atrude777
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United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:16 am

Opening—My friend and I wanted to go to ICN for Spring Break. We were going to non-rev on United out there out of SFO. A week before the trip, the loads just were so erratic, we decided to go for DXB or NRT that weekend and decide last minute.

It seemed out of IAD they were the best open and that gave us both options, IAD-NRT or IAD-DXB. So with that I listed to fly to IAD and meet my friend for the night that was coming inbound from ORD.

March 6th
Cape Air
C-402
MWA-STL

I flew up to STL so I didn’t have to pay for parking at the airport or drive. Faster and convenient and had to meet a friend for lunch. The ride was very bumpy, sold out. All Cape Air flights were sold out MWA-STL. Which is very promising indeed. AA is now putting 2 pilots on each flight for liability issues. Had a nervous flyer on the flight next to me. Poor guy was shaking so bad.

Coming into STL, we were approaching 12R. Out of nowhere, an ERJ for American Connection pulled into the runway we were coming in on, and I went abort the landing..nah, our pilot decided to swing to the left, whether his decision or ATC, and we plopped down on 12L as the ERJ took off. Yikes!

Headed to the Cape Air “gate” and got off to meet my friend for Lunch. We had a great lunch together catching up on things since we last chatted, and I got to introduce him to some of my other STL co workers I had previously worked with so that was cool. Glad to see you!

March 6th
United Express—Operated by Trans States
ERJ-145
STL-IAD

I went to the gate to hang around until they called me up for a seat assignment. I was assigned 13A. I pre-boarded the flight and sat around waiting for everyone else to finish boarding.

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Announcement came on saying they couldn’t start the left engine. Wonderful. Everyone and their mother it seemed was surrounding the engine looking and watching, as they tried to start it up. I thought awesome, my first non-rev leg of the day and I am delayed. They spent 40 minutes checking it out before giving us the go ahead. Bout time!

We backed out, and taxied to the runway. Took off and turned left then back right and straightened up to go east towards IAD.

Basic service. Drinks only, no snacks or anything. I just spent the entire time listening to music and enjoying my first ERJ-145 ride. I had sprite to drink, and really smooth flight.

Within minutes, we soon came in for landing into IAD. Flew right over the center as we touched down.

Slowed down and pulled to the side. Got a txt from the friend saying to RUN to get the DXB flight. I just looked out the window as we sat off the runway and thought “ya, not going to happen”

Finally we continued taxing and got to the gate. I did make my way quickly to DXB Gate area but we weren’t able to get on due to authorization issues.

We grabbed a shuttle and headed to the hotel we had booked for the night to start our adventure. We decided to head to NRT either out of IAD, LAX or SEA.

We decided to go for LAX or SEA, both requiring us to get up earlier than the planned IAD-NRT. We took the shuttle to IAD and it seemed SEA-NRT was much more open than LAX-NRT, so we went for SEA.

The A319 scheduled for IAD-SEA had swapped to an A320, which gave us more seats so perfect, we figured let’s go try for NRT out of SEA.

March 7th
United Airlines
IAD-SEA
A320
N401UA

We waited to be called up for seat assignments. We got Economy Plus, which makes the trans con flight a bit more enjoyable.

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We backed out and taxied to runway for take off. Watched the safety briefing, pretty typical. I fly so much I find myself reciting it back to them!

We took off and just headed to SEA. I love doing trans con and like to add them to my flight memory map so I had no problem flying another one.

This was a basic United flight, drink services being free I paid for the Buy-On Board product, which was actually quite good.

I took a nap and slept for the duration of the flight. Still had a long way to go before reaching our final destination.

“Up in the Air” was shown in flight, I already saw it on Delta so I didn’t pay attention to it. It is always cool seeing the scenes from STL in the movie.

After a lengthy 5 hrs of flying, and to think I had more to go to head to NRT..we started the approach into SEA. The approach was different for me so I was interested in watching as we approached it.

We touched down and I saw the 777 to NRT parked at the gate! Hopefully we’d get on it!

We walked to the gate, and my friend went to talk to an agent about LAX-NRT and SEA-NRT. He came back to inform me we would have gotten J Class LAX-NRT. Well shoot! Hopefully we’d get J for SEA-NRT. With the stand-by’s and confirmed seats we were really hoping J would be it.

