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TUS-ORD-DTW-DFW-TUS On AA (W/ Lots Of Pics)

Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:52 am

Hello A.net members!


This is practically my first trip report on A.net after being a member for a year so I thought I would give it a try.

I wanted to use my AA Advantage Award Ticket to go to Michigan and visit family. My trip started on October 6 and I returned on October 13.


When I got to TUS, the counter appeared to be empty except for a couple travelers and AA employees. I checked in with the AA Self Service Check-in. The lady at the counter offered me to upgrade to first class for $45 on the ORD-DTW leg but I turned it down for obvious reasons. I then proceeded to my gate which was Gate 25 on the East Concourse. Since the TUS concourses are under renovation, I decided to not take any pictures in Tucson.


Aircraft: MD80
Flight: AA454
Loadfactor: 90%
Departure: 12:40PM
Seat: 12F


In no time, my flight began to board and I was in Group 5 so I wouldn't be called for a while. Boarding went fast and I was in my seat in no time. We departed on time at 12:40 and the nice sound of the engines was welcoming. Here are some pics from that flight as well as my layover in Chicago/O'Hare (I arrived at Gate H17):


View of Downtown Chicago
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010039.jpg

I-294 Before Touchdown
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010042.jpg

Planes waiting to depart from ORD
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010043.jpg

Gates K6A-K10
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010053.jpg

AA 767 ready to depart for CDG
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010054.jpg

At the end of Councourse H
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010057.jpg

AA MD-80 (Super 80) at Gate H11B
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010063.jpg

View of Concourse K
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010066.jpg

Concourse H/K
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010067.jpg


Well, boarding started for my flight to DTW so I had to return to Gate H13 to board yet another MD-80. Boarding went smoothly as usual and it was time to say goodbye to ORD.


Aircraft: MD80
Flight: AA510
Loadfactor: 80%
Departure: 6:15PM
Seat: 9F


When I pulled out my camera, I was immediately confronted by the purser who said that I couldn't use my camera for some reason that I don't remember. No worries, I just whipped it back out when she went away and snatched some nice pictures. I noticed that my window was a little dirty so some pictures my have been affected.


AA 757 to MIA
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010071.jpg

The plane I took from TUS to ORD
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010074.jpg

American Eagle ERJ145 at Gate G19A
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010079.jpg

United Express at Concourse F
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010080.jpg

NW DC-9-30 At Concourse E
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010084.jpg

NW A319 At Gate E15
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010085.jpg

Continental Express E145 at Gate E14 to CLE
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010086.jpg

UA 737 at Terminal 1
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010087.jpg

United Express at Concourse C
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010090.jpg

At Concourse C
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010092.jpg

Ted A320 Departing
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010093.jpg

United Express Departing
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010096.jpg

Planes waiting to depart
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010097.jpg



Overall, the short hop to DTW was nice and, except for the camera, there were no other problems. We arrived at the Smith Terminal and I grabbed my luggage and was off on my way to Lansing after my relatives picked me up.


October 13, 2007-


I woke up and got ready for my flight back home. I enjoyed my stay in Michigan (as always) and was ready to head back home.

The lines for AA at the Smith Terminal were short and Check-in was a breeze. I got my bags checked and headed towards Concourse B. My flight was scheduled to leave out of gate B8 so I went and sat down and had a cup of Starbucks coffee.



Aircraft: MD80
Flight: AA2225
Loadfactor: 100%
Departure: 11:40AM
Seat: 9F


Boarding began right on time and everyone got on quickly. The plane was chuck full since the earlier flight to DFW was cancelled. This flight was uneventful and really miserable since I had a guy behind me with his six kids and they screamed, and kicked my seat all flight long. The nice gesture from the flight attendant was that they gave out little candies to the children (Do they really need anymore sugar?). Besides that, it went well like normal. Here are some pictures at DTW:


American Eagle ERJ135 At Gate B15
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010098.jpg

View Of Concourse C
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010101.jpg

My plane with the McNamara Terminal / NW World Gateway in the distance
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010104.jpg

Spirit A319
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010109.jpg

AirTran 717 At Gate B9
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010115.jpg



We arrived at Gate C22. My layover was nearly 6 hours and 30 minutes so I had ample time to go visit every square inch of DFW so lots of pictures are coming.


At Gate C12 (I missed my flight a couple years ago out of this gate)
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010118.jpg

AA 757 at Gate C6
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010120.jpg

AA MD-80 on the Taramac
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010123.jpg

View of Terminal C from SkyLink
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010125.jpg

At Gate B3
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010131.jpg

Terminal B SkyLink Station
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010133.jpg

View of Terminal D and American Eagle ERJ
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010140.jpg

AA 777 to Buenos Aries
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010144.jpg

BA 767 to London
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010145.jpg

Aeromexico A319 to Mexico City
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010146.jpg

Lufthansa A340 to Frankfurt
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010147.jpg

AA MD-80 from SkyLink train
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/msjones90/P1010156.jpg


Boarding for my flight back to TUS began at gate A35. I was exhausted since I had walked around DFW for hours and was ready to head home.


