Here's my stab at a trip report for the new IND
terminal. I nearly didn't write this because I'm not really satisfied with the photos, but I'll post it anyway. I wish I had more indoor pics. Oh well I have what I have! I was more interested in checking it all out than I was in taking pictures (sorry for being selfish!).
My trip to IND
wasn't actually planned. I was originally going to Ireland for the weekend, because I was in ORD
for work, and we were supposed to be done at about 3:00pm on Friday. I figured, since I was in ORD
, I might as well take advantage of one of the cool airilnes that fly out of ORD
. I had been wanting to visit a town in Ireland where a branch of my family comes from, so I thought I would catch EI
. Well I didn't possess the luck of the Irish, because my meeting ran a couple hours late and I was at Terminal 3 at 5:30 and the EI
flight was at 6:30 (over at T5
). If I had been really motivated I could have caught my own airline's flight to DUB
at 7:20pm, but I was worn out from work and decided to overnight at the ORD
Hilton...get some rest and relaxation, and then go visit a friend in IND
the next day.
I wanted to fly in the early afternoon, as that was best for my friend picking me up and I didn't really want to get up early. I checked AA
and American Eagle and the flights were rather sparse (Saturday schedule) and very full. I checked flyZED and saw that UA
seemed to be pretty open on a mainline flight at 1:00pm. I called them, and their India call center said it was booked half full. The time was great, so I went with UA
. So, on Friday night I went down from the Hilton to the AA
counter and purchased a ZED pass on UA
The next day, I watched all the ORD
traffic from my 10th floor room at the Hilton, and eventually made my way downstairs toward the terminal. Travelling on a ZED pass, it's a paper ticket, so that's complicated for checking in. I went to the UA
check-in and asked an agent where to go. He pointed out my line, which was huge and had one person working it. The people being served were complicated and I was after about 25 people.
This wore on my patience, so I called the AA
nonrev flight listing line, listed for a random flight to AUS
(forgot which) and checked in, cleared security, cancelled that listing, and made it to the UA
customer service center in concourse C. Nobody was in line there and the agent helped me right away, saying it was booked 60 of 120, so there should be no problem, even though she wasn't allowed to allocate me a seat just yet.
After my normal wandering around the behemoth that is ORD
, I made my way to the gate, which I remember used to serve Privatair's A319 to DUS
. It was parked next to a UA
747 that was going to NRT
, and there were lots of old people showing up asking about Lufthansa. The agent told all of them to wait an hour or two and LH
staff will show up to talk to them.
United has standby information displayed on the monitors including how many seats are left, so that was reassuring. I was number 6 and there were 60 seats, so I wasn't worried.
One thing that might be confusing for United's customers is the amount of codeshare flight numbers on a flight. My flight was UA
It was also:
And with all those codeshares they still couldn't fill it up better than half! But that was good for me because they cleared me on my own row in Economy Plus on my A319 to IND
. Seat 9F.
Seat 9F Econ
Booked 50% full
The view from my window.
One of the unique things about flying United is the opportunity to listen to Channel 9. Before we pushed out, I asked a flight attendant as he was walking by if we will be able to listen to Channel 9. His words were, "The captain has informed me that we will not have Channel 9 available on this flight."
I was so mad. One of the very few times I fly United and this is the third flight in a row where I didn't get it. I really do think I'm done with United. Every time I nonrev, I don't get Channel 9, but the 8 flights I have purchased on United, I got Channel 9. Wonder if that has something to do with it!
Here we are pushing out next to the 747-400.
Here's the "stuff" from the pocket.
Click here to watch the takeoff video
A wing shot from the gloomy day. We flew at FL210 I think. Not very high.
Here we are descending and hitting the brakes!
And here's a shot for all the Race fans.
Click here for the landing video
Here's my first view of the terminal as we taxied in. Normally from this point there would be a 15-minute taxi remaining. It's nice to have a terminal placed where it needs to go. The architecture looks open and modern.
And so we parked.
Here's the inside with a nifty AirTran model
A shame I didn't take pictures of the moving sidewalks or the shops. Sorry for that. Maybe next time.
Here's a pic looking toward the FedEx ramp, so you can get your bearings.
Here's my airplane. In the ugly grey. N827UA.
I'll let you decide why I took this picture. I'll get back to it a bit later.
Here's THE international arrival gate.
And there's the DC9 parked at it. This is over on the Northwest side of the airport. Northwest controls probably about half of the gates at IND
. Also, the restaurants and shops on the NW
side seemed to be a bit better, though the airport is not lacking in anything! There's no WorldClub, which was rumored here.
Here's sort of a NWA lineup. There was a CRJ going to SAT
that was oversold and they were soliciting volunteers. I was surprised that flight was so full.
Here is a smallish inside shot. I shrank it down because it was so blurry. Sorry for that!
Another shot of the impressive waiting area at IND
. There are shops, a viewing area, lots of open space.
Here's the AA
ticket counter. It reminds me of a cross between the new one at JFK
and Air Canada at YYZ
Showing the vertical range of the building.
So then we got in the car and I had my friend drive me by the FedEx area on our way out of the airport.
Look what I got to see for the first time!
A FedEx 757!
The next day I flew back to DFW
. I could have gone nonstop, but I decided to fly Trans States before they are out of the American Connection business in STL
. They are giving back 2 jets a month to American Eagle starting in January.
So here's my plane. N818HK.
Here is a video of my plane parking if you want to see!
Trans States N818HK (Formerly N605RR and will rejoin the Eagle fleet in March)
And here's the "stuff" from Trans States. It's generic, which is what I was expecting, so they don't pay extra for different airline-specific stuff.
Click here to watch the takeoff video
And click here if you want to watch the landing video at STL
Here we are arriving at STL
next to other American Connection Embraers.
Then I decided to take the short walk over to Southwest since I had never been over there. I had a 90 minute connection, and was almost late for my flight! It goes on for miles and miles!
Luckily I rushed back, and approached the agent who said she had just called me, and they were boarding. She gave me my boarding pass on the AA
757 in seat 3F (first class).
American 757 with winglets
Booked 40% full in Y, ended up full in F due to upgrades and nonrevs.
It was getting late, so not many pics. Here's the one I took:
But the video turned out really well I think. Click here to watch it. A good view of the terminal after takeoff
Thanks for reading and making it this far.
Comments are usually welcome!