This was a trip I took a month and a half ago. About 53 days ago. This trip took us to Long Beach California from Phoenix Arizona flying a Southwest 737-800.
This particular -800 was a newer one only being 2-3 years old at the time of flying and thus sported the new “heart interior.” I do like the heart interior as it gives more legroom. I don’t have a problem with the seat itself. The headrest addition is a very nice touch.
Alright let’s actually begin this report.
I don’t have any pictures from the airport but holy damn was it busy. It was super open pre-security but one you passed security, it was a night and day difference. Shoulder to shoulder people, all the seats were taken, so my brother and I were forced to stand in the middle of the walk path for 40 minutes until our flight boarded. I guess southwest just enjoys having all their flights depart out of the same concourse at the same time.
anyway that didn’t bother me much because everyone had a mask on and it’s good to see people traveling again.
Soon enough it was time to board. Our flight was relatively empty and weren’t letting people sit past the wing because of the amount of open seats.
Our fairly new ride for the evening.
On a side note. This is why I LUV southwest. The gate agent put a heart on my boarding pass
Alright, after boarding I snatched this killer wing view.
There was also no one else behind me. I was the farthest person back on the plane lol.
Soon we pushed, FAs did the safety briefing to the non-existent passengers behind me, @brody_swiatekand we made a quick taxi over to Sky Harbor’s 25R.
We were cleared for departure and we thundered down the runway. I’ll upload the takeoff footage on to YouTube later and put it here. It was windy with a right-quartering headwind of about 17kts so there were some aggressive aileron inputs.
We took the KEENS2 departure out of Phoenix this evening as we made our quick 1 hour flight to Long Beach.
The sunset was beautiful as we climbed out over the same desert scenery I’ve seen 500 times before.
We neared our cruising altitude and the FAs started the service. Unbeknownst to me at the time, Southwest had finally brought back drink selection again. Which includes:
I chose the regular coke because I was happy they finally brought back something other than water.
This is living the True LUV life
We were soon beginning our descent over Palm Springs. By now the sun was almost gone.
Passing by whatever that big mountain in Palm Springs is. Looks like it still had some snow on it too.
Now as we approach Long Beach, it was dark now and trying to take a regular picture would cause a reflection in the window. So don’t mind this one
We made a decently smooth approach into LGB and then floated and went down and floated again and then plop on the runway. Aggressive reverse thrust and braking was used so we could take the proper taxiway turnoff.
I did record the landing so I’ll get that soon published over here as well.
As we taxied in, we sat for at least 10 minutes before finally pulling into a gate. We were so speedy the ground crew wasn’t ready for us yet.
We parked 2 spots down from a Hawaiian A321NX that was resting for the night.
We parked and then de-boarded via airstairs which is super fun
We walked into the basically closed terminal as were were the 3rd to last flight to land that night.
Half the terminal is outdoors and it was pretty chilly.
Anyways that concludes the flight. It was a super fun and enjoyable flight. The FAs were happy, flight was smooth, service was awesome, everything was clean, and the snacks were awesome!
Absolutely nothing to complain about!
Thanks for making it to the end of the review. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, ask away below!