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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 21455 times:






At Christmas time, I wanted to do something amazing for my mother and grandmother. So I used some money I had saved, and bought us all tickets to CDG. We were to leave in the middle of March and have my birthday in Paris. I gave these E-Itineraries as Christmas presents. Here is a photo of my grandmother opening hers:



Unfortunately, as it came time to travel, my grandmother was diagnosed with H1N1 and my mother fell on the ice and had broken her leg. So I had to get the appropriate medical letters to United stating that they could not fly and that the tickets would be refundable. Well, they will not refund the tickets, they only gave us credit, so we are all "stuck" with around $1000 credit.

The previous UA OKC-IAD-CDG ticket:
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs159.snc4/37304_828349858177_9609877_44751224_210247_n.jpg

Low and behold, Australia gets really cheap in the Northern summer, so I found a ticket for around $1300 roundtrip OKC-LAX-SYD and return. It was standard economy, but on the return, I upgraded to economy plus for about $150 dollars.

I tried to use United's online reservation agent, but I think that is only if you need to do something simple. I had to exchange tickets and credits for this flight. Plus, I was online chatting with someone in India. It wasn't easy and took forever, and they ended up not even being able to book my ticket, better do it on the phone.

So I got my bags packed the next day and headed to the airport:
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Note the LH tag from my recent OKC-DEN-FRA-IST trip:
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Some standard pictures of our airport here in OKC:

The Airport Bar/Lounge


I decided to catch a drink at the bar before boarding. I had two...


OKLAHOMA CITY to LOS ANGELES departing Tuesday, June 8
UNITED 6893 *
Depart:
OKLAHOMA CITY 6:42 PM
Arrive:
LOS ANGELES 7:51 PM
Seat(s): 11D NONSTOP
Equip: CR7
MP miles: 1187 UNITED ECONOMY (Changed to 5A)
In-Flight services:
Meal:
* OPERATED BY UNITED EXPRESS/SKYWEST AIRLINES
PLEASE CHECK-IN AT UNITED AIRLINES

2hrs29min

I don't have any pictures of this flight because I slept the entire way to LAX. I had been up all the night before excited for the trip, so I didn't get much photography done. The flight was rather uneventful. I'm actually quite surprised that the loads on the OKC-LAX flight were almost full! This looks very good as we have 2 daily flights going out and coming back. I would have thought we would have had SFO service first, but the LAX flights all look very good!

It was a bit stormy somewhere over Northern New Mexico and the seatbelt sign came on, and flight attendants were asked to be seated. But the decent into LAX at sunset was just AMAZING! The marine layer had just come through and the mountains were poking up through the clouds in a very green looking haze. It reminded me of something out of Harry Potter.

Landed at LAX and taxied quickly to the regional jet gate and walked over to gate 80, I believe, for the SYD departure which was in 3 hours. I bought thee $7.99 WiFi, which was worth it, and settled into a seat with a sandwich from WG Puck and a pretty horrible view of LAX.

Here is a view of my 747-400 being pulled from the Hangar for the SYD flight. Most of the other widebodies were hanging out over at TBIT, so again, I was pretty sad with the view, but here she is. Not sure what the rego was on this flight....anyone know?



LOS ANGELES to SYDNEY departing Tuesday, June 8
UNITED 839
Depart:
LOS ANGELES 10:22 PM
Arrive:
SYDNEY 6:10 AM
Seat(s): 34K NONSTOP
Equip: 747
MP miles: 7487 UNITED ECONOMY
In-Flight services: MOVIE
Meal: DINNER, BREAKFAST
14hrs48min

I had bought my Australian E-Visa through United a few weeks before when I had put the same exact itinerary on hold. When I went to book the trip, I was informed that I did not have authorization from the Australian government to enter Australia and that I should contact that Embassy. Turns out, they only put in the wrong passport number in for my E-Visa. However, when I get to LAX and they start the boarding process for UA839, I get paged over the loudspeaker that I need to see the agent for a document check. (Heart starts thumping). Turns out, again, that the agent at OKC failed to put in the proper passport number. I don't think I have a tricky passport.

