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London To San Francisco B777 Business Class United  
User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 282 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 17358 times:

I used my systemwide upgrade to get into business class on UA's B777 LHR-SFO nonstop. The configuration was the old configuration, which is probably why it easy for me to get the upgrade. Of course, the seats are old, but the food is definitely not! UA has made an incredible effort in improving their food product. It's very clear that it's much better and a huge step above what it was before. I was very impressed. In the video, I show one change that I thought would never happen in UA!!

My trip report video channel now has over 1 million hits, and I really enjoy doing the video trip report format. Of course, I make no money off of it because I don't allow any commercials or ads. Here is the report in detail:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJD8-HQgyBE

For those who want to see photos only, here are the photos of the report:

english breakfast in lounge by sfflyer123, on Flickr


appetizer by sfflyer123, on Flickr


salad by sfflyer123, on Flickr


chicken tandoori by sfflyer123, on Flickr


in filght by sfflyer123, on Flickr


Snacks by sfflyer123, on Flickr


SAn Francisco by sfflyer123, on Flickr

Again, the entire commercial-free report is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJD8-HQgyBE

Thank you for watching!

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User currently offline817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2472 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 16089 times:

Hey sfflyer

Interesting format for your report. Havent watch the video yet, but i will when i have time. But it seems like you had some intresting food choices there, looks good! Thanks for sharing.



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User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 15018 times:

Good job on the video but I would still like to see a proper typed out trip report.. It is more detailed and it s always fun seeing the pics.. Also the seats look rather uncomfortable for an international business class , even though its the old layout.. And yes united has done well on the food section , not only in business but also in economy.. now there food is just about bearable.. not completely untouchable  .. Check it out here...

Atl To Delhi Via Newark On United Airlines (by planiac787 Jun 15 2012 in Trip Reports)

And check this out as well and look at the difference in the food quality.. Ba is doing a far better job than united... atleast in economy..

DEL-LHR-DEL Y Class. Many Pics! (by planiac787 Aug 15 2012 in Trip Reports)

Cheers mate. good tr once again  



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User currently offlineRoseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9665 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 14736 times:

I was supposed to fly LHR-SFO yesterday, but switched to LHR-ORD since the LHR-SFO flight was delayed and I would have missed my connection.

It looks like you had better food options. The LHR-ORD flight had the same main meal choices in first and business (except first also gets soup). It wasn't bad, although I don't like the salmon appetizers that UA serves with its first class meals. Salmon is a delicate fish and small fillets tend to dry out in my opinion. A prawn or different type of meat is a better choice.

Also the second meal choice on LHR-ORD was atrocious. The cheeseburger did not taste good. The meat was dry and over cooked and the bread could have been a hockey puck. Maybe SFO gets better food since it is longer, but it is obvious they only try with the first meal and don't care about the second.



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1949 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 14205 times:
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Great video, sffflyer123!

Looks like you had another good flight with UA. We're flying them in 4 days for our honeymoon to Mexico from MSP and are excited to see how they are. I haven't flown with them in about a year, and this time we're flying F!

Food looks pretty good - but a lot of heavy things! I would have preferred the scones as well!

Best,

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 14172 times:

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 1):
Hey sfflyer

Interesting format for your report. Havent watch the video yet, but i will when i have time. But it seems like you had some intresting food choices there, looks good! Thanks for sharing.

Thank you very much for your comment! I hope you get to see the 6-minute video. All the details are there!

Quoting planiac787 (Reply 2):
Good job on the video but I would still like to see a proper typed out trip report.. It is more detailed and it s always fun seeing the pics.. Also the seats look rather uncomfortable for an international business class , even though its the old layout.. And yes united has done well on the food section , not only in business but also in economy.. now there food is just about bearable.. not completely untouchable .. Check it out here...

Thank you very much. Yeah, I have been debating about regular TRs or continuing the video TRs. But I have such a huge following on youtube now that I feel that I am somewhat obligtated to keep doing the video TRs. I always figure that there are people who do great TRs with regular photos & text, that we'll let people enjoy the reports by people who are really good at them. Thanks for the comment.

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 3):
I was supposed to fly LHR-SFO yesterday, but switched to LHR-ORD since the LHR-SFO flight was delayed and I would have missed my connection.

It looks like you had better food options. The LHR-ORD flight had the same main meal choices in first and business (except first also gets soup). It wasn't bad, although I don't like the salmon appetizers that UA serves with its first class meals. Salmon is a delicate fish and small fillets tend to dry out in my opinion. A prawn or different type of meat is a better choice.

