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UA & 7H: AMS-ORD-ANC-ADQ + Katmai (many Pics)  
User currently offlineAJO From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 577 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8252 times:

This is my second trip report, after this one, some time ago:

Domestic Flight In Libya With Buraq Air (by AJO Jan 21 2005 in Trip Reports)


This time, I've included some pics. Here we go! It's pretty long, and I've included thumbnail images for the pics in order to reduce the load time for all y'all old-fashioned dial-up users.

Please note that my technical knowledge of aircraft and airports is limited, so I don't know whether I took off from 36C or from 12L, feel free to reply if you recognize anything.

(All times stated are local times)

June 11th, 2006
UA 909
AMS - ORD
Scheduled: 1105 - 1312
Actual: 1130 - 1320
Equipment: Boeing 767-322 ER
Seat: 17G (Economy Plus)
Mileage Plus miles: 4120


This trip was booked in January 2006. I wanted to buy a business class ticket, considering the total time in the air (some 16 hours one-way). However, buying a business class ticket would mean that I wouldn't have enough money for the Kodiak Island side trip. In the end, I settled for UA Economy Plus (ticket was booked into M-class).

My trip to Alaska was finally to commence on the 11th of June! I arrived at AMS at 8:30 in the morning, to find a crowded check-in area for UA 909 to ORD (flight number continuing to DEN). I stood in line for 15 to 20 minutes, and when I was first in line the agent at the First Class desk waved me to her desk. Making sure my Mileage Plus number was in the system, I received my boarding passes, showing the seats I reserved.



I then proceeded to the passport check. This took some 10 to 15 minutes. Before entering the gate area, I bought a half liter bottle of 7-Up. At the gate (G6), we were informed the flight would come in about 20 minutes late. They were expecting to leave AMS about 10 minutes late, so connecting pax wouldn't have to worry about making their connections. The sun was shining, and because gate G6 is facing the sun in the morning, the (outside) shades were closed, which made it very difficult to see AMS ramp action. When our 767 came in, I was unable to catch the registration for this bird  Sad, although I did notice it was in the new colors.

Around 11 o'clock, boarding started. After the high rollers (First, Business, *Gold, *Silver and UGS) entered the plane, "seating 2" was called, so I proceeded to the gate agents. We entered the plane through the frontmost cabin door, so I was able to see the First and Business sections of this plane (nice!). I sat down in seat 17G, and took a pic of the legroom:



Load today was 100% full in all classes.

Looking out the window, I saw gate G8, one of those overwing 747 gates at AMS:



Channel 9 was enabled for this flight, so I switched it on to listen to ATC. Around 1125, our aircraft was pushed back, and we began taxiing to one of the AMS runways for departure. Our captain (Captain Cox) was doing the talking with AMS ATC.

NW 333:



SQ and KL 772s:



HV, KL and some unknown airline. Also two contrails visible high above AMS:



Armavia Airbus (is this an A318? It looks soooo tiny!)



Our runway, MP cargo area to the left, BA Airbus taxiing behind us:



Liftoff at 1136, with MH, CKS and GTI freighters on another AMS cargo ramp:



Hoofddorp (?):



After some time, the cabin crew came through the aisles offering drinks. I took a diet pepsi (not because I'm fat but because I like it better than standard cola  Smile), and received a packet of some sort of snack mix ("zoutjes" is what the Dutch call those things). After the drinks service was finished, the cabin crew was distributing the meal trays. Choices were chicken or pasta, and I went with the pasta. The pasta was actually very good, it was small "clam-shaped" pasta, with spinach and tomato. A bit of green salad with olive oil dressing, a small bread roll, crackers, brie and butter, water, and some grapes and yoghurt completed the tray. By the time the meals were distributed, I started watching the movie Firewall with Harrison Ford. I was looking forward to seeing this movie, but it turned out to be pretty daft (so I was glad I didn't pay to see it at the cinema or rented it beforehand).


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User currently offlineAJO From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8251 times:

I quickly switched to the airshow to see where we were: somewhere south of Iceland. Cabin crew came by offering water, which I gladly accepted. After watching the airshow for some time and listening to channel 9, I switched to one of the other movie channels, to check if Eight Below had already (re)started. It had, so I watched that movie. I liked this movie much better than Firewall. By the time this movie was half-way, another round of water was offered by the cabin crew. After this movie was finished, I switched to the airshow again, and found a nice audio channel with jazz music to listen to. The other movies on offer for this flight didn't interest me, so I took an Ian Rankin book out of my backpack, and read it for the next couple of hours or so. During the read, another round of water was offered.

