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Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:01 am

Monday, August 21st was a very clear, and sunny day in Minnesota. I arrived at MSP around 8:00am for my 10:35am flight, and found lots of people in line for check-in.

Today, my flight would be:

Northwest Airlines #1268
MSP-LGA
A319
Seat 20A
Sched (10:35am-2:16pm) Actual (10:35am-2:05pm)
100% Full in F & Y.

I finally got my ticket, and my seat #20A, and began my walk to security. The line was not too long, and in fact the line to check-in at the First Class counters was much longer. I did not have much in my bag, so I passed through security very quickly.

One of the things I like the most about MSP is the atrium past security. When walking down the atrium, you don't feel as though you're in an airport, but in fact in some shopping mall. There are some nice plants and christmas lights, lots of interesting stores, and food shops.

My flight to LGA would be leaving out of gate F-14, so I began my walk down the F concourse. Wow, it was busy! There were flights leaving for San Jose, Sacremento, San Francisco, Seattle, Kansas City, Fargo, Detroit, and Honolulu.

Here's a view I took as I walked down the F- Concourse:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1091.jpg

I bought something to eat, and finally arrived at F-14. The A319 was already at the gate, and was being catered at the rear door. Hmm, I wonder what's for lunch...

At around 10:05am, the boarding process began. The flight was totally full, and a gate agent soon announced that no upgrades would be processed as First Class "was checked in full."

I walked down the jetway after the first "all rows can board" call was made, and walked inside the new A319. I really find the A319/A320 to be pretty comfortable, for there is a much more open feeling inside the cabin.

Here's a view from #20A:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1093.jpg

At around 10:30am, the door closed and we began to push from the gate. An American S80 moved past us, as we began to move backwards.

The taxi to the runway was pretty short, and luckily we did not have to wait for anyone else before takeoff.

The takeoff was quick, and soon we lifted off into the clear sky.

The visibility was amazing! Here are some views after takeoff:

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1094.jpg
I-35 is the big road in this picture.

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1095.jpg
Minneapolis, MN:

After climbing up to 37,000 feet, we turned east and began to fly over Wisconsin. Within about 20 minutes, the beverage service began and I got a $3 snack box and some water.

We crossed over Lake Michigan a little bit north of Milwaukee, and then began to fly further south east as we came across the coast into Michigan.

View of Muskegon, MI:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1096.jpg

I spent the rest of the flight reading and looking out the window. At around 1:30pm EST, the captain came on to tell us that we would be arriving about 15 minutes early into LGA!

Here's a view as we started our descent. Does anyone know where this is?
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1099.jpg

Another view:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1102.jpg

We descended gradually down and after about 25 minutes, I could spot NYC way off in the distance.

Here's a view of Newark Liberty EWR:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1103.jpg

The visibility was so good that I took a lot of pictures!
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1105.jpg

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1106.jpg

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1107.jpg

The flight attendants came through the aisle one more time, and then we came down for landing into LGA. It was pretty windy and bumpy on the arrival, and I could sense the pilots were using lots of rudder to line us up for runway 31.

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1108.jpg

The landing was incredibly smooth, and soon we slowed and pulled off the runway near this United 757-200.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1110.jpg

During the taxi, I spotted an American S80 landing and a US Airways EMB-145 getting ready to depart. I have not seen any US EMB-145's in the new livery, does anyone know if US Airways plans to repaint these aircraft?

We finally came to a stop at Gate 7 at the Delta/Northwest Terminal.

All in all, a very good flight!

Comments & Suggestions are welcome!

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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:27 am

Nice report and great pictures. Looking forward to the return trip report.  Smile
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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Thu Aug 24, 2006 3:10 am

Nice report and very nice pictures, sure was great flying weather,

What do NW give you in your $3 snack box?

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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Thu Aug 24, 2006 5:32 am

Quoting United767 (Reply 1):
Nice report and great pictures.

Thanks for your comment! I'm glad you liked the report.
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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Thu Aug 24, 2006 5:34 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 2):
Nice report and very nice pictures, sure was great flying weather,

What do NW give you in your $3 snack box?

Thanks for your comment! In the $3 snack box there was a summer sausage, some crackers, fruit and nut mix, and some spreadable cheese. The snack was alright.
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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Thu Aug 24, 2006 8:42 am

looked like a beautiful day... great pics and thanx for sharing.
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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Thu Aug 24, 2006 8:46 am

Great trip report,

From your pictures, it looks like you took the expressway approach into LGA. It's probably my favorite approach because you can see planes about to land from my office at Liberty street.

[Edited 2006-08-24 01:48:25]
 
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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:31 am

Nice report...awesome pics...having flown lots through MSP and flown into LGA many times, I enjoyed reliving those fun flights through your pics!
 
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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:08 am

Quoting MSNtriathlete (Reply 7):
Nice report...awesome pics...having flown lots through MSP and flown into LGA many times, I enjoyed reliving those fun flights through your pics!

Thanks for your comment! I'm glad you liked the pictures!

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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:34 am

Great report, too bad you didn't snap any pics of the E-Visual 31 approach, love coming low over queens before snapping left to turn to the runway.
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Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:13 pm

Great report and Excellant pics of Minneapolis and NYC. I have a questuion for you. I lived in Minneapolis 40, YES 40 years ago and back then the foshay tower was tallest building in minneapolis. i wonder if it is even around anymore. There was an observation deck on top and belive it or not it was free to go up there. I was there before the Nicollet mall downtown, they were just constructing I-35 and Mary Tyler Moore hadn,t even got there yet lol. Your pics bring back great memories; I see that big bridge across the mississippi is still there. I walked over that quite a few times.
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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Fri Aug 25, 2006 9:39 pm

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 10):
Great report and Excellant pics of Minneapolis and NYC. I have a questuion for you. I lived in Minneapolis 40, YES 40 years ago and back then the foshay tower was tallest building in minneapolis. i wonder if it is even around anymore.

