727EMflyer
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744 Upper Deck Ride, What To Expect?

Wed May 04, 2005 5:57 am

Hi all!
I just confirmed I will be riding in business class, upper deck, on a UA 744 NRT-SIN tomorrow. It is my first international trip, and first in the upper deck! I believe the service is similar to domestic first, yes? What else can I expect from the ride up there? I imagine there is a better view out the window (even though it will be mostly at night). How about different sensations during the flight. Thanks!
 
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RE: 744 Upper Deck Ride, What To Expect?

Wed May 04, 2005 6:18 am

Quoting 727EMflyer (Thread starter):
I believe the service is similar to domestic first, yes?

NOOOOOOOOOOO! MUCH BETTER. The seats have a pitch of 55 inches, opposed to around 38 in domestic first. Your seat will recline 160 degrees, and you will have personalized service on the upper deck. The turbulence tends to be felt more on the upper deck, don't ask me why. You will obviously get a full meal, and IFE. Also, if you can, try to get Row 15. It is an exit row, and will offer MUCH more space.
 
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RE: 744 Upper Deck Ride, What To Expect?

Wed May 04, 2005 6:46 am

Upper deck is superb, only 2-2 arrangement so much more private jet-esque, although no different sensation inflight. I always go for upper deck where I have the option.


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RE: 744 Upper Deck Ride, What To Expect?

Wed May 04, 2005 7:23 am

In J class, I always go for upper deck. Here's why:

- quieter and more relaxed due to smaller number of passengers compared to main deck: on a premium carrier (QF, SQ, BA): about 20 seats, on UA, about 30

- young children are rarely seated on the upper deck ( I assume as, due to the confined space, their crying or screaming would be intolerable).

- 'private jet' ambience is a good discription
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RE: 744 Upper Deck Ride, What To Expect?

Wed May 04, 2005 11:53 am

I agree with OzGlobal on the "private jet ambience",
but my experience is that the upper deck is louder than the main deck.
Personally I like the upper deck very much.
 
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RE: 744 Upper Deck Ride, What To Expect?

Wed May 04, 2005 2:41 pm

OzGlobal hit is on the head. A much more "private" experience. Generally airlines seat rugrats (kids to those that like them) on the lower deck and in UAs case in my experience, seat business travellers and high priority Mileage Plus members on the upper deck. Further, I believe there is a higher pax to F/A ratio on upper deck. If not, then they certainly provide much more personal service IMO. When UA sent 742s to Hawaii from SFO I always asked for and got the upper deck. I have never had a bad ride on the upper deck on a 74 . . . . . oh, it's nothing like domestic F/J. Nothing at all. Much ,much better. Enjoy.
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RE: 744 Upper Deck Ride, What To Expect?

Thu May 05, 2005 12:39 am

Thanks for the input folks! Off to the airport now!
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RE: 744 Upper Deck Ride, What To Expect?

Thu May 05, 2005 12:48 am

Good to hear. I have flown the NRT-SIN flight before (albeit down in first class up front) and it was great. I also enjoyed UA business class on the upper deck a couple of months ago. Hopefully you get a friendly NRT based crew!
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RE: 744 Upper Deck Ride, What To Expect?

Thu May 05, 2005 4:27 am

I've flown on the upper deck of BA 742 G-BDXF "City of York" in 1997...

... in Economy Class! (World Traveller Class)

I really don't know why, but they stuck their economy pax up there. Very strange.
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RE: 744 Upper Deck Ride, What To Expect?

Thu May 05, 2005 5:58 am

Quoting OzGlobal (Reply 3):
on a premium carrier (QF, SQ, BA): about 20 seats, on UA, about 30

You are not way off there, but it is actually 26 on UA.
 
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RE: 744 Upper Deck Ride, What To Expect?

Sun May 08, 2005 9:05 pm

Flew upper deck on KLM C-class. sat next to emergency exit. seat in front was miles away! quiet atmosphere, no loo-queues, lockers between seat and window means you sit further away from window, but there's plenty of space to store your shoes or other stuff. and lots of space to put your cocktail glasses  Wink

would always go up if I had the choice though seats on 777 more modern that the ones here.

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