Well goodness, I think this report is longer than the physical trip. I got to the bustling airport that is ATL
around 7. The whole kiosk thing really speeds up check in and we wondered around the pre-security area for about 15 min. People bash ATL
on this site, but I love it. Maybe because I fly through it so often. I cleared security quickly, maybe 10 min, and got on the train. I love the train because of people on the train. Everyone wants to act cool and not hold on, but the sheer jerkyness of it requires at least some holding on. But there is always that oen tough business man who refuses and then plays off his fall and subsequent smashing of a little kid. Rode the train to concourse D and rode the escalator up.
Departure time: 9:05 p.m.
Arrival time:10:15 p.m.
I was exhausted at this point, so i dragged myself to the end and gate D 4 occasionally stopping to admire the planes. I was unaware continental had so many gates in ATL
, like 6 i think and nothwest another 4. I guess do to their codeshare thingy. Also, I didnt know that the end of D can be used by any airline as there is no particualr airline signage. Our flight was coming from JAX
where it was already delayed thus delaying us to board until 9:30. I sat at D-1 (where our flight was eventually moved anyway) and watched all the planes take off from 27R. Saw a lot of cool planes, including an ATA L-1011, DAL
777, Air France 777, Aeromexico 737-700 with winglets, Airtran A320 and eventualy the new 737. Once again the airtran people were real friendly. I also noticed that alot more hot young (20 +/-) girls fly airtran. Just a side note their for future flights.
The flight from JAX
was pretty full but ours was probably 80%. The seat next to me was empty and I had a great view of the lights on the wing, the flaps and spoilers as well as the gate area. we departed quickly from 27R with a cool sound from the engines. From my seat, the engines were in site and thus I could hear the purr of the engines on takeoff. Departue was cloudy but no rain and we went out pretty far maybe 15 miles, before turning around to the east. This time we headed towards macon and south.
The in flight service was nothing special, with diet coke and pretzels and one cranky FA
, but I am cranky too after working all day. This 717 was newer as it didnt have the windows (kinda like eyebrows) that were on earlier 717's. It was a short 40 min flight down to JAX
compared to the 1 hour and 10 min flight up to ATL
. We descended into JAX
and I could clearly see the runway as we turned which was real cool, as im no real pilot. I bet it would be fun. We turned onto final maybe 5 miles out. The landing was pretty good but again we used up almost all the runway. We turned off on the base of the landing zone of 25 (we landed on 7) and turned towards gate B3
. If you ever go to JAX
, go around 11 and you will see quite sight. There are a lot of planes that overnight there. I was there early, maybe 10:30 and there were already 3 767's from Delta that leave at 7, 8 and 9 in the morning. There was also a us erj, 737, a ACA
crj at the end of B, a northwest dc-9 at A, A WN
737 and CO
737 and 2 erjs at C along with an eagle ATR from MIA
and a MD
-80 of AA
. I know from experience that there will end up being a md-80 and comair crj spending the night there as well.
Everyone rushed off tha plane as if they had somewhere urgent to go at 10:30 at night, knocking old people out fo the way and stepping on those who were too slow.
Overall it was a great and very productive trip. Im looking forward to moving full time up to Athens and the upcoming football season is gonna be fantastic. I really enojyed my first flights ever on Airtran and I think I am an airtran person for awhile. I enjoy the frequent flier program and the configuration of the planes. The only bad thing is they fly out of JAX
maybe 4 times daily compared to 8+ on Delta. Either way, I love to fly and hopefully Ill get ot fly soon. Right now im hoping on a trip to Vegas but who knows. Thanks for reading, any comments, positive or negative are welcome.
God, forgive me for who I am, and help me be the man I want to be.