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by VC10er
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Thanks! Are there any other images of the seat other than the one that went out with the announcement? Headrests look magenta or some dark pink color?

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by VC10er
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

So, to be sure, that means Polaris seats, the new Premium Economy seats on the current 788 & 789 fleets by 2020?

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by VC10er
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Wow! “Men Only” - that is really mind blowing! Could you even imagine what that would mean today LOL! Thanks
I’m going to look for pictures of the interiors.
Did VARIG operate them to the USA?

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by VC10er
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I just saw a vintage United ad on Pinterest. It was for a new service called a Red Carpet 727. Sounded like Midwest: big comfortable seats nose to tail, an all Premium 727. What happened with that experiment?
The ad mentioned “worth paying for” over regular economy! I wonder where she flew?

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by VC10er
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Airlines Brand Refresh and New Livery
Replies: 47
Views: 8307

Re: Austrian Airlines Brand Refresh and New Livery

Apologies: spellcheck changed my Austrian to Australian. The final approved brand driver boards for the 2005 were truly fantastic- totally fresh approach to airline branding. I don’t know how much of the physical execution of the idea came to fruition- I’ve never flown Austrian. I loved it, many did...

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by VC10er
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian Airlines Brand Refresh and New Livery
Replies: 47
Views: 8307

Re: Austrian Airlines Brand Refresh and New Livery

Hmmm, I wonder if Landor was involved as they did the first big redesign- creating the flying arrow and light blue. The “scheme” as everyone outside the branding industry uses was inspired by the fresh Australian spring, red flowers, blue sky and green grass in the lounge- happy approachable and don...

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by VC10er
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 211
Views: 27451

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

It's still a painfully slow project. Today mere 19 frames have Polaris seats, of which only 5 are retrofits. http://view.ceros.com/united/polaris-tracker-desktop-4/p/3 End of 2020 will mean will mean its taken 4 full years to roll it out. (remember the first 77W arrived in Q4 2016) Would people pre...

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by VC10er
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

What I don’t understand is what their plans are for the 764s? They are about 17/18 years old and still have life left in them. There are no reports about them getting Polaris yet they can do many premium heavy destinations even with their more limited range. I think ZRH, FRA and GRU etc. Although I...

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by VC10er
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 211
Views: 27451

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

Who here is old enough to remember the Heinz ketchup tv ads with Carly Simon singing “Anticipation?”

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by VC10er
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

What I don’t understand is what their plans are for the 764s? They are about 17/18 years old and still have life left in them. There are no reports about them getting Polaris yet they can do many premium heavy destinations even with their more limited range. I think ZRH, FRA and GRU etc. Although I ...

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by VC10er
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

United’s new classes from basic to Polaris (now with a real W on wide bodies) is like a tube of toothpaste, squeeze the bottom because and all the good stuff is up front. Same for the Airbus fleet, I love the new F seats. If the flight is long enough, it’s worth the premium vs ANY slimline seat toda...

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by VC10er
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I saw some images of the special design features and details of the SFO Polaris Lounge- I wonder if they will release and teasers for EWR- only a few more months if they are on time.

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by VC10er
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

4952023 Out on the runway. IMO, the gold swoosh could hug the grey belly a bit more. I don’t get the love for the wave, it’s ok, perhaps modernizes a tad. But I do not think this is the “new livery” at all nor a sign of what’s to come. For me it should have just been a signal of “new tech” For me t...

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by VC10er
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines 787-10 configuration revealed
Replies: 54
Views: 9858

Re: United Airlines 787-10 configuration revealed

This will be the jewel in their crown at least until the A350's come and maybe if they order the 77X, 787 comfort and design, the beautiful atmosphere of Polaris and the comfort of those seats. I do think that the days of MP being the most (or one of) the most generous programs will come to an end. ...