Boarding for the long flight went very smooth. And the door was shut fairly quickly. I saw F/A's walking around getting everything prepared for this flight. Interesting to note, that most of this crew was very young, and very professional, if not somewhat overly attractive to look at. Had a gorgeous Moroccan F/A who managed my section. I liked him quite a lot! LOL. (I believed him to be Moroccan, he seemed to have a French Accent).

So we were sitting there with the doors closed - and sitting, and sitting. Then ding...."Cabin Crew, disarm doors and cross check." - So we may be in LA tonight? 2 hours of nothing, and finally we hear that our flight is being delayed because our "ding" to the cockpit would not work. That is to say, when the F/A's needed to contact the cockpit, the "dinger" upstairs would not ding. So we needed a new dinger, or we could be stuck. It took about 20 min after that to replace and we were on our way, now BEHIND all of the Australian traffic.

Please forgive the lack of pictures as it was dark, and not much to see.

Our flight was long, over a vast expanse of nothingness. It's a dull flight really. Over the equator, it got terribly rough. Several times, the F/A's were asked to put their seatbelts on and be seated. We flew near a few islands, but for the most part it is quite black, if you haven't done this flight, don't expect anything exciting except for mildly sickening turbulence........Ahhh yes, but when light prevails, let the fun begin:

It became light about 2 hours out of SYD due to our late departure from LAX. Here are some images of sunrise, we were cruising at 37,000 ft.

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I love Winglets!

First Sight of Land in about 7300 miles! And the first time I laid eyes on Australia!
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Decent and Landing into Sydney with Full Sunrise, just Beautiful!
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Here is the landing video. Was rather rough due to the winds and the pilot seems to be fighting them all the way down. Landing was rough as well. It's interesting because we were coming in from an unusual direction. It really is quite a beautiful video, so I hope you enjoy. Turn up the volume because my camera tries to drown out background noise, which it thinks are engines.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_vQPKbpPNs

When we landed in SYD, I saw my very first A380 EVER! From a 747-400 it looks BIG, but I can't imagine what it looks like from an MD-80 or an RJ! Yay for Emirates and SQ!

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Customs was a breeze! Though, I did find it weird that they asked me my occupation at both SYD and LAX on arrival, as well as what I would be doing. I didn't really have anything planned to tell you the truth other than to go sightseeing. But, I got through okay. I had an Audi A8 waiting for me to take me to my hotel, the Four Seasons Sydney.

Here is the AWESOME view I had from my suite they upgraded me to on the 31st floor of the Four Seasons!
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I got a great deal on the hotel considering what hotel it was, and I also got a $200 credit, which mainly went to the $30/day internet fee.....pshh. Overall, I loved SYD while I was there. The weather was perfect. Here are some images from around the Circular Quay and Opera House:

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My hotel:
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Some artistic shots:

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So after a long trip over, and some great laughs with new and random people, and enjoying the laid back city that is SYD, it was time to return home. I had gotten the chance to chat with a few a.netters online and they recommended the viewing terrace at the International Terminal at SYD. I left my hotel at 8:30AM for my 1:50 flight because I was taking the train back to SYD. I had no idea how long it would take, but lets just say it was around 15 min, so I had MORE than enough time to kill before check-in was even available for UA840. Here are some pics from the Terrace!

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Of course, I was the first one to check in for the flight back to LAX, seeing as I was at the airport 4 hours before the flight. They actually start check-in for both the LAX and SFO flights at the same time even though the SFO flight departs about 30 min afterward. The SFO aircraft is actually the one which does the SYD-MEL leg which is a tag on from the LAX flight. SO essentially, you will have to change aircraft in SYD.

