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United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:46 pm

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Routing for this one-night trip to Portland, Maine.
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Trip Report Number 27: United First Class+BusinessFirst, 777-200, Dash-8-Q400, Silver Airways Saab 340B+, and a night in Portland, Maine + Downtown Portland Maine + Embassy Suites Portland International Jetport Review + Portland International Jetport Spotting FLLIAHEWRPWMEWRTPAFLL

Last trip report of HIGH SCHOOL (27) United First Class to a Night in Portland, Maine

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FOREWORD
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Through all of my travels in 2014 shortly after I became legal in November 2013, and following that, turning 19 in November 2014, I amassed a healthy pile of frequent flyer points across the four major US airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and the soon-to-be-defunct US Airways. While I had noticed the increasing mileage amount, I didn't pay much attention to the stats, seeing as I had only a dim awareness of how mileage redemption worked. After going to a certain site about frequent flier points (.....), I learned a bit more about United's MileagePlus program and decided to have a shot at booking a trip with these mystical pieces of airline moolah.

I began 2015 with 44 out of the 50 states being under my belt, and only six remained that I hadn't traveled to yet, two of which I was most interested in: Maryland and Maine, the two "M" states in New England. However, with this trip, I wanted to do something different:

I wanted to visit my final destination city for a night, stepping out of my comfort zone of the local airport.

I have visited the frosty city center of Cleveland, Ohio, for an afternoon, slacked around the shopping district of New York City one morning, and explored the peaceful windiness of Sarasota - Bradenton, Florida, for a time, on my own trips (not counting ones my parents paid for). But, what I really wanted to do was actually exit the airport, stay a night (not just go to the city for a few hours and then return same-day), and explore the nooks and crannies vis a vis the city I would be making my final destination of the day to.

With that, I began searching up Baltimore hotels and redemption rates to BWI, but none of the awards made sense! Most of them had me leaving to BWI at 3:00 PM in the afternoon from Fort Lauderdale (connecting in a United hub, of course), and arriving there at or near midnight, which meant I wouldn't have any time to spend in the downtown, and to add insult to injury, leaving at 6:00 AM (nothing like getting into a hotel at 1:00 AM and then leaving five hours later at 6:00 AM!). So, with that, I set the idea of a Maryland getaway aside and had a closer look at Maine.

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With Colby, the main mindset is that the more connections there are, the better the trip is! 

I had known about Portland, Maine from KPWMSpotter's previous reports, and the city itself looked impressive enough to me from photos. I scoured United's website, looking for first class saver redemption award tickers. Strangely enough, in the complete opposite way of how cash airfares are normally priced, I noticed that the more connections you took, the lower the cost of miles was, which mystified me.

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When a 777-200 domestic widebody flight award pops up, there is no question that I'll take it!

The first option I saw for 50,000 miles one-way was a rather boring FLL-EWR-PWM-EWR-FLL with two ERJ-145s and a couple of 738s. However, the layover between FLL-EWR and EWR-PWM was around 6-7 hours. I scrolled down a bit further, and actually found FLL-IAH-EWR-PWM for not only 25,000 miles one way, but the layover in EWR would be chopped by the addition of a PMCO Boeing 777-224 IAH-EWR repositioning operation, and EWR-PWM would be operated by a first-class-equipped Bombardier Dash-8-Q400! I instantly chose that option, but hit a wall at the return. Nearly 90% of the redemptions wanted 50,000 for a return journey, which was much too high. A saving grace magically appeared, though, as near the bottom, there was another 25,000-mile saver first class redemption for PWM-EWR-TPA-FLL, with TPA-FLL being on my second favorite airline (first is United ), Silver Airways (IATA: 3M, ICAO: SIL) SAAB 340B+. I ACCEPT!   Shortly after I stopped hyperventilating due to excitement [just kidding, but I was quite enthralled, I grabbed a hotel room from the Embassy Suites Portland Jetport and anxiously awaited my winter wonderland adventure...
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:48 pm

KFLL (Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport / Broward County International Airport) KIAH (Houston - George Bush Intercontinental Airport)

    Airline: United Airlines
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # UA
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # UAL
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign UNITED
    Airline Flight Number: # UA1649 / UAL1649
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : Boeing 737-824 (WL)
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N37273
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # 0273, formerly 273 with Continental Airlines as N37273 at delivery as of December 3rd, 2001
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: November 8th, 2001
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 13.4 Years Old as of January 31st, 2015
    Aircraft Test Registration: N1787B (United States of America)
    Aircraft Config: F20Y132, formerly F20Y132 with Continental Airlines as N37273 at delivery as of December 3rd, 2001
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : 31591
    Aircraft Line Number: # 1012
    Aircraft Delivery Date: To United Airlines as N37273: October 1st, 2010, To Continental Airlines as N37273: December 3rd, 2001
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x CFMI CFM56-7B26 High Bypass Turbofan Engines, formerly 2x CFMI CFM56-7B26 High Bypass Turbofan Engines with Continental Airlines as N37273 at delivery as of December 3rd, 2001
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: OWNED by United Continental Holdings (UCH)
    Meal: Breakfast
    Cabin: United Airlines Domestic First Class
    Seat Assignment: 4A
    A/C Equipped with IFE: Yes, DirecTV PTVs in all cabins
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: Yes, GoGo Inflight Wi-Fi Available for purchase
    Airline Flight Date: January 31st, 2015
    Boarding Call Time: 5:40 AM EST, January 31st, 2015
    Boarding Zone: 1, Premier Access, First Class
    Departure Time: 6:15 AM EST, January 31st, 2015
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway C2, Concourse C, Terminal 1, FLL
    Arrival Time: 7:44 AM CST, January 31st, 2015
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway C34, Terminal C, IAH
    Time Aloft: 2 hours 21 minutes (141 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 450 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 36,000 feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 965 SM | Planned: 987 SM | Flown: 1,207 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : FLL THNDR3 THNDR LBV SRQ Q100 LEV HKORY1 IAH


FLIGHT DATA SOURCE (S):

1. PlaneSpotters.Net Airframe Data

2. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data

3. FlightAware Live Flight Tracking Data

4. First Class - United Airlines

5. North American Premium Cabin Dining Menu | United Airlines

6. Premier Access | United Airlines

7. Premier Access Benefits - United Airlines

8. MileagePlus Premier Benefits | United Airlines

9. United Club | Airport Lounges | United Airlines


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Boarding passes for this flight. Top: 8.5'' x 11'' Printer Paper; Bottom: Cardstock

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FlightAware for this flight. Copyright © FlightAware 2015

Now, for a bit of history on Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport, which has been a neglected subject in all my past reports, despite it being my most-utilized departure airport...

Near the Stranahan River and across from Lake Mabel, which is where the Port Everglades inlet intercedes the Atlantic Ocean, was an abandoned 9-hole "chip and putt" golf course. The golf course sat abandoned until May 9th, 1929 when Merle Fogg, a WWI aviator, reclaimed the overgrown land and constructed a small grass airstrip on it, with the intent to begin an IntraFloridian flying service. At the outbreak of WWII, the federal government nationalized Merle Fogg Airport, renamed it Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale, and converted it into a small airbase primarily to refit commercial airliners into military conversions to be ferried across the Atlantic to the European and North African theaters of WWII. NAS Fort Lauderdale later became a main training base for Naval Aviators and enlisted naval air crewmen flying the TBF and TBM Avenger for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps aboard aircraft carriers and from expeditionary airfields ashore.

On October 1st, 1946, almost a year past the close of WWII, Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale was closed and authority of the airfield was transferred back to Broward County, the municipality that the city of Fort Lauderdale lies within, becoming Broward County International Airport. In the same year, Mackey Airlines, spearheaded by founder and former Colonel, Joseph Mackey, was founded, beginning operations around six years later on August 5th, 1952. Mackey Airlines was the first ever carrier to be authorized by Broward County to conduct foreign scheduled operations, with service to Nassau and West Palm Beach as starting service. Service to Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, and St. Petersburg (FL) were all served until Mackey Airlines was merged into Eastern Airlines on January 1st, 1967.By 1974 the airport was served by Braniff International Airways, Delta Air Lines, Eastern Air Lines, National Airlines, Northwest Orient Airlines, Shawnee Airlines and United Airlines. By 1979, following deregulation, Air Florida, Bahamasair, Florida Airlines, Mackey International Airlines, Republic Airlines, Trans World Airlines and Western Airlines also served the airport.

By 2003, it was apparent to local authorities that current facilities and infrastructure within the airport were outdated and unable to handle the load of passengers passing through them, so a meeting was called to action to rectify the problems that the airfield faced. On June 5th, 2007, a vote succeeded by local county commissioners to not only extend the southernmost runway, Runway 10L / 28R by 8,000 feet, but to also increase the passengers provisions so that by 2020, the airport will serve 36,000,000 passengers annually. This involves the construction of a new "Concourse A" where an empty remote parking ramp stands as of this writing, the increasing of jetrbridges from the current number of 57 to 97, the demolition of the current Terminal 4, which will become FLL's new longhaul terminal, and finally construction of a secure suspended walkway between Terminals 3 and 4 to facilitate easier connections for longhaul travelers. In September 2014, the new runway opened for use with a 30-minute FLL-FLL flight operated by JetBlue to commemorate the new structure, and as of this writing the process of tearing down and rebuilding Terminal 4 and the elevated walkway are both ongoing projects.
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My ride this morning out west (I'm heading west to fly east, mind you :P) to the Lone Star State is United Airlines October / November-2001-manufactured Boeing 737-823 N27273, equipped with brand-spanking-new Split Scimitar Winglets. Also, let me just take a moment to say that UNITED is my favorite airline, and I still do not understand the widespread criticism for them--I've only had a few mediocre experiences on them, but nothing terrible. FLL is an all-mainline station with NO regional jets--it's all 737-700/800/900, A319/A320, and occassionally we'll get a 757-200/300 in as well. Not to mention that the club agents and ticketing staff are phenomenal and truly seem to enjoy their jobs, especially the UC bartender, who fizzes a perfect Shirley Temple for me every time I stroll in...  
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Welcome to the Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport. This is a security advisory. Please do not leave your baggage unattended. Unattended luggage will be removed, and may be discarded. The owner of any unattended baggage may receive a citation of up to $250. Do not accept or transport any items other than your own, personal belongings. Federal or state law prohibits the carrying or concealment of any weapons or other prohibited items within an airport security checkpoint. Violations may result in civil penalties, and/or criminal prosecution. Smoking is NOT permitted in the terminals and concourses. If you wish to smoke, please step outside to the entrance area in front of the terminal complex to the designated smoking area. For your safety, do not accept the services of ANYONE who approaches you offering ground transportation. Solicitation of limousine, taxi, or van service is STRICTLY prohibited. Free wireless internet connections are available in ALL terminals and concourses. Please discard cans and plastic containers in the appropriate recycling bins, located throughout the terminal buildings, we recycle. Pet relief areas are located on the lower level, outside the terminal buildings. Please follow the signs to the nearest pet relief station. Please verify the security checkpoint processing times on the visual pagers, located throughout the terminals. For assistance in viewing this message, please contact your airline representative. Do not leave unattended vehicles parked on the terminal roadway. Unattended vehicles will be ticketed and removed at the owner's expense. For shuttle service to other terminals, please proceed to the shuttle bus stop located on the lower level, outside the terminals.
No, I did not look that up. I've flown through FLL so many times that the security advisories are now on permanent loop in my head, much to the humor of my relatives.
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All the faux airplanes dangling from the ceiling in T1 were donated by the American Powder Coating Company of Fort Lauderdale.
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FLL's Premier Access Check In area.

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I'm one of the first to step into Concourse C at 4:44 AM in the morning.

After clearing the TSA checkpoint, only feeling slightly personally-invaded, I headed for my usual spot in the FLL United Club after checking in with the same lady who sold me my year-long membership card, and we had a bit of small talk about PWM and why I was flying there. Concluding my polite dialogue with the front desk agent, I found a table to have a nice little bit of breakfast at, watching the Southwest rampers across the apron getting ready for the early-morning arrivals from BWI, MDW, and ATL. Meanwhile, the enthuisastic bartender blonde spots me and rushes over, very quietly exclaiming "I remember you! You're the 18-year-old that reviews airlines!" Well, I'm 19 as of November 2014 [and today is January 31st, 2015] but yes, that is me. I had another short conversation about PWM with the elated barwoman, and by the time I had finished more than enough United Club food, it was time to board my first FLL-IAH flight of this trip.

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Entering the FLL United Club, and I simply can't get enough of the classy atmosphere created by the low lighting and mahogany-looking wall accents.  
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FLL United Club buffet spread, more than enough to fill me up.
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A calming, quiet environment makes waking up that much easier.  
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More than enough yums to go around! 

By the time that I got out of the clubroom to board my flight, everybody was locked and loaded to go! I'd never left the club and saw everyone lined up already. Nevertheless, I joined the usual Group 1 lane, and waited for boarding to begin. The gate agents made a futile attempt to announce to only line up when your group was called, and that only group 1 was boarding at the time, but nobody really listened and several attempted to join the group 1 boarding process. Why? I have no idea, perhaps to get overhead space or something? Me, I never had any use for overheads, I always prefer to have my green backpack down under the seat in front of myself, in order to facilitate easy access. Still, I managed to board the airplane with Group 1 without being trampled too much, and settled down in my seat in first class, 4A. I always try to get the last row in the premium cabin, for better views of the wing and engine inlet.

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OH BOY MY FAVORITE PART!  Plot twist, I'm actually going to SNA instead of IAH! Hah, just kidding, UA1649 does a FLL-IAH-SNA track, but I'd only be doing FLL-IAH to catch my 772 in Houston.  https://farm1.staticflickr.com/532/19562718620_244f2c6599_b.jpg
Boarding, and taking my seat of 4A.

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A simple PDB of water to start out the morning.

One thing I have not expanded on in previous reports is that I often receive a very "motherly" treatment from female flight attendants--a few have even told me I'm cute...Now, I am not sure how to react to that so I just smile and politely converse with them. This morning's crew seems polite enough, going through their usual motions to get the flight out on time, and we pushed back for the quintessential Runway 10L to perform the THNDR3 (THUNDER THREE) departure, which involves jumping out over the inter coastal waterway and Atlantic Ocean before turning back inland to avoid the most crowded sections of South Floridian airspace. While it wasn't an awesomely thrilling takeoff, you could feel the oomph of a heavily loaded 737 rocketing away from a Floridian airstrip, unhindered by winter weather that will be omnipresent soon...

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FAA KFLL Airport Diagram, with our taxi path to Runway 10 Left marked in orange.

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Fort Lauderdale Tower, United 1649 with India requesting IFR Clearance to Houston, read to copy.

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United 1649, Fort Lauderdale Tower. Taxi to, line up, and wait at Runway 10 Left, contact ramp on 120.1 when ready to push.

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FAA KFLL THNDER3 (THUNDER THREE) departure procedure that we'd be using this morning.

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Cleared for takeoff, United 1649.

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Downtown Fort Lauderdale all lit up.

Around 15,000 feet into our climb to our cruise altitude, meal service began with the lead flight attendant marking down our orders next to our names on the manifest. What? A meal? Yes, for all intents and purposes, meals are becoming somewhat of a rarity in domestic first class. At 965 miles, FLL-IAH is the shortest route that UA serves out of FLL, and barely makes the "meal" / "no meal" cut-off window. Thus, it is of great commonality for this flight to receive the dreaded "snack basket" service--thankfully, this morning, we'd be getting a real breakfast.  

1. Hot Towel service
2. Your choice of pre-meal beverage
Choice of entree:
3. Hot egg, sausage, and cheese sandwich with yogurt, fruit bowl, and banana.
4. General Mills Cold Cereal with yogurt, fruit bowl, and banana.
Choice of fresh baked pastry:
5. Cream Cheese-frosted cinnamon roll.
6. Buttered Croissant with jelly.

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Breakfast this morning on UA1649 to Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The breakfast sandwich was as good as reheated breakfast sandwiches can be (though a bit magma hot), and the fruit was nice and fresh. Notice the yogurt is no longer served in a ramekin, which was supposedly a cost cutting measure several months (years?) ago. Overall, United's domestic first class catering is tasty for airplane food standards, the only problem I have with it is the tiny portions.

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A very sleepy first class cabin after breakfast service.

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United Sixteen-Fourty-Niner, contact Sarasota - Brandenton on 119.23, have a good morning.

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Watching Bloomberg on the DirecTV PTV (free for first class passengers), a channel my dad got me addicted to. This morning, they were discussing the airline Wi-Fi industry, how interesting to be watching at the moment...

Much to my own chagrin (flights are so fun, and they seem to go by so much faster now that I'm a young adult), as soon as my Bloomberg broadcast ended, the flight crew announced our descent into IAH, thanking us for flying the Friendly Skies and all that usual stuff that I usually don't like to hear as it means another great flight with UA is coming to a close...We did a shalom of turns right down into the Lone Star state, following the HKORY1 (HICKORY ONE) arrival procedure to a smooth landing on Runway 27/9, swimming upstream uneventfully amongst a sea of royal blue and garnet-colored globes.

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IAH on the local sectional chart.

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FAA KIAH HKORY1 (HICKORY ONE) arrival procedure, our approach charts for this morning's landing.

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Turning to short final.

