skyjet06
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CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Fri Aug 04, 2006 9:10 am

Hi! Well, this is my second trip report. I hope you enjoy!

7/25/06
CMH-DTW
NWA Flight 1120
Scheduled Departure: 8:08am
Scheduled Arrival: 9:06am
A319

My family and I arrived at CMH at about 6:48am. We used the self-service kiosk to check in and proceeded to security. There was a bit of a line at the B concourse checkpoint, but we were through within 15 minutes. My mom decided to stop at the new Starbucks Coffee in the former HP clubroom for some morning.
When we arrived at gate B35, we found that our flight was delayed. A few minutes later, the gate agent announced that the crew would be late due to a late arrival the previous night and the whole minimum sleeping time rule. So we ended up waiting until around 8:48 am, when the crew showed up.

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My ride to DTW

Boarding quickly commenced, and within six minutes we were on board and in our seats. About twenty minutes later we pushback began and we the safety demo began, spoken by a FA with a heavy Brooklyn accent. We taxied to runway 28L and made a smooth takeoff. After settling at the cruising altitude 0f 17,000 feet, we began to pass over the western basin of Lake Erie. The FAs did a brief beverage service, consisting of water and juice. Within a few minutes, the captin came on the PA and announced out descent into DTW. A short while later, we landed in a cloudy Detroit and taxied to the A concourse of the McNamara terminal.

DTW-TPA
NWA Flight 478
Scheduled Departure: 10:19am
Scheduled Arrival: 12:50pm
A320

After walking into the terminal, we made a made dash to gate A54, where our connecting flight would depart from. Luckily we just made it and were soon on the plane. I sat in seat 22E on this flight. A short while later the safety briefing began and the A320 quickly taxied to the runway and made a speedy departure and climb to our cruising altitude of 36,000 feet.
The FAs came around selling the $1.00 snack mix and $3.00 grey snack boxes. I purchased the snack box, which included snack mix, smoked sausage, crackers, cheese, and cinnamon graham cracker sticks, all of which was okay but nothing great. Later, the beverage service began, and I had a Pepsi. Afterwards, I did my best to relax, which was difficult since I had the middle seat, and listed to my iPod until the descent into Tampa began.
We soon landed and taxied to airside A. It took a while to exit to plane. Once I walked through the jetway and into the terminal, I waited for the rest to my family, who were the last off the plane.

7/31/06
TPA-DTW
NWA Flight 485
Scheduled Departure: 3:26pm
Scheduled Arrival: 6:09pm
A320

After a nice vacation, it was time to go back to Ohio. We arrived at the airport around 2:00. The NW ticket counter was practically deserted, so we were checked in and on our way to the gate in very little time.


View from the back to the tram to the A gates.


View of the AirTran gates, also taken from the tram.

Before the flight, my father and I ate lunch at the Jose Cuervo Tequileria, which has a small but good menu of tex-mex offerings. At the gate, the boarding process was very slow. There were a lot of UMs (unaccompanied minors) on this flight traveling with special asstiance. Several people were a little too eager to get on the plane quickly, and were crowding around the door to the jetway, which slowed up boarding quite a bit. Soon however, everyone was on board and the crew quickly finished preparations for pushback and departure.

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Parked at the gate, ready for pushback

After a quick taxi, our A320 rocketed off the runway. We had a bit of a bumpy climb to our cruising altitude of 37,000 feet. The FAs came around selling the usual snack mix and boxes and performed the beverage service. An hour and a half later, we began a long descent into the Detroit area, passing over Lake Erie and one of my favorite places, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio   . Just minutes before we were on final approach, a pax decided to just get up and take a stretch. One of the FAs litterally had to come on the PA and say "Ladies and gentlemen, you need to remain seated with your seat belt fastened" in a stern tone. Around ten minutes later, were were back on the ground in Detroit and taxiing to gate A46.

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DTW-CMH
NWA Flight 1919
Scheduled Departure:7:29 pm
Scheduled Arrival:8:21pm
A320

My Family and I had about 58 minutes to spare in DTW. We took the train over to the center of the concourse and browsed through a few shops. I got some frozen yogurt from TCBY and a coney from a place by our departure gate.





At the gate, I saw a girl who I know from the ski club at my school. We didn't talk, but I know it was her and I could tell she recognized me. I sat in row 17E on this leg, which of course is not a great seat.




We waited for a while for someone to push our A320 back. The FAs began performing the safety demo and we were soon on our way. We made powerful takeoff and we were soon at our cruising altitude of a 17,000 feet.

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The FAs did a limited beverage service and within a short time, we began the approach into the Columbus area. We made a hard landing on runway 28L and taxied to Gate B30.


Home!

Well, that wraps up this trip report! Northwest isn't a great carrier, but they'll get you where you need to go. Thanks for reading!

[Edited 2006-08-04 02:13:28]

[Edited 2006-08-04 02:17:25]
 
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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Fri Aug 04, 2006 10:02 am

Very good report! I fly Northwest a lot, and I find them to be pretty good.

However, I'm heading on a trip tomorrow but I'm not taking Northwest, instead I'm taking Midwest Airlines for the first time.

