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Topic: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: LFutia
Posted 2012-12-05 21:03:45 and read 14314 times.

On a nice, sunny Sunday in September, I was playing around with United’s reservation system and after hearing that the Dreamliner was bookable in September, I went to go play around and see what I could come up with.
Upon further inspection I could do a day trip down to Houston and back for $378 and I thought to myself ok cool let’s do it. I noticed that when I clicked search, United gave me a bunch of choices and as I saw the 787 Dreamliner I also saw another thing – BusinessFirst! I decided to go in the shower and get ready for work while thinking about booking this ticket. Do I book? Do I wait for the airfare to go down? About 1000 different things went through my head.
Once I was done, I was in Airliners.net Chat and I asked for their opinion and their answer was simple. You must be that dumb if you haven’t decided to book that and that it’s a great deal. I chalked it up and thought to myself that they are right so I pulled out the UA debit card which sadly doesn’t earn me anymore miles but still looks nostalgic and clicked book and filled in the details and soon out spat a PNR.

I would be doing a daytrip to Houston for 90 minutes and then connect to Nashville for 35 minutes and then fly home on the E145. The whole goal of this ride was now to fly the 787.
The week before, I found out I was scheduled to work on the day of travelling but I was able to switch with a coworker and knew that I was worry free and everything was going to be great on Monday.
I came up with a backup plan just in case anything happened which would be to try and get to Oklahoma City in the event I wouldn’t make my flight to Nashville. Why Oklahoma City, well that’s a simple answer. I know some friends down there that would easily house me overnight and take me to the airport.

Ok enough intro and sorry for the long ramble and onto the trip report!
PS: All pictures belong to me; the pictures were used using a camera and a telephone.









United 1510 ORD-IAH 787 Dreamliner 3 December 2012
STD: 11.21
ATD: 14.03
STA: 14.06
ATA: 16.23
Registration: N20904

Good Morning everyone! I woke up at 7.30 and was super excited knowing that I would fly the 787 today. I jumped in the shower a few minutes later and when I was done, I went on Airliners.net chat and talked with everyone for a few minutes and then also checked my flight status and it said that it hasn’t taken off yet. I figured that this can’t be good but hopefully we’ll still haven an on time departure.

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My neighbourhood on a foggy morning

When I left the house at 8.30, it was foggy and very warm 10C /50F and I thought to myself that weather might have been a problem but I shrugged it off. I drove 16km / 10mi to the airport and got there at 9.00 and parked in the economy lot and got on the bus to the airport train. As the bus was moving, I got a phone call from United stating that the flight would be delayed about 1h 15m late and I thought to myself ok well I can still make the connection.


Inbound Flight status


Outbound flight status

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Can you spot the DHL 767 in the fog?

I was dropped off 15 minutes later and saw that we were on the holiday decorated train which I found quite amusing and touching knowing today would be a new day of firsts. I took the train from the E Parking lot to T5 where a bunch of Japanese passengers from ANA came onboard, went to T3, T2 and finally T1.

I walked downstairs and went to the kiosk to go print out my boarding passes even though I was using mobile, I don’t like TSA scribbling on my boarding passes. I was asked if I wanted to volunteer for my Nashville flight and I said sure. I thought hm well I wouldn’t mind a 200 dollar voucher and I can easily get back to Chicago.
After they were printed, I walked to the First Class security and went put everything on the belt. I beeped somehow and TSA did a hand swab on me for explosives, I passed it of course and then proceeded to C20. It’s always nice when I have to go to the C concourse as you get to pass through the tunnel of lights while playing Rhapsody in Blue.

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B/C concourse tunnel

At C18, there was a 777 in Star Alliance colours going to Shanghai and at C22, there was an A319 going to Vancouver. There was really nothing special happening around us other than watching planes taxi from the new runway (even though it opened a few years ago we still call it new.) According to the flight monitors, the aircraft should be arriving at 11.43.
I sat around and snapped pictures and was texting friends and a guy walks up to me as the 777 to Shanghai pushed back and he asked me if that was it. I said no that plane is going to Shanghai and a few moments later he told me about the markings on the ground for the 787 and I chuckled and texted some friends some more. Finally our flight was displayed on the monitor with all the details of this flight as an agent came by and worked this flight. On this flight, there were 54 people waiting for an upgrade to BusinessFirst when there was 1 seat available and 27 people are on standby for the flight.

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United 777 to Shanghai

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United 777 to Shanghai pushing back

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Flight information monitor

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Are we going to Houston? Yes!

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Star Alliance partners

I went up to the agent and asked her If I was still good for my connection to Nashville and she said that I would miss it so I started talking to the agent I probably confused her to death eventually but she said well I can rebook you to Nashville and I said that’s not possible as I was coming back to Chicago that day and showed her the boarding pass back. I asked her if it was possible to go to Oklahoma City tonight and fly home in the morning and so she printed boarding passes and I walked away and realised, where’s my 787 boarding pass!

I walked back to her and asked her what happened to my Houston boarding pass and she was by now confused as I told her I wanted to go from Houston to Oklahoma City, spend the night and fly home to Chicago. She asked me what was the purpose of going to Houston and I said to fly the 787. After some more typing, and while I made some phone calls to friends in the OKC area she printed out 3 boarding passes, Chicago to Houston on the 787 and then Houston to Oklahoma City and then Oklahoma City Chicago in the morning. I walked away and looked at my boarding pass to Houston and saw my seat 29A with the look on my face, did I just give up my BusinessFirst seat and was it all full and given away? I walked back one more time and asked her where did my BusinessFirst seat go and she apologized and gave me seat 5B. I asked her if I could get my original seat back and she said it wasn’t available anymore but I told her I would try and switch with someone.

I said to myself, it is ok you lost a window seat but your still in first class and your spending the night with friends. I definitely had mixed feelings about not having a window seat on this great aircraft but I said maybe I can switch with someone. I heard an agent say that we need to downgrade someone who paid the lowest BusinessFirst fare and I was hoping that it wasn’t me considering how much I paid for the ticket. I went to the window and everyone started coming and looking for the aircraft. Someone asked me if an E175 was it and I said no that’s United Express. Eventually she came into sight and everyone was taking pictures rampers, gate agents, passengers, cleaning crew. It was great to still see that there was so much excitement for the 787!

