Check In: Checking In at Southwest's Curbside at MCO was a breeze. Took less than 5 minutes then we were off to our gate.
Boarding: First time doing the "Cattle Call" boarding. I actually thought it was pretty cool. I dont care what people say about it.
Flight: The weather for the short flight was the best I've ever flown in. I specifically made sure the rear-most seat of the awesome Boeing 737-700 was Vacant so I sat by the window and had the whole row to myself. We took off from Runway 35 at MCO to the north and flew just below downtown Orlando, Then over Clermont and along the coast until we got into the New Orleans Area. The In-Flight service was just as good as Delta, or TWA. The aircraft was spotless inside, and the flight was smooth.
MSY: New Orleans Int'l Airport rocks!!!!! I love it!!! It seemed even better than it was when i was their in November. Very modern & busy!!!
Airline: Southwest Airlines
Flight Number: 205
Aircraft: Boeing 737-300
We were the last to board the crowded 737-300 which was not as good as the 737-300 but not bad at all. The flight was smooth and the service was just as good as the last flight. We approached Orlando Int'l Airport from the north, Flying just east of downtown. We touched down on Runway 17 at MCO.
Overall: Southwest Airlines is AWESOME!!!!! All flights were On-Time, The Service was great, and the employees were awesome.
To WN Fans: Keep it up, You guys are right!!!!!
To WN Haters: You need to get a grip on life. Southwest is awesome you just need to fly them.
In about 3 weeks I will be flying Southwest Airlines again to MSY and I will know I will have an even better time.
Climbout From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1289 times:
I told ya you would love WN. See, that's why I didn't want you to listen to the negative comments made in the Civil Aviation forum. If you had listen to all of the negative comments, you wouldn't have had a chance to fly the funnest airlines in would. I'm glad you enjoyed your flight, but I knew ya would.
Jason Seiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1280 times:
I dislike southwest for the following reasons (oh, and I have flown on them multiple times):
a.) Must pay more to fly standby or take an earlier flight.
b.) This whole stupid boarding thing.
c.) No preassigned seats. I'd rather have my favourite seat preassigned so I don't have to rush to stand in line up to 2 hours before the flight for check-in (that opens 60 minutes prior to flight) to get a low boarding number and get on in the first group.
d.) It is more disorganized to board the plane front to back than back to front.
e.) Even if you check luggage downstairs, you must go and stand in another line upstairs to get a boarding card. This means you better get to the airport really early if you want a good seat, and pray you aren't one of the last 40 on board who get middle seats.
f.) You must stand in line for another boarding card during every connection. I'd rather spend connections spotting planes and getting something to eat, which brings me to point g:
g.) No meals even on long flights like BNA-LAX. American serves a hot meal on that flight. Heck, even a Bistro Bag would be better than just peanuts on Southwest.
h.) Southwest does not interline with other carriers for purposes of baggage.
i.) Frequent flyer program based on round trips instead of mileage. Some round trips may be 8 legs which in other frequent flyer programs would be worth a whole lot more mileage based plus booking and fare bonuses.
j.) Lounge seating is terrible. At least they are not installing it on the new -700's.
Southwest employees are great however. They are a friendly bunch and entertaining. Legroom isn't that bad on board WN flights unless you're in a dumb lounge row where you must share your legroom with the person across from you. One problem with their B737NG's: Why do they only have two lavatories instead of three like everybody else? Oh, I forgot. Plugging an extra 3 passengers seats in is why.
Jason Seiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1245 times:
You can't always just fly on airlines you like. Sometimes you don't have a choice on who to fly. One trip with Southwest was due to vouchers we had for free tickets, and we used them instead of letting them expire and took a weekend in Chicago. Another trip was last minute and Southwest had the only open seats to Houston out of here. A third trip was an essay competition I won and got a trip out of it to a workshop in Columbus, Ohio and I didn't have a choice as I wasn't paying for the tickets (free for me).