Somewhere over the province of Ontario, the cabin crew came by with a "mid flight snack box", which consisted of a pack of crisps, a Mars bar and a bread roll with ham and cheese. Also, another round of real drinks (not just water) was offered throughout the cabin. I had a diet pepsi once more. After the snack I put my book aside and got my camera out of my backpack.

Around 45 minutes before landing, we flew over a stretch of water (Lake Michigan I assume):



Coast of Lake Michigan:



Approach into ORD:





Air Atlanta, LH Cargo and some 727:



Passing some FX equipment:



US Air landing on another runway:



LH and Privatair:



The US Air aircraft that had landed next to us, John Hancock Center and Sears Tower in the background:



It was then announced that this flight was Captain Cox's last flight before retiring after more than 40 years of flying for UA; all pax applauded after this announcement. We were to be given a water cannon salute before pulling up to the gate.

Water cannon salute:








Captain Cox stood outside the cockpit, shaking everybody pax's hand. I said "Enjoy your retirement", and left the plane. I saw tears in the Captain's eyes.

We pulled up to the gate, and I walked (a long way!) to US Immigration. The lines weren't too bad, and before long I officially entered the USA for the 7th time in my life (airlines used in the past: AF, MP, Sabena, NW, AC, UA). Checking the bags through to ANC was also very easy.

The transfer from terminal 5 to terminal 2 (?, at least to the UA terminal) was quick. We passed through some pretty old-looking parts of ORD on our way in. After passing the TSA checkpoints, we went to search the gate (don't remember which one it was) for the ANC flight. Used an ATM to get the first US dollars for this trip, and bought a "Chicago style hot dog" at some airport kiosk. The hot dog was pretty good.



bla
User currently offlineAJO From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8242 times:

June 11th, 2006
UA 797
ORD - ANC
Scheduled: 1520 - 1840
Actual: 1515 - 1810
Equipment: Boeing 757-222 ETOPS
Seat: 11A (Economy Plus)
Mileage Plus miles: 2846


I wrote down the registration on some piece of paper, but I lost it somewhere!  weeping 

Boarding started around 14:45. We boarded behind the first class cabin, and I quickly found my seat. Wow, pretty impressive legroom (even with the seat pocket stuffed with some of my stuff)!



Load today was 90-95% in economy, there were a few open seats next to some fat persons, were nobody could be seated even if they wanted. I didn't look into the F cabin to see the load there.

I noticed at least eight other pax from the AMS flight were on this flight as well.

Next to our gate, a UA 733 with some hatch under the tail opened:



Channel 9 was enabled once again, so I switched to "9" again. Flight time was announced as 5 hours, 42 minutes! Pushback was a couple of minutes early.
This was my first 757 flight, and after hearing all kinds of stories about how powerful this aircraft was, I was a bit disappointed with the take-off. Maybe I was expecting too much?




Some airport we passed, about 8 minutes after take-off. I think we turned to the north after take off, so this airport would be somewhere near the shore of Lake Michigan, north of ORD:




Cabin crew came round with another snack mix and a round of drinks. I took an apple juice.

The first movie that was played was Eight Below. Grrr, just watched that one on 909! I took my book out for entertainment.

After Eight Below had finished, the next movie was Firewall. Again no luck for me, and I almost finished my first book. After finishing my book, I listened to some music and took a couple of pics:





Then I decided to go to the back of the plane, to stretch a little. I talked to the ORD based FAs for a while, they were very nice, and we had a bit of a chat about Alaska, The Netherlands and some other stuff. I think I spent an hour or so in the back, and I returned to my seat when the seat belt signs were switched on because we started our descent into ANC.




