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The flight from Chicago to Charlotte was your typical domestic US Airways flight. The flight attendants were mildly chipper, drinks were served in party cups, and we were served “snacks” that you’d easily find at your nearest stale vending machine.
Our flight landed at the B concourse a few minutes after 3PM, and our connection to Paris was scheduled to depart at 4:50PM. We headed to the US Airways Club located between concourses C & D, which is the largest club in Charlotte.
The entryway is pretty “grand” compared to most domestic airlines’ lounge entrances, and we were issued two “Envoy drink tickets” each, valid for “premium” drinks. The accounting on them fascinated me, since it wasn’t as easy as them just handing us the vouchers, but rather they had to hand-write the date on the vouchers and record our names, flight numbers, and seats on a form to confirm these vouchers were issued.
The US Airways Club feels rather country club-ish compared to most US lounges, with arched ceilings and even a “dome.” It was rather crowded, so I ended up just grabbing a cubicle so I could get a bit of work done.
The snack selection was fairly basic, consisting of chips, Biscoffs, cheese, crackers, whole fruit, and the least appetizing bowl of olives I’ve ever seen.
On the plus side they do have an impressive selection of packaged teas/coffee.
There was also soup — specifically a “summer corn and sweet chile bisque.” Don’t worry, it sounds much better than it tasted. 😉
At about 4:10PM we headed to our departure gate, D10.
Most of the international flights leave from the very end of the D concourse, and in this case the US Airways flight to Paris and the Lufthansa flight to Munich were leaving from adjacent gates right around the same time. So the gate area was a bit of a zoo.
We had our passports checked one more time at the gate, and boarding was called at 4:25PM, starting with Envoy Class.
I was very curious to see what was awaiting us on my first flight in US Airways Envoy…