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Sunny Orlando W/AA! MEX-DFW-MCO And Back! 60 Pics

Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:09 am

Hey guys!

It's always a pleasure to write another trip report, specially if the trip was as good as this one. As some of you might know from my past trip reports, I do a lot of trips to irish dancing competitions. This time it was not the exception as the time for the US Southern Region Regional was to be as usual the first weekend of December.


Getting a cheap ticket was not easy this time. I usually have good luck finding a cheap fare (I just bought a round trip ticket to New York for 220 USD!!). What was different this time is that I was travelling with one of my best friends and it was really hard to get her to buy the plane ticket ( as she thought the fare just stays forever). This made us loose several great fares. So as time passed it was getting tougher to get some nice deals.

If any one has been to Orlando ( specially to the Disney Area) you know that it has to be one of the most expensive places in the US. So getting a good hotel was also a pain. After doing lots of research we finally decided our best bet was to buy a vacation package ( airplane, hotel, park tickets and breakfast). The fare was a little less than 1000USD, which was not that bad but the USD started to get really expensive in Mexico by then.


Two days before the trip I had to do a quick trip to a small town in Jalisco. The result was me arriving back at home just 4 hours before going to the airport. I was, of course, feeling phisically devasted but ready to go. My friend's boyfriend arrived at 3:30 am to pick me up and take us to the airport. It was a quick trip of course and we arrived just on time...to wait for an hour.

The check in counter were closed and opened until 10 to 5, which created a huge line of people. Once they were open the check in process was fast and the agents were nice.

AA counters at MEX


Our boarding passes were given quickly for both sectors. We then proceeded to take a quick breakfast and then onto the gate as both of us had no energy to be moving around the airport ( as I usually do once inside lol).


MEX-DFW
American Airlines
Flight: AA1066
Depart: 6:00 /6:55 (Scheduled/Actual)
Arrive: 8:30 / 9:12 (Scheduled/Actual)
Duration: 2h 17min
Equipment: MD-80
Reg: ----
Cabin: Economy/Turista
Seats: 12B
Seat pitch: OK...
Load: 95% (aprox)
Gate: 36
Departure Runway: 5L
Arrival Runway: 18R


Waiting paciently at the gate


Boarding started soon, which was really appreciated as I was about to fall asleep in the middle of the waiting area. We were group 5 to board so we just waited for everyone to board the plane and avoid the line.

I was really looking forward for this flight as I couldn't remember the last time I flew with an MD80. So for me it was like the first time! You never know when will those planes stop flying. Once inside I was not that happy, it felt really cramped and spaceless. Although I loved how quiet the plane is when you're almost at the front and the galley behind the wing. It was a very interesting experience though.

More boarding...


AA 737 ready for it's flight to MIA.


We were actually supposed to depart before them, but for some unknown reason we left half an hour after them.

Sunrise had already taken place when we started to taxi to runway 5L. The safety video was shown and the FA made sure everything was in place for take off.

Aeromexico 777 in the queue for departure.


Waiting for departure


Climbing!


After reaching cruise level my friend decided to sleep and so did I. I got awake with the drink service and to take some pics around the cabin. The service was...well...nothing spectacular. FA only give drinks and picked up trash with efficiency. As almost all products on board are for sale, the contact between flight attendants and passengers is starting to get lost.

MD-80 aisle


Me at the restroom


More MD80 restroom


MD-80's cabin from the rear.


Felt asleep for some more minutes until the cabin crew started to prepare for landing. As I didn't have the window seat, I had to make some maneuvers to avoid my sleeping friend in order to get my camera to the window.


Would this by Fort-Worth?


For arrival, we did this famous U-turn over Grapvine lake in order to arrive at rwy 18R

Grapevine lake



Dallas in the morning! Almost there



DFW! After my first visit to this airport in February from last year, I was really looking forward to it again!


Arriving at gate, with a heavy AA besides us



Our Super 80 at the gate


More Terminal D pictures



After leaving the plane we made our way straight to the restrooms before doing any lines at the immigration check. The line was long as Korean arrived by the time. My I-94 arrival form had to be re done as I apparently did something wrong with it. The ladies helping were very very kind and took a moment to re do it for me to avoid any future error.