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by VC10er
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to introduce JAMCO Business Class Seats on the Boeing 787-10
Replies: 24
Views: 6810

Re: KLM to introduce JAMCO Business Class Seats on the Boeing 787-10

“JamCo” what a horrible name for an airline seat manufacturer!
They look nice “enough”. It’s been a while but so long as they are still giving out the little Dutch building bottles of booze, I’d be very happy!

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by VC10er
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I’m actually a bit flabbergasted. These diagrams speak to one darn huge decision on the parts of many very senior people; is the mission to become the most preferred “Premium” US carrier by volume at least - even if Polaris is edged out a bit by DeltaOne? Clearly the number of premium seats and larg...

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by VC10er
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Wow, never thought that Polaris would ever become a p.s. seat. But, perhaps it could? Would it be the best of the transcontinental F Class seats in the market? I have never flown Delta transcontinental, nor Mint and AA not for many years. Given there are probably so many people connecting to SFO and...

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by VC10er
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Wow, I wonder how much one leg across the pond that one airplane could make should most of the Premium seats be purchased? A friend just asked me the craziest question and the answer is on the tip of my tongue! What was the name United had for their liquid hand soap and hand cream in the 1990’s? I ...

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by VC10er
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Wow, I wonder how much one leg across the pond that one airplane could make should most of the Premium seats be purchased? A friend just asked me the craziest question and the answer is on the tip of my tongue! What was the name United had for their liquid hand soap and hand cream in the 1990’s? I a...

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by VC10er
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 211
Views: 27451

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

Perhaps where we all thought UA was being cheap or shortsighted, they actually built a club that was small at ORD in order to determine demand before building out expensive lounges at 28000 sq feet. Nothing beats a real life test to make decisions- no amount of research can truly determine an outcom...

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by VC10er
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I for one am thrilled about 30 or 40 A319s. With the new interior they are really nice inside. I much prefer them to any 737...although I cannot wait to fly the MAX. As for international Polaris wide bodies, once the enormous Polaris Lounge opens at EWR this summer (hopefully) it would be smart to h...

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by VC10er
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA order more 787-8 to replace 21 oldest 767-300s ?
Replies: 85
Views: 11305

Re: Will UA order more 787-8 to replace 21 oldest 767-300s ?

Are the TAM 767’s ex VARIG or are they all ex LAN? I used to read how nice the last handful of new build LAN 767s were- even though a 767 was already considered an old frame even then. I’m not at all in One World so never had a chance to fly LAN or LATAM, yet I always waited for the day I would beca...

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by VC10er
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I'm a CFM56 mechanic. They're not that similar. The cores themselves are indeed very similar, but beyond that, not as much. They don't even have the same number of booster stages. Different thrust reversers entirely, different gearboxes, Different accessories, and the list goes on. And even "s...

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by VC10er
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca to fly A330-300s
Replies: 37
Views: 8694

Re: Avianca to fly A330-300s

That’s odd that UA’s future with Azul could be in question only because UA is promoting that partnership a lot in advertising etc...even though Azul is not in the Star group. I have found that UA seems to prefer trying to route NYC area passengers through GRU to either GIG or SDU. The Santos Dumont ...

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by VC10er
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca to fly A330-300s
Replies: 37
Views: 8694

Re: Avianca to fly A330-300s

I don’t know how large this ac actually is, but does Avianca Brasil operate GIG/NYC non-stop at all ever? If not, does anyone think that would even happen?
If so would they do JFK or EWR for UA connections?

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by VC10er
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

A picture of the B/E Aspire Economy seat: https://twitter.com/wandrme/status/850398434154643458 Looks very similar to what Garuda Indonesia installed on their 737 MAX 8s. Except that UA 737s won't have screens, so even Indonesia has a better seat than America. I'd laugh hard if it weren't so sad. A...

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by VC10er
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA order more 787-8 to replace 21 oldest 767-300s ?
Replies: 85
Views: 11305

Re: Will UA order more 787-8 to replace 21 oldest 767-300s ?

