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Non-Rev BOS-CLT-RSW: Part 1

Fri Feb 28, 2003 2:13 pm

I have been working for British Airways for seven months now, and one month ago I was finally off probation and eligible to travel. I decided that after the winter we’ve been having in Boston, a destination somewhat warmer was needed. I decided that a trip to Naples, Florida would be a great way to get some sun and sand and, since my grandparents live there, at low price. I took some days off, checked the flights, and went on my way. If only it was so predictable.

26 February 2003
US839 Boston (BOS)-Charlotte (CLT)
Depart: 08:55
Arrive: 11:14
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200



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I had decided that getting to Florida early was key, especially as this was going to be a rather short vacation, so I opted for flight US1053 that left Boston at 0520 and with my connection, I would be in Florida by 1030. It took me a late night to pack and get everything all set for my trip. I fell asleep at 0200 to wake up at 0300. Well, to make a long story short, my dad woke me up at 0510. Oops! Well, I got up and was at the airport by 0550. After looking at my new options to get to Fort Myers, I decided the best option was to take flight US839 to Charlotte. As the flight had seats available, I was able to get a seat assignment at the check-in. I was happy to get a window seat, 10A, which was the 4th row of the cabin. I milled around the US pier for a while, just watching some planes. A few DL Shuttle 737-800s, another US Airways 757 to Philadelphia, and a few RJs, but nothing exciting. Hung around my gate which was B10 for a while before boarding. The flight was boarded on time at 0825, but was delayed at the gate due to a problem fuelling that plane. We finally left the gate about 25 minutes late. We taxied out and had an immediate take-off from Runway 9. We took off and flew to the west-southwest. We flew between Boston and Providence, then north of Hartford, then turned south, flew west of New York, to the west of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington. Then flew down over Lynchburg, Virginia and began our descent over Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We flew in over the cloud covered city of Charlotte, and made a hard 180, broke through the clouds and made a nice touchdown onto Runway 36R. A quick taxi to gate B10 (ironically the same gate number I left from at BOS). Only a snack was served on the flight, but the flight attendants were friendly and sociable, especially during the delay in Boston.

26 February 2003
US1052 Charlotte (CLT)-Fort Myers/Southwest Florida Int’l (RSW)
Depart: 14:30
Arrive: 16:25
Aircraft: Boeing 737-400



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My original itinerary had be arriving in Charlotte at 07:35 with a connection onto flight US1761 which left at 08:40. A smooth 65 minute transit through Charlotte, an airport I had never been to. Unfortunately, due to my sleepy tendencies, the next flight I could make didn’t depart until 14:30. So, now I had roughly 3 hours between flights. While taxiing into the gate, I saw a 737-400 still in the old livery and though to myself how only a handful of planes still remain in those colours. Only when I got to my gate would I know how ironic this thought was. I was very pleased by CLT. It had a very spacious central terminal with lots of shops and restaurants. Anyway, I managed to pass the three hours, and 14:00 rolled around fairly quickly. Boarding began on time through gate C4. Whereas my first flight was had some seats, this flight was full, so gone was my ability to have a seat assignment. I had to wait until general boarding had begun, and then about 8 people get their passes before me. In the end, I got my seat. 8B, middle seat. Oh well, c’est la vie. I was just happy to get onto the flight. The flight departed about 5 minutes after I took me seat. We had a speedy taxi and departed after an A321 and Dash 8 departed, and another Dash 8 landed. We took off from Runway 36L and shortly after take-off, we made a turn to the right and flew south. As there was limited contact from the cockpit and a thick overcast until we were over Florida, I can only guess on our route. I believe we flew south over western South Carolina, then over central Georgia down just to the east of Tallahassee and south parallelling the Gulf Coast. Around that time the clouds parted and we got a nice view of St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Tampa Bay. We continued off the coast, had a nice view of Port Charlotte and descended over the Gulf of Mexico. We made a turn to the East and flew in overland. We flew to the south of RSW and then made a hard turn and lined up for a smooth landing onto Runway 24. A quick taxi to the gate, A3, was over and I was off the plane in two minutes. Now, for such a small airport, their baggage claim is a mess. They have six belts, but feel they only need 3 when 5 flights arrive. So, Continental from IAH and Northwest from MEM shared a belt, my flight and American from DFW shared a belt, while Delta and jetBlue got their own. It was chaotic.

