ana767
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United Shuttle LAX-PDX, What To Expect?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 9:50 am

I'm set to go from LAX to PDX on United Shuttle, and I was wondering what I can expect in terms on comfort, service, etc.? Any info. is appreciated.
 
orlo3
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RE: United Shuttle LAX-PDX, What To Expect?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 10:03 am

What to expect? Expect an aging 737 with very limited service. You might be able to depart the plane from the back door and walk on the tarmac to the airport though. Other than that...don't expect much. Depending on what time you're here you might be able to catch a glimpse of the five Delta MD-11s that usually get here around the same time. (around 1:00 pm) Have a great flight.
 
Matt D
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RE: United Shuttle LAX-PDX, What To Expect?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 10:11 am

I would also like to add that if it's United, don't expect it to depart on time.
Quite frankly, you'll be lucky if it departs on the same DAY it's supposed to.
 
flyua
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RE: United Shuttle LAX-PDX, What To Expect?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 10:14 am

Dear ANA767:
I love to promote anything and everything United, but I'll be honest....
Expect on the bad side: rather loud, unintelligeable boarding announcements at the gate; a crowd to gather around the jetway entrance as the infamous "Zone Boarding" begins (if you have carry-on bags, ask for a seat in Zone 1 or 2 -- you'll be sure to have space for your bags); a brief look at our nice First Class seats before you're prodded along to the main cabin; a usually rushed-sounding safety demonstration; a delay of some sort waiting on the taxiway at LAX; one glass of your favorite drink and one small bag of pretzels; a pillow and blanket brought to you by a Flight Attendant, only if you ask; and no rack of magazines.

Expect on the good side, though: a newly-refurbished Terminal 8 for United Shuttle's operations complete with Burger King and Starbucks (trust me -- buy some sustenance before boarding your 2-hour flight); a 737 with extended overhead bins which can hold enough carry-ons for an 80%-full flight; competent, although somewhat stressed-out, Flight Attendants; a good view on nice days; and the arrival at beautiful PDX airport, one of my favorite N. American airports (great bookstore and bakery).

One service note: on United Shuttle flights over 1.5 hours, a second beverage service is scheduled. The cabin crew should, at the least, offer ice water. If you are sweet to them and if they are receptive, you can and SHOULD ask for anything you'd like, though. Take it from a Flight Attendant: a little "please" and "thanks" go a looong way with me. I hope you have a good and speedy flight. Make time to explore PDX Airport, not to mention Portland!
 
ana767
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RE: United Shuttle LAX-PDX, What To Expect?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 12:06 pm

Thanks for the insight. I appreciate it.

I'm actually starting my trip in Chicago. What can I expect on the flight from ORD to PDX. I'm scheduled on the 320, but I might be able to get on the 777 that leaves 10 minutes earlier. Which is better?
 
ILUV767
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RE: United Shuttle LAX-PDX, What To Expect?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 12:28 pm

Oh...take the 777! I didnt know that UA brought the 777 into PDX. I guess that I learn new things daily.
 
flyua
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RE: United Shuttle LAX-PDX, What To Expect?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 12:33 pm

We have -- or will have -- a 777 between ORD and PDX? That's amazing!
Well, I suppose a 777 offers you more of everything... more space, more options for entertainment, more chances for upgrades.... I just can't believe we'll be sending a 777 to PDX!
How could you resist the 777 for an A320 when you're a passenger? I couldn't! (Uh-oh... maybe I've opened the Boeing-v-Airbus can of worms!)
 
ana767
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RE: United Shuttle LAX-PDX, What To Expect?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 12:45 pm

Sorry about that. I meant ORD to LAX (not PDX).
 
DIA
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RE: United Shuttle LAX-PDX, What To Expect?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 1:49 pm

What to expect?! You just made my day! Laugh out loud
Ding! You are now free to keep supporting Frontier.
 
JohnFKelly
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RE: United Shuttle LAX-PDX, What To Expect?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 2:30 pm

Expect the unexpected.

If you're really lucky, UA Shuttle will cancel, and you'll have to fly another airline.
 
N960AS
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RE: United Shuttle LAX-PDX, What To Expect?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 2:57 pm

Ahhh, UA Shuttle, hmmmmm, what to say.

I'll be honest, my UA Shuttle experiences are limited, and mostly to bad ones.

I first flew them back in '97 when they were getting, I was going on a LAX-PDX flight. It was the Friday of Memorial Day, oh my what a stupid idea! Well, basically the plane left over 3 hours late, full, and boarding took forever with those damn zones. What were they thinking? Probably not much. Anyway, they offered free booze since it was so late, but didn't announce it. Upon arrival the announcement was "Welcome to Portland where the local time is 11.30pm [or something like that]." To which the person sitting in my row on the aisle seat blurts out, "Oh, there is a 3 hour time difference on United." I don't remember the flight coming back.

I've also flown UA shuttle a few times on PDX-LAX and PDX-SFO-BUR when Alaska has cancelled their flights [oh what fun].

I've flown LAX-SFO-LAX. One time the flight up there was delayed 2 hours [twice as long as the flight itself] and the one coming back was cancelled.

I've flown BUR-SFO-BUR once or twice which was just great and we got to deplane through the back at both airports. On time, nice.

If your flight is during a meal time I would recommend bringing a snack, the flight is usually about 1 hour 45-50 minutes once you're up, so if you get hungry. I haven't flown UA since '99 but if I remember there is a Wolf Gang Puck's in the LAX T7 - do that! Unless you like fast food [which I don't] and you'll see your fill of Starbucks in the NW.

Yeah, PDX is kinda a cool little airport, and if you're there from around 10am - 1pm look for up to 4 DL MD-11s until March 31. In Portland go to Powell's Books on NW 10th and W Burnside. It is such a good book store. ALso 23rd street is cool and Jake's seafood is really good. Ok, sorry to be so down beat about the flights. Good luck and have fun.

J/LAX
 
N960AS
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RE: United Shuttle LAX-PDX, What To Expect?

Tue Mar 06, 2001 3:04 pm

A few more comments...in case I haven't said enough...

As UA whatever said there is a good bakery, that is probably Marcy bakery, they are very good and around town. The bookstore is Powell's, thats the small one at PDX, the big one in the city is amazing.

Oh, get a window seat, if you're seated on the right [in this case correct] side of the plane you sould have a really nice view of the Columbia River as you fly over on approach. If you land heading east and are in a F seat you have a view of down town and then skim over boats and ships in the river. If you land heading west and are in an A seat you should have a sharp turn over the river and a view the city flying in.

Yeah, have fun on those 737s, if that is possible. They are boring but get the job done. 735s are cooler. Well actually A320s are cooler, well really MD80s, k, night.

J

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