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FAA KIAH Airport Diagram, with our taxi path to Terminal C's Gate G34 marked in orange.

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Taxiing in over one of IAH's across-the-terminal-access-road-bridges. Plenty of remarks from the Houston Airport Systems (as of June 2015):

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Parking in Gate C34, past the iconic IAH intra-airport Marriott (thanks, Cubsrule).  
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:49 pm

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Every time I visit one of these huge mega-hubs, I always can't help but feel very happy and engaged into the airline industry...Almost like a thought of This is where I belong, I love it, and I'm going to give this industry my all but with a large note of euphoria.

Happy as could be, I made my way over to Terminal E, which IMHO, has the best United Club in IAH by a longshot--it's three stories tall and you never have any problem getting a shower or a place to sit, not to mention for avgeeks like me, there is no shortage of windows to spot from. However, I didn't immediately go into the club after stepping off the Bombardier Innovia APM-100 train into the terminal, instead wandering over to Gate E18 to see if my PMCO 777-200 had arrived yet. It hadn't, so I shuffled back to the club. Amazingly enough, despite me being to IAH a grand total of three times in the last several months, as soon as I walked past the automatic french doors, I was beckoned over by a lounge agent exclaiming "Welcome back, Mr. McCormack!"....This lounge agent sees tens of thousands of passengers transiting through Terminal E, and I've been here only a couple of times and she recognizes me instantly?! Now that is a memory to be in awe of, I say! https://farm1.staticflickr.com/378/19128050684_be640452ff_c.jpg
Heading over to the inter-airport tram.

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Yup, we're in Texas, alright.

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Taking the train down to Terminal E, I spot a cute girl!   Even though the 787 is more common nowadays, it's still fun to see one.

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My gate, E18, is in this huge, uber-high-ceiling area which looks surprisingly new, but...

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Our flight is listed, yet no airplane is at the gate yet.

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Entering the IAH Terminal E United Club.

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The ham behind the camera! These suites are so useful for charging your devices as well, as they are stocked with plenty of outlets.

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After my shower, I checked up on where my aircraft was coming from as well as cross checking the ship number 3005, telling me that my 777-200 would be N78005. More on her later, looks like she is coming in from NRT (Tokyo - Narita International Airport, Tokyo, Japan).

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An AA MD-80 heading to DFW comes out of hiding and breaks the sphere-streak.

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I always wondered what causes the oil-slick-looking rainbow effect on the windscreens. Turns out, thanks to the help of the loyal users of the Airliners.Net TechOps forum, it isn't oil, just a light effect on the various micro-filaments that make up the layers of the cockpit glass.

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Hey, wait a minute, isn't that MY 777??!?! Yup, that's her, Ship 0005, Pre-Merger-Continental-Airlines-Now-United-Airlines October / November-manufactured Boeing 777-224ER N78005. It seems they're in a kerfuffle, with the first tug dragging her to gate E18 breaking down mid-taxiway, blocking her in, so they had to not only bring in another tug, but also tow the first one away, delaying our flight (since my connection in EWR was several hours long, it didn't bother me).

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Since my flight was beginning its boarding process more or less around 30 minutes later, I left the club anyhow.

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*And on select hub-hub repositioning routes!   Well, if you're referring to the hard product, like I am in this report...  
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:50 pm

KIAH (Houston - George Bush Intercontinental Airport) KEWR (Newark Liberty International Airport / Newark Metropolitan Airport / Newark International Airport)

    Airline: United Airlines
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # UA
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # UAL
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign UNITED
    Airline Flight Number: # UA1558 / UAL1558
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : Boeing 777-224 (ER)
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N78005, formerly with Continental Airlines as N78005 at delivery as of December 7th, 1998
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # 0005, formerly 005 with Continental Airlines as N78005 at delivery as of December 7th, 1998
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: November 19th, 1998
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 16.4 Years Old as of January 31st, 2015
    Aircraft Test Registration: N78005 (United States of America)
    Aircraft Config: C50W72Y145, formerly C48Y235 with United Airlines as N78005 as of October 1st, 2010, formerly C48Y235 with Continental Airlines as N78005 at delivery as of December 7th, 1998
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : 27581
    Aircraft Line Number: # 177
    Aircraft Delivery Date: To United Airlines as N78005: October 1st, 2010, To Continental Airlines at delivery as N78005: December 7th, 1998
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x General Electric GE90-92B High Bypass Turbofan Engines, formerly 2x General Electric GE90-92B High Bypass Turbofan Engines as N78005 with Continental Airlines at delivery as of December 7th, 1998
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: LEASED from GECAS (General Electric Capital Aviation Services)
    Meal: Multi - Course Lunch
    Cabin: United BusinessFirst (Hard product, sold as United First)
    Seat Assignment: 8A
    A/C Equipped with IFE: Yes, PTVs / Audio Entertainment available in all cabins
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: Yes, GoGo Inflight Wi-Fi Available for purchase
    Airline Flight Date: January 31st, 2015
    Boarding Call Time: 9:40 AM CST, January 31st, 2015
    Boarding Zone: 1, Premier Access, BusinessFirst (First Class)
    Departure Time: 10:30 AM CST, January 31st, 2015
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway E18 *A* (Dual Gate / Jetway), Terminal E, IAH
    Arrival Time: 2:50 PM EST, January 31st, 2015
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway C102, Terminal C, EWR
    Time Aloft: 2 hours 39 minutes (159 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 470 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 37,000 feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 1,400 SM | Planned: 1,467 SM | Flown: 1,823 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : IAH LURIC1 ORRTH BNA J42 GVE PHLBO3 EWR


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2. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data

3. FlightAware Live Flight Tracking Data

4. Business Class and BusinessFirst | United Airlines

5. First Class - United Airlines

6. North American Premium Cabin Dining Menu | United Airlines

7. Premier Access | United Airlines

8. Premier Access Benefits - United Airlines

9. MileagePlus Premier Benefits | United Airlines

10. United Club | Airport Lounges | United Airlines


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As N78005 with United Airlines operated by Continental Airlines as of October 1st, 2010:


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Boarding passes for this flight. Top: 8.5'' x 11'' Printer Paper; Bottom: Cardstock

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Sauntering back up to Gate E18, I was bombarded with possibly the largest swarm of gate lice I've ever seen: this pre-merger Continental 777 is equipped to seat almost 270 people, and it seemed like all of them were in line at once! I managed to swim through the sea only to find out that the flight was delayed because of an inbound aircraft. One passenger hollered out, wondering aloud why the flight was delayed. Looking out the window next to the dual-jetbridge, I was surprised to see some emergency lights glimmering next to Ship 5, as it seemed her tug had broken down and needed to be towed away, then a new tug brought in, delaying the flight by twenty minutes. Once the massive triple seven was finally towed up to the gate, it was discovered that the airplane had not been cleaned from its NRT-IAH rotation, so another 10 minutes were killed while that issue was addressed.

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Our 777 sits motionless on a taxiway while the broken down tug is towed away.

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And around 20-30 minutes later, they managed to find a tug to bring her in. Also, looks like I'll get to use a dual-jetway, YAY! 

Boarding finally started a bit after that, and I barely got through to the Premier Access lane without being smushed by other passengers, using the "A" portion of the jetbridge as it was marked "BusinessFirst". This later turned out to be a mistake, as my seat was closer to the "B" entrance, but it was still fun using a dual gate for the first time.

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Using a dual jetbridge, with the cordoned off lanes.
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To quote a road sign on the wall at the greatest Pizza Parlour in Fort Lauderdale, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza (AFCP), "Dis mus be da place." 
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I still can't get over the massive size of 777 boarding doors.

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Walking through the forward BusinessFirst cabin...

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...To my seat, 8A, in the rear BusinessFirst cabin. I chose 8A for the views of the massive GE90 engine outside my window, and the lack of a window on the right didn't bother me all that much as the one window was more than plenty for all the photos I needed.  https://farm1.staticflickr.com/474/19562696298_1bc0a2074a_b.jpg
These seats have a bit of an odd design, as the headphone jack, eMPower outlet, USB port, and magazine net are all behind your head at the top of the seat. More on that below...

"BusinessFirst" was the pre-merger business class product of Continental Airlines, who, unlike United, had done away with international first class long before their 2010 merger. The seats shown above are the B/E Aerospace Diamond, of which United also uses in United Business (although in a highly modified, boxy 2-3-2 form) on their own pre-merger 747s, 777s, and 767s. All PMCO 757-200, 767-400, and 777-200 featured this seat, which reclines into a 180-degree flat bed.

In previous reports, I have lambasted BusinessFirst for replacing GlobalFirst, pre-merger United's International First Class product (which I reviewed on the 767-300 here: Airliners.Net: United First Class+AA MD80 FC FLLEWR✈ORD✈DFW✈MIA (by LPDAL Jan 8 2015 in Trip Reports) / FlyerTalk: United GlobalFirst Suites, AA First Class, Times Square Hotel FLLEWR✈ORD✈DFW✈MIA and 777-200 here: Airliners.Net: United GlobalFirst Suites FLL✈MCO✈IAHIADEWRFLL (by LPDAL Nov 27 2014 in Trip Reports) / FlyerTalk: United GlobalFirst Suites First Class,Silver Airways S340B+C5 FLL✈MCO✈IAHIADEWRFLL) on the PMUA 747-400, 767-300, and 777-200 aircraft. Admittedly, I didn't come onto the aircraft with high expectations, well, I don't come onto any aircraft with high expectations for the simple reason of that if you keep your expectations low, it makes being pleasantly surprised all the more better.

I had previously heard that the footwells were tiny and the seat didn't reach the ottoman, both of which were patently untrue, the footwell even had an extra storage compartment for your devices and the seat cushions do reach the ottoman. The IFE screen was huge and blazing fast for airplane computers, and United supplies these domestic widebody flights with actual international pillows and quilted duvets, not sandpaper domestic first class blankets and cotton-ball sized pillows.

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Nice and large PTV monitor. For being a 2-2-2 seating layout, this seat still has a lot of storage space.

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Simplistic backlit bed controls.

The crew on this flight was 100% PMCO for whatever reason (yes, I asked), but they were professional and took our PDB orders almost right as my seatmate and I sat down. The usual flight attendat announcements, on PMCO 772s at least, are recorded messages, however, the voice actually sounds like a real voice and not a dismembered Microsoft Sam from Windows 95, so at least it had that going for it. Even though we pushed back late, the captain promised over the PA during taxi that he would attempt to get us an expedited arrival into Newark to make up for it.

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The usual Coca - Cola Classic domestic widebody LPDAL PDB. https://farm1.staticflickr.com/294/19575649179_30bebe1dca_b.jpg
FAA KIAH Airport Diagram, with our taxi path to our departure runway, Runway 15 Left, marked in orange.

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View outside during pushback, with the absolutely gigantic General Electric 90 Turbofan Engine, the largest one available on the market today, in fact the diameter of our engine is the diameter of the 737's CABIN right next to us!! And I thought trying to frame a 738's nacelle was difficult...

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Slats down, taxiing over one of IAH's airport access road bridges, pretty cool to see those airport signs up here from our massive 772.
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VIDEO - United Airlines 777-200 General Electric GE90 *TAKEOFF AND CLIMBOUT* from Houston - George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IATA: IAH, ICAO: KIAH) - VIDEO
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You would think that with the largest high-bypass turbofan engine right outside my window, that the takeoff would be excruciatingly boisterous, but, much to my own surprise, it wasn't! The GE90 on my side of the airplane lowly emitted a dull roar as we thundered down the runway on our departure track, following the LURIC1 (LURIC ONE) departure sequence. We turned sharply to the northeast before we even cleared the airport grounds, midfielding IAH before entering a steep climb to our cruise altitude. 777 takeoffs, at least for me, are never uneventful!  https://farm1.staticflickr.com/345/19140383864_a79fae0c80_b.jpg
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FAA KIAH LURIC 1 / LURIC ONE departure procedure, our departure plate for this flight.

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Liftoff, now I'm reminded why I love 777 domestic segments: 1) flat bed seats, 2) that beautiful wing flex! https://farm1.staticflickr.com/307/19562694348_50db76dfe7_b.jpg
Swiftly turning right before we even cleared the airport, mid-fielding right over the threshold of Runway 27, the same runway I had came in on FLL-IAH. Slats up, and a shoutout to 777Jet--there's a tiny (from up here) 777 under our own 777's number 1 engine exhaust.

After we climbed through the IFR storm system, the flight attendants came around with various manifests and took our lunch orders. This flights' choices:

-Hot Towel Service-
1. Your selection of two drinks
...A) A selection between two wines
2. Warm nuts
3. A choice between two main courses:
..A) Asiatic Salad with grilled chicken, wonton crisps, and noodles drenched in "Sweet and Sour" Dressing
..B) Italian Sandwich with marinara filling
4. Soup: American Tomato Bisque
5. A selection of bread
..A) Baguette
..B) Roll
6. A selection of treats for dessert:
..A) Molten cookies
..B) Warmed blueberry scone

I was in the mood for some Asia cuisine, so I elected to have the salad with noodles, wonton crisps, and grilled chicken along with the tomato soup and a simple roll. The salad was decent enough, plenty of tangy flavor within the dressing that meshed perfectly with the clumps of romaine and chunks of chicken, but I wish there was more meat in the salad as they only placed three gigantic pieces of poultry on the top meaning that the chicken was pretty much only in one area of the dish. The soup was nice and hot, while the bread was warmed (perfect for dipping, I say). Ending the meal service were United's signature baked-on-board cookies, which melted in my mouth. After I finished the first one, the F/A noticed and offered me another treat, so of course I had to accept.  https://farm1.staticflickr.com/302/19724433016_f0e734a55f_c.jpg
Drinks and warm nuts followed.

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Main course: Asiatic Grilled Chicken salad and Tomato Bisque.

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Warmed roll, great for dipping in the soup behind!

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Looking outside at the beautiful Appalachians below.

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Checking out the mid-BusinessFirst-galley and front J cabin.

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Another thing we don't see very often (if at all) in Florida: a frozen lake nestled between mountain summits.

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An airport literally on top of a mountain, Ingalls Field Airport, Virginia (IATA: HSP, ICAO: KHSP). This airport is the highest public use airfield east of the Mississipi, located on the Warm Springs Mountain Ridge line in the Appalachian Mountain Chain, with a single 5,600 Runway 07/25. That must be an INSANELY awesome approach, such a shame that it isn't commercially-serviced. Maybe it will receive EAS one day?

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Asheville Regional Airport (IATA: AVL, ICAO: KAVL), an airport Tesla and I are very familiar with. In my case, I have used AVL 4-5 times to go to my old sleepaway camp from my childhood, Camp Rockmont, in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Back then, Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines (now defunct altogether) had ATR-42s which I rode back and forth between ATL and AVL. Now ASA doesn't exist anymore, and neither do much domestic ATR ops in the USA...

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Having a short micro-nap before the flight crew started our descent into the Tri-State area.

I woke up just about 50 minutes before we landed, just southeast of IAD, to the tune of the automated announcement system. This is my only caveat with domestic flat bed sectors, there isn't much time to sleep! But that's not important, just as we started descending, at around 20,000 feet we had an OUTSTANDING view of Washington D.C.. due to almost unlimited visibility. From the monuments to the Potomac River to DCA, I didn't know this would be one of the most scenic flights I would ever take!

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Checking out the airshow, looks like we're right near...

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WASHINGTON, D.C., our nation's glorious capital!! Whoa!!

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Aeronautical Chart of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area below. Obviously, for reasons of national security, most of downtown D.C. is "No Fly Zone" airspace.

We entered a holding pattern just south of IAD, flew over downtown D.C. and intercepted Delaware into New Jersey, flying the northern Runway 4 Right PHLBO3 (PHLBO THREE) approach into a relatively soft landing at EWR. Our taxi was relatively fast, and after everyone deplaned, I visited the front office of this massive birdie after being given an enthusiastic tour of the galley by the lead flight attendant, which would be acting as the purser for the next flight, which would be to PEK (Beijing, People's Republic of China). Overall, this was a great flight with nice food, a nice seat, and most importantly, a nice crew. I definitely already missed Ship 0005 as soon as I had departed the jetway into Terminal C at EWR.
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SNOW!!!!!!    Floridians like me love snow!!

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FAA KEWR PHLBO3 (PHLBO THREE) approach procedure, our approach into Runway 4 Right this afternoon.

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Sectional chart of the PANYNJ three commercially serviced airports, with EWR on the left, LGA in the middle, and JFK on the far right. The red box denotes most of NYC, where the picturesque city is. Unfortunately, I'm on the wrong side of the aircraft to view it, but I included a shot from a previous FLL-EWR flight below the chart for flavor.

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Slats down, final into EWR.

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Touchdown, speedbrakes deployed, and thrust reversers engaged. Welcome to Newark, New Jersey!

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FAA KEWR Airport Diagram, with our taxi path to Gate C103 in Terminal C marked in orange.

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Not often that you see an MD-11 taking off over your wingtip, even if it is FX, it's still flying, at least! https://farm1.staticflickr.com/385/19136216653_950e331099_c.jpg
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Having a short and friendly interview with the captain, he told me that the 772 is almost like an "Old Man's Airplane" as it is so simple and such a joy to fly.

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Deplaning past the front BusinessFirst cabin.

