A-4.

Walk Around-MAJOR PICS HERE!!!
With 40 minutes or so left to boarding I took the time to walk around quickly and take some pictures of RSW. I will let the pics speak for themselves.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/usairways.jpg
US Airways leaving and flying RSW-DCA-PVD.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/usataxing.jpg
Backing Out.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/usairturning.jpg
BYE!!!

Walked around some more and caught some B6 action too!
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/jetblue.jpg

Sun Country at the gate!
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/N801SY.jpg

NWA, DL, and the works!!
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/nwadc9.jpg

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/dlmd88taxing.jpg

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/dlmd88tail.jpg

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/rswterminal.jpg

Then I saw the AA flight to STL was landing and decided to catch it coming in!

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/aaincoming.jpg

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/aadl.jpg
The DL 757 behind followed it to the gate. Had to wait for a DL MD88 to taxi out fo the gate which I took earlier.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/AATail.jpg
At the gate with a SONG 757 in the back.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/aaatgate.jpg
Nearly parked!

Soon in no time it became time to board.

Boarding, Taxi- Our entire family was group 3, so when they called for group 3 , we all boarded. I headed to 24A, my brother in 24B. Finally a window seat!! Wahoo!!. Expect more pics to come  Silly. Everyone else boarded, and the Pilot announced a Flight time of 2 hours and 1 minute. I snapped a pic of an Air Tran 717 and, USA3000 A320.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/AirTran.jpg
N899AT is the reg number

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/USA3000.jpg
N264AV is the reg for this plane .

We backed out and taxied to Runway 6, but paused for a spirit MD-82 to take off heading to ACY. As we taxied by I saw the new RSW terminal being built and opening soon. Here are some pics!

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/rswterminalnew.jpg


http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/2ndnewrswterminal.jpg

So finally we turned onto Runway 6.
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/rswrunway.jpg

Take off, In flight- Well, we did an immediate rolling take off. We lumbered down and then took off about quite a ways down the runway. Here are some pics to show it.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/takeoffrsw.jpg
TAKE OFF!

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/overrsw.jpg
Over Flying RSW Airport.

We climbed after that some more
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/climbingatrsw.jpg

Well we took a huge turn to the left after that.
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/aaleftturn.jpg

We settled down and climbed, and climbed. Engines going in and out. All the works.
Got a picture of the in cabin.
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/aaincabin.jpg

We reached cruising flight, and I watched the scenery go by, and the F/A came by and did service. Here are some more pictures.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/aacruising.jpg

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/clouds.jpg

F/A came to my row and asked what we would like to drink. She was VERY cheery and pleasant to be around. I got to talk to her a little bit afterwards on a bathroom stop. She gave me a full can of coke, and then I finished that up. I got up to go to the bathroom and I saw her sitting and just minding her own so I struck up a chat. She was quite a pleasant one to chat with. She truly loved her job and enjoyed it. We got to talking and I found out this was her last flight of the day, and she was STL based. I said she was the first F/A iv met that was STL based. She said ahh yes, its been awhile since the TWA times heh? I said yes, I was an avid TWA flyer, and of course when AA bought them I had to switch. She said me too, I wanted to work for TWA so bad, but they did not hire me, so I went for AA and now I got hired. I said bet your glad you are with AA now. She chuckled and said yes, but I wouldn’t have minded TWA. So we talked a bit about TWA and AA and then it became soon to land so I went back to my seat. Such a pleasant woman. Some more pics of the downwind to STL.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/aaslatsnearstl.jpg
Wings working to get us down to STL!

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/downtownstl.jpg
Overflying the Arch and downtown STL.

Pilot announced 10 min to landing and F/A please prepare. So we did that and we landed on R 30R. while all take offs were on R 30L.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/approachstl.jpg
Approaching STL, seconds from Landing.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/landingatstl.jpg
Touchdown!

We slowed down, and had to wait for 6 RJ’s to take off. 5 American Connection, and a UAL RJ, and an AA MD80, plus an USA Jet, it was a DC-9. Finally, we could cross. I captured an AA 757 taxing by to the gate, and then we stopped at the gate, gate C-10. Pilot announced our baggage would be M-1. So we all got off, and I walked down to baggage Claim. It felt so good to be home!

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/aa757.jpg
The 757 taxing to the gate.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b163/atrude777/aastl.jpg
Bunch of AA MD80’s at the gates, with a lone 757 back there.

Hope you enjoyed the pics and report!!
Alex


Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
19 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineRodNav From Mexico, joined Dec 2004, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 11795 times:

Great report Alex. I enjoyed it a lot.
All the pictures were worth the wait  Smile
It looks like you had a blast!

