ronen763
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BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:34 pm

Hey A.Nutters,

I thought I'd share with you a few photos from Spain, followed by photos of my trip coming back to the states yesterday. Hope you all enjoy reading!

- Ron

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Chocolatería San Ginés, Madrid

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Better than what you'll find at Disneyland

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Countryside view from the AVE Train, Madrid - Sevilla.

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On a rooftop in Barcelona

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Arts Hotel in Barcelona

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Date: 14 June 2009
Flight: US 743
Route: BCN - PHL
STD/STA: 12:00PM/3:05PM
Duration: 9:05
Aircraft: B762


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Star Alliance (Spanair) Lounge at BCN

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Envoy seats on the B762

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Awesome legroom (to get an idea, I'm 5'7'')

http://i733.photobucket.com/albums/ww334/ronen763/P1010169.jpg
Neighbor

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Pre-flight Mimosa

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Menu in English and Catalan

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It's hard to not be comfortable!

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On taxi

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I slept like a baby

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AVOD system with comfy headphones

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Appetizer

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Main

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Snack towards the end of the flight

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Finals to PHL

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Some planes at Terminal A

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US A333

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We parked remotely and were bussed to the terminal area. Immigration/customs went pretty quick even though a lot of flights from Europe were coming in around that time. The staff were efficient and organized. The system that US has set up right after customs for passengers in transit is nice, since you don't have to go out and re-check your bags - they're just tossed onto a belt for your next flight. So this makes picking up your bags from the carousel for customs hassle-free. Once I was passed all that and the security check for transiting passengers, I headed over to the lounge.

Date: 14 June 2009
Flight: US 729
Route: PHL - LAX
STD/STA: 6:00PM/8:54PM
Duration: 5:54
Aircraft: A321

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US First lounge, by the B gates

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This and the Envoy lounge in Terminal A are both really good

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First seats on the A321

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Before rolling

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Din

The rest of the trip was pretty standard and boring so I'll spare you the time.

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Summary
Overall, I enjoyed my experience with US. I find US's standard on its international services to be fairly competitive, while the domestic scene could use some work. The staff on ground and in the air were generally efficient and friendly, which has not always been the case in my past experiences flying US. I think US is making a great move in expanding service to more cities in Europe and the Middle East, and in marketing it's solid international product.

Happy flying!

Hope you enjoyed reading!
 
staralliance38
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:12 pm

Thanks for sharing! I'm happy you enjoyed US  Smile. I'm surprised you had a good experience in PHL lol :P

Quoting Ronen763 (Thread starter):
US First lounge, by the B gates

It's not a first class lounge. It's a regular lounge lol  Smile. Its a very nice lounge is the nice people are there lol  Smile
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LY777
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:53 pm

Nice TR!
US business looks ok, I thought it was worse than that.
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PhilInBRN
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:47 pm

Thanks for the trip report!

I was surprised by the nice looks of those envoy seats in the 762. I imagined them to be much more worn out and such. The food on both flights looks pretty decent too. It's nice to see that US has improved a little bit.
 
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:10 pm



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 1):
I think US is making a great move in expanding service to more cities in Europe and the Middle East, and in marketing it's solid international product.

Where in the Middle East are they looking to expand? I enjoyed your TR. It is nice to finally read a positive trip report about Usairways.
God bless through Jesus, Jeff
 
PhilInBRN
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:13 pm



Quoting Jeffrey1970 (Reply 4):
Where in the Middle East are they looking to expand?

They are starting TLV this summer on their new A330-200.
 
jeffrey1970
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Tue Jun 16, 2009 1:30 am



Quoting PhilInBRN (Reply 5):
They are starting TLV this summer on their new A330-200

Thank you PhillnBRN. After I asked that question earlier I was like "Duh, they are going to fly to TLV." I do thank you very much.
God bless through Jesus, Jeff
 
ba319-131
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:23 am

Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing.

Barcelona is a great city, nned to go back for a refresher visit soon!

Looks like both US flighst were pretty good, even those old seats in the 762 looked reasonable to be honest, had 1 US 762 flight in Envoy myself a few years back, nothing to complain about.

Regards

Mark
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:46 am



Quoting Ronen763 (Thread starter):

Lucky!! Nice TR
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ronen763
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:32 am



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 1):
I'm surprised you had a good experience in PHL

Coming through PHL from abroad beats coming through LAX in my opinion.

Quoting PhilInBRN (Reply 3):

I was surprised by the nice looks of those envoy seats in the 762

US's 762s and A333s are both great, which makes the airline's long-haul product very competitive.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
Barcelona is a great city

Agreed, Barcelona is one of the most interesting and fun cities in Europe.

Quoting PhilInBRN (Reply 5):
They are starting TLV this summer on their new A330-200.

Any ideas on if/where you think US should expand next?

Thanks all for the responses!
 
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OA260
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:17 pm

Very nice report and from your experience US Airways looked quite good.

Nice pics and read. Barcelona is indeed a lovely city.

OA260
 
BMIFlyer
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:59 pm

Nice report. US is still looking like a good airline to fly  Smile


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EddieDude
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:39 am

Great trip report Ronen! Thanks a lot for posting it!

I did not know that the A321 could do PHL-LAX on a full load.
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:16 pm



Quoting Ronen763 (Thread starter):
Chocolatería San Ginés, Madrid

Whoa! I'm a serious chocoholic (mostly like bitter very dark chocolate, not sweet crap), and I had to put this place on my "must travel to" list.

US actually looks good in this report. Maybe I will have to give them a try int'l, since I fly them domestic already, bravo!  thumbsup 
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ronen763
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:06 pm



Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 13):
mostly like bitter very dark chocolate, not sweet crap

That's what was amazing about this chocolate - it was the real stuff and not overly sweet!
 
Eirules
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:33 pm

Very nice trip report

Your experiences on US seem good, better than my own unfortunately  Wink Cute pictures too

Well done again
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SurfandSnow
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:42 am

Wow! US looks like a great airline to fly across the Atlantic. Their A321 also looks very nice.
Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
 
ronen763
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:29 pm



Quoting EIRules (Reply 15):
Your experiences on US seem good, better than my own unfortunately

As is evident by your signature!
 
DeltaT7
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Sat Jun 20, 2009 3:56 am

Nice TR, i've always wanted to see what US Envoy service looks like.

on another note, I stayed at the Hotel Arts in BCN and i've been to that same Chocolateria in MAD!!
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crjflyer35
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RE: BCN-PHL-LAX On US Envoy/First

Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:58 pm

Ahh the donut like thingys dipped in the melted chocolate. My vacation to Southern Spain (Also on US!) just came flying back!! We stayed in Malaga but did a day trip to Sevilla and loved it! Madrid is amazing as well...though very confusing highway system.

Quoting PhilInBRN (Reply 3):
Thanks for the trip report!

I was surprised by the nice looks of those envoy seats in the 762. I imagined them to be much more worn out and such. The food on both flights looks pretty decent too. It's nice to see that US has improved a little bit.

US is upgrading all envoy seats the 762's were some of the first ones to get the refurb. On our flight back to PHL from MAD I had listed us in Envoy, but we weren't too upset when we didn't get the upgrade and saw the poor condition they were in...at least the "premium" product is coming up.

Great TR!
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