USAF757300 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 10501 times:
United Airlines # 909
sched. Departure 11:05 am, actual 11:01am
sched. Arrival 1:12 pm, actual 12:49 pm
After a week in Amsterdam, It was time to go back home to the USA. I didnt want to leave, I fell in love with the city. Great people, great food, great everything. Will be back again soon!!!!! I left my hotel in the Jordaan at about 7:30 am for Centraal Station to take the train over to Schiphol. Got there at about 8:40, but the United check-in didnt open until 9:05. So I just walked around for a couple of minutes.
United Check-in area, not very busy.
When the counters open it took about 15 minutes to pass through. I was offered an Economy Plus seat for around 70 euro, but I declined. I was given seat 26F, a window so I was happy. Went down to have my passport checked and then into the departures hall. I was getting a bit hungry so I stopped at McDonalds to get some breakfest and my fix of OJ. I also parked it next to the window and saw this beauty:
KLM 777, PH-BQA.
After I was finished, I headed down the departure corridor to the G Concourse and had some alright views:
Flight 909 was due to leave out of gate G5, but she wasnt there yet. The UA 777 (flight 946) that came in from IAD earlier was still there, but being readed to be toed to the remote stand. The US 762 heading to PHL was at the gate next to ours.
Very sharp looking IMO
Walked down aways and saw CO103 bound for EWR.
By this time it was about 10:00am and I headed for my gate. I was asked a few questions about what I was bringing back into the states and then I was screened again before going into the gate area. Not a big deal, they were just doing their job. So I then went to go sit by the window for awhile. Eventually the flight from ORD lands and pulls up to G5. She was in the new colors, so again I was happy!
USAF757300 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10453 times:
Boarding started at around 10:35. It was very smooth, and I was called quickly because of being in seating area 2.
More of our 767-300 from the gate, before I boarded.
So I settled into seat 26F. My new home from the next 8.5 hours.
After about 20 minutes the boarding door was closed and we where pushing back. Heres another look at the US 762 heading to PHL, right about the time we left.
After a short taxi, to the runway. We waited for a Tunisair 737, then a Onur A300, and we where on the active. Long line for takeoff:
We made our way up and went into the layer of clouds not to long after liftoff.
Now it was time to sit back and relax for the next 8 hours and 27 min. I had chosen to watch Pirates of the Caribbean "The Curse of the Black Pearl" or somthing of that nature. It was alright, pretty entertaining. Now I know that UA's IFE isnt the best in the world, but for me it does just fine. One or two movies and the rest of the flight is on airshow. During the middle of the flick the fa's came around with hot towels and then the lunch service began. Either chicken, or pasta. I went with the chicken. Sorry I absolutly forgot to take a picture of it until it was being taken away. But it was very good. It came with some vegitables, a salad, and a roll, with some crackers to. And for desert some strawberry icecream. It was actaully very good!! Well done UA, once again.
After the meal, and the movie I switched to Airshow for awhile:
Another beverage service came at this time. I took a Pepsi, my second of the flight. Yet another reason why I fly UA, PepsiCo products.
Cabin from my seat:
Now we are nearing Greenland and I was hoping for some nice shots. As we passed the coast this is what I saw, and it was beautiful:
After hitting land again over Canada to my dissapointment we also hit a cloud wall, so I desided to get some sleep.
Cabin shot from the rear of the aircraft before I tried to sleep:
Over central Michigan we started our desent into ORD. It took about 40 min. It was rather bumpy I might add, but nothing the 763 couldnt handle.
Approching ORD, some pretty fall colors down there:
UA 744, upon our arrival at ORD
After our arrival at ORD we proceded to gate M20 in the International Terminal 5. Customs was a breeze. The bags however took a long time to reach the terminal. We waited there for atleast 30 min. before they started coming out. I am sure glad that I didnt need to make a tight connection. The US Customs agent asked me what I was all bringing into the country and I told him Cheese, Chocolate, Model Airplanes, and Tshirts. And to this he remarked "ok your fine" and he took my Customs form and off I went to Terminal 1. Concourse B.
Had pleanty of time to wonder around at ORD. Our gate, B21 was empty when I arrived there. So I parked by the window to watch some of the arrivals. IB 340, AA777, UA777, and countless 757s of both UA and AA, and AA M80s. Nothing to special. At about 2:45 boarding was called. Again in seating sections. Also noted that they needed 4 people to give up their seats and go out on a later flight through DEN into PHX. UA was offering a free roundtrip ticket in the US48 for this. I desided to go for it but they ended up not needing anyone to give up thier seats. Bummer!
This flight was nothing special a normal TED operated flight. Sorry I dont have more to report about this but I fell asleep just after takeoff to just before landing, I was very tierd!!!. The flight time ended up being just over 3 hours. At any rate, well done TED!!!
Yet again a nice flight with UA.
Thank you for reading. Keep in mind this was my first report. Any suggestions are welcome. I hope you enjoyed reading it!!!!
MH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1709 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 10245 times:
Thanks for sharing your great trip-report: loved your pictures, especially the ones of Greenland and the landing sequence at ORD.
Good to know, you loved the city and airport of AMS: yeah, in the morning you'll typically see lot's of different airlines; to judge by the long line for take-off, you used runway 09 for departure
What will those 70 Euros give you more (with regard to service and seat-pitch) than the regular Economy ?
Seems, UA had a good load on the Transatlantic flight, despite the competition of KLM on this route...
MCMAHONSMR From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10059 times:
I don't really understand the Y+ product on UA. OK, it's great if you are elite, or full fare Y or are a member of "ameniti" (or whatever it is). But, I've been offered Y+ via easy check-in for $75, been given a seat if I ask, and then just handed a BP for Y+ too. Seems that there really is no consistency . . . .
Cgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1192 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 9985 times:
Nice report. I didn't know UA offered seat-back IFE in their 767s. Anyone know if all their wide bodies are equipped with it?
In my opinion AMS is probably the best European airport offering views after clearing security. Tip for your next trip to A-dam....visit the panorama terrace. On a nice day it's great for spotting and as far as I know entrance is still free.
Buck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 886 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9392 times:
excellent trip report. i enjoyed the pictures very much. i am also a fan of AMS and love the airport. Good to hear that you enjoyed UA as well. I like United as well, although I have never flown them across the atlantic. Although I'm hoping to do that some day