For those that do www.flightmemory.com
you will understand my slight predicament. I was missing BUR
on my map. I had hit every So Cal Airport that Southwest served except BUR
. It was taunting me in the face and I decided I had to have it on my map.
Fares are not cheap out of STL
on SWA to BUR
, then I had received SWA Gift Cards for Christmas and figured hey, while I am down in PHX
, I will do a quick turn in and out of BUR
while my friend was at work. I messaged another friend who lives in PHX
to ask if he wanted to go so he said SURE!
I booked a 3:20pm departure out of PHX
, and return at 6:10pm out of PHX
My friend who was working then later told me he got the day off from work and that he could fly with us too! This was going to be a great little get away trip!
I have had a fascination with Burbank Airport for quite awhile, especially after SWA had their over run incident at BUR
back in 2000. The celebrities that fly in and out of BUR
, the close proximity to Hollywood and the Studios sounded really cool. Finally the biggest winner? Being able to deplane and board using AIR STAIRS!!! This meant walking on the ramp and being up close to the planes!
I was super pumped to go to BUR
and to go with two buddies who like me, were just crazy enough to hop on a plane for the hell of it, walk around and get a quick dinner and fly back!
After I landed in PHX
on Delta, as mentioned on the last TR
, we went spotting and then headed back inside to the gates for Southwest to wait for our boarding to BUR
My friend got on board first then I proceeded, we sat in the back, somewhat light load but enough passengers to keep the crew busy. Our other friend texted to say he was on his way and to save him a seat so we did.
Our friend got on board and we all sat in the row and chatted and caught up until it was time to depart for BUR
We backed out of the gate and headed quickly to the runway and we took off for BUR
. I was super excited to check out a new airport once again.
Flying over the Desert
I liked this shot for some reason...
We all kicked back on the flight, and chatted amongst ourselves with the flight crew and my friends. It was quite possibly one of the most fun flights I ever took on Southwest, knowing the friends you're with and being familiar with the flight crew certainly does help.
The B Flight Attendant was PHX
based and from BUR
I believe so when she got wind of what we were doing she proceeded to make small talk with us telling us about different stuff in Burbank and the surrounding areas. To bad we were only doing a turn but I will make an effort to go back and overnight there when I can! The crew was fantastic yet again on the flight making sure we continued to have drinks and snacks on board the plane.
In time we were starting to approach Burbank, so I decided to focus out the window and get some shots for me. I have heard the approach is very cool and fun, nothing like SNA
but certainly had its task at hand.
We started the wide turn for BUR
Flaps started coming down as the crew picked up our trash and cups and settled in for the landing
I was smiling from ear to ear so happy to finally check out the rest of So Cal, get another airport on my map and to have friends to share this experience with, totally felt lucky and blessed!
I am told somewhere in the next couple pictures we see Los Angeles and the Hill where the Hollywood sign is in front of?
After I was done snapping I took out the video for landing. This is what I was waiting for the landing! The scenery was beautiful in Burbank area and I was glad I was getting shots in.
Landing was sweet, and we proceeded off the runway as we taxied to the hardstands, this was the part I was looking forward to SEEING BOB HOPE on the Airport Building.
Looking Out on the Ramp
A Lone 737 in the distance
This is it! The Moment I was waiting for! Getting ready to deplane by AIR STAIRS in the back of the plane. I know some of you may be rolling your eyes at me especially those that have done BUR
many times. I didn't really have a plan in mind, Do I wave like a celebrity at the top of the stairs? Do I fall down and act like a total ass in front of everyone? I didn't care, I was having such a blast. Little did I know the SWA Employees at BUR
would go out of their way to make sure I got a rare opportunity to take shots.
Getting ready to get off the plane
Staring out on the Ramp
The Shot I was planning to take and got! TAIL SHOTS!
Looking forward from the AFT
Jumpseat in the back. I have fond memories riding "4th" in that seat when I worked at Southwest.
Background of BUR
At this point the Ops Agent for BUR
noticed us standing around and had urged us to hurry up to get the boarding going, we apologized and quickly hurried up. My friend mentioned to the Ops Agent about this being my first time here at BUR
. She smiled and said well go on get some shots, we can wait a few more minutes! My jaw dropped!
So I ran around the ramp taking some shots under her supervision while my other friends took shots and mingled with the Ops Agent.
More Folks Deplaning
Our Plane after we had arrived
After we got all the shots we proceeded to talk to the Ops Agent some more and got a group shot which I am waiting for my friends to get uploaded.
I was absolutely so happy to be given the chance to get some shots in, get a very brief tour of the ramp, shots with the plane, and the crew of my flight as well as the ground ops in BUR
was so welcoming to make sure I had a good time there. I cannot thank the folks at Southwest enough for this.
Also a huge thanks to my two friends who took the time on their day off to fly with me and keep me company and enjoy the experience of doing BUR
along with me. I truly had a fantastic time, and it was great to share that with my friends I encourage anyone who can make a trip to BUR
to do so, one of the last remaining airports that allows Air Stair boardings in the 48 States of the USA into jets.
We then went inside and walked around checking out the rest of the airport and we grabbed a quick dinner before we flew back to PHX
later that night.
Hope ya'll enjoyed the shots and please comment and ask questions if you have any!