This trip to Vegas is my first trip report in a long while. I hope you enjoy it. I know this report seems a little routine, but, a few things happened and I thought you might enjoy.
July 9th, 2009
Southwest Flight 112 scheduled departure @ 2:40p scheduled arrival @ 4:35p - pretty much on time departing - about 15 min early arriving. It was a 737-700, of course. The aircraft was exceptionally clean. Nearly 100% full - less one middle seat, which was between me and my partner. That was awesome.
View from our aircraft window - the RDU
terminal 1 ramp. That is an Eagle Flight crossing over to the terminal 2 side.
Getting the demonstration, better pay attention.
US Airways Star Alliance ERJ-170 (right?)
Now we are above 10,000 ft. Light chop headed over the Appalachians.
Okay - I promised something fun
. I was head to Vegas to be the best man in a wedding. The groom's mother was also on this flight, though we were not sitting near each other, she was traveling with a friend (this friend turns out to be an very interesting story latter on). I know she is a very nervous flyer, so, I told the flight attendant her drinks were on me. I didn't mention the wedding.
The flight attendant goes up to my friend and let's her know someone is buying her drinks. She explains the wedding. Flight attendant comes back to me, let's me know Southwest is comping the drinks!!! How fun is that! People miss the good old days of flying - nope they are still around.
Over the midwest - plains states.
As I said above, empty seat between me and my partner - the lap top comes out and we watch a movie. I little hard to hear because of the ...
...20 or so laughing, giggling and squealing, all dressed in pink 20 something dental hygienists headed to their first ever convention - many have never flown. It was pretty funny to listen to.
more fun stuff
The flight attendant decided to play a little gambling game on the way to Vegas. Everyone that wanted to wrote their seat number on a $1 bill and placed it into a bag. One $1 bill was withdrawn - and the seat number written on the bill won all the money in the bag. How fun is that? (winner was A4
, not me.)
Now for something rare
At least I think it is rare. You let me know when the last time this happened to you. I got a free deck of WN
playing cards. Yup, when was the last time you got a deck of cards, free, from an airline?
I was headed to the restroom and I saw them in the galley area. I asked, telling the F/A I collected airline ephemera. They were all too happy to oblige. Sweet, again I ask, when was your last free deck of airline playing cards - which airlines actually carry them? Who pines for the old days? They are still here, at least on my SWA flight they are.
Another inside shot from my seat. Sorry, you won't get to see my knees.
But leg room was fine.
Menu - here is a thought, SWA, tell me about buying drink coupons BEFORE I'm on the plane. I don't recall any signage at RDU
saying this feature is available. Very good idea, though. Should be an excellent revenue generator.
While in Vegas...
Remember me telling you above the my friend, the grooms mother, was traveling with her friend. And there was a good story about her, too. Well, this friend of a friend was a F/A for Piedmont - based in ROA
How cool - she attended many of the wedding events and I had to work to not monopolize her time. Great stories, neat bidding tricks. The ROA
base closed one year after she became employed there - the same year USAir took over. Loved the stories of commuting to BWI
and then PIT
. Her best comment, after the USAir takeover of PI
, many passengers would ask F/As if they were "USAir" or "Piedmont." She was so happy to be able to answer Piedmont.
[b]Time to head back to RDU
July 13th, 2009
Southwest flight 1774 scheduled to depart @10:15a and scheduled to arrive @ 5:55p
Flight left on-time and arrive @ RDU
30 mins early. 100% full, no empty seat this time. This flight was pretty uneventful. Not much to say about it. This always seems to be the case flying back from LAS
Spotting at LAS
was awful, was much around visible from the C gates.
PIcture of the LAS
C gates - all SWA land. I like TRs that include airport interior shots.
This is gate C7 - I'm pretty sure it is a widebody gate. IIRC - I boarded a UA747 to ORD
here many moons ago (that was a treat). D gates in the background.
And we are headed home.
getting closer to home.
View from the seat - you still won't get to see my knees - pitch was fine, I'll assure you.
[b]And we come to the last promise . . . something cool[/b}
Remember that a drop in air pressure can cause any water vapor in that air to condense, just like with contrails? Take a close look at this picture...
Notice in the lower right corner, trails of water. Also if you look closely in the center of the picture a darker gray scalloped edge. That is condensate below the edge. We were in clear air. I was fascinated to watch as this water to appear, evaporate, appear, evaporate. All in clear air. It was a considerable amount of water for flying through the air at, what, 240 knots or so.
Goes to show you why piston engine w/carburetors need to be concerned about carb ice even in warmer clear weather. The moisture is there, and plenty of it, sometimes.
Sorry, I was so happy to be back home, I forgot to take some RDU
arrival shot. I hope you enjoyed the TR
. Feedback is always welcome.
Southwest gave me a great flight, made me realize the old days are still around.
Rex Kramer: Get that finger out of your ear! You don't know where that finger's been!