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 Post subject: Alaska Airlines Minneapolis service (Report 1)
PostPosted: 10 Dec 2008, 10:44 
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Well yesterday I took a day trip to Minneapolis St. Paul on Alaska Airlines new service. The flight there was very nice and was operated by a 737-800. The tail was N563AS. The flight was flight number 36. So I got to SeaTac at about 5:45 because I was able to avoid traffic luckily. So I just sat around there until boarding began at 7AM and when I got my seat assignment I found out I was in the very back in row 30, seat F, so at least a window seat.

So we actually pushed back at our scheduled time as it took a while to board because it was a full flight just about. Only about 15 open seats. So we pushed back and taxied to 16C via taxiway Bravo and Charlie and took off as N434MK landed on 16L (Horizons newest plane dedicated to Mark Kuolt II who died earlier this year). So we took off and suddenly we saw this blinding thing called the sun, something that those of us here in Washington melt when we see. It led for an awesome site as we passed Mt. Rainier and Mt St. Helens in the background. Pictures are below.

On Alaska’s flights that are 3 hours or longer they offer digeplayers for rent for $5. For those of you who don’t know what they are they are a little thing that plays preloaded movies on it. I only got it because it had the Dark Night (new Batman movie). Got to see it the day before it came out to buy which was cool. Unfortunately since we had the wind behind us I wasn’t able to finish the movie before we had to turn them back into the flight attendants. So I got about an hour and fifty minutes into it and couldn’t wait for the flight back later that night to finish it.

So now we are getting ready to start our descent into MSP. The flight attendants were coming through the cabin doing there final checks and what not. I will say that this was one of the most painful flights when it came to my ears popping. So the clouds were finally starting to break up below us and it was completely white below us which is a very nice and rare site for those of us from the Pacific Northwest. So we landed on 12L and finally got slowed enough to turn off the runway at Papa 3 and taxied to gate Echo14 via taxiways Quebec and Delta. And of course with the new baggage fees everyone takes there bags on board with them. So it took about 40 minutes to get off the plane. They opened the back door and boy did that heat wave of 20 degrees felt great. They had the plane very warm on the way so it was a nice relief while we waited to deplane.

Here’s the videos:
Takeoff from Seattle-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXhg6LXg7Rk

Landing in Minneapolis-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn71C_XIDaU

Now for the pictures-

My plane-
http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o172 ... CF1334.jpg

One of my favorite schemes that Alaska has, there AlaskaAir.com Inverse plane N548AS sits next to me-
http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o172 ... CF1338.jpg

Here are the pictures of that Sunrise I was talking about-
http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o172 ... CF1340.jpg

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o172 ... CF1341.jpg

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o172 ... CF1342.jpg

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o172 ... CF1347.jpg

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Airlines Minneapolis service (Report 1)
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Great write up Brandon. Gotta love the angry 737-800s without the eye-brow windows. Amazing sunrise pictures! Also great vids, haha welcome to the midwest, aka snow central.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Airlines Minneapolis service (Report 1)
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Thanks for actually responding there Adam. Yeah I like the snow. Just wait for the next report. I was hoping people actually read these. Especially when you do put so much time behind writing it up.

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Give it time...

Nice write up. Are you looking to go anywhere else after you fly to Denver?

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Airlines Minneapolis service (Report 1)
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Vegas again and then start on my way down the California coast. My goal is to visit all of our destinations in the next year or 2.

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