baje427
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Summer Getaway To Miami From Barbados

Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:35 pm

Hi guys this is a repost of my trip report with all the pictures added this time

I took this trip back in 2010 and thought i would share.

Usually my vacation trips to the US are often to Philadelphia however, on my last trip i missed my connection in MIA and had to overnight from what little i saw of the city it sparked my interest and the following year I decided to visit the city whose airport I've transited over six times. AA has the monopoly on this route as such prices are a bit higher than flights to JFK the flight had an early departure so I was up for 4 and made my way to the airport for 5:30 the weather was nice but as check in progressed a steady downpour commenced. Luckily the showers held up once boarding began it would of been a bad start to a vacation to be soaked since BGI has no air bridges.

Unfortunately the aircraft was not upgraded however, it was clean .

AA602
BGI-MIA
Scheduled departure 7:30am
Actual departure: 7:30am
Scheduled arrival 11:00 am
Actual arrival 10:55 am
Aircraft: 757-200
Load factor : 100%

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LI Q300's Air Bourne Express 762 operating for Caribbean Airlines cargo



Taxiing to runway 09 overcast conditions today.

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Slight over view of the departure hall and the Concorde experience hangar can be seen in the upper left hand corner.


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the 757 always impresses with its climb performance

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Commencing our left turn to join the airway

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Cloudy skies

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This was the view for the early portion of the flight


As the BOB began it seemed some passengers were unaware that AA had gone cashless luckily I had bought something in the airport the crew on this flight for the most part was pretty good.

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Overflying the Bahamas

Shortly thereafter we began our descent into MIA

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On our final approach to MIA
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After landing we parked and awaited a tow into the gate.

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I managed to get through customs pretty quickly and the bags were already off the carousel in the baggage claim area after exiting the airport i was hit by the heat Barbados is hot but Miami was sweltering. I had a good stay in Miami hope to be back some time soon.

Return
AA651
MIA-BGI
Load factor 100%
cant remember the times but we did depart on time.
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parked next to company 738 now a regular in BGI on the DFW-BGI route long flight for the 738

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AE AT72

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upclose with the 767

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upclose with the 737

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Powerful takeoff again

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Interesting how cities in the US are laid out in squares whereas back home the streets moreso follow the land

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AA arena and Miami skyline

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last views of Miami

The flight was pretty much routine after that I just watched the movie and enjoyed the views of approach into BGI hope you guys enjoyed.

[Edited 2011-11-10 14:44:16]
 
LGWflyer
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RE: Summer Getaway To Miami From Barbados

Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:19 am

Quoting baje427 (Thread starter):
hope you guys enjoyed.

I did thanks, I enjoyed your fantastic pics too! Loved the pics of Miami, and of course that brilliant looking AA livery. Cheers again!  
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baje427
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RE: Summer Getaway To Miami From Barbados

Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:29 am

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 1):

Thanks for the feedback
 
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RE: Summer Getaway To Miami From Barbados

Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:04 am

Quoting baje427 (Thread starter):
on my last trip i missed my connection in MIA and had to overnight from what little i saw of the city it sparked my interest and the following year I decided to visit the city whose airport I've transited over six times.

Not my favourite airport to make a connection. Did it a number of times and hopefully never again ! Always a chaotic experience for me.

Quoting baje427 (Thread starter):
I managed to get through customs pretty quickly

Probably as a result of the early arrival time. Arriving there in the afternoons/evenings is a different story.

Quoting baje427 (Thread starter):
hope you guys enjoyed.

Great Trip Report and photos of both Barbados and Miami. Also great shots of the plethora of AA metals.
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baje427
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RE: Summer Getaway To Miami From Barbados

Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:42 am

Quoting airjamaica (Reply 3):
Not my favourite airport to make a connection. Did it a number of times and hopefully never again ! Always a chaotic experience for me.

Its not bad if you have a long layover but as you said if you arrive in the afternoon customs takes a while this flight I took departs for 7am so the afternoon flight is more convenient but the connections are tighter but its always an experience dashing for the connection.
 
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RE: Summer Getaway To Miami From Barbados

Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:50 am

Your pics of Miami are stunning, thanks for sharing !

[Edited 2011-11-11 02:54:02]
 
baje427
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RE: Summer Getaway To Miami From Barbados

Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:20 pm

Quoting fasty (Reply 5):

Thanks
 
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RE: Summer Getaway To Miami From Barbados

Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:03 am

AA651 was the flight I took down to BGI from MIA in March 2009, and AA602 was the flight I flew BACK to MIA on...deja vu!

Thanks for bringing back the memories of the best vacation of my life!

Nik
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RE: Summer Getaway To Miami From Barbados

Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:11 pm

Quoting baje427 (Thread starter):
the Concorde experience hangar

I visited the Concorde Experience this past weekend, it's a great attraction and really quite interesting but such a shame that it is closed two days a week (Sunday & Monday) and you get kicked out early when they have a private function!

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