[Edited 2006-08-04 03:02:47]
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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Fri Aug 04, 2006 10:29 am

Good report and great pics,

It is my belief that NW would be a great low-fare airline. That being said, NW has some pretty expensive ticket prices and NW is most definitely NOT a LFA.

Tim

P.S. CMH looks like a really nice airport. I always thought the smaller airports are always nicer.
 
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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Fri Aug 04, 2006 11:40 am

Great photos of CMH.

Quoting Tmarch291 (Reply 2):
P.S. CMH looks like a really nice airport. I always thought the smaller airports are always nicer.

Yes, I agree that CMH is nice airport. Clean, spacious and modern for a mid-sized airport. I give my credit to the airport administration (Port Authority).
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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Fri Aug 04, 2006 1:17 pm

Northwest (Northworst) is a low-cost carrier masquerading as a full-service carrier...basic transportation is all you can expect, no IFE, no free food, even no pretzels except in first, and frequent delays. You're almost better off driving... i'm silver on NW and have been flying them for half my life but i'm choosing another carrier for my next few trips cause i don't like their approach to customer service and their service sucks anyhow.
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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Fri Aug 04, 2006 1:34 pm

I forgot to add these pictures!

TPA
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Badly taken photo of the B gates at CMH

The US and WN gates at CMH
 
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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Fri Aug 04, 2006 1:37 pm

I also fly NW and these are some pretty good pictures. I am particularly a fan of the gate shots. The NW seats also look sort of similar to the ones on AF.

Thanks for sharing.

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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Fri Aug 04, 2006 2:45 pm

Good trip report, I enjoyed reading it. I like the pictures, especially the DTW water fountain one.

Quoting Tmarch291 (Reply 2):
It is my belief that NW would be a great low-fare airline.

To an extent I completely agree with you. The benefits of flying Northwest only kick in when you reach Elite status and get free upgrades to First. Thats the reason I keep coming back to Northwest. If they were an low-fare airline, I fear the Elite benefits would disappear and most of us would take our business elsewhere.

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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:55 pm

I'm flying NWA on the 15th ANC-MSP and back on the 20th. on the 757-300 and the 757-200. with a possiblity at an upgrade!

but if we don't get upgraded I guess I should expect much.
how much extra does it cost to buy a window or an isle seat?
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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Fri Aug 04, 2006 8:38 pm

Quoting Fjnovak1 (Reply 4):
Northwest (Northworst) is a low-cost carrier masquerading as a full-service carrier...basic transportation is all you can expect, no IFE, no free food, even no pretzels except in first, and frequent delays. You're almost better off driving... i'm silver on NW and have been flying them for half my life but i'm choosing another carrier for my next few trips cause i don't like their approach to customer service and their service sucks anyhow.

Respect your opinion. But NWA came in Number #1 in on time according to D.O.T. for June ratings among all U.S. Legacy Airlines. Also, don't hold your breath. Number #1 in least complained about also.

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skyjet06
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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Sat Aug 05, 2006 6:06 am

Alaskaqantas, it costs $15.00 to reserve a window or isle seat. It has to be reserved within 24 hours of your departure. Thanks for reading!
 
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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Sat Aug 05, 2006 6:52 am

Quoting Skyjet06 (Reply 10):
Alaskaqantas, it costs $15.00 to reserve a window or isle seat. It has to be reserved within 24 hours of your departure.

Not quite!

Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 8):
how much extra does it cost to buy a window or an isle seat?

Let me help you out here a bit. Not all seats have to be reserved for $$$. For example, here is a seatmap for a MSP-ANC flight next month. Only the seats in green have to be pre-reserved for the extra charge. All others can be reserved at time of booking free of charge.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f42/SR747300M/Myspace/NW752ANCseatmap.jpg

Hope this helps you out a bit.

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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Sat Aug 05, 2006 11:01 am

Just in case it's not obvious, the P seats are only allowed to be reserved by Elite members or passengers on full-fare ($$$)
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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Sat Aug 05, 2006 4:59 pm

Great trip report and pictures. I like the pictures of the DTW terminal.  thumbsup 
 
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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Sat Aug 12, 2006 1:57 pm

I really dont get why people like you diss NW. Theyre a great airline and their making the best out of a bad situation that their in right now. NW kicks ass.
 
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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:54 am

Quoting Skyjet06 (Thread starter):
taxied to Gate B30.

Things must have been really chaotic at CMH that night if you deplaned at B30. That gate doesn't even have a jetway. It's technically used by UA/AC for their express flights! Maybe you meant B35 or B36?

Good report, though. Glad you got to go through DTW, it looks so nice. I've gotta get up there.
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RE: CMH-DTW-TPA And Back On NWA

Sun Aug 20, 2006 2:10 am

Great T/R!! I love the DTW airport pictures. I hope NW stays in buisness cause I could't imagine any other airline at the very nice McNamara terminal.

Quoting Fjnovak1 (Reply 4):
Northwest (Northworst) is a low-cost carrier masquerading as a full-service carrier...basic transportation is all you can expect, no IFE, no free food, even no pretzels except in first, and frequent delays. You're almost better off driving... i'm silver on NW and have been flying them for half my life but i'm choosing another carrier for my next few trips cause i don't like their approach to customer service and their service sucks anyhow.

NW kicks a**!! Better than WN in my opinion(even in NW econ).

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