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Transpacific: San Francisco to Hangzhou on United Airlines's 787 Dreamliner (Economy Plus)

Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:38 am

Hi all. I've been lurking on this forum as a reader for a few years, but this is the first time I'm attempting to do a TR on my own. Hopefully this works out well! Sorry about the differences in quality of some pictures here, some of them are screenshots from videos I took using a different camera.

This report documents my flight on UA's 787 Dreamliner last winter during my trip to China. I flew on United's recently inaugurated (and unfortunately, now canceled) route from SFO to the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, which is only about 120 miles south of Shanghai. Flying in December, I was able to purchase tickets for about $1000 round trip, which I consider to be a fairly reasonable price for this time of the year. Because of this, I opted to upgrade to United Economy Plus for extra legroom.
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I've also made a video report for this flight, which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3wVhO-65zM&t=41s

Some info:
Flight: UA982
Route: San Francisco (SFO) to Hangzhou (HGH)
Date: December 24, 2016
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Registration: N38950
Class: Economy Plus
Seat: 24L

San Francisco International Airport, International Terminal
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Our flight today leaves from gate G97 in the G concourse
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ANA 777-300ER (JA780A) pushing back for Tokyo-Narita (NRT)
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Air Canada Express CRJ pushing back for Calgary (YYC)
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Air China 747-8 (B-2486), preparing for departure to Beijing (PEK)
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United 747-400
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Our aircraft is towed in, it arrived from Singapore this morning.
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N38950 is United's first 787-9, and was delivered in the September of 2014.

At the gate area
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Boarding occurred on time at 12:15 pm, Pacific time
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Cabin view
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Displaying the Christmas spirit
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Wing view
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This flight was only about 60% full, with most rows only having a few people in them.

Pushing back on schedule
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Safety video
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Taxiing out to runway 28L for departure
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For a full video of pushback and takeoff, click on the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jshXBVEJHg4

We get a good view of the City of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge post-takeoff
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We initially head up along the Lost Coast of California, and then turn west towards the Pacific
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In preparation for the first meal service
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A vegetable chow mein with salad and roll. This tasted exactly like the microwave chow mein they sell at Costco.
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Ice cream is served for desert
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Flying up towards Alaska
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The IFE had a decent selection of entertainment available
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Lavatory is of a typical economy class setup
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A mid-flight snack consisted of a small sandwich and a bag of M&Ms
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Now off the coast of Hokkaido
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Mountains of northern Honshu
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Slowly but surely, the night catches up with us
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2nd meal service is initiated over the East China Sea
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Tuscan style skillet with turkey sausage, along with fruits and a roll. This appears to be some sort of breakfast, which seems strange given that it isn't breakfast time in either California or China at this time.
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As we approach the Chinese coast, the seat belt sign comes on and we prepare for landing
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Over the Hangzhou Bay
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It is fully dark at this point
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Lined up for runway 06 at HGH
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You can view the landing with this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNLNZtHi92w&t=216s

Landed right on time, 6:25 pm CST into a rainy Hangzhou
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Disembarking
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Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, International/HK/Macau/Taiwan Terminal
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Bags didn't take too long to come out
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Here I wait for the bus to Wulin Square in downtown Hangzhou
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And this concludes my first trip report. Overall, I found this flight to be enjoyable. Thank you for reading! The following is a picture of the Qiantang River waterfront at the Citizens Center. Visible in the background is the building where the G20 was held not too long ago.

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Re: Transpacific: San Francisco to Hangzhou on United Airlines's 787 Dreamliner (Economy Plus)

Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:14 am

Really good TR! This looks like a really good but long long flight. Thank you.
 
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Re: Transpacific: San Francisco to Hangzhou on United Airlines's 787 Dreamliner (Economy Plus)

Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:03 pm

Great report - thanks for posting. Enjoyable photos.

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Re: Transpacific: San Francisco to Hangzhou on United Airlines's 787 Dreamliner (Economy Plus)

Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:31 am

I must say its a very good trip report, perfectly filled with words and pictures and nicely detailed. Good job!
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Re: Transpacific: San Francisco to Hangzhou on United Airlines's 787 Dreamliner (Economy Plus)

Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:30 pm

Return flight TR is now up!
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Re: Transpacific: San Francisco to Hangzhou on United Airlines's 787 Dreamliner (Economy Plus)

Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:27 pm

Excellent trip report with some great pictures. Thanks for sharing with us!

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