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User currently offlinejetblue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1452 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 16557 times:


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Dedicated to the 55 people I’ve met on my amazing journey across the heartland of America, with them, I’ve witnessed pure natural beauty in awe and amazement. For the 7 days we’ve shared together, we developed a special connection that I will forever treasure for the rest of my life. Despite the spectacular sights we have seen together, the most memorable scene that I witnessed was the gift that could not be bought: The Gift of Friendship.

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If you don’t care or too lazy, you can skip these “few” paragraphs about the back story of my trip to the lovely customized “Day of the Trip” banner. But I highly recommend that you do, will you, please? 

INTRODUCTION

In this modern day we live in today, one can not ignore the stress that air travel brings. No liquids on carryon, extensive and sometimes offensive security checks, take off your shoes, X-Ray scanners and rude TSA agents is now the common sight and practices at your local airport. Much to everyone’s disappointment, the dilemma doesn’t stop there. You could also add weather and mechanical delays, cramped seating, baggage fees, crying babies, impolite flight attendants and so on. These problems are inevitable and are usually the norm for most airlines these days, except for a handful of highly praised Asian and Middle Eastern carriers with their lie-flats, model-like flight attendants, topnotch meals and world class products. For us living or traveling with the US, one can not expect those 5-Star qualities, in-fact, they’re just a far away fantasy that lives within our mind. With the global economic turmoil and the cutbacks that airlines have gone through, it is refreshing to see that some airlines still offers you a decent hard and soft product. Although a mile away from the service, efficiency, highly professional and polished service of Asiana Airlines or the state-of-the-art product that Singapore Airlines offer, one airline in the United States has won my heart and possibly most of my future domestic flights. From reading the title, you obviously know what airline I’m talking about. I will thoroughly explain my experience with United Airlines, the good and the bad. Despite some minor issues with them, I believe that they are America’s Top Airline and this is coming from a huge Delta Fan. So how did United win me over? Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride: Welcome to My 11th trip report on airliners.net, Welcome aboard United Airlines.

As a side note, I will constantly compare United with Delta, two of the world’s largest airline and probably the most facebook fans of any legacy carrier.

PLANNING

This trip has to be one of our family’s longest planned vacation. Although it is only a domestic trip and one that I wasn’t really looking forward to compared to previous longhaul journeys, it was planned nearly 10 months in advanced. If you read my previous trip report:

50 Days In Asia W/ A 5-Star Airline: Part 1 (pics) (by JetBlue777 Sep 2 2010 in Trip Reports)
50 Days In Asia: Island Paradise, Part 2 (pics) (by JetBlue777 Sep 19 2010 in Trip Reports)
50 Days In Asia W/ A 5-Star Airline: Part 3 (pics) (by JetBlue777 Oct 24 2010 in Trip Reports)

You’ll know that my family went to the Philippines in 2010 for 50 Days. My mom and I flew with Asiana Airlines while my dad flew with Continental. Due to the long distance from New York and Manila, we racked up a few thousand miles, enough to buy as an award ticket on United. Both my parents and I only racked up around 10,000 miles. Despite flying roundtrip on Asiana, our ticket was only eligible for 75% of the total mileage flown while my dad only flew with CO on the return leg: a rather frustrating and long journey from MNL-GUM-HNL-IAH-EWR when a one-stop flight with CX or EY was only a couple of bucks more, but then, it was all about the star alliance miles. After we went home to New York, I was already planning our next summer vacation. With UA’s generous Mileage Plus program, I was able to take advantage of our earned miles. As you know, 10K isn’t really going to reach places I’ve dreamed of. (un)fortunately, the only way we could use our miles was to pay $137 and the only destination available was Denver.

The mile high city, at first glance, is nothing but a typical mid-sized US city with a few tall buildings downtown and mostly surrounded by picturesque ala Wisteria Lane type of suburban homes. Upon further research, I found out that the neighboring states of Colorado offers much more. I went to www.gotobus.com, a great website to search for bus tours and vacations all over the world. They offered a 7 Day, 6 Nights tour from Denver to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton, Mt. Rushmore, Salt Lake City, Arches National Park and other sites visiting 6 States and a total travel distance of nearly 3,000 miles. What’s the price? A little around $450 and to make things better, it’s buy 2 take 1! So I got in for free, as usual with these typical Mandarin-English bus tours. Keep in mind that these bus tours can be stressful as you visit as many attractions as possible in a limited amount of time and your hotels are far from the luxuries of Shangri-La or the comfort of your typical Hyatt or even Marriott. Despite that, the experience is unforgettable. You get to travel with a diverse mix of people, witness amazing sights and attractions and meet new friends along the way!



After our hassle-free separate booking on united.com, we were set to fly with United. $137 + 10K Miles was actually a great deal with a flight from NY to Denver could cost you around 400 bucks. As usual, I didn’t choose the obvious choice: The Nonstop Flights. Since ORD and DEN are both UA hubs, widebodies usually operates some of the flights between the two cities. In this case, the 777 and 767. Originally booked on a 757 flight outbound and a 777 inbound, due to the ongoing merger, our reservation changed quite a bit. I originally booked an 8AM flight departing from LGA, however, the connecting flight to DEN has been moved earlier leaving us 50 minutes to connect through ORD. Way too risky, I thought. So by the help of friendly UA agents in India, I requested a flight an hour earlier. UA’s second daily flight to ORD departs at 7AM, no problem, we’re used to waking up early. Months later, for some reason, we were moved to the 6AM flight, way too early I thought! So, once again, I called UA to change our flight, so I requested a mid-morning flight that will allow me to fly on the 757 to DEN (At that time I haven’t flown on the 757) UA happily agreed considering that you could change your flights without any fees when your flying on an award flight, I don’t know if this is the case today. As luck was against me, there was a schedule change once again. A little bit frustrated, I called UA (Again!) and with the help of friendly agents, the only reasonable flight was the 11AM A319 flight to ORD connecting on a 3:15PM 777 (Domestic) flight to DEN. Oh well, who can complain? Two Triple 777s = Double the Fun! Amazingly, our return flight hadn’t changed a bit. Although I tried changing to a later flight so I could fly on a 767-300 and only one seat was available, thank goodness I kept the same flight, more on that later.

Finally, we bought another ticket for my grandma. It was a non-refundable $650 ticket, F9 and UA did offer cheaper flights but we wanted her to fly with us. Unfortunately, she was unable to fly to the US due to medical and personal reasons, so we had to cancel her flight. Long story short, after more than 10 calls, 3 E-Mails, 1 Fax and a Real(!!) Paper Mail (This thing still exists?!) My mom family got her credit back on her card after calling CitiBank. Ha. Although it’s still temporary. Double Ha.



Various Travel Options including upgrade to Economy Plus. Since it was a short flight, we decided not to opt for it.


Online Check-In, it was odd how it showed an A320 for UA 231 when it was actually operated by an A319.


Seat Map on UA 909 (Domestic 777)

ARE YOU GONNA STOP TALKING ABOUT YOUR BORING LIFE STORY, GO ON, SO, HOW DID UNITED WIN YOU OVER??!

Uhm btw, if you just skipped the whole thing and started reading from here: Shame on You! Blah. Blah. Blah. Waiting game. But at least your reading this, I know some people will just look at that pictures. And oh yeah, the trip report:


It's a cultural thing.
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User currently offlinejetblue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1452 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 16763 times:

Day of the Trip
08/05/11

Our flight with United was due to depart at 11AM, a nice change from our usual 6-7AM departures. This time, we didn’t have to wake up early at 3 or 4 and drive through the dark and quiet streets of Queens, NY. However, my aviation instincts told me to wake up at 4 in the morning. Dammit! “I need more sleep” says my body but my mind says, get your butt of the bed and be excited!

With the help of United’s CO inspired (or more like a TOTAL copy) of CO’s app, I was able to constantly check on our flight status and other things such as A/C Reg and other things that will tingle the typical a.netter’s senses. Fast forward to 8AM, we called in a taxi and we were on our way to LaGuardia Airport, JFK’s little sister. It was my first time on the Central Terminal, having used LaGuardia for the first time with DL and US back in June with positive reviews. So I was expecting the same exact thing, little did I know that if LGA’s Central Terminal would apply for a beauty and efficiency contest, Suze Orman would yell out from the top of her lungs “DENIED!”

[LUGGAGE PICS, TO LGA PICS, APP PICS]

C is for Check-In Counters Still Exists?!

First impression, decent. Nothing spectacular as one would expect, compare it to ICN and it’s like comparing a Motel 6 with Shangri-La. United’s presence in LGA is meager compared to the abundance of US, DL and AA flights. Still, they had their own check-in counters (Duh!) completed with their logo which seemed to have an identity crisis between the “Old” logo and the CO Globe. Anyways, the most important thing was the kiosks (I don’t recall the last time we’ve used the regular check-in counters when flying domestically!)

O is for OMG, A Non-Receipt, Very Easy to Crumple and El Cheapo Depot-type Boarding Pass!

Back to the kiosks which was already dressed in the new theme. Since my parents and I had different reservations, it took a while to print all of our boarding passes. Much to my surprise and UA’s first good impression: Real Boarding Passes! Being the airline freak that I am, I was happy to see a real paper-back boarding pass, it’s always great to keep as a souvenir. I also love the various travel options that they offered. United Vs. Delta, United Wins!

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Boarding pass

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My luggage with my UA Mileage plus tag and US Airways tag bought online

L is for Losing My Temper in LaGuardia!

