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United 777 SEA-NRT First Class  
User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 30168 times:

Opening—My friend and I wanted to go to ICN for Spring Break. We were going to non-rev on United out there out of SFO. A week before the trip, the loads just were so erratic, we decided to go for DXB or NRT that weekend and decide last minute.

It seemed out of IAD they were the best open and that gave us both options, IAD-NRT or IAD-DXB. So with that I listed to fly to IAD and meet my friend for the night that was coming inbound from ORD.

March 6th
Cape Air
C-402
MWA-STL

I flew up to STL so I didn’t have to pay for parking at the airport or drive. Faster and convenient and had to meet a friend for lunch. The ride was very bumpy, sold out. All Cape Air flights were sold out MWA-STL. Which is very promising indeed. AA is now putting 2 pilots on each flight for liability issues. Had a nervous flyer on the flight next to me. Poor guy was shaking so bad.

Coming into STL, we were approaching 12R. Out of nowhere, an ERJ for American Connection pulled into the runway we were coming in on, and I went abort the landing..nah, our pilot decided to swing to the left, whether his decision or ATC, and we plopped down on 12L as the ERJ took off. Yikes!

Headed to the Cape Air “gate” and got off to meet my friend for Lunch. We had a great lunch together catching up on things since we last chatted, and I got to introduce him to some of my other STL co workers I had previously worked with so that was cool. Glad to see you!

March 6th
United Express—Operated by Trans States
ERJ-145
STL-IAD

I went to the gate to hang around until they called me up for a seat assignment. I was assigned 13A. I pre-boarded the flight and sat around waiting for everyone else to finish boarding.

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Announcement came on saying they couldn’t start the left engine. Wonderful. Everyone and their mother it seemed was surrounding the engine looking and watching, as they tried to start it up. I thought awesome, my first non-rev leg of the day and I am delayed. They spent 40 minutes checking it out before giving us the go ahead. Bout time!

We backed out, and taxied to the runway. Took off and turned left then back right and straightened up to go east towards IAD.

Basic service. Drinks only, no snacks or anything. I just spent the entire time listening to music and enjoying my first ERJ-145 ride. I had sprite to drink, and really smooth flight.

Within minutes, we soon came in for landing into IAD. Flew right over the center as we touched down.

Slowed down and pulled to the side. Got a txt from the friend saying to RUN to get the DXB flight. I just looked out the window as we sat off the runway and thought “ya, not going to happen”

Finally we continued taxing and got to the gate. I did make my way quickly to DXB Gate area but we weren’t able to get on due to authorization issues.

We grabbed a shuttle and headed to the hotel we had booked for the night to start our adventure. We decided to head to NRT either out of IAD, LAX or SEA.

We decided to go for LAX or SEA, both requiring us to get up earlier than the planned IAD-NRT. We took the shuttle to IAD and it seemed SEA-NRT was much more open than LAX-NRT, so we went for SEA.

The A319 scheduled for IAD-SEA had swapped to an A320, which gave us more seats so perfect, we figured let’s go try for NRT out of SEA.

March 7th
United Airlines
IAD-SEA
A320
N401UA

We waited to be called up for seat assignments. We got Economy Plus, which makes the trans con flight a bit more enjoyable.

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We backed out and taxied to runway for take off. Watched the safety briefing, pretty typical. I fly so much I find myself reciting it back to them!

We took off and just headed to SEA. I love doing trans con and like to add them to my flight memory map so I had no problem flying another one.

This was a basic United flight, drink services being free I paid for the Buy-On Board product, which was actually quite good.

I took a nap and slept for the duration of the flight. Still had a long way to go before reaching our final destination.

“Up in the Air” was shown in flight, I already saw it on Delta so I didn’t pay attention to it. It is always cool seeing the scenes from STL in the movie.

After a lengthy 5 hrs of flying, and to think I had more to go to head to NRT..we started the approach into SEA. The approach was different for me so I was interested in watching as we approached it.

