Just got back from an SFL-IAD trip. Flew over on an A-319 and had Channel 9 all the way, came back on a COA 757-300 that had Direct TV, no ch 9 in the mix at all. For future trips, I wonder if there's a way you can tell ahead of time if you're getting a UAL or COA B-757? Does anyone know if the UAL web site gives you that much detail?
It's actually quite simple (if you can see the registration number on the aircraft):
Pre-merger COA mainliners all had reg's with the N followed by ALL numbers like N31324. Pre-merger UAL mainliners had the more standard format of three numbers and two letters like N123UA. To date, I have not heard of any ship reg #s being changed, so it's the standout giveaway in the post-merger world even in post-merger paint.