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Saying goodbye to N78005, have fun in China, sweetheart...
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:51 pm

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Newark Liberty International Airport / Newark Metropolitan Airport / Newark International Airport (IATA: EWR, ICAO: KEWR) *1*
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There are more or less equal amounts of people who prefer and who dislike EWR, with me standing in the middle of the crowd. EWR isn't a great airport, but it isn't necessarily a terrible airport either.

For me, I just have a couple of pet peeves that irk me every time I connect through the airport, first, the United Clubs, though they have good service, suck. Why do they suck? Neither of the Terminal C UCs have decent views of the outside ramp and airfield, in fact the 70s-Gate-Area one has none at all, and the 100s-Gate-lounge is always full to the brim and loud, the exact opposite of what you'd expect from an airline lounge. Second, the airport relies heavily on natural light, so after the sun goes down, in Terminal C, at least, the interiors are candlelit as if in a medieval dungeon. Besides these two obvious thorns, I really don't have any chips on my shoulder in regards to EWR.

After I left my gate, I headed to the 100s-Gate-Area United Club and was surprised to see the full breadth of N78005 on display, but was dismayed to find a loud, crowded club with almost every seat taken. I've been to this lounge a handful of times, and it is really a shame how the only ramp views are muddied by the loud atmosphere and lack of seating near the windows. After finding even the office cubicles were boisterous with dialouge, I threw in the towel and decided to spend the rest of my layover spotting in the terminal and then chilling out in the much more tranquil 70s-Gate Area United Club, which is situated in an octagon above a food court. This lounge has little to no views of the ramp and runways, but always is nice and quiet even during the most crowded banks of arrivals, so I settled in for the few hours before my flight up to Portland.

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United is Newark's airline, and you can definitely tell when you're walking around! The number two engine on most small turboprop airplanes is usually kept on for a source of electrical power on the ground, hence why it is spinning first as this Dash-8 prepares to depart.

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EWR depends very heavily on natural light to illuminate the terminal interiors (at least in C), so when it's cloudy or nighttime (or both), the fingers can get very dark, as you can see here.

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While walking out of the finger, I spotted this CO Douglas DC-3 model dangling from the ceiling, so I walked inside to get some pictures of it. Ruby's EWR location is aviation themed, awesomely enough.  https://farm1.staticflickr.com/390/19755292131_b5f702e88b_b.jpg
Heading over to the 100s-Gate-Area United Club.

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Which is nice enough, but crowded and loud, so let's head over to the 70s-Gate-Area one.

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A nice enough smorgasbord of UA's European *A (Star Alliance) partners, from left to right: Lufthansa German Airlines, Scandinavian Air Service, and TAP Portugalia Airlines.

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Thankfully, as always, this one is peaceful and quiet.

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Munching on some of the paltry bar nibbles in the United Club. Luckily, since this trip, United has upgraded the system-wide food offerings to offer two distinct menus depending on the time of day:

Morning menu

Greek yogurt bar with assorted toppings, including mixed fruit and granola
Old-fashioned oatmeal with assorted toppings, including cinnamon, raisins, honey and brown sugar
Cage-free hard-boiled eggs with chives and paprika (limited-time offering)
Healthy cereals and granola with a choice of 2% or skim milk
Plain and everything bagel sticks with assorted toppings, including cream cheese, fruit jams and Country Crock® butter spread
Assorted scones, with flavors like cinnamon vanilla, blueberry and cranberry orange
Spicy bloody mary trail mix with pretzel sticks and assorted nuts
Fresh apples and bananas

Afternoon/evening menu

Hummus with pita chips or pretzel thins, freshly sliced red bell peppers and Greek olives
Cured sliced meats, including salami (limited-time offering)
Artisan breads
Hearty garden vegetable soup
Cheddar cheese with wheat crackers
Mediterranean grain salad with wheat berries, peppers, tomatoes and black olives
Fresh corn and roasted red pepper salad
Fitness trail mix with assorted seeds, nuts and dried fruit
Salty ranchero trail mix
Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle™
Available condiments include salt and pepper, olive oil, Sriracha and Texas Pete's® hot sauce

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Leaving the clubroom, I checked a FIDs monitor to see what gate my Portland flight was leaving from. But which one is it? PWM? PDX? PWM? PDX? PWM? PDX? Eeney Meeney Miney Moe....

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United's and UAX fleet includes a wide variety of aircraft from Bombardier Dash 8s all the way up to Boeing 747-400s.

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Got to my gate, C109, but no aircraft yet, or airline staff...Well, hopefully that will change soon enough!  
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:52 pm

KEWR (Newark Liberty International Airport / Newark Metropolitan Airport / Newark International Airport) KPWM (Portland International Jetport / Portland - Westbrook Municipal Airport / Stroudwater Field)

    Airline: United Express operated by Republic Airlines
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # YX
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # RPA
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign BRICKYARD
    Airline Flight Number: # UA4901 / UAL4901 / YX4901 / RPA4901
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N339NG, formerly N339NG with Colgan Air D/B/A United Express at delivery as of December 9th, 2010
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # 0827, formerly 827 with Colgan Air D/B/A United Express as N339NG at delivery as of December 9th, 2010
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: November 31st, 2010
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 4.6 Years Old as of January 31st, 2015
    Aircraft Test Registration: C-GGRI (Canada)
    Aircraft Config: C7W10Y54, formerly Y74 with Colgan Air D/B/A United Express as N339NG at delivery as of December 9th, 2010
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : 4339
    Aircraft Line Number: # 4339
    Aircraft Delivery Date: To Republic Airlines D/B/A United Express as N339NG: September 5th, 2012, To Colgan Air D/B/A United Express as N339NG: December 9th, 2010
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x Pratt and Whitney PW150A Turboprop Engines, formerly 2x Pratt and Whitney PW150A Turboprop Engines with Colgan Air D/B/A United Express as N339NG at delivery as of December 9th, 2010
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: LEASED from Regional Equipment Trust
    Meal: Beverage / Refreshment Service
    Cabin: United Airlines (United Express) Domestic First Class
    Seat Assignment: 3A
    A/C Equipped with IFE: No
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: No
    Airline Flight Date: January 31st, 2015
    Boarding Call Time: 4:25 PM EST, January 31st, 2015
    Boarding Zone: 1, Premier Access, First Class
    Departure Time: 4:50 PM EST, January 31st, 2015
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway C109, Terminal C, EWR
    Arrival Time: 6:14 PM EST, January 31st, 2015
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway 1A, PWM
    Time Aloft: 0 hours 59 minutes (59 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 336 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 13,000 feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 284 SM | Planned: 313 SM | Flown: 430 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : EWR BREZY V39 CMK GREKI JUDDS CAM CDOGG CDOGG2 PWM


FLIGHT DATA SOURCE (S):

1. PlaneSpotters.Net Airframe Data

2. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data

3. FlightAware Live Flight Tracking Data

4. First Class - United Airlines

5. North American Premium Cabin Dining Menu | United Airlines

6. Premier Access | United Airlines

7. Premier Access Benefits - United Airlines

8. MileagePlus Premier Benefits | United Airlines

9. United Club | Airport Lounges | United Airlines


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Boarding passes for this flight. Top: 8.5'' x 11'' Printer Paper; Bottom: Cardstock

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There she is, now!   The young girl is Republic Airlines November / December 2010-manufactured Bombardier / De Havilland Canada DHC-8-400 (Q400) N339NG, which has since been leased to Flybe, a low-cost British airline.

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Republic Airlines actually lists their UAX N-numbers instead of fleet numbers, thank you for making it easy for me, YX. I was able to find out the reg three days early!  

I'm sure some people are wondering, after reading my seat assignments and boarding passes, if a propeller plane like this Q400 really has first class. The answer is yes, this airplane does have first class, and it is very unique in more than a few regards, the first of which is that it is the only (as of this writing) turboprop in the domestic US market with a separate first class cabin. Also, with a total of seven first class seats, it has the most premium cabin chairs of any airplane in the United Express contracted fleet, even more than the ERJ-175 and CRJ-900, both with only six first class seats. Finally, the Q400 is becoming increasingly rare in our North American skies, with Republic to phase out all of its frames in the coming months, leaving Alaska Airlines (IATA: AS, ICAO: ASA) subsidiary Horizon Airlines being the only major US Domestic operator of the type.

What was not unique, or impressive at all, was United's scheduled flights to PWM. When this trip was taken, the only options were either a Q400 or ERJ-145, meaning that the only aircraft available with first class was the prop plane (I'm not complaining about that, but some people would find that to be a disadvantage, so I'm just pointing it out) and nothing else, from either ORD, IAD, or EWR. It didn't matter which flight I redeemed my miles for, the only option would be the 6:00 PM departure to Maine if I wanted to catch the Q400, hence why I chose to include the 777-200 flight instead of having a 6+ hour layover in Newark. However, since this trip, United has added CRJ-700 service from their Chicago stronghold to Portland, along with the new meal enhancements for UAX this means that the Q400 will no longer be the only aircraft with a premium cabin on UA's service to PWM, at least until the Q400 is retired, then all IAD-PWM-IAD and EWR-PWM-EWR flights will most likely be single-class ERJ-145s, unless United chooses to deploy the Canadair on those routes.

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Boarding a turboprop through a jetway? Yes, please!

Boarding for this flight was relatively simple and painless, as the aircraft was only a 70-seater, meaning that the swarm of gate lice was nonexistent (as compared to the anthill of lemmings on my earlier 777 flight! :P) so I was quickly walking down the jetway and was greeted by the forward flight attendant with a "Welcome onboard, mind your head, the door is a bit low." Once inside, I was pleasantly surprised to see a very modern cabin with LED white lighting (some of the older Q's have the awful old-fashioned yellow lighting), a tall-ceiling, and amazingly enough, a lot of room to move around. But, what I was not impressed with was the "bulkhead", or lack thereof. A tiny blue tarp with a viewing cut-out "separates" F and Y+ (yup, this aircraft has Economy Plus too!), which doesn't really do anything except maybe function as a signal that "F ends here" or something as the F and Y seats look a bit similar at first glance. I really wish these little tarps would be replaced with an actual bulkhead, but alas, with the new FAA regulations, that's probably not going to happen.

The crew on this flight were very enthusiastic about their job duties and actually tried to make every passenger happy, even offering a PDB for first class passengers, with a choice of water or orange juice. Understandably, it makes sense that the PDB selection for turboprop first class would be a bit limited, as the galley in these Dashes is all the way in the back. Pushback was rather quick, and contrary to JFK taxi times, our roaring propliner beat out the congestion, so we only had to wait for one mainline United A320 to depart before we zoomed off ourselves. Like fellow trip reporter, propliner-fan, and friend KPWMSpotter, I agree that turboprop takeoffs are quite the thrill as you can feel the slight jolts and vibrations as the fans outside whirl up, plus, watching the landing gear go up with a clear view was second to none! https://farm1.staticflickr.com/316/19755289331_84e956276c_c.jpg
Boarding. Somebody wondered how they board Q400s and RJs from a jetway with an airstair in the way, well, it's easy: all they do is flip down the airstairs and throw down a "Gangway" from the jetway to link the small airplane entryway with the jetbridge.

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Bombardier Q400 first class cabin, nice and spacious, but that has to be the lamest excuse for a "bulkhead" that I've ever seen.

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My seat, 3A, sorry about the blur. These seats were actually pretty well padded and comfy, plus, winged headrest!  https://farm1.staticflickr.com/495/19128075744_07e608de51_b.jpg
Decent enough legroom as well.

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Another unique point about the UAX Q400s, a first class exit row. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but not counting upper-deck 747-400 business class seats, aren't these the only premium seats in the entire express / mainline fleet with an exit row?

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Pre-departure-beverage of orange juice. Funny thing is, this juice was probably sourced from my residence state of Florida!

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Pushback, with an engine still off.

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FAA KEWR Airport Diagram, with our taxi path to our departure runway, Runway 4 Left, marked in orange.

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The propellers spark to life, and we roar away to the runway under the blanket of a New Jersey sunset.

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A B6 E190 and LH A340-300 in the takeoff queue behind us.

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EWR1 (NEWARK ONE) departure chart, our procedure out of Newark this evening.

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Hello, Lufthansa 747! Watching the landing gear go up was a big treat! Also, there is a British Airways operated by OpenSkies 757 below the wingtip. Sorry for the blur, smog was very heavy on this day.

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Downtown Newark, glistening under the beams of sunset ricocheting off the highrises of its skyline.

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I'll see you in a few, Jersey-town!  
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:53 pm

Service on this flight was actually much more than I expected, and it makes sense as the crew, as I said previously, seemed to genuinely enjoy working their jobs. First came out...wait for this...hot towels on a propeller plane?! Yes, hot towels, followed by our drink of choice, and "Premier" snack mix. EWR-PWM turned out to be a much shorter flight than I expected, at only 59 minutes long it is comparable to some of my Florida Airport Hopping Adventures (FAHA) trip report segments. We flew through Conneticut, Central Massachusetts, and finally New Hampshire before I noticed we were over a pitch-black bay of some sort, flying parallel to an airport with extremely bright runway lights that looked a tad too small to be PWM. However, it was PWM, and we banked sharply inward on our approach plate, CDOGG2 (CDOGG TWO), into a somewhat hard landing on the Jetport's Runway 29 which used up nearly all of the asphalt. Since PWM is a small regional airport, we were at "Gate" A1 in a jiffy and I was quickly getting my first glimpses of the Portland International Jetport.

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A sledding hill!?!?!?!?! Oh my, I want to move up here already, Florida is boring! https://farm1.staticflickr.com/497/19128156404_84708f6889_b.jpg
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Service on this flight in [turboprop] first class, hot towel service (!!!), coke, and "Premier" snack mix. I wonder what sets apart this packet of bar munchies to make it "premier". :P

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Cabin at cruise, by that point it had already dropped to pitch black outside our airplane. The white area on the right is a lavatory, the only one on this plane, I believe.

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FAA KPWM Sectionals.

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FAA KPWM CDOGG2 (CDOGG TWO) Approach plate, our arrival procedure for tonight.

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That airport at the upper-left-center of the image can't be PWM, the runway looks to be too short! Well yes, it is PWM, and that is 7,200-foot-long Runway 29/11.

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Short final, landing gear down and locked, let's do this!

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Touchdown and rollout, sorry for the winter-night-photography-quality...

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FAA KPWM Airport Diagram, with our taxi path to our assigned gate, Gate 1A, marked in orange.

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Being marshalled into Gate A1 at PWM.

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Deplaning into 1F* Portland, Maine. No, seriously, I checked my phone and it was literally One-Degree-Fahrenheit!!!
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:53 pm

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Portland International Jetport / Portland - Westbrook Municipal Airport / Stroudwater Field (IATA: PWM, ICAO: KPWM) *1*
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While I had seen plenty of photos of the Jetport from Kevin's (KPWMSpotter on Airliners.Net and FlyerTalk) reports, it is always thrilling to finally see something in real life that you've only seen on the internet--in this case, the Portland International Jetport.

My gate, 1A, is a bit of an anomaly at PWM. 1A consists of an airstair attached to an unmovable jetway that leads up into the main airside area of PWM (used solely by United Express), but was actually conveniently placed, as the exit to baggage claim and the nearby Shipyard Brewing Co. Restaurant is right next to it. Nicely enough, my bag was first off the belt, and I ran outside to play in the snow (again, I'm Floridian), forgetting that snow makes things slippery, slipped but didn't fall (nice save) as I grabbed a concrete pillar-thing just in time. I was so excited to see snow, I last saw it back in March 2014 when I walked through downtown Cleveland, Ohio, and of course where I hail from we see none of it! After enjoying the snow for a good fifteen minutes, I dialed the hotel shuttle (GASP! LPDAL is actually visiting the locale he is traveling to instead of just staying in the airport? YES, yes I am!  ) and it pulled up 5 minutes later, icicles hanging from the bottom of the bumper.

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What a warm way to welcome people!

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First impressions of PWM aren't so grand, but it is a small regional airport after all...

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Not much arriving at this hour.

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The atrium next to the ticketing hall, with the baggage claim under the bright monitor and the Shipyard Brewing Co. Restaurant, closed at this hour.

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PWM's baggage claim clearly reminds you that you're in Portland, Maine. :P

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My bag was the first one on the belt! :3

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My hotel shuttle arrives, icicles clinging to the chassis.
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:54 pm

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Portland International Jetport Embassy Suites Hotel / Embassy Suites Portland, Maine Hotel *1*
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The poster within the airport wasn't exaggerating the location of the PWM Embassy Suites property, it's actually pretty walkable from the terminal itself! Inside the warm hotel lobby (I've now come to appreciate heating, what with the near below zero temperatures here in Maine and all...), a nice agent checked me in, informing me that the nightly "Manager's Reception" was going on, which meant a free spread of light food was set out and soft drinks were free at the bar. I thanked him, had a view of the snacks and a couple of cokes, then headed up to my room to drop my belongings. In my room, I decided I needed a real dinner to satsify my hunger, so I returned to the front desk and ordered a taxi cab to downtown to have a nice hot supper and explore Portland's main (no pun intended) thoroughfare.

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The exterior of my hotel, buried in huge mounds of snow.

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Inside the relatively large atrium of this Embassy Suites property.

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Enjoying some snacks and drinks courtesy of the Manager's Reception.

