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First Boeing 777-200!  
User currently offlineCatholic2006 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 357 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5128 times:

Hey everyone!!!
On January 17, 2003 I flew United Airlines from the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport to the Chicago-O'Hare International Airport to Denver International Airport. I'm only going to post the flight from Chicago to Denver because this was my first wide body flight.

On my way to to Chicago, from Pittsburgh, I was really excited because I was actually going to fly on a Boeing 777-200. I was enthusiastically looking forward to this flight. Now, I know that flying different aircraft for the first time is not very important to a lot of you, but for me, this was a milestone.

I had just deplaned from the Boeing 737 that flew me from Pittsburgh. It was a bit of a rush for the passengers because the line for take-off at Pittsburgh was long, and we had to get de-icing. So, we were about 45 minutes late. A United Airlines employee came to my gate looking for the Unaccompanied Minor she was supposed to pick up. She asked the agent I was waiting with if I was the person, and she said no because they gate assignment that the employee had for my next flight was not the same as the agent, but it turns out that I was who she was looking for and she escorted me to my gate. It was the one that the agent had said.

I was really excited, but I was really running because I was gonna be late, or so I thought. We arrived at my gate, and she brought me immediately to the front of the line where all of the passengers were waiting to board. She handed me over to the flight attendant who took me to the plane.

It was AMAZING!!! The size of it's front was large enough to be a lobby! It was really cool. She walked me back to my seat which was 18 E. I was really happy now because I was smack dab in the center of the row. The configuration is 2-3-2, and I was in the center. It was like a dream come true. I had noticed the Personal Entertainment System, and almost lost it. It was like I was flying in first class. I might have been in Economy plus because my seat was blue instead of gray with the orange, red, and blue strpes in the middle. After everyone boarded, which seemed to take an eternity, the captain announced push back. We sat in place (pushed back from the gate), and the flight attendants started the safety demonstration. At this point, I was considering becoming a flight attendant, but then I remember September 11, 2001 and that idea quickly exited my mind.

We started taxiing to the runway, and I was just ready to see if Chicago was actually the busiest airport. Our wait for take off was not long and we started roll down the runway. It was really smooth and before I knew it, we were in the air. It was a really calm takeoff. Not powerful at all. It was really cool.

After awhile, an announcement came on letting us know that we were allowed to use to televisions, and I tuned in to Toon Disney because they weren't showing any movies. I also watched VH1. They came around with the concessions cart, and I ordered a 7up which, by the way, was what I had on the flight to Chicago.

After I had finished my snack I decided to observe the interior of the aircraft. I stared around in awe as I was taking in how HUGE this aircraft was. It was absolutely amazing. It was also very comfortable. Except for after about 30 minutes, my drink was starting to kick in and I had to go. So I, who was seated in the middle, had to ask to get out. The one guy was working on a laptop, and the other was dead out sleep. I thought I'd just hold it, but I couldn't and it started to hurt so I had to wake him up and then I ran through the business class cabin to wait in the line for a lavatory. I didn't wait for but 10 so it wasn't that bad.

As I was returning to my seat, 2 of like the 12 flight attendants that they had asked me how I was and told me to wait for one of them to come and get me when we landed in Denver. I told them okay (with a smile), and gratefully walked back to my seat. I felt better. I decided to just sit and think for the rest of the 15 minutes of my flight. We descended into Denver and I looked out of the far window and saw NO SNOW!! I was thinking, "How in the world am I gonna ski?" I was going on a ski vacation and meeting my aunt and cousin at the airport. We landed and taxied to the gate. We arrived and I sat for what seemed 20 minutes watching people deplane this HUGE beast of an aircraft. The flight attendant came and got me, and we talked about skiing while she walked me to the boarding area. She handed me over to the agent at the counter.

I asked if I could go and stand next to the window, and I saw an aircraft even bigger than the one I was on and I asked the agent if it was a Boeing 747-400. He thought for about 3 seconds and said, "Yes, I believe it is." I was just in awe it the size and scale of this plane. I was only thinking of the day when I would ride one, and note that you will be sure to hear from me about my trip on that!! (wink, wink).

Well this concludes my trip. I would like to point out that Denver Airport looks more like a mall. That's a really cool terminal that they've got there. Thanks for reading!!

-Chris


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User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5016 times:

another great report. Keep up the good work.