Looking forward to more trip reports from you

Rod


User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3767 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 11765 times:

Great report Alex Big grin

I miss TWA at STL  Sad

Rob!


User currently offlinePensacolaguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11597 times:

Thanks for all the pictures. Hope you enjoyed your stay in RSW.
AA Mad Dogs really are silver..You can actually see the reflection of the clouds in your pictures!


User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11547 times:

Thanks for the comments.

Bad news- Upon further inspection I found my bags were damaged on the inside. Structure damage, rips, and tear. So i called AA on the phone at reservations, I answered her questions, and she told me to send them to STL Airport. However I am a 2 hour drive, so I said may I send them to MWA, which is 10 minutes from me. She said let me check. And confirmed I could claim bag damage at that airport. So I loaded the car with the damaged bags, and headed to MWA. I told them my flight detail , what happened, and how I found the damaged stuff etc etc. They looked at the bags and deemed it damaged enough for them to pay all stuff and liability. So they took my bags, my boardingpass, my bag claim ticket, and itinerary (a copy of it) and said they will send it to DFW. STL Airport will pay for all expenses and liability cost etc etc. So now I have no bags lol. It will take up to 4 weeks for them to look at it. They said they will try to fix it themselves, and they will call JC Penny (where I got the bag) and ask them for the price range and cost to fix such things, and try to fix it themselves, if it is deemed unfixable, they will ship it back to me, and send me the money of what JC Penny says its worth, and I will have to get a new bag. So thanks AA for the patience, and quickness in trying to get my bags. Where they could have lost a customer, they handled it well.
Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlinePhatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1353 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 11439 times:

Good TR. I read both part of your TR. You may be the last individual to have pictures of the old RSW terminal in active service.

User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11426 times:

sorry folks, pics dissapeared, im working on it!


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User currently offlineAPFPilot1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11423 times:

Quoting Phatfarmlines (Reply 5):
Good TR. I read both part of your TR. You may be the last individual to have pictures of the old RSW terminal in active service.

I dont know if i would go that far.


User currently offlineCatatonic From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 11301 times:

Why oh why do people use photobucket?


Equally Cursed and Blessed.
User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 11296 times:

Pretty good trip report, lets see how it is when we get to see the pictures.

User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 11248 times:

Once again, i fixed pics, cannot re-edit so im posting in a new post. here they are, please enjoy.

Walk Around-MAJOR PICS HERE!!!
With 40 minutes or so left to boarding I took the time to walk around quickly and take some pictures of RSW. I will let the pics speak for themselves.

http://img189.echo.cx/img189/7033/usairwaysjpeg9ey.jpg
US Airways leaving and flying RSW-DCA-PVD.

http://img189.echo.cx/img189/2530/usataxingjpeg8wt.jpg
Backing Out.

http://img189.echo.cx/img189/9796/usairturningjpeg5bv.jpg
BYE!!!

Walked around some more and caught some B6 action too!
http://img189.echo.cx/img189/8923/jetbluejpeg8ot.jpg

Sun Country at the gate!
http://img189.echo.cx/img189/9642/n801syjpeg1mt.jpg

NWA, DL, and the works!!
http://img189.echo.cx/img189/9149/nwadc9jpeg2ai.jpg

http://img189.echo.cx/img189/4070/dlmd88taxingjpeg4om.jpg

http://img189.echo.cx/img189/9766/dlmd88tailjpeg0gh.jpg


Then I saw the AA flight to STL was landing and decided to catch it coming in!

http://img119.echo.cx/img119/7624/aaincomingjpeg4he.jpg

http://img119.echo.cx/img119/2156/aadljpeg2ap.jpg
The DL 757 behind followed it to the gate. Had to wait for a DL MD88 to taxi out fo the gate which I took earlier.

http://img119.echo.cx/img119/745/aatailjpeg9ov.jpg
At the gate with a SONG 757 in the back.

http://img119.echo.cx/img119/2844/aaatgatejpeg7pd.jpg
Nearly parked!

http://img189.echo.cx/img189/4710/airtranjpeg3ol.jpg
N899AT is the reg number

http://img189.echo.cx/img189/3282/usa3000jpeg8gw.jpg
N264AV is the reg for this plane .

