Mexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3054 posts, RR: 26 Posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5328 times:
My trip at MSP was an overnight thing. The first day, I went to Mall of America. I wasn’t that impressed. The only thing that sets it apart from the rest is that there’s an amusement park and an aquarium. You get tired after three hours of just walking in a circle. The following day I just spent it walking around downtown MSP before heading back to the airport.
August 2, 2006
Flight #3582 (operated by Mesaba)
Once again at MSP I used the NW check-in kiosk, which no one was using. I used the ones that are near the Icelandair check-in counters. My flight today would be departing from gate C20. I had 1.5hrs until my flight would depart. I decided to walk around and explore NW’s MSP hub. I noticed that MSP has a lot of 757 and A319/320 flights compared to DTW. Boarding was started around 440pm. Today the flight was 100% full. There were a few stand by passengers waiting to know their fate if they would be coming with us or staying.
At gate C20 waiting for push back. The CRJ next to us going to OMA.
Once push back was done we head towards runway 30R for our departure on this sunny afternoon. Picture holding short of 30R
Turning onto 30R.
Once we were at cruise level the in-flight service began. I again asked for some apple juice and this time I got the whole can.
Somewhere over Northwestern Illinois. This nice puffy looking cloud would later dump a thunderstorm over Chicago.
On descent South of Chicago. Does anyone know what airport this is? We were heading east when I took that picture.
Doing a right turn over the southside of Chicago.
Turning onto 22L for landing. My house is somewhere on the upper left corner.
Lined up with 22L and getting there fast. At one point we were raising along with the “L” train but we won. The bridge you see are the “L” tracks.
Landing on 22L. This was one of the smoothest landings I have ever experienced. This landing was not the face smashing type that you usually get when you land at MDW. I was waiting for it, but it never arrived.
Between concourses A and B. We are following the ATA 757 going to gate A3 arriving from GDL.
Arriving at gate A5, ATA 752 from GDL at A3.
My ride from MSP, resting before heading back home to MSP.
I fell in love with the RJ, nice aircraft. It rides smooth. The seats are wider than that of the DC9s, and more leg room from what I noticed.
Overall I had a good experience with NW and hope to fly them again soon. Maybe a 757 flight with them into MDW, or taking their 753 to wherever they fly.
767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2021 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5246 times:
Very good report! The first time I flew Northwest Airlines, I was on a RJ-85 from HPN-MSP. They are very comfortable to ride in, as the legroom and seats are great in coach. Glad you had some good flights with NW!
Mexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3054 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4593 times:
Quoting Fly727 (Reply 10): Was it noisy during take off and climb? You did notice it has no thrust reversers, didnt you? Just regular aerodynamic and tire breaking to stop you in the nickel-sized runways of MDW.
It wasn't that noisy at all. I think the DC9 is noisier than the RJ85. And I didn't that the Avro's didn't have thrust reversers. You always learn something new everyday.
Warszawa From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 727 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4575 times:
I dont know what it is about the Avro's but they have the SMOOTHEST landings...
I flew the RJ-85 FNT-DTW May 18th, 2006...Northwest of course; new colors Avro, believe it was N520XJ or N525XJ, one of the two...I think N520XJ (I have it written down somewhere).
I was surprised to see a stylish interior with curved overhead bins and such. Aircraft was extremely clean and looked like a brand new 737 interior, just 2x3 though, hehe. Plenty of seat pitch too.
When we landed in DTW, 22R, it almost wasnt a landing...but it was kind of like, we were flaring, and then...best way to describe it, is it felt like the wheels just started rolling. It wasnt even like a touchdown effect...but more like the wheels just started rolling. One hell of a greaser landing...smoothest i've ever had ever in flying.
RJ-85 flap sounds are WAY loud though!
Flying a plane is no diff. from riding a bicycle. Its just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes. -'Airplane'
Ejmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4492 times:
I used to fly on the Avro all the time when I lived near OKC and flew NW almost exclusively. Back in those "good ole days", basically all the flights from OKC were on the Avro. The seat width is really amazing for coach, and its basically an automatic upgrade for elite members with the high first/coach seat ratio. I'm sad to see them go, but the E170 should be a worthy replacement.
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