This is my first trip report, so tell me how you like it. It is very detailed, and therefore very long, so hang with me.
I went on American flight 2763 from San Jose to San Diego on an MD-80. I was going down by myself to visit my Grandparents. Our flight was set to leave at 11:37, so I planned to get to the airport at about 10:00. My Dad likes to take the Coleman route to the airport and I love it because we get to drive right under the approach for 30L. So anyway, right as we turn onto airport blvd. (south west corner of the field), I see Arizona One on final. It flies right over our car and I see it park at gate A1 (repositioned due to construction). My Dad parked our car on the fourth level of the A terminal parking garage and I climbed the stairs up to the top level. I took some pictures of Arizona, but soon had to go check in for my flight.
Walking up to the check in area, I saw the Southwest check in on the left and the American check in on the right, as usual. However, I also saw the Tokyo check in right between the two airlines. This was interesting to me because I have never checked in at the same time as the Tokyo flight. The check in wait was about 20 minutes. When I finally made it past security, I had about 40 minutes before my flight. Since it was about lunchtime and I was hungry, I got a 5 chese pizza and a soda from California Pizza Kitchen which is across from gate A4. I took my food to the gate thinking that boarding would start soon. After eating my pizza, drinking my soda, and waiting about 5 more minutes, they finally started boarding. I was in row 23 (seat 23A), which is near the back of the plane, so I was able to board pretty quickly. There was a line in the jetway, and it took me about 5 minutes just to get onto the plane. Seeing the plane up close, I could tell that there was no Oneworld sticker like on the 2 AA MD-80s that I flew on last weekend. I should also mention that it was a bare metal, not ex-Reno MD-80.
Right as I entered the plane, I looked into the cockpit. There was a flight attendent right next to me, and I asked her if I could go into the cockpit. She said sure, and I went in. The pilots were completing there checklist, and I listened. I noted that the checklist said DC-9, not MD-80. Interesting. Once they finished, we started chatting about the cockpit. I was surprised at how tiny the throttles were (barely and inch each). They told me that I should start taking flying lessons.
After chatting for about 10 minutes, the plane was about ready to leave, and all the passengers were on. I returned to my seat (the only one left on the plane), and glued my eyes to the window. The only thing abnormal that I saw was an Sporthawk 727(see this post
), but I did take one picture of a UAL A320 and a Southwest 737 landing.
After takeoff, the flight was normal. The time of day was perfect. The sun shone on everything, and the mountains looked especially pretty. I took a picture of the wing with the mountains in the background, and settled in for a short flight.
On approach to San Diego, the sun was shining off of the water and looking really pretty. As we got closer, I took two more wing shots. One of the water and one of the skyline of downtown SD. When we landed, I looked around, but could not find any special planes. When we pulled into the gate, I waited in my seat for a while to take pictures of the new More Room throughout Coach seats and talk to the pilots. I asked them if they had ever been here (airliners.net), but they said no. I told them to come and look at my pictures and the whole site. Since I was the last passenger off the plane, my grandparents were a little worried, but they had a feeling that I was talking to the pilots.
As we started towards the baggage claim, I saw the America West Arizona Diamondbacks plane. After taking a few pictures from the gate area of this plane, I went down to baggage claim. I saw a group of people huddled around the carasel waiting for their bags. I spotted my distinctive blue bag immediately, and headed for my grandparents car. Leaving the terminal, I completed a Super one way trip.
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