Last weekend I thought I would take a break from school here at Purdue, and visit some high school friends at Boston College. I got an OK
deal on US Airways Express on their IND
-B0S nonstop. Northwest was a little bit cheaper, but the flight schedules did not work out for me. So even though I am not crazy about regional jets or US Airways and their financial state, I decided to book the trip.
Friday, February 25, 2005
Airline: US Airways Express (Chautauqua)
Flight #: 3104
The day started with a boring trip down to the Indy Airport on the Lafayette Limo. Indianapolis is approximately a 1 hour drive from my dorm in Lafayette. I arrived at 1020 for my 1145 flight. There was no one in the US Airways check in area. I quickly used one of the check in kiosks, and since I was checking no bags, I had my boarding pass in a matter of seconds. So far things are good with US. I killed some time at Starbucks, then proceeded through security. When I got on the US Airways/United pier, I noticed that there was not one plane at any gates. It seemed a little strange. Other than that, It was business as usual. There were some flights to CLT
which would board soon, along with a UA
flight to ORD
I boarded the ERJ at about 1130 and quickly took my seat in 6A
. I love how on an ERJ you get a seat to yourself. We departed the gate right on time, and made a quick taxi out to 23L, where we were number 1 for takeoff. After a very quick acceleration, we shot up into the grey Indiana sky. We made a sharp left turn, and set ourselves on a northeast heading. The flight was very smooth and comfortable the whole way into Boston. Flying time was 1:55. Flight plan was basically Indianapolis->Muncie->Northern Ohio->Northern Pennsylvania->Upstate NY->Central Massachusetts-> Boston. Descent into BOS
was beautiful. We came in from the west, and off to the left of the plane I could see downtown Boston and Logan airport. We made a sharp left turn over the water and softly landed on what seemed to be a main runway. Sorry I could not be too detailed, as I am not familiar at all with the Boston area or Logan. Maybe some BOS
people could tell me more about my approach. We made a quick taxi to the US Terminal (Gate B9- US Airways Express parking gate). We ended up arriving 20 min early! A very good job by US Airways.
Sunday, February 27, 2005
Airline: US Airways Express (Chautauqua)
After a great weekend in Boston, It was time to return to Indiana and continue my work at Purdue University. I arrived at the US Terminal in BOS
at about 1330 for my 1525 flight. Again, there was almost no line at check in, and I quickly used the check in kiosk to get my ticket to Indy in a few seconds. I made another Starbucks stop before passing through security, and after I was taken aside for a bag search, I was in the terminal. The US Airways terminal seemed very big, clean, and airy. There were a few A320s and a 733 parked at various gates, but it was not too busy for a Sunday afternoon. Has US scaled back ops at BOS
? I walked down the escalator to that B9 gate that US seems to put all of there Express Ops out of. Id prefer a dedicated jetway, but oh well. I made a bunch of phone calls while waiting for my flight, but soon 315 came and there was still no call for my flight, even though it was listed as on time. This is when the "fun" started. It seems that US Express has like 3 departures all around 320-330. I can't understand why B9 would not be utilized for an hour, then have 3 departures in 10 min. Seems like poor planning to me. After flights to Bar Harbor and Cape Cod ( I think) were boarded, I walked out to the ERJ and took Seat 18A (all the way in the back) at around 325.
As I walked on the plane, I was greeted by a very rude FA
who was ordering passengers to put baggage in the overhead bins immediately. This would be fine, but he was not being polite, and seemed like he was yelling at us. Anyway, by 1545 (20 min late) we pushed back and began our taxi out to a runway which I can't remember. I do remember that It was facing some big buildings as we were lined up. After a Song 757 departed, we shot up into the clear Boston sky, and made a sharp left turn, giving me a good view of the Boston area. There were a few bumps on departure, but nothing too bad. We turned left and headed for Connecticut. As we moved southwest, I had a great view of Long Island (my home) and Manhattan out of the left side. The captain came on and announced flight time would be 2:45, which seems very long for a BOS
flight. He also said that due bad weather to our south, the fasten seat belt sign would be on for a while. The pushy FA
came right on and said no one could leave their seats, or else they would be breaking federal law. The way he said this caused a passenger next to me to make a comment about how "this guy is a Nazi." The flight continued turning to the west, and by this point we had entered the cloud cover and continuous light/moderate turbulence. We passed over Harrisburg, PA, then over Columbus, Dayton, and right on into Indy. I really did not enjoy this trip because I had to use the bathroom and I was not able to get up. I was sitting right next to the bathroom in the last row and I asked the FA
if I could get up for a second, and he said I "absolutely could not." I found that strange because on other flights I've been on people had used the bathroom even with the seatbelt sign being on. Anyway, we landed 20 min late at a cloudy Indianapolis. I had to race across the terminal to make the 630pm Lafayette Limo. All in all, I had a good trip going there, but I did not enjoy my ride back. I think it will be a while before I will pay to take another US Express ERJ.
This was my first Trip Report. Any questions or comments? My next one will be when I fly CVG