I was going home for a few days, because I had a wedding to attend. I was originally supposed to fly on a redeye from PHX-JFK. There were thunderstorms in NY, so my flight ended up being delayed. I got an email from DL, that gave me the option to switch to an earlier flight. I decided to change my flight, to one leaving earlier in the evening. I would also get to fly on a 767-400, which I had only flown on once previously. I got to the airport around 5pm. I dropped my bag, and headed up to the gate. The airport was not very busy. There was only one other flight to Salt Lake City, that had been delayed from earlier in the day.
Delta Connection “Compass” 5693
Phoenix, AZ (PHX) – Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
Scheduled Departure Time – 6:25pm
Actual Departure Time- 8:15pm
Scheduled Arrival Time – 7:54pm
Actual Arrival Time- 9:20pm
1 hour 5 minutes
N603CZ after arriving from LAX
Boarding started at 5:55pm. Everyone was on board, and we were ready to go by 6:15pm.
As everyone was boarding, the sky started to get darker. It looked like a dust storm was developing. The winds were picking up, and all departures were stopped. The captain made an announcement about the situation. He said, that we would be remaining at the gate, until he had more information. About 10 minutes later, the weather started to deteriorate at the airport. After a few go arounds, all arrivals were put into holds. As the weather got worse, we just sat at the gate. The captain made a few announcements, letting us know what was going on. At 7:20pm, the captain said that we were going to quickly pushback. There had been a break in the weather, and we were going to try to depart.
About to taxi
As we started to taxi, a thunderstorm moved over the airport and once again all departures were stopped. We came to a stop, and ended up sitting for another 40 minutes before we were able to depart.
BA 288 to LHR
Finally at 8:15pm, over 2 hours after boarding we took off from runway 25R
Line Up and Wait
There were storms directly to the west of the airport. We took off and as soon as we were in the air, we immediately made a right turn to the north. It was a turbulent climb out of PHX, as we flew around the weather. We climbed up to flight level 280, and it smoothed out 30 minutes into the flight. The flight attendant in first class, came around with drinks and a snack basket.
We started our descent 25 minutes before landing, we landed on 25L at 9:20pm. We parked at gate 21, 10 minutes after we landed.
I had a little over about 45 minutes until boarding was supposed to begin. Shortly after deplaning, I got a notification that the flight would be delayed 20 minutes. The plane had taken off late from JFK.
Los Angeles, CA (LAX) – New York, NY (JFK)
Scheduled Departure Time – 10:50pm
Actual Departure Time- 11:38pm
Scheduled Arrival Time – 7:22am
Actual Arrival Time- 7:33am
4 hours 55 minutes
N835MH arriving from JFK
Shortly after everyone deplaned, they started boarding the flight to JFK. Everyone had boarded by 11:10pm. A few minutes later, the door was closed. We started to pushback 11:21pm. Once the engines were started, we taxied slowly to runway 24L
Cabin before departure
27A, N624AG departed early the next morning to JFK
We climbed up to 33,000ft. the flight attendants came through with drinks and snacks. It was a smooth ride for the first 2 hour and a half hours, and then it got a little bumpy. We climbed up to 35,000, where we stayed until we started the descent into JFK over southern New Jersey
Sun starting to come up
An hour before landing, the flight attendants came around with water and orange juice
Pulling into gate B26, next to N702TW getting ready to depart to Las Vegas
N835MH before its next flight, right back to Los Angeles
I had 2 hours until my flight to SYR
Delta Connection “Endeavor” 5405
New York, NY (JFK) – Syracuse, NY (SYR)
Scheduled Departure Time – 9:35am
Actual Departure Time- 10:01am
Scheduled Arrival Time – 10:58am
Actual Arrival Time- 10:45am
N8847A getting towed into the gate, after spending the night at JFK
12A, next to N8783E getting ready to depart to Baltimore
Once everyone had boarded, the door was closed and we pushed back. The engines were quickly started, and we began the taxi to 22R.
Pushed back, with N775DE getting ready to depart to San Diego
Climbing out of JFK
We climbed up to 22,000ft. On this flight, the flight attendant does not do any service. There was some weather between JFK and SYR, so it was a bumpy ride
Final runway 10
Pulling into the gate. N790SK had been scheduled to depart earlier in the morning, to ORD. It ended up being delayed 5 hours.
N8847A at gate 25, before the flight back down to JFK
After a few days at home, it was time for me to fly back. For the flight back I was flying AA through PHL. I got to the airport at 5:00pm, for my 6:15pm flight.
American Eagle “Republic” 4443
Syracuse, NY (SYR) – Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
Scheduled Departure Time – 6:15pm
Actual Departure Time- 6:26pm
Scheduled Arrival Time – 7:30pm
Actual Arrival Time- 7:09pm
N103HQ arriving from PHL in heavy rain
At gate 6
Boarding started 30 minutes prior to departure. It had been raining hard during boarding. By the time we were scheduled to depart, it had passed. So, we were able to depart without any delays.
The weather had moved just to the east of the airport. We were departing right towards it. ATC gave us a heading to the south, around the weather. We started that turn immediately after taking off. Despite being near the weather, it was a smooth climb up to 15,000ft. A few minutes later, we descended down to 12,000ft. The flight attendants came through with drinks and Biscoff cookies.
Climbing out of SYR
Cruising at 12,000ft
N103HQ at gate A14, before its next flight to Louisville
I had an hour until the PHX flight started boarding
Philadelphia, PA (PHL) – Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
Scheduled Departure Time – 8:35pm
Actual Departure Time- 8:55pm
Scheduled Arrival Time – 10:43pm
Actual Arrival Time- 10:19pm
4 hours 24 minutes
N572UW at gate A9, after arriving from SFO
Boarding started around 8:05pm. Everyone was on board, and the door was closed at by 8:30pm. We started to push back 1 minute after our scheduled departure time, at 8:36pm. Once the engines were started, we taxied to runway 27L, and took off at 8:55pm.
18A, next to N349AN a 767-300 preparing for departure to Europe
After takeoff, we climbed up to 34,000ft where we stayed for the entire flight. Once we reached our cruising altitude, the flight attendants handed out pretzels. They then started to come through with drinks. About 45 minutes into the flight, someone in the row ahead of us, on the other side of the plane rang their call button. A flight attendant came. She then went towards the back of the plane. Right after this the lights were turned on, an announcement was made that there was a medical emergency. Any one that was a doctor or medical professional was asked to ring their call button. The flight attendants came back with oxygen. The girl near us was having problems breathing. A few passengers and the flight attendants talked to her, and figured out the situation. Eventually things settled down. It was not that serious, because we did not divert. A little while later, a flight attendant came back. She asked the girl some questions, because she had some paperwork to fill out. Later on in the flight, the same thing happened again. This time the girl kept the oxygen on. The flight attendants came around often to check on her, throughout the flight.
Climbing out of PHL
With everything going on near me, the flight passed by really quickly. We descended into PHX from the northeast, on the EAGUL6 arrival. We landed to the west, on runway 26 at 10:19pm
Final runway 26
Pulling into gate A27
The following weekend, I went on vacation with my family. The flight attendant that was at the front of the plane during deplaning, was also working my flight from PHX to CLT, 5 days later. After deplaning, I headed down to get my bag. It ended up taking 45 minutes for the bags to start coming out.