I guess I'm lucky as I realized that M-F this flight has been operating with a 32S (ex-Ted) aircraft with no F. That said, the crew was quite pleasant and it was a good flight.
After takeoff (water and OJ were offered at the gate), hot towels were followed by a choice of breakfast, which was the ubiquitous fruit plate or my choice, the omelet. I have to say, DEN catering is nothing if not consistent!
This omelet was filled with mild, creamy cheese and a few parsley bits, with homestyle potatoes, a thick slice of ham and a link sausage. A choice of croissant or bagel was offered from the basket. Unfortunately, the fruit bowl was a bit on the poor side, with some shrively, red grapes, pineapple, watermelon and a sad little strawberry. I had some coffee with a Bailey's, which was a bit cool but went down easily.
Drinks were kept topped up and we arrived about 15 minutes in blustery, about-to-rain Baltimore.
I was scheduled to go BWI-ORD-DEN at 4:45, but I used the 3-hour rule and confirmed on the nonstop, and kept my upgrade intact. ^
We were full in F but the crew was very efficient and worked like a well-oiled machine. After a bumpy takeoff (water and OJ offered pre-departure), hot towels were followed by hot nuts and drinks. I had a Jim Beam Black, neat with water on the side.
Orders were taken by status, with a choice of shrimp salad or a hot, turkey sandwich, which was my choice.
Sliced turkey and melted cheese were served on a crusty country-style roll; it was a bit messy but I was starving and it filled me up pretty well. The quinoa salad (also ubiquitous) tasted a lot better with some fresh-squeezed lemon.
Wine (Monte Vina) was served in tumblers for some reason, which may have led to my having a nice nap :p As we were descending I asked the flight attendant why I had not seen dessert served; she told me that I had slept through it! :confused: But she quickly brought me a still-warm cookie, a nice gesture.
We arrived is warm, sunny Denver about 20 minutes early.
Kurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 416 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7850 times:
Oh, yeah. I have had that quinoa salad on every UA lunch flight for quite some time. This one had some nice chopped tomatoes, onions and yellow peppers. But it is bland (to me) without a little citrus kick.
Kurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 416 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4962 times:
That's too bad about the DC-10. I really love the size and shape of this aircraft, and have been fascinated by it since I was a kid. I'm glad I got to enjoy it many times on UA over the years (and a few more on CO and NW, plus a KL MD11 once).
I won't apologize for enjoying a Bailey's and coffee! It's a great morning drink, certainly a bit more respectable than a bloody Mary or a screwdriver (not that there's anything wrong with those, either). When I'm traveling I don't worry about things like that, as more often than not my body is in another time zone anyway.
Charles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1315 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4879 times:
Thanks for the report. I have flown many times on UA but never at the front of the cabin so it's nice to see that they do offer a reasonable product. Like you said it's domestic F service but it's better than Y regardless!
Quoting Kurt (Reply 1): but I used the 3-hour rule and confirmed on the nonstop, and kept my upgrade intact. ^
I'm not familiar with this 3-hour rule...what is it about? Thanks!
Kurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 416 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4797 times:
If you're a 1K (100,000-mile per year flyer), you can call the reservations line and get a confirmed seat on an earlier flight three hours before departure, bypassing any standby lists. It works pretty well if you can get to the airport fairly quickly. They will usually let you keep your upgrade if inventory is available. I was over in Annapolis that morning, which is a pretty quick ride over from BWI, so it worked out well.
I'm back from my EZE/SCL trip (AC J class) now; very fun! I'm working on my trip report but it's a bit time-consuming.