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United Airlines 407
Seattle (SEA) – San Francisco (SFO)
Airbus A320
05 June 2013

United’s new boarding scheme went into play on this flight. Premier Access is Group 1 and 2 and Economy is 3, 4, and 5. Group 1 includes First Class and United’s top-tier elites. Group 2 includes other United elites, United credit card holders, and Star Alliance Gold and (Silver!) members. I think United is the only airline that gives Star Alliance Silver members some elite benefits.

Premier Access boarding was over half of the plane. Literally the Group 1 and 2 lines were much, much longer than 3, 4 and 5. There were at least 50 people on the First Class upgrade list, and the flight was full and overbooked. Normally I would volunteer to take a later flight but in this case I wouldn’t make my connection to Mexico City, so I decided to stay silent.

Boarding

Boarding

I had a fairly nice seat which had a cool view of the wing.

Wing View

Wing View

We pushed back on time and left the runway ahead of schedule. We departed northbound so the pilot had to make a turn over Washington’s islands so that we could fly south towards San Francisco.

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View

We were presented with some gorgeous views as we were climbing out of Seattle.

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The cruising altitude was reached within no time and the drink service began. For the majority of the flight, I worked on my laptop and looked out the window. The hour and a half was over quickly and the FAs began landing preparations.

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View

San Francisco is a very beautiful city and I love landing there since the view is super cool.

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We were landing and the sun was setting.. just a perfect way to end the day.

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Getting off of the plane took forever since just about everyone had something in the overhead bin, after 30 minutes of waiting, I headed to the United Club in the international terminal where my flight to Mexico City would be departing from.


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