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Flying Home For Spring Break; F9 & AS

Tue Apr 06, 2004 4:31 pm

I go to school at University of New Mexico (Go Lobos!) but am originally from Vancouver, WA and I flew home for Spring Break. As my dad is a Horizon pilot I can fly non-rev on both Frontier and Alaska since Horizon is their regional carrier. (Boy did that agreement w/ Horizon and Frontier help me!) Also was going to visit friends that go to school at UW in Seattle.

Mar 14
F9 #738
Scheduled Deperature/Arrival 0835-0945
Actual Deperature/Arrival 0828-0940

Long line at the Frontier counter this morning as there was a group of middle schoolers traveling to Washington, DC. Presented myself at the ticket counter and they said that the flight was basically wide open
(except for the tour group). I love the Albuquerque airport with the model airplanes in the ticketing lobby! Went through security, I was selected for additional screening as usually is the case with Frontier. This doesn't happen when I fly Alaska non-rev so I don't why it always happen with me on Frontier. Oh well, can't complain the additional security line sometimes moves faster than the regular line. Anyway, I got upstairs and was given a boarding pass at gate B2, the only gate for Frontier at ABQ. Got on board the plane and had a window seat right behind the group going to DC. The kids weren't too roudy. As the flight was about a third full the F/A's allowed everyone to move if they wanted to before the flight left. I was fine sitting where I was. I believe it was 8F but I don't remember the row number. We pushed back early and were on our way to Denver. Frontier is a very good airline, the F/As were very nice and interacted with the passengers. Was given a can of soda and pretzels on this flight. Landed in Denver a little early and taxied to the gate, I believe A32 but I don't remember for sure. From there it was off to the train to go to the C concourse where I would catch my Alaska flight to PDX.

Alaska Airlines#507
Scheduled Deperature/Arrival 1120 1305
Actual Deperature/Arrival 1115 1310
Proceeded to the Alaska gates at the C concourse and the flight was listed as on time. Checked in with the agent at C32 and got a seat assignment for my flight. I have flown on Alaska airlines since I was a little kid and have always enjoyed their flights. (Well maybe not when they were nearly 5 hours late PDX-SAN one Christmas break) Before boarding time, a gate change was announced to across the hall at C33. A bunch of AA MD80's were lined up at the C concourse for flights to Chicago, Dallas and Miami. Boarding commenced about 35 minutes before departure. The flight crew announced once we were on the plane that there were huge headwinds on the route and they were going to try to leave a little bit early. I had seat 23B, a middle as the flight was nearly completely full. We pushed back five minutes early and taxied out to runway 35R?, taking over toward Wyoming. A little bit turbulent out of Denver as it usually is. I am sorry I don't remember the exact meal, but a light hot snack was served. I don't remember food unless it is really good! Alaska has been cutting back meal service which is a little disappointing, as the meals had been what set them apart from other airlines. However, their seats do have plenty of legroom. The FA's were nice, as they usually are on Alaska. Sure enough, the headwinds did slow us down and we came into Portland five minutes late, not too bad, and made the quick taxi to gate C7 after landing on runway 10R. Since I was at the rear of the airplane, it took awhile to get off the plane. I was tired but was glad to be home and get picked up my mom and sister.

March 20
Alaska Airlines #548
Scheduled Departure/Arrival 0725 1105
Actual Deperature/Arrival 0727 1102
I arrived at Sea-Tac a little after 5 AM on this lovely Saturday morning. The Alaska ticket counter lines were HUGE as they always are at Seattle. I decided to use the Instant Check-IN machine to print out a boarding pass and carry my bag on instead of waiting in the endless line to check my bag in. I got an aisle seat, 8C. After passing through the fast moving security line I proceeded to my gate, C9. The lights in that corner of the C concourse went out at one point, which I thought was odd. The line for Starbucks was enormous and I didn't want to stand in line with my bag so I settled for a newsstand where I could buy an orange juice. We boarded early at about 6:45, and all the passengers were on board and ready to go about 10 minutes early. However, there was a problem with getting the plane started due to the APU. The APU problem made the cabin first cold and then hot. Anyway, despite the problem we got under way ontime and taxied out with a bunch of other AS planes to runway 16L. Had a very nice takeoff and climb. Had a hot snack of a blueberry scone on the flight along with a Coke. The blueberry scone was really, really good! There were two additional FA's on the flight that were in training. They were young and very cute! They did a fine job if I do say so myself. Plane descended and landed smoothly at DEN. We pulled into the gate a couple of minutes early. From there at was back to the A concourse for my FrontierJetExpress (Horizon) flight back to ABQ. When I checked in for the flight the gentlemen said the flight was booked to 61 out of 70 but there were 13 nonrevs listed for the flight. Grabbed lunch at Panda Express, yum! Waited to see if my name would be called for the flight. Luckily, about 25 minutes before departure my name was called and I got a window seat, 15E.

Scheduled Deperature/Arrival 1330 1440
Actual Deperature/Arrival 1334 1437
Horizon is always a wonderful flight and that hasn't changed with their FrontierJetExpress service. I enjoy flying on the CRJ-700 as it is fast and fairly quiet. The plane pushed back from A50 a few minutes late but close to on time. On this flight was a female First Officer, if my memory serves me correctly this is the first I have been on with a female pilot. I believe her name was Andrea. Anyways, nice quick flight down to Albuquerque, flight time about 50 minutes. On decent to Albuquerque it was a little bumpy as is usually the case. We flew past the airport towards the southwest and turned around to line up for landing on runway 3. From there it was about a five minute taxi to gate B2, and we pulled in three minutes early. Oh, the CRJ was the fox plane it looked really cool especially with the picture on the winglets. I had a good time visiting at home and enjoyed all of my flights. Thanks for reading my first trip report!
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RE: Flying Home For Spring Break; F9 & AS

Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:28 am

Thanks for a nice "first" report!

I agree with you about the cutbacks lately! It is pretty sad to see Alaska not getting ahead of other carriers, but I guess the service is still decent. Frontier is definitely a good airline... now I only wish that they can follow Jetblue's act and adds some legroom... that will make it even better... but I don't think so...

How is the Frontier Jet Express service operated by Horizon? Is it the same as the Horizon in the Pacific NW?

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RE: Flying Home For Spring Break; F9 & AS

Wed Apr 07, 2004 7:20 am

Thanks Carfield!

The Horizon service as Frontier Jet Express is essentially the same as in the NW but they may charge for beer on Frontier Jet Express, I am not sure because I am not 21 yet. Everything else is the same for sure though, the same friendly FA's and the same snack service, usually the Terra chips or something similar. Hope this answers your question.

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RE: Flying Home For Spring Break; F9 & AS

Wed Apr 07, 2004 12:13 pm

What runway did you land on when you flew ABQ-DEN? If you landed on 35L then you probably passed almost directly over my house.

Just thought I'd mention that.

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RE: Flying Home For Spring Break; F9 & AS

Wed Apr 07, 2004 12:26 pm

I am not quite sure I wasn't paying close enough attention but I do believe that it was 35L.
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RE: Flying Home For Spring Break; F9 & AS

Thu Apr 08, 2004 2:03 pm

Excellent first trip report, keep them coming. Glad you enjoyed your flights on Alaska and Horizon. I can remember the last time being at SEA the lines were extremely long for both ticketing and starbucks as well. The only short line at SEA is a closed line Big grin


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