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User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7052 times:

Well,this is my first trip report,so I hope you enjoy reading it 


BWI-ORD may 29
It was Memorial day weekend,and my mother and I were going to go to Chicago for a short vacation.The night before the flight,I decide not to sleep since our flight leaves at 6am, and we decided to leave at 3am even though it was a domestic flight. I spend the night simply on the net, drinking a venti vanilla latte from Starbucks. Still,I felt drowsy. At about 2:28 am my mother comes down stairs asking if everything is ready. Half an hour later,we have the luggage (which is no more than a small carry-on bag),and ready to go. One thing that was not a problem was traffic- who the hell drives around at 3am in the morning? Well we pull out of the neighborhood and onto the beltway. There is just something different about driving at 3am. At 3:30am we arrive at the long term B lot, and park at section G1. Since it is early morning, the shuttles run every 25 minutes, so we wait for a while at the stop, chatting with some people who were on the same flight. Finally a shuttle comes by, and heads over to the terminal.

Check-in:
We arrive shortly before 4am, so very few people were in the terminal. Although there was a little problem, like the fact that the self check-in machines start at 4:25am, and United Check-in started some time later. We could not use the self check-in machines, because there was a typo on the credit card we used. Unfortunately, I,and several other passengers in a line just see some United employees going in and out of some door behind the check-in counters, while those damn US airways passengers are briskly checking in. Finally, the start and get our boarding passes. We were in seats 9A and 9B on one of United’s A319s. For BWI at 4:30am, he check-in line was a bit long. Although this was the first time ive seen everyone required to take off their shoes. Well, it was annoying, but not a problem. But stupid me, I leave my camera in the luggage as it goes through the x-ray machine, and it ends up being destroyed. Fortunetly I had another roll, and replaced it. We walk through the terminal to gate C25, and our bird is parked right there. Both of us had not eaten at all, but a quick walk through the area reveals that everything was closed. Cinabon, taco bell, etc. all closed. There was a starbucks that would open soon, and there was a line there. We asked someone, “when will the Starbucks open?”. They said 5:30am. Too late for us-that’s when boarding would begin. We decided to eat in chicago.

Boarding:
At 5:30am, the crew starts boarding. We were in section 2, near the front of the plane, so we boarded about 5 minutes later. Walking through the aircraft, I noticed the first class section took up quite a bit of the plane. Then I got to the row, and what a better place than right by the engine?



The legroom is very good, for domestic service. It seems as if its more than on United’s transatlantic flights with their 777-200s. After a quick glance out the window, guess who is sitting at gate B13?



yep, non other than TED Big grin this is the first time Ive seen the livery in real life, and it looks pretty nice. It looked like a full flight, but even so we pushed back fairly soon. Now the sun was rising, at 6:05am, and I couldn’t wait to view it from the sky.

Anyway, the FAs were about to start the flight safety video, but there seemed to be a problem. They said over the PA “ok ladies and gentlemen, I guess we will do it the old fashioned way”. So the pull out the life jackets and stuff and do the demonstration themselves. Quite funny actually.

Takeoff:
After a short taxi over to the runway, we are ready for take-off.



We roar down the runway, and simply takeoff



A short turn to the west and were climbing to cruise



Cruise:
Of course this was United, and one thing I havent listened to for a while was channel 9. I quickly switched to it, but did not find anything interesting. After a glance around the cabin, it seemed very clean. Nothing was on the ground, and the panels were more white than cream. Maybe The reason was that it was a morning flight and they have all the time in the world for overnight cleaning.



Shortly after, drink service began. I asked for coke, but they only had Pepsi (I later learn there’s not 1 single can of coke in the whole city Big grin ), so I opted for that. This of course being an early morning flight, and me being drowsy I needed all the caffeine I could get on the damn plane



But this pepsi can was more than what met the eye. On the back it said “may 29th-fireworks at the navy pier at 10:15pm”. This felt like a dream. That day was the 29th and what better than see a fireworks show there? Of course we went, and it was amazing ( more on that later). Another FA came around with coffee. Just as she left, I decided to taste United’s coffee. I did not take it with sugar or anything. The taste-Id rather lick the sh*t out of a dog’s ass. Ive heard that airline coffee sucks but this was a punishment to swallow. It said on the front “we proudly brew starbucks coffee”. What a joke that was.I was disappointed there was not even a snack, on this flight.After a while it gets a little choppy, but no major turbulence.

Before descending into ORD, it started getting cloudy, and overcast.



