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SJC-SBA-DEN-MEM-DEN-MRY On United W/Pics

Fri Jul 03, 2009 5:22 am

Background
On the 20th of June I needed to head out to Memphis. Living near the Bay Area, I naturally had quite a few options. The closest airport to my home, MRY, as usual was quite expensive and I decided on a compromise, I would fly from one of my favorite airports, SJC on the leg to Memphis and back into MRY on the return leg. Departing from SJC also allowed me to ride on one of my favorite aircraft the EMB-120 Brasilia. In early May I booked the SJC-SBA-DEN-MEM-DEN-MRY route for $312.50. With my itinerary set, I upgraded myself to Economy Plus on the SBA-DEN leg for a paltry $29.00. The day of the flight soon approached…

Arrival at SJC
I woke up around 6AM to drive up to SJC to make my 10:50 AM departure to SBA. I haven’t flown out of SJC in a while and I was surprised to see how much progress had been made on the new Terminal B which is scheduled to open in 2010. Unfortunately, my fellow travelers and I will have to deal with Terminal C for another few months. I arrived quite early for my flight at 8:45 and proceeded to the deserted United Bag Drop location and had my luggage checked through to MEM.

Terminal C check in area at SJC


Terminal C flight status screen--not that many flights going out today


Annoying walkway to Terminal C's security line

With just about two hours to burn, I proceeded through the normally gruff TSA security and walked the length of the terminal before sitting down near gate C6.

More like the Starbucks is back that way


Seating area at the very end of Terminal C


Sliding doors direct to ramp


OO CRJ-200 coming in


Observation Deck?


I soon got restless however and walked back down to the TSA checkpoint to see if the door to the observation deck/smoking area was unlocked.

Indeed

It was, and when no alarms sounded, I proceeded up to the deck (which I had all to myself) and watched the action on the ramp and the takeoffs and landings for about 90 minutes before my flight boarded.













Soon though, it was time to head to the gate for my flight to SBA.

SJC-SBA
June 20, 2009
10:47-11:53
Embraer 120 Brasilia
Seat 4A (Window and Aisle)
Roughly 60 minute flight time


Boarding commenced at 10:30 and I walked down the covered walkways out onto the tarmac and boarded the Brasilia. I found my seat, 4A, and settled in. I usually prefer the row of single seats in the Brasilia because it offers easy aisle access and a window. However, there are some drawbacks, such as not being able to stow anything larger than a small backpack under the seat in front of you. After a longish taxi to the SJC’s Runway 12L, we took off into the California sun.

Soon these vintage canvas walkways will be gone..enjoy them while you can!


My steed this morning


My what a shiny engine casing you have...


Anyone know what this intruder was doing here?


Fired up


Getting ready to speed down SJC's Runway 12L


Flying down the California coastline!





Orange juice at 23000 feet







What is this airport?












Fed-Ex ATR


And Parked


In almost exactly one hour we landed in Santa Barbara (SBA), my first time at this airport.

Santa Barbara
Let me say from the outset, I found SBA extremely confusing. After I deplaned, myself and a group of passengers headed for the nearest gate that we saw. But this was not to be. With a yell several UA employees ran our way shouting and waving their arms that we were going to the wrong exit. We were herded to our assigned exit which was a surprisingly long distance from the plane. Once through this exit I found myself literally on the airport curb with cars pulling in and out depositing or picking up people, an experience I have never encountered before at an airport. After orienting myself, I headed for the airport restaurant and took a seat on the outdoor balcony overlooking the ramp. I found this a great place to eat and enjoy the sun and action on the ramp.

View from the 2nd story balcony of the restaurant at SBA


Something to munch on before the DEN flight




After 90 minutes I paid my bill and headed for Gate 8, passed again through the TSA security checkpoint, to where my CRJ-700 to DEN was waiting.

The walk to the CRJ-700


SBA-DEN
June 20, 2009
2:00-5:05
Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700
Seat 6D (Window)
Roughly 2 hours flying time



After a fairly leisurely takeoff, we climbed to our cruising altitude where we spent two hours speeding towards DEN. I always look forward to flying in CRJ-700 in Y+, as I find the 2-2 seating more comfortable than the standard Airbus or Boeing 3-3.