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The nice and cosy living room of my suite.

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A comfortable bedroom, but no time for sleeping now because...

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I'm heading downtown to munch on some local grub and explore!  
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:54 pm

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Portland, Maine, United States of America
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While in the cab, the driver engaged me in discussion, apparently I didn't look like I was a native in Portland as he inquired as to where I hail from. When I answered that I flew in (on a rather circuitous routing) from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the city I've lived in since 2000, he responded that he used to live in Fort Myers (RSW, for all my Avgeeks reading this) and asked if I noticed the difference in the road system. No? "Well", he explained, "do you notice how Florida is based on a grid system in which nearly all the roads are easily accessible due to the flat terrain?" I responded in the positive, and he says "Yes, well, here in Maine, the terrain is very difficult, as in, you know, there are mountains and hills and slopes everywhere, so that's why we are going uphill so much".

He then explained to me how expensive Portland was to live in, claiming that he has to work three jobs (including driving his taxi) just to afford a tiny apartment. That came as a relative shock to me, as I would never thought that Maine was expensive to reside in (maybe that is because of my limited 19-year-old scope), but in actuality it is one of the most expensive states to live in. According to Sperlings, a Metro Data Website, Maine is in the 104th percentile of state living expenses (ME has some of the highest insurance policy rates and also some of the highest property taxes in the nation), in addition, middle class jobs are quite scarce in ME according to Glassdoor (Job Review site) and Bangor's (ME State Capital, IATA: BGR, ICAO: KBGR) local paper, the Bangor Daily News. However, despite these shortfalls, Maine is at the top or near the top of living quality among all 50 states, bested only by Hawaii, which makes it an attractive proposition for upper-middle-class and upper class folks to live in, provided they can find work in and around the state.

I then inquired about tasty places to have a nice winter supper, and he told me that the best restaurants are in the Uptown district of Portland. Not expecting much, I wondered aloud if there was any good Asian cuisine in the area, and to my surprise he recommended two restaurants in significantly close proximity to each other: Pai Men Miyake (Literally "100 Noodles" in Japanese), and King of the Roll. I went to Miyake, but there was a huge waiting list for tables, which was the same situation over at King of the Roll, so I instead elected to explore the [frozen over] winter wonderland that was uptown Portland, Maine. Not many businesses were open at the hour, except for a coffee shop, which I promptly stepped into to escape the likes of Jack Frost. After enjoying a sugarfree latte, I started to head up back to Miyake to check if there were any tables available, but I noticed something.

Unlike the fast paced Fort Lauderdale, Florida, time seemed to pass slower in Portland, ME. As I was photographing the snowy scenery and marveling at the sheer amount of the stuff piled against street corners, a man came up to me and engaged me in conversation about my camera and why I was visiting Portland on vacation. At first I thought he was intoxicated, but he wasn't, that's the local modus operandi: Warming, welcoming, and definitely not the fast paced, get-out-of-my-way-because-I-have-places-to-be mindset of Fort Lauderdale, and to a large extent, Florida. In Portland, people will randomly engage you in friendly conversation in laughs, which would NEVER happen in Fort Lauderdale, hence my initial confusion. Then I realized what Portland has that Fort Lauderdale, Florida sorely lacks: character. The city is its own self, warming, welcoming, friendly, and the locals [seem to] love tourists, life passes slowly and not at a thousand miles a minute. I now see why Portland is such a desirable place to live and why it [appears to be, at least] so expensive to live in.

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Dropped in a snowy uptown Portland. Notice that in some areas, the snow is actually burying benches and fence posts! Such a surreal sight for a Floridian to gaze onto...

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Pai Men Miyake (Top, left building, nearest to where I was dropped off), and King of the Roll (Bottom, further away) are both full, so let's take a tiny stroll...

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Walking down one of the main streets of Uptown.

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Ducking into a Indie Cafe to have a latte, pretty good. And only $3 for a hot Latte!

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Walking back to Miyake...

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...and they just so happened to have a single seat open up at the bar as I arrived!  https://farm1.staticflickr.com/412/19562616280_fc73be1f3d_b.jpg
Miyake has decent Asian cuisine, but was somewhat expensive. Still, their hot dumplings and ramen couldn't be beat!

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I walked around uptown Portland for a bit longer, but didn't see anything interesting and most businesses were closed, so I threw in the towel and called a cab to go back to the PWM Embassy Suites hotel.
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:55 pm

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Portland International Jetport Embassy Suites Hotel / Embassy Suites Portland, Maine Hotel *2* (late that night, January 31st, 2015)
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I headed back into the hotel and wasn't totally sure if I was ready to concluded my single night in Maine yet. Luckily, I had the foresight to include a pair of swim trunks in my luggage, so I headed down to the....indoor...pool [indoor pools are, as would be expected, a bit of a rarity in Florida] to have a short dip. Surprisingly and nicely enough, this property also had a hot, bubbling whirlpool for me to relax in. Since no one was around to be swimming at 11:00 PM at night (...), why not? Following around an hour of hot tubbing and lap-swimming, I turned in for the night, hoping not to be too exhausted the next morning...

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Thank you, Embassy Suites PWM, for adequately heating your water features. I've been to hotels where the jacuzzi, with it's so-called "hot water", is actually a lukewarmtub. Here it is nice and magma-y, just like I like it after being in the one-degree-fahreinheit Maine snow.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3732/19133731634_aab9efb528_b.jpg
Goodnight Maine, or, I mean Moon, nope, I think it is Maine. Good night Maine!  
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:55 pm

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Portland International Jetport Embassy Suites Hotel / Embassy Suites Portland, Maine Hotel *3* (the next morning, February 1st, 2015)
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As I awakened the following morning, I quickly realized that I was surrounded by some sort of energy in Maine. I couldn't really describe it, but as I dressed myself and got ready to depart back to Florida, I felt an eccentric sensation of "Colby, this is the right place to be. You should live here when you get your first apartment." I was sort of confused by this...uhm...scenario. I had never thought of living in New England, though I know about a dozen people from the various states, so it was a chance for a bit of deep thought. However, before my deep thought took hold, my deep 19-year-old hunger set in, so I headed down to the buffet / restaurant and to check out, the thoughts of Maine lingering within the expanses of my mind all the way during my descent....

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Good morning, Maine! Nice and snowy!

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I may look tired, but I'm elated!

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A surprisingly thorough selection of breakfast chow, and all for free!

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With my overactive metabolism causing extreme hunger, I make 700 plates and proceed to eat all of it! Just kidding, but I certainly did go back for seconds. And, surprisingly, this hotel food was actually decent-tasting!  https://farm1.staticflickr.com/496/19135413553_618383edd9_b.jpg
Heading outside to explore, yes, I've decided New England is a great place to live. And snow is still awesome.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3779/19756312235_608446d6cf_b.jpg
Oh, what I'd do to rent a 4WD Ford and peruse through the extreme terrain portions of this region!
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:56 pm

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Portland International Jetport / Portland - Westbrook Municipal Airport / Stroudwater Field (IATA: PWM, ICAO: KPWM) *2*
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While I didn't have enough time to return to downtown PWM after I finished playing in the snow around the hotel (much to the chagrin of my Northern friends who I was snapchatting, retorting that they'd love to live in Fort Lauderdale instead of mounds of snow like this), I did have sufficient time to walk around PWM and spot various airplanes. Despite the fact that the airport (whoops, I mean Jetport) was blanketed in freshly fallen powder from last night's nocturnal period, I still set out in my dress shoes (amazingly enough, not slipping once) to peruse the perimeters of PWM. Nicely enough, the concierge of the Embassy Suites was nice enough to keep my bag safe behind their counter while I searched the cavalcade of aircraft in and around the Jetport.

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Walking around PWM.


Various piston-planes parked on the recently - plowed ramp.

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Wiggins Airways' 1968-Manufactured Beechcraft Airliner / Commuter Model 99 C/N U-17 N193WA. Challenge to prop-lover KPWMSpotter (come to think of it, me too   ) -- catch one of these? Any EAS airlines flying these?
For those who are wondering what Wiggins Airways is, it is mostly a cargo carrier but also does some passenger charter work. In Portland, ME, Wiggins takes cargo from a Fedex Express 757 (actually seen in the background of the photo) and then flies it to various New England airports, including Bangor, ME (IATA: BGR, ICAO: KBGR), Manchester, New Hampshire (IATA: MHT, ICAO: KMHT), Presque Isle, Maine (IATA: PQI, ICAO: KPQI), and Hartford, Connecticut (IATA: BDL, ICAO: KBDL) as a Fedex Feeder carrier.

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The Maine Wing of the Civil Air Patrol's 1997-manufactured Cessna 172R Skyhawk C/N 17280228 N983CP with Lieutenant in flight suit nearby.

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Akin to FLL, the structure of the Jetport's consolidated rental car center is more interesting than the actual terminal itself.

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Most definitely!

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Took me until I was writing this exact sentence to decipher that this abstract - looking piece of art was dangling from the hilt of a control tower.

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Took a wrong turn and accidentally went to the airport's offices, but it was worth it though, because the top of the staircase had these nice illustrations of golden era aviation aircraft.

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US Airways (soon to be RIP) March-2000-manufactured Airbus A319-112 - cn 1205 N733UW, repainted into the special "Pittsburgh Steelers" livery in August 2007. I don't know anything about football...Or baseball, or hockey, or badminton, or any sports for that matter (except for golf - LOVE golfing), but I do like the combination of colors here. Unfortunately, there was an annoying fence in the way, as well as a jetbridge, so that culled my ability to capture a decent photograph of it.

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Heading back to the hotel to get my green rollaboard and head home to Florida.
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:56 pm

KPWM (Portland International Jetport / Portland - Westbrook Municipal Airport / Stroudwater Field) KEWR (Newark Liberty International Airport / Newark Metropolitan Airport / Newark International Airport)

    Airline: United Express operated by Republic Airlines
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # YX
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # RPA
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign BRICKYARD
    Airline Flight Number: # UA4895 / UAL4895 / YX4895 / RPA4895
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N339NG, formerly N339NG with Colgan Air D/B/A United Express at delivery as of December 9th, 2010
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # 0827, formerly 827 with Colgan Air D/B/A United Express as N339NG at delivery as of December 9th, 2010
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: November 31st, 2010
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 4.6 Years Old as of February 1st, 2015
    Aircraft Test Registration: C-GGRI (Canada)
    Aircraft Config: C7W10Y54, formerly Y74 with Colgan Air D/B/A United Express as N339NG at delivery as of December 9th, 2010
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : 4339
    Aircraft Line Number: # 4339
    Aircraft Delivery Date: To Republic Airlines D/B/A United Express as N339NG: September 5th, 2012, To Colgan Air D/B/A United Express as N339NG: December 9th, 2010
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x Pratt and Whitney PW150A Turboprop Engines, formerly 2x Pratt and Whitney PW150A Turboprop Engines with Colgan Air D/B/A United Express as N339NG at delivery as of December 9th, 2010
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: LEASED from Regional Equipment Trust
    Meal: Beverage / Refreshment Service
    Cabin: United Airlines (United Express) Domestic First Class
    Seat Assignment: 3A
    A/C Equipped with IFE: No
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: No
    Airline Flight Date: February 1st, 2015
    Boarding Call Time: 10:24 AM EST, February 1st, 2015
    Boarding Zone: 1, Premier Access, First Class
    Departure Time: 10:49 AM EST, February 1st, 2015
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway 1A, PWM
    Arrival Time: 12:30 PM EST, February 1st, 2015
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway C111, Terminal C, EWR
    Time Aloft: 1 hour 7 minutes (67 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 352 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 16,000 feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 284 SM | Planned: 369 SM | Flown: 443 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : PWM ALIEH HSKEL BAUER HANAA FLOSI3 EWR


FLIGHT DATA SOURCE (S):

1. PlaneSpotters.Net Airframe Data

2. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data

3. FlightAware Live Flight Tracking Data

4. First Class - United Airlines

5. North American Premium Cabin Dining Menu | United Airlines

6. Premier Access | United Airlines

7. Premier Access Benefits - United Airlines

8. MileagePlus Premier Benefits | United Airlines

9. United Club | Airport Lounges | United Airlines

10. Glenn H. Curtiss Museum - A Closer Look - Jenny

11. Historical S.P. and ME - Stroudwater Flying Field ("PWM" in 1926) - Historical Items

12. Dr. Clifford Strange, Founder of the Portland Airport | 1891-1958 | History | PWM | Portland International Jetport - You're on your way

13. AirNav: KPWM - Portland International Jetport

14. Northeast Airlines | Formerly Boston-Maine Airways / Central Vermont Airways | Airline Timetable Images

15. Air Canada Announces Service Between Toronto Seven US Cities, Including Portland, this Spring | Article Post Date: January 27th, 2010 | News | PWM | Portland International Jetport - You're on your way

16. National Survey Finds Portland International Jetport is Region’s Most Affordable | Article Post Date: August 16th, 2011 | News | PWM | Portland International Jetport - You're on your way


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More than a decade after WWI ended, Doctor Clifford Strange, an Army veteran dental medic, purchased a government surplus Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" biplane (10) (11), becoming a proficient pilot under the guidance of a former WWI flight instructor at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. (12) However, Strange himself decided that he needed a suitable landing site closer in proximity to his residence in Portland, so in 1922, he purchased several acres of ripe farmland in Stroudwater, Maine, a small town not far from Portland itself, flattening a small grass airstrip on one of the plots for his own personal use. Local citizens of both Portland and Stroudwater began to notice Strange's rudimentary airstrip, and popularity of the airfield led to it being recognized from the then-United States Department of Commerce officially in the National Airport Directory as "Stroudwater Flying Field". (11)

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Stroudwater Flying Field, 1926-vintage photo. Photo Credits: Maine Historical Society

During the late 1920s and 1930s, Clifford Strange constructed two hangars, a second runway, fueling facilities, and a nighttime beacon at Stroudwater Flying Field. With these developments, soon after, Dr. Strange was forced under court order to sell 100% of the rights to his airfield to the City of Portland, Maine in 1937 (11), after a very long series of courtroom pontifications, in order for the local municipality to receive federal grant money to improve the strip.

Under the Law of Eminent domain, the city was granted full control over the field, renamed it to "Portland-Westbrook Municipal Airport" (thus, the Jetport's IATA / ICAO codes containing "PWM" - Portland Westbrook Municipal) and began modernizing the facilities within after WWII. In 1957, Runway 11/29 was constructed, being later lengthened to 7,200 feet in 1966. (13) 1968 was the year that the Jetport's first modern terminal was constructed, and until the late 1970s / early 1980s, now-defunct Northeast Airlines (14) (merged into modern - day mega carrier Delta Air Lines) held a monopoly on routes out of PWM, competed only by a few airlines which never lasted for more than a couple of years, and all faded into obscurity, with the exception of Air New England, which lasted 11 years at the field before going defunct in 1981.

Northeast itself was absorbed by Delta Airlines in 1979, who kept their BGR (Bangor, Maine), BOS (Boston, Massachusetts), and New York City routes. During the 1980s, the airport experienced a surge of new service from various carriers, starting with PEOPLExpress in 1983, who were later merged with Continental Airlines, who merged into the modern - day mega carrier of United Airlines in 2010. In 1995, the Jetport's terminal was extensively renovated and modernized.

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The modern - day Portland International Jetport on February 1st, 2015, a stark contrast to the utilitarian aviation structures of yore.

Today, the Jetport has very little airline business in the way of non-fortress hub routes, with most carriers only having regularly scheduled service to their respective bases. PWM held regularly scheduled international service on PWM-PWM (Toronto, Canada) on Air Canada Express operated by Air Georgian Beechcraft B1900D aircraft beginning in 2010 (15), until Air Canada / Air Georgian discontinued these flights on March 1st, 2013, leaving PWM without international service, as of this writing.

Despite these potential setbacks, however, a June 2011 survey by CheapFlights.com found that PWM generally had more affordable airfares than comparable airports in neighboring states, including MHT (Manchester International Airport, Manchester, New Hampshire), BGR (Bangor International Airport, Bangor, Maine), and BOS (Boston - Logan International Airport, Boston, Massachusetts). The survey also found that the Jetport possesses the third most affordable airfares in the New England region, behind BDL (Bradley - Hartford - Windsor Locks International Airport, Hartford / Windsor Locks, Conneticut) in second, and finally PVD (T. F. Green Airport / Theodore Francis Green Memorial State Airport / Providence International Airport, Providence, Rhode Island) in first place, as of the completion of the ticket rate data in 2011, when the survey was conducted. (16)

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PWM's clean and modern ticketing hall, the window above the check-in desks allows people watching from the security area, and has been advertised by the local city airport authorities to be a point to "wave goodbye" before clearing TSA into the Jetport's secure airside area.

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Which one is which, PWM / United?

