Hello to everyone and welcome to this Trip Report. Its been a long ago since I don’t write one of this. The main reason? It was a very twisted year for me. First I moved from Venezuela in August to Miami to continue my college career. New town, new life and new beginning. For that reason this Trip Report originates in Miami and this is my journey to the country I left four months ago to spend the greatest holidays I ever had.
December 15th, 2008.
And the day finally arrived. I was way excited since the night before. I just wanted to arrive to se my family and friends again after being away from them for 4 months. I woke up at 6:00 and my friend Aldo came at 6:30 to pick me up. We drove to MIA
without any complications and at 7:25 I was already in the not so long Check In line of SBA
airlines at the concourse F.
I checked my two bags without any problems and the very kind woman of the counter gave me my boarding pass and indicated me that the flight was on time so I had to be at the gate at 9:15 for boarding. I must say that SBA
airlines have a great baggage policy (2 pieces of 32 kilos or 70.4 lbs each).
Here are some pictures of the counters:
After a very fast and well organized check in, I went with my friend to La Carreta to have some Cuban coffee and an Empanada. Minutes later around 8:00 I decided to enter to the Concourse F to begin the journey to the assigned gate.
line was really short. I passed it without any problem and I began to walk the long concourse. Here are the pictures while I was walking.
The long concourse:
The airport screen, indicating that my flight was 15 minutes late:
Finally after walking for around 10 minutes I arrived to the departure hall. This was my second time in Miami’s concourse F (Always been in A, C, D, E and J) and must say that this terminal is begging for a make up soon. It keeps the vintage style of Miami.
I sat down near my gate and took out my ipod to let the time pass as the plane hadn’t arrived from CCS
yet. While I was listening to my ipod I took some pictures of what I was doing.
The gate F15
My Boarding Pass
Oh! Look who is in the cover!!!
At 9:40 the plane arrived to the gate, a good signal to tell me that the flight was a little bit delayed. I waited till the boarding time and at 10:40 boarding was called. As I was on row 19 I had to wait to the last group.
The Reddy one in the gate. Stunning don’t you think?
Disaster on the cabin. The baggage didn’t fit in the bins and the flight was overloaded.
Wing view. A little dirty.
Once I sat down at my assigned seat I started to laugh. The lady behind me (The one that you will hear at the landing video) was complaining about everything. Some quotes: “THIS IS
WHY I ONLY FLY IN AA OR
LAN” , “THIS #$%&* AIRLINEEEE…I HATE IIIIT“ , “THIS IS
WHY THE PLANES ARE REEEED…BECAUSE CHAVEZ BOUGHT THIS S…..T”. At first it was funny, but minutes later I was desperate about her complaining because I personally think that the delay wasn’t that bad. In fact the delay was because the plane was so over packed that they had to check in a lot of hand bags.
At 11:20 doors were closed and the security demonstration started. We taxied towards runway 12 for our departure. And at 11:40 the takeoff roll started here is a picture of the taxing and the video:
We rocketed out of town like a bullet. Soon we were over the Bahamas and the cruising altitude was reached. At 12:50 service started. As the TV
’s don’t work in SBA
’s flights I decided to order a complete meal which was really nice. It was a Breaded Chicken with mashed potatoes and green vegetables, a macaroni salad as a side, a cheesecake as a dessert and a Cuba Libre as a drink. Everything was awesome and the crew was more than friendly with the service.
After eating all my lunch, I started to talk to the girl next to my seat to kill the remaining time. Suddenly I noticed that in business was traveling the Capt. Alvarez (The CEO of SBA
). As I had the magazine in my hands I decided to go with a FA
to talk to him. He was very friendly and with a great sense of humor. He signed my magazine and after that I returned to my seat. At 14:45 we start our approach to CCS
. It happened really fast and here is the video of the touch down at 15:10 local time.
We parked at the remote stand of CCS
and finally I was in my hometown for Christmas. The immigration process was really fast and the baggage recovery was uneventful.
After spending 3 weeks in my amazing country it was time to go back to Miami and here starts the second and better part of this trip report.
January 4th, 2009.
14F then 25D then 6F
As this flight was early in the morning my dad woke me up at 2:20 to go straight to the airport without any complications. We arrived to the newly renovated counters of SBA
at 3:15 and the queue was pretty short compared with the AA
one. I checked in my two suitcases at 3:40 and with my boarding pass in my hands I decided to take a coffee with my parents before going to the gate.
At 4:15 I decided to go inside. I said goodbye to my dad and my mom and went directly to gate 15 to wait for boarding. Here are some pictures of the hall.
VIP Room of SBA
At 5:30 boarding was called. As there were only a very few passengers in the waiting room and the flight was nearly to its departure time, they allowed us to board without any row order. For my surprise when I went inside the plane I saw a very good friend of mine that is a crew member of SBA
. We started to talk and he told me that Business was relatively empty so he will be able to change me to business but that they will give me the service of coach. I couldn’t complain, a more comfortable seat for this flight and for free.
At 6:25 doors were closed and my friend came to my seat and told me that in order to change me after the departure it was better that I change myself from 14F to 25D which was in an emergency exit in front of his jump seat. I followed his orders and I change to the emergency exit here are the pictures of those moments.
My friend’s seat
My friend enjoying his work LOL
At 6:40 we took off from CCS
and we were bounded to MIA
. Soon after the takeoff the plane shacked a little bit because there was a little storm near the coast of Caracas. When the seat belt sign turned off my friend took me to business. Here are the pictures of the J cabin in SBA
After that service started. This time you could choose between a cheese Quiche or an Omelet. I chose the omelet. It was really tasty.
After that I took a huge nap and at 8:45 our final approach to Miami began. Here are the pictures and the video.
After the touchdown and the taxing I was the third person to go out of the plane. Here is a picture I took while I was walking through the terminal.
I hope you enjoy this TR
and I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of you.
[Edited 2009-01-08 17:39:27]