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Tue May 02, 2000 11:22 am

I took my most recent trip this weekend, this time to New York and Connecticut for my cousin's wedding. The trip started with a drive from Purdue to Chicago where my parents and I took a 2 pm flght to New York La Guardia. That flight was very basic... it was a Suped between meal times, so we were served only beverages and pretzels. The flight was packed, to the extent that my parents, my niece, and I each had a middle seat. I was sitting next to a woman in her early 20s who had an interest in aviation, so we spent most of the flight talking about how planes fly and wht you do in different abnormal situations... she asked me a lot of questions when she found out I was a pilot. That made the trip a lot of fun. We landed in New York right on time, and pulled into the gate.

After a great weekend, the time came for me to leave on Sunday morning. Because of extremely full fligts later in the day, I had to take a 6:30 am departure to ORD to connect with a 8:35 flight to IND. After checking in at the ticket counter, I went into the gate area and walked around while I waited to find out whether I would get a First Class seat. Much to my surprise, as this route is usually full of business travelers who upgrade, I did get first, seat 1B on a 757. This trip was great... the flight attendant who worked my half of the cabin, Ami, was very attentive. Before takeoff, I had a glass of orange juice while we sat at the gate. She refilled it 3 times before getting to the runway for takeoff! After departure, Ami came through the cabin with drinks and hot towels, as well as to take our orders for breakfast. Given the option between Crispix with fruit and an omelet with potatoes and canadian bacon, I chose the latter. The omelet was delicious, filled with cheddar cheese, herbs, and some peppers or something. Both breakfast selections were also served with bagels and doughnuts. After finishing my meal, Ami came by to offer more breads, which I happily accepted. After breakfast was over, Ami continued to provide attentive service, filling my Coke many times before our arrival in Chicago. We arrived a few minutes late, but in plenty of time for me to catch my connection.

After getting to O'Hare, I headed for gate G-21 in the American Eagle concourse, and I was thrilled to see how well the improvements there are going. Since American took over the G concourse, it has been kind of a dissapointment. It was no where near as nice looking as the rest of the AA facility. The work they are doing now, though, is changing that completely. The areas that have been finished are beautiful... they are bright, clean, and modern looking. When I got to the gate, they had my boarding pass all ready for me, so I just needed to take it and board.

The last flight of my trip, an Embraer 145 to Indianapolis, was pretty normal. Because the flight was so full and the tailwind so great, the FA did not have time for a full beverage service, but she brought around glasses of water for all 50 passengers. We also had the opportunity to fill out a survey for Eagle. After less than 30 mintes in the air, we landed at IND and taxied into our gate. I really like that ERJ, and I can't wait until my next experience on it, which will be Friday morning when I head back home to San Diego for the summer (it's finals week here at Purdue!)
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Tue May 02, 2000 12:16 pm

I'll be flying IND-ORD-LGA on Sat eve(145, connect. to the 757). I always try to get on one of the 757s because of the bigger F section, but it has yet to work out!
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Tue May 02, 2000 3:37 pm

The F section isn't really much larger... American has 22 First Class seats on the 757, compared with 20 on the MD-80s that fly the ORD-LGA runs. That's only 2 extra seats since these MD-80s have been upgraded from the old layout, which had only 14F.
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Wed May 03, 2000 2:31 am

Hi Purdue Arrow,
Thanks for the trip report. I always enjoy reading them. It sounds like you had a great meal on the 757 flying back. Yes you're right, the 757 now has only 2 extra seats compared to the MD-80. Did you have the new seats on the MD-80? I flew on MD-80's on my last trip to the United States, from ORD to LGA and back (connecting on a 767 back to Brussels), both had the new seats. From ORD to LGA I was seated in seat 3A which is on the first row in the First Class cabin (yes I know on the 757 the first row is row 1 as opposed to row 3 on the MD-80), flying back I was in coach seating in 11F. I like the new interiors in coach. American was a good airline already, now it's an even better airline.
When you flew from ORD to LGA, you must have been on flight 366 which was an MD-80. But what were you on when flying from LGA to ORD? Are you sure you left at 630AM? Because according to the latest AA schedule that I have, flight 303 leaving at 630AM is a Super 80 and you said you were on a 757. Flights 309 and 313 leaving LGA at 800AM and 900AM respectively are 757's, all others are Super 80's. That's according to what I read in the last schedule dated from April 2, 2000.
Well you sound like you had a very nice trip. Good luck on your finals and please tell us about your trip home next week. I'll be delighted to read it.

Ben Soriano
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Wed May 03, 2000 8:11 am

Hi, Ben,
The MD-80 I flew from ORD-LGA did have the new seats, but it was in the old layout. My return flight was indeed flight 303, departing at 6:30 am. I'm not sure why it was a 757 that day... maybe Sundays are different or something. The 8 am flight didn't get to Chicago early enough for the 8:35 flight to IND, though. My first final yesterday went well, and the other two shouldn't be too bad. I'll write about my trip home when I get there, and then, after a 2 week hiatus from the forum while on vacation, I will be back in mid-May with a write-up of my first international trip, which will involve the flights SAN-ORD-LGA, JFK-SDQ (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), and SDQ-MIA-RSW (Fort Myers, FL). It will also include whatever routing I end up taking to get from RSW back to San Diego.

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