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User currently offlineN670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 7
Posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 18128 times:

Wednesday, July 5, 2006
US Airways 972
Fort Myers (RSW) – Pittsburgh (PIT)
Airbus A319 – N708UW (old colors)
Departing Gate: D3
Arriving Gate: B33
Scheduled Departure Time: 12:20 p.m.
Actual Departure Time: 12:24 p.m.
Scheduled Arrival Time: 2:42 p.m.
Actual Arrival Time: 2:32 p.m.
Flight Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes

After a few days’ stay in Marco Island, it was time to return home, on the 5th of July. Marco Island, by the way, was beautiful. Great seafood. The fireworks display on the 4th from the beach at the Marriott was a great time.

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I arrived at the Fort Myers airport to find a near-empty US Airways check-in. One of the two agents working assisted me in using the self-service kiosk and tagged my bag through to Pittsburgh. I had my boarding pass in no time, confirmed in 14F, and was on my way.

There was a sizeable crowd for the D concourse checkpoint, but the three lines helped move the passengers through quickly. The TSA worker asked me to remove my belt, but was a bit displeasured when I informed her it didn’t detach, it is attached to my pants. She instructed me to remove my shoes, and there were no problems through the metal detector. Why isn’t the shoe policy more consistent? I wore the same pair of shoes through the checkpoint in Pittsburgh, but was asked to take them off in Fort Myers.

I had time to kill, so I watched the AA flight to STL push back farther down the concourse, and a WN flight pulled in from BWI. I then grabbed a sandwich at the Bacardi restaurant (if you like rum, this is your place), and watched the US flight to DCA loading up at D1.

A few minutes later, the five-person flight crew arrived at D3 together and all boarded, except for the captain, who also ordered food at the Bacardi restaurant.

There was one male gate agent working this flight, and it boarded on time. I was in Zone 4 again, and found my seat at 14F after an older woman asked me to lift her bag into the overhead bin. Another woman in row 13 began to complain about being assigned the middle seat. There seemed to be more older people on this flight, contrasted with the flight into RSW, which was mostly full of younger people.

Settled in to 14F. Parked at D3.
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This airplane was in pretty rough shape, especially compared to the A319 on the PIT-RSW segment, which was noticeably clean. The carpet was covered in crumbs in some areas and many of the seats were stained, including a nice orange stain on the back of the seat in front of me. Some of the tray tables were covered in crayon marks.

Pushback was on time and the engines started as the captain greeted everyone over the PA and the flight attendants began the safety video. The captain gave our routing, flight time, weather information for Pittsburgh, and our cruising altitude, which was FL370.

We made the short taxi down Taxiway F and were first in line for runway 6. The engines powered up and we were into the air in no time. We flew runway heading for several miles before making a gradual left turn toward our first waypoint, Orlando.

Takeoff and climbout from Rwy 6 at RSW


The inflight service began right away. The three female flight attendants served beverages, with full cans, and a bag of mini pretzels. I ordered a Diet Coke. The napkins had an advertisement for P.F. Chang's China Bistro on them. Upon unlocking my tray table, I noticed the right hinge was broken, so the table rested on my knees for the time it was down. I told one of the flight attendants, and she apologized and wrote it down on a napkin. I also noticed the table was covered in a Windows Mobile advertisement. How tacky. What is this, Ryanair? More influence from America West.

There was no US Airways magazine in the seatback pocket. I guess this airplane has yet to receive the July issue. Or maybe someone stole it.

Approaching cruising altitude over northern Florida.
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During the service, the video screens lowered and Cranium trivia began to play, which stayed on for most of the flight, only to be interrupted once for a flight attendant to make a long advertisement over the PA for the Dividend Miles credit card. The routing took us over Jacksonville, up the Georgia coast, over Columbia, South Carolina, and up the Appalachians through eastern West Virginia to Indian Head, Pennsylvania, to the Nesto Two arrival. The flight was a smooth ride most of the way, with just some scattered clouds below us until we reached the Mid-Atlantic, where the strong thunderstorms that were building up were visible off to the east.

Cabin shot. Cranium trivia is playing on the monitors.
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The descent began and the captain announced we’d be landing to the northwest, runway 32, and thanked everyone for flying US Airways. The entire crew on this flight was very friendly.

The flight attendants collected trash and began to prepare for arrival. The landing gear were lowered, and the airplane began to vibrate noticeably for a few seconds. There was a clear view of the Allegheny County Airport off to the right as we established onto final approach. Flaps were lowered and seconds later we passed over the Robinson Malls and Resurrection Cemetery and touched down on runway 32. With reverse thrust, spoilers, and some hard braking action, we slowed and turned off at Taxiway R. We taxied to gate B33 via Taxiways R, E, T, and V4, passing the US Airways hangar and the control tower along the way.

Landing at PIT on Rwy 32. Approach over the Robinson Malls and Scally's Golf Course. Sorry for the baby crying and the people talking in the background.


Taxiing past a de-ice pad and the US Airways hangar with the control tower in the background.
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Parked at B33 next to an Embraer 170 bound for ORD.
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PIT's Concourse B
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Again, the crews were very friendly and did a great job for what they have to work with. There are better options out there, but US will still get you where you need to go.

Thank you for reading. Comments welcome.

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User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 18040 times:

Quoting N670UW (Thread starter):
the crews were very friendly and did a great job for what they have to work with

Great report - unfortunately I'm afraid the crumbs/dirty cabin are also a byproduct of the industry these days. Shorter turn times mean one person running through the cabin with a trash bag "picking up the big stuff". Items that need replacement for cosmetic reasons (i.e. tray tables/arm rests/window shades/carpet) are now either deferred (taped up and marked in public blatancy for repair) or ignored until their alotted remedy.

