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PHL-PIT By Way Of London Gatwick In 18 Hours  
User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4394 times:

I finished my trip on Monday at 6 pm in PHL. My car was in PIT and all the flights to PIT were full. I even tried to do something like PHL-DCA-PIT but the timing didn't work. I noticed the US Airways London Gatwick flight left at 8:55 pm so I found that the employee non-rev price was $52.00 round trip. A hotel would cost me that much I thought, plus I would get four meals going to London and back to PIT from there. So I decided to do it. I boarded a US Airways 767 in PHL. The time was 915pm. The coach interiors were standard US Airways just like you see in the photo section of this website. Envoy Class sort of resembles coach but the seats lack the red. Other than that the pattern is the same. I fell asleep immediately so I missed the safety briefing, but that is OK because I have it memorized word for word. I mean that literally. After take-off, I woke up and they were beginning to come by with the drink cart. I had a Diet Sprite. I find Diet Sprite and Sprite taste exactly the same so I went healthy. I fell asleep again, but woke up while they were serving dinner. The coach choices were chicken or pasta. I chose the chicken. It was a piece of grilled chicken breast served with mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables and gravy. Also there was a cold green bean salad, chocolate chip cookie, roll, and crackers with cheese. I chose Diet Sprite again to drink. After I ate, I fell asleep. There was a Woody Allen movie on so that helped a lot. The next thing I knew it was dawn over the English coast. They served a banana nut muffin in coach with drinks. I had orange juice, but declined the muffin. I had the middle three seats to myself, but the gentleman across the aisle talked to me. He was a proffesor at the Wharton School of Business. (Forgive me if I spelled that wrong.) He asked me what I was going to do in London. I was honest and told him I would clear customs then go back to Pittsburgh. After landing I ran through customs, came back upstairs, went to the US Airways ticket counter and passed through security. Then I went to gate 31. At the gate area I bought some of my friends candy. I forgot to mention an English born US Airways flight attendant helped me find everything. She has worked for US Airways since 1973. She told me she was born and raised in England and came to America to find work. She started on the Convair 580 flying trips to Altoona from Pittsburgh. Now after all these years she can visit her homeland in London. Back at gate 31, I boarded an A330 for PIT. This was my first A330 ride. While the coach seats are standard US Airways, Envoy has a totally different purple and grey pattern. The carpet throughout the whole cabin is totally different from any US Airways plane I have ever seen. While most USAir planes have dark grey with red, white, and blue spots, this carpet was gray, purple, and tan tweed. I fell asleep during taxi. I woke up to see part of the safety demonstration, which was done live. I fell asleep again and woke up over the Atlantic just in time for the initial beverage service. This time I had water. I decided to play with the excellent A 330 entertainment system. I watched "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". By then they were serving lunch. Again it was chicken or pasta. This time I had pasta. The pasta was green shells with cheese inside. There was a cheese sauce over it with esparagus. A small salad was on the side as well as bread cookies, a roll and crackers and cheese. After I ate, I watched "Spider Man" before falling asleep. I woke up two hours later thinking we must be close to PIT. Then the lady beside me said we still had six hours left. "This is a lot of trouble just to get from PHL to PIT" I thought. I watched a "Friends" episode, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" again and then fell asleep. About four hours later they served a snack. It was served in a cardboard US Airways box and contained a strange sandwich which was in three layers. The first was cheese, the second was some sort of red pepper between bread, an the third was tuna with a strange stuffing. Believe it or not it was very good. There was also a Cadbury candy bar, and chips. After I ate, I spotted land. I knew PIT would be coming up soon. About an hour later we were on downwind and then we did a perfect landing. We arrived at the International terminal just in time to meet the Frankfurt and Paris flights. Needless to say, customs was packed. While waiting an hour to clear customs I spoke to our flight attendants. They represented a wide cross-section of US Airwasy history. One was a former Piedmont girl.....she was originally from Pittsburgh so she appreciated the merger. She said she was the "Token Yankee" at Piedmont. The other flight attendants were either from Allegheny or PSA. Both the Captain and FO were former PSA. It is apparent that the only thing US Airways gained from the PSA/USAir merger was a bunch of senior employees who immediately went to the top of the USAir seniority list. In fact, the "Big Iron" at US Airways is a fraternity of PSA employees. After clearing customs I ran to my car and drove three hours to my home. I am talking to much...... however, it was cheaper than a hotel room so I am going to do it again if the need presents itself. I got home at 7:00 pm.

