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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 17563 times:

This past weekend I decided to take a trip to visit a good friend of mine in SFO. The plan was that I would fly there after work on Saturday the 10th...spend the night in SFO proper...then wake up the next morning and drive out to the Russian River valley and tour some wineries (and have a picnic at one of them)...and we'd spend the night out there at some little resort. I'd fly back to ATL on Monday the 12th at 2:00pm. A short stay, yes, but man was it fun. Besides landing in really nasty weather on Saturday night, the weather was perfect for the weekend....basically sunny skies and 60 degree temperatures. I have included a bunch of pictures from the trip, most of which came out ok.

My routing took me from ATL to ORD to SFO on American Airlines...on the return, I'd be taking United through DEN. All flights were in F class thanks to FF miles. To be honest, I was surprised by how easy it was to upgrade on the flights. It was basically just point and click on the website...much simpler than DL. Also, I got the oppurtunity to try out the new AA Business Class seat out of ORD, which I will describe in more detail below.

11/10/07
American Airlines #1101
Atlanta to Chicago
Super 80
Dep: 305p
Arr: 405p
Seat: 4A
Load: 98%

I didn't get any pictures on this flight. To be honest, there wasn't much to to photograph. One thing that struck me about this flight was how hot it was on the plane. It took nearly half the flight before it got somewhat comfortable. Anyway, we pushed back on time and were in the air only about ten minutes later. Flight time to Chicago was announced at 1h42m. There was no meal service on this segment although the F/A's came around with snack mix and filled your glass constantly. Excellent service. The seats were basic but comfortable. As always on the MD-80 series, the cabin up front is extremely quiet...you could hear a pin drop. After a smooth landing we pulled into one of the gates on the H concourse just about five minutes ahead of schedule.

American Airlines #83
Chicago to San Francisco
Boeing 767-300ER
Dep: 6:45p
Ar: 9:20p
Seat: 5A
Load:100%

There was not an empty seat to be had on this 4h10m flight to SFO. I made sure I got this one when I booked this trip as all of the other flights between the two cities are flown on MD-80's. To my delight, as I stepped on the plane, I noticed that the new Business Class seats were installed. My first impression was a good one. Besides the seats, the entire plane was outiftted with the 777-style interior. Man, what a difference that makes! I was attempting to take a few decent shots of the F cabin but only managed a couple of mediocre ones and this lady behind me kept on telling me "um, excuse me sir, move!" and other things like that. She annoyed me enough where I actually told her "Listen, we're all going to get there at the same time, it's really not a big deal". She really seemed like a typical person who flies F and only F and thinks she is better than everyone else. Oh well.

I took my seat and noticed that the IFE screen was missing. I supposed they were not installed yet. To be honest that was the only dissapointing aspect of the flight. The seat itself was quite comfortable, and for someone who had never experienced a lie flat seat before tonight, I was pretty impressed. I had read the criticisms of the new seat in previous reports...how they do not macth up to other airlines C class....but I could not find nothing really wrong with them. I'm a pretty big guy (6'0, 240) and I was never uncomfortable, even in the lie flat mode. Granted, once the seat was flat, you did not have much elbow room, but I made do. All of the seat functions worked properly.

The in flight service was outstanding. We were served a choice of Champagne, water, or OJ before departure. After takeoff (which was right on time), a 2nd beverage and snack mix service was offered. Then, the F/A's came around and took the dinner orders using every passengeres' last name. Very nice touch. The dinner choices were cheese tortolleni or short ribs with mashed potatoes and green beans, both served with a salad and bread. For dessert, Dulce de Leche ice cream with brownie bits and Rasberry sauce. You'll see what I had in the pictures below. The food quality was ok, not great, but the service was fantastic.

After I finished off the dessert and had a cup of coffee (following a glass of wine and three Bacardi and Coke's), I put the seat in the lie flat mode and slept soundly for almost two hours until we started our descent into SFO. It was a bumpy descent as SFO was seeing rain at the time; however, the landing was smooth, especially for a 767. Excellent flight all in all.

