Saturday, June 4, 2016

2016Mar.Barcelona 4 - United 120 EWR-BCN

Boarded United flight 120 for Barcelona El Plat airport.
No upgrade for this segment, so I was remaining in Economy Plus® seat.

The 2nd front seat, center island is my favorite position if the equipment is B767-400. If it's B767-300, then seat 18A is my favorite because in front of that seat are crew rests, therefore much wider legrooms are given.
But the flight to BCN has been assigned B767-400, so I reserved seat 17F.

Fortunately, due to the seat map, nobody else in the center island...
So I sat 17E until departure and occupied three seats for making my Economy Plus SuiteSM.

Departed EWR about 10 minutes late.
This transatlantic flight takes 7 hrs 45 mn. In fact, this flight has arrived 15 mn early so the actual flight time was 7.5 hrs.

...and this is the first time I experienced the "course service" in United's main cabin.
The meal service has started with cheese & crackers plus beverage. Alcohol drinks are not free, but I have 20 drink vouchers this year so I asked Gin and Tonick. I don't know the exact reason but Mr. Attendant (not George-san this time, who is stocky built large CA, taking care of Hispanic destinations and I saw him every year) kindly gave me two sets of White Cheddar + Crackers.

well... I also brought my "cold nuts but better than BusinessFirst®.”
As a result, good amount of snacks with full can of tonic water plus Bombay Sapphire, I became a happy camper.

When they collected the garbage, we were around here.
Until last year, this transatlantic route is covered by Boeing 757. I'm glad United replace the equipment to heavy (wide body) aircraft.

Now the "Main Course" has been served. The selections are: Beef, Chicken or Vegetarian.
I have learned if vegetarian meal is available w/o advanced notice, it's usually Indian curry so I chose the curry.

IT was around my expectation but the spinach curry was not my taste... unfortunately.
I ate this chick pea curry with basmati rice. For me, as a rice eater, this is better than overcooked pot roast beef or horribly herb and spiced chicken for sure.

And this part is the improvement of United main cabin.
Though it's tiny, they served ice cream or sorbet with a bottle of water. After all, starting with light snack with beverage, main dish then cold dessert with water. This is not bad at all as a U.S. air carrier.

I could successfully lay down with sharing 3 seats and napped.
About hour or two prior to the arrival, main cabin became bright.

The really shabby second meal has been served...
Croissant with jam, coffee and orange juice.  That's it. Yes, this is it! well... better serving the barely edible things rather, in my opinion.

Then we arrived Barcelona El Plat airport a bit earlier than expected arrival.


  1. obaKoba-sann,

    I’ve never heard of the brand ‘Economy Plus SuiteSM’.
    Is it the brand new?(lol)

    Though, I can easily imagine you would stretch out with more room to work and relax!
    A good deal, isn’t it?

    best denki

  2. 見事な長粒米に目が行ってしまうのは、若いときに刷り込まれた何かが影響している?・・・よね。味はともかく、潰れていない真っ直ぐなクロワッサン、良いと思う。

  3. まさしく私も同じ視点でした!