Last Thursday evening, I checked in for the usual IND-ORD-LGA routing with one unusual difference. I was flying United instead of American. I always prefer AA for obvious reasons, but flights were very full when I planned to travel, so I went with UA and made a point of booking 727s.
My first flight was onboard N7269U, an older model. As soon as I boarded, I was so happy to be on board the aircraft. Something about the 70's wall linings makes one nostalgic! With the exception of a NW 727 I flew late last year, it had been a while since I've been on a three-holer, so I tried to soak up as mpch of 'the view' as I could. We pushed back about 40 minutes late due to weather in Chicago. I sat about 5 rows from the back, right near the great noisy engines. The flight was about 45 minutes, and the FAs didn't even serve drinks. Given the choice of any other UA aircraft or an AE ERJ, I'd chose the RJ hands down. Better service.
At ORD, sprinted to the connecting gate(in another terminal, of course) only to find my next 727 holding while the COS 735 pushed back. It pulled in and the DSM pax deplaned rather quickly. The a/c, N7445U had the same interior, only this time, I wa seated in United Plus. I must say that I was not overly impressed. Same old weird orange and purple seats, only now I can just about scratch my shin. Great.
It was nice flying into LaGuardia on the 72, I haven't done that since a DFW-LGA equip sub about 6 or 7 years ago. Now AA only occasionally flies 727s to MIA.(Not right now. Will they return to LGA ever?) Only about 35 minutes late, I'd rate UA "not bad".
Score: 6/10 for a US domestic, 4/10 all airlines considered.