Airbus A319 N906FR "Antelope"
Pushback: 6:40pm (scheduled 6:50pm)
Photo © Nathan Zalcman
Photo © Aaron Mandolesi
Photo © Jeremy Irish/Cactus Wings
Another day, another superb flight on the wings of Frontier. This flight was only about 60% full tonight, so I had a nice window seat (3A) with the seat next to me open. As usual, pushback from MSY gate C-1 was early...ten minutes early this evening. We were number two for takeoff behind a CO 738 with winglets. Taxi time to runway 19 was about five minutes. After a US 319 touched down, we were ready to go. We did a rolling takeoff, with the roll lasting for about 25 seconds, using up only around 5,000 feet of runway to get airborne. It was a gorgeous evening outside, so downtown New Orleans was clearly visible, some 13 miles in the distance. They had a few large freighters anchored in the Mississippi River as we headed South for about two minutes over bayou country, before making a turn towards DEN. The rest of the flight was smooth and relaxing. I watched a couple of neat shows on the Travel Channel, the first of which was a show on the American Orient Express train (oh i'll get on that thing one day) and the other on Alaska. In flight service consisted of two full cans of beverages and a bag of Fritos or Sun Chips. The Flight Attendants was very personable as usual. I think we have the best flight crews in the business hands down. I have seen nothing to prove that otherwise. Watching the sunset at 35,000ft. is always stunning, and I really enjoyed this one. The approach into DEN was not as bumpy as it usually is. The touchdown was smooth as silk. It must have taken us ten minutes to taxi to our gate A26...seems like we used one of the farther-out runways. This plane continued on to LAX as flight #419.
I was just in DEN for one night. I had a room at the Fairfeld Inn-DIA, which is always good for a clean, comfortable room. Dinner was at Bennigan's as is usally the case when I stay there. Anyways, I had a nice sleep, in preperation for my interview this morning. The interview at Frontier's impressive corporate headquarters (impressive not in scope, but in decor, the place is gorgeous) went quite well I thought, and I hopped on the shuttle back to the airport at 11:30am with a decent sized smile on my face in hopes that I got the position...I'll find out in less than two weeks. The shuttle dropped me off at the F9 ticketing area for 11:45am.
They had probably thirty people in line at the F9 counter. I went down to the dedicated non revenue line and was quickly checked in. The flight back to MSY was pretty much full but they had some seats left, so I wasn't too worried about not making it. I walked around DIA for awhile, got some grub at a chinese place, and, oddly enough, ran into my former Vanguard station manager, who is now the manager for Hooter's Air in DEN. He was telling me that Hooter's isn't doing too hot in DEN. That really doesn't surprise me, DEN-Rockford doesn't seem like a hot market! I made my way down to gate A32 for 1:15pm to get ready to board flight 732 nonstop to MSY.
Airbus A319 N904FR "Swan"
Pushback: 2:35pm (as scheduled)
Touchdown: 5:45pm (fifteen minutes early!)
Photo © Jason Whitebird
Photo © Bill Shull
Photo © Tim Samples
This flight was about 95% full, so I was relegated to a seat in the last row. I actually like it back there. Pushback was pretty much on time, and it didn't take us long before we were airborne. Following the live map, it showed that we took off to the West. Takeoff roll was pretty long, at least 35 seconds, and climbout was bumpy. It smoothed out once we got out of the DEN area. We climbed up to FL380. We had an amazingly strong tail wind today. I observed our ground speed on the live map at up to 660 mph at times! We were hauling to say the least. I chose not to watch much of the tv this time, as I had Hulk Hogan's autobiography to finish reading, which turned out to be a heck of a good book. Call me old fashioned, but he's a legend as far as i'm concerned. As for in flight service, I had a can of Ginger Ale and knocked down a bag of Sun Chips on the way. I also spent a good portion of the flight talking to a couple of ZK Flight Attendants who were on their way to MSY for Jazz Fest, giving them advice on where to go eat and what not. The descent from 38,000ft. through 25,000ft. was pretty darn turbulent as they had some isolated storm cells in the area, but it smoothed out as we got lower.
Before I knew it we were cruising over Lake Pontchartrain on final approach into MSY. We landed at 141mph on runway 19, and came to a stop with plenty of tarmac to spare. Taxiied to gate C1, passing a Miami Air 738 and a Jet Blue 320 on the way.
That's all for now. Have a nice weekend!