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US BUF-CLT-MCO F & Envoy (pics)

Sun Dec 21, 2008 5:43 am

Greetings everyone & Happy Holidays!

Since moving from California to western NY a couple years ago, my tolerance for the cold is decreasing by the minute. After enduring temps in the 20's for a month, it was time to thaw out down south for a few days.

Against my better judgment, I decided to fly US (I've been boycotting them since they instituted their nickle & dime beverage policy). I was however rewarded with an instant preferred upgrade to F which is an essential commodity on child packed flights to MCO.

Since I like the pics best in other TR's, I'll keep the commentary to a minimum and let the pics do the talking. I would also like to dedicate this TR to the authors of the following article which has been in the civil aviation forum (see #1 offense):

http://www.lemondrop.com/2008/12/19/...-annoying-airline-passengers-ever/

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Thursday, Dec 18, 2008
US Airways AWE FLT 1265
Origin-Buffalo Niagara Intl (KBUF)
Destination-Charlotte/Douglas Intl (KCLT)
Aircraft-Airbus A319 (twin-jet) (A319/Q)
Class-F Seat-2A
Departure- 11:53AM EST
Arrival- 01:13PM EST
Duration- 1 hour 20 minutes

Route-V115 JHW EWC J145 HVQ JOHNS1
Speed- 447 kts
Altitude-38000 feet

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Security was a breeze at 11AM and within minutes I was at gate 6 for boarding.

My ride to CLT below (in need of a nose job Big grin)
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Pushback from the gate was on schedule and after a short taxi down alpha we were airborne off runway 23 heading south, leaving the frozen tundra behind.
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Instead of snoozing, I was well disciplined and caught up on some reading while enjoying Sun Chips and a cup of tea (where are the real mugs?)
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Very flat cloud layer, level at FL380
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After an uneventful flight we emerged from a very, very low cloud deck and seconds later touched down in CLT. Taxiing to gate B4, I spotted one of the retro jets; just like the good old days!
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With an hour to spare, I could not resist the opportunity to visit my favorite airport BBQ joint!
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Fantastic!
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After settling my BBQ fix, I headed to gate B11 for boarding.

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Thursday, Dec 18, 2008
US Airways AWE FLT 1085
Origin-Charlotte/Douglas Intl (KCLT)
Destination-Orlando Intl (KMCO)
Aircraft-Boeing 757-200 (twin-jet) (H/B752/Q)
Class-F (Envoy) Seat-3A
Departure-02:52PM EST
Arrival-04:03PM EST
Duration-1 hour 11 minutes

Route BUCKL4 CAE BEENO OMN CWRLD1
Speed-448 kts
Altitude-38000 feet

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I really lucked out on this flight with the Intl configured 757. After a short taxi we were off to MCO. Condensation pouring over the wing.
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Enjoying the ample leg room. I'm 6'0 and my legs couldn't reach the seat in front of me.
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My neighbor was sleeping so I didn't feel silly taking a few cabin shots.
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My nutritious snacks.
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Wing shot over the Atlantic just off the coast of GA.
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We made landfall just north of Daytona Beach.
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Here's a pic of DAB & the Daytona Intl Speedway.
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FL Space Coast.
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I drive past that plant heading out to the cape for shuttle launches. Nuclear power?
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My ride- ship N201UU hiding behind the A320.
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All-in-all, a comfortable trip with US. On-time flights, good cabin service and envoy for an hour. I'm still dissapointed with their beverage policy in Y and am leaning toward making Delta my carrier of choice for 2009. I split my time in 08 between the two and Delta has the definite edge in service.

Before leaving the airport I had to swing by McCoy's and have some crawfish chowder.
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Happy Holidays from the Hyatt Orlando Airport.
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I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for reading.
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RE: US BUF-CLT-MCO F & Envoy (pics)

Sun Dec 21, 2008 1:21 pm

Great report and pics! What a sad F-class service US is, tho -- BUF-CLT just a bag of chips .. and drinks in plastic cups .... wow.
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RE: US BUF-CLT-MCO F & Envoy (pics)

Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:02 pm

Great TR! Very glad you liked US. I like US too Big grin
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RE: US BUF-CLT-MCO F & Envoy (pics)

Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:47 pm

Nice report!

The Envoy seays on the 757 looked very nice, did the plane also have ptv's in Economy Class?
When it came to the snack and beverage offerings, i must say that it looked to be very poor. A bag of chips and a cup of tea served in a plastic cup is something you would might have expected to get in Y. And even worse, the Y pax don't even get a soft drink. Very bad  Sad
Will US ever go back to offering free sodas in Y? Or will they keep the EU LCC'ish concept.

Quoting UAopsMGR (Thread starter):
With an hour to spare, I could not resist the opportunity to visit my favorite airport BBQ joint!

What's that round thing on your plate that looks like ice cream?

Quoting UAopsMGR (Thread starter):
Before leaving the airport I had to swing by McCoy's and have some crawfish chowder.

That looks delicious! I didn't know that you could get a decent bowl of chowder in Florida.
I thought they only had good chowder in Rhode Island Big grin

Thanks for sharing!
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RE: US BUF-CLT-MCO F & Envoy (pics)

Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:53 pm



Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
Quoting UAopsMGR (Thread starter):
With an hour to spare, I could not resist the opportunity to visit my favorite airport BBQ joint!


What's that round thing on your plate that looks like ice cream?

Mashed Potatoes


Glad you had a good flight and de-frosted in FL.
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RE: US BUF-CLT-MCO F & Envoy (pics)

Sun Dec 21, 2008 8:30 pm



Quoting UAopsMGR (Thread starter):

Happy Holidays from the Hyatt Orlando Airport

That's where I always stay, that hotel is pretty cool!!

Nice TR!
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RE: US BUF-CLT-MCO F & Envoy (pics)

Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:50 pm

Nice report, thanks.

US F for these short flights is just fine, though they could provide the tea in a china mug!

I don't agree with the Y class policy of charging for soft drinks, it's real cheap, some real LCC's don't charge!

Nice to snag an Intl configured 757, seat's look pretty ok.

Regards

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RE: US BUF-CLT-MCO F & Envoy (pics)

Sun Dec 21, 2008 10:16 pm

I enjoyed your trip report, but was disappointed to see that the only thing served to eat were bags of Sun Chips. I thought that in First Class, US would have upgraded their catering, but I guess not. Once again though, I enjoyed your report.
 
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RE: US BUF-CLT-MCO F & Envoy (pics)

Sun Dec 21, 2008 10:40 pm

Great pics, but no food on these sectors in F? The envoy seats on the 757 look nice and the engine looks extra shiney. But no overhead bin extensions?
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RE: US BUF-CLT-MCO F & Envoy (pics)

Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:12 am



Quoting TDubJFK (Reply 1):
Great report and pics! What a sad F-class service US is, tho -- BUF-CLT just a bag of chips .. and drinks in plastic cups .... wow.

That is what DL would give you on a similar length flight.

Quoting Caleb1 (Reply 7):
I enjoyed your trip report, but was disappointed to see that the only thing served to eat were bags of Sun Chips. I thought that in First Class, US would have upgraded their catering, but I guess not. Once again though, I enjoyed your report.

US is on par with DL and NW for flights under 90 minutes(minus the real glasses). AA, CO and UA might give you more.
 
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RE: US BUF-CLT-MCO F & Envoy (pics)

Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:28 am


Crawfish: "Hmm... is this what I become?

Thanks for sharing... I liked the pictures of the food! I guess there was none served on the flights even though you were in First Class?
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