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User currently offlinePacificflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 382 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3419 times:

I will be traveling with United from LAX to AKL next week, and listed on my e-ticket receipt, it said 777. What should I expect from United on this flight? Has anyone flown on this flight before?

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User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3401 times:

You should expect a few meals, maybe a bit of turbulence, and a drab, grey aircraft with two engines!

Have fun in my hometown  Big grin Where are you staying?



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User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3395 times:

My dad flew on United from LAX to SYD and back not too long ago. It's not the best service but reasonable. The Boeing 777 will be nice to have on a long-haul with it's spacious cabin and PTVs. Nothing can compare with Air New Zealand (my personal favorite) but I don't mind United long-haul. I flew to China on them two years ago and the service was fine (better than some other US carriers).

pilottim747



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User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3401 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3388 times:

Bwah? I thought they were still opertaing the 747-400?


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User currently offlinePacificflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 382 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3379 times:

well I'm looking forward to the flight, no matter what! lol..TG992, we will be staying in Auckland at the Sheraton, it's right on or near the bay, is that right?
Well, when I was booking with United.com, I did see a few flights operating with 747-400, but not on the day that we will be traveling.


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7448 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3356 times:

The 744 is operated by Air New Zeland. The timetable says you get dinner & breakfast and I'm sure,a buch of movies.


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User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3362 times:

pilottimm747,
not the best service but reasonable?how would you know,service on UNITED international is fine.they are better than air new zealand in my opinion.
any service between new zealand and the u.s. is good.

the 777 is awesome and the service will be fine,enjoy the ptv's and 3 or so movies you'll get.file a trip report when you return plz.



ual 777 contrail


User currently offlinePacificflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 382 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3344 times:

Thanks everyone, I will do a trip report when i get back, 5th August!

User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3401 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3321 times:

.they are better
than air new zealand in my opinion.


pashaw.



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User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3320 times:

have either of you actually flown with air nz, contrail/doug_or?

I'd be interested to know what aspect of the flight you found UA to be superior on.



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User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

TG992,
WHY WOULD YOU TRY TO QUESTON SOMEOMES OPINOIN?if they like an ailrine you dont,keep the pie hole closed and deal with it.

yes i have flown bothand i do in fact think UNITED has great service along with air new zealand.i said that they both are good.air service is air service,i questoned the kid who's dad flew ual and for some reason didnt liek em.




ual 777 contrail


User currently offlineNickofatlanta From Australia, joined May 2000, 1485 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

I second TG992. I have flown UA extensively in the last year in Economy, Economy Plus, Business (both transcon and international) and International First. I have also flown NZ from LA-SYD twice in Business Class and in Economy years ago. From my experiences, service on NZ is superior to UA and meals / wine selection is superior on NZ. Although I find the NZ Business Class seat more comfortable, I can see why some people would think that UA's (new) Business Class seat is more comfortable. UA's First Suite seat is superior to NZ's First Class seat. NZ's Economy class seats lack PTVs, but have more space than UA's non-Economy Plus coach seats.

If I had the choice, I would take NZ any day over UA. If you have a chance to fly NZ, why not try a relatively small airline with a fine reputation! The service is top notch. They don't have the slogan, "The world's warmest welcome" for no reason.


User currently offlinePacificflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 382 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3282 times:

hehe..sorry I did not mean to start an arguement with my silly curiosity. I think both airlines are wonderful in their own respective way. I've flown Air New zealand before but not to AKL, but from LAX to London a few years back on 747-400 a few years back in First Class. The service was quite nice.

User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3273 times:

in my opinion i feel that to many people like other airlines in this world other than u.s. based airlines due to the fact you have so many u.s. based airlines.

if we didnt have so many carriers here in the u.s. then i think that air travel would increase and you'd see the majors excell.i dont need help understanding the low fare market so dont try me.

if you pay for a coach tkt then you get coach service,just because air new zealand did you better doesnt mean that u.s. domestic airlines are lacking in that department.you may have been going on a pleasure trip and excited about the new journey that lack of service on air new zealand wasnt noticed due to the fact you were on vacation.

it gets old hearing all you out there complain about american,united,delta,northwest and so on,when it comes to international service they are ALL good carriers and very safe and reliable.i have flown british ariways and they arent always in my opinon the way some describe them,cathay isnt the best either.it is all personal opinion and UNITED does in fact serve it's international customers very well.

just my opinion,if you dont agree well who cares thats how i feel.








