Yankees From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 86 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7036 times:
November 19, 2007
I was going to Santa Fe, NM for thanksgiving and I found the easiest way was to fly through IAD on United. I also got a very cheap price ticket in First and was able to get some mileage. Check In at LGA was fine. I hope American Airlines has plans to renovate the CTB and the check in area. (What a mess, to crowded).
Other AE Aircraft
The line for security was short and I was soon making my way to C6, my scheduled departure gate. After stopping at Au Bon Pain I looked at the screen and noticed that my flight had changed to gate C4, where an AE flight to Toronto was in the process of boarding. After the Toronto flight left the time was getting close to departure time and the gate agent announced that the D.C flight had been changed to C2. (My gosh cant they just make up their mind LOL). The plane arrived and we were ten minutes behind schedule.
Sectors: New York LaGuardia Airport - Washington D.C Ronald Reagan Natl. Airport Airline: American Eagle Flight: 4785 Scheduled Departure Time: 1:59PM Actual Departure Time: 2:57PM Departure Gate: C2 Scheduled Arrival Time: 2:44PM Actual Arrival Time: 3:40PM Arrival Gate: 34 Aircraft: Embraer 135 Regional Jet Tail Number: N716AE Route: BIGGY J75 MXE V378 TRISH NATNL NATNL1 Cabin: Economy (2A)
After the door was shut the FA came on to do the usual safety demo. Seat 2A is the second to best seat on the ER3 besides 2B,C which are usually reserved for the crew.
Upon the passengers was about seven AA employees. 3 pilots and 4 FA's (not including the crew).
Must be a shuttle flight. After a quick taxi to the runway we waited for about seven or eight planes to takeoff. Finally after about an hour after the scheduled departure time we were airborne. About twenty minutes into the flight the FA came around with a beverage service. I choose water and slept for the rest of the flight. The headrests are sure a comfort on those little jets.
Landing in Washington D.C was quick and the FA made the welcome announcement as we were half way down the runway going at half the landing speed (a little quick). We deplanned at Gate 34, and the next day I would be on my way to IAD for my flight to Albuquerque.
November 20, 2007
Getting to Dulles only took about thirty minutes and soon I was checking in at the First Class desk for United. Boarding would begin at 5:15PM and it was only three o clock so I had plenty of time to kill. After going through the premier secruity line I was soon on the bus headed to the C-Concourse. What is great about those buses is that it gives you good views of the tarmac. After walking up and down the C/D concourse it was time to board.
UAL Express Jet
UA 767-300 bound for ORD
Sectors: Washington Dulles International Airport - Albuquerque Sunport Intl Airport Airline: United Airlines Flight: 783 Scheduled Departure Time: 5:57PM Actual Departure Time: 6:19PM Departure Gate: C19 Sceduled Arrival Time: 7:43PM Actual Arrival Time: 7:55PM Arrival Gate: B8 Aircraft: Airbus A319 Tail: N805UA Route: LDN J134 HNN J134 FLM PXV J78 TCC MIERA2 Class: First (2D)
After the main door was closed Sedric the FA came around with a choice of orange juice or water. I choose orange juice, and the Flip Screens came down to show the Safety Video.
After turning on my noise cancelling headphones and plugging them into Channel 9, I could hear what runway we were going to takeoff from. Takeoff was very quick and soon we were at crusing altitude.
Once the seat belt sign came off the movie started which was No Reservations. Pre dinner beverages and warm nuts were served before Sedric asking us what we wanted for dinner.
The choices were a warm turkey wrap, or a salad with shrimp. Some choices for a dinner flight. After about twenty minutes my meal came which was the turkey wrap. It came in a plastic tray like set up. No China plates. This was the kind of set up I would think they would give on a UA Economy flight transatlantic or something.
The food was decent. Not the best I've had. After dinner mints were passed out and after that I feel asleep for the remainder of the flight. About a half an hour outside of ABQ were were offered another beverage round.
Landing was smooth on one of ABQ's long runways. After deplaning I headed down to baggage claim to get my bag.
UA A319 (F-Class)
Overall I would give the flight a 7/10. Seats were comfortable but the catering really needs work. The FA was excellent and very efficient.
GoAllegheny From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 340 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7003 times:
Nice report. Allowing for the fact that I don't fly first class on United (and have given up trying to redeem my upgrade coupons), I am still stunned that your dinner choice on a cross-country flight was a salad or turkey wrap served on in a plastic tray. That's pathetic.
I also really like that you included your flight tracks (I presume others do this as well, but I don't read enough TRs to know).
i am a staunch united supporter, but this is an absolute embarrassment. This is the first time that I have seen this and am appalled. This is not First Class service. This looks like an economy meal IAD-DEN in 2002
XJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2511 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5904 times:
The times I have flown UA First, I have always received meals on China. I was about to say that looked like something that was served from a Shuttle B733 aircraft, due to those a/c not having a real working galley, just a cold galley. But that is definitely an Airbus lol. That is really pitiful tho.
Quoting Yankees (Thread starter): Seat 2A is the second to best seat on the ER3 besides 2B,C which are usually reserved for the crew.
What crew? It's an ERJ, its not like its going TATL. What reason does the crew need those seats for?
Cmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 5772 times:
Good Report. I flew IAD-ABQ back in late 2006 and I asked the FA why the meal was so poor. Her response was that the A319 comes in from ABQ and turns aroud and goes back there and that the plane is double catered there. Whether or not that's true I don't know but it's still a bad meal.
"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
Those were the choices at lunch time on my DEN-SFO flight on November 24th, and they were served on china. This is not even close to UA's usual domestic F dinner offering, and the plastic is absolutely pathetic!
Quoting Cmk10 (Reply 6): the A319 comes in from ABQ and turns aroud and goes back there and that the plane is double catered there
That would explain it. UA has served me much better dinners than this on shorter flights.
"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is temporary; the evil it does is permanent" - Ghandi
AA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5008 times:
Man, that looked like a t.v. dinner than a FC meal! It is an embarrassment. I got a China plate on an AA flight flying International Business from GUA-DFW, and it was a great continental breakfast. Even for that, they give you proper treatment! Try AA.
J.I. Tsui, American Advantage Member, United Mileage Plus (Premier)