SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2379 times:
Hey guys, just a quickie.
28 July FLL - ORD on United #451 booked in First Class, seat 3C.. Boeing 727-200... my friend Mike joined me on this one. Amazingly, our flight was full and we pulled out of the gate ON TIME.. go figure. Takeoff was fast and uneventful as we climbed out over to Orlando, then up the coast along to Jacksonville, then direct to Bowling Green, KY, up to Monticello IN then direct into ORD. When we landed, we took a lil "drive" around the airport and killed our 8 minute early landing.... we pulled up to Gate B4 at O'Hare... Inflight food was a choice of "hot" or "cold" and according to our JFK based flight attendant, it all taste the same anyway, so I opted for the hot, hoping it was the same as last time, apple pancakes (yum).. but it wasn't... my egg had peppers in it, the sausage was good, as were the potatoes... the pancakes were nothing to get excited about.. they were honey maple. The fruit platter was good, as usual.
28 July ORD - EWR on United #642 booked in United First, seat 4C in a Boeing 757-200. Again, we somehow managed to depart on time from gate B15 (Gate B13 was missing I think!) and First Class was full, but Coach seemed about 2/3rds full. There were also about 3 kids up front, not sure why anyone would waste their miles or upgrade certs on their kids... but oh well. Departure was on 4L and we did an immediate turn to 140 out of ORD and shot out over South Bend to Toledo, then along the lake into northern Pennsylvania. Inflight service was good, and our lead FA was funny, cracking as many jokes as possible. Food service was a lunch, and I completely forgot what I had, but we *had* menus, go figure. I think I had BBQ chicken with mashed potatoes and a salad... the chicken was good, but they snuck some onions in the middle of it (grr) and I had to tear the thing to bits trying to get them out. I didn't really touch the salad as it was that "upscale" lettuce... I much prefer the iceburg lettuce they give the "pheasants" in back. Movie wise, it was some damned sports program followed by the News, then drew carey (which they cut off.. damn them)... the episode was the one where MiMI has a "mini-mimi" and they both harass drew. AGain, we landed on time, but from the north.. it was cool watching an ATR fly right toward us then turn for approach on 19R (??). We stopped short of crossing the runway and waited for other planes to try to cross 19R (?) and we all did it at the same time.. was pretty cool.. we were into the gate at 141PM EST and my bags followed shortly thereafter. Again, I just flew United into O'Hare ontime, now into Newark. I was beginning to think that my luck is just too good.
My friend Ian picked me up with his dog Dana... Ian moved up to NYC with his partner, Greg, who is the HR director at the new Ritz Carlton @ Battery Park in NYC.... Greg used to be a manger at the Palm Beach Ritz We'll miss them down here... but they're happier on Staten Island. Anyway, Ian drives like the damn mexican he is and the dog almost threw up on me... I was afraid i was going to get car sick too.... I had enough time to hit the Village, SoHo, Chelsea, and Little Italy... this trip was too quick to really do any "tourist" stuff.... and we decided to cancel the room at the Hyatt cause of the time constraints.. I then went out w/ Ian and everyone, but headed back on the X1 bus cause I almost fell asleep at the coffee house waiting for mikey to call us and go clubbing... i SO wanted to hit "Heaven" as well
Anyway, the next day we slept in until noon and headed off to LaGuardia...
29 July LGA-ORD on United flight 675 booked in United First, seat 3A.. Boeing 727-200. I expected this thing to be delayed, and it was.. the inbound aircraft from O'hare was about 30 minutes late, pushing us back only 10 minutes (go figure). Preboarding went smoothly, but Wendy, our FA, didn't have her galley yet.. it was kinda cool watching how the caterors literally pulled it out then put it all back in. So no gin & tonics for mike & i.. oh well. We pushed back from the gate about 15 minutes late, then Wendy told us (not on the PA) that the new lotto system at LaGuardia had been changed and that each passenger has to pay, and whichever plane raised the most money would take off first... the guys behind us pulled out a few $100 bills and everyone in First Class laughed. Depature was really cool out of LGA... we took off on 13 and did an immediate turn south, then another turn east, then west on our way to Chicago... flight was moderately bumpy. Wendy offered me food first (I guess i was the only Premier Exec on the flight) and it was an italian turkey sandwich or chicken caesar salad on this snack flight... i took the sandwich.. which was decent... i didn't finish myfood though, except for the typical Fruit Platter... it also came with VERY VERY hot mustard and almost made it unbearable... Wendy eventually gave me a total of 3 rum & cokes on the flight.. but she was totally kick-ass.... Our approach into ORD was very fast and quick... we came in over Glenview then out to Elgin and turned for a quick landing on to runway 9R.. again, we did a tour of O'Hare that killed our 20 minute early landing... we pulled into gate C23 about 5 minutes early...
