Greetings and welcome to my latest flight report. This time I'm reviewing United 6158 from Nashville to Washington Dulles. It was flown on an Embraer 175. This is the third of a four flight trip from LAX to Nashville with a stopover in Washington Dulles. Yes there were shorter flights from LAX to Nashville. But this set of flights allowed me to take advantage of my Star Alliance Gold perks and visit several nice lounges at both LAX and Dulles. Some of the perks of being *A Gold with Asiana included United Premier Access. This includes Priority Check-In lines, priority baggage and one free checked bag of 50 lbs or 23 kg. I also could board in Group one and could choose preferred seats for free. One other perk not mentioned is that United waives the $75 fee for same day changes. I had changed my flights the night I checked in to fly to O'Hare and get me into LAX an hour earlier. That morning, I changed it back to my original itinerary of BNA-IAD-LAX remembering I'm always delayed when I fly out of O'Hare.
You can read the report and/or watch it below.
Nashville in the Morning
I arrived about 1.5 hours before my flight as I had checked in and had no checked luggage. I went through TSA Precheck in about 5 minutes. It was time to do some plane spotting.
Delta's A319 N329NB was Delta 434 from Nashville to Los Angeles.
United 6158 operated by Mesa. It's an Embraer 175 registered N82333
Nashville is not a busy airport. There were maybe 5 or 6 of us in Group 1.
I happen to think the Embraer planes are really nice for regional planes. The carry on luggage fit in the overheads. The wifi is exactly the same as you will find on United Mainline planes. The legroom is decent and the seats are pretty much like you will find on the big planes. Not a problem for a flight less than two hours. The flight was only about 2/3 full in economy meaning most of us had an empty seat next to us. That certainly makes things more comfortable too. Some of the announcements were automated. Our flight crew looked pretty young. The pilot spoke really fast with a Southern Accent which I overheard a passenger say she didn't understand a word he said.
Food and Other Amenities
My last report from LAX to IAD showed the small bag of snacks which caused a small uproar from one reader complaining how essentially cruel it was to have only that small bag compared to full service airlines in Asia which give you a proper meal for a flight that length. Guess what, on this regional flight we also got a small bag of cookies, about 5 or 6 little cookies a little bigger than a quarter. So we do get regional service on a Transcontinental flight. Oh well, I made this choice to fly United. However, one is certainly welcome to bring food on board, as opposed to the Asian LCC. You can pay for a snack box, but it is not worth it for such a short flight. Or in my case, with access to a lounge, I used Turkish Lounge at IAD during my long layover, pig out there. Anyway, enjoy the pictures of the small snack and cup of water.
Also Si Yu'us Ma'ase, thank you, United for a short film streaming from Guam Visitors Bureau. United has a small hub there with flights to Japan, Micronesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Hawaii. I loved my two years there and miss the place a lot. Hafa Adai, Guam!
It was a little bumpy coming into Dulles, but not too bad. We arrived a few minutes early and were at the D gates. Either way I had to walk to the Turkish Air Lounge. So I tried the mobile lounge to the Turkish Airlines Lounge at the B Concourse because well why not? Stay tuned for my next review.
United Express (Mesa Airlines)
Nashville - BNA
Washington - IAD
Nashville has a nice airport. It's certainly a place that is growing. It was nice to discover all these perks being Star Alliance Gold flying United. Maybe next time I will take advantage of the free and confirmed same day change. But I was quite happy with my decision to take the long way back to LA.
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