I fly more than my fair share. Service keeps getting worse but so do the air planes. I fly United because they have a large set of connections in DC and Chicago. This week I took four flights on United. Three of them had mechanical issues. My flight departing BTV last Sunday had mechanical issues so I missed my connection and spent the night at IAD. My flight to Las Vegas from San Fransisco had an hydraulic leak. Then there was United Airlines flight 7212 tonight from DC back to Burlington. I knew something was up on approach because we missed the airport on our first attempt. Second try I see all the fire trucks out on the runway, plus three ambulances and several cop cars. Not good but not necessarily us as we could have been waved off for some other flight. You know things are not well when the fire trucks follow you. Turns out we had no flaps. Not the end of the world but more exciting than I’d like.
The United fleet seems to be in bad shape and getting worse. Three mechanical issues out of four United flights this week. Time to move more flights to Jet Blue and Southwest.