Finally, we start descent. Theres nothing like skimming on top of those clouds is there? Well we get below them and I look down to see the suburbs of chicago.Then I turn the camera to the right side of the aircraft to get a pic of the beaches on lake erie



I wondered if any A.net nutter was looking up at us….
We keep descending, and of all things, I spot MDW  Smile



Looks like there was about 15 or so of southwest’s 737s parked at the terminal. We keep descending smoothly down to the ground



Then, we touch down at ORD, back on earth



But as the person I am, Both of us wait until almost everyone is off, and go up to ask the FA if I could visit the cockpit. Before she answers, the Captain says “sure, come on”. I go down the narrow corridor with my camera, and into the little blue room



It looked really modern, with almost nothing but the CRT screens. Note there no yoke, just a side stick which made it look more modern. I get off, and at 7am Central time, inside ORD



Now, pepsi cans dont lie,and I said I had more on those fireworks, so here ya go  Smile/happy/getting dizzy




and before that show, there were jugglers doing an impromptu show. go a bit of a croud too Big grin




ORD-BWI may 31

After a nice trip there, I had to go back. After an $85 lunch, and a long subway ride, we get the the concourse. Our flight was to leave at 6:05pm central, but I was really excited because this would be my first 757 flight.

Check-in :
It was memorial day and ORD was packed. Check-in took a long while but we got through with no problem. Security was fast. This time they hand checked the camera, but told me 400 speed film can survive the x-ray machine. Oh well. After a long walk under the tarmac to concourse C, We go to gate C25 one hour before departure to find it empty with no plane there yet. I got a coke (finally) and took a pic of lufthansa’s D-AIGR being pushed back.



Boarding:
10 min before departure, we still have no aircraft and the flight is delayed 20 min. the delay turns into an hour. I do get worried that the plane was replaced with something I had flown on, like a 767. But a 757-200 pulls up and I heave a sigh of relief.



This time boarding took extremely long ,but we had different seats. I could have been near the front, but I wanted a window seat at 19A. I take a look at the aircraft next to a man with his child. Being a little bored, I ask him “Do you have any idea what type of aircraft this is?” he responds, “ well, the last time I flew was about 11 years ago on the tristar, is this it?” I tell him no, and the correct type. As I walk away, I feel pity and envy for him. He didn’t know a 757 from an L1011, but he flew on the tristar, which is becoming VERY rare. Before we walk down the jetway, the agent asks us “would you like to sit togeather?” and we end up at 20A and 20B, with some guy who also speaks russian. I get to the seat, right next to the flaps.



After a while, we push back, with 2 other united 757-200s



We taxi to the runway, and end up 14th in a 15 aircraft queue! It took so long. But I saw many different aircraft take off. An a340, countless 737s,757s,767s, etc. we were parellel to a runway used for landing, and get my camera out to capture one of Northwest’s Dc-9 landing in ORD.



We finally get to take-off, before an unlucky United 737-300, last in the longest queue ive ever seen.



During the safety demo, I notice this aircraft does not have life jackets, but the seat cushion is a flotation device. I have never seen this on other aircraft.

Takeoff:
The 757 starts roaring down the runway at full power, and soon is airborne



The only thing more beautiful than sunrise from the sky is sunset. We climb over lake Erie, and I couldn’t resist taking more pics




Cruise
Finally we are at cruise, and it keeps getting darker by the minute. I notice the windows are more of a square compared to the round ones on airbus. The aircraft is also a bit dirtier, and legroom is not as great. The cabin is a lot louder too. Finally the cabin crew start drink service. I decide to get ginger ale. At least this time there is a small snack. They started to show Friends on the little screens, and some other stuff. But then, guess who shows up Big grin



yea, its TED again. But when I took this picture- whoops! I didn’t turn off the flash. How embarrassing. Nothing interesting happens, until descent starts. Its now dark, and very cloudy, because several storms had just past through baltimore



we go through the clouds, and you can barley see anything, except the wing.



the crew go around for trash one more time, just as the guy next to us finishes his pizza as if it’s a race.Finally after a lot of turbulence and darkness, were almost on final



We get on the ground safetly, and at almost 10pm, get to the gate. Again, we wait until everyone is off and go to the cockpit. A mechanic was in there, as I take this picture.



The captain comes in. he said he has flown for 30 years. I ask him “which do you prefer to fly, airbus or boeing?” he says boeing is way better. Then the mechanic makes a smartass remark “Airbus is a lot easier to fix-just power down and power up Big grin”. Oh well. We get off of the plane,( and the wrong shuttle stop later), to conclude my trip to one of the best cities ever  Smile

Please leave your comments  Smile



Snakes on a Plane!
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User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5209 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6966 times:

I can't see the pics--is it my computer or you?