NW Cargo and Transmile (???):



FX:



Pulling into our gate, some NW pax jets:



Arrival into ANC was half an hour early. Around the scheduled arrival time (bags took some 20 minutes), we were walking to the Hertz desk to pick up our car for the coming weeks.



bla
User currently offlineAJO From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8233 times:

June 29th, 2006
7H 888
ANC - ADQ
Scheduled: 0940 - 1050
Actual: 0950 - 1105
Equipment: De Havilland DHC-8-100
Seat: 4C



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According to our travel agent, our flight would leave ANC at 10:40. Therefore, we returned our rental car and didn't come to the Era Aviation check-in desks until 09:20. We were told the flight would leave at 09:40, and that we should proceed to the gate area ASAP (gate L2). The gate area was right underneath the check-in desks, and we didn't pass a security checkpoint! So some wacko might take a gun on the plane without anyone even noticing!

Two Era planes were standing outside, N883EA and another DHC-8. N883EA was our aircraft for the day. Era Aviation does not assign seats (at least, not for this flight). I managed to obtain seat 4C. I didn't even notice this was an exit row until the safety demonstration by Dagmar, the (attractive  hearts  Wink FA for this flight.

After take-off, Dagmar took orders for the (complimentary) drink service, prepared the drinks and handed them out. I had a diet coke. No 7H inflight magazine, but in the seat pocket in front of me were some fishing magazine and a tourist brochure of Anchorage. Load today was around 85%.

The flight was very smooth, we flew over land until 15 minutes before landing, when we made the crossing to Kodiak Island.

The descent offered some views of the city of Kodiak, and we landed about 15 minutes late. We were surprised (and glad, of course) to see our checked bagage made it with us to ADQ, even though we were very late checking in.

June 30st, 2006
Andrew Airways
ADQ - Katmai NP - ADQ
Scheduled: from 1000 to 1400
Actual: 1030 - 1440
Equipment: Cessna U206G
Seat: 2B


No photo in the A.net database!

We were picked up at our hotel by an Andrew Airways van for our 4 hour bearviewing excursion. In the Andrew Airways airport office, we were given hip boots, and we were told that our flight was slightly delayed. After a while, our aircraft came in, a Cessna with water landing equipment (and wheels underneath, so it could land at ADQ without damage  Smile). Registration: N5303X, no photos in the database. Total passenger load was 4 today, so a total of 5 people were on board (which means 100% of the seats was occupied). I took the seat on the second row, with a window to my right, so I guess that makes 2B, right?  Wink

Took a picture once I was seated (and before the pilot entered):



I put on my headset to listen to "channel 9" Big grin

Our callsign was "five three o three X-Ray", and our pilot was given the choice by the ADQ controller to go to the runway he liked and take off from there. The flight was approximately 45 minutes, and then I experienced my first water landing ever, on the shores of Katmai National Park!

Another seaplane, N10188, from the air:



Yet another one, N4767U:



I guess luck was on our side, excellent weather and lots of bears.

After walking around for more than two hours, we went back to our aircraft.



The pilot distributed some cookies, crisps and soda pop among the passengers, after which we took off (first water take off ever for me!).

The flight back was as smooth as the way in, and we landed safely at ADQ at around 1440. I heard Era 890 asking for permission to land just when we taxied to the Andrew Airways area, and I thought: that's strange, we are on Era 893 flying back, don't they have flight numbers 891 and 892 ??? (see later)
After that, we thanked the pilot, and we were dropped off at the ADQ terminal for our flight back to ANC.



bla
User currently offlineAJO From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8233 times:

June 30st, 2006
7H 893
ADQ - ANC
Scheduled: 1525 - 1630
Actual: 1545 - 1655
Equipment: De Havilland DHC-8-100
Seat: 1B


We entered the ADQ terminal, and found quite some people in there. As it turned out, the earlier flight 891 was delayed for about 2 hours. Luckily, our flight 893 would be coming in just 15 minutes late. The 891 was full (I counted 37 pax, which is the maximum capacity for a DHC-8-100, if I'm not mistaken). To my dismay, I noticed it was N883EA again! Flight 893 was rather empty, I counted at least 20 open seats when we were in flight. This is N883EA on the ADQ ramp (took the photo while boarding):



I managed to snatch seat 1B, right across the jumpseat for the FA (don't remember her name, but she was nice). We had to wait about 5 minutes for an inbound aircraft, which turned out to be some cargo 727. After the 727 had landed, we took off. Once again, complimentary drinks service (diet coke for me). After that, I chatted a bit with the FA, and with my seatmate. Both happened to come from Montana.

We landed safely in ANC, and the bags made it too.

