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I Love Sitting In 1st/Biz Class: My Adventure on United Airlines

UA BizFirst screen

United Airlines BusinessFirst television screen. All photos by Benet J. Wilson

I recently flew to London for a quick trip to get a sneak peek of the flagship United Club at Heathrow’s Terminal 2, expected to open on June 4.  The flight out of Washington Dulles International Airport was on a Boeing 777, and I was fortunate enough to get a seat in BusinessFirst, which has a full lie-flat seat.

The service was impeccable. There was pre-departure champagne, and another round with my beloved ramekin of warmed nuts. I went with the Mexican chicken with yucca and tomatoes. Delicious! I ended with a cheese plate and yes, I had the sundae, which was a mistake. I felt way too full.

UA 1st cheese plate

I used the time to catch up on my movies, watching “The Hunger Games” and “American Hustle;” both were great. I killed some time with “Sex and the City” episodes before we landed.

Another perk of being a BusinessFirst customer is that United gave us fast-track cards for immigration, which made that process quick. I needn’t have worried about not getting my exercise, because I had a long, lovely stroll down the halls of Heathrow Terminal 1, which could really use an upgrade.

But the best BusinessFirst perk is access to the Arrivals Lounge, which is currently shared with US Airways and South African Airways. I had the chance to take a long, leisurely shower while my clothes were ironed. I had several cups of “white” coffee and a made-to-order breakfast of smoked salmon and eggs.

I had a comfy chair to take a quick nap, and there were U.S. outlets that allowed me to power up my iPhone and my iPad. And the British are just as obsessed with the Oscar Pistorius trial as we are, with the lounge television showing coverage from the BBC.

Overall, I enjoyed my time in BusinessFirst. I only had one nit, and it’s a small one. The seating in BusinessFirst on the 777 is 2-4-2. If you’re sitting in the middle seats on the 2-4-2 row, it can be a bit difficult to negotiate a bathroom break if your seat mate is sleeping. But you know what? It still beats sitting in coach, kids!

Random Aviation Photo

Back in May 2010, I was attending an American Airines media event at the Chicago O’Hare hub. As usual, I had time to kill, so I took a nice pile of pictures. One of them was an American Airlines Boeing 777-200 in the hybrid AA-oneworld livery. Enjoy!


Random Aviation Photo

Back in May 2010, I was attending an event for American Airlines at its Chicago O’Hare hub. As usual, I had time to kill, so I took a lot of pictures. Below is one I took of an American Airlines Boeing 777=200 in the hybrid AA-oneworld livery. Enjoy!


Taking “Flight” With Qatar Airways


On Sept. 26, I was invited to take part in a special event by Qatar Airways, which served a multi-course dinner and wine pairing onboard a Boeing 777 parked at Washington Dulles. It was a great way to experience the airline’s 5-star service and cuisine without a 14-hour flight to Doha. Click here for my Storify of the event. Enjoy!


Random Aviation Photo

In April 2008, I had the chance to go to Seoul, South Korea to do a series of stories on flag carrier Korean Air.  Lucky me, Korean has a daily direct flight out of Washington Dulles  — on a Boeing 747!  I had a window seat, which allowed me to snap a picture of this ANA Boeing 777 on its way to Tokyo.  Enjoy!