Date Airline Flight Type Regn Routing Time Miles Remarks
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I made a short-notice (less than 12 hours) round-trip from PHX to DEN to get my first flight aboard Spirit Airlines, on the return leg.
I like the early morning (530am) Frontier departure to Denver and this netted me my fourth A321 for Frontier.
During our pre-departure wait, a pre-dawn "monsoon" thunderstorm rolled through town and put on quite a lightning show. The storm didn't delay our departure however and we pushed from the gate basically on time at 0531.

We departed to the east off Runway 08 and made a climbing right-hand 270° turn to gain altitude so we could clear the thunderstorm to the northeast of the airport.
I made a video of the takeoff and climbout with my camera and posted it on YouTube here.

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Below is my photo of N712FR at the PHX gate prior to my 5:30am departure to DEN and below that is the Flight Aware screenshot of my flight.


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It was a nice flight and before long we were descending into Denver. I enjoy sitting on the port side of the plane PHX-DEN as you usually get a nice view of the Front Range and Denver during descent for landing.



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