Woke up at 3:30 after going to sleep around 11:30....so 4 hours more than I expected. But this day wasn't just about flying...we would arrive at our hotel, have lunch, reherse for 2 hours, eat dinner, and see a broadway show! Bottom line, I'm greatful that I did get the 4 hours sleep!
So I left at 4:40 for the airport arriving around 5 to Southwest heaven. Literally wingtip to wingtip with planes parked behind and around each other. It looked like a really bad parking lot! Many other planes also RON at FLL / KFLL), USA - Florida">FLL (without a gate) including a few NWs and a FL 717...it is really incredible how massive their evening/early AM ops are.
I waited with my group until 5:45 when I checked in and recieved seat 8B (moved over to 10C though)...checked my 47 bag (and I packed light) and carried on my backpack and laptop/emergency bag (which included a quick change and my tolietries)...I definently recommend packing at least 1 change of clothes and anything that you desperatly need in a carry on should anything go wrong and you get stuck.
Procceded past security (great people at FLL / KFLL), USA - Florida">FLL TSA / RCSS), Taiwan">TSA, nice and pretty happy and this at 6am!) and arrived at gate C6 after buying a water (I was sick and very dehydrated). Flight appeared to be pretty full, but the Boston flight next to ours seemed pretty empty. The CO flight to EWR (I think) was just in final boarding, so I could not tell the load, but the NW flight to MSP seemed empty as well. Concourse C is very nice, but not at 6am when Chilis TOO isn't open.
Boarding began at around 6:45am and I boarded as one of the last, switching seats with a friend...my first aisle seat in a non widebody plane! Just when I thought we were going to leave 10 minutes early, a bunch of standby passengers boarded and made this a 100% full flight!
Our aircraft today was N504JB "Shades of Blue"...this plane flew the first FLL / KFLL), USA - Florida">FLL-JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK for B6 and flew my first FLL / KFLL), USA - Florida">FLL-JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK. Quite an honor to be on THE origional!
Photo © Justin Cederholm
Photo © Jason Whitebird
Looked in very good shape for its age...ok, its a little over 5, but it is still the workhorse of the fleet!
At gate C4 going to BOS was N552JB (Blue Jay)
Photo © Daniel Wojdylo
If B6 ever starts YYZ, I hope they fly this plane there first!
Across the way was
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and a few Song 757s.
Next door at C8 was N328NW
Photo © Justin Idle
Also saw the bustling DL ERJ "hub", a few USAirways (including the Star allience A319), a few more B6s including one headed to LGA and another to LGB, and a the aforementioned RONs
now to the flight:
B6 26 FLL / KFLL), USA - Florida">FLL-JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK
Scheduled Dep: 7:15am
Actual Dep: 7:14am
flight was very smooth. Crew was awesome, the FA saw our chorus shirts and started totalk about it. I have a note in my notes "good safery instructions...not sure if that means funny or clear, but nonetheless, it is a good compliment. The crew appeared to love their job and was in a great mood. The pilot came on before takeoff to tell us we were number 1 and that the weather was 25 degrees. We took right off and service began. I was really pissed that my seatmate (part of my group) was sleeping and at the window...she literally fell asleep right after we boarded, so I couldn't ask her to switch . But anyway, I made the best of it with my DirecTV...I saw Martha, watched a little sports, took a peak at the weather, and watched the airmap. Had my water (not given to me by the crew, however they did get me some ice) and my traditional Terra Blues and a Biscotti (yum, breakfast! ) The pilots also made an announcement that our cruiseing altitude would be FL 370, but we had to hold at FL360. They came on toward the end to announce that yhe tempature was "25 degrees, but it should warm up...in June!" Al was an awesome purser and at the end he announced that our group was headed to Carnegie Hall..."and whats the way to Carnegie hall", he asked..."PRACTICE!" Words of wisdom from an awesome purser (who might have had a little passsion for singing himself.) He did a great job dealing with the large group.
We recieved a compliment from the jetBlue crew as we deplaned. If only all groups could be like us Thanks Al, Abagail, Ryan, and Terry...and Phil and Robert in the flight deck!
at gate: 9:37am
Scheduled arrival: 9:45am
minutes ahead of schedule: 8!
T6 is jetBlue heaven. And, lack of windows aside, it's actually a nice terminal. Very spacious. we headed to the baggage claim, and after leaving the gates, the terminal got crappier and crappier...the bag claim is horrid to put it nicely.
