Trip Report: USAirways economy class Phoenix to San Diego

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Since my flight wasn’t scheduled to depart PHX until 11:15am, I took my time checking out of the hotel and returning my rental car. I was hoping for clear and sunny skies that morning, because if that was the case, then I would have left much earlier to spend a bit of time in the terminal 4 parking garage doing some aviation photography. But it was gray and gloomy when I woke up, which scrubbed those plans in an instant.

I eventually made it to PHX by 9am. Since I still had plenty of time and I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet, I grabbed a quick bite at a cafe in the main terminal (before going through security). $14 for a bagel, fruit bowl, and an orange juice. Yikes!

This is the first time I’ve been in this section of Sky Harbor International Airport – it’s fresh and modern with many restaurants and shops, which makes killing time really easy.

phx main terminal

The main terminal of Phoenix Sky Harbor airport (pre-security)

Once past security, I spent my time walking between terminal 3 and 4 several times – which for an aviation geek like me, is a fun way to pass time. I like airports that allow walking between terminals without exiting security, and PHX is one of the best – topped only by ORD in my book.

walkway between terminals

Walkway between terminals 3 and 4 at PHX

US623
Phoenix, AZ (PHX) – San Diego, CA (SAN)
Saturday December 7 2013
Aircraft: Airbus A321
Seat: 26F (economy)

US A321 N542UW

USAirways A321 side view illustration

Boarding was a few minutes late, but they managed to get everyone onboard quickly and on our way right on time.

my seat to San Diego

My seat (26F) on this USAirways flight to San Diego

view of runway 8 at PHX

View of the northern runway (8) at PHX as we departed for SAN

climbing out of PHX

Climbing out of PHX with an excellent view of downtown Phoenix

Flight time was a little bit longer than it was when I came from San Diego the day before (55 minutes this time), and there was a bit of turbulence the entire way. But other than that, it was a completely uneventful flight.

in cabin view

Drink service during the flight – notice the mid cabin lavatory (something I haven’t seen much on other US carriers)

cloudy wing view

Started to get cloudy as we descended into the San Diego area

san diego mountains

The clouds eventually broke allowing for pretty good views of the mountains below

approaching SAN

Overflying I-5 just moments before touchdown at SAN

touchdown on runway 27

Rolling to a stop on runway 27. That UA 767-400 is not a regular visitor to SAN – it was most likely a football charter.

It was a good trip, and nice to fly on USAirways again after a 12 year absence. The short flights made it difficult to effectively evaluate the service, but I saw nothing with my time with them that would prevent me from avoiding US in the future. So – will these be my last every USAirways flights before they are fully absorbed into American Airlines? Time will tell…

All Posts in this series:

01. San Diego to Phoenix on USAirways – Introduction
02: USAirways economy class San Diego to Phoenix
03: Aloft Hotel, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
04: USAirways economy class Phoenix to San Diego

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