Good morning from LAX!
This will be my first leg of a 4 segment trip report (LAX-KOA-HNL-SFO-SNA) for my Winter 2019 Hawaii trip! It's my first time flying United's streamlined 757-300… retrofit = cramped seats, no TV screens, smaller lavs…
TSA… Took no more than 5 minutes as it was very empty that morning.
(Ugh I still need to get my Real ID… NOT looking forward to visiting the DMV)
The lounge was accessible via the Priority Pass network (Ironically PP users were not given priority…) thanks to my Amex Plat. Waited about an hour for the entry.
The lounge looks absolutely fantastic after the renovation, turing the old ski resort vibe into a more fitting west coast themed.
Sufficient breakfast offerings…Though you can pay more (-$8) to order more premium food. Appreciate the beverage station offerging to-go coffee and tea!
Neighboring United 737-900ER going to Houston IAH
Here's my ride! N57869, a 17 year old Boeing 757-33N.
Boarding area crowded as usual. Staff announced that the flight will be "completely full" guess lots of people are trying to get to the islands for Christmas!
Boarded via Group 2 line as a Group 4 passenger… A guy with basic economy ticket (Group 5) tried to board…Held up the line a tad.
Wi-Fi and Private Screening? (Spoiler)
WOW the 757-300 is a long aircraft. Couldn't see the back even though I boarded through the L2 door.
An extremely thin blanket was found at every seat. Reminded me of Hoover's blankets during the Great Depression…
Legroom (30in) was pretty tight for my 5'6" and 105 pounds frame. My knees were not touching the front but didn't have lots of wiggle room.
Little did I know that "Three Perfect Days Cape Town" will be the only "entertainment on this flight!
Slim seats… 5 hours if fine but I would think about it if the flight is over 7 hours. At least there's adjustable headrest.
Window seat 19F. (Preferred seating at booking but opened to public at the 24 hour mark)
Pushed back abeam an Alaska 737-800.
American Boeing 787-9 going to Beijing (PEK)…Route's suspended now thanks to the coronavirus. Not that they were making much money before…($320 rt)
Korean Air A380 going to Seoul Incheon
"United 2373, RNAV to DLREY, runway 24L, cleared for takeoff."
Climbing out of the busy LAX airspace via SUMMR TWO DEPARTURE
10 minutes after takeoff, the dreadful announcement came saying that Wi-Fi/Entertainment is broken due to the lack of coverage over the ocean of this specific aircraft's wifi provider…
Drink service…My only source of free carbs along with pretzels. No meal service even on a 5 hour somewhat premium flight to Hawaii.
Tray table was large and sturdy enough to work on laptops, the only downside…LACK OF WI-FI.
Cruising nicely at FL260…4 hours and 10 minutes left to go…
This is what I saw at the "galley"… Quite a lovely way to "store" rubbish!
The lavatory was relatively clean though the removal of the lavs in the back meant that some waiting is expected to use the lavs.
Alaska 895 San Diego to Honolulu "Disneyland" livery at FL350… I bet they have Wi-Fi!
FAs came by looking to collect rubbish as we approach our final destination. Can't wait to deplane!
Approaching Initial Fix VECKI for runway 17
Parked next to a company 737-900ER from SFO
Thanks for reading!
No Wi-Fi. No meal service. Barely okay legroom for a 5 hour flight...