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Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:49 pm

Friday, August 4 was a very nice day in Minnesota. After a lot of heat and humidity, the weather finally began to improve during the first few days of August. On Friday, it was sunny and windy when I arrived at the MSP-Hubert H. Humphrey Terminal.

Flight #1

Midwest Airlines #527
MSP-MKE
717-200
80% full
Signature Service
4:00pm-5:03pm (sched) 4:00pm-5:00pm (actual)

I arrived at about 1:50pm for a 4:00pm flight, so I had some time to walk around once I was checked in.

Here's a view of the very empty "Midwest" ticket counter:
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Here's a shot of the terminal ceiling. I like the architecture!
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After dropping off my bag at the bag check, I walked up to security and within minutes I was strolling down the H-Concourse. At H4, a Sun Country 738 was beginning the boarding process for Wash-Dulles (IAD), and at H3, passengers were waiting to board flight #247 for JFK.

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Sun Country bound for IAD

Here comes the 738 with winglets for JFK.
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After turning around, I began to walk down the concourse to my gate at H8, and spotted this 737 for "Xtra Airlines." I have never heard of this airline before!
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Here's a view of the terminal and parking garage of the Humphrey Terminal
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At about 3:20pm, Midwest #526 arrived from MKE right on schedule, and after a short wait, the boarding process began.

I was about the 10th person to board the plane, and was very excited to finally be able to see the new "recaro" seats which are on all of the Midwest 717's. The seats were so comfortable!

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Am I flying First Class?!

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Legroom

At about 4:00pm, the door was shut and the first of many "recordings" began. As we began to push, the safety demonstration started.

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Here's an Air Tran 717 bound for MDW at H9.

Our taxi to the runway was very short, as we did not have a lot of aircraft in front of us.

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After a few seconds on the runway, we began the takeoff roll. The 717 was extremely quiet on takeoff. The cabin felt like a library!

Here's a shot a few seconds after leaving MSP:
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St. Paul, MN

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After passing through 10,000 feet, it was announced that this was a "cookie flight" and that we would also be offered a limited beverage service of water, pepsi, coffee, tea, or milk.

Our captain then came on and said that we would be flying at 29,000 feet, and that the flying time to MKE would be 43 minutes.
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29,000 feet:

Very shortly after we reached cruise altitude, the flight attendants began the service at the rear of the aircraft and moved forward with cookies and beverages.

Each passenger was given 2 cookies, and they were incredible. I have never had better cookies!
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After the service was completed, and the trash collected, we began the descent into MKE. Here are some pictures:

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The landing was very smooth, and we quickly began our taxi to D-42.

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Where is everyone?!

After we parked at the gate, the door was opened and soon I was on my way down the "D" Concourse to D-52 where my flight to MKG would be leaving from.

Here's a view of the very nice atrium in the "D" Concourse at MKE.
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I'll post Part #2 soon!

Comments & Suggestions are welcome!

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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:13 pm

Excellent report! I must say, Midwest looks excellent, almost like all First Class. Thanks again for the report.
 
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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:41 pm

Great report - You don't often see the Humphrey terminal documented here! Midwest's Signature Service is definitely something different these days.

To answer your question, I recently learned of Xtra Airways - They were formally Casino Express and are chartered to take gamblers to casino towns in the west. They fly a very small fleet of 737-400s and (I think) 1 737-800.

They will be operating a charter from ABQ-ENV (Wendover, UT) on Tuesday, August 15th around 3pm, returning on Friday, August 18th. F9 will be doing above-wing, and DGS will be doing below-wing. (The below wing is usually handled by US/HP, but they had a flight that conflicted).
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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:01 pm

Quoting BRAVO7E7 (Reply 1):
Excellent report! I must say, Midwest looks excellent, almost like all First Class. Thanks again for the report.

Thanks very much for your nice comment! I'm glad you liked the report!

Quoting ORDZW (Reply 2):
To answer your question, I recently learned of Xtra Airways - They were formally Casino Express and are chartered to take gamblers to casino towns in the west. They fly a very small fleet of 737-400s and (I think) 1 737-800.

They will be operating a charter from ABQ-ENV (Wendover, UT) on Tuesday, August 15th around 3pm, returning on Friday, August 18th. F9 will be doing above-wing, and DGS will be doing below-wing. (The below wing is usually handled by US/HP, but they had a flight that conflicted).

Thanks for your comment!

I appreciate you letting me know about Xtra Airlines. I did see the departure board in front of the gate and they were flying direct to ENV. I spent quite some time trying to figure out what airport that might be! Wendover, UT? I've never heard of that airport before!

