KFLL (Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport) - KPHL (Philadelphia - International)
- Airline: US Airways
- Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # US
- Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # AWE
- Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign CACTUS
- Airline Flight Number: # 1835
- Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : Airbus A319-112
- Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N819AW, Formerly with US Airways as N819AW, Formerly with America West Airlines as N819AW
- Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered A/C / Equipment
- Airline Fleet Number: 819
- Aircraft Manufacturer: Airbus Group (Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and Airbus Helicopters), formerly EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, reorganized into Airbus Group effective January 1st, 2014)
- Aircraft Sub - Manufacturer: Airbus
- Aircraft's First Flight: November 30th, 2000
- Aircraft Test Registration: Test Registration D-AVYX (Germany)
- Aircraft Config: C12Y112
- Total Number of Passenger Seats: 124 Seats
- Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : # 1395
- Aircraft Delivery Date: To America West Airlines as N819AW: December 21th, 2000, To US Airways as N819AW: September 27th, 2005, To American Airlines as N819AW: December 9th, 2013
- Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 13.5 Years Old as of May 17th, 2014
- Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x IAE V2524-A5
- Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: tfd, leased from CIT
- Cabin: US Airways First Class
- Fare Class: A
- Meal: Refreshments
- Seat Assignment: Seat # 3F, Window Seat
- Row Assignment: Row # 3, First Class
- A/C Equipped with IFE: No
- A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: Yes, Go-Go Inflight Wi-Fi available for purchase
- Airline Frequent Flier Program: US Airways Dividend Miles
- Miles / Rewards / Points earned: 1,097 US Airways Dividend Miles
- Airline Flight Date: May 17th, 2014
- Boarding Call Time: 5:00 AM EST, May 17th, 2014
- Boarding Zone: Boarding Zone # 1, Preferred Access
- Departure Time: 6:00 AM EST, May 17th, 2014
- Arrival Time: 8:45 AM EST, May 17th, 2014
- Time Aloft: 2 hours 45 minutes (165 minutes)
- Filed Speed: 458 KIAS
- Filed Cruising Altitude: 33,000 feet
- Flight Distance: Direct: 996 SM | Planned: 1,207 SM | Flown: 1,097 SM
- Routing Waypoint (s) : ARKES2 ARKES ORL J53 CRG J51 SAV J55 CHS J121 WEAVR J121 SAWED J121 SWL JIIMS2
- Fare Cost: $253.95 USD
FLIGHT DATA SOURCE (S) :
1. PlaneSpotter Airframe Data
2. PlaneSpotter US Airways Airline Data
3. FlightAware Live Flight Tracking Data
As N819AW with US Airways:
As N819AW with America West Airlines:
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The night before my journey, I turned in at midnight after a long shift at work and attempted to get at least a bit of sleep before my trip began at the early hour of 3:00 AM
EST. However, I end up being completely sleepless and roll around in vain. By 2:30 AM
I still hadn't fell asleep, and decided to wing it and got dressed, grabbed my backpack and set off.
When I get down to the street and look for Julio's number, the excellent cab driver who drove me to FLL
for my last report: United First Class, 757-200s Of UA FLL-ORD-IAD-FLL (by LPDAL May 5 2014 in Trip Reports)
, I realize I had forgotten that my phone had been wiped after it was one with the pavement during my bike ride home from work a week earlier. So I try Yellow Cab, this time making sure that I dial an actual representitive instead of using the fully automated booking system. The African American lady on the line sounds barely awake, but promises an ETA of 30 minutes. While I wait, I proceed to walk over to the other side of my house and admired the dark beauty of the oceanic beach vista.
If you've ever wondered what the beach looks like at 3 AM
, here you go.
Finally, a Yellow Cab on time. Looks like I got a minivan for this segment.
The cab driver is a friendly Indian chap from New Delhi who formerly worked for a travel agency in his home country before immigrating to America and settling down. This man actually has been on several airlines' premium cabins, and we share another lively discussion about the industry. He recommends I try LH
longhaul F, I told him that a trip like that isn't quite on the cards at the moment.
I tip him and pay the $38 cab fare, stepping into FLL
Terminal 3, the "Purple" building.
Cruising down A1A, FLL
's beachside road.
Arriving into Terminal 3.
Terminal 3 at FLL
is an elongated version of T2
, but has been under construction since 2013. When I come in the place is still under renovation albeit the new American signage, which is at the far right end. The US Airways desks are much more omnipresent here, and I walk up to a kiosk which is actually open (I've never seen a kiosk open that early). The US Airways computer system is very easily navigated, all I have to do is place my final destination and last name, and instantly I receive my receipt-paper boarding passes. The gate agents seem disintrested at this hour, however, when I ask them where the First Class security lane is they snarl at me with a "it's right down there and the TSA
will show you!"
Well, I find out there is no First Class security lane after what seems like 300 people line up at the checkpoint. Amazingly, I walk past the insanely long line and right into the checkpoint and no one seems to mind.
American Airlines signage for the US Airways First Class checkin.
Checking in at the kiosk.
