rpaillard
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UA1049, ORD To ANC: 2 Thumbs Up, United

Sun May 14, 2006 2:12 pm

This is my trip report for ORD to ANC with United on May, 13, 2006.

We proceed from BIQ (our hometown airport in France) to CDG and CDG to ORD on May 12 with AF. I will also maybe post a trip report for this leg. Anyway, I’m here to report for our flight to Anchorage: here we go!

It was our first time in ORD, and it was an almost perfect experience. After a taxi ride from downtown (expect a $35 ride), we headed a Terminal One with plenty of time to have something to eat and be sure to be one time at check-in

United 1049 is supposed to fly us to Anchorage with an almost 6 hours trip. It’s pretty long, considering the fact that we will fly a narrow (Boeing 757 200, N561UA). Departure was scheduled at 12:15 PM. it as on time from the begining to the end!

The reservation was maid with Expedia. With E-ticket and no Mileage Plus account, we supposed we have to check-in with United crew. We used a kiosk, witch was convenient, easy and available in French! Congratulations for that straightforward process United! In less than 10 minutes, we have our boarding pass and our two big bags checked, the opportunity to select a seat and even to upgrade to Economy Plus for a $54 fee. We did not choose it at that time.

Now, we have to clear the security. A very enthusiast TSA agent ask us to proceed by removing all stuff that could trouble the security machine, to remove belt, shoes, laptop computer from the bag and so forth. We did it, and cleared the security very quickly (maybe 2 minutes). The TSA guys said “Good job, guys”, with a big smile! Really good experience with that guy!

Now within concourse B in T1, we took a general look over stores and food court. Our gate is C17, but we are far from a rush, so we take a general overview of this terminal. We found it modern and comfortable with plenty of natural light. The underground path between Concourse B and C is amazing.

We thought it could be a good idea to upgrade to Economy Plus, considering the fact that we will stay almost six hours on the plane. We headed to a United Customer Service desk. After a 10 minutes wait on the lane, the women told us that it’s not possible anymore (full flight), but that we have to ask directly at the gate, just in case. So we moved to Concourse C to have something to eat and proceed to the gate. United crew told us that we could upgrade with no problem at all. Unfortunately, we could not secure two window seats. Well, it’s not a big deal! The crew manages to secure the same row and suggest swapping during the flight.

Boarding process began at 11:45 (on time) and was pretty fast. The 5 extra inches is excellent for your leg room, so I personally think the upgrade worth it.

Take off was uneventful. Twenty minutes after, the complimentary drink service began. You also have the opportunity to buy “snack box” or “fresh food”. I’d choose a $5 chicken salad. It was fair and worth the $5. After this light meal, I’d proceed to the rear galley to exchange with Flight Attendant. I ask her the aircraft registration. She was curious to know the reason why I need it and was very very friendly. She’d offer to write it for me on a piece of paper. While she do that, I had the opportunity to exchange with her colleague and another PAX. Everybody was very friendly and glad to exchange with a French tourist that will explore other things in the US than New York and Las Vegas. There was an extra complimentary beverage service, not to mention coffee.

There was no PTV but regular CRT monitor with movies and other radio channel. Channel 9 was up, witch is excellent.

The view was amazing thanks to the outstanding weather. Alaska from the sky: a perfect introduction for us! We used runway 14, and I was able to enjoy Channel 9 to the very end of the flight.

As we proceeded to the baggage claim, we meet as expected ANCFlyer: it’s now the beginning of a fantastic trip in Alaska!

As a Skyteam Elite member, I found the experience very good, well above average. I really have to congratulate United crew, from ground staff to FA. Big up for United!
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RE: UA1049, ORD To ANC: 2 Thumbs Up, United

Sun May 14, 2006 5:05 pm

Enjoyed the report. Post the flight from France!

Quoting Rpaillard (Thread starter):
The underground path between Concourse B and C is amazing.

Yes I like it too.

Quoting Rpaillard (Thread starter):
Channel 9 was up, witch is excellent.

Agreed!

Glad you had such a good experience on United. Usually people like to pick apart domestic US carriers and talk bad about them. Glad you enjoyed the long flight to ANC.
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RE: UA1049, ORD To ANC: 2 Thumbs Up, United

Sun May 14, 2006 6:30 pm

Good to see you've enjoyed the trip. I'm flying AMS-ORD-ANC next month on my favorite US airline: UA. I'm booked in Economy Plus. The ORD-ANC segment for me will be on UA797 (afternoon flight on a 752, departs 15:20 and arrives 18:30).
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RE: UA1049, ORD To ANC: 2 Thumbs Up, United

Sun May 14, 2006 8:58 pm

seemed like you liked ANC, I live half on there... love it!

I'm not the biggest fan of UA (bad experiences Sad), but I am always glad to hear that there was a good flight!!!
Anways enjoy your stay in Anchorage, and have a save flight back
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P.S. yeah write the report form CDG to ORD, would love to hear a Air Frnace report.
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RE: UA1049, ORD To ANC: 2 Thumbs Up, United

Sun May 14, 2006 10:14 pm

Nice trip report-

Quoting Rpaillard (Thread starter):
It’s pretty long, considering the fact that we will fly a narrow (Boeing 757 200, N561UA).

