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744 Upper Deck Ride, What To Expect?  
User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3894 times:

Hi all!
I just confirmed I will be riding in business class, upper deck, on a UA 744 NRT-SIN tomorrow. It is my first international trip, and first in the upper deck! I believe the service is similar to domestic first, yes? What else can I expect from the ride up there? I imagine there is a better view out the window (even though it will be mostly at night). How about different sensations during the flight. Thanks!

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User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3891 times:

Quoting 727EMflyer (Thread starter):
I believe the service is similar to domestic first, yes?

NOOOOOOOOOOO! MUCH BETTER. The seats have a pitch of 55 inches, opposed to around 38 in domestic first. Your seat will recline 160 degrees, and you will have personalized service on the upper deck. The turbulence tends to be felt more on the upper deck, don't ask me why. You will obviously get a full meal, and IFE. Also, if you can, try to get Row 15. It is an exit row, and will offer MUCH more space.


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3697 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3882 times:

Upper deck is superb, only 2-2 arrangement so much more private jet-esque, although no different sensation inflight. I always go for upper deck where I have the option.


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User currently offlineOzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2711 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3878 times:

In J class, I always go for upper deck. Here's why:

- quieter and more relaxed due to smaller number of passengers compared to main deck: on a premium carrier (QF, SQ, BA): about 20 seats, on UA, about 30

- young children are rarely seated on the upper deck ( I assume as, due to the confined space, their crying or screaming would be intolerable).

- 'private jet' ambience is a good discription



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User currently offlineHirnie From Germany, joined May 2004, 593 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3854 times:

I agree with OzGlobal on the "private jet ambience",
but my experience is that the upper deck is louder than the main deck.
Personally I like the upper deck very much.


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3843 times:

OzGlobal hit is on the head. A much more "private" experience. Generally airlines seat rugrats (kids to those that like them) on the lower deck and in UAs case in my experience, seat business travellers and high priority Mileage Plus members on the upper deck. Further, I believe there is a higher pax to F/A ratio on upper deck. If not, then they certainly provide much more personal service IMO. When UA sent 742s to Hawaii from SFO I always asked for and got the upper deck. I have never had a bad ride on the upper deck on a 74 . . . . . oh, it's nothing like domestic F/J. Nothing at all. Much ,much better. Enjoy.

User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3816 times:

Thanks for the input folks! Off to the airport now!
Jeff


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9457 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3815 times:

Good to hear. I have flown the NRT-SIN flight before (albeit down in first class up front) and it was great. I also enjoyed UA business class on the upper deck a couple of months ago. Hopefully you get a friendly NRT based crew!


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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3801 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3800 times:

I've flown on the upper deck of BA 742 G-BDXF "City of York" in 1997...

... in Economy Class! (World Traveller Class)

I really don't know why, but they stuck their economy pax up there. Very strange.



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User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3785 times:

Quoting OzGlobal (Reply 3):
on a premium carrier (QF, SQ, BA): about 20 seats, on UA, about 30

You are not way off there, but it is actually 26 on UA.


User currently offlineFlyfromZRH From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3721 times:

Flew upper deck on KLM C-class. sat next to emergency exit. seat in front was miles away! quiet atmosphere, no loo-queues, lockers between seat and window means you sit further away from window, but there's plenty of space to store your shoes or other stuff. and lots of space to put your cocktail glasses  Wink

would always go up if I had the choice though seats on 777 more modern that the ones here.


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