After printing our boarding passes, we proceeded to security. It was a brief walk and the lines were long although it was moving at a fast pace. Funny how the regular line was actually moving faster than AA's priority lane. As we entered the screening area, one can not ignore the disturbing smell of wet socks and feet, yuck! I did the ceremonial task of removing my footwear, liquids on the ziploc and etc. Once I passed through the scanners, it was Cancun all over again. I was randomly selected for extra screening, whipee! However, the TSA agent was friendly (WHAT?!) He explained that it was totally random and he did a finger test (I don't know what's the proper term but he had a piece of paper, took a sample of my fingerprint (?) and placed it on a magical piece of technology. A minute later, I was free to go!) Just when I thought everything was fine, I was pulled out again because the idiot that I am forgot that my cologne and biofreeze (lol) went over the limit for liquids onboard the aircraft. So obviously, it got confiscated. Normally, I wouldn't mind but it was a birthday present, in addition, my mom did the "I told you so" speech and let's just refer to the title above. I didn't argue anyways, it gets me nowhere. So after the hassle of security, we were on our way to our gate.

I is for Is This A Real Terminal? Or a Hollywood Set?

If you've seen MadTV or even Seinfeld and other sitcoms, you know some of their episodes features an airport scene. Their set is usually a cheap-o depot one with the obvious fake windows, minimal seating area and an overall fake feeling.. That's exactly how the terminal looked. First of all, the ceilings were very low. To add it off, the seating area was a complete joke, it was very crowded and seriously, it was just awful. Compare it to DL and US Terminals in LGA, it's definitely a dump! I'm not going to blame UA on this, let's all blame PANYNJ!

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The very cramped gate area at LGA

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More luggage tags!

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Our A319 arriving from ORD

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UA A319 in new colors, nice

O is for On-Time Boarding and I is for I Love UA's Boarding Process!

Boarding was scheduled to begin at 10:30, 30 Minutes before scheduled departure. After a rather stressful wait, United shows another positive side: Boarding began smack on-time.

At exactly 10:30 am:

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to United Airlines Flight Two Thirty-One with nonstop service to Chicago. We would like to welcome (insert high status) on board at this time..

Perhaps DL could learn a thing or two about on-time boarding...but then again, DL's boarding time is 40-50 minutes before departure compared to UA's (and most other airlines) 30 Min before departure boarding.

I was assigned to Seating Area 2 since I was seated at a window seat, I definitely like the idea of boarding us window-ers first, it generates less traffic in the aisle and it allows us non-elites to board earlier than usual. My parents also boarded with me with my boarding pass on top, after the *beep* the friendly gate agent smiled and wished us a pleasant flight. So far so good.

There were basically no traffic ahead of us, so it took us less than 30 seconds to get to the plane. Upon entering the aircraft, the head flight attendant was in "lala" land and didn't recognize the presence of the passengers who just entered. Oh well. Walking by a full first class cabin, a friendlier flight attendant greeted us with a huge smile and moved aside to let us in. It was just the regular "Good Morning, How You Doin'?" Greeting. Simple yet highly appreciated



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlinejetblue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1452 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 16726 times:

Flight 1


Airline: United Airlines (UA)
Flight: 231
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Reg: N853UA
Seat No: 31A Economy
Origin: New York LaGuardia Airport, New York, NY
Destination: Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL
Duration: 2 Hours, 35 Minutes
ETD: 11:00 - 08/05/11
ATD: 10:57 - 08/05/11 - Ahead of Schedule by 3 Minutes
ETA: 12:33 - 08/05/11
ATA: 12:15 - 08/05/011 - Ahead of Schedule by 18 Minutes


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Nice looking and comfortable seat

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Passengers still boarding

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View from 31A with American Eagle ERJ next to us

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Contents of the seat pocket, nice headphones, Hemispheres Magazine and Safety Card (taken on the 777 flight)


Our seats were 31A,B and C - third to the last row. First impression was good, the cabin was spotlessly clean and the blue cloth seat cover was very inviting. Don't get me wrong but I prefer cloth than leather (Leather has that smell that isn't particularly bad but it's something that I prefer not to smell) Upon reaching our row, an elderly (well sort of) flight attendant was just standing there looking upset. She was rather professional looking, but there was something in her face that tells people that she wasn't happy.

The seats were very comfortable, the adjustable headrest is a nice addition. Legroom was decent even in regular economy class, though, on flight longer than 5 hours it could get uncomfortable for tall people. Once again, the cabin was spotlessly clean: no pen marks, no food crumbs and nothing on the seat pockets. Much to my surprise, headphones were given to each passengers! It was located on the seat pocket and you know what, they were actually pretty good. Okay, it's not Bose or Sony type, but compared to what you get on other airlines in the US, it's definitely miles better.

The A319 started to fill up and we were almost ready for departure minutes ahead of schedule. Remember the unhappy flight attendant that I talked about? Apparently, she was upset that she was assigned to the rear of the plane, so the friendlier flight attendant approached her with a huge smile on her face still..

"Want to switch?"

With her two hands still wrapped around her front, she gave a discrete nod and walked to the front. Later on, she came back to the back to assist this French family with a connecting flight situation which showed a different side of her but without letting go of her "attitude." The French family were heading to SFO and she was nice enough to take 5 minutes of her time and explained to the family what to do, she grabbed a copy of the Hemispheres magazine and showed the dad ORD's map.

"If you don't stop to shop or anything else, you'll make your connection"

With the voice of a mother, she instructed the family in a rather "I need you to do this" way. I'd also like to add that while assisting the family, a passenger was trying to get her out of the way to reach the back of the plane, without looking at the passenger, she moved a little bit then faced the family and rolled her eyes. LOL. Later on, in-flight, she showed a sense of professionalism and a hint of friendliness  "Ladies and gentlemen welcome a---board....United Flight..... 2-31..with service to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.."

The head flight attendant welcomed us aboard, throughout the duration of the flight, she seemed to struggled with the announcement with constant pauses and mispronunciations.

At exactly 10:57am, we pushed back from the gate - 3 minutes ahead of schedule. The safety video was played and to my surprise, the Jeff Smisek video wasn't played. Although UA provided some decent headphones, as usual, I used my own headphones. I plugged it in (I had some issues with it since the plug was a bit loose) I turned to Channel 9 and fortunately, the captain turned it on! Who needs fancy PTVs when you can listen to Live ATC? It was a pretty cool experience, I also told my parents about this feature and they seem to be enjoying it!  

When the ATC said:

UA 2-31, turn left heading 1-0-0”

Then we turned left! How amazing is that?? 

After a long taxi to Runway 13 passing by Trump's 757 and the usual collection of AA, DL and US metal, we were on our way to Chicago-O'Hare.

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Manhattan in the Distance

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US Airways Express CRJ200

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AA 757-200 with winglets, gotta love AA's classic livery!

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Manhattan in the distance

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Sistership passing by, looking a bit shabby

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Trump's 757

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Again...

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Delta and US metal, the two major players in LGA.

Take off was very powerful, as usual on the A320 family. We climbed up at a rapid rate and we turned left heading north to Chicago. It took a while for the seat belt sign to be turned off. Around half an hour after take off, beverages were served. There were two flight attendants serving the economy cabin, the friendly one and the peculiar one  http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7008/6578463883_3ed079f103_b.jpg
Climbing

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A sharp left turn

Service started from the front and progressively moved to the back. Unlike my previous DL flights, they took time serving the passengers and even addressed everyone by “Sir” and “Ma’am” On top of that, both (and I mean both!) finished it off with a smile. When they finally reached our row, I ordered a coke. We were planning to buy a snack box for around $7 but it was unavailable on this particular route. Oh well, I can hold my hunger til’ we reach ORD! My only complaint is that they fill the cups with too much ice, although they do give you the whole can.

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The Simpsons playing on the overhead screens

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Coke

After getting tired of listening to Channel 9, I turned to Channel 1 for the entertainment on overhead monitors. Today’s entertainment options are:

The Simpsons
Cash Cab
Glee: “Madonna” Episode

Great! Three of my favorite shows, although, I’ve been a fan of Family Guy lately and deem them funnier than the Simpsons.

The overhead monitors were directly above Row 30, I purposely chose Row 31 so the monitors would be closer to us. Huge mistake! I had to recline my seat, so I could get a better view - still it wasn’t the perfect position. So the TV 6 rows up will do.

Much to my surprise, another Coffee/Water run was conducted by one of the flight attendants. She even walked around twice! Keep in mind that this is a 2hr flight! On my previous LGA-DTW flight on DL, the flight attendants were in a rush serving the passengers and was no where to be found after that. Kudos to United!

Time went by quickly as I watched the rest of Cash Cab and part of Glee. Since it was glary outside and the view wasn’t particularly appealing, I decided to close my shades and just rest. I then turned back to Channel 9 as we approach Chicago.

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Approach to ORD

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Chicago in the distance

As we were flying near Milwaukee over Lake Michigan, we began our initial descent to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Soon enough, we made landfall in the suburbs of Chicago with the skyline of the Windy City in the distance. Unfortunately, it was a bit hazy, so the view wasn’t the best but at least I saw the skyline!

As we near ORD, the flaps were extended, speed breaks deployed and the gears were lowered down.

[landing video]

We touched down at 12:15pm Local Time, 18 Minutes ahead of schedule.

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Chicago, local time is 12:15pm. We will be taxiing for the next few moments so please remain seated with all your carry-on stowed in the seat in front of you until we reach the gate and the seat belt sign has been turned off. At that time, please ensure that you have all your personal belongings and use caution when opening the overhead compartments as items may have shifted…”

“If you…have..any..connecting gates to the E or F….In uh..Terminal 2… There is a shuttle located…uhhhhhm..... in Chicago…..at..Gate C9…again C9…”

We taxied for quite a long time, we had to wait for a gate to open. As a company A320 departed, we were cleared for the gate and parked right next to a UA747 and a UA A320. We were near the back of the plane, so by the time we reached the flight deck - the pilots were already gone. Bummer! Anyways, I’ll get them on the next flight I thought. There’s no way I’m going to let myself not visit the flight deck of a 777! http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7021/6578478773_ce589fd5b0_b.jpg
It’s United land!

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We parked right next to a United A320 with an AA 772 taxiing by

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For some strange reasons, the whole lighting of this pic reminds me of CUN.