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Rampers getting ready for the 787

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Here she comes!

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In full sight

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Turning into C20


Caught the strobe!

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Bridge soon to come on




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Bridge on, everybody doing their job

Cleaning crew went onboard as passengers deplaned and soon an announcement was made that they were only going to board rows 4, 5 and 6 as maintenance was onboard. I gave the agent my boarding pass and I walked down the jetbridge and saw a familiar newspaper – De Telegraaf! (Dutch newspaper) and if anyone knows me, knows that I love The Netherlands and everything about it – food, culture, language, people, ja heerlijk! I asked the pilot if I can get a copy of it he said good luck reading it. I replied, luckily enough I speak and understand Dutch. The date of the paper had Saturday’s date but it was ok because it was filled with all the goodies. It must have looked like they used C20 for the flight to Amsterdam on Saturday and just left the excess papers there. I boarded the aircraft at 12.40 and sat to 5B when I was about to sit down someone walks to 4A and I ask him, “4A was my original seat and would you like to trade a window for an aisle seat”? He said “I overheard your conversation with the agent, I wouldn’t mind switching.”

Awesome! I got my original seat back, picked up a Dutch newspaper and spending the night in a new city with 2 awesome friends. Can this trip get any better? I sat down and the flight attendant asked me what I would like to drink and I said beer and so I took advantage of a Heineken. Soon I was asked what I wanted for lunch and I chose the chipotle beef wrap. Economy class was boarding while maintenance was looking at a seat in row 3.

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My seat for today’s flight!


Window shade on.

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De Telegraaf anyone?


Some medical emergency at C22

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Door still open gate attached

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Flight Map

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So many languages to choose from, No guesses as to which I chose (That’s Dutch for those who don’t know)

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Still sitting at the gate


Yours truly in the lavatory!


Boarding passes… and yes they are real not super flimsy or super thin


Delta flight from Paris landing


Continental bins – dedicated to all the Continental employees!

The weather has significantly cleared up and soon blue skies were peeking through the clouds. The pilot came on and apologised for the delay and told us that he’d try and fly faster but safe and that he was expecting a 2H 3M flight time to Houston. The weather in Houston was clear skies with the temperature being very nice for December in my opinion which is 25C/75F.

The doors were still open and the gate agent who helped rebooked me was onboard talking to the crew and I walked up to her and apologised for all the confusion and if I sounded rude to her in any way and I thanked her for rebooking me. I told her my goal was to get on the 787 and she understood now. She said it was all good and she understood.

Maintenance came off the aircraft about 13.20 and we were waiting on the logbook. I was still hoping that I would make the connection to Oklahoma City even though I was pretty sure I had enough time, I had no idea how long they were going to take. Finally at 13.52, the gate was pulled from the gate and we pushed back at 14.03 as we were waiting for a United 747 to push and clear. We pushed to the left and taxied via B, D, ZV, and M to Runway 28. We took off at 14.26 with an ETA into Houston at 14.26.

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Finally, the gate is off!

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After pushback, before engine start up

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Taxiing past the end of the C gates

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United 767 in Tulip livery – Dedicated to all the United employees!

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US Airways – Dedicated to Dumbell2424

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T2/T3

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T3 G/H concourse

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Delta flight from Paris and Cathay Pacific from HKG

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Lovely aircraft at T5

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Taxiing to the runway

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Cathay Pacific soon to Hong Kong – Dedicated to Captain Patroni, future pilot for Cathay

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Lufthansa 747 from Frankfurt – Dedicated to Wilco737

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SAS A330 from Copenhagen – Dedicated to CamiloA380

Takeoff video - http://youtu.be/yz1Nb8AT-BQ

Soon we passed FL100 and it was safe to use portable electronics and with that, I went off to the lavatory. The lavatory is blue and when you lock the door, the light comes on. Nothing extremely special really in terms of amenities just soap and water that’s all. Lunch was served and it looked delicious. It came with fruit and an asparagus soup in which I wasn’t to wild about but I got proved wrong. I chose red wine with my lunch with a coke that I already had and by the time lunch and a warm cookie was done with we had 43 minutes to go.

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After takeoff

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Engine shot

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Nice clouds!

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Wing and Engine shot

We flew southwest down towards Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The fasten seatbelt sign was turned back on at 15.58 and we started our descent. The pilot came on and said that he would have us on the ground in the next 20 minutes (16.28) and that we would be parking at E20 with the weather being nice, scattered clouds and 27C / 80F.

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Somewhere over Illinois

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Lunch time!


Cookie and wine – interesting pairing

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In Louisiana


Some plane

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Descending into Houston

We landed on runway 26L at 16.25 and taxied via NF, NA, NN, SF, RB and parked at 16.34 Before the doors opened, the flight attendant said that right before takeoff, a panel fell off inside the aircraft and they had to taxi back to gate and get it fixed.

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United 737 rolling out

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One of United’s new 787’s

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Over the bridge we go!

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United 764

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Approaching the gate


Parked at the gate

Landing video - http://youtu.be/doWf-DjrTFM



United 4198 IAH-OKC Embraer 145 3 December 2012
STD: 17.44
ATD: 17.41
STA: 19.08
ATA: 18.55
Registration: N14186

I deplaned from the 787 and my phone was being blown up by messages from almost everything, Whatsapp, Facebook, text messages, voicemails. I felt popular for about 5 minutes. I made my way out of the E gates to the B gates and took the train over. Some people on the train were talking about the 787 and I mentioned to them that I just got off of it and it was pretty amazing. I was able to see Qatar and Emirates which are not yet currently serve Chicago.


Qatar

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KLM and Emirates

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Another United 787!

I used the bathroom in the B concourse and noticed it looked like an absolute dump which should be renovated eventually. I made it to B64 where they use new and old gate display boards. Why is the rest of the airport so much nicer than the B gates? Anyways, boarding started at 17.20 and I was onboard at 17.22. Our flight attendant was very meticulous and walking up and down the aisle several times to make sure seatbelts were on, seatbacks and tray tables were up.

