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American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:36 pm

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Routing for FAHA (Florida Airport Hopping Adventures) 8: A dual birthday daytrip. Maps generated by the
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Florida Airport Hopping Adventures 8: American Eagle First Class on their Brand New Embraer ERJ-175 Regional Jets MIAJAXMIA, Miami International Airport, Miami International Airport American Airlines Hub, Miami International Airport American Airlines Admirals Club, Miami International Airport SkyTrain, Miami International Airport Cafe Versailles, Plane Spotting at Miami International Airport, American Eagle First Class, American Eagle ERJ-175 First Class, Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville International Airport (IATA: JAX , ICAO: KJAX), Ritz Carlton Amelia Island Florida Resort and Spa, Ponte Vedra Resort and Spa, Ritz Carlton Executive Club, Salt, Amelia Island Beach, Miami International Airport Concourse E, and finally Miami International Airport SuperShuttle.

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FOREWORD
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Welcome to the eighth installment of my FAHA (Florida Airport Hopping Adventures) series, the series of write-ups I post about my wanderings throughout the state boundaries of the sunshine state!

The first seven episodes, if you're a first time reader or just want to catch up on the reports you've missed:

Airliners.Net

1. 7 Hours On A Silver Saab 340B+! FLL-EYW-TPA-FLL (by LPDALJan 27 2014 in Trip Reports)

2. Fahf 2: Southwest Business Class R/T FLL-TPA-FLL (by LPDAL Feb 10 2014 in Trip Reports)

3. Spirit Airlines New First Class FLL-MCO-FLL (Pics) (by LPDAL Feb 17 2014 in Trip Reports)

4. American Airlines Flagship Business Class MCO-MIA (by LPDAL May 20 2014 in Trip Reports)

5. Silver Airways Saab 340B+, United Club FLL-MCO-FLL (by LPDAL Aug 31 2014 in Trip Reports)

6. American Airlines First Class, 767-300 MIA-MCO-MIA (by LPDAL Sep 17 2014 in Trip Reports)

7. US Airways First Class, AA First Class MIATPAMIA (by LPDAL Dec 4 2014 in Trip Reports)

IntraFloridian flying is one of my favorite past times (as you can see above, a ⅓ of my reports, are part of this series) and is big business: American Airlines (mainline), American Eagle, Envoy Air, Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Connection, Silver Airways, JetBlue Airways, and a handful of Part 380-authorized charter carriers all fly people to and fro entirely within Florida. I'm not sure if Florida has the largest amount of intrastate flying, but it is a humongous amount, to say the least.

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IntraFloridian flying is big business, as seen in this map generated by the
Great Circle Mapper -copyright © Karl L. Swartz. This may not be all of the scheduled, Part 121, Part 380, or public charter routes operated solely within Florida, but it gives you a good idea of how well all the major cities in my state are linked together by air service.

The stem of this trip report has its roots in my 23rd review, Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBICVGMEMMIA (by lpdal Feb 18 2015 in Trip Reports) :

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Quoting LPDAL:
Checking in for my Republic Airlines d/b/a American Eagle E175 flight up to JAX the following morning (wait, isn't it already morning? ) I later changed this reservation to November 4th, as a combined birthday present for my best friend and Is' birthdays, which are only a week apart.

The night I got home from that trip, it was around 3AM when I finally crawled into bed, and the JAX flight was departing at around 8-9:00 AM EST which meant I would get six hours of sleep at best. Still, my roaring enthusiasm for commercial aviation won over and I set my alarm clock for 6AM, thinking I could make it there on only a few hours of sleep. Well, no dice! My iPhone's alarm beeped a million times, but I was so tired that I just figured I would change the trip to a few days later.

However, my best friend and I's birthdays are only a week or two apart, and, considering he had enjoyed our first trip together, Silver Airways Saab 340B+, United Club FLL-MCO-FLL (by LPDAL Aug 31 2014 in Trip Reports), I phoned him and asked if he would like to come along on my jaunt to Jacksonville on November 4th, 2014, which I chose because my high school / school district designated that day off because of the election.

When I booked my original tickets, I had my eyes on the nearby municipality of Amelia Island, Florida, particularly the Ritz Carlton, which is in direct competition to the nearby Ponte Vedra Resort and Golf Club, where I had stayed way back in Yee Olden Days in 2005. The Ritz was holding some sort of special for large penthouse suites, and was able to be linked to my American Eagle itinerary to easily facilitate the AAdvantage perks. However, the rates for the hotel would be worth it if you were staying for a night, but NOT if you were staying until early evening, which was what his parents limited him to. I had heard an inkling somewhere that if you call up a hotel, you can speak to them about receiving a discount rate for your room if you only want to stay for the span of a day. I had an important test the next morning as well, and my friend would be going away for a few-month long sabbatical in his home country of Colombia the very next week, so we were going to try to make this our best trip yet (out of...one other, I know. :P).

I called up the Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, which happened to have the most interesting orchestra hold music, and spoke to the manager about a day-rate. With a little bit of negotiation, my politeness (Yes sir, no sir, Yes Ma'am, No Ma'am, Please, thank you, you're welcome, have a good day), and teenage patience (which does exist) I managed to halve the sale rate, which meant we were getting this huge room in an RC property for a cut-throat rate to have one last day together before he went back to Colombia for a long time. I excitedly called my friend and broke the news, he was ecstatic, and so was I. I couldn't wait to share the experience of the greatest industry in the world, the airline industry, with my best bud!

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1. - Also applies to all two-class, first-class-equipped American Eagle and Envoy Air Aircraft.

2. †† - Title of "American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIAJAXMIA" is truncated from the proper spelling of "Ritz Carlton" due to the Airliners.Net thread title character limit.

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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:38 pm

KMIA (Miami - International Airport / Wilcox Field / 36th Street / Pan American Field) ✈ KJAX (Jacksonville - International Airport / Jacksonville Air National Guard Base - 125th Fighter Wing / 125th FW)

    Airline: American Airlines d/b/a American Eagle operated by Republic Airlines
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # YX
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # RPA
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign BRICKYARD
    Airline Flight Number: # AA4286 / YX4286
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : Embraer ERJ-175LR (ERJ-170-200 LR)
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N432YX
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # A32
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: July 2nd, 2014
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 3 months old as of November 4th, 2014
    Aircraft Test Registration: PR-EGZ (Brazil)
    Aircraft Config: C12W20Y44
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : # 17000415
    Aircraft Line Number: # 17000415
    Aircraft Delivery Date: July 18th, 2014
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x GE CF34-8E5 High Bypass Turbofan Engines
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: OWNED by Republic Airlines
    Meal: Beverage / Refreshment service
    Cabin: American Eagle Domestic First Class
    Seat Assignment: 3A
    A/C Equipped with IFE: No
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: No
    Airline Flight Date: November 4th, 2014
    Boarding Call Time: 9:05 AM EST, November 4th, 2014
    Boarding Zone: 1, Priority AAccess
    Departure Time: 9:35 AM EST, November 4th, 2014
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway D60 J, Concourse D, MIA
    Arrival Time: 10:54 AM EST, November 4th, 2012
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway C7, Concourse C, JAX
    Time Aloft: 1 hour 19 minutes (69 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 473 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 28,000 feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 336 SM | Planned: 362 SM | Flown: 383 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : MIA HEDLY1 HEDLY V267 PHK ORL HAINY QUBEN1 JAX

FLIGHT DATA SOURCE (S):

1. PlaneSpotters.Net Airframe Data

2. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data - Republic Airlines

3. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data - American Eagle

4. Embraer 175 | Our Planes - American Airlines

5. American Presents the New E175 :: American Airlines Newsroom | American Airlines Begins Large Regional Jet Flying With Embraer E-175 Aircraft | American’s E-175s Feature 12 First Class Seats, Main Cabin Extra and Full-Size Overhead Bins

6. Embraer E-175 Fact Sheet :: American Airlines Newsroom

7. American Airlines Unveils Embraer 175 Regional Jet Design | Logistics and Transportation | Forbes - Grant Martin, Contributor

8. Take Flight In American Eagle First Class | aa.com - American Airlines

9. First Class Cabin - American Airlines

10. First and Business Class dining | Inflight Dining | During your flight | American Airlines

11. Inside American's new Embraer 175: Brighter, cleaner, with new plane smell (Video) | Pittsburgh Business Journal | Bizjournals.com

12. Need Questions Answered For Writeup On AE ERJ-170s | Travel, Polls, and Preferences Forum - Airliners.Net

13. JAX | Jacksonville International Airport - FlyJacksonville.com - Jacksonville Aviation Authority

14. History of Aviation - JAX | Jacksonville International Airport - FlyJacksonville.com - Jacksonville Aviation Authority

15. Airport History - JAX | Jacksonville International Airport - FlyJacksonville.com - Jacksonville Aviation Authority

16. Dedication program, Jacksonville International Airport

17. Historical Photo Circa 1968 of Jacksonville International Airport

18. Jacksonville Air National Guard Base | 125TH FIGHTER WING Fact Sheet | Florida Air National Guard

19. 125th Fighter Wing (125th FW) | GlobalSecurity.org

20. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island | Ritz Carlton | The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

21. Ponte Vedra Inn and Club | Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts: Florida Resorts


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At about 3 AM EST and way too early to get up on a day off from school, I headed down to my friend's bungalow, and we begun the bit of a long drive down to MIA. He was much more awake than I was, despite my good sleep the previous night, but we still were very pumped for this daytrip. After the cab dropped us off on the D/E Concourse curb at MIA, we ran into a kerfuffle because his ticket was booked on a separate PNR, which we were having a ton of trouble finding. Both of us walked through the first class lane and spoke to a ticketing agent, only to be told that they didn't see him on my flight. I knew that I had booked him the night before, but It didn't help that MIA's Wi-Fi, at the time, was not free. Luckily, it is free for travel related websites, so we managed to get to AA.com and find his PNR. Once we got it, we strolled over to the carry-on-only kiosks and printed our boarding passes before being groped by blueberry security guards then heading to the gate D30 Admirals Club for breakfast.

