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The Vegas Trip-going Home + Lots Of Pics

Thu Jan 12, 2006 4:23 am

This is a continuation of the trip report: The Vegas Trip-going There + Lots Of Pics (by Checo77 Jan 11 2006 in Trip Reports)

I just happened to erase the complete trip report I had, so I´m going to make it breaf.

I had an SSSS boarding pass, so I passed through the tigher security. The guys were very nice, and I even chatted with them.

I ate breakfast in "Ruby´s Dinette" and saw this plane that made my day. A HA 762 from HNL. First time a see a HA plane. Great.

HA 762 from HNL just arrived to LAS:


Boarding was rather quick, in a wing of the terminal where three CO flight were leaving at the same time (more less). My flight to IAH, a 753 to EWR and a 738 to CLE.

View of LAS before take-off:


Cabin during the safety video:


The plane was a 753, interiors was clean and very fresh. The plane looked brand new. Great CO maintainance. Seats were very confy.

After take-off, some pics of the Vegas area:






After take-off, the capitan talked about the route and the duration. We were flying over Arizona, New Mexico and then Texas. Flight: a little less than 3hrs.

Pics of Grand Canyon:






Somewhere over Arizona or New Mexico:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/Picture396.jpg



The meals was served. It consisted of a ham sandwich and a bag of M$M´s. Nice, better than any other carrier in the US.

Meal, nice, but small. I had orange juice for drink:


Nice could formations over New Mexico:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/Picture469.jpg

Cabin while watching "Bewitched":


Texas (compare the landscape. Totally different). Note the weird circles:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/Picture470.jpg

Descent, nice spoilers:


Houston Area:


Another CO 753 landing at IAH as well:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/Picture496.jpg

Landing was excelent and on time. Taxied to the gate and exited the plane to the transit area.

Pic of the gate area:


Resume:
Excelent flight. Great plane. Loved the performace of the 753. Plane was clean, fresh and well maintained. Great crew as well.

Check-in: 6/10 (quick, but the agent was kind of cold)
Seat Comfort: 10/10 (excelent seat!!!!)
Cleanliness: 10/10 (neat plane)
Friendliness: 9/10 (great crew!!!)
Service: 8/10 (attentive, but nothing "amazing")
Meal: 8/10 (Nice meal, but not filling)
On-time: 10/10 (on-time arrival).

Transit was nice. I had more than 2hrs. Made some shopping and then headed to my gate. A CO 737-700 was awaiting. Boarding was quick.

People boarding:


Next to us, a CO 777 bound for CDG:


http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/Picture505.jpg

Nice tail reflection in the terminal building:


Push-off:


Cabin during safety video:


Competition in form of a AA 734 (?):


A friend, CO 737-700:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/Picture521.jpg

Regionals:


Take-off was really powerfull. I love this plane.

After take-off:

Houston highways junction:


Houston area:


Nice to note that even though Rita hitted Houston a week ago, I saw the port area to be nice. Lots of ships in the harbor, no damage to be seen. Can somebody add more info please?
Capitan annouced that flight time would be 4hrs.

Nice clouds over the Gulf of Mexico:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/Picture535.jpg

Meal consisted of a warm sandwich, with a salad and a chocolate cake. No menu on CO. Nice meal but DL kicks asses on Lat Am meals. For more info on good airline food, visit The Vegas Trip-going There + Lots Of Pics (by Checo77 Jan 11 2006 in Trip Reports)

Meal, nice but DL serves better meals:


IFE consisted of "Monster-in-Law" and "Continental Airwaves".

Dusk over the Carribean:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/Picture539.jpg

Rest of the flight was uneventfull.

Before landing in SJO, the lights were turned on:


Landing was turbulent, since SJO experienced some bad weather. T-stoms. The cap literally "hit" the plane against the runway. Some pax screamed. But well, how can land a plane smoothly in such weather, right?

After touchdown, the hell began. Because of the awfull weather, planes for take-off were delayed. Gates were not available. We were moved to a remote stand. To top it all, after us, a CO 738 from EWR landed, a AA A300 from MIA, DL 752 from ATL and a MP A319 from MIA. They were all moved to a remote stand as well. After an hour, the DL capitain lost his patience and started be-boarding the 752 thourgh stairs. In this weather? It was raining as never. Poor pax. After another hour, we finally moved to a gate that a TA A320 just left. After the door was open, three SJO officers ran in a screamed "please, leave the plane ASAP since other planes have to de-board through this gate was well. As soon as we left the plane, I saw our plane to be moved and the AA A300 moved in. After them, I assume the CO from EWR and the MP from MIA. The inmigration was hell also. Completely full. I waiting for another hour in a queue.
I hate SJO (airport), because its too small for its needs. Check-in is hell, you have no place to step or put your bags, terminal is small, people have no place to sit, only a few gates and inmigration is small as well. And you pay for this service $25???? Oh come on. Awfull. SJO need a big enlargement. If not, more pissed tourists would be leaving Costa Rica. Remember, the first and the last impression makes a difference. In here, its the airport. 90% of the tourist here leave with a bad first and last impression. Do something Abel!!!