Sorry for the bad picture, but this is FLL
Security was your normal TSA
affair with your standard nudoscope and metal detector treatment. Shortly after, I am airside in a rather empty concourse E, luckily I had packed a few granola bars to hold me over while I wait. Concourse E serves mostly American Airlines, US Airways, and a single Jet Blue gate. Unfortunately, the ubiquitous ceiling floodlights make any attempt at taking pictures outside to be an extremely difficult task, but I manage. After that I grab a quite mediocre sandwich and coffee at Key West Coffee Co. for $13, I know it's the only food vendor open at the moment but still....
There are no US Airways clubs nor American Airlines Admirals Clubs in FLL
so I just head to the gate to join the great unwashed. I find an outlet and start charging up when suddenly a man bumps into me. After excusing himself he sits down and starts talking to me, and is quickly enthralled by the concept of a trip report, A.net, and the fact that someone would write solely about airplanes for many paragraphs. After I explain the airline fandom for about an hour, I bid farewell to my new friend Jeff and fall in line in the Preferred Access queue, while the gate agent declares that anyone in Zone 5 will not be able to store their bag as there will be no space left in the overhead bins, requesting volunteers to check bags. Surprisingly, a large amount of volunteers came forward.
Walking into FLL
's concourse E.
My ride today to PHL
today would be N819AW, a former US Airways A319 that was painted in AA
colors a few months back, but retains its US Airways interior. Before US Airways, this bird was in service with America West before their own merger with Cactus.
A small and terrible breakfast at Key West Coffee Co. Not only was the food expensive, but it was also tasteless. The sandwich's bread was like chewing on modeling clay, and the coffee tasted like it was brewed weeks before. Oh well, filling grub I guess.
Boarding over at gate E5
I decided to try out the electronic boarding pass feature for this flight, which worked flawlessly.
Walking down the jetway.
Boarding the ship.
Now it makes sense!
Jeanne the flight attendant, who seems quite senior, welcomes the First Class passengers into the small 12-seat cabin. US Airways allows a few minutes between zones 1 and 2 to allow flight attendants to serve PDBs to F class passengers, but the gate agents were probably not aware of this policy as soon the flood of Y passengers begins boarding and hinders her efforts to serve the customers--but she improvises by halting the Y class passengers at the L1 door every now and then to get the PDBs out.
First impressions of US Airways Domestic first seats--a pillow and blanket was provided, which is apparently rare for US flights. Seat width is good with a pretty large adjustable headrest and a nice amount of recline. A module for Audio IFE is present but does not work-US removed inflight IFE for domestic routes many years ago.
US Airways First Class Domestic Cabin.
A very comfortable seat with a large adjustable headrest.
Knee space is unimpressive although I could extend my legs under the seat infront of me.
First Class cabin during boarding.
PDB of tonic water, while my seat mate orders a "screwdriver". What is that?
Once boarding was completed (along with the captain being given a beer by the F/A, quite strange) we taxied out to 10L while a live safety demonstration was given, then turn right onto the runway as nobody was in line for takeoff at this hour. Takeoff was something else with the captain jamming the throttle levers forward as soon as we were lined up with the centerline. Those two IAE V2524-A5 bypass turbofans sounded exactly like RB211s with an insanely loud buzzsaw roar as we shot down the runway, before lifting off just before Terminal 2.
US Airways A319 Takeoff Video from FLL
After we flew over the beach and turned back to Florida, my lack of sleep caught up with me and I promptly passed out until Jeanne came around with the snack basket. US Airways snack basket contained some quite interesting food choices, a little more than DL
. The biggest treat for me was the apples, my fruit of choice. The rest of the flight was very uneventful, with drink refills and snack basket service, not much else.
Turning onto runway 10L.
Starting the takeoff roll.
Blowing past Terminals 1,2, and 3.
Intercepting Hallandale beach just before we turn to the north to begin our jaunt up to PHL
As we fly northeast, the sun rises in a spectacular fashion.
When we reached 10,000 feet, drink service began. Jeanne made sure that all (awake) passengers were well watered and fed with snack basket service throughout the flight. I awoke just in time for her second pass of the snacks, also ordering a coffee to keep in an energetic state for the upcoming adventure at Philadelphia.
I begin with a simple mug of coffee, along with a cup of cream and sugar.
Snack basket. Slightly better than DL
's or United, maybe it's just my palate....
Cruising slightly above the cloud cover, with a blanket of soft blue skies overhead.
Cabin during our climb to cruising altitude, everybody is snoozing.
The rest of the flight was entirely uneventful, and soon I heard the captain's voice crackling on the intercom, announcing we would be on the ground in twenty minutes. Not bad for my first flight in US Airways F.
Beginning the approach.
A US Airways Express Dash 8 is already ahead of us in the pattern as we descend.
Downtown Philadelphia comes into view as we close in on the airport.
Short final over some shipyards.
Touchdown, reverse thrust and spoilers engaged.
Welcome to Philadelphia!
Taxiing in past a company ERJ-190. US is one of the few airlines that uses the 190 as a mainline aircraft.
Pulling into the gate.
As I leave the aircraft, i ask Jeanne for a cockpit visit. The captain overhears our conversation and welcomes me in with a personable aura.
US Airways A319-100 N819AW's flight deck.
One last look at N319AW before I head up to the US Airways Club.
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