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US Airways MKE-PHL-MCO-CLT-MKE  
User currently offlineKjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 976 posts, RR: 8
Posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9783 times:

02 October
US Airways Express 4825 (Chautauqua)
MKE-PHL Embraer-145

Check in at Milwaukee was extremely friendly and efficient at US Airways. The flight to PHL was an ERJ-145 jungle jet. This was my first flight on the ERJ and compared to the Canadair CRJ, I prefer the ERJ. I like the 1 x 2 seating much more than the 2 x 2 on the CRJ. The windows were much larger, and the overhead bins seemed much larger as well. I was quite impressed with the quietness of the aircraft, even in the rear lavatory (which was quite large for a regional jet). The service was EXCELLENT! I was in seat 3A, the single seat. The flight attendant was constantly refilling my cran-apple juice without being asked, and walked up and down the aisle ready to serve coffee. She always had a smile too, and was sincere about it, which is very rare in the airline industry. We arrived ontime into PHL even after a holding pattern for about 20 minutes.

The Philadelphia International Airport Experience.

This was my first time at PHL, and I must say that that airport is BEAUTIFUL! It feels more like a modern art museum. There is glass everywhere. Our flight from MKE arrived into Terminal F and our connecting flight departed Terminal A so we got to experience just about all that PHL has to offer, which is quite alot, even overwhelming compared to other airports. There is a great variety of shopping and restaurants. The new Terminal A is absolutely stunning, with glass walls, high ceilings, stainless steel accents, and a modern art collection throughout the terminal. Our plane departed from gate A21. Next to us was a US Airways A330 heading to SJU and a few flights to the caribbean.

US Airways 359
PHL-MCO Boeing 767-200
N650US

We boarded US359 to MCO about 30 minutes prior to departure. It was a very clean aircraft, but it was certainly showing it's age. I was in seat 12F, which is the overwing emergency exit. The seat width is far superior than just about any other economy class, but the pitch was awful, especially for an exit/bulkhead seat. Nevertheless, for 2 hours, it didnt matter that much. They offered an onboard meal for $10 or a snack box for $5. In the meal there was a French styled sandwhich with bottled water and in the box was a basic sandwich with fruit snacks and a bottle of water. I didn't try the meal so I don't know how it was. The product US Airways delivers is really no different than any other US carrier, but their service is much friendlier and sincere. They didnt hesitate to serve you. About halfway through the flight, I fell asleep and didnt wake up until landing. The flight landed ontime as usual.

06 October
US Airways 694
MCO-CLT Boeing 767-200
N645US

Check in at MCO took about 2 minutes to complete. The agent was one of the most friendly I have ever seen at an airline. Very up-beat and seemed happy to be working. Security at MCO was also a breeze. That took about a minute to complete. Then onto the monorail to the satelite terminal (Gate 58). Our plane departed on time again. early. I was seated in seat 12C, the exit/bulkhead seat in the center section. These are pirme seats on this aircraft. Lots of legroom, and no seat reclining in front of you. Also, the seat width was excellent, as the unmoveable armrests didnt pose a problem. The crew again was super friendly. The plane was very chilly, so the f/a gave me an Envoy Class blanket which is a real not a square of fleece and real pillow. Our plane landed at CLT about 30 minutes early. Our plane arrived D13. It later continued on to FRA.

The Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Experience

This is a very clean and modern facility. There are curved windows everywhere, and a good, but pricey, selection of restaurants (including a Krispie Kreme). One interesting thing is in the main area were wooden rocking chairs. This made the airport feel more like an outdoor plaza. There were trees and more curved windows, which gave a panoramic view of the other terminals.


US Airways Express 2789 (Mesa)
CLT-MKE Embraer-145

We boarded our flight from gate E19. Terminal E is used exclusively for US Airways Express flights. However, ATC closed one of the runways, so all of the traffic prevented us from pushing back from the gate. We were at the gate for 40 minutes before we finally pushed back. We took off about an hour late. The service was quite good, but not as good as the other flights. Our flight was completely booked, but it didnt matter as I was in seat 6A, the single seat. I slept the whole flight. We did, however, manage to make up the time we lost, and only landed about 15 minutes late.

Conclusion

I have to say that US Airways is one of the best American carriers. Their servce is outstanding and sincere. The crews did not hesitate to serve you. The seating is quite superior to other carriers, and their ground facilities are some of the nicest. First impressions are turely lasting ones, and US Airways gave an excellent one. I believe that UA sets the standards, and I rate US just as high as UA. Thanks to all of the US Airways employees who made my flying experience an outstanding one. Thank you US Airways, you have earned a new customer for life.

Kris


AA - Doing what we do best.
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User currently offlineJpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4390 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9733 times:

Thanks Kris!

Good to hear good things about US.