I met up with my friend Mel who was working the Dusseldorf flight in 3 hours and he threatened to downgrade me... i was ready to cry. He also told me they were offering $600 in vouchers for volunteers for Ft Laud...
29 JULY ORD-FLL on United 528 booked in United First seat 4D.. Boeing 727-200... our inbound flight from Denver was a tad late getting in, and they were 1 flight attendant short... but they boarded us quickly and Jay didn't give us any pre-departure alcohol due to the quick turn. Damn him! We did push back at about 715P, only 15 minutes late.. and we were off the ground at 739PM.... the pilots made up a ton of time here... Jay was very typical of United male flight attendants.. very attentive, very professional, and very funny... he was ORD based and I'd guess he was in his late 20s. Again, no menus... and all we were given were BBQ ribs which were very very good... but again, i didnt' finish it all.. Somehow the flight passed by quickly, probably because of the 10 gin & tonics or so that i put down... and we landed on time.... and i could barely walk down the jetway :P
anyway, somehow i made it through the 3 most delay plagued airports in the US system on United, of all people, on time. it was a cool trip!
UALfa@jfk From United States of America, joined May 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2329 times:
Good report SegKing. Yeah, we JFK-based FAs do have that ORD-FLL route but I'll never bid for it, however. Every leg is that %#@& 727 which, at least for UA, is THE WORSE plane to work on --esp. in coach. Anyway, I wish you had menus, linens, hot towels, better seats and even more on your ORD-NYC segements.
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2323 times:
UAL-- yeah, my future roomie is working 451 on 4 Aug, same flight i'm booked on.. he normally does LAX or SFO turns, but occasionally will pick up an NRT trip and also gets GRU quite a bit. He's now bidding the FLL turns so he can be @ home more :P
The seats and everything were good.. I actually LOVE the old leather seats.. much more comfy and plush.. the new seats, which we had on the 757 into EWR, aren't as comfy in my mind.. it also seems a lil tighter than the leather seats.
Mike used to date an AMR manager and flies on D-3s quite a bit and noticed some difference in the F class products on both... he said it was nice to actually have a confirmed First Class seat for once, instead of begging for them at the gate :-P
So far, the only airline that i've had issues with this summer are Midway & Delta, as both had delays on some of my flights (which are to be expected)... I was just SO surprised that all of my flights made it at the gate on time, especially the ORD and LGA legs.
anyway, i'm doing FLL-ORD-BMI on Saturday, again in F cabin, and returning on 8 Aug on the PM flight.. then Sept it's back to ORD, end of Sept throws me in BOS, October in St thomas (for ACVitale's wedding), and NYC again in November for Thanksgiving (can't beat $150/night at the ritz, huh?)
UAL-- lemme know if you go on nonrev get togethers...
DeltaRNOmd-80 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2310 times:
Dang, reading these trip reports by you, DeltaSFO, B747-437B, etc. makes me wanna work for the airlines. Get to go all over the world for almost free. SegmentKing, do you work for UAL or do you have parents that work for them?
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2288 times:
No, I don't work for United.. but am involved with the "alternative lifestyle" group there... I used to be on payroll, though... We used to hit a new city in the United system every weekend... but i'm just a regular paying passenger now... but with fares this cheap in all these markets, it's almost worth it to buy a ticket rather than nonrev and not make it!
Delta, I'd advise you to really think about working for the airlines right now. Stress levels are high and employee morale seems to be a bit low. I quit working for the airlines because of the high stress level, albeit Northwest was on strike at the time and our flights were TOTALLY oversold... the industry can really drain you and turn your happy smile into a "blah"... I know it did it to me... it gets to the point that going above and beyond your job duties to help out passengers isn't worth it anymore. I used to ask passengers stranded at O'hare if they wanted to sleep on my couch.... i knew it was bad when that happened...