Real First Class Treatment by a UA Captain

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  1. Colonel G
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    Ok, boarded UA 901 SFO-HNL on Monday night. Upgraded with UDU. When all of the F passengers are seated, but they are still boarding Coach, the Captain comes out of the cockpit. He then proceeds to personally introduce himself and shake the hand of each F pax. After that, he invites anyone who wants to come up front and sit in the pilot's seat where he will take your picture with your camera/ phone.[​IMG]

    Captain Mike Guymon, you made my day. I wish we would get that kind of treatment more often, but then if we did, it wouldn't be special![​IMG]

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    Thats awesome. Wish more pilots were that engaging, especially on long hauls/large aircraft. I assume you were smarter than the US pilot and didnt deploy the emergency chutes? :D

    I remember years ago I was on a Virgin Atlantic flight EWR-LHR sitting in upper class. Right before morning breakfast svc the purser asked upper class passengers if they'd like a visit to the cockpit. I spent about 20 minutes in the cockpit and got to watch the sun rise over the horizon. Best in flight experience that I ever had.
     
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    Fantastic Captain.
     
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    I remember a flight on Olympic from somewhere in Europe, perhaps Brussels, to Athens long after no one was to be in the cockpit during flight. I was sitting alone in the front cabin and was shocked to notice a parade of children to visit the cockpit, so I asked, "why not me too?" (Not that I was a child.) They said OK and I spent the rest of the flight, at least halfway over Europe standing there absolutely fascinated and enjoying the view too on a clear day. I hated to return to my seat for landing.
     
  5. Captain Oveur
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    GREAT story, OP. Congratulations.

    I've always wanted to do something like that, but I have always been bashful about going up to the cockpit to even just look around. And I'm a million-miler.
     
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  6. Colonel G
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    Captain Mike had a great sense of humor too. He had the FA pass out business cards to all the F pax with a personal thank you note. His personal e-mail handle was "captaindonut"!
     
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    What a great experience! Way back when, I was in CX First HKG-NRT, and after the meal service I was invited to visit the flight deck..spent about 45 minutes up there with a delightful crew. The flight attendant remembered I was a pilot because when I boarded she asked me what I had bought in HK and I answered a handheld transceiver for my airplane....so she had casually mentioned to the captain that they had a pilot on board in F......I'll never forget that.

    Kudos to Captain Mike.
     
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    What a great captain! Would love to fly with Mr.Guymon!
     
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    What a cool story! Now that I think of it, I believe we've just found one of the few positives of flying with children...using them as an excuse to visit the cockpit! ;)
     
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    Stick your head in the cockpit sometime during boarding. I think you'll find a lot of pilots like to show off their office. :)
     
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    Very cool! Haven't done that since I was a little kid.
     
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    great story and great pic!
     
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    Thanks Colonel G for sharing:)
     
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    I love when the pilots take a sincere interest in the passengers like this. I've had a few, and it is greatly appreciated and puts a smile on my face no matter how much I've flown.

    I have yet to receive a thank you pilot business card, though.... one day, one day.
     
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    Impressive!!! Thanks for the great story.

    sdcarver
     
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    Captain Mike made my day! I was seated in First Class 8/3/2011 from JFK to LAX. I am a Channel 9 junkie because I want to know what I'm flying over. Capt. Mike was seated next to me, deadheading back to LAX. For nearly 5 hours, he pointed out the land to me....Monument Valley, Las Vegas, small cities, Great Bear Lake, Spirit Cave and gave me history of these great States even referring me to books. He didn't have to do this but he loves to fly and is so proud of his airline.
     
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    Great story- thanks for sharing it. And welcome to MP, Bhland1!
     
  18. cvsara
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    That's Great! Too bad the captains don't do that more often.
    I always make it a point when de-planing, to tell the captain and/or his flight deck crew 'Thank You', if the opportunity is there.
     
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    Has anyone ever had this happen on the CO side?
     
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    LOL.. I went to Grade School with Capt Mikey... he was a good friend then (But we were both lil s#its in school), and is no doubt an incredible Captain Now.. It was good to see him for our 35 Grade School Reunion! He's a GREAT guy!
     
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    I'd wish someday this happen to me at least one time :)
     
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    There are several UA pilots that do this. I have collected a few of their name cards after a quick meet and greet on board.
     

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