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Photos: MDW-DEN-LAX-DEN-MDW For AI 2004

Wed Jul 21, 2004 4:25 am

My Dad and I decided to take a quick trip to California to for the Airliners Collectible Convention at the Gateway Hotel. We were only staying for one night at my Aunt and Uncle's condo in Redondo Beach, California. Comments Are Welcome!

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July 8, 2004

I woke up at 3:00am and showered and gathered all my things and at about 3:45am my Dad and I were on the road going to Chicago Midway Airport for our 6:30am departure to Denver. We got to the airport at about 4:45am and we parked in the Red Parking lot and took the free shuttle bus to the Terminal. We went upstairs to ticketing to discover nobody at all in the Frontier line. We went in and I showed the agent my passport and my Dad showed her his drivers licence. They checked us in strangely because one agent checked me in another checked my Dad in. We were on the same reservation! Weird. Our two small duffel bags were checked through to LAX and we got our boarding passes for MDW-DEN as well as DEN-LAX. We headed through security and wandered around MDW for a while we went to the B Concourse which is so much nicer that it is all redone. We went to Gate A2, a gate without windows  Pissed and sat for about 10 minutes before the super-friendly agent began boarding. We boarded the 737-300. N313FL. We sat down in Row 13, seats D and E. We just sat there for about 20 minutes and the nice f/a crew came around with blankets and pillows and then closed all the overhead bins and gave announcements. We sat for about another 15 minutes with the door still open and the flight deck door was also open. They finally closed both doors and we pushed back and took off about five minutes later.

Frontier Airlines flight 567
Chicago Midway (MDW) to Denver (DEN)
STD: 6:30am
ATD: 6:42am
STA: 7:55am
ATA: 7:53am
Boeing 737-300, N313FL, Seat 13D

We took off 10 minutes late, but it would not affect anything. One thing I noticed is that the flight attendants all had different uniforms! One had a pilots uniform on, another had black pants, purple shirt, black vest, and another had an all black one on, she also had a whistle. Anyone know why she had a whistle? Anyway, the aircraft had TV's mounted over the aisles but they were not used. The seats were very comfortable. They served a full can of drink (I had nothing, because I had a bottle of water) and a granola bar. Flying time was about 2 hours and 20 minutes. We landed early in Denver and parked at Gate A38.

We went to Gate A36 and saw that we had time we walked around DEN. It is a very nice airport. We went up a level to the BA club and it has a great overview of the Frontier A Concourse. We went to that famous bridge that connects the A Concourse to the Jeppesen Terminal, but no aircraft taxied under us  Sad We did see our aircraft at Gate A36. We decided to go to our Gate, and similar to Terminal One at ORD, the Gate Signs told where the aircraft was going. We went to A36 where our flight to Los Angeles was leaving from. and about 5 minutes later we boarded N905FL The aircraft was really clean and had nice green seats with PTV! I loved the LiveMap that was shown here is it with us still on the ground in DEN. They do charge $5 dollars, but you get all the channels for free until you get to crusing. If you choose not to buy it, you get the LiveMap and Ads on it the entire flight.

Frontier Airlines flight 403
Denver (DEN) to Los Angeles (LAX)
STD: 8:45am
ATD: 9:02am
STA: 10:05am
ATA: 10:00am
Airbus A319, N905FL, Seat 21A

I got comfy in the second to last row in Seat 21A. We got to crusing fast and flight time was announced at 1 hour and 50 minutes. They served warm plain or cinnamon raisin bagels with cream cheese. I got a full can of orange juice too. We had some great scenery and we landed early and arrived at gate 35 in Terminal Three. Bags were already there when we got there and we left the old baggage claim area and met my aunt and went sightseeing and stuff.

The next day we went to AI 2004. It was great fun and all the stuff there was so cool. We bought some models and safety cards. We bought my cousin Emily (ssshhh...it's a surprise  Big grin ) a barbie doll dressed up as a United Flight Attendant with a bev. cart and cups and stuff. She is a f/a for Air Wisconsin. We left the convention on the hotel shuttle with a bunch of WN and YX crew all talking about how the elevator got stuck.

The shuttle driver dropped us off in frot of Terminal Three and we checked in again with no line. Security was fine and we ate subs at Starbucks before going to Gate 31A. The incoming flight was late so we were deleyed. We got on and we sat for a while. We were afraid we would miss our connection!

