I was at the first DEN
flight which was considered the inaugural flight for TED even though he had flown to/from LAS
early this morning. There were way more people there than I expected. Sean Donohue, the VP
of TED made a press speech, followed by Pete McDonald, VP
of Operations. Every manager you could think of was there, along with many loyal and interested employees and customers. There were balloons, cookies, drinks, goodie bags, and lots of photography. I think I saw all of the major newspapers and TV
stations there. Many of UA
people where there and some flew out to FLL
for a smaller celebration there.
THE BEST PART.....there was a booth with demos of what the new IFE will be. They were all handheld video monitors ranging in size. They will be testing these in the coming weeks on the DEN
flights. Good news! (Bad news for F9
My favorite part was the band. Even as an employee, I was suprised to see that it was The Samples. They are a great band that I have followed since the mid-90s. Good tunes, lots of smiles and friendly people, and a totally full flight that pushed 4 minutes early.
I am looking forward to flying TED myself. I know there was a local 1K that was there that bought a ticket just to fly TED. He was our first customer to board.