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We were one of the last ones to exit the flight



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlinejetblue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1452 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 16687 times:

As we disembarked the aircraft, first impression of ORD was good. It was bright, airy and although a bit crowded, it’s still miles ahead of UA’s home in LGA. We went to the food court and grabbed something to eat. Chinese food this time, as usual on our airport dining experience…the usual fast food and pizza makes me sick when I travel for some reasons.

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Hudson News, always present even on small regional airports like BTV.

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United, United, United, United….

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The new image of United

After a quick bite, we proceed to Gate C16 where a UA 744 just departed for PEK. The gate area was rather awkward, it was rectangular in shape and the seats were very limited especially for a full 747 and 777! We found seats on the very front of the gate area, although the boarding entrance was on the other side. When 2:30 approached, I wondered why there were such a few passengers on the gate area. “Must be an empty flight!” I thought. Then it dawned on me that I was still referring to my iPod Touch that was still showing the New York time! Throughout our journey, my iPod never self adjusted to the current time zone.

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UA 767, I can honestly say that I’ve never been on the 767 before. If you don’t count the 787, it would be the last Boeing aircraft that I would have to fly to complete by Boeing list and yes, I’m proud to say I’ve been on a 727! 

My mom and I walked around a bit and bought some souvenirs and snacks for our next flight. I then went aircraft spotting, I sat down on the window ledge behind the seats and relaxed for quite a bit.

E is For EMERGENCY LANDING!

After a few minutes, I noticed a few fire trucks running towards the other side of the airport. I thought, they must have a drill or some sort. Then more came, a few ambulances and other emergency vehicles finally convinced me that there was an accident. I ran from C16 to the Eastern part of the concourse, when I got there, I was nearly breathless and gasping for air. I saw a small crowd gathering and knew it was really an accident. When I looked outside the window, I saw a 767-300 operated by American Airlines surrounded by emergency vehicles with the emergency chutes deployed on the other side of the aircraft.

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It was a pretty cool sight nonetheless, a lot of the passengers were taking pictures and sharing their relief that everyone was okay. Turns out that they had some landing gear issues, the flight was coming from CDG btw.

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Our 777-200 arriving from DEN, N210UA.

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Here’s another shot of our 777, our ride to DEN. I would also like to mention that the FO was a female. 

As I returned to the gate, more and more people were standing up in the gate area. Like my previous flight, boarding began right on-time. I was still assigned in Seating Area 2, so the wait wasn’t that long. There was a separate line for elites and the regular passengers in Y Class. It was very chaotic as a lot of people were crowding up around the boarding entrance. As we figured out, which line was which, this elderly man who (and I say this very respectfully) wasn’t in the perfect condition physically and mentally, he accidentally bumped in into this businessman (he was in his 50s)

“Oh…I’m Sorry..” He said we a very faint voice.

“WATCH IT!” The man replied in a rather rude and furious manner.

“uh…I was just trying to get in line..I’m sorry again.” He was very apologetic.

“WELL THE LINE ISN’T GOING ANY FASTER, ISN’T IT?!”

The other passengers that heard their conversation were also furious. Like WTF man, where’s your respect?! He said sorry, so just leave it! Do you really have to yell at an elderly man who apologized?! (grin)

Anyways, the regular economy class line was actually moving faster than the priority line. As the gate agent scanned our boarding passes:

“You’re flying alone today?”
“No, with my parents.”

Then my mom approached her with all of our boarding passes.

”Where’s the dad? Hurry up dad! We don’t want you left behind!”

A few laughs and she wished us a pleasant flight. Little things that makes a big difference. 



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlinejetblue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1452 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 16695 times:

Flight 2


Airline: United Airlines (UA)
Flight: 909
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 (Domestic)
Reg: N210UA
Seat No: 44A Economy
Origin: Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL
Destination: Denver International Airport, Denver, CO
Duration: 2 Hours, 42 Minutes
ETD: 15:15 - 08/05/11
ATD: 15:13 - 08/05/11 - Ahead of Schedule by 2 Minutes
ETA: 16:50 - 08/05/11
ATA: 16:28 - 08/05/011 - Ahead of Schedule by 22 Minutes


As we entered the aircraft, I was greeted by a very friendly female FA and I stopped for a moment and asked her:

“Can I visit the flight deck after we land?”
“Of course! Just head right straight through first class and tell the pilot that you want to take some pictures, nice camera you got!”

I thanked her and walked away with a smile. I was onboard United’s 777 to Denver in a good mood! As I walked by economy plus, I was greeted by more flight attendants. My seat for today was Row 44 on United’s Domestic configured 777, I sat next to my mom while my dad sat a row behind us on the window seat. I settled in and I felt comfortable, legroom was decent and the absence of PTVs didn’t bother me - two words: Channel Nine!  http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7021/6578496487_b82ba0c759_b.jpg
Seat view

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Window view

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AA 767

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View from 44A with the AA 767 in the distance

We were ready for departure minutes ahead of schedule. The American Airlines 767 was still outside with emergency vehicles surrounding it. The passengers were still on the taxi way, loaded on a white bus, I’m assuming they were kept there due to immigration purposes.

There was this elderly FA who was very cheerful, for some reasons she was wearing a hat. She looked very senior but she interacted with the passengers with frequent laughs, smiles and she was just having a good time. She was like the passenger’s grandmother, you know grandmas, they’re sweet, caring and just…lovable!  

Two of the flight attendants were also struggling with the overhead bins, so a very nice passenger decided to help them close it. BTW One of the FA TOTALLY looks like Suze Orman! (Financial Analyst/Consultant)

So far, so good. All of the flight attendants were MUCH friendlier than my previous flight, all smiles and laughs! Safety video was played and we pushed back, once again, ahead of schedule. I’d also like to mention that our Captain looked like William Dafoe (The Green Goblin from Spiderman) and the first officer was a lady, I think, it that was my first!

As we push back, I turned into Channel 9 which was turned on - fortunately. We taxied for a few minutes, without traffic ahead of us, we accelerated down the runway. Take off was rather unspectacular, you’d expect a very exhilarating take off from a 777! Not on this one.
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Pushed back

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N772UA heading to FRA IIRC

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United land once again

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A mix of the battleship, tulip and globe liveries

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Delta regional jets

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I never knew American Eagle had a special livery for Breast Cancer awareness, looks good on the ERJ!

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UA’s rival

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VS A346

Take off video:

After half an hour, we reached cruising altitude and service commenced on board. First, the FA who looked like Suze Orman walked around the entire front and rear cabin to sell snacks. Most passengers opted out for it, I only saw one passenger buy a snack box. I was already full and we already purchased some snacks, so no need for it!

It took a while for the beverage cart to reach us, since they started from the front. I ordered a Ginger Ale this time, dedicated to PlaneHunter!  

Once again, the flight attendants can not be faulted. I love how they interacted with all of the passengers and all of them seemed to be in a great mood. They remind me of my crew on US 1630 (CLT-LGA) The best set of crew I had in the US, I guess the crew of UA 909 (and later on UA 570) will be on the top of my list!

I relaxed for quite a while and listened to Channel 9. The Simpsons, Cash Cab and Glee was once again played on the overhead screens. I passed the time playing the legendary game Angry Birds.

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Climbing out of ORD

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Perfect weather for flying today

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I love the shape of the 777 windows!

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The Simpsons, same episode played on the LGA-ORD flight, so I didn’t watch it.

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Overhead monitors

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It’s LISA!

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The FA that looks like Suze Orman and the very friendly senior FA

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Snack time!

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Cruising altitude

As we flew over Colorado, we began our initial descent. It was a bit bumpy and the scenery was very interesting. It looked like we were going to land in the middle of nowhere! After the seat belt sign was turned on, everyone returned to their seats and the flight attendants prepared the cabin for arrival.

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Descent into DEN

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In the middle of nowhere!

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We touched down at Denver International Airport after a CO 738, we were 22 minutes ahead of schedule. Taxi took quite a while since DEN is so massive! After most of the passengers disembarked, the flight attendant I asked earlier saw me and she said to walk right through F and ask the pilot.

The pilot was very friendly and he let us took a picture of the flight deck and with him, of course. I thanked him for the opportunity and we were off the plane.

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We parked right next to a United A319

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Flight deck of the 777-200

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Thanks for the ride!

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Last shot of N210UA, most likely going to LAX for its next leg



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlinejetblue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1452 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 16653 times:

Denver Int’l Airport was very bright, airy and simple. I love the ceilings on the departure terminal! We called our hotel so they could pick us up. Our hotel was the Hyatt Place in Aurora, CO which is roughly 15 minutes away with complimentary breakfast and airport shuttle. We paid around $109 a night, we booked our rooms for two nights. One night pre-tour and one night post-tour.

The friendly hotel staff picked us up, although we had to wait some 20 minutes or so. We waited for another passenger for 10 minutes and apparently he didn’t listen to the instructions given by the hotel and was on the other side of the terminal!

We were dropped off outside the hotel in less than 15 minutes. The staff was very friendly and the lobby smelled very distinct (in a good way of course) Service was personal, they addressed us by our last names and the hotel felt homey!

Complimentary breakfast is served from 6AM and two computers and a printer is available for passengers to print boarding passes and surf the internet. WiFi is also available throughout the hotel, free of charge.

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After we got our hotel key card, we asked the staff some suggestions for a place to eat. We also booked an 11AM shuttle back to the airport, where our 7 Day bus tour will begin. We eventually settled with Ted’s Montana Grill since we’ve never heard of it before and the usual Outback and Applebee’s is too mainstream. After a nice dinner with great service, some bison steak (which was rather bland), grilled shrimp and some other things - we went to the nearby seven eleven to buy some snacks and supplies for the journey.

The next day, we woke up at 9AM, went down for breakfast and prepared our things for our 7 Days and 6 Nights Bus Tour. We went to the shuttle again and we were dropped off at the arrivals level. Our tour guide was already there and more and more people came, those strangers will eventually become our friends for the next 7 Days! How exciting.


I’ll leave you off with some bus tour pictures:

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Our bus

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Near a McDonalds on our first day, it was freezing! No sweaters, no hats, no coats!