We touched down and I saw the 777 to NRT parked at the gate! Hopefully we’d get on it!

We walked to the gate, and my friend went to talk to an agent about LAX-NRT and SEA-NRT. He came back to inform me we would have gotten J Class LAX-NRT. Well shoot! Hopefully we’d get J for SEA-NRT. With the stand-by’s and confirmed seats we were really hoping J would be it.

If we didn’t get J we would just overnight here in SEA and try again the next day.

Amazingly our names were called up to the gate. I was excited we were actually going to NRT! Finally! So, Matt came back and said the agent had to see me to make sure I was following the dress code. We went up, I showed her my clothes, and she asked for my passport and said she managed to get us the last two seats. So I was really happy, and Matt smacked me and pointed at the Boarding Pass.

I looked and read UNITED FIRST. Is this a joke? Seriously? I asked him to read that out loud, then again, yep—UNITED FIRST. Holy Shit. HOW did we get that?!

I just looked up and graciously thanked her and we grabbed our bags and got in line to board.

United Airlines
SEA-NRT
Boeing 777-200
N783UA
First Class

We boarded the aircraft and turned left on the plane to head to F Class. I was just AMAZED at the legroom, seat pitch just the entirety of it all.

My friend and I were still in shock and disbelief we somehow managed to get F Class. I was also so excited at the very thought of going on my first international trip ever!

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We got settled, put our bags away, and I was enjoying my 2nd time on the 777, but first time going international, yet in First Class. I was beaming so much, it has been talked about, discussed, I have read the reports, but I had an empty passport and it was begging to be used.

Finally the time had come, and I was on board United Airlines Flight 875 with non-stop service to Tokyo/Narita from Seattle. Doesn’t get any better than this!

My friend and I made last minute calls and texts before we departed to let them know about our itinerary and of course to brag we were in First Class!

My friend explained how it might feel a bit weird for take off, with the seats being a bit odd, not facing straight and more at an angle. It did seem a bit weird to me during take-off but I was just so excited I hardly noticed it!

We were handed the menus at the gate, which I of course kept. I gave her my order and then we backed out of the gate. Finally, we were moving! It was happening, I WAS FINALLY GOING TO TOKYO!!!

CH9 was not on for the flight nor for any of my UA segments. Disappointing but, if that’s the loss for riding in F Class, I am NOT complaining at all!



Getting rather comfy for the flight!

Drinks and Food service had begun so I took a picture of each as they came around. I was really enjoying it a lot.

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Champagne, and the beginning of the food service!

I had to have coke too so here it is!
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2nd round comes in!
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After that came in, they started the 3rd round, and handed out some kind of tomato soup. Because I literally have a small stomach I physically cannot eat a lot however I wanted to enjoy everything too so I ate a little bit of the soup that came around. Was very good!

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The salad came around and I was getting so full and still had to eat the salad and then the main course! Ahhh, however I ate some of the salad too just to keep up with it.

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Finally the dinner came around, filet mignon!

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My friend’s dinner was chicken and this is what it looked like.
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After that I was entirely stuffed and my stomach was pleading no more. However they came around with desert, ice cream and I was thinking oh god…more for me.
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After that I was done. My stomach was crying I was so full. So I just laid back and relaxed and polished off the rest of the champagne as you saw n my ice cream picture.

After the dinner and desert was cleared, I laid back put my seat into bed position and played my ipod for remainder of the flight and watched the flight map until lunch came around.

Some in flight map pics.
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Really blurry picture of me but I liked it
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About one hour or so into landing, we were asked about our lunch choice. I went for the chicken and rice and such. VERY Spicy, so I wasn’t able to eat a lot.
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Over Japan, coming in soon for Tokyo!

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Here are some pictures from the Observation Deck at NRT

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March 10th
United Airlines
777
NRT-SEA
N787UA

We decided to head back a day earlier due to flight loads. We took the Narita Express going to NRT, wish we had known about it before. Saved so much time and worth the price too!

