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LGA-CHS-LGA On US Airways Express (w/pics)

Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:34 pm

Hello everyone! So…a late January day, I am sitting at home with the winter blues. So I decided I got to do something to excite myself.

I decided to go on an aviation day trip!! My plans were originally to go from JFK-CLT-BOS or CHS- LGA on US Airways and US Airways Express.

Well after a tinkering with flights, I decided to do LGA-CHS-CLT-JFK. Well…it did not exactly work out that way. I made it from LGA-CHS but, as I fly standby, did not get on the CHS-CLT flight. So I decided just to go home back to LGA from CHS.

After this disappointment (even though the day was still fun), I decided I had to so something else! I decided to do JFK-PHX on Thursday 29 January 2009.


I got up at 545 to leave at 615 to LGA. My flight was scheduled to leave at 817, but I needed time to enjoy the US Airways terminal at LGA.


Arrived at the airport around 645. I checked in online the night before, so went right through security which was dead. The entire terminal was dead at that time on a Sunday morning.

Checked the board:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos139.jpg


My breakfast from the Dunkin Donuts Express near the US Airways Shuttle gates:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos146.jpg


US Airways shuttle:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos142.jpg



PSA style US Airways jet:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos144.jpg


Empty terminal:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos143.jpg


US Airways plane on shuttle finger:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos145.jpg


Another jet on the shuttle finger:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos141.jpg


Still dead terminal:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos147.jpg


Another jet:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos150.jpg


Looking towards empty gates on the other finger:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos151.jpg


After exploring the empty shuttle finger (first shuttle was not till 9am on Sunday) , I started over to my gate, #2.

Sign directing to gates 1-12. A few flight attendants walking just ahead:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos152.jpg


Express jet at gate one. A few other express planes parked for the night behind it:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos153.jpg


A United jet parked, with permission of the US Airways tower might I add!

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos155.jpg


Delta plane going by:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos156.jpg


US Airways:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos157.jpg


My Canadair jet to Charleston, South Carolina. I watched it be fueled:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos158.jpg


Aircraft preparation continues:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos159.jpg


US AIRWAYS EXPRESS

LGA-CHS
Dep:0825 (actual)
Arr:1000 (actual)
Canadair CRJ200
Load Factor: 11/50 (22% full)
Seat: 2A
ALT: 26,000 ft


Flight deck of our craft, flight attendant to the right in the ‘small’ galley.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos160.jpg


Our empty cabin:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos161.jpg


Seats in the cabin:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos162.jpg



Air Canada Jazz and Continental Airlines at LGA


http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos168.jpg


Central Terminal at LGA. In the picture are a Continental and a Frontier jet. Currently under construction new control tower is in background:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos169.jpg



American Airlines at LGA. Current control tower in background.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos171.jpg



American Airlines at LGA. Current LGA tower in view, as well as its future replacement.


http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos170.jpg


Lifting off at LGA, look at shadow in lower left hand corner:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos174.jpg


No birds so far….(it came across my mind at about this moment) :

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos175.jpg



http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos178.jpg


Manhattan:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos180.jpg


Great view of Manhattan skyscrapers:


http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos181.jpg


Central park and Manhattan looks amazing here: (this is my favorite runway to take off from)

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos185.jpg


http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos184.jpg



Looking back at LGA:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos187.jpg



http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos186.jpg



Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges over East River:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos192.jpg


Verrazano Bridge:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos197.jpg


Coney Island, Brooklyn visible. Past that is the Rockaway Peninsula, my home. Sandy Hook, NY in top right corner:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos194.jpg



Looking back to Rockaway:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos202.jpg




About 15 minutes into the flight, our kind flight attendant walked through the cabin offering soft drinks for $2, coffee or tea for $1, or alcohol for $7. I ordered myself two Coke-Zeros but she only returned with one. She sincerely apologized for only having one onboard, I said it was fine. I know its not that popular and many people don’t realize that many airlines now carry it. I asked for a Diet Coke instead of the 2nd Coke-Zero.

I have her the $4. In the picture, my Diet Coke is in the seat pocket:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos208.jpg


I think this next picture is that part of Virginia that juts out and is surrounded by Delaware. Am I right? Anyone recognize this:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos216.jpg


Somewhere over either Maryland or Virginia I believe:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos217.jpg


Same peninsula as before. Notice the clouds approaching:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos223.jpg



The clouds soon came! This is most likely over Virginia:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos224.jpg


Coming in for a landing at Charleston: (through the clouds)

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos228.jpg


[img]http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos229.jpg-/img]


http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos232.jpg



http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos231.jpg


http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos233.jpg


http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos234.jpg



Control tower at CHS:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos235.jpg



CHS is also a Air Force Base:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos237.jpg


Delta Connection:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos236.jpg




Well…from here on in it did not go to plan. I planned to go on to CLT but missed the flight. I was a little upset about this and decided just to go home to LGA. Disappointing…so the leg back to LGA does not have service pics, Although I got pics of 2 airports I would like help locating. I did take more in LGA though.