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Crazy Horse Monument, South Dakota. My reaction “Meh”

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Mount Rushmore, amazing!

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Jackson Hole

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Yellowstone

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Yellowstone

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Yellowstone

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Yellowstone Lake

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One word: Breathtaking. Yellowstone was so amazing, I mean, mother nature is simply beautiful.

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Arches National Park, Utah

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The Great Salt Lake

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Once again, Yellowstone

If I’ll have to sum up my amazing bus tour experience, this trip report would be extremely long, so therefore, I made a simple poem…


A Journey of Friendship
by Jezrel Sabaduquia (JetBlue777)


At Denver International Airport, there we met.
A journey of seven days, we were set.
A busload of strangers, all filled with excitement.
The sites we were about to see, we witnessed in amazement.

For seven days, three thousand miles, we were on an adventure,
The wonders of the west and the splendors of Mother Nature
Dealing with strangers, at first, was highly awkward,
But as the days go, our friendship blossomed and moved forward.

The Mile High City, where it all started was our first stop.
The streets, the Capitol, the mall then we drove to the top.
A stay at a cockroach infested hotel made a bad first impression,
Though we had six days to look forward to enjoy this vacation.

As we drove along the Rocky Mountains during sunrise,
in the wee hours of the morning, we slowly arise.
As the great plains of the Equality State welcomed us,
We arrived at a much recognizable Golden Arch for breakfast.

The road was still long for our next destination,
So we entertained ourselves with the good-sized television.
Four hours later, we arrived at Crazy Horse for a few pictures,
As our tour guide, Roger, did some lectures.

In the afternoon, we visited Mt. Rushmore,
A tribute to four American presidents that opened new doors.
I stood before the breathtaking monument in awe,
This significant landmark that I only saw in postcards before.

As we entered Yellowstone, speechless to say the least,
We were thrilled to witness Grizzly Bears and other beasts.
The peaceful lake, mountainous terrains and tall green trees,
The warm and cozy log cabin we stayed at, filled with serenity and peace.

As we drove along the lake in the early morning hours,
Nature showed its wonderful beauty and power.
Mysteries of all sorts surrounded our bus,
As eager tourists took images for memories to last.

We ventured down Grand Teton, the mountains, oh so grand,
A magnificent piece of nature, you must visit to understand.
Jackson Hole provided a small American town charm,
As our journey slowly coming to an end, I was alarmed.

In Salt Lake City, the Mormon Tour, it was quite awkward,
No one was converted! So we moved forward.
Arches National Park, picturesque Western scenery,
Then back to Colorado with all the greenery.

Stuck in traffic, sipping my Apple Juice of Tropicana brand,
Our tour guide, decided to perform a difficult headstand.
Some people tried to challenge him and turned their heads down low,
And suddenly, it turned into a freak show!

A man could lick his nose with his tongue,
A guy from Romania sang a song.
A blonde girl told a series of blonde jokes,
What a bunch of talented folks!

The fun continued when two guys did push-ups,
As I mentioned the capitals of the states we visited,
We got some prizes, the fun was unlimited.
The bus rolled down as the laughter continued.

On the last day, I was quite sad that it about to end,
I have to say farewell to my new found friends.
We have ventured through mountains high and low,
Drove along serene rivers where water flowed.

I will cherish the memories we have shared,
The beauty of nature, we were amazed
But the most beautiful sight was not to be seen,
But it was to be felt, deep within.

Our friendship has blossomed through seven days,
An unforgettable experience, what can I say?
The best part of the trip was not the destination,
It was not the sights that we gazed in fascination.

The journey itself was the best part of the vacation,
The friendship that grew with it, it was quite an inspiration.
For seven days and three thousand miles, we have traveled through boundaries,
The journey is over, but forever will last, these fond treasured memories.



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlinejetblue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1452 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 16628 times:

Homeward Bound
08/13/11

The afternoon before our flight, I went downstairs to the hotel lobby and I took advantage of the free computer stations with printer hoping that we could print our boarding passes and could easily go to the airport an hour before departure. After the distraction of facebook and airliners.net, I finally went to UA’s website, typed in then necessary information and it turned out that UA wouldn’t let us check-in! I was a bit worried, I thought that our flight had been canceled, delayed or an issue with our payment and etc.

After a quick google search, I found out that this usually happens when there is an aircraft swap. I then went to facebook and shared the unusual happening on UA’s fan page, hoping some united fanatic would answer my question and it turns out that UA 570 would be operated by a newly configured 777-200! So far, so good.

At 10PM, while watching the movie Changeling (which was actually pretty unique and interesting) I managed to check-in for our flight. UNFORTUNATELT, all of the window seats were taken. Due to the equipment swap, I was upgraded to Economy Plus, although it was on the very last row, in addition, it was an aisle seat! My parents were assigned to the very last row, too. Luckily, the bulkhead seats were opened up and I moved my family there. It was also interesting to see that my parents were on the standby list, can anyone explain this?

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A sample pic of UA’s app

The next day, we woke up early at 5:00am. We took a shower, packed our bags and headed down to the hotel lobby for a light breakfast. Breakfast was served at 6AM, but the friendly staff said that food would be ready at 5:55am.

After eating a light breakfast, we took the 6:30am shuttle to the airport with some other people. There were three families; there were flying on US Airways and Continental. Surprisingly, we were the only one flying on United and no one was flying Frontier.


We were the last ones to be dropped off at the arrivals area. We took the escalator up and arrived at UA’s check-in area. It was spacious, airy and there was an abundance of kiosks. At first, I thought they weren’t working since no one was using it. After printing our boarding passes and for the final time checking if a window seat just opened up with a negative result, we proceeded to security.

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Arrivals Area

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Nice bright check-in area dominated by United

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Economy Check-In

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No window seats available….yet. I guess a bulkead seat ain’t that bad..

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Pop goes the boarding pass!

Security took FOREVER. The line we were at moved so slow while the other line seemed to be moving very fast. The TSA agents were very friendly though. My mom was randomly chosen for extra screening, so we had to wait a bit. After the long security check, we took the tram to Concourse B, UA’s home.

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Some aviation toys sold at the airport

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Nice gesture from WN!



The gate area was your typical US-Airport scene, it had good seats, nice open and bright windows and. decent stores and restaurants. Our plane to ORD was already parked, N773UA, wearing the new UA livery.

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Gate area

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I love all of these info that UA shows on the airport screens

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N7773UA in the new livery

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There’s enough seats for everyone on today’s flight.

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My parents were on the standby list for some odd reasons

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DEN provided complimentary WiFi which worked great on my iPod touch. While updating my facebook status expressing my grief of not having a window seat to fellow a.netter Daniel (Initious) , I figured out that I should check once again if a window seat opened up. Using UA’s very convenient, well designed and CO-inspired app, I was able to check my reservation with one touch. Much to my surprise and joy, a window seat just opened up! 40K opened up along with a few aisle seats. I moved my mom next to my dad on the bulkhead seats (my mom was assigned to an aisle seat across the bulkhead and her original seat actually remained empty)

I proceeded to the customer service counters located adjacent to the gate. I printed out my new boarding passes using the kiosks and I was happy that my 100% record of all-window seats remain in-tact. 

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Before I knew it, boarding started. As usual, passengers seated in window seats were assigned into Zone 2. My parents decided to stay put and wait until the line die down. I proceeded to the jetway alone. I handed in my boarding pass and the friendly UA agent wished me a pleasant flight.



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlinejetblue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1452 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 16649 times:

Flight 3


Airline: United Airlines (UA)
Flight: 570
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Reg: N773UA
Seat No: 40K
Origin: Denver International Airport, Denver, CO
Destination: Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL
Duration: 2 Hours, 42 Minutes
ETD: 08:50 - 08/13/11
ATD: 08:49 - 08/13/11 - Ahead of Schedule by 1 Minute
ETA: 12:12 - 08/13/11
ATA: 11:35 – 08/13/11 – Ahead by Schedule by 37 Minutes



Before I knew it, boarding started. As usual, passengers seated in window seats were assigned into Zone 2. My parents decided to stay put and wait until the line die down. I proceeded to the jetway alone. I handed in my boarding pass and the friendly UA agent wished me a pleasant flight.

I was carrying my large carry-on bag, my DSLR and my regular point and shoot for videos, so my hands were literally full of stuff. Upon entering, an elderly male FA laughed at me and said “You got a lot of stuff right there!”

I showed him my boarding pass, he took me aside (thinking I was a UM) and carefully explained where to go. He said to go down the aisle, take a left on the first row of the last cabin to my seat. He was very nice to me and it turned out that he was assigned to my row. He gave me special attention and kept checking on me throughout the flight!

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Nice looking seats!

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Seats on recline

When I reached the rear cabin, I took my parent’s bulkhead seat just to try it. My first impression of the cabin was positive. It was brand new, spotlessly clean and the seats were very comfortable. The legroom on the bulkhead seats were also great. I left my large carryon on my dad’s seat for him to put on the overheads.

When I reached my row, an elderly gentlemen coughing and was obviously sick was sitting in the middle seat. He wasn’t rude or anything but when I told him that I was on the window seat, he shrugged and didn’t even say a word or a smile. Anyways, it turns out that he was on the wrong seat.

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Decent legroom for domestic flights and even TATL flights

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9” PTV

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View from the bulkhead seats
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View from my seat


As boarding continued and I signaled my parents that I have settled in, a friendly mid-aged lady took the middle seat. Later on, two friendly and very cheerful sisters in their 40s came to our row. One was assigned on the aisle seat in my row and the other one on Row 41. The lady next to me was nice enough to offer her seat to the sister on Row 41, so they could sit next to each other. Very nice of her!

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N204UA in the battleship livery

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Wing view from 40K

The sisters were very chatty and friendly. They had some childish arguments between them, I just adore their spirits. Glad that they’re still well connected at that age. The sis next to me asked me if I was flying alone and I said “No, my parents are up front” We chatted more and when she dropped her glasses, I picked it up for her. It was quite a workout I must say, the legroom wasn’t too spacious on the regular rows!

