SouthwestMDW From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 303 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9797 times:
Having booked this flight a long time ago, I was ready to be on the first flight. Stayed overnight at the Sheraton Gateway Suites O'Hare, a nice hotel with a good price. We took the airport shuttle to O'Hare that departed at 6:40am and arrived at ORD Terminal 2 at 6:55am.
Upon entering Terminal 2, we found the jetBlue ticket counters next to US Airways. We quickly got our boarding passes (which were different - they were printed horizontally on reciept paper!) www.ImageShack.us" />
We cleared security and headed to jetBlue's only gate, Gate E8. There were not many passengers at the time, but crew members were quickly setting up the gate.
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An annoucement was overheard that Chicago's Mayor Daley will be coming to give a press conference, and soon enough, they were setting up his podium and all the news anchors from around the area came and started to set up as well. www.ImageShack.us" />
Mayor Daley started a press conference and began to talk. Pretty soon, jetBlue founder and CEO David Neeleman went up and began to talk It was pretty exciting. After that, the camera crew left to check out the interior of the plane and Mr. Neeleman walked around the gate. I talked to him a bit (he is a very nice guy) and he signed my boarding pass. How fitting. www.ImageShack.us" />
Then, the moment everybody was waiting for happened. The plane was arriving and the fire trucks were ready. The first jetBlue flight to ORD had landed and was making it's way. It seemed like the entire terminal was pressing up against the window.
As we waited to board, jetBlue provided us with free donuts (with blue frosting!) and coffee. Finally, the time had come to board. We got on the plane and there were many seats to spare because it was originally an E190 but had a last minute change to an A320.
jetBlue Airways flight 904
Chicago O'Hare - New York JFK
We took off a little late, but it was fine. The DirecTV service was not working very well, but came on about 45 minutes into the flight. This plane had both DirecTV and XM Satellite Radio. The crew was great and came around with drinks and I had an Orange Juice.
We landed in New York and left at Gate 10 in Terminal 6. A smiling flight attendant handed out chocolate candies as we deplaned. I really enjoyed my jetBlue experence. We headed out into New York until arriving back at JFK around 6pm for our flight home.
Checked in around 6:15pm at a kiosk and headed to the gate. We got news that due to weather, departure time was moved until 11:15pm. We sat inside the terminal, got dinner, and waited. www.ImageShack.us" />
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jetBlue has nice departure information screens including where all the inbound flights are. We waited around Gate 2 for the flight back to ORD to board.
Due to bad weather in Chicago, the flight was delayed. After being roughly four hours late, the flight was flawless. It was the same, but with no XM radio. We got drinks and snacks and landed at O'Hare at exactly 1:00am. Deplaned into a very empty Terminal 2. Headed home and arrived at 3:00am. It was a nice flight. I throughly enjoyed jetBlue and can't wait to fly them again.
777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2545 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 9000 times:
Quoting SouthwestMDW (Thread starter): We took off a little late, but it was fine. The DirecTV service was not working very well, but came on about 45 minutes into the flight.
Quoting SouthwestMDW (Thread starter): Due to bad weather in Chicago, the flight was delayed. After being roughly four hours late, the flight was flawless. It was the same, but with no XM radio.
Great report- it certainly sounds like it was an experience. The lack of DTV on the outbound leg and XM radio on the return leg is somewhat ironic considering that some a.netters were touting those amenities as reasons for choosing B6 over the legacy carriers!!! I also can't help but pointing out the weather delay - what a perfect way to say "welcome to ORD"!!!
AA757BOY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8090 times:
Quoting MSNYX (Reply 2): It is just a crappy piece of receipt paper.
Yeah, I always thought this is cheap. I have never even flown B6 however I really would like to give them a try sometime. Since Song is gone, they really should come to BDL because I think they would do well in the Florida market. Im sure they would be better than stupid WN.
Phatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1407 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8058 times:
Quoting SouthwestMDW (Reply 4): Quoting Boston92 (Reply 3):
I bet the TSA agents were like , "What the hell is this", when he walked through!
Actually, they were. Since we were some of the first people to check-in, they had never seen a boarding pass that way, and she didn't like it at all.
Several years ago, MCO required that ALL airlines issue standard boarding passes after 9/11 in order for pax to get through security. MCO did not include in the language of the requirement that a substitute could be used, so B6 was required to use a standard boarding pass as opposed to the "grocery-store" receipt. I believe MCO has since revisited the policy with B6 and has been since changed.
With regards to the receipt, I do recommend on future B6 flights to ask the ticket agent to staple the receipts to a comment card or AMEX brochure as they can be very easy to lose, since most passengers are holding the receipts in their hands as opposed inside pockets.