Alaska Airlines 465
Los Angeles (LAX) – Seattle (SEA)
30 May 2016
Alaska’s B734s are as comfortable as they sound – not very. I actually think that Economy is more comfortable than the horrible seats they have in First Class. Hopefully they will remove some of these older aircraft from service or at least upgrade the seats soon.
My Aeromexico flight from Mexico City was a bit delayed but, I was able clear immigration in all of about ten minutes (the most time consuming part was walking). There were no queues for Global Entry, but there were huge queues for the regular officers since a ton of international flights just landed. After exiting the terminal, I decided to walk to Terminal 6, where Alaska flights depart.
I spent about an hour in the Alaska Airlines Board Room, mainly enjoying a few snacks (including the pancakes from the pancake machine.. which is now not restricted to the morning only). I headed to the gate about five minutes before scheduled boarding time to find that half of the plane was already boarded (as is the norm with Alaska).
The flight to Seattle was operated using a B734, with very uncomfortable seats in First Class and virtually no legroom. A bottle of water was waiting at my seat.
We departed right as scheduled and after a few bumps, we reached cruising altitude at which point the seatbelt sign was turned off. The views were absolutely gorgeous throughout the flight, and especially as we approached the Pacific Northwest.
The lunch consisted of a simple chicken salad, bread, and a cookie. I also asked for some tea to go along with my meal. The salad was nothing special, though edible.
We eventually began to get closer to Seattle, at which point the seatbelt sign was turned on and we began to descend. We landed in Seattle about fifteen minutes ahead of schedule and arrived at the gate shortly thereafter. I spent the majority of the flight looking out into the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The flight attendants didn’t interact much with the passengers, though were nice when they did.
I made it home about twenty minutes after finding my car at the airport and with that, another trip was over.. many more coming up!