The day started at 05:30, which was not much different to normal, so that was good. A quick taxi ride to the airport was followed by a 1 hour sleep on the floor next to the departure gate. It’s wonderful having no shame.
The first flight from Birmingham to Frankfurt was about 80 minutes and it was fairly straight forward. I had a 2 hour layover before the next flight, so there was no real drama there. I ended up boarding as the last person in the last boarding group. I tried to buy a business upgrade, but it was going to cost $2500, so screw that.
The United flight from Frankfurt to San Francisco was about 11.5 hours and a little annoying.
- The plane interior was a really old refit. It was pretty terrible compared almost every other airline I’ve been on in the last few years.
- The “entertainment system” was one of those old shared screen things, not a personal system, so you had to watch the same thing as everyone else.
- The shared screen froze for a few seconds every 5 minutes or so, which kind of ruins your suspended disbelief.
- My special meal was “missing” again. I mean, come on!
It’s hard to believe it’s 2015 when you are on a United plane. Luckily, the staff were really nice. There was one lady doing her last flight after 46 years of service. Awesome!
We landed a little late. Getting though US customs was actually pretty quick, which makes a change. I took the hotel shuttle with Osama, Gurcan, Simon, Cary and Arup, who all converged from different flights.
After getting to the hotel, I dumped my stuff and went to the gym. It’s the new me. After getting changed, I went down to the bar for a few minutes to say hello to some people, then headed off to bed by about 22:00 local time.
Allowing for the time difference, I think that’s about 24 hours from bed to bed. Tomorrow is the first day of the ACE Director Briefing!