We decided that it would be fun if I came along. I took a couple of days off of work and we found a sitter for our son. Off for a quick getaway!
I had never ridden on an RJ before. We went out on a United Express E170 and returned on a American Eagle E135 so I got to experience some different types!
June 6, 2006
ALB - ORD
United Express 7668
Embraer E175 N652RW
Departure 9:01 (Scheduled) 9:11 (actual)
Arrival 10:44 (Scheduled) 10:54 (actual)
We arrived at the airport at 7:30 for our 9am flight. No problems checking in or with security. Since we had booked the flights separately, we weren't sitting together.
We were able to find seats together and switch our seats using the do-it-yourself kiosk.
The united gates are in the older 'A' concourse at ALB. I hadn't been in that part of the terminal in some time. It looks much as I remember it from days when you didn't need a ticket to go through security.
Our jet was already at the gate waiting for us
Taxiing to the runway, we had a nice view of the 'B' concourse. Not a lot of traffic at this time in the morning. Most all of the morning departures already had left and the inbounds weren't in yet
The aircraft itself was quite nice. Plenty of room for an RJ. We were able to fit our large rolling suitcase in the overhead (with a little elbow grease)
Flight path was straight forward. I was hoping for a few turns into ORD but no such luck. We came more or less straight into the runway
Here's a picture of us about to go feet dry from over Lake Michigan
As we were about to touch down, I noticed that the fire squad was doing some training
We actually landed in ORD about 20 minutes early but our gate wasn't ready so we spent some time waiting on the tarmac. I didn't mind We got to watch some interesting traffic pass by. I took some pictures out the window but they came out like crap so I'll not post them.
The company sponsoring my wife's business had car service arranged for us so we got to ride to the city in style in a nice Mercedes S class (sweet!)
We were staying at the Peninsula Hotel. The bathroom was very nice.
I did some touristy things that afternoon while my wife attended meetings
Buckingham Fountain (familiar if you've seen Married With Children
The next day our flight was not until 7:20 PM. My wife had a conference until 5PM. What would you do with a day to kill in Chicago? Go back to the airport of course!!
I took the subway out to ORD. I found that there are not many good places to spot without going through security. Also, the runway use was not in my favor. They were landing 9R and 4R and were departing 9L, 4L, and 32L. The landing approaches were all from the wrong side of the airfield.
I decided to take the subway back toward the city one stop and I found myself some decent spots on the parking garages (mentioned by some other ORD spotters in an A.net forum somewhere) by a convention center.
Wasn't really good for pictures because the 9L departures were going directly over my head and the other runways were too far away. I could see that being a great spot if the are landing 27.
Here's a picture of a departing TED aircraft
This is a close as I got to a 747 that morning
I turned around and took a shot of the downtown
I returned to the city via subway and did some more walking around
There's a really cool sculpture there called 'Cloud Gate'
After my wife got done, back to the airport we went (by taxi this time )
Here's the RJ lineup at the American part of the terminal
Our aircraft waiting at the gate
June 7, 2006
ORD - ALB
America Eagle 4055
Embraer E-135 N852AE
Departure 7:22 (scheduled) 7:30 (actual)
Arrival 10:15 (scheduled) 10:08 (actual)
Even though we pushed back from the gate about on time, it seemed like they started boarding late. We had originally been given seats in row 14. While we were waiting to board, our names were called. Apparently, a couple with a small child were put in seats
where they were not supposed to have an infant. We were asked if we would switch with them. We ended up switching from row 14 (must be the last row or near to it) to row 6. I don't know why they couldn't have an infant in row 6 - it wasn't an exit row or anything else like that that I could tell.
The flight was quite full - one or two empty seats. The 135 is pretty small inside. Our roll-aboard had to be gate checked. It looked like at lest half of the people on the flight needed to do that.
As we were taxiing out, I saw a Polar 747 land. I got a decent picture of it from the air as we departed
We also had a nice view of the city as we were on our way East
Once again, our flight path was routine. It almost looks like they were able to fly direct to ALB.
We landed about on time. Good trip! but I was pooped when I got home. My RJ experience was fine. The planes are smaller but they aren't bad - especially the 170. I would fly either of them again.