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Report No: 2019-303E
Welcome to this new short series that would mainly include three domestic flights on United. As I needed to head west for that specific weekend, I have decided to use United this time as I needed miles to reach Elite Plus status on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles. On this series, I would be able to report three different aircraft types, four different airports, three different lounges. All these flights would be on the Economy cabin.
The third and last flight of these series would be the return leg of my trip. First, I have intended to use the red-eye service at 21:05 but after an event planned the next morning I intended to return early that Sunday. I looked at options and two of them seemed good for me. There was this direct flight at 13:00 and a 08:15 option via EWR which I could try the 787-10. However, for the 787-10 option; the only seats available were middle seats that does not recline so I preferred to take the direct flight.
Pax for this flight
Domestic First: %100
Economy and Economy Plus: %95-100
I have completed my online check-in 24 hours before my originally ticketed flight. As United offers free day same day changes for eligible MileagePlus and Star Alliance Gold passengers depending on availability, I have changed my flight to the 13:00 flight. Seat 23F was empty at that time so I have chosen that seat. Unlike Delta and American offering Comfort+/Main Cabin Extra for free to their alliance elites, United does not offer free EconomyPlus seating for Star Alliance Gold passengers.
3-4 hours before the flight, I was offered for a bid to take a later flight instead of mine. I have offered high numbers and obviously my offers were not accepted.
The USO building before arriving to Terminal 7
Despite it was Sunday, Terminal 7 seemed pretty empty that day. I have arrived to the airport 1h15mins before my flight.
Security was a breeze at the PremierAccess lane and I was in the airside 5 minutes after I've entered the queue.
A photo from the T6-T7 connector. An Air Canada 737-MAX was present at that time.
And United aircrafts
I didn't have time to walk to and back to the Star Alliance Lounge in TBIT, I decided to visit the United Club in Terminal 7.
The lounge was quiet that day, I have easily found a seat. Obviously, this club is better than the SFO one which I've visited. It had more food options and better seating.
Some pasta was available that day
Salad bar and chicken
Cheese and pita selection
Some snacks and some drinks
Our aircraft was visible from the club.
Shortly after boarding had started, I have reached the boarding gate for my flight. When I was there, they were still boarding group 1.
The seats were classic ex-CO seats with DirecTV. They had decent legroom and it was OK for a transcontinental flight. However, the sign at the tray table mislead passengers as there were no power outlets available at my row.
The seat pocket content
UA destinations within North America
BoB options for the flight
DirecTV channels available that day
And some information about the PED entertainment system
The aircraft wasn't cleaned after it's previous flight, the tray table was like this when I have opened it.
The overhead panel
The view from my window
As we started our pushback, the safety video and the information video about DirecTV was screened.
Another shot of him
A JetBlue A321 is landing
United 757 in front of us
Southwest 737 landing
And as it was our turn, the runway queue; including an Alaska 737 in the old livery
American Airlines A321
And another one
And we took off,
TBIT with 3 A380's at the same time
And we're turning around the Pacific
As I've mentioned, PED entertainment was available throughout the flight
We were scheduled to arrive before our scheduled arrival time
Wi-Fi offered today which was expensive
As I was hungry I have tried the Brioche Hamburger option at the BoB menu which was served heated alongside with lettuce, tomato and condiments. The free options for the day was pretzels.
I was watching some skiing while I was enjoying my hamburger
Shortly after, another crew appeared and asked for drink orders. I have opted for a tomato juice.
During the flight, water runs were made several times by the crew.
Some flight information
During the flight, I have visited the lavatory which seemed to be clean.
45 minutes before arrival, the final service was made which was a drink cart service.
Flight information at that time
We were going to arrive 20 minutes early to Dulles Airport.
And yes we did.
As it was raining I haven't done taken photos of aircrafts that day.
As we have parked to gate C11 without any wait, I have gathered my belongings, said goodbye to the crew and then proceeded to the AirTrain station to reach the main building where the exit is located.
The AirTrain station at Terminal C.
A photo from the AirTrain ride
And shortly, I was in the main building
And my Uber arrived in several minutes.
This report has came to an end,
Thanks for reading and hope to see you in another report.
I haven't imagined that LAX T7 would have a very short wait at the TSA checkpoint. So, I had time to enjoy in the United Club. The offerings in this Club was much more better than the SFO club that I've visited. At least there was chicken and noodles, which could be seen as main courses. Also, power outlets and USB ports were available throughout the lounge. When I have arrived to the gate 2 minutes after boarding has started, I have joined the long group 1 line and boarded with my group. Most of the overhead bins were luckily empty. The seat and the legroom is nothing to complain of as it's a decent seat for an Economy product. The IFE options are limited to PED entertainment on an aircraft without power sources, seat back literature and DirecTV for a 5h flight but it's better than nothing. Also, I was surprised as there were no power sources which was advertised at the tray table, and it was obvious that the aircraft wasn't cleaned after it's previous flight and still had litter and the tray table was dirty. That day I was hungry so I've decided to have the hamburger option which tasted good. However, the BoB is a bit expensive and the only food available for free is pretzels. Also, during this flight I was surprised to see a clean lavatory as generally cabin crew doesn't hesitate to clean toilets during flights on USA based carriers, but today the situation was different. We had landed before schedule to IAD and parked to our gate before our scheduled arrival time. After a walk and an AirTrain ride I was at the exit and I took my Uber back to my place and this journey had came to an end.
(+) Security wait times
(+) Priorities respected during boarding
(+) Nice food options ( Probably because it's LAX )
(+) Modern and comfortable furniture
(+) Availability of power outlets
(+) Decent seat comfort and decent legroom
(+) Availability of PED
(+) A clean lavatory during my visit ( Rare to be seen on USA based carriers )
(+) Drink and water runs made throughout the flight
(+) The BoB option that I've chosen
(-) Expensive BoB
(-) No power sources as advertised at the tray table
(-) Cabin not cleaned after the previous flight of the aircraft
(+) Efficient unless if we count the walk to the AirTrain and the wait for the train