July 1st, 2006
UA 690
ANC - ORD
Scheduled: 0655 - 1556
Actual: 0650 - 1515
Equipment: Boeing 757-222 ETOPS
Seat: 11A


We arrived at ANC at about 5:35, to find a long line at the UA counters. There were two agents manning the check-in desks, and one agent was manning 4 or 5 self service check-in machines. When it was our turn, we were waved to one of the machines, which said something like: unable to check you in, use the phone on this machine to check in. So I picked up the phone, to find some waiting tune playing. One of the agents walked by, saw me standing with the phone in hand and said: come over to my desk, I'll check you in. We then had to carry our bags to a TSA checkpoint (no belts in ANC at the desks ???). The TSA guys asked everyone bringing bags there: did you pack guns? "No" of course for me, but the guy behind me said yes. The TSA guys were puzzled for a moment, started arguing with each other about what to do, and finally decided to just put the bag with the guns with the other bags.

After that, we walked to another TSA checkpoint to get to our gate (B8). Didn't take too long before we were through, and I bought a coffee and a muffin at Starbucks, right across the checkpoint. Walked to the gate to find boarding had already commenced, so I entered the plane directly (making sure N548UA was our plane for this flight).


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One of the FAs had her birthday today, which explained why her jumpseat had some cards and banners around it. Channel 9 was enabled on this flight, and I listened to it the entire flight.

When we pushed back, I saw a grey, old 4-propellor aircraft taking off in the distance. We took off, and after a while we reached our cruising altitude. FAs brought out drinks and some cookies (they tasted like "Bastogne-koeken" available in The Netherlands). I thought: good, it's July, some other movies. But they showed Eight Below once again !

However, it was nice to listen to Channel 9, and hear some interesting talks every once in a while. Especially nice was the Edmonton controller. He made a general announcement for those interested in the result of the England - Portugal football match. Later, some aircraft seeking contact with Edmonton center congratulated that same controller with his birthday. "How did you know it was my birthday?" the controller asked then (I didn't hear the answer as some cabin announcement was made at that time).

About 20 minutes before landing, we passed this airport (the same one as on the way out?):

(the following pics have a bit funky colors due to the dirty aircraft window)



We made a 180 degree turn over Lake Michigan. Some more approach pics:




Check out this wacky building:





aircraft on parallel approach (top of the picture):



Thrust reverse:



Nice UA express jet, A340 in the background and ghostly Sears Tower:



LH D-ABVS:




LH D-AIKA:



N313UA:



Our neighbour at the gate, N648UA:



An early arrival into ORD meant some extra ground time. I liked the Chicago style hot-dog on the way in, so I bought another one (and one for my travelling companion). Total price for the two was funny, being in an aiport: $ 7.47.

The ORD airport (at least the UA terminal) is very nice, only problem is that it's awfully warm in there, at least when the sun is shining (and it was).



bla
User currently offlineAJO From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8221 times:

July 1st, 2006
UA 908
ORD - AMS
Scheduled: 1758 - 0910
Actual: 1810 - 0925
Equipment: Boeing 767-322ER
Seat: 23G


When we arrived at our gate (C21), the aircraft was already there, more than two hours before departure. Registration was N644UA.


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When boarding was announced, it was clear that there were a lot of Dutch people on this flight: no queueing, just one big group of pax trying to board all at once. Load was 100% in all classes, and I noticed three infants near our seats  thumbsdown  (one in row 29, one in 20, and one in 18).

View towards gate C23, Shuttle by United:



We pushed back a few minutes late. We taxied to our runway for departure.

N175UA:



We crossed our departure runway, then took a left turn, and again a left turn to enter that same runway again at the beginning. Take-off with LH D-AIKA, showing off its football nose:


HP Nevada color scheme  eek :



No channel 9 during this flight, so a big  thumbsdown  to the flight crew. It took quite a while before the drinks service was started, and it was interrupted before they came to my seat because of turbulence. The captain (or first officer) came on to explain there was some heavy turbulence over Michigan, and they would be flying around it. Nevertheless, they needed the FAs to take their seats. After some banking, and some very mild turbulence, the drinks service was resumed. When I was handed my drink and a pack of snack mix, the FA said "Here you go, honey". How I hate that!

