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PHX-ATL-PHX On US (Tons Of Pics!)

Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:29 am

Last weekend (Nov 10th thru the 12th) me and my family flew US to ATL for my cousin's wedding. So I wrote a TR on the flight out and back.
Here is a little info about the the outbound flight.


Date November 10th
Flt# US Airways 610
Route PHX-ATL
Scheduled 10:10AM-3:55PM
Actual 11:40AM-5:10PM
Seat 5A Window
Load Factor 95%
Gate's A-25-D-21
Aircraft-N627AW A320-231
Runway's 7L, 28L?

I woke up at 6:30AM, So I could be ready to head out to the airport. We where a little worried about rush hour as we were leaving at 7:20AM on a Friday, But amazingly the traffic was very light this morning. So we made it to the airport in about 20 to 30 min or about 8:00AM. We parked in the Terminal 4 Garage and made our way to the US Airways Check in Counters, We got our boarding passes and checked our bags. I had seat 5A my Dad 5B my Mom 5C and my brother 5D. Once we got our tickets we went in search of a place to get some breakfast that wasn't fast food. But all there was only a Chilies, they served breakfast though. After Breakfast we went made our way to the security line, It was a Huge line today but we didn't have to wait since my dad has a "Chairman's level with the US frequent flyer program. We were thru Security in about 5 Min and on our way to gate A-25. We got to our gate and saw that our inbound plane was delayed arriving from TPA and that we wouldn't get to depart till 10:45AM or so. But we didn't depart till 11:30ish. With over an hour (so we thought) wait me and my dad went and did some spotting.
Pictures
http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/9795/img0997da8.jpg
At the gate

http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/9098/img0999al4.jpg
HNL bound 757

http://img483.imageshack.us/img483/2776/img1000br4.jpg
N906AW

http://img471.imageshack.us/img471/8600/img1001ai0.jpg
Enjoy the HP special colors while they last!


http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/693/img1003kn1.jpg
A Ted on it's way to Terminal 2

http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/8643/img1005nm3.jpg
HP A320 at the gate

http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/2195/img1006fj1.jpg
The new tower almost done

http://img470.imageshack.us/img470/3962/img1010cq9.jpg
A320 at the gate.

http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/2204/img1012ka8.jpg
Flight 12 to JFK

http://img463.imageshack.us/img463/8002/img1013if8.jpg
N649AW on it's way to 7L

http://img484.imageshack.us/img484/1259/img1014dw2.jpg
An Attempted shot of a NW 757 with winglets

http://img484.imageshack.us/img484/4962/img1016qa2.jpg
A US Express CR9 and a WN 737.

http://img484.imageshack.us/img484/6513/img1017wa3.jpg
A big flying Fish

http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/3637/img1018mi3.jpg
Flt12 to JFK pushing back

After taking all those pictures, Our plane N627AW finally arrived at gate A25 at 10:40AM from TPA and were supposed to depart at 10:10AM.
http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/1733/img1022ey4.jpg
N627AW
http://img354.imageshack.us/img354/8730/img1025vu7.jpg
Our plane at the gate

Boarding finally began around 11:00 or so, We go on pretty quick as we had zone 5. It was a completely full flight today,
http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/3435/img1026lg9.jpg
Onboard US610 to ATL
http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/8928/img1027vv5.jpg
Legroom in this A320


Boarding was completed in about 15min, We pushed back and started to make our way to 7L. There was about a dozen planes in line to take-off so we got in-line and waited for our turn to take-off. 25-30 min later we were next for take-off and I got this photo
http://img470.imageshack.us/img470/462/img1030zq7.jpg
18 planes in line
and this photo
http://img470.imageshack.us/img470/41/img1031rf5.jpg
We are next!
The captain applied full power as soon as we got on the runway and we were off.
Pictures of Take-off
http://img479.imageshack.us/img479/6682/img1032bx3.jpg
Rolling

http://img479.imageshack.us/img479/1887/img1035lf8.jpg
Lift-Off

http://img479.imageshack.us/img479/204/img1036fp0.jpg
Terminal 4
http://img479.imageshack.us/img479/8063/img1038jh6.jpg
The US Hangar building
http://img474.imageshack.us/img474/7725/img1039dc4.jpg
the 143 and 202 Freeways
http://img474.imageshack.us/img474/1690/img10401sh1.jpg
Getting Settled in for the 3-4 hour flight
We lifted off in front of the fire station and continued on up to cruising altitude which we reached in 15 min or so. Right after that the Drink service began, I chose a Diet Coke (As Usual) and there was even a meal service! a 5$ Chicken Salad Sandwich, it was pretty tasty really, but worth $5? Not a Chance! the Movie on the flight was "Broken Bridges" I didn't really pay much attention to it. The flight was pretty uneventful really, Just a typical long flight.
In flight picture
http://img484.imageshack.us/img484/3923/img1042lh6.jpg
A thunderstorm in route somewhere over Mississippi or Alabama.
we began to descend (can't remember what time)I was getting exited now, I have never been to ATL before and I was looking forward to seeing the "Worlds Busiest Airport" in person. I got a few photos while we were