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Arriving into MIA, I attempted to take a picture of the light-board congratulating AA (and Frontier) on their new service, but the rear view mirror got in the way. GAH! The new cities served from MIA include AND CURRENT: Austin - Bergstrom International (AFB) (AUS / KAUS), USA - Texas">AUS (Austin, Texas), MCI (Kansas City, Missouri), SLC (Salt Lake City, Utah) and SAT (San Antonio, Texas), it's very exciting to see AA (plus Frontier) grow larger at MIA. Frontier, another airline I'd love to catch, at the time of writing (early March 2015) serves Atlanta, Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia, and Washington-Dulles from MIA. We'll see if they're able to stay profitable in MIA.

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This is a little confusing. You can't see it here, but there is an airport (non-airline) employee checking reservations and/or frequent flyer cards.. Since I didn't have a printout of my reservation, I handed him my US Airways Silver card, and was let right past. I then saw, next to the carry-on-only kiosks, that US Airways Silver / AA Gold / OneWorld Ruby has a lane all to itself, which was closed off and strangely marked "baggage service center / customer assistance" or something to that effect. I'd never seen that before

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Stepping into MIA's Concourse D/E which are linked, lots of food and retail options are abound! Our destination, however, is the Gate D30 Admirals Club.

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A friend is a friend,
'til the end of the end.
That's forever and a day.
Stay by your side.
Won't hear me say goodbye,
come what may.
Cause that's what friends do.
That's what friends do.
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Checking a conveniently-placed FIDs display for our gate, looks like it is Gate D60, all the way at one end of the concourse, we'd have quite a walk (or SkyTrain ride   ).

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Entering the Gate D30 Admiral's Club. Curse that pesky finger of mine... :P

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Ordering breakfast for my best friend and I, for those who do not know, most Admirals Club Lounges within American Airlines' hub airports have an actual sit-down restaurant within the club itself. There are complimentary light snacks just like every other United States-based airline lounge, including fresh-baked cookies, fruit, vegetables, and snack mixes. But the REAL food in the inter-club restaurant isn't free.

I don't understand why, but American Airlines has been harshly criticized for not making the food in the eatery free. I don't agree with those critics at all. For one thing, it's good that the restaurant exists at all, I'd definitely prefer a surcharged dining venue rather than have only hamster food. Secondly, I doubt American Airlines could afford to keep the various prices of admittance down AND keep the wide extent of the restaurant's menu if they made the food free. So for these reasons, I do appreciate AA's effort to offer a bit of nutritious, filling food in a ton of their lounges, it will make them competitive against Delta Sky Clubs, which now serve real food themselves (albeit complimentary).

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How much can an 18 year old and 19 year old eat (now I'm 19 and he is 20, how times change...)?! A lot, that's for sure. After we munched all this down, we both had several heaping helpings of snack food and a few mugs of espresso, never underestimate two growing young men appetites.  https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7537/15102585833_0cee1d1599_c.jpg
A massive 777-200 crawls into the gate under the window near our table, it even shook the windows. :P Does anyone know what that little inlet sticking up under the tail is? APU inlet?

After my friend and I concluded our chow-fest in the AAC, we decided it would be more fun to watch airplanes (and of course snap pictures of them) on the ramp and runway, so we made a beeline to the furthest west SkyTrain station, which is possibly the best secure air side area in MIA to spot aircraft at: not only does it have a top-down view of one of AA's mainline ramps, but also has wide panning vistas of two of the most actively used runways at MIA, Runway 8L/29L and 8R/29R.

Halfway through our trek to the tram station, we suddenly saw a uniformed TSA officer and a squad of police officers from the Miami Dade Sheriff's department run out of seemingly thin air, with one of them yelling into a bullhorn, "EVERYBODY FREEZE! NOBODY MOVE FROM WHERE YOU'RE STANDING!" And the whole hallway instantly came to a standstill, while some TSA officers dispersed throughout the sea of idle people to make sure nobody moved. One nervous woman asked what was going on, and the TSA officer gruffly declared that either 1) someone had Ebola in MIA (this was back in November when that Ebola scare was still going on) 2) someone ran through one of the security checkpoints or 3) someone with Ebola run through one of the security checkpoints, and as per TSA modus operandi, the entire airport came to a standstill until they could verify that there was no risk to anyone.

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MIA comes to a standstill, until they can find the perp, at least...

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About halfway through the lockdown, the MIA Police Captain showed up and received a "sitrep" of sorts from the lead TSA officer. He looks like he is ready to go to war, well, save for the green EZ-GO at least. :P

After around 20 minutes of standing, they finally let us go, apparently the dude was caught or something. Who knows, but that was one of the most wacky moments on my trips...Probably won't be the wackiest, I assume....Cut loose, we walked through the duty free shops to the train station, and spotted for a bit before boarding the train to Gate D60 where our outbound flight would be departing to JAX from.

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The best (in my opinion) spotting location in MIA, the west SkyTrain station.

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To start off with, a lineup of old and new American Airlines frames lined up along the terminal.

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One of the rarest catches of the day, Laser Airlines (Línea Aérea de Servicio Ejecutivo Regional, IATA: QL, ICAO: LER, Callsign LASER) a Venezuelan Airline's, MD-81 YV492T, a 21-year-old airframe that was previously in service with a host of Japanese airlines before being transferred to QL on April 6th, 2011. Looks like she is having some engine work done in the Miami Tech MRO.

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World Atlantic, an USA-based charter airline, taking off for HAV (Havana, Cuba).

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Sorry for the blurry picture, but check out the wing flex on this departing TAM 777-300!  https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5608/15578485377_b7306c65a3_c.jpg
Another one of the rarest of the bunch today, an Air France IntraEurope A320-200 F-HEPF (sorry for the quality, heat haze was running rampant on this day) heading to Port Au Prince, Haiti (PAP).

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An AA 757 is towed into stand while a Delta 737 rockets away in the background.

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Look at how much the 767-300 dwarfs the 737-800! I'd never noticed such a difference in aircraft size.

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Or, for that matter, a 777! Took this shot right as we rode to the end of Concourse D to board our MIA-JAX routing.

Gate D60 is all the way at the east end of Concourse D in MIA, used exclusively by Envoy and Republic operating as American Eagle. The area isn't actually a "gate", in the sense most people would think of a traditional jet-bridge, rather it is a condensed waiting area on the ground level of the airport that leads out to several fingers with doors connecting them to mini-airbridges on the ramp, just like the Skywest operation in Salt Lake City (SLC), or the Piedmont / Air Wisconsin fingers in PHL, etc. There are a few drawbacks to this kind of layout, namely that the nearest Admiral's club is a long ways away, and nearby seating is nearly always full at peak times, such as when the plethora of South American arrivals starts.

Nevertheless, the gate agents seemed to be doing a good job corralling all the passengers onto their respective flights via gate-side PA announcements, telling us the door to go to once we exited out of the terminal onto the covered walkways. Once there, however, it is up to the passenger to find the correct door, because only D60 is printed on your boarding pass. To remedy this, MIA has airport workers stationed throughout the hallways providing directions. We managed to find our door, Gate D60 "J", after a brisk walk and were soon on board Republic Airline's N432YX, my first American Eagle ERJ-175.

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The very hard-working yet very polite gate agents, Envoy, please give them all a raise. They're not scowling in this picture, just working very efficiently to get everyone out on time, and one of them even printed me some souvenir boarding passes as well between two of their flights. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7497/15723403792_7d78f592a7_c.jpg
Walking out onto the D60 finger connector, with the omnipresent Glass Blocks. If you ever come to my city of Fort Lauderdale or its bigger brother of Miami, you'll see these in architecture everywhere; they are very nifty as they allow light to come through like normal glass yet mostly distort and block whatever is on the other side. Here, unfortunately, they are just a nuisance as they prevent me from getting a decent shot of my airplane. Hopefully, in Jacksonville...But, Vignelli Associates Scissor Eagle isn't stopped by that...  https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8595/15102461753_25f4d1c360_c.jpg
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Entering the strangely carpeted and air-conditioned mini-jetway, it seems strange to air-condition them considering all the little holes in the sidewalls...Also, looks like I'll indeed have to wait until we get to Jacksonville to get a good shot of my aircraft.

