Paris CDG - Euroairport AF / Y ATR72-500: Won't be published.
After a few relaxing days in Key West, it is already time to leave the island. A bonus can be found at the end of this report.
I arrived 90 minutes before departure (which was more than enough) and I used this time to take some pictures of this lovely little airport. From outside:
The check in zone, with the 4 airlines that flew to EYW on July 2014: US Airways Express, American Airlines, Delta and Silver:
There is a restaurant landside:
The check in and TSA building are separated from the boarding / arrival building by a road, there is a bridge that makes the junction between them:
Artwork to buy (pretty strange, and anyway, it was not fitting into my hand luggage):
Boarding zone with 6 gates:
I am still looking for the beach ^^:
Local traffic, AA E-145 to MIA:
The 135/145 in Europe have a different front door, with integrated stairs that are not jet-bridge friendly. As most of the airports in the US use bridges regardless of the size of the aircraft, having a non-integrated stairs door makes sense.
My 737-700 arrives:
Boarding was called by a friendly and funny gate agent that made announcements were everybody had to laugh. That was a real change from the usual announcements. As it is the norm in EYW, we walked to the gate with a bit of spotting:
I tried to take a picture of the plane from upstairs but I missed a step and so I missed the picture as well :(
Here some cabin shoots:
The engine is in the place, together with the welcome drink:
Still very good pitch:
Push back and a last spotting:
Very powerful take off (the runway is really short), and nice Key West views, with my hotel, on the left side of the bridge:
Time to have a drink, bacardi coke as almost usual. What would be Flight Report without cocktails? We have some specialists here (wont' name anyone, but there is an Franco-American guy that loves vodka-cran here ^^)
IFE controls and winglet:
That's it for the flight, now the bonus. I have to admit that I did not fell in love with Key West. I have not found the place to be exceptional. However, Duval Street, the old light house and Hemingway's house were absolutely lovely, but you easily see that kind of landscape anywhere in the US. I found Key West to be very touristic and commercial, without a special touch. There are nice old houses though, but you only see them around Duval Street.
The rest of the island has almost no interest. If you go to Key West for the beaches, it is not the island you have to go. There are almost no beaches, Key West is protected by a coral reef that means no waves, and no waves means almost no sand. So long for beaches. There are some, but they are man-made and not to write a home about.
Duval street and around, with the nice old houses:
Old light house:
Should you want to visit them, it was USD 13. - And 10. - Respectively.
Then the Southernmost point, which isn't it really. To be fair, it is advertised as the continental southernmost point, as Key West an island is, that does not really match. The real and good one is at Big Island, Hawaii.
And there is the Southernmost-Southernmost House:
I told you the beaches are nothing special, here the most famous of the island, it is small, full of greens, and does not really calls for swimming:
I found that really funny: no moonshine on the beach
But there is something you have to give Key West credits for, its sunsets, that are amazing:
And the thunderstorms:
To sum it up, should I go back to Key West, it would only be for the Marriott, the sunsets and the thunderstorms ^^
Delta Air Lines
Key West - EYW
Atlanta - ATL
About the rankings, the comfort was excellent, the crew was top and reactive, nothing to say about the IFE and on-time performance. EYW is a wonderful lovely airport, what amazed me was the speed of the internet : 20Mega, compared to the 0.38 at ATL, it is almost a joke ^^
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