Lufthansa
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Attn UAL Long Haulers

Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:01 am

Hi guys

It looks like i've got to go to DC sometime next week, and what i really want to know is about the level of service on the SYD-LAX/SFO flights on UA.

Particularly meal service. I usually take Air NZ tranpacific, but, unfortunately Air NZ changed their schedule a while back and would mean they get me into DC fairly late at night. So here's the deal. It's probably either now just QF (and im well aware of their product) or UA.... and UA appears to offer far far better onward connections to IAD than AA/QF, and I'm snobbing AA because of the Buy on board thing on that route. (well most likely thinking of anyway)

So, guys, can anybody tell me, meal wise, what can i expect on UA transpacific? Last time i was suppose to take them my plans changed and i ended up back on Air NZ.

[Edited 2005-02-07 02:16:42]
 
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RE: Attn UAL Long Haulers

Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:07 am

First off, UA probably has the best food of any US carrier, on those routes where they still serve meals (which these flights would be). Second, they don't have PTVs on the 747s, but neither does NZ (yet). Go with them, they are perfectly fine
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RE: Attn UAL Long Haulers

Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:17 am

I assume that you're flying economy, so my responses are based on that premise. You'll find that United has a solid transpacific product. A few highlights:

-pre-assigned Economy Plus seating if you're a Star Silver or Star Gold member, or on a higher fare basis (Y,B,M, or H) with 3-6" more pitch than normal
-good tasting meals of substantial quantity
-complimentary wine, beer, and liquor
-professional crews who are (generally) friendly
-Channel 9 on the audio system allows you to listen to air traffic control communications

One of the primary negatives, in my opinion, of the 747-400 as configured by United is that it lacks in-seat video, although it does have the standard audio and main screen setup. But for your flights to and from Australia, you will do just fine if you bring sufficient reading material and/or a laptop/portable DVD player. Earplugs, or preferably, noise-canceling headphones are a good idea (I recommend the Bose QuietComfort 2, although it is pricey at $299 direct from Bose).
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Lufthansa
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RE: Attn UAL Long Haulers

Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:25 am

thanks guys

does anybody know how many meals and do they serve snacks in between..... plus are there any other goodies such as personal kits?

 
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RE: Attn UAL Long Haulers

Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:29 am

I haven't flown to Australia on United, but based on flights to Japan, they will serve you two full meals plus a snack in between. There are no amenity kits to speak of in economy. I think they've recently brought back the amenities in the lavs, but that may just be in first and business.
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dinker225
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RE: Attn UAL Long Haulers

Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:07 pm

United is very good on transpac flights. I've flown the SYD-SFO/LAX a few times lately and will be doing it again in May. I've always had good service and friendly F/A's. If I remember correctly they give you two meals on the flight plus a snack.

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