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Boarding for Oklahoma City


Our aircraft


Wingshot / plane going to Albuquerque

We pushed back at 17.42 and taxied via RB, WB, NB, and WC to runway 15R. We took off at 17.52 and turned towards the north as I got a great view of Houston and how beautiful Texas looks at night. We hit some minor turbulence at 18.06 and still we have no information about the pilots so I sat there and read my De Telegraaf and at 18.21, I declined to get something to drink as I think the passenger across from me was probably wondering what I was doing. I was trying hard not to piss him off or something considering I had my phone, camera and notebook out. I saw the city of Dallas. Strange how I recognised it so well, I guess I watch too much ‘The First 48 on A &E’.

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After take off from Houston

Takeoff video - http://youtu.be/RIDoDYUEIqw

The pilot came on and said that we were at FL220 and we’d be landing in 20 minutes. We turned for Oklahoma City and as we were on final approach, we hit some turbulence, shaking all around and a few bumps and a drop which I found quite exciting! We landed on runway 35R at 18.51 and taxied via E6, E, and E8 and made our way to Gate 10 and parked at 18.54. As we pulled in I saw JetMatt 777 operate the belt loader and get bags off the plane. He saw me and nodded to me.

Landing video - http://youtu.be/bWaweE4U-0w

I walked off the aircraft and into the airport. It looked nice inside the airport, great stone work; it’s a small airport but has a homey feel to it. I went out of security and was shortly picked up by some of you guys know as UAL747. He took me to get food real quick and then back to his house. He has a very nice house so cozy inside and outside but yes anyways, sadly I was only in town overnight.

United 3722 OKC-ORD 4 CRJ-700 December 2012

STD: 06.00
ATD: 05.47
STA: 08.00
ATA: 07.22
Registration: N509MJ

Good morning! I didn’t get that much sleep, just about 3 hours or so which I’m wondering why my body decided to wake up at 02.30 but I tried to fall back asleep but I couldn’t so I just went on Facebook and Twitter and then finally about 03.45 I decided to get ready as JetMatt 777 would be picking me up and flying up to Chicago with me to try and catch the 787.


Devon Energy building


Pretty awesome looking Sky Dance bridge!

He picked me up at about 04.10 and a short while later, we were at the airport. I went to go re-print a boarding pass as I had no idea where my boarding pass went and soon I met up with his friend who was also travelling.
Eventually we all went through security and I had to use the machine where you raise your hands. We walked around the airport, and I saw that our aircraft was in the battleship grey colourscheme. We sat down and talked for a little bit and then walked to the gate. This today was gate 10, the same gate in which I arrived in on Monday. JetMatt777 and his friend got their boarding passes and soon we boarded. My seat today was 15C but I was asked if I wanted to sit in the front and I said sure. I got a seat change to 4D and soon sat down in my seat.

Upon further inspection of the plane, it has definitely seen better days. The seatback was loose, sink was messed up, and my window was scratched. I just wanted to get home by now. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely want to visit Oklahoma City in the future. There were 20 people booked for this flight so it was definitely wide open.

The bridge came off at 05.47 and we pushed back at 05.51 and taxied via K, G, and E to 35R. We took off at 05.58 and soon climbed up to FL390 and eventually daylight was seen at 06.12. Somewhere along the way I had the chance to see a nice lightning storm which was really interesting to see from high up. Drink service came around and I ordered some orange juice but didn’t get to keep the can and some coffee, 3 sugar no cream. I went to the lavatory and wondered why there were paper towels in the sink and it had something to do with the suction and overall the lavatory just didn’t look decent just more decrepit.


After takeoff from Oklahoma City


Lightning storm


First peek of dawn


Daylight

Takeoff video - http://youtu.be/B38Cnh2VZBs

During the cruise, JetMatt777, his friend and I talked about various things and cool places to visit and things to do and see and soon it was time to start our descent into the Chicago area which commenced at about 06.56 and we’d be arriving about 30 minutes early.

We came in from the west and then turned back east somewhere near Midway and downtown and then followed the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90) through Jefferson Park, and Rosemont and touched down on runway 28 at 7.22.
We taxied via T, A10, B, A6 and we parked at gate C8 at 0726.

Landing video - http://youtu.be/36dqtuz1O9U

We deplaned and JetMatt777 and his friend realised that they weren’t getting on the 787, and I knew they were disappointed and so they made the decision to go downtown and spend the day in my great city. I suggested that since I’m parked here, why not we all go downtown, get breakfast and do some touristy things before I have to go to work. We had a great breakfast at a place called Yolk and went to Millennium Park and then the Sears Tower where it was just a gorgeous day and you can see everything so clearly – Midway Airport and O’Hare, definitely today was the best $17,50 I’ve spent to go see my city.

We walked back to where I parked, I said goodbye to the both of them and drove to work. A few hours later, I arrived home and knew my travelling was finally over. I must say it was very nice to get out of the same clothes I travelled in!



In conclusion I had a great time, I honestly cannot complain. I would definitely fly the new United again and I had a great time on the 787. I’d try and fly on it again if I could. I would like to thank the people that persuaded me to book this ticket and my friends in Oklahoma City for being so accommodating on such short notice.
Thanks for reading this and as always all comments are welcome and appreciated!

Leo/ORD

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: dumbell2424
Posted 2012-12-05 21:24:52 and read 14251 times.

Sucks that you were delayed...but absolutely an awesome opportunity that won't come often...domestic proving runs. I know I'm jealous. And a great view as well...that wing is sleek and that engine looks awesome. But seriously, as always, awesome detail and awesome pictures. Here's to many more TRs in the future.

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
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US Airways – Dedicated to Dumbell2424

     

[Edited 2012-12-05 21:25:53]

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: dc9northwest
Posted 2012-12-05 21:25:56 and read 14249 times.

Hey Leo,

Nice to see such a nice report on UA's 787, finally  
Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
Once I was done, I was in Airliners.net Chat and I asked for their opinion and their answer was simple. You must be that dumb if you haven’t decided to book that and that it’s a great deal.

Yes, that's a great fare. Why I wouldn't book it immediately? Because it's still United. I have a very poor opinion of UA and especially their operation at O'Hare.