US AIRWAYS EXPRESS


CHS-LGA
Dep:1107 (actual)
Arr:1230 (actual)
Canadair CRJ200
Load Factor: 34/50 (% full)
Seat: 3?
ALT: 31,000 ft


US Airways Express Jet:


http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos239.jpg


Anyone recognize this airport? I believe in NJ (although I cant be certain):

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos246.jpg


How about this one?

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos250.jpg


Sandy Hook, NY as we start our approach to LGA:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos253.jpg


My home, Rockaway again:

[img]http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos254.jpg[img]


Brooklyn looks like a bunch of boxes!!!:


http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos262.jpg



Back at LGA, its American Airlines:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos266.jpg



http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos267.jpg




United Airlines:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos270.jpg


AirTran:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos272.jpg



Jet Blue and Air Canada:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos273.jpg


Air Canada Jazz:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos276.jpg


US Airways:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos279.jpg



Picture of my US Airways Express jet back at LGA:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos280.jpg


More US Airways Express:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos277.jpg


http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos278.jpg




Last picture. Our plane as it deboards:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Tommysphotos282.jpg



I want to thank you all for reading. I had a great time overall and I hope to be in the air again soon. US Airways is still my favorite carrier.

I hope to go JFK-PHX within the next few weeks, Us airways first class. So I will post a TR about that when it happens.



Thanks again,


Tommy (aka JFKMAN)

[Edited 2009-01-27 14:10:35]
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RE: LGA-CHS-LGA On US Airways Express

Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:48 pm

Hi nice report and pics. I have to say I havnt had good experiences with US Airways but your flights look quite nice.

Im looking forward to your F class TR. Would like to see some seat photos and of course what they give you .

Thanks for the report

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Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:04 pm



Quoting JFKMan (Thread starter):
Anyone recognize this airport? I believe in NJ (although I cant be certain):

Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Home to C-5s and C-17s.

Quoting JFKMan (Thread starter):
How about this one?

McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey (near me). Home to 32 KC-10s, 13 C-17s, 16 KC-135s and 2 C-32s. Soon to be joined by 37 Fixed Wing and rotary Army, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft from Willow Grove JRB.
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RE: LGA-CHS-LGA On US Airways Express (w/pics)

Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:13 pm



Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Hi nice report and pics. I have to say I havnt had good experiences with US Airways but your flights look quite nice.

Im looking forward to your F class TR. Would like to see some seat photos and of course what they give you .

Thanks for the report

OA260

Thanks  Smile

Yes, I plan to take plenty of pictures when I go.

Quoting STT757 (Reply 2):
Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Home to C-5s and C-17s.


McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey (near me). Home to 32 KC-10s, 13 C-17s, 16 KC-135s and 2 C-32s. Soon to be joined by 37 Fixed Wing and rotary Army, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft from Willow Grove JRB.

Oh. Thanks for the info  Smile
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Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:06 pm



Quoting JFKMan (Thread starter):
Sandy Hook, NY as we start our approach to LGA:

Is New York trying to claim our land?..  Wink
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Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:13 pm

Nice pictures. Bummer that you didn't get to visit CLT. Also, two CRJ's. Uhh.. I would have been looking forward to the CLT-LGA mainline flight.
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Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:25 am



Quoting STT757 (Reply 4):
Is New York trying to claim our land?..

Oh oops. I apologize for that! Sandy Hook, NJ!!!

Quoting Super80DFW (Reply 5):
Nice pictures. Bummer that you didn't get to visit CLT. Also, two CRJ's. Uhh.. I would have been looking forward to the CLT-LGA mainline flight.

Thanks. And yea...I was looking forward to the mainland.
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Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:11 am

Great TR! I'll be going to LGA for the first time on my way to STT with US in March.

It's nice to see the Saab's are in the new color schemes  Smile
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Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:07 am

Nice TR! Thanks. The photo you described as Virginia surrounded by Delaware .... it's the southernmost portion of NJ. Cape May is at the end of the state, with the Atlantic on the left and the Delaware Bay on the right. You can barely make out Cape Henlopen which is the part of Delaware opposite Cape May.
 
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Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:25 am

Nice TR. Enjoyed reading it. Nice pictures anyway!  Smile

Quoting JFKMan (Thread starter):

No birds so far….(it came across my mind at about this moment) :

Yeah, you had right! Big grin

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Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:02 pm



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 7):
Great TR! I'll be going to LGA for the first time on my way to STT with US in March.

