In honor of the recent last flight of US Airways, which took place on 17 October 2015, I thought I'd finally get around to posting some US flights from earlier this year. I've done a lot of mostly uninteresting domestic U.S. flying this year and have a heap of domestic flights sitting in my drafts for months, lol. So it was about time to get cracking and post some.
Most of the flying I've done this year has been on AA metal, but for this trip, I chose US and wanted to see how their longer transcon flights compared to AA. Living in DC, with a US Airways hub at DCA, I'd flow US quite often in the past, but never on a long flight. My expectations were low knowing that US's hard product is inferior to AA's, but I wanted to see what had changed on US since the merger.
I worked a half day and got to the airport less than an hour to departure. With only carry-on, I headed straight to the gate, which is always a hike at Dulles as you have to take a train to the Concourse. I definitely wouldn't recommend showing up for a flight last minute at IAD–you might be able to pull that at DCA, but Dulles is a whole other animal.
The concourse with flags from around the world.
I got to my gate just as boarding was starting.
When travelling alone on CRJ700/900s or E-jets in F, I chose a seat on the one-seater side. The configuration in First on these larger regional jets in 1-2, compared to 2-2 in Economy.
CRJ900 F cabin seatmap
View of the one-seater side.
The seats in F are typical Domestic First class seats with 38 of seat pitch and 20 of seat width.
Pushback was on-time. Lots of UA during taxi.
Next in line for takeoff
Snowy DC suburbs in Ferbruary
View of the cabin from my seat with the typical US Airways bulkhead design
Shortly after takeoff the friendly FA comes around to take drink orders and comes back quickly with a gin & tonic with the snack basket. AA always serves drinks in real glasses in F in the air, even on regional flights, so this tacky plastic cup seems to be a relic from the old days.
The ground is snow covered almost the whole way south to Charlotte, where snow is rare.
A look at the huge and diverse combined AA/US fleet in the AA inflight magazine.
Beginning the descent into CLT, where even this far south there is some snow here and there.
Previously a big US Airways hub, more and more of the US fleet here in CLT, and other US hubs, is painted in AA colors.
Thanks for reading!
Washington - IAD
Charlotte - CLT
Can't say this flight was spectacular, but it got me comfortably from point A to point B. The 2 crew members were very nice; the FA in charge of First was very attentive and I managed to get 3 refills on a short 1 hour flight. The plastic cups, however, were a nod to the more LCC-like service standards of the pre-merger US days.
Let's see what transcon service will be like on the next leg...
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