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
I went up to the agent and asked her If I was still good for my connection to Nashville and she said that I would miss it so I started talking to the agent I probably confused her to death eventually but she said well I can rebook you to Nashville and I said that’s not possible as I was coming back to Chicago that day and showed her the boarding pass back. I asked her if it was possible to go to Oklahoma City tonight and fly home in the morning and so she printed boarding passes and I walked away and realised, where’s my 787 boarding pass!

Uhhh... How did she think you'd be getting to Houston? Teleportation? Can't see she your entire itinerary? Something's very off here.

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
I walked back to her and asked her what happened to my Houston boarding pass and she was by now confused as I told her I wanted to go from Houston to Oklahoma City, spend the night and fly home to Chicago. She asked me what was the purpose of going to Houston and I said to fly the 787

She was confused, huh? No, really, I'd've blasted her so badly if this was my trip report... You're way too nice, Leo; even going so far as to apologizing to her later... Props to you.

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
I walked away and looked at my boarding pass to Houston and saw my seat 29A with the look on my face, did I just give up my BusinessFirst seat and was it all full and given away? I walked back one more time and asked her where did my BusinessFirst seat go and she apologized and gave me seat 5B.

Oh my god. Horrible service. She must have been paying no attention whatsoever. This is convincing me I'm making the right call in not flying UA. I don't need to deal with bad customer service in the USA.

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
I heard an agent say that we need to downgrade someone who paid the lowest BusinessFirst fare and I was hoping that it wasn’t me considering how much I paid for the ticket.

If they'd bump me from a *paid* first class ticket, I'd bump them to the bottom of my list and never buy another ticket from them again. Easy.

Great TR overall, nice to see the 787 in action.

Also, this TR is telling me a lot about UA and that they aren't changing.

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: KingFriday013
Posted 2012-12-05 21:29:21 and read 14229 times.

What a great report Leo! Looks like you had a great time and the trip was worth it  

Question: did you think the window dimmer thing got dark enough in its darkest setting? I've read other people thought that it wouldn't get dark enough.

-J.

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: Mexicana757
Posted 2012-12-05 21:42:37 and read 14192 times.

Leo

Great TR!!!! Those pictures are great!!! What camera did you use besides your phone? Nice videos too!!         

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
could do a day trip down to Houston and back for $378 and I thought to myself ok cool let’s do it. I noticed that when I clicked search, United gave me a bunch of choices and as I saw the 787 Dreamliner

Where was I that missed on this great fare???

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
Do I book? Do I wait for the airfare to go down? About 1000 different things went through my head.
Once I was done, I was in Airliners.net Chat and I asked for their opinion and their answer was simple.

Ha ha I know how you feel when such great fares pop up. One thing to do is to not miss on such a great price!!! It's gone before you know it. At the moment I'm kicking myself for not booking a cheap flight to Argentina on cyber Monday. I told myself I would sleep on it and make my decision when I woke, by then it was too late. I guess I should have gone to A.net chat to talk to you lot.  
Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
SAS A330 from Copenhagen – Dedicated to CamiloA380

Umm where is my plane dedication?? Oh wait those are AM planes next to the SAS nevermind.    

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: jwhite9185
Posted 2012-12-06 04:57:07 and read 13656 times.

Hi Leo, great report there. I was a bit unsure of how the 787 looked at first but it's now grown on me - and it looks pretty good in the UA scheme too.

Shame about all the messing about with your boarding passes at ORD though.

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: CXB77L
Posted 2012-12-06 07:03:50 and read 13326 times.

Hey Leo, thanks for the trip report. Sorry to hear about the delay and the subsequent confusion that went along with it, but at least you got your old seat back  

I'm jealous that you got to fly on the 787.

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
She asked me what was the purpose of going to Houston and I said to fly the 787.

... which is as good a reason as any!

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: LFutia
Posted 2012-12-06 07:43:17 and read 13262 times.

Quoting dumbell2424 (Reply 1):

Sucks that you were delayed...but absolutely an awesome opportunity that won't come often...domestic proving runs. I know I'm jealous. And a great view as well...that wing is sleek and that engine looks awesome. But seriously, as always, awesome detail and awesome pictures. Here's to many more TRs in the future.

It does suck but sometimes delays are quite fun. Look at what I got, a chance to visit friends unexpectedly!

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/KLM871_India/DSCN1088.jpg
US Airways – Dedicated to Dumbell2424

     

I knew you'd like it!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 2):
Nice to see such a nice report on UA's 787, finally

Good Morning Alex! Thanks for the kind remarks!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 2):
Uhhh... How did she think you'd be getting to Houston? Teleportation? Can't see she your entire itinerary? Something's very off here.

She thought I was going to Nashville until I gave her my boarding pass back to Chicago. Eventually told her it was a day trip lol.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 2):
Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 3):
What a great report Leo! Looks like you had a great time and the trip was worth it  

Question: did you think the window dimmer thing got dark enough in its darkest setting? I've read other people thought that it wouldn't get dark enough.

Heyy Josh! Definitely had a great time. I honestly didnt pay much attention to the dimmer. I just wanted to stare out the window the entire time.

Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 4):
Great TR!!!! Those pictures are great!!! What camera did you use besides your phone? Nice videos too!!         

Holaaa Danny! Thanks buddy! used a simple point and shoot Nikon Coolpix camera.

Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 4):
Where was I that missed on this great fare???

Probably at work or cleaning up at work.

Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 4):
Ha ha I know how you feel when such great fares pop up. One thing to do is to not miss on such a great price!!! It's gone before you know it. At the moment I'm kicking myself for not booking a cheap flight to Argentina on cyber Monday. I told myself I would sleep on it and make my decision when I woke, by then it was too late. I guess I should have gone to A.net chat to talk to you lot.

I still kick myself for not booking that 500 dollar ticket to Turkey while I was unemployed. Yes you should. I thank our European chat members for holding my hand and telling me to book.

Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 4):
Umm where is my plane dedication?? Oh wait those are AM planes next to the SAS nevermind.

Sorry we dont have Mexicana anymore...

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 5):
Hi Leo, great report there. I was a bit unsure of how the 787 looked at first but it's now grown on me - and it looks pretty good in the UA scheme too.