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Boarding N432YX.

Aboard the frame, I couldn't help but notice that the exterior as well as the interior of this ERJ-175 were literally glowing--even my friend said "Dude, is it just me, or is this plane brand new?" Luckily, with my handy dandy PlaneSpotters.Net resource, which I use to gather all the info you see in the flight template at the beginning of each flight in my trip reports, I found out that N432YX was only 3 months old!! I figured as much, the entire cabin smelled new, the lights in the galley and cockpit shone bright and gleamed, the safety cards, magazines, and even airsick bags were all pristine and un-frayed. I hope Republic makes an effort to keep these frames in tip-top condition, as I was very impressed with the general shape of the aircraft.

This flight was served by three, I believe, flight attendants, with one in the front serving first class and two in the back serving main cabin extra and the main cabin. The one in the front was very senior, and obviously earned that spot, taking all of the pre-departure beverage orders before coach even began boarding. That wasn't saying much for this flight, as F was nearly 90% empty (Y couldn't have been over 50%, either), shockingly enough. I had never seen such an empty flight! There was only 6 first class seats taken counting all upgraders, meaning that 6 went out empty. Sounds like prime pickings for nonrevs, methinks.

After the lead flight attendant gathered our PDB-trash, the captain grabbed his receiver and murmured "Flight attendants prepare cabin for departure", which was the only thing we ever heard from them, apart from a pre-landing announcement. Surprisingly, this ERJ-175 was equipped with an automated-voice announcement system that played as we pushed back, covering all the seat-belt/turbulence/ditching procedures in somewhat of a corny robotic female voice. It certainly was a bit strange to hear a dismembered voice make all of the announcements rather than the flight attendants until cruise, when they began the beverage round.

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A surprisingly massive first class cabin, considering American Airlines' mainline A319 (non-PMUS) airframes have only eight first class seats (yes, only 8) while this smaller series has 12, which primarily has to do with regional pilot scope clauses restricting the amount of seating in certain aircraft.

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My seat, 3A, with an American Airlines mainline domestic first class blanket, but no pillow.

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Decent domestic first class legroom on this ERJ.

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Brand-new PSU.

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Pushing out of the Gate D60 ramp. I'll be there holding that orange wand soon!!      https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3937/15535947889_1c8d44503b_c.jpg
Passing an AA 738 facing us on our way to the active.

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US Airways D/B/A American Airlines "PSA Airlines Retrojet" Airbus A319-100 N742PS, passing by way too quick for me to get a good shot of it, hence the window frame...

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Turning onto the runway...


Blasting out of MIA, with an Air Canada Airbus below.

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An airborne view of the bay and isn't it lovely looking!

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The pilot's halo visible as we swing around to the north to begin our journey up to JAX.

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Rising above the cloud layer to cruise.

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Cruising above the Floridian landscape. Challenge for my airport-identifying-loving-friend Tigerguy: which airport is that in the center of the image?

Service on this flight was your average short-hop domestic first class no-frills beverage and snack rounds, with little else done after the initial few passes of refreshments. The flight crew on this flight were punctual, but didn't really go above and beyond to serve the passengers on this flight, just good, decent service. On these short hops, AA does (or did) hand out small bags of snack mix instead of the apples, bananas, chips, cookies, crackers, and candy found on similar US Airways flights of this length. While it is certainly a tasty pub mix, it does get a little tiring after awhile, but I've heard rumors that AA is going to replace it with snack basket service on some short haul domestic first class segments, not sure if that is true or not, but it would be a welcoming change as AA has introduced these scrumptious little mini-sandwiches in their own snack baskets. Luckily, I had no problem getting a few extra bags of snack mix to hold me over until we got to the Ritz.

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Cabin during cruise, very roomy, modern, and clean.

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My buddy was enjoying his first class experience very much as well, and he chose coffee as his beverage of choice.

MIA-JAX is only a short 52-55 minute hop on most days, and we started descending just a few tens of miles north of Jacksonville International Airport, which is a joint-use civilian airport and Air Force base for the 125th Fighter Wing. At JAX, the runways are in the shape of a V, with the point of (near) intersection pointing towards the east. We flew a relatively smooth descent all the way to touchdown, slowing down before taxiing into the small Concourse C at JAX. One thing I noticed on this approach is that the ERJ-175 seems to be slow and stiff on the controls whenever the pilots applied an input, has anyone noticed this? It seemed to fly low and slow as we floated downwards toward Runway 8.

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Challenge number two, Tigerguy. Spotted this field just as we began our descent 40-50 miles out.

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A white Lockheed P-3 Orion, one of the best catched of the day, taking off from Naval Air Station Jacksonville or NAS Jacksonville (IATA: NIP, ICAO: KNIP, FAA LID: NIP). Wiki Information:

Quoting Wiki:
In addition to the many operational active and reserve squadrons aboard, NAS Jacksonville is also home to Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30), the Navy's largest aviation squadron and the only P-3 Orion and P-8 Poseidon Fleet Replacement Squadron that prepares and trains U.S. and NATO/Allied pilots, air crew and maintenance personnel for further operational assignments in the P-8A, P-3C Orion and EP-3E Aries in the U.S. Navy, and P-3B, P-3C and similar variants in various NATO and Allied navies and air forces. VP-30 is the first squadron to operate the U.S. Navy's new P-8 Poseidon aircraft, and commenced training flight crews and maintainers in this replacement for the P-3C in 2012. All U.S. Navy patrol squadrons eventually transition to this new platform.
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Yet another small GA field for Tigerguy to identify, looks closed though?

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Our shadow on mid-final over some country houses and a lush forest, looks lovely to live there!

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Short final with our shadow still visible by way of the baking Floridian sun.  
Touchdown, slats drooping, spoilers deploying, and reverse thrust engaged to slow us to a stop in JAX.

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Taxiing into Concourse C in JAX's smallish terminal.

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A twofold of Delta Connection CRJs and a Saab 340BPlus of my beloved hometown airline, 3M (Silver Airways).

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Taxiing past some US Airways bretheren across the terminal concourse, I'm going to miss the little cute abstract flag livery when this bird is repainted into "New American" paint.

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Parked in Gate C7 at Jacksonville International Airport, waiting for the jetway to attach to our airplane.

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Another day, another flight, another airline, another aircraft, another airport, another trip report.      
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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:40 pm

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Jacksonville - International Airport / Jacksonville Air National Guard Base - 125th Fighter Wing / 125th FW (IATA: JAX , ICAO: KJAX)
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As both me and my friend emerged from the jetway into this then-new-to-us airport, we were excited to see a very high-ceiling, user friendly terminal awaiting us. But we didn't have any time to waste, we had a dayroom at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, around 30 minutes away, waiting for us! After stopping only to take a few pictures, we headed down to the dropoff curb and caught the Gator Cab, beginning our somewhat-long taxicab journey to the beach resort.

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Stepping out into Concourse C at JAX.

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Despite the small size of the airfield, they still have a rather excellent terminal and associated concourses.

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Just past the exit out of the secure area is this Sam Snead's Bar and Grill, which is a chain that nearly always has putting greens within or near the restaurant. This one, however, pales in comaprison to the ginormous one at West Palm Beach International Airport (IATA: PBI, ICAO: KPBI).

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Luxury automobiles and motorcycles were sprinkled throughout the airport, and I had forgotten that BMW manufactures motorcycles. Eh, I still prefer Triumph...

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FLYJAX branding is prevalent throughout the landside area. Also note the unusual fresh flowers vending machine.

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Passing over the bridge to Amelia Island.

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Can you recognize an airfield from the ground, Tigerguy? Extra points! Also, this has to be the first airport I've seen close-up without barbwiring, gives it a peaceful look, I must say.  https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7486/15537042677_35f4234507_c.jpg
Heading down the heavily tree-lined road to the Ritz Carlton.
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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:40 pm

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The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
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When I looked at hotel (dayroom) rates on AA, there was a slider from 1-5 stars, which begun in the 3-star setting. I slid it one star to the right, making it four stars, and the Ponte Vedra came up. Since I had already stayed at the Ponte Vedra, I wanted to try another hotel, plus, apart from the Swissotel in Quito, Ecuador, I had never been in a five star resort hotel before, so I slid the bar to the max rating, five stars. Only one hotel came up, The Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, and the rest was in the beginning of the report:

Quoting LPDAL:
When I booked my original tickets, I had my eyes on the nearby municipality of Amelia Island, Florida, particularly the Ritz Carlton, which is in direct competition to the nearby Ponte Vedra Resort and Golf Club, where I had stayed way back in Yee Olden Days in 2005. The Ritz was holding some sort of special for large penthouse suites, and was able to be linked to my American Eagle itinerary to easily facilitate the AAdvantage perks. However, the rates for the hotel would be worth it if you were staying for a night, but NOT if you were staying until early evening, which was what his parents limited him to. I had heard an inkling somewhere that if you call up a hotel, you can speak to them about receiving a discount rate for your room if you only want to stay for the span of a day. I had an important test the next morning as well, and my friend would be going away for a few-month long sabbatical in his home country of Colombia the very next week, so we were going to try to make this our best trip yet (out of...one other, I know. :P).

