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Review of United flight Washington New York in Economy

Airline United
Flight UA 4050
Class Economy
Seat 16A
Flight time 01:00
Take-off 26 Nov 15, 08:20
Arrival at 26 Nov 15, 09:20
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Published on 16th December 2015
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United Airlines UA 4050 IAD-LGA
DEP IAD 08:18 26 NOV 2015
ARR LGA 09:39 26 NOV 2015
Flight Duration: 01:19
Aircraft: CRJ-700

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Flight route map courtesy of www.flightaware.com

Following my red-eye UA flight from San Diego to Washington-Dulles, I had about two hours before I needed to make my way to gate C28 for my short connection flight to LaGuardia. I had a priority pass card, so I wanted to use the British Airways Lounge in Concourse B and take a quick shower before heading off to New York. The British Airways lounge was set to open at 0700 that day for priority pass card holders. As long as I make it back to concourse C by 7:40, I'd be golden. Quick shower it is!

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IAD Concourse C after my arrival from San Diego. I headed for the underground people mover system for Concourse B.
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The Concourse C station for the underground people mover is located a little north of the actual concourse. It was a long walk. I think IAD must have planned for future concourses north of the Concourse C.
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Inside one of the cars.
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Chipotle was the first restaurant that came into sight as I ascended to the departures level of the Concourse B. From what I hear, this location used to sell breakfast options (chorizos, eggs).
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A huge MIT Daedalus plane on display in Concourse B.
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The entrance to British Airways Lounge was just around the corner, on the opposite site of Chipotle.
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Since the lounge wasn't open yet, I waited on one of the gates nearby.
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The lobby area of British Airways Lounge on the second floor. I was the only guest at the time.
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The lounge was very nice looking (and spacious). One side of the lounge overlooked the concourse interior. The other side overlooked the apron.
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I immediately requested to take a shower. The shower facility was very nice.
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Since it was very early morning, there wasn't any hot meal offerings. There were only wide-selection of beverages, snacks, and fruits.

I had an urge to drink one of those Yeungling's but it was way too early in the morning.

I made it back to Concourse C just as my plane for La Guardia started to board.
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Not my plane, but similar.
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This gate required passengers to walk a little bit on the apron.
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The view of UA CRJ-700.
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The seats looked (and felt) very new. UA must have retrofitted all of these very recently.
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View of the cabin from my seat.
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Scene of early morning departures of Concourse D.
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Take-off was on time at 08:30.

I was hoping to catch some aerial view of Baltimore and Philadelphia as I flew, and I got what I wanted. Here's a view of Baltimore.
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View of Aberdeen Proving Ground.
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Delaware Memorial Bridges.
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Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia Airport visible below.
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Delaware River Bridge (I-276) and I-95.
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New York finally came into view at around 09:10.
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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
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Lower Manhattan.
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Manhattan looked gorgeous on that Thanksgiving Day morning!
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432 Park steals the show among the Midtown skyscrapers.
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Landing was early at around 09:15.
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La Guardia morning scene Thanksgiving Day.
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Arrival into Central Terminal.
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I had some time to kill before my friend picked me up. I headed for the Centurion Lounge in LGA Central Terminal.
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The entrance to Centurion Lounge.
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The Centurion Lounge of LGA was offering free Uber rides to anywhere in the city. Since I was heading for New Jersey, I wasn't eligible. Perhaps I could've taken Uber to Port Authority Terminal.
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Inside the Centurion Lounge dining area.
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There were selection of hot meal (eggs/meat) and a lot of fruits.
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Egg dishes selection.
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The dish I picked was excellence. It was a poached egg with benedict's sauce.
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Verdict

United

3.4/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew6.0
Meal/catering0.0

British Airways Galleries Lounge

7.8/10
Comfort9.0
Meal/catering5.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Services9.0

Washington - IAD

8.2/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.5

New York - LGA

5.4/10
Efficiency5.0
Access8.5
Services4.0
Cleanliness4.0

Conclusion

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3 Comments

  • Comment 156691 by
    NGO85 1624 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR!

    The BA Lounge looks nice visually, but a common problem with them is the poor catering as you pointed out (no hot food options). I think most people find the drink selections to be very strong in their lounges.

    That CRJ could sure use a new paint job. The new UA seats don't really look that comfortable form the pictures I've seen, but I've also never tried them.

    Fantastic aerial shots, I love flying along the Eastern corridor since it always low altitude.

  • Comment 156741 by
    Nick 172 Comments

    Thanks for making a full report on such a short flight! The British Airways lounge looks pretty nice despite the lack of food choices. The shower rooms looked great as well. Nice job getting those pristine shots while you were the only one in there.

  • Comment 156829 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4730 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this report from one of my home airports! I didn't know the BA lounge was also a priority pass lounge--it's a really good lounge IMO, and the food selection is much better in the PM when the actual BA flights are going out.

    I had an urge to drink one of those Yeungling's but it was way too early in the morning.
    - I would have! Nooooo shame. Nobody's judging :-)

    The seats looked (and felt) very new. UA must have retrofitted all of these very recently.
    - The seats do look nice and new, and I like the colors, but they also kinda look like ironing boards, lol.

    Nice aerial shots, especially on arrival at LGA. Being on the left side is almost always a guarantee of a good view on landing!

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