Also the second meal choice on LHR-ORD was atrocious. The cheeseburger did not taste good. The meat was dry and over cooked and the bread could have been a hockey puck. Maybe SFO gets better food since it is longer, but it is obvious they only try with the first meal and don't care about the second.

That is so unfortunate. The cheeseburger is CO's classic dish. It was delicious the last time I had it--domestic flight though. Sad to hear that your food was not good. Maybe UA hasn't changed afterall!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
Great video, sffflyer123!

Looks like you had another good flight with UA. We're flying them in 4 days for our honeymoon to Mexico from MSP and are excited to see how they are. I haven't flown with them in about a year, and this time we're flying F!

Food looks pretty good - but a lot of heavy things! I would have preferred the scones as well!

Best,

Matthew (767747)

thank you very much, Matthew. I hope you have a great trip!!


User currently offlineKLAXAirport From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 14148 times:

Great, Great, Great Job as always sfflyer!

I also recently flew United's brand new Business-First on Amsterdam to Chicago O'hare on United's newly configured N674UA! Quite a layout! Was very impressed by the seating but the food not so much. Going to Europe flew SQ A380 J Class from JFK-FRA! AMAZING!! Definitely give it a try!

Cheers,
KLAXAirport   


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 13369 times:

Hello

Great video report once again!

Great to see some improvement on the PMUA side, definate by a better airline.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 12518 times:

Quoting KLAXAirport (Reply 6):
Great, Great, Great Job as always sfflyer!

I also recently flew United's brand new Business-First on Amsterdam to Chicago O'hare on United's newly configured N674UA! Quite a layout! Was very impressed by the seating but the food not so much. Going to Europe flew SQ A380 J Class from JFK-FRA! AMAZING!! Definitely give it a try!

Cheers,
KLAXAirport

Thank you. I definitely want to try an A380 one day. I have yet to do this! That is a good idea to try the SQ a380. Maybe if my itinerary will work out one day. Thanks for the comment.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 7):
Hello

Great video report once again!

Great to see some improvement on the PMUA side, definate by a better airline.

Greetings
Marc

Thanks for the kind words. I hope UA continues to improve. Happy travels to you.


User currently offlineRoseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9665 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 12111 times:

Quoting sfflyer123 (Reply 5):

That is so unfortunate. The cheeseburger is CO's classic dish. It was delicious the last time I had it--domestic flight though. Sad to hear that your food was not good. Maybe UA hasn't changed afterall!

The angus cheeseburger is a CO classic, but it is an economy meal. Just because it is put on a plate does not make it business class food. It reminds me of 2005 when UA was introducing buy on board in economy. They put the same meal on a plate and passed it off as first class food.



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1167 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 11942 times:
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Hi there sfflyer123,

I am a huge fan of your video trip reports, and this one was no exception.
Another great video report as usual, nice to see UA are improving with their food. Not a big fan of the small personal screen but as you state correctly those will be gone soon enough.
Am actually booked on a domestic UA 787 flight in November. IAH to SFO and back the next day again!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 10782 times:

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 9):

The angus cheeseburger is a CO classic, but it is an economy meal. Just because it is put on a plate does not make it business class food. It reminds me of 2005 when UA was introducing buy on board in economy. They put the same meal on a plate and passed it off as first class food.

LOL! last time I had the burger, it was in domestic first class. All I remember was that it was delicious! But you're right, it's definitely not the international business class meal that one would expect if you're paying lots of cash for a business class ticket.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 10):
Hi there sfflyer123,

I am a huge fan of your video trip reports, and this one was no exception.
Another great video report as usual, nice to see UA are improving with their food. Not a big fan of the small personal screen but as you state correctly those will be gone soon enough.
Am actually booked on a domestic UA 787 flight in November. IAH to SFO and back the next day again!

cheers,

Brendan

Thank you for your very kind words. That's nice of you. I would love to try the B787 one day. Glad to hear that you're able to do it. I hope you can do a trip report on it. Safe travels.


User currently offlineSean-SAN- From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 770 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 9206 times:

That food looks horrible compared to what Delta serves on TATL flights. A hamburger is a joke for business class, something I can get for $3.99 at burgerking is not conducive to a $4000+ airline ticket.

User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8343 times:

Quoting Sean-SAN- (Reply 12):
That food looks horrible compared to what Delta serves on TATL flights. A hamburger is a joke for business class, something I can get for $3.99 at burgerking is not conducive to a $4000+ airline ticket.

Thanks for the comment. I agree. i would never pay $4000 fo this flight. First of all I can't afford it, and secondly, I'm too cheap to pay that kind of money even if I could. But my travel is paid for by my company, so it's all free for me. I'm not sure where the hamburger theme keeps coming from, though. I had Tandoori chicken, not hamburger.


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