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Southwest Airlines Santa Ana to San Francisco – Boeing 737-700NG

19th February 2014
Southwest Airlines Flight 1247
Depart : Santa Ana (SNA)
Arrive : San Francsico (SFO)
Departure time : 9:40am (Actual 10:01am)
Arrival Time : 10:44am (Actual 11:01am)
Boeing 737-700
Seat Unknown : (not assigned)
Flight Time 1h 8m
Meal Service : Pretzels

Take off and landing video

Today's Flight Path

Today’s Flight Path

This morning we would be taking a quick flight from Santa Ana (Orange County) / John Wayne airport to make our way up to San Francisco to catch our Virgin Atlantic flight to London.
Even though we live in San Diego this time around it made more sense for us to fly from Santa Ana.

We arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare and checked in our bags, i had already checked in online and had our boarding passes and we headed straight to security.

Boarding Pass

Boarding Pass

For a morning departure from John Wayne airport i was really impressed at how short the security line was, it probably only took five minute to make it through the security check.

Our flight today was departing from gate 18. We arrived at the gate with plenty of time to spare so i took a few snaps around the airport.

At Our Gate

At Our Gate

I’ve always enjoyed John Wayne airports long terminal and its very easy to find the gate. I’m not sure if anyone else has ever noticed but from the sky, the airport really does look like a rifle, I’m not sure if this was done on purpose because of the name, but take a look on Google maps if you ever have the time.

Long Terminal

Long Terminal

Our Flight Today

Our Flight Today

There are lots of Southwest flights form this airport, so when you look out of the window you really do get a sea of blue.

An announcement was made that our flight was going to be delayed due to the incoming aircraft arriving late, but we were informed it was going to be no more than 20 minutes.

Our plane finally touched down and everyone on board was quickly disembarked. Before we knew it boarding had been called and everyone joined the traditional Southwest boarding lines, thankfully I was in group A on this flight.

Waiting to board

Waiting to board

Before i knew it i had arrived at my seat and took a few pictures of the cabin.

Boarding

Boarding

Leg Room on this Boeing 737-700

Leg Room on this Boeing 737-700

My Seat for today, pretty comfy

My Seat for today, pretty comfy

Safety Card

Safety Card

We pushed back twenty minutes late and taxied towards the run way. Today we would be taking off from runway 19 R.

Take Off on 19 R

Take Off on 19 R

I’ve flown out of John Wayne a few times and knew what to expect from the take off.
Before we taxied onto the runway the Southwest Captain gave an announcement that we would be taking off at 90 % power today and that this was very normal for take off at John Wayne due to the short runway.
He then went on to explain after we hit 1000 FT he would reduce power back down to 65 % and then once we hit 10,000 FT he would add more power again.

I thought the explanation given by the Captain was fantastic and for people who don’t fly very often or are nervous this would have really put them at ease, knowing exactly was was happening. I really hate it when something different happens and pilots don’t say anything to their passengers.

The flight took off and we cleared a bit of cloud cover, from take off until we hit 10,000 FT it was a bit bumpy, but nothing to complain about.

The seat belt sign was switched off once we hit 10,000 FT, after around five minutes.
I decided to take a look at the in flight magazine.

Magazine

Magazine

After flicking through a few pages i spotted the most bizarre thing i have ever seen.
For the sake of hygiene i’m not sure why anyone would want to buy and use this item.
If anyone has ever bought one of these, please let me know !

A Ipad Holder Bidet for the bathroom

A Ipad Holder Bidet for the bathroom

The next 25 minutes of the flight was fairly bumpy , but after that the rest of the flight was nice and smooth.
I took a few final pictures before we landed.

We flew at 40,000 Ft for most of our flight.

View up the coast

View up the coast

Sadly my seat did not recline

Sadly my seat did not recline

We then started our decent into San Francisco and had a smooth touch down. We arrived at the gate about 15 minutes late.
All in all it was a great quick flight from Southwest and i thanked the crew for a fairly smooth flight on way out.

We then headed to the Virgin Atlantic check in for our next flight to London.

 

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