When United Airlines left New York Kennedy five years ago, I was present to say goodbye. Five years later, I was happy to welcome United back and enjoy transcontinental service between Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK) once again. As an added bonus, I had another extremely productive and restful day.
My United Airlines JFK Trip
Throughout the pandemic I’ve made several transcontinental day trips. Although I should be able to lock myself in a room on the ground and accomplish the same thing, there’s nothing like the productivity I experience while in the air, especially when I do not connect to the internet. And yes, it’s fun to fly (and safe).
Anyway, I had four objectives. First was to return to New York JFK on United. Second was to experience United’s 767-300 premium-heavy configuration, which I have never flown. Third was to visit the TWA Hotel. Fourth was to have a productive day.
I’m happy to say: mission accomplished.
JFK was never my favorite airport and in terms of getting into Manhattan, I never found it particularly more convenient than Newark (in fact, I prefer NJTransit from Newark over the Air Train/LIRR combo and taking Uber is a wash for getting to the Park Hyatt on 57th Street). Plus, the facilities…at least in United’s Terminal 7…are not better.
But just to fly into Terminal 7 again and see the same terminal and the same BA lounges was so much fun.
As for the onboard experience, I love the 1-1-1 configuration on the 767-300 and the premium cabin is HUGE…and all in one massive cabin without divider.
The breakfast tasted better than it looked:
Without reservation, I can say my five-hour flight was incredibly productive. It was simply amazing how much I got done without distractions.
In New York, I walked over the TWA Hotel and spent about 90 minutes there; it was a great place for a conference call! Sadly, the coffee shop was closed. Stay tuned, however, for a photo essay from this amazing historical landmark.
Then it was back to Terminal 7 for my 7:00pm flight back to LA. It had been an early morning and my work was done, so I had dinner (lobster mac & cheese) then went to sleep for the rest of the flight. These beds are good for sleeping too.
Back at LAX I encountered crowds inside the terminal and outside baggage claim that I have not seen since before the pandemic.
It was nice to fly United to JFK again for the first time in five years. The 767-300s on the route are quite comfortable in the forward cabin. With flight prices going up ($100-200 is one thing, $400 is quite another), my days of hanging out on airplanes are numbered. But you cannot beat the productivity…