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Dashing Across The Rockies In A Dash!

Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:59 am

Greetings, Everyone!

Here's a little report for you, as I thought I'd share a few photos from a recent trip with United Express from Denver, CO to Albuquerque, NM. For my wife's 30th birthday, I had been planning to surprise her with a little trip, and after much research I chose to go to Sante Fe, NM for a weekend! From Minneapolis, the options to get there were few; we could have gone through Houston, or Denver. The times worked better for us with a Denver connection, and so after checking flight times, I booked it.

I won't cover the segment from MSP-DEN as this flight was completely routine, but I did want to share a few photos for our shorter flight to New Mexico as flying on a Dash 8 - 400 is not as common!

Friday, February 8, 2013.

After we arrived from Minneapolis, we easily found our connecting flight to ABQ at the Express gates on the far end of the B Concourse. Denver is a huge airport, and I'm always amazed at how big it is whenever I'm passing through. The airport on this Friday morning was relatively quiet, and we were lucky to find out that our flight was wide open. This is something rare these days!

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CRJ's and ERJ's at the end of the B concourse

Boarding began at B-67 about 20 minutes before a 9:00am departure. My wife and I walked downstairs, and along to the gate on the ground level. Only about 20 seats of 71 were occupied this morning, so boarding was completed quickly.

Just before the door shut, one of the flight attendants asked those of us all sitting in the first 3 rows of coach if any of us could move to the rear of the aircraft and sit back there to help with weight and balance. (One side note; I cannot believe United Express offers a 2 row First Class on their Dash 8 planes!) With no one else volunteering, my wife and I both said that we would be fine to move back.

Push-back happened shortly afterwards, and the Dash engines began to start. The safety demo was conducted quickly as we taxied out. I love flying on these types of planes; it's so cool to have the landing gear right in front of you to see.

Takeoff was powerful, and with a light load, we were up in no-time. We flew out over downtown Denver as we began heading south for New Mexico.

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Seconds after takeoff from Denver

The flight attendants soon began to prepare the service in the rear galley; strange, I thought the Dash galley was at the front. After one took the cart to the front to begin service, the other flight attendant asked what we would like. After I said I'd like a Tomato Juice, and my wife ordered an Orange Juice, the flight attendant said .. "Would you like Vodka as well?" to both of us. Not something I was expecting at the time, but sure, why not! I guess it pays off to give up your seat.  http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h203/cessna55057/DSC_2725_zps6a7f225d.jpg
My Tomato Juice turned into a Bloody Mary

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My wife's new drink!

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Over the Rockies

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Amazing clouds!

After the service was completed, I asked if I could purchase one of the United snack-boxes as I'd not eaten since Minneapolis. The flight attendant helping us out said, "Well, I don't have any of those, but how about some pretzels from First Class?" Sure! I'll take those free pretzels!

What a great flight! We had 4-5 rows at the back to ourselves and free vodka in our drinks; this was a good day for flying!

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On final approach to ABQ

Landing into Albuquerque was smooth, and we touched down after only about 1 hour and 20 minutes in the air. Nice job, United Express, and thank you to those awesome flight attendants for helping to kick-start a really fun long weekend!

Best,

Matthew (767747)
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RE: Dashing Across The Rockies In A Dash!

Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:58 am

Hi Matthew,

nice short report, flying over the Rockies is certainly a great experience.

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
For my wife's 30th birthday, I had been planning to surprise her with a little trip, and after much research I chose to go to Sante Fe, NM for a weekend!

That's what I call an appropriate gift!

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
After one took the cart to the front to begin service, the other flight attendant asked what we would like. After I said I'd like a Tomato Juice, and my wife ordered an Orange Juice, the flight attendant said .. "Would you like Vodka as well?" to both of us. Not something I was expecting at the time, but sure, why not! I guess it pays off to give up your seat.

Nice surprise!


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RE: Dashing Across The Rockies In A Dash!

Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:55 pm

Matthew,

a shorty report, that's for sure. But good to have you onboard the Q400. It's a fine aircraft, also for me still quite special, I did fly it only twice, on BE and WF.

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
Only about 20 seats of 71 were occupied this morning, so boarding was completed quickly.

Good comfort, nice to have a light load from a passenger point of view.