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Uh oh!

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UA 738 or 739? Not sure.

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Wait, that’s not Deltalina! 

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Pushback

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Legroom wasn’t too spacious like I said, but it was quite okay for this short domestic flight and even on TATL flights. However, for flights to Asia, I guess E+ is worth the extra money. The seats were equipped with 9” PTVs, a decent size. Recline was great and the cushion also slides forward for extra comfort…a plus!

The flight attendants walked around the cabin to do their final checks and we pushed pack well ahead of time. Two FAs were assigned to our row, the friendly gentlemen that assisted me during boarding and another friendly mid-aged female FA. Today’s crew seem to be in their senior years (not surprisingly) I’m guessing that they were also the crew for the FRA flight later on in ORD. I must say, they were a great bunch! Nonstop smiles all around, they seem to love their jobs!

The captain welcomed us onboard UA 570, Boeing 777-200 flight to Chicago-O’Hare. He explained that there are some thunder storms approaching Chicago and we will make it just in-time before it hits the airport. Safety-demo was played on the individual TV screens (they had to be rebooted for quite a bit) After a quick taxi, we blasted off for our 1hr 57 flight to ORD.

During the climb, I took more pics and decided to pass the time by watching some shows. Movies were not available on this flight, I’m guessing it’s reserved for their international flights. There were a couple of Disney shows that I actually liked (Phineas and Ferb) so I decided to watch that. There was also a decent selection of music/tunes and of course, the airshow map! (I didn’t really watch the airshow that much considering the flight was less than 2 hours and flew over some boring US States)

[ptv pics]

As usual, beverage service commenced. The flight attendants, like I said, were courteous, friendly and smiling. I ordered a coke this time. Despite being hungry, I passed on the BOB since my parents were on the bulkhead seats and I couldn’t borrow their credit card and we’re going to have lunch in ORD anyways.

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Moving map

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Headphones were once again provided on each seat, as well as some nice pillows and blankets. I’m assuming they were placed for the passengers on the FRA flight but a lot of people opened up the packages and I guess the FAs (or whoever does it) have to repack it again, no? Or will they replace it?

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Channel 9

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From the bulkhead seat

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Coke

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Approaching ORD

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Right before initial descent

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Speed brakes, initial descent


Time flies by fast when you’re having fun! All too soon, my ride on the 777 was about to end. The captain came to the PA system and said that we have begun our initial descent to ORD. He mentioned that an incoming storm was approaching and that we would make it right on time before it hits the Chicago Area. The flight attendants walked around the cabin to do their final checks and garbage collection, the elderly male FA came to my row and stopped by

“@~!@!)!*&^%$??”

He mumbled, I couldn’t understand what he said at first, so I was confused. I assumed that he was to collect my empty cup and dirty napkin, so I handed it to him.

”No, I mean your seatbelt.”

“Ohh!”

I actually had my seat belt on, but it was tucked away under my shirt for some reasons, I showed him that I did had my seat belt on and he gave me a thumbs up. Nice to know that FAs are concerned about your safety! http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7144/6582894343_93d188961b_b.jpg
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Downtown Chicago, sorry for the quality

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Preparing for our final approach to ORD

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Although I loved the 777 very much, I made the huge mistake of not visiting the lavatory after I drank a whole can of Coke, so I could not wait for our flight to touch down at ORD! The approach was very bumpy and we experienced some sudden falls which made some people gasp. Despite this, I recorded our landing in ORD without any objection from my two lovely seatmates who were also eagerly watching out of the window.

Take Off Video:

We touched down at ORD, once again, ahead of our scheduled arrival.


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Skyline of Chicago

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Delta jets

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Love the DL livery!

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Dwarf vs. Giant


After a quick taxi, the engines were shut off and passengers started to disembark. The two sisters quickly exited out of the row to let me off, I left my carry-on for a reason (to take pictures later on!) I walked into the bulkhead to get my larger carry-on from my parents. I told them that they should go on as I wanted to visit the flight deck and take more pictures.


As I returned to my row, the two sisters handed me my carry-on.

“Here you go hun…and I’ve also placed your iPod and headphones inside!”
“Thank you very much!”

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These seats in E+ was blocked during booking, IIRC, they had more legroom and had legrests on them, it’s most likely reserved for crews on longhaul flights. Notice how the seat colors are also different

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I was the last one on the rear cabin, I took more pics like a kid who has never flown before. After I was satisfied with the results, I was met by the elderly male FA on the way back

“Did you take enough pictures?”
“Yes I did, thank you very much”
“Have a great day now”
“You too”

As I walked away, he gave me another pat in the back! 

Some FAs would discourage passengers from taking pictures, but not this flight! I was greeted by more FAs very enthusiastic about me taking pictures! As I walked by Business Class, another flight attendant (She might be the purser) was standing by the door smiling as I took some pics of the business class cabin.

She jokingly posed like a model and laughed…

“Ohh…Should I take a picture of you??”

She laughed, “Sure, sure” She posed again for me!

I showed her the results and said it was a good photo and we talked a little bit more

“Nice! You know, my daughter is into photography too.”

Another flight attendant showed up

“Hey, who’s that young man over there?”
“He’s a photographer! Like my daughter!”
“Ohh, that’s lovely!”

She waved and smiled at me. I then asked her if I could visit the flight deck

“Is it possible if I could visit the flight deck?”
”No problem, just walk up to the captain and ask him…and oh, take more pictures, here’s our new First Class cabin!”

She was one of the loveliest flight attendants I’ve ever met! I couldn’t catch her name, but I have her picture, so if anyone from UA or who flies with UA a lot might know her, give her my deepest thank you! (Albeit late but still)

“Good morning, is it okay if I could take a couple of pictures?”
”Certainly. Go ahead, let me just move my luggage.”

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She was lovely, hats off to her!

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F Class

I took a couple of shots on the flight deck and I waved everyone goodbye. I was the last one off the flight and once I exited the jetway, some people were surprised to see me for some reasons, perhaps it was because I exited out from the First Class jetway or was it because I was alone, or perhaps both, anyways who cares lol!

I had a huge smile on my face after I exited the aircraft. All of the flight attendants that I met enthusiastically allowed me to take tons of pictures on board, they looked out for me, showed me their new product and they were overall very friendly, interactive and caring. I wished I was flying to FRA or even to NRT, PEK, HKG or SIN with these group of crew! One of the best I had or maybe the best! Two thumbs up to United!


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A plethora of UA flights


I met my parents outside with a huge smile on my face, I showed them the pics I have taken and how nice the flight attendants were. After my “WHOHOOO!” moment, we proceeded to Concourse B where our flight to LGA will depart. Unfortunately, the food choices were minimal unlike Concourse C and we were too tired to go back down the tunnel and head back. I’d like to mention that transfer was painless and the tunnel between concourses was actually pretty neat. We walked by Chili’s and decided to go there, however, it was full and the attendant was in her own little world ignoring customers, we also had a bad first experience at Chili’s a while back.

Anyways, the next best thing was McDonald’s. Although I NEVER eat oily food when traveling as it makes me sick, we had no choice and I was already very hungry. I ordered my usual Chicken Nuggets (or whatever is in it) with fries and a coke. We sat down near our gate and waited for boarding to commence.

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UA 777 being towed

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Equipment change from an A320 to an A319

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I flew on the globe livery, the battleship livery and now the tulip livery!

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Outside, it was clear that the storm was slowly approaching the airport. The sky turned dark and clouds were rolling in. Minutes before boarding, they called my mom to the podium and asked if she was traveling with someone and when the agent saw me beside her, she said “ohh, never mind. Thank you” It was a bit odd, but we’d understand later on.

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Weather is looking grim

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The new image of United with the dark gloomy sky!

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I believe this was the same shabby looking A319 I saw at LGA on my first flight

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Jumbo jet arriving

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Weather is getting worse

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On-time departure? Mother Nature says “nope.”

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Yup, an on-time departure is highly unlikely. Despite that, boarding began smack on time.



“Ladies and gentlemen, United flight 682 bound for New York’s LaGuardia Airport is oversold. We would like to ask for any volunteers to be on the 4:00pm flight to LaGuardia, we would be giving out a $400 voucher to anyone who is interested.”

Since it was an afternoon flight and most likely, everyone onboard was terminating in New York, hoards of passengers ran to the podium hoping to snag the generous voucher. I argued with my parents that I should go on the 4PM flight, they didn’t say no but they didn’t say yes either. Oh well, it was too late anyways. Then something happens later that made us all laugh….read on!

Boarding commenced at exactly 1:30pm, once again by zones. I was in Zone 2 and my parents went with me. The agent wished us a pleasant flight and when we entered the cabin, the flight attendant smiled at us and the cabin was very dark. Most of the window shades were closed. As I walked by first class, Mellody Hobson from Good Morning America (financial contributor) and George Lucas’ partner was sitting in 2A.



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlinejetblue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1452 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 16620 times:

Flight 4


Airline: United Airlines (UA)
Flight: 682
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Reg: N814UA
Seat No: 31A
Origin: Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL
Destination: New York LaGuardia Airport, New York, NY
Duration: 2 Hours, 35 Minutes
ETD: 14:00 – 08/13/11
ATD: 14:36 (Pushback, Behind 36 Minutes, Take off at 15:41, 1 Hour 41 Minutes Behind) – 08/13/11
ETA: 17:35 – 08/13/11
ATA: 18:30 – 08/13/11 (Behind Schedule by 55 Minutes)



Once again, the cabin looked very inviting and was spotlessly clean. We reached our row, we got Seats 31A, B and C this time. So far, so good. Little did I know that this seemingly routine flight would turn out to be one of the worst flights I have ever taken.


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Wing view from 31A

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Uh oh

Everything seemed to be normal, as usual, boarding was completed on-time and everyone settled in for the 2hr hop to New York. Everyone seem to be going home to New York City by the looks of it, no one was in a rush or anything.