Check in was easy, so I went to do some spotting at the gates and I stopped at an internet pay portal so I could talk to the guys on a.net chat, since it was high traffic time back in the US. I sat and talked to them in front of a VS A340-600 that was headed to HKG and then to LHR. It was this one right here, before it was towed to the gate:
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Philippine Airlines being moved around:
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The two BA flights. The 777 on the left would operate to SIN and then on LHR, but it would never make it there. It suffered a massive engine failure in flight and diverted to AMS.
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Delta having been towed to their gate, was preparing for it's departure back to ATL via LAX:
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My Aircraft: N105UA which is a 747-451 taken up by United.
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The flight to SFO, which I believe was N107UA
http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs316.snc3/28484_821209662187_9609877_44492107_4382661_n.jpg

Winglet Closeup
http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs296.snc3/28484_821209672167_9609877_44492109_7234186_n.jpg

UNITED 840
Depart:
SYDNEY 1:50 PM
Arrive:
LOS ANGELES 10:17 AM
Seat(s): 19A NONSTOP
Equip: 747
MP miles: 7487 UNITED ECONOMY PLUS
In-Flight services: MOVIE
Meal: LUNCH, BREAKFAST
13hrs52min

BYE BYE SYDNEY!
Departure of UA 840 SYD-LAX....Almost a 60 second takeoff roll!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spFGtn3zgIk

The take off was slow, but very smooth, and we headed out over the Pacific for the long, long journey back to home base, the US of A. It was such a smooth flight, and it would have almost been perfect if two redheaded Australian step-children weren't sitting next to me, kicking my seat, and screaming. But hey, what can you do?

Here are some pics of sunset and sunrise. We flew almost to the Hawaiian Islands and then straight on in to LA with the usual westward approach.

Saying bye to "The Land Down Under"
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Much needed to suffer 13 hours with those kids:
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Reflection!
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Sunset
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Sunrise
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We made a long sweeping approach into the LA area from the south toward the mountains then back west into LAX. IT was foggy/smoggy, so not much to see, but a wonderful soft landing.

I now remember why the 747-400 is my most favorite aicraft to fly on. While she may not be the most comfortable, there is something about her, the arch of the wings, the way she is so smooth in tubulence....love that bird!

Here are some shots taken from the aircraft on landing:

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Same plane, 14 hours later, other side of the world....
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My aircraft, N105UA, 14 hours later, other side of the world...simply amazing!
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The MD-11 is still one of the best looking aircraft out there! IMHO.
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UNITED 6442 *
Depart:
LOS ANGELES 12:50 PM
Arrive:
OKLAHOMA CITY 5:42 PM
Seat(s): 5A NONSTOP
Equip: CR7
MP miles: 1187 UNITED ECONOMY PLUS
In-Flight services:
Meal:
* OPERATED BY UNITED EXPRESS/SKYWEST AIRLINES
PLEASE CHECK-IN AT UNITED AIRLINES

I was really tired by now. It had been almost 24 hours since I'd slept, so the pics get a little, oh, just candid. But the flight was pretty uneventful aside from landing in OKC after the worst floods in this cities history. The approach to OKC was pretty rough, but I made it all the way home in one piece!

The deserts of Arizona and New Mexico
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And this last pic is of me arriving into a rainy OKC. Taken courtesy of fellow A.netter, Jetmatt777. Thanks for standing out in the rain to get the shot!

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs147.snc4/36723_821818786497_9609877_44512598_4814063_n.jpg

Overall impression is that United is changing. I keep saying that I'm going to go back to AA being my hometown, number 1 airline, but I have yet to have a reason to do so. United consistently beats AA in prices in the OKC market, and their business class and eco plus product beats AA's equivalent (k, AA doesn't have Eplus). I just wish United had a stellar terminal like DFW terminal D.

Well, I hope you all enjoyed! Feel free to comment, always love comments!

UAL747

[Edited 2010-07-04 17:05:12]

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User currently offlineBlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1920 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 21043 times:

Nice report. Sydney is one of the most amazing places on earth, just unreal.

I think the timing works well though, lave 11pm, arrive SYD 8am or so. You can sleep a bit onboard and be ready for a full day.



