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.
After arriving in Charlotte from DC, I had a few hours to kill so I headed to the CLT Admirals Club (Formerly US Airways Club).
Some views of the airport on the way to the club
View of downtown Charlotte from the terminal.
And a little bit of planespotting
US had some great retro liveries of airlines that had merged to become part of US Airways over time. This bird in retro Allegheny Airlines colors had recently had the American Airlines titles added to replace the old US Airways.
The CLT Admirals club is actually quite impressive as it is quite large…
And features a huge domed area…
with great views of the tarmac.
The food offering is standard U.S. lounge snack fare; nothing to write home about.
I just got a few things to munch on with some red wine. Cheese cubes and cookies…Mmmmm :-P
As I was saying earlier, there are good views of the tarmac from the lounge, but one thing is for sure about CLT…there isn't a huge variety of airlines to spot. It's mostly just AA/US…good thing I enjoy both of these liveries.
Although this flight was back in February 2015, there were already many US Airways aircraft in American Airlines livery.
I think the US A330s look gorgeous in the AA livery
I left the lounge a few minutes before boarding time. When I got to my gate boarding had already begun so I boarded straight away. I settled in to my window seat in the last row of First.
Another US A321 at the next gate over, but in AA livery. I had caught a quick glimpse of my plane when I got to the gate and saw it was in US livery.
Standard 38 US Domestic First class seat pitch
Yep, we're on an A321! And a new one at that.
Nice pink hue as the sun begins to set
A few minutes after I'm settled in, the purser comes to introduce himself and take a pre-flight drink order. He is incredibly friendly and even shakes my hand thanking me for being an Executive Platinum member. Wow, I've never seen that happen before!
When the purser comes back with my gin & tonic, he also brings the snack basket out. Pleasant surprise #2! I've never had pre-departure snacks offered on a U.S. carrier before, much less on a domestic flight.
Pleasant surprise #3: After boarding was complete, the purser did a little speech in the First class cabin, introducing himself again, and thanking everyone for flying US Airways/American. I'm here to ensure you have a pleasant and memorable experience with us today, he said. Wow again…another first.
You could tell the purser really enjoys his job, loves interacting with people, and going above and beyond to give great service.
Boarding was completed early and we pushed back early.
The last rays of sun fade as we taxi to the runway.
And we're off
Downtown Charlotte in the distance.
The cabin lights stay out for most of the flight
Shortly after takeoff the purser starts the pre-dinner drink service. The drinks are served with warm nuts.
Flying over a large city. It looks like Indianapolis, but can't tell for sure with no IFE with moving maps.
After enjoying two gin & tonics, the meal is served. I chose the meat lasagna.
The lasagna looks burnt, but was actually quite good.
We fly south of Chicago during the meal. Seems like this is an oddly northerly way to get to SEA from CLT.
Ice cream sundae for dessert.
After the meal I took a nap and woke up shortly before landing. We fly over downtown on a typically foggy winter Seattle night.
We arrived at the gate about 10 minutes early.
last view of my seat.
This is the only picture of my plane I managed to get on disembarking.
Welcome to Sea-Tac!
Thanks for reading this #GoodbyeUSAirways report!
US Airways US Airways Club (Concourse C)
Charlotte - CLT
Seattle - SEA
Generally a very pleasant flight despite some hard product shortcomings. The amazing purser really made the flight--otherwise it would have been quite average. The meal was good and appropriate for the length of the flight.This style of Domestic First class seat; however, is better for shorter flights--it's pushing the limit of comfort for a premium cabin on an almost 6 hour flight. The lack on IFE on such a long domestic flight is the big downside. AA planes at least have overhead screens, and more and more aircraft equipped with PTVs on domestic flights, but none of the pre-merger domestic US fleet has any kind of IFE. Hopefully this will change as the cabins are updated and brought to the AA standards.
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