I decided to go visit my friend in MN and used some miles. It was a fun trip, got to play in the snow, which I haven't seen in years and went to a casino where I walked out with a few extra Benjamins :=) So here's the juice as best as I can remember:
Friday, Feb 18
AA 844 SJC-ORD
(originally was on 1154 but went earlier)
Secheduled Dep 619
Actual Dep 650ish
Equip 738 Reg ????
Load Factor Estimate: About 90%
I was orgingally on 1154 which left at 749, but wanted to get in to ORD a bit earlier to eat and stretch before having to rush to my connecting flight to MSP, plus I have never been on AA's 738's to that was nice treat. It was raining so it was a 12L departure (only the second time i've done that). Taxi was very short and we were #1 for take off. Took off over downtown San Jose south then a left turn back north then a right turn east over Freemont. We were given a Gronola Bar and coffee. I forgot what the movie was, but it was with Hillary Duff and looked rather boring so I took a nap. There was only two drink services and then we started our decent to ORD. Decent seemed pretty quick and we landed RWY??? and a short taxi to K18 where my next flight was out of K11. After a potty break and grabbing some food, it was time to board 1236 into MSP.
Scheduled Dep 2:55PM
Actual Dep 2:55PM
Est Load Factor 60%
What I first thought was odd was there were a lot of crew dead-heading on this flight, and none of them were in First. There was only one person in the first class cabin. Oh well. We took off in the opposite direction we landed up to 28000' where we had one quick drink service with pretzels and started a long decent into MSP where it was cloudy all the way in with snow. We landed on 30L and arrived at E14 on time and then went on to have a exciting fun weekend. Coming home:
Sunday, Feb 20
Est Dep 4:15
Load Factor 100%
Got to the airport about 330 and spent all of 5 mins in security. The flight was completley full. I watched the agent arguing with this redneck white trash woman about the seating arrangement. He was very patient with her and she kept screaming at him. In anyevent, they got it resolved and she stormed down the jetway like whe was the queen of her trailer park. In any event, after what the pilot called a "quick suirt of juice on the wings" we were off. Take off was from 30L and the pilot reporetd wx in DFW to be 83 degrees. He had to do a double check on that as he didn't believe his ops people, but it was right. We must have landed on the farthest runway because we taxied forever to C31. My flight back home as at C32 and saw the 757 already parked (it had come in from San Juan).
Est Dep 8:44
Load Factor 100%
Take off was from 17L with a right turn shortly after take off and a easy climb to 38000. The movie was Shall we dance with J-Lo and Richard Gere. Ok movie. Was bumpy for the majority of the flight and only one drink service was made. Approach was cloudy and bumpy and landing a few minutes late on 12R. Sat in the penalty box for about 5-mins while they located the gate staff to park us. Uneventful flight.
Thanks for reading my report.