Mischadee From Sweden, joined Apr 2004, 271 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6194 times:
It was time again for my semi annual trip to New York to visit my dear brother. After getting bored with the direct flights to EWR with SK and the A333 I decided to book with BA to JFK. That way I would be able to try out the A319, B747 and B777. I cheked in the day before on the Internet and seated myself on the rigthand side of the 747 hoping to get some nice views before landing at JFK.
I took the not so nice airport bus to terminal 2 at ARN. Got some shots at the terminal aswell as the very cool new tower.
After I dropped my two bags of at the business check-in courtesy of Internet check-in the night before. I made my way to the departure lounge.
Here are some pictures of Finnair and my BA plane which came in almost 1 hour late from LHR.
Leg 1: ARN-LHR 8th June
BA 777 Reg: G-EUPT (A319)
Dep. Terminal: 2 Arr. Terminal: 1
Dep. Time: 12:55
Arr. Time: 13:55
The plane was very outworn and the in-flight magasines fell out of the seatpockets. Any way, take-off was from R 08 and I still haven't experienced the new runway at ARN . Here we are entering the runway.
The take-off was awesome and very powerful on this little machine
And what a surprise, then we had the oh so familiar All Day Deli which cointained a very tasty Pizza and some snacks.
Here is a picture when we are crossing the Swedish westcoast and we're flying over a town called Halmstad, but first there is a picture of the cabin and our position on display on the overhead screens
The flight was uneventful and soon enough we started our descend in to LHR
Speedbrakes up just a little
We where due to land at 9 L and we took a shortcut and passed this PIA 747. It landed just behind us.
Passing Terminal 5
No thrust reversers as usual at LHR
And here is The PIA 747 landing.
The concorde on display.
I now had some hours to spend at terminal 4 and I found a very good spotting place between gate 8 and 9 here are some pics I took overlooking runway 9R.
And here is my beauty waiting to take me to New York.
Leg 2: LHR-JFK 8th June
BA 115 Reg: G-CIVI (B747-400)
Dep. Terminal 4
Arr. Terminal 7
Dep. Time 16:55
Arr. Time 18:45
Seat: 40 K
I really like that you get a footrest in economy on BA. Anyway here we go.
On our way to 9R.
Lining up behind an American 777.
This was without a doubt the best take off I have ever experienced. The 747 is a beast. What a roar, what a power, I LOVE IT. As you can see from the pictures below we left the ground in level with terminal 4, we then made an emediate hard 180 degrees right turn giving me an excelent view of the airport.
The rest of the flight was quite uneventful. I chatted with a male flightattendant who was from Sweden as I am. The lunch was excellent with a tomato and mozzarella salad, chicken casserolle and a very tasty chocolate rasberry cake. Before landing we also had another All Day Deli Box.
Here is the lunch, the flight map, the economy cabin and the All Day Deli.
Here we are on our descend just coming in over Long Island
We were flying at a very low altitude and at a low speed over the water for a very long time and I could see far away that we passed the airport. Then we started a long right turn and a hope started to light up in my heart. Are we getting the famous canarsie approach? I thought to myself, and then I suddenly saw Runway 13R. We were about to land at 13L And may I say that this is the most amazing landing ever. For you who haven't experienced the canarsie approach I will try to explain. Coming in south from the ocean you make a very steep right turn just before landing and if you are seated at the right hand side of the airplane as I was you get very nice views of the airport and the action on Runway 13R. Here is the landing in pictures.
We breaked hard with a lot of thrust reversers and we turned of into runway 22R for our taxi back to terminal 7.
And that was that. Immigration was a breeze, I grabbed my bags, took the Air Train to Jamaica station and hopped on to the subway "E". I was on Manhattan not more than one hour after the mighty 747 stopped at the gate .
I will post the return trip later when I have more time. Hope you have enjoyed this part of the story
Mischadee From Sweden, joined Apr 2004, 271 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5867 times:
And here is the return. I was very tired after almost a week in beautiful and very warm New Yorkl. I just love this city. This will be quite short since I was to tired be serious.
I have now tried three different ways to get to and from JFK. This day was by far the most slow way. Never take the L train and then change to A somewhere in Brooklyn. Stick to the E to Jamaica, it is by far the fastest way to go. I checked-in on-line as usuall and my god how nice it was at the airport using the self service kiosks I was redy to explore the airport in seconds time. Since runway 31L was in use for take-offs I tried my luck to spot on top of the parking garage opposite terminal 2 and it was very nice indeed. no one bothered me and you could even sit on the fence. Here are some shots that I took overlooking terminal 1, 2 and runway 31L. First a shot of the airtrain which we all love so much .
After the spotting was done I had my last "american" dinner at Mickey Dee's in the very nice terminal 4.
After the powerful take-off from runway 31L we made the normal immidiate left turn and I got a very good view of the airport, sorry no pictures it was very dark. I can show you this though.
The food was pretty plain, some sort of chicken, didn't like it too much but the dessert was very good, mmm... chocolate cake. My entertainment system didn't work so I tried to get some sleep. It worked very well but I awake midatlantic when we hit some moderate turbulence. It was fun. I noticed that when the turbulence really hit us hard the engines whined down a bit but whitout a loss of altitude and speed, can anyone explain why???
Anyway, the sunrise came quickly and it was time for you know it , the All Day Deli breakfast box. Here is a look out my window.
And soon enough it was time for landing at LHR on runway 9L. We had to circle above southwest London for a few times before we could land. As you can see the weather was nasty.
Full flaps here we go.
One more time, the concorde.
Leg 4: LHR-ARN 15th June
BA778 Reg: G-EUPT (A319 the same as on the outbound )
Dep. Time 11:45
Arr. Time 14:55
Seat 15 F
We took off from a very rainy LHR on 9R. The take-offs on a A319 is powerful I love them. We had quite a strong crosswind which also was fun.
What do I smell, hmmmm...... another All Day Deli with Pizza. Well I won't complain, they are quite good and tasty.
We were flying past the airport and had a downwind turn to land at runway 26 at ARN and I got these sweet pictures of the airport before the final turn and landing.
There you have it folks. The trip was now over for this time. In november you can look forwards to the following with lots of pictures.
ARN-EWR and return with Malaysian
JFK-LAS-ATL-JFK with Delta
JFK-MCO with JetBlue
MCO-ORD-LGA with United
JetADude From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 52 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5766 times:
Great trip report! Look forward to reading more reports from you!
I think (and I am no pilot) that what you heard from the engines were the pilots throttling back so to meet a turbulence penetration speed. Basically, they slow down when hitting turbulence to make the ride better for the passengers just like when you slow going over speed bumps or pot holes in the road when driving (basically).
The first time I flew into JFK was on a J41 (Trans World Express a/k/a Trans States from DCA. We flew the canarsie approach as well. It was pretty bumpy followed by a hard landing.