After I checked my green rollaboard, I headed upstairs into PWM's somewhat large security checkpoint, which had the highest ceilings I've ever seen at a regional airport of this kind. To say the least, despite the complete lack of airline lounges at the small field (which I don't really mind, but pointed out for those who are wondering. I'm not sure if PWM ever had any airline or other ground handler-branded lounges in the past, but as of this writing, they don't.), that PWM is a very decent little airport: high ceilings, plenty of large, lucid viewing windows, and ample retail / dining outlets. Since I really wanted to plane spot, I ended up purchasing the most expensive Burger King breakfast I've ever seen at $16 for a large egg sandwich combo (WTH???). This beat out the set of sliders I munched on many moons ago in CPH (yes, Copenhagen Airport, Denmark) after flying FRA-CPH on LH, which cost $15 after figuring in Danish Krona (or is it Kroner) conversion rates. After munching my airport food down, I was surprised to see that the same flight attendants from my initial EWR-PWM segment would be working my PWM-EWR segment as well, but then realized that they probably overnighted in order to take this flight out the same morning.

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PWM is very large and modern for such a small regional airport.

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A slow early-February morning for PWM, note the daily UAX (Mesa Airlines) flight ORD-PWM-ORD has been canceled due to Midwest snowstorms.

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777Jet found his way to Portland!

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Next to Burger King is Linda Bean's Maine Lobster Cafe, where you can literally buy fresh, live Maine lobsters to take with you. While that sounds like an interesting proposition, I'll pass.  https://farm1.staticflickr.com/261/19568233858_307104f297_b.jpg
Jetport authorities provide rocking chairs for viewing aircraft while eating overpriced fast food. Well, not the last part, but seriously, $16 for one large combo? Ridiculous...

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A quiet, comforting - ambiance concourse. No high ceilings here, but it really doesn't matter considering how short of a time most people spend here.  
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My gate, "Gate 1ABC", the only stationary ramp-boarding gate at PWM.

About 45 minutes before boarding, the gate agent for "Gate 1ABC" announced that our Q400 was oversold by 25 seats, and was offering $300 vouchers and a later flight out. Nobody came up to her podium, so she began offering $400 scrips, and still not a single soul wandered toward the counter. Finally, she began offering $600 vouchers and a later flight out, which caused me and a few other people to slink towards her workspace. I was the last person in the thrice-of-people lineup, and when I finally made my way up to the exasperated-despite-it-being-10AM-in-the-morning agent, I learned that what she termed as a "later flight out" actually translated to taking US Airways, being rebooked on that carrier! YES! I then asked what routing she intended to place me on, which she responded to be grunting that I'd be connecting in Charlotte, North Carolina, onto Fort Lauderdale. When I asked her what the aircraft were, my heart skipped a beat.

"Sir, it looks like you'll have an E190 on your flight to Charlotte, and a...hmm...767-200 on your flight back to Florida." WHAT!?!?!?!?!??!?! Oh. my. aviation. geek. heaven. And $600 voucher!?!?!? Please rebook me!! The two types I'm missing from US Airways!?!?!?

And then came the disappointment of the trip: "Sir, I can't rebook you because you're on a mileage ticket, and it won't transfer. Here's your boarding pass for your original flight to Newark. Keep in mind that today was February 1st, 2015, exactly a week (seven days) before US Airways completely retired their 762ER fleet on February 8th, 2015, so I'd probably never be able to catch a US 767-200 again. Oh well, at least I have some fun types on my way back to Fort Lauderdale: Bombardier Dash-8-Q400 (YX), Boeing 737-900ER (UA), and SAAB 340B+ (3M)....

Boarding proceeded as normal, and I was quickly back onboard N339NG in first class seat 3A, the same exact seat I had rested my rear-end-laurels on last night. Takeoff was much more exciting this time around as I could actually see what was going on outside my window, and we followed the HSKEL1 departure out of Maine to our low cruising altitude of 16,000 feet AGL.

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My ride, same as yesterday, United Express operated by Republic Airlines September-2010-manufactured Bombardier [De Havilland] DHC-8-402Q Dash-8-Q400 N339NG.

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Boarding N339NG, there were some exposed-to-the-elements gaps in the weird boarding apparatus that Gate 1ABC uses, which allowed me to capture some unencumbered photographs of my airplane.

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Same exact first class cabin, and same exact premium seat as well.

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Even though I dislike a lot of things about Fort Lauderdale, there's nothing like home...

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Engines started, we roar out of the ramp. The funky curved-propeller-blade effect is caused by the turbine spinning substantially faster than the frame rate of the camera, causing the blades to be visible on-screen to the naked human eye. Without a camera, my eye just saw a circular blur. When the frame rate of the camera matches up with the speed of the screw, the propeller will appear to not move at all, which can be observed near the end of my takeoff video here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lpdal/...467462/in/album-72157650622597105/

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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:57 pm

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FAA KPWM Airport Diagram, with our taxi path to our takeoff strip of Runway 29 marked in orange.

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One of the very few times I've seen a perfectly-numbered cavalcade of N-numbers, the FX (Federal Express Airlines) Feeder Cessna 208 Grand Cargo Caravans that feed from the 757 I showed earlier.

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Takeoff out of PWM, sorry for the quality.

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Banking to head south to EWR, note the fuselage reflections on both the side of the engine cowling / gear housing and point of the prop-cone. Also, at this point in the video above, on my screen, it appeared that the propeller wasn't even moving, a spectacular show, to say the least.  https://farm1.staticflickr.com/514/19568266818_f85849b6b8_b.jpg
Cabin at cruising altitude.

Inflight service on this hub-bound shuttle was universally similar to the first leg, with a few rounds of drinks and a couple packets of snack mix distributed before the pilots pushed their yokes down (or twisted the ALT knob) to begin our descent into EWR yet again. This time, however, we'd be landing from the north, and I would be on the left side of the plane, so I would have a great visual of NYC.

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I love the way this Ski Resort is set up makes it appear that it is almost like a Volcano--but instead of oozing lava, it would have snow streaking from it...Snow-cano?

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My usual vices of plain tonic water and snack mix on this flight.

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Awesome reflection of the front part of our airplane's fuselage in the propeller cone!  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3683/19568265328_69bc25f8ff_b.jpg
Teterboro Airport (IATA: TEB, ICAO: KTEB), NJ, with a business jet rolling out on Runway 6/24.
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FAA KEWR FLOSI3 (FLOSI THREE) Arrival procedure, our approach for this flight.

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Gear down and locked, we're on short final to EWR, paralell to NYC. Not the best view of the city given the immense amount of fog and/or smog, but at least you can see the Freedom Tower! https://farm1.staticflickr.com/271/19135410243_839889116b_b.jpg
My best attempt at capturing the smoke on the tires, while my camera travels through the cabin (see below).

When we touched down, I forgot my DSLR was unsecured (I usually hook the strap around my arm), the pilots slammed on the brakes, flinging it forward, reaching its own cruising altitude around 2A and landing on the touchdown marks (I.E. the front flight attendant's shoes). Yup, the same camera that had been stolen in MIA and then somehow miraculously returned to me (my friends say I was one in a million on those odds) flew within the airplane cabin and landed on the flight attendant's feet. I was mortified and wanted to hide under a rock, but the flight attendant assured me that it is a regular occurrence with water bottles and other items as I reclaimed it from her (Miracously, the DSLR was unharmed, not a nick or scratch from its jaunt within the Q400!). Since this is the second...interesting event that happened with this camera, while I waited for the pilots to open the flight deck door after most of the passengers had deplaned into EWR, I told the story of this report: US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]MIA|MIA✈TPA✈MIA (by LPDAL Apr 14 2015 in Trip Reports) , and she was just as amazed as everyone else was that my DSLR was returned. I ended up getting my cockpit pictures from the cockpit crew, who were delightfully nice to an avgeek such as myself, and hurrying back into EWR in the direction of the 70's gate area United Club.

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FAA KEWR Airport Diagram, with our taxi-in path to Gate C111 marked in orange.

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EWR, just like JFK, has its own share of greatly interesting spotting material. Here we see El Al Israel Airlines' February-2007-manufactured Boeing 777-258(ER) 4X-ECE prepping for its long haul journey back to Tel Aviv. El Al Israel Airlines is famous for having the most secure structure of any carrier, and I hear they have strict photography policies, so making a trip report on them would be a bit hard for me...In any event, I was surprised to learn that EL-AL is actually a three-class, First Class/Business Class/Economy Class airline, as I'd thought they were only two class.

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Pulling into Gate C111, the same gate I left from the day before, juxtaposed next to United Airlines' May-1998-manufactured United Airlines Boeing 737-824(WL) N26210 "Star Alliance" Logojet.

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N339NG's flight deck, HUGE thanks to the flight crew for being so accommodating.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3683/19133708574_1c998ba42b_b.jpg
One last look at N339NG while she is serviced for her next flight up to BUF (Buffalo, New York).
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:57 pm

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Newark Liberty International Airport / Newark Metropolitan Airport / Newark International Airport (IATA: EWR, ICAO: KEWR) *2*
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I only had but a couple of hours to spend in Newark's infamous airport, and I didn't know quite what to do. I thought of going over to the 100's gate area United Club, but passed after remembering that there has never been a point that I've visited that lounge without it sounding like a rock concert of drunken Premier members wailing over the fact that the latest bid for the Hopkins contract wasn't accepted or whatever consortium mumbo-jumbo conglomerate hoo-ha that only served to rupture my eardrums when I was attempting to relax.

With that, I considered trying out the Grand Central Oyster Bar, as their 16-bit-logo (Super Mario Bros on the NES!) intrigued my personal palate, and their ambience seemed kind of cool. However, after a quick glance at their Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews, which warned of overpriced yer underwhelming food and service within the establishment, I rendered that decision a no-go as well. I finally made up my mind to just spot from the massive Terminal C finger connector vista, wrapping up my second connection in EWR in the 70's Gate Area Octagon-lounge, and headed down to my gate[way] to Tampa.

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The concourse connector between all three fingers in the C Terminal provides excellent views of not only the apron action, but also Manhattan in the distance. There are two long stretches of windows, one of which encompasses the ramp serving Gates C120-C126/C102A-C112B, and the other spanning the tarmac between Gates C101A-C115A/C70, C72, and C90-C96.

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At some point when 3M (Silver Airways, coming up next) was flying B1900Ds all the way up to late 2014, United had pretty much every turboprop in their contracted fleet: Not only the Q100/200/300/400 operated by Republic and Commutair (C5), but also the EMB120 (west coast only, operated by OO - Skywest, now all are retired), and ATR-42 (operated by Cape Air, Puerto Rico only, 9K). If you include non-UAX branded planes that can still be booked through United, 9K has Cessna 402 Businessliners and Island Air has Cessna 208s! Props galore, LPDAL loves it.  https://farm1.staticflickr.com/342/19568233118_8663706c5b_b.jpg
The Octagon that the 70s gate area United Club stands on is suspended over this food court, and the triangular point of the skylight can be seen from the ramp when leaving a portion of the Terminal C gates.

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C70 Club's watering hole, surprisingly quiet.

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Pleasantly enough, I'd get to experience this very new-looking finger which I hadn't used before for my segment down to TPA.

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I was even more enthralled that this cutie was poking her chubby nose into the window right near Gate 128...

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But my flight was leaving from Gate 127. Oh well, at least it is a 900 and not the regular 800.

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Waiting awkwardly in the Premier Access queue as the scheduled departure time passes and nothing occurs. See below:
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:59 pm

KEWR (Newark Liberty International Airport / Newark Metropolitan Airport / Newark International Airport) KTPA (Tampa International Airport / Greater Tampa Bay International Airport / International Plaza / Bay Street / Drew Field)

    Airline: United Airlines
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # UA
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # UAL
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign UNITED
    Airline Flight Number: # UA1618 / UAL1618
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : Boeing 737-924 (ER) (WL)
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N53441, formerly with Continental Airlines as N53441 at delivery as of September 4th, 2009
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # 0441, formerly 441 with Continental Airlines as N53441 at delivery as of September 4th, 2009
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: August 18th, 2009
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 5.7 Years Old as of February 1st, 2015
    Aircraft Test Registration: N1787B (United States of America)
    Aircraft Config: F20Y153, formerly F20Y153 with Continental Airlines as N53441 at delivery as of September 4th, 2009
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : 30313
    Aircraft Line Number: # 3014
    Aircraft Delivery Date: To United Airlines as N53441: October 1st, 2010, To Continental Airlines as N53441: September 4th, 2009
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x CFMI CFM56-7B26 High Bypass Turbofan Engines, formerly 2x CFMI CFM56-7B26 High Bypass Turbofan Engines with Continental Airlines as N53441 at delivery as of September 4th, 2009
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: OWNED by UCH (United Continental Holdings)
    Meal: Originally Snack (Light Meal), replaced by Beverage / Refreshment service
    Cabin: United Airlines Domestic First Class
    Seat Assignment: 4A
    A/C Equipped with IFE: Yes, DirecTV PTVs in all cabins
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: Yes, GoGo Inflight Wi-Fi Available for purchase
    Airline Flight Date: February 1st, 2015
    Boarding Call Time: 1:57 PM EST, February 1st, 2015
    Boarding Zone: 1, Premier Access, First Class
    Departure Time: 3:06 PM EST (Late 34 minutes, originally scheduled departure time: 2:32 PM EST, February 1st, 2015)
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway C127, Terminal C, EWR
    Arrival Time: 5:27 PM EST (Late 13 minutes, originally scheduled arrival time: 5:14 PM EST, February 1st, 2015)
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway A9, Airside A, TPA
    Time Aloft: 2 hours 20 minutes (140 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 450 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 36,000 feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 1,000 SM | Planned: 1,066 SM | Flown: 1,207 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : EWR ELVAE COL WHITE J209 SBY J79 KATZN J193 WEAVR J121 JMACK J210 DUNKN J75 TAY DADES4 TPA


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3. FlightAware Live Flight Tracking Data

4. First Class - United Airlines

5. North American Premium Cabin Dining Menu | United Airlines

6. Premier Access | United Airlines

7. Premier Access Benefits - United Airlines

8. MileagePlus Premier Benefits | United Airlines

9. United Club | Airport Lounges | United Airlines


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As N53441 with Continental Airlines at delivery as of September 4th, 2009:


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Boarding passes for this flight. Top: 8.5'' x 11'' Printer Paper; Bottom: Cardstock

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In some of the modernized airports I've utilized over the years, a portion of the gates have an automated announcement system that declares boarding proclamations over the local PA [public address] system. For example, "United Flight 1618....is boarding at Gate 127...Through the Premier Access lane."

This system is supposed to relieve gate agents of having to make redundant announcements, which in turn increases their productivity by allowing them to finish other necessary tasks. [I didn't know this before, but gate agents have a TON of work to get done before a flight can legally leave. LPDAL salutes you!] Of course, they still intersperse their own messages, such as calling specific customers up to the podium for a seat assignment, etc. However, like all computer-controlled apparatus, this automated announcement system has its flaws. For example, the PA's will, in some cases, play according to the scheduled departure time regardless of IRROPs or delays.

For this flight, the scheduled boarding time of 2:32 PM Eastern Standard Time rolled around, and "United Flight 1618....is boarding at Gate 127...Through the Premier Access lane." was rebounded throughout the gate area. However, the flight was, in actuality, delayed. The door to the gate wasn't opened, and no agent was present at the boarding pass scanner, leading to passenger and ground staff confusion alike. At 2:42, no [human] announcement was made as to the fact that our flight had still not boarding. At or around 2:52, a gate agent came onto the mic and announced that our flight had not begun boarding yet as two of the flight attendants were either missing or delayed. Thankfully, only a minute or two after that, they showed up and we got to board.

Unfortunately, I couldn't see my 737-900 as there were no windows where it was parked, but checking FlightRadar24, I confirmed it was United Airlines Pre-Merger Continental Airlines July / August 2009-manufactured Boeing 737-924(ER)(WL) N53441, which was only six years old at the time of this flight. While that might seem old, it is actually a very young age frame in this industry.

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Sorry for the garbage quality, but this is my seat, 5A. These chairs are a bit more comfy than the ones found in the pointy ends of the pre-merger CO -800 subfleet.

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Good legroom as always, but seats 4AB had a seemingly invisible metal bar that forced me to slide my carry-on in sideways, and the elderly lady that was my seatmate seemed to have the same issue with her dufflebag in the middle.

United's 737-900s which were pre-merger-Continental Airlines DirecTV - equipped birds seem to have a slightly different first class hard product than their -800 subfleet. Barring the basics such as the chairs being recliners, these seats have a more round shape and fatter winged headrests, but seem to have less underseat storage, and my cocktail-minitable was stuck in it's slot. Ultimately, though, these seats were very comfy and I looked forward to the rest of our hop down to Southwest Florida.

Boarding was the usual routine shtick, exception being near the end where the flight attendant was just about to close up the main boarding door and the gate agent was going to detach the jetway. While I was photographing my seat, 5A, I overheard bits and pieces of what sounded like a heated argument between an airline employee and whoever was sat in the right hand side pair of first class seats in the very first row. All of a sudden, I looked up and saw a massive 6-foot-tall fatherly-looking leviathan with four gold bars on either of his shoulders confronting these two passengers (our captain) who quietly yet respectfully commanded "If you're going to cause a fight with one of my flight attendants, I'll remove you from this flight. Please settle down." then retreated back into the cockpit. Luckily, there were no more disturbances to be had, and we pushed back for a brisk taxi to Runway 22 Right.

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DirecTV IFE and control pad.

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Once I explained to my elderly - yet polite and kind seatmate why I was taking pictures of airplane seats, she quipped,"Well, young man, you might as well include the fact that our cocktail table won't come out!" Yep, it was permanently stuck and would not come out, no matter how much pressure we applied in accordance with the stenciled-on instructions. At least our eMPower ports worked!