We arrived at NRT, checked in, went to observation deck as seen above, and then headed through security. We didn’t have to take our shoes off, least I didn’t, a welcome change from how it is done in the US!

We headed to the gate and waited around until they gave us our seat assignments. There was a woman standing around huddled close to he gate trying to see the seniority list, and it just drove me bonkers. She got J like we did too.

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We boarded with others to our J Seat. J Class was pretty open so we stretched out, but remained in the middle of the 777.

Since this was a red eye and I was in the middle of the plane no pictures were taken inside, nor did I really care about the J Service.

They came around and passed out the menu’s I didn’t get my choice, which as a non rev, no big, but it seemed they ran out very quickly of the 1st choice. No facts just an opinion.

Service was good, I skipped desert because I was so tired.

I put on my ipod and went to sleep, waking up periodically. We had a VERY large tail wind really pushing us forward.

I woke up in time for breakfast starting, and had the eggs but I didn’t find it to be too good.

We started the approach into SEA, quite bumpy actually. Flaps came out, and gears came out, and then we came in for landing. Ahh it was great to finally be home back into the US!

We made our way through passport. Cleared and went through fine. We decided to continue onward to DEN on F9.

March 10th
Frontier Airlines
A319
SEA-DEN

We got checked in for F9 SEA-DEN. I was quite excited, I had never flown Frontier. We got Seat Assignments at the ticket counter, but we got confused by something on my friend’s boarding pass. So we went through security and headed to the gate to inquire about it.

She grabbed the boarding passes from us, looked and explained it was ok and moved us up to STRETCH seating! Not bad! That was certainly appreciated!

We boarded, and sat in row 3. The F/A’s did their briefing and we backed out and headed for the runway to take off for DEN.

We took off, and I turned the flight map on but you had to pay for it like everything so I didn’t watch TV. Not that it was useful, no subtitles.

Time flew by quickly, in flight service was pepsi products so I had pepsi.

Before we knew it approach for DEN was happening and we landed in DEN.

We overnighted in DEN.

I then flew F9 home again next day DEN-STL same service as SEA-DEN, and then Cape Air STL-MWA. I was finally home!

Alex

[Edited 2010-03-14 19:18:54]


Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
45 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineacjflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 426 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 29972 times:

Great trip report Alex! Reading your experiences makes me want to jump on the plane and experience it too. I found it particularly interesting that you ended up flying East to IAD just to turn around and fly all the way across the country to catch a flight from SEA to NRT.

First class looks amazing and the detail you put into describing everything from the food to the seat paints a good picture for someone like myself that has yet to experience International First Class.

As always - I look forward to more reports - and judging by your adventurous lifestyle I don't think they will be few.

P.S. STL is amazing  


User currently offlineFauzi From Brunei, joined Jul 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 29538 times:

Ahh... another "spontaneous" trip to NRT! Great TR! A spontaneous trip is on my to-do list in a few years!

The chicken meal looks tasty! How was the storage space on UA First? I get quite annoyed if I have to store my sling bag up in the compartment if there are no space in your seat.

Looking forward to more of your trips!



BI - The Asian Underdog
User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 29197 times:

I wish I had a small stomach. I really envy you.

You reminded me about my first flight in F when I was your age. It was a TWA Boeing 707 from Geneva to New York and I was also thrilled. Unfortunately the seats were not as nice as they are now and there were no video screnes. They also used to serve only vanilla ice cream on every flight which was boring after a while. However Pan Am used to serve cakes in F.


User currently offlineDL Widget head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2091 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 28852 times:

Great trip report. Sounds like you and Matt had a great time. Is that the Matt whose anet id is Transpac? Seems like you had a great day for spotting at NRT. I didn't know that CO moved over to the Star area at NRT already. I'd really like to hook up with you guys sometime when you go spotting at NRT again...or DXB, etc.