If we didn’t get J we would just overnight here in SEA and try again the next day.

Amazingly our names were called up to the gate. I was excited we were actually going to NRT! Finally! So, Matt came back and said the agent had to see me to make sure I was following the dress code. We went up, I showed her my clothes, and she asked for my passport and said she managed to get us the last two seats. So I was really happy, and Matt smacked me and pointed at the Boarding Pass.

I looked and read UNITED FIRST. Is this a joke? Seriously? I asked him to read that out loud, then again, yep—UNITED FIRST. Holy Shit. HOW did we get that?!

I just looked up and graciously thanked her and we grabbed our bags and got in line to board.

United Airlines
SEA-NRT
Boeing 777-200
N783UA
First Class

We boarded the aircraft and turned left on the plane to head to F Class. I was just AMAZED at the legroom, seat pitch just the entirety of it all.

My friend and I were still in shock and disbelief we somehow managed to get F Class. I was also so excited at the very thought of going on my first international trip ever!

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We got settled, put our bags away, and I was enjoying my 2nd time on the 777, but first time going international, yet in First Class. I was beaming so much, it has been talked about, discussed, I have read the reports, but I had an empty passport and it was begging to be used.

Finally the time had come, and I was on board United Airlines Flight 875 with non-stop service to Tokyo/Narita from Seattle. Doesn’t get any better than this!

My friend and I made last minute calls and texts before we departed to let them know about our itinerary and of course to brag we were in First Class!

My friend explained how it might feel a bit weird for take off, with the seats being a bit odd, not facing straight and more at an angle. It did seem a bit weird to me during take-off but I was just so excited I hardly noticed it!

We were handed the menus at the gate, which I of course kept. I gave her my order and then we backed out of the gate. Finally, we were moving! It was happening, I WAS FINALLY GOING TO TOKYO!!!

CH9 was not on for the flight nor for any of my UA segments. Disappointing but, if that’s the loss for riding in F Class, I am NOT complaining at all!



Getting rather comfy for the flight!

Drinks and Food service had begun so I took a picture of each as they came around. I was really enjoying it a lot.

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Champagne, and the beginning of the food service!

I had to have coke too so here it is!
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2nd round comes in!
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After that came in, they started the 3rd round, and handed out some kind of tomato soup. Because I literally have a small stomach I physically cannot eat a lot however I wanted to enjoy everything too so I ate a little bit of the soup that came around. Was very good!

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The salad came around and I was getting so full and still had to eat the salad and then the main course! Ahhh, however I ate some of the salad too just to keep up with it.

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Finally the dinner came around, filet mignon!

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My friend’s dinner was chicken and this is what it looked like.
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After that I was entirely stuffed and my stomach was pleading no more. However they came around with desert, ice cream and I was thinking oh god…more for me.
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After that I was done. My stomach was crying I was so full. So I just laid back and relaxed and polished off the rest of the champagne as you saw n my ice cream picture.

After the dinner and desert was cleared, I laid back put my seat into bed position and played my ipod for remainder of the flight and watched the flight map until lunch came around.

Some in flight map pics.
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Really blurry picture of me but I liked it
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About one hour or so into landing, we were asked about our lunch choice. I went for the chicken and rice and such. VERY Spicy, so I wasn’t able to eat a lot.
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Over Japan, coming in soon for Tokyo!

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Here are some pictures from the Observation Deck at NRT

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March 10th
United Airlines
777
NRT-SEA
N787UA

We decided to head back a day earlier due to flight loads. We took the Narita Express going to NRT, wish we had known about it before. Saved so much time and worth the price too!

We arrived at NRT, checked in, went to observation deck as seen above, and then headed through security. We didn’t have to take our shoes off, least I didn’t, a welcome change from how it is done in the US!

We headed to the gate and waited around until they gave us our seat assignments. There was a woman standing around huddled close to he gate trying to see the seniority list, and it just drove me bonkers. She got J like we did too.

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We boarded with others to our J Seat. J Class was pretty open so we stretched out, but remained in the middle of the 777.

Since this was a red eye and I was in the middle of the plane no pictures were taken inside, nor did I really care about the J Service.

They came around and passed out the menu’s I didn’t get my choice, which as a non rev, no big, but it seemed they ran out very quickly of the 1st choice. No facts just an opinion.

