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Turkey Day With UA! ORF-IAD-MCO In Y (136 Pics)

Sun Nov 30, 2008 7:44 pm

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Turkey Day With UA! ORF-IAD-MCO in Y (136 Pics)

Pre-Travel

“You guys aren’t coming for Thanksgiving, are you?”
“Well maybe we are, maybe we aren’t! All that matters is that if we are at your doorstep and there is no turkey on the table, you are going to have some angry and hungry Virginians!”
“So are you guys coming?”
“Yes we are coming!”
“I don’t believe you.”
“Well then, it’s up to you if you want to believe this itinerary that I just sent you”
“Ok then, I’ll see”
“Ok then, bye auntie!”

My grandmother drove down to Florida with some friends and so my mom and I wanted to catch up with her for the Thanksgiving Season. I was frantically looking for cheap one-way fares from Norfolk ORF to Orlando MCO. The cheapest thing coming up was $100 per person, still way too expensive! About a week before the Thanksgiving break, a
$70 fare showed up on a third party site with United. I went to United’s website and got it at $50 per person. The total became $150 or so including taxes. If only I had found my $50 UA voucher, it would have become $100 for the both of us including taxes.

When I went to chose our seats, we could not chose our seats from Norfolk ORF to Washington IAD, but the second flight, IAD to MCO, we were stuck in the very last row of the A320! At least the very last row still had a window seat!

My travel dates required me to miss school for one and a half days, so after clearing my classes, I started to pack. We had to pack light because the people whom we were traveling with did not have a lot of room. It seemed to be a disadvantage to me that I would have to carry my schoolbooks with me too.

Travel

Nearing the UA counter, the only things at gate I saw were a FedEx and DHL freighter and a US CRJ and 190. When my mom and I got to the check in area, my mom had no problem checking in, but I had some trouble.



After we both cleared, my mom was worried because we were given a boarding pass without a seat number. At least we were on the flight. Passing security was a little hectic. My glasses fell off during security and my left lens fell out! It was really no big deal. All I needed was some tape to fix it (even though I didn’t fix it at all). I just plugged the lens into the frame and washed it off. Since our first boarding pass was not marked with a gate number, I thought that United was at the very end of the concourse. After walking and learning that United was not there, we stopped and got some lunch at the Bagel Factory there. It was a kick when the gate we were looking for was the very first gate you see to your right when you come out of security. I went to go grab some Starbucks and the barista that made it couldn’t ring me up because she didn’t know how to do it. She gave me the coffee for free!




When a little girl brought the plane’s arrival to my attention, the G/A started to call the passengers and gave them their seat assignments. My mom was happy that we didn’t get the back seats. We got 9A and 9C.


ORF-IAD
UA7194 – Mesa Airlines
CRJ-700
N522LR
Dep. Gate: B16
SDT: 12:54pm
Boarded: 12:20pm
Pushback: 12:40
ADT: 12:58pm

Seat: 9A (Companion: 9C)

SAT: 1:51pm
AAT: 1:32pm
Gate: 1:38pm
De-Boarded: 1:40pm
Arr. Gate: C28















As I boarded, I did my usual by handing my letter to the greeting F/A. I was very surprised at the spacious legroom on the CRJ. UA’s Explus product is amazing! It had even more legroom than my Trans-Atlantic flights with United!




Go Air Wisconsin!

As our flight took off, I was able to point out my mom and my commute routes and some of the buildings below. In less than ten minutes, we started to make our descent into IAD. Our whole flight was only 34 minutes.



The "Push it and Die Button"!!!






Can anybody ID this airport here?

My mom is not a big fan of walking far for connections. As they made an announcement saying we were going to gate C24 and our next flight was leaving out of C23, a big mile grew on my mom’s face. When we got down, I took some pictures from the tarmac.














Where is the plane in this picture??


Right Here!!!

We ended up in gate C28. It was still, not a bad walk.

Here is a cockpit view:








After we found our gate, I made my way over to the Red Carpet Club to ask a “special request”. If you read my usual trip reports, you might remember my US Airways hat. Since I am starting to fly other Star Alliance airlines, I started to dedicate a side of the hat to Star Alliance airlines. I found some United pins and so I asked the sole receptionist to sign the hat. It was very hard to explain to the UA agent to sign a US hat. I got in and out of there without any souvenirs (sorry Bruin787). After that, I popped into Starbucks to get my mom and I some coffee.

My bird:








Our neighbor:



We soon heard some passengers that did not have assigned seating being called to the podium.

Some signs around the gate area:







OMG I did NOT know that!!!!



