Dorval Airport Saturday Nov15th 210pm..
Checkin at the NW
counter via the SSD devices, I get my customs form complete and head over to customs. No problems there, I leave my golf clubs at the oversize belt and head over to gate no.84 where I will soon be leaving for DTW
. TBnew(the new YUL
terminal) was quite busy with AC
flights to MCO
, and FLL
that seemed very busy, as long as a Green Smiley faced JetsGo going out to SFB
YULDTW NW1101 N781NC DC9-50
Got my first class 03A. There were 40 pax on board, 4 up in First (2 of which were non-revs such as myself). We followed an AA
F100 to the Delta taxiway (I was listening to my scanner). THe AA
F100 stopped and the guys at ground where trying to ask him why... no response from AA
so we taxied on 06R/24L and then did a 180back for 24L departure. We went ahead and rotated about 10 seconds later, where at 3000 ft we had our Standard procedure turn to intercept the Ottawa VOR on course.
Flight was uneventful except for the fact that we passed right over YYZ
, some nice birds to see from up high. Of course those 5 runways are absolutely all needed right?
We landed at DTW
at 540p on runway 21L. A quick exit at Foxtrot over to gate A27.
Airport (3 hour lay-over).
I went to McDonalds since I was craving a chicken burger. My options were
a.) caesar salad at Chili's
b.) Terrible sushi at Musashi
c.) Burger King
d.) Rio Wraps.
was nice, not that busy. Saw 2 A330's, one heading over to AMS
NW68, and NW52 over to FRA
. No 747's to be found unfortunately. I sat by the crazy water fountain there and read people and US magazines.
Headed over to gate A10 for the flight to MIA
DTWMIA NW993 N338NW A320-200
Got another first class seat in 03D. We pushed about 5 early and taxied over to runway 22L. About 3 planes ahead of us for take-off (9pm is an important take-off bank at DTW
), we taxied by two DC10's, one going to CDG
(NW50) and LGW
Take-off was obnoxious because if you end up before the engine, you hear the really annoying buzzing sound of the CFM engine. It'll drive you crazy until the cabin becomes pressurized and the sound drifts away. I dont like the A320 because you really feel the adjustment of power in that aircraft, especially when you takeoff with flaps, then when the flaps are up and the engines slightly retracted, you can really feel it in your gut... not as smooth as the B737-800 or B757-200.. but hey, its a Scairbus!
Flight was smooth for the most part, service was standard.
We had a Heatt arrival in MIA
, which means we came over the Florida eastern coastline followed it all the way to about just south of FLL
, where we turned downwind, then a left base turn for runway 09R at MIA
... taxiied off to gate G7
In case you didnt know already, MIA
is as 3rd world as it gets. Not the best airport in my opinion, but I like the variety of traffic.
Notables include IB
777's, and Martinair 767-300.
Overall enjoyable but long. I was alone, not with the girlfriend who usually makes the trip all that much more enjoyable