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Not feeling the allure of tonic water, I instead elected for the usual glass (plastic?) of John S. Pemberton's best.

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Overview of this 739's first class cabin during pushback.

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Pushback, with a view of the reflection of our fuselage across the chrome lip of the Number 1 Engine, one of the split scimitar winglets, the picturesque buildings of Manhattan, and finally the remote parking areas, full of United widebodies ready to scatter on flights to all across the globe. Scenic!  https://farm1.staticflickr.com/553/19574236670_0ab4284296_b.jpg
FAA KEWR Airport Diagram, with our taxi path to our departure runway, Runway 22 Right, marked in orange.

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One of United's humongous maintenance facilities at EWR.

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Rolling past some PMCO Translantic Boeing 757-200s waiting to be moved back to their gates for their flights.
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Having just slid onto Runway 22 Right from a bit of a drag race from the gate, it mystified me that this turned out to be, by far, the slowest 737 takeoff I'd had ever experienced up to that point. After a box kite, a paper plane, and a rogue pigeon passed us on our LIBERTY TWO (LIB2.LIB) Departure Procedure, I guess the captain finally decided that he was going to slow for his own professional tastes, and slammed the throttle levers right up. However, the Northeast US was covered in clouds, so we spent about 10-15 minutes buzzing just below the cloud layer (never thought I'd be buzzing on a passenger airliner, but as the much - overused cliche goes, "Never say never!"), presumably looking for a gap to jump through turbulence free to reach our smooth - air cruising altitude. I guess there were no gaps in the gray blanket above our airplane, as the flight crew threw in the towel and just trusted right through a spot in the overcast, which really wasn't all that bad in regards to bumpiness.

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FAA KEWR LIBERTY TWO (LIB2.LIB) Departure Procedure we'd be using to blast out of New Jersey.


Later, weather! Plenty of turns under the clouds on this climbout, perhaps to find a spot to burst through the bad climate elements onto smoother air, and ultimately our cruise altitude?

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Nah, that's not going to happen, so we just punched right through the substantial stormclouds.

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Cabin at cruise, just prior to the inflight service started.

The day after this flight (February 2nd, 2015), I discovered why the bad weather was so omnipresent on this trip: there was an absolutely GIGANTIC storm pounding the Northeast United States and portions of Canada, completely disabling the EWR hub due to weather [precipitation?] and canceling all EWR-PWM-EWR flights for DAYS (only Monday shown here) :

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So by choosing January 31st, 2015 - February 1st, 2015, I narrowly avoided a blizzard. But this isn't the first time I've had a good bout of excellent fortune, so let's add it to the [growing] list:

1. I flew MIA-LAX-MIA in September, and made it to my LAX-MIA gate with only ten seconds to spare.

2. I spent four hours in NYC back in November, got to EWR thirty minutes before my next flight to Chicago, and got onto my EWR-ORD segment FIVE SECONDS before the door was supposed to close.

3. My DSLR was stolen at the Concourse E TSA checkpoint in MIA, a major international airport, and was returned three weeks later in pristine condition, no components missing at ALL, only a couple of weeks before this trip.

4. I escaped the Northeast back to Florida just before a blizzard hit the region.

5. Most recently, on July 6th, 2015, I managed to escape to FLL just before the UA systemwide meltdown the next day.

And there are others, but those are what I consider to be the luckiest of the luckiest.

Anyway, when I went to go book EWR-TPA, there was two flights. One which arrived earlier, with a longer layover onto TPA-FLL on 3M, and United Flight Number 1618, which I'm on right now. The first flight was a 737-800 with only refreshment service, and 1618 was a 737-900 with a "Snack" served. Apologies for any confusion, but in United [and sometimes AA] airline-industry-dialect, "Snack" isn't something like an apple or bag of chips politely handed from a cloth-lined wooden straw basket by a F/A, but in actuality, a small meal. So of course with the aircraft being 737-900 and there being an [albeit small] actual meal service, 1618 was the obvious preferred option.

However, February 1st, 2015, was the day United's revamped domestic first class meal service was being phased in. As an EWG (Educated Wild Guess), while February 1st, 2015, was the published date that it would occur, it was more of a "buffer period" - and instead of receiving a light meal, on UA1618 we received a snack basket service. While this didn't bother me that much (it's insignificant airplane chow...Who cares?), such was what the couple in 1EF were [supposedly] causing a minor ruckus over. Like myself, they had chosen 1618 for the light meal, and when they asked the flight attendant what it would be back before we left the gate, his response caused them to wail and made the forward flight attendant deem cockpit crew intervention necessary. As I said, it's airplane food...People...

As with normal non-meal-service flights, a few rounds of drinks and snack basket passed arounds were made with a smile. Of course, the flight attendant received plenty of questions about the nonexistence of the snack, which made me amazed at his level of patience. By the time he got to our row, he had to have explained why it wasn't there probably ten times or more, yet still remained polite and empathetic.

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A simple glass of water to begin the cabin service.

[Edited 2015-07-20 15:29:02]
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:59 pm

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Snack basket pass, round one. On this flight, the cloth lined, open-topped container had bananas, Cape Cod Kettle Chips, Alfredo Pasta Chips, Toblerone Fun - Sized Chocolate, and Biscotti.

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There's an interesting show to watch during a flight! :P I didn't end up using the DirecTV, as the views from the three windows are the best IFE there is.  https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3767/19756288515_656e10a812_b.jpg
Like this awesome Delta [no airline pun intended] emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Or this beautiful bridge below. I drowsily made my way through the gates of dreamland shortly after I snapped this image.

My personal jaunt into Never - Never - Land ended to the tune of the food guardian pilot coming onto the horn, crackly announcing that we were near Jacksonville, Florida and would be on the ground in around a half hour. Right then, Jacksonville International Airport, which I visited with my best friend here: Airliners.Net: American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA (by LPDAL Mar 13 2015 in Trip Reports) / FlyerTalk: American Eagle First Class with the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island Oceanfront Resort, and downtown Jacksonville itself, came into view. Thank you Cap'n, for the excellent photo ops! Our flight crew executed a series of turns on the DADES FOUR KTPA arrival procedure (DADES.DADES4), finally bringing us into a southbound smooth touchdown on TPA's Runway 19L (19 Left), arriving at Gate A9 alongside Airside A 13 minutes late. As I deplaned into the secure area, I could only think of what trip I'd take next...

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Starting our descent, with the moon already out in the late afternoon / early evening, a fun sight.

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This little Southwest girl appeared a little after we began our downward trajectory, flying alongside us for a bit before breaking off and disappearing into the haze.

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Jacksonville International Airport (IATA: JAX, ICAO: KJAX, first picture) and downtown Jackonville itself (second picture).

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FAA KTPA DADES FOUR (DADES.DADES4) Arrival Procedure, our route down into TPA this evening.

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FAA VFR Sectional Charts for Tampa Bay, just as busy or only slightly less active as South Floridian airspace.
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Turning to short final to Tampa International Airport's Runway 19 Left.

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Very short final over West Hillsboro Avenue below.


Almost there, chasing our shadow....


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FAA KTPA Airport Diagram, with our taxi path to our gate, Gate A9 on Airside A, marked in orange.

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Saying my last goodbyes to N53441, who would be departing to Washington - Dulles International Airport (IATA: IAD, ICAO: KIAD), another United Airlines hub, as soon as she was turned around by the ground handling crew. Stay safe up there, sweet girl!  
Also, note the small patch of flowers "blossoming" on the nearby baggage trailers.  
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:00 pm

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Tampa International Airport / Greater Tampa Bay International Airport / International Plaza / Bay Street / Drew Field (IATA: TPA, ICAO: KTPA)
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Tampa Bay's metro area, which some also consider to encompass the proximate city of Saint Petersburg (not to be confused with the city of the same name in Russia) in Hillsborough, County, Florida, was the infant cradle of the airline industry. The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line (SPT Airboat Line) was the first scheduled airline in the entire world that utilized a fixed wing airplane, with the carrier having two Benoist XIV Flying Boat aircraft in its fleet. On January 1, 1914 the SPT Airboat Line became the world's first scheduled winged airline service. That same day, Antony H. Jannus piloted the airline's Benoist Type XIV on its maiden flight between St. Petersburg and Tampa, making PIE-TPA the first ever airline flight served.

The SPT Airboat Line flew a grand total of approximately 172 one-way segments for 1,205 passengers covering around 7,000 imperial miles in a period of five weeks (35 days) until May 5th, 1914, when the transport contract for their services was terminated by the City of Saint Petersburg. A week before the SPT Airboat line, having been the world's first airline, went defunct, Thomas Benoist, who built their aircraft, commented, "Some day people will be crossing oceans on airliners like they do on steamships today."Thomas Benoist was killed at the [relatively] young age of 42 after he struck his head on a street pole when he was attempting to step off a street car in his hometown of Sandusky, Ohio. Shortly after Benoist's death, the Benoist Aircraft Company and associated entity, the Roberts Motor Company, went out of business in January 1918, having produced a little over 100 airplanes. Tony Jannus later perished after being deployed to the Russian theater of World War I to train Russian pilots on October 19th, 1916, near Sevastopol, [then Czarist] Russia, after his Curtiss H-7 Long Range Flying Boat crashed following engine issues.

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PIE-TPA, though neither airport (by their International Air Transport Association three - letter designator codes) existed at the time, was the first ever airline segment served.

Beyond the city limits of Tampa, Florida, was a plot of land that measured approximately 160 acres in area, consisting of barren pine woods owned by citrus baron and land developer John H. Drew. Drew reached an agreement with the local authorities to develop the land into an airfield, and on February 23rd, 1928, Drew Field Municipal Airport was opened, which is still the site of the modern - day Tampa International Airport (albeit on 3,300 acres rather than the original 160). Drew Field always maintained an average number of general aviation operations, but never amounted to much compared to the nearby Peter O. Knight Airport (IATA: TPF, ICAO: KTPF, still in use modern - day) on the nearby Davis Islands in 1935, keeping scheduled airline service from Eastern Air Lines and National Airlines until 1946. In 1940, Drew Field was reclaimed by the United States Federal Government for 25 years due to the "National Emergency" -- World War II, and constructed an airbase / warbird storage facility onsite. Control of Drew Field was subsequently handed back to the City of Tampa in 1945, after WWII ended.

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Drew Field on January 5th, 1948. Credit : United States Government Public Domain

Drew Field benefited immensely from the modernization that the United States Army performed on what was once just an improvised cow pasture, and post-war, it surpassed TPF in terms of airline operations. TPF, being much too small to handle the Douglas DC-4, DC-6, and Lockheed "Super Connie" Constellation aircraft of the era, quickly lost out on airline service altogether. Most airline operations were conducted within the walls of the former airbase buildings at Drew Field, until 1952, when an actual airline terminal was built, and the location was renamed to Tampa International Airport. The popularity of Tampa as a whole, along with the Civil Aeronautics Board, who governed air service in the United States until deregulation in the 1970s, granting airlines rights to fly to TPA, required another terminal expansion.

In 1964, the revolutionary design of a central ticketing terminal linked to four concourses by trains ("landside and airside") was submitted to the City of Tampa, and passed. Reynolds, Smith, and Hills, an architectural firm, began construction in 1968 and finished in 1973. Throughout the late 19th century, the airport was renovated and remodeled several times, but growth grinded to a halt just past the turn of the century on September 11th, 2001, when terrorist attacks caused a global downturn that severely affected the airline industry. In line with the floundering business, both Delta Air Lines and US Airways abandoned their respective maintenance hangars at TPA, which were later occupied by Alabama company PEMCO MRO. PEMCO MRO uses the former DL hangar for Boeing 737 scrapping, modifications, and freighter airframe conversion, while the former US structure houses a JetBlue and Spirit Airlines Airbus A320 maintenance facility.

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Artists' impressions of Tampa International Airport's new 1973 design by Reynolds, Smith, and Hills. Photo Credits: Hillsborough County Airport Authority Public Domain.

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Back in TPA, but this time in Airside A, the one I haven't been to in a while.

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This set of sliding glass doors leading to an elevator was intended to be the entrance to a Continental President's Club, but such a lounge was never constructed, and so it sits unused. There are three airline lounges in TPA; a Delta Sky Cub, Admirals Club, and an airport - owned International Business Class Lounge, but all of these are located post security in their own respective airsides.

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Heading over to the food court for dinner.

Tampa International Airport holds a significant piece of my flown miles pie, as with two sets of relatives here, I've flown FLL/MIA-TPA countless times. South Florida to Tampa is served by Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Silver Airways, US Airways, and American Airlines as of this writing; it is a very large market with a HUGE amount of airline service.

After my hot supper at the food court (I have no patience for sit down restaurants--seeing all those airplanes whiz by me through faraway windows with no opportunity for pictures irks me :P), spotted for a bit, and then headed down to "Gate" A1. I put gate in quote marks as it isn't really a gate--just two secure doors out onto the ramp to board small propliners -- before, it was B1900Ds, and now it is SAAB SF340B+s. More on that later! Luckily, "Gate A1" is just as equipped with outlets and other outlets as the "above ground" jetway areas, so I edited and uploaded pictures from this trip and others while I waited.

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One of TPA's business centers. I'm not kidding when I say that Tampa International Airport will go to the NTH degree for everything to be convenient and easy to use for passengers. Free Wi-Fi, up to the date airline information / phone numbers posted on the wall, etc. It's no matter TPA is consistently ranked as one of the world's best airports! https://farm1.staticflickr.com/297/19568233710_850030e1d3_b.jpg
Alaska Airlines' March-2014-manufactured Boeing 737-990(ER)(WL) N461AS, only 1.3 years old at the time, very young. I'll have my own report posted on Alaska Airlines First Class on PDX - LAX soon, but if you want to peek at the pictures early, they are here: Alaska Airlines First Class + Board Room Airport Lounge @ PDX Portland International Aiport + Delta Sky Club PDX - LAX DSLR D5200 - An Album by LPDAL on Flickr

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Heading down to "Gate A1".

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Which had 3M's relatively new TPA-PBI (West Palm Beach International Airport, IATA: PBI, ICAO: KPBI) listed. Note above the "Boarding Door" signs there are pre-merger-Continental Airlines Globes--find out why in the TPA - FLL flight segment below.  https://farm1.staticflickr.com/320/19135402373_aa565d1e28_b.jpg
Uploading photos to my Flickr photostream at: LPDAL's Photostream on Flickr - Photo Sharing while I wait for my TPA-FLL flight to board. For anyone who is looking for a decent photo hoster, Flickr is the BEST. It holds all 66,000 of my trip report photos (yes, I've taken 66,000 photos for all of these reports as of this writing) like a charm! 
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:01 pm

KTPA (Tampa International Airport / Greater Tampa Bay International Airport / International Plaza / Bay Street / Drew Field) KFLL (Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport / Broward County International Airport)

    Airline: Silver Airways
    Airline IATA Code: IATA Code # 3M
    Airline IACO Code: IACO Code # SIL
    Airline Callsign: Radio Callsign SILVER WINGS
    Airline Flight Number: # 3M59 / SIL59
    Aircraft / Equipment Used for Flight : Saab 340B+ / Saab 340BPlus
    Aircraft / Equipment Registration: Registration # N304AG, formerly N418XJ with Silver Airways as of July 13th, 2012, formerly N418XJ with Mesaba Airlines D/B/A US Airways Express as of April 8th, 2011, formerly N418XJ with Mesaba Airlines D/B/A Delta Connection as of October 28th, 2008, formerly N418XJ with Mesaba Airlines D/B/A Northwest Airlink as of June 2nd, 1997
    Airline Aircraft / Equipment Fleet Number: # 304, formerly 304 with Silver Airways as N418XJ as of July 13th, 2012
    Aircraft / Equipment Nationality: United States of America - FAA - Registered Aircraft / Equipment
    Aircraft's First Flight: May 22ns, 1997
    Aircraft's Age as of Date of Flight: 17.9 Years Old as of February 1st, 2015
    Aircraft Test Registration: SE-B18 (Sweden)
    Aircraft Config: Y34
    Aircraft Construction Number (MSN) : 418
    Aircraft Line Number: # 418
    Aircraft Delivery Date: To Silver Airways as N304AG: September 16th, 2013, to Silver Airways as N418XJ: July 13th, 2012, to Mesaba Airlines D/B/A US Airways Express as N418XJ: April 8th, 2011, to Mesaba Airlines D/B/A Delta Connection as N418XJ: October 28th, 2008, to Mesaba Airlines D/B/A Northwest Airlink: June 2nd, 1997
    Aircraft Powerplant (s) : 2x General Electric CT7-9B Turboprop Engines
    Aircraft Owned by / Leased from: OWNED by Victory Park Capital
    Meal: Beverage Service
    Cabin: Economy Class (Single cabin, all-economy turboprop layout)
    Seat Assignment: 7A
    A/C Equipped with IFE: No
    A/C Equipped with Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access: No
    Airline Flight Date: February 1st, 2015
    Boarding Call Time: 8:00 PM EST, February 1st, 2015
    Boarding Zone: 1, Premier Access
    Departure Time: 8:28 PM EST, February 1st, 2015
    Departure Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway A1, Airside A, TPA
    Arrival Time: 9:19 PM EST, February 1st, 2015
    Arrival Gate / Jetway: Gate / Jetway C5, Concourse C, Terminal 1, FLL
    Time Aloft: 0 hours 51 minutes (51 minutes)
    Filed Speed: 255 KIAS
    Filed Cruising Altitude: 15,000 feet
    Flight Distance: Direct: 197 SM | Planned: 223 SM | Flown: 224 SM
    Routing Waypoint (s) : TPA SABEE RSW FORTL5 FLL


FLIGHT DATA SOURCE (S):

1. PlaneSpotters.Net Airframe Data

2. PlaneSpotters.Net Airline Data

3. FlightAware Live Flight Tracking Data


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As N418XJ with Mesaba Airlines D/B/A US Airways Express as of April 8th, 2011:


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As N418XJ with Mesaba Airlines D/B/A Delta Connection as of October 28th, 2008:


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As N418XJ with Mesaba Airlines D/B/A Northwest Airlink in "Silver Compass Livery" at delivery as of September 22nd, 2005:


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As N418XJ with Mesaba Airlines D/B/A Northwest Airlink in "Bowling Shoe Livery" at delivery as of June 2nd, 1997:


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Boarding passes for this flight. Top: 8.5'' x 11'' Printer Paper; Middle: United Cardstock, Bottom: Silver Airways Cardstock

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FlightAware for this flight. Copyright © FlightAware 2015

A lot of people seem to be confused about small regional carrier Silver Airways (IATA: 3M, ICAO: SIL), that seemingly popped up of the cracks of the terminal carpet four years ago in 2011. Some think Silver is part of United, some think Silver is an overseas carrier, and a lot of other misinterpretations of what it actually is.

