Smalbany
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ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Sun Jun 11, 2006 12:17 am

My wife had to go on a business trip to Chicago for one overnight and they were putting her up in a really nice hotel on the magnificent mile downtown

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.

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Our jet was already at the gate waiting for us

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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

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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

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Here's a picture of us about to go feet dry from over Lake Michigan

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As we were about to touch down, I noticed that the fire squad was doing some training

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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  Smile 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.

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I did some touristy things that afternoon while my wife attended meetings  Smile

Grant Park
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Buckingham Fountain (familiar if you've seen Married With Children
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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

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This is a close as I got to a 747 that morning

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I turned around and took a shot of the downtown

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I returned to the city via subway and did some more walking around

There's a really cool sculpture there called 'Cloud Gate'

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After my wife got done, back to the airport we went (by taxi this time Sad)

Here's the RJ lineup at the American part of the terminal

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Our aircraft waiting at the gate

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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

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We also had a nice view of the city as we were on our way East

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Once again, our flight path was routine. It almost looks like they were able to fly direct to ALB.

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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.






 
LHUSA
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RE: ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Sun Jun 11, 2006 12:37 am

What a fun report. Thanks for sharing!
Also wonderful pics of my office building! ("The Diamond Building")
Hope you had a great time in Chicago!
 
usflyer msp
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RE: ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Sun Jun 11, 2006 1:05 am

Nice Report!

Quoting SmAlbany (Thread starter):
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 reason why this is done is only certain rows have an extra oxygen mask for the infant.

Hope you enjoyed your trip.

USFlyer MSP
 
Smalbany
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RE: ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Sun Jun 11, 2006 4:08 am

Quoting LHUSA (Reply 1):
Also wonderful pics of my office building! ("The Diamond Building")

Hey, that's a cool looking building! I remember it from the original flight sim program where they started you off at Meigs Field (may it rest in peace)

Quoting USFlyer MSP (Reply 2):
The reason why this is done is only certain rows have an extra oxygen mask for the infant.

I did not know that. Thanks for the info!
 
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RE: ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Sun Jun 11, 2006 5:07 am

Nice report and pics, Mr SmAlbany. Great shot of the city!
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Delta732FF
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RE: ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Sun Jun 11, 2006 9:40 am

Nice report, good pics. Glad you got to fly on some RJs. Ive been on too many, and being over 6 ft tall kind of sucks with leg room.
 
deltaguy767
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RE: ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:24 am

Nice TR SmAlbany,
I've been to your airport numerous timesin my C-172/RG doing a touch and go stacked up behind either a WN jet or a US prop. Anyway nice pics of CHI, I haven't been in a while and I'm tiching to go back when I get some free time with some buddies. How's the E-170 in terms of pitch? I'm 6'1" and the CRJ's are horrible for me. Nice pics of the airport form the convention center. My friend in CHI, says that there's a nice place out by his office where he lays a lawnchair on the roof of the building and takes pics all day.

Cheers from BDL and BAF,  wave 
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cs03
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RE: ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:48 am

I remember when the "A" gates at ALB were new, and the "new" baggage claim on the ground floor was such a great improvement! IIRC US Air used those gates, then AA. Great pics, thanks for sharing!
 
Smalbany
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RE: ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:56 am

Quoting DeltaGuy767 (Reply 6):
How's the E-170 in terms of pitch? I'm 6'1" and the CRJ's are horrible for me.

Well, I'm not that tall so pitch is rarely a problem for me but the E-170 seemed to be on par with economy seating on mainline aircraft. The seat width seemed a bit wider than on a 737 though.

Quoting DeltaGuy767 (Reply 6):
Nice pics of the airport form the convention center

I got a bit unlucky with that. The departures from 9L were going right over my head so the best I could do was take pictures of the underside of the plane. Not the most attractive angle! It would have been a great spot for approaches to 27R. Strange because the wind was 300 at 10-15. You would have thought that they would have switched the runway configuaration
 
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RE: ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:51 am

great trip report, glad you had a good time exploring chi-town!
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Smalbany
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RE: ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Mon Jun 12, 2006 7:05 pm

Quoting Planespotting (Reply 9):
great trip report, glad you had a good time exploring chi-town!

Thanks! I did have a good time - my feet were sore when I was done though  Smile
 
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RE: ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Mon Jun 12, 2006 10:26 pm

Great report! I've been on many RJ's, and the last one was an American Eagle EMB-135 from White Plains to Chicago. The flight was not very full, so I got an entire row to myself. The service on that flight was great.
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RE: ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Tue Jun 13, 2006 6:29 am

I rode an a US170 from IND-PIT. It was nice. I thought window seats are bad, but this one was comfortable. I had generous leg room and had nothing but positive things to say.

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LFutia
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RE: ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Tue Jun 13, 2006 12:29 pm

Nice trip report!

The place where Cloud Gate is is Millenium Park. It opened last year to the public. I really love passing Millenium Park when I'm strolling up and down Michigan Ave.

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CMK10
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RE: ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Fri Jun 16, 2006 6:34 am

Nice report, I liked your ALB terminal shot, I drove up there from Westchester County once in 2000 to check out the airport, back then you'd have taken mainline jets in each way. However, I have one correction to make, your American Aircraft was actually an ERJ-140. The 135's have reg numbers starting with 7 (N7xxAE), the 140's start with 8 and the 145s start with 6 or 9. But good report nevertheless.
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Smalbany
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RE: ALB-ORD-ALB On A Couple Of RJs

Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:05 am

Quoting Cmk10 (Reply 14):
back then you'd have taken mainline jets in each way

I forget what year that American switched to all RJs at Albany. Probably coincided with the retirement of the F-100s. United still runs 2 mainline flights a day. I miss the 727s though...

Quoting Cmk10 (Reply 14):
your American Aircraft was actually an ERJ-140

Thanks for the clarification. I'm not positive of the registration - I just assumed it from the 852 on the nose gear door.

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