United Airlines DEN-BOS-DEN in Y
Hello everyone and thanks for reading this report! I'd like to apologize for the lack of photos, especially "out the window" pictures, as I was seated in the middle and aisle seats. Both flights were packed full. I'm going to keep this report short and sweet, as it's just another boring US domestic trip. Arm doors for departure and cross check! Here we go!
I've been flying the DEN
flights on United for about 15 years now, as my family lives in the Boston area and I work in Denver. It's usually been a mix of 757s and A320s (years ago, before 9/11, United would sometimes schedule a 767 or 777, believe it or not), but now the sCO 737s are used heavily on this route.
UA 1455 DEN-BOS
Denver was having a late Spring snow and it had been snowing for about 2 hours already by the time the gate agent called our flight for an on-time boarding at B18. Today's flight was on board a 737-900 with the Boeing Sky Interior, my first time on this type of aircraft. I had a middle seat, 9B, but was disappointed that this particular aircraft was not fitted with Economy Plus seating. Still, legroom was acceptable and the seat was comfortable. Luckily the passenger sitting directly in front of me didn't recline her seat the whole flight.
We pushed back from the gate about 5 minutes late and spent about 30 minutes in line to get de-iced. Wheels up about 40 minutes after push back from the gate. The 737-900 was very quiet on take-off, at least from where I was sitting, just ahead of the wing. This 737 had LiveTV (for a fee) and I didn't use it. No free movie or short videos, and no Channel 9, which I've come to expect from UA
over the years. One annoying thing about the LiveTV controls on the armrest: I had to keep turning down the brightness to turn "off" the screen because the passenger to my right kept hitting the buttons with his elbow. After a few times, I asked him politely to please stop doing that, and he apologized. I think there should be an on/off switch for the screen on the seat back next to the screen, not on the armrest. One thing I DID like on these new 737s:
Wish all planes had these!
Once we passed through 10,000 feet, the flight attendants started their beverage and snack service. I was a bit surprised when I ordered my Ginger Ale and I wasn't given the whole can. That must be a sCO thing, because I've always received the full can on UA
flights, unless this is one of the many new "improvements" that Jeff Smisek keeps telling us about. I also purchased a snack box (the Savory). A little expensive at $8, but I was hungry and it filled me up on this 3.5 hour flight.
A look at the Boeing Sky Interior ceiling and blue mood lighting:
After about 2 hours, the flight attendants offered a second beverage service. This time an orange juice for me, no ice:
We touched down in Boston close to on-time, about 10 minutes late, not bad considering we were delayed out of Denver due to the snow and de-icing by almost 40 minutes. Overall a good flight. The flight attendants were only average however, no smiles or conversations with the passengers. I did miss the Economy Plus and Channel 9.
UA 1176 BOS-DEN
This flight was on a 737-800, no Sky Interior, with Economy Plus. I decided to pass on the Economy Plus middle seat and instead keep my aisle seat, 34C. I knew the minute I sat down I was going to be in a world of pain by the time this flight was over. Many of these 737s have the infamous "Koito" passenger seats, and they are as hard as a park bench, and always leave me with a backache after a few hours. Sure enough, about 2 hours into the flight, I felt that jabbing pain, just below my shoulder blades. Ugh...
Legroom was still decent though and once again the passenger in front didn't recline his seat:
We departed on time and I enjoyed the rather sprightly (but loud) take off from Boston Logan. This 737 once again had the LiveTV (which I didn't use) and no Channel 9. No power outlets on this older aircraft either. Flight time for this flight was going to be about 4 hours. Beverage service commenced about 45 minutes after take off. I had the Ginger Ale and once again I wasn't offered the can. This time I asked the flight attendant and after mumbling something about "well I don't know if I have enough for everyone" she let me keep the can. I didn't order any food on this flight, but I did hear during the announcements that snack boxes and a cheese burger entree were available for purchase.
The view of the cabin from the back of the plane during a bathroom break. The flight attendants can be seen starting their second beverage service:
Another round of drinks were offered about an hour before decent into Denver. We pulled into the gate a few minutes early and my checked bag was already waiting for me at the carousel when I arrived.
I clearly enjoyed my ride on the new 737-900, even without the Economy Plus, much more than on the return trip on the 737-800, mainly because of the seat comfort (or discomfort I should say). I do miss the free movies and Channel 9 that was usually offered on my past UA
flights however. And I do wish the flight attendants would have smiled a bit more and interacted with the passengers. Overall, just another average (but safe) domestic trip. Thanks for reading!