There have been lots of trips this year, but this is the first report posted on this website. My wife and I wanted to go to NYC to see some of the sights and make this year end in a nice way.
Dec 11, 2001
Delta flight 654
Departed DFW 7:45AM
Arrived LGA 11:35AM (a bit early)
It was cool and cloudy in DFW as I dropped my wife off in the E Terminal and I parked the car to ride the train in. We were able to use the flight pass card to use the E-ticket kiosk and get the standby card. Security was a faily rapid process, so we had about an hour to kill at the gate. We were able to get in F Class. It was interesting to note that pushback was almost exactly on the 3 month mark since the September 11 attacks. The takeoff was to the South and quickly, we got above the blanket of clouds that covered much of our flight path. There was a breakfast of an omelet, sausage, a croissant, and some fruit. About 2 hours and 30 minutes later, we were descending into La Guardia. Although we were on the right side of the plane, we could see throught the windows on the other side. First, the Statue of Liberty appeared. This was followed by Ellis Island and then the lower tip of Manhattan. Inside the cabin, it was real quiet when we reached the area where the WTC once stood. For the first time, we were seeing for ourselves that all of this really did happen. Finally, the conglomeration of skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan appeared and we landed in LaGuardia. The weather in New York actually was sunny and a little warmer than Dallas!
Since this is an aviation website, I will be brief in the description of what we did. First, we took the airport shuttle to Grand Central Terminal, and then transferred to the Metropolitan Hotel. We then visited the following sites in this order:
St Patrick's Cathedral--services were held here for those missing in the rescue effort.
Hard Rock Cafe--We collect some of the pins.
Central Park--just a little corner of it.
A coffee shop
Rockefeller Center--to see the amazing Christmas tree and displays
A pizzeria for dinner
Broadway--we saw Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater. It was our first show!
Back to the Hotel
Dec 12, 2001
Delta flight 381
Departed LGA at 11:35AM
Arrived DFW at 3:00PM (a little late)
We arrived at La Guardia two and a half hours before the flight, because we had no idea what traffic from the city and security would be like. Better safe than sorry! Again, we were able to get on standby using the convenient kiosk near the ticket counters. Security was a breeze and I did not even set off the metal detector! Almost every day in DFW, I set it off going to work, and this is without a belt on or having steel-toed shoes. I looked around at some of the aircraft while my wife looked for a NYPD ballcap for her dad. At last, we were ready to board.
Our seats were once again in the First Class cabin, so we would be getting some lunch on the flight. Departure was on time, and we took off to the Northeast. It did not take long to hit the cloud ceiling. The 757 seems to have a very strong takeoff roll and gains altitude quickly. The lunch consisted of some pasta, salad, and a brownie cake. There was also an inflight movie on the overhead monitor. It was the movie with Robert Deniero where he decides to rob a precious royal scepter from the Montreal Custom's house. It was a good movie. This flight was rather bumpy since there was a strong line of storms from Canada all of the way to the Gulf Coast. We cruised at the service ceiling at 40,000 feet for quite a while. Arrival in DFW was a little late due to the strong headwinds. We overflew the city to turn around and land towards the North. At that point, we concluded our final trip of the year.
Well, that is my first trip report here. Figured it had to be done sooner or later.