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United 777 Flights To Dubai.  
User currently offlineJRicco7X7 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 9 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6628 times:

Hello All,
In December I am taking a flight to Dubai out of IAD on United. The website says the flight is on a 777 and from the pictures I have viewed on A.Net, the coach cabin doesn't look "that nice". Small PTV's and and old, crowded 5-2-5 layout. Please let me know what to expect on a coach flight on the long haul to Dubai.

j Ricco

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User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6589 times:



Quoting JRicco7X7 (Thread starter):
Small PTV's and and old, crowded 5-2-5 layout.

That is about right, but it is 2-5-2, but I think that is what you were getting at. Of course Emirates goes 10 wide, so that may not be so bad. In fact 2-5-2 is equal to or superior to 3-3-3 up until the load is something like 80%, so just choose your seat wisely. I don't think that any of them have AVOD though.

I read a rumor here a while back that UA was going to revamp Y in the 777 and add AVOD and that the retrofit would also include a transition to 3-3-3 seating since each AVOD box could only serve 3 seats. I haven't heard any more about that, so it may be shelved or cancelled.



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User currently offlineUnited1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5930 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6545 times:



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 1):
I read a rumor here a while back that UA was going to revamp Y in the 777 and add AVOD and that the retrofit would also include a transition to 3-3-3 seating since each AVOD box could only serve 3 seats. I haven't heard any more about that, so it may be shelved or cancelled.

Not a rumor, UA converts the first aircraft in February.



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User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6468 times:



Quoting United1 (Reply 2):
Not a rumor, UA converts the first aircraft in February.

Excellent. Hopefully this will help them compete with airlines that already offer state of the art IFE. Heck, some of those planes are about 14 years old so a revamp is about due. Will this refit also extend to the two class Hawaii planes, or just the three class ones?



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User currently offlineN104UA From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 902 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6430 times:



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 1):
I don't think that any of them have AVOD though.

No they do not but you have 5 Channels of Movies and 5 Channels of TV and a Map plus Gate to Gate Audio

Quoting United1 (Reply 2):
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 1):
I read a rumor here a while back that UA was going to revamp Y in the 777 and add AVOD and that the retrofit would also include a transition to 3-3-3 seating since each AVOD box could only serve 3 seats. I haven't heard any more about that, so it may be shelved or cancelled.

Not a rumor, UA converts the first aircraft in February.

I have not seen anything from UAL about this



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User currently offlineBananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1574 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6245 times:



Quoting N104UA (Reply 4):
I have not seen anything from UAL about this

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...erience-new-c-f-cabins-update.html

Mark



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User currently offlineDetroiter From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6225 times:

if you have option you can try to upgrade to Premium economy it is much better, even at the airport they do have special deals sometimes, just ask. also, maybe you can go with QR, they fly out of IAD via DOH, very nice aircraft and service.

User currently offlineBananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1574 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6196 times:



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 3):
Will this refit also extend to the two class Hawaii planes, or just the three class ones?

The two-class 777's will not be getting any major upgrades.

Quoting JRicco7X7 (Thread starter):
Please let me know what to expect on a coach flight on the long haul to Dubai.

You'll get two meals, complimentary soft drinks and a trolley service if buy-on-board snacks like shortbread, pringles etc. I don't think you'll get complimentary alcoholic drinks as it's an "Atlantic" service.

QR is a great airline, although for me, UA Y+ and the extra legroom is king. Their entertainment is much more basic than QR. I wouldn't do that flight in Y, but if you purchase Economy Plus, it's pretty comfortable.

It's worth checking out the Ecomony Plus Annual Access option against the one-off purchase that you may be offered checking in online. YOu should expect to pay $100-150USD each way for economy plus, or you can get access for every flight for one year from $349USD.


Mark



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User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1808 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6082 times:



Quoting JRicco7X7 (Thread starter):
In December I am taking a flight to Dubai out of IAD on United. The website says the flight is on a 777 and from the pictures I have viewed on A.Net, the coach cabin doesn't look "that nice". Small PTV's and and old, crowded 5-2-5 layout. Please let me know what to expect on a coach flight on the long haul to Dubai.

Hi there!

If I were you, I would choose Qatar Airways, well since they have 3-3-3 layout, huge PTVs, AVOD, bigger seats... QR also codeshares with UA, so you can still get the points. They are MUCH better than UA.



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User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5890 times:



Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 8):
QR also codeshares with UA, so you can still get the points.

Better check that fare code to make sure it earns UA mileage and Elite Qualifying Mileage (EQM). Some Star Alliance fares do not earn 100% EQM on United. Also by flying QR you are giving up the miles that count toward earning upgrades (assuming QR flights are UA mileage earning) and status on UA.

Sometimes it's worth to take a "less comfortable" flight in order to retain/earn benefits in a specific FF program...in the OP's case UA.



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