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People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:22 pm

TR3: (Part 4 of 4)
People to People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Part 4 of 4)

When we were heading to our hotel from Runnymede, we passed by Heathrow. Now, everybody knew that I loved airplanes and so everybody was going crazy alerting me about an airplane! Also, they started asking questions about our flight. Well, I knew UA operates out of Terminal 1, but the leader's info said we go out of Terminal 3!! He corrected me over the PA system on the bus. Well, I let it slip. Soon, came the morning of our flight.

In the lobby, the leader came down and said I was actually right!! In the end, one Mark was right and one Mark was wrong, so who's counting?


Alright, upon entering LHR, I spotted the first A380 from Emirates:


OK, so its a model. But soon, I would see a real one on the tarmac.

We went into the check-in hall in Terminal 1  spin  and I started to take pictures of everything again  Smile!



Something that surprised me: There are Airline Flags right by their check-in entrance. The only place I've seen the flags are at the airline's HQ! Hmmm.......(no pics  Sad)

At the check-in area, we weren't able to check-in early, so all of us swapped Travel Journals and got each others contacts! Then, I started taking more pics!





I also saw one of the most updated Star Alliance stands @ LHR (the only one missing is EgyptAir  Sad) So, I took a picture with it  Smile




After we were able to check-in, we went to the departure lounge and filled out our evaluations! But, I was able to fit in some spotting!!





Later, we were able to go to our gate. But, we got to the gate a little late and I wasn't able to take some pics of our bird from LHR  Sad.



7/27/2008
UA919
Codeshared: LH9260, LO4614, TP7391
SDT: 12:00noon
Boarding: 11:44am
Pushback: 12:27pm
Taxi: 12:28pm
ADT: 12:42pm

Dep. Gate: 156
Reg. #: N779UA
Old Colors

Load Factor: 90-100%

As usual, I handed my letter to the FA. I learned that the crew was London-based! Soon, the same FA came saying that I couldn't have a sfety card because of security, but she gave me a B777 card with the reg. Oh well  Sad.




During taxi, I caught a glimpse of the SQ A380!!!!!!!! Sorry, again, no pics  Sad

As we took off, some people from our delegation was cheering for a take-off! No, it wasn't me. Some passengers saw them very annoying.

Soon, the made some announcement that almost nobody could understand. I thought she said that all drinks will be $6 or 3 pounds! I was surprised, but I soon found out that is only for the alcoholic drinks.

Since I really had to use the bathroom, I didn't notice that the seatbelt sign was still on and when I got to the bathroom, one of the FAs told me sharply to return to my seat  Sad. Kinda rude too!

When I was finally able to go to the bathroom, the first drink service skipped me!!!! I was kinda mad.




Soon, lunch came! I was very dissapointed with the main course. The mashed potatoes were really garlicky and the green stuff tasted bad with the chicken. I loved the salad and the bread is always good! Another drink service came and my can of Coke fell! The FA gladly gave me another. I guess the first drink service I missed fell on the ground.



While I was watching a movie on the PTV, I felt something near my foot! It was my Coke!!!! I hapilly picked it up and drunk it  Smile. Most of the time on the plane, we were passing around our travel journals within our delegation. So in the plane, you could see like 40 kids with their arms and books in the air passing them around. There were some (including mine) that got lost and I had to get up and look for em  Smile!

My People to People lanyard:





Soon, a snack box was given out and it had the BEST SANDWICH EVER!!!!!!! I LOVED IT! It was sooooo good!! I loved it!!!!!! I kept the box  Smile Soon, we were making our descent into IAD! I tried to go to Audio Channel 9 to listen to the ATC, but it was off  Sad.









SAT: 3:12pm
AAT: 3:35pm
Taxi: 3:42pm
Gate: 3:46pm
Deboarded: 3:49pm

Arri. Gate: C12

My Seat: 38D

Those same people that cheered for takeoff also cheered for a landong flare, with the same faces lighting up with annoyance.

On my way out, I had a short talk with the FA and I asked if I could get a safety card. She just told me to get it out of a seat pocket  spin ! So, this was kinda ironic. A combination of taking pictures and traffic led to this little sequence:

I was:
-One of the first to de-board
-one of the last on the mobile cars
-First to deboard the mobile cars and go through customs
-Last through Agricultural

Our bird:





So, in the mobile cars, I had a chat with some FAs and did some more tarmac spotting:











We got out of there around 5 or 6! We were so happy that there were no seatbelts on the bus!!! We were cheering USA! when we got on our bus!

Star Alliance connections desk!!:



We arrived back in Chesapeake around quarter past 9pm! After grabbing some Taco Bell, i was home!