Service was good, I skipped desert because I was so tired.

I put on my ipod and went to sleep, waking up periodically. We had a VERY large tail wind really pushing us forward.

I woke up in time for breakfast starting, and had the eggs but I didn’t find it to be too good.

We started the approach into SEA, quite bumpy actually. Flaps came out, and gears came out, and then we came in for landing. Ahh it was great to finally be home back into the US!

We made our way through passport. Cleared and went through fine. We decided to continue onward to DEN on F9.

March 10th
Frontier Airlines
A319
SEA-DEN

We got checked in for F9 SEA-DEN. I was quite excited, I had never flown Frontier. We got Seat Assignments at the ticket counter, but we got confused by something on my friend’s boarding pass. So we went through security and headed to the gate to inquire about it.

She grabbed the boarding passes from us, looked and explained it was ok and moved us up to STRETCH seating! Not bad! That was certainly appreciated!

We boarded, and sat in row 3. The F/A’s did their briefing and we backed out and headed for the runway to take off for DEN.

We took off, and I turned the flight map on but you had to pay for it like everything so I didn’t watch TV. Not that it was useful, no subtitles.

Time flew by quickly, in flight service was pepsi products so I had pepsi.

Before we knew it approach for DEN was happening and we landed in DEN.

We overnighted in DEN.

I then flew F9 home again next day DEN-STL same service as SEA-DEN, and then Cape Air STL-MWA. I was finally home!

Alex

[Edited 2010-03-14 19:18:54]
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acjflyer
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:45 am

Great trip report Alex! Reading your experiences makes me want to jump on the plane and experience it too. I found it particularly interesting that you ended up flying East to IAD just to turn around and fly all the way across the country to catch a flight from SEA to NRT.

First class looks amazing and the detail you put into describing everything from the food to the seat paints a good picture for someone like myself that has yet to experience International First Class.

As always - I look forward to more reports - and judging by your adventurous lifestyle I don't think they will be few.

P.S. STL is amazing  
 
fauzi
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:54 am

Ahh... another "spontaneous" trip to NRT! Great TR! A spontaneous trip is on my to-do list in a few years!

The chicken meal looks tasty! How was the storage space on UA First? I get quite annoyed if I have to store my sling bag up in the compartment if there are no space in your seat.

Looking forward to more of your trips!
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lychemsa
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:02 am

I wish I had a small stomach. I really envy you.

You reminded me about my first flight in F when I was your age. It was a TWA Boeing 707 from Geneva to New York and I was also thrilled. Unfortunately the seats were not as nice as they are now and there were no video screnes. They also used to serve only vanilla ice cream on every flight which was boring after a while. However Pan Am used to serve cakes in F.
 
DL WIDGET HEAD
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:55 am

Great trip report. Sounds like you and Matt had a great time. Is that the Matt whose anet id is Transpac? Seems like you had a great day for spotting at NRT. I didn't know that CO moved over to the Star area at NRT already. I'd really like to hook up with you guys sometime when you go spotting at NRT again...or DXB, etc.
 
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:34 pm

Nice report  
Quoting atrude777 (Thread starter):
Here are some pictures from the Observation Deck at NRT

I love how you're at a Japanese airport, and all but one picture are of US carriers  
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eastern747
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:50 pm

Well I was disappointed by that supposed "FC" service. I'm sorry to say, that was not international service. Back in the day ie 70's-80's 90's that service would have been NYC/BOS/ORD-FLL-MIA, except for the soup. Glassware for s/p shakers, and salad tossed in the aisile. The ice cream would have been served from a cart, with several choices of topping. I was surprised to see no cheese service. The bread service would have been a choice of several types. And, there would have been a flower on the tray. You appear young and probably not interested in wines and after dinner drinks, which were probaby there. LH in my day, had a choice of 7 entrays. Oh well. I'm glad I traveled when I did. You had a nice report.
 
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:15 pm

Hi there!

Very nice TR! Loved seeing UA's F product.

Very nice photos indeed.

You seemed to have enjoyed the ride! Going to NRT in F is also one of my projects!  

cheers,

orian
 
atrude777
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:07 pm

Quoting acjflyer (Reply 1):
As always - I look forward to more reports - and judging by your adventurous lifestyle I don't think they will be few.

