United Airlines Economy Plus New York LaGuardia-Chicago O’Hare – Flight Review

By Jonathan Spira on 9 May 2019
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New York to Chicago is one of the busiest air routes in the United States, No. 3 after New York-Los Angeles and Los Angeles-San Francisco, which are ranked first and second, respectively. The flights attract both business and leisure travelers and airlines offer shuttle and shuttle-like schedules to meet the need, with over 24,100 flights in the period March 2018 through February 2019 operated by four carriers carrying some three million passengers.

United is one of the four airlines operating flights from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (the other three are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Spirit Airlines). It typically flies 14 non-stops on this route on weekdays on a shuttle-like schedule although, unlike American’s and Delta’s flights, United’s are not branded as a shuttle.

The airline uses several different types of aircraft on the route including Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s.

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I arrived at LaGuardia well ahead of schedule, a move dictated by unpredictable traffic around the airport during its reconstruction but one that allowed me to stop at the American Express Centurion Lounge for a brief respite before proceeding to the gate.

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Arriving at the gate just as boarding was about to commence, I was one of the first to enter the aircraft and flight attendants were still making final adjustments about the cabin. My seat, 7D, was the first row of Economy Plus, the airline’s premium-economy lite section. While the coach cabin filled up nicely, as did first, Economy Plus had relatively few passengers and I had the entire row to myself.

The overhead bins in the Economy Plus cabin are reserved for Economy Plus passengers, a nice touch.

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