Despite arriving 6 hours late, the 75 degree Fahrenheit difference between when I left Boston and when I arrived into Fort Myers was appreciated.

Part two will be posted when I arrive home in Boston in a few days.

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RE: Non-Rev BOS-CLT-RSW: Part 1

Fri Feb 28, 2003 2:20 pm

Ahhhh, the wonders of flying non-revenue!!! Big grin

I LOVE oversleeping or not even hearing my alarm clock at all lol. Happened to me BOTH times going to and from on my recent BOS-DEN-PVD (via CVG) trip.

Looking forward to your return trip report.
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RE: Non-Rev BOS-CLT-RSW: Part 1

Fri Feb 28, 2003 2:39 pm

Always nice to read a good report, LH423. Hope you have an awesome trip!

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RE: Non-Rev BOS-CLT-RSW: Part 1

Sat Mar 01, 2003 5:51 am

I'm curious, why didn't you fly right into APF (Naples)? US flies right in there, currently the only carrier that does so I belive. Since I had to do it (Ironically it was the last time BOS radar went out and sent people everywhere) I some how ended up in BOS after origanlly leaving from MHT (I was Non-reving myself!). Anyway somehow I made it out and went BOS > TPA > APF. it worked out quite well.
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RE: Non-Rev BOS-CLT-RSW: Part 1

Sat Mar 01, 2003 10:53 am

Can you non-rev in premium classes on airlines other than the one you work for or codeshare with?
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RE: Non-Rev BOS-CLT-RSW: Part 1

Sat Mar 01, 2003 12:15 pm

Jcs: I think the airlines (especially ones in Chapter 11) try not to when possible, but if Economy is full, then they'll put you into First. Right now I'm sort of in a dilemma as all the possible flights for me to take out of Fort Myers are full, however I was offered a flight where the PHL-BOS sector would have been in First, however the flight leaves Fort Myers too early tomorrow morning, so that's not an option. Right now, I'm looking at buying a ticket on Cape Air and flying to Fort Lauderdale. There are more flights and more connecting cities, so we'll see.

Kearnet: I wasn't aware that US flew direcly into here. But, like I said, I'm going to APF tomorrow to explore other options to get home, so I'll find out about US. I think I'd have to fly via Tampa and then another city. But, my goal is to also somehow get on an A321. Of course, getting home takes precedence, but if I can combine both, that'd be cool.

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RE: Non-Rev BOS-CLT-RSW: Part 1

Sat Mar 01, 2003 12:16 pm

Great report...was wondering...what was the "snack" on BOS-CLT and what was the actual flight time if you keep track of such figures??

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RE: Non-Rev BOS-CLT-RSW: Part 1

Sat Mar 01, 2003 12:51 pm

The "snack" on both my flights was a small packet of Snyder's of Hanover pretzels and a drink. On my first flight I took a coke, the second, due to lots of coke in CLT, some soda water.

Flying times (which I'll try to incorporate in my return flight) are not exact due to the only clock I have being on my cell phone and that, obviously, was turned off. On the BOS-CLT routing, flying time was around 2 hours (I think the captain predicted 1:54). On the CLT-RSW routing, it was around 1:45 or so.

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RE: Non-Rev BOS-CLT-RSW: Part 1

Sat Mar 01, 2003 2:40 pm

Ok, thanks for the info, thats what I thought it would be...typical US shorthaul lol...

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RE: Non-Rev BOS-CLT-RSW: Part 1

Sun Mar 02, 2003 4:27 am

Those pretzels are gooood! Not as good as SkyMix, but still darn tasty. Of course, I also actually enjoy coach meals on US Airways, so my taste is probably flawed. Ahhh the great food you get as a non-rev all your life.

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