TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4741 posts, RR: 11 Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7144 times:
I have completed this trip less than 24 hours ago, so here it goes. I think I bought these tix more than two months ago. It was around $1200 for two, one being a companion fare. "AS First" fills out fast, so I wanted to make sure we get some seats for the busy xmas season.
It turns out, 3 days before my outbound I had to travel to SEA. I couldn't use the AS ticket, so it was CO. I was lucky enough to sit exit row, next to a CO pilot and listen to his stories about landing in HongKong, the old one.
SEA was its usual self, everyday was cloudy drizzle and 45 degrees.
We stayed at the Warwick Hotel on 4th ave. and Lenora. This was the same place I have rented a studio in the late 80's for $310 a month. The hotel was booked on Hotels.com and it was around $140 a night incl. taxes.
Here are some photos from Seattle:
From the hotel looking North
Seattle Library, great curves.
Favorite Seattle icons: The Space Needle and the Pink Elephant car wash
Just a reminder, Seattle is still an outpost. More seagulls than men or cars on the roads.
Now, back to the TR:
SEA-EWR on AS14
Our plane: 738 N549AS
We arrived at the airport two hours before the flight. The traffic was minimal. The cab ride costs $30 from downtown Seattle to SEA. Since we were smart to ship our luggage by Fedex, it took us no time to reach our gate. TSA lines were very short also:
Looked at some shops on the way to the gate:
At the gate I saw actually three pilots going into the plane. Is this the norm? At 12:50 pm we were told the flight will be delayed due to mechanical reasons. At 1:30pm we started boarding.
There are 16 first class seats on these flights and almost always full. Nothing fancy, wide leather seats, 2-2 seating but not a whole lot of legroom. When we arrive at our seats a small bottle of water and some pretzels wait us.
At 1:50 Captain asks everyone to hurry up and sit down, so they can close the door for a 2:14 departure. Ten minutes later he tells us to scratch that idea since the ATC now tells him to take off at 2:34pm.
So we go to the end of the runway and wait until then even though there was no traffic in front of us.
Then it was a smooth takeoff, and soon after we flew over the Boeing Field, where you can see the Concorde, 747 and some others at the Museum. If some Seattle locals can help us to identify the rest.
We were given dige-players, which you can also reserve and get in the economy section for $10. I watched "My super exgirlfriend" and "Devil wears Prada". Both were pretty awful, but the selection was limited; 4 current movies, 6 older ones, some sports stuff, few cartoons, 4 tv shows, and some Discover Alaska shows.
I chose the Guenoc CabSav 2004 for dinner. Very nice indeed, ended up having, mmmmm, 7-8 glasses during the flight, lost count..
Then we were served a slice of bread and some greens with Sesame Thai dressing, pretty boring stuff:
Some reading was suggested with the meal:
Our main course was a dry piece of boneless BBQ beef with some vegies and some potatoes:
Final rays of sun:
By the way, this was a very smooth flight and the service by our FA was very good. And finally we were served vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, and surely, some grand marnier.
I will try to post the smooth landing video soon
As usual after arriving at the gate we wait about 5 min. for someone to let us out, but this is becoming normal these days.
Then we go outside and wait for a cab for another half hour.
All and all, this was a very nice trip. After a little delay in SEA, thanks to strong tailwinds, we made it almost on time to EWR. Service was great as usual, plane was in great shape. Food used to be very good on AS years ago, but now like all others it is not so. Again the leg room is minimal, and you still have to jump over your seatmate to go to the rest room.
Hope you enjoyed this TR, thanks for reading.
Thepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6719 times:
Great report, thank you for sharing. Always love the SEA photos. At BFI, it is the first 747, the first concorde, the first 737 (737-100), and the first 727 (I believe in AA colors). Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks again for sharing.
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4741 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6541 times:
Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 2): I want to take the SEA-NYC flight some day, possibly this coming summer!
Quoting 767747 (Reply 4): Great report! Nice pictures of Seattle, WA.
Quoting DALelite (Reply 6): I enjoyed your report about AS. Very rare these days.
Thanks for reading the TR. Sorry about the pics, not good quality. I forgot to take my better camera since it started as a business trip.
Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 3): Nice report, although I have to question whether you actually wanted to take the flight given that you risked having your ass hauled off for taking photos of security screening!!
You know, you would think I should know by now. But I take so many photos, I sometimes forget.
Quoting Thepilot (Reply 5): Great report, thank you for sharing. Always love the SEA photos. At BFI, it is the first 747, the first concorde, the first 737 (737-100), and the first 727 (I believe in AA colors). Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks again for sharing.
You might be right. Also if you look at the Concorde, and keep looking up toward the next parking spot, at about 11 o'clock there seems to be a B-52, correct?
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4741 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6352 times:
Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 8): AS provided you a religious reading? Also, the ice-cream was served in a glass?
Yes, about the small prayer card, this is the AS norm. They are placed on the trays on all flights as long as I remember. (Someone correct me if this is wrong). This has been discussed many times here at A.net.
Yes, again.. Ice-cream, scotch, grand marnier all served from the same type of glassware. At least on this flight, again if anyone seen different please let us know.
Gunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3521 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6265 times:
Quoting TK787 (Thread starter): Then it was a smooth takeoff, and soon after we flew over the Boeing Field, where you can see the Concorde, 747 and some others at the Museum. If some Seattle locals can help us to identify the rest.
737-100 (first of type) and an AA 727-200. Great pics/videos.
AY104 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 507 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 5933 times:
Ah, Seattle - a very dreary Pacific Northwest city. I wouldn't give two cents for a F-Class seat on AS, very cramped. Service on AS very hit-and-miss like most North American carriers. Another carrier that is very over-rated IMHO. My biggest peeve is the "required reading" at meal times. Ramming that religious BS down my throat I automatically rate the airline a big fat "0" regardless of the rest of the service. Just like the other people who drive around with a bumper sticker that says "Jesus Saves" and attend church every Sunday, and they think that those 2 things alone makes them good Christians. What a totally superficial way to try and win over customers!
Personally, I think your trip report was excellent and thanks for the post. Just based on the religious propoganda alone, I can safely say I will never fly Alaska again.
The only thing a customer should expect for his/her loyalty is good service
Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2723 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5771 times:
I have to admit, I find it to be very interesting that in today's uber-PC world that AS still includes these prayer cards with their meals. Clearly, no one is forcing you to read it, but I'm sure that some number of pax has been "offended" by them in some manner.
Highway robbery. I always take the bus, #174 Express to Sea-Tac. In late 2009, you'll be able to take the monorail from downtown to Sea-Tac, putting those dumbass cab drivers hopefully out of business. I feel the same way about those ripoff parking lots, too.