Heading to the Airport
We left for the airport at 6:30 AM PDT (1330Z) in the morning. We had a total of 10 bags with us (8 of which we are going to be checking in and 2 of which are going to be carry-ons). Because of the amount of bags (the 8 we are checking in are huge), we headed directly to Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC/KSJC) before dropping off our car. My Dad dropped off my Mom, my little sister, and me while he went off to drop off our car and take a shuttle back to the airport.
Checking In The Bags
We were flying on Southwest Airlines, so we each had 2 free bags to check in. There were 4 of us, so we could check in a total of 8 bags for free. Of course, we checked in the bigger bags and proceeded to head to security.
Our family is in the Global Entry Program, which includes TSA Precheck, so we were able to get expedited security screening.
Gate 22 to Gate 20
After security, we headed to Gate 22 which was supposed to be our gate. But because there was a Chicago (MDW/KMDW) flight that was delayed, our flight was switched over to Gate 20. The airplane, inbound from San Diego (N277WN), landed at SJC and had to hold because, at Gate 20, there was a Burbank flight that has yet to depart.
Shortly after the Burbank flight departed, N277WN (canyon blue with split scimitars) taxied into Gate 20 and we were about to board.
As the safety message was going on, we pushed back and started the engines. We taxied to Runway 30R and proceeded to takeoff. We did the right loop and headed north. @GlobalFlyer1 was able to catch sight of my airplane as she was on right downwind, Runway 30R.
We cruised at FL380 and around the Portland area, we began our descent into Seattle. The pilots buttered at Seattle. We went on and parked at Gate B10.
Shortly after departure. You can see San Jose Airport in the background
Heading north toward Seattle (completed the right loop)
Cruising at FL380
Descending into Seattle (you can see Mount Rainier in the background)
Parked at Gate B10
What did I think of the flight?
As this is a trip report, I will now give my opinions on the flight. Overall, I will give this flight a 9/10 rating. I got to fly on a Southwest Boeing 737-700 Canyon Blue with split scimitars for the first time. The flight attendants were kind and attentive. I called a flight attendant using the flight attendant call button and asked for a refill on my apple juice. I got it in a heartbeat! :D
The flight attendants acted like they loved doing their job and were happy for what was going to be more flights for the rest of the day. Pilots buttered the landing and the flight was awesome!
The only reason I did not give the flight a 10/10 was because we were delayed a couple of minutes due to the previous flight of N277WN (SAN-SJC) not having a gate upon arrival. We were also delayed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport due to the airport being really busy and making us hold short of 34R while waiting for a couple of airplanes to depart. And around that time, I really had to go to the bathroom (because of the amount of apple juice I drank) so holding short Runway 34R felt like torture.
Why did I make a trip report on this flight?
I made a trip report of this flight mainly because the next trip report I will make will be of a brand new experience for me.
Anyone who tracked my flight?
I posted this a bit before pushback.
I know for sure that @GlobalFlyer1 tracked my flight and thanks to him @Luke_Sta for keeping me company during my flight. :D
We had a great conversation and spamming the Plane and Pilot aviation Slack channel XD
(sorry @PlaneCrazy XD)
Thanks for reading! :D
Stay tuned for Part 2! :)