Immigration check


After going through immigration, we picked up our bags and left it in the transfer point. It was the first time I was doing a stop in a hub in the US before going to another destination. I wasl always kind of reluctant to doing a stop in the US. I was surprised at how easy it was, no hassle at all. It is a pain going to immigration, but as I was doing a domestic flight next you might just do it. Maybe DFW is a great airport and doing a connection is hassle free. I would seriously consider doing a stop in DFW anytime. Don't know how other airports in the US work with this ( I know I would NEVER do it in MIA).

Back to DFW, we went outside to smoke and to freeze our ass of for a while. It looks sunny but it was freezing and windy!


Back into terminal D before going through security check


More Terminal D



Once inside, we had to take the Train to Terminal A for our flight to Orlando


Train map


A picture from D sponsored by my friend Ana which decided she wanted to be a plane spotter as well  Wink


The train ride was a great experience! It has great plane sights! We were soon in Terminal A for our flight. As we lost a lot of time wondering around Terminal D, we didn't have enough time to see around Terminal A as we went straight to the store in front our gate for supplies.

DFW-MCO
American Airlines
Flight: AA1638
Depart: 11:00 /11:10 (Scheduled/Actual)
Arrive: 1:20 / 1:09 (Scheduled/Actual)
Duration: 1h 59min
Equipment: B757-200
Reg: ----
Cabin: Economy/Turista
Seats: 24E
Seat pitch: OK...
Load: 100%
Gate: 22
Flight level: 40,000 ft
Departure Runway: 17R
Arrival Runway: 36R


I was also looking forward to this flight as I was very excited with this trip, plus also I couldn't remember a time when I was in a 757. Boarding was quick and we departed with a minor delay.

Gate A22


Waiting for boarding to finish


Taxi to runway 17R was very fast. When the plane started to gain speed for take off i was AMAZED by how fast we took off. The power from the 757 is just amazing!



Service was good and IFE was ok. Some random shows were shown but I didn't really pay attention to them as I was studying for my final exam which was the following monday.

Supplies bought in our last minute shop at terminal A. Drinks were given by the crew


The flight went by pretty fast as I thought it was going to take us longer. I haven't even finished studying some basic stuff when the cabin crew was already preparing for landing. By this moment I was very satisfied with my flights with AA. I've flown 95% of times in Y, and I've heard some bad comments from AA. But so far my experience was doing fair justice to the airline.

Before landing in Orlando


In no time we were in Gate 16 and ready to deplane.

Ooops, some work going on with the ceilling...


Trains connecting to main terminal and atc tower


Train view!


More terminal view at MCO


I was starting to feel the rush of the trip and was very excited about being back in Orlando after 12 years. Plus the American Xmas Spirit is just out of control!

Me with the mile high Xmas tree


Here are some random pics from the trip

Biggest Disney Store in the World!


Virgin Megastore


Candy and more candy


Epcot


Monorail


My friends and I being dead after walking all day around Magic Kingdom


Amazing Fireworks! I'm just amazed at how the magic never ends.

Best ride ever!



A week at Orlando felt like a day and half and it was time to go back to Mexico City and to real life. On Sunday's morning, my friend and I had a huge hangover and we had to hurry up and do our bags. We have a friend that was working at Epcot by the time and she told us she was going to pick us up and take us to the airport. The only problem was we weren't that sure we would remember after the party the day before. She arrived on time and took us to buy some last minute gifts to the huge Disney store. Half and hour later we were at the airport ready to leave.

Arriving to the Airport


Satellite with lots of planes


Departure area


Once inside the AA check in counter had a very small line. For some reason we spent one hour there before our turn to check in. The lady was very nice although she was surprised about how big my bag was and how little it weighted. She found this suspicious so she started asking me lots of questions. I had to explain her I was not on a shopping trip and that I was there for a huge competition. She even had me take my camera out and show her! I think she was more curious about the irish dancing than anything else.


With our boarding passes on hand, we went back to this xmas tree area. There dozens of people with flags plus lots of veterans waiting for something. It ended up being a welcoming party for wounded soldiers in Irak. I'll never support the war, but being there and looking at those men who's bodies and lifes changed for ever made me realize just how many brave people there is outside to go and fight for their country.



After that we went to walk around and found this last minute mini-mall inside the airport. I found great deals at Brookstone and bought an excellent hand luggage! I also had my last minute Sbarro pizza at the food court.

