AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2472 posts, RR: 9 Posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5182 times:
Something I'm thinking about for another 'flying' adventure. No, I don't particularly want to go to Hong Kong but I've heard this flight crosses the polar arctic regions; that appeals to me. I MUST add that I can only do an Economy class flight; 1st class costs nearly seven times as much. 15 hours, 45 minutes EACH way is a long time to be in a relatively cramped coach seat but if I can stand 7 hours in a tight BA seat to England, I can probably also do it for nearly 16 (but with a bit of leg massaging at the end). I don't plan to spend much time in Hong Kong but any insights on hotels and sights to see would be welcome. Has anyone done this trip in coach class and survived to tell me? Thanks!
Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5024 times:
I've done this trip before, and it is a hell of a long time to be stuck in a metal tube far across the earth. Luckily I did both legs in Businessfirst, but whatever cabin you are in, it is certainly an adventure. I actually posted a trip report on airliners via the satellite phone as we were over the North Pole.
N79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4958 times:
I flew the less formidable, yet respectable ORD-HKG-ORD flight. You fly over some beautiful and rugged terrain on the way. I really enjoyed that trip. Hong Kong is a very interesting place. Stay in Kowloon. Visit Victoria Peak. Hong Kong is the original cool blend of exotic and modern. Spend at least 4 days there. Singapore is sterile in comparison.
Futureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4947 times:
I too have done the ORD-HKG-ORD flights on UA, as well as LAX-SYD-LAX and SFO-SYD-LAX....both sets are truly brutal, unless you do have a row to yourself(which I did ORD-HKG). Be sure to get up, stretch, and walk around a lot!
Upsmd11 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 816 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4669 times:
I know it's not a first hand account but my best friend flew the route so no first hand stories but he took some cool video when flying over the North Pole. He was in BusinessFirst which made the trip enjoyable. CO treated him very well with lots of great food and entertainment. I hope to fly this route one day when I go to HKG.
Hkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1316 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks ago) and read 4539 times:
Speaking of UA's ORD-HKG-ORD service, when my sis flew to ORD last year, her flight with UA on the HKG-ORD leg turned out to be a 22 hour nightmare. A couple of hours into the flight, there was a medical emergency onboard involving an elderly lady & they had to divert to NRT (UA's Asian hub & nearest airport) and after a few hours on the ground the flight continued its course to ORD. Nobody was allowed out (I thought that was strange) so at the end of the journey when they finally landed in O'Hare, she was onboard for 22 hours!! I'd go crazy if I was inside a plane for that long.....
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2472 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4361 times:
Thanks for all your responses. Traveler, I don't know when the low season is for this flight but Economy class right now for this flight is around $960.00 USD while BusinessFirst was over $6700.! I'd only do Economy, my 747/Concorde trip was nearly $4100-that was costly enough for me; I'm not a 'high-roller'. Think I'll be fine with that. Really want to try out the 777 and the polar route sounds cool! Think I'll make a reservation soon. Thanks all!