Descent to Denver





Looks like an old airport to me...  Wink


Touchdown!



The regional ramp..look at all those little Dash 8s


And CRJs...


Denver
I arrived at DEN on time at 5:05, and made my way straight to my favorite Denver United Red Carpet Club on the east side of United’s B terminal, closest to the regional gates. Once there, I quickly ensconced myself in my favorite chair, the leather one behind the large cabinet that houses the flat screen TV. It faces north with a great view of United’s gates B39-49 and of the south side of the C terminal gates used by WN, AA and DL. I grabbed a coke, water and some cookies and spent a happy 2 hours typing this very trip report and watching the ramp action.






Strange, I saw N214WN at SFO a few months ago on my way to SEA
Nice to see you again ole feller!
 wave 


At 7:20 I left my wonderful chair and headed down to gate B to catch my flight to Memphis.






My ride to MEM


DEN-MEM
June 20, 2009
8:00-11:22 ???
Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200
Seat 2B (Aisle)
Roughly 2 hours and 15 minutes flying time


Because this flight was at night (and in a CRJ-200) their was not much to see and I was a little tired, so unfortunately, I have no pictures of this leg. Suffice it to say this was your average OO service. Upon my arrival in Memphis I retrieved my bag from the baggage claim, got my rental car and headed to the Embassy Suites, where I fell quickly asleep.

Return

A short side note, my camera was going a little haywire for some reason so I only have a few pictures from my return flights

I arrived at the Memphis Airport at 12 noon on the June 24th a full 2.5 hours ahead of my flights departure. This was fine with me, as I did my normal pre-flight exercise by walking twice to the end of every pier in the airport. This, and a stop for some food took about two hours, and I returned to the UA gate at 2PM to find the flight delayed 30 minutes for a 3PM departure. This was no matter because I had 2.5 hours to connct to my MRY flight in DEN. At around 2:45 boarding began and we took off for DEN a little after 3PM.

MEM-DEN
June 24, 2009
3:00-5:14
Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200
Seat 2B (Aisle)
Roughly 2 hours and 15 minutes flying time


This was your normal -200 flight. A drink service. The Great Plains extending endlessly in every direction. I don't find the -200 too cramped because I'm only 5' 7" but nor do I find it particularly comfortable. Still perfer the -700. We landed at 5:15 PM, a few minutes behind schedule.

DEN again
I returned quickly to my chair that United Red Carpet Club. After about 45 minutes of gazing out over the tarmac and sipping a drink a familiar plane docked at the Southwest terminal across the ramp. I am officially being stalked.

It seems I have a new fan!



More DEN pics




My ride back home to MRY


DEN-MRY
June 24, 2009
6:00-8:10
Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700
Seat 14C (Aisle)
Roughly 2 hours and 10 minutes flying time


I sat one aisle in front of four Germans, who spoke German throughout the entire flight. Funny, because I speak German and I heard every word they said. I always find it quite funny when this happens. Anyway, the ride from DEN to MRY was a smooth one, and the flight crew was surprisingly superb. The FA's joked during the announcements and were very friendly during service. The Captain and First Officer made several announcements of landmarks during the beginning and towards the end of the flight, something I always like. With the sun beginning to set, the pilots set the -700 down in a very hard landing on MRY's Runway 28L. Within four minutes of touchdown, and after wishing the FAs and flight crew a good evening, I was off the plane and in just six minutes after that, in typical MRY style, I had retrieved my bag from the carousel, picked up my BMW from long term parking, and headed home.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed!
Please leave me some comments or ask questions which I will try to answer in a timely fashion.
Again, thanks for reading!
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RE: SJC-SBA-DEN-MEM-DEN-MRY On United W/Pics

Sat Jul 04, 2009 7:00 am

Great trip report, but saying the EMB120 is your favorite aircraft borders on insanity!  Wink

Also, great pics of the Grand Canyon!
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RE: SJC-SBA-DEN-MEM-DEN-MRY On United W/Pics

Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:09 pm



Quoting UAL777 (Reply 1):

Also, great pics of the Grand Canyon!

