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LAX-MSP-DTW-BDL On NW (detailed)

Fri Oct 07, 2005 8:33 am

Here is the somewhat belated return report for my trip to California (fun as always!) Hope you enjoy pics

Monday, September 26
Northwest 304
Boeing 757-300 (ship 5802)
Scheduled departure time: 8:40 AM
Actual Departure time: 8:37AM (wheels up @8:52)
Scheduled arrival time: 2:05 PM
Actual arrival time: 2:01 PM
Departure Gate: Gate 22
Arrival Gate: Gate F6
Seat: 23A

Flight was 100% up front, so the gate agent told me upon inquiring about my upgrade that "Mr. Novak, were gonna have to seat you in coach today." No problem, I happened to snag myself a seat with an open middle seat, no small feat on a flight that was 80% full in back. In the aisle was Anthony, a DTW-based flight attendant that lives with his wife and kids in the LA area. He was a cool guy and we chatted about various topics like sports, news, and cars on the just about three hour flight into MSP. He had been in the Air Force and is working on becoming a pilot which is cool because like me, he's doing something he loves which is really all you can ask for in life, no? Anyhow, we left on-time and rocketed down the runway and over the ocean before turning in customary LAX fashion back over the airport and towards Las Vegas up to 35k feet, over the Zion National Park in Utah, over Grand Junction and Wyoming then over the Dakota's on our way to MSP. All of the pertinent sights and landmarks were quickly pointed out by the captain, who wasn't flying this leg and decided to "have a little fun" by pointing out everything he could including when we were 60 miles north of Denver, CO. Probably the chattiest, most PA-obsessed pilot i've ever encountered. I felt sorry for those wishing to sleep on this flight but personally i didn't mind it too much. They did the beverage service and came through selling snacks but I didn't buy it this time. Flight was pretty smooth and non-eventful otherwise. I was lucky to even make it after arriving at LAX at 8:10 due to traffic....30 minutes to check in, clear security, and board, beat that! Actually I don't reccommend you try to beat that.  Smile As Anthony was also DTW-bound, it was a pleasant surprise to pull into gate F6 only to find out that the same plane would become flight 756 to DTW. I deplaned and explored MSP a bit (nice airport from what I saw, especially the mall part in the middle is cool).

Northwest 756
Boeing 757-300 (ship 5802)
Scheduled departure time: 3:16 PM
Actual Departure time: 3:28 PM (wheels up @4:04 PM)
Scheduled arrival time: 6:05 PM
Actual arrival time: 6:33 PM
Departure Gate: Gate F6
Arrival Gate: Gate A68
Seat: 19F

We spent an excruciatingly long time waiting on the runway to takeoff on this flight but the pilot (obviously a different one) didn't let us know what the reason for the delay was which was a little maddening since I was planning to dine with my parents near DTW during my long layover. Anyhow we get underway and its a short 1 hour and 17 minutes into Detroit (37k cruising altitude), so I had plenty of time anyhow before my next flight at 9:13....this flight to DTW was 100% full (224 pax), not one single open seat, but lots of these I think were non-revs like Anthony who were commuting into DTW...It was the customary beverage service on the flight and they did a water/coffee pass through afterwards which was nice on such a short segment. The 753 is a really great plane, smooth ride, great takeoff, and ood performance. Its surprising more airlines didn't order them. Ship 5802 goes onto Seattle/Tacoma after leaving DTW.

Northwest 202
Airbus A320SR
Scheduled departure time: 9:13 PM
Actual Departure time: 9:13 PM (wheels up @9:26)
Scheduled arrival time: 10:51 PM
Actual arrival time: 10:56 PM
Departure Gate: Gate A2
Arrival Gate: Gate 5
Seat: 2D -first-

After dinner w/ mom and dad during my nearly 3 hour layover I return to DTW and boarded this A320 that I believe was one of the NRT based aircraft because it had very different F/C seats from the ones on my other 320 flihts, they reclined more and were more comfy. Can anyone confirm?? Anyhow, the f/a's were super on this flight and so nice even though due to late-arriving catering they could not offer any pre-departure beverage besides water. Once in-flight they took good care of all the pax on the trip over to Hartford. Nothing much to see here because of it being dark and very cloudy, in fact, the pilot had the f/a's sit about 30 minutes before arrival because of turbulence, and it indeed did get pretty bumpy going into BDL, the cieling was low and the aircraft was rolling around some...was a pretty bumpy landing as well. Unfortunately upon arriving (at 10:42) the MSP aircraft had just come in ahead of us and was occupying the gate, so it was over 10 minutes before we could deplane, thus the late arrival time. All in all, good job NW on this trip. I hope they get their house in order and emerge from CH. 11 a stronger carrier. I will finish 2005 w/ enough miles to accrue silver status for '06.

Hope you enjoyed the report, I got more coming....flew BDL-ATL-MEM-ATL-BDL (on DL) beginning the next day, and i'm flying BDL-DTW-BDL again this weekend on NW  Smile
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RE: LAX-MSP-DTW-BDL On NW (detailed)

Sat Oct 08, 2005 10:44 am

Great report. Very detailed. What's your background?
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RE: LAX-MSP-DTW-BDL On NW (detailed)

Mon Oct 10, 2005 2:21 pm

I work in baseball, minor league (Double-A) to be exact....its the offseason so i finally have weekends free  Smile
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RE: LAX-MSP-DTW-BDL On NW (detailed)

Mon Oct 10, 2005 11:25 pm

Are you with the Norwich Navigators ( SF Giants ) or the New Britain Rock Cats ( Twins )? Do you play or are you in the front office? Just curious.
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RE: LAX-MSP-DTW-BDL On NW (detailed)

Tue Oct 11, 2005 12:43 am

I'm in the front office, Rock Cats....the (much) more (most, to be exact) popular pro-sports team in the state of CT. But I was born in San Fran and am a Giants fan. Go figure.  Smile
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