May God bless you and everyone through Jesus Christ with lots of love,

Jeff



God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5005 times:

Boy Chris, nice report. I know just how you feel about riding a different aircraft for the first time(read my WN 737-700 trip report and u will see what I mean). I have GOT to fly a 777 soon. Looks like you beat me to it!!!! I need to fly on UAL ORD-DEN or AA DFW-MIA or Delta CO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO-ATL those are the only domestic 777 flights I know, plus CO 777 IAH-LAX flight correct???

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8897 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4988 times:

The 777 is one of the greatest aircraft I have ever flown on. Did you get a chance to use the overhead bins? Those things are quite large and roomy, if only they had them on older planes (I know some airlines are refitting them on, but they still aren't as good).

You do have to get on a 747. If possible, try and get on the Upper Deck. I flew upper deck on a BA 747 one time, and it was quite fun going up a small staircase to get to the small economy cabin on a 742. And if you thought the 777 was big, it can be a long walk to the back of a 747. Either way, you have to experience it. If you ever fly to Europe, try and take BA (a 747 one way, 777 the other if possible). You won't regret it.

Jeff


User currently offlineEx_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1436 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4961 times:

Just wondering...are you 100% positive you were in a 777? You indicated that seating was 2-3-2, and that you were in a blue seat. UA's Economy and Economy Plus seats are the same color - the newer seat covers (which I believe you sat on) are blue as you described, while the older ones are the light grey with orange/red/blue stripes - but they are configured in 2-5-2 across, not 2-3-2. Business Class on their 777s is 2-3-2, but the seats are a very dark grey. If your aircraft was configured 2-3-2 and you were definitely in Economy/Economy Plus, then you probably were on a 767.

User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4869 times:

I just had my 777 ride yesterday . My third ride , and the feeling of riding on the 777 is absolutely exciting and joyful . I love the power of the plane and the wide body ... The only thing that i dont really like about the plane is the cabin speed especially taking off , its pretty noisy but a great plane . Great report too . Love to fly UA's 777 one day .


Airliners is the wings of my life.
User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4795 times:

Chris, I hate to disappoint you, but I believe you flew the 767-300(ER) as there are two flights that have that aircraft for ORD-DEN. and there is only ONE 777 flight for ORD-DEN. Plus as they mentioned above, the seating arrangement on the 767 matched what you described, and not the 777 which is 2-5-2 or some I know have it as 3-3-3. Even if you did fly the 763(ER) Trust me Pal, you still have me beat. Big grin

Alex.



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineCatholic2006 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 357 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4771 times:

I agree that the Boeing 777-200 is a great airplane, and I am very honored to have had to opportunity to travel on one. Yes, they are very exciting to ride. I do hope to travel aboard one some other time (although a 747 would be much better).

It was a Boeing 777. I'm really sorry for that minor mistake I made. The configuration was 2-5-2. Forgive me, if you will, for that one. I even asked the flight attendant, just to make sure.

I still have yet to travel by means of a Boeing 767. That would be a great experience, as well.

Thank you all for reading my post and posting your comments. I hope to be reading, and writing more. Thanks again!

-Chris

PS: Is it true that people on this site are actively working to get me banned?



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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4773 times:

Is it true that people on this site are actively working to get me banned?

Absolutely.


User currently offlineN951U From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4757 times:

Let me see....
You clearly state 2-3-2, then you claim it was 2-5-2, yet you specifically refer to climbing over only one person on either side to get to the aisle. Something doesn't add up. I think you need to provide the flight number. It's a bit fishy, just like your other trip reports.


User currently offlineCatholic2006 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 357 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4758 times:

I had to climb over the guy that was sleeping as well as the guy that was using his computer. Sometimes I get a little twisted up. That's actually pretty good details for me since this trip happened so long ago. If there is anything else you need me to clear up then I'll try my best to  Smile

Thanks again!!

-Chris



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User currently offlineN951U From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4756 times:

No, I think you just altered the details in your memory when corrected.

The trip reports forum is not a "Guess what, I took a flight!" posting board. It is to provide a detailed description of the flight, service, personnel, etc., in order for it to be a suitable reference for others. The purpose of writing trip reports is not to brag or show off ("Look boys, I flew a B777 all by myself!") but rather to give information that future travelers will find useful. Example, I'm flying on a longhaul flight in a premium cabin tomorrow, and used the trip report forum both here and on another site to search for the same route/flight number and now have some sort of reasonable expectation.

