Welcome to this short new series of flight-report's. This series would contain two short US domestic flights.
As I was going to head to New Jersey for a short weekend trip. As going from LaGuardia or JFK to New Jersey can be a pain during rush hour so the only option for me was flying United to EWR or using the regional train. It was interesting that a round-trip IAD-EWR-DCA ticket was cheaper than the regional train so I decided to fly on United for this weekend trip. It would be my second time flying United after flying with them from LHR to IAD on their 757-200 aircraft last August.
Pax for this flight
Domestic First: %100
Economy Class: %100
The aircraft was fully booked and there were no empty seats onboard.
I had completed my online check-in 24 hours before scheduled departure time.
There were some offers.
I had already preselected my seats while booking so I didn't changed my seat. I was seated in the 1st row of Economy Class.
The amenities on this flight. Today, Directv wasn't offered like the previous flight.
On the flight day, several SMS's were sent by United to indicate a delay due to the late aircraft arrival.
I had arrived to Terminal C, 1 hours 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
Some parts of the terminal was under reconstruction. Before heading to the security checkpoint, I have headed to speak with a representative to get on the 5:00pm flight which was delayed to 6:30pm but as United doesn't offer free last minute changes if an earlier flight is available so I was offered to pay $75 for an earlier flight but I've rejected politely.
The security checkpoint took 15 minutes to clear. After clearing this checkpoint, I had proceeded to the gate area.
Before heading to the gate area, I took this shot from the checkpoint area.
The gate area was empty when I arrived but all the power sources were occupied so I had headed to the upper level.
Our aircraft hadn't arrived yet.
This UA 752 was heading to Los Angeles this evening
In EWR Terminal C, tablets are available at every seating area as passengers could check their flight information or order something from the nearest cafe/restaurant.
The nearest restaurant was the Wanderlust, which primarily serves burgers. The prices were expensive compared to those other US airports.
Also, the tablet had multiple languages but sometimes the translations won't be accurate.
Checking flight information on the tablet
The incoming flight from RDU is would arrive late due to ATC conditions over there.
This UA 764 was going to head to Zurich this evening.
Before our aircraft, there was a small accident at the gate
As I was hungry and Starbucks was the closest dining option with the burger restaurant. I brought a coffee and a snack from Starbucks which was near our gate.
At 7:06pm, our aircraft had arrived to the gate
Then I headed back to the lower level which boarding would be done and find an available power source to charge my phone.
Boarding started after passengers arriving from RDU deplaned and the new crew was onboard. Priorities were respected while boarding but the gate area was a mess because there were no lanes for each of the boarding groups. When I boarded the aircraft, the gate agent put a tag on my carry-on bag and told me that I need to check my hand baggage if the overhead lockers are full. Luckily, I was able to find a spot at the overhead bin.
I was welcomed by the cabin supervisor while boarding.
The seat was an average seat for a very short flight.
The legroom was good enough.
A shot from the window
Before takeoff, internet wasn't available but the Private Screening option was available.
While passengers were boarding, this ERJ175 had arrived to gate C99.
Such as this 757 was taxiing to the runway.
We had pushed back soon
Last view of Terminal C
El Al 789 parked at Terminal B
Such as this LH 359 which would head to Munich
ET 787 & FI 757
BA 789 getting ready for his flight to London
Also this Virgin Atlantic aircraft would head to Heathrow
And it was our turn to takeoff
West Orange, NJ
Short Hills, NJ
The internet function was activated shortly after take-off.
The only option to access Wi-Fi was to pay $8.99 or a gogo subscription.
Mobile IFE menu
No complimentary food was offered today, the only thing offered was a cup of water.
The seat pocket contained the safety card, a flyer and the Hemispheres magazine
Some part of the route map
Our aircraft in the fleet
Lincoln University, PA
Route map before arrival
A error in the weather information, Washington wasn't -18 C that day.
Washington, DC from the east
Forest Heights, MD
Fort Foote, MD
Oxon Hill, MD
Impound lot in southern DC
And landed to DCA
The city of Washington DC was visible while landing
More American aircraft in Terminal B
Alaska Airlines A321
And we are arriving at gate 10.
A final view of our aircraft from the gate
The airport was quiet that late Sunday night
And the metro station was also quiet
And, the metro car was empty when I boarded the train
So, thanks for reading and hope to see you in another report.
This section would include spoilers of my next reports if travel plans are made. This section would appear in my recent report "except the flashback series reports" so you could have an idea what flights are coming next. Just a quick note that, flights I that I marked that I haven't flown yet could be not reported or/and not flown depending on several factors such as itinerary change, cancellation of trip, dead battery and more.
I am not sure about what would be my next flight. The closest flight I've already booked would be with this aircraft. This section would be updated if I book another flight.
Next month, I would publish several flight reports, including an airline not often reported, an airport that hasn't been reported since now and a series of report on the Queen of Skies. These reports would be posted in the second part of November.
In addition, some flashback reports would be posted in the first part of November.
Including these ones,
As this flight was a short hop on hop off flight, the service was average and nothing more could be expected. The most annoying part of this trip was the delay as UA can't manage scheduling their flights as %80 of their flights were delayed that day. The arrival experience at DCA wasn't that bad as the airport was empty and clean at that time.
(+) Employees were well prepared for the evening rush
(+) Priorities respected while boarding
(-) Restaurants & cafés are expensive
(-) No boarding lanes available at gates C97 & C99 so the area was a bit messy
(+) Mobile IFE content
(+) Seat & legroom great for a regional aircraft
(-) Expensive wi-fi for a 45 minute flight