Fairbanks - Seattle AK / F, B737-700: Ways to soon to fly back :(
Seattle - Paris CDG DL / J, B767-300ER
Paris CDG - Basle AF / Y, ATR72
After a wonderful time in Alaska, it is already time to go back to France. At that point of time, I must say that I was very sad. I loved every moment in Alaska… People are friendly and welcoming, the landscape is amazing, the temperature was terrible ;)
That's the Fairbanks airport, lovely wooden floor, very nice little airport:
Morning's departure board, not that busy:
There is a flight for Prudhoe Bay, top north of the Dalton Highway. That's the place where most of America's oil is extracted and the start point of the trans-alaskan pipeline. Should you once wish to see the Arctic Ocean from there, forget it, you can't access to the bay, as there is a check point leading to it because of the oil fields. However, if you register to special tours, access can be granted, but no walk in allowed. Barrow is a better option, easily reachable by plane, and … via Prudhoe Bay ;)
Next to us:
Dawn is coming over this B1900D from ERA Aviation, a local company operating intra Alaska flights:
My plane is arriving from Anchorage with a light load of 10 pax. Meaning landing, offboarding, boarding ;)
I managed to board first in order to take some cabin shoots, but a guy was already seated at the seat next to mine, speaking with a lady seated at the seat on the opposite of the row. How did they manage to board before me? I learnt short after that he is Fairbanks'major with his assistant, and they boarding via tarmac.
Legroom and welcome water:
Plane next to us:
Safety card 737-700 :
A welcome coffee will be offered as well:
Alaska Air Alaska's network:
Push back on time and we see the japanese coach arriving :)
In fact, FAI is an international airport, with year round connections to Japan, and summer only to Germany with Condor.
That's a part of the interesting Everts Air Cargo fleet, with, among others, DC6, Curtis C46, DC9 and other old stuff:
As the sun is rising, we are taking off:
Beautiful views of the airport and the frozen Chena River:
Digiplayers, as for the inbound flight:
A first coffee round for everyone, with … savoury snacks. What a strange idea, at least for Europeans, at 08:50a!!
A very good breakfast plate, plated in the galley, and seconds for people asking more:
A visit to the lavatory after the b'fast:
The cabin carpeted wall:
And a baileys with some snacks… What else:
Soon enough we start our descent towards SEA, with nice views of the city:
And some ground spotting to finish:
Fairbanks - FAI
Seattle - SEA
AS has a good hard product. However the F seat begins to show its age and would need to be changed soon, in comparison with the new 739ER.
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