IAD-MCO
UA1555 – TED for United

A320
N452UA
Dep. Gate: C23
SDT: 2:45pm
Boarded: 2:30pm
Pushback: 2:35pm
ADT: 3:02pm

Seat: 26A (Companion: 26B)

SAT: 5:06pm
AAT: 4:58pm
Gate: 5:06pm
De-Boarded: 5:10pm
Arr. Gate: 47


Hmm....this must be an old gate:


No Star Alliance mark?!?


TED is still on the inside:


I was very worried that sitting in the very last row would prevent me from getting a nice view. Luckily, there was a window! Here are some ground shots from my view:









After takeoff, I soon found it that the very last row is very law row was one of the most comfortable seats with the best views! Sadly, Channel 9 wasn’t on.





Legroom is not that bad.....

You can see the back stabilizers!

The IFE screen dropped down and they showed NBC on United. As the drink service came, I was dismayed. My table was full of some black dust and some hair! It might have been coffee, but I really don’t want to know what it was. I soon fell asleep and as I woke up, Ugly Betty was playing.


ID airport anybody?

We passed over what looked to be DAB and some buildings on the coastline.








My behind view.....



Soon, we touched down in MCO and I was snapping pictures like crazy.

Some people in the seats across from us were looking at me like I was crazy. I was just an A.nutter!

























As we got into the terminal, our plane was heading for DEN. Since my mom had to use the restroom, I popped my head in to the United Red Carpet Club there!

The old...

The new...

And the soon to be blue!


When I last flew into MCO, that airside was doing some major renovations in the US section. I guess MCO was doing their renovations here! The sole agent followed me up the stairs and asked what I was doing. I explained my hat story and she signed it. There were only three (senior citizens) in that hot UA club. I asked for any pins or glasses. They didn’t have anymore pins and they have replaced the glasses with regular unmarked cups. She let me stay a little bit to snap some pictures.


I didn’t stay too long because my mom was waiting for me downstairs. It was also pretty warm too and I just came off the back of an A320 with a jacket on.

My mom and I soon made our way to the baggage claim. We were bewildered when we got off the tram because due to the renovations, they had sealed off one of the sides so the doors wouldn’t open. At least we got out of that tram!

At least some airport still has their Christmas tree!


After we claimed our bags, we waited curbside for our ride. A van soon pulled up beside us and about seven people popped out. They were picking up three people from India that were on our flight. The van took up the first lane and a bit of the second lane. When our ride came, it was a little hard to get out due to that van. I wonder how ten people fit into a van.

Over my trip, I spent all of my time with my family. I saw the Texas U – Texas A&M rivalry game, but I had to sleep early because this year was my first year to go to Black Friday. I think you have hit a whole new level if you are stuck in Wal-Mart for two hours on Black Friday. How cheap can they get? I went with my cousin that has planned all her shopping already. We hit about ten or more stores between 3am and noon.

Around 1pm Saturday, my mom, grandmother, and I drove with some friends back up to Virginia after a failed attempt to fly out on Sunday (way too expensive). Here are some pics.

JAX area











Traffic on I-95 was so heavy going the other direction, the cars literally lit the way for us!

Very last pic from SC rest stop. Got dark really fast


We stopped in Manning, SC for a great Mexican dinner. It was raining and cold the rest of the way up to Virginia.

Overall, I was very happy with United’s product and I would love to fly them domestically again. The Explus product is amazing and reinforces my favor towards the CRJ.

For Bruin787, here is my loot:





Some brochures I grabbed from the Red Carpet Club, Flight plan from UA1555, headphones, safety cards from both CRJ and A320, business cards, and UA Hemispheres and SkyMall Magazines.

Thank you for reading and please post comments!!
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ual757
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Sun Nov 30, 2008 8:15 pm

Nice pictures!

I'm amazed you could see the vert stab from in back!

I'm picking the last row next time  Wink
 
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Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:29 pm

Cool report, glad to see everything worked out with being seated in the last row.

Quoting StarAlliance38 (Thread starter):
As I boarded, I did my usual by handing my letter to the greeting F/A. I was very surprised at the spacious legroom on the CRJ. UA's Explus product is amazing! It had even more legroom than my Trans-Atlantic flights with United!

Looks like you were lucky enough to get a economy plus seat for free! usually this happens when regular economy is oversold so they just put those people who don't have seat assignments into economy plus.
 
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Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:49 pm

Very TR. Legroom in explus sure looks very good.

I love seating at the back. Maybe not at the very last row, as it can get a bit uncomfortable with toilet/galley movements, but I really enjoy seating in the some of the last rows.

