monorail
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CLE-PHX On WN, Lots Of Pics!

Mon Mar 20, 2006 7:46 am

After spending a week in Cleveland during spring break, it’s time to return to Phoenix. To mix things up, I took America West on the eastbound leg, but Southwest on the westbound return, which I’ll be detailing here.

Sunday March 19, 2006
Southwest Flight 1330
Boeing 737-700 with winglets
N442WN
Seat: 15F
Scheduled (Actual)
Depart: 10:15 AM EST (10:16)
Arrive: 12:55 PM MST (12:54)
Air time: 4:20 (4:30)
Runways: CLE 24L, PHX 26
Gates: CLE B11, PHX C3
Load Factor: 90-95%


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I arrive at the departures curb Hopkins at 8:30, with plenty of time to spare. I already printed my boarding pass the day before [“A” group of course]. Not a very long line at the Southwest ticket counter, most of the passengers as far as I can tell are heading to Phoenix as well. Six minutes after getting in line I drop my bag at the X-ray machine and then I’m off to Security Checkpoint B.

Clearing security took a little longer than I expected, about 15 minutes from the start of the line until I reached the sterile side. There weren’t that many people, maybe 20 at the most, in line in front of me, but everyone seemed to have multiple carryons. Plus with 27* weather outside most people had extra outerwear that needed to be removed as well. No problems with my bags, I’m on the airside at 8:55. With 80 minutes before departure, I decide to walk down to the Continental hub, concourses C & D. Concourse C and especially concourse D were almost empty. The small bank of 9:00 mainline departures, mostly to the likes of Florida or Las Vegas, have already boarded and are pushing as I walk down the concourse. With empty concourses, what better time to get some terminal pictures?

Concourse D, housing CO Express
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I take my time making my way over to the departure gate at the end of the B concourse. I believe my plane was already sitting at the gate when I passed security, I’m presuming it over-nighted here. At 9:45 the first announcement is made in the gate area. By 9:50 the preboarding process began. After the unaccompanied minors and passengers in wheelchairs had boarded, totaling 6 or 7, the gate agent called for all other preboards. A couple of families with small children and a few others hopped on at this point, bringing the preboard total to about 30. I wasn’t expecting THAT many people to preboard, In any event, everyone else began boarding at 10:00. I head down to 15F, for a good view of the wing and flaps. Here’s the view:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/co737724/seat15f2.jpg

We push at 10:16. The cabin gets the announcement from the captain on the flight info. He greets us and identifies himself and the FO as “the two of us up in the pointy end” of the plane, and gives us an estimate of 4 hours and 20 minutes of flying time. He adds that we’ll be battling 120 MPH head winds the whole way, but we should get in on time with a block time of 4 hours and 40 minutes. The flight attendants introduce themselves. At this point, the gate agent that boarded us steps on to the plane and steals the microphone. He tells us we have a new flight attendant serving today, and this will be only her third trip. This triggers a round of applause from the passengers. To my delight, it’s a very smoky engine startup for engine #2, so it seems likely that this plane did indeed overnight. With short notice, I’m unable to get a picture of the smoke. Considering Southwest’s high aircraft utilization, I was a little surprised for a 10:15 flight to be a startup flight, then again it was a Sunday, so go figure.

We taxi directly to 24L, and we’re first in line, so we waste no time and are airborne by 10:20. Our takeoff roll takes about 20-25 seconds and we get off the ground with plenty of runway to spare. As we climb out we get a good view of our shadow following us:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/co737724/climb3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/co737724/climb4.jpg

Apart from some thin, low cloud cover, the skies are somewhat clear. At this point I’ve reset my watch so I’m just going to give the rest of the times in MST. Once above the clouds Lake Erie can be seen agian, and the lateral distance between the lake and us gradually increases as we progress on a course of about 250* at the moment.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/co737724/climb5.jpg

At 8:48 the captain comes on to inform us we’ve reached our cruising altitude of 40,000 feet. We are now 1,369 miles away from Sky Harbor. He decides not to turn off the seatbelt sign yet because we were passing through some choppy air, but he assured us that things would smooth out as we got further west. While it had been a smooth ride until the captain came on, things got a little bumpy following the announcement. The mild turbulence continued for a couple of minutes then subsided.

