Here's some basic flight info on the trip out.
Airline, JetBlue Airways Flight 178
Date, June 15th 2007
Phoenix-(PHX) to New York-(JFK)
Sched Dep 12:10PM-Actual 12:26PM
Sched Arr 7:52PM-Actual 7:56PM
Aircraft, Airbus A320-N506JB "Blue Yorker"
Flying time-4 hours 30 minutes
Runway's 25R and 13L.
I woke up at about 7:00am to the sound of my alarm to get ready and finish up packing. My cousin got to our house about 9:30 and shortly thereafter we headed out for Sky Harbor. Traffic was fairly light today and we made good time getting to the airport and made it to the check-in area by 10am. The Check-in area that JetBlue uses in PHX is quite cramped and can get pretty crowded, They share a small area with both Hawaiian and Midwest Airlines check in counters next door, Good thing all three airlines don't have flights going out at the same time. Once we checked in and received our boarding passes we made our way up stairs to find something to get for lunch before we got on the plane, What we decided on was a place called Dick Clark's AB Grill located just to the right of security. Terminal 3 doesn't really have much in the way of Food service's, Especially beyond the security check point: Although there is a pretty good BBQ place for an airport on the South concourse of T3. After Lunch we started our journey thru security, Luckily the line was pretty short but it still was a very slow moving line as the good old TSA only had one X-Ray machine running witch slowed things down. Once we got past the security check point we saw a huge number of people at our gate (Gate 5) more then could possibly all be on our flight. After a little while we found out that JetBlue's flight 180 was cancelled from the night before because of problems with the plane and if two flights worth of passengers wasn't bad enough, Midwest Airlines morning flight to MKE was also delayed and supposed to use our gate, So in short, There were three flights worth of passengers in the one gate area It was pretty chaotic Despite all the commotion I was still able to snap a couple of photos before we got on the plane.
The Delayed YX flight waiting for the gate
Headed for T4
The Delayed Jetblue flight 180
A Miami Air B738 charter flight from/to where?
Different view of the TZ B757
View from seat 14A at T3
Legroom aboard "Blue Yorker"
Once I got these photos we made our way over to the gate for boarding, Considering all the people in the area boarding was still pretty fast and orderly. I was impressed by the seats as I got on, nice leather seats with lots of room and the cabin was nice and clean plus those TV's are a great thing to have on long flights! As soon as we sat down the flight attendants announced that there was a passenger on this flight who was extremely allergic to Nuts and that they would not be serving any Nut products n the flight, At least they had a lot of other things to offer.
All passengers were on board by around noon and the door was closed at 12:10pm and push back was shortly thereafter at around 12:15pm. The engines are started and we began our taxi to runway 25R for take-off, There were only a few Mesa CR9s in front of us and after about 3-4 min we got our turn for take-off, The captain eased the plane onto 25R and applied full power and we lifted off pretty far down the runway near T2, but once airborne we climbed pretty steeply and made a turn towards the Northeast and we were on our way to JFK. Most of the flight was uneventful and smooth as could be for most of the way, Once we reached our cruising altitude of FL330 and cruise speed of 460kts, The crew came around to take drink orders and to bring snacks, I chose a Diet Coke and a bag of Munchies snack mix.
Drink service, Sorry for the blurriness
The flight was pretty uneventful for the most part just a lot of watching TV and looking out the window.
En Route to JFK
Getting close now
Just about there
Descending into New York
Welcome to New York
Taxing to out gate
One of JetBlue's E-190s
Arriving at the gate
We started to Descend around 7:30pm and we flew right over Manhattan witch was pretty cool seeing all the buildings like the Empire State Building and such, I wasn't able to get a picture of it from the plane though. After coming over the city we went out over the Atlantic and made a tight turn to the left and flew over Long Island before turning towards the airport to set up for final approach. We touched down on runway 13L around 7:50pm and interestingly the pilot didn't use reverse thrust on landing witch I thought that was interesting. After landing we made our way over to JetBlue's Terminal 6 gate 11, Among some of the interesting planes I saw along the way include an AF B77W a QF 744 an EK 77W plus an A345 and an Virgin Atlantic B744. We parked at gate 11 at 7:56pm and were in the Terminal by around 8:00pm. My first impression of their terminal was that it had almost no windows and it seemed old out dated and crowded. However my thoughts on Jetblue were overall great! I really enjoyed flying them, The seats and the Direct TV were awesome. I Highly recommend JetBlue to anybody.
I Hope you enjoyed this report! the return trip will be in another post.