They're not handing trophies out today
User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 968 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 20970 times:

Not too many R25 landings into SYD these days - you must have flown into a howling winter westerly! Although, there are a few early morning departures off 25, weather permitting.

Glad you enjoyed your stay - and were the kids bored on the flight back due to United's notorious Y IFE?  


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 20950 times:

Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 2):
Not too many R25 landings into SYD these days - you must have flown into a howling winter westerly! Although, there are a few early morning departures off 25, weather permitting.

Glad you enjoyed your stay - and were the kids bored on the flight back due to United's notorious Y IFE?


Haha, yeah....my driver said he saw us land from the east and that it was unusual since most of the arrivals come in over Botany Bay or the opposite direction. It was a really neat landing though.

And yes, those kids probably needed more IFE, though we did have a HUGE plasma screen in front of us since I was sitting in the bulkhead of Eco +. Maybe that's what kept them up all night long?


User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 760 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 20630 times:
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Thanks for the TR. Your pictures of Sydney brought back memories of my 2 visits there. It is one of my favorite cities. And the observation deck at SYD is nice for viewing.

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
I now remember why the 747-400 is my most favorite aicraft to fly on. While she may not be the most comfortable, there is something about her, the arch of the wings, the way she is so smooth in tubulence....love that bird!

747-400 wings always bend like that when they rotate off the runway. I make sure to notice it when I fly on it. So do the wings of the 777.



Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 20502 times:

And here's the photo by Jetmatt777 of me pulling to the gate after landing that made it onto A.net:


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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Matthew Bridges



User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2230 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 19302 times:

Nice photos! Thanks for the TR - great read. Does UA charge for alcohol on TPAC flights?

Sorry to hear about the credit situation - still seems like it turned out okay with a trip to AU. Unfortunately, I've been in a similar situation before and learned to purchase trip insurance as a lesson...but what can you do. I also hope your family is doing better.



next flights: jfk-icn, icn-hkg-bkk-cdg, cdg-phl-msp
User currently offlinetk747 From Australia, joined Sep 2009, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 18832 times:

Great report UA with some stunning photos. Glad you enjoyed Sydney, make sure you come back.

TK


User currently offlinechepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6229 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 18501 times:

Thank you for sharing your UAL trip down under, what was the weather like in Sydney?
What were the loads like on your LAX-SYD-LAX segments? Australia is on my list of places to visit But I have always heard flights down under on all airlines are usually full.
Once again thank you for sharing.

Regards,

Chepos



Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 18468 times:

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 6):
Nice photos! Thanks for the TR - great read. Does UA charge for alcohol on TPAC flights?

What's weird is that I think they used to charge, but there was no charge. Last time I flew United transpacific was to BKK in Business, and before that to HNL in first, so I didn't have to pay, but I have a video on youtube of them making some announcements on my flight ORD-NRT and said that cocktails were $6 or ¥600, but this flight, drinks weren't charged. So I'm not quite sure. I know they are charging on domestic.



Some other UA vids of mine if you want to watch:
UNITED:

Takeoff ORD-NRT Business Upperdeck
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si9kOfAprms
Climbout ORD-NRT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD7xj7lj_SI
Captain Announcement ORD-NRT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15xNCx-nyLI
ORD-HNL B777 First Class Takeoff
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyGOlzIDLxA
ORD-HNL B777 First Class Landing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T23oxVd5K8s

CONTINENTAL:
Continental B777 Take off at EWR
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxYu3oG9piY
Continental B777 Landing at EWR
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSBE83I96Uk
Continental B777 Take off at IAH
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYzSIzmrRzE
Continental B777 Landing at IAH
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HzOb2jRUuw

LUFTHANSA:
Lufthansa A340-600 Cruising Above Atlantic
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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 18460 times:

Quoting chepos (Reply 8):
What were the loads like on your LAX-SYD-LAX segments?

The LAX-SYD was probably 95% full in coach, completely full in business, though I'm not sure about 1st.

The SYD-LAX flight was filled to the brim.

