This trip report is even more overdue than my Seattle trip report! This trip took place from June 11-17, 2010. My cousin in Winston-Salem, NC would be graduating high school, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
I've been on about 60 flights in my life, but I still love having "first experiences!" In this trip, I was really excited to visit IAD, and fly on an Embraer 170 for the first time. I've always heard about how those planes feel just like miniature mainline, so I was really excited to try it out for myself!
We got to the airport about 11:30am for our flight leaving at 12:45pm. This would be my first time flying United since their move to Terminal E at DFW (I've flown them in/out of DFW Terminal B multiple times), and I wasn't really familiar with the security situation over there, so we arrived a bit early. The security line wait-time was approximately 10 minutes, which is longer than I'm used to waiting in because not only are the crew lines quicker, but whenever I travel, the TSA people usually recognize me and let me through the Priority AAccess line. Oh well. Win some, lose some.
Time for some spotting!
American 757 loading up for San Juan
This was a delayed departure to Fresno
Loving the DFW Skylink!
Inside Terminal D
American 61 to Tokyo-Narita, seconds from push-back
A glimpse of N840UA at gate E5
June 11, 2010
Airbus A319 (N840UA)
The plane was parked at gate E5 in DFW. We made it to the gate area about 10 minutes before departure, and they were calling our names over the speaker! Yikes! Turns out, the standby list had about 45+ people on it, and they were looking to clear as many as they could, as quick as they could.
I quickly made my way aboard the aircraft, leaving my parents in the concourse in the restrooms! I was going no matter what!!
My view from 18F
It was extremely humid both inside and outside the aircraft. In this picture, you can vaguely make out the "condensation smoke" coming out of the vents. Multiple times, the purser reassured the passengers that this was 100% normal.
My parents were the last revenue passengers to make it onboard. The doors were shut quickly, and we were on our way as quick as possible in anticipation of storms building west of Chicago.
Safety video and demostration completed, we taxied out.
We crossed 17R and taxied up to the north end of the runway between 17R and 17C, and held at the end of the runway for about 20 minutes.
Former Delta Air Lines maintenance facility, now occupied by American Airlines
While holding short of 17R, I became increasingly bored and started snapping random photos. I love cabin photos
After about 20 minutes, and multiple AA departures, we taxied into position on 17R, and within seconds began proceeding down the runway
Notice the American 777 departing on the west side
Goodbye Dallas/Fort Worth
American Airlines headquarters
Soon enough, we passed through 10,000 feet
I think I accidently flashed on this picture.. SURPRISE LOL
The flight attendants made their way through the cabin giving out drinks and offering Snackboxes for purchase
About halfway through the flight, the fasten seat belt was turned back on in preparation for some extremely bumpy weather from St. Louis all the way to Chicago. They weren't joking.
The bottom of our descent was probably the worst turbulence I've ever experienced in my life. It was fun for me of course, but not so for many other passengers aboard. Children were crying, and I could hear other passengers vomiting throughout the cabin.
As we neared touchdown, I thought the pilots might attempt a go-around because they threw the throttles up very quick at the moment of touchdown. We didn't though.
Welcome to Chicago
United 747 to San Francisco
We made a quick taxi around the northside of Concourse C, and then pulled into gate B9
We arrived 1 minute ahead of schedule, and deplaned quickly.
I had to grab this picture of my plane. It would later depart for Newark
I took a look at the FID's, and was surprised by just how many flights were either delayed or cancelled altogether. As a result, the airport was a mad house. Way busy than the 3 previous times I've had a layover here.
Lufthansa 747 to Frankfurt
N840UA again. Thanks for the ride!
Same Lufthansa 747 taxiing out for departure to Frankfurt
A look at the FID's
We were originally supposed to have a 45 minute layover in Chicago, however this turned into a 2:30 layover due to the storms, and a late arriving crew from St. Louis.
We decided to make our way over to Terminal 3 to see our hometown airline
After a long period of time, we made our way back over to B22A where our flight, United 7965 would depart for Greensboro, NC
June 11, 2010
United 7965 operated by Trans States Airlines
This banner hangs in the jetbridge. Hmm, I beg to differ...
Our neighbor, headed to MLI if I remember correctly
Soon enough, we taxied out to 22L passing the international Terminal
Large railyard after departure
For the majority of the flight, we flew in the clouds, or above the clouds.
The flight attendant came through offering a beverage service twice, water and coffee service twice, and gave each passenger a mint before arrival. Top notch service by this flight attendant. Kudos to Trans States and this wonderful flight attendant.
This was the last photo I took, as it soon got dark by the time we arrived into Greensboro.
We arrived in Greensboro a whole 2 hours late. I'm gonna blame it on the weather around Chicago, and not on United.
I will post the return trip soon.
Thanks for reading!