[more cabin pics]

The captain, who was a female and was very friendly, welcomed us on board. I looked outside the window and by the looks of it; it was going to rain down real hard!

“Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon from the flight deck, this is your captain speaking. We would like to welcome you aboard United Flight 682 with nonstop service to New York’s LaGuardia..”

As people settled in and the flight attendants did their final checks, the storm passed over O’Hare and it poured down real hard. Everything turned into silence and we could just hear the heavy rain pouring outside. The ramp workers had to take shelter and arrivals and departure was stopped. Uh Oh!

The heavy rain lasted for around ten minutes but of course, there was a backlog of flights that were waiting to depart.



“Well ladies and gentlemen, it looks like our departure has been pushed back to 2:15pm due to the storm, I’ll update you more after I get more info from the tower..”

2:15pm came and no sign of departure.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we are sorry for delay. The tower has pushed our departure time to 2:30pm, once again, we do apologize for the inconvenience. There is currently a long list of flights waiting to depart, so we’ll have to wait….”

Despite the delay, everyone seemed to be in a great mood, the passengers were calm and no one was complaining at all….yet. The head FA then talked to us passengers

“Ladies and gentlemen, we are sorry for the delay, for your convenience, the in-flight entertainment system will be turned on to pass the time, headphones are available in your seat pockets. Once again, we apologize for the delay.”

It was a nice gesture of them, the FAs also kept walking around the cabin to answer any questions and check if everyone was all right. Kudos to UA, again!


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ORD has been shut down

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And more rain

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And more….

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and more…

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Yay!

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Airport staff


I decided to watch the first show played, “The Big Bang Theory”, now one of my favorite shows. However, I was puzzled why on earth was the show in Spanish, so I called the flight attendant

“Excuse me, I think you guys played the wrong version of the show, it’s in Spanish.”

So I immediately thought this particular A319 just came in from Mexico, so that’s why it was in Spanish LOL. The friendly FA then leaned towards my seat,

“You’re in Channel 10, turn to Channel 1 for English.” He laughed.

I gave a big “OHHHHH!” to my embarrassment. 

Finally at 2:36pm, the safety video was played and we pushed back, 36 Minutes behind schedule. But of course, there was a long queue for take off. As we taxied to the runway, we passed by the international terminal and saw some interesting birds!

[international airlines pics]

I took a lot of pics to pass the time, we were on hold for more than half an hour when the captain went on the PA and announced:

“Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like we’re number four for take off, but we’ll have to wait a little longer…….I would have to turn off the engines, you may feel free to stand up and stretch out if you wish to.”

The engines were turned off while we were on the taxi way, the other aircraft besides us probably did the same thing too. A lot of the passengers stood up and went to the lavatory, some people hanged out and talked with their friends.

A family was seated across our row and the father was seated way up on 21C. He moved to the back to check on his family, my mom then offered her seat so the family could sit together. It turned out to be a good move since he was seated in the exit row.

A family, a mom and her two teenage kids who looked like they were from the Midwest was talking to this gentlemen.. The mom was actually the only passenger that I noticed to complain to the FA about the delay, like lady, didn’t you see the storm?! Anyways…

“So where are you guys heading?”
“To New York! It’s our first time flying”
“Really??”

Little did I know that that lady would spoil the entire flight for me…and other things that unfortunately took place.

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Hemispheres Magazine

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AS 738

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DL A320

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UA and UA Express taking off

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Delta corner in ORD

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AA Kingdom

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Gotta love their livery!

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AI 77W, what a magnificent bird!

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The international terminal

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SK, UA, VS

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Such a funny looking jet!

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Taxiing for its longhaul journey back to her home

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My first international flight was on an EY 77W back in 2007, MNL-AUH

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Two exotic 77Ws far away from home.

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Calm atmosphere

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AF A343 with a little UAX Crj 200

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N773UA, heading to FRA, my ride earlier.

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Chicago skyline

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Left turn

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The engines were turned on approximately one hour after we pushed back and we were ready for take off. We took off at 3:41pm, nearly two hours behind schedule. As usual, I took a video of our take-off, around two minutes after lift-off, the first-time flying on an aircraft lady, suddenly yelled out

“EXCUSE ME! EXCUSE ME! I don’t think you can use your camera!”

She looked proud of what she said, she looked around trying to get some supporters, including the dad seated on the aisle seat, but everyone seem to ignore her. She gave me that dirty look, so I obliged. ANYWAYS, I took limited pictures trying not to scare the first time flyer. BUT the whole time she was so rude that she kept staring at me, when I decided to get my blanket since it was very cold, she gave me a suspicious look that I was hiding something under my blanket, like WTF, mine your own business! She also started at other passengers, looking at them from head to toe, like seriously lady, keep your eyes to yourself!

I was extremely pissed off at that time that I decided to sleep, I mean, it wasn’t a big deal, but the 2-Hour delay and her pissing me off certainly ruined my day.

[AND AND Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT GETS WORSE!]

A baby in Row 33, the last row, started to cry. I mean, I understand, I could just grab my headphones and blast off some music. But what bothered me and perhaps the rest of the last 10 rows of the aircraft was the baby SPOILED HIMSELF!! Oh, did the parents do anything about it??? NO! It was absolutely disgusting, I had to cover my nose with my blanket and the rest of the passengers as well as the flight attendants were equally disgusted. The FAs didn’t do anything about it, I understand though, I guess they didn’t want to be rude or anything.

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The FAs walked around the cabin for the usual beverage service, I grabbed a coke and had some few sips and went back to sleep. I couldn’t wait for the flight to be over.

[AND AND Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT GETS INTERESTING, AND BLAME ME! BLAME ME LADY!!]

During the descent to LaGuardia, we heard a few gasp near the back of the cabin. I ignored it at first, but when I turned around, the yellow oxygen mask dropped down one row behind us. It caught us our attention, including, guess who, you know it…the first time flyer lady! Oh, the goddess of stares, once again, stared at me as if I was responsible! She whispered to her sons while still looking at me, great…just great. Whatever, live with your life, I simply don’t care.

The people on Row 32 grabbed their cameras and took some pictures, they used some flash so it caught the attention of our dear friend and once again, her majesty gazed upon me, the culprit of Row 31A. The flight attendants came to Row 32 to try to fix the problem to no avail, they apologized for the inconvenience and the folks at Row 32 were more enthusiastic about the incident rather than worrying about it, good for them. The folks with the soiled baby also took their iPhones and took a couple of shots too.

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Here’s my quick shot of the little incident



The lady who pissed me off seem to be very enthusiastic about her arrival in New York, she sort of stood up, looked left and right and her eyes were filled with excitement, as well as her kids. She looked like she has never been to a city like NY before and was very eager to explore the city. Oh well, sometimes, in life, you meet people that piss you off… I’m just happy I was never to see her again.

By God’s grace, we were on our final approach before I knew it. The two-hour delay, the lady that pissed the hell out of me and of course, that disgusting smell….made this flight simply one of the worst one that I have ever taken and it was not United’s fault at all. At 6:30pm, three and a half hours after our scheduled departure in ORD, we touched down at LaGuardia Airport and I was home.

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Thank goodness the flight is over.

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One final picture!


We were among the last ones to disembark and I was never happier to get out of an airplane before. We thanked the crew for a great flight and we caught a cab and we were on our way home. Despite the stress that UA 682 had given me, I decided to let it go and enjoy the ride home.

My day started off pretty great with my ride on the newly refurbished United 777 and the incredibly friendly and interactive crew on UA 570. The storm that delayed our flight nearly two hours didn’t bother me as much as the soiled diaper or the lady seated on Row 30D that just couldn’t stop staring at me…But at the end of the day, I was home in one piece, safe and sound and had tremendously enjoyed my United experience.



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlinejetblue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1452 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 16588 times:

Verdict on United

For some strange reasons, I had high expectations of United. Despite its negative portrayal by some of the TV shows and Skytrax reviews, I had faith in them. As you know, there are a high number of UA fans here on a.net and one could ask “Why do they love UA so much?” Now I know. Based on my four flights with them, United has definitely won me over. So is United better than Delta? I regret to say this, but yes, they are better than Delta. The best part of United was their service. Although the service on my LGA-ORD-LGA flights were nothing special, the crew on UA 570 and 909 were by far, the best set of crew I ever had. A lot of people praise the likes of Asian flight attendants for being Barbie Doll-like, well postured, polished and extremely professional flight attendants. However, I praised United’s flight attendants for being highly friendly and interactive, which a lot of the Asian FAs lack. Yes, they are professional and polished but what I appreciate is a little bit of passenger interaction, have a nice conversation and a good laugh. The crew on UA 570 who actually encouraged me to take pictures surprised me as well. At the end of that flight, I was genuinely happy, they have placed a nice smile on my face only to be ruined by the events that happened later on.

In addition, United’s aircraft were highly maintained, it was spotlessly clean and was in a good condition. As for entertainment, UA may not have live TV like DL, B6 and VX has on most of their A/C but they do have Channel 9, which was a great experience to listen to. Headphones, to my surprise, was complimentary. Unlike DL’s cheap headsets that they dare to charge $2 for, they were free of charge and of better quality than you get on B6, VX and even some of the international carriers that I have flown with, including Asiana Airlines, my all-time favorite airline.

At the end of my trip, I am pleased to say that based on my experience, I have been converted into United. My parents, who simply don’t care what airline they fly with actually praised United for being always on-time, which is another aspect that United does better than Delta. When you schedule your boarding at a certain time, passengers will expect that boarding will begin at that time. Unlike Delta, United follows this religiously. Once it hits boarding time, boarding strictly begins. I appreciate this from them. Do I still like Delta? Of course! I still think I would be flying with Delta more often than United, considering that their presence in JFK/LGA is far greater than United’s. However, from now on, if I have to choose between United and Delta, I’d probably consider flying with United over Delta. From my experience, I can honestly say that United is America’s Top Airline.


