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Any info on loads/status of UA's regional (trans states IIRC) SAT-OKC service? I might fly the route in 5 weeks or so, and wanted a warm fuzzy that it will still be around
I did the OKC
r/t a few weeks ago, and both mid-week segments had fewer than 5 open seats... both flights had at least a half dozen Valero guys... on the return they were joking about gigging the Valero booking rules to score the nonstop... can't speak for the overall yield though.
On Wednesday I took the evening SAT
flight... only 3 open seats... if I got my count right... packed in any case... mostly suites and high & tights... the FA
earned her keep fetching cocktails. The guy across the isle from me was a USAA
exec... said his ticket was $1500 something.
Today (Saturday morning)... my return... was a different story. *Maybe* 20 of us... we landed about 15 minutes early but there were issues with UA
gate space and we ended up in the penalty box for over 40 min!!! A SAT
first for me. There was another UA
ERJ (from OKC
& outbound to OMA
N832HK???) in the penalty box with us for the first 20 minutes. It took another 10+ minutes sweating in the jetway before the gate checks showed up... IMO, somewhat excessive for a lightly loaded ER4. In any case, UA
seems to be pushing the limits with their T1 gates and staff.
As for UX
/Trans States' service... Don't expect the all around consistency you get from CO
. Both of my outbounds were on a/c in UA
's old colors, but the aircraft had the all grey low back Trans World Express/ American Connection interiors... low N8
regos. Both of my returns were on what I believe are former Crossair jungle jets... very ratty, cracked blue leather seats with gray inserts, but in UA
's new exterior colors. All of the aircraft interiors seem to be worn & in need of an update, but the low 800HKs seem to be nicer IMO. I only used the lav on the return today and noticed the basin was filled with sani-wipes... the plumbing was either in/op or this is a cost cutting measure. All of the FAs were attractive, courteous and perky (if not overly perky) except for today's flight... she sat in 18A (last row) and relaxed under a blanket for an hour and fifteen minutes before doing the beverage service somewhere around Junction, TX
(30 min out)!!! Another first for me.
I've found all of UA
's ground staff to be pleasant and helpful... especially in OKC
... in SAT
they seemed overwhelmed, if not distracted... getting back to the SAT
streched too thin observation.
This is likely unrelated to UA
's expansion, but I had my first 30+ minute security check point line at SAT
T1 on Wednesday... I got in the line at the Southwest counters! Another first for me after 5 years of very frequent SAT
Bottom line... give 'um a try. Nit-picking aside, you just can't beat the non-stop service.