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UAL's Captain Denny Flanagan (In-Flight Experiences, Sightings, Schedule, etc.)

Old Apr 23, 2016, 1:38 pm
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Captain Denny's Retirement flight roll call. Please list your handle, cabin, and when you will be arriving in SEA, where we will arrange a dinner on 5/30.

Pat89339 - F - arriving 5/30
legalalien - F - arriving 5/31 (I can guest 2 into UC at either SEA or ORD)
Jubileesmom-F-arriving 5/30 ( I also can guest 2 into UC. )
Whiskarina - F - arriving 5/30
wxguy - F - arriving 5/30 via Capt Denny's second to last flight
FlyerBeek - F - arriving 5/29
JeepGuyDE - F - arriving 5/29 (need guesting into UC)
jmd001 - F - arriving 5/30 (would appreciate guesting into UC)
texasex95 - Y - arriving 5/31 (hopefully 5/30 if I can change my flight)
alanro - F - arriving 5/30 (I can also guest 2 into UC)
mendicantmonk - Y - arriving 5/30 (need guesting into UC)
SFO 1K - F - arriving 5/30 (I can guest 2 into UC)
wtigerFF - F - arriving 5/30 UA 635 (I can guest 2 into UC)
YRKInsider - F - arriving 5/30 UA 635 (can guest 2 into UC)
N1120A - F - Arriving 5/31 UA635 (Probably need guesting into UC)
CleUnited - Y - Arriving 5/30 (hopefully)
cawhite - F -arriving 5/30 UA635
paranoiatx - F - arriving 5/28 (can guest 2 into UC and/or 1 into CL)
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UAL's Captain Denny Flanagan (In-Flight Experiences, Sightings, Schedule, etc.)

Old Jun 5, 2016, 11:35 am
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Today is the day. Denny turned 65 today. Happy Birthday Denny!
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Old Jun 5, 2016, 11:51 am
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I'm going to miss this thread.
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Old Jun 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
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Originally Posted by halls120
I'm going to miss this thread.
It will still be around. Capt. Denny (Ret) will be travelling from time to time. He often has speaking engagements. He is always happy to meet FlyerTalkers when he's on the road. I think it would be fun to sit next to him on a flight. ^
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Old Jun 5, 2016, 3:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Pat89339
Today is the day. Denny turned 65 today. Happy Birthday Denny!
^^
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Old Jun 5, 2016, 7:25 pm
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Departure video flight 670 on May 31st:

Arrival video flight 670 on May 31st:
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Old Jun 5, 2016, 8:12 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO 1K
Departure video flight 670 on May 31st:
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Arrival video flight 670 on May 31st:
Thanks for sharing! Denny's family compiled a video from Monday and Tuesday - I asked them to please share with us once they've had time to recover from this past week.

Indeed today is Captain Denny's birthday. I was able to talk with him to wish him a happy birthday. He was planning to spend the day surrounded by family and friends in a celebration of his birthday and retirement.
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Old Jun 5, 2016, 9:53 pm
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Happy birthday, Denny!

Even though I've missed the chance to flight with him, I hope he does stick around. It'd be great to meet him.
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Old Jun 5, 2016, 11:32 pm
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Happy Birthday, Captain!
Wishing you all the best for the future and hope to see you somewhere down the road.
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Old Jun 6, 2016, 8:24 am
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Originally Posted by CleUnited
https://unitedairtime.com/our-storie...n-he-inspired/

They added his final flight mini video to the bottom of the article. About a 1min 27sec video.

https://youtu.be/w5zLuvnICFQ

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Edit: posted the link from youtube
I'm a big-softy for these sort of life moments. teared up watching the short vid.. moreso because I'm aware of how tumultuous 30 years at United may have been, with bankruptcy, union issues.. changes in leadership .. some good and lots bad, and mergers along the way.

Capt. Flanagan's unwavering customer service and attention to the flyer is awe-inspiring and rare. Just wish we had more UA employees like Denny that appreciate the customer!

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Old Jun 6, 2016, 9:02 am
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Originally Posted by NH_Clark
I'm a big-softy for these sort of life moments. teared up watching the short vid.. moreso because I'm aware of how tumultuous 30 years at United may have been, with bankruptcy, union issues.. changes in leadership .. some good and lots bad, and merges along the way.

Capt. Flanagan's unwavering customer service and attention to the flyer is awe-inspiring and rare. Just wish we had more UA employees like Denny that appreciate the customer!
It is so very true. When I pass the video along to others, I tell them that he did this for every flight--the gate announcements, greeting at the door, etc.--not just for his retirement flight. That is even more impressive to know it was done for 30 years.
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Old Jun 6, 2016, 10:32 am
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Originally Posted by Pat89339
It is so very true. When I pass the video along to others, I tell them that he did this for every flight--the gate announcements, greeting at the door, etc.--not just for his retirement flight. That is even more impressive to know it was done for 30 years.
I still remember my first flight with CAPT Denny some 10 years ago. When he grabbed the microphone to give us the pre-flight brief, I thought, wow, this must be his last flight or something. Then he greeted us at the door, and then kept us informed throughout the flight. I quickly noticed how his optimism affected the cabin crew - they clearly liked working his flights. When I got to talk to him on later flight, I could tell he wasn't putting on an act, but that he believed in what he was doing.

Since then I've been lucky enough to encounter a few other UA pilots that take the time to walk out of the flight deck and thank passengers for their business. It really does matter, and it's a shame more of them don't do it.
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Old Jun 6, 2016, 11:00 pm
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Originally Posted by halls120
Since then I've been lucky enough to encounter a few other UA pilots that take the time to walk out of the flight deck and thank passengers for their business. It really does matter, and it's a shame more of them don't do it.
Yes! I know they've got a lot on their hands (and minds) to get ready and settled for the flight, but this really does make a difference. Had a recent American Eagle (Compass) flight where the captain came out and used the FA's PA for his preflight speech. Sure felt different and more personal to see a face rather than just a disembodied voice.
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Old Jun 7, 2016, 7:57 am
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final flight photos

Here are some more belated photos from the final flight.

EDIT: I don't know why the thumbnails are so low-res and I don't have time to figure it out. Click on them to see them in their proper glory.















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Old Jun 7, 2016, 8:07 am
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Originally Posted by mendicantmonk
Here are some more belated photos from the final flight.
Great photos! That's the first time I saw a picture of the cake on the plane.
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Old Jun 20, 2016, 1:33 pm
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Here is a video courtesy of wtigerFF of the speech Capt. Denny made at his retirement dinner.

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