After 21 minutes of climbing we hit our cruise altitude the flight attendants came around the cabin selling Dig-E players for the flight. They come loaded with ten movies, television shows, and some other stuff as well. I brought a few DVD’s so I wouldn’t need a Dig-E player for the flight. The F/A’s then came around selling breakfast. I elected to buy the meal and being that it was only $5.00 it was well worth it. A strawberry muffin, peach yogurt, fresh fruit, and two crisp wantons. I was also given a granola fruit bar. I ate my meal, and to be honest it was very good. I enjoyed the peach yogurt. Once finished I took out my laptop, and typed some of this report, and began to watch the movie Just Friends starring Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Farris, and Chris Klein. I enjoyed my movie, and then had a minute to take a picture of the wing. After two hours and thirty minutes at altitude we began our descent into the PHX
airport. It took approximately twenty nine minutes from initial descent to touchdown. We landed on runway 7R with one hell of a crosswind. Technically the left landing gear landed twice before the right one touched down. It was a rough landing, and when we finally had both sets of the mains down a few people clapped. We taxied to terminal 4 gate 9 and parked. It took about ten minutes for the passengers to deplane in front of me, and I was on my way. Once again my window was letting every bit of noise in, I have never been on a Mad Dog that was so loud in the exit row, I’m not sure what this old girls problem was, but she was a noisy old bird.
A view of the wing at FL320
Routing of YX
I got off my YX
flight, and headed up the jetway. This was easy; I hope that the next leg is like this. I took the shuttle to Terminal 4, called US/HP Reservations to book my flight to SNA
, and then headed to the ticket counter. When I got to the counter the agent couldn’t find my reservation. After searching for a while she still couldn’t find it, and told me she would re-list me for my flights. As she was listing me she had a puzzled look on her face. It was then that she had informed me that all flights to the Los Angeles area were either full or oversold. I was pissed; the agent in MKE
had told me that everything looked good. I told her I’d buy a ticket if I had to, but she suggested that I go across the hall to the WN
ticket counter and check with them. This is something that I have done before when someone needed to get somewhere fast, and it was the first time that someone had done it for me. I called WN
on the phone and got in the queuing line. The rep gave me a price of about $125.00 for the one way from PHX
. Not too bad of a price for a walk up, so I went ahead and purchased the fare. When I hung up the phone with him it was my turn at the kiosk, I printed my boarding pass hoping for anything but the dreaded Zone C. I got zone B, so I was somewhat happy.
I made my way through security and up to gate D1. I grabbed a salad at Wendy’s, and sat down at the end of the D Concourse to update my trip report. One thing that I was glad about was that by flying Southwest I would be able to keep my no Airbus policy intact. I almost had to give it up by flying HP
to the Los Angeles area. The spotting in PHX
kind of sucks, everything is either Southwest, or America West/US Airways. I did get to see Texas One and the Shamu plane as well, so that was a bonus. HP
seems to have a lot of planes re-painted in the new scheme, they were everywhere. I continued to spot for a little while hoping to see something interesting, but nothing too good came up. I was on WN
flt 1330 @1200 so at 1100 I decided to shut down my laptop and head to the gate, Checked in at the gate to find out that the flight was oversold by ten people. I put my name on the volunteer list. Being that I had to pay for a ticket I figured that I may as well try to re-coup some of my loss. Boarding began at about 1145, Zone A rushed down, and soon I was on my way also. I was able to get seat 9D which was pretty decent. Due to our late boarding we left the gate a few minutes late. Our late departure didn’t affect us all that much because we were number one for departure. We preformed a position and hold maneuver, held for about ten seconds and were then n our way. The take off was quick and smooth, within thirty seconds we were on our way to LAX
Spotting in PHX
More spotting in PHX
It took approximately ten minutes from lift off until we reached out cruising altitude of FL320. The climb out was smooth, with a few bumps along the way. As soon as we leveled off the captain came on the P.A. and told us “You are now free to move about the cabin.” How cliché I thought. We stayed at FL320 for approximately twenty minutes, and then began our descent into the LAX
area. From initial descent to touchdown it took thirty two minutes. The pilot greased the landing, and we were on our way to the gate. On the way to the gate I wished I had my camera handy. There were some great planes parked at the gate including; CX
747-400, JAL 747-400, and a host of others. I disembarked, and headed to catch the Super Shuttle to my hotel in Long Beach were I was meeting up with my friends. I did manage to snap a picture of the NZ
747-400 which was cool because it was my first time seeing that airline in person.
Routing for WN
Air New Zeeland at the gate getting re-loaded for the long journey home