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US CMH-CLT-SXM From November W/Pics  
User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3699 posts, RR: 9
Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4420 times:

Here's a trip report from my trip to SXM in November...hope you enjoy it. This is the first of three reports from this trip. I'll post the SXM-SBH-SXM trip & the return trip later.

US 515 CMH-CLT
B737-400 N435US
11/21/2005

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We left the Columbus Airport Marriott at around 5:45 & got to CMH at 6 for a 7am departure. Check-in was quick, as was security & within 10 minutes, we were at gate A4 for our flight to CLT. The waiting area was a bit crowded, as there was a 737-300 leaving A3 for DCA along with our flight. We were in Zone 2, which was nice for a change. We're usually in the last couple of zones it seems, even if we're toward the front of the plane. At around 7, we pushed back, simultaneously with a CO 737 which was parked at A5. Taxiing out, I saw an America West A320, 4 NW DC-9s & several DL ERJs. I noticed some planes being de-iced, including the DCA flight, which made me wonder if our flight would also need de-icing. We didn't, which saved a few minutes & after the CO 737 took off, we were on the roll off 28L.

It was clear leaving CMH, but it became cloudy after crossing the Ohio River. This would be the case all the way to CLT. The flight was smooth until descent into CLT, where we were bounced around a bit. Ceilings were really low in CLT as well, as we only popped out of the clouds about 500 ft above ground. We touched down on 36L & taxied to the gate.

We deplaned & then had a 3 hour layover to deal with, so we had breakfast at Chili's & I walked to the end of Concourse A to kill time. At around 9:45, we walked to Gate D5 for the SXM flight. While there, I got a picture of the empty atrium at the end of D & my brother took a picture of a new colors CRJ over at Concourse E.

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US 877 CLT-SXM
B757 N603AU

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Boarding was quick for us. We used FF Miles on this trip, so we ended up in the forward section of coach, in the small cabin ahead of the 2L door. I asked if I could go to the flight deck, which I was allowed to do. First time I can say that in a while. I talked to the F/O about the job & told him about flying at Delta Connection Academy & he had a pessimistic attitude about a career as a pilot, saying it had become "just a job". After an interesting chat with him, I headed back to 5B & we pushed back a couple minutes later. We were about 3rd in line for takeoff on 36L. Finally, it was our turn & the RR engines came to life & gave out the trademark "whine".

We climbed out & the "Welcome Aboard" video was shown, followed by the trailer for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". The movie started & the sandwich bags were passed out, which included a ham & cheese sandwich, a bag of chips & a small cookie. I got this picture out the window at about this point:

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I watched part of the movie, altough I fell asleep about halfway through it. It was a weird movie. Johnny Depp's character was annoying as hell. I woke up at the end of the movie & at that point, St. Maarten immigration cards were passed out. I filled my card & my brother's card out & passed them over to my mom, who was in charge of the passports for us.

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Approach into SXM was smooth & after 3 hours & 15 minutes of flight, we landed on Rwy 9, slamming on the brakes & using a ton of reverse thrust, which alowed us to stop well before the end of the runway. We made the backtaxi & entered the ramp, where an AF A340 & AA 757 were parked. The CO flight to EWR took off after we cleared the runway. The boarding door opened & we walked down the boarding ramp. I grabbed a few pictures on the way to the terminal.

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DeltaRules


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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1882 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4357 times:
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Good report! I went on a US Airways 757-200 a few years ago, and it was back when there were 6 rows of First Class. I hope to get to SXM sometime, it sounds great.

User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4286 times:

hi, great report! i will be on US this month for the first time. and how was SXM? i expect a following report.

have a nice day... DALelite



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User currently offlineCltguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4041 times:

Nice report...you must have been one of the first Caribbean flights out for the morning...when I flew to SJO from CLT, Concourse D was packed with people and music from the bar...that was about 10:30am.

User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3699 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3493 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 1):
I went on a US Airways 757-200 a few years ago, and it was back when there were 6 rows of First Class.

Yeah, there are only two rows in First now. However, that forward coach cabin that we were in is nice to travel in. I like that a lot.

Quoting DALelite (Reply 2):
and how was SXM?

I really like it there. The whole island's a great place to visit.

Quoting Cltguy (Reply 3):
you must have been one of the first Caribbean flights out for the morning...when I flew to SJO from CLT, Concourse D was packed with people and music from the bar...that was about 10:30am.

I think we left at 11:00am.

DeltaRules



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