American Eagle Airlines MQ 3191 (American Airlines AA 3191)
Embraer 140 (Registration: N829AE)
Los Angeles, CA, USA (LAX) to San Jose, CA, USA (SJC)
July 24, 2004
Seat: 2A (Economy/Aisle-Window/Group 1)
Scheduled vs. Actual
Departure: 07/24 6:40 AM vs. 07/24 6:40 AM
Arrival: 07/24 7:50 AM vs. 07/24 7:49 PM
Flight Time: 1:10 vs. 1:09
The flight arrived 1 minute ahead of schedule.
I arrived at Terminal 4 about an hour prior to departure. I used the Self Service Check-In that was installed with the new software. The new software was definitely more user-friendly than its predecessor. I proceeded to the security checkpoint, and the line for general passengers was stretching very long. Fortunately, I was able to use the Premium Security Checkpoint, which sped me past security.
It was early in the morning, and many of the stores weren't even open yet. I headed downstairs to catch the shuttle bus to the American Eagle terminal. An agent inspected my boarding pass before letting me board the bus. We drove past T4 and Tom Bradley International Terminal. I have never seen TBIT so empty, but then again, it was 6 in the morning.
The American Eagle terminal resembled T4 without the stores. I found a seat near my "gate" and sat there doing nothing. I waited for them to call boarding for my flight. When they did, they welcomed aboard all passengers. Our flight was very empty with about 5-6 passengers. The flight attendant, Rosie, welcomed us aboard. She started talking to me while we were waiting for some last minute checks. She was nice and friendly.
Once we were airborne, Rosie came around asking us for our drink orders. I got an orange juice, which came with a napkin and nothing else. I was expecting the nasty pretzels, but even those didn't show up. The flight was short, and we began our descent into San Jose. Once we arrived at the gate, I waited a while for my bag to show up from Valet. After that, it was out of the terminal.
All in all, it was a great short flight with American Eagle. I sure miss the Super 80s when mainline American Airlines flew Los Angeles to San Jose (v.v.).
Southwest Airlines WN 1593
Boeing 737-300 (Registration: N385SW)
San Jose, CA, USA (SJC) to Los Angeles, CA, USA (LAX)
July 26, 2004
Seat: Aisle (Group A)
Gate: A2 (Terminal A)
Scheduled Departure: 10:25 AM
Scheduled Arrival: 11:35 AM
Scheduled Flight Time: 1:10
I was at the curbside about an hour and a half prior to departure. I scanned in my Rapid Rewards card in the Rapid Check-In Kiosk and received my "A" boarding pass. I went upstairs to go through security, which was very smooth. I had quite some time to burn, so I headed down looking for McDonald's. The last time I went through San Jose in November 2003, McDonald's was still open. Now, it's closed and is being replaced by Burger King.
With nothing to do, I walked down to the American side of the terminal. The terminal wasn't too amusing, so I lugged my roller and sat on a ledge in the hallway between Terminal A and the International Arrivals Facility. About 30 minutes prior to departure, I joined the Group A line that was beginning to stretch longer.
I snagged an aisle seat, and a mother with a baby was sitting in the window seat. The baby was restless and crying. It wasn't the greatest experience, but I felt bad for the mother who kept trying to soothe her baby. Once we were airborne, the flight attendant came to take our drink order. We also each got two bags of honey-roasted peanuts. Those are good! When the flight attendant collected my empty cup, I asked for some more peanuts, and she came back with three more bags.
Near the end of the flight, they announced that one of the flight attendants was going to be on Fear Factor with her twin sister. Unfortunately, I don't remember her name. Despite our late departure, we were at the gate in LAX on-time. It was another great experience with Southwest.