Hi there and good morning! It does look good. I have so many positive things to say about the 787. I just wished all the technical problems would be solved. its too bad United has all these plaguing delays.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 5):
Shame about all the messing about with your boarding passes at ORD though.

It is a shame but in the end someone has to win the game.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 6):
Hey Leo, thanks for the trip report. Sorry to hear about the delay and the subsequent confusion that went along with it, but at least you got your old seat back  

Good Evening to you Sam! Your welcome, it was my pleasure! You dont understand how thrilled I was to get my old seat back!

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 6):
I'm jealous that you got to fly on the 787.

Soon you'll get your chance to fly!

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 6):
... which is as good a reason as any!

Any reason is a good reason to fly the 787!



Thanks all for the comments, keep them coming!

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: MadameConcorde
Posted 2012-12-06 09:01:27 and read 13153 times.

Thank you for your trip report Leo. I am happy you got to fly on the 787.

It is a good idea that you spent the money to be in the F/C cabin so you did not have to endure the crowds.

The seat and service look like normal United/Continental Business class. Have they not served you any warm nuts on the flight? Also I see that the warm cookies are now coming without the ice cream and chocolate/whipped cream topping and all you are getting is the warm cookie.That's sad.

What engine type are on the United 787s? They don't look like the RR Trents fitted on the ANA 787s so what are they?

I had so much enjoyed my own experience on that very first long haul ever done by a B-787 Haneda-Frankfurt that fabled all night 14+ hours flight back January 21 and a domestic turnaround to Hiroshima before that on the first original commercial 787 JA-801A.

I hope the United 787s will all be flying without anymore electric problems and there will be no;more delays for those taking these flights.

Thank you again for your report.

     

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: SloAir
Posted 2012-12-06 13:45:07 and read 12800 times.

Hey Leo,

what a great trip to do (in theory), a same day return on the 787, I wish I could do this out of LJU but I don't see that happening anytime in the future. It was a pleasure to read your report, thanks for sharing.

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
I boarded the aircraft at 12.40 and sat to 5B when I was about to sit down someone walks to 4A and I ask him, “4A was my original seat and would you like to trade a window for an aisle seat”? He said “I overheard your conversation with the agent, I wouldn’t mind switching.”

That is very kind of him, good to hear there are still people like this around.

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
Delta flight from Paris landing

I'll be on this flight (in the other direction)!

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
Wing and Engine shot

What an amazing view! Great seat choice.

Regards,
Blaž

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: liftsifter
Posted 2012-12-06 14:36:35 and read 12666 times.

Nice report Leo! Looking around for a catch like this!

Wish there was an RJ 342 to dedicate to me..  

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: Tomskii
Posted 2012-12-07 07:12:23 and read 11960 times.

Nice read Leo, hope to be on the 787 some day as well!

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: CamiloA380
Posted 2012-12-07 07:51:43 and read 11889 times.

Hi Leo,

Very nice read! I really enjoyed it, it really felt like I was there on the trip as well. I have to say what an opportunity, to fly on the 787 and BusinessFirst !  I'm very glad you took the trip and how awesome it turned out to be. I remember being one of them, pushing you to book it haha.

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
De Telegraaf anyone?

So typical you. 
Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
SAS A330 from Copenhagen – Dedicated to CamiloA380

Aw, thank you! 

Once again, I really enjoyed reading it. Thanks for that!

Cheers.

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: LFutia
Posted 2012-12-07 07:56:45 and read 11883 times.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):

Thank you for your trip report Leo. I am happy you got to fly on the 787.

Your welcome!

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):
It is a good idea that you spent the money to be in the F/C cabin so you did not have to endure the crowds.

Crowds dont bother me. I would of been just as happy to fly in coach.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):
Have they not served you any warm nuts on the flight?

They did. I didnt eat them. Not a huge fan of them

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):
What engine type are on the United 787s?

Pratt / Whitney engines.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):
I hope the United 787s will all be flying without anymore electric problems and there will be no;more delays for those taking these flights.

Me too. Its such a great aircraft!

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):
Thank you again for your report.

No problem. I enjoyed writing it.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 9):
Hey Leo,

Hej Blaz!

Quoting SloAir (Reply 9):
what a great trip to do (in theory), a same day return on the 787, I wish I could do this out of LJU but I don't see that happening anytime in the future. It was a pleasure to read your report, thanks for sharing.

Yeah indeed! One day you'll get something special out of LJU! No problem! I'm glad you enjoyed!

Quoting SloAir (Reply 9):
That is very kind of him, good to hear there are still people like this around.

Indeed. If I wasnt such an airplane geek, I would of sat in 5B or something similar to the case, I would of switched.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 9):
I'll be on this flight (in the other direction)!

Awesome! Hope I get the chance to meet up with you or something in Chicago!

Quoting SloAir (Reply 9):
What an amazing view! Great seat choice.

Thanks! From a perspective, you get a whole lot of greatness, huge leg room and a nice view of the engine.

Quoting liftsifter (Reply 10):
Nice report Leo! Looking around for a catch like this!

Hallo David. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed!

Quoting liftsifter (Reply 10):
Wish there was an RJ 342 to dedicate to me..

I'm sure if we were delayed further or something I would of seen RJ or something atleast.

Quoting liftsifter (Reply 10):
Nice read Leo, hope to be on the 787 some day as well!

Go for it! Soon our airport will be filled with 787's!

Quoting Tomskii (Reply 11):

Nice read Leo, hope to be on the 787 some day as well!

Goedemiddag Tom! Ja of course come on down to ORD or somewhere lets go 787 hopping!

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: HOONS90
Posted 2012-12-07 09:19:23 and read 11737 times.

Great trip report Leo!

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
I noticed that when I clicked search, United gave me a bunch of choices and as I saw the 787 Dreamliner I also saw another thing – BusinessFirst!

Awesome...I'm jealous!

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
The week before, I found out I was scheduled to work on the day of travelling but I was able to switch with a coworker and knew that I was worry free and everything was going to be great on Monday.

Totally sucks when things happen like that, but glad that someone was there to switch with you!

