Sunday, May 11, 2008

Montego Bay May 2008: Houston Intercontinental, Houston TX (IAH) to Killeen Ft. Hood Regional, Killeen Texas (GRK)

CO2530 11MAY08 Houston Intercontinental, Houston TX (IAH) to Killeen Ft. Hood Regional, Killeen Texas (GRK) 7:45p 842p ERJ-135 N??5?? operated by ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. dba Continental Express

Flying Time: 0:37
Seat Map

Boarding was expeditious on this 37-seater 1-2 single aisled leather seat Embraer regional jet. There was someone sitting in my seat and after some jockeying, we were all settled in. the pilot came on the PA and announced that the flying time was 0:37 and that our cruisin’ altitude was 14,000’ for the trip. He said there may be a few bumps so he may keep the seatbelt signs on all the time. The local temperature was 73F with clear skies and the conditions was the same as here.

The doors closed at 7:52p and push back and the manual flight attendant safety demo started at 7:54p. With one engine started, we headed out towards runway 33R-15L, this meant that we had to taxi almost the full length of the runway and then turn around.

I could see a line of 10 airplanes waiting to take off on runway 15L. at 8:03, the Captain said we were number two for departure behind a Continental Boeing 737-300. At 8:04p, we took to runway 33R and took off before those 10 waiting airplanes on 15L.

As we went down the runway, the lavatory door opened and the guy sitting next just in front of it, tried to close it, but to no avail.

After takeoff, the flight attendant made a welcome on board announcement and advised not to use any forbidden electronic devices. She also talked about joining the OnePass program. She also made an announcement that there will have a limited beverage service and water will be offered, but if anyone has specific requests and time permits she will try to take care of it.

The water service started at 8:12p and shortly after that she came through and collected what little trash remained from the service. She returned to her seat or the rest of the quite short flight. I fell asleep for a bit too.

Our bumpy descent started at 8:28p. We touched down with vengeance at about 8:50 and then taxied up to the gate.

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