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User currently offlineUAopsMGR From Croatia, joined Mar 2005, 144 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 9005 times:

Greetings everyone & Happy Holidays!

Since moving from California to western NY a couple years ago, my tolerance for the cold is decreasing by the minute. After enduring temps in the 20's for a month, it was time to thaw out down south for a few days.

Against my better judgment, I decided to fly US (I've been boycotting them since they instituted their nickle & dime beverage policy). I was however rewarded with an instant preferred upgrade to F which is an essential commodity on child packed flights to MCO.

Since I like the pics best in other TR's, I'll keep the commentary to a minimum and let the pics do the talking. I would also like to dedicate this TR to the authors of the following article which has been in the civil aviation forum (see #1 offense):

http://www.lemondrop.com/2008/12/19/...-annoying-airline-passengers-ever/

 tongue 

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Thursday, Dec 18, 2008
US Airways AWE FLT 1265
Origin-Buffalo Niagara Intl (KBUF)
Destination-Charlotte/Douglas Intl (KCLT)
Aircraft-Airbus A319 (twin-jet) (A319/Q)
Class-F Seat-2A
Departure- 11:53AM EST
Arrival- 01:13PM EST
Duration- 1 hour 20 minutes

Route-V115 JHW EWC J145 HVQ JOHNS1
Speed- 447 kts
Altitude-38000 feet

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Security was a breeze at 11AM and within minutes I was at gate 6 for boarding.

My ride to CLT below (in need of a nose job Big grin)
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Pushback from the gate was on schedule and after a short taxi down alpha we were airborne off runway 23 heading south, leaving the frozen tundra behind.
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Instead of snoozing, I was well disciplined and caught up on some reading while enjoying Sun Chips and a cup of tea (where are the real mugs?)
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Very flat cloud layer, level at FL380
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After an uneventful flight we emerged from a very, very low cloud deck and seconds later touched down in CLT. Taxiing to gate B4, I spotted one of the retro jets; just like the good old days!
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With an hour to spare, I could not resist the opportunity to visit my favorite airport BBQ joint!
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Fantastic!
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After settling my BBQ fix, I headed to gate B11 for boarding.

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Thursday, Dec 18, 2008
US Airways AWE FLT 1085
Origin-Charlotte/Douglas Intl (KCLT)
Destination-Orlando Intl (KMCO)
Aircraft-Boeing 757-200 (twin-jet) (H/B752/Q)
Class-F (Envoy) Seat-3A
Departure-02:52PM EST
Arrival-04:03PM EST
Duration-1 hour 11 minutes

Route BUCKL4 CAE BEENO OMN CWRLD1
Speed-448 kts
Altitude-38000 feet

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I really lucked out on this flight with the Intl configured 757. After a short taxi we were off to MCO. Condensation pouring over the wing.
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Enjoying the ample leg room. I'm 6'0 and my legs couldn't reach the seat in front of me.
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My neighbor was sleeping so I didn't feel silly taking a few cabin shots.
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My nutritious snacks.
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Wing shot over the Atlantic just off the coast of GA.
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We made landfall just north of Daytona Beach.
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Here's a pic of DAB & the Daytona Intl Speedway.
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FL Space Coast.
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I drive past that plant heading out to the cape for shuttle launches. Nuclear power?
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My ride- ship N201UU hiding behind the A320.
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All-in-all, a comfortable trip with US. On-time flights, good cabin service and envoy for an hour. I'm still dissapointed with their beverage policy in Y and am leaning toward making Delta my carrier of choice for 2009. I split my time in 08 between the two and Delta has the definite edge in service.

Before leaving the airport I had to swing by McCoy's and have some crawfish chowder.
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Happy Holidays from the Hyatt Orlando Airport.
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I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for reading.


Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.- Homer Simpson
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User currently offlineTDubJFK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8537 times:

Great report and pics! What a sad F-class service US is, tho -- BUF-CLT just a bag of chips .. and drinks in plastic cups .... wow.

User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8139 times:

Great TR! Very glad you liked US. I like US too Big grin


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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1712 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8043 times:

Nice report!

The Envoy seays on the 757 looked very nice, did the plane also have ptv's in Economy Class?
When it came to the snack and beverage offerings, i must say that it looked to be very poor. A bag of chips and a cup of tea served in a plastic cup is something you would might have expected to get in Y. And even worse, the Y pax don't even get a soft drink. Very bad  Sad
Will US ever go back to offering free sodas in Y? Or will they keep the EU LCC'ish concept.

Quoting UAopsMGR (Thread starter):
With an hour to spare, I could not resist the opportunity to visit my favorite airport BBQ joint!

What's that round thing on your plate that looks like ice cream?

Quoting UAopsMGR (Thread starter):
Before leaving the airport I had to swing by McCoy's and have some crawfish chowder.

That looks delicious! I didn't know that you could get a decent bowl of chowder in Florida.
I thought they only had good chowder in Rhode Island Big grin

Thanks for sharing!



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User currently offlineUnited1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5939 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8027 times:



Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
Quoting UAopsMGR (Thread starter):
With an hour to spare, I could not resist the opportunity to visit my favorite airport BBQ joint!


What's that round thing on your plate that looks like ice cream?

Mashed Potatoes


Glad you had a good flight and de-frosted in FL.



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User currently offlineAtlanta From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 473 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7950 times:



Quoting UAopsMGR (Thread starter):

Happy Holidays from the Hyatt Orlando Airport

That's where I always stay, that hotel is pretty cool!!

Nice TR!



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8536 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7818 times:
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Nice report, thanks.

US F for these short flights is just fine, though they could provide the tea in a china mug!

I don't agree with the Y class policy of charging for soft drinks, it's real cheap, some real LCC's don't charge!

Nice to snag an Intl configured 757, seat's look pretty ok.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineCaleb1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 361 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7769 times:
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I enjoyed your trip report, but was disappointed to see that the only thing served to eat were bags of Sun Chips. I thought that in First Class, US would have upgraded their catering, but I guess not. Once again though, I enjoyed your report.

User currently offlineTommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7735 times:

Great pics, but no food on these sectors in F? The envoy seats on the 757 look nice and the engine looks extra shiney. But no overhead bin extensions?


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User currently offlineCOERJ145 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7403 times:



Quoting TDubJFK (Reply 1):
Great report and pics! What a sad F-class service US is, tho -- BUF-CLT just a bag of chips .. and drinks in plastic cups .... wow.

That is what DL would give you on a similar length flight.

Quoting Caleb1 (Reply 7):
I enjoyed your trip report, but was disappointed to see that the only thing served to eat were bags of Sun Chips. I thought that in First Class, US would have upgraded their catering, but I guess not. Once again though, I enjoyed your report.

US is on par with DL and NW for flights under 90 minutes(minus the real glasses). AA, CO and UA might give you more.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7349 times:


Crawfish: "Hmm... is this what I become?

Thanks for sharing... I liked the pictures of the food! I guess there was none served on the flights even though you were in First Class?



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