I enjoyed a beautiful flight from Monterey to San Francisco on a United Express CRJ-200, just a short 77-mile journey over one of the most beautiful parts of California.
77-Miles Of Beauty On United Express: Review Of MRY-SFO On CRJ-200
This was my first flight out of Monterey Airport and I loved it: so convenient and small. The airport is even more user-friendly than Burbank Airport (my local airport in Southern California) and the entire process of check-in and security was easy.
I ran into a flight delay after I arrived, but was able to get some work done while I was waiting. No lounges here. Finally, we boarded 40 minutes after scheduled departure. No jet bridges here either.
Monterey (MRY) – San Francisco (SFO)
Sunday, November 27
Depart: 02:38 PM
Arrive: 03:30 PM
Duration: 0hr, 52min
Distance: 77 miles
Aircraft: Bombardier CRJ-200
Seat: 1A (Single Cabin)
The CRJ-200 is the most-loathed aircraft in the United Express fleet. The tight 2-2 seating (even in row one and in exit row 8) makes it the kind of aircraft you want to avoid for any journey over an hour. Here, the 77-mile jaunt to SFO wtih a flight time of less than 30 minutes was acceptable.
Despite the short flight time, the flight attendant offered small water bottles to passengers on request. I appreciated that gesture because on many flights of double or even triple that length a flight attendant would not bother to get up.
We stayed relatively low and it was a beautiful late autumn afternoon. The sun was low in the sky, the clouds beautiful, and I found the journey one of the most beautiful I’ve taken in terms of views out the window in quite some time.
The CRJ-200 has no wi-fi or streaming entertainment onboard. There are no plugs either. Due to the short flight (seatbelt light never went off), I did not get up to visit the lavatory.
We landed about at SFO at 4:10pm, 40 minutes behind. I still had plenty of time, though, before my connection. As we landed, we passed a beautiful Emirates A380 and Qatar Airways A350.
There’s not much to write about a 77-mile flight, but it was quite a beautiful one. California has a lot of issues, but there’s no denying it is one of the most beautiful places in the world, especially in the Monterey area. Even with the delay, flying from Monterey made more sense than driving up to San Francisco, which may be 77 miles as the crow flies, but is quite a bit further if driving.