User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12242 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 27135 times:
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Nice report  
Quoting atrude777 (Thread starter):
Here are some pictures from the Observation Deck at NRT

I love how you're at a Japanese airport, and all but one picture are of US carriers  



911, where is your emergency?
User currently onlineEASTERN747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 25684 times:

Well I was disappointed by that supposed "FC" service. I'm sorry to say, that was not international service. Back in the day ie 70's-80's 90's that service would have been NYC/BOS/ORD-FLL-MIA, except for the soup. Glassware for s/p shakers, and salad tossed in the aisile. The ice cream would have been served from a cart, with several choices of topping. I was surprised to see no cheese service. The bread service would have been a choice of several types. And, there would have been a flower on the tray. You appear young and probably not interested in wines and after dinner drinks, which were probaby there. LH in my day, had a choice of 7 entrays. Oh well. I'm glad I traveled when I did. You had a nice report.

User currently offlineEC001 From France, joined Jan 2009, 94 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 25610 times:

Hi there!

Very nice TR! Loved seeing UA's F product.

Very nice photos indeed.

You seemed to have enjoyed the ride! Going to NRT in F is also one of my projects!  

cheers,

orian


User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 25430 times:

Quoting acjflyer (Reply 1):
As always - I look forward to more reports - and judging by your adventurous lifestyle I don't think they will be few.

P.S. STL is amazing

Thanks! I certainly had a good trip! STL is amazing yes! Hahaha

Quoting Fauzi (Reply 2):
Ahh... another "spontaneous" trip to NRT! Great TR! A spontaneous trip is on my to-do list in a few years!

Well we had planned this for a couple of months, timing it with my Spring Break. But it was very fun and I enjoyed it!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 3):
I wish I had a small stomach. I really envy you.

Eh, some folks say it, but I get stuffed so easily and I really want to enjoy everything that is being presented to me.

Quoting DL Widget head (Reply 4):
Is that the Matt whose anet id is Transpac?

No it is not, this is another Matt whom I know, I know actually over 9 Matt's,2 I am related to, none of my friends can keep track which is which LOL
But thanks for reading and replying!

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 5):

I love how you're at a Japanese airport, and all but one picture are of US carriers

I must have been over at the US Area gates because the whole time I was there I only saw US Carriers, with exception to that one 777. Was a bit weird!

Thanks for reading!

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
The ice cream would have been served from a cart, with several choices of topping.

It was. There were a few choices of topping, this is just what I chose from the cart thus what you see in my picture.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
I was surprised to see no cheese service.

There was, I just didn't want it. We had many choices from our F Class Menu of what we wanted. I just did not want the cheese selection.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
The bread service would have been a choice of several types. And, there would have been a flower on the tray.

There were diff choices of bread, again I chose the one you see in my picture.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
You appear young and probably not interested in wines and after dinner drinks, which were probaby there.

Well, I am 23...I cannot consume a lot of alcohol for health reasons, so no I am not interested in it, however they were there and available for drinking.

Thanks for reading!

Quoting EC001 (Reply 7):

Very nice TR! Loved seeing UA's F product.

Very nice photos indeed.

You seemed to have enjoyed the ride! Going to NRT in F is also one of my projects!

Thanks for reading too! I really did enjoy the ride, it is so different! Good Luck on getting F to NRT as well!
Alex

[Edited 2010-03-15 15:11:31]


Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 25165 times:

Alex -

You are the luckiest guy ever to be able to fly on a whim like that! This Non-Rev business sounds really cool...

I don't think it made a terrible difference you didn't make the DXB flight - maybe next time. The weather would have been a little better n doubt...

So how long where you in Narita? Was it an expensive place?

Meals look top notch on board - quite nice comfort food...