We claimed our bags and crossed the street (it was warmer than 25) and went through the check in area (beautiful!) to our bus.
After an hour ride through NY on the 678 to the LIE (295) and through the tunnel, we arived at the Roosevelt Hotel. Checked in, went to Grand Central (where I saw an ad for CO...more international destinations then DL or AA!) for lunch at Mendy's. (I highly do NOT recommend it)then back to the hotel for rehersal. Afterwards we went to some crappy Itilian resturant (don't always trust Zagat) and then to see Little Women (worst play I've seen!).
The next day we rehersed all day, had lunch at Grand Central Again, and for dinner went to Mars 2112...again, I do NOT recommend it! This was worse then the previous night. Sunday we went sightseeing...Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Lower Manhatten, and South Street Seaport. Continental had ads plastered on every bus station, Luftunsa had an ad in Grand Central, and DL/song also had an ad at South Street. we then preformed in Carnegie Hall and it was awesome.
The next morning we woke up and at 11am boarded our bus to JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK. we arrived around 12:30pm and headed to the checkin.
My checkin agent was awesome, he loved his job. I also found out that the father of my friend on the trip is a FA for B6 and she is going to be a FA this summer. She told me they stopped internships, can anyone confirm that?
We went through security (they only had 1 lane open for 40 of us!) and the TSA / RCSS), Taiwan">TSA people were nicer than FLL / KFLL), USA - Florida">FLL! They even complimented my socks and made a joke when they hand checked my camera! thanks T6 JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK TSA / RCSS), Taiwan">TSA crew. The gate agent boarded our group row by row to keep the confusion to a minimum, which was nice of her, Probably the first time she got on the pager and said "rows 9 and higher!" She was laughing throughout the boarding process as well!
JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK-FLL / KFLL), USA - Florida">FLL
Photo © Kazim Alikhan - t.dot photography
Can't Stop Lovin' Blue! (but purser announced it as: N571JB...Blue Monday)
Photo © Aaron Mandolesi
The odd thing here is the pilot told me it was N571JB, but the plane DEFINENTLY said "Can't Stop Lovin Blue" and not "Blue Monday"
Scheduled departure: 2:15pm
Actual Push: 2:11pm
at gate: 5:05pm
The crew on this flight was amazing. My only regret was not having paper and pen around to take notes...but I'll do my best.
I do not remember the names, but the purser and single male FA (a first for me on B6!) delt with the group. And what's the first thing she announces. She welcomes our group and announced about our trip to Carnegie Hall. She welcomed us all to the jetBlue family and was great. As opposed to Al, she read all of the safety instructions off her paper, but she did it with great humor. She made many jokes, but kept it below the Southwest level. It really made for an awesome expirence! We got a tour of the airport and the captain made a joke of that, but we were still #1 in line for takeoff. I sat in 6C, 13D, and finally 8F, so I got my window, finally. I open it up to see a Virgin 744 at FL360! Awesome sight! We cruised at FL 360, but it appeared we went up to 370.
Our flight had over 20 seats open, and if our group wasn't on it would have had over 60 seats open, so it's good to see that jetBlue doesn't ALWAYS sell out!
I saw part of my friends Old Navy commercial! and watched a little baseball. We got into a few bumps, but it wasn't that bad, and I like turbulence anyway. It was a bumpy landing though.
Service was a bottled water and an awesome lunch of...Terra Blues and a Biscotti!
I talked to the crew for a bit and talked about our trip. Also, I complimented them personally and told them I am a loyal jetBlue flyer and about my next journey. Also, a fellow passenger, in my group, got ill during approach, and the FA was so nice in making a makeshift cold pack and getting wet nad dry paper towels from the lavatory. She was great and very motherly. That put her over the top! Thanks again for a grerat flight.
Got my bags and was out of there by 5:20!
FLL / KFLL), USA - Florida">FLL airport: 9
ground crew: 10
TSA / RCSS), Taiwan">TSA: 9
In flight crew: 9.5
food: 10 (Terra Blues and a biscotti rocks)
JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK T6: 6
JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK T6: 7
Ground Crew: 10
TSA / RCSS), Taiwan">TSA: 10
Air crew: 10
Overall trip: 9.8! Great trip!
[Edited 2005-03-08 19:07:21]