Hey I have not written here for awhile so here is the first of my three trips this summer.
June 24 2001
ORD-SLC (Chicago-O'Hare to Salt Lake)
United #1439 727-200
dep 9:05AM arr 11:15AM
First Class seat 2A
I stayed up all night for no particular reason and just did not feel like sleeping, so by the time we left our house at 7:00AM I was really really tired. Stupid me. Oh well. So we took the 15 minute ride down to O'Hare, my mom and dad dropping me off for this trip for a 4 week stay in Utah. Upon getting to O'Hare, it was empty, as it usually is after 8AM, after the first wave of morning flights had left. I checked in quickly in First Class check in and got my boarding pass for 2A. The lady was very nice, and as a First Class extra there were bottles of water being given out at check in. Very nice touch. I went and got a little bite at Chili's for breakfast, i didn't like it too much, but oh well. This was going to be my first time in First Class. We got to the gate, B3 and boarding had already begun for the main cabin so i just joined the line, said goodbye to my parents and walked down into the old 727-200, a great airplane indeed. Sat down in 2A and immediately the FA asked what i would like as a preflight drink. I got a coke, and was very surprised to see it come in a real glass. First impressions of First class will probably stay with me forever. After everyone was seated on the 100% full flight, we were about to be pushed back but they told us to wait because UA 1733 (which i took later in the summer) was beign pushed back next to us and turned around in our direction. After 5 minutes it was on its way to the runway so we pushed back quickly and wasting almost no time, started up and began taxiing for the runway. Once we got there, we were #6 in line behind a bunch of American Eagle ERJs and a United 777. They all took off pretty quickly. Interesting planes at O'Hare which i saw were an ANA 777 and the Mexicana 80 years 757. That was cool. We took off towards the lake, and quickly turned north and then a 270 degree heading west. A cloudless day in Illinois, with a very bright sun. After a couple minutes i was aware of my new non-coach surroundings. I loved the UA old gray leather first seats, and I have heard many great things about them. Audio was fun, but the ATC got old, and we were following United 1733, which pushed a little earlier than us. they kept telling us to slow down and watch for traffic ahead. (thanks to Channel 9). Well anyways I once again saw the farmiliar sight of northern Nebraska, with those weird circular farms. I dozed off for awhile after breakfast was served. Breakfast was awesome. First there was an arrangement of fruit, as an appetizer, followed by a pancake cake, which was 3 pancakes with chocalate stuff in between then, which came with hash browns and sausages. Only in America can they expect you to eat chocolate and potatoes and sausages all from one plate. But oh well I liked it. When I woke up we were just passing the front range, a couple miles north of Fort Collins. After that it got a little bumpu and cloudy, thanks to the winds over the rockies. We deviated from our route and went way far south, coming over the Wasatch range really far south, we turned all the way north and flew over Utah Lake, Provo, and descemding during all of this. We passed Sandy, Holladay, then flying west, south of the airport, turning North over the Great Salt Lake, and then making a full turn back south to land south today. We were given a visual approach and the 727 aligned with the runway quite nicely as we passed over the marshed north of Salt Lake City International Airport. Landed and taxied to gate B3. (Ironic? This flight 1439 was flyign to Chicago from Cleveland from gate B5, arrived at B5 in Chicago, swicthed to B3, and when i check online we were due to arrive at B5 in Salt Lake, but our gate was switched to B3 again). i was off First, and was met by Jess and Mike and that was the end of my trip, I collected my baggage and spent the next couple of hours in Salt Lake airport, and then leaving to have a great 4 weeks doing all sorts of things.
