Greetings fellow a.netters. This is going to be my first trip report so go easy on me.
I am an engineering student pursuing my degree from georgia tech in atlanta. I am also an aviation enthusiast with the dream of owing my own airline someday ( Yes I dream big
So it was time for me to go back home to new delhi , india from atlanta , georgia. My father had booked me united airline. Even though I was not very excited because I had not heard too many good things about the continental service to India. But getting a reasonable fare my father went ahead with it. I usually fly british airways and I am used to the stop over in london. This would be my first ultra long haul flight , so I was kind of excited.
The first part of my trip included a united express flight from atlanta's Hartsfeild Jackson Airport to Newark Liberty Airport.
At check in for my flight I found out that united does not allow a second piece of checked in baggage. This was a big disappointment because I am very used to the british airways system because I am very used to carrying to 2 checked in bags. Never the less I paid the 70 dollars surcharge on my second bag and I was on my way. Security was a breeze and I went straight to my gate. But before that I had camera out and did capture some " scenery " outside.
I then found out my flight was delayed by 35 minutes , this was a bummer but i had plenty of time to catch my connection so I was not worried , this only meant more pictures (Y).
Flight 1 Atl- Newark
Type of Aircraft : CRJ-700
Scheduled time: 3:25 pm
Actual time : 4 15 pm
Load : C class : 100%
Y class : 100%
Seat No: 10 A
It was a full flight and after push back at 4 pm we queued up behind the other planes. At around 4 15 pm we took off. It was a bumpy one and we experienced turbulence through out the flight. Drinks were served and the flight was uneventful apart from that. The one small thing I would like to point out is that after drinks were served , there was a second and third water service. I have never experienced that before on a domestic us flight , so I was impressed. The F/a was a very nice and friendly young lady who always had a smile on her face. We landed at newark at 6: 15 pm and I must say it was the smoothest landing I have ever experienced. Well done Pilot!
After landing we taxied for about 10 minutes and reached our assigned gate at terminal A. My connecting flight was from terminal C as most united international flights are from Terminal C. I then took the bus service which got me to my terminal. There I had a quick bite as I was apprehensive about the food on the flight.After reaching the boarding area I also decided to upgrade myself from economy to economy comfort. Economy comfort is basically the exit row seat which would mean more leg room and quicker service. The upgrade was 180 dollars. My flight was docked on gate C123 and the other flight to india , which was going to mumbai was at C121 , so there were a lot of indian people in that area.
Check in again was quick and I entered the 777.
Flight No.2 : Newark ( EWR
) to New delhi (IGI)
Type of aircraft : Boeing 777-300ER
Scheduled time: 8:15 PM
Actual time: 8:20 PM
Load: C class: 40%
Y class: 70%
Seat: 32L (Premium Economy)
I was delighted to find that it was not a full flight as this would mean better service. I was greeted by 2 friendly Fa s at the gate and i was shown to my seat.The first impression of the plain was that it was very clean and in immaculate condition. The aircraft had flown in from beijing and the ground staff had a done a great job cleaning the aircraft. After storing the baggage in the over head compartment I took my seat. I then realized that IFE had been already switched on so I started browsing the selection. I must united has a fantastic selection of movies and music. This was a nice surprise and I now knew I could easily kill time on this flight. Also the middle seat was empty and this meant all my stuff ( coat, headphones , wallet etc) could be kept there.
After a timely push back we approached the runway. After 5 minutes or so the Powerful General electric engines did there thing and we were soon airborne. It was a very smooth take off . The Fa s started preparing for the dinner service. After 25 minutes into the flight we were served dinner.I opted for the vegetarian option and was given rice with indian style curry. Food was passable and the salad was pretty good. Before dinner , drinks were served. Soon I started watching sitcoms on the flight. The big bang theory , how I met your mother , Two and half men and friends kept me entertained for a while.
3 hours into the flight I wanted to stretch so I deiced to go to the gallery. The Fa s were resting over there and I started chatting with one of them. She told me how usually the flights to delhi are full and we were lucky to be experiencing a light load today. Also in the gallery was a drinks trolley well stocked up with juices and soda s . Also during the whole flight drinks were being served regularly thus keeping the passengers well hydrated.
Also about 2 hours into the flight a small snack bag was also distributed which consisted off a hummus wrap , a bottle of water and a chocolate.
4 hours into the flight I decided to get some sleep. I slept for around 4 hours and when i got up were were still some 2800 miles away which meant around 5 and half more hours. I fiddled around with the IFE system and deiced to watch Sherlock Homes: A game of shadows. A darn good movie and now only 3 hours left.
I slept some more and got up just before the pre landing meal was being served. This time they had a south indian meal , which I opted for. Once again the food was just about bearable. Drinks were served once more and I had my 5th tomato juice this time.
A smooth landing 15 minutes ahead of schedule and we had arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport. We then taxied for about 5 minutes before stopping at our gate.Just before deboarding the aircraft I managed to convince the Fa to show me the crew rest area on the 777 to which she agreed. To my surprise it was located above the main deck.Once again the camera came out and I took some final snaps before my camera died. Immigration was pretty quick as this flight arrives much before the peak traffic hour , which is midnight. My bags took about 30 minutes to show up at the belt , but once they were out , I quickly collected them and was out.
Now for the rating ( Out of 10)
Check in : 7 ( Quick and efficient but lacks warmth)
Aircraft: 9 ( Immaculate Condition , Very Clean)
IFE: 9 ( Very good selection , but the touch screen needs to improve
Food: 6 ( need to improve both on quality and quantity)
Service: 9.5 ( One of the best services I have ever received , Bravo United)
Baggage :7 ( Took too much time)
So will I take this flight again.? A definite Yes!