First Trip Report, so please bear with me....feedback is appreciated.
Over Easter weekend, I attended a conference in Salt Lake City. I had never flown with Frontier before, but I was able to find some relatively cheap fares, so I decided to give them a try.
Frontier Airlines Flight 791
Date: 6 April 2007
Scheduled Departure: 0630 Central
Actual: somewhere around there
Scheduled Arrival: 0740 Mountain
Actual: pretty close
Equipment: Airbus A319 N902FR "Woody the Wood Duck"
Don't ask me why I booked an 0630 flight, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but not so much at 0400 when I got up that morning. I arrived at MSP shortly before 0500. Check-in went smooth, so did security. Being as early as I was, I went up to the observation deck above D concourse to kill some time. Absolutely nothing was moving at that time of the morning, but there was a US Airways E170 parked at D1:
After taking a few pics, I went to gate E5 to read my book and await boarding. Boarding was uneventful, and soon we taxied out to runway 30L and took off with the sunrise. Somewhere over Bloomington/Eden Prairie, I was able to get a few shots of the sun rising over the MN river:
Even though there was IFE available,r I spent most of the time staring out the window. Somewhere over Nebraska, the friendly flight attendants came through with beverage service. About that same time, cloud cover obscured my view of the ground, so I played a little bit with the IFE- and discovered the flightmap, showing our position, speed, and altitude. That was pretty cool. The decent into DEN was a little bumpy, as there were snow showers in the area. We landed, and pulled into the A concourse.
Frontier Flight 571
Date: 6 April 2007
Scheduled Departure: 1125 Mountain
Actual: maybe 20 min. later
Scheduled Arrival: 1250 Mountain
Actual: something like that
Equipment: Airbus A319 N929FR "Larry the Lynx"
I was originally supposed to have a window seat, but the gentleman in 9D wanted to trade so he could sit by his kids, and I obliged. No big deal, just means I didn't get any pics on this segment. The weather was still kind of crappy when we left the gate, so we had to go to the de-icing pad. A minor delay, then we were off. The flight lasted a little over an hour, and then we were on the ground at Salt Lake City. It was considerably warmer in SLC than MSP....I was more than happy to shed my jacket and long-sleeve shirt.
A few words on the city itself: I enjoyed it very much. The weather was nice, and with mountains all around, the view was wonderful....it's too bad I didn't get a decent photo.
Frontier Flight 580
Date: 10 April 2007
Scheduled Departure: 0730 Mountain
Scheduled Arrival: 0900 Mountain
Equipment: Airbus A319 N925FR "Dale"
Duernto the shuttle bus schedule, I arrived at Terminal 1 of SLC shortly after 0500. I checked in, waited in a pretty long line at security, then went to the gate and pulled out my paperback. The flight boarded around 0700, then we taxied and took off to the north. On the climb out of SLC, I was able to get a picture of the Great Salt Lake in the early morning light:
Again, I spent most of the flight staring out the window, as well as keeping an eye on the flightmap display- I really enjoyed that feature. We arrived in Denver, where I spotted an An-124 on the cargo ramp in this distance (too far away forrnpics, unfortunately). Still pretty cool though.
Between flights, I was able to walk around A concourse a little bit; here's a picture ofrnthe southeast side (sorry about the dirty window):
Date: 10 April 2007
Sched. Dep: 1025 Mountain
Sched. Arrival: 0120 Central
Equipment: Airbus A318 "Stu the Rabbit"
We departed on time, took off to the north, and proceeded to MSP; this time, I spent most of the time reading. The weather going into MSP wasn't great: overcast, cold, and threatening to snow. We landed on 12R and taxied to gate E5. I wasn't too happy about going from sunny SLC to cold, snowy (it's mid-april, why is it still snowy?) MSP, but at least I got away for a few days.
Overall, I really liked Frontier: their crew were always friendly, and did their jobs well; it looked like they enjoyed their work too. The Direct TV is nice if you want to pay for it, otherwise, the flightmap is free. I would definitely fly them again; just maybe not so early next time. Hope you enjoyed reading, sorry there weren't more pics, maybe next time I'll take more.
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