Jason Seiple
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Tue Feb 27, 2001 10:53 am

24 February 2001
Southwest 2137
Seat: 9E

We arrived at the airport at 6:10am for the 7:00am departure and proceeded directly to the gate as we had only carry-ons. We waited 5-10 minutes in the check-in line before being assigned boarding cards. I was number 49, part of the second group that is allowed to board in Southwest's enplaning method. At 6:30am they announced preboard would start in 10 minutes and instructed everybody else to form a line along the windows. At 6:40am, preboard occurred them the first 30 boarding numbers. Quickly it was my groups turn and I boarded the aircraft. Me, my father, and my younger brother took the first row of 3 seats: 9 DEF. I ended up with the middle seat but didn't mind as my family members aren't large people and the flight is short. The flight attendants introduced themselves as Rebecca, Jason, and Bobby. Captain Dan from Nashville announced in-air time as 57 minutes. Gate-to-gate was planned as 1 hour 20 minutes. We pushed at 7:02am with a 75% full load and had a quick taxi to runway 14R while the safety demo was given. We departed after a United B757 and Midwest Express DC-9-30 at 7:07am. We flew in the clouds for awhile, finally coming out on top. Flight attendants offered a choice of just orange juice or coffee, served from hand trays. The seat on this 8 month old aircraft was comfortable with a leather headrest and legroom that was sufficient. The tray table also adjusted, sliding forward and back. We had a long approach into Midway, flying very low for the final 20 miles of flight to stay under ORD's class B airspace veil. We touched down at Midway in the rain at 8:12am. We had a quick taxi to Southwest land concourse, docking with gate B6 at 8:16am, free to step down the jetway, down a flight of stairs, and into the old decrepit terminal. Within 3 minutes of exiting the airplane, we were in a cab enroute to our hotel: the Marriott downtown on Michigan Ave.
25 February 2001
Southwest 791
Seat: 10B

We arrived at Midway at 4:00pm. Our flight wasn't until 8:00pm, but we tried to get on the 4:30pm flight to OMA (delayed to 4:50pm). We went to that gate to be informed to even fly stand-by, we'd have to pay $60 a person, and she couldn't yet tell us if there would be a seat for us on the plane. That idea gone, I went to the Delta gate to spot planes. There are few places to eat at the airport, so dinner was disgusting pizza. Midway Airport needs to be torn down. The terminal is disgusting, old, small, and dirty. At 7:00pm, check-in opened. I received filthy boarding card number 5. Supposedly it was tan in colour. Our gate, A11, is a bad one. It is in a Cubs theme, and instead of normal seating, it has plastic stadium seating with no padding. All the other adjacent gates were overflowing, so no refuge there. At 7:45pm, our aircraft had not arrived. A look at the monitors revealed the flight was late, and our flight was delayed 30 minutes. That turned into a 45 minute delay, with NO announcements or postings in the gate area. At 8:30pm, we suddenly started boarding. Many passengers were already on board from the first leg. We took the first set of 3 open seats: row 10 A/B/C. This older B737-300 had the stupid lounges and a bulkhead between rows 10 and 11. We pushed back at 8:37pm and took off from runway 13C at 8:44pm. We flew low for the first few minutes of the estimated 1:25 flight, then added power and climbed to 35000 feet. A flight attendant passed out bags of about 7 peanuts then took drink orders on a pad, later bringing around the cups (mostly full of ice with very little soda) on a tray. The flight was uneventful. We landed on Omaha's runway 18 at 9:59pm, having a quick turn off and taxi to gate 16, pulling in at 10:02pm.
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Tue Feb 27, 2001 11:11 am

Jason do you know how long SW has been flying 737-700s into OMA. All I remember ever seeing there is 732s and 733s.
Jason Seiple
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Tue Feb 27, 2001 11:39 am

First I saw was about 4-5 months ago. They come from MDW only as far as I know.

We very seldom get the -200's anymore. Usually -300 and -500, with the few -700 from MDW.

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Wed Feb 28, 2001 12:15 am

The last time I was at Midway (in September) I went by subway train from downtown, and the walk to the terminal went through a major construction zone.
From what I could see, the existing buildings will be razed when the new ones are finished.
The time before that, I came in on an American DC-7 and transferred to an Eastern DC-7B!
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Wed Feb 28, 2001 3:47 am


The MDW terminal building will be torn down in about a year and a half. In a few months, check-in will be at the new facility across Cicero Ave. which is almost complete. After the concession area (a MAJOR improvement from what there is now) will be finished and the gate areas will be redone, being built in the modern two story construction style.



Wed Feb 28, 2001 5:37 am

Which airport is closer to the city, MDW or ORD?

How many runways does each have?

How many daily flights does ATA operate out of MDW?

How many daily flights does Southwest operate out of MDW?

How many daily flights does American operate out of ORD?


How many daily flights does United operate out of ORD?

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Wed Feb 28, 2001 10:56 pm

Looks like March 7th will be when parts of the new terminal building open. See today's article:


MDW is about a 35 minute train ride to the loop. ORD is about a 50 minute ride. MDW is coser and will be a great airport once all the renovations are complete. See their website:http://www.ohare.com/midway/terminal_project/terminal_project_home.shtm (the links are the gray tabs)



Thu Mar 01, 2001 2:03 pm

Jason, (and others)

I just moved to Grand Forks from OMA (transfered colleges).

I worked at TAC Air at Eppley a few years ago, right around the time TAC bought it from SkyHarbor.

I was going to UNO and flying out of the Offutt AFB Aeroclub.

What do you do down there?

Any other people from OMA on this board?

Drop me a line....

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Sun Mar 04, 2001 9:30 am


MDW is closer to Downtown, being a 25-30 min. train ride and 20 min. drive, and ORD being a 40 min. train ride with drive times of anywhere from 30 mins. to over an hour depending on traffic. MDW would be faster to get to if it were off of I-55, but you have to get off the expressway and drive almost 3 miles on Cicero Ave. before you can get to the airport.

ORD has 7 runways and MDW has 5 although only 2 of those are long enough to accomadate airliners.

ATA has approx. 40-50 flights a day out of MDW. Southwest has 121 dailies (Got that off their website)

I don't know how many flights UA and AA have out of ORD other than that they are a hell of a lot. Both airlines combined control 86% of traffic at ORD.

Neighbor to MDW

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