descending.
http://img378.imageshack.us/img378/1725/img1046be2.jpg
A poor shot of down town Atlanta
http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/3354/img1048gq4.jpg
Overflying ATL on Approach.. Big Airport!!!
http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/3517/img1049qd7.jpg
On Final Approach for 28L? I think
http://img479.imageshack.us/img479/7240/img1057vb6.jpg
N627AW Arriving in ATL
http://img474.imageshack.us/img474/4904/img1058tj7.jpg
A CRJ pushing back
http://img474.imageshack.us/img474/1932/img1059rf1.jpg
One more look at 627AW that flew us from PHX.
http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/2720/img1053lw7.jpg
A line-up of Delta and more Delta
We made a smooth touchdown on 28L?? and vacated the runway and were lucky in that they were letting planes cross 28R so we didn't have to wait to cross. We taxied all the way to gate D-21. The first thing I thought about ATL when I got off was Busy and Old, Thats was I though of the D concourse I don't know what the other gates look like though. I got a few quick shots after we got off, Then we made our way to the train so we could go pick up our bags and the rental car. It took us an hour to get out of the Airport, But for an airport thats handles as many people as it does is bound to be busy like that.
All in all the flight was comfortable enough and ATL for it's size was quick and easy enough to get around, Although ATL needs more airlines besides DL

I like US Airways a lot and won't hesitate to fly them again.

*NOTE*
the return trip will be coming up in another post in this thread.

PS Sorry about the double thread...My internet had a :Hick-up" so I had to refresh the browser and bingo a double thread.

[Edited 2006-11-13 20:48:51]
Allons-y!
 
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Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:37 am

Good trip report man! Good photos nice to see the new US paint scheme on more planes !
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Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:57 am

Great report, but why in the world didn't you fly DL to ATL?
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Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:16 am

The Return trip

Date November 12th
Flt# US Airways 609
Route ATL-PHX
Scheduled 10:15AM-12:40PM
Actual 10:47AM-12:30PM
Seat 5A Window
Load Factor 100%
Gate's D-21-B-6
Aircraft-N***AW A319-132
Runway's 28R?, 26


*note this report will be shorter*
We arrived at the airport at 8:40AM or so, Returned the car to Hertz and made our way to the US Ticket counter, Received our boarding passes and made our way to the security line. The line was Huge! I thought the line at PHX was big! Luckily though we got to go thru the First Class line  Smile that made a world of difference. Security was pretty easy this morning despite the crowds it still was very quick. After security we went to catch a train to take us to the D concourse, It took 10 min to get the the gate. Our plane was already at D-21 so we would be going out on-time today. While my Dad and brother go in search of a Starbucks  Smile I take a few pictures.

http://img456.imageshack.us/img456/4568/img1083yd0.jpg
Our flight to PHX
http://img460.imageshack.us/img460/3446/img1084fo2.jpg
Going to DCA
http://img452.imageshack.us/img452/1594/img1085xq6.jpg
An OAI DC10
http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/4279/img1086io7.jpg
ASA Action in ATL
http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/6615/img1089ku0.jpg
AirTran B737
http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/8421/img1091ty3.jpg
At the gate
http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/8396/img1092ot2.jpg
KE 747 to ICN
Boarding started around 9:40AM and once again we had zone 5 so we got on right away again. We had the exact same seats as the flight on the 10th.
We had the same F/A today, as when I went to PDX in September. We pushed back and made our way to the "Line" which made the PHX line small  Wink
While we taxied I took a few quick shots.
http://img453.imageshack.us/img453/9166/img1093ck7.jpg
Atlanta's new Tower
http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/7994/img1094bv7.jpg
The International "E" Concourse

