This is a trip report so Im gonna share the whole trip not just the flying. You can skip through if you like, I just feel like if its called a trip report, you should get your money's worth and get a whole trip. Don't you agree?
This trip was a pretty random one. I am home in JAX for the summer before I move permanently to my fraternity house (phi kappa psi for any brothers out there) in early august. Now, I hadn't been in Athens (UGA) since I finished exams in early May so it had been awhile since I had experienced the debauchery of college life. Pair that with the fact that our house was a total dump, Decided to spend my july fourth weekend up in Athens fixing my future home up and hanging out for Americas Birthday. By the way, how come everyone has hambrugers and hot dogs on Americas bday but no cake or ice cream? Just a thought?...
I did a flat horrible job booking this flight. I recently decided to switch from Delta to Airtran because of the frequent flier program. I fly 4-10 times a year, mostly between JAX-ATL so I dont get many miles but since Airtran does it based on flights, it was benficial. As I checked out the fares, I noticed I would get an extra credit with my Amex if I booked a normal fare coach seat. So basically I paid almost $100 more to get an assigned window seat and an extra credit. Just dumb. I chose seat 25A on both flights figuring it would give me good views of the wing of the 717. I just love those flaps and spoliers.
Departure time: 7:05 p.m.
Arrival time: 8:15 p.m.
I left on July 2, which was a rainy friday through much of the southeast, except for J'ville. I had been at the airport all day (interning for the airport authority) and the weather there had been great all day. I parked my car in the employee lot for free, which just makes me happy as a little kid. The word free to a college kid is the most important word in his vocabulary. I checked in quickly in the airtran kiosk. Seemed just like the Delta ones so it was pretty darn easy. I wondered through our new renovated terminal which I was instrumental in bringing to J'ville (hey someone has to file those papers). I did the customary strip show at security. I wasn't carrying any guns or bombs which made security easy and quick.
Once I got into concourse B I noticed a lot of aircraft. There were 2 US 737's and a US 757 that were diverted to JAX from MCO along with a surprise vistor, a 737-800 from Alaska and then an Airtran 717 also going to Orlando. That last one really confused the people on my plane, as it left the only airtran gate just as our plan was supposed to depart causing everyone to worry that they had left them behind. Our plane was really late, it landed around 10 min before it was supposed to depart but was turned quite quickly by the friendly airtran ground crew including a pilot who was flying to ATL with us. We finnaly boarded around, I dont know, 7:25 or so and made a quick taxi to runway 7. Here I saw my first missed approach as a comair aircraft was too close to a plane landing before it. We took off to a cloudy east and Immediatly I felt some chop.
The routing was very strange. The pilot was trying to avoid the heavy weather. Usually we fly west and then north towards Valdosta and Macon then line up for 27L in ATL. On Friday we flew east over the Atlantic, north to SAV then back west to ATL. This improvised Flight plan added some considerable time but I didnt care seeing how I was in no hurry at all. The FA passed out drinks and pretzels, of which I had diet coke and red my seinfeld book. The pilot was extreme friendly, especially compared to the dull Delta flight crews. The FL crew just seemed more upbeat and friendlier. I enjoyed the older 717 and the different seats which are kinda contoured to your back.
We made a nice fast approach into a real grey ATL. I recgnized nothing as we came in, mostly because I rarely drive around ATL. When Im there, Im in and out. You get caught in the ATL traffic and next thing you know you are going 90 mph and in spartanburg, SC. As we came into ATL we through the engines into reverse, which I wish my car could do. We exited runway 27L pretty far down, near Concourse A and taxid quickly aacross 27R under a departing Delta md-80. I noticed they were redoing a taxiway around B. We taxied to C 12 or something and I disembarked. I noticed the concourse was little bit darker and gloomier than the Delta ones but it may have been a burnt out light bulb that runs the whole concourse or something. Rode the nice train to the baggage claim where some brothers were waiting for me.
That about does it for the flight up, turned out kinda long, so Ill post the actualy trip in a reply and then the return flight in another reply. Any comments are welcome.