At request for Bruin787, here is my "Loot":







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This TR is dedicated to all the Past, Present, and Future People to People Student Ambassadors! Cheers to Us! We travel to understand and to bridge the cultural divide for World Peace!

And to all those in the Tidewater Delegation of Virginia and North Carolina and the two grils from Chicago that joined us too!

I might make an extra part showing some of my best pics and stuff; IDK. So, tell me if you would like ot see that.

Again, Thanks for Reading and Post comments please  spin !

Best Regards
Mark Jamias
People to People Student Ambassador
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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:06 pm

Congrads on a nice trip abroad, and on the great series you posted here. Nice loot!  Big grin
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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:06 pm

Lucky you!

Great TR's!

Keeps me entertained lol  Smile
 
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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:24 pm

Hola Mark!

I have read all your 4 TR and they really impressed me.

It is always interesting to see what people discover when travelling and the kind of things you look at.

How long have you been around Europe altogether?

Good job!

Thanks for sharing.

Salut!

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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:21 pm

Hi Mark,

Sounds like you had a wonderful time on your Europe trip! Thanks for sharing these reports with us!

Best regards,

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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:08 am

The lunch looked awful. United used to be a great airline, even on short US domestic flights service was great.
 
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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:27 am



Quoting Semsem (Reply 5):
The lunch looked awful. United used to be a great airline, even on short US domestic flights service was great.

The lunch WAS awful!!

Quoting StarAlliance38 (Thread starter):
The mashed potatoes were really garlicky and the green stuff tasted bad with the chicken.

The only thing on the main entree that I ate was the chicken and it was even dry.

But, I liked the salad and roll  Smile

I feel bad for parts 2 and 3. Somebody read and post comments on them  Sad!!
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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:06 am

Another great one! Nice pictures BTW.

I'm glad you like P2P! I will never forget my trip ( it was 9 years ago!) and I still keep in contact with some of the people from my group!
 
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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:44 am

Sad to see this T/R come to an end!

(Fourth and Final Installment of Congratulations).

Now Can I See The Letter?!?!?!? Haha.

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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:11 am

Poor Anitix87!

Still waiting to see the letter.....you deserve a reward! If you wish email your address to me and I will send you a collectors item from a defunct airline that I flew for....

Hint : kiddie wings from an EAstern USA airlines.....


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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:17 am

Great job on all your reports, I know that took a lot of time to put all those pics and comments in your posts.

It'll be an experience you'll never forget...I first traveled to Europe nearly 25 years ago and there are moments that stand out like it happened yesterday.
 
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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:36 pm



Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 8):
Sad to see this T/R come to an end!

(Fourth and Final Installment of Congratulations).

Now Can I See The Letter?!?!?!? Haha.

TIS

I guess you can. Now, a letter to an FA comes from the INSIDE of you. I just listed my experiences in a nice way! Right now, I'm too lazy to post the letter, but I will this afternoon!

Basically, just tell the FAs about how you love aviation and all that mushy stuff  Smile

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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:35 am

Thanks for sharing the great series of trip reports! It sounds like you had a fantastic trip with People to People.

BTW, those mobile lounges at IAD sure are a wonderful way to see the airport!

Great job!  Smile
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Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:50 pm

Great report and some nice pics. Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for showing us.


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Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:20 am

Thank you great trip report, I am a People to people alum and im going again this summer on UA from LAX to LHR! Excited.

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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:58 pm



Quoting Dantegb (Reply 14):
Thank you great trip report, I am a People to people alum and im going again this summer on UA from LAX to LHR! Excited.

Sounds like a great trip! London's great  Smile. We started from the East coast :P.
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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:41 pm

G'day, great report - a real original style of writing too! I've always liked the idea of the IAD mobile lounges but do you find it ends up taking longer to get to the terminal than say...with a jetway?

Quoting StarAlliance38 (Thread starter):
I couldn't have a sfety card because of security

How is this a security issue? I always thought they were reluctant to give them out because it cost the airline money everytime they had to print a new one...

Anyway,
Cheers.

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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:06 am

Sorry, but the photos are not visible in this report. It says in the photobox that the image has been deleted.
 
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RE: People To People: UA919 LHR-IAD+Pics (Pt. 4 Of 4)

Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:41 am

Thanks for the responses!

Quoting Caleb1 (Reply 17):
Sorry, but the photos are not visible in this report. It says in the photobox that the image has been deleted.

I had to make room for my other pics for other TRs  Smile Sorry  Sad. They were awesome though  Smile

Quoting Linglesou (Reply 16):
How is this a security issue? I always thought they were reluctant to give them out because it cost the airline money everytime they had to print a new one...

That's what I was thinking too! I snunck one out anyways  Smile
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