July 21 2001
SLC-DEN (Salt Lake to Denver)
United Shuttle #2810 737-300
dep 1:32PM arr 2:52PM
Economy Plus seat 7F
Wow my 4 weeks sure went by pretty fast, and I was really sad to leave, having a bunch of friends there in Salt Lake. But anyways I woke up at 5AM and left at 8:00 to take the 4 hour drive to Salt Lake from where I was. Got there at 12:00PM, and checked in for my flight to Chicago via Denver. Very short line, as this was the only United flight leaving for awhile. I got seat 7F which I was very glad to see- my first time in Economy plus. Anyways I checked my two pieces of luggage and walked to the Terminal 2 food court, got a sandwich and went upstairs to the gate (B3 once again) to eat and wait for my plane. By the time i got there it was 12:40 and there was no sign of my flight arriving from San Francisco. I was with 5 friends who were all flying out to planes, except for one. 2 were going to St.Louis on a 2PM TWA flight, 2 were on the America West 1:40 something to PHX, one of the continuing on to TUS. I was the first one to leave. The plane pulled up to the gate at 1:20PM, and the people almost ran out, I guess United Shuttle was trying to be ontime. Anyways by 1:35 I was already on the plane, so it was almost working, and the luggage was already being loaded. We pused back 1:45PM, which was only a 13 minute dalay, and for arriving almost 30 minutes late i figured that this was a pretty good turn around time of 25 minutes. Anyways we taxied to the runway, and were 2nd in line for takeoff behind a Frontier 737-300 also on its way to DEN. Frontier #124. So we took off to the south, turned west, then north, flying past the airport, making another turn east over Bountiful, back south, west again, to get above the mountains and made a turn to the noth once again, now being over Ogden, and then the southeast to fly towards DEN. Flight time was announced at 50 minutes and we sped towards DEN. Now I was not paying attention to anything, i was just looking out the window and almost crying, having to leave my best friends and all... (little did i know i would see them later again) Anyways after I was a little back to being normal, they FAs came around with drinks, i got a full can of coke and the United snack mix thing. What a change from First Class- but i did not care too much. This 737-300 N308UA was very new inside and the seats appeared brand new, very bright colors and spotless. Anyways we began our descent into Denver through the clouds over the rockies, and it was snowing inside the cloud, which was a big change from the 96 degrees it just was in Salt Lake! but anyways we broke through the clouds in a cold-looking Denver (although it was not) we flew east until we were almost at the airport until we again did a strange approach. We ended up flying south to Stapleton, turning east over that, really far east and then north, and turning west to land on one of the far runways. We landed while I was listening to Nashville today, and I am not a big fan of country music but there was nothing better to listen to. We landed behind that same Frontier 737 that took off infront of us in Salt Lake. Seems like we followed them. We taxied to our gate B20 I think and arrived at the gate 3:03PM. I was out of the plane at 3:09PM. Just 14 minutes late. And here was my first time in Denver....
June 21 2001
DEN-ORD (Denver to Chicago O'Hare)
United #250 777-200
dep 3:30PM arr 6:48PM
Economy seat 33A
Racing down to gate B40, which was pretty far away. I was the last to board this flight and I was sure my luggage would not make it. Anyways I got onboard my first 777-200 and wow was it huge. It was the international version N780UA and it seemed great inside, this one had gray multicolored seats as opposed to my other 777 later with blue seats (both UA) . I took my seat 33A and watched as about 10 gates down my 737 from SLC was already beign loaded with luggage on its way to LAS. wow those things turn around pretty fast. We pushed back ontime, and at the exact same time a UA 757 from B38 pushed back, it was on its way to ORD as well, so it was pretty weird. UA has a 3:30 and a 3:35 flight to ORD from DEN. Anyways we taxied the length of B concourse and then to some runway. We took off to the north and headed north as I watched fthe huge wing and the PTV. The PTV was cool and we had a nice tail wind, 50 mph which blew us over to ORD. We turned Northeast once we got to about Greely (or something like that) and headed that way for a long time, until we were about over the city of Valentine, Nebraska, almost in South Dakota. we passed through a bunch of clouds, and the snack on this flight was UA's boxed snack which I love. it had a turkey sandwich, chips, and that philadelphia cream cheese thing in it. So I fell asleep for an hour or so because i had been having a very tiring day, being up since 5AM. I woke up and we were passing over the Mississippi and when I was fully awake we were already staring our desent into Chicago somewhere over the Illinois/Wisconsin border north of Rockford, we flew southeast, and then directly south, and i recognized the farmiliar approach to 9R. And I was right we turned directly east and landed on 9R with a perfect approach and nice landing. We taxied off onto the bridge between T3 (AA/DL) and T5 (International) and saw a DL MD-90 which I knew had come from Salt Lake like I just did. We taxied around past the new UA gates where United Express used to be, and were pulled into gate B18 (i think). I got off and thanked the pilot and was greeted by my dad. This was the end of my first trip, but I was to be at home for just 12 hours, before I would be off on my next trip to the west coast.... I will post that as soon as possible. Please comment on my trip report. Wow this took a long time to write.
here are my ratings/comments.
UA is still the best.
United Airlines 9/10 they did the best they could
United Shuttle 7/10 very close timing in those flights
Salt Lake International 10/10 i love this place
Chicago O'Hare 10/10 great airport
Denver International 9/10 B concourse it too long... haha
727-200 9/10 it was great, a little dirty.
737-300 10/10 nothing wrong with this plane.
777-200 10/10 who could not like a 777?
Well you see I had a great trip. Fly United, United Shuttle, United Express. they are cool.