- Travis


User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 18010 times:

Great trip report!

I was in Pittsburgh last thursday coming from JST via AOO and going home to ORD. I have found that Republic's pilots arent sociable!

Leo



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User currently offlineVega From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 17928 times:

Thanks for a very good, well written trip report which expresses the negatives in a civil, diplomatic and even entertaining manner. It's a refreshing change from some reports which lean toward reporting the less desireable features of a flight by bashing the airline. Unfortunately (the new) US Airways still, in my opinion, doesn't really know what kind of airline it wants to be. Maybe we'll see a long haul international trip report from you some day.

User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 17733 times:

Man do i miss that beach  Sad.

Great report, as for the ads I guess US Airways kept them from AWA ones. It brings in tons of revenue I heard though so I wouldn't complain if it made the airline money at no loss.

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 17557 times:
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Nice report! That's too bad the aircraft was in such bad shape. Glad to hear the service was fine though.

User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 17433 times:

Great trip report. Really enjoyed reading it.

Quoting N670UW (Thread starter):
Or maybe someone stole it.

You can't steal the magazine. It is a free copy that you are allowed to take with you.  Silly

-SOAC



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User currently offlineDelta732FF From United States of America, joined May 2005, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 17426 times:

Nice report and pictures. Thanks for sharing. The tray table advertisment is very lame.

User currently offlineN670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 17168 times:

Quoting SonOfACaptain (Reply 6):
You can't steal the magazine. It is a free copy that you are allowed to take with you.

Haha, that's right. So maybe someone had 'taken' it.

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 4):
Man do i miss that beach .

A great beach, no doubt. White sands, clear waters, great sunsets, lots of broken shells though.  Wink


User currently offlineEWRkid1990 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 12713 times:

I stayed at the Marco Island Marriot with my family a while ago...it is still to this day one of my favorite spots in the US. PIT has changed a bit since '06 though...not NEARLY as many US flights....its a very underused airport.

User currently offlinesurfandsnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2865 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 12145 times:

My how times have changed since 2006! Back then, it would have been inconceivable to see US drop PIT-LAS, but indeed even that will be ending in a matter of days. On the positive side, US planes are much nicer these days with the light-colored paintjob and the new carpets/leather seats, though the IFE is long gone. Also, I don't see what the big deal is about PIT. It doesn't look particularly nice at all. It doesn't look any nicer than PHX, for instance...


Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
User currently offlineUSair1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 71 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 12040 times:

Surfandsnow,

As much as I would hate to admit it... this airline is pretty good now even though we have cut down to the basics. It almost reminds me of the old NW. No IFE, a simple (but arguably better Y product than NW had) with reliable, clean service to a multitude of cities with connections across its hubs. Were getting back to the basics now... and I think it is working.


User currently offlineEWRkid1990 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 11515 times:

PIT isn't neccessarily the greatest looking airport, like...jetBlue's T5 at JFK or some other well known airports/terminals, but I've never had a long wait there, security has always been 5 minutes or less...the agents are usually friendly and its never crowded, partly because US has dropped so many flights out of PIT...Granted you get service mainly to just hub cities for the airlines that fly, with very few point to point flights (US still flies some to Florida etc.) but it gets the job done.

User currently offlinesurfandsnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2865 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 11385 times:

Quoting EWRkid1990 (Reply 12):
Granted you get service mainly to just hub cities for the airlines that fly, with very few point to point flights (US still flies some to Florida etc.) but it gets the job done.

Actually, PIT is totally a total "spoke" today as there are virtually zero connecting opportunities through it and all carriers serve only their hubs or focus cities, with the notable exception of US Airways Express carrier Trans States Airlines, which flies at risk to BDL, RDU, and STL. US Airways ended its last PIT-Florida flights (MCO, TPA, and FLL) in January 2009, and the last mainline spokes out of PIT were gone when LAX and SFO were cut last August. Once LAS is cut on May 8th, all the airline will serve itself are PHL, CLT, and PHX. Various Express carriers serve BOS, LGA, PHL, and DCA, in addition to the aforementioned BDL, RDU, and STL. Pittsburghers can easily get to Florida though - WN serves MCO and TPA, FL flies to MCO, TPA, FLL, and RSW, AA (Eagle) flies to MIA.



Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
User currently offlinecaleb1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 364 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 10084 times:
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Tried to watch the vids, but the links did not work.

User currently offlineAAairplane From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8652 times:

Nice report, and I believe that your N670UW is now N270AY, a US Airways Airbus A330-300. I love both US Airways and the A330-300. Thanks for the report.

AA



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User currently offlineflykev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1382 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8522 times:
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Nice reports, and good video's to accompany it. US airways look like they serve a stable product that will get you to where your going fine.

Kev.



The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only
User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8393 times:

Wow! Blast from the not-so-far past haha. Thanks for the TR!

I remember Cranium from CLT-FLL; sad they got rid of them  

PIT looks busier than when I passed through in 2009 from BOS-PIT-CLT-PHF! I really do miss PIT. Any chances of a revitalization if US keeps up the good work?



Roar, lion, roar
User currently onlinethegman From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 670 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 8308 times:

Quoting AAairplane (Reply 15):
Nice report, and I believe that your N670UW is now N270AY, a US Airways Airbus A330-300. I love both US Airways and the A330-300. Thanks for the report.

AA

How does this pertain to the subject at hand?


User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2865 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7874 times:

Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 17):
I really do miss PIT. Any chances of a revitalization if US keeps up the good work?

No way! US has worked very hard to turn PIT into a spoke, paving the way for UA, FL, DL, and WN to expand at PIT. US is also working hard to turn LAS, BOS, and LGA into spokes, so that they hub the big 3 hubs (PHL, CLT, PHX) plus DCA.



Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
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