A Weekend in New York City – Introduction


United Airlines 369
New York (LGA) – Houston (IAH)
Airbus A320
04 May 2015

Boarding began about five minutes after I cleared security and there was already a massive queue of gate lice waiting in all groups, perhaps I was among the last to board via Premier Access lane Group 1 and quickly took my seat in First Class, 3A.

Upon boarding I was welcomed by a very friendly purser who asked if he could ‘kiss my Gold ring’ and later I heard him saying “Can I kiss your Global Services ring?” to a bunch of people on the flight. Overall it was an amazing flight in terms of crew, both the purser and the flight attendant helping him were constantly chatting with us and making jokes. Be sure to read this post as it just might have been one of the funniest flights that I’ve ever been on, all of us were constantly laughing the entire journey to Houston.

We pushed back about five minutes before scheduled departure time and made it to the runway shortly thereafter. LaGuardia airport is somewhat compact, and while it’s a horrible airport since virtually most of the gates aren’t connected airside, we made it to the runway a minute before scheduled departure time.

LaGuardia Airport

LaGuardia Airport

Pre-departure drink

Pre-departure drink

Once airborne, we were presented with some stunning views of New York City and the surrounding areas.

New York City

New York City

New York City

New York City

New York City

New York City

New York City

New York City

New York City

New York City

I love seeing airports from the sky, and especially photos of them because I just think that the runways and the terminal building look so cool with a ton of airplanes attached to them.

LaGuardia Airport

LaGuardia Airport

LaGuardia Airport

LaGuardia Airport

Manhattan Island presented itself very beautifully as we were climbing out. There were just a few clouds in the sky, and as mentioned before, it was a perfect weekend in New York City.

New York City

New York City

New York City

New York City

New York City

New York City

New York City

New York City

View

View

Once we reached ~38k, the purser began to prepare the lunch, the other flight attendant talked to us for a bit and as we continued to laugh, she made her way back to Economy.

United A320 First Class

United A320 First Class

The lunch service began first with a ramekin of warm nuts and a choice of a drink, mine consisted of tea with lemon and sugar.

Warm nuts & Tea

Warm nuts & Tea

For lunch there was a warm chicken sandwich which was tasty, some sort of strange salad (?), bread, and chips. The sandwich was delicious and perfectly edible, but I didn’t touch the strange item/salad (or whatever it was).

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Most people finished their lunch relatively quickly meanwhile I took longer since I was constantly looking out the window as it was a beautiful, clear day and you could see most of the scenery on the ground.

Cookie

Cookie

I worked on my laptop for the rest of the flight and about three and a half hours after departing New York City, we began the initial descend into Houston.

Houston

Houston

Houston

Houston

Overall, it was a very pleasant flight in terms of both the food service and the crew. It was by far the funniest flight I’ve ever been on, everyone was constantly laughing as the purser kept making jokes. Be sure to read the linked post above if you’d like to know the whole story.