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I also would like to invite you to watch my videos on YouTube  

Youtube Videos:

United A319 Take off in LGA:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABD5H...IJGoYEMt0DcEw&index=6&feature=plcp

United A319 Landing in ORD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0zqg...IJGoYEMt0DcEw&index=5&feature=plcp

United 777-200 Take off in ORD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWYOQ...IJGoYEMt0DcEw&index=3&feature=plcp

United 777-200 Landing in DEN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQhm8...IJGoYEMt0DcEw&index=4&feature=plcp

United 777-200 Take off in DEN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MALbF...IJGoYEMt0DcEw&index=1&feature=plcp

United 777-200 Landing in ORD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MALbF...IJGoYEMt0DcEw&index=1&feature=plcp

My Channel

http://www.youtube.com/user/jezrelnyc2000?feature=mhee

Other trip reports (earliest to latest)

JFK-TPA-JFK On JetBlue (pics) (by JetBlue777 Jul 18 2009 in Trip Reports)
Virgin America & Southwest: JFK-LAX-SFO-JFK (pics) (by JetBlue777 Aug 29 2009 in Trip Reports)
Goodbye Asia, Hello America! With PR And EY (by JetBlue777 Jan 16 2010 in Trip Reports)
50 Days In Asia W/ A 5-Star Airline: Part 1 (pics) (by JetBlue777 Sep 2 2010 in Trip Reports)
50 Days In Asia: Island Paradise, Part 2 (pics) (by JetBlue777 Sep 19 2010 in Trip Reports)
50 Days In Asia W/ A 5-Star Airline: Part 3 (pics) (by JetBlue777 Oct 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Mabuhay! Philippine Airlines To MNL In Y (pics) (by JetBlue777 Nov 28 2010 in Trip Reports)
Delta, World's 4-Star Airline: JFK-ATL-CUN-ATL-EWR (by JetBlue777 Mar 4 2011 in Trip Reports)
Widget & The Flag: New York To New York On DL & US (by JetBlue777 Jul 2 2011 in Trip Reports)


I hope you guys have enjoyed my quite lengthy and overdue trip report. I'd also like to dedicate this trip report to my friend Daniel (Initious). Any comments and suggestions are always welcome; please post your comments and thanks for reading!

JetBlue777


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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineQantasA333 From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 538 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 16282 times:

It took me 45 minutes to read... but an excellent and very detailed trip report! My mum had a bad experience on UA back in 2001 or 2002 flying ADL-SYD-NRT-ORD-MSP (UA segment NRT-ORD-MSP), which had turned me off flying UA. However, after reading this report I may try them one day when I visit the US.

User currently offlineplanejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 16275 times:

Great trip report, really enjoyed it!

I've always had mixed reviews about UA because of the way they are portrayed on here, however the way they deal with a "Crisis" or problem is rather good. When I was stuck in LHR for 3 days (see previous trip report about BD...) UA staff were constantly calling out the flight number, "destination" and telling them the baggage claim belt to go to (which no other airlines apart from LH once, did).

Next time I fly to America, if BA are full, pricey or anything (you've gotta try them, again an airline people love to hate at times but like UA they have very friendly staff from check-in to arrival and Terminal 5 is just awesome!) I will choose UA (shame it's CO operating the flights out of MAN though).

Your photos are brilliant and it sounds like your 7 day trip was really good, I hope to see a bit more of the USA once my new passport comes through (my current on expires April) and I no longer have entry/exit stamps & visas from Bahrain, Dubai, Oman, Jordan and the big one my multiple Saudi visas in my passport (a rant about US immigration and their racism towards anything arabic in a passport... I mean christ, I'm white, have a Christian name, British going back hundered of generations and am a slightly camp teenage boy am I really that suspicious that I need the 'special treatment' upon arrival?)... I digress, I will visit America once again!

Lovely trip report, big shame about that first time flyer, I guess she could have been nervous but I've never had this, well I have but quite positive, on my FI trip to Iceland with my school, my friends and other kids from my school all said "You could have landed better than that Jamie" when we bounced twice on touchdown as I was filming!

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 3):
Hudson News, always present even on small regional airports like BTV.

Bit like WHSmiths over here, they're in pretty much every airport!


User currently offlineRICBWI From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 16245 times:

Awesome trip report!!

I did something very similar with my family this past summer. We took the train from Washington, DC to Grand Junction, CO then rented a car and went to Salt Lake City, Yellowstone, Grand Teton. We were supposed to catch the train back from Glacier Park, MT, however, that was cancelled due to flooding. My mom doesn't fly (go figure) so we wound up driving back to Chicago and with nights in Rapid City (Mt Rushmore), Sioux Falls, and Madison, before finally taking the train back from Chicago.


User currently offlinelucce From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 16221 times:

A very nice trip report. It's always nice when people make detailed trip reports because those little things are what really relay the experience to the reader. I've always had an impression of UA as being a kind of bland a airline but clearly they can be very good as well. On my recent AA flight the biggest difference I noticed to my other flights that day was the complete lack of glamour and glee so it's nice to see that even on domestic flights in US you can achieve that. Chanel 9 seems like a great feature, I hope I have an opportunity to try it some day.

Thank you


User currently offlineardian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 544 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 16165 times:

Wow what an awesome tripreport! I really love the way how you put so much effort in it. Love the design of the photos with the text in it; looks really neat. Nice to read you had a terrific experience with UA with excellent crew.

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17061 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 16081 times:

Fantastic trip report. Great pics and so many details. You really covered every aspect of the trip!

What DSLR camera did you use?



Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1925 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 15958 times:
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Good trip report, jetblue777! Well done, it was well written, and every detail was accounted for!

Quoting jetblue777 (Thread starter):
Okay, it's not Bose or Sony type, but compared to what you get on other airlines in the US, it's definitely miles better.

I'd agree with you here - we fly United many times, and I always love their headphones; better than the cheap ones other airlines use.

Quoting jetblue777 (Thread starter):
Much to my surprise, another Coffee/Water run was conducted by one of the flight attendants. She even walked around twice! Keep in mind that this is a 2hr flight! On my previous LGA-DTW flight on DL, the flight attendants were in a rush serving the passengers and was no where to be found after that. Kudos to United!

I've noticed this on UA as well; they seem to be more focused on multiple runs of beverages; when we flew DL back in October to JFK and I asked for two drinks, the flight attendant said "Well, we really only are supposed to give one .. but sure" and winked. A bit odd, being the flight wasn't very full.

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 15750 times:

Thanks for a great report! It seems like UA really did serve you well. It's always great to have fantastic crews as you had on your flights who are willing to make your flight extra special. I'm also impressed by those headphones!, they're about as good as you get in Coach.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3164 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 15511 times:

Excellent report!

One suggestion. There are many places where you name, MP number, ticket number, and PNR are viewable. Always a good idea to blot these out.



14 year airliners.net vet! 2000-2013
User currently offlinejetblue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1452 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 14838 times:

Quoting QantasA333 (Reply 10):
It took me 45 minutes to read... but an excellent and very detailed trip report! My mum had a bad experience on UA back in 2001 or 2002 flying ADL-SYD-NRT-ORD-MSP (UA segment NRT-ORD-MSP), which had turned me off flying UA. However, after reading this report I may try them one day when I visit the US.

Thanks QantasA333! I think I got lucky with UA or I guess they became better.

Quoting planejamie (Reply 11):
Your photos are brilliant and it sounds like your 7 day trip was really good, I hope to see a bit more of the USA once my new passport comes through

Thanks planejamie, and you should visit us soon! There's much more to see than New York, Chicago, LA, Vegas or San Fran  
Quoting RICBWI (Reply 12):
Awesome trip report!!

Thanks RICBWI!

Quoting lucce (Reply 13):
A very nice trip report. It's always nice when people make detailed trip reports because those little things are what really relay the experience to the reader

Lucce, thanks for the kind words.

Quoting ardian (Reply 14):
Wow what an awesome tripreport!

Thanks ardian!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 15):

Fantastic trip report. Great pics and so many details. You really covered every aspect of the trip!

B747forever, thanks! I actually planned to write more details but this TR is way overdue, I started writing it right after the trip but I got really busy that I have been putting it off.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 15):
What DSLR camera did you use?

Nikon D300

Quoting 767747 (Reply 16):
Good trip report, jetblue777! Well done, it was well written, and every detail was accounted for!

Thanks 767747!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 16):
I've noticed this on UA as well; they seem to be more focused on multiple runs of beverages; when we flew DL back in October to JFK and I asked for two drinks, the flight attendant said "Well, we really only are supposed to give one .. but sure" and winked. A bit odd, being the flight wasn't very full.

I actually don't mind FAs not going around for the second time, one drink is more than enough for me on a flight less than 4 hours. Although I kinda feel that most of them won't mind if you ask for seconds.  
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 17):

Thanks for a great report! It seems like UA really did serve you well. It's always great to have fantastic crews as you had on your flights who are willing to make your flight extra special. I'm also impressed by those headphones!, they're about as good as you get in Coach.

Aflyingkiwi, thanks! Yes, UA did serve me well. The crew on both the 777 flights were fantastic. I certainly hope I will have the same experience again when I fly UA in the future.

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 18):
Excellent report!

One suggestion. There are many places where you name, MP number, ticket number, and PNR are viewable. Always a good idea to blot these out.

Thanks zrs70. And noted, I tried to block some of them but I must have forgotten.


Thanks for all the kind replies, I really appreciate it.


JetBlue777



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlinecytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 568 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 14582 times:

Thanks JetBlue777 for your trip report and the many awesome photos.

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 9):
For some strange reasons, I had high expectations of United. Despite its negative portrayal by some of the TV shows and Skytrax reviews, I had faith in them.

And that's exactly why you had such a great experience! So many people out there focus waaaay too much on the negative aspects of their experiences (check your Facebook account if you don't believe me), and it affects others similarly - but being positive does the exact opposite. And it's obvious from the way you write that you have a really positive personality! I sure envy you for that. It will get harder to maintain with age.  

