A United 747-400 was my very first 747 experience. I flew on one in 2000 from LAX-HKG. I will never forget seeing those wings from the inside of the aircraft for the first time. Since I was a child, it was my dream to fly on one, so I made it happen, the summer after my first year in college.
Next month, I will being flying the United 747-400, SFO-ICN-SFO, which will probably be my last flight on this remarkable aircraft. Last year I did SFO-HKG-SFO, which I thought would be my last. I will be doing Polaris First on this trip, which I'm pumped about. I realize the seat will not be different, but I am interested on the change in amenities and service. Will let you all know what I think or notice. I booked my ticket as global first, but notice they rebranded sometime in November/December when I went in to review my reservation.
I booked a seat close to the rear of the first class cabin for the first leg, in hopes to still get a decent wing view, before the cabin starts pointing inward to the nose. On the return, I purposely booked the very first seat in the house at the very front of the first class cabin, just to say I had flown ahead of the pilots.
I've always enjoyed this aircraft. It's powerful...and smooth. Turbulence feels different on a 747-400, than it does on other aircraft. Almost like the wings are less rigid. I get the same feeling on the A380, even more exaggerated. I actually have never thought this aircraft was particularly loud. Sure it gets louder at the rear, but most of them do.
Will be sad to see her go, but the 787, A350, and the new 777's will be remarkable, and I'm all about advances in comfort, technology, and fuel savings.