12-5-99 National Airlines Flt 306
Checked in at LAX Terminal 6. We used National's service which allows it's passengers to check their luggage straight to the hotel (if you are staying at either the Rio or Harrah's). This meant we did not have to go to the carousel at McCarran once we arrived. Our luggage met us at the hotel about an hour after we got in.
Flight left on time. Flight was a quick 35 minutes. The airplane was pretty ratty inside to say the least. This particular airplane is a used lease and has seen many flying hours. Snack was peanuts and soft drinks. The tail and engines on this airplane were painted a medium purple instead of the usual black paint. I asked a flight attendant about the paint color and she said the plane came back from the paint shop with the wrong colors, but the airline could not send it back because it was already scheduled for service. National calls this plane the "Barney Blue." Eventually, the plane will go back for the correct paint. Has anyone shot this plane?
12-8-99 National Airlines Flt 11
Checked in our luggage at the National Flight Center inside the Rio Hotel before we left for the airport. Arrived at the airport and went straight to Gate D2.
This airplane was brand new and was perfect.
Flight left on time. Winds were heavy, so we took off from the runway which parallels the Las Vegas strip. Again, quick flight to LAX. Snack was pretzels and soft drinks. Parked at Gate 61. Went down to the carousel and our luggage was there. The National Flight Centers work! Use them if you can!