We backed out and taxied to Runway 6, but paused for a spirit MD-82 to take off heading to ACY. As we taxied by I saw the new RSW terminal being built and opening soon. Here are some pics

http://img189.echo.cx/img189/8013/rswterminalnewjpeg9nf.jpg

So finally we turned onto Runway 6.
http://img189.echo.cx/img189/8494/rswrunwayjpeg3uh.jpg

Take off, In flight- Well, we did an immediate rolling take off. We lumbered down and then took off about quite a ways down the runway. Here are some pics to show it.

http://img189.echo.cx/img189/6586/takeoffrswjpeg4am.jpg
TAKE OFF!

http://img189.echo.cx/img189/61/overrswjpeg3rl.jpg
Over Flying RSW Airport.

We climbed after that some more
http://img189.echo.cx/img189/7556/climbingatrswjpeg7wv.jpg

Well we took a huge turn to the left after that.
http://img119.echo.cx/img119/5757/aaleftturnjpeg2ei.jpg

We settled down and climbed, and climbed. Engines going in and out. All the works.
Got a picture of the in cabin.
http://img119.echo.cx/img119/6913/aaincabinjpeg1wm.jpg

We reached cruising flight, and I watched the scenery go by, and the F/A came by and did service. Here are some more pictures.

http://img119.echo.cx/img119/1166/aacruisingjpeg3gr.jpg

http://img189.echo.cx/img189/1643/cloudsjpeg0fb.jpg


http://img119.echo.cx/img119/2500/aaslatsnearstljpeg1th.jpg
Wings working to get us down to STL!

http://img189.echo.cx/img189/6382/downtownstljpeg9zt.jpg
Overflying the Arch and downtown STL.

Pilot announced 10 min to landing and F/A please prepare. So we did that and we landed on R 30R. while all take offs were on R 30L.

http://img189.echo.cx/img189/9503/approachstljpeg2no.jpg
Approaching STL, seconds from Landing.

http://img189.echo.cx/img189/5395/landingatstljpeg7hk.jpg
Touchdown!

http://img119.echo.cx/img119/2651/aa757jpeg8uk.jpg
The 757 taxing to the gate.

http://img119.echo.cx/img119/9214/aastljpeg3jk.jpg
Bunch of AA MD80’s at the gates, with a lone 757 back there.

Hope you enjoyed the pics and report!!



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineCatatonic From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 11038 times:

Great pics! I flew on and American MD82 last month. Strange feeling from being on a 777 and then on an MD80!


Equally Cursed and Blessed.
User currently offlineFlyBoy84 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 382 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 10437 times:

Great TR!

Do you fly AA all the time? I'm a Star Alliance guy - mostly UA. If I'm going southeast, I try to use US!

I hate AA's old MD80s, and I hate the fact that they came here talking about growing the STL hub when they knew all along that they'd eventually scale everything back - regardless of 9/11!


User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3618 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9995 times:

Quoting FlyBoy84 (Reply 12):
I hate AA's old MD80s, and I hate the fact that they came here talking about growing the STL hub when they knew all along that they'd eventually scale everything back - regardless of 9/11!

AA's Mad Dogs are a helluva lot more comfortable than the 757s are. I flew the 757 back to back with the MD80, STL-DFW-LAX. Not impressed with the 757 at all, the Mad Dog was pretty comfortable and quiet with the seat I had,10A.



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3303 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 9844 times:
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Great report man, never even heard of RSW, haha. Nice pics, sounds like the crew were awesome!

Quoting Atrude777 (Thread starter):
Backing Out.

Was this plane pushing back under its own power? Because it seems to me like it has not backed up all the way yet and there is no tug there...

TIS



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User currently offlineAA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 607 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7434 times:
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atrude777, good stuff . . . interesting aerial of RSW. I don't go to Florida often, and the only sight i often see is MIA!
Good work! lots of color and variety in your photos.



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User currently offlineAsuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2371 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7275 times:

Awesome Report!

Quoting Atrude777 (Thread starter):
Walked around some more and caught some B6 action too!

N598JB - Me & You & A Plane Named Blue. I flew that airplane 12/28/2004 JFK-PHX on JBLU179.


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17065 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6660 times:

Really nice TR.

The pics are really good.

Thank you for sharing.

B747forever.



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User currently offlineNWA320 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 12 hours ago) and read 6538 times:

sweet i can see the a hotel i've stayed in on the picture of st. louis!

User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 3 hours ago) and read 6347 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 17):
Really nice SA Linhas Aereas">TR.

The pics are really good.

Thank you for sharing.

B747forever.

Dude,

Seriously, cut the crap.


You have not read it word for word, you went through every single trip report and posted the SAME message word for word in every one of them to gain more post numbers.

Especially since, this trip was 2 YEARS AGO? Why bring up an old post?

Alex

[Edited 2007-11-03 19:04:35]


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