User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (12 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3248 times:

contrail - calm down, child!

I didn't intend to question your opinion. I asked if your opinion was based on a/ general impression of the airline's image from someone who hasn't flown it
or
b/ opinion from a passenger.

I then questioned what aspects of UAs operations you found superior to NZ's - a question you still haven't answered. I'm sorry for the hostility I seem to have aroused in you without reason



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User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (12 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3243 times:

further to my post above - contrail, I apologise for calling you 'child'. I failed to check your age in your profile before posting, and assumed by the content and composition of your post you were younger than I.



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User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3401 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (12 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3239 times:

BWAH!!!!!!!! didn't mean to offend! sorry to all involved. Yes I have flown LAX-AKL, AKL-(Cairns) and SYD-LAX on ANZ. I have also flown UAL SFO-HNL-AKL and AKL-HNL-LAX. I believe the ANZ 747 was roomier and the staff and food were both better. Not to say there was anything wrong with any of my UAL flights, just that after what I'm used to on US carriers I was pleasently suprised. That being said I always try o my damndest to get a UAL flight domesticly as they are my favorite cartel carrier thanks to channel 9


apologies,
Doug
PDX/LAF



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User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3221 times:

LAX-AKL is going back to a 744 in the peak travel season for NZ...

-nate


User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5294 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (12 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3217 times:

Are you sure? All the UA flights to AKL this NZ summer I have seen in the schedules are 777's!! Although I do sort of expect to see some 744's here!

User currently offlineKaitakfan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (12 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3191 times:

UAL777contrail, I find it strange how a week or so ago, it was you critiquing me as being the "anal, been there done that, arrogant attitude" one. Now look at yourself! Real good way to prove hypocrisy is alive and well! Check yourself Homeslice!

anyways, In risk of UA777contrail soiling himself over me discussing travel opinions on United, I can say a few things here. If you are 6 feet tall or more you will have a tight squeeze in Economy due to the box like object for the PTV's which is located directly infront of your feet while seated. The best way to counter act this is to hopefully have an open seat next to you. You can then stretch out into the empty space. Make sure you exhaust yourself during the day of departure. Since that flight leaves at 10PM you can get a good night sleep on UA841 to AKL. The service will be just fine. I doubt it will knock your socks off. But it will be just fine for the price you pay. Plus you know it will be a safe, smooth, and ontime ride! Have fun in Auckland and make sure to try a few Speights Old Dark beers while there!

Cheers!
Brian


User currently offlineAirzim From Zimbabwe, joined Jun 2001, 1199 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3147 times:

I just flew UA Business on a 777 and I honestly thought the service was very poor. They only offered drinks once on the flight and only after the meal was served. I would have thought this was an isolated incident until it happened again on my flight beyond Tokyo, I knew this must be policy.

I even hate to say it, but I would probably take NW over UA.

Air New Zealand is one of the best airlines I have flown. In all classes.


User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3086 times:

kaitakfan,
i just finished laughing at last weeks message.you do make me laugh kaitakfan.
i find it funny and in this case i got irritated when someone tries to queston an opinion of someone elses.it happens daily on a.net.
people will gang up on certain people for voicing there opinions,i am not being a hypocrite and your been their done that attitude is what was so funny the first time.

the age thing tg992 ,well i dont feel bad either so were all good,you are in fact a bias opinion as well.you got a lot more years to catch up with kaitakfan and his glorious 24 pacific crossings.
keep up the posts home slice.


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User currently offlineKaitakfan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (12 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3071 times:

UAL777 I am not going to try and talk any sense to you. I feel like I am slamming my head against a brick wall trying to voice a point. Your lack of intelligence is extremely apparent here. Allow me put it simple... You are thick in the skull if you cant see your hypocritical comments. You try to flame myself for mentioning my travel experience. Then you go off and boast about your travels on ANZ,Cathay,BA and United. Do you think I care if you were irritated by someone questioning your opinion? Not the slightest, considering you make such a poorly based comment on how United is better then Air New Zealand by your experience. You then go off and get upset with others who's opinion is different then yours regarding United! Really, you make me shake my head is disbelief with the way your mind processes things.