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Boeing 767 landing in San Francisco

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Here some pics from my visit...

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After having a nice country breakfast at some old diner, we made the 80 mile drive back to SFO, and I was dropped off at the UA terminal for 12:15pm. Here are some pics I took while waiting to board my flight to DEN...

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My ride to DEN pulling up to the gate...

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11/12/07
United Airlines #720
San Francisco to Denver
Boeing 777-200
Dep: 2:05p
Arr: 5:35p
Seat: 5J
Load: 100%

Another day, another oversold UA widebody between SFO and DEN. It is AMAZING how many people they move between the two hubs. This was a 777A in the domestic configuration, also. It was still oversold. I had seat 5J on this one. The F cabin was configured 2x2x2. six rows, with huge aisles. No PTV's since this was a domestic bird. Very spacious cabin, and the seat was very comfortable. A pre-departure beverage was served. Push back was on time, and we were airborne by 2:15pm after an awesome takeoff which you'll get to witness below. The 777 cabin is pretty loud on takeoff but it was very quiet at cruise. Once we leveled off we were served drinks and a snack mix. Later, a fruit and cheese plate was served, which was a nice touch on this two hour flight outside of meal time. All four F/A's in the F cabin were very attentive and courteous. Superb service once again. The landing was one of the smoothest I've ever experienced and we parked at one of the B gates after a ten minute taxi.

Pics/Video taken from UA720...

Boeing 777 takeoff from San Francisco

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After a short layover in DEN, it was time to board an EMB-170 for the final leg back to ATL.

United Express (operated by Shuttle America) #7596
Denver to Atlanta
Embraer 170
Dep: 6:35p
Arr: 11:05p
Seat: 1A
Load: 90%

F class on the E70 was pretty nice, actually. Seat 1A had tons of legroom, and the F/A's really did a nice job in terms of service, including a hot towel service towards the end of the flight. About fifteen minutes after takeoff the snack boxes were passed out. They contained a can of ready to eat pasta, a pack of pretzel sticks with honey mustard dipping sauce, a pack of Fisher nuts, and some fruit candy. Overall it was not too bad, especially since it was a United Express flight. The flight itself was pretty bumpy, and although I love the E70 series, I'll still take a 737 over it if possible. I thought the front cabin of the E70 was pretty loud. Flight time was a short 2h16m at 35,000ft. We landed about ten minutes early and parked at one of the T gates.

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Well, that's all for now. My next trip will be ATL-ORD-MKE on UA in a few weeks, then taking Amtrak to BWI, then flying back to ATL on FL. Pictures will be plentiful.

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User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 880 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 17465 times:

Great trip report and pictures. Enjoyed reading the trip report...
thank you very much for sharing it with us  Smile


User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17505 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 17420 times:

Nice trip report!

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
About fifteen minutes after takeoff the snack boxes were passed out. They contained a can of ready to eat pasta, a pack of pretzel sticks with honey mustard dipping sauce, a pack of Fisher nuts, and some fruit candy

In FIRST??? That's real ignunt....and disgusting.  vomit  I don't touch those things in Y and if I came across one in F I'd probably throw it back at whoever handed it to me. Silly



E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 17233 times:

Great trip report and pictures!

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
I took my seat and noticed that the IFE screen was missing.

Actually it wasn't missing. AA is not installing IFE on the 763s. On international flights Bose Quiet Comfort headsets are passed out with a DVD player and an album of DVDs.

Glad to hear you had good service both ways. You booked a trip like I would--connect so that you can get the heavy jets! I just booked one for the spring MCO-ORD-DFW with the last leg on a 777 in first!

I can't believe that UA sends a regional jet DEN-ATL. At least they provide a first class in them, so things are getting better I suppose.

Thanks for sharing!
Matt


User currently offline44k From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 17191 times:

Quoting DFW13L (Reply 3):
Actually it wasn't missing. AA is not installing IFE on the 763s. On international flights Bose Quiet Comfort headsets are passed out with a DVD player and an album of DVDs.

Umm.not entirely correct. Its personal TV on-demand AVOD players+Bose headsets that are distributed on international 763 flights. No physical DVDs around.