[The code D issue isn't much of a problem anymore. Mainly old US airports have code D gates. New airports or renovated airports have built mostly code C and code E gates which includes most of Asia. UA's dilemma is that their biggest hub is one of those "old" US airports. With the current...

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by VC10er
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ending Polaris First ticket sales
Replies: 8
Views: 4669

Re: United ending Polaris First ticket sales

As someone who has flown United for 27 years for business internationally- and almost from the day I started my job in 1991 I was almost always in First because I had a full fare J ticket and a dear friend in United’s NYC sales office who would get me bumped up. While the seats back then were 2x2 fa...

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by VC10er
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA order more 787-8 to replace 21 oldest 767-300s ?
Replies: 85
Views: 11305

Re: Will UA order more 787-8 to replace 21 oldest 767-300s ?

I personally don’t mind flying in a 767 until after my retirement age...so long as they have Polaris as my international traveling is 90% business related. So, the idea that UA could get even more used 763s would be great news. New ones even better. But as I read about used 763ERs, it’s always like ...

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by VC10er
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I only see ONE curve among all straight lines, and that is the nod to the globe on the tail. Yes, that curve is indeed repeated over and over, ala: the Polaris bulkhead or the front of the new ticket and gate desks. But It's not a wavy line thing. I have always seen the view-screen from the Starship...

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by VC10er
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ending Polaris First ticket sales
Replies: 8
Views: 4669

Re: United ending Polaris First ticket sales

Good idea. I just flew a 3 Class 772 from GRU to EWR and it’s SO NOT First Class service- just the seat which I love and will miss, but I think United selling one of those seats at F prices will just lose that person immediately. Better to just upgrade GS and/or 1ks until the end or collect a “small...

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by VC10er
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: UA to introduce new and/or revised livery in the coming years
Replies: 186
Views: 30317

Re: Rumor: UA to introduce new and/or revised livery in the coming years

I just hope the wave is cost neutral because if it’s going to cost money it doesn’t do enough of anything for the brand. Like the wave or not, if it’s costing money then they are spending it in the wrong place. United has a ways to go to improve the overall United experience for fliers in front and ...

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by VC10er
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

The first UA 737 MAX has been painted! https://twitter.com/airlinegeeks/status/982401985948372992?s=21 Spectacular. If the gold wave is gradually rolled out fleet-wide... :o I agree, it is a great way to refresh the livery and it matches the subtle branding updates we have seen elsewhere such as ai...

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by VC10er
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Is there an image of this new amazing Aspire Y seat? So, since the 764 might be the very last to get Polaris, is that why they are not on the Polaris progress chart? I don’t understand why the MAX gets a wavy line? It’s just a 737 for the passengers and it’s not as impressive a new aircraft as the 7...

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by VC10er
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Last and most important of all things aviation: I STILL keep getting “FAREWELL 747” tin amenity kits. I have 11 of them, I have to start throwing them out. What happened to those nice Saks Fifth Ave kits that matched the duvets? I have bad news for you. The small Saks Fifth Ave kits are coming back...

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by VC10er
Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 556
Views: 70798

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

Huge congratulations to AA and Boeing. Boeing really deserves a to feel good about the 787. Hard to believe it started as a “sonic cruiser” then morphed into one of the most desirable aircraft models ever. Does anyone really believe that this AA order is some kind of sign UA would change its A350 or...

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by VC10er
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: UA to introduce new and/or revised livery in the coming years
Replies: 186
Views: 30317

Re: Rumor: UA to indroduce new and/or revised livery in the coming years

Well "in the coming years" seems pretty open! I would imagine that it will happen and when it does I hope that they have enough sense to bring back the old tulip logo. Totally! Poor Saul Bass was probably rolling over in his grave in 2010 when Smisek and Tilton announced the "comprom...