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
I ask him, “4A was my original seat and would you like to trade a window for an aisle seat”? He said “I overheard your conversation with the agent, I wouldn’t mind switching.”

How incredibly nice of him! Great to see that there are still nice people around, especially when flying. A lot of people seem to have a chip on their shoulder nowadays, or maybe I'm just being cynical...

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
The doors were still open and the gate agent who helped rebooked me was onboard talking to the crew and I walked up to her and apologised for all the confusion and if I sounded rude to her in any way and I thanked her for rebooking me. I told her my goal was to get on the 787 and she understood now. She said it was all good and she understood.

As you may know, working at the airport is a tough job. By going up to her and thanking her, you probably made someone's day! Sadly such kindness and courtesy is becoming more rare in this industry.

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-12-07 11:43:20 and read 11490 times.

Great report Leo! Nice to read about the 787, great that you got your desired inspite of the rebooking and all. Thanks for sharing!

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: type-rated
Posted 2012-12-07 13:42:07 and read 11350 times.

Terminal B at IAH kind of gotten forgotten about because it's mainly an Express carrier type of terminal. Hopefully soon it'll be just as nice as the rest of IAH. C was kind of becoming a dump until they gave it a mild facelift a few years ago.

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-12-09 07:01:55 and read 10626 times.

Hi Leo

Great report, thanks for sharing! Nice to see you managed to log the 787 !
Flying BF is a great bonus as well. Nice to see some dutch literature underway  
Glad you made it to Oklohama after missing the BNA connection

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: LFutia
Posted 2012-12-09 17:44:18 and read 10317 times.

Quoting CamiloA380 (Reply 12):
Hi Leo,

Very nice read! I really enjoyed it, it really felt like I was there on the trip as well. I have to say what an opportunity, to fly on the 787 and BusinessFirst !  I'm very glad you took the trip and how awesome it turned out to be. I remember being one of them, pushing you to book it haha.

Hejsan Camilo! Thank you! Definitely was a great opportunity! I can't thank you enough for pushing me to book!

Quoting CamiloA380 (Reply 12):
So typical you. 

This is true. You know me all too well!

Quoting CamiloA380 (Reply 12):
Aw, thank you! 

No problem!

Quoting CamiloA380 (Reply 12):
Once again, I really enjoyed reading it. Thanks for that!

Anytime! Glad I could catch the SAS A330 in Chicago!

Saludos!

Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 14):
Great trip report Leo!

Heey Hoons! Thanks!

Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 14):
Awesome...I'm jealous!

I'm sure you are! If only you could get something like that in Canada!

Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 14):
Totally sucks when things happen like that, but glad that someone was there to switch with you!

It definitely does and I'm glad it wasn't some old grumpy business man or something like that.

Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 14):
How incredibly nice of him! Great to see that there are still nice people around, especially when flying. A lot of people seem to have a chip on their shoulder nowadays, or maybe I'm just being cynical...

Yes it definitely was nice of him. I'd do the same under various circumstances.

Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 14):
As you may know, working at the airport is a tough job. By going up to her and thanking her, you probably made someone's day! Sadly such kindness and courtesy is becoming more rare in this industry.

Oh yes I do know! I worked in the airport myself and have seen the exact same thing that she does everyday. If only people were much nicer.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
Great report Leo! Nice to read about the 787, great that you got your desired inspite of the rebooking and all. Thanks for sharing!

Goedenavond Robert! Thanks! I'm glad I got it up so fast. My whole goal was to post it ASAP so people can read it especially a TR covering the J class of the 787. I'm sure nothing is more frustrating that having plans that don't turn out the way you want it. But it was an awesome awesome trip. One that I can look back and say ' hey remember the time I flew J class and overnighted in Oklahoma City and had a nice peaceful night with friends?' Yeah its those kinds of trips that make it memorable and special!

Quoting type-rated (Reply 16):
Terminal B at IAH kind of gotten forgotten about because it's mainly an Express carrier type of terminal. Hopefully soon it'll be just as nice as the rest of IAH. C was kind of becoming a dump until they gave it a mild facelift a few years ago.

Hallo Type-Rated!

Ah that kind of sounds like Terminal 2 and 3 here in Chicago. It needs an internal facelift and IAH is a nice airport seems like and I'd definitely fly through there again!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 17):
Hi Leo

Great report, thanks for sharing! Nice to see you managed to log the 787 !
Flying BF is a great bonus as well. Nice to see some dutch literature underway  
Glad you made it to Oklohama after missing the BNA connection

Goedenavond Marc!

No problem. I made a TR with great joy and pleasure! I'm really glad I logged it considering United had some past issues but I can check it off and say I flew that aircraft. I was defintely surprised seeing De Telegraaf made my trip even more fun. It's not every day that I can find something like this in Chicago. You have to go on a mission.

Well with daytrips, its always good to have a backup plan and thats why its good to know people and friends that can help you out in any situation!


Leo/ORD

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: FlyingSicilian
Posted 2012-12-10 07:51:00 and read 9831 times.

Quoting type-rated (Reply 16):
Terminal B at IAH kind of gotten forgotten about because it's mainly an Express carrier type of terminal. Hopefully soon it'll be just as nice as the rest of IAH. C was kind of becoming a dump until they gave it a mild facelift a few years ago.

Great TR.

As for Term B, the south side is already being redone and the north "should" be if UA keeps the original deal to help HAS pay for it.

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: LFutia
Posted 2012-12-10 09:16:44 and read 9767 times.

Quoting FlyingSicilian (Reply 19):
Great TR.

As for Term B, the south side is already being redone and the north "should" be if UA keeps the original deal to help HAS pay for it.

Dobro Jutro i hvala puno!

Good to see hopefully next time I fly through Houston it'll look fancy like the other terminals!

Pozdrav iz Cikagu,

Leo/ORD

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-12-10 11:05:03 and read 9675 times.

Hi Leo !

Nice report with nice pictures !

Great that you were able to have a nice flight on the 787 ! Nice to see that you got a hot lunch on such a short flight.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: KLAXAirport
Posted 2012-12-10 21:18:55 and read 9393 times.

