Contributed by Hirofumi Suda
Date: September 3, 2017
Flight No.: UA5603
Route: Phoenix Sky Harbor to San Francisco International
Airline: United Express (operated by SkyWest Airlines)
Type: Bombardier CRJ-700
Flight Duration: 1 hr 44 min
While I also took a flight from Los Angeles to Phoenix onboard a United Express E175 during this trip, I will not be reviewing that one as it was more or less identical to this flight.
Getting Onboard a United Express CRJ-700
At Phoenix airport, I had a very smooth check-in given that I was traveling with hand luggage only and could use the self-check-in kiosk. Furthermore, as a Star Alliance Gold member, I could go through a dedicated “Priority Access” security check lane.
Once through security, I headed to United’s lounge where I spent most of the time before boarding.
The boarding procedure itself was also efficient, as there were separate lines for each of the five – or so – boarding groups.
First, United’s top-tier frequent flyers and first class passengers were called to board. Then, group two which included other Star Alliance Gold members followed, and so I got on board the CRJ.
Once onboard, I headed to my window seat, 11D. The seat as well as the leg room were perfectly fine for the short hop.
Inside the seat pocket, one could find the “Hemisphere” in-flight magazine which also included the in-flight sales menu, and a wi-fi manual.
The Flight from Phoenix to San Francisco
The in-flight service itself was uneventful due to the length of the flight. However, the views were what made the flight interesting.
After taking-off from Phoenix, we could see some urban scenery for a while.
Then, a free drink and snack service was done. Besides the tasty pretzels, I had apple-cranberry juice.
By the time the service was done, we were flying over desert which started turning greener and greener as the plane got closer and closer the northern Californian coast.
Around the same time, we also flew over an airport that I was not able to identify. If you know what airport it was, please leave a comment below.
Some minutes later, we reached the coast, near Monterey. Then, we flew above San Francisco Bay. And finally, we landed at San Francisco airport reaching our arrival gate half-an-hour ahead of schedule – and seeing some United 747s along the way.
United Express CRJ-700 from Phoenix to San Francisco Summary
Overall, the aircraft was in clean condition (except for the tray table as you could see on the photo with the boarding pass), and snacks and drinks more than sufficient for the short flight were served. The great views out of the window were a nice bonus. If you are flying out of Phoenix, I would definitely recommend a window seat so that you can enjoy the desert scenery.