Following that pocket of rough air the new FA came row by row and took drink orders. Seven minutes later at 9:00, I had my beverage delivered, and another FA served me a snack pack and the quintessential bag of peanuts.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/co737724/food6.jpg

Outside, the cloud cover was forming fairly thick below us.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/co737724/cruise7.jpg

At 9:07 the captain speaks again and turns off the seatbelt sign. Now we’re only 1,260 miles from Phoenix. This would be his last announcement for quite some time. At this point he estimates an arrival of 12:42, leaving 3:35 flying time left.

The flight attendants make a couple of trips down the aisle with the garbage bag, while one returns twice more to take drink orders again. After that third beverage run, the FA’s settled down.

It’s now 10:00. With nothing better to do at the moment, I turn my computer on, fire up my iTunes and begin my trip report.
Frost has formed on the window:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/co737724/frost8.jpg

The present cabin view:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/co737724/cabin9.jpg

Monotony reigns for the next hour. The FA’s hide in the back of the cabin, the captain is silent, the ride is smooth, and there’s nothing but blue skies above us, while the view of the ground is completely obscured by puffy white clouds. The captain’s voice is audible again at 11:02, accompanied by the illumination of the seatbelt sign. He tells us we’re in for some choppy air again, so check those seatbelts.

Half an hour later, the clouds below us finally begin to clear. We’re over desert now, with a little over an hour of flying left.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/co737724/nm10.jpg

An update from the captain informs us there are showers in the Phoenix area, and as we get closer to arrival things were going to get bumpier. In the end, it still was a fairly smooth ride, we didn’t feel too much turbulence on the descent. But we did spend quite a bit of time descending through a very thick cloud layer. Twenty minutes before touchdown the captain instructs the FA’s to make the final cabin sweep.

Now I’ve heard quite a few Southwest Songs by the FA’s, but this was the first time I heard this one. After the said announcement from the captain, an FA came on and sang “We’ll Be Coming Through the Cabin One More Time” to the tune of “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain.” A few verses of the song elicited another applause from the passengers. The FA sung again once we were on the ground, this time a WN version of “Zip a Dee Doo Dah.” Most of the lyrics are escaping me at the moment, but I remember one line was something like “We’re Phoenix’s favorite airline. It’s the truth, it’s obvious, everyone else is trying to copy us!”

Back to the arrival, we landed on 26 in a light rain, turning off the runway in front of the terminal 2 parking garage. A brief taxi to C3 accompanied with song brought a conclusion to this flight. About 20 passengers stayed on board for the continuation of WN1330 to Los Angeles or Sacramento.
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/co737724/gate12.jpg
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Hats off to the crew, their attitude at WN is unmatched.

If you’ve read this far, thank you for taking the time to read my trip report. I realize that CLE-PHX on Southwest may not be the most exotic and intriguing segment to fly or read about, but I hope the pictures made it a little more bearable.
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pensacolaguy
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RE: CLE-PHX On WN, Lots Of Pics!

Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:16 am

Great Trip Report! Glad to see a trip report on the SAME DAY of the flight. Great pictures also.  camera  How much did you pay for your OW trip on WN?

Quoting Monorail (Thread starter):
About 20 passengers stayed on board for the continuation of WN1330 to Los Angeles or Sacramento.

Your flight SWA1330 routeing is CLE-PHX-LAX-SMF-SEA.
CLE-PHX route:
CLE..MFD..ROD..VHP.J24.STL.J19.ZUN.BUNTR1.PHX

Quoting Monorail (Thread starter):
I had my beverage delivered, and another FA served me a snack pack and the quintessential bag of peanuts.

At least you got something.
 
monorail
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RE: CLE-PHX On WN, Lots Of Pics!

Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:36 am

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 1):
How much did you pay for your OW trip on WN?

The fare was $89, with tax $109.

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 1):
At least you got something.

Indeed, no argument there! It was better than HP's BoB on the eastbound leg.
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phxplanes
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RE: CLE-PHX On WN, Lots Of Pics!

Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:46 am

Nice trip report. I just missed your flight. I was spotting and left around 1230
 
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RE: CLE-PHX On WN, Lots Of Pics!

Mon Mar 20, 2006 5:18 pm

Great report! Would you fly WN again out of CLE?
 
nkops
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RE: CLE-PHX On WN, Lots Of Pics!

Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:37 pm

Nice trip report and photos..

I'm hoping you know somebody in CLE, seems a bit cold there to spend spring break....  Smile
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lordanmol
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RE: CLE-PHX On WN, Lots Of Pics!

Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:51 pm

Great Trip Report,

Just wondering have you ever travelled on a Asia LCC?

Regards
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Tue Mar 21, 2006 1:01 am

Nice report! WN looks to be nice; that's great they gave you a free snack pack on the flight.
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monorail
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RE: CLE-PHX On WN, Lots Of Pics!

Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:29 am

Quoting Phxplanes (Reply 3):
Nice trip report. I just missed your flight. I was spotting and left around 1230

I was looking at the usual spots as we taxiied by, I didn't see any spotters out. I wonder if it was the weather that scared them off...

Quoting Iowaman (Reply 4):
Would you fly WN again out of CLE?

Absolutely. The Rapid Rewards program works well for me. I'll definitely keep flying WN. Much happier with them than HP.

Quoting Nkops (Reply 5):
I'm hoping you know somebody in CLE, seems a bit cold there to spend spring break....

I grew up in CLE, so I know a few people.  wink 

Quoting Lordanmol (Reply 6):
Just wondering have you ever travelled on a Asia LCC?

Not yet.
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RE: CLE-PHX On WN, Lots Of Pics!

Wed Mar 22, 2006 5:18 am

Quoting Monorail (Thread starter):
realize that CLE-PHX on Southwest may not be the most exotic and intriguing segment to fly or read about,

Stay tuned in May: SJC-PHX-BUF / BUF-LAS-SJC with PHX-BUF non-stop and BUF-LAS non-stop on WN
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RE: CLE-PHX On WN, Lots Of Pics!

Wed Mar 22, 2006 5:38 am

Nice report, short but sweet!

Photo's were good too.

I don't read too many WN reports, but those I do read are always the same, praise/good service fron WN.

Many Thanks

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Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:15 pm

Nice to see another ASU guy on A.net. Hope you had fun in Cleveland over break. No flying for me this break (went to Rocky Point) but I'm going back to MSP over Easter in a few weeks. Very nice trip report; very detailed and good pictures. I can't say I've ever landed in PHX in the rain before, but I remember waking up to thunder that morning!

Happy flying and Go Devils!
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RE: CLE-PHX On WN, Lots Of Pics!

Fri Mar 24, 2006 11:59 am

Hey there. Sorry I'm a little late getting to your report. Some comments:

Saturday evening through Sunday morning is dead time at CLE. Concourse D is empty because all of the little guys were at their outlying stations getting ready to swarm CLE starting at about 1:00 PM local time. (That goes for Concourse C, as well.) I'm glad you were able to go out there and see the best facility we've got!

It seems, though, that you missed the spectator deck. Although you can't go to the exterior portion anymore (too dangerous for a variety of reasons,) you were directly underneath it at Gate B11. There's hardly anything to point out the stairway/elevator leading up to the deck, but if you go up there, you can watch planes departing the 24s on their entire roll, rotation, and initial climb.

Your routing took you over Mansfield (MFD.) Sometimes on a very clear night, you can watch one plane after another go out over Mansfield and create a string of flashing lights. Beautiful.

I will be on the nonstop to PHX on Friday, July 14.  Smile
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Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:39 pm

Nice report... I'm headed to PHX for my break in about 2 weeks!
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monorail
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Sat Mar 25, 2006 5:23 am

Quoting Redngold (Reply 12):
It seems, though, that you missed the spectator deck

I'm pretty sure the indoor part is closed now too. They've even blacked out the signage for "Spectator Deck" on the signs in Concourse B. It's been like this since at least mid January. When I was flying out of CLE on 1/16, I went in the elevator only to find even the speactator deck had been changed to "Restricted." Back in the concourse I saw the Spectator Deck signage was also covered.
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Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:53 am

Monorail thanks for sharing the report, and it finally rained on Phoenix !!
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monorail
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Sat Mar 25, 2006 7:08 am

Quoting CM767 (Reply 15):
it finally rained on Phoenix

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Its funny, we have almost 4 months of no rain at all, then it rains the morning I leave Phoenix and then again when I land upon returning.
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