United Domestic First, Boston Logan – Washington Dulles, Boeing 737 MAX 9: Solid but delayed

After an extended stay at the United Club, it’s now time to board the plane for Washington.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

1DiaryConference in Paris and weekend in Madrid
2LoungeUnited Club, Boston Logan
3FlightUnited Domestic First, Boston Logan – Washington Dulles, Boeing 737 MAX 9
4FlightScandinavian Airlines Business, Washington Dulles – Copenhagen Kastrup, Airbus A350-900
5LoungeScandinavian Airlines Gold Lounge, Copenhagen Kastrup
6FlightScandinavian Airlines SAS Plus, Copenhagen Kastrup – Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, Boeing 737-800
7HotelLe Parchamp, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Boulogne-Billancourt
8FlightTAP Executive, Paris Orly – Lisbon Portela, Airbus A321LR
9LoungeTAP Lounge, Lisbon Portela
10FlightTAP Executive, Lisbon Portela – Madrid Barajas, Embraer 190
11HotelThe Madrid EDITION
12LoungePuerta del Sol Lounge, Madrid Barajas
13FlightTAP Executive, Madrid Barajas – Lisbon Portela, Airbus A320
14FlightTAP Executive, Lisbon Portela – Paris Orly, Airbus A321NEO
15HotelMoxy Paris Val d’Europe
16FlightScandinavian Airlines SAS Plus, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – Oslo Gardermoen, Boeing 737-700
17HotelMoxy Oslo X
18LoungeScandinavian Airlines Gold Lounge, Oslo Gardermoen
19FlightScandinavian Airlines SAS Plus, Oslo Gardermoen – Copenhagen Kastrup, Airbus A320NEO
20LoungeEventyr Lounge, Copenhagen Kastrup
21FlightScandinavian Airlines Business, Copenhagen Kastrup – Boston Logan, Airbus A321LR
Today’s itinerary


While I was in the lounge, I received a United notification telling me that my flight to Washington Dulles had been delayed by twenty minutes due to the late arrival of the aircraft from Newark.

So I left the lounge a few minutes before my flight’s rescheduled departure


I waited more than 20 minutes at the gate before boarding began, with strict respect for priorities… But in a very complicated sequence with 5 priorities before zone 1.


Cabin and welcome

The 737 MAX 9’s cabin is very comfortable, with a fairly recent cabin and comfortable recliners.


The welcome at the door was warm and charming.


A welcome drinks tray was passed among the First passengers and I had a glass of champagne.


The flight left almost 45 minutes behind schedule.


Service and catering

Service started about fifteen minutes after takeoff. I had a Jack Daniels on the rocks, which is promptly brought to me.


A snack basket was brought in, and I had a chocolate sablé.


I got a generous Jack Daniels top-up.


Arrival and disembarkation

We arrived at gate D26 at Washington-Dulles just over 30 minutes behind schedule. It was going to be a tight connection.


Bottom line

A solid flight, but an unacceptable delay at a time when weather conditions had returned to normal.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.

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