29 Jan 05
Ok, here's part two of my AeroMexico flight report extravaganzza !! This was a night flight so no pictures to share this time.. yes I know it is possible to do night pics but I don't have a tripod, and my pulse is as steady as a maraca player, so I'll just try to jazz it up with some schnazzy writing !!
After doing my tests at the mexican FA
union I found out results had been favorable for me, unfortunatley I also found out that after such tests one must also wait quite a bit to get an interview with AM
, so, I decided to make my way back home to TIJ
in the meanwhile.
As with my previous leg, I had an ID90, so I checked loads beforehand with a family member before picking flights. I was told that both the 4pm and 10pm nonstop flights were pretty much half empty. I hate full flights as much as I hate Bjork, so the choice was pretty clear !!
I got to the airport at about 8:15, traffic at the curbside was -nasty- so I just got off a bit before and walked to the terminal. The airport was just buzzing with activity, including an unusually large number of boyscouts prancing around.. how unpleasantly odd !!
I got to the AeroMexico counters and there was no queue at all... I was quickly called by an agent and he checked me in quite speedily without even checking for ID
(I can't help it if I look like a goody two shoes !), he asked if 11E was ok for me, Well yes, that sounds just fine to me !!! And in less than a couple of minutes I was on my way. Really, I was expecting a long line and a tedious check in, but it was quite care free and easy.
counters in the national terminal recently received a makeover and look quite nice and fresh.. on the other side, while MX
's counters in the international counter are real purdy, the ones on the national side just make you think.... hey the 80s just called and they want their counters back !!!. I hope they doll em up soon !
So now I was confronted with quite a bit of time to spare before boarding, I went to chat a bit with my cousins before saying goodbye and we all went to a corner to make catty comments, cause really, MEX
is always bursting with people and is a prime spot to catch B and C list celebrities all about. This time was no exception as we saw that soccer guy Miguel Herrera and some Monterrey soccer team I think.. (yeah don't ask for details.. I'm ballophobic !), and also saw the reason for the ghastly ammount of boy scouts, some high ranking boyscout priest made his appearance !! Really, I'm just glad Jacko wasn't round.. that would have been scary !
Apart from celebrities it's always interesting to see all the different crewmembers and airline employees prancing around...we saw a bunch fo Magnicharters employees, and oh my god, yellow blazers !!! It's just the most hideous thing ever... ok I'll be fair, the most hideous thing ever is a tie between that and the old Aerolineas Internacionales FA
uniform.. and the old parrot green jackets that MX
ground supervisors had to wear, dear lord, those just looked like something out of the Love Boat !! But enough uniform woes.. I saw one AM FA
that went into the store behind us and bought a whole bunch of packs of Max Air gum, for those of you who don't know, that's like an uber strong brand of gum reserved for hardcore sugarjunkies! Phew, was I glad I wasn't flying with that guy !! We then proceeded to snicker on about the ocurrence.
At about 9pm I said my goodbyes and went to the gate, security was pretty straightforward, but as always, given the massive ammounts of mole I was carrying in my backpack (yeah, you'd be surprised how hard it is to find good mole in the north !) I was asked to open up my backpack... I think that mole has the same density as semtex or some other scary explosive... In any case I gladly obliged and opened my bag for the security lady. She was quite friendly about the whole thing and quickly sent me on my way.
So now I had some time to spare and proceeded to wander about the gates and watch the nightly rush hour at MEX
... not only planes but also people, I always greatly enjoy watching the gate agents, observing how everyone goes about doing their jobs and handling problems, it's utterly intoxicating !
I was finnaly tired of walking (one must remember I was carrying kilos and kilos of mole on my back) and planted my arse in front of the AMX info monitors on gate 9 or so.. -the- place to be when you want reliable AM
Soon enough the monitors said to head to gate 10 for flight 190, I went there and surprisingly, flight 132 (MEX
) was in it's final boarding phase, I could have taken that flight, but thankfully I didn't since it was pretty damn full.
The flight left eventually and we were left with an empty gate. Soon enough a rather attractive female gate agent arrived. I'm not trying to diss on gate agents at MEX
, but really, attractive ones are a rare breed ! This one looked like a poor man's Wynona Ryder...Sexy !