I called up the Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, which happened to have the most interesting orchestra hold music, and spoke to the manager about a day-rate. With a little bit of negotiation, my politeness (Yes sir, no sir, Yes Ma'am, No Ma'am, Please, thank you, you're welcome, have a good day), and teenage patience (which does exist) I managed to halve the sale rate, which meant we were getting this huge room in an RC property for a cut-throat rate to have one last day together before he went back to Colombia for a long time. I excitedly called my friend and broke the news, he was ecstatic, and so was I. I couldn't wait to share the experience of the greatest industry in the world, the airline industry, with my best bud!  

The room we booked, or rather daysuite if you will, was an Oceanfront Suite, which we both decided on as we wanted to try the Club Level as it included a complimentary upgrade to that benefit. Since we bought the daysuite at such a great price, we could hardly contain ourselves as we walked up to the receptionist desk.

From the time we even got out of the cab, it was extremely noticeable that this hotel was very different from the Marriott properties we had previously stayed at. Before our cab even parked there was already two guys opening up the front doors and another two inquiring if we desired luggage service, to which we politely declined. My friend and I had never seen such extensive service, and we hadn't even checked in yet...

Once we got over the initial shock :P, we went to check in. Here, again, it was EXTREMELY different: the hotel clerk asked us what our preferences were in beverages, food, why we chose this property over other local hotels, and handed us our Club Level room keys. Not only that, but every employee that passed by you literally nodded their head and said "Good afternoon, sir." I had never seen anything like this before, and wasn't sure how quite to feel about it just yet.

With regards to decor, I think the designers were going after an old-school Victorian look, from when Florida was a valuable colony back in the colonial days in America, with wood paneling, thick vintage furniture, chandeleirs, and marble placed throughout. You can still tell you're in 2015, however, because there are HDTVs dispersed here and there, but not enough to ruin the delightful colonial-age feeling.

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The most extensive service I've seen in a long time.

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A rather regal check-in area, Thanksgiving-themed for November.

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And regal hallway...

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And regal everything!! Our actual conversation:
"Dude, Colby, is that elevator broken?"
"I don't know, but we just got lucky I guess. Maybe it is waiting for us."
"I think it is waiting there for us, Colby!" *grins ear to ear and I do too!*
"Dude, this is insanely nice!"
"I know right man, hey look, I owe you everything man..."
"Don't worry about it David, we're bros, it's what we do." https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7579/15720258851_d8bcb571b4_c.jpg
"We have coffee, David!!!"

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*In unison* WHOAAAA!!!!!

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"Hold on man, I gotta take a few pictures with my iPad"
"Have at it dude, these things come once in a lifetime!"

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"Hey man, what's in here?"

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"TWO BATHROOMS! Dude! We should stay in the RC on every trip!!"
"If only..."

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"Man, take a picture of me while I call the front desk to ask where the Club is, we gotta remember every moment of this, hahaha!" *Grinning with euphoric laughter*

After we calmed our over-excited bouncing-off-the-walls selves and composed our behavior, we both took showers (separately), freshened and straightened up, and set out for the executive club for dinner, as it was around 4:30 PM. By the time we entered in the tower opposite to the one our daysuite was in, the clerk already had called ahead and told the receptionist our names. "Ah, Colby and David, is that correct? I'm Diana, and I work in the Club Level. Let me know if there's anything I can do for you, gentleman!" The awesome thing about it was, she was totally genuine about making her guests have a satisfactory experience, which just felt plain good on the inside. Not to mention that the Club Level is loaded with an extensive buffet with salad, cold cut meats, sandwiches, hot food options, cheese, fruit, dips, breads, even candy and every type of soda / alcoholic beverage we could imagine, so it'd look like we'd be well fed by the lounge. After we finished our club dinner, we changed into our bathing suits and spent an hour at the pool and white sand beach (sorry, no pics of the pool because we left our phones and cameras upstairs), before changing back into our "nice clothes" to head back down to South Florida.

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Passing a bath salt store on our way to the Club Level.

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And a yachtwear / beachwear store as well.

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The shrouded-glass entrance to the club.

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The seating area of the Club Level.

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The somewhat spread out (no pun intended) buffet, wide variety of consumable choices, as you can see.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3952/15102620483_de380807d5_c.jpg
Walking past this neat watch display on our way to change into our swim trunks.

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Pictures of the beach from the Club Level (first image) and our room (second and third images). Unfortunately, we forgot to bring either of the cameras or our phones / iPad to the pool deck, so we don't have any pictures other than these, bummer....

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Taking a cab back to the airport at the beginning or just past the beginning of evening. Those were several of the best hours of our lives......Overall, the Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island was one of the best hotels I've ever stayed at, great service, great food, beautiful beach, and best of all the low price we got for the room. We definitely made a pact to visit again when we are much older.  
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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:42 pm

KJAX (Jacksonville - International Airport / Jacksonville Air National Guard Base - 125th Fighter Wing / 125th FW) ✈ KMIA (Miami - International Airport / Wilcox Field / 36th Street / Pan American Field)

    Airline: American Airlines d/b/a American Eagle operated by Republic Airlines
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # YX
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # RPA
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign BRICKYARD
    Airline Flight Number: # AA4286 / YX4286
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : Embraer ERJ-175LR (ERJ-170-200 LR)
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N432YX
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # A32
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: July 2nd, 2014
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 3 months old as of November 4th, 2014
    Aircraft Test Registration: PR-EGZ (Brazil)
    Aircraft Config: C12W20Y44
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : # 17000415
    Aircraft Line Number: # 17000415
    Aircraft Delivery Date: July 18th, 2014
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x GE CF34-8E5 High Bypass Turbofan Engines
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: OWNED by Republic Airlines
    Meal: Beverage / Refreshment service
    Cabin: American Eagle Domestic First Class
    Seat Assignment: 4F
    A/C Equipped with IFE: No
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: No
    Airline Flight Date: November 4th, 2015
    Boarding Call Time: 4:06 PM EST, November 4th, 2014
    Boarding Zone: 1, Priority AAccess, First Class
    Departure Time: 4:36 PM EST, November 4th, 2014
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway C7, Concourse C, JAX
    Arrival Time: 5:34 PM EST, November 4th, 2014
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway D60 "J", Concourse D, MIA
    Time Aloft: 0 hours 58 minutes (58 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 475 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 27,000 feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 336 SM | Planned: 420 SM | Flown: 385 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : JAX EXBOX2 OMN HILEY5 MIA


FLIGHT DATA SOURCE (S):

1. PlaneSpotters.Net Airframe Data

2. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data - Republic Airlines

3. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data - American Eagle

4. Embraer 175 | Our Planes - American Airlines

5. American Presents the New E175 :: American Airlines Newsroom | American Airlines Begins Large Regional Jet Flying With Embraer E-175 Aircraft | American’s E-175s Feature 12 First Class Seats, Main Cabin Extra and Full-Size Overhead Bins

6. Embraer E-175 Fact Sheet :: American Airlines Newsroom

7. American Airlines Unveils Embraer 175 Regional Jet Design | Logistics and Transportation | Forbes - Grant Martin, Contributor

8. Take Flight In American Eagle First Class | aa.com - American Airlines

9. First Class Cabin - American Airlines

10. First and Business Class dining | Inflight Dining | During your flight | American Airlines

11. Inside American's new Embraer 175: Brighter, cleaner, with new plane smell (Video) | Pittsburgh Business Journal | Bizjournals.com

12. Need Questions Answered For Writeup On AE ERJ-170s | Travel, Polls, and Preferences Forum - Airliners.Net

13. JAX | Jacksonville International Airport - FlyJacksonville.com - Jacksonville Aviation Authority

14. History of Aviation - JAX | Jacksonville International Airport - FlyJacksonville.com - Jacksonville Aviation Authority

15. Airport History - JAX | Jacksonville International Airport - FlyJacksonville.com - Jacksonville Aviation Authority

16. Dedication program, Jacksonville International Airport

17. Historical Photo Circa 1968 of Jacksonville International Airport

18. Jacksonville Air National Guard Base | 125TH FIGHTER WING Fact Sheet | Florida Air National Guard

19. 125th Fighter Wing (125th FW) | GlobalSecurity.org

20. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island | Ritz Carlton | The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

21. Ponte Vedra Inn and Club | Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts: Florida Resorts


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Before JAX was constructed, in the infant era of aviation, pilots utilized the hard-packed sand naturally occurring on Jacksonville's beaches as rudimentary runways, but they were too far from the actual downtown area of the city to be feasible, plus the fact that actual passenger service was severely limited at the time, meant that train service was more commonly favored by the local populace instead. In the early 1920s, a collective effort of pilots brought about Paxon Field, a small grassy airstrip where the present day Paxon High School is located.

The city soon acknowledged the need for a true airport, and Jacksonville Municipal Airport opened in 1926 on West Main Street adjacent to the local Prison Farm. In the 1930s, a small wooden terminal building opened up for Jacksonville Municipal Airport's first, albeit limited, scheduled carrier, Eastern Air Service, which would later become the now-defunct Eastern Airlines. In the 1950's, the facility was re-named by the local government to Imeson Field, in memory of the Jacksonville city councilman who brought about construction of the airport and several modern highways to the JAX metro area.

