Ahhh home at last after a well deserved vacation. This is part two of my trip.
HP 777 BWI-LAS
B757-225, N907AW, Seat 24A.
I ended up at the airport a little more than 2 and a half hours before flight time b/c we decided not to get dinner, something I would later regret. The check-in line was non-existent, the last flight to Phoenix was just about to leave and the flight to Columbus was departing in less than half an hour. After checking in I headed up to the gate area in the international pier to kill 2+ hours, when I should have gotten something to eat. At the time both Aer Lingus and Icelandair were getting ready for departure. My flight was late getting in. The plane must have been delayed somewhere back down the line. But by 9:30pm (scheduled for 8:55pm) we pushed back and tookoff.
Now this flight was jam packed full of folks heading out for a week of fun in Las Vegas. I don't think I have ever been stuck in a plane with so many lesuire travelers before... I do prefer flying with business traveler types, smaller carry-ons and they are quieter. The plane was the Phoenix Suns livery and had the old interior. The first thing I noticed was that there was no lav at 2R, instead all three coach lavs were mid-cabin by the emergency exit doors. I had never seen this before on the HP 757s I've flown, or at least never noticed it. I'd like to think this ex-Eastern bird was unique in that manner. I was disappointed however by the fact that there was no meal service. But then again it was a 9pm departure and out of the normal meal time. Two drink services were offered with the little packets of snack mix. I do think that America West should consider offering those snack packs on long-haul non-meal flights. I think 4 and a half hours certainly warrants it. But I guess it did not help that I had a headache and hadn't eaten since 1 that afternoon.
HP 453, LAS-TUS
B737-3G7, N156AW, seat 12D
I have never been to Las Vegas before and not really motivated to go back. Sure the lights were all pretty, but my first thought after stepping off of my flight from Baltimore and stepping into the terminal was, "god this place is trashy." LAS really does have slot machines in the terminal... right in the middle of the circular sections of the A gates. Why you cannot wait till you get to the hotel to gamble I will never know.
I had about 30 minutes to catch my flight, enough time to visit the john and make it to the gate. This plane was still in the old colors and had the old interior. Which I really do think has to go. On my outbound flight in ship #307 with the new interior really seemed much nicer and roomier. But this was a red-eye packed full of people returning from vacation, so no drink service for the hour hop down to Tucson. The plane was full, I was tired, I don't think a Ginger Ale would have helped, but maybe it would have helped to wash down some Tylenol.
Overall I got from point A to B. It was just a long day. I don't think I want to connect through Las Vegas again, which helps me avoid the red-eyes. But terminal 4 in Phoenix is so much nicer. Much roomier, free of slot machines, and more attractive. HP should redo their gate space with the "Flintstone" wall treatments they have in Phoenix... much nicer looking.