I just got back from a business trip to Milwaukee, but rather than flying with a connection in ORD, we simply flew to ORD and drove up.
I was particularly excited as this was my first time in a 777
Monday, January 15
United 843J (Why the "J" - even ATC refered to us as "United 843 Juliet Heavy")
Seat 41J (waaaaaaaay in the back)
Depart 1:50 on time Gate 84
Channel 9 = Yes
Depature Runway 1R
Arrived ORD - Delayed 835ish due to holding pattern
Arrival Runway - 9R
Arrival Gate C10
Got to SFO in plenty of time to grab a bite to eat post security - I had a burger from Lori's diner. Headed to the gate about 1:30 as they were boarding and eased our way to the back. The first class seats were awesome. I'm sure glad I wasn't stuck in middle middle. I didn't realize how high off the ground the 777 was. We pushed back on time and taxied out. The engines whined quite loudly and with out much delay roared down 1R and lifted off just before the 28's. The flight was pretty smooth - we hit a bump or two over the sierras and eased our way up to fl 370. The flight attendants were great - service was drinks and pretzles, water/coffee and than another drink service. They came by and talked to us quite a bit. Just before decent, they were handing out cookies that the FA's had brought on board and were trying to get rid of I think. We started a slow decent and then just east of Rockford we circled about 4 because they changed runways so we were vectored for 9R and we landed about 40 mins late and taxied to C10. Got our bags and drove up to MKE for a couple days of meetings etc.
Wednesday, January 17
Depart 8:00PM (Delayed till about 8:20 due to MX) Gate B7
Channel 9 = (Was on for a few minutes after departure and then off)
Depature Runway not sure
Arrived SFO - 10:45
Arrival Runway - 28L
Arrival Gate 87
Again got to the airport in plenty of time for security and food. Boarded on time - load factore was about 75% and most middle seats empty. Just before push back they reopened the doors for MX to come look at something - and then closed up and pushed back. Service was average - no complaints with drinks/pretzels and then a couple water services. Channel 9 was turned off midflight for some reason and never came back on. The 757 was older and had the old interiors in it. Typical decent and landing into SFO.