kurt
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Denver To Baltimore And Back In UA F

Fri Oct 02, 2009 6:26 pm

Just your standard domestic F service on UA; not exciting but certainly a solid product.

Flight/Route: UA752/DEN-BWI
Aircraft/Seat: A319 (N805UA)/2C
Departure Time/Duration: 8:26a.m./3:25
Meal: Breakfast

I guess I'm lucky as I realized that M-F this flight has been operating with a 32S (ex-Ted) aircraft with no F. That said, the crew was quite pleasant and it was a good flight.

After takeoff (water and OJ were offered at the gate), hot towels were followed by a choice of breakfast, which was the ubiquitous fruit plate or my choice, the omelet. I have to say, DEN catering is nothing if not consistent!

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9d708b3127ccef86fd9f4185a00000030O01BcsmrFm5Yg9vPgI/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

This omelet was filled with mild, creamy cheese and a few parsley bits, with homestyle potatoes, a thick slice of ham and a link sausage. A choice of croissant or bagel was offered from the basket. Unfortunately, the fruit bowl was a bit on the poor side, with some shrively, red grapes, pineapple, watermelon and a sad little strawberry. I had some coffee with a Bailey's, which was a bit cool but went down easily.

Drinks were kept topped up and we arrived about 15 minutes in blustery, about-to-rain Baltimore.
 
kurt
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RE: Denver To Baltimore And Back In UA F

Fri Oct 02, 2009 6:28 pm

Flight/Route: UA511/BWI-DEN
Aircraft/Seat: 757-200 (N529UA)/3A
Departure Time/Duration: 2:36 p.m./4:00
Meal: Lunch

I was scheduled to go BWI-ORD-DEN at 4:45, but I used the 3-hour rule and confirmed on the nonstop, and kept my upgrade intact. ^

We were full in F but the crew was very efficient and worked like a well-oiled machine. After a bumpy takeoff (water and OJ offered pre-departure), hot towels were followed by hot nuts and drinks. I had a Jim Beam Black, neat with water on the side.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9d708b3127ccef86ee8ec788e00000030O01BcsmrFm5Yg9vPgI/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

Orders were taken by status, with a choice of shrimp salad or a hot, turkey sandwich, which was my choice.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9d708b3127ccef86efa47782c00000030O01BcsmrFm5Yg9vPgI/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

Sliced turkey and melted cheese were served on a crusty country-style roll; it was a bit messy but I was starving and it filled me up pretty well. The quinoa salad (also ubiquitous) tasted a lot better with some fresh-squeezed lemon.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9d708b3127ccef86fe9cd994b00000030O01BcsmrFm5Yg9vPgI/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

Wine (Monte Vina) was served in tumblers for some reason, which may have led to my having a nice nap :p As we were descending I asked the flight attendant why I had not seen dessert served; she told me that I had slept through it! :confused: But she quickly brought me a still-warm cookie, a nice gesture.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9d708b3127ccef86f1a73582400000030O01BcsmrFm5Yg9vPgI/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

We arrived is warm, sunny Denver about 20 minutes early.
 
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RE: Denver To Baltimore And Back In UA F

Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:40 pm



Quoting Kurt (Reply 1):
The quinoa salad (also ubiquitous)

Quinoa??? On a plane? I guess it's becoming mainstream...
E pur si muove -Galileo
 
kurt
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RE: Denver To Baltimore And Back In UA F

Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:55 pm

Oh, yeah. I have had that quinoa salad on every UA lunch flight for quite some time. This one had some nice chopped tomatoes, onions and yellow peppers. But it is bland (to me) without a little citrus kick.
 
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RE: Denver To Baltimore And Back In UA F

Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:14 pm

I noticed that this was more of a meal report than a trip report, so I'll share some more aircraft-related images.

