Got Lobstah? BOS
in 3Hrs w/US PHF
After my “experience” on US4042 back in March (to read the TR
, please look under my profile), a voucher was in order. As soon as the voucher came, I was wondering where to go. A city in the northeast US called my attention. Filled with history and culture and backed up by stories from my friends, I decided that it was time to pay a visit to Boston.
My dad and I had vouchers and so we decided to go to Boston. After waiting for the right time to buy, we were scheduled to fly PHF
with the CRJ, E190, E190, and CRJ. A week ago, I was looking at different options for our trip. I found there was an interesting return routing going from BOS
. And thanks to my fellow A.nutters, I was able to find out the availability for those flights. It seemed our preferred routing to PIT
was still open. We decided to chance it and pay the $50 same-day change fee.
June 13, 2009 - Daytrip Day: Boston
I woke up at 4:00am to arrive at Newport News/Williamsburg Intl Airport around 5:30am to ensure we got our coveted PIT
routing. I was very happy to get the PIT
diversion we wanted. The check-in agent also moved our seats up too! There was a funny FL
employee who couldn’t get into the elevator and he was wondering if he got fired or just lost his “elevator privileges” Afterwards, we cleared security and waited in the gate area.
is a small airport, but I love it. Windows give a clear view of the runways. PHF
has free wifi, but I could not get access to the Internet from my iPod Touch or my Macbook. It kept on asking for a password. When I looked at the Information Desk, I noticed a big pile of US Airways Magazines. It turns out, Williamsburg is the Profile Subject for this month’s issue!
US operates from the lower gates in PHF
. The gate agent said I wasn’t allowed to take pictures down here and told me to stop. So instead, I went upstairs with the same view and took pictures.
Our plane was stored overnight there and was waiting patiently on the tarmac to hit the skies.
June 13, 2009
CRJ – N237PS
As I took my seat, I noticed that the safety cards were new and the armrests were re-done. I’m pretty sure is has been refurbished. I took a nap of the flight and took some pictures along the way.
A map of CLT
on my iPod Touch!
soon came into sight as I pulled my camera out quickly to get some flyovers of CLT
We landed in CLT
and taxied to the E Concourse. As I got out, I hit my elbow on the overhead compartment getting out. I got some Cinnabon for breakfast/lunch and my dad got a sandwich.
Hmmm....a new airplane and airplane perhaps?
I wanted to visit the other lounge in CLT
, the US Airways Club in B. I wanted to let them sign my hat. Alas, the sole receptionist seemed to care less. Very disappointing. I thought it would be sickening that I would have to come here again later in the day. CLT
is a great airport with mostly great people, but the Clubs could be a bit more enthusiastic. Hopefully BOS
would be more positive. I felt that I was getting sick of US based on this one experience, but then I heard some gate agents sharing jokes with passengers and some pilots sharing and comparing music, which showed me there’s a human side to US CLT
. I also sampled CLT
’s wifi. Excellent!
Our E190 pulled into C15 from MSY
; my ride to BOS
June 13, 2009
Embraer 190 – N957UW
As we boarded, I found out we had the wall seat, the seat facing the wall between F and Y. I was pretty happy
. It was a full flight and after we pushed back, I enjoyed the extra legroom. I also found the new In-flight menus in the seatbacks! Our takeoff queue was long and seemed even more horrendously long when you are drowsy and popping in and out. Finally, we sped down the runway and remembering the time the wheels were up, I fell asleep.
When I woke up, the flight deck announced that we were flying over Norfolk, VA. My dad and I laughed. We had been traveling for a couple of hours already and we were back where we started. I started writing my TR
and set up my “office”.
So suddenly, we seemed to be dropping ever gradually and slowly. We had another good 30 minutes left and I was shocked we were making a descent. I kept writing as we kept falling. I was wondering whether or not they would offer the $3 snacks, but they never did. I don’t really mind. I just knew what I would be sneaking out
. Speaking of sneaking out, I prepared letters for the F/As but I never bothered to give them out. If I want it, I gotta get it
. That’s how I “discreetly” snuck out the new CRJ card in my magazine.
Landing in Boston flew us over many other airports and landing fields. Please ID
if you can
When we landed, the overhead compartment bin holding my bag popped open. No big deal. My dad and I had to get to the Ground Transportation quick. We only hade about three hours in BOS
End of Part One
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[Edited 2009-06-14 20:51:02]