Sunday, January 27, 2008

San Jose, CA: Houston-Intercontinental. Houston TX (IAH)

Houston-Intercontinental, Houston TX (IAH)

I heard the Captain say we were heading for gate 43. I got a text from a friend who had just arrived from Cincinnati, OH (CVG), he was offering me a ride home. I got off the plane and we made arrangements to meet near the Terminal Link since h had arrived in Terminal B and I in C.

I then made a quick trip to the Presidents Club for a quick snack, then met up with him. We then took the bus to the parking facility.

San Jose, CA: Norma Y. Mineta International, San Jose, CA (SJC) to Houston-Intercontinental, Houston TX (IAH)

CO1576 27JAN08 Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International, San Jose CA (SJC) to Houston-Intercontinental, Houston TX (IAH) 6:15a 12:02p 733 N18350

Flying Time: 3:26

As I boarded, I greeted the lead flight attendant, who said hello and joked that I could have done the trip for him. I asked if he was here all weekend and he said yes. Good deal, I thought.

This was a different 737-300, but it too had no entertainment system on board; no big deal, on these early morning flights, most people sleep anyways.

An announcemnt was made to not stow the jackets in th overheads to allow customers to store their larger bags. I don't think people adhered as there were several coats in th overheads.

We all settled and were ready to go. A passenger got a last minute upgrade from the back so I am sure he was thrilled.

The departure time passed and the captain came on the PA and said we were delayed due to a fuel pump issue I think; as I had fallen asleep so I did not hear too clearly what he said. There were groans in the cabin when he was done. I went back to sleep.

At about 6:44a, a lady in the back said she wanted off the plane. She mentioned that she had some bad news before boarding and did not want to fly anymore. The flight attendant helped her to get to the front of the plane.

At 6:47a, the Captain came on th PA and said that issue was fixed and we are leaving now. I then saw the lady coming back; I guess she changed her mind. We pushed back at 6:48a and the flight attendants started giving the safety demo. The sun was actually coming up by now as well.

I had no idea when we took off, but awoke to a request for breakfast. It was actually quite good. It was a container of Total whole grain cereal with reduced fat milk, a packet of raisins and a chocolate chunk cake. I just had some water with it all and then went back to sleep.

Later, I awoke to put my chair upright and next thing I knew we double bounced on the runway. I went back to sleep as we taxied up to the gate.

San Jose, CA: Norma Y. Mineta International, San Jose, CA (SJC) on my way out

Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport

I arrived at 5:09a; on the drive in, I noticed that they were expanding the other terminal. This is much needed as the facilities at Terminal C just plain sucks! You can see the improvements here at this link. It boggles my mind that only Southwest, Mexicana and American/American Eagle uses Terminal A the moment while all the other eight airlines crowd into Terminal C which is quite the zoo; but I digress. Oh, if you are using this airport, you may want to check this page for construction updates.

The check-in lines did not seem too bad at all, but the airport was busy. I cleared security by 5:15a without any incident, except for a really slow guy in front of me.

The flight information display had 22 entries which represented 16 flights due to codeshares. The earliest was Delta Air Lines’ (DL) 6:00a to Salt, Lake City, UT (SLC) and the latest one at 9:23a on Alaska Airlines (AS) to Seattle, WA (SEA). What was funny was that there was a flight listed as QX2452 to Portland, OR (PDX) at 7:00a and I don’t think that Alaska Airlines lists the codeshared flights with Horizon Air (QX) as QX flight numbers, but as AS flight numbers. At the gate, it did show that QX flight number as well.

As I walked by Noah’s New York Bagel, I noticed that the line was quite long. As I waited for the flight, I noticed that the lead flight attendant was the same one as the flight on Friday day night.

At 5:30a, the agent made an announcement that if you had checked in online, you need to come to the podium to verify that your seat was O.K. The reason for this was that they do not have a scanner at the gate. She also announced that all passengers on the standby list should approach as they were all cleared as well. The two announcements brought about ten or so passengers to the counter.

When I showed my boarding pass at the gate, they did have a scanner, but I guess it was not working.

We walked out to the covered temporary walkway to the plane; it was quite windy and it sucked that it was taking a time to board so we had to stand in the cold for a bit. The lady commented to me that it was good that it was not still raining. I could see an US Airways A319, a JetBlue A320 and a United A319 at the hardstands.

San Jose, CA: In San Jose

I'm taking an earlier flight this morning so I have to get to the airport at about 5:15a. This is really early so I will be sleeping on that flight. The flight is at 6:15a.