Acquarium at the food court


We then had 15 minutes to get to our gate for our departure to DFW.

MCO-DFW
American Airlines
Flight: AA897
Depart: 17:40 /17:48 (Scheduled/Actual)
Arrive: 19:40 / 19:28 (Scheduled/Actual)
Duration: 1h 42min
Equipment: B757-200
Reg: ----
Cabin: Economy/Turista
Seats: 26F
Seat pitch: OK...
Load: 80% (aprox)
Gate: 22
Flight level: 40,000 ft
Departure Runway: ---
Arrival Runway: ---


Boarding was OK. No major delays were made with having people getting into the plane. We just had some minutes before pushing back. I was at first in the middle seat and the aisle seat was obviously taken. Then I noticed the front row was empty with the exception of the aisle seat ( which was fine as long I could get the window seat). When doors were closed I jumped right away to ask the FA and the person in the aisle seat it it was ok for me to seat in the window. Fortunately I got it!


Looking devastated after a great week and having to leave.

My friend decided she was going to take the pictures for the trip report now!



Getting everything organized before departure


More cabin view


Ramp view


Sunset at MCO...making our departure almost nostalgic


Takeoff! I really tried pulling the pic together, I do need more practice with these


Inflight service came around 30 minutes after departure. I was having a great time until I realized I had a microeconomy final test the following morning and I had NO time to study!!!

Studying externalities



IFE going on in the middle screens


It was obvious I was so concentrated I was not taking myself pictures during study  Wink


Flight went fast and soon we were on our approach to DFW!


Getting the approach organized


Arriving to our gate in DFW


Some friends


We had an hour and a half for our connection in DFW. We immediately went to the train to get to terminal D soon.


Terminal A at night


Stairs to the train


Train station



Arriving at terminal D we went outside for a smoke and then inside to have a pretzel at Auntie Annie's local.


DFW-MEX
American Airlines
Flight: AA409
Depart: 21:05 /--- (Scheduled/Actual)
Arrive: 23:40 / 23:25 (Scheduled/Actual)
Duration: 1h 30 min aprox
Equipment: MD80
Reg: ----
Cabin: Economy/Turista
Seats: 14B
Seat pitch: OK...
Load: 100%
Departure Runway: ---
Arrival Runway: 5R


I was just to tired for pictures so I slept and studied for the rest of the flight. The flight in general was run of the mill.

Boarding



Finally, all I can say is that I was satisfied with my flights with American. They are the cheapest option sometimes and I wouldn't doubt flying with them every once in a while if the fares are great! I've heard terrible comments with AA, so far they have proven to be reliable and take me to where I want to get on time and with my bags. Hopefully I'll never get a bad experience with them...but you never know!

Find out about my future adventure to JFK. Coming Soon in April!

I hope you liked my report! Comments are more than welcomed!

Cheers!

Alonso
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RE: Sunny Orlando W/AA! MEX-DFW-MCO And Back! 60 P

Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:10 pm

Very nice report! Thank you. DFW looks like a nice airport to connect through.

Quoting KLM685 (Thread starter):
I was just to tired for pictures so I slept and studied for the rest of the flight.

Very diligent.  Wink If I was tired I would not spend a thought on studying.

Quoting KLM685 (Thread starter):
I'll never support the war, but being there and looking at those men who's bodies and lifes changed for ever made me realize just how many brave people there is outside to go and fight for their country.

Hmm...I don't know.
Why did they go in the first place? Did they fight for their country? How has the US become a safer place? And weren't they supposed to fight for "Iraqi Freedom", whatever that means?
Oh well, off-topic, I guess.  Wink
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RE: Sunny Orlando W/AA! MEX-DFW-MCO And Back! 60 Pics

Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:20 pm

Very nice report.Rare we see a favorable report about AA.
BTW how did you do in your test?
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RE: Sunny Orlando W/AA! MEX-DFW-MCO And Back! 60 P

Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:41 pm

Great report, that shot of the monorail with the color alteration is fantastic. I am in the midst of putting together a trip to Disneyworld right now, and so far it looks like we'll be using AA. Not only was the report/pics excellent, but it has also gotten me even more excited about our prospective trip! Thanks a lot and great job!
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RE: Sunny Orlando W/AA! MEX-DFW-MCO And Back! 60 Pics

Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:11 pm

Great TR dude!