P.S. STL is amazing

Thanks! I certainly had a good trip! STL is amazing yes! Hahaha

Quoting Fauzi (Reply 2):
Ahh... another "spontaneous" trip to NRT! Great TR! A spontaneous trip is on my to-do list in a few years!

Well we had planned this for a couple of months, timing it with my Spring Break. But it was very fun and I enjoyed it!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 3):
I wish I had a small stomach. I really envy you.

Eh, some folks say it, but I get stuffed so easily and I really want to enjoy everything that is being presented to me.

Quoting DL Widget head (Reply 4):
Is that the Matt whose anet id is Transpac?

No it is not, this is another Matt whom I know, I know actually over 9 Matt's,2 I am related to, none of my friends can keep track which is which LOL
But thanks for reading and replying!

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 5):

I love how you're at a Japanese airport, and all but one picture are of US carriers

I must have been over at the US Area gates because the whole time I was there I only saw US Carriers, with exception to that one 777. Was a bit weird!

Thanks for reading!

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
The ice cream would have been served from a cart, with several choices of topping.

It was. There were a few choices of topping, this is just what I chose from the cart thus what you see in my picture.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
I was surprised to see no cheese service.

There was, I just didn't want it. We had many choices from our F Class Menu of what we wanted. I just did not want the cheese selection.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
The bread service would have been a choice of several types. And, there would have been a flower on the tray.

There were diff choices of bread, again I chose the one you see in my picture.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
You appear young and probably not interested in wines and after dinner drinks, which were probaby there.

Well, I am 23...I cannot consume a lot of alcohol for health reasons, so no I am not interested in it, however they were there and available for drinking.

Thanks for reading!

Quoting EC001 (Reply 7):

Very nice TR! Loved seeing UA's F product.

Very nice photos indeed.

You seemed to have enjoyed the ride! Going to NRT in F is also one of my projects!

Thanks for reading too! I really did enjoy the ride, it is so different! Good Luck on getting F to NRT as well!
Alex

[Edited 2010-03-15 15:11:31]
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lukeyboy95
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:25 pm

Alex -

You are the luckiest guy ever to be able to fly on a whim like that! This Non-Rev business sounds really cool...

I don't think it made a terrible difference you didn't make the DXB flight - maybe next time. The weather would have been a little better n doubt...

So how long where you in Narita? Was it an expensive place?

Meals look top notch on board - quite nice comfort food...

Luke
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eastern747
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:36 am

I think you may have misunderstood my comments. The service that you featured, is NOT International First class service.
-nothing was mentioned about hot towel service
-pj's offered
-amenity kits
-noise reducing headsets
-meals offered when you requested and not all for one-you're getting it now
-comfort of seat
-bedding
-how good/bad was the IFE
-was there an Asian crew member-ie japanese
-was there an asian food service offered
-internationl media offered.ie newspapers and such
-amenities in the lavs
-choice of a light fare

Please know I'm not trying to beat your TR up, but as I said what you described, as you took it, was NOT first class, and basically was a F/C domestic service at one time.

Cheers...please remember a first ticket is @$6000 one way......
 
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:54 am

Great report and photos! Sounds like you had a great trip. It is a very exciting feeling to get upgraded even on a really short flight like LGA-RDU ! Congratulations!

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Evan767
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:00 am

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
I think you may have misunderstood my comments. The service that you featured, is NOT International First class service.
-nothing was mentioned about hot towel service
-pj's offered
-amenity kits
-noise reducing headsets
-meals offered when you requested and not all for one-you're getting it now
-comfort of seat
-bedding
-how good/bad was the IFE
-was there an Asian crew member-ie japanese
-was there an asian food service offered
-internationl media offered.ie newspapers and such
-amenities in the lavs
-choice of a light fare

Please know I'm not trying to beat your TR up, but as I said what you described, as you took it, was NOT first class, and basically was a F/C domestic service at one time.

Cheers...please remember a first ticket is @$6000 one way......