By the time the meal service started we were over the province of Ontario, somewhere between YYZ and YUL, and I was watching 16 Blocks (it was OK). Choice for the meal was beef or pasta. I went for the pasta again. It turned out to be cold. FAs took the pasta back from me (and from a lot of other pax) to heat it. They said the ovens weren't working properly on this aircraft. I wanted to put my seatback up for dinner, but it was stuck in the reclined position! I asked the guy behind me to push it up, and with some force he managed to do that. Later, the seat would only stay reclined when I leaned in to it, the moment I would move forward, the seatback came with it.

When the FA returned with my meal, the pasta was warm, and so was everything else (salad and dressing, dessert, grapes, water, crackers), and the butter had melted! Nevertheless, the meal was edible (except for the butter). It took a very long time before the trays were collected. Also, no coffee/tea service after the meal.

The FAs came by with water just twice, which I thought was not enough.

Two of three infants mentioned earlier were crying all the time, so it was pretty awful in the cabin, all the way to AMS. I didn't watch another movie after 16 Blocks, but listened to channel 6 (jazz) with the airshow on. I tried to think of all the aiport codes for the cities I saw on the maps (and managed pretty good. Ones I could think of included more obscure ones such as YJT and FIH). The ones I didn't know: Limerick (Ireland), Oxford (UK), Brighton (UK), Lille (France), Liège (Belgium) and Nürnberg (Germany).

About an hour before sunrise I went to the back. It turned out to be quite crowded there in the galley, a lot of Dutch guys were talking with each other and drank coffee. I joined them, talking about their trips and mine, and drinking some coffee, which was quite good compared with the black stuff some Americans call coffee, but Europeans call raw sewage. I stayed in the back until we were sent out by the FAs, who wanted to prepare breakfast. By then, the sun was shining, and we were between DUB and IOM. Breakfast consisted of a cup of fruit, water, a bread roll with brie, and a hot roll with egg and ham. It was good. I took an orange juice with it.

My PTV, close to AMS:




A ship on the North Sea:



Entrance of the Noordzeekanaal (channel between Amsterdam and the North Sea), near IJmuiden (west of Amsterdam):



Approach and landing:




We landed on the Polderbaan, so it took a while before we were near the gate. To make things worse, there was some kind of problem at the gate (the jetway couldn't be moved), so had an extra wait of around 5 minutes.

KL A330, PY 747, NW DC10:



The UA IAD aircraft was parked across from the G pier:



KL 772:



The IAD flight was operated by N776UA today:



After arriving at the G pier (don't know the gate number, but we stood next to an U2 A319 at the H pier), we walked to Dutch immigration, and waited a long time for the bags (one of the downsides of AMS IMHO). Took the train to Utrecht, and from there a taxi to my parents' home. (I returned to my hometown of Rotterdam this evening)


Thanks for reading this trip report! If you happen to know the registrations for UA 909 and/or UA 797 of June 11th, 2006, please reply! Any comments are welcome too.

For the record: I would fly any of the mentioned airlines again gladly, even though the last UA flight was a bit of a disappointment. Especially Andrew Airways is highly recommended!!!

AJO



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User currently offlineUSAF757300 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 8125 times:

very awsome report. I hope you enjoyed your trip to Alaska, its is very awesome up there. I will be traveling to AMS on UA in a couple of months, my routing will be PHX-IAD-AMS-ORD-PHX. Thank you for sharing, very well done



USAF757300


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7913 times:

From ORD to Anchorage they only give a cookie or am I mistaken? Thanks for the interesting pictures.

User currently offlineAJO From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks ago) and read 7849 times:

Quoting Semsem (Reply 7):
From ORD to Anchorage they only give a cookie or am I mistaken? Thanks for the interesting pictures.

I got a snack mix on the ORD - ANC flight, and some cookies (two small ones in one packet) on the ANC - ORD flight. The rest was Buy-on-board.

It was pretty disappointing for a 5h40 flight (but I knew this beforehand)



bla
User currently offlineDelta732FF From United States of America, joined May 2005, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7536 times:

Great report and pictures. I never knew UA had ptv's on their 763's.

User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7530 times:

Sorry I missed you in ANC . . . I always like to meet fellow A-Netters when they come to "The Last Frontier". I hope you enjoyed Alaska - rain and all. The Dash 8-100 you photographed on the ADQ ramp is one of two I fly regularly. Era has more than 2 but 833 and her sister 832 are equipped with an MLS system for the airfield at GBH. In fact, there's a 50/50 shot I'll fly N833EA on Thursday morning again.  biggrin 

And in a few short weeks, I'll be taking the same UA flights ANC-ORD-ANC as you did on this trip . . .

