Purdue Arrow
Topic Author
Posts: 947
Joined: Tue May 25, 1999 1:49 pm

Trip Home: IND-ORD-SAN

Mon May 08, 2000 2:25 pm

Finals ended Friday, so I headed back home to San Diego yesterday. My first flight, an American Eagle Embraer 145, pushed back right on time at 1:18 pm. We taxied out to the runway and took off to the south from 23R. After turning northbound, we climbed to FL220 and were served pretzels wiht the beverages of our choice (Coke for me, of course!) We flew just east of Frankfort, IN, then east of Monticello, IN, before coming into Chicago. We flew out over Lake Michigan and came in on what I think was 32L.

Once in O'Hare, I headed to the gate for my 3:05 pm flight to San Diego. I got a First Class seat and boarded the 737-800. After sitting down, the flight atttendant came by to offer beverages, and I had a Coke. We pushed back a few minutes early and taxied out. I had an aisle seat, and the woman next to me chose to keep the shade closed, so I couldn't see out the window to well. Instead, I read American Way. After taking off, we were served the warm mixed nuts that I love so much, to accompany the cocktail or beverage of your choice (Coke). The flight attendants took dinner orders, and then brought around our salads. I chose to have sea bass in a garlic-shallot butter, served with french green beans, potatoes, and rice. The other choices were chicken in plum sauce and stuffed shells (Manicotti). After dinner, which was delicious, we were served ice cream sundaes or fruit plates. I had a sundae with hot fudge, whipped cream, and nuts. After lunch, the service remained attentive and the f/a was always there to fill my drink, even going back to coach and one point to return with 5 cans she called "re-enforcements." We had some massive tailwinds, I guess, because we got into San Diego half an hour early.

The trip was nice, uneventful. I'll be leaving tommorrow evening (Monday) for a week and a half to go to New York, Santo Domingo, and Fort Myers, so I'll be away from the forum for a while.
 
teahan
Posts: 4992
Joined: Sun Nov 21, 1999 11:18 pm

RE: Trip Home: IND-ORD-SAN

Tue May 09, 2000 2:38 am

Nice Report!  

Jeremiah Teahan
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
 
CX747
Posts: 5580
Joined: Tue May 18, 1999 2:54 am

RE: Trip Home: IND-ORD-SAN

Tue May 09, 2000 4:37 am

Very nice report. May I ask what your opinion is on the 737-800?
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
 
User avatar
American 767
Posts: 3928
Joined: Wed May 19, 1999 7:27 am

RE: Trip Home: IND-ORD-SAN

Tue May 09, 2000 7:38 am

Nice report, as always. It sounds like you had nice flights, did you upgrade yourself using electronic stickers from your AAdvantage account? That's how I upgrade when I travel within the United States. My parents flew on a 737-800 three months ago from Chicago to San Jose, they were in First Class. My dad said that this aircraft was a little bit louder than the Super 80, even when sitting in the first row, but he liked it anyway.
Enjoy the rest of your trip.

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium
Ben Soriano
 
Purdue Arrow
Topic Author
Posts: 947
Joined: Tue May 25, 1999 1:49 pm

RE: Trip Home: IND-ORD-SAN

Tue May 09, 2000 8:23 am

I really like the 738. I have flown on it several times, but this was only my second time in First on it. I think it's a very nice aircraft, and I love the new AA interiors.

Ben - I was flying on an employee pass, and upgraded that way.
 
Trvlr
Posts: 4251
Joined: Thu Feb 17, 2000 9:58 am

RE: Trip Home: IND-ORD-SAN

Tue May 09, 2000 8:43 am

Nice description. I went on AA first class SAN-ORD-SAN a long time ago. I was a small child, but I remember the ice cream sundae for dinner. It seems the service hasn't changed, which is good, I guess. Remember to always sit on the left side when landing or taking off from SAN!! All the planes are on that side. Its good AA is changing the equpiment from SAN to ORD to 738s. I hate the super 80s. Too bad that when you came back to San Diego, though, you still had to arrive at our crummy airport!! 

Aaron G.
 
catfan
Posts: 58
Joined: Wed May 03, 2000 11:13 am

San Diego's Airport

Tue May 09, 2000 8:52 am

I flew into San Diego once. I made sure that I waved to the folks in the office building that I got a good view of from the plane. Gee whiz! That airport scares me!
 
Purdue Arrow
Topic Author
Posts: 947
Joined: Tue May 25, 1999 1:49 pm

RE: Trip Home: IND-ORD-SAN

Tue May 09, 2000 11:15 am

You don't like our airport? Sure, I'd like to have a more "glamorous" airport... you know, multiple runways or something. SAN has a nice feel to it, though. Not too big, but big enough for American to have plenty of service. When I leave San Diego tonight for my other trip (heading to the airport in about 15 minutes), I am taking the only MD-80 flight American still runs to ORD, flight 1224. Our red-eye departs SAN at 11 pm, just in time to get off the ground before curfew, and gets to ORD at 4:46 am.
 
User avatar
American 767
Posts: 3928
Joined: Wed May 19, 1999 7:27 am

RE: Trip Home: IND-ORD-SAN

Thu May 11, 2000 6:31 am

That's where my father is going next week. He leaves next tuesday. He flies from Brussels to Chicago on a 767-300 then connects on an MD-80 to La Guardia. Two days later he flies direct JFK-SAN on a 757, I know he'll have a great flight. Michael, according to the American Airlines schedule, they have two S80 flights from SAN to ORD each day. Flight 1224 which is the one you'll be on and flight 522 which leaves beginning of the afternoon to arrive in Chicago in the evening. My dad's reservation shows flight 1822 from SAN to ORD but according to the schedule that's valid thru Apr 30, flight 522 is effective May 1. Anyway, he flies on a Super 80 from San Diego to Chicago and then he connects on a 767 to Brussels.
Yes sure everyone likes the new 737-800 that much, but the Super 80 is OK. I wouldn't mind flying on a Super 80 instead of a 737-800 or a 757. What I would be upset about is flying a Super 80 or a 757 if I can get a 727, the 727 is rapidly dissapearing and will soon be gone but the 757 and 737-800 will be around much longer, so will the Super 80. The 757 and the 737-800 should be around even longer than the Super 80 will. If I can get a 727 i fly on it because it may be the last occasion in my life I fly on it, the other aircraft types will be there a lot longer. That's my opinion.

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium
Ben Soriano
 
Trvlr
Posts: 4251
Joined: Thu Feb 17, 2000 9:58 am

RE: Trip Home: IND-ORD-SAN

Thu May 11, 2000 6:50 am

SD has a nice feel for its airport because it doesn't know any better. Sure its nice and cozy and all, but I would much rather enjoy it if the terminals were a little bigger and more functiol working with one another and if I knew there was room for adequate and safe expansion. I would rather have an airport like SFO that can actually be walked through without having to go outside and take a bus.

Aaron G.