Gulfstream International Airlines began operations in 1988 as a charter carrier, but during most of the 2000s they flew B1900Ds throughout the state of Florida, as well as various EAS (Essential Air Service) contracts throughout the mainland of the United States under a dba as Continental Connection. GIA was always an airline filled with controversy for many reasons, the first and foremost being their related company and airline pilot training institution, Gulfstream Flight Academy. GFA had a program in which people could "pay to work" for the airline, meaning they could pay to be a first officer on actual airline flights operated by Beechcraft 1900D aircraft, paying $15,000+ to gain experience while they earned very miniscule wages as pay. Once most of these pilots gained enough experience to be hired by other airlines, they left and were employed by other carriers.

Three pilots trained through this program, however, caused three separate fatal accidents: Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701, where two pilots repositioning a Northwest Airlines doing business as Northwest Airlink operated by Pinnacle Airlines from LIT (Little Rock, Arkansas) to MSP (Minneapolis - Saint Paul, Minnesota) intentionally pushed a CRJ-200 to 41,000 feet and crashed (the plane was empty except for the two repo pilots, who perished), Comair Flight 5191 from LEX (Lexington, Kentucky) to ATL (Atlanta, Georgia), in which 49 people died (the first officer, nearly dead, was the sole survivor, albeit paralyzed for the rest of his life) when pilots took off from an incorrect runway that was too short, and finally, Colgan Air Flight 3407, where a Bombardier Q400 operating as Continental Connection stalled on a winter approach to BUF (Buffalo, New York), slamming into a house which killed all aboard the stricken airplane and one person on the ground. Following Colgan 3407, GFA and GIA both came under heavy scrutiny by the FAA.

To save money, Gulfstream International Airlines falsified flight - hour logbook records, allowed pilots to fly much more hours than what was legal, and skimped on routine maintenance on their Beechcraft airframes, all of which the FAA found the airline guilty as charged of in May 2009, fining them $1,300,000 USD. On November 4th, 2010, Gulfstream applied for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection, yet flights continued until May 2011, when the assets and built up debt of 3M were acquired by Victory Park Capital. In a move very similar to when Valujet merged into the now - defunct AirTran Airways (which merged into Southwest Airlines), VPC relaunched the airline as an independent carrier, Silver Airways.

As part of this re-branding, Silver Airways became it's own airline and completely separated from the then-recently merged United, eventually having retired all their B1900D aircraft by late 2014, having been replaced by a fleet of 25 SAAB SF340B+ aircraft. Today, Silver is one of the few independent regional airlines left after widespread consolidation, bankruptcies, and businesses going defunct in the airline industry.

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Silver has a few awards hung in the hallway pre-ramp, this being one of the three.

Due to the previous TPA-FLL flight being cancelled, the entire 34 seats of the Saab were taken. I was one of the last to board, walking across the ramp and into the plane, only to find an older-looking woman in my assigned exit row seat of 7A. I politely let her know she was in my seat, and she literally said "I fly Silver all the time, seating isn't assigned, dear." Um, "dear",

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I understand WN flies TPA-FLL but as you said, this is Silver Airways and seating is assigned. She refused to budge, so I said nothing further and the F/A (who happened to be right behind me) succeeded in making her move to her assigned aisle seat on the 2-seat-side of the airplane, not without a ton of grumbling and muttered insults, however. Had the food fighters found their way onto TPA-FLL? :P

But, it doesn't stop there! In 6A there was a teenage girl who appeared to be a bit younger than I am (I'm 19), maybe 17/18...Who was talking at not only earsplitting volumes but at max speed--kind of like those announcers at car auctions or the sped-up terms and conditions at the end of radio advertisements--with one of my biggest pet peeves, which was that every second word she used was "like" peppered with cursing.

Her conversation was eventually ended by the flight attendant personally coming up to her and telling her that she needed to place her phone in airplane mode in order to comply with regulations, after which we pulled away from the ramp (3M gives its' SAABs enough space to turn around without requiring a tug at most stations) and taxied to Runway 19 Left. This was the same runway I'd landed on a couple of hours earlier, and I'd even be taking off in the direction I landed in on the previous flight.

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My final ride of this 6-flight one-night adventure was Silver Airways March-1997-manufactured SAAB - Fairchild SF340B+ N303AG. Silver has been retiring most of their ex-Mesaba N***XJ regs, replacing XJ with AG, which is the chemical symbol for Silver. The round logo, also known as the "Silver Spin", is meant to look like a spinning propeller when viewed head-on.

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Surprisingly, the SAAB SF340B+'s cabin isn't that cramped.

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Comfy seats!

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Great legroom in the exit row seat 7A.

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FAA KTPA Airport Diagram, with our taxi path to Runway 19 Left marked in orange.

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Cabin just before we pulled away.

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Buzzing out of the ramp, the SAAB 340 sounds exactly like a ginormous buzzing bumblebee.  
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VIDEO -Silver Airways SAAB SF340B+ *GANDY SIX (GANDY6.GANDY) DEPARTURE* from Tampa International Airport TPA - VIDEO
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Capturing my usual takeoff video was a bit difficult, as most of the recording was pitch black darkness, and I could only tell what way we were moving by sensing the direction that the seat of my pants was going in (wow, that sounds werid. :P), but we used the GANDY SIX (GANDY6.GANDY) departure procedure to the south, skimming the bottom of the peninsula until we turned inland at an extension of one of the SWFL bays, at which point drinks were served. I had a Ginger Ale while I passed the time of the dark prop.

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FAA KTPA GANDY SIX (GANDY6.GANDY), our departure procedure for this last flight of the night.

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Just about all I saw on climbout.

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Full can with no questions asked? Silver Airways, indeed, Departs from ordinary.  https://farm1.staticflickr.com/309/19135353033_9e7efdffa9_b.jpg
Cabin at cruise, since you can't see anything outside...

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The girl in front of me in 6A, yes the one on the phone earlier, decided to make the tiny aisle her persona storage area, causing a couple people to have to step over her bag on their way to the loo.

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New laptop background!  

As I saw lights gleaming off the front of our wing out my window, I knew we were on approach into FLL. Coincidentally, the dismembered - voice announcement system thanked us for flying 3M, and told us to buckle down in preparation for a smack - down on FLL's payment. In contrast with out approaches I've done into the airport, tonight's would be the FORT LAUDERDALE FIVE (FORTL.FORTL5), which, in the way our pilots flew it, was as straightforward into Runway 10L as could be. After we touched down and taxied in, I requested the last cockpit visit of the trip, which was granted after the last of our 34 passengers left the propliner. Once I was back in Terminal 1's Concourse C yet again, I couldn't stop thinking how much of a blur this trip was...

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FAA FORT LAUDERDALE FIVE (FORTL5.FORTL) Arrival Plate, the one I'd be following on the last flight of this trip.

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South Florida VFR Sectional Charts.

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Signs of civilization remind me that my trip is rapidly coming to a close.

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Short final....

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FAA KFLL Airport Diagram, with our taxi path to Gate C5 marked in orange.

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....Parked at Gate C5, next to a completely dormant United 737. There are lack of landing shots for this segment because everything was so dark that none of them came out, oh well.

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N303AG's gorgeously - lit cockpit!  https://farm1.staticflickr.com/542/19133666964_e4e5ba88f6_b.jpg
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Virgin America Airbus with its moodlighting still on, from the ramp.

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Back in FLL's dead-for-this-hour Concourse C, which I had started from nearly two days earlier.

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Collecting my bag from the belt, which was oddly off.

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Go home? NOT YET!

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Just one last tiny bit of spotting. Where to, next, Colby? Good question: Portland, Oregon, the -OTHER- Portland. Have a good night, everyone.

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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:01 pm

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COLBY MCCORMACK ("LPDAL" / "ELPEEDAL") thanks the following users for their continual support, advice, friendship, data, comments, and loyalty, which led to his reports being the best that they could be:


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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:06 pm

--- Upcoming Reports ---
35. Southwest Air Business Select, 737-300 FLLTPAFLL
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34. Silver Airways SAAB 340B + MCO United Club FLLMCO
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33. United Airlines First Class, Q400+A320 CMHEWRFLL
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32. United Express First Class + Columbus-Ohio IAHCMH
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31. United BusinessFirst B757-200+KLM Clubroom MCOIAH
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30. American Airlines First Class Suites 777-2 LAXMIA
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29. Alaska Airlines First Class+PDX Board Room PDXLAX
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28. Delta First Class, 757-200s of DAL FLLDTWSLCPDX
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Previous Reports:
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27. United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLLIAH✈PWM✈EWRTPA (by LPDAL Jul 20 2015 in Trip Reports)
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26. US Airways First Class+DSLR [email protected]MIA|MIA✈TPAMIA (by LPDAL Apr 14 2015 in Trip Reports)
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25. Delta First Class B747-400/753 FLL-MSP-FLL (by LPDAL Apr 2 2015 in Trip Reports)
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24. American Eagle First Class+RitzCarlton MIA✈JAX✈MIA (by LPDAL Mar 13 2015 in Trip Reports)
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23. Delta First Class+Dead Hubs+MD-90s PBI✈CVG✈MEM✈MIA (by lpdal Feb 18 2015 in Trip Reports)
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22. United First Class+AA MD80 FC FLLEWR✈ORD✈DFW✈MIA (by LPDAL Jan 8 2015 in Trip Reports)
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21. US Airways First Class, AA First Class MIATPAMIA (by LPDAL Dec 4 2014 in Trip Reports)
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20. United GlobalFirst Suites FLLMCOIAH✈IAD✈EWRFLL (by LPDAL Nov 27 2014 in Trip Reports)
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19. Delta First Class+BusinesElite FLL✈ATL✈SRQ✈ATL✈FLL (by LPDAL Oct 25 2014 in Trip Reports)
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18. AA Flagship Suites First Class 777-200 MIALAXMIA (by LPDAL Sep 25 2014 in Trip Reports)
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17. American Airlines First Class, 767-300 MIA-MCO-MIA (by LPDAL Sep 17 2014 in Trip Reports)
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16. Silver Airways Saab 340B+, United Club FLL-MCO-FLL (by LPDAL Aug 31 2014 in Trip Reports)
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15. United First Class, Piper P-31 FLL-IAH-VCT-IAH-FLL (by LPDAL Jun 26 2014 in Trip Reports)
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14. American Airlines Flagship Business Class MCO-MIA (by LPDAL May 20 2014 in Trip Reports)
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13. US Airways Envoy Suites First Class FLL-PHL-MCO (by LPDAL May 20 2014 in Trip Reports)
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12. United First Class, 757-200s Of UA FLL-ORD-IAD-FLL (by LPDAL May 5 2014 in Trip Reports)
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11. 1989 Idaho Bush Adventure, Cessna 206 SFO-SLC-C48 (by LPDAL Apr 6 2014 in Trip Reports)
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10. Atlantis On JetBlue+BahamasAir 737-500 FLL-NAS-FLL (by LPDAL Mar 23 2014 in Trip Reports)
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9. AirTran Business Class Delta F FLL-ATL-CLE-ATL-FLL (by LPDAL Mar 10 2014 in Trip Reports)
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8. Banyan Air [email protected]+Bombardier Global Express 5000 (by LPDAL Feb 20 2014 in Trip Reports)
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7. Spirit Airlines New First Class FLL-MCO-FLL (Pics) (by LPDAL Feb 17 2014 in Trip Reports)
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6. Fahf 2: Southwest Business Class R/T FLL-TPA-FLL (by LPDAL Feb 10 2014 in Trip Reports)
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5. 7 Hours On A Silver Saab 340B+! FLL-EYW-TPA-FLL (by LPDAL Jan 27 2014 in Trip Reports)
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4. Goodyear Blimp/Airship/Dirigible Ride PMP-PMP(Pics (by LPDAL Oct 15 2013 in Trip Reports)
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3. DL EconomyComfort-Better Than Economy? FLL-JFK-FLL (by LPDAL Oct 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
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2. Delta First/BusinessElite FLL-ATL-BOS-AMS (Long) (by LPDAL Jul 31 2012 in Trip Reports)
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1. Delta F Class FLL-LGA/JFK-FLL (by LPDAL May 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:28 pm

As always, an excellent TR!

Nothing like a wide body for a domestic flight!

Not sure if it was just me but quite a few pics didn't load - when I click them I can see them but it doesn't show on A.net.
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:37 pm

Hey Cipango!

Quoting Cipango (Reply 24):
As always, an excellent TR!

Thanks, as always.   

Quoting Cipango (Reply 24):

Nothing like a wide body for a domestic flight!

  

Quoting Cipango (Reply 24):

Not sure if it was just me but quite a few pics didn't load - when I click them I can see them but it doesn't show on A.net.

This is a common issue -- refreshing the page seems to fix this.

Thanks again!

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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:58 am

Appreciate all the work you put into this trip report +. It is particularly of interest to me to view many of the airport terminals. You have done a good job in photographing them.

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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:24 am

Great trip report mate - as usual!

The details and pics, from beginning of journey to end, are first class  

I really liked the pics of the shadow chasing the plane on approach as usual  

Also, the pics of the GE-90 engine on the 777 were cool - If I was the proud manufacturer of such a powerful beast of an engine I'd want to have such a 'stamp of identification' on the engine too. Having said that, I'm sure 99% of pax don't even know what that GE-90 logo would mean...

Anyway, keep up the great work.

I look forward to your next trip report  
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:21 am

Great report, mate. Very interesting.



Oh, and by the way. When is that big trip your parents are giving you?
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:52 am

Excellent trip report as always.

The approach plates and sectional charts are a great feature of your reports, as they add technical detail to the rest of the report on airport design and customer service. Keep putting them in!
 
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:39 pm

Hi Frontier14, and thanks for commenting  
Quoting Frontier14 (Reply 26):
Appreciate all the work you put into this trip report +. It is particularly of interest to me to view many of the airport terminals. You have done a good job in photographing them.

Thanks! Some of them are hard to get right due to their weird setup angle, but I manage.

Hey 777Jet!

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 27):
Great trip report mate - as usual!

Great comment as usual! 
Quoting 777Jet (Reply 27):
The details and pics, from beginning of journey to end, are first class

I really liked the pics of the shadow chasing the plane on approach as usual

Expect more of those, then.  
Quoting 777Jet (Reply 27):
I look forward to your next trip report

Coming soon! It's all Boeing too.  

Hey Miami!

Quoting Miami (Reply 28):
Great report, mate. Very interesting.

Thanks as always!

Quoting Miami (Reply 28):
Oh, and by the way. When is that big trip your parents are giving you?

I exchanged that for a set of wheels. Yup, got my first vehicle.

Anyway, not to worry. Once I'm done covering domestic first class, I'll be moving onto international premium cabins.

Hey TW870, and thank you for leaving your kind words

Quoting TW870 (Reply 29):
Excellent trip report as always.

Thanks, man!  
Quoting TW870 (Reply 29):
The approach plates and sectional charts are a great feature of your reports, as they add technical detail to the rest of the report on airport design and customer service. Keep putting them in!

I'm glad you enjoy that feature, it will be standard on all future reports.

Thank you all once again,

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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:18 pm

My reply disappeared    so here I go again!

Great report! Your writing is improving with each report. I definitely appreciate your effort in all your reports!

Congrats on finding the excellent routing with the 777 and F-equipped Q400s. I've been enjoying picking out unique routings as well, and it's even better when you get it for the right price - or # of miles in this case.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 3):
Walking through the forward BusinessFirst cabin...

Looks pretty nice. I haven't flown this seat in pmCO BusinessFirst...but will soon! On UA p.s. 757-200 JFK-SFO, 25-Aug-15.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 3):
View outside during pushback, with the absolutely gigantic General Electric 90 Turbofan Engine

Nice view. Next time I'm on a 777 I think I'll try for a seat in that vicinity to get that view too!

