To all you United bashers out there: (and you know who you are... you losers!
I don't care if AA gives me more room throughout coach, United plops me down in E+ and I can get more room than "more room" provides. Plus, if I fly AA, I'll never pay. I'll just use miles.
Northwest provides reliable service. That's fine and good, and pretty essential when it all comes down to it, but spending several hours in a threadbare cabin is not my way to fly. Call me crazy, but I'd rather get there just a little later in contentment, with my winged headrest, food, FULL beverage can, free entertainment, and on a young aircraft. While younger may not mean safer, ask yourself this: do you feel safer on a trusty, but old 1983 Toyota Camry, or on a spanking new 2001 Camry. A-ha.
Delta may have a snazzy scheme, but there's no way in hell you'll get me to connect through ATL to go from SFO-anywhere. The widget is a cute little symbol, but I'd rather travel through the ideally-located facilities at DEN, ORD, and IAD, whose terminals uncoincidentally have simple flying Us.
Continental may have the best service and most international destinations, but it means nothing to me when places like Tegucigalpa, Honduras have multiple weekly service. I love their interiors, but somehow my needs don't fit in with theirs.
I am content with my Airbus experiences on UA. No need to fly on another (soon) majority airbus narrowbody fleet. Sorry, US Airways.
Southwest is great for the short haul, but I'm not gonna fly it coast to coast.
What it all boils down to is that UA is the most BASIC
airline for me. Its route network (with United Express) can get me almost anywhere in the country with efficient connections and well-maintained hub facilities. Internationally, I can get to many of the most important destinations on 5 continents. If I'm on vacation, getting to Hawaii is not a problem.
If I ever need to go to any other destination on business or leisure, I can turn to the world's most proven alliance network, flying on some of the world's most proven global air carriers. My travel will always be rewarded with an excellent and comprehensive mileage program.
To me, United is America's airline. America's airline should be the one who represents the Untied States of America the most in the world. United, with its impressive nationwide coverage, in conjunction with its large international presence, is this airline in my mind. United is #1 to Asia, #2 to Europe (used to be #1), and #3 to Latin America. That's pretty good if you ask me.
And UA's soon going to have one of the youngest and most standardized fleets, not to mention the "largest average plane size". Take the other airlines, then I can have more room for myself and my other friendly passengers on a large, modern aircraft.
Only on United can the crew truly make your flight feel like "the friendly skies". They don't say that often over the P/A anymore, but when they do, they mean it. When the crew mentions "the friendly skies" they fully intend to deliver on their personal advertising. I've experienced it. With talkative Pilots and caring F/As.
United provides all the right basics
Face it: UA was dealt an amazing hand of cards, it just doesn't play them very well right now. Everyone is always jealous of the guy who has the full house, so they say he's only bluffing. UA in the past has been too mismanaged to put it use its stellar assets, and now is in the position to rethink its game.
When UA lays out its true hand, read em and weep fellas. U N I T E D will come back.
UA, give me some sugar baby!