Anyhoo, the plane was a bit late in arriving,it wasn't till about 9:30 or so that an md80 finnaly pulled up to the gate, the cockpit crew was already there waiting for it. It quickly deboarded and the cockpit crew boarded and the cabin crew arrived shortly as well... and imagine my surprise when I saw the Max air junkie I had seen earlier board the plane !! OH MY
GOD !! I just hope he didn't overhear any of my comments earlier
The agent started to do pre boarding soon enough, which basically consists in cutting flight cupons before boarding the actual flight so that they can start doing the seat reconciliation in the system. After that they quickly started boarding the flight. I of course waited till most people were already on before boarding.
I was received by mister gum junkie himself, he was actually a nice guy ! He reminded me of an older Dave Gahan (of depeche mode fame) sans anorexia.
I proceeded to my seat row which was gleefully empty. And of course this is when the regular torture begins.. will the seats remain empty or will someone come to sit there?
The uncertainty didn't last long as a rather large family started coming in..
Fortunatley they sat in the 3 rows immediatly behind me, but I soon started hearing conspiracies brewing from behind... seems the sneaky bastards wanted to put their kids to sleep in MY
empty row !! Fortunatley a misterious stranger appeared from behind and sat in the C seat from my row. OH
THANKYOU kind stranger !! I was so happy, I almost wanted to hug the guy, however he was quite absorbed in his reading so I decided to abstain from doing so...
But the people behind me were none to happy, in fact they were quite vocal about their dissaproval... "oh no, we were gonna put our kids there !!!" they said loudly... soon enough they outright asked the guy to actually MOVE so they could put their kids to sleep there later on during the flight... really.. the nerve..!
Anyhoo, we were quickly on our way and headed to the runway right on time, we quickly got to the runway threshold and I couldn't help noticing my regular spotting places where I spent so much time looking at planes, now I was on the other side waiting for takeoff...
Soon enough we were in the air, amidst some rather harmonic baby cries behind me... fortunatley for me I've grown quite good at spacing out these sorts of noises (years of taking boring accounting classes help you learn how to do such a thing !).
After the fasten seat belt signs were turned off the people behind me strung into action and attempted to take over the seats next to me...OH
NO !!! I couldn't help hide my disgust and started to wear my my psycho killer face... When the lady attempted to put her kid there she was shocked to see her kid was refusing to sit next to me, what a catastrophe !! She quickly realized it was much more smart to look for empty seats in the back of the cabin and went on her way... PHEW !!! Thank heavens, one obstacle cleared...
The drink service started soon enough, and this is when I noticed something rather odd for AMX, I was used to seeing 5 flight attendants for an MD80 flight, but this is when I first realized that there were only THREE crew members ! a first for me. The drink service in economy class was in charge of the purser and another guy. When it was my rows turn the non-junkie FA
came around to ask what I wanted to drink, I wanted my regular mineral water and he was nice enough to give the whole can, in fact he was quite enthusiastic all around. Really, AM
does have some excellent crew members !!
Given the fact that only peanuts were served, service was done pretty quickly despite only 3 FAs.
I thought I'd go to sleep but then I got the usual desire to go check on my nose's shinyness... Fortunatley there was nobody to block my way this time !!
On the way back I noticed the nicest of the 3 FAs was in the back of the cabin so I decided to ask him a couple of questions I was quite curious about regarding hirings and such... He was quite nice and proceeded to answer all of my questions in long and luxurious detail. He answered so luxuriously and I had so many questions that next thing I know, we had started our descent into Tijuana.
I decided to stay in the back of the cabin for landing, really, the back part of the md80 can be pretty nice !! the 33A/B bulkhead kicks ass ! I've heard many stories about the back of md80s being quite loud but I found it to be quite allright.
The skies around Tijuana were quite clear so it provided a very clear view on approach. We did a rather tight turn for finals which was quite exciting, and the pilots planted our plane firmly on the ground.
We arrived and parked at gate 4, exactly the same gate from which I had left 2 weeks before. It was nice to know that I had arrived semi triumphant from my mission. I said hi to Suzy who was in charge of working flight 199 to Morelia, and another old buddy before making my way to the baggage claim area.
Even though I disembarked last from the flight, by the time I got to the baggage claim my bag was just coming out of the conveyor belt.. perfect !
So thus ended another lovely trip with AeroMexico. Really, even though there was no hot meal you still get very nice and attentive service with AM
, the crews are always extremley professional and punctuality is a maxim. I look forward to going back to being part of such a tradition !
Hope you enjoyed reading.
[Edited 2005-02-14 06:40:00]