I took the florida trip this past April for srping break at my family's condo:
US Airways Boeing 757-200 in New colors
April 23, Easter Sunday
Estimated Departure: 6:15am
Estimated Arrival: 8:58am
I live in A New Jersey subburb of New York City and I had been informed only about 10 days before easter that we were still going to take this trip. So i went online and couldn't get any cheap fares from EWR, JFK, or LGA but i found a perfect US Airways PHL flight to Fort Lauderdale on 757's. Only about $230. Since the flight was leaving in the morning we drove down to Philly the night before and stayed in a hotel next to the airport.
4:30am!!- Me and my family woke up and got ready to go to the airport on the 5-minute shuttle ride. Got downstairs to get the shuttle at about 5:00am. The shuttle didnt leave until about 5:20am and we barely even got a seat on it, i think that everyone was flying on the same US flight as us. We arrive at the airport at about 5:45 and had to make a mad dash to the gate for 6:00am boarding. We made it but i had to go without food since there is a severe lack of food stands in Philadelphia Airport. My seat was 31F. Back of the plane, damn. My sister and my dad sat next to me and my mom was a little farther up.
We pushed back at about 6:30, 5 minutes late and taxied straight to the runway in less than 5 minutes. We were the first plane of the day to take off i think. Take-off roll was very short with a steep climb and we leveled out at FL330. I started to feel really sick because i hadn't had any food. Thankfully they passed out those snack boxes right away with a bagel, yogurt and some fruit in it.
Clear-air Turbulence started to get pretty rough and the pilot moved us up to about FL360 or 370 halfway through the flight. We started to decsend very smoothly and made the beautiful approach into Fort Lauderdale. Smooth touchdown and early arrival at 8:40am.
US Airways Boeing 757-200 also in New Colors(Im sure all of their 757's are by now.)
Estimated departure: 6:15 am
Estimated Arrival: 8:55am
Geeze another VERY early flight and we woke up at 4:00am to drive our rented convertible back to the airport to go home. Stayed at my family's condo in Hollywood Beach and took a little trip to the bahamas on my grandpa's boat. (We do this every year.) Got to the airport at about 5:00am and checked in and went straight to the gate. Of course it was still dark and i don't think i was really awake during this time. We boarded at 5:50am and I got another great 30F seat. Right in the back!! wasnt even close to a bunch of girls i saw before boarding that looked amazing. Oh well, on time take-off, short roll and steep climb. Leveled at aroun FL320 and cruised along the florida for a little before turning out to the Atlantic. Flight was pleasant and we were given another one of the snack boxes with the same stuff. There was no in-flight entertainment again due to the 2:20 flight time. US Airways 757's are very comfortable and are in good shape although AA's 757's are better. we started to descend and i woke up from my nap. We took the great approach over the Philly naval docks and over the bridge. We touched down smoothly at 8:50am, about 5 minutes early.
Great Job US Airways!! I just dont like that they fly only 733 and 734's to florida now.
Sorry if this post is in bold i am on my dad's macintosh and i dont know why that happens. Hope you enjoyed it!! Feel free to post ANY questions or comments.