a380900
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First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Thu Sep 09, 2004 8:56 am

Lucky day. I got upgraded from coach to business on my Air India flight from Paris to New York today. It was my first time on a 747 upper deck!

It was fun. It all felt very silent and you look at the ground from much higher. One problem is that the windows are too low and you have to lower your head to see stuff. The window has an angle too that makes watching outside a little less comfortable. I think it is going to be even worse on the A380 upper deck.

Anyway, overall, great experience.
 
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RE: First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Thu Sep 09, 2004 9:06 am

And your seat is also farther away from the window because of the skimpy baggage compartment next to the seat. Also, the overhed bins are smaller so you have to leave the bulkier bags in the back next to the galley.

But other than that, the upper deck is alright.
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RE: First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Thu Sep 09, 2004 9:39 am

I think it's worth it considering how much quieter it is and the better service you receive. Congrats on the upgrade! Always nice!

How was the food on indian? What were your entrees?

Mark
 
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RE: First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Thu Sep 09, 2004 9:50 am

Oddly enough, the food seemed to be the same as what I had in coach last time. Some chicken with spinach and yellow rice. The portions were bigger though. The service was way better. They were asking me every 5 minutes whether I wanted more drinks. I might well have ended up drunk!

I LOVED the baggage compartment next to the seat: you can put your bag in it and it does not bother you at your feet. It is still readily accessible though!
 
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RE: First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Thu Sep 09, 2004 9:57 am

It IS much quieter I agree but the service isn't always better. In most of my flights where I have sat in the upper deck, there has only been one F/A to tend to the entire cabin. Sometimes two during meal times.
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RE: First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Thu Sep 09, 2004 11:07 am

My personal experience is that it also seems to be less bumpy than the rest of the plane during turbulence.
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RE: First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Thu Sep 09, 2004 2:04 pm

My personal experience is that it also seems to be less bumpy than the rest of the plane during turbulence.

... and also less bumpy on the landing, if ever a rough one.
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RE: First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Thu Sep 09, 2004 2:47 pm

All the times I have flown on the upper deck it has been 2 attendants. Usually it's Business or First class up there. I am flying upstairs on BA Club World in November so we'll see what happens!

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RE: First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Thu Sep 09, 2004 4:33 pm

A380900, thanks for posting your experiences. I am flying on the upper deck Y class with SAA next month to JNB, and was wondering how it would feel compared with the main deck.
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RE: First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Fri Sep 10, 2004 3:14 am

I love the upper deck. I'll qualify that by saying that UA is the only airline whose 747 I've flown. Two weeks ago had my first experience in business class downstairs -- and it didn't compare to the service I've typically had upstairs. Upstairs (IME) the drink and food service was faster, and service was a bit more personalized. Perhaps I've just been lucky upstairs and always had 2 FAs working meals (usually one working the galley and one delivering meals). I'll take a seat in row 15 anyday! 16-17AB as an alternative!

[Edited 2004-09-09 20:14:46]
 
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RE: First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Fri Sep 10, 2004 5:24 am

One of the best flights I had in Y class was on the 747 upper deck. It was on an old QF 747-200. The sole stewardess was mature and at the start of the flight she annouced that she was going to work the cabin- only 27 seats- like she did when she first started flying on 707's. No trollies. Sure enough, she took all the drinks and meal requests the old fashioned way and gave fantastic old fashioned personalised service.

Subsequent flights on the QF747-200 showed that most crew used the trolley for service in this small cabin.

Glad to hear you got to enjoy an upstairs flight A380900! Tres bien  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Fri Sep 10, 2004 5:46 am

I would agree with the others. I flew FRA-SIN-SYD on the upper deck of one of Qantas' 744's last year. It was by far the best flight I ever had. Very personal service, Quiet cabin and a quite private atmosphere. I hope I will get Qantas' new flat bed the next time I fly to Oz.

But there are a few carriers who have economy class in the upper deck. You must probably be kind of lucky to get a seat there.