Now to add on to something beneficial to the main topic here. PacificFlyer, In economy you can also expect midflight snacks to be located at the galley's. Here you can help yourself to something to eat as well as drink. Sometimes during these long trans-pacific flights flight attendants can disappear without a trace. I have found a lot of people were unaware of snack food items and drinks placed out for them during flight. So keep that in mind if you wake up mid flight, thirsty or hungry. By the way Pacflyer, is this your first time flying United International?

Cheers!


User currently offlinePacificflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 382 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3069 times:

Thank you kaitakfan, that's very helpful. I do feel somewhat bad about starting this topic with people argueing! Lol... Well, the only time I had flown United international was from LAX to KIX on a 747-400 a few years back to catch the TG flight back to Bangkok. I don't know why we didnt fly TG directly from LAX to bangkok that day..oh wait that's right, that day TG from LAX was packed! But the UA flight was good experiance. Then, they did not have the first class suite, it was the old one, and the closet up front was covered with some sort of fabrick made into the stripes of blue, orange, and grey? that's what I recal from the UA flight a few years back.

User currently offlineKaitakfan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (12 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3051 times:

PacificFlyer, No worries on the arguing part of the thread. Its good to have conflicting view points every now and again. Well it does look like it has been sometime since your last UAL international experience! The Seats should be a big improvement from what you had on your LAX-KIX flight! Do you have an assigned seat on UA 841 to AKL yet? Oh don't forget to make sure you arrive at the gate a bit early. United has all of its New Zealand and Australia bound passengers go through a visa verification check before anyone is permitted to board flight 841 to Auckland or 815 to Sydney. This check is done at a gate podium which is not being used for another flight that evening Needless to say I have seen the line for the visa checks to be about 60 to 80 people long!! I am sure it can get worse then that when there is a 777 departing within 20 minutes of a 747-400 right next door to one another. Anyways I hope you have a great flight experience as well as your stay in New Zealand!

25 CX889 : Hello everyone, I don't mean to throw a wrench in this whole topic, but I flew Qantas LAX-SYD-AKL-LAX back in February, and I thought service and over
26 Pacificflyer : Yes, we do have our seats assigned already, but I don't have them handy at the moment. But we are flying economy on this trip, and I remember that I b
27 Rpwgw : I've used them many times AKL - MEL in the 744 in both Y and J class. Probably a dozen round trips. UA FAs are no nonsense in my experience and do wha
28 Tullamarine : I've flown both and found them both to be good. I've only flown UA in J class but they were better than I expected and the service was friendly and ge
29 ZK-NBT : I wondered the same Tullamarine! A UA772ER LAX-MEL or would it be to weight restricted? The 744's can only carry 300 max 1 way! QF will eliminate this
30 Aerorobnz : www.speights.co.nz or www.liquorking.co.nz might be able to help CX889....
31 Ual777contrail : UNITED doesnt have "J" class,they offer Y,C,F no j ual 777 contrail
32 DIA : Is this route longer than EWR-HKG with Continental's 777, or does UA now have the longest 777 route? DIA
33 TG992 : contrail honey - J is another term for business class.
34 SegmentKing : "C" is used by almost all North American and a few South American airlines when talking about business class, as "C" is just the fare bucket. United u
35 Brons2 : LAX-MEL 6883nm, compatible with 180 ETOPS according to Great Circle Mapper. Perhaps the demand is not there...
36 Kaitakfan : 5 star post yet again Contrail! Very helpful as always! ZK-NBT, where did you hear the figure of only 300pax max is allowed to be carried on LAX-MEL f
37 ZK-NBT : I think I heard it on this forum. Well it can't take a full load thats for sure!
38 Rpwgw : Maybe they could carry a max pax to MEL - LAX with no freight in the belly. I know Aerolineas used to do this with the 742 BUE-AKL via Rio Gallegos
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