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BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First  
User currently offlineRonen763 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 20 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 13879 times:

Hey A.Nutters,

I thought I'd share with you a few photos from Spain, followed by photos of my trip coming back to the states yesterday. Hope you all enjoy reading!

- Ron

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Chocolatería San Ginés, Madrid

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Better than what you'll find at Disneyland

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Countryside view from the AVE Train, Madrid - Sevilla.

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On a rooftop in Barcelona

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Arts Hotel in Barcelona

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Date: 14 June 2009
Flight: US 743
Route: BCN - PHL
STD/STA: 12:00PM/3:05PM
Duration: 9:05
Aircraft: B762


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Star Alliance (Spanair) Lounge at BCN

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Envoy seats on the B762

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Awesome legroom (to get an idea, I'm 5'7'')

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Neighbor

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Pre-flight Mimosa

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Menu in English and Catalan

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It's hard to not be comfortable!

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On taxi

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I slept like a baby

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AVOD system with comfy headphones

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Appetizer

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Main

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Snack towards the end of the flight

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Finals to PHL

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Some planes at Terminal A

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US A333

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We parked remotely and were bussed to the terminal area. Immigration/customs went pretty quick even though a lot of flights from Europe were coming in around that time. The staff were efficient and organized. The system that US has set up right after customs for passengers in transit is nice, since you don't have to go out and re-check your bags - they're just tossed onto a belt for your next flight. So this makes picking up your bags from the carousel for customs hassle-free. Once I was passed all that and the security check for transiting passengers, I headed over to the lounge.

Date: 14 June 2009
Flight: US 729
Route: PHL - LAX
STD/STA: 6:00PM/8:54PM
Duration: 5:54
Aircraft: A321

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US First lounge, by the B gates

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This and the Envoy lounge in Terminal A are both really good

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First seats on the A321

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Before rolling

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Din

The rest of the trip was pretty standard and boring so I'll spare you the time.

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Summary
Overall, I enjoyed my experience with US. I find US's standard on its international services to be fairly competitive, while the domestic scene could use some work. The staff on ground and in the air were generally efficient and friendly, which has not always been the case in my past experiences flying US. I think US is making a great move in expanding service to more cities in Europe and the Middle East, and in marketing it's solid international product.

Happy flying!

Hope you enjoyed reading!

19 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 13725 times:

Thanks for sharing! I'm happy you enjoyed US  Smile. I'm surprised you had a good experience in PHL lol :P

Quoting Ronen763 (Thread starter):
US First lounge, by the B gates

It's not a first class lounge. It's a regular lounge lol  Smile. Its a very nice lounge is the nice people are there lol  Smile



Roar, lion, roar
User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2682 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 13420 times:

Nice TR!
US business looks ok, I thought it was worse than that.



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User currently offlinePhilInBRN From Switzerland, joined Jun 2009, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 13115 times:

Thanks for the trip report!

I was surprised by the nice looks of those envoy seats in the 762. I imagined them to be much more worn out and such. The food on both flights looks pretty decent too. It's nice to see that US has improved a little bit.


User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 13065 times:



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 1):
I think US is making a great move in expanding service to more cities in Europe and the Middle East, and in marketing it's solid international product.

Where in the Middle East are they looking to expand? I enjoyed your TR. It is nice to finally read a positive trip report about Usairways.



God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlinePhilInBRN From Switzerland, joined Jun 2009, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 13061 times:



Quoting Jeffrey1970 (Reply 4):
Where in the Middle East are they looking to expand?

They are starting TLV this summer on their new A330-200.


User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 12787 times:



Quoting PhilInBRN (Reply 5):
They are starting TLV this summer on their new A330-200

Thank you PhillnBRN. After I asked that question earlier I was like "Duh, they are going to fly to TLV." I do thank you very much.



God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8539 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 12481 times:
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Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing.

Barcelona is a great city, nned to go back for a refresher visit soon!

Looks like both US flighst were pretty good, even those old seats in the 762 looked reasonable to be honest, had 1 US 762 flight in Envoy myself a few years back, nothing to complain about.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3078 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 11709 times:



Quoting Ronen763 (Thread starter):

Lucky!! Nice TR



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User currently offlineRonen763 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 2 days ago) and read 11652 times:



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 1):
I'm surprised you had a good experience in PHL

Coming through PHL from abroad beats coming through LAX in my opinion.

Quoting PhilInBRN (Reply 3):

I was surprised by the nice looks of those envoy seats in the 762

US's 762s and A333s are both great, which makes the airline's long-haul product very competitive.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
Barcelona is a great city

Agreed, Barcelona is one of the most interesting and fun cities in Europe.

Quoting PhilInBRN (Reply 5):
They are starting TLV this summer on their new A330-200.

Any ideas on if/where you think US should expand next?

Thanks all for the responses!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26971 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 11381 times:

Very nice report and from your experience US Airways looked quite good.

Nice pics and read. Barcelona is indeed a lovely city.

OA260


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11126 times:

Nice report. US is still looking like a good airline to fly  Smile


Lee



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User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7582 posts, RR: 42
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 22 hours ago) and read 11020 times:

Great trip report Ronen! Thanks a lot for posting it!

I did not know that the A321 could do PHL-LAX on a full load.



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlinePellegrine From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2443 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 10868 times:



Quoting Ronen763 (Thread starter):
Chocolatería San Ginés, Madrid

Whoa! I'm a serious chocoholic (mostly like bitter very dark chocolate, not sweet crap), and I had to put this place on my "must travel to" list.

US actually looks good in this report. Maybe I will have to give them a try int'l, since I fly them domestic already, bravo!  thumbsup 



oh boy!!!
User currently offlineRonen763 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 10753 times:



Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 13):
mostly like bitter very dark chocolate, not sweet crap

That's what was amazing about this chocolate - it was the real stuff and not overly sweet!


User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 777 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 months 6 hours ago) and read 10688 times:

Very nice trip report

Your experiences on US seem good, better than my own unfortunately  Wink Cute pictures too

Well done again



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2865 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 10445 times:

Wow! US looks like a great airline to fly across the Atlantic. Their A321 also looks very nice.


Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
User currently offlineRonen763 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10260 times:



Quoting EIRules (Reply 15):
Your experiences on US seem good, better than my own unfortunately

As is evident by your signature!


User currently offlineDeltaT7 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 42 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 10100 times:

Nice TR, i've always wanted to see what US Envoy service looks like.

on another note, I stayed at the Hotel Arts in BCN and i've been to that same Chocolateria in MAD!!



As someone told me lately, everyone deserves a chance to fly.....
User currently offlineCrjflyer35 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 668 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9510 times:

Ahh the donut like thingys dipped in the melted chocolate. My vacation to Southern Spain (Also on US!) just came flying back!! We stayed in Malaga but did a day trip to Sevilla and loved it! Madrid is amazing as well...though very confusing highway system.

Quoting PhilInBRN (Reply 3):
Thanks for the trip report!

I was surprised by the nice looks of those envoy seats in the 762. I imagined them to be much more worn out and such. The food on both flights looks pretty decent too. It's nice to see that US has improved a little bit.

US is upgrading all envoy seats the 762's were some of the first ones to get the refurb. On our flight back to PHL from MAD I had listed us in Envoy, but we weren't too upset when we didn't get the upgrade and saw the poor condition they were in...at least the "premium" product is coming up.

Great TR!



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