There’s a reason I told you to keep your calendars open for Saturday, March 26. I’ve mentioned Captain Denny Flanagan an endless number of times on the blog. He’s one of the United pilots that’s known as a “customer service captain.” He takes hospitality to a whole new level as discussed in this FlyerTalk thread, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, ABC News, and a countless number of other sources. You can even watch an Early Show segment about him here.
I’ve had the pleasure of flying with him more than a few times, and even sharing a few meals with him during layovers, and he really is as great as the articles make him sound. What we like most about him, of course, is that he actually likes people that like to fly. Most people look at us like we’re crazy, while he embraces our little “hobby.”
Well, two years ago a big group of us flew with him on a flight from Chicago to San Francisco. 34 of us, to be exact, and we occupied 30 of the 34 first class seats on the 767. The flight was a blast, and Captain Denny even arranged for the callsign of the flight to be changed to “FlyerTalk 1 Heavy” (which led to some hilarious confusion, as air traffic control thought we were “FlyerHawk 1″). Anyway, these kinds of group mileage runs are great fun, so why not try and repeat the event from a couple of years ago?
With all that out of the way, our next group mileage run on Captain Denny’s flight will be on Saturday, March 26 from San Francisco to Chicago. It will be United 760, to be exact, departing at 1:15PM. Economy Plus is wide open, so that’s likely where the party will be, if most of us don’t get our upgrades (I’m not using a confirmed upgrade instrument, since I would actually prefer to be in coach, where I assume most people will be).
To kick off the weekend, we’ll be having an SFO-area dinner on Friday night with Captain Denny (probably at around 8PM, allowing people plenty of time to get to the Bay Area), and I’m sure we’ll have festivities Saturday morning near SFO and Saturday night near ORD as well.
I realize it’s spring break time and the fares are high, but trust me folks, you won’t want to miss this. Not only do we get to fly with Captain Denny, but it’ll be a fun crowd of mileage runners as well.
Not sold yet? Listen to the Channel 9 audio from two years ago (courtesy of bmvaughn), especially the first five minutes, to get an idea of what this’ll be like. Yes, the purser tells us on the PA that “we need to get out a little more.” Heh.
So, who’s in? C’mon, you know you want to! Spread the word please, and even drag a friend along if need be!