ual757
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Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:50 pm

Hey A.net!

Dedicated to SXDFC: I made these flights into a TR for him.
HAHA... I also went to ORD alone to see my cousin turning 4. I went over my midwinter break. I’ll try and keep this short and simple.



Well, I packed up my stuff, and got to SEA around 4 PM, and it was a ghost town. There wasn’t even MVP/First Class check in open, all kiosks were for everyone. I got my BP and headed through security, cutting everyone (aww I felt bad haha) by using the MVPG/F line. I went to the central terminal and then off to my gate which was D11, the last one in D, and the one you always drive by when going to the departure level of the airport. My favorite gate!   


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Boarding for First was called about 40 min before departure, and the load was VERY LIGHT!!!! First was 12/14, Coach was 40/141. So about 100 open seats. Since the load was light, I went up to the cockpit for a quick chat with the captain, and took some pictures.

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The flight had army guys heading to ORD, and with 2 open F seats I asked the lead F/A if I could upgrade them using a gold upgrade certificate I had with me. Well I upgraded them (sorta), but got to keep the cert. The FA high fived me ten times throughout the flight.

We left on time, and wheels were up around 5:20PM (and we got in early to gate L2B at ORD, around 10:55 PM).




TAKEOFF:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIAbI3RZvQU&feature=channel_page






For dinner there was a Chicken Caesar Salad, with garlic bread, and a chocolate, but I knew I would be hungry after so I asked for a BOB cheeseburger from coach, and I had the salad AND burger+chips. There were also hot nuts before landing. The F/A’s never left the glasses empty. The food was pretty good, and filling  

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The seats were good, because I was used to the ratty 737-400 seats, so these were nice.





LANDING:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGjpy7eoVts&feature=channel

I got my bag around 11 PM and left ORD.





So, I get up extremely early at 5 AM, and look, there is snow everywhere. I call AS, but my flight is on time. My uncle took me to the airport, and I was at ORD by 6:45 AM. The MVP line had no one in it, and so I had my BP in a minute, and my bag was tagged on its way to SEA. I headed off to the slow security line behind a very smelly man (or was it me hahah?   ) At about 7:05 AM I was past security, and I got a coffee at the Charbucks literally 5 feet from the TSA exit. My gate was L2B, and the plane was already there. PRE!!! Boarding started at about 7:20 AM, and go figure all the MVP Golds and First Classers line up on the carpet and do their “dance” when families need to get on early. They are true gate lice! Seriously! No one cares! When F was called at 7:30, I got up and headed down the cold jetway into a backup of MVP Gold’s.

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See how new that leather is....


The Y class seat:




Boarding finished at about 8:05, and then the lav in back had a leaky sink. We waited for maintenance for about 5 minutes, and then we had to de ice. SO, we did! It took quite a while for just a 737-800, and we left late by an hour. Our scheduled wheels up time was 8:16 but we left at 9:14, an hour behind schedule. During this time, the snow really started to come down. We took off on runway 22L.









TAKEOFF:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxGv0G7cWyY&feature=channel


Breakfast was a ham and cheese omeltte with bacon, fruit, and potatoes. I had a coffee and OJ along with it. Breakfast came out about 25 min after takeoff, pretty early.

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The omelette was decent (ham+cheese), and there were quite a few strips of bacon. I watched some crap on the digiplayer, until it died. I gave up, and went up to the front galley hungry. The FA said all the stuff was sold out in Y, but she did have maybe one anytime picnic pack BOB. So I had one of those. As I was getting it, the FA and I started talking aviation, and then she made me a cool drink in the galley and we sat and talked for 30 minutes, she would leave for a min to refill F drinks, but would come back and show me the galley. Then a FA from coach who’s husband is a captain on the Q400 for QX called me back to Y, because he happened to be on board. So, I headed back to Y with my glass in hand, taking evil glares from people   . I sat down in the last row of Y and the FA’s husband and daughter were in back. We talked about the industry and such. The little girl was so cute! She even helped with the trash pickup in flight!


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Awww I then talked with the FA’s in Y and we were having a party. I went back up to F to get some hot nuts and brought some back for the captain, the FA’s and me.

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Haha there were even more angrier glares at me as I walked back to Y with the F stuff.

Well, I got a huge bag of snacks, and ate those too.

Sadly, before I knew it, we were descending through the Cascade Mountains into SEA. I ran up to F about 15 min before touchdown, gathered my stuff and got out my camera.

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LANDING:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq7qlB-5hTI&feature=channel_page

The landing was on runway 34C, and we taxied into gate D1, but we had to wait 10 min for an agent to bring the jetway to the plane which didn't help with the passengers who were cutting it close on connections. I was off the plane at 11:15 AM, late from the scheduled time of 10:34 AM.


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I soon headed off to baggage claim and picked up my bag and went home.

These were some very good Alaska flights. I really do love flying on AS. The crews on AS really make the difference. I recommend them over UA on this route by a long-shot.

Thanks for reading, and please leave feedback.

Thanks,
UAL757

[Edited 2009-02-22 08:58:32]
 
GSPSPOT
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:04 pm

Thanks for the report, and the pics! I'm flying LAX-SEA on AS, as part of a DL itinerary. We get a "snack" on that flight, but at least I have an idea what to expect.
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:36 pm



Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 1):

What aircraft are you on? And thanks, yeah the service should be pretty good up to SEA.
 