Nice TR! Had the same food that you had on the 787 on my ORD-LAX flight on a 753 and it tasted rather bad. The cookie was good but the burrito... Nahh.

Cheers,
KLAXAirport   

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: Goldenshield
Posted 2012-12-11 05:37:19 and read 9192 times.

I don't get the fascination with taking a picture of oneself in a bathroom mirror, but nonetheless, you're pretty stylin' in that pic.

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: ORDnHKG
Posted 2012-12-11 11:49:34 and read 8988 times.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 2):
Oh my god. Horrible service. She must have been paying no attention whatsoever. This is convincing me I'm making the right call in not flying UA. I don't need to deal with bad customer service in the USA.

If they'd bump me from a *paid* first class ticket, I'd bump them to the bottom of my list and never buy another ticket from them again. Easy.

What's so horrible service and bad customer service may I ask ?

For any travelers, they would absolutely appreciate one less stop to their final destination, the agent is simply getting the shortest routing for the inconvenienced traveler ! Even if I am the agent I would do exactly the same ! If you see an itnerary someone flying ORD-IAH-BNA, when ORD-IAH is delayed, anyone of course would want to fly nonstop ORD-BNA instead for the shortest routing if one doesn't mention he wants to fly ORD-IAH just because of the 787, that is what exactly the agent was doing !

And besides, how would the agent know OP wants to fly ORD-IAH just because of the 787 ? OP didnot mention anything before.

Seeing how you don't have any knowleage of how gate agent works, you obviously don't know there are different kinds of "paid" ticket, by "paid" ticket, which can lead to full fare ticket, discount ticket, deeply discount ticket, upgrade for cash ticket, do you even know there are more than 20 different fare classes ? If the cabin is overbooked, they have to bump someone no matter what, of course they will be looking at the person with the lowest fare class first, doesn't really matter your ticket is "paid" first class or not. This practice apply to all airlines in the world, not only UA and not only US carriers.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):
The seat and service look like normal United/Continental Business class. Have they not served you any warm nuts on the flight? Also I see that the warm cookies are now coming without the ice cream and chocolate/whipped cream topping and all you are getting is the warm cookie.That's sad.

What engine type are on the United 787s? They don't look like the RR Trents fitted on the ANA 787s so what are they?
UA/CO do NOT serve ice-cream on any domestic first class lunch service, never had. The seat is CO BusinessFirst seat but service is domestic first class.

The engines on UA's 787 are GEnx, same as those on 747-8.

Quoting LFutia (Reply 13):
Pratt / Whitney engines

Sorry, but PW don't make engines for 787, it is either GE or RR

[Edited 2012-12-11 12:01:29]

[Edited 2012-12-11 12:05:30]

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: LFutia
Posted 2012-12-11 13:26:55 and read 8941 times.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 21):
Hi Leo !

Nice report with nice pictures !

Great that you were able to have a nice flight on the 787 ! Nice to see that you got a hot lunch on such a short flight.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man

Hallo 777Man!

Thanks! Yeah man I demolished the food pretty quickly and the crew just kept smiling at me every time the walked by. Ahh such a great crew and food!

Quoting KLAXAirport (Reply 22):
Nice TR! Had the same food that you had on the 787 on my ORD-LAX flight on a 753 and it tasted rather bad. The cookie was good but the burrito... Nahh.

Hallo LAX! I actually found the food quite delicious well the burrito wasn't bad it could of been better but hey food is food and I couldn't complain!

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 23):
I don't get the fascination with taking a picture of oneself in a bathroom mirror, but nonetheless, you're pretty stylin' in that pic.

Hey Tim!

I honestly couldn't give you a complete straight honest answer but thanks for the compliment!

Quoting ORDnHKG (Reply 24):
Sorry, but PW don't make engines for 787, it is either GE or RR

Hello ORDnHKG!

I blame Google for my failure. The engines did look like GE and now PW.  


Leo/ORD

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: Boeinglover24
Posted 2012-12-11 21:13:06 and read 8749 times.

Great trip report Leo! Really, really observant...
I like how you note the exact time on each event..
IAH really does have interesting traffic, perhaps more so than DFW
Wonder when my first Dreamliner will be....
Must be quite an exhausting day especially having to go to work afterwards..
Glad you had a blast!

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: CrimsonNL
Posted 2012-12-12 04:15:28 and read 8645 times.

Hoi Leo, thanks for sharing. Gefeliciteerd met de 787! I had a nice encounter with N20904 in AMS just a few weeks earlier. The pictures of the engine are really cool!

Groetjes Martijn

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: LFutia
Posted 2012-12-12 07:55:10 and read 8557 times.

Quoting Boeinglover24 (Reply 26):
Great trip report Leo! Really, really observant...
I like how you note the exact time on each event..
IAH really does have interesting traffic, perhaps more so than DFW
Wonder when my first Dreamliner will be....
Must be quite an exhausting day especially having to go to work afterwards..
Glad you had a blast!

Hallo Jan. Thanks! My goal when writing a trip report is to make it feel like your flying with me. So yes, precisness is necessary. I dont know much about IAH's traffic only about ORD. I must say its very different and soon we'll have Qatar embrace us with their service.

Who knows but you do travel alot Janny. Yeahh it was quite exhausting but I didnt do anything all day so it was good.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 27):
Hoi Leo, thanks for sharing. Gefeliciteerd met de 787! I had a nice encounter with N20904 in AMS just a few weeks earlier. The pictures of the engine are really cool!

Groetjes Martijn

Goedemorgen Martijn! Ja man your very welcome. Im very glad I booked it thanks to you and Camilo. I'm glad you had a nice encounter with her. The engines were really cool!

Met vriendelijk groetjes terug!

Leo/ORD

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-12-12 13:05:31 and read 8353 times.

Hi Leo,

Very nice report on UAs 787 with many nice pictures! Looks like you beat me to making a report on it by a long shot haha  
Always nice to get such a nice deal on a BusinessFirst ticket and good choice to go for it!
Shame about the delay but nevertheless looks like you had an enjoyable flight on the 787, the food looks pretty good too!