Luke



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User currently onlineEASTERN747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 24962 times:

I think you may have misunderstood my comments. The service that you featured, is NOT International First class service.
-nothing was mentioned about hot towel service
-pj's offered
-amenity kits
-noise reducing headsets
-meals offered when you requested and not all for one-you're getting it now
-comfort of seat
-bedding
-how good/bad was the IFE
-was there an Asian crew member-ie japanese
-was there an asian food service offered
-internationl media offered.ie newspapers and such
-amenities in the lavs
-choice of a light fare

Please know I'm not trying to beat your TR up, but as I said what you described, as you took it, was NOT first class, and basically was a F/C domestic service at one time.

Cheers...please remember a first ticket is @$6000 one way......


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1930 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 24877 times:
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Great report and photos! Sounds like you had a great trip. It is a very exciting feeling to get upgraded even on a really short flight like LGA-RDU ! Congratulations!

767747


User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 24700 times:

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
I think you may have misunderstood my comments. The service that you featured, is NOT International First class service.
-nothing was mentioned about hot towel service
-pj's offered
-amenity kits
-noise reducing headsets
-meals offered when you requested and not all for one-you're getting it now
-comfort of seat
-bedding
-how good/bad was the IFE
-was there an Asian crew member-ie japanese
-was there an asian food service offered
-internationl media offered.ie newspapers and such
-amenities in the lavs
-choice of a light fare

Please know I'm not trying to beat your TR up, but as I said what you described, as you took it, was NOT first class, and basically was a F/C domestic service at one time.

Cheers...please remember a first ticket is @$6000 one way......

Just use your imagination. A trip report doesn't have to detail every aspect of the service. The writer can make whatever he wants of it. Personally, I liked this trip report because it showed well the emotion and perspective of traveling for the first time internationally and in first class. It brought back memories of when I first traveled internationally in business class from JFK-MUC on Delta in 2000. A trip report doesn't have to be strictly informational; this one was very entertaining and I enjoyed the read.



The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
User currently offlinethegman From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 24674 times:

I've got a quick question for you, were you travelling on a UA pass, or a ZED? And does, UA charge for an upgrade over coach?
Because at US, all transatlantic, and Brazil, and CLT-HNL service has a $100 upgrade required for pass riders.


User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 24630 times:

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):

-nothing was mentioned about hot towel service

We had hot towel service.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-amenity kits

We had amenity kits

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):

-meals offered when you requested and not all for one-you're getting it now

They were offered when I requested it, they did not come all at once.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-comfort of seat
-bedding
-how good/bad was the IFE
-was there an Asian crew member-ie japanese
-was there an asian food service offered
-internationl media offered.ie newspapers and such
-amenities in the lavs

Bedding was excellent, IFE was all right, however I am Deaf so lack of subtitles does play a role and influence in my opinion. Asian food was indeed offered, there was an asian crewmember, media and such was indeed offered. A as well as amenities in the Lavs.

Is that more Intl F Class for you now?

How do you mean light fare?

Also keep in mind I NON-REVVED. This was not a full fare paid ticket. So I can't really hardly complain about any bad service, and don't think I got any "bad service".

Quoting thegman (Reply 13):
I've got a quick question for you, were you travelling on a UA pass, or a ZED? And does, UA charge for an upgrade over coach?

I was traveling on a Shuttle America Companion Pass.

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 12):

Thanks for reading and replying! Glad it brought you back some memories for you too!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 9):


Alex -

You are the luckiest guy ever to be able to fly on a whim like that! This Non-Rev business sounds really cool...

Thanks. It does become stressful at times but when it comes through for us like this trip did, I have a lot to be thankful, and for allowing my good friend to let me come with him to experience this!

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3205 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 24592 times:

Hey Alex, great TR!! Glad to finally see you discover the world beyond the 30-some states that WN serves      

Very cool that you got on N783UA on the SEA-NRT. That was the exact same plane I took when I flew SEA-NRT back in Oct '07, and I even sat in 3J.