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
After one took the cart to the front to begin service, the other flight attendant asked what we would like. After I said I'd like a Tomato Juice, and my wife ordered an Orange Juice, the flight attendant said .. "Would you like Vodka as well?" to both of us. Not something I was expecting at the time, but sure, why not! I guess it pays off to give up your seat.
Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
I asked if I could purchase one of the United snack-boxes as I'd not eaten since Minneapolis. The flight attendant helping us out said, "Well, I don't have any of those, but how about some pretzels from First Class?" Sure! I'll take those free pretzels!

That's is a great touch from this F/A. Good to show this way to treat a customer, even in the USA it is still possible judging from your report. Well done by her and CO this way!

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Eric
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RE: Dashing Across The Rockies In A Dash!

Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:07 pm

Great trip report. Looks like you had a good journey .
The vodka was definitely a bonus!
- Alec
 
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RE: Dashing Across The Rockies In A Dash!

Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:31 am

Thank you for the comments!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
That's what I call an appropriate gift!

Thanks, PH! Yeah, we had a great time - definitely a cool place to visit. I'd recommend it to anyone!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 2):
a shorty report, that's for sure. But good to have you onboard the Q400. It's a fine aircraft, also for me still quite special, I did fly it only twice, on BE and WF.

Thanks, Eric! Yeah, I love the Q400. Definitely a great aircraft and nice to get a chance to ride on one as its quite rare in the US unless you're on United Express.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 2):
That's is a great touch from this F/A. Good to show this way to treat a customer, even in the USA it is still possible judging from your report. Well done by her and CO this way!

Yeah, she was awesome. Made me want to fly with them again!

Quoting raffik (Reply 3):
Great trip report. Looks like you had a good journey .
The vodka was definitely a bonus!

Thanks, raffik! Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, it was a nice bonus for sure!

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RE: Dashing Across The Rockies In A Dash!

Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:07 am

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
With no one else volunteering, my wife and I both said that we would be fine to move back.

The joke was on them; the quietest seats onboard the Q400 are in the rear, so I'd say you came out ahead!

One question, though: why didn't you take UA into Santa Fe directly? I believe it's year-round service (could be wrong about that, though), and would get you directly to your destination.
 
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RE: Dashing Across The Rockies In A Dash!

Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:09 am

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 5):
The joke was on them; the quietest seats onboard the Q400 are in the rear, so I'd say you came out ahead!

One question, though: why didn't you take UA into Santa Fe directly? I believe it's year-round service (could be wrong about that, though), and would get you directly to your destination.

Hi, AA737-823!

Thanks for your comments! I know - the best seats in my mind are in the back!

We didn't take UA into Sante Fe, as I wasn't able to see any flights when I was searching. It looks like only Great Lakes flies into Sante Fe from Denver, and those didn't seem to be very cheap, at least when we were searching!

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Matthew
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RE: Dashing Across The Rockies In A Dash!

Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:12 am

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 5):
One question, though: why didn't you take UA into Santa Fe directly? I believe it's year-round service (could be wrong about that, though), and would get you directly to your destination.

UA service (ExpressJet, actually) begins May 1, 2013. Until then, only Great Lakes flies SAF-DEN.
 
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RE: Dashing Across The Rockies In A Dash!

Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:43 am

Hi Matthew

I really enjoyed your short and sweet report on the Dash - nice pics of your flight too.

I've always wanted to fly into ABQ given that it refers to itself as they rather bizarrely named "Sunport". How cool. It didn't look all that sunny for your arrival though!

Thanks for posting this one.

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RE: Dashing Across The Rockies In A Dash!

Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:08 am

Quoting palmjet (Reply 8):
I've always wanted to fly into ABQ given that it refers to itself as they rather bizarrely named "Sunport". How cool.

Well, it was sunny when I arrived there two years ago! But, overall, the airport is a bit run-down. Dirty, dingy carpet, awkward TSA checkpoint layout, and- in spite of some really cool, culturally-appropriate architecture- a very 1980's feel to the place.
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RE: Dashing Across The Rockies In A Dash!

Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:10 am

Hi Matthew  

Nice report and nice idea for a trip. Love the pics of the Rockies. Probably better to do on a Q400 so well done.

Any nice Summer vacation planned?

Regards

Philip  

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