Funnily enough, SYD weather seems fairly similar to Los Angeles. Well, while it was winter, it was around 60-65 degrees F during the daytime, light jacket weather at night. The trees and plants remind me a lot of the California coast and my driver from the airport said that SYD mimics California quite a bit. Not sure how true that is, but I felt it to be a VERY relaxed city in all senses, perhaps without the snobbery of California.


User currently offlineBZNPilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2006, 264 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 18255 times:

Great report, thanks for sharing. Shame the Paris trip didn't work out, but Sydney as an alternative isn't half bad either!

Very good pics! I too love winglets (and taking pictures of them in-flight).

BZNPilot


User currently offlineDFW36L From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 89 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 17537 times:

Great trip report Phil! I guess you had no passport issues on the ride home? It sounded like a great trip and I nearly ended up in SYD at the same time you were there, but for the problem where I couldn't get to California, so I ended up in Argentina. I've never been on a flight as long as yours.

I really loved the "artistic photos" section. Good stuff.

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
Had a gorgeous Moroccan F/A who managed my section. I liked him quite a lot! LOL. (I believed him to be Moroccan, he seemed to have a French Accent).

Yet you took no discrete cabin service shots?

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
Here is the AWESOME view I had from my suite they upgraded me to on the 31st floor of the Four Seasons!

Swanky! Gorgeous view too!!

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
Overall impression is that United is changing. I keep saying that I'm going to go back to AA being my hometown, number 1 airline, but I have yet to have a reason to do so.

Come on, I know you can do it! MD80s!

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
I just wish United had a stellar terminal like DFW terminal D.

Yes.. there's reason enough. You can fly longhaul into the best customs facility in the country, which is in the most beautiful terminal in the country, and that's just a 30 minute flight from home. Yep, you need to switch.

Thanks for taking the time to put this together!
Matt



See! I knew American Eagle was First Class all along!
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3188 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 17332 times:

Thanks for the trip report Phil.

UAL747 goes to Australia while I am in the US.

You certainly got a room with a nice view while in the Sydney.

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
But the decent into LAX at sunset was just AMAZING!

Spelling isn't what you would call amazing.  
Quoting DFW36L (Reply 12):

Come on, I know you can do it! MD80s!

MD80s kind of suck; I flew on 7 of them while in the US they are very noisy planes compared to most other planes, although flying on AA MD80s I can usually earn Qantas frequent flyer miles.

[Edited 2010-07-08 04:55:58]


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User currently offlineDFW36L From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 89 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 17023 times:

Quoting BNE (Reply 13):
MD80s kind of suck; I flew on 7 of them while in the US they are very noisy planes compared to most other planes, although flying on AA MD80s I can usually earn Qantas frequent flyer miles.

Shh! I'm trying to promote AA! And you're already drinking the Cool Aid with your QF FF miles!

  Matt



See! I knew American Eagle was First Class all along!
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 16509 times:

Quoting DFW36L (Reply 14):
Shh! I'm trying to promote AA! And you're already drinking the Cool Aid with your QF FF miles!

I'm afraid that AA is going to lose out for several reasons:

1. The merger with CO will give OKC access to each and every hub (aside from CLE) of the new airline nonstop.
2. UA has all my FF miles, and I just made elite.
3. UA's prices continue to be much cheaper on international routes out of OKC, domestic may well be a different story. Most of my trips are international.

Now, if UA/CO would move into DFW Terminal D, I'd have my airline-o-gasm.


User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1987 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 16157 times:

Phil...Thanks for you time to write your trip report about your trip to Sydney  . I am glad that you did that for us. Yeah Sydney is nice and you had a wonderful time there. Did you miss Sydney and you want to go back again?? Did you enjoy long haul flight?

One of your photos you took...VS, UA and SQ were in the parking area. It's typical that they always park there everyday!



The Spirit of AustraliAN - Longreach
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 16102 times:

Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 16):
Did you miss Sydney and you want to go back again?? Did you enjoy long haul flight?

One of your photos you took...VS, UA and SQ were in the parking area. It's typical that they always park there everyday!

