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
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:
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:
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:
I-35 is the big road in this picture.
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
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?
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
The visibility was so good that I took a lot of pictures!
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.
The landing was incredibly smooth, and soon we slowed and pulled off the runway near this United 757-200.
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!