To get to Washington, DC for the RBG remembrance, I could have taken a nonstop trip from Los Angeles to Washington Dulles. But I flew via San Francisco and Newark instead. Wait, what? Allow me to explain my circuitous routing on United Airlines and offer a brief trip report of my outbound journey to DC.
My Circuitous United Airlines Washington, DC Trip
I had an errand to run in New York and since last week, California residents no longer must quarantine for 14-days. While I could not get everything on one ticket, I made the extra stop in San Francisco in order to secure an upgrade on my last-minute ticket and enjoy a 787-10 for the cross-country journey.
Arriving at LAX around 5:30am, the airport was mostly deserted. I did not allow time for the United Club, instead proceeding straight to my gate.
The flight up to SFO was uneventful, with first class about half full and a very chipper and friendly flight attendant named Jill who took care of the cabin, offering pre-departure beverages and several refills during the short flight up north.
It was a beautiful day for flying and I took my usual F seat (window seat on the starboard side) in order to look down on Apple’s circular headquarters in Cupertino.
We had a rough landing in SFO, which the first officer proudly took credit for, telling the cabin, “I’m a Navy man and we land hard.”
My layover was short, though I did use the time to check on the United Club, which I’ll highlight in a separate post.
The San Francisco – Newark flight was about 2/3 full up front and quite empty in the back. I settled into my seat, hoping for a flight as productive as my last day trip. No sleep, no movies, no internet. Just concentration. Admittedly I ended up napping for about an hour.
You can see that my seat, 5A, was missing a window. I’ll avoid that seat next time, though the single window still provided sufficient natural light.
Breakfast choices were a sausage and kale frittata with mushrooms or French Toast. As the cabin was not full and PremiumPlus was empty (same meals), I ended up enjoying both…and thought both were tasty.
Beyond my brief nap, it was a very productive flight and the flight attendants were diligent about keeping glasses full and passing the snack basket. Lavatories were clean (I guess that is now a given…).
Arrival into Newark:
Airport restaurants have re-opened:
A big positive to connecting in Newark was the chance to fly into Washington National (DCA) instead of Dulles. I love flying DCA not just because it is more convenient but for the views on arrival.
Indeed, they did not disappoint, with views of Manhattan on the way out and Washington Harbor and an Air Force One mock-up during our final approach.
National Airport is one of my favorite in the country, with a beautiful central terminal. It was off to the Metro and into the city…