Warning: This is my first trip report. Because I have limited experience writing these reports I will let the picture do most of the communication.
Background: I booked on G4
because they are the cheapest out of ROA
to Orlando, $49 each way compared to over $400 roundtrip on the other carriers. I did splurge during booking and booked the exit row for my wife and me. The trip occured on December 23rd.
is a nice small little aiport. It doesn't have much. Just a small lounge and a newstand before security, and a small cafe in the terminal. The airport was busy that day of course given the time of year, but we did not wait more than 2 minutes to get checked in. We then proceeded to the lounge for a bite and boose. About 1 hour before departure, we went through security in 10 minutes and did some spotting (LOL).
Baggage Claim and Rental Cars
Stairs leading to security and airport amenities
View from right outside newstand
View from the Lounge looking at the other gates
Lounge Dining Menu with a glass of Shiraz
Cheeseburger with french fries. It was good.
Terminal right after security
Won't see these planes for too much longer. I wonder what will happen to airfares with a competitor gone?
Our plane coming in
Departure: 3:09 late (scheduled: 2:20)
Arrial: 4:40 late
Seat: 25 A,C exit row
Boarding went ok. They boarded from the back of the plane foward which seems logical. However, we were jammed up on the jetbridge due to people trying to stuff their luggage into the overhead bins. I can't blame them with G4
checked baggage fee. The plane couldn't handle all the carry on luggage and some needed to be checked.
View from the seat.
The flight attendants were quite nice given the time of year and that this was a full flight. We departed off runway 6. The takeoff was very powerful, the most fun time i have had on take off. The flight crew appeared to have held the brakes down while the engines gained power beyond spool up. We shot out of the airport into nice stable air, which gave me some good pics of the surrounding area.
Roanoke in the background
The service on board was quick, mostly because nobody bought anything. However, our tickets were cheap, so bought some stuff. They quickly served us and scanned my credit card.
The Lav, nothing special
Not our plane, but the one parked next to us.
At this point, my camera used up all the available battery, so missed getting pictures inside of SFB
We got into our rental car and drove to Lakeland to see family.
Everything was great about G4
except for the boarding and that they were late. The service was on par with the legacy carriers, except for purchasing drinks, and the point to point service was a big plus for us since we have family in Central Florida. Both ROA
are very nice small airports that we quickly breezed through and didn't have to wait at all, even for luggage.
I will be writing the return trip when I get back to Virginia, but please provide me with feedback about this report and some things you would like to see added. Thank You and have a Merry Christmas.