About 40 min after starting to taxi we got to take-off (sorry no take-off shots) Lift-off had a lot of power, It was a much steeper climb out then on the A320 flight back on the 10th. We got to cruising altitude about 18 min after take-off, For some reason we leveled off 5 min after take-off for a few min then we started to climb again not sure why. Once at Altitude the Drink/Food Service starts and I chose a Diet Coke again  Smile the Food option is the same as when we flew to ATL the Chicken Sandwich. The movie today was "You Me and Dupree" Personally I thought it looked dumb..but thats just me. The flight was uneventful, But it felt much longer going west then heading eastbound.
In Flight shots
http://img362.imageshack.us/img362/1728/img1095me7.jpg
Somewhere en-route to PHX
We start to descend at 11:50ish it was pretty bumpy
Decent pics
http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/8785/img1097bh2.jpg
Starting to descend into PHX
http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/2194/img1098zn1.jpg
On the southeast side of San Tan mountain
http://img453.imageshack.us/img453/1673/img1099yh9.jpg
Chandler Airport, On approach to PHX

We approached PHX from the south and scooted up along the eastern side for a landing on 26. We made a smooth touchdown at 12:30PM five min ahead of schedule. We taxi for a min and park at B-6. I wasn't able to get a shot of our plane in PHX though. I did get to see a US New Colors on a B733  Smile
http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/8374/img1100tq6.jpg
HP B733 in the new colors

I hope you enjoyed the TR, and Thanks for reading!
Allons-y!
 
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RE: PHX-ATL-PHX On US (Tons Of Pics!)

Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:47 am

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 2):

We like to fly US and we also had vouchers that we used for this flight.
Allons-y!
 
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Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:54 am

Great report and nice pictures from both of the flights!

The "Airports of the World" magazine is great! I always try to pick up one at a bookstore when I go to one.

I also like the picture of the 757-200 bound for HNL. What a great aircraft.

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Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:39 am

Quoting Treebeard787 (Thread starter):
The US Hangar building

Is that an A333 in new colors in front?! It's way too narrow to be a 762, and I think it's too long to be a 752, and US doesn't have any 753's. It also looks too much bigger than the aircraft parked next to it (a 319 or 320) to be a 321, no?

Could we be seeing the first 333 in n/c very very soon?!

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RE: PHX-ATL-PHX On US (Tons Of Pics!)

Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:58 am

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 6):

I just took a nice close look at it with my photo editor and it looks to be a B752....Oh and I think the Airizona Cardinals plane has been painted in the new colors now too.
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Tue Nov 14, 2006 10:51 am

Quoting Treebeard787 (Reply 7):
I just took a nice close look at it with my photo editor and it looks to be a B752....Oh and I think the Airizona Cardinals plane has been painted in the new colors now too.

If so that must have just happened in the past couple of days - sometime last week I saw it in Cardinals colors on final approach.
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Tue Nov 14, 2006 1:48 pm

Great report. Nice pics as well. As for the Arizona Cardinals aircraft, I saw it at DCA last week.
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Tue Nov 14, 2006 2:26 pm

Nice report. I live in Phoenix too so all of your shots here are very familiar. =)

There was hardly any traffic on Friday, November 10, because it was Veterans Day.

Nice shot of Chandler airport. That is Gilbert Road and the new Loop 202 intersection on the bottom of the pic. That's very close to my house. =)
 
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Tue Nov 14, 2006 2:35 pm

Nice TR!! It is nice to see more people from PHX on A.net.

Good writing and great pictures! Keep up the good work.
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Wed Nov 15, 2006 3:15 am

Nice job! Looks like it was a lot of fun, and nice pictures, too. Look forward to seeing the return trip.
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Wed Nov 15, 2006 11:04 am

Great report + pictures!  Cool Looks like you had a great trip.
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Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:25 pm

Thanks for the great report and photos!!. I hope you'll post some of your pics here on a.net's search engine.
US only had one BOB option? That's too bad. It sounds like they need some variety.
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Sun Nov 19, 2006 6:04 pm

Nice report & photo's, thanks.

I've spent many happy hours flying both HP & US, but I sure miss the HP c/s, by the time I get to PHX spotting again I doubt there will be many planes left in HP colours  Sad

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Mon Nov 20, 2006 12:27 am

Great trip report! Good pics too.
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Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:46 am

Well isn't this interesting, i flew to HNL on Nov 10th on NW to get on the DC-10, and lookie what I got here:

Well A.nets picture uploaded isn't working, keeps making the photo show up as an (X), but i have a pic of that US 752 in HNL.
 
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Fri Dec 01, 2006 5:42 am

great trip report! i love PHX
 
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Sat Dec 02, 2006 6:13 pm

Quoting Treebeard787 (Reply 7):
Oh and I think the Airizona Cardinals plane has been painted in the new colors now too.

I have actually seen this plane in Cardinals colors since this post was written, so that's yet to be repainted.
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Tue Dec 05, 2006 8:34 am

Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 19):

Really? Hmmm never mind me then. I thought I saw that plane at the US hangar, Oh well.

BTW, Thanks for all the kind words.
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Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:47 am

great trip report, the pictures really tell a story.

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