Both of those pictures are actually of Glen Canyon National Park in SE Utah, which is upstream of the Grand Canyon.

Take a looksie:

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=3...9778&spn=0.281771,0.44014&t=h&z=11
Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.
 
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RE: SJC-SBA-DEN-MEM-DEN-MRY On United W/Pics

Mon Jul 06, 2009 4:20 am

Quoting UAL777 (Reply 1):
Great trip report, but saying the EMB120 is your favorite aircraft borders on insanity!

Call me crazy, then. I have a weird affinity for the Bro-Zilla.

Great report, love the pics! Your tail numbers (if you're interested in that sort of thing) were:



SKW5887 (SJC-SBA) - N284YV

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Photo © Manas Barooah



SKW6762 (SBA-DEN) - N726SK

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Photo © Cameron Bowerman - Airplanespotters



SKW6714 (DEN-MEM) - N951SW

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Photo © James Richard Covington



SKW6590 (MEM-DEN) - N961SW

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Photo © Adam Wright



SKW6709 (DEN-MRY) - N719SK

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Photo © Richard Barsby - Aviation Photographer



[Edited 2009-07-05 21:22:26]
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RE: SJC-SBA-DEN-MEM-DEN-MRY On United W/Pics

Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:05 am

Thanks for another great report covering alot of great OO ground. The E-120 is quite a sweet airplane, I must agree! Also, thanks for the SJC terminal C photos, it was nice to see what SJC has done with it in this Millennium.  thumbsup   thumbsup 
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RE: SJC-SBA-DEN-MEM-DEN-MRY On United W/Pics

Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:25 am

I was at SJC early in 2008 and was also very surprised and glad to see the observation deck. I wasn't out there too long as there wasn't very much action but what I remember most is basically being the only one who was observing while everyone else was just out there smoking.

I give SJC credit for the observation deck, although it obviously pales in comparison to the ones in Japan or at AMS. However, as you mentioned, the C concourse is dire, especially the food selection.

Nice report of some airports usually not featured (SBA & MRY)
 
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RE: SJC-SBA-DEN-MEM-DEN-MRY On United W/Pics

Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:23 am

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Quoting JayDub (Reply 3):
Call me crazy, then. I have a weird affinity for the Bro-Zilla.

Great report, love the pics! Your tail numbers (if you're interested in that sort of thing) were:



SKW5887 (SJC-SBA) - N284YV


SKW6762 (SBA-DEN) - N726SK


SKW6714 (DEN-MEM) - N951SW


SKW6590 (MEM-DEN) - N961SW


SKW6709 (DEN-MRY) - N719SK



I always try to write down the regs of the planes I fly on, but sometimes I just can't get a view of the plane or I just forget. Really appreciate the info though, I will add them to my log!.
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Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:22 pm

I just flew on N951SW (Skywest colors CRJ) on June 29 on BUR-SFO  Smile

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RE: SJC-SBA-DEN-MEM-DEN-MRY On United W/Pics

Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:33 am

Quick question: How was your car in MRY when u drive up to SJC to begin the trip. Or did someone drive you to SJC and you left your car at MRY?

Good trip report, I enjoyed reading it. Maryland One still stalking you?
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Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:34 am



Quoting Unmlobo (Reply 8):
Quick question: How was your car in MRY when u drive up to SJC to begin the trip. Or did someone drive you to SJC and you left your car at MRY?

Good trip report, I enjoyed reading it. Maryland One still stalking you?

I actually did a weird caravan thing. I drove my car to MRY where I parked it and then had a friend who was headed up to San Francisco pick me up. After about 15 minutes of driving he was literally asleep behind the wheel, so I took over for him so he could catch a little sleep on the drive up to SJC.

As for old Maryland One  Smile well, we shall see when if I see her when I head back out to MEM in mid-August.
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