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:43 pm

I am certinaly feeling the luv around these neck of the woods lately! =)

Great TR Alex, I remember you telling me about this trip and I am glad it all worked out smoothly for you! AS seems like a great airline to fly on and I hope to fly on them someday! Your lucky though you got on a brand new plane! Newest plane I flew on was N296WN  Wink


Cheers bro!
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UAL747
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:44 pm

Does Alaska have a flight that leaves ORD around 645PM headed to Anchorage? If not, where is that flight going, and what aircraft is it?

I flew the 777 from ORD-DFW the other weekend and for some reason we were parked at the L gates and there was an Alaska aircraft that was departing, but I wasn't sure it it was a -900 or -800, i think it was an 800 though.

UAL
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:21 am



Quoting UAL747 (Reply 4):
Does Alaska have a flight that leaves ORD around 645PM headed to Anchorage? If not, where is that flight going, and what aircraft is it?

There is. It was at the gate loading for ANC at about 6:15pm when I was in ORD a month ago.

Great TR Alex. Nice pictures and the food looks great. I like how the winglet in ORD glows of alien green!
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:56 am

This is the aircraft as taken from my 777...





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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:32 am

Great report and pictures...

Quoting UAL757 (Thread starter):
The flight had army guys heading to ORD, and with 2 open F seats I asked the lead F/A if I could upgrade them using a gold upgrade certificate I had with me. Well I upgraded them (sorta), but got to keep the cert. The

That's a VERY nice and thoughtful on your part. Thank you.

Thanks for the report...

CO7e7
 
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Mon Feb 23, 2009 3:01 am

Great report - I have had the pleasure of flying Horizon a few times (More wine, sir? Yes, please!), but never on Alaska.

Weird Random Question - What is that pinkish drink you got from Starbucks at SEA?
 
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:56 am

Lucky you got to see 3 special Alaska colors. You sure fly them a lot..are they your fav because of service or location?
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:12 pm

Nice report. I'll be flying AS in F for the first time in April...doing MSP-SEA-FAI in F and then FAI-ANC-SEA in Y. Looks like pretty decent service!
 
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:22 pm



Quoting UAL757 (Reply 2):
What aircraft are you on? And thanks, yeah the service should be pretty good up to SEA.

Supposed to be a 737-400. Hope the interiors are pretty consistent!
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:49 pm



Quoting SXDFC (Reply 3):
Great TR Alex

Thanks. I don't really think so haha.

Quoting Super80DFW (Reply 5):
Great TR Alex.

Thanks. read above hah

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 7):
That's a VERY nice and thoughtful on your part. Thank you.

You are welcome, and I like doing it.

Quoting Teo747 (Reply 8):
Weird Random Question - What is that pinkish drink you got from Starbucks at SEA?

Sweetened Passion Iced Tea Lemonade with half ice.  Smile It's awesome.

Quoting Cruiseshipcrew (Reply 9):
are they your fav because of service or location?

Both. Hello, I'm in SEA!!

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 10):

Yeah, service is great, and the 738 in F is a decent ride.  Wink

Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 11):
Supposed to be a 737-400.

Okay well the 737-400 has different seats in F. The seats don't have headrests. There is also one less inch of legroom on the 737-400/700 than the 737-800/900. Here are some shots of the 737-400 cabin/seats. In general, the 734 cabin just feels darker than the newer planes.



YOU might end up with a 734 with the realllly old seats up front, and they are the best. Big, cushy, lots of recline! They have a few left I think.

 
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:00 am

Great report, nicely written! Seattle and Chicago are two US cities I still dream about visiting.

Quoting UAL757 (Thread starter):
The flight had army guys heading to ORD, and with 2 open F seats I asked the lead F/A if I could upgrade them using a gold upgrade certificate I had with me. Well I upgraded them (sorta), but got to keep the cert. The FA high fived me ten times throughout the flight.

Great gesture on your part. Very legit!
 
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:45 am



Quoting UAL747 (Reply 4):
I flew the 777 from ORD-DFW the other weekend and for some reason we were parked at the L gates and there was an Alaska aircraft that was departing, but I wasn't sure it it was a -900 or -800, i think it was an 800 though.

That is an -800. All -800's have winglets and most -900's do. However, if you can see the aircraft from the side, if the Alaska touches the door (like on your picture above) it's an -800. If it does not, it's a -900.

Also, 800 regs start with a 5, 900 with a 3.
 
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:55 am

Are you sure they are First Class seats, they look more like business to me, very small and cramped. Seems like there are different levels of "First class" in the USA. compared to other countries ? Maybe its like Europe where they don't really have business class, its just an economy seat with the seat next to you blocked off ? How they they sell them as business seats I don't know !! because there not in my mind.

Was the food served course by course, or all together on one tray.

Cheers

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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:13 pm



Quoting UAL757 (Reply 12):
Okay well the 737-400 has different seats in F. The seats don't have headrests. There is also one less inch of legroom on the 737-400/700 than the 737-800/900. Here are some shots of the 737-400 cabin/seats. In general, the 734 cabin just feels darker than the newer planes.



YOU might end up with a 734 with the realllly old seats up front, and they are the best. Big, cushy, lots of recline! They have a few left I think.

Well, drat! Still glad to be able to try AS out though! It'll be my 1st AS flight, and 1st time at LAX.
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:26 am

Great pics and TR. Too bad Alaska doesn't have a big prescene in the East Coast. I would love to fly them sometime!
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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:31 am



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 17):
prescene

I have no idea what that is...

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RE: Alaska First Class SEA-ORD-SEA + Pics/Vids

Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:22 pm

I'm going to try Alaska sometime in the near furniture from ORD thanks for the very solid TR
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