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Photos Of United EWR ORD SFO In First And Business  
User currently offlineSlcdeltarumd11 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3730 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 8638 times:

I left Rutgers University at 6AM and hit traffic on the NJ Turnpike in the rain. Checked in at 7AM.

View of the A320 in the rain at EWR

Airbus A320
First Class seat 2D

The first cabin on the A320 is actually very nice and modern looking. Flip down LCD monitors and looks much brighter and modern than UAs favourite 757.

The meal on board the short flight to O’hare was fresh fruit and a breakfast croissant sandwich with ham, egg, and cheese. It was actually very good and warm. Definitely enough for the short flight.

In flight entertainment consisted of NBC shows and travel documentaries. Channel 9 (Air Traffic Control) was not turned on for this flight. After eating the meal I took a nap before we landed at O’Hare.

The weather in O’Hare was unusually warm about 45 degrees and raining, unusual for Chicago in February.

In Chicago I saw a massive fleet of United aircraft including a line up of 777 and 747-400s. There was a TED aircraft sitting at one of the gates. I love the current united design and am disappointed in the new one. Basically it is a way to save money on paint I guess.

ORD busy as usual

Some AA planes at ORD definitely not as entertaining as UAs arenal of 777s and 747-400s

Boeing 777 international configured
Business Class seat 13J

Business class international configured 777 is better than the regular domestic first. The flight crew was very professional on this flight. The flight continues onto Shanghai and at least a third of the people on board in business class were going on to Shanghai. All of the international amenities were given including electronic noise cancelling headphones, PTVs, and hot towels. The movies all stunk so I put on the airshow and listened to the 15 channels on audio with the noise cancelling headphones. Channel 9 was working on this flight. We were United 857 Heavy.

A fellow UA plane just about to takeoff

Lined up ready to go

The choices for lunch were an oriental chicken salad or the deli plate. The majority of people wanted the salad so many that they ran out. I chose the deli plate and was very pleased it was delicious. A warm roll with ham, turkey, swiss, fruit, and a pasta salad.

In business class and first class every seat was taken and in coach 95% full. United hopefully made money off of this flight or they are in trouble!

The united business seat was excellent very comfortable and easy to sleep in. I think in the 777 its worth the upgrade from coach to business but not from business to first unless you really need to sleep on the flight or if its really long.

After the meal and watching airshow and listening to music I took a two hour nap with the business seat in full recline, very comfortable.

San Francisco is a great airport well laid out, easy to get around on the air train, clean and beautiful. San Francisco has a great collection of 747s and 777s from Asia and Europe to look at.

The View out the window of a causway over the bay route 84

Taken out the window as landing

Some of the United gates at SFO a star alliance partner Lufthansa is visible

The most amazing site in the World

In Person this view will take your breathe away

[Edited 2004-02-25 07:55:09]

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User currently offlinePilatusguy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2004, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 8405 times:

great trip report!

What's the story with this Channel 9? Are they actually "broadcasting" the real ATC? If so, which frequency? Always the one, the PIC is tuned in to?
I wish there were airlines with a feature like that in Europe - I love listening to ATC, so far only close to airports (on the ground..)

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8333 times:

Wow nice trip report! Did you visit the cockpits? I sure wish I could fly on United again sometime soon.

Channel 9 has all ATC on it so you can hear other transmissions from other planes too. Just like having a scanner.

Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineAv8rDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8279 times:

I've never actually used it but I think Ch. 9 broadcasts the freq. the cockpit crew is currently using. Basically you can follow them as they swtich frequencies from departure to the various centers used in-flight until approach. Yes, it's like listening to a scanner, but you don't have to change freqs every time your flight is handed off to another freq.

I'm not sure if it's turned on for takeoff and landing or if there are any regulations governing this. Can anyone else clarify?

Maintain thine airspeed, lest the Earth rise up and smite thee.
User currently offlineSlcdeltarumd11 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3730 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8253 times:

the pilot can turn channel 9 off or on it his discretion. And yes it broadcasts the frequency the cockpit crew is using.

User currently offlineSlcdeltarumd11 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3730 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 8240 times:

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Photo © Vasco Garcia

UA Business Class

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Photo © Justin Cederholm

UA Domestic First Class

User currently offlineGhsweusa From Sweden, joined Jul 2003, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 8214 times:

The pilot can set it to a radio channel if he wants to.
When I flew ORD to BTV during World Series last year they set channel 9 to a radio station they found on the way so we could listen to the game.

// Gunnar Haglund, Sweden

User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8089 times:

Those are very good trip report and did very excellent flight on UA. It is very good meal for you.

User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7802 times:

Nope, I think Channel 9 is turned ON during Takeoff and landing. You definetely get Cleared for takeff/landing messages on it. One of my favorite things about UA.

Nice Report.


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User currently offlineAv8rDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7455 times:

So whether or not you hear the entire flight's communications on 9 is up to the cockpit crew I guess. This leads me to conclude that there are no FARs concerning broadcasting cockpit comm to the pax due to security concerns or whatever. I guess after 9-11, one would expect such a regulation governing this.

Maintain thine airspeed, lest the Earth rise up and smite thee.
User currently offlineA330Fan1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 856 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7535 times:

Awesome report!! the food looks delicious and great pictures!


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