You can't help people when you make things up or leave out so many details that it makes it a vague "Look what I did" post.


User currently offlineCatholic2006 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 357 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4747 times:

Okay, I will make a note of that and remember it next time when I post my next trip report.
I, when I had first joined, thought that this forum was for the enjoyment of others. I didn't alter anything, but sometimes things come out wrong, but thanks to you and everyone else for correcting me.

-Chris



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User currently offlineExitrowaisle From United States of America, joined May 2000, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4727 times:

Catholic2006,

Your posts are fine. I enjoy reading them, they remind me of how exciting it was to take an airline trip when I was your age. If you get some of the technical details wrong, so what? You have plenty of time to learn, and as you can see, many people will jump in to correct you! You've already come a loooong way from your first "wing bouncing" trip reports  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

This board is meant to share your flight experience with other aviation enthusiasts...there are plenty of reference sites out there. Keep up the good work!


User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4718 times:

Catholic2006,

You are getting much better at writing your trip reports. Keep up the good work.

N951U,

I agree that people should not brag in there trip reports, as people should not brag at all in generally. However I don't feel that Catholic2006 was bragging. I think he was just excited about his trip. After all, it could be said that when people write about there flights on the Concorde, they might be bragging at least a little bit.

God bless through Jesus with lots of love,

Jeff



God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlineNorthwesta319 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4706 times:

Excellent Trip Report- They are so good, fun to read!

User currently offlineCatholic2006 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 357 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4646 times:

Thanks, all, for your replies.
Yes, I have come a ways since my first report, and I am constantly working for ways to get better.

If I did brag, I apologize fully, and would also like to state that I can see that this post (as well as my others) seems to upset a few of you, so I also apologize for that too. Thanks.

For all of you who do like them, thank you and I enjoy hearing from you about my posts.

-Chris



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User currently offlineNo1racer From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4628 times:

Hey,

Here are some things that will either support, or not support the argument that you are telling the truth. Here is weather data for those two cities on the dates that you flew, first for Pittsburg from the 13th thru 17th when you took your trip.

Pittsburg, PA
TEMPERATURE PRECIPITATION
ACTUAL NORMAL
HI LO AVG HI LO AVG DEPT AMNT SNOW SNCVR HDD
13 30 17 24 35 20 27 -3 trace 0.1 0 41
14 23 15 19 35 20 27 -8 0.01 0.4 0 46
15 18 13 16 35 20 27 -11 trace 0.3 1 49
16 19 8 14 35 20 27 -13 0.05 0.8 1 51
17 20 4 12 35 19 27 -15 trace 0.7 1 53

Denver, CO
TEMPERATURE PRECIPITATION
ACTUAL NORMAL
HI LO AVG HI LO AVG DEPT AMNT SNOW SNCVR HDD
13 61 28 45 45 19 32 +13 0.00 0.0 0 20
14 55 25 40 46 19 32 +8 0.00 0.0 0 25
15 51 24 38 46 19 32 +6 trace trace 0 27
16 41 14 28 46 19 32 -4 0.00 0.0 0 37
17 44 20 32 46 19 32 +0 0.00 0.0 0 33

According to this data, he is correct in his outside observations of weather, and I believe that he is not lying on his trip at all, since this data is not terribly easy to find.

On the lines of the plane, and which was flown that day, a 767's middle seat is 'E' and on a 767 US market, there is no row 18. On a 767-300 Worldwide, there is an 18E, so this is a possibility, on a 767-200 US market 2, there is no Econ. Plus, and there is an 18E. On a 767-200 US Market 1, the same. Here is the big issue though. On a 777-200, the is an 18 and an E, and it is the middle seat and it is in Econ Plus. All other 777-200's are the same.

Here I pose the question, how many rows of Econ were in front of you? a few or alot?

Here is a list of flts. to Denver that day, and the aircraft that flew them:
All times Military
UA243 0655. N519UA 757 (not possible)
UA245 0800. N577UA 757 (not possible)
UA247 1945. N665UA 767 possible ER version, Domestic Config. but at night
UA249 0900. N468UA 320 (not possible)
UA253 1025. N794UA 777 (possible) International Config
UA255 1000. N938UA 735 (not possible)
UA257 1155. N541UA 757 (not possible)
UA261 1905. N354UA 733 (not possible)
UA265 1745. N531UA 757 (not possible)
UA267 1645. N772UA 777 possible US version, but close to night time, maybe
UA269 1315. N495UA 320 (not possible)

On the flight from Pittsburg, no flight was delayed by more than 10 minutes from departure time according to bts, however, one flight, UA1465 had a 50 minute taxi out time, which supports the above and left at 13:20, so this would line up with UA267, a 777. The other delayed flight with a taxi time of 36 minutes was 1683, which doesn't line up with a widebody. UA 1465 got in at 14:24, 45 minutes late.

