This report will cover the transcon segment from LAX to BOS. This ticket was booked separately and the travel agent gave me the option of B6 or DL given my time constraints; I needed to be in BOS by 4pm. I went with B6 for their 34” seat pitch in Y and better IFE. At the end, there will be a special bonus for the B707 lovers out there.
I woke up at 4am in order to drive back to LAX. I reached LAX by 5:30am, quickly returned my car and took the shuttle back to Terminal 1, which is used by B6. At the check-in area for B6, 2 agents were working and they were pretty efficient. It took about 10 minutes to get checked in. I was handed my boarding passes and given directions to the security line. It’s worth noting that at this point in time, B6 no longer offers a free checked bag. That was a change they made over the summer since I last flew with them; however, they have retained their service amenities onboard.
The escalators up to TSA.
Artwork as I wait in line for security. It was very slow and took about 30 minutes.
FIDS entering Terminal 1.
The waiting room. Not a fan of the design of this terminal, not very attractive visually.
Some spotting. VX A320.
An ugly NK A320 leaving for LAS.
B6 A321 leaving for JFK.
VX A320 with sharklets.
JetBlue Airways, B6 288 Equipment: Airbus A320 [N729JB “If you can read this you are blue close”, delivered August 2008] Departure: 7:30 (ATD: 7:44) Arrival: 15:44 (ATA: 15:22) Flight time: 4:38
I couldn’t even see my plane from the terminal. Unfortunate because my plane actually had a pretty good name: “If you can read this you are blue close.” Boarding was called on time in typical US “crowd the gate” style.
Down the blind jetbridge.
Boarding the plane a big welcome from a big friendly FA.
Some cabin strafing as I make my way back to my seat.
As soon as I sit down, my seatmate shows up and takes the middle seat. The 34” pitch is obviously comfortable and a big perk of B6.
Another perk is the free IFE, which I’ll talk about later.
The middle seat has a small entertainment box under it, so be warned.
The service guide and BOB menu on B6.
Recline is on the left armrest.
The IFE controls are on the right armrest. Poor design since I changed the channel or volume several times by accident by resting my arm on top of it.
Boarding finished and the window seat remained empty, my seatmate casually slid over to the window as I grumbled to myself. We had some fantastic early morning views on departure and I missed it. The take-off was smooth and we quickly made a U-turn to head towards BOS.
Drink service started as soon as we leveled off. I requested a water and coffee. The friendly male FA handed me my bottle of water out of his apron and told me he’ll bring the coffee in a little bit. B6 does not use carts for drink service. Orders are taken by row and then the FA will go to the galley to prepare the drinks for that row. It’s a pretty slow, inefficient process.
As promised, my coffee was brought to me.
After drinks were distributed. The FAs came through the cabin with the snack baskets and you are free to take as much or little as you want. I just grabbed a bag of chips.
I then napped until Denver.
Some cabin shots since my seatmate went to the bathroom.
The IFE is really good on B6 (for domestic standards). I watched the Manchester derby and then some Bundesliga action (Wolfsburg vs. someone, can’t remember).
Mid-flight, there were snacks and drinks available in the galleys. You just helped yourself to whatever you want. They also had the BOB menu if you wanted a more substantial amount of food. The second drink service started around Buffalo.
Again, I asked for water and a cup of Earl Grey tea. Both were promptly delivered.
After the second drink service, wet towelettes were distributed. I thought this was a nice touch by B6 to freshen up before arrival.
The landing into BOS was smooth and we quickly taxied to our gate. Deplaning was friendly. Both the pilot and first officer were in the galley thanking passengers for flying. Bags were circulating by the time I got to the baggage claim. I got my bag and took a taxi to the hotel for 3 days in Boston (MA), Providence (RI), and New London (CT).
——————————– BONUS: I had a free afternoon on the Saturday I was there, so I drove up to Simi Valley to visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
I’ll keep the political aspect to a minimum since US Presidents have varying international reputations.
I didn’t really research the museum before I went there, but it turns out it actually had a nice surprise for AV enthusiasts. Part of the museum contains a hanger housing Air Force One (SAM 27000), which was in service from 1972 to 2001. Okay not a real B707, but the VC-137C is based off of it. It was transferred to the museum in 2005 and has been housed here since. Unfortunately, no photography was allowed inside, so you guys will just have to live with the outside shots.
Views of Simi Valley from the museum.
Thanks for stopping by this report and series! I’ll continue this series as I begin the trek back to Japan.
Los Angeles - LAX
Boston - BOS
My second time on B6 and it doesn’t disappoint. It feels so different from the legacy carriers and shows that you can still find some full service aspects on domestic carriers. Yes, expecting a meal is a thing of the past, but providing humane seat pitch, free drinks/snacks, free WiFi, and free DirecTV is head shoulders above their rivals. If you aren’t alliance bound and they fly a route you need, then I would definitely give them a look.
Cabin comfort: Good seat pitch and the middle seat remained empty (very lucky since there were only 2 empty seats on the whole plane). The seats are comfortable enough for a transcon, I didn’t get that restless feeling during this flight.
Crew: Good old-fashioned American crew. They were all smiles throughout the flight and were talking with passengers. It was also nice to see the pilots out of the cockpit thanking passengers during deplaning.
Meal and catering: Complimentary drink and snack on a domestic flight in the US, better than the rest. There is also a BOB menu, but I didn’t need anything. Prices seem on par for US carriers.
Entertainment: Standard seatback literature. IFE with moving map, I’m a happy camper. There are also a good number of TV programs and music available on-demand. Luckily I was flying on a Sunday morning so I got to watch some soccer.
On-time performance: Perfect.
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