Imeson Field was the primary airport serving Jacksonville, Florida for 42 years, however, by the 1950s, the airline industry was booming and Imeson could no longer support aircraft from the likes of Eastern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southern Airways, and National Airlines. It was apparent that a more modern facility was needed, and work began on Jacksonville International Airport in 1965 funded by a $9,000,000 bond issued after the approval of local taxpayers. Concurrent with the closure of Imeson Airport, the 125th Fighter-Interceptor Group (125 FIG) of the Florida Air National Guard (FANG) relocated to Jacksonville International Airport.

Jacksonville International Airport was dedicated on September 1st, 1968, officially replacing Imeson field, to serve the travel requirements of local naval bases, the most prominent of which was, and still is, Naval Air Station Jacksonville (IATA: NIP, ICAO: KNIP, FAA LID: NIP). When the airport first opened to airline service, the terminals used an unusual layout of separating departing and arriving passengers, but this concept was abandoned by the 1990s. Growth at JAX was slow from around the 1980s, only serving around two million passengers annually, but by the start of the new millennium, JAX was seeing over 5,000,000 passengers pass through her facilities, and yet again an expansion project was begun at the airport. This time, the landside area, central square, and main concessions were rebuilt to a modern standard, while all TSA checkpoints were consolidated into a single security screening facility. Finally, more parking was installed in the airport around 2004-2005.

Today, Jacksonville International Airports' operations consist of 58% of the onsite flight activity, with G4 (Allegiant Airlines), AA (American Airlines), MQ (American Eagle + American Eagle contracted carriers), DL (Delta Air Lines + Delta Connection contracted carriers), B6 (JetBlue Airways), 3M (Silver Airways), WN (Southwest Airlines), UAX (Various United Airlines contracted carriers), and US (US Airways + US Airways contracted carriers) all serving a multitude of destinations from the airport as of March 2015. As of this writing in mid-March 2015, the only scheduled international airline service from the airstrip is Silver Airway's flight to Marsh Harbor, The Bahamas, on Saab 340BPlus aircraft.

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Pre-merger ticket counter logo board, but post merger signage and kiosk firmware.

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A surprisingly massive terminal when considering the scope of Jacksonville's overall airline operation.

My friend and I attempted to spend as much time in the Ritz Carlton as possible, and thus only arrived to the airport a mere 30 minutes before our flight back to SoFlo began boarding Luckily, that fact that it was not only Tuesday, which is one of the slowest days in the airline business (and has some of the lowest fares, I've found) meant that the TSA checkpoint had only a few people ahead of us, and we even managed clear the checkpoint with around 20 minutes remaining before the boarding process began.

I'm sure some people will ask why we did not stay for longer. Well, as I said, my best friend's parents are much stricter than mine, and they didn't want him spending a night as he had something the next day to go to. In addition, I had 12th grade the next day, so that was a bust as well. This trip was only meant to be a daytrip, not a nighttrip, and the Ritz Carlton portion only came until a week before the trip. But to be frankly honest, it wasn't about the amount of time we stayed in Jacksonville, or how much money we spent, or any other nonsense like that. It was that we were sharing an enjoyable experience together as best friends, and making memories that we'll remember for a lifetime. So we didn't really care if we didn't get to spend more than 6-7 hours in a nice hotel, it was more about the fact that we got to take a nice trip together before my friend went back to Colombia for a few months.

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Stepping back into JAX's nice, high-ceiling Concourse C.

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I wonder who flew 767-200s into JAX?

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Of course, this daytrip was taken in November 2014, so AirTran (IATA: FL, ICAO: TRS, now defunct, RIP...) was still around.

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Heading back to the end of the concourse to board our MIA flight, I spot the sexiness that is this crimson Infiniti. You can definitely see what type of customer JAX is going after...   What model is this, anyhow?

After we grabbed some lattes in Starbucks, boarding began. This flight was even more empty than the outbound one, which doesn't seem to worry AA, as there are now 6 round trips a day on ERJ-175s on Tuesdays (as of this writing in mid March 2015) and no ERJ-145s are present on this route anymore, at least from what I've seen. The flight crew and airplane (N432YX) was the exact same from before, but the flight attendant didn't recognize my best friend and I. I think they were busy flying MIA-JAX-MIA all day, and this was the final turn for the ERJ-170 as at the time in early November 2014 there were also single-class ERJ-145 flights on this route as well. Our take off was smooth yet had a stiff climb, this time I was sat on the double seat side of the first class cabin in row 4, the last row of the premium cabin, so I'd have an excellent view of the passing Floridian coastline off to the starboard side of the aircraft. It was an indeed an amazing view, as you'll see in the pictures below.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3938/15736742332_d4e20f3b86_c.jpg
Boarding the flight, my best friend leading the way. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7503/15550365570_bc4f438074_c.jpg
Exact same first class cabin,

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but this time I'd be in seat 4F, the farthest starboard seat in the premium cabin, instead. The load factor in this cabin was even lower than the first flight, with an astounding EIGHT first class seats empty. If I was an upgrader or nonrevver I'd definitely be attempting MIA-JAX. I'd never seen such an empty first class cabin before, on all the airline I travel on they're almost always full.

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Switching it up with a tonic water as my pre-departure beverage of choice, my second favorite!  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3939/15144110564_04e7353265_b.jpg
During the boarding process, an airline captain, apparently with a seat assignment in coach, walked with a sad-looking face back to coach, but didn't even make it past the plastic-tarp divider before the flight attendant came back and said, "Don't go back there, you can sit up here, it's empty." in a hushed tone. I honestly thought it was the most awesome feeling to see such a family like interaction between airline industry employees, despite the often volatile nature of the industry itself.

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Taxiing away, thanks for the awesome experience, JAX! (And bye, AirTran.... :'[ )

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Taxiing past the McDonell Douglas F-15 Eagle fleet of the 125th Fighter Wing (125th FW) | GlobalSecurity.org of the Jacksonville Air National Guard Base.

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Takeoff, stiffly roaring down the center-line of the runway.

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Blasting away from Jacksonville.

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The combined haze, cloud cover, angle, and speed of our ascent to our cruise altitude hampered my photography of downtown JAX, so here are my best attempts.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3946/15578954400_1feaaba0ee_c.jpg
Final challenge for Tigerguy, a GA airport spotted just a few tens of miles south of JAX.

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Finally at cruise. These winglets equipped on this airplane are apparently "Extended Winglets", as noted by a yellow placard in the cockpit. Not only due they extend further out of the wing, they also are bent lower (I don't know how to explain it), and have a more equilateral shape of the winglet triangle rather than the sweptback shape of "normal" winglets.

Service on the flight was the same as the outbound to the JAX outstation, with a couple of drink rounds and a few bags of the Gourmet snack mix (still don't know what makes it Gourmet :P) passed out before the flight attendant sat in the galley. The same weird quasi-human and quasi-robotic voice PA announcement were made throughout the flight, still with a somewhat weird verbal effect.

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Checking out the safety card while drinking coffee and eating snack mix. My friend wanted to have window seat this time, so I assigned him 4A, which was actually close enough to hold a decent amount of small talk.

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The fleet page in American Way Magazine. Can you notice the mistake(s)?

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Well, the US Airways fleet of Boeing 737-400 aircraft had been out of service since late September, and this is the November issue. :P

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And, has it been confirmed if this is even happening or not?

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Our fuselage's neat reflection in the engine cowling.

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Got a good laugh out of this one. xD

Don't get me wrong, the service on this flight was good, and I was excited as heck to be on an airplane, but there was one major suck factor (admittedly not having to do with the airline nor flight crew) that I'm sure everyone has had to deal with before: Having to drop off, say your goodbyes to, etc., your family member, good friend, wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, fiance.....It's one strong feeling, and I don't doubt that everyone will have to deal with it at some point in their lives, whether it is leaving to take separate flight connections after spending a flight together to ATL, dropping your kids off at college, or dropping your 18 year old off at basic training for the military, saying your goodbyes to your husband or wife as you drive them to the airport so they can go on a business trip...It's quite bittersweet, to say the least. As you could see, the purely platonic bromance was strong, lol.

I couldn't really get my mind off of it, but luckily it looked as if we would have one last hour together in Miami International Airport before I would have to send him home on his own separate cab or SuperShuttle. Before I knew it, we were turning inward to Florida just after we soared past a cloud blanketed FLL, and I knew the inevitable was coming, my best friend was leaving for a few months. I wouldn't see him until past the beginning of 2015, so I tried to make the best of it as we did the standard 180-degree U-turn into a silky smooth landing in MIA.

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The beautiful autumn Floridian sky near the beginning of our descent.

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We begun our descent just past this break in the blanket of clouds.

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FLL being shadowed by the massive cloud sheet. I don't know if anyone else thinks so, but despite the haze, I think this is one of the most stunning photographs I've ever taken, don't you think?

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Turning once again to line up with a South Floridian airport...I can't believe it's almost over yet again...Time flies by so fast...sniff...sniff...