With all this evidence, the weather reports, departure times and everything, it is the most likely scenario that he was on the late 1PM flight out of Pittsburg, and flew the 777 to DEN. Everything else lines up so I do not believe he is having memory lapses. Even if he took the early 8AM flight, there was a 36min taxi time and the flight got in 20 minutes late, but would still line him up with the 10AM 777. Either way, with the former being the most probable, I believe him on this one, It was 20F in Pitts and 44 in Denver, hence the no snow comment. It took me 1 hour to compile all of this, and I doubt that anyone would take the time that I have taken to make a false report. Thanks, and nice report Chris, I hope this helps. Thanks.

Sincerely,
no1racer

[Edited 2003-08-15 04:45:11]

User currently offlineCatholic2006 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 357 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4598 times:

OMG!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!

I Dunno what to say! I am at a loss for words!!
THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe you took all of this time for me! That is incredible, and that is EXTREMELY generous of you. I hope that I can make it up to you somehow.

How did you do it? I don't care how, but I know you did it, and I'm totally grateful!!! Thanks, you are super coo!!!!!!!!

-Chris

PS: I believe I was in the 3rd row behind the business class cabin. So there weren't that many economy seats in front of me. Once again, thank you very much.
and yes, I was on the 1:20 p.m. United Airlines flight from Pittsburgh to Chicago.



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User currently offlineNo1racer From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4584 times:

Hey Catholic2006,
It was a good trip report, and you are very welcome for the above. I will give you a failsafe way of making sure that ppl do not question your reports, though I think they are quite fine. At BTS, http://www.bts.gov/, there are records of flights of past trips if you don't remember exactly what registration you flew on, or exactly when you took off, etc. I honestly felt that the accusations had to be addressed, as this site is not for name calling and bickering. Glad you enjoyed your trip and I think you have great contributions to this forum. Thanks.

Sincerely,
no1racer


User currently offlineCatholic2006 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 357 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4545 times:

Well, as I said before "THANX" and welcome to my repected users list!!

-Chris

PS:  Smile  Smile  Smile  Smile



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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7484 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4530 times:

I flew ORD-LAS in June 2000 via DEN just to get on my first 777 . It was N774UA . I'de like to fly on a 747 soon!


'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineCatholic2006 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 357 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4500 times:

It's great to hear from a fellow lover of United Airlines!!

-Chris

PS: Yep, I'm holding my breath for my first 747-400 (can't wait).



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User currently offlineType-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4990 posts, RR: 19
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4502 times:

Chris:

I just wanted to say that I enjoy reading your posts. You not only describe the service and condition of the a/c (clean, dirty, filthy) but even what frame of mind you were in at the time you were gathering your data for the report.
This gives readers a frame of reference from your point of view. Speaking of that even a 15 year old is a passenger and the airlines should make certain that they offer good service to all passengers, young and old (and even in between) as these are the future business travelers of the world and will be influenced by their early experiences later in life.
I will say that I got a giggle out of your SWA report (the one with the flapping wings). This was a good example of your unique perspective. I think that one of these times you'll be in a 777 and see the wings flapping up and down 10 feet! Now that is something to see! Keep those reports coming!



Fly North Central Airlines..The route of the Northliners!
User currently offlineCatholic2006 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 357 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4502 times:

thanx, it really flatters me that you enjoy my trip reports. I am really honored  Smile

I hope I enjoy aviation in the future as much as I do now.

Thanx again!

-Chris



Ne vous inquietez pas. Je ne vous hais pas . . . . encore, mais faites attention !
25 777fan : Been on United's 757, 767, 777 and 747. All ORD-Den. If I am correct, I do not believe the 747 runs from ORD-Den anymore. It has been a few years as I
26 Catholic2006 : Thank you 777fan!!! Can't wait for the 747-400!!! -Chris PS: I really appreciate all of the positive insight!
27 United_Fan : 777fan , quick check of UA's timetable shows no 747 ORD-DEN . Just about every other fleet type . Except A319 & 762.
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