Be sure to drop me a line when you wanna go back. I'll take you on some real heavy metal, none of these humiliatingly small 777's  

Quoting DL Widget head (Reply 4):
Is that the Matt whose anet id is Transpac?

Haha no, that would be me. While I do frequent NRT, I wasn't along for this one. I've been on Alex's case to let me take him on a couple 744's though  

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
Well I was disappointed by that supposed "FC" service.

As was I disappointed by your lack of tact in voicing your negative opinion.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
I'm sorry to say, that was not international service.

Ahh. And by what standards are you going by??

Your own....??

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
Back in the day ie 70's-80's 90's that service would have been NYC/BOS/ORD-FLL-MIA, except for the soup

Well, to quote the eternal genius Homer Simpson: "Marge, it's not 1985 today, but who knows what tomorrow might bring!!"

I'm sorry, but "back in the day" is not "today". Standards have changed. Obviously yours have not.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
LH in my day, had a choice of 7 entrays.

Next time you make a laundry list of grievances, spell "entree" right.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
You had a nice report.

Ahh yes, the requisite consolation prize to ease any hard feelings about you otherwise dumping all over his TR.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-nothing was mentioned about hot towel service

Then surely it must not have happened!!

Or maybe he just felt those details so trivial and insignificant he just elected to leave them out so as to not bore 99.8% of his audience though still risking offending the remaining 0.2%

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-pj's offered

Maybe it's just me but I've never found too comfortable the idea of changing into PJ's in an airplane lavatory.

So no big loss to me at least. Perhaps bigger to others.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-amenity kits

So by proxy of lack of picture or mention, they, too, did not exist?? I'm not quite sure what you're getting at here.

Does his lack of mention of an amenity kit truly convince you that this TR should be disqualified of the "First Class" title??

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-noise reducing headsets

United provides this.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-meals offered when you requested and not all for one-you're getting it now

United provides this.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-comfort of seat

Considering he slept almost the entire eastbound flight, one could reasonably conclude it was probably decent...

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-bedding

Is this not synonymous with the above complaint??

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-how good/bad was the IFE

Maybe he didn't use it. Should I write a consumer report on a car I've never driven??

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-was there an Asian crew member-ie japanese

Different people are into different things but I've personally never been interested in drawing explicit attention to the ethnicities of the various crew members and providing color commentary on it.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-was there an asian food service offered

United provides this.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-internationl media offered.ie newspapers and such

United provides this.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-amenities in the lavs

Maybe Alex is like me and is kinda weirded out by the thought of taking pictures in the can...

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
but as I said what you described, as you took it, was NOT first class, and basically was a F/C domestic service at one time.

Ahh.

So next time he writes a TR, he should entitle it: "United 777 SEA-NRT So-Called First Class but really more like 70's, 80's, 90's Business Class because First Class actually costs $6,000 bucks"??

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
Cheers...please remember a first ticket is @$6000 one way......

Your hard-hitting point there soared completely over my head.

But, to respond to what I did pull out of the sub-text... or just text... First Class actually can cost well north of $6,000 one way. So again, I'm not entirely sure what you were driving at.


User currently offlineRes6cue114 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 24577 times:

Any pics from the Cape Air flight?

Looks like a fun time otherwise!



Where's my "Stall?"
User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 24551 times:

Quoting Res6cue114 (Reply 16):
Any pics from the Cape Air flight?

Looks like a fun time otherwise!

Unfortunatly no, due to weight restrictions and severe lack of space, even our backpacks and carry on bags must be checked and such. So I only have my cell phone and wallet on me when I ride in the C-402's.

I would have loved to do a pic report on them but due to their restrictions pretty much no pictures are allowed by me.

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineacjflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 426 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 24433 times:

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
Please know I'm not trying to beat your TR up, but as I said what you described, as you took it, was NOT first class, and basically was a F/C domestic service at one time.

