I was going to Santa Fe, NM for thanksgiving and I found the easiest way was to fly through IAD on United. I also got a very cheap price ticket in First and was able to get some mileage. Check In at LGA was fine. I hope American Airlines has plans to renovate the CTB and the check in area. (What a mess, to crowded).
Other AE Aircraft
The line for security was short and I was soon making my way to C6, my scheduled departure gate. After stopping at Au Bon Pain I looked at the screen and noticed that my flight had changed to gate C4, where an AE flight to Toronto was in the process of boarding. After the Toronto flight left the time was getting close to departure time and the gate agent announced that the D.C flight had been changed to C2. (My gosh cant they just make up their mind LOL). The plane arrived and we were ten minutes behind schedule.
Sectors: New York LaGuardia Airport - Washington D.C Ronald Reagan Natl. Airport
Airline: American Eagle
Scheduled Departure Time: 1:59PM
Actual Departure Time: 2:57PM
Departure Gate: C2
Scheduled Arrival Time: 2:44PM
Actual Arrival Time: 3:40PM
Arrival Gate: 34
Aircraft: Embraer 135 Regional Jet
Tail Number: N716AE
Route: BIGGY J75 MXE V378 TRISH NATNL NATNL1
Cabin: Economy (2A)
Photo © Sam Chui
Photo © Michael F. McLaughlin
After the door was shut the FA came on to do the usual safety demo. Seat 2A is the second to best seat on the ER3 besides 2B,C which are usually reserved for the crew.
Upon the passengers was about seven AA employees. 3 pilots and 4 FA's (not including the crew).
Must be a shuttle flight. After a quick taxi to the runway we waited for about seven or eight planes to takeoff. Finally after about an hour after the scheduled departure time we were airborne. About twenty minutes into the flight the FA came around with a beverage service. I choose water and slept for the rest of the flight. The headrests are sure a comfort on those little jets.
Landing in Washington D.C was quick and the FA made the welcome announcement as we were half way down the runway going at half the landing speed (a little quick). We deplanned at Gate 34, and the next day I would be on my way to IAD for my flight to Albuquerque.
November 20, 2007
Getting to Dulles only took about thirty minutes and soon I was checking in at the First Class desk for United. Boarding would begin at 5:15PM and it was only three o clock so I had plenty of time to kill. After going through the premier secruity line I was soon on the bus headed to the C-Concourse. What is great about those buses is that it gives you good views of the tarmac. After walking up and down the C/D concourse it was time to board.
UAL Express Jet
UA 767-300 bound for ORD
Sectors: Washington Dulles International Airport - Albuquerque Sunport Intl Airport
Airline: United Airlines
Scheduled Departure Time: 5:57PM
Actual Departure Time: 6:19PM
Departure Gate: C19
Sceduled Arrival Time: 7:43PM
Actual Arrival Time: 7:55PM
Arrival Gate: B8
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Route: LDN J134 HNN J134 FLM PXV J78 TCC MIERA2
Class: First (2D)
Photo © Tony Zeljeznjak
Photo © Matthew C. Lyons
After the main door was closed Sedric the FA came around with a choice of orange juice or water. I choose orange juice, and the Flip Screens came down to show the Safety Video.
After turning on my noise cancelling headphones and plugging them into Channel 9, I could hear what runway we were going to takeoff from. Takeoff was very quick and soon we were at crusing altitude.
Once the seat belt sign came off the movie started which was No Reservations. Pre dinner beverages and warm nuts were served before Sedric asking us what we wanted for dinner.
The choices were a warm turkey wrap, or a salad with shrimp. Some choices for a dinner flight. After about twenty minutes my meal came which was the turkey wrap. It came in a plastic tray like set up. No China plates. This was the kind of set up I would think they would give on a UA Economy flight transatlantic or something.
The food was decent. Not the best I've had. After dinner mints were passed out and after that I feel asleep for the remainder of the flight. About a half an hour outside of ABQ were were offered another beverage round.
Landing was smooth on one of ABQ's long runways. After deplaning I headed down to baggage claim to get my bag.
UA A319 (F-Class)
Overall I would give the flight a 7/10. Seats were comfortable but the catering really needs work. The FA was excellent and very efficient.