United Airlines 1210
Seattle (SEA) – Los Angeles (LAX)
07 November 2014
Good evening from Los Angeles (where I am currently sitting in a very, very crowded United Club in Terminal 7)! If I recall correctly, last time I was at LAX, there were two United Clubs – one in Terminal 7 and one in Terminal 6, but it seems like the Terminal 6 club was closed. I’m currently en route to Mexico for a holiday and am flying there through several different airports… none other than to earn more miles! I figured I would try blogging ‘live’ since I probably will remember much more details from the actual flight.
I left my house around two hours before departure and the reason was that I went to the airport with some friends who were on an earlier flight to Oakland and we just decided to drive together to SeaTac. We sat down in one of the terminal’s restaurants and after some minutes they were off to catch their flight, meanwhile I went to the United Club.
After spending around an hour in the lounge, boarding was slightly delayed due to a late inbound arrival and we boarded ten minutes behind schedule and also eventually pushed back fifteen minutes behind.
I quickly settled into my usual seat, 2A, and noticed that United has much more legroom than Alaska in First Class. The last couple of times I flew Alaska (not by choice) and there wasn’t a ton of legroom in First Class.
The flight was not only full, but also overbooked. Since I have a hotel reserved starting tomorrow night, sadly I couldn’t take advantage of the offer.
Since this was a Boeing 737, it featured a screen with live TV from DirecTV, however since I don’t enjoy American TV, I decided to have the airshow on.
Within minutes of sitting down, I was offered a pre-departure beverage.
Seattle Airport didn’t seem particularly crowded this time of day and the queues for normal security were relatively short.
We pushed back fifteen minutes behind schedule and were shortly in the air.
About two minutes after we reached our cruising altitude, the lead FA took drink orders from everyone and also asked if we wanted to have dinner. I was thrown off by the dinner question since I normally fly to San Francisco from Seattle, however since I was flying to Los Angeles and the flight is longer, dinner was offered.
There were two choices, both of which came with Onion Soup (which I’ve had before):
- Chicken and Swiss Cheese sandwich, heated up
- Roast Beef Salad
Most people went with the sandwich and soup since the roast beef salad didn’t sound particularly appetising. Warm nuts were served along with the dinner.
I was actually hungry so I finished the dinner in a blink and also ordered some more tea afterwards. I spent the rest of the flight working on my laptop and not looking out the window since it was long dark before we boarded.
We began descending into Los Angeles ten minutes before scheduled arrival time.
We were on the ground shortly thereafter and actually landed on time. We landed right next to the United terminal and were at the gate five minutes after touching the ground. Currently, as stated before, I’m in a (slightly less crowded) lounge now, and it seems as more of the bigger flights (like Sydney and Melbourne) are leaving, the emptier the lounge is getting.