Continental Airlines - EWR-LAS
I arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport just after 7:00am for my 8:45 flight to Las Vegas. I met my friend in the security line and after a quick TSA check, we were in the President's Club between C2 and C3. We proceeded to Gate C-125 for what was an on-time boarding for our flight. About twenty or so minutes into the boarding, a man suffered a heart attack and paramedics were on the scene. Within minutes, boarding was halted, the man was on the floor in the aisle, by the door (rear of First Class) and paramedics were trying to revive him using defibrillators. Once the man was stabilized, he was taken off the plane and into an ambulance and boarding resumed. The cabin crew made some announcements and apologized for the delay but reaffirmed that this was a medical emergency. Amazingly, some passengers were annoyed that we were delayed over this. Nevertheless, after "paper work" was complete, boarding resumed, and we were on our way at 9:45am, one hour late. Taxi was short, we passed one ERJ-135 and one 737-500 (both CO) and we were on our way. Take off roll was fast, powerful, and we were airborne about 1/2 way down the runway. The 757-300 is a nice airplane. Virtually indistinguishable from the -200 except for the extra rear cabin. The plane did not have that "new" smell. It reeked of Lemon Mr. Clean. However, plane was clean and very nice. I had the seat next to me free and my friend sat a few rows ahead in the emergency exit row. Flight time was 5 hours, 5 minutes. We were served breakfast (cereal, balance bar, bran muffin) and pretzels before we landed with a second round of drinks. Water and juice were served a few times during the flight. We had two movies (Spy Kids 2 and The Truth About Charlie). Flip down monitors. Descent into LAS was quick. A few sharp turns and some light turbulence and we were on the ground. Landing was smooth and powerful. We taxied past a departing JetBlue A320, US Airways 757, and a couple of America West A320's and taxied up to Gate A7 adjacent to a company Continental 757-200 and a departing 737-900. Overall, the flight was good, despite the drama at the gate at EWR. Cabin crew were efficient and pleasant. Did their job. Plane was spotless clean. Overall experience, 9/10.
Southwest Airlines LAS-BUR (Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Airport)
After three days in Vegas, it was time to move on to LA and visit my best friend. I arrived at McCarran three hours ahead of my flight as my travelling companion had a United Express flight to catch to Palm Springs. I really love LAS. Nice airport. Clean, modern. Like a hotel, more than an airport. WN gates are all in Terminal C. Cool monorail. Boarding began early. Flight arrived from Baltimore/Washington and Nashville early. Flight was full. Plane was filthy and I mean disgustingly dirty. Dingy. Sratches everywhere. Dirt on seats. Black marks on seat backs. Torn carpet. Yellowing cabin walls. Cabin crew were friendly in that annoying WN manner. They were cool though. Pushback and taxi was short. Departed behind a Delta 767-300ER. Saw the Spirit of Delta 767-200, US Airways 757, CO 757, HP A319, A320, 737-200, -300, and CRJ's, WN Arizona themed plane, Ohio HP 757, which is ironic since the CMH hub is now closed, Japan Air Lines 747-400, and ATA 737-800 with winglets. Take off roll was fast and powerful. We were up in the cloudless sky in minutes and over the strip and off to Burbank. Flight time was 45 minutes. Landing was smooth and short. Burbank Airport is a dump but it was convenient. Exit via the stairs. Overall, flight was fine. It was cheap and on time. Plane was gross.
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