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Flying United 757 On Dec25 Bos/sfo What To Expect?

Mon Dec 23, 2002 2:47 pm

its my first time flying the plane of my dreams, and my first time with united.
what should i expect? does united serve anything on their early morning departures. i mean the flight is leaving at 06:45 am and its gonna last 6 hours and 33 min, so i want to be prepared. do they show any movies?
on the way back i leave sfo at 10:30pm to get back in bos at 06:54am on the 757, do they serve dinner and breakfast on this fight? what are the best seats on the 757?
thanks for any info
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RE: Flying United 757 On Dec25 Bos/sfo What To Exp

Mon Dec 23, 2002 3:08 pm

They'll show at least two movies and some NBC programming on the way there. They'll feed you some, too. But it is basically the same flying time from BOS as Europe is, so pack food. I always need to eat more on a 7 hour domestic flight than they feed me, unless I'm in first.

There will be no food on the redeye back in coach, and an optional snack in first, at least that's my experience with many, many SFO-IAD redeyes. Boston may be different.

Check for seat suggestions. Economy Plus is nice, its as nice as MRTC and in a few MRTC rows Econ Plus is nicer.

I like the UA 757s. I wish they had the new 757/737NG interior like Delta's do, but they're fine otherwise.


RE: Flying United 757 On Dec25 Bos/sfo What To Expect?

Mon Dec 23, 2002 5:15 pm

The actual flying time will be much shorter then 6hours33, more something like 5hours50. There is breakfast on your flight to SFO but only a snack in the redeye back to BOS - they expect you to sleep  Smile There is going to be a movie each way. Try listening to channel 9, 'from the cockpit', you can listen to the communication with air traffic control.
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RE: Flying United 757 On Dec25 Bos/sfo What To Expect?

Mon Dec 23, 2002 6:39 pm

You'll get a light breakfast followed by a second service consisting of drinks and peanuts on your flight to SFO. It's a good idea to bring snacks. Otherwise plan on being tempted to eat at the SFO airport. The 757 is better than a 767 or 747 for watching a movie. The video monitors are easy to see. If you plan on bring any presents along, don't wrap them. Security might make you open them.

Your plane will be quite full. Unfortunately it's difficult to move about the cabin on a full 757 to stretch your legs. If you sit in an aisle seat, expect a lot of elbow traffic. Window seats are good on a long flight because you can look out at the scenery when the movie ends.

I love the 757. It has more elbow room than an airbus A320 and doesn't get bounced around as easily.

Enjoy your flight and thank you for flying United.
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RE: Flying United 757 On Dec25 Bos/sfo What To Expect?

Mon Dec 23, 2002 9:57 pm

UA's 757's are nice. Basic interiors, nothing special (unless you're lucky to get a refurbished one). I've flown them many times, transcontinental and on short and medium hops. All have been great flights. United's cabin crew are often quite friendly and professional, as well as attentive. You will get a meal and it will be decent as far as airline meals go, and there will be a movie and some short subject material, including NBC News, a couple of sitcoms, and some other special programming. Have a good flight.

My experiences on UA 757's:

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RE: Flying United 757 On Dec25 Bos/sfo What To Expect?

Mon Dec 23, 2002 11:29 pm

According to, the eastbound movie will be Lilo and Stich and the westbound movie will be Spy Kids 2. These will be followed by NBC inflight which consist of several short subjects.

The 757 is a very comfortable plane, the longest trip I've ever done on it was ANC-ORD, just under 6 hours. Try to get in E+ if at all possible.

Enjoy your flight.
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RE: Flying United 757 On Dec25 Bos/sfo What To Expect?

Tue Dec 24, 2002 2:18 am

Dear Alexandre,

I hope you have a great trip! My fellow United enthusiasts have given you most of the details. Here's what I can add, though:

Yes, your favorite airplane will be quite heavy as Flight 163. There are still a few seats open in First and Economy, but there are more than enough stand-by passengers ready to fill any openings! Your cabin crew so far: 3 Boston-based (including the Purser) and one San Francisco-based. One extra Boston-based Flight Attendant is scheduled to be added by the 24th... most likely he or she will be a junior reserve. Your crew is fairly junior overall.

Inflight, breakfast will be served. You should find the usual "airline choices:" pancakes or french toast and an egg dish. If you're offered our delicious, greasy cheese omelet, by all means take it! You can never go wrong with that one! Why, my record is four in one sitting (I don't recommend trying to beat it)! Along with the hot main course, on your tray you should find a cold muffin or danish and a small dish of cantaloupe and pineapple slices. It's a rather meager offering, so I recommend buying a tasty, fresh bagel before heading to the gate. Before landing, a drink service will be offered with a small package of pretzel mix. One further note: if you are in Economy Plus, I suggest sitting as close to the front as possible (Row 8/9 is the first row in coach). "Regular" Economy begins at row 17. If you're a "regular" guy, try not to sit any farther forward than Row 21, and no farther back than Row 25. All of this strategizing is to simply ensure you get your choice of breakfast dishes, as the more-popular egg dish will almost always disappear at the end of each section of cabin served.

For movies: going to San Francisco, the kid-pleasing holiday fare is "Spy Kids 2." If you're returning to Boston in December, the movie will be "Lilo and Stitch." (United tends to show "family" movies in big holiday travel months.) In January, the Boston-bound flights will show "Sweet Home Alabama." ...While you will be offered a free headset on both flights, I do recommend bringing your good-quality Walkman headphones if you have space in your bag. Our headphones are certainly an improvement over the old plastic tubes we once offered, but they still don't compare with "homemade."

On your all-nighter return flight to Boston, a drink service (and the infamous bag of pretzels!) will be offered soon after take-off. Throughout the flight, the crew should shuffle by in the darkness offering water, and shortly before landing coffee and orange juice should be served... at the mimimum. It's proper and expected to take out the carts with the full complement of drinks, but it's not common practice, unfortunately.

If you have time before your return flight to Boston -- and if you arrive early enough at the airport -- I recommend stopping by the Crab Pot restaurant (next to Gate 72) for a late-night snack. This is the best spot for food in the United terminal, although it will close an hour or two before your flight's departure. If you arrive a little late, the food court near Gates 80/81 should still be open until at least 9 PM. Pizza Hut, Noah's Bagels, and Boudin's sourdough (great --but expensive-- sandwiches) are among the late-night shops still serving. Once on board with a full tummy, you should find a pillow and blanket at your seat for your nighttime flight home (our transcon all-nighters should still offer this for each customer).

Well, that about covers things from this Flight Attendant's perspective. I wish you a good holiday trip. All of us here at UA appreciate your business!
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RE: Flying United 757 On Dec25 Bos/sfo What To Expect?

Tue Dec 24, 2002 2:47 am

thanks for all replies, and yeah i'm really looking foward for my first time on a 757, first time on united,first time in the west coast...................
thanks guys

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