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by VC10er
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The New Livery of PIA gets leaked
Replies: 111
Views: 18977

Re: The New Livery of PIA gets leaked

It looks like the design agency said “here, you 3 designers work on the front, and you 3 designers work on the back...then will take the one we like the best from each and put them on the plane” and pray for an holistic design. I do not have an issue re: QATAR, the execution of the “goat” is differe...

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by VC10er
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I assume that all brand new 737-MAX aircraft will get the new F seat, slimlines E+, Y and basic as well as the new bulkheads? And I assume that the 764’s will never get Polaris? Will they be redeployed domestically as the 78J’s arrive? Given Polaris must not be cheap, is Kirby the one who decides wh...

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by VC10er
Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!
Replies: 260
Views: 33023

Re: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!

Gang; it’s ALL subjective! No one person can say one livery design is unilaterally bad and there is no room for someone else who loves it. As for VARIG, as I was sort of part of it, at the time of the first big refresh VARIG was the unquestionable national airline of Brasil. Not “official” but in sp...

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by VC10er
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

77W N2747U ferry PAEPDX 2Apr for paint N2645U Out of induction.. Ferry SFOLAX .. Revenue LAXIAHLAX turn.. then ferry back to SFO. Odd.. :scratchchin: 39M N67501 Said to be starting paint at BFI ... also said to have same wavy gold as 787s. What kind of aircraft is N67501? Also, do you know the numb...

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by VC10er
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 211
Views: 27451

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

Frankly I’m fine without First Class. I can’t afford it internationally. I like Polaris very much so far. On the 77W I didn’t count the ratio of FA’s to seat count- but indeed the extra courses did drag out the meal service- so I’m happy UA identified that as an issue to fix. The least important thi...

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by VC10er
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 211
Views: 27451

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

BTW: no PJ’s in Polaris First from São Paulo to Newark. I think there should have been because there isn’t much difference for First other than the color of the blanket and amenity kit. It will probably be my last ride in that seat (which I have loved for years) and they did make the bed for me. It ...

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by VC10er
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: April Fools 2018 - Airlines
Replies: 27
Views: 9102

Re: April Fools 2018 - Airlines

I’m shocked by no big 747-8i order announcements!

Who would be silliest or most probable?

Least: SPIRT
Maybe: United or BA

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by VC10er
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 211
Views: 27451

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

I’m in Polaris “First” tonight on an old 3 Class 772, GRU to EWR. Will I get PJ’s and bed cushion? Curious what the differences will be aside from the seat. Thanks

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by VC10er
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!
Replies: 260
Views: 33023

Re: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!

The fact LH unveiled the new identity as a foreshortened, rear view of their 748i was no accident- it looks best on her. It was also probably “airbrushed” (as my mother would say) to look even better. I’m sitting on an Avianca Brasil A320 right this moment at GIG. Between Avianca, Old TAM, LATAM and...

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by VC10er
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 760
Views: 98852

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Well, good to know they are consistent in taking care of people - recently the smallest boo boo was made and even without asking or writing I got award miles with an apology.

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by VC10er
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 211
Views: 27451

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

Don’t forget the brushed chrome handle bar and beautiful entry way and bulkhead design: aesthetics are important and the Polaris cabin is soothing and modern. I love it and don’t require more on any length flight- mostly because the bed, when totally flat, is one of the best for sleeping. Oh, I for...

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by VC10er
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 211
Views: 27451

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

Don’t forget the brushed chrome handle bar and beautiful entry way and bulkhead design: aesthetics are important and the Polaris cabin is soothing and modern. I love it and don’t require more on any length flight- mostly because the bed, when totally flat, is one of the best for sleeping.

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by VC10er
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When do we start seeing the new AS interiors and food
Replies: 55
Views: 5608

Re: When do we start seeing the new AS interiors and food

It’s because the same five folks always come down to shoot down even the slightest critique of AS no matter even if it is valid. First my typo; I meant 767 (5 for UA, last I checked it was 2) As for some folks having a strange agenda against an airline company- there are people here who if UA solve...

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