The baggage areas was a mess as well, bags all over the place. They actually mixed up all the flights, so nobody knew where their bags are. Thanks God I found mine quickly and left this horrible airport.

Resume:
Great CO flight. Loved the plane, IFE was good. Service normal.

Check-in: N/A
Seat Comfort: 9/10 (the 753 seats are a bit wider and newer)
Cleanliness: 10/10 (clean plane)
Friendliness: 10/10 (great crew, excelent attention by all of them)
Service: 9/10 (normal, nothing like "wow")
Meal: 7/10 (DL just serves better meals to Lat Am)
On-time: 10/10 (landed on time, SJO problem is not CO´s fault).

Had a wonderfull trip to Vegas. Great flight, both ways. I think for US domestics, I would prefer CO but for Lat Am-US flight I would rather opt for DL.

Feel free to comment, criticize and/or ask.
Regards,
Adam
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RE: The Vegas Trip-going Home + Lots Of Pics

Thu Jan 12, 2006 4:38 am

Nice Tripreport!

I think the other CO B757 is a -200
 
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RE: The Vegas Trip-going Home + Lots Of Pics

Thu Jan 12, 2006 4:49 am

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
Note the weird circles:

The weird circles are irrigation systems.

Its basically sections of long pipe connected together with water being pumped through it mounted on wheels with sprayers every ten feet or so. It pivots from the center point, thus creating a circle shape.


Great Report  Smile


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RE: The Vegas Trip-going Home + Lots Of Pics

Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:05 am

Great report, and glad you had a good CO experience.

Just so you know, your flight to SJO was on a 737-800, not a 737-700!

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RE: The Vegas Trip-going Home + Lots Of Pics

Thu Jan 12, 2006 7:27 am

Great report, thanks for the pictures!

The HA 767 was a 763, not a 762, they don't fly 762s. Also, the AA 737 is a -800.

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RE: The Vegas Trip-going Home + Lots Of Pics

Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:51 am

Quoting JBLUA320 (Reply 3):
Just so you know, your flight to SJO was on a 737-800, not a 737-700!

No. It is definitely a 737-700. The capitan told so. And I thank that 738 have winglets, but our plane didn´t have any.

Quoting Roadrunner165 (Reply 2):
The weird circles are irrigation systems.

Its basically sections of long pipe connected together with water being pumped through it mounted on wheels with sprayers every ten feet or so. It pivots from the center point, thus creating a circle shape.

That is interesting!!! Thank you very much.  Smile

Quoting FutureUALpilot (Reply 4):
Great report, thanks for the pictures!

The HA 767 was a 763, not a 762, they don't fly 762s. Also, the AA 737 is a -800.

I knew I messed it up. Thank you for your corrections!!

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RE: The Vegas Trip-going Home + Lots Of Pics

Fri Jan 13, 2006 12:36 pm

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 5):
thank that 738 have winglets, but our plane didn´t have any.

Not all of the CO 738s have winglets, and some of the 73Gs actually have them now as well.
 
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RE: The Vegas Trip-going Home + Lots Of Pics

Fri Jan 13, 2006 3:03 pm

Great report. Nice pictures.

Congratulations!
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RE: The Vegas Trip-going Home + Lots Of Pics

Sat Jan 14, 2006 3:44 am

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 5):

I knew I messed it up. Thank you for your corrections!!

Any time, glad to help out! Thanks again for the TR, I look forward to reading more in the future.
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RE: The Vegas Trip-going Home + Lots Of Pics

Sat Jan 14, 2006 7:00 am

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
Do something Abel!!!

The works of remodeling of the terminal [SJO] already restarted. Alterra Partners is in charge of that.
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RE: The Vegas Trip-going Home + Lots Of Pics

Mon Jan 23, 2006 3:07 am

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 9):
The works of remodeling of the terminal [SJO] already restarted. Alterra Partners is in charge of that

Good news!!! The SJO terminal really needs to be bigger, considering the demand and the supply of the airport.
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RE: The Vegas Trip-going Home + Lots Of Pics

Mon Jan 23, 2006 10:20 am

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
Competition in form of a AA 734 (?):

738 actually.  Wink

Great report, I enjoyed your other one also!

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