United 6174(Operated by Skywest)
Departure Time: 2:30PM
Actual Departure Time: 2:15PM
Arrival Time: 3:02PM
Actual Arrival Time: 2:45PM
Aircraft: EMB 120
Seats: 7A, 7C
Load Factor: 10%
The friendly flight attendant names Heather welcomed us aboard. She told us to sit somewhere behind row 6, which we did. Within 30 seconds the door was shut. She gave us a 30 second safety speech, and said if we wanted anything to eat or drink she could get it because of the light load. What can I say? We took off and went straight back down.
During taxi I saw a JAL 747 and an Air New Zealand aircraft. We quickly got to our parking area, and I took some quick shots and then disembarked.
At the airport:
What a dump! I have been to LAX
before, and remember the other parts being nicer, but this part was just old and empty. Anyway, to get away from this area of the terminal was about a five minute walk. We reached our gate, and asked about the flight loads. We were told it would be an empty flight. We sat down and I tried to put the handle in on my $150 carry-on, and it was stuck. This was a brand new piece of luggage, and I got pissed. Eventually I jammed it in, but then ended up taking it out again. We just sat there and waited for about 15 minutes, and then boarding began.
Departure Time: 4:00PM
Actual Departure Tine: 3:58PM
Arrival Time: 5:17PM
Actual Arrival Time: 5:10PM
Seats: 10A, 10C
Load Factor: 60%
We got aboard and were greeted by a Chinese Flight Attendant. We took our seats, and the door was closed within 20 minutes. The safety video was put on, and we were informed that our flight crew was fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Our purser was maybe a 25 year old Chinese lady. She had WAY too much fun with her job
. She sat in one of those crew seats facing the passengers two rows in front of us with a male flight attendant. Whenever she read something from the little book with all of the announcements, she stopped and made jokes with the other flight attendant and continuously laughed. Anyway, we took off had a smooth climb to FORTY THOUSAND FEET! This is the highest cruising altitude I have ever had for such a short flight. Beverage service began, and I had a coke and some pretzels. I did a little bit of reading in Julius Caesar, and then watched a little bit of the in flight program. Anyway, nothing else noteworthy. We landed, smoothly and taxied to the gate. We arrived a few minutes early and were among the first off.
At the airport:
We were going to go over to the Red Carpet Club for a while, but first decided to get something to eat. I forgot what it was called, but we headed over to this local type restaurant. I was not hungry, and did not eat anything. We then headed to the Red Carpet Club. I think that this is one of the nicer domestic clubs, and it was extremely empty. This place is huge, and there were maybe 10 people total. I had a few drinks and snacks. They had bagged snack mix, fruit, cheese and crackers, and other stuff like that. We spent about 2.5 hours there, in which time I took a lot of crappy shots. The windows overlook the tarmac, which is great. Once we left, we headed to an empty gate, where there were maybe a total of thirty people. The lady called boarding for all passengers at once, because it was so empty, rather than preboarding/first/elites/zones.
Departure Time: 8:10PM
Actual Departure Time: 8:08PM
Arrival Time: 9:40PM
Actual Arrival Time: 9:35PM
Seats: 12A, 12C
Load factor: 20%
We got aboard and proceeded to our seats. We were once again greeted by a friendly crew. The leg space was great as usual, with a full 36 inches. The only thing that I noticed was that my window was misplaced, and I only had one. I had to turn my head at a 90 degree angle to look out, which was not all that great. As usual, we took off on time, and were on time.
This was the flight where I was beginning to get pretty tired. After being up for 18 hours, and spending a large portion of that in the air, I was just about ready to sleep. Unfortunately, I could not. I tried to lay there for the whole flight, but just could not fall asleep. There was nothing else noteworthy about this flight.
At the airport:
was like a ghost town. It was completely empty, and I was getting pretty damn tired. We walked a while to stretch our legs, and eventually, headed out of security. It was surprisingly mild outside, and we stayed there for a few minutes. That was my first fresh air in a LONG time. Most places were closed, but we found a nice restaurant, which had a fireplace and was open till 11PM. I forgot its name, but maybe someone here knows it. Anyway, I had a burger which was good.
We then headed back through security, where there was no wait. We had our boarding passes and ID
’s checked by someone who I could have sworn was 13. After about three minutes we were on our way to the gate again. This time it looked a little bit fuller. We still had about an hour to kill, but were too tired to do anything.
My favorite part about sitting in airports is listening to other people talk about aviation and airlines. There were these four elderly people who were speculating for about 10 minutes what Economy Plus is. None of their guesses were correct, but some were quite amusing. Another thing I had noticed the whole day is that the older Elites always have their Gold boarding pass clearly visible in their shirt pocket. I always find that funny. Anyway, one of the old ladies speculated if she should go ask for an exit row seat (which is located in Economy Plus), and the agent said that if nobody else wanted it, they could have it. Then there was this guy, maybe 50 years old, who was called because his upgrade cleared. I thought that he won “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”, or something like that, because his excitement was unexplainable. The boarding began, and we were among the first aboard again.
Departure Time: 11:25PM
Actual Departure Time: 11:20PM
Arrival Time: 5:07AM
Actual Arrival Time: 4:58AM
Seats: 8A, 8C
Load Factor: 80%
On the way in, I noticed that our flight crew was partially the same as that from our previous flight. The purser (who clearly had hair implanted by laser), recognized us. We got to our seats, and once again had an empty middle seat. From the second I sat down, I already got in sleeping position. I pretty much tried to sleep the whole flight. I don’t remember a whole lot, so won’t speculate. All I remember is that we had some heavy moderate turbulence about three times, with some noteworthy vertical drops. Before I knew it, we landed at a dark O’Hare.
At the airport:
We headed to Starbucks and a bagel place and had something to eat. We then headed to the gate to Tampa, and sat and waited. Boarding began, and we were again among the first aboard.
United 1560(Operated by Ted)
Departure Time: 6:30AM
Actual Departure Time: 6:25AM
Arrival Time: 10:02AM
Actual Arrival Time: 9:55AM
Load Factor: 95%
I tried to put the handle in my carryon into the overhead bin, but its handle would not go in. I just laid it in sideways, which the flight attendant later tried to correct. This was as usual a very full flight. Once I sat down I noticed that we had a FEMALE CAPTAIN. I found this interesting. In call my flights on United I have only flown with female first officers. Unfortunately, she did not turn on Channel 9. Anyway, we took off and were on our last segment. I watched some of the Tedivision programming, and mainly slept the rest of the flight. Before I knew it, we were on final approach. The only noteworthy thing this flight is that on landing, the Captain could not ground the plane. We were over the runway and the engines were at low power, but the plane would not go down. We must have cruised for a few seconds about five feet above the ground. Then she jerked the plane up, and I was expecting a go around. We did not get one. Instead, we landed and took up the entire runway. We got to the gate early, and had finally finished!
I had a great time. Untied is truly a great airline. We had Channel Nine on all but one flight, which was great. On EVERY flight we had an empty middle seat, with great legroom. We only came upon friendly and smiling faces, which is the normal at United, despite their tough times right now. ALL
of our flights were either on time or early, without any hassles.
GREAT JOB AND
THANKS A LOT UNITED!