this was probably one of my biggest years...and next year will only be bigger!
I flew my first Southwest flight in November...either my 1st 737-700 flight or my 2nd 737-300 flight...and i have to say that I would fly them again, on a VERY short route that no other airlines fly. That was also my first JAX
expirence...it was a very nice airport, but the concourses were lacking. I also saw my first Indy Air plane, and hopefully not my last...they appear to be a great airline that is just failing...I have never had a crew even look at me when departing before, but this first officer not only looked, but waved to me...the people at Indy really do work their @sses off and the love thier jobs. I also got my first AirTran and my first Indy Air timetable.
Another "first" is that I got real close to an Eagle ATR...I've never seen one of the ground, but I have to admit those are mammoth creatures. I would never step foot on one as it is a prop, but those are some mammoth props!
On the other side of things I tried out jetBlue and I loved it. The route was FLL
...not my first time on that route, I don't think. It may have been as I know I have flown MIA
but off the top of my head I can't remember flying FLL
...I looked at pictures...did DL
on 7/26/94? Anyway, it was 10X better than Southwest...I will definently choose them if I can, again! It was my first Airbus flight...i liked the aircraft, but i did not like the location of the window. And the only thing that I give to Southwest that I don't to jetBlue is seat pitch...on jetBlue I either had to lean foward or scoot back to see out the window...so too much pitch, to me at least...it was very uncomofrtable...on southwest, it was just right. The TV
was great...service unbelieveable...and tohse Munchie Mix...wow! I got some for my house at CVS
(it is now on sale at almost every drug/gorcery store except Publix) and it was gone in a day! However, I have to give Southwest's service on the JAX
run and the jetBlue service in general the same rating...a 10! we had a great purser who actually gave refills on a JAX
run...he was humorous, but not trying to be funny...on our flight to JAX
, they were trying to be funny and it came out as rude sometimes and just plain stupid others...this guy knew how to balance things and he was the only one who spoke. However, on all flights every crew member was in a good mood and smiling, and not that fake smile, a real smile, a "I love my job and wouldn't trade it for anything" smile...not a "rmember, I'm in it for the free travel" smile I've seen so often!
The only complaint with both airlines was that they could not get people to sit down...even when they boarded from two doors at FLL
...we did not pull out on time on any of the 4 flights, even though on 3 of them we were fully boarded...the 4th was massivly delayed anyway...people on LCCs seem to want to stand up, I don't know why, but they just hang out for 20 mins in the aisle, while on the legacys I have never left the gate late due to people standing up.
This was my first trip to LGA
's A concourse. I saw my first Continental (Expressjet) close up and in FLL
I had seen my first Continental (Gulfstream) and my first Southwest...this was prior to my WN
flight) from inside of a terminal...I saw the Spirit of Kitty Hawk. Also, I saw my first Canjet at LGA
as well. I also saw my first USA3000 at FLL
This was also a year of firsts security wise...I got my first wnading, pat down, and hand luggage screening...what a blast that was! Oh, and did i mention, my first "random" screening? that was at LGA
...on the outbound to LGA
I expirenced my first long line for security (30 mins) and my first airport power outage!
What a year it has been for me...and this is only the beginning as when I go to college next year, my travels will AT