You (like me) seem to be a really fun traveler! I fly LAX-DFW quite a bit with AA and I havent had any problems whatsoever with them. Glad to see you had a good experiance as well!
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RE: Sunny Orlando W/AA! MEX-DFW-MCO And Back! 60 Pics

Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:19 am

Thanks a lot for your comments! I really aprecciate them!

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Reply 1):
Very diligent. Wink If I was tired I would not spend a thought on studying.

Well I really tried studying as much as I could but the last 40 minutes I could not stay awake any longer. I was at home as 1am and my test was at 1pm!

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Reply 1):
DFW looks like a nice airport to connect through.

It's amazing...It's so big it doesn't feel busy at all.

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Reply 1):
Oh well, off-topic, I guess.

I know where you're coming from. I think it was just shocking to see wounded soldiers arriving home. It's very very sad. I don't think no one was asking to come back home like that.

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 2):
BTW how did you do in your test?

To my surprise I passed! I think the strategy is go on a trip one week before finals and just forget everything lol. I was VERY relaxed at the test.

Quoting MSNfan (Reply 3):
but it has also gotten me even more excited about our prospective trip! Thanks a lot and great job!

The magic never goes away! I really thought being 23 would change my 11 year old perspective of Disney. The good thing is it just gets better! You enjoy tons more!

Quoting LAXdude1023 (Reply 4):
You (like me) seem to be a really fun traveler!

hahaha thanks! I try to have the best time every time.
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RE: Sunny Orlando W/AA! MEX-DFW-MCO And Back! 60 Pics

Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:55 pm

Very nice TR!
I love Orlando and your pics made me feel a little nostalgic.
AA is an airline that I regularly fly and I find them pretty good too.

Quoting KLM685 (Thread starter):
After going through immigration, we picked up our bags and left it in the transfer point. It was the first time I was doing a stop in a hub in the US before going to another destination. I wasl always kind of reluctant to doing a stop in the US. I was surprised at how easy it was, no hassle at all. It is a pain going to immigration, but as I was doing a domestic flight next you might just do it. Maybe DFW is a great airport and doing a connection is hassle free. I would seriously consider doing a stop in DFW anytime. Don't know how other airports in the US work with this ( I know I would NEVER do it in MIA).

Well, I´ve already used MIA as a connection/immigration point lots of times and I´ve never had any problem. The probability of getting a Latino officer is high and they´re usually more easygoing (this means less questions and more friendly) than the American ones.
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Fri Feb 27, 2009 6:05 pm

DFW terminal D is really quite a nice terminal and very easy for customs, though, when you arrive from Europe or Asia, the flights tend to arrive around the same time, so it gets to be quite full at immigration around 2-5PM. I hear the Hyatt at Terminal D is quite wonderful as well, but never really had a reason to stay there.

AA is really using terminal D for ALL widebody flights, and they cram as many flights into it as they can. I've even gone from DFW-OKC from Terminal D. It's a heck of a lot better than Terminal A and B!

Was the Aero Mexico 777 heading to TIJ-NRT? I can't think of any other reason it would be departing so early from MEX.

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Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:56 pm



Quoting KLM685 (Thread starter):
I also had my last minute Sbarro pizza at the food court.

Awwh come on man, you're supposed to get Krispy Kreme at the MCO food court! That's my favorite for sure! I love that food court....  Silly
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Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:29 am



Quoting TR763 (Reply 6):
Well, I´ve already used MIA as a connection/immigration point lots of times and I´ve never had any problem. The probability of getting a Latino officer is high and they´re usually more easygoing (this means less questions and more friendly) than the American ones.

My comment about MIA was because last time I was there I found the airport to be way too crowded and packed. So I doubted about having a comfortable connection there.

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 7):
Was the Aero Mexico 777 heading to TIJ-NRT? I can't think of any other reason it would be departing so early from MEX.

Good question. Most 777 are supposed to depart in the afternoon. I'll look that up for you.

Quoting AllegiantAir (Reply 8):
Krispy Kreme at the MCO food court!

lol! Never saw Krispy Kreme! But i'll definately have it on my mind next time!
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Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:06 pm



Quoting KLM685 (Thread starter):
Would this by Fort-Worth?

Yes that is definately Ft. Worth. It is one the nicest cities in this country. I like it much more than Dallas.
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