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 3):
Main course: Asiatic Grilled Chicken salad and Tomato Bisque.

The catering on this flight looks quite good. I recently had some excellent meals on AA (report coming later) and DL, and it appears that UA is competitive with the meal catering.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 3):
Asheville Regional Airport (IATA: AVL, ICAO: KAVL)

Nice find.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 5):
Republic to phase out all of its frames in the coming months

Thank you for this most disappointing news. I definitely want to try F on a prop plane...what airline has that!? I guess I'll have to try it sooner, rather than later, if the fleet is being withdrawn soon.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 5):
Bombardier Q400 first class cabin, nice and spacious, but that has to be the lamest excuse for a "bulkhead" that I've ever seen.

Looks good, but agreed, that bulkhead is very lame!

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 16):
this turned out to be, by far, the slowest 737 takeoff I'd had ever experienced up to that point

That's the same thing I experienced on my UA B739 flight, a very lame takeoff. Coincidence?

Thanks again for this great report on the pmCO 777 business class and the Q400 first class, two products which look appealing, but which I haven't yet tried. Now I have to go get a Flickr account on your recommendation, since my Picasa will no longer upload pics to the Internet. And thanks for the shout-out!
 
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:18 pm

Excellent report, the Q400 seat doesn't seem all that "premium", then again, it is only for short hops.   Very well written, I enjoyed reading this one more than once.
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:32 pm

As always, a very detailed report making a mundane flight to many seem like an adventure!

Thanks for your effort.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 13):
Even though I dislike a lot of things about Fort Lauderdale...

May I ask why? (Not a trick question or trap!)
 
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:32 pm

Quoting LPDAL (Thread starter):
Asheville Regional Airport (IATA: AVL, ICAO: KAVL), an airport Tesla and I are very familiar with. In my case,

Not familiar enough, that's CHO in Charlottesville, VA, an airport I'm very familiar with. You'll note from your flightmap you didn't go anywere near Asheville.
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Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:24 am

Another great report. Awesome pictures as always. Glad to see you stayed over night some where this time. Nice way to break up the report. I was just in Maine for July 4th, its a great place, at least in the summer.

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 9):
He then explained to me how expensive Portland was to live in

Surprised to hear that. While maybe its different in Portland the largest city there where I was and where I have family who own a house in more in mid-coast maine in a smaller town the cost of living is pretty low. A very nice home, which in Miami would easily be close to 1 million dollars in many neighborhoods was under $300k. I found food to be well priced, even at the best restaurants etc.. But obviously I don't live there.
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:33 am

Quoting fbgdavidson (Reply 32):
You'll note from your flightmap you didn't go anywere near Asheville.

A quick look at the runway numbers also reveals that it is, indeed, CHO.
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Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:57 pm

Quoting flymia (Reply 33):


Compared to Florida's Gold Coast, the price to live in Southern Maine might seem affordable, but it's not for those who live here. For one things, there are few good paying jobs in Maine. A large portion of the population lacks a college degree, and earns from between minimum wage to $15 per hour. The median rent of a two bedroom apartment in Portland these days exceeds $1,100 per month. A one bedroom is going to go for about $850. That's out of reach for the majority of the population who lacks a college education and works low skills and customer service oriented jobs. I Had to move out of Portland seven years ago because rent kept going up and priced me out!

House prices and property taxes are high here too, like most of the northeast. For $300,000, you'll get a lot more house for your money in other parts of the country.

Maine's a poor state. We never really came out of the Great Depression, especially once you get away from Portland area. Young people move out as soon as they can, to go somewhere else with more jobs that are higher paying. As a result we have the oldest average population out of any US state.

Sure, cost of living is cheaper outside of the southern half of the state, but good lucking finding a decent paying job in those areas. The paper mills and factories left those areas decades ago. Really nothing left but minimum wage jobs.
 
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Wed Jul 22, 2015 6:03 pm

LPDAL,

This is such a great TR. One thing I noticed is how many details you noticed and mentioned. It reminds me of my enthusiasm when I was slightly younger.

I work at UAL and have some knowledge of the systems and processes you were subjected to   , but it's always nice to see the actual pictures our customers made (and not our engineers or customer experience folks).

Keep up your great work and never let your aviation enthusiasm deflate. I'm so glad you choose UAL to fulfill your nerdy dreams.   I can still remember my mileage run tips many years before I started working here.
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Wed Jul 22, 2015 6:53 pm

Great report, yet again, Colby! Really have enjoyed following your adventures across the country. Can't wait for the next one!

Loved seeing my old bird, the Q400. Sounds like you enjoyed the ride. It's a fun plane to fly!

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Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:59 pm

Great report, Colby. I'm curious about your statement that Gulfstream-educated pilots have caused three fatal accidents. With regard to the Comair accident at LEX, the captain had no connection to 3M, and the first officer had worked for 3M but, as far as I can tell from the publicly-available information, did not attend the academy. Likewise, the 9E captain had worked at 3M but actually trained at ERAU.

Am I missing something here?
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Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:20 pm

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 38):
Am I missing something here?

I'm guessing this info comes from Wiki, that too without a reference:

Quote:

While most have become successful pilot, some have been among the crews of prominent accidents, such as Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701, Comair Flight 5191 and Colgan Air Flight 3407. Gulfstream itself has never had a fatal accident.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulfstream_International_Airlines#1990s
 
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Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:40 am

Hey Colby!

Another great report. Awesome that you caught a 772 on IAH-EWR. I'm also glad your EWR-TPA 739ER had personal TVs, as my UA 739ER on PHL-ORD yesterday didn't. I was disappointed, since I love watching the moving map. Also, that's disappointing that you didn't get to ride on the US 767-200ER, but oh well. Looks like you had a fun time.

Looking forward to the next one!

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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:37 pm

Dear all people who took time out of their day to comment on my report,

You are the best! Keep them coming!

Sincerely,

-LPDAL / Colby

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Hey tesla, and thanks for [email protected]

Quoting Tesla (Reply 29):
Great report! Your writing is improving with each report. I definitely appreciate your effort in all your reports!

Thank you!

Quoting Tesla (Reply 29):

Congrats on finding the excellent routing with the 777
Quoting Tesla (Reply 29):
I've been enjoying picking out unique routings as well, and it's even better when you get it for the right price - or # of miles in this case
Quoting Tesla (Reply 29):

Looks pretty nice. I haven't flown this seat in pmCO BusinessFirst...but will soon! On UA p.s. 757-200 JFK-SFO, 25-Aug-15.

On my recent trip to CMH I got BusinessFirst again on a TATL 752 on MCO-IAH:

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/393/19414499452_96e41f07e8_c.jpg
United BusinessFirst Flat Bed Seat on the Boeing 757-200 MCO-IAH DSLR D5200 - An Album by LPDAL on Flickr

Quoting Tesla (Reply 29):
Nice view. Next time I'm on a 777 I think I'll try for a seat in that vicinity to get that view too!

You won't regret it!  
Quoting Tesla (Reply 29):

The catering on this flight looks quite good. I recently had some excellent meals on AA (report coming later) and DL, and it appears that UA is competitive with the meal catering.

  

Quoting Tesla (Reply 29):
Nice find.

  

Quoting Tesla (Reply 29):
Thank you for this most disappointing news. I definitely want to try F on a prop plane...what airline has that!? I guess I'll have to try it sooner, rather than later, if the fleet is being withdrawn soon.

On the same trip to CMH, my return was CMH-EWR-FLL on an E170 and 738. This upsell offer came up, with a Q400 and A320 instead for only $75:

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United First Class / BusinessFirst Boeing 757-200 to Columbus OH / Ohio for a few or thrice of nights Trip Report Templates

Of course, I accepted, and my second Republic Q400 was N188WQ.

Quoting Tesla (Reply 29):
Looks good, but agreed, that bulkhead is very lame!

  

Quoting Tesla (Reply 29):

That's the same thing I experienced on my UA B739 flight, a very lame takeoff. Coincidence?

Agreed.

Hey Victor, and thanks for commenting (have fun on your next trip!)

Quoting Sevensixtyseven (Reply 30):
Excellent report, the Q400 seat doesn't seem all that "premium", then again, it is only for short hops.

  

Quoting Sevensixtyseven (Reply 30):
Very well written, I enjoyed reading this one more than once.

Excellent, glad you enjoyed it.

Hey Phunc, and thanks for the kind words! 
Quoting phunc (Reply 31):
As always, a very detailed report making a mundane flight to many seem like an adventure!

Thank you!

Quoting phunc (Reply 31):

Thanks for your effort.

No problem at all.

Quoting phunc (Reply 31):
May I ask why? (Not a trick question or trap!)

Replacing everything in PWM2TXLHopper's post that says "Portland" or "Maine" with "Fort Lauderdale" and "Florida" gives one a pretty good idea:

Quoting pwm2txlhopper (Reply 35):
For one things, there are few good paying jobs in Maine.
Quoting pwm2txlhopper (Reply 35):
A large portion of the population lacks a college degree
Quoting pwm2txlhopper (Reply 35):
earns from between minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Quoting pwm2txlhopper (Reply 35):
The median rent of a two bedroom apartment in Portland these days exceeds $1,100 per month. A one bedroom is going to go for about $850.
Quoting pwm2txlhopper (Reply 35):

House prices and property taxes are high here too
Quoting pwm2txlhopper (Reply 35):
but good lucking finding a decent paying job in those areas.

And add that our schools are some of the worst in the nation, Broward county is the nation's capital of fraud, and widespread government corruption.

Hello FlyMIA, and thanks for another great comment!  
Quoting flymia (Reply 33):
Another great report. Awesome pictures as always.

Thanks as always!  
Quoting flymia (Reply 33):
Glad to see you stayed over night some where this time.

I did that on my next trip to the other Portland (PDX), report coming soon!  
Quoting flymia (Reply 33):

Surprised to hear that. While maybe its different in Portland the largest city there where I was and where I have family who own a house in more in mid-coast maine in a smaller town the cost of living is pretty low. A very nice home, which in Miami would easily be close to 1 million dollars in many neighborhoods was under $300k. I found food to be well priced, even at the best restaurants etc.. But obviously I don't live there.

See above ^^^^

Hey BEG2IAH, and exciting to see an UCH employee commenting! 
Quoting BEG2IAH (Reply 36):
LPDAL,

This is such a great TR.

Means a lot coming from you! 
Quoting BEG2IAH (Reply 36):
I work at UAL and have some knowledge of the systems and processes you were subjected to

Must be interesting seeing them in action?  
Quoting BEG2IAH (Reply 36):
I'm so glad you choose UAL to fulfill your nerdy dreams

United is my favorite airline.   

Hey Checko, and thanks for another nice reply!  
Quoting thegreatchecko (Reply 37):
Great report, yet again, Colby! Really have enjoyed following your adventures across the country. Can't wait for the next one!

I'm laying the foundation of the next report right now.

Quoting thegreatchecko (Reply 37):
Loved seeing my old bird, the Q400. Sounds like you enjoyed the ride. It's a fun plane to fly!

Definitely, paid an extra $75 to ride on her on my last trip, CMH-EWR!

Hi Cubsrule,

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 38):
Great report, Colby.

Thank you as usual!  
Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 38):
Am I missing something here?
Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 38):
I'm curious about your statement that Gulfstream-educated pilots have caused three fatal accidents. With regard to the Comair accident at LEX, the captain had no connection to 3M, and the first officer had worked for 3M but, as far as I can tell from the publicly-available information, did not attend the academy. Likewise, the 9E captain had worked at 3M but actually trained at ERAU.

No, you aren't missing anything. See YTraveler's reply:

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 39):
I'm guessing this info comes from Wiki, that too without a reference

Hey Amrit, and thank you for another comment!

Quoting kann123air (Reply 40):
Hey Colby!

Another great report. Awesome that you caught a 772 on IAH-EWR.

Thanks! I'll never pass up the opportunity to fly on a domestic widebody! {veryhappY}

Quoting kann123air (Reply 40):
Looking forward to the next one!

It's coming soon, I have just begun the first steps of scripting it.

Again, thank you all for the awesome comments, and my next report will be arriving soon! 

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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:27 pm

Colby,

Wonderful report, and I enjoyed it thoroughly! I can imagine the value TechOps has brought to really adding technical details to these, which I love.

I do have a personal request: I know you've been criticized in the past for the amount of detail you place in your reports, and you've obviously seen that there is a segment of A.nut readers who do appreciate that, and I'm curious about adding more:

One of the things I love in other reports is descriptions of things like takeoff and landing. (Was it "powerful?" a "slow roll to a slow climb"? Did the plane "seem to jump off the runway?" How was the landing? A firm thud? Notice any crosswind action? Was it a "greaser?" What did the engines sound like?) Anyway, just my   

I can't imagine how much time you must spend on these! How many hours a week would you say you're working on reports?
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:27 pm

Hey there, Colby -

Fantastic report as always. I loved that you got a shot of N733UW - my favorite Airbus in Steelers colors. The pictures were crisp and very well done. I really enjoy reading your reports as they have the feel of a personal documentary with journalistic qualities.

Incidentally... living in snow is overrated. Sure, it's fun at the start, but it gets old really quick. The snow is just beautiful to watch when you don't have to go out in it. That's why I moved to SAT... lots of heat, sun, and very little in the way of freezing precipitation.

Looking forward to your CMH report.


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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:14 pm

Nice Trip Report. Looked like a lot of fun. Had a trip coming back from eastern Europe with buses, trams, trains, tropical storms and aircraft that took exactly 24 hours straight for me to get home. Long day.
You are here.
 
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:32 pm

As always, your comments mean the world to me!

-Colby

Hey RJSampson, and always nice to have a new commentator board!

Quoting rjsampson (Reply 42):
Colby,

Wonderful report, and I enjoyed it thoroughly!

Excellent, then I've achieved my goal. Thank you!

Quoting rjsampson (Reply 42):
I can imagine the value TechOps has brought to really adding technical details to these, which I love.

You wouldn't imagine the depth their expertise has brought to my reports, I really appreciate them all!

Quoting rjsampson (Reply 42):

I do have a personal request: I know you've been criticized in the past for the amount of detail you place in your reports, and you've obviously seen that there is a segment of A.nut readers who do appreciate that, and I'm curious about adding more:

Don't worry, the detail isn't ever going away.

Quoting rjsampson (Reply 42):

One of the things I love in other reports is descriptions of things like takeoff and landing. (Was it "powerful?" a "slow roll to a slow climb"? Did the plane "seem to jump off the runway?" How was the landing? A firm thud? Notice any crosswind action? Was it a "greaser?" What did the engines sound like?) Anyway, just my

Yes, I'll add that into the next one (28: 757-200s of DL) as we all know, the 757 has some pretty thrilling takeoffs.  
Quoting rjsampson (Reply 42):

I can't imagine how much time you must spend on these! How many hours a week would you say you're working on reports?

This one took four months to write.

Hi Mikey, and great to have you back!  
Quoting mikelive (Reply 43):
Hey there, Colby -

Hey there!  
Quoting mikelive (Reply 43):

Fantastic report as always. I loved that you got a shot of N733UW - my favorite Airbus in Steelers colors. The pictures were crisp and very well done. I really enjoy reading your reports as they have the feel of a personal documentary with journalistic qualities.

Thanks a ton, means a lot!

Quoting mikelive (Reply 43):
Looking forward to your CMH report.

I have three reports, then that one. Still--it'll be worth the wait!  

Hey Caltech, and AWESOME to have another UAL employee commenting on my report! Thanks a lot!

Quoting CALTECH (Reply 44):
Nice Trip Report.

Thank you!  
Quoting CALTECH (Reply 44):
Had a trip coming back from eastern Europe with buses, trams, trains, tropical storms and aircraft that took exactly 24 hours straight for me to get home. Long day.

Variety is the spice of life! But that does sound like a ton of fun.

Thank you all for commenting,

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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:00 pm

Great report as always! Your level of detail is very impressive. Not impressed with the Q400 F cabin, though. Keep up the good work, Colby!
 
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:06 am

Quoting kurt (Reply 46):
Not impressed with the Q400 F cabin, though.

What do you expect on a propeller plane? I'm impressed that they even have an F cabin.

Amrit
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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:02 pm

Hey Kurt, and thanks for your comment!  
Quoting kurt (Reply 46):
Great report as always!

Thank you, as always!

Quoting kurt (Reply 46):
Your level of detail is very impressive.

I'll be making a few slight additions in number 28.

Quoting kurt (Reply 46):
Not impressed with the Q400 F cabin, though.

Eh, it's nice enough for short stage lengths.

Quoting kurt (Reply 46):
Keep up the good work, Colby!

Will do!

Hi Amrit, and thanks for commenting!

Quoting kann123air (Reply 47):
What do you expect on a propeller plane?

A fun ride.

Quoting kann123air (Reply 47):
I'm impressed that they even have an F cabin.

I'm actually trying to find out why they installed first class on these airplanes. Too bad Republic is retiring them and sending them to Europe...  

Thanks again, guys!

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RE: United First Class 777-2/Q400 FLL✈IAH✈PWM✈EWR✈TPA

Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:45 am

Great report. Read it all, only skimmed a few parts. Thanks for posting!

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