02. United Club San Diego
03. United Airlines first class San Diego to San Francisco
04. United Club San Francisco
05. ANA business class San Francisco to Tokyo
06. ANA arrivals lounge Tokyo
07. ANA economy class Tokyo to Hiroshima
08. ANA economy class Hiroshima to Tokyo
09. ANA business lounge Tokyo Narita
10. ANA business class Tokyo to San Francisco
11. United Airlines first class San Francisco to San Diego
San Diego, CA (SAN) – San Francisco, CA (SFO)
Saturday September 21 2013
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200
Seat: 1E (First)
This was my first time flying United Airlines out of United’s new gates at T2 West here in San Diego. Their old gate areas in T1 were so old and outdated, and I’m not afraid to admit that I avoided flying UA in the past because of it. T2 West at SAN is huge, bright, and it feels like a world class airport terminal – T1, on the other hand, feels like a crowded 60’s era bus terminal. It’s nice to see United with proper facilities here in San Diego. Now if only the same can happen with Alaska and Southwest…
Despite the beautiful new digs, boarding was utterly chaos. It seemed that everyone was crowding the gate even before boarding was called, which meant having to swim through a sea of people as they called for first class.
We were one of the first on the aircraft, and we quickly found our seats at 1E and F. Sorry, no pictures for this segment – this is domestic first class after all, which is pretty much coach service with a slightly wider seat.
I do have to give credit to the first class flight attendant however. He was truly proud of his job and it showed – service with a smile, and he came through the cabin often checking on everyone and making sure we all had what we needed.
There was no meal service on this short 1:20 flight, but hot scones (with chocolate chips) were served. I’m not into sweets at all, but I admit it was pretty good.
We arrived right on schedule into a rainy and gray fall San Francisco morning.