I ended up having to go to New York City for the day. I was planning on flying DL down and back. When I was looking at flights though, I saw that the morning jetBlue flight was on an A320. The flight is usually on an E190. Two days this week, the flight was an A320 though. When jetBlue first started flying to SYR, all their flights were on the A320. For years the JFK flights have been operated by the E190, occasionally they have had a flight on an Airbus. This flight would be my first time flying the A320 from SYR to JFK in over 7 years. The morning flight used to leave around 11am, but it had been moved earlier in the morning. Since I was only going for the day and was not checking bag, I got the airport an hour before my flight.
By the time I got through security, my plane was just landing from JFK
Syracuse, NY (SYR) – New York, NY (JFK)
Scheduled Departure Time – 8:25am
Actual Departure Time- 8:27am
Scheduled Arrival Time – 9:40am
Actual Arrival Time- 9:15am
N715JB pulling up to the gate. I had just flown this plane 3 months before, from JFK to CTG
N715JB at gate 3
Boarding started at 7:50am. The flight was only about half full. Everyone had boarded by 8:05am. We sat at the gate for about 10 minutes, before the door was closed. The captain made an announcement about the flight. He mentioned that they had flown up from JFK, and it was a bumpy ride. He was anticipating the same thing on the way back down. The door was closed at 8:15am, and we pushed back 3 minutes later.
Cabin before departure
Watching the pushback on the airport webcam
Once the engines were started, we began the taxi. The winds were gusting out of the south, so runway 15 was the active. This runway is not used that often.
Cleared for takeoff
Climbing out of SYR
We climbed up to 25,000ft for the short flight down to JFK. The flight attendants made an announcement that they had started a service on the flight up, but it got to bumpy. On this flight they were not going to do any service. If you needed anything though, they said they would do their best to help you out.
On top of the clouds
It was an overcast morning with low ceilings, gusty winds, mist and rain. We were in IMC the entire descent, and broke out on final for runway 22L
It was a smooth touchdown
Pulling into gate 4, next to N598JB. It had arrived earlier in the morning, after a redeye from LAS. It ended up flying to BUR later on in the morning, after the plane that had been scheduled to fly that flight had a maintenance issue.
N715JB, headed out for its next flight down to NAS
Later on in the day, I was flying back to SYR. This time on DL, on a CRJ-200.
Delta Connection “Endeavor” 4823
New York, NY (JFK) – Syracuse, NY (SYR)
Scheduled Departure Time – 4:59pm
Actual Departure Time- 5:35pm
Scheduled Arrival Time – 6:27pm
Actual Arrival Time- 6:20pm
N801AY after arriving from BTV. This was my third time flying on it, and the second time from JFK to SYR
They started to make announcements for boarding. In the middle of the announcements, they stopped boarding. They made an announcement, that there was a small maintenance issue. They would get back to us, with how long it would be. About 10 minutes later, they continued boarding. Once we had boarded, the captain announced that there was an issue with the APU they were trying to fix. After 15 minutes, it was starting to get hot on the plane. Finally they announced they were going to do an airstart, and we were just waiting for the equipment. After another 10 minutes, we were able to pushback.
12A, next to N8891A preparing for departure to BWI
It was a quick taxi 22R, and after a Lufthansa A380 departed, we took off
Climbing out of JFK
We climbed up to 20,000ft, for the short flight to SYR. It started to get really bumpy, as we descended
Final runway 28
Taxiing to gate 23, we passed N625JB that was heading to MCO
It was a quick trip down to New York, but it was different to be able to fly on the A320 again on this route