Third Coast born, means I'm Texas raised
User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6965 times:

Hello, Great report!! But I can't see the pics.

Ben


User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6876 times:

Great report and pics!

jeremy


User currently offline22right From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 420 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6799 times:

Hey, just a quick correction.... Chicago is on Lake Michigan (NOT on Lake Erie)!!!


"I never apologize! I am sorry, but that's the way it is!" - Homer Simpson
User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6750 times:

Great report and good pics, too.  Smile

User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6733 times:

weird,i can easily see the pics,although the site the hosts them is a bit screwy today.check again later. If you still cant see them ill try to do something.


Snakes on a Plane!
User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6677 times:

sorry 22right- I just keep mixing up the two.I go to buffalo quite often.


Snakes on a Plane!
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5521 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6442 times:

Excellent report and pics! I think the reason why the seats were so nice on the A319 is because you were in Economy Plus. I haven't flown on EP, but I think there is a legroom difference.

User currently offlineCOAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5302 times:

great report and pics


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User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2039 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5155 times:
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Economy Plus has 34" of seat pitch, while standard Economy has only 31".

As others have said, and mind you I am only joking, it's Lake Michigan!!! (Check out my profile and you'll know why I am saying something)

Great trip report, LOVE all the pictures, keep em coming.  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineCessnapilot172 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5062 times:

Good report. As a side note, you shouldn't worry about putting film through the x-ray machines at security checkpoints unless it is over 1200iso or you are going through four or more scans. The machines that scan your checked luggage will fry film over 400 pretty easily but as long as you carry it with you, you chould be fine. Keep up the good reporting.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5039 times:

As I walk away, I feel pity and envy for him. He didn’t know a 757 from an L1011, but he flew on the tristar

This has to be the most ridiculous line I have ever seen in a trip report. The vast majority of the world has skills in fields other than identifying planes and frankly couldn't give a shit what combination of letters or numbers made up the name of the plane they flew on. And judging by the tone of your trip report, you are hardly the hot shot flyer yourself that you can lord over the unwashed masses on the strength of your knowledge and experience.

So please spare the world your sanctimonious "pity and envy". It only reflects poorly upon your own shortcomings, namely that you somehow think that flying a 2 hour roundtrip on United makes you the ultimate authority in air travel. Most of the world feels only "pity" for you as a result and not any envy.

Nice pictures though.


User currently offlineTony lu From China, joined Sep 2000, 534 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days ago) and read 5020 times:

" namely that you somehow think that flying a 2 hour roundtrip on United makes you the ultimate authority in air travel."

LOL!!!!!!! nice one B747-437B!!

tony


User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 39
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4899 times:

So please spare the world your sanctimonious "pity and envy". It only reflects poorly upon your own shortcomings, namely that you somehow think that flying a 2 hour roundtrip on United makes you the ultimate authority in air travel.

LOL, I have not laughed so hard in quite a while. You took the words right out of my mouth.

SR 103


User currently offlineTekelberry From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1459 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4736 times:

B747-437B,

Was that really appropriate? Someone took their time to write this entire trip report out AND to take pictures, and all you do is squat down and crap on it. Even if you don't think it's an appropriate comment he made, you don't have to go totally berserk over it.

Anyways, I enjoyed the trip report. Great job, Espion007!


User currently offlineVectorVictor From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4696 times:

...lord over the unwashed masses on the strength of your knowledge and experience.

Gee B747, I guess lording over the unwashed masses is only reserved for you. For those interested, see:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/17532/4/


User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4634 times:

Just a little side note on why i asked the guy on the aircraft,heres the reason. I WAS BORED.Ok,my flight was delayed,i would get home at midnight,and i had school in the morning.Plus i wanted to see how well an average person can identify an aircraft,because ive heard some incredible stories but never really noticed.My report is more based on the pictures.

frankly couldn't give a shit what combination of letters or numbers made up the name of the plane they flew on.

umm i think they would if that combo of letters was C-O-N-C-O-R-D-E.

namely that you somehow think that flying a 2 hour roundtrip on United makes you the ultimate authority in air travel

Namely you can say the same for any other trip report.yea i understand the flight was short but im just writing about United's domestic service in general.its mostly pictures anyway.By the way,i dont think the length of a flight really matters in a trip report(unless its that 2 minute one in scotland then yea).You can replace the 2 with an 8 and it would make just as much sense.



Snakes on a Plane!
User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3767 posts, RR: 60
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4592 times:

Had a good read. nice images too!  Smile

regards, Florian



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