Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2796 times:
I was wondering what meals, how many snack services, how many movies, and how long the cabin lights are dimmed for sleeping on the UA ORD-HKG-ORD flights and on the Continental EWR-HKG-EWR flights. Also, does it ever get dark outside in the summer considering how far north you fly? What are the typical actual flying times (not scheduled because that is usually longer) on these flights?
Kaitakfan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2773 times:
I flew UA 895 ORD-HKG two weeks ago actually. The departure at 12:30PM is a good indicator you fly all day! We flew 200nm south of the North Pole. Total flying time was just a bit over 15 hours. We arrived Hong Kong around 4PM. needless to say it was still very bright outside after the 15 hours of flight. The cabin lights were dimned about 30 minutes into flight just as the beverage/meal and movie service started up. They remained dim until 1.5 hours out of Hong Kong. I flew in United Business and the meal/snack service was no different then any other trans-pacific flight. Lunch is served, followed by a mid flight snack which is available on a cart that was left at the emergency exit of the upper deck and near the emergency exits on the lower deck as well.
The mid flight snack consists of many choices. A bowl of noddles, A meat and cheese sandwhich, several varieties of fruits, bags of potato chips, and finally cookies or candy bars. On the lower section of the cart was is a complete stock of bottled water. About 2 hours out of Hong Kong another meal is served. I found it strange one time on a LAX-HKG flight they served us breakfast when we were going to arrive Hong Kong at 7PM! Rather strange, but it wasnt the case this time around. Anyways I hope I gave you a good idea what the flight from ORD-HKG is like. for further details you can check out my trip report I posted not to long ago about the entire journey!
Oxygen From Hong Kong, joined Sep 1999, 674 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2715 times:
On United flights ORD to HKG I've travelled on, there are always 2 meals and one snack. But once my mum went on Business class, no snack was served, and my mum was so hungry that she went around the plane looking for food. Finally an FA gave her a cup noodle and told her, "Here it is, but i want to tell you that you are not supposed to have this. this is not in your menu." then my mother showed the FA the menu which said that a snack would be served. The FA the said ,"oops ! Sorry ! I am so sorry ! "
A380 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2692 times:
On ORD-HKG both ways on UA, there should be four movies shown plus the occasional Air Show and some other features. I only seemed to have one choice of the mid-flight snack though. Yes it's all day from ORD to HKG.
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2665 times:
Gosh - can you imagine a Singapore Girl denying a Business Class passenger food. UA are so tacky ! Therein lies the difference between a Park Avenue Carrier and one thats the equivalent of a trailer park.
CODC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2435 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2642 times:
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't.
From what I read and heard, in the SQ incident at Taipei on Halloween a few years ago, the Singapore Girls performed despicably in the evacuation of the passengers from the aircraft. Singapore Girls may be great for service, however, when it comes to safety, in their one true test, it appears that they failed miserably.
By comparison, in the evacuation I was a part of with United at Denver about 15 years ago, the cabin crew handled the situation consistent with their proper training, and cleared the aircraft quickly with few injuries. Of course, the severity of the accident was not the same as SQ at TPE.
I recently flew an EWR-AMS and return with them in Raffles class, one of my first flights with SQ in years , and cannot say that I was thoroughly impressed. The 744 I flew on was beautiful, the seats were moderately comfortable, and the food was average. That famous Singapore hospitality was somewhat lacking on the outbound, inbound was OK. The flight attendant that handled my side of the cabin on EWR-AMS did not speak English well at all, and was quite cold in response to my seatmate's request of an extra napkin to clean up a drink spilled in some turbulence, although she did comply. Later in the flight, a passenger across the aisle from me had just woken up, and wanted to know how to use the IFE (outstanding, by the way). The attendant came over, issued a rude reply, and very quickly explained the use of the system, and disappeared behind the galley. Returning, the F/A was more the norm, but I really didn't share the same excellent view of their service that some other members here have. To be honest, I would much rather take BusinessFirst over, even on a 767-200, and know that I'm traveling on a proven commodity (to me).
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2644 times:
We're dealing with a hungry passenger in business class here, for crying out loud. Its one thing saying no at the back of the plane, but for a premium passenger? A distinct no-no.
And I suspect that much of the so-called criticism of the crew in the SQ006 disaster came from one disgruntled American passenger who wanted to come out feted like a hero. In SQ006, the entire passenger cabin was demolished and engulfed by fire, which would somewhat limit the standard evacuation procedures parroted by crew members before takeoff. I seriously doubt if any airline crew could have evacuated a 747-400 engulfed in a fireball, so lets not blame the hapless SQ006 cabin crew, many of whom perished in that crash.
I agree that CO BusinessFirst is excellent though. Probably better than most Business classes in 3-class or 4-class airlines.
Greg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2603 times:
Wow...my treatment on UAL in biz has been just as consistently high as that on SQ...more so if you include that the f/a's on United can speak English, hold a conversation, and do not walk around with a vacuous smile most the time.
In fact, I've never known an airline that they do not have some sort of munchie for their bizclass passengers. That, or I'm just flying all the right ones...(Raid the Larder on BA is the best...)