Here's N805UA at the gate in Denver. I hate those mismatched engine cowlings:

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9ce22b3127ccef8131e3017be00000030O01BcsmrFm5Yg9vPgI/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

I spotted N569AS, the Alaska Airlines 75th Anniversary 737-800 retro-jet. Sorry for the poor image quality but conditions were less than ideal.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9ce22b3127ccef813f13ed66f00000030O01BcsmrFm5Yg9vPgI/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

In Baltimore, here is N529UA, our 757 back to Denver:

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9ce22b3127ccef812ae97b63d00000030O01BcsmrFm5Yg9vPgI/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

Finally, does anybody know the story behind this DC-10-30 sitting forlornly by itself (seen as we took off from 28)?

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9ce22b3127ccef812e63bb6b500000030O01BcsmrFm5Yg9vPgI/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

[Edited 2009-10-03 06:16:39]
 
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RE: Denver To Baltimore And Back In UA F

Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:45 pm



Quoting Kurt (Reply 4):
Finally, does anybody know the story behind this DC-10-30 sitting forlornly by itself (seen as we took off from 28)?

Damaged during a landing incident and subsequently written off- Troop Charter Plane Blows Tire At BWI (by BubbaJin May 6 2009 in Civil Aviation)
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ba319-131
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RE: Denver To Baltimore And Back In UA F

Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:37 pm

Interesting read, quite enjoyed, thanks.

Quoting Kurt (Thread starter):
had some coffee with a Bailey's

- Really? - A bit early for a Baileys IMO.

Quoting Kurt (Thread starter):
Sliced turkey and melted cheese were served on a crusty country-style roll; it was a bit messy

- Yikes, looks very messy, not an impressive meal.

Regards

Mark
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RE: Denver To Baltimore And Back In UA F

Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:42 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
- Really? - A bit early for a Baileys IMO.

It is NEVER too early for Baileys and coffee.
 
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RE: Denver To Baltimore And Back In UA F

Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:21 am



Quoting Travatl (Reply 7):
It is NEVER too early for Baileys and coffee.

How true.

Thx for the report.
oh boy!!!
 
kurt
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RE: Denver To Baltimore And Back In UA F

Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:04 pm

That's too bad about the DC-10. I really love the size and shape of this aircraft, and have been fascinated by it since I was a kid. I'm glad I got to enjoy it many times on UA over the years (and a few more on CO and NW, plus a KL MD11 once).

I won't apologize for enjoying a Bailey's and coffee! It's a great morning drink, certainly a bit more respectable than a bloody Mary or a screwdriver (not that there's anything wrong with those, either). When I'm traveling I don't worry about things like that, as more often than not my body is in another time zone anyway.

[Edited 2009-10-14 11:04:38]
 
Charles79
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RE: Denver To Baltimore And Back In UA F

Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:01 pm

Thanks for the report. I have flown many times on UA but never at the front of the cabin so it's nice to see that they do offer a reasonable product. Like you said it's domestic F service but it's better than Y regardless!

Quoting Kurt (Reply 1):
but I used the 3-hour rule and confirmed on the nonstop, and kept my upgrade intact. ^

I'm not familiar with this 3-hour rule...what is it about? Thanks!
 
kurt
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RE: Denver To Baltimore And Back In UA F

Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:21 pm

If you're a 1K (100,000-mile per year flyer), you can call the reservations line and get a confirmed seat on an earlier flight three hours before departure, bypassing any standby lists. It works pretty well if you can get to the airport fairly quickly. They will usually let you keep your upgrade if inventory is available. I was over in Annapolis that morning, which is a pretty quick ride over from BWI, so it worked out well.

I'm back from my EZE/SCL trip (AC J class) now; very fun! I'm working on my trip report but it's a bit time-consuming.
 
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RE: Denver To Baltimore And Back In UA F

Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:22 pm

Interesting, thanks for the info.

Quoting Kurt (Reply 11):
I'm back from my EZE/SCL trip (AC J class) now; very fun! I'm working on my trip report but it's a bit time-consuming.

I'm jealous! Can't wait to read it!

Charles

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