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777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 12:56 am

Hey everyone,
im going away on a dream holiday next wed to Las Vegas. im so excited!! Im going with UL from LHR-ORD on a 777. I've heard its a sporty thing, but what performance can I expect going over the atlantic-it will be full of fuel, and the flight is full-so will it still be a fun take off roll? Ive never been on one

PS can i reserve seat numbers on UAL.
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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 12:58 am

Sevenair, I'm sure the takeoff performance will still be "fun", 777s are powerful aircraft. About the seat numbers on UAL, I can't help you, haven't flown them in a while. Hope this helps, enjoy the 777, the flight and your vacation!
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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 12:59 am

I was on a 777 from FRA to DFW - very sporty takeoff, the plane was not full of fuel and was also very fast in the sky (more than 1000 km) for the whole trip.
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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 1:13 am

Yes, you can reserve a seat. Call United or have your travel agent do it. If you book on line, you can choose your seat. Though sometimes, if the flight is oversold, you have to call or wait until the day of your flight. You'll really enjoy United, especially if the Captain has Channel 9 turned on, where you can listen to Air Traffic Control communications with the cockpit.

Check out the "Trip Reports" section of this website. It has many reports about flights on 777s. has many forums. It has spell check and search functions. Use them before posting!
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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 1:18 am

777 has good acceleration, and UAL have in seat entertainment. Beware the dreaded middle seat in economy. Having been stuck there for over 8 hours it is miserable, how to screw up a perfectly good airplane!
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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 1:53 am

Try to sit on the side of the plane since it is a two seater. The middle section is a horrible 5 seater avoid at any cost. You will have a PTV at your seat. You will be impressed with the power and the style of the 777. One of the best quality about the 777 is the high ceiling since the over head bins go straight up and down. I really like the humm~~ noise that the engines make during taxing.

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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 2:22 am

I've flown the 777 five times (all on United), and it is an awesome airplane.

The throttle up of the engines on takeoff is the makes a noise that is somewhere between that of an elephant and a vacuum cleaner.

Great airplane!!
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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 2:35 am

If you're seated forward of the engines, the roar they make on the takeoff roll is phenomenal. Hopefully, you won't get a wing seat. The wings are massive and you're almost eye level with the wingtips so you won't see much. I've flown upper class on every Triple Seven Delta has and a couple of American's . I don't know too much about United's "Triples" but I hear great things. "Happy Contrails"!!

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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 2:59 am

772s are some of the best aircraft out there. I've only flown on AA 772's but their technology, comfort and speed make for a great flight, indeed. Sorry for the lame rhyme. But I will reiterate the remark on not getting a middle seat. UAL, if I remember correctly, doesn't have a whole lot of extra room in coach so so squeeze through/step over two people on your way to/from the restroom a few times on a 7 hour flight is reason enough not to get that seat. Get one of the window seats.
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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 3:09 am

Why are you asking about seat reservations on UAL if you are flying UL?

Anyway, there is nothing like a 777 take off.

Sometimes the pilots like to keep the plane on the runway a little longer then needed to gain speed, then pull back and climb like a rocket out of ORD. (at least with my experience they do)

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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 3:13 am

Flyingbronco05, obviously he's asking about UAL because he's flying on UAL - he just missed the "A"-key in the line in which he wrote "UL"... after all, UL does not operate 777s, so, if it really were UL, this whole thread would make no sense!
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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 3:15 am

United 777 have great quality service. Good choice.
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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 1:34 pm

it will be full of fuel

the tanks might barely be half-full. The 777 has incredible range. I remember when DL flew one of their 777s from ATL-JNB nonstop (approx 8000 miles) on a test flight.

I absolutely love the 777! Enjoy!
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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 4:18 pm


I've flown on 772s and 773s of Cathay, Thai, Singapore AL , Korean AL and and 772s of BA. Never flown on a US airline's 777, though. Found them to be a great experience, almost always.

The takeoff roll will be faster and more enjoyable if the a/cft is not entirely full. I've had some 70% occupancy-takeoffs on the 772 and it feels great. The engines generate over 90,000 lbs. of thrust each so if you haven't experienced the accelleration of the 777 yet, you will immediately realize the difference between this phenomenal aircraft and something like the A340-300 or A330, or even a 747-400 for that matter. The speed of the aircraft inflight depends on many factors like allocated flight level, wind speed/direction etc. so "ideal conditions" for max. cruise speed will depend entirely on conditions prevailing on the day of your flight, and also, your luck.

If you are in "Y" class, try and get yourself a seat forward of the wings, if possible. Different airlines have different seat numbers but the first row in Economy is normally row 12 on MH/SQ/CX and you should ask for a "A", "C" or "J" or "K" seat (window or aisle). Don't make the mistake of taking one of the middle seats (D-E-F-G-H). 29J or K are good seats, just aft (behind) the wing and exit door, so you should get good legroom and a good view if you are on 29K. Most airline websites offer seat map views - go to the UAL website and check if it's available and then you can select your seat and ask your travel agent to block the seat for you.

Have a great flight on the 777 !!!


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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 7:14 pm

I need to knwo abt the seat as I did not see anything on the about reserving seats-but thanks guys! Plus, flying is not really flying to me unless I have a window seat Smile/happy/getting dizzy im really really looking forward to it!!
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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 7:20 pm

I've been on the 777-200 with United Airlines (SEA-NRT) and Asiana Airlines. (SEA-ICN). I'll have to say for the two longs flights the 777-200 was the best. I've flown over the Pacific with 744's before but the 777-200 was just amazing. On-take off from SEA,NRT and ICN you just felt the awesome power of the 777-200. What else too is that it's so quiet. The entertaiment system is also good on UA's 772's. The 777 right now is the best in the sky no doubt. Have a good trip!

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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 7:50 pm

Expect a kick in the back! Its an awesome takeoff even though each time we took off the plane was full of fuel and passengers I can just imagine what it would be like at 50 or 70% load  Wow!
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RE: 777-What Can I Expect?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 7:57 pm

To be perfectly honest, I didnt think the 777 was anything special on take-off speed. I would call it 'steady' rather than 'sporty'.

While some planes might have you pinned back in the seat (i.e. 757s or A321s on 25 minute flights) the sheer size of the 777 and its take off roll is impressive. Being in such a large vehicle doing that sort of acceleration is quite something. Its like... you dont feel the power, but you certainly experience it!

Sit at the back... look right down the aisle at what seems like a mile to the front, then peer outside at the ground whizzing past, hear the roar of the massive engines, feel the unavoidable vibrations of the beast racing down a runway.... if you dont appreciate the 777 at this very moment... no, im sure you will.


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