Great report! Thanks!


User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1068 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7518 times:

Nice trip report. Turns out I was working the day that you came into Alaska on UA797. The chances are pretty good that I handled your bags as you got off the flight. Hope you enjoyed your trip. Sorry about the time it took to get your bags.

Dinker



Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7513 times:

Quoting Dinker225 (Reply 11):
Sorry about the time it took to get your bags.

I'll remember this when I go ANC-ORD-CID and return in Sept . . . .  rotfl 

If you're working 8/31 I'll be on the UA flight to ORD that night, and coming back in on the 9/5 from ORD.

Come shake my hand - you'll recognize me by the "hat". All Hail the Hat . . .  laughing 


User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1068 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7504 times:

Theres a good chance I'll be working that night. I'll see when we get closer. I usually work the day shift but quite often pick up shifts at night. Unless things change I won't be working on the 5th. My scheduled day off. But that could change too.

Dinker



Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7496 times:

AJO

UA908/909 to/from DEN/ORD was operated by N652UA (B763)
UA946/947 to/from IAD was flown by N769UA (B772)

It was a nicely readable report, attached with some great pictures. Thanks for bringing it online here.

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineAJO From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7321 times:

Thanks for all the comments guys!

Quoting Delta732FF (Reply 9):
Great report and pictures. I never knew UA had ptv's on their 763's.

Only on 763s configured for the international market. Domestic 763s (the ones that fly to Hawaii and such) have the old monitors over the aisle.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 10):
I hope you enjoyed Alaska - rain and all.

Alaska was great! I'm just afraid that I need to return to see everything I've missed in this trip (Deadhorse and the Dalton highway, Aleutians, good view of Mt. McKinley, aurora borealis, black bear (seen lots and lots of brown bears, but not a single black bear))  Smile

Quoting Dinker225 (Reply 11):
Sorry about the time it took to get your bags.

It wasn't THAT bad Big grin Including the time to pick up the bag, we were still "on time"  Smile

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 14):
UA908/909 to/from DEN/ORD was operated by N652UA (B763)
UA946/947 to/from IAD was flown by N769UA (B772)

It was a nicely readable report, attached with some great pictures. Thanks for bringing it online here.

thanks for the registrations Eric  thumbsup  (and of course for the kind words)



bla
User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1068 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7159 times:

Quoting AJO (Reply 4):
We then had to carry our bags to a TSA checkpoint (no belts in ANC at the desks ???).

United has bag belts but we aren't allowed to use them. The TSA has all their equipment going thru the old Alaska Air baggage belts. We no longer use the United baggage room in ANC either. We use the old one that Alaska used to use when they were over there.

Dinker



Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
User currently offlineUsair320 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6633 times:

Technically Limerick does not have an airport but they use SNN(shannon)

User currently offlineORDTerminal1 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6611 times:

hey AJO

I think the UA plane you flew back to Amsterdam on July 1st had the same tail number as the one I flew Munich-Chicago that arrived on July 1st. Coincidence huh?



717, 727, 732,733, 734, 735, 738, 742, 744, 752, 763, 319, 320, 340, F100
User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8690 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6502 times:

Good trip report. I ask my friend who is a A320 capt bout Captain Cox. I was wondering about the 763ER of UA.

ANCflyer,

You inspired me to invent MCOflyer for which MCO is my primary airport. If I go to ANC, I will contact you. If you ever come down to Orlando, contact me immediately.

MCOflyer



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2521 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6482 times:

Quoting Delta732FF (Reply 9):
I never knew UA had ptv's on their 763's.

Only on the international variants (same with the 777s).


777fan



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User currently offlineAJO From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6338 times:

Quoting ORDTerminal1 (Reply 18):
hey AJO

I think the UA plane you flew back to Amsterdam on July 1st had the same tail number as the one I flew Munich-Chicago that arrived on July 1st. Coincidence huh?

It's a small world after all  Wink

Quoting Usair320 (Reply 17):
Technically Limerick does not have an airport but they use SNN(shannon)

That's what I thought, having been there I flew into and out of SNN, and Limerick was the closest city. Thanks for the heads up.



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