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A Delta 757 zooms out from under us heading who-knows-where.  https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7566/15144126764_3c1ece1051_c.jpg
The surreal, empty first class cabin on approach.

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Things you'll notice only in the air: a heart between various highway ramps.

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Slats down, doing the characteristic 180* turn to line up with MIA...

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...and diving towards the airport as the sun begins to set.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3955/15579275060_23c6a3b399_c.jpg
Things you'll only see from the air (completely, at least) : "WELCOME (To?) MIAMI" spelled out in topiary.

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Extremely short final near this labyrinth of highway ramps.

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Touchdown, spoilers up and slowing us down...  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3945/15740042726_e5a74347ca_c.jpg
Two 744s, US Airways, and Sun Country, what more could one (plane spotter) ask for?

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One day I'll make it out here and ride on them on MIA-MSP-MIA...They also fly Cuban charters to HAV (Havana, Cuba) here as well.

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Out of all the 744s BA could have sent on the LHR-MIA-LHR route, they sent the delightfully rare OneWorld one....AWESOME! https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5605/15711417936_ef51ec14cc_c.jpg
Pulling into the Gate D60 ramp behind some smaller Embraer sibs.

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Being marshaled into our stand just as the sun begins to set on MIA, I'll be standing there doing that soon!!! Can't wait to join the crew! https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5601/15115165524_e6f51db4e9_c.jpg
Waiting for the pilots to let me take some cockpit shots, I examined the flight attendant's station and forward galley equipment. Also, notice the coffee decanters are labeled "Inboard Coffee Maker" and "Outboard Coffee Maker". I don't know why I find that funny, I just do. xD

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Note the unique vertical, instead of horizontal, girt bar design on these airplanes. And the tiny observation window.  https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7552/15733200451_ef6995794a_c.jpg
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Notice the yellow sticker
The captain asked why I was photographing the cockpit, so I explained the concept of a trip report and he asked if he could be featured in it, so I asked him if he was fine with himself being in my trip report, to which he responded unequivocally in the affirmative Why, of course you can! Thanks for being nice and kind to a kid aspiring to work in the industry.   https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3939/15115730723_f6449569f5_c.jpg
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Leaving N432YX behind, have a good night, sweet girl. Now you can see why there is a cockpit placard describing the far-outreaching winglets! https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3940/15736659182_3b556cbfa2_c.jpg
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Heading back into Concourse D with a heavy feeling of melancholy...
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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:45 pm

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Miami - International Airport / Wilcox Field / 36th Street / Pan American Field (IATA: MIA, ICAO: KMIA)
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With our last hour together before spending months apart, my friend and I decided to do an impromptu exploration / spotting trip, exploring the E Concourse before quickly and sadly coming to the realization that our trip together, something that we'll both remember forever, had drawn to a close, and my friend had to board his SuperShuttle back to his house to get ready for his sabbatical to Colombia. While waiting for his shuttle, he tried to hand me a $50 bill:

Him: "Colby, come on, just take it! I owe you big time, this day was amazing!"
Me: "No, no, dude it's fine, save it for your trip back to Colombia!"
Him: "I just feel like I should give you something man, this trip was so much fun"
Me: "You bet this trip was fun, the best part was being with you! Alright, tell you what, if you wanna get me something, see if you can get a Medellin T-shirt. Then we'll be even!" *wink and laugh*
Him: "*Laughs* Alright man, I'll try, I'll try..."

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The American Eagle Breast Cancer Awareness regional jet at Gate D53.

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AA's brand-new OW 737-800 at Gate D32.

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And a regular American Airlines 737-800 N954NN, plus a plethora of aircraft at the D and E concourses around it.

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And a gorgeous AA 757-200 pulls up right in front of us.

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MIA's Concourse E was under renovation and construction at the time (early November 2015).

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The Virgin Atlantic 747-400 and the Burger King Headquarters juxtaposed together, seems a little opposite, eh Ben? :P  Wink Unfortunately, due to the combination of both my DSLR's lack of zoom and lack of nearby windows, this is the only shot I got of both.

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1936 Luton LA4A MINOR, C/N: PAL1124, Registration N924GB / EI-ATP, hanging above the duty free shopping area and Terminal Exit of Concourse E.

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Not only does MIA have this collection of plaques detailing the history of the airport, but there is also a system of hallways near the international "Premium Lounge" and Concourse E Transportation Security Administration checkpoint also with oodles of information and artifacts from the infant days of the airfield.

Me: "Oh, looks like your shuttle is arriving" *heavy feeling of sadness* "Look bro, be safe, call me when you get home, aiight?"
Him: "Alright man, I'll see ya next year, thanks for everything Colby!!"
*Bro hug for about five minutes*  Smile
Me and him: *Fist Bump*
Him: "Bye Colby!"

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I boarded my own SuperShuttle home about ten minutes after his left, trying not to feel too sad.  crying 

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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:17 pm

Your trip reports are always fascinating to me to read.

Nicely done and keep up the great camerawork!  
 
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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:44 pm

Great TR. The embarder you took, was it with the new interior?Anyways Great TR  

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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:33 pm

Hi guys, thanks for the awesome comments as always,

Hey Mikelive, chatt buddy 
Quoting Mikelive (Reply 6):
Your trip reports are always fascinating to me to read.

Thanks, means a lot coming from you.  
Quoting Mikelive (Reply 6):
Nicely done and keep up the great camerawork!

Will definitely do. Some people demanded that I reduce the amount of high quality images and "irrelevant" detail from my report (which isn't really irrelevant--you have to look at it from a deeper perspective to see how it is relevant) which I refuse to do. The detail, nice pictures, and clean format are all hallmarks of my reports and will never disappear.

Hey Lesfalls, many thanks for reposting your comments.

Quoting lesfalls (Reply 7):
Great TR.

Much obliged.  
Quoting lesfalls (Reply 7):
The embarder you took, was it with the new interior?

These 175s have new, extended winglets and large overhead bins, but the interior of the airplane you see in the report, which was only 3 months old at the time, is what it was delivered to Republic Airlines (YX) with.

Quoting lesfalls (Reply 7):
Anyways Great TR

Thank you for your kind words.  

Thanks again everyone,

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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:42 pm

That shot of FLL under the clouds is a proper bit of photography. Love it - do you have a higher def version you can upload somewhere?

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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:46 pm

Great trip report -
Photos were fantastic, really helped illustrate the journey; and I love the amount of detail you include.

Looks like you had a great couple of flights on American Eagle, a slightly annoying experience with the TSA in MIA on the way out imagine though?

The hotel looked amazing, shame you weren't there longer: sounds like you got an awesome deal though.

Thanks for sharing!

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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:46 am

Wow!

Where do I start...

Great trip report as usual.

The pics and details are excellent!

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 1):
A massive 777-200 crawls into the gate under the window near our table, it even shook the windows.

The pic of the AA 772 looked awesome and what a feeling it must have been when the windows were shaking a bit as it pulled in - 777 power!!!  
Quoting LPDAL (Reply 1):
Our shadow on mid-final over some country houses and a lush forest, looks lovely to live there!

It's always a good feeling to see the shadow of the plane you are flying in whilst on approach - even better if you manage to get a pic like you did!  
Quoting LPDAL (Reply 3):
During the boarding process, an airline captain, apparently with a seat assignment in coach, walked with a sad-looking face back to coach, but didn't even make it past the plastic-tarp divider before the flight attendant came back and said, "Don't go back there, you can sit up here, it's empty." in a hushed tone. I honestly thought it was the most awesome feeling to see such a family like interaction between airline industry employees, despite the often volatile nature of the industry itself.

For some reason when I see pilots in uniform seated in the cabin just traveling from point A to B I feel a bit safer... Is it just me?

Anyway, well done with this trip report!

Keep up the great work!  
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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:21 am

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 2):
Does anyone know what that little inlet sticking up under the tail is? APU inlet?

Yes, this is the APU inlet on T7.
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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:45 pm

Hi Colby, another very nice report. I always enjoy your reports, and as soon as I see a new LPDAL trip report, I read it right away! I would like to credit you with inspiring me to take a couple day trips of my own. I am about to fly the United Global First flight from EWR-ORD, my first trip in Global First, connecting to my first 737-900ER, also operated by United, from ORD-MCO. Then I'm flying Air Transat's A310 in Club from MCO-YYZ, and finally WestJet's 737-600 in Plus from YYZ-LGA. Those airlines and aircraft are also firsts for me. It's not quite a day trip since I'm staying overnight at the MCO terminal. In a couple months though I have a true day trip, where I'll get on Allegiant's MD80 in the rear exit row beside the engine, and Spirit's A320 in a Big Front Seat. Thanks for the inspiration to take these trips!
 
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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:26 pm

Very nice. I gotta say the EMB is a really nice ride. Even the CR7/9 up front is pretty good.

My longest trip to date on the type is ATL-MTJ in 2A on an RJ 900. Very comfortable ride. The lack of ovens is noticible but the alcohol was flowing and the sandwich was good.
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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:17 am

Nice report, Colby. I posted these comments on the original version, but I'll re-post here.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 1):
Challenge number two, Tigerguy. Spotted this field just as we began our descent 40-50 miles out.

