So here goes-
737-800 N906AN (winglets)
Gate Arrival- 1205
Departure Gate- 14
Arrival Gate- D38
Departure Runway- 19R
Arrival Runway- 31L
Photo © Josh Akbar
Photo © Brian Bartlett
This my only my second time ever flying out of SNA. I had checked in online the night before, and I packed a large bag that I figured I could try getting away with not checking, because I didn't feel like going to the baggage claim after 3 flights... But anyway, I went to security at about 5:20 AM and the line was HUGE... Took about 20-25 minutes to go through. They took my toothpaste, but otherwise I made it through fine.
As we boarded, the flight attendant looked at me like I was a nutjob trying to bring my bag on the plane, and she told me if there's any problem, I need to take it to her to check. I assured her it wouldn't be (I was familiar with 737-800s from working with ATS), and luckily, found the perfect spot in the overhead bin for it. We pushed back and waited about 20 minutes before taking off, and I took some shots with my phone in the meantime-
Just before pushback.
N647AS, an Alaska 737-700 withOUT winglets
N538UA, notice the new colors nosecone
N738AL, Aloha's first 737-700
Flaps down, ready to go
Takeoff through thick clouds
At cruise altitude of 37000 feet
Beginning descent outside of Dallas
Waiting for a gate outside of Terminal D
We arrived at gate D38 around noon. I gave that flight attendant a smile and told her I managed to find a place for my bag, then exited the aircraft into the new D terminal, which was very nice. I checked the monitors, and found that my next flight was to be departing from gate A24. I took the new SkyLink, which was 8,000 times better than the old DFW TrAAin... I got there right on time for boarding. This time, the gate agent wouldn't let me take the bag on with me (which made no sense, but what was I going to do?)
Gate Arrival- 1520
Departure Gate- A24
Arrival Gate- K12
Departure Runway- 17R
Arrival Runway- 27R
Photo © Michael Carter
Photo © Raymond Wang
Prior to pushback
Gate A25 as we get disconnected from the pushback vehicle
Taxiing out to 17R
American Eagle ERJ-145
Airtran 737-700... despite the number on the nose wheel, this was N307AT
Delta Connection ERJ-170
After takeoff, I slept most of the flight. We did pass over an almost empty DAL, but I couldn't get a picture due to clouds in the way... Anyway, after about an hour and a half-
Initial descent to ORD
My PTV showing us approaching ORD
We flew from the southwest over Chicago suburbs like Joliet and Aurora and then I saw an AA MD-80 a few thousand feet below and saw runways 14L and 14R, the cargo ramp, etc. I thought it was interesting that ATC had vectored us directly over the airport, but soon we turned to the east over Lake Michigan, then swung around for a 27R approach.
Downtown Chicago barely visible
Can you find the United A320 approaching parallel to us?
We arrived at gate K12. It was a good flight, and only my second 777 ever! I love being able to take an aircraft like that on a short domestic route. I had a little under 3 hours before my next flight, so I got some food. I went to the monitors, found that my flight was leaving from gate G1a, and I made my way down there and just hung out. I launched my FS2004 and just spotted at various airports.
At first, we were informed that there would be a roughly half-hour delay, but they got the whole thing sorted out, and it was more like only 15 minutes or so. They did change my seat from 12A to 11A, I think because we flew a different aircraft (I guess it had a different configuration). Boarding began at 6:00 PM.
Gate Arrival- 2135
Departure Gate- G1a
Arrival Gate- A3
Departure Runway- 22L
Arrival Runway- 1
Photo © Radomir Zaric
Photo © John E. Jauchler
MQ4423 to COS to our left
We taxiied out to runway 22L and passed by the international terminal. I spotted SR, RJ, AZ, AI, AF and some AA and UA aircraft. I also spotted a Ryan International 757 (N929RD). We waited about 7-10 minutes, then lined up and quickly spooled up for takeoff. Out of my window I could see a 747 on approach for 27L and it looked like it was coming right for us... That was cool, .
Shortly after takeoff
View inside the cabin
The sunset about an hour and 15 minutes into the flight. I slept for a little while and soon we were descending into the ALB area. After some procedural turns, I saw the familiar lights of the engine run-up area by runway 1, then I saw Million Air and the terminal. It was raining almost torrentially at this moment, and I thought to myself that I would've hated to work the ramp at that moment. I met up with my dad, and went to the baggage claim hall to claim the bag I was forced to check in DFW.
And of course, they lost the bag. That was the reason I didn't check the bag in the first place, and what happens when I was forced to? Oh well, that's the way life is. At least after filing my claim with the friendly AA person and we finally left the airport, it had stopped raining!
Overall, it was another fine experience with AA, nothing amazing, but definitely satisfactory. I was really happy to fly a 777 and I loved the Jungle Jet. It was nice and quiet, and of course I loved sitting on the single seat. Nothing like having a window AND aisle seat!
NEXT REPORT- my return to California on UA: JFK-LAX-SNA! Look for it next week!
[Edited 2007-07-17 15:32:44]