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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8509 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4309 times:
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I wish I could do that!

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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4308 times:

Hey...

Question...how did the immigration and customs officers in both the UK and the US react to your being on such a short trip?

Good report...I love the US A330 as well, its one of my favorite planes to fly on...

Greg



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User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4303 times:

Greg,

They didn't think much of it at all. I have to admit, that concerned me as well, but they brushed it off.


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4289 times:

Ok thanks...Ive often pondered doing something similar, but the Customs issue has always worried me about it...thanks for the quick reply...

Greg



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User currently offlineKearnet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4253 times:

As my grandfather was a pilot back when they were Mohawk airlines --> allegheny airlines --> USAir. He primarily flew the BAC 1-11, and the DC-9 30. He retired from USAir in '83.

Because I didn't care to live with either of my parents I chose to live with my grandparents, ie:free travel on USAir/ways. As I have flown standby everytime (except when Iwne to PHX for a funeral, and they gave me priority seating). I had to do some clever things when I couldn't make my intended flight. But I have never done anything quite like that. I'm assuming that you are a pilot (?) and therefore (which would explain why you proably had a passport with you). Next time I go flying before my student prileges run out, I should save up some extra money, and if I get stuck in either PIT/PHL/CLT I'll consider the "Alternative route". If I'm lucky I'll get to try out the sony P@assport system on the A330! And if you ever go into either MHT or LEB let me know!


User currently offlineChautauquaFA From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 111 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4033 times:

Jason,

I cannot believe you did that.....I've actually always wanted to do that. By the way I never see you around the F terminal anymore.

Derek


User currently offlineMlsrar From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1417 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4033 times:

Did that once...and I emphasize, once!

DTW-FCO-DTW on NW...2/18/02, arrival FCO 2/19/02, returned again 2 hours later on the same -10 (N223NW).

I was hassled from the point where I had to present itinerary before the ticket counter, through to Customs where I encountered the greatest problems.

The agent, upon looking at my passport, put it in his pocket and handed me a slip of paper motioning me to sign my name. Well, the signature wasn't exactly a spot-on-match, so...

Two agents come, and grab my arms and not-so-gently escort me to a very small office in a hallway just to the left of the immigration stands.

They asked me absurd questions, and couldn't believe that I would fly 4644 Miles, and return on the same day for the fun of it. They also asked me why I was born in Japan. Having no control over my parents procreation schedule wasn't amusing to the poorly-versed man behind the desk. I was finally allowed to go.

After a chat with the F/As boarding for the return, I was allowed to sit World Biz...I had never been that happy to see the Barry terminal in DTW in my entire life!



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User currently offlinePilotmanjoe From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3955 times:

Why didn't you just jumpseat and save the $52.00?


User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3935 times:

I don't know I should have.

User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3819 times:

Jeez, sounds awesome Big grin! Maybe I should have accepted that job that USAirways offered me  Smile...


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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3730 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

Unbelievable! That's cool! I've always wondered what it would be like to fly that far to turn around & get back on the plane & head home. I'll do both US widebodies when I go to CDG in April (767 from PIT, A330 to PHL- not in one day, of course!) I really like their A330s- the IFE is worth the cost of the ticket for that kind of flight, and the 767-200 isn't too bad- pretty nice actually, I just wish it had Airshow...

I saw the title of the post "PHL-PIT By Way Of London Gatwick..." and thought "What?!?"

Mlsrar- You did DTW-FCO and back in the same day?? That was a god-awfully long flight both ways when I did it (9:32 coming home)- I can't imagine doing that in one day either! That's 19 hours, not counting turn-around! Wow!

Anyway, awesome report! "PHL-PIT via LGW" lol
DeltaRules



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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3730 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3796 times:

Unbelievable! That's cool! I've always wondered what it would be like to fly that far to turn around & get back on the plane & head home. I'll do both US widebodies when I go to CDG in April (767 from PIT, A330 to PHL- not in one day, of course!) I really like their A330s- the IFE is worth the cost of the ticket for that kind of flight, and the 767-200 isn't too bad- pretty nice actually, I just wish it had Airshow...

I saw the title of the post "PHL-PIT By Way Of London Gatwick..." and thought "What?!?"

Mlsrar- You did DTW-FCO and back in the same day?? That was a god-awfully long flight both ways when I did it (9:32 coming home)- I can't imagine doing that in one day either! That's 19 hours, not counting turn-around! Wow!

Anyway, awesome report! "PHL-PIT via LGW" Who'd a thunk it? lol
DeltaRules



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