Aircraft: MD80
Flight: AA1029
Loadfactor: 80%
Departure: 7:35PM
Seat: 16F


Boarding was as usual and again, another MD-80. The flight went smoothly and the flight attendants were some of the best I have seen on AA. It was a DFW/MIA mixed crew.

Overall, AA gets the job done in a timely matter and has some good employees, so I would say that AA gets an A for this trip. Nicely done AA and I would be glad to fly with you again!




Mason (RedTailDTW)


BTW, I hope I didn't get any aircraft types wrong...
Airlines Flown: AA, CO, HP, MQ, NW, RP, UA, US, WN, YX / Aircraft Flown: 737-200/300/700/800, 757-200/300, 777-200, A319/A320/A321, DC-9-30/50, DC-10-40, ERJ 140/145, E170, MD80/83/90
 
jetsetter629
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RE: TUS-ORD-DTW-DFW-TUS On AA (W/ Lots Of Pics)

Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:05 am

Hey really good TR!

How was the "other" terminal in DTW? I've only ever flown through the McNamara Terminal in DTW?

Switch those middle numbers on the AA and BA and you got it....
 
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RE: TUS-ORD-DTW-DFW-TUS On AA (W/ Lots Of Pics)

Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:56 am



Quoting RedTailDTW (Thread starter):
AA 777 to Buenos Aries

Sorry but that's a 767-300. AA uses the 777 from DFW to LGW, FRA, NRT. Otherwise I enjoyed the pics at 2 of AA's hubs, ORD and DFW. That Skytrain does give you a good view of DFW. I always like to ride it when I'm there.
Have you kissed a 777 today?
 
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RE: TUS-ORD-DTW-DFW-TUS On AA (W/ Lots Of Pics)

Wed Feb 06, 2008 4:24 pm



Quote:
BA 767 to London

Looks like a 772 as the jetway is at 2L.

Great TR
 
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RE: TUS-ORD-DTW-DFW-TUS On AA (W/ Lots Of Pics)

Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:42 pm

Quoting RedTailDTW (Thread starter):
AA 777 to Buenos Aries

763

Quoting RedTailDTW (Thread starter):
BA 767 to London

772

Edit: I see two other posters beat me to the point. Not trying to be duplicative.

[Edited 2008-02-06 09:44:53]
 
xaapb
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RE: TUS-ORD-DTW-DFW-TUS On AA (W/ Lots Of Pics)

Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:04 am

Great trip report I enjoyed the pictures!!


Quoting RedTailDTW (Thread starter):
Aeromexico A319 to Mexico City
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/i...6.jpg

That's Mexicana, Aeromexico dosent have Airbus planes.
Jorge Meneses
 
PHXmd80
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RE: TUS-ORD-DTW-DFW-TUS On AA (W/ Lots Of Pics)

Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:12 am

The building with the green top, in the bottom center of the first pic is UA's downtown headquarters.

PHXmd80

[Edited 2008-02-06 17:14:31]
 
AA767LOVER
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RE: TUS-ORD-DTW-DFW-TUS On AA (W/ Lots Of Pics)

Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:19 am

This has been quite a pleasure to read! I enjoyed it thoroughly. All the pics were really good! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Take care and enjoy your future travels and be sure to include lots of pics!
J.I. Tsui, American Advantage Member, United Mileage Plus (Premier)
 
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RE: TUS-ORD-DTW-DFW-TUS On AA (W/ Lots Of Pics)

Thu Feb 07, 2008 4:16 am

Great report, nice pics! Thanks for sharing
 
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RE: TUS-ORD-DTW-DFW-TUS On AA (W/ Lots Of Pics)

Thu Feb 07, 2008 4:29 am



Quoting CO777ER (Reply 3):
Looks like a 772 as the jetway is at 2L.



Quoting Triple7man (Reply 2):
Sorry but that's a 767-300.

Thanks for letting me know, I seem to have troubles telling the difference between a 767 and 777 for some reason.

Quoting Xaapb (Reply 5):
That's Mexicana, Aeromexico dosent have Airbus planes.

Whoops, I must have accidentally put Aeromexico instead of Mexicana. Thanks for the corrections!



Mason (RedTailDTW)
Airlines Flown: AA, CO, HP, MQ, NW, RP, UA, US, WN, YX / Aircraft Flown: 737-200/300/700/800, 757-200/300, 777-200, A319/A320/A321, DC-9-30/50, DC-10-40, ERJ 140/145, E170, MD80/83/90
 
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RE: TUS-ORD-DTW-DFW-TUS On AA (W/ Lots Of Pics)

Thu Feb 07, 2008 5:31 am



Quoting RedTailDTW (Reply 9):

Thanks for letting me know, I seem to have troubles telling the difference between a 767 and 777 for some reason.

Some other easy ways to identify the differences are:

If you are looking at the main landing gear from the side, there are 3 wheels on a 777 and 2 on all 767's.
The 777 has a different style tail cone than the 767's.
Also, the door styles
 
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RE: TUS-ORD-DTW-DFW-TUS On AA (W/ Lots Of Pics)

Sat Feb 09, 2008 1:36 pm

Great TR

Love all the photos.


Thank you for sharing

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