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Flying A 787, What Should I Look For?  
User currently offlinePlaneAdmirer From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 564 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4613 times:

Next week I am taking a leg on a 787 from DEN to IAH. To fly on the 787 means an exta 5 or 6 hours to my day since my final destination is ATL, but I don't think that I will get that many opportunities to do so.

I am sitting 31A comfortably behind the wing. I am thinking as we go down the runway of watching the wing for flex as we start to climb, but I am not sure what else I should be looking for in flight. I will play with the windows, if possible, and look in the storage bins, etc. One thing I am unsure of is whether to use my Bose headphones and listen to channel 9 or just listen to the engine.

Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you.

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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4566 times:

What flight number will you be on and on what day?


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User currently offlineLhrRampRats From UK - England, joined Apr 2010, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4476 times:

Flying a 787, what should I look for?

A mid size, twin engined airliner!!   


User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4397 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4454 times:

Question is, does a new airliner motivate the cabin crew to do a better than routine job?

User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 886 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4411 times:

There is no channel 9 on UA’s 787.

Walk up through E+ to hear the difference in the noise from behind the wing to over the top of it.

I think the best part is the wing flex.


User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 886 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4411 times:

Quoting Burkhard (Reply 3):
Question is, does a new airliner motivate the cabin crew to do a better than routine job?

How does one get more motivated to sell snack boxes and pass out drinks?


User currently offlinemax550 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4332 times:

Quoting PlaneAdmirer (Thread starter):
I am sitting 31A comfortably behind the wing. I am thinking as we go down the runway of watching the wing for flex as we start to climb, but I am not sure what else I should be looking for in flight. I will play with the windows, if possible, and look in the storage bins, etc. One thing I am unsure of is whether to use my Bose headphones and listen to channel 9 or just listen to the engine.

Unfortunately the 787 doesn't have Channel 9. The IFE has plenty of other options though, movies, games, music, all the stuff you'd expect on an int'l widebody with the latest IFE.
I spent a lot of my flight staring at the beautiful wing, it really looks incredible and the flex is awesome.
You can try to listen to the engines but you won't hear much in cruise, it's an incredibly quiet aircraft. Naturally you'll want to check out the toilets too, they've been getting rave reviews.

The passenger experience isn't going to be all that much different than what you're used to. You're still crammed in in economy but the IFE, power (USB on the seatback and an outlet under your seat), lighting, and newness make it more pleasant than other economy flights.


User currently offlineshankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1543 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4261 times:

I think checking out the loo's is a fine guide to an aircraft:

1. Does it have a window?
2. Is the pan seat lid damped?
3. How noisy is the flush?
4. How much water can you get in the sink?
5. Does the door lock give a reassuring clunk?
6. Can one change one's trousers (a necessity on a night flight) without stepping in a damp patch?
7. How many soft tissue choices are there?
8. Can one queue without annoying passengers seated close by?
9. How efficient is the air handling? (only one way to find out)
10. How efficient is the flush? (no embarrassing bits left for following pax)

The above could fill a useful half hour, after which you can go back to the window blinds and the bendy wings



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User currently offlineSavannahMark From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4172 times:

Is this a new feature in some your trip reports I should be looking for?

[Edited 2012-12-03 12:30:59]

User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7560 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4008 times:

http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Uni...United_Airlines_Boeing_787-800.php

Here you go.

But it doesn't show if the a/c has windows missing in the rows....does the UA 787 have any rows with a missing window?



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User currently offlinePlaneAdmirer From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 564 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3887 times:

Thanks for the thoughtful replies. The wing seems to be the winner followed by the lav. I am sure I will get to the lav, but not in the detail suggested. I really can't wait to go.

User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4972 posts, RR: 42
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3845 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 9):
But it doesn't show if the a/c has windows missing in the rows....does the UA 787 have any rows with a missing window?

All B787s are missing one window, four window frames ahead of the rear doors. I have always wondered why. The only thing I can see is that was an attachment point during construction, but there have been many types in the past with the same attachment point, with no window gap.

I am not surprised that seat guru does not show this missing window, as for the last few years, they have been notoriously inaccurate.



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