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American OKC-STL Flight 1240

Fri Sep 05, 2003 11:13 am

Scheduled Departure: 5:26pm
Actual Departure: 5:55pm
Scheduled Arrival: 7:00pm
Actual Arrival: 7:15pm
Aircraft: MD-82

We left for the OKC airport and arrived into OKC at 3:46pm. We parked at the $1 dollar per hour parking space and got out my bags. We proceeded to the AA check in inside the airport. I almost started to walk into the AA first class line, lol. Stupid of me…anyways, my cuz was able to go though with me as well. We went to gate 6 after going through security fine. I went to the monitors to check the status of my flight and saw it was on time. However my flight was also coming from STL and it was a little bit late. My cuz and I played some games, until the plane arrived to the gate. I decided to use my time to check out the new concourse in OKC. It’s pretty awesome and very new, and definitely clean. I also went to the window and checked out some planes coming and going. I saw some…CO 735 N17328, WN 732, more likely going to DAL, 2 American eagle, one heading to ORD and the other to DFW. An AA MD-82 that just flew in from DFW and was heading back to DFW. Then looked up and saw my AA MD-82 come in for a landing from STL.I saw that it had a black nose!! I was happy, as I have wanted to fly a Black nosed AA MD-80 lol. Weird I know… The reg I noted, as up above is N225AA. The plane arrived to the gate and they started to call for group boarding after all the pax came off the plane. I was in-group 3, and they called for First class, then Group 1, group 2, then finally my group, 3. I lined up, and gave the agent my ticket, she scanned it and I went into the gate and got on board the plane. I was greeted by a male F/A. He welcomed me on board and I said hello. I proceeded to Seat F, row 25. I sat down and quietly snuck my safety card in my backpack as well as the magazines even though they were allowed. I buckled up and waited till everyone was on board and buckled. We backed out away from the gates at 5:26pm and then proceeded to R31L. We held for position just before the runway. Then I heard a noise no one wants to hear…the engines slowed to a stop. Here I am thinking oh crap, what’s going on now!!! As I had a 1 hour connection!!! Then an announcement came on. The F/A interpreted it for me, as I cannot hear well. Apparently the reason why the engines stopped was we have to sit on the runway for 20 minutes to wait out the storm in STL. So then I pull out the magazine and read it until it was time to take off. I heard the engine power up again and the F/A went to seat down so I guess it was time to take off and sure enough it was. WE swung around to the runway and we powered up for take off. We then lifted off and then turned right. We quickly entered the cloud’s as the ceiling was only 600ft. We kept lifting upwards till we finally hit cruising altitude. The F/A then came up out of the seats and started serving. I listened to music and read until they came to my row. I ordered a coke and was asked if I preferred the can, I declined and got the cup and a bag of pretzels. Then the plane banked left and we seemed to power up again…So I was bored and decided to talk to the F/A. I learned her name, and it was Danielle. She is based in BOS, and had a layover in STL overnight before flying out to BOS the next day. I told her of my interest in aviation and how I wanted to be a Pilot or F/A but due to my F/A more likely a F/A or something, and she said something that I didn’t expect from her…”Well, don’t work for American, work for Southwest, they are the ones hiring aren’t they?” And she laughed. So then I chuckled with her and went go visit someone I knew from my other flights who were from Richmond, Virginia. I chatted with them for about a couple of minutes and then the F/A, Danielle asked me to go back to my seat as the flight was preparing to land soon. I went to my seat and buckled up. We then started the descent. We started to hit turbulence, and the wings rocked back and forth, and back and forth. The first set of flaps came out. Then I took one last look before we disappeared into the clouds. We still kept rocking back and forth while we were going through the clouds. We are STILL in the clouds as we were descending, the clouds must have been pretty high for us to still be in there for at least 5 minutes. Suddenly, it got darker, and darker, and then soon it seemed the wings had disappeared, and all left was a little beacon light flashing. Then we broke through the clouds, and I was able to see the wings again…relief lol. Then soon the ground came rushing at us, there wasn’t much left between the bottom of the clouds and the top of the runway. We touched down with a semi smooth, kinda rough landing.on Runway R31R I think. Can’t say for sure. The flaps left hanging and the spoilers up, we braked and then turned left for a nice long taxi to Gate C-2. I waited until mostly everyone got off and then got off the plane. I proceeded to the screens to check the status of my STL-MWA flight. This concludes the OKC-STL trip, the STL-MWA will be next.

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RE: American OKC-STL Flight 1240

Mon Mar 21, 2005 3:24 pm

Nice trip alex. Sounds like a nice f/a.
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RE: American OKC-STL Flight 1240

Thu Mar 24, 2005 12:47 am

I see you like M82 with black nose  Smile of the Future
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RE: American OKC-STL Flight 1240

Thu Mar 24, 2005 6:24 am

I was wondering, is AA scheduling an OKC-STL MD80 flight now, or was it an equipment change? I was under the impression that the three daily flights were on TransStates ERJ's. However, if AA is filling MD80's to STL from OKC, thats great!
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RE: American OKC-STL Flight 1240

Thu Mar 24, 2005 2:23 pm

Thanks for the replies but do you guys realize this happened in 2003?!

Ejmmsu- this flight ook place in 2003, a month before AA did the cutbacks at STL. they were flying 5 daily MD80's back and forth between OKC-STL, and back. now they had gotten rid of OKC. then of course they brought it back with 3 daily ERJ operated by Trans States and now they have a 4th daily on it.

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RE: American OKC-STL Flight 1240

Sat Mar 26, 2005 4:12 pm

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 4):
Thanks for the replies but do you guys realize this happened in 2003?!

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RE: American OKC-STL Flight 1240

Sun Mar 27, 2005 1:18 am

i know it was few years ago, but do you happen to know the name of the male F/A? I happen to know a male purser based out of STL.
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RE: American OKC-STL Flight 1240

Tue Mar 29, 2005 1:55 pm

STLGPH- very funny, lol just look when i posted this september of 2003. thats a long time ago...

FLAIRPORT- I do not think he was based in STL, as Danielle the woman was based in BOS so im guessing he was. I do not thnk there any more mainline F/A based at STL for AA? I may be wrong.
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