The Best Care in the Air, 1984-2009
User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 9652 times:

Hey Kris,
Great Trip Report!
The service at U.S Airways has definately improved in the last year. I flew them in August and had a great experience. The flight crews were just as nice as can be, the FA's and pilots. Glad your experience was just asn enjoyable.
Glad you liked CLT as well! It's one thing that we are proud of here in Charlotte, ithe Airport is not too big, not too small, just right  Smile

Question: Did they say why they closed down the runway? Was it due to weather or something? Just curious.
Adam


User currently offlineKjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 976 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9618 times:

Adam, the pilot did not say why they did. Would it have anything to do with the BA flight from LGW? It was taxiing out when we were in line to take off. Just a thought.

Kris



AA - Doing what we do best.
User currently offlineAirVB From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9617 times:

Fantastic trip report Kris! Very interesting to read. I have yet to fly US Airways!

AirVB


User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9573 times:

Hey Kris,
Yeah the BA flight might have had something to do with it. It was a diversion, I believe they were heading to Atlanta coming from Atlanta, and landed because of mechanical problems. That was probably it. Thanks.
Adam


User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9578 times:

Stupid me, made a typo.
I meant to say the BA flight was either heading to Atlanta OR coming from Atlanta and heading to London.
Sorry...didn't want to get anyone confused  Smile
Adam


User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8622 times:

Nice TR! Glad you liked US. I have a buddy pass and I was considering to use it to MKE. I see the 145 seems pretty popular, eh?


Roar, lion, roar
User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3118 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8404 times:

I don't know what your typing, US doesn't fly 767's from PHL/CLT-MCO. And they certainly don't offer a BOB on the flight. Making up fake TR's isn't cool.


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User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4753 posts, RR: 45
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 8359 times:



Quoting USAirALB (Reply 8):
I don't know what your typing, US doesn't fly 767's from PHL/CLT-MCO. And they certainly don't offer a BOB on the flight. Making up fake TR's isn't cool.

Before you go off accusing people of posting fake reports ...

ASK YOURSELF:

Did you happen to take a minute and realize that the trip report was originally posted in 2003?



Some see lines, others see between the lines.
User currently offlineJpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4390 posts, RR: 27
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 8318 times:

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 8):
I don't know what your typing, US doesn't fly 767's from PHL/CLT-MCO. And they certainly don't offer a BOB on the flight. Making up fake TR's isn't cool.



Check the date before you spout off next time.

Being ignorant isn't cool.

[Edited 2008-10-04 23:07:39]


The Best Care in the Air, 1984-2009
User currently offlineKjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 976 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 8310 times:

Wow, I'm quite surprised to see this trip report active again. My how things have changed in the last 5 years.

Quoting Kjet12 (Thread starter):
I believe that UA sets the standards, and I rate US just as high as UA. Thanks to all of the US Airways employees who made my flying experience an outstanding one. Thank you US Airways, you have earned a new customer for life.

I really don't care much for UA and US anymore, nor will I ever be a US Airways customer for life. United hardly sets the standards these days, but there really aren't any absolutely spectacular US carriers out there flying. When I wrote this trip report, flying was still very much an adventure for me, but now it is very routine. I've since settled in as a loyal AA and Oneworld flyer.

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 8):
I don't know what your typing, US doesn't fly 767's from PHL/CLT-MCO. And they certainly don't offer a BOB on the flight. Making up fake TR's isn't cool.

Seriously man, take a chill pill. I've been a member on the a.net forums for over 7 years now, and while I may not be the most active of users, I do not write fake trip reports. Next time take a look at the date the original thread was posted. These flights take place 5 years ago when US was flying 767s to MCO.



AA - Doing what we do best.
User currently offlineJETnyc From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 108 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8137 times:

US Airways made no. 10 of the top 10

User currently offlineUAL757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 806 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8130 times:

HAHA wow this person rates US as a top carrier!!

OMG times have changed. It is really really sad.

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 8):

Calm yourself!  conehead 

If SA38 posted in a TR then it probably isn't an all too recent tr.  Wink Think before you post dude. I have made the mistake of not having all my info together and posting many times.

 butthead 


User currently offlinePhatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1359 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7990 times:

Wow this TR is like opening up a time capsule. So many things have changed since.......

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8906 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7690 times:



Quoting Phatfarmlines (Reply 14):
Wow this TR is like opening up a time capsule. So many things have changed since.......

That's what I was thinking...I remember the good ole days of US flying ERJ-145s on a lot more routes, CLT having a Krispy Kreme, etc.

How US has fallen so far with Dougie in charge.


User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6609 times:



Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 15):
How US has fallen so far with Dougie in charge.

I will admit that US has probably fallen a little bit since Tempe is in charge, but I still like em!

US is improving more and more internationally, but I wish they could expand a little domestically. US used to the the dominator here in ORF, but now, they are 2nd, against crazy SWA



Roar, lion, roar
User currently offlineTheGMan From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 679 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5818 times:



Quoting Kjet12 (Reply 11):
Seriously man, take a chill pill. I've been a member on the a.net forums for over 7 years now, and while I may not be the most active of users, I do not write fake trip reports. Next time take a look at the date the original thread was posted. These flights take place 5 years ago when US was flying 767s to MCO.

IIRC, this would have been right before US decided to go on a Caribbean boon and add a bunch of Caribbean destinations, along with a Europe expansion, causing the 767s to all be tied up there.


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