The views, and the rumble on takeoff, are priceless.
 
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Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:25 pm

Great report and great pictures, always nice to see an Aer Lingus aircraft in some of the pictures.
 
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Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:15 am

Thanks for the report... great pictures... i just have one question:

Was that an SV 747SP?????? (i think pic # 34 or 35 from the top)
 
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Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:07 am

very well written TR, Thanks for sharing


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Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:56 am

as always, very nicely done! thanks for sharing. and nice loot!  Big grin
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Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:10 am

Thanks for another great trip report!  Smile
I sure do love those flights up to DC from ORF.
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Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:33 am

Thank you so much for the comments so far! Keep em coming. I'm getting a lot of feedback!

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 5):
Was that an SV 747SP?????? (i think pic # 34 or 35 from the top)

Yes, yes it is! I was surprised when I saw it, so I snapped as many pics I could get from that shot!
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Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:41 am



Quoting Bruin787 (Reply 7):
as always, very nicely done! thanks for sharing. and nice loot!

Thank you! You should have seen the faces on the UA club agent in IAD. She was hesistant to sign the hat because it was an US hat lol. If it was something else like a Star Al. hat, maybe she would have been happpier and given me something :P

Quoting Flyusairways (Reply 8):
Thanks for another great trip report!
I sure do love those flights up to DC from ORF.

I always joke my friend who always drives up to DC that it is much better to fly. After about 10 mins after takeoff, we started our descent! I loved it! I would love to fly back to DC soon!
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Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:47 pm



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 9):
Yes, yes it is! I was surprised when I saw it, so I snapped as many pics I could get from that shot!

Hmmm.. what is the SV 747SP doing at ORD ????  Confused  Confused

Maybe transporting some big shot for medical treatment in Chicago??
 
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Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:30 am



Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 11):
Hmmm.. what is the SV 747SP doing at ORD ????

Maybe transporting some big shot for medical treatment in Chicago??

OR...it was in IAD and maybe that was the A/C thry used for their regular scheduled service from Riyadh, Jeddah, or Dammam? Hmmm.......lol
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Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:39 am

Nice TR. I'll be off to MCO in a couple weeks myself.

Open question to anyone that knows- What do the numbers on the "Loading Bridge Height" placard correspond to? Is it in a certain measurement or just a calculated number? How do they determine them?
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Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:54 am

How far into the flight was that first airport you were looking for? If it was around the RIC area I'd wager it's either Chesterfield or Hanover County airport
 
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Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:17 am



Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 13):
Open question to anyone that knows- What do the numbers on the "Loading Bridge Height" placard correspond to? Is it in a certain measurement or just a calculated number? How do they determine them?

I was thinking the same thing? A DC-9 is 62 and 757 a 13? I really don't know.

Quoting AndyinPIT (Reply 14):
How far into the flight was that first airport you were looking for? If it was around the RIC area I'd wager it's either Chesterfield or Hanover County airport

Yep, it was past RIC and was seen during our descent. I think it is Hanover
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Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:02 pm



Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 13):
Open question to anyone that knows- What do the numbers on the "Loading Bridge Height" placard correspond to? Is it in a certain measurement or just a calculated number? How do they determine them?

It is a calculated number which corresponds to the height the jetway should be at to line up with the lower entry door target. It saves time in meeting the arriving flight to already have the bridge at the proper height in advance. If you look carefully, the heights on the placard are:

737-13
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320-28
757-38
DC10-62
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Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:18 pm

Thanks for the nice reports and the many pictures.

Quoting StarAlliance38 (Thread starter):
he cheapest thing coming up was $100 per person, still way too expensive! About a week before the Thanksgiving break, a
$70 fare showed up on a third party site with United. I went to United’s website and got it at $50 per person. The total became $150 or so including taxes.

And I still wonder why airlines in the US are in financial trouble. Is United competing with LCCs?
 
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Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:57 am



Quoting UAopsMGR (Reply 16):
It is a calculated number which corresponds to the height the jetway should be at to line up with the lower entry door target.

Thank you for the explanation!

Quoting Caspritz78 (Reply 17):
And I still wonder why airlines in the US are in financial trouble. Is United competing with LCCs?

in my opinion, I doubt it. They are closing down TED and any "lowfares" will probably be codeshared with US or something.
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Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:37 pm

Nice report and pictures, enjoyed the trip, thanks for sharing  Smile

Regards

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Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:20 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 19):
Nice report and pictures, enjoyed the trip, thanks for sharing

Thanks! haha My name is also Mark  Smile
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