Ok, I'm finally home, and here I go!
Ok, so tonight, pretty much all of our evening flights had experienced some sort of delays.. so it was pretty busy. Tonight started our stations 3 RON aircraft. 2 A320's, and 1 E190. (We are the first station to have the E190 as a RON, other than JFK
of course..). So the first A320 arrives, and we complete work.. 30 minutes later, the next A320 comes in.. and shortly after that the E190 finally comes in.. The one that we were all waiting for.
I was given the opportunity to guide him in.. Technically, I was the first one to guide him in here at TPA
! It might not mean much.. but it means a lot to me! We see him coming around one of the A320's, and I must say.. the engines on the E190 are a LOT quieter than the ones on the A320's...
As I am marshalling him in, I am in disbelief on how beautiful this aircraft is... I would really compare kinda to the size of a B717.. but smaller... So finally I stop him, and we do the rest thats necessary...
After that is done, the 6 of us split up, and 4 head to the aft cargo door where most of the bags are usually kept.. and myself and another crewmember goto the front cargo door. We we're trained through jetblue university online courses about how to operate the doors and what not.. but wow.. we had some trouble opening the doors... Brazilians have a weird way of doing the handles
Luckily, we had JetBlueUniv. instructors come down on earlier flights, and they showed us how to do it.
Now, I am very a rather big person.. height and width.. And when I saw that bin.. I nearly urinated on myself... Holy crap is that bin small.. I went, and looked at the aft bin.. and it was even smaller height wise than the front bin. So I decided to sit out on the bin duty for this flight. The thing about the bin is, it might be short in height, but it goes pretty far back into the plane.. bin wise.
After we were done with our stuff.. I decided to head up inside, and check it out.
When I first came into the jetbridge.. Compared to A320's.. The entrance is a lot smaller.. (Of course.. the plane is smaller).. The seats, with the TV
's look very sharp.. Unfortunately, the LiveTV and XM
wasn't hooked up on the a/c yet, but the TV
's were in place. The Aft lavatory is HUGE.. seriously.. you could bring in a keg with you, and have plenty of room in there... The windows are a lot bigger, so you do see more out of the window.. and the lighting is good. Walking up and down the aisle.. There was plenty of head, and shoulder room. (Keeping in mind, that I'm 6'4).
I finally jumped up into the flight deck. That is one cramped flight deck to be honest.. I sat in the CAPT and FO's seats.. and there isn't that much head room, but still comfortable. The bicycle yoke feels pretty weird.. I wonder how it's compared to the sidestick, or regular flight yoke. There is one jumpseat right behind the CAPT's seat, that folds down and moves over behind the cockpit door.. But it doesn't look that comfortable. The PFD's and other displays are sharp looking, and very high tech. The HUD wasn't installed yet.. I don't think it's finished its testing process.
In conclusion.. At first, I was pretty skeptical of Mr. Neelemans decision of going with E190.. But after tonight, I think that Embraer has made an AWESOME aircraft.. And down the line, that it just might give Boeing and Airbus some competition... Sure, there are a few problems right now with it.. But tell me, which aircraft really hasn't had some problems its first few years on the market?
Here are some pictures from tonight:
From the jetbridge, the CAPT looking at me while I'm guiding him in.. (No, I didn't take this photo
Forward part of the cabin:
The Flight Deck:
Me in the CAPT's seat:
Thanks for taking the time to read this! I know that the A/C is a lot smaller, but keep in mind, I've only worked on a A320 prior to this!
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