It's nice to see the Saab's are in the new color schemes

Enjoy LGA!

Yea the Saab's look great in the new color!

Quoting GregQuinn (Reply 8):
Nice TR! Thanks. The photo you described as Virginia surrounded by Delaware .... it's the southernmost portion of NJ. Cape May is at the end of the state, with the Atlantic on the left and the Delaware Bay on the right. You can barely make out Cape Henlopen which is the part of Delaware opposite Cape May

Oh! I feel ashamed to get it so wrong. But thanks for informing me  Smile

Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 9):
Yeah, you had right!

:P Thanks! I thought I was being a baby! I was hoping I had Captain Sully on board!!! lol
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Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:43 am



Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Im looking forward to your F class TR

The PHX one is on delay for now. Flights too ful thanks to bad weather.

Might be another F class TR within the next few days though...
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Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:20 am

CRJ200 both ways, I feel sorry for you. I flew one of those on my return from LGA this weekend, Sunday night to be exact, last flight back to CLT filled up with non-revs. Anyways, I got 8F (exit row) and I was still cramped, my back still hurts.

But, you can't have the best experiences every time. On the way to LGA I was on a 321 with a total of 50 pax.
 
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Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:45 pm



Quoting TheGMan (Reply 12):
CRJ200 both ways, I feel sorry for you. I flew one of those on my return from LGA this weekend, Sunday night to be exact, last flight back to CLT filled up with non-revs. Anyways, I got 8F (exit row) and I was still cramped, my back still hurts.

But, you can't have the best experiences every time. On the way to LGA I was on a 321 with a total of 50 pax.

Don't feel sorry for me, I enjoyed it.  Smile
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Quoting STT757 (Reply 2):
Soon to be joined by 37 Fixed Wing and rotary Army, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft from Willow Grove JRB.

I am right next to Willow Grove JRB about 30 minutes from it. The air force is about to stop using that base.

Quoting JFKMan (Thread starter):
CHS

I have been to this airport and even know it is small I liked it, what did you think?

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Quoting Global97 (Reply 14):
I have been to this airport and even know it is small I liked it, what did you think?

Oh I really enjoyed it  Smile Great airport with a nice easy feel to it.
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Sat Dec 05, 2009 2:39 pm



Quoting JFKMan (Thread starter):

Our empty cabin:

I always try to avoid flying on the CR2 everywhere I go but in that case I would have made an exception....
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Sat Dec 05, 2009 2:44 pm

I was surprised to see this TR pop up to the front.  Smile

Quoting ThegreatRDU (Reply 16):
I always try to avoid flying on the CR2 everywhere I go but in that case I would have made an exception....

I don't mind the CR2...its small but for shorter flights its fine.
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Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:04 pm

Great report from a fellow Rockaway-er.
 
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Thu Dec 10, 2009 9:28 am



Quoting JFKMan (Thread starter):
Picture of my US Airways Express jet back at LGA:

I almost took that same aircraft ROC-LGA back in October. However, the #1 engine had a bad starter and we ended up taxiing back to the gate. They canceled ROC-BOS and gave us N431AW instead. A couple of weeks ago I was rerouted through PHL and saw ship 421 again (and 443 -- my ship from a few days beforehand), so I'm glad to see she was flying again. According to the gate agent at ROC (same one as in October), several hours later a mechanic looked at the engine (I'm assuming replaced or fixed the starter) and 421 started right back up.

Anyway, great trip report. I enjoyed reading it.

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Quoting JFKMan (Reply 17):
I don't mind the CR2...its small but for shorter flights its fine.

As in less than 1 hour. Looking out the windows kills me.
 
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Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:35 pm

Nice pictures, thanks for sharing the trip, shame you missed the flight to CLT.

Did you have a bad neck from beding down for these pictures?

Quoting JFKMan (Thread starter):
US Airways is still my favorite carrier.

- Not many would agree here, however I had had some real good flights with US.

Looking forward to the PHX flight.

Regards

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Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:19 am



Quoting Firstclasser (Reply 18):
Great report from a fellow Rockaway-er.

Thanks so much  Smile

Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 19):
Anyway, great trip report. I enjoyed reading it.

Thanks  Smile

Quoting TheGMan (Reply 20):
Looking out the windows kills me

lol yea I have to agree here.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
Nice pictures

Thanks  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
Did you have a bad neck from beding down for these pictures?

It was ok  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
I had had some real good flights with US.

Good to hear!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
Looking forward to the PHX flight.

This TR is pretty old...as is the PHX one. Here is a link to it:
US (F Class) + B6 : JFK-PHX-FLG-PHX-JFK (by JFKMan Feb 20 2009 in Trip Reports)
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