Yeah, I would SOO love to come back. SYD is like being in LA, but way more laid back. I loved it! As far as the airlines parking, aside from VS, I believe my area of the terminal was the Star Alliance side, so there you go for UA and SQ. Not sure where VA should be?


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 15856 times:

Very nice report. Sorry to hear that Paris didn't worked out, but you're a lucky guy that most US airlines do accept to issue travel vouchers in case you can't travel because of medical reasons.

Here in Europe this is VERY uncommon and goodwill. If you can't travel because your sick, then it's not the airlines fault and therefore they will not refund or credit anything, except unused taxes. Over here you will need a special travel insurance for that which will cover the damage.


User currently offlinezonks From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 15323 times:

Like others here, I'm sorry to hear that your Paris trip was cancelled due to medical circumstances but it looks like you had a good time in Australia.

In regards to two things, UA does not charge for alcohol on TPAC flights anymore, mainly due to pressure felt from their competitors also not charging. However, TATL flights will charge for alcohol, except for in Economy Plus when ordering alcohol during the meal service. I believe TATL they will charge you if you randomly go into the galley and ask for a cocktail. If you're really curious about this, feel free to search around the UA section over at FlyerTalk.

Secondly, I'm surprised to hear that you're finding UA cheaper than anybody, although to be fair AA is useless for me (PDX to Asia), so I've never compared them to UA. However, in searching for a PDX-HKG/TPE ticket recently, they did price out as the most expensive option by far. Same thing when I did a PDX-DAY trip recently.


User currently offlinebrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4389 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 15052 times:

Quoting BNE (Reply 13):
MD80s kind of suck; I flew on 7 of them while in the US they are very noisy planes compared to most other planes, although flying on AA MD80s I can usually earn Qantas frequent flyer miles.

I find them quite nice and comfortable to fly. The extra pitch in the front part of the cabion is always what I go for. It is also quite as most rear engined aircraft are.



Rush for ever; Yankees all the way!!
User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1987 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 14384 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 17):
Yeah, I would SOO love to come back. SYD is like being in LA, but way more laid back. I loved it! As far as the airlines parking, aside from VS, I believe my area of the terminal was the Star Alliance side, so there you go for UA and SQ. Not sure where VA should be?

Glad you love SYD. Please let us know SIX to THREE MONTHS earlier before you fly to SYD so that we can meet there! We will take you around the SYD airport for spotting.

I believe the SYD is very similar to LAX as it has lots of suburb areas and highways and huge populations. They have movies studios and lots of famous people around SYD.

Yes you're correct... your area of the terminal is the star alliance and other terminal belongs to Qantas and oneworld alliance. Sometimes, UAL and Air NZ parked in the Qantas terminal while the star alliance gates were free (probably cos of slot). When I arrived in SYD by Air NZ and parked in the QF terminal, then we took a bus to the star alliance terminal. After we got there, we were trapped inside the small room and no one opened the door for us to go to the Custom. lol Qantas also parked in the star alliance terminal too.

I believe VA should be in the Star alliance terminal as Virgin Blue and ANZ are going to make "alliance".

[Edited 2010-07-17 21:20:35]


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User currently offlineMilesDependent From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 859 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 13925 times:

What a wonderful report, very well written. Thanks for taking the tiem to post it. I might add, you're a very good photographer.

Glad you had a good time in my home town of Sydney!


User currently offlinematt727 From Sweden, joined Jul 2007, 310 posts, RR: 32
Reply 23, posted (4 years 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 11918 times:

Great trip report and excellent pictures.

Thanks for sharing // Matt


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8233 times:

Thanks Matt! I'm hoping now that UA is operating OKC-SFO that I will try the SFO-SYD flight this fall! I need to grab some miles to keep my status and the SYD trips seem to put me way over! Though I'm very very tempted to fly the DFW-BNE-SYD, but then again, I'd love to find myself on an A380 somewhere.

Approaching the California Coast as the sun rises in the East.


UAL


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