Review of Southwest Airlines flight Washington F. Lauderdale in Economy

Airline Southwest Airlines
Flight WN783
Class Economy
Seat --
Aircraft Boeing 737-700
Flight time 02:40
Take-off 13 Mar 18, 06:45
Arrival at 13 Mar 18, 09:25
WN 45 reviews
Chibcha
By SILVER 184
Published on 3rd January 2022

INTRo


Hello amigos, happy 2022

This once I'm covering a my spring break trip to…Cancún (how original for a US student…) 

The cheapest way we found to CUN from DC (that wasn't NK) was WN, which proposed the following routing for us:
 


Routing

  • WN 783 DCA-FLL You are here
  • WN 5362 FLL-CUN Coming soon
  • WN1602 CUN-BWI Not available

I liked this routing as it allowed me to maximise my plane and route count. 

So without further ado…on to the FR 


At washington's reagan-national


While DCA conveniently counts with Metro conection, DC's metro started operations after my check-in time. So I had to take a Lyft to the airport. It didn't take more than 20 minutes at that hour of the day…sorry for the blurry pic, it was quite cold that morning!


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WN doesn't operate from Pelli's masterpiece terminal, but the heritage terminal dating from the 1940s. It had been renovated sometime recently so you didn't really tell how old the building is on the inside.


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I find odd how the baggage claim is just in front of the check-in area, there wasn't too much of a queue for using the self-check in booth and then dropping my bags at the counter.


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Everything was very efficient and hassle-less.


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There was some serious weather up northeast, but fortunately it did not affect our flight down to sunny Florida.


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I met with my friends and then we went through security and then waited sleepishly to board.


Boarding WN's 737


Nothing to write home about WN's 737s. Back then, they seemed quite spartan. Nowadays, comparing to what IB, TP, AV and the like are deploying, WN's seats seem luxurious.


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enroute to ft. lauderdale


We took off from RWY 1 which allowed for gorgeous views of DCA in the morning light ( my crappy camera didn't made justice to the view). We then circled over the city through the north and then lined southward towards FLA.



I had downloaded the whole season of a series that was just starting to be popular on my iPad for my IFE


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It was quite cloudy so there wasn't much else to see at the begining, but then we could see the snowy fields in what I assume was Virginia



Then catering came by. I had some apple juice to wash down the cookies and peanuts that they handed us.


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I slept most of the time until we made it to the "tropics".



FLL in sight!


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Our little stubby "chanchito" headed on to FLL, where we landed on RWY 28R. I was provided nice views of Ft.Lauderdale's downtown and Pt. Everglades.
 



The competitor…


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Snowbird carrier


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An airline I never had the chance to try


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And…then, we parked on the B concourse, where our plane to CUN would be waiting for us.


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Stay tuned for the rest of the trip to Cancun.

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Verdict

Southwest Airlines

7.4/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Buy-on-board menu7.5

Washington - DCA

8.2/10
Efficiency10.0
Access7.0
Services6.0
Cleanliness10.0

F. Lauderdale - FLL

8.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access5.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

WN delivered, nothing fancy, but a nice experience. Since I slept most of the time I didn't care about much of it, at least the seats were super comfortable.

DCA's Terminal A is very convenient (sometimes) and that makes up for the lack of architectural awe. But it is quite lacking in food options.

I'll comment on FLL on the next FR.

Saludos and thanks for reading!

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4 Comments

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  • Comment 590976 by
    Pilpintu SILVER 779 Comments

    sorry for the blurry pic, it was quite cold that morning!

    Los colombianos y los venezolanos suuuufren con el frío, no? Conozco a varios aquí y siempre andan con miles de capas como una cebolla. XD
    maximise

    En eeuu, pero con elegancia británica. Jajaj
    my crappy camera didn't made justice to the view

    Las fotos con poca luz desde un avión son siempre un desafío. Menos mal que ya no se usan rollos fotográficos o estaría en la ruina con tanta foto perdida! Lo que me ha resultado práctico en ocasiones como esta es grabar un video y luego sacar capturas de él.
    Our little stubby "chanchito"

    GASP! También los conoces como chanchitos!!
    FLL in sight!

    I love flights along the coast. Always so scenic.
    Parece que Southwest es de lo mejorcito entre las aerolíneas domésticas en eeuu, no? He leído buenas referencias. Y no sé por qué estoy pasando de castellano a inglés y de inglés a castellano. I’m nuts.
    Gracias por compartir! :D

    • Comment 592714 by
      Chibcha SILVER AUTHOR 460 Comments

      Los colombianos y los venezolanos suuuufren con el frío, no?

      Pues depende, yo soy de Bogotá así que estoy acostumbrado al frío más que al calor 😉

      GASP! También los conoces como chanchitos!!

      En Colombia casi no volaban 732, eran más los 727 y MD83, pero en toda la Región era famoso el venerable chancho.

      Parece que Southwest es de lo mejorcito entre las aerolíneas domésticas en eeuu, no?

      Para mi la mejor sigue siendo Delta o JetBlue. Pero Southwest hace bien la tarea, creo que no sería mi primera opción para vuelos de más de 3 horas.

      Saludos!

  • Comment 591121 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 5654 Comments

    Hola Chibcha, happy new year!

    This once I'm covering a my spring break trip to…Cancún (how original for a US student…)

    Oh cool, we were living in DC at the same time!

    It had been renovated sometime recently so you didn't really tell how old the building is on the inside.

    It looks so much better than I remember it

    Thanks for sharing!

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