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Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:22 am

Has anyone had recent experience flying UA on this route in economy class. My wife did about 2-years ago and found the cabin service pretty good.
The alternative is to fly with AirNZ via AKL. We have done this a number of times and have been generally satisfied. Our experience has been that it depends so much on the cabin attendants that are working the side of the aircraft in which you are seated. We need to fly a Star Alliance carrier because of the points.
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Mon Jul 26, 2004 3:46 pm

Service and flight overall is typical United - mediocre to good depending on the cabin crew and whether you're sitting in E+ or not. Nothing special. In most cases they do walk around after the meals and periodically throughout the long flight to check up on passengers. If you fly UA regularly on domestic flights, then you would have already gotten a taste of their international service as well.

Plane is a 744 and there are video screens all throughout the plane for movies. No PTV's.

Btw, I think you may have posted this in the wrong forum. You'd probably get more replies in Civil Av.
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
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Mon Jul 26, 2004 9:11 pm

UA canned its non-stop service MEL-LAX more than three years ago after Qantas played me too on the route. I did fly them in business class to Sydney from SFO about thee years ago. NOt in the same class as SQ or CX but sort of OK if you spent most of the time asleep.

I think my long dead Grandma was the chief cabin attendant. Frightening. She was at least 10 years younger than the flight service director who emerged from First class a few times.
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Mon Jul 26, 2004 10:05 pm

Go NZ. UA are old, and thats not just the Flight Attendants  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

NZ have better leg room, nicer cabins, friendlier staff and better food.

Good Luck with your choice
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Mon Jul 26, 2004 10:20 pm

If you are a Star or UA elite FF, go with UA since you can get E+ seating.

If not, go NZ - their seat pitch is better than UA regular Economy (and while the service is better on NZ - there is only so much service you get in Y anyway...)

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