Book it Danno! JFK T8, US Airways Flight US510 New York JFK to Phoenix, Arizona
- A Rock, A Hard Place and Tier Points
- To Birmingham Airport, Ryanair FR693 Birmingham to Dublin
- A morning around Dublin
- Dublin Airport, BA4467 Dublin Airport to London City Airport
- Travelodge, London City Airport
- A Morning at London City Airport
- British Airways BA001 London City Airport – Shannon, Shannon to New York-JFK
- Über Takes on Manhattan
- Holiday Inn Express, JFK
- JFK T8, US Airways Flight US510 New York JFK to Phoenix, Arizona
- US Airways Club/Admiral’s Club, US694 Phoenix Sky Harbour to Honolulu
- The Aston Beach Waikiki
- Travel Plus… Doing – Exploring the Diamond Head Trail
- Travel Plus… Doing – Pearl Harbour and The USS Arizona Memorial
- The joy of British Airways Rebooking
- Honolulu Airport, American Airline Lounge, US693 Honolulu International to Phoenix
- US425 Phoenix to New York-JFK, Economy Class
- JFK Omnishambles
- BA002 JFK to London City Airport
- Involuntary Downgrade Chaos
- BA4462 London City Airport to Dublin
- A Five Hour Dublin Layover
- BA0837 Dublin Airport to London Heathrow Airport in Club Europe
- Homeward bound
- Aftermath: Points and Reflections…
Bundled aboard the hotel shuttle bus, it was time to head back to JFK. Although I’m quickly concluding that JFK shuttle bus drivers only drive in a mode known as “mad”.
After a tour of JFK, I was dropped off at Terminal 8 – home of US Airways, TAM and American Airlines. With online check in not working on my ticket, it was off to get boarding passes.
Eventually, I got to the head of the queue, and my boarding passes were issued – as well as my luggage taken off me. Yes – by this point I had luggage with the stuff I got in Manhattan, and I wanted to lighten my load a fair bit.
With that done, it was time to clear security.
Now, for a major terminal such as this, how many TSA checkers and security lanes were open. How many on a Saturday morning. Have a guess.
Two Document Checkers working, and two security lanes was the sum total of what was available to passengers and crew, plus a PreCheck Lane (which I’m not entitled to use).
As a result, security clearance took a good 20 minutes to clear. I think the term is “can do better here”.
With a little bit of time on my side, I headed up to the Flagship Lounge. Well, best to use time effectively…
American Airlines Flagship Lounge
After heading upstairs and to the lounge, I was welcomed to the venue. My boarding pass was zapped, and I was directed to the Flagship lounge. This lounge isn’t new to me in the least as I was here about this time last year.
And it hasn’t changed a dot in that time.
Amazingly, I wasn’t interested in my stomach for once – I was interested in the Internet access provided – mainly as I wanted to pre-purchase a 24 hour flight pass for GoGo wireless – namely as it’s a lot cheaper to buy it on the ground than in the air – and $16 a pop, it’s worth it (compared to the $27.95 in the air – it’s worth it!).
See – I can plan every now and again.
With the WiFi pass in hand, it was time to relax for a few minutes – before heading off to the other side of Terminal 8… or the other concourse.
Following the signs, I found my way to the waiting Airbus A321 that would take me to Phoenix, with boarding in full swing.
With boarding in progress, I headed down the priority lane (much to some people’s disgust that I was “cutting” the line… no, I was exercising the right to board at any time), and was beeped through.
US/AA510 New York JFK to Phoenix Sky Harbour Airport
US Airways, Airbus A320. Seat 3A, First Class
2155 miles flown, 210 Tier Points Earned, 2155 Base Avios + 2,155 Bonus Avios + 1078 Class of Cabin Bonus.
As boarding was in full swing, people were lining up board… and there were a fair few people gate-checking their bags.
Boarding the plane, I was welcomed, and headed to my home of 3A for the next few hours.
I settled in, taking note of the surroundings. And sadly, this is a “typical” loved US Airways plane.
The plane filled up quickly, and pushed back on schedule. With the safety demonstration done by hand (as the A320 fleet doesn’t seem to have in-flight entertainment installed), our A320 begun its taxi around JFK to a runway.
After a seemingly long taxi (about 20 minutes – and I’ll be honest, I nodded off for a bit), the engines of our A320 powered up for a take-off run.
With a sprint, our A320 took to the air, banked and begun its long trans-contiental run across the USA.
A very snowy field…
The plane made a reasonable accent up to 10,000ft and beyond – and at that note, the WiFi was switched on.
A log onto the Gogo domain, and through the portal – and I was connected in the air for the first time ever.
Right. Finally in the air. 30 minute taxi at JFK….. #givemestrength
— Kevin-Economy&Beyond (@EconomyBeyond) January 10, 2015
Once in the air, hot towels were distributed.
A savoury snack mix was given out whilst the hot nuts were warmed up. Snack mix in the foreground, WordPress on the background. Now, whilst I was in the air, I needed to do some serious investigative work. Yes – I was doing actual work. In the few days before Gogo had been issuing fake certificates when users browsed Youtube, creating a Man in the Middle Attack vector. My tests were interesting…. it seemed GoGo had lifted that vector of blocking:
Looks like the Fake Certificates the Gogo were issuing have been revoked.. pic.twitter.com/4UnW03uKoz
— Kevin-Economy&Beyond (@EconomyBeyond) January 10, 2015
Interestingly, it had lifted. However, there would have to be more testing to confirm this blocking had been lifted. Just in time for the hot nuts to arrive.
Breakfast was served, which was a beef enchilada with rice and a chicken salad. So, lots of meat all around there.
The meal itself was an interesting mix, and was well cooked. The enchilada was a very nice thing to have in the air, and the salads seemed to work rather well.
Well, it’s better than a snack box in Economy Class.
With another coke, I worked my way across the USA, as the plane fly mile after mile.
Working away and listening to music did it’s thing and soon we were crossing into Arizona.
Soon, the air brakes were up and we begun to slow down. Laptops were put away, and the cabin was secured for landing.
Dropping through the cloud layer, we turned from blue skies to grey skies.
Soon, the sprawl of the Phoenix Metropolitan area appeared beneath us, as we tracked toward Phoenix Sky Harbour airport
Eventually the downtown centre of Phoenix came into view, and the wheels were down for landing.
With a gentle glide in and a gentle landing, we were on the ground, and another long segment ticked off for me
Whilst time wasn’t exactly on my side on the ground, we still had time for a reasonable length taxi around Phoenix, until the plane found an A gate it liked, and headed for it.
Overall: Whilst the food was interesting, the rest of the flight… well, wasn’t. The US Airways staff were “Business Friendly”… which for a Saturday isn’t the greatest thing. They were attentive to needs, but there could had been more room for better service.
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