Dear United Airlines:
I admit it-we’ve had our ups and downs. But you know, deep down, that I have always loved you. I’ve loved you even though you lost my luggage when I was speaking at a major conference and gave me a hard time about buying ONE lousy outfit so I could look presentable (I still have that outfit).
I’ve loved you even after the flight attendant on my HKG-SFO flight spilled hot coffee on me and never apologized (although I did get that 1 drink coupon from the purser). I’ve loved you through thick and thin, through Allegis, the pilot strike in 1985, Cattle by United, TED and your nearly 10-year flirtation with mergers. I’ve even continued to love you despite my extreme dislike of the new “Frankenlivery.” I could go on, but you get my point.
So you finally merged with Continental, and I understand that these things take time. I was delighted to hear that you’re expanding Economy Plus to the Continental fleet, as reported by Bloomberg, among others. I’d be even happier if you kept a CO livery in the fleet because I’m a sentimental fool, but you already told me in Aviation Week’s Things With Wings blog that wasn’t going to happen.
But now, my dear United, you need to throw me — and millions of other aviation geeks — a bone. Not only do I want you to keep my beloved Channel 9, I want you to expand it to the Continental fleet. Please. For the uninitiated, Channel 9 allows passengers to listen as the cockpit crew speaks with air traffic control. We get to feel like we’re a tiny part of the process. We get to hear pilots doing their jobs. We get to feel like we’re sitting in the cockpit.
So now, I’m beginning my official appeal here to get you, my dearest United, to not only keep Channel 9, but also expand it to the Continental fleet. So pretty please, please consider my request. I hope to hear from you soon.
P.S. Readers, if you’re with me, please send a Tweet to @UnitedAirlines and let them know how you feel about keeping Ch 9 using the hashtag #keepCh9. Thanks!!