Lhr001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4327 times:
On a search for San Francisco to Bangkok on 23 October:
United Airlines 837
San Francisco 1130am
This seems ridiculous that United Airlines would show the same flight number for a flight that is departing 4 hours and 15 minutes later. Understanding that this is a through or direct flight. Without a doubt you will be made to change aircraft in Tokyo! Yes, it is true many airlines offers direct and connecting flights with the same flight number... 4 hours and 15 Minutes is stretching it a bit!
Cessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4205 times:
If it's the same plane, take into account fueling time, cleaning and catering time, etc. SFO-NRT is not just a small walk in a park, and NRT to Bangkok is like another 5 hour flight on top of that.
Each time I fly overseas, after we deplane, the interior is a mess! Garbage here, wrappers there, blankets all over the place. Imagine a full crew combing through the rows carefully, cleaning out the pockets, redoing the magazines and goodies in the pockets, etc...
Mymiles2go From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3947 times:
I'm sure you're aware that Tokyo is a hub for United, futhering that concept, hubs often have "hub times" - or times when a large number of flights converge on that hub at a particular time, then depart from that hub at a particular time. In this case, UA837 arrival from San Fran happens to represent roughly the begining of the Tokyo daily hub time, and it's departure to Bangkok happens to represent the end of that daily hub time. By roughly 6:30 (depending on Season) basically all United flights will have left Tokyo for the evening.
Most United flights tend to arrive between 2-3:30, and most United flights tend to depart between 5-6:30PM. Keep in mind that arriving into NRT can often encounter quite lengthly air traffic delays, not to mention the fact that simply flying 5,000 miles across the ocean can also result in landing times differeing from thier scheduled times.
Based on my numberous times through NRT on United, this length of times is just about right. Gives one enough time to enjoy the more important things in life....like the Tokyo Red Carpet Club's Automatic Beer Machine.
TokyoNarita From Palau, joined Aug 2003, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3920 times:
You have to keep in mind that the passengers from other U.S. cities (such as ORD, SEA, JFK, HNL and LAX) may want to connect to that BKK flight as well. These US arrivals are spread out between 2pm-5pm local time and UA's Asian departures begin after 5pm. There has to be a little bit of flexibility for all US cities-Narita-Asia connection to take place.
In most cases, it is not impossible to turn a long haul international arrival around in 2 hours at Narita. I have seen occasional an hour and half turn around on delayed arrival aircraft.
FA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3453 times:
No, actually you forgot something UALPHLCS...
"I don't like the way UAL has continued to have planes in the air. They should be out of buisness.
I can't wait to see the new c/s
here's an entire schedule of UA's Asian operations.......
I'm terribly busy being in real estate in Vegas
and yes, I worked for a fabulous international air carrier that doesn't exist
I love stirring up trouble
I think it's time to change my username and profile again"
Just my observations of his behavior over the past few months
The debate continues... Starwood or Hyatt... which is better
LImamura From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3237 times:
Usually UA gives several options for passengers going to Bangkok.
From SFO, UA has 2 flight daily to NRT, so even though UA837 is listed as a flight going SFO/NRT/BKK, it would be more wise to take UA853, which is the second flight that depart to NRT then you will arrive in NRT around 5pm making less waiting time in NRT for the UA837 flight to BKK, which departs at 6:35pm now. If you don't believe me look it up on the web and for sure in most cases they will give you more than just that one option with UA.
I guess you should be very glad that you are not flying on other carrier's making connections through NRT because some of the connections makes you wait all day since at NRT the European bound flights generally leave in the morning and USA flights leave in the evening and some connections are geared for the European flights.
Lhr001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2772 times:
This has nothing to do with hatred or anything against Unted... This is just a simple question as to how long or what restrictions constitute a direct flight versus a connecting flight on U.S. carriers!
Dont be so defensive..... I have flown United many times and continue to do so... As I am a Varig Smiles member. Furthermore, I support United and continue to choose United over low cost alternatives such as WN, and B6!
HNLFlyboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2736 times:
LHR - if you have such strong feelings AGAINST UA, why are you looking up their schedule to BKK and scrutinizing it? I am sure you have other options in regards to air service to BKK. Perhaps you should refocus your energy on finding that alternative carrier/routing instead of continuing to whine about UA? I am surethat you will be a happier person.
Dr. Everything Will Be All Right
UA 1K member