I took a trip to Seattle on Song for the Labor Day weekend. Song was offering Skymiles members a 10,000 bonus if they flew a roundtrip before September 30th 2005.
Sept. 1st 2005
Song flt# 2010
Scheduled Dep- 705p
Scheduled Arr- 1022p
I arrived at terminal 2 at 550p after taking the JFK Airtrain from the Jamaica Sta. I was surprised that the check-in line wasn't very long because there were flts departing to LAX and TPA within an hour of my 705p departure. I printed my boarding pass at work and only had a carry on so I went directly to the security check point which was also pretty much empty. There was a group of Asian travelers that seemed confused and that held the line up for about ten minutes because they kept beeping as they went through the scanner and also had a lot of electronic devices in their carry on bags. When I looked back the line had grown to nearly 30 passengers. I finally got through on the first walk through and headed to my departure gate of 27 right next to security. The monitor displayed a boarding time of 640p. Boarding actually started early at 630p. I was in Zone 5 and was happy to see no one in my row. I stowed my carry on and just watched the rest of boarding hoping no one would sit in the middle seat. As 655p neared, I noticed the same group of Asian passengers blocking the aisle because they were trying to force their large carry ons into the overhead bins. The passengers behind them looked as if they were getting very annoyed and one yelled out, "Can you please step aside because you guys are blocking half the plane from getting to their seats." Well this didn't work because they continued to stand in the aisle and talk until a flight attendant asked very nicely and with a smile to step aside. The waiting passengers brushed past and grunted loudly at that time. The flight pulled away from the gate right on time however, the pilot informed us JFK was congested and we were approximately 25 for take off. Well I got to see a beautiful sunset while waiting our turn to runway 31L. Finally, at 830p we took off and made a sweeping right turn across Jamaica Bay then over the Queens/Long Island border. I noticed the DL 763 that was behind us making the same right turn we just made however it was much lower. Our flt continued over Queens and Long Island than over Westchester Co. where we flew directly over HPN. Soon after we reached our cruising altitude which was 37,000 feet if I remember correctly. Once we passed BUF we turned west and flew over Ontario, Canada north of DTW and MSP (I got a nice view of both the city and airport). During the flt I purchased a movie (The Longest Yard) and the Ole Fiesta for $5 each. I was lucky to have the entire three seats to myself so I strecthed out and enjoyed the 5 hr 48 min flt. We started out decent and approach from the south at about 11p. The moving map showed that Mt. Rainier was to the south of us however it was night so I was not able to see the mountain. We touched down and parked at gate A11 at about 11:20p. One note I have never flown cross country in completely clear skies. I could see the ground the entire time except for maybe 5 mins when we were approaching SEA.
Overall I really enjoyed Song. The movies and music selections were really good as well as the food. I love AA but really like the idea of having a large selection of entertainment and food when I fly. The flight info map is also a huge plus because I look out the window regularly and like to know where the plane is flying. The seats are comfortable and F/A's cheery and helpful.