Aircraft: Boeing 757-200 N48127
Continental 223 IAH-MSY Departure C21 @ 1:25pm--left runway 15L @ 3:00pm
Photo © Bruce Leibowitz
I arrived IAH at approximately 10:30am for my 1:25pm flight; this allowed me the chance to go to the new Terminal E complex. When I fly out of IAH I always checkin at Terminal B to avoid lines and then ride Terminalink over to C. They are also extending the Terminalink to D/E. The new facility is impressive, I ate at the Pappadeaux that overlooks the end of Terminal E. The food is great; however there aren't many good views of airside operations. I went over to C21 to to await arrival of the 757 from Anchorage and Seattle. CO73 was leaving for HNL from C14. Runways 8 and 9 were used for landings; while 8, 15L, and 15R were used for take-off. We boarded the aircraft and right before pushback storms rolled in. We pushbacked and held on the apron between Terminal A North Concourse and Terminal B; the captain shut the engines down and we waited. After the storm passed we restarted and taxied to 15L; Number 6 for take-off. I could see about 30+ aircraft in queue for departure. Holding at 15L for so long allowed great views of aircraft landing on 9; Lufthansa A340, Continental 767-400ER, and Air France 777 were the highlights. We left and arrived into MSY D3 at 3:50pm, just barely beating the rain.
Aircraft spotted: WORLD/SONAIR MD11, WORLD MD11 at old cargo, Express.net A300, Allegro 727-200, Air Canada A319, Lufthansa A340, KLM 747-400 Combi, several Continental Heavies, Air France 777,