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe any airlines fly widebodies from the US Mainland to ANC. Even though 757s can get cramped, its nice that you got EP seats.
 
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RE: UA1049, ORD To ANC: 2 Thumbs Up, United

Mon May 15, 2006 1:33 am

Quoting Tmarch291 (Reply 4):
but I don't believe any airlines fly widebodies from the US Mainland to ANC.

Delta still sends 767s from SLC and ATL (ATL summer only). They are the only domestic widebodies . . .

Everything else, AS, UA, US (HP), F9, CO are 757, 737 and Airbii.

FYI - there is a thread in Non-Av titled France Invades Anchorage . . . French Invade Anchorage! (by ANCFlyer May 14 2006 in Non Aviation)

Several pictures therein.
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Mon May 15, 2006 6:27 am

Good report! I flew Economy Plus on UA's 737-300 and also found it to be very comfortable.
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RE: UA1049, ORD To ANC: 2 Thumbs Up, United

Mon May 15, 2006 6:46 am

I have had a somewhat similar problem with United, most recently traveling on a full fare C class ticket I tried to get into first on my domestic portion. Everyone from the call center to the check-in agent said that the flight was full and I couldn't get a first seat. Upon arriving at the Red Carpet Club they let me grab the seat no problem, said "first was only half full today..." United really needs to work on that...
 
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RE: UA1049, ORD To ANC: 2 Thumbs Up, United

Mon May 15, 2006 11:45 am

Hi all,

Glad you enjoyed this report. Our responsability to report the good and bad point regardeless of our opinion and/or affiliation with airlines. At least in my opinion.

I will do my best to post a report fro the first leg (BIQ-CDG-ORD)

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RE: UA1049, ORD To ANC: 2 Thumbs Up, United

Mon May 15, 2006 12:17 pm

Quoting AJO (Reply 2):
Good to see you've enjoyed the trip. I'm flying AMS-ORD-ANC next month on my favorite US airline: UA. I'm booked in Economy Plus

Hey let us know if you need any tourist help.
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RE: UA1049, ORD To ANC: 2 Thumbs Up, United

Mon May 15, 2006 12:22 pm

Quoting AJO (Reply 2):
I'm flying AMS-ORD-ANC next month

You WILL enjoy your trip, and also have an alsmost dedicate "Visitor Center" with ANC insiders  Wink

Quoting AJO (Reply 2):
I'm booked in Economy Plus

It worth your money! I hope you will have the same amazing weather while airborne. Bring your camera/video camera if possible. The view couple of minutes before landing is (really) AMAZING!

Enjoy your trip,

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RE: UA1049, ORD To ANC: 2 Thumbs Up, United

Tue May 16, 2006 2:49 am

Thanks guys! I'll remember to keep my camera handy (was planning to do a trip report anyways  Wink).

As for the showing around offer: I'll look into the paperwork today or tomorrow to see if there is any time off while in Anchorage (the travel plans are mostly plotted out already).

On a side note: did anyone here ever fly on 7H (I think that's the code for Era Aviation)? If so, what are they like?
I'm flying ANC-ADQ (Kodiak Island) and ADQ-ANC with them whilst in Alaska.
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Tue May 16, 2006 4:29 am

Enjoyable read thanks for sharing it.
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Tue May 16, 2006 11:15 pm

Quoting AJO (Reply 11):
did anyone here ever fly on 7H (I think that's the code for Era Aviation)?

All the time. I've flown them ANC-FAI-GBH and ANC-ADQ and ANC-ENA and ANC-VDZ. Dash-8-100s and DHC-6 Twin Otters. The charter flights they make for the Oil Fields ANC-GBH-ANC go weight restricted both directions in the Dash 8 so there are only ever 22 people max . . . plenty of room. The Otter is well, an Otter. But the flights last 20 minutes over to ENA, so not really a problem.

The Dash 8s are -100 models. One recently arrived from Continental Express, don't know who had it, but it was in CO colors. They have 8 of them I believe. N882EA and N883EA are equipped with an upgraded cockpit for MLS at remote airports . . . I have flown 883 two dozen times or more . . .

Typical commuter carrier . . . generally on time . . . clean aircraft . . . decent cabin crews . . .
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RE: UA1049, ORD To ANC: 2 Thumbs Up, United

Wed May 17, 2006 9:46 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 13):
Typical commuter carrier . . . generally on time . . . clean aircraft . . . decent cabin crews . . .

Good cookies, too.

On a side note, I'm doing one of the milk runs next week: ANC-CDV-YAK-JNU on AS 66. I'll try to take a few pictures and post them. I don't think there are too many shots from Cordova and Yakutat on here.
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Wed May 17, 2006 11:06 pm

Quoting Chugach (Reply 14):
I don't think there are too many shots from Cordova and Yakutat on here.

Excellent . . . look forward to the pictures. . . .
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