Thanks for your comment! Yes, the Foshay building is still around; I believe Wells Fargo now uses the building.
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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:05 pm

This is great... arriving at LGA on this fabulous NYC approach. All pictures are awesome !! You've been lucky with the weather... THAT is a nice ride on the A319!!! Thanks for this trip report !  thumbsup 

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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:29 pm

Quoting Alphafloor (Reply 12):
This is great... arriving at LGA on this fabulous NYC approach. All pictures are awesome !! You've been lucky with the weather... THAT is a nice ride on the A319!!! Thanks for this trip report ! thumbsup

Thanks for your very nice comment! Yeah, the weather was really great on Monday.
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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Sat Aug 26, 2006 5:26 am

Hi, Matthew,
nice report and interesting pix.
A perfect day for air-to-ground pictures.
Now I know a bit more about MSP and LGA, thanx for posting.
Greetings,
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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Sat Aug 26, 2006 8:56 am

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
Hi, Matthew,
nice report and interesting pix.
A perfect day for air-to-ground pictures.
Now I know a bit more about MSP and LGA, thanx for posting.
Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)

Hi Markus, thanks for your comment! I'm glad you liked the report and pictures.
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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:06 am

Thanks for taking a picture of my building where I live. The third shot of lower Manhattan where there's a flat bit along the river on the Manhattan side. www.pcvst.com. My living room window faces the arrival path you took. Great trip report, thanks.
 
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 12:21 pm

Quoting B707Stu (Reply 16):
Thanks for taking a picture of my building where I live. The third shot of lower Manhattan where there's a flat bit along the river on the Manhattan side. www.pcvst.com. My living room window faces the arrival path you took. Great trip report, thanks.

Thanks for your comment! I'm glad you liked the report!
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:13 pm

hey. after studying your pics of Minneapolis some more I think I found the Foshay Tower . Boy does it look small now;and to think it was once the tallest building in town. How things do change. I also think I saw my old residence at Franklin and Park Ave.Itwas across form a small park. and I think the park is still there. What a suprise with all the redevelopment and the construction of the freeways. They had just started on them when I lived in town. Thanks again for the magnificent pics of Minneapolis.
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Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:28 am

Here are some pictures I took of the BA Concorde at the USS Intrepid in NYC.

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1142.jpg

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1124.jpg
The cabin on Concorde.

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/IMG_1126.jpg
The cockpit.

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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:29 am

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 18):
Boy does it look small now;and to think it was once the tallest building in town.

I think the tallest building now in Minneapolis is the US Bank building.
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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:59 am

Nice report and pics - certainly was a nice day to be flying.

I'm in MSP right now actually - flew in on a NW B757-300 this afternoon from LAX, and am heading down to MEM on a DC9 in the morning. I went to the Mall of America outside the airport today - what a mall! I digress...

Many thanks for sharing once again.
 
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Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:03 pm

UK_Dispatcher,

Thanks for your comment!

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 21):
I went to the Mall of America outside the airport today - what a mall! I digress...

Yes, the Mall of America is unbelievable. It's so big!
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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:27 pm

Great pictures! I keep hoping someone will post some pics from a trip TO msp from the east coast (like LGA - MSP) because they usually fly over my home in Green Bay, WI - I see the contrails all the time. Eastbound flights like you said fly a little further south, closer to Milwaukee.

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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:10 pm

Quoting Bruce (Reply 23):
Great pictures! I keep hoping someone will post some pics from a trip TO msp from the east coast (like LGA - MSP) because they usually fly over my home in Green Bay, WI - I see the contrails all the time. Eastbound flights like you said fly a little further south, closer to Milwaukee.

Thanks for your comment! Yeah, I think most flights from LGA-MSP fly a little further south, but a flight like JFK-LAX flies further north. I'll be flying back to Minnesota on Monday, I'll try to take some photos of Green Bay if we do fly over it.

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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Sun Sep 03, 2006 12:56 pm

Not knowing your flight #, I did a quick check on flightaware.com of all LGA-MSP flights and every one except for one was routed over Green Bay, and that one flight was routed maybe 30mi south just for that one day, previous occurances of that flight were also over GRB. I also checked JFK flights and they fly the same route too.

Basically everything out of NYC to MSP uses the GRB routing as standard.

so you most likely will be flying over me, however the forecast for Monday calls for 50% rain so it might be cloudy. You will be over my area approx. 30 minutes before landing, just a couple minutes before they begin their descent.

The flight track on flightaware for your flight to LGA shows the COULT1 departure from MSP, then DLL (wisconsin dells), BAE (badger, near Milwaukee), and GRR (grand rapids) and so on....

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RE: Northwest MSP-LGA On An A319 (pics!)

Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:45 am

Thanks for your comment!

Quoting Bruce (Reply 25):
so you most likely will be flying over me, however the forecast for Monday calls for 50% rain so it might be cloudy. You will be over my area approx. 30 minutes before landing, just a couple minutes before they begin their descent.

Yeah, I came back on Monday (I'll post my return trip report soon) and was unable to see Green Bay because of the cloud cover.
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