EASTERN,

I am a bit confused at what you were hoping to accomplish when you posted stating that what atrude777 received was not first class. At first I thought that perhaps you had beef with United, but then you made the comment that a first class ticket costs $6000 and so it added to the confusion of why you posted in the first place.


Alex simply took the time to post a trip report highlighting, again the key word here is "highlighting" a few things HE felt was best to discuss. Now, that makes perfect sense seeing as it is HIS trip that he is reporting. No where was it assumed that Alex was to post EVERYTHING about his first class experience in great detail for all us to affirm and agree as a jury that he did in fact fly a first class product.

This once again leads me to question why you are so stuck on the idea that he failed to mention a towel service. Now let me remind you that jetBlue also offers a warm towel service on their red eye flights. Does that mean that jetblue is a first class product? JetBlue also offers ammenity kits to all of their passengers traveling on red eye flights. JetBlue also has multi national crew members on many of their flights, you can get a snack at any time you want on their red eye flights, they have personal IFE that allows you to choose over 30 channels to your viewing pleasure. So, does all of this mean JetBlue's red eye service is a first class service? If so, we must inform their revenue department that they most certainly can request airfare of $6000 or more.

I feel that you completely missed the point of his trip report. As with every other trip report - the author writes it from his/her point of view. Who are we as the reader to tell them what they did or did not experience. How dare we. That is why I read the reports in the first place - to get THEIR perspective.

Alex, thank you for a wonderful, well explained, enlightening, and extremely thourough report of your FIRST CLASS experience from SEA-NRT.


User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1818 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 23909 times:

Hii Alex! Wow, your first International Flight, I cant believe it. All dressed up for the occasion, you look good!

The Trip Report was wonderful, really feels like your talking to me.

It amazes me that UA has really a product that is inferior to Asian carriers like QR, EY, ect.. The First Class looks so dated, seats worn out, meals look very substandard (whats up with Coca Cola napkins in First Class!). The TVs are like iPod-sized with no AVOD! But still, better than economy. Im glad you enjoyed it, and hope you will visit Qatar on your next international flight.

Take Care

QatarA340



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 23103 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 19):
whats up with Coca Cola napkins in First Class

hmmmm I noticed that too! Advertising = not cool...



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinejayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1027 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 21867 times:

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):

Wow, I always thought my Grandmother was picky about things...


The TR was pretty well.Esp reading UA F after a long time.
Alex you were lucky to be ahead of the plane!!
Awesome,i can feel the excitement  .


The meal makes me hungry everytime i look at it lol.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 19):
. The First Class looks so dated, seats worn out, meals look very substandard (whats up with Coca Cola napkins in First Class!).

Well they need to make money  



Keep flying, because the sky is no limit!
User currently offlineORDnHKG From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 20628 times:

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
The service that you featured, is NOT International First class service.
-nothing was mentioned about hot towel service
-pj's offered
-amenity kits
-noise reducing headsets
-meals offered when you requested and not all for one-you're getting it now
-comfort of seat
-bedding
-how good/bad was the IFE
-was there an Asian crew member-ie japanese
-was there an asian food service offered
-internationl media offered.ie newspapers and such
-amenities in the lavs
-choice of a light fare

Please know I'm not trying to beat your TR up, but as I said what you described, as you took it, was NOT first class, and basically was a F/C domestic service at one time.

Cheers...please remember a first ticket is @$6000 one way......

Full first class service should not be offered to NON-REV, or you don't even know what is NON-REV means ?

NON-REV always get the leftover from paid/upgrades/awards pax, you may or maynot even get the full amenities that a REV pax get, all depends on the Purser.

It doesn't sound like you fly much or read any trip reports that from UA, or you would know the basics of what UA provide, as from the questions it is the most basic stuff most people already know about even listed on the UA website. Do some research before asking too many questions.


User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 23, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 20256 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 19):


Hii Alex! Wow, your first International Flight, I cant believe it. All dressed up for the occasion, you look good!

Kind of have to as a non-rev! hahaha

Thanks for the comments and for reading.