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
I walked back to her and asked her what happened to my Houston boarding pass and she was by now confused as I told her I wanted to go from Houston to Oklahoma City, spend the night and fly home to Chicago. She asked me what was the purpose of going to Houston and I said to fly the 787. After some more typing, and while I made some phone calls to friends in the OKC area she printed out 3 boarding passes, Chicago to Houston on the 787 and then Houston to Oklahoma City and then Oklahoma City Chicago in the morning. I walked away and looked at my boarding pass to Houston and saw my seat 29A with the look on my face, did I just give up my BusinessFirst seat and was it all full and given away? I walked back one more time and asked her where did my BusinessFirst seat go and she apologized and gave me seat 5B. I asked her if I could get my original seat back and she said it wasn’t available anymore but I told her I would try and switch with someone.

Very unprofessional IMHO, especially towards a premium passenger!

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
“4A was my original seat and would you like to trade a window for an aisle seat”? He said “I overheard your conversation with the agent, I wouldn’t mind switching.”

That was very nice of him!

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
I declined to get something to drink as I think the passenger across from me was probably wondering what I was doing. I was trying hard not to piss him off or something considering I had my phone, camera and notebook out. I saw the city of Dallas

Why is that? You are not doing anything against the law!

cheers mate

Brendan

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: ordjoe
Posted 2012-12-13 08:31:35 and read 8108 times.

Thanks for the TR. I was on a flight Sunday and so disapointed to see it swapped with a 772 (at least a coworker going to HKG guested me in to the Global First lounge it that made up for it) Flying out again sunday hopefully can grab a picture of it then.

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
$378

How did you get such a low fare for sitting up front was it just priced that way on first search or were you using miles. Usually any upfront fare is twice that or more. Either way good job in sitting on the North Side of the cabin.
Great TR.

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: LFutia
Posted 2012-12-13 11:16:01 and read 8056 times.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 29):

Hi Leo,

Very nice report on UAs 787 with many nice pictures! Looks like you beat me to making a report on it by a long shot haha  
Always nice to get such a nice deal on a BusinessFirst ticket and good choice to go for it!
Shame about the delay but nevertheless looks like you had an enjoyable flight on the 787, the food looks pretty good too!

Goeiemiddag Brendan! Thanks! I'm awaiting your report! Jaa I found it to be a great deal and its something that I couldn't turn down and if I did, I prolly would of kicked myself very hard.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 29):
Very unprofessional IMHO, especially towards a premium passenger!

Honestly I didn't know what to expect. I just didnt want a huge and whole big scene. Also it was my first time ever flying in J class since I usually fly Coach.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 29):
Why is that? You are not doing anything against the law!

Sure I wasnt breaking the law but in this day and age, skin colour has a lot to do with it.

Quoting ordjoe (Reply 30):
Thanks for the TR. I was on a flight Sunday and so disapointed to see it swapped with a 772 (at least a coworker going to HKG guested me in to the Global First lounge it that made up for it) Flying out again sunday hopefully can grab a picture of it then.

Hallo ORDJoe!

Well the 777 isnt too bad of a swap. It's been 6 years since I was last on a 777. Sure its not a 787 but its still a huge machine. Best of luck to you on Sunday!

Quoting ordjoe (Reply 30):
How did you get such a low fare for sitting up front was it just priced that way on first search or were you using miles. Usually any upfront fare is twice that or more. Either way good job in sitting on the North Side of the cabin.
Great TR.

No it was just priced out that way. I didn't use any miles! Oh I know upfront is usually more expensive and I was just floored seeing it for that price especially for a day trip. Best money I ever spent! Thanks for the comments!

Leo/ORD

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: JETnyc
Posted 2012-12-14 08:02:56 and read 7753 times.

Leoz:
Lots of pics are good, too bad the vids were at night. Other wise all good.

JETZ

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: LFutia
Posted 2012-12-18 11:18:47 and read 6890 times.

Quoting JETnyc (Reply 32):

Leoz:
Lots of pics are good, too bad the vids were at night. Other wise all good.

JETZ

Jetz! Thanks for the comments. Some of the videos were at night but the important ones were in the daytime.

Leoz/ORD

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: stipica
Posted 2012-12-21 08:08:12 and read 6420 times.

Hi Leo or Goeiemiddag!
nice catch you get ... 787 is very actual prey ... lucky enough to see him recently and was impressed ...but from Boeing 757-200 is still number one ... always impressed with how some airports have jet bridges for small regional airplanes ...
thanks stipica  

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: LFutia
Posted 2012-12-26 18:23:53 and read 5868 times.

Quoting stipica (Reply 34):
Hi Leo or Goeiemiddag!
nice catch you get ... 787 is very actual prey ... lucky enough to see him recently and was impressed ...but from Boeing 757-200 is still number one ... always impressed with how some airports have jet bridges for small regional airplanes ...
thanks stipica  

Dobro Jutro Stipica!

Yeah this is true. It's not like Zagreb Pleso where you can simply park on the tarmac and walk to the terminal.

Hvala puno,

Leo/ORD

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: 9w748capt
Posted 2012-12-27 10:53:43 and read 5472 times.

Great report! Had no idea you're friends with OKC a.nutters - let me know next time you're here and maybe we can have an OKC a.net meet? How cool would that be   I've seen Jetmatt and UAL747s posts too - had no idea you all knew each other!

Just curious how you got yourself so easily rebooked via OKC - do you work for UA?

Cheers!

Topic: RE: Catching The Dreamliner To Houston!
Username: LFutia
Posted 2012-12-28 06:47:06 and read 5194 times.

Quoting 9w748capt (Reply 36):
Great report! Had no idea you're friends with OKC a.nutters - let me know next time you're here and maybe we can have an OKC a.net meet? How cool would that be   I've seen Jetmatt and UAL747s posts too - had no idea you all knew each other!

Just curious how you got yourself so easily rebooked via OKC - do you work for UA?

Good morning 9W748Capt!

Pretty cool I would say! Yup I'm very good friends with both of them. No I don't work for United. It was not an easy rebooking lol It may have seemed like it in the trip report but it wasn't. Oklahoma City was just a back up plan created the night before and to confirm it, I had to make some phone calls at the airport but it was definitely worth it. I have no regrets and I would do it again if I had to.

Leo/ORD


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