Looks like Palatka Kay-Larkin Field (FAA LID 28J). I've spent a few afternoons there, great little airport with some cool warbirds hiding away in the hangars.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 1):
A white Lockheed P-3 Orion, one of the best catched of the day, taking off from Naval Air Station Jacksonville or NAS Jacksonville (IATA: NIP, ICAO: KNIP, FAA LID: NIP).

That's not actually NAS Jax, that's Cecil Field (KVQQ, formerly Naval Outlying Field Cecil). The P-3 is probably one of the Department of Homeland Security birds, they have three based at Cecil. Nowadays the airport is less Naval base, more MRO. A lot of commercial jets visit Cecil for heavy checks and retrofit.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 1):
Yet another small GA field for Tigerguy to identify, looks closed though?

Looks like Naval Outlying Field Whitehouse. The airport isn't open to GA, it's solely used by the Navy for carrier landing practice. The strip is outfitted with arresting gear and approach systems like the ones fitted on carriers.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 4):
Final challenge for Tigerguy, a GA airport spotted just a few tens of miles south of JAX.

That's St. Augustine (SGJ). Fun little airport, pretty quiet, but there's a great restaurant on the balcony above the FBO.
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Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:20 am

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Hi FlyKev, great to see an international member (and crew member   ) commenting on my report!  
Quoting FlyKev (Reply 10):
Great trip report -
Photos were fantastic, really helped illustrate the journey; and I love the amount of detail you include.

Thanks a ton! My next report is going to be on the retirement flights Delta had on November 30th, 2014 for the747-400 and will also include both a 757-200 and 757-300 (much to 777Jet's delight) segment as well, a Boeing lover's dream. 
Quoting FlyKev (Reply 10):
Looks like you had a great couple of flights on American Eagle,

They usually do provide excellent service, just wish they could at least get some snack baskets or some substantial food...

Quoting FlyKev (Reply 10):
a slightly annoying experience with the TSA in MIA on the way out imagine though?

Sort of, kind of nonsensical if you really think about it...But then again, when is the TSA ever sensible?  
Quoting FlyKev (Reply 10):
The hotel looked amazing, shame you weren't there longer: sounds like you got an awesome deal though.

We did, and the hotel was the best I've experienced so far.

Quoting FlyKev (Reply 10):
Thanks for sharing!

Kev.

More coming soon! Thanks for commenting, Kev.  
Quoting 777Jet (Reply 11):
Great trip report as usual.

The pics and details are excellent!

As always, thanks for commenting again. 
Quoting 777Jet (Reply 11):

The pic of the AA 772 looked awesome and what a feeling it must have been when the windows were shaking a bit as it pulled in - 777 power!!!

Yes--those dual giant turbofans really rise a racket when pulling into stand! :3

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 11):

It's always a good feeling to see the shadow of the plane you are flying in whilst on approach - even better if you manage to get a pic like you did!

I love that as well--not to mention that my phone takes perfect engine photos, managing to get the entire nacelle of the assembly into the image without having it cut-off.

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 11):
For some reason when I see pilots in uniform seated in the cabin just traveling from point A to B I feel a bit safer... Is it just me?

I don't necessarily feel any safer or worse, although I'm sure someone has mutual feelings here.

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 11):
Anyway, well done with this trip report!

Thanks again!

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 11):
Keep up the great work!

Delta 747-400 report coming soon.      

Hi Sudden! 
Quoting sudden (Reply 12):
Yes, this is the APU inlet on T7.

Thank you for that info.

Hi Tesla, fellow trip reporter-extraordinare! 
Quoting Tesla (Reply 13):
Hi Colby, another very nice report. I always enjoy your reports, and as soon as I see a new LPDAL trip report, I read it right away!

You and many others! Seems to be a common sentiment across both forums.

Quoting Tesla (Reply 13):
I would like to credit you with inspiring me to take a couple day trips of my own.

Thanks a ton, I have also inspired some younger teenagers as well, hope they don't get into trouble.   Just kidding.

Quoting Tesla (Reply 13):
I am about to fly the United Global First flight from EWR-ORD, my first trip in Global First, connecting to my first 737-900ER, also operated by United, from ORD-MCO. Then I'm flying Air Transat's A310 in Club from MCO-YYZ, and finally WestJet's 737-600 in Plus from YYZ-LGA. Those airlines and aircraft are also firsts for me. It's not quite a day trip since I'm staying overnight at the MCO terminal. In a couple months though I have a true day trip, where I'll get on Allegiant's MD80 in the rear exit row beside the engine, and Spirit's A320 in a Big Front Seat.

That sounds more than epic...Amazing! Be sure to report on all of those, the A310 in particular. Transat has unfortunately reduced the amount of A310s flying to and from FLL these days...  
Quoting Tesla (Reply 13):
Thanks for the inspiration to take these trips!

No problem at all, man.  

Hi FlyASAGuy2005, back from the olden days I see 
Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 14):
Very nice.

Thank you, means a ton coming from a person like yourself.  
Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 14):
I gotta say the EMB is a really nice ride. Even the CR7/9 up front is pretty good

Yes, they are both very roomy and spacious.

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 14):

My longest trip to date on the type is ATL-MTJ in 2A on an RJ 900.

MTJ? I went there too, although back in June 2007 when my grandparents took my older brother and I on a trip to Smith Fork Dude ranch in Crawford, Colorado, just outside of Montrose, as part of an Abercrombie and Kent (A&K) tour. I miss those days...

One interesting piece of trivia is that Montrose Regional Airport is uncontrolled! I didn't even know that until I looked up the field and researched it.

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 14):
Very comfortable ride. The lack of ovens is noticeable but the alcohol was flowing and the sandwich was good.

Not quite old enough to chug some alcohol, but I definitely know what you mean.  

Hi Kevin, nice to see a rare comment from you!!! 
Quoting KPWMSpotter (Reply 15):
Nice report, Colby.

Much obliged---means a ton coming from you as well, my reporting style is heavily inspired by yours!   PWM trip report coming soon.

Quoting KPWMSpotter (Reply 15):
I posted these comments on the original version, but I'll re-post here.

You're completely fine.

Quoting KPWMSpotter (Reply 15):

Looks like Palatka Kay-Larkin Field (FAA LID 28J). I've spent a few afternoons there, great little airport with some cool warbirds hiding away in the hangars.

Sounds fun!

Quoting KPWMSpotter (Reply 15):
That's not actually NAS Jax, that's Cecil Field (KVQQ, formerly Naval Outlying Field Cecil). The P-3 is probably one of the Department of Homeland Security birds, they have three based at Cecil. Nowadays the airport is less Naval base, more MRO. A lot of commercial jets visit Cecil for heavy checks and retrofit.

Ah, VQQ. I always saw that on my FlightAware screenshots and flight data templates as a NAV waypoint when heading north. That also explains those airlines lined up in one of the pictures of the airstrip.

Quoting KPWMSpotter (Reply 15):
Looks like Naval Outlying Field Whitehouse. The airport isn't open to GA, it's solely used by the Navy for carrier landing practice. The strip is outfitted with arresting gear and approach systems like the ones fitted on carriers.

That sounds like an insanely fun airfield to spot at. Unfortunately, on this day there didn't seem to be much ops going on.  
Quoting KPWMSpotter (Reply 15):
That's St. Augustine (SGJ). Fun little airport, pretty quiet, but there's a great restaurant on the balcony above the FBO.

F9 (TTN-SCJ-TTN, Trenton, New Jersey) and ViaAir (CLT-SCJ-CLT, Charlotte, North Carolina) serve that airport, Northeast Florida Regional Airport (IATA: UST, ICAO: KSGJ, FAA LID: SGJ), which looks pretty nice. Thanks again for your comments, I'll be calling on you in future reports for your airport-indentifying expertise.  

Hi Uberfleiger, great to have you back too!  
Quoting uberflieger (Reply 16):
Very cool!

Thanks! 
Quoting uberflieger (Reply 16):
Love the way you personalize your reports...

Yes, I need to add a touch of personal detail, experience, and anecdotes to keep the "human" aspect of the report alive and well. Cookie-cutter descriptions of domestic first class are NOT what I'm going after!

Quoting uberflieger (Reply 16):
keep them coming.

The next one is coming soon enough. Thanks for another nice comment!  

Thank you again to all of you who take the time out of your day to write such kind words,

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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:28 pm

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 1):
I don't understand why, but American Airlines has been harshly criticized for not making the food in the eatery free. I don't agree with those critics at all. For one thing, it's good that the restaurant exists at all, I'd definitely prefer a surcharged dining venue rather than have only hamster food.

I have to agree with you - it is actually a very good concept so you can avoid having to just have hamster food  

Your report was brilliant. I love all the details, all the pictures, the history lesson about Jacksonville Airport and so on. You made some really interesting observations and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

I'm flying JFK-DCA and back on these aircraft in First Class later this year so that's why I checked out your report. Now that I have, I'll have to keep an eye on your writing! Very well done  
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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:43 pm

Great pictures as always! MIA-JAX has been selling pretty cheap lately with B6 starting the route recently. I have been thinking of doing a day trip or maybe a weekend and head over to St. Augustine.