I'll be writing Part #3 today or tomorrow so I'll get that posted soon.

Thanks again,

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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:07 pm

Great report + pictures!  Cool Did you get any shots/videos from takeoff/landing?
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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:26 pm

Wow, I am always a big Midwest fan... it is a great airline.

I am also surprised regarding the cookie served on this short flight. I have always assumed it will be a packaged snack and beverage flight. Cookies are way better than snack mixes...

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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Fri Aug 11, 2006 3:36 am

Quoting Carfield (Reply 5):
I am also surprised regarding the cookie served on this short flight. I have always assumed it will be a packaged snack and beverage flight. Cookies are way better than snack mixes...

Yes, the cookies were amazing. They were warm and soft, and went well with a cold cup of milk!

Thanks for your comment!

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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Fri Aug 11, 2006 3:38 am

Quoting Mke717spotter (Reply 4):
Great report + pictures! Cool Did you get any shots/videos from takeoff/landing?

Thanks for your comment! I got some much better photos of Milwaukee on my return flight which I'll post soon.

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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Fri Aug 11, 2006 4:00 am

very nice report and pics.. thanks for sharing


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COOKIES!!!
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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Fri Aug 11, 2006 4:02 am

Quoting Nkops (Reply 8):
very nice report and pics.. thanks for sharing

Thanks so much for your comment!
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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Fri Aug 11, 2006 11:58 am

Awesome report!!!! We don't get many Midwest reports and its cool to see one with pics  Smile I'm glad you enjoyed Midwest. I love that airline... their 717s are fantastic!

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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Fri Aug 11, 2006 12:05 pm

Quoting Mkeflyer717 (Reply 10):
Awesome report!!!! We don't get many Midwest reports and its cool to see one with pics I'm glad you enjoyed Midwest. I love that airline... their 717s are fantastic!

Gaston,

Thanks for your comment! Yeah, Midwest Airlines is my new favorite airline! I can't wait to fly on their 717's again!

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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Sat Aug 12, 2006 3:14 am

If anyone is interested in knowing where Midwest Airlines flies their "Signature Service" 717, here is a list of the destinations served by the aircraft:

From Milwaukee-- New York LGA, Newark, Philadelphia, DC, Minneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, Kansas City, Omaha, and Denver.

From Kansas City-- Los Angeles, San Diego, Ft. Myers, San Antonio, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, LGA, Boston, Philadelphia, DC, and Tampa.

From Omaha-- DC, and Milwaukee.


Hope this is helpful!

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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Sat Aug 12, 2006 2:38 pm

Don't forget, cookies are served on Midwest Connect flights departing after 10am (or it might be 10:30, on the 328JET too...except Grand Rapids, Appleton, and Madison  Smile There's a reason we have ovens!
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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:36 pm

Nice report and pictures. Thanks for sharing. I will be reading the next part.
 
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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Mon Aug 14, 2006 1:35 am

Very nice report, will make sure I read the rest!

The seats look comfy but I'm not to keen on the colour, pretty nasty IMHO.

Cookies loog good  Smile

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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:30 am

Awesome report! I've been tempted to fly YX but sadly, I'd have to fly to either DFW or SAT to fly them... to much of a hassle.
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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Mon Aug 14, 2006 10:52 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 15):
Very nice report, will make sure I read the rest!

Thanks for your comment! I hope you enjoy the other parts!

Quoting Delta732FF (Reply 14):
Nice report and pictures. Thanks for sharing. I will be reading the next part.

Thank you!

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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Mon Aug 14, 2006 10:53 am

Quoting Undehoulli (Reply 13):
Don't forget, cookies are served on Midwest Connect flights departing after 10am (or it might be 10:30, on the 328JET too...except Grand Rapids, Appleton, and Madison There's a reason we have ovens!

That is so great that Midwest serves cookies on the Dornier as well! Thanks for your comment.
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RE: Midwest Airlines(MSP-MKG)Part 1(pics)

Thu Aug 17, 2006 3:12 am

Quoting JetBlueAUS (Reply 16):
Awesome report! I've been tempted to fly YX but sadly, I'd have to fly to either DFW or SAT to fly them... to much of a hassle.

Thanks for your comment! Yeah, I have always tried to fly Midwest Airlines in the past, but often their flight times did not work for my schedule. I was trying to book an evening flight to NYC a few months ago, and Midwest offered a flight at about 1:00pm, or 4:00pm through MKE from MSP. This was too early for me, so I ended up flying on NW's 7:30pm flight to JFK. I really hope that when I book my flights at Thanksgiving and Christmas, I can find some good flight times. Midwest is now my new favorite airline, so I want to fly them all the time.
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