Thanks for the very nice TR!

[Edited 2007-11-14 00:07:21]

User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 17168 times:
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Glad you got to fly some heavies. I noticed your pics of the UA 777 cabin. It looks like they use this one for domestic flights only. Was your 777 a 2 class configuration?


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User currently offlineKriegerkaiser From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 17151 times:

Nice pics! Hope you had a good time.

User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 17076 times:



Quoting Triple7man (Reply 5):
Was your 777 a 2 class configuration?

Yes it was. F and Y only.

Quoting 44k (Reply 4):
Its personal TV on-demand AVOD players+Bose headsets that are distributed on international 763 flights.

Ah, ok. I didn't know they passd them out on intl. flights only.

Quoting DFW13L (Reply 3):
I can't believe that UA sends a regional jet DEN-ATL

The flight wasn't even full...63/70 seats occupied. That surprised me.

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 2):
In FIRST??? That's real ignunt....and disgusting

Oh man, that pasta in the can wasn't too good...I had like twp bites. The other things were ok...about the same as what you'd get on DL in F I guess.


User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17505 posts, RR: 45
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 16668 times:



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 7):
The other things were ok...about the same as what you'd get on DL in F I guess.

Really? That's a shame.



E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineEXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 16648 times:



Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 2):
In FIRST??? That's real ignunt....and disgusting. I don't touch those things in Y and if I came across one in F I'd probably throw it back at whoever handed it to me.

I agree pathetic F class service. I was impressed with AA ORD-SFO though. Looks like theyve upgraded their product. A few months ago you wouldnt have gotten that on JFK-SFO, much less ORD.


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 16629 times:



Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 8):
Really? That's a shame.

DL flights under 3.5 hours in F is snack basket service only. I've never quite figured that one out.


User currently offlineMKP1013 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 16324 times:

Great TR! Thanks for sharing! You seem to do a lot of traveling. Do you do a lot of business traveling, or do you non-rev a lot? Just curious!  Smile

User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 16250 times:



Quoting MKP1013 (Reply 11):
Do you do a lot of business traveling, or do you non-rev a lot? Just curious!

Well up until five months ago (when I was still with the airlines) most of my trips were non-reving. Not too much business travel right now. I just like to get away whenever I have a chance to to see friends and stuff.


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 16025 times:

Really interesting read.

The pics and videos are really good.

Thank you for sharing.

B747forever.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 15886 times:
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Great TR as always.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
I made sure I got this one when I booked this trip as all of the other flights between the two cities are flown on MD-80's

- I would too!

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
The dinner choices were cheese tortolleni or short ribs with mashed potatoes and green beans, both served with a salad and bread. For dessert, Dulce de Leche ice cream with brownie bits and Rasberry sauce. You'll see what I had in the pictures below. The food quality was ok, not great

- Looks pretty decent though presentation leaves a lot to be desired.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
Once we leveled off we were served drinks and a snack mix. Later, a fruit and cheese plate was served, which was a nice touch on this two hour flight outside of meal time

- Given the cost of First Class tickets, this is a pathetic offering, have you seen what BA give on a half hour flight to MAN?

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
I love the E70 series, I'll still take a 737 over it if possible

- Agreed, me too.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
About fifteen minutes after takeoff the snack boxes were passed out. They contained a can of ready to eat pasta, a pack of pretzel sticks with honey mustard dipping sauce, a pack of Fisher nuts, and some fruit candy. Overall it was not too bad, especially since it was a United Express flight



Quoting EXAAUADL (Reply 9):
I agree pathetic F class service

- Let's remember this was a UA Express flight, these E70's don't have ovens to heat food, so really what do you all expect?

Look forward to the next TR.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineMKP1013 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 15789 times:



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 12):

Well up until five months ago (when I was still with the airlines) most of my trips were non-reving. Not too much business travel right now. I just like to get away whenever I have a chance to to see friends and stuff.

Ah ok. I hear ya on that. Feels nice to get away once in a while. Thanks again for the TR  Smile


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