Quoting LPDAL (Thread starter):
The best (in my opinion) spotting location in MIA, the west SkyTrain station.
Quoting LPDAL (Thread starter):
Gate D60 is all the way at the east end of Concourse D in MIA,

You seem to getting a bit directional confused there. Gate 60 is on the West side, the best tram spot for viewing is on the East side.
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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:57 pm

Hi ClassicLover and welcome aboard to my trip reports 
Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 18):
I have to agree with you - it is actually a very good concept so you can avoid having to just have hamster food

   It's pretty cheap too!

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 18):

Your report was brilliant. I love all the details, all the pictures, the history lesson about Jacksonville Airport and so on. You made some really interesting observations and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

All of those are the standards for my reports, so I'm glad you enjoyed them

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 18):
I'm flying JFK-DCA and back on these aircraft in First Class later this year so that's why I checked out your report.

Will you post a report of that, ClassicLover?

Hi FlyMIA, great to have you back and a local commentator as well!  
Quoting flymia (Reply 19):
Great pictures as always! MIA-JAX has been selling pretty cheap lately with B6 starting the route recently. I have been thinking of doing a day trip or maybe a weekend and head over to St. Augustine.

You should, St. Augustine is one of the most beautiful places in Florida, I definitely recommend it.

Quoting flymia (Reply 19):

You seem to getting a bit directional confused there. Gate 60 is on the West side, the best tram spot for viewing is on the East side.

Yes, I finished the report late at night and made a few corrections as I went along, but I didn't catch those. My apologies!

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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:53 pm

Thanks for the report on one of my favorite spots in Florida. I know you're an F guy, but I found the views/photo ops much better when the ATRs did MIA-JAX. The 10,000 feet or so of cruising altitude difference gives you much better views.
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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:08 pm

Hi Cubbie, and many thanks for another great comment.

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 21):
Thanks for the report on one of my favorite spots in Florida.

No problem, I know you enjoy topics about MEM/BNA so you will probably want to check out this report as well: Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEMMIA (by lpdal Feb 18 2015 in Trip Reports)

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 21):
I know you're an F guy, but I found the views/photo ops much better when the ATRs did MIA-JAX.

Not necessarily, I'll go out of my way to fly on single-class turboprops even if aircraft equipped routes are on the same route:

7 Hours On A Silver Saab 340B+! FLL-EYW-TPA-FLL (by LPDAL Jan 27 2014 in Trip Reports)
-All turboprops

United First Class, Piper P-31 FLL-IAH-VCT-IAH-FLL (by LPDAL Jun 26 2014 in Trip Reports)
-EAS route

Silver Airways Saab 340B+, United Club FLL-MCO-FLL (by LPDAL Aug 31 2014 in Trip Reports)
-All turboprops

United GlobalFirst Suites FLLMCOIAHIADEWRFLL (by LPDAL Nov 27 2014 in Trip Reports)
-When checking in for this trip, I was given the option of FLL-IAH-IAD-EWR-FLL with a Commutair DHC or FLL-MCO-IAH-IAD-EWR-FLL with a Silver Airways Saab 340B+ for around $150 more, and I shelled out the extra cash to ride on the rare Saab 340B.  

I only sit in first class if the aircraft I'm flying on to the destination I'm flying to is equipped with it (which is nearly 85% of the time), and I have not flown in coach on a two+ class aircraft since October 2012: DL EconomyComfort-Better Than Economy? FLL-JFK-FLL (by LPDAL Oct 20 2012 in Trip Reports)

Otherwise, I don't have any aversion to single class airplanes, Saabs, Fairchilds, Pipers, Bombardiers, DeHavillands, etc. are actually really fun for me.  
Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 21):
The 10,000 feet or so of cruising altitude difference gives you much better views.

Interestingly enough, they mention this in my PPL textbooks (which I have just begun) in a section labeled "Advantages of high-winged airplanes". In one of Kevin's reports, Mr. Porter Flying Porter! EWR-YTZ On PD + DL Y/F (by KPWMSpotter Jun 18 2012 in Trip Reports) , you can clearly see the advantage in a quite scenic location, amazing views of the surrounding urban vista of New York City.

Thanks again!

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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:36 pm

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 2):
Can you recognize an airfield from the ground, Tigerguy? Extra points! Also, this has to be the first airport I've seen close-up without barbwiring, gives it a peaceful look, I must say

Almost certainly Fernandina Beach Municipal. My ex-girlfriend flew me there in a King Air 350 when we went to that same Ritz Carlton. It's the closest airport to the hotel.

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Quoting LPDAL (Reply 20):
Will you post a report of that, ClassicLover?

Of course, you should have a look around to see some of my recent reports - BA Club Europe, Cathay Pacific Premium Economy, and British Airways Premium Economy.

On the trip coming in July with the American Eagle flights, I am taking BA1 and BA2 on the A318, as well as US Airways flights to Savannah, so there'll be a lot of action come July!
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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:20 am

Hi everyone, updates as usual:

1. My mom was pulling out old baby pictures from the 90s (I was born in 1995) and found this picture of me from 1998 riding on an United 727:

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Verified by the A.Net database, the 727 is in my log as of Age 3:


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Now I don't have to worry about adding the 727 to my log -- it is already in there. Thanks a ton, mom.  

2. As a throwback Thursday update, here is me in 2004 in the South African Airways Business Class lounge in Johannesburg - O. R. Tambo International Airport (IATA: JNB, ICAO: FAOR) (ORTIA), South Africa and the sole British Airways Jetstream 41:

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Me in the South African Airways Business Class Lounge December 29th, 2004 - you can clearly see a SAA tail in the background.

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ZS-OEX South African Airlink British Aerospace Jetstream 41 - cn 41103 - The sole example of the BAE Jetstream 41 in my log, still flying more than a decade later for South African Airlink.

So there's your TBT for this Thursday of March 18th, 2014. 

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Hi FBGDavidson, great to have you back.  
Quoting fbgdavidson (Reply 23):

Almost certainly Fernandina Beach Municipal. My ex-girlfriend flew me there in a King Air 350 when we went to that same Ritz Carlton. It's the closest airport to the hotel.

That must've been a treat, the King Air series are some of my favorite turboprop airplanes. :3

Hi ClassicLover, and thanks for commenting back  
Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 24):
Of course, you should have a look around to see some of my recent reports - BA Club Europe, Cathay Pacific Premium Economy, and British Airways Premium Economy.

Will do when I have a spare moment of free time.  
Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 24):
On the trip coming in July with the American Eagle flights, I am taking BA1 and BA2 on the A318, as well as US Airways flights to Savannah, so there'll be a lot of action come July!

Sounds like it! I'll be looking forward to that report, sounds action-packed!

Thanks as always for your kind and informative comments,

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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:04 am

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 25):
So there's your TBT for this Thursday of March 18th, 2014. 

Its not Thursday yet. Also tomorrow is Thursday March 19 2015. 2014 is long gone.
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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:12 am

Thanks for sharing, Colby. I have long been lurking your trip reports, but I thought it was time to let you know that I appreciate them. I have put together a few myself and I know what a long and difficult process it can be, so thank you!

Quoting LPDAL (Thread starter):
And, has it been confirmed if this is even happening or not?

As far as I'm aware, it is not (sadly). I think they just illustrate it that way for consistency.
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Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:34 pm

Hi everyone,

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 25):

So there's your TBT for this Thursday of March 18th, 2014.

Oops - I meant 2015! Good to get those #TBT moments done a day early, I say.

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Hi KGRB, great to have you aboard after a long period of lurking  
Quoting KGRB (Reply 27):
Thanks for sharing, Colby.

You're welcome! It warms my heart to see that thus many people enjoy my reports on two websites. 
Quoting KGRB (Reply 27):
but I thought it was time to let you know that I appreciate them. I have put together a few myself and I know what a long and difficult process it can be, so thank you!

This report took around two weeks when you count writing, researching, coding, designing the cover post, and finally publishing the final report, so I appreciate the acknowledgement of yours. :3

Quoting KGRB (Reply 27):

As far as I'm aware, it is not (sadly). I think they just illustrate it that way for consistency.

Probably, you'll notice the US Airways 737-400 is still there despite being retired almost two months before, so not much hope in that regard, unfortunately...

Thanks again for a morning-brighterning comment, KGRB!  

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RE: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA

Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:52 pm

Hi Colby, another fantastic report of yours. Keep it up, you're definitely one of the top TR writers on a.net.

My AP US History teacher always emphasises "DETAIL DETAIL DETAIL" when writing essays, and this is exactly what I see in your reports.  

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Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:19 pm

Hi Amrit, great to have you aboard once more! 
Quoting kann123air (Reply 29):
Hi Colby, another fantastic report of yours. Keep it up, you're definitely one of the top TR writers on a.net.

Thanks a ton, man! More coming soon.

Quoting kann123air (Reply 29):

My AP US History teacher always emphasises "DETAIL DETAIL DETAIL" when writing essays, and this is exactly what I see in your reports.

It is one of the unique features of them, and one that will never go away.  

Thanks again!  

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