767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1930 posts, RR: 24 Posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 12073 times:
After a weekend of heavy rain, the sky began to brighten as I headed to
La-Guardia Airport to board my flight back to Minneapolis.
I arrived at LGA at about 9:40am for my 11:30am, and the Delta/Northwest terminal was jammed! There were several customer agents helping passengers with their check-in, so I soon was at a kiosk. I was originally seated in #21A but was able to move to #9A!
I was past security within a couple of minutes, and walked down the Delta concourse. It is amazing how there were about 4 flights to Atlanta that left within about 2 hours.
This was Delta #615 bound for ATL:
Here comes the catering truck:
After walking around the terminal quite a few times, it was finally time for boarding at around 10:50am.
View from #9A
The flight was 100% full this morning; most every flight at the terminal was. At around 11:20am, door 1L was closed and we pushed back from Gate 7.
Now the terminal was almost empty!
We began the taxi past the US Airways terminal, and I spotted 2 US Airways A320's, and a few 737-300's.
Here's a CRJ-200 in the new livery. I think the livery is great!
After passing the US Airways terminal, we then passed the Air Canada/Continental section of the C-terminal which was very empty.
Here's the American side of the terminal. A B-738 was getting ready to pushback.
Here are some views from the window seconds after take-off.
After climbing up through the clouds, I finally was able to see the sun after a weekend of clouds!
Beverage service began after about 20 minutes, and I enjoyed a sandwich I bought at LGA.
I did purchase the $1 snack mix, as I was still a little hungry.
The flight continued on smoothly, and because the sun was so bright I closed the window shade while I read my book.
When I opened the shade up, we were over Michigan.
After another 40 minutes or so, we began our descent into MSP. We flew right over St. Paul and Minneapolis, before flying over Minnetonka before turning around for arrival.
As we flew right over the cities, I did not have a good enough view to take a picture. I hope I can next time!
After a quick landing, we taxied for about 2 minutes and arrived at C-14.
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5516 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 12029 times:
Excellent report! I have flown MSP-LGA but it required a stop in ORD. I was on AA, a 757 to ORD then an F-100 to MSP. I wanted to fly NW to MSP, but it was way more expensive. I recall the terminal being ridiculously crowded like you mentioned. Does NW still fly the 757 LGA-MSP?
Thanks for your comment! Yes, NW still does fly their 757-200 on the LGA-MSP route. Actually, the earlier flight to MSP was operated by a 757-200. NW flies their A319/A320, 757, and DC-9's into LGA. I think the DC-9's just fly to Memphis and Detroit from LGA; they don't fly to MSP.
767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1930 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11666 times:
Quoting Tmarch291 (Reply 4): I still can't believe NW charges for snack mix. Does anyone know when they started doing this and discontinued meal service in Y?
Thanks for your comment. Yeah it is rather annoying that NW charges for their snack mixes. I guess I won't complain too much, but I feel that peanuts/pretzels should be free. I hope that NW updates their snack boxes as well. To answer your question, NW started doing this (I think) in early 2005. When I flew them in 10/04, I got free snacks..
JAFA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 782 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 11290 times:
Quoting 767747 (Reply 9): Quoting DSMflyer (Reply 8):
Good report! How was the service onboard? I flew them LGA-DTW in January and the F/As were all grumpy and bitchy...must've had a long day ahead of them.
They were fine; one of them seemed a little annoyed. She told me to turn off my camera as we were arriving into MSP! I was surprised by this...
A digital camera is a electronic device which must be turned off during taxi, takeoff, and landing. Why is that surprising? Maybe he/she was annoyed by having to repeatedly tell people to turn electronic devices off depsite just having made an annoucement for it.
Flyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 11286 times:
Where you on #NW549? If so, you were on N334NW, which I witnessed deparing, while spotting at planeview park. I think the new NW colors, look really nice on a cloudy day. The red tail really stands out. I did not like the new colors at first, but they have really grown on me. To bad we don't get the 747 at JFK anymore