1 year lurker, first time posting! Doing a business trip next month on UA from LAX to IAD. Used some mileage to upgrade to "first" class, but didn't find any posts which detailed what I might experience. I'm not expecting flat beds, etc, because of the short trip, but just wanted to see what others thoughts are on this leg/plane. It's a 319 on the way out, 320 on the way back. I have flown both of these several times, but just wondering whether it will be pretty ho-hum or a nice experience. Astonished that the flight was $219 for coach.
A little about myself....
-LAX based with the occasional BUR jaunt.
-I am in software sales and have been traveling frequently over the past 4 years, mostly Star Alliance with many WN. Did LAX to YYZ and back about a dozen times on Air Canada and really like them and their flight staff, but don't get up there much anymore
-I do the LAX/BUR-OAK WN businessman's flight pretty frequently. Why other airlines aren't as easy to do business with is beyond me. WN's website is phenomenal for making easy changes to my schedule.
-Started to take some flying lessons on a Piper Warrior the past few months. Surprised how easy it is to control these things....landing approach of course is a different matter. I like it, but not sure I want to get certified. Was thinking about taking a helicopter flight.
-LOVE the 777. Only been on one flight, but it won my heart. She's a beauty. No problems with the 737/320 family either....airlines by them in bulk for a reason.
-Can't wait to see the 380, but really can't wait to ride the 787. Yes, I lean toward B, but appreciate A.
-When I do go into the office, it's a mile from LAX. At one point when I am working there fulltime, my cube faced out onto the approach and I got to see many planes.....it's almost crazy how many WN's land; quite a few FedEx as well. Was actually heading home from the office during JetBlue's scare last week and saw no less than 8 fire trucks and ambulances on their way to 25L.
-I still am not good enough to spot plane types just by sight. 737/747/777/320 family I'm good at, but 757/767/330/340's look alike to me. In time I guess.
-Dig the Shuttle...yes I know she's outdated, but she gets the job done. Keep her flying until the new shuttle is ready; screw the 2010 date.
Anyways, glad to be here. Thought this forum would be more welcoming on the newbie vs. the big board where some are aviation snobs.