Well, here's my first attempt at a trip report!! Since I got out of school back in May, I've been doing a bunch of traveling. My dad works for NWA and my mom for AA, so I have travel benefits on two airlines, which is really nice, except during the summer travel season when all the flights are full and I can never go anywhere!!! I live in Colorado Springs, so I've mostly just been going to DFW a bunch since AA has 7 flights a day between DFW and COS, and the morning and evening ones are usually open enough that I can get my own DEF row on their Super 80's.
Anyhow, my family and myself used to live in San Diego before we moved here to Colorado, so we always go back there a bunch and visit our friends. Last Thursday, I flew COS-DFW-SAN, and it was smoooooth sailing!! Got an F class seat on the COS-DFW. The DFW-SAN was an ex-TWA 757. I didn't get F, but I did get the exit row, seat 25D. Now THAT is legroom!!
So after a great week in SAN, it's time to head home!! So, I check Jetnet (AA's employee server), and SAN-DFW is looking pretty full....so I check LAX-DFW...even worse!! So, after about 2 hours of looking at every possible option and contingency, I'm thinking the best option is to take AA Eagle SAN-LAX, and NWA LAX-MSP-COS. Now for the report!!
Saab 340B(Plus), N388AE
Dep- 635a PDT
Arr- 659a PDT
If you're traveling nonrev on American, not only do you have to get up early enough to get to the airport ontime, you have to get up 4 hours before the flight so you can check-in to get the best possible priority for seat selection!! When you have a 6am flight, getting up 4 hours ahead of time does not make for a good start to your day!! So, I head to the airport, and all is hunky-dory until the agent informs me the flight is weight limited....
I think the Saab 340 is one of the most miserable planes there is!! I mean, what kind of aircraft cannot go ONE HUNDRED MILES without being weight limited!! It's pathetic!!! Anyhoo, they go through the entire boarding process and after what seems like an eternity...."Will all American Eagle 3058 standby passengers please see me at the podium"
So, I actually got a seat!! 14A...
I'm 6'5" and 31" pitch is very tight for me. The 29"-30" on those Saabs is even worse!!
Despite having a 29" pitch, it was not a bad flight!! We got some pretty good bumps during our whole 24 minutes of flying, so that made it rather enjoyable!! We arrived early, at 659a PDT. Next flight, LAX-MSP with a scheduled departure of 855a PDT.
Dep- 903a PDT
Arr- 157p CDT
I don't go in and out of LAX a lot, so maybe I don't see everything, but I still think it's a rather trashy airport on the inside compared to others!! Anyway, my chances of getting on Flt 90 were looking a LOT better. The NWA 753's can hold 200 in Y, and it was booked to 161. So, unless a flight was canceled or something, it was looking good!! I go up and talk to the agent, and I find out that the flight is in fact so open, that I may get an entire exit row to myself!! Now that's fine flying!!! Seat 40F (40D and 40E were empty too!!):
The ONLY disadvantage to sitting in row 40 in a 757-351 is that there are about 200 people that have to deplane upon arrival before you even have room to stand up, even when they're using door 2L!!
Since I got up at 2am, I slept through the entire cruise portion of the flight, so I don't know how the cabin service was!! I did wake up at about the top-of-descent when we started to get the $#!T kicked out of us with some bad turbulence.
Even though I'm not a fan of the long flights, I rather enjoyed this one!! It was my first flight on a 753, and I must say, I was rather impressed with its performance. Other than the VERY long wait to get off the plane, I must say it was a flawless flight!!
So, we arrived in MSP at 157p. My COS flight didn't depart until 935p. SEVEN AND A HALF HOURS!!! Holy crap!! I actually considered taking a CRJ somewhere and back, like to MLI or RST or something, but I figured that was a bad idea. After walking around for a bit, I discovered that there was a tram to the Mall of America!! Great, something to do!!
Now, I don't know how many of you have taken that MSP tram, but that place is like an ex-Civil Defense Shelter!!
After quite a few good hours at the mall, it was time to go back to MSP for the flight home.
Dep- 949p CDT
Arr- 1035p MDT
Even though I love flying, I had really had enough by now!! 1233 was not as empty as 90, but I did get an exit row again, seat 10A:
I was so exhausted that I took two pictures on this flight and that was it!! Both were taken in MSP, notice how quickly it became dark out!!
I got up at 2am, and I didn't get home until midnight. Gotta love those 22 hours days!!! It was a great trip home though, just VERY long!! If you've never been to the Mall of America, I definitely reccommend that!! Even if you just have a long layover like I did, there are big lockers in the mall that you can put your bags in so you don't look like you're hauling around duffels full of stolen stuff!! Out of all the flights, I must say I enjoyed the 757 the best. It's a great plane and I hope the 757 lives on for a long time!! I was very sad the day the 727's saw retirement, but it'll be even worse when the 757 begins retirement from the fleets!!
Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this!! Any comments welcome!!