Frontier Airlines flight 623
Los Angeles (LAX) to Denver (DEN)
STD: 2:45pm
ATD: 3:55pm
STA: 5:55pm
ATA: 6:10pm
Airbus A319, Reg U/N  Sad Seat 21E

We took off and had 1 hour 30 minute crusing. We were served sun chips and drink. We asked the f/a if we could make our connection, and she told us that there was no way that she would know. She was really snotty too. Maybe she was just having a bad day. She seemed to be nicer toward the end of the flight. We landed at Gate A28 and looked at the monitors that had the WRONG information! They said that the flight had already left. We ran like hell to Gate A38 only to find that the Chicago flight was also deleyed due to a broken armrest. We walked to McDonalds for dinner and watched the train leave. We went back and boarded at Gate A38. g78.photobucket.com/albums/v244/PatrickS/boardinDEn.jpg">

Frontier Airlines flight 546
Denver (DEN) to Chicago Midway (MDW)
STD: 6:55pm
ATD: 7:30pm
STA: 10:05PM
ATA: 10:40pm
Boeing 737-300, N304FR, Seat 13F

We took off late after a UA A320 and before a Beech 1900. The f/a crew were great giving us drinks and sun chips. The f/a was being really funny in the safety demo saying things like I'm Behind and she put the oxygen mask on and yelled "Wow it smells in there" and people thought it was funny. We had a good smooth flight and I watched the sun go down. g78.photobucket.com/albums/v244/PatrickS/boardinDEn.jpg"> We landed 35 minutes late at MDW and deplaned at Gate A2, where our adventure started. Bags were found at Baggage Claim 6. One thing I don't really like about the MDW bags is that it only lists the originating city of the flight- so it said Frontier 546- San Diego until some airports where you get every city. Oh well. Took the shuttle and drove home..

I liked Frontier. They offered a good first experence. When I go back to LAX or PHX i'll look at them.
 
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RE: Photos: MDW-DEN-LAX-DEN-MDW For AI 2004

Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:44 am

Thanks for posting the trip report and your photos. As a Frontier Stock holder it is always good to read good things about the company you own stock in.....
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SouthwestMDW
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RE: Photos: MDW-DEN-LAX-DEN-MDW For AI 2004

Wed Jul 21, 2004 6:09 am

Thanks for the comments! I was really impressed with Frontier and hope they do well in the future!
 
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RE: Photos: MDW-DEN-LAX-DEN-MDW For AI 2004

Wed Jul 21, 2004 8:17 am

wonderful report and great pics  Big grin

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SouthwestMDW
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RE: Photos: MDW-DEN-LAX-DEN-MDW For AI 2004

Wed Jul 21, 2004 9:11 am

Thanks! I just wish some of the pics would be less blurry. Oh well!
 
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RE: Photos: MDW-DEN-LAX-DEN-MDW For AI 2004

Fri Jul 23, 2004 3:35 am

Oh it charges u 5 buck to watch the TV. JetBlue is free of charge for tv. Nice pictures.
 
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RE: Photos: MDW-DEN-LAX-DEN-MDW For AI 2004

Fri Jul 23, 2004 5:27 am

Collegestud-

Yes it is 5 dollars. I think the fee is sometime waived when the flight is severely deleyed...but I am not sure.

It's worth every penny  Smile
 
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RE: Photos: MDW-DEN-LAX-DEN-MDW For AI 2004

Fri Jul 23, 2004 5:55 am

Kido your report was too cool! Great to take trips with dad!
 
SouthwestMDW
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RE: Photos: MDW-DEN-LAX-DEN-MDW For AI 2004

Fri Jul 23, 2004 6:58 am

Thanks Beachthing!

I love taking trip with my Dad (as well as Mom  Smile )
 
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RE: Photos: MDW-DEN-LAX-DEN-MDW For AI 2004

Sun Jul 25, 2004 1:04 am

Lol, Southwest. Everytime I am at the DEN airport I try to get that overview shot of the A concourse. For some reason I can never, ever get it to come out clear. Great report!

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Sun Jul 25, 2004 1:49 am

F9Widebody- I had never been to DEN before and I was really happy to see that bridge- funny because my cousin who did her f/a traning near DEN never knew of that bridge!

DEN sure is a GREAT airport. It's relatively new, right? Like 10 years or something?

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