TupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2202 posts, RR: 27 Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6109 times:
Having ended our two week holiday around Florida and our Caribbean cruise on Carnival Glory we head back to MCO for our flight to IAH to get the connection home. But first, here are a brief few photos of the places we visited...
Our faithful steed, Carnival Glory, weighing in at 112,000 Tons!
And the unforgettable Maho Beach! (Which is dead before 1330)
We head to Gate 8 (Sorry, I can't remember which terminal!) in one of MCO's four terminals. There was still another two hours until our flight departs, so I go for a walk around. The most interesting aircraft parked at this terminal was a Gulfstream International, heading for Freeport.
At one point, there were no aircraft at all in this terminal, and I noticed some very, very bored shopkeepers waiting for their next customers (Apparently from an AC flight due in at some point)
We wait and watch the traffic until our flight arrives, it turns out that the aircraft today is N31412, a -900!
We board the aircraft and as we're on standby, have to wait behind. I am eventually allocated seat 28A, which suits me perfectly!
My boarding pass
I walk all the way to, what is practically, the very rear of the aircraft, and seat myself next to a couple from CA. One of which is unfortunately, 6' 5"!
We soon pushback, about 30 minutes after scheduled departure time.
We climb to cruise altitude, which I believe was about FL370. FA's began the snack/beverage service. Just a small box with a turkey roll, crisps (Chips) and a Twix.
I choose a simple glass of water, with no ice. (That's one thing i noticed whilst in the US, you only really get 1/4 of your drink, the rest is ice!)
The FA's reminded me of the Adams family, and I had an uncontrollable urge to say "It's obviously illegal to smile on Continental?"
Legroom was no issue to me (5',4.5" is hardly tall!) so I had plenty of room to stretch.
Cabin view, with some comedy on TV.
Cruise was good. Alot of turning was done to avoid some very large clouds!
The flight began to drag on slightly but descent started not long after.
IAH (Reminds me of FS!)
Some airbrake action
Something new to spot!
One of the new tails
The Mariott we would be staying in overnight and the revolving restaurant above it where I would spend most my time.
I had a brief chat with the Senior FO and he gladly let me take a pic of the flight deck, and I proudly received a pair of golden, plastic Continental wings
We disembark and head out into the terminal building. Pretty good time was made as we got our bag's straight away and it took us less than 10 minutes to the hotel!
I headed directly to CK's Revolving Restaurant and snapped this picture of our aircraft leaving again, after a pretty tight turnaround!
Overall it was a good, fun flight (With the avoiding of clouds and light turbulence).
Hope you enjoyed my longest report! Feel free to leave comments, questions and/or constructive criticism.
Jmy007 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 598 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6039 times:
Great Pic Report!
Quoting TupolevTu154 (Thread starter): (That's one thing i noticed whilst in the US, you only really get 1/4 of your drink, the rest is ice!)
It's a cultrual thing. A drink, isn't a drink with out ice in it. I always have found it funny, when I have flow BA or AF, and they ask me if I want ice, the take a pair on tongs and drop one little cube in the cup.
On US airlines, you don't even ask, you get ice by the bucket.
Cookies are the Gateway pastry. They lead to Éclairs and Bear Claws.
JetBlueAUS From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1145 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5385 times:
Quoting TupolevTu154 (Thread starter): The Mariott we would be staying in overnight and the revolving restaurant above it where I would spend most my time.
The Marriott there is really nice. I fly out of IAH a lot during the year - and I always try to get a seat right next to the windows and watch airport traffic while enjoying a nice steak. I think it takes about 1 hr. and 30 min. for it to revolve around the entire airport. Again, great TR.
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IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5113 times:
Excellent report.....I see that you came in to Houston from the south/southwest so must have been quite a bit of weather that made diversions to the GLAND Arrival thus the downwind south of the airport and base leg over "Lake Muddy" Lake Houston......thanks for them great pics. Love flying on the 900's and can't wait to see the 900ER's that CO has on order.
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TupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2202 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5037 times:
Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 5): Just curious, but did you base your cruise on being able to catch a flight with an SA5P06 buddy pass?!? (through MCO nontheless)
I'm afraid I have no idea what you are talking about!
All I know is that we were on standby (as always!) on that route. We managed to get on, even though it was looking pretty bad! 3 no-shows I think!
Quoting Lfutia (Reply 8): Nice trip report Tom! Hope you had a good vacation! How did you like flying on the 739? Is it your first time flying on the 739?
Indeed it is! Personally I found it no different from the other 737's I've flown on. Only, you have to walk longer!
Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 10): Excellent report.....I see that you came in to Houston from the south/southwest so must have been quite a bit of weather that made diversions to the GLAND Arrival thus the downwind south of the airport and base leg over "Lake Muddy" Lake Houston......thanks for them great pics. Love flying on the 900's and can't wait to see the 900ER's that CO has on order.
We were told that we'd be taken over Hobby on the approach. I'm not at all familiar with the area but we did have to avoid alot of bad weather!
Thanks to everybody for reading and all the comments!