Don't worry about the woman who gave you a hard time. Sounds like she had some serious fear-of-flight issues that manifested as OCD.

Looking forward to your next trip report!


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2452 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 14503 times:

Hi Jezrel,

Brilliant! What a treat of TR towards the year’s end!

Quoting jetblue777 (Thread starter):
But I highly recommend that you do, will you, please? 

My pleasure. Why? Because of the followings.

Quoting jetblue777 (Thread starter):
Despite that, the experience is unforgettable. You get to travel with a diverse mix of people, witness amazing sights and attractions and meet new friends along the way!
Quoting jetblue777 (Thread starter):
The Gift of Friendship.
A tribute to friendship.  


Quoting jetblue777 (Thread starter):
Various Travel Options including upgrade to Economy Plus

Thanks for guiding us through UA’s OLCI.

Quoting jetblue777 (Thread starter):
ARE YOU GONNA STOP TALKING ABOUT YOUR BORING LIFE STORY, GO ON, SO, HOW DID UNITED WIN YOU OVER??!

These words are not mine.   


Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 1):
Dammit! “I need more sleep” says my body but my mind says, get your butt of the bed and be excited!

I know how you feel. I have always been experiencing the same.

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 1):
El Cheapo Depot-type Boarding Pass!
Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 1):
Real Boarding Passes!

El Cheapo or not, it’s a real boarding pass. Good on you for not complaining.

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 2):
Our seats were 31A,B and C - third to the last row.

Odd seat numbering.

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 3):
I’m not sure if the guy on the lower left was waving at the camera or someone he knows 

It must have been your old friend, couldn’t you remember him?

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 3):
United, United, United, United….

ORD is DXB for UA


Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 3):
saw a 767-300 operated by American Airlines surrounded by emergency vehicles with the emergency chutes deployed on the other side of the aircraft.

What seemed to be the problem?

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 3):
Like WTF man, where’s your respect?! He said sorry, so just leave it! Do you really have to yell at an elderly man who apologized?! (grin)

What an a**h**e! Good to know other passengers backed the elderly man up.

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 3):
”Where’s the dad? Hurry up dad! We don’t want you left behind!”

How sweet!

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 5):
After a nice dinner with great service, some bison steak (which was rather bland), grilled shrimp and some other things

No photos?

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 5):
Mount Rushmore, amazing!

I just have to go there myself.

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 5):
I made a simple poem…

Simple? So touching and beautifully written! Really heart-warming!

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 7):
“@~!@!)!*&^%$??”

 


Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 7):
What can I say? They were lovely ladies!

They are everyone you could wish for as fellow passengers.

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 7):
I was the last one on the rear cabin, I took more pics like a kid who has never flown before. After I was satisfied with the results, I was met by the elderly male FA on the way back

“Did you take enough pictures?”
“Yes I did, thank you very much”
“Have a great day now”
“You too”

As I walked away, he gave me another pat in the back! 

Some FAs would discourage passengers from taking pictures, but not this flight! I was greeted by more FAs very enthusiastic about me taking pictures! As I walked by Business Class, another flight attendant (She might be the purser) was standing by the door smiling as I took some pics of the business class cabin.

She jokingly posed like a model and laughed…

“Ohh…Should I take a picture of you??”

She laughed, “Sure, sure” She posed again for me!

I showed her the results and said it was a good photo and we talked a little bit more

“Nice! You know, my daughter is into photography too.”

Another flight attendant showed up

“Hey, who’s that young man over there?”
“He’s a photographer! Like my daughter!”
“Ohh, that’s lovely!”

She waved and smiled at me. I then asked her if I could visit the flight deck

“Is it possible if I could visit the flight deck?”
”No problem, just walk up to the captain and ask him…and oh, take more pictures, here’s our new First Class cabin!”

She was one of the loveliest flight attendants I’ve ever met! I couldn’t catch her name, but I have her picture, so if anyone from UA or who flies with UA a lot might know her, give her my deepest thank you! (Albeit late but still)

“Good morning, is it okay if I could take a couple of pictures?”
”Certainly. Go ahead, let me just move my luggage.”

These sequences make melt right away.

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 8):
“Excuse me, I think you guys played the wrong version of the show, it’s in Spanish.”

Don’t you speak Spanish?   


Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 8):
“EXCUSE ME! EXCUSE ME! I don’t think you can use your camera!”
Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 8):
She looked proud of what she said, she looked around trying to get some supporters, including the dad seated on the aisle seat, but everyone seem to ignore her.

That is just disgusting of her!   


Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 8):
you know it…the first time flyer lady! Oh, the goddess of stares, once again, stared at me as if I was responsible! She whispered to her sons while still looking at me, great…just great. Whatever, live with your life, I simply don’t care.

Good on you to move on. She is just not worth worrying about!


Jezrel, you have done a great tribute to UA. To be honest, I was skeptical about UA, but thanks to this magnificent covering of yours, I am eager to fly UA one day.

I wish you and your family the very best for The New Year 2012.

Suryo

PS. PM me your facebook account.



Friends forever
User currently offlineLH4532 From Germany, joined Sep 2011, 81 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 14379 times:

Hello Jezrel ,

Your TR is just the right thing I need to read , after a long day in Frankfurt . It has been great for me reading your TR . I have flown UA only once and that was from FRA to SFO back in 2009 . But I still have great memories from the FA´s . They were very friendly and they were keeping the people entertained . Good to know , that the people backed up the older gentlemen . I just can´t see that kind of attitude against other people . Your pictures are very clear and crisp , good choice of the angles in which you have taken them . Keep up the good work . All the best for you in 2012 .


Daniel


User currently offlinesf3sce From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 14186 times:

GOD THAT F/A is a doll (the one with the hat), I had her IAD to MCO over thanksgiving! I love her so much!


jet. its a must.
User currently offlinegroobster From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 14093 times:

I can only echo the comments of all those above by saying what a brilliant trip report this is Jetblue777, many thanks for sharing this with us.

I used them for the first time this summer (well Continental) and prior to flying with them was a little concerned due to everything I'd heard about US carriers. But as it turned out I was very impressed with them on the four flights I took.

I've six flights with UA/CO next May and June and your report has certainly whetted my appetite.

Bravo!



Next flights: MAN-IST-AUH-MAN
25 Martinair50 : So this was seriously the longest and greatest trip report I've read! I definatly got a better view of United. It also seems like the merger between U
26 United1 : Yes as part of IPTE UA has been converting all 3 class 777s to 3-3-3 in Y class. They haven't announced plans for the 6 domestic 777s yet.
27 N62NA : JetBlue777, That's one of the most thorough and enthusiastic trip reports I've read on here. Great job!
28 Post contains links and images jetblue777 : Hey Suryo, Thanks for the kind words, as usual. It's great to get some comments from a legendary A-netter like you! No problem! Here is the thread po
29 Post contains images Tigerguy : Hello there, and Happy New Year! i shan't bore you with too many words except to say that your report was a nice read. One thing did stick out, though
30 Sulley : Thank you for the amazingly detailed trip report. Being from the CO side, when the merger first happened, I was very leery for the future, but now tha
31 Post contains images jetblue777 : Thanks tigerguy~ LOL. Big fan of hers I guess. Yes she was and I'm quite glad that a lot of people recognize her. JetBlue777
32 Post contains images akhmad : You make me blush. Thank you for the honor. My pleasure.
33 classicjets : You mean you've flown on the 707!?! Excellent TR, btw.
34 Post contains images jetblue777 : You're very welcome! Okay, that too. LOL. And thanks! JetBlue777
35 MSS658 : Hi Nice trip report, thanks for sharing this with us! Nice to end the old year and start the new year off! As being a diehard CO fan I did read this r
36 Post contains images jetblue777 : MSS658, thanks! There's quite a number of UA and CO fans here in a.net! JetBlue777 Happy New Year!
37 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Jezrel, amazing report with many great pictures, I really enjoyed it! Good to hear you had nice flights with UA. I still need to get used to that "
38 Post contains images jetblue777 : Thanks PlaneHunter and I actually like the new UA livery, it didn't take a while for me to get used to it. Although I will miss the tulip livery, esp
39 CaptainRed : Hi Jezrel, great trip report with some awesome pictures, very well written, really enjoyed reading it. Glad to hear you had nice flights with United.
40 Post contains links and images jetblue777 : Thanks for the kind words, CaptainRed. I appreciate it! I agree, Channel 9 was a huge bonus. Nice to see that UA thinks about their aviation fans Nop
41 Post contains images LGWflyer : Hey there jetblue777! Outstanding trip report, just brilliant I loved it. Loved the LGA pics, when I was in NYC I went to LGA to planespot. And just o
42 Post contains images N178UA : Awesome Trip Report. Thanks for sharing with us. Your TR just reminded why United is always my favourite airline, not just in America, but in the worl
43 Post contains images jetblue777 : Thanks LGWflyer, I appreciate it. Nice pic, I hope you had a great time in New York! WOW. Thanks Sam, it's an honor to get a response from you! I'm a
44 Post contains images Initious : Hi Jezrel, What a wonderful report! Sorry for taking such a long time to reply, had other commitments. Seems like the deal wasn't too bad eh? Prolly w
45 The777Man : Hi Jezrel ! Thanks for an amazing report with amazing detail! Glad you got to try the new seats on the 777 on at least one flight, they are really nic
46 ORDnHKG : Even on an award flight, you can only change your tickets for free unless if it is within 24 hours after booking, or if you are UA1K / CO Platinum, t
47 Post contains links and images jetblue777 : Hey Daniel, Thanks for the kind reply! No problem! Not too bad indeed, we probably "saved" $300 per person That's the spirit! Yep, nearly all of the D
48 ghifty : Wow! Beautiful pictures! I assume you use a 50mm lens?
49 Post contains images jetblue777 : Thanks for the reply! And I honestly don't know..My dad gave me the Nikon D300 as a present, so I don't know the specs, sorry. I just point, adjust..
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