Quoting acjflyer (Reply 18):

Alex, thank you for a wonderful, well explained, enlightening, and extremely thourough report of your FIRST CLASS experience from SEA-NRT.

No Problem Man! Was a pleasure!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):

hmmmm I noticed that too! Advertising = not cool...

Eh, man ya'll are picky! I don't care for the advertising. Whatever needs to be done to make money. UA got me there safe and sound and with excellent service. That's all I can ask for!

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineSpeedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 19955 times:

Quoting atrude777 (Reply 23):
Eh, man ya'll are picky! I don't care for the advertising. Whatever needs to be done to make money. UA got me there safe and sound and with excellent service. That's all I can ask for!



You got it man ! UA First looks better than I expected! Isn't it an amazing feeling to get that last minute upgrade ??? Always get a kick out of it ehehe


Thanks for the GREAT trip report  


Speedbird741



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25 jayeshrulz : Why the hell do we collect miles then? We collect miles so that we can get a better service when you fly many times with the airline. I dont know abo
26 atrude777 : Then you don't know what Non-Rev is either. If you are collecting miles, then you are REVENUE. Not NON REV. Every airline does this. So don't worry,
27 KaiGywer : Non-rev = airline employee travelling on a standby pass (or in this case, a friend of an airline employee using a companion/buddy pass)
28 acjflyer : Ahh, you see there in lies the problem. Its the word "expect." A previous carrier that I worked for specifically asked us to stop upgrading frequent
29 RoseFlyer : In reality, Non-rev passengers should get full service. Yes they do not get first choice of food/seats/amenities, but full service should be provided
30 chepos : Thanks for sharing, very good trip report. Hope you enjoyed your couple of days in Japan. NRT is on my list for a trip in Oct. I have never flown on U
31 atrude777 : No, we had an issue with Reauthorization with the company that I non rev under with. J Class was wide open and we would have gotten on but there is a
32 klkla : Great report atrude777. You were very lucky to get first class on your first long haul flight. Those seats are very comfortable, which is my number on
33 ORDnHKG : Those who fly F are either company paying, upgraders from C, and award tickets. Seldom any individual would pay for F, especially UA. This is a fact
34 asuflyer05 : I cannot believe you guys are ripping up this guy's trip report. Breaking his stone's because his experience doesn't meet your expectation of internat
35 Post contains images atrude777 : You guys win-- I lied, this is not an international First Class Trip. My Passport which got stamped was apparently a fake. Regardless of where you com
36 Post contains images iliribdl : Great TR buddy, and don't listen to the guys complaining. (they have nothing better to do)
37 acjflyer : asuflyer - welcome to my respected user list! Thank you for putting it so plainly and to the point. I am having a hard time even remotely beginning t
38 ORDnHKG : That's why I don't post trip reports on this board, I only post and a lot more active on the other site, as the other site the people are more libera
39 GVAJFKflyer : Dear Alex This is all you should remember: the excitement to fly first class on such a long flight, especially for the first time and unexpectedly. Al
40 SHAQ : Hey !! I enjoy reading your trips !!! Continue writing man ! Some people here just complain complain .. I only want to ask if they can afford a F thi
41 MilesDependent : I really enjoyed reading your report. I hope you continue to write them and are not scared off by certain buffoons who have posted in this thread...
42 JC90 : Wow! You must have had a great time. Thanks for sharing! This makes me more excited about flying back home to San Francisco.
43 atrude777 : Thanks! I certainly was ecstatic to have been able to fly it and was fun to share the joy! We'll see. My next trip isn't so interesting so I won't do
44 fbgdavidson : Indeed. It was a good review of a poor product. Quite, but United do sell seats in F at prices comparable to the top airlines you mention. Just becau
45 Post contains images nethkt : Thought of not reading all the heck down the report, however, it's getting more and more interesting each posts so I read until last. Thank you for th
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