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Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:07 am

Back in June when Southwest had their big fare sale, I decided I was going to meet some friends out in LAS for a week and after further looking at prices, decided to tag on a trip to MKE to visit my friends (timing didn't allow me to do the WN inagural as I wanted to be in MKE for Halloween). SJC-LAS was on WN; I booked a double connection on the way to MKE so I could fly on the 777 which is something i've always wanted to do. So, without any delay, here we go:

Wednesday, October 28
Southwest 526
Sched Departure 8:25PM Actual 8:50
Sched Arrival 9:50PM Actual 10:00PM
Equip 73G

A little extra excitement this leg as I'd be flying out of one of the new Terminal B Gates at SJC, Gate 19 to be exact. Our inboud from LAS was delayed in LAS due to a medical which caused us to be out of the gate about 25 mins late. After about a 10 minute ground hold for flow control into LAS, we were on our way. ATC kept our speed slow most of the flight because of this..but eventually we felt the engines kick in before descent. There were only about 25 pax on this flight and I enjoyed a couple of bacardi and cokes and several bags of peanuts. I enjoyed a great conversation with the flight attendants and next thing we were on our way to a bumpy landing on 1L in LAS.

I must say I'm never disappointed in Southwest at all. Every person I ever seem to encounter is passionate about working there...and F/A's never seem to see pax as a nuisance.

Despite the the long hike to baggage claim, its always nice in LAS that your bags get to the belt before you. Took a shuttle to Harrah's where I went trough a 2 day butt kicking on the machines.

Saturday October 31
American 628
Sched Departure - 715AM On Time
Seat 17F - Exit
Equip 757

I was totally shocked this flight was as full as it was, esp for a Saturday morning flight in Vegas. The ground staff had to do some seat re-shuffling as the exit rows were previously occupied by non-english speakers. A chatty couple from ORF sat next to me and chatted most of the flight. I had some coffee and took a nice nap and before I knew it was was on approach and landing into DFW.

Now time for some pics 

Saturday October 31
American 2350
Sched Departure 1:00PM
Seat 4A First Flagship Suite
Equip 777

Flickr Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9550249@N03/sets/72157622737168348/

When I checked in at LAS, they were offering a paid upgrade for this segment and I upgraded without hesitation - this was my vacation and I wanted to pamper myself with something, now matter how short the flight was. Boarding started a bit before 1230 and I was the second one on the plane. I was offered a pre-drink beverage, a bacardi and coke while the rest of the plane boarded. We pushed back on time and taxied around to the otherside of the airport for a 35L takeoff straight out to the north. We leveled off at 28,000 and after another two bacardi and cokes, hot towels were passed out and then lunch. Choices were cold salmon salad for chicken parmagina. I had the chicken and it was delicious and a nice glass of wine. Trays were cleaned away and a warm oatmeal cookie was served with coffee. I took some time to watch The Office on AVOD and took a quick tour of the plane front to back. After a very short 1 hour and 45 mins, we were back on the ground in ORD while I waited for me ERJ for the quick hope to MKE.

Saturday, October 31
American 3950 (Eagle)
Sched Depart 4:45 Actual 5:55PM (MX delay)
Sched Arrival 5:30 Actual 6:30

After strolling the terminal for a bit, headed over to H3A for my flight to MKE. We were at first delayed due to a possible tire that needed to be replaced but turned out ok, no problem...then comes the DB pax who tried to jam a very overstuffed bag into the tiny overhead bin of an ERJ. 45 mins of maintenance unjamming and duct taping (yes I said duct tape) the door shut, we were on our way.....a quick climb up to 7000 feet.

Check out my cloud skimming video:

On the ground with a rather fast landing and long roll out I was finally in MKE to visit my friends for a few days.

Tuesday, November 3
American 3602 (Eagle)
Sched Departure 5:25PM Ontime
Sched Arrival 7:55PM Ontime
Seat 1A
Equip ERJ

First of all 1A on these jets gets VERY COLD. I slept in and out for the majority of this flight and the 2 hours 15 minutes went by pretty quick. One beverage service was all we got. Other that nothing special on this flight.

Tuesday, November 3
American 1035
Sched Departure 9:40PM Ontime
Sched Arrival 11:10 Actual 1045PM Early
Seat 12A
Equip S80

A pretty routine flight, though the crew on this flight was extremely attentive and gracious for our business. We were about 95% full and again slept the majority of this flight.

Thanks for reading...always love to hear what you think.

[Edited 2009-11-04 22:08:23 by mikesairways]
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