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RE: First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Fri Sep 10, 2004 6:54 am

My first and only flight in the upper deck was during a flight from Manchester to Hong Kong Kai Tak in June 1996 whilst flying from MAN via AMS on a Cathay Pacific 747-400.
I was sat at the back in Economy downstairs enjoying a film whilst flying over Italy when a flight attendant came up to me and told me the captain would like to see me. I did not have a clue why, I thought that I had done something wrong.
So I was escorted to the cockpit upstairs to be greeted by the captain and one of the relief crew, he explained that I had mentioned to my sister in passing that I would love to visit the cockpit in flight, and in doing so a few days before I was due to fly out she rang Public relations at Cathay Pacific to see if this was possible.
Of course it was up to the crew on the day to decide if this was possible.
So I got talking to the captain (a fellow Brit) and the relief pilots (an Aussie and a Chinese) and explained that I was going to Kai Tak to take photo's of the airport before it closes the following year.
I was up in the cockpit for about 10 minutes when the Captain decided it was time for him to join the first officer for 40 winks and leave the relief crew to fly the plane for the next 7 hours. I then started talking to the Aussie pilot who was acting captain for the next 7 hours about flying in general, football, Oz and my hometown of Manchester, when I was then told he was upgrading to the 747 from the L1011 that Cathay were retiring soon. I told him that I was on a L1011 that was at Tucson a few months earlier (VR-HOC) during a tour of Hamiltons. He remarked that he flew the last revenue flight of that aircraft. I subsequently sent him a photo of the aircraft for his trouble.
I was up in the cockpit for over an hour and had a wonderful meal and desert and a glass of Aussie wine!! Sadly the pilot could not have any.
When I was leaving the cockpit the Aussie pilot told me to take a spare seat in the upper deck and enjoy the rest of my flight.
So off I went and found a window seat and began to get so comfortable that I for the first and only time I managed to fall asleep. About an hour before landing at Kai Tak I woke up to breakfast being served, enjoyed a wonderful bacon and sausage fry up. As we were about to start our descent the Aussie pilot came and tapped me on the shoulder and invited me back to the cockpit.
He said that I was allowed one of the jump seats for landing, so I put on a pair of headphones and the crew were explaining the checks required for landing and told me that we were going to be the first arrival of the day at Kai Tak due to the good tail winds that we got on our flight. About 15 minutes before landing we broke from the clouds to reveal the worlds busiest shipping lane. A couple of minutes later the Captain and co pilot get out of their seats and start taking photographs, I asked why they were doing so and they said that most of the time that they fly into Kai Tak it is dark or the weather is dull but today was a wonderful morning to take some aerial shots. I asked them if it was OK to take my camera out and take a few shots as well and they said no problem. (I only had a point and shoot camera on me as my SLR was in the hold) Finished off the roll during our landing which was wonderful. I had the best seat in the house with a full view of the Hong Kong peninsula, Checkerboard hill and the runway at Kai Tak. It was so quiet up in the cockpit that I did not feel the wheels touch the ground on landing, so much so that I was getting a bit worried when we were running out of runway and heading for the water when the pilot turns off onto the taxiway. I did not take into account that we were a lot higher up sitting in the cockpit and further from the engines.
I thanked the crew for the wonderul privilege they gave me and gave my sister a great big hug on arrival back in MAN for sending the letter, for what was probably the one and only time I will be able to get a visit to the cockpit in flight.
Had a wonderful 5 days in Hong Kong doing the touristy bit and spotting from the top of the car parks and the HK aviation club roof.
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RE: First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Fri Sep 10, 2004 12:16 pm

I should try that on my next flight. Have a sister call for me!
 
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RE: First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Fri Sep 10, 2004 8:41 pm

Radelow - I have a trip report on the front page of the Trips forum about my Club World upstairs experience - feel free to take a look. It's the best part of club on the 744 - enjoy the experience.
 
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RE: First Flight On A 747 Upper Deck

Fri Sep 10, 2004 8:52 pm

I always try to get the upper deck when I'm flying business on BA. With their sleeper seats, it's more like a private jet than an airliner. I always enjoy the flights up there.
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