Just use your imagination. A trip report doesn't have to detail every aspect of the service. The writer can make whatever he wants of it. Personally, I liked this trip report because it showed well the emotion and perspective of traveling for the first time internationally and in first class. It brought back memories of when I first traveled internationally in business class from JFK-MUC on Delta in 2000. A trip report doesn't have to be strictly informational; this one was very entertaining and I enjoyed the read.
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thegman
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:13 am

I've got a quick question for you, were you travelling on a UA pass, or a ZED? And does, UA charge for an upgrade over coach?
Because at US, all transatlantic, and Brazil, and CLT-HNL service has a $100 upgrade required for pass riders.
 
atrude777
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:24 am

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):

-nothing was mentioned about hot towel service

We had hot towel service.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-amenity kits

We had amenity kits

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):

-meals offered when you requested and not all for one-you're getting it now

They were offered when I requested it, they did not come all at once.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-comfort of seat
-bedding
-how good/bad was the IFE
-was there an Asian crew member-ie japanese
-was there an asian food service offered
-internationl media offered.ie newspapers and such
-amenities in the lavs

Bedding was excellent, IFE was all right, however I am Deaf so lack of subtitles does play a role and influence in my opinion. Asian food was indeed offered, there was an asian crewmember, media and such was indeed offered. A as well as amenities in the Lavs.

Is that more Intl F Class for you now?

How do you mean light fare?

Also keep in mind I NON-REVVED. This was not a full fare paid ticket. So I can't really hardly complain about any bad service, and don't think I got any "bad service".

Quoting thegman (Reply 13):
I've got a quick question for you, were you travelling on a UA pass, or a ZED? And does, UA charge for an upgrade over coach?

I was traveling on a Shuttle America Companion Pass.

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 12):

Thanks for reading and replying! Glad it brought you back some memories for you too!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 9):


Alex -

You are the luckiest guy ever to be able to fly on a whim like that! This Non-Rev business sounds really cool...

Thanks. It does become stressful at times but when it comes through for us like this trip did, I have a lot to be thankful, and for allowing my good friend to let me come with him to experience this!

Alex
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:32 am

Hey Alex, great TR!! Glad to finally see you discover the world beyond the 30-some states that WN serves      

Very cool that you got on N783UA on the SEA-NRT. That was the exact same plane I took when I flew SEA-NRT back in Oct '07, and I even sat in 3J.

Be sure to drop me a line when you wanna go back. I'll take you on some real heavy metal, none of these humiliatingly small 777's  

Quoting DL Widget head (Reply 4):
Is that the Matt whose anet id is Transpac?

Haha no, that would be me. While I do frequent NRT, I wasn't along for this one. I've been on Alex's case to let me take him on a couple 744's though  

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
Well I was disappointed by that supposed "FC" service.

As was I disappointed by your lack of tact in voicing your negative opinion.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
I'm sorry to say, that was not international service.

Ahh. And by what standards are you going by??

Your own....??

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
Back in the day ie 70's-80's 90's that service would have been NYC/BOS/ORD-FLL-MIA, except for the soup

Well, to quote the eternal genius Homer Simpson: "Marge, it's not 1985 today, but who knows what tomorrow might bring!!"

I'm sorry, but "back in the day" is not "today". Standards have changed. Obviously yours have not.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
LH in my day, had a choice of 7 entrays.

Next time you make a laundry list of grievances, spell "entree" right.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 6):
You had a nice report.

Ahh yes, the requisite consolation prize to ease any hard feelings about you otherwise dumping all over his TR.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-nothing was mentioned about hot towel service

Then surely it must not have happened!!

Or maybe he just felt those details so trivial and insignificant he just elected to leave them out so as to not bore 99.8% of his audience though still risking offending the remaining 0.2%

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-pj's offered

Maybe it's just me but I've never found too comfortable the idea of changing into PJ's in an airplane lavatory.

So no big loss to me at least. Perhaps bigger to others.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-amenity kits

So by proxy of lack of picture or mention, they, too, did not exist?? I'm not quite sure what you're getting at here.

Does his lack of mention of an amenity kit truly convince you that this TR should be disqualified of the "First Class" title??

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-noise reducing headsets

United provides this.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-meals offered when you requested and not all for one-you're getting it now

United provides this.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-comfort of seat

Considering he slept almost the entire eastbound flight, one could reasonably conclude it was probably decent...

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-bedding

Is this not synonymous with the above complaint??

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-how good/bad was the IFE

Maybe he didn't use it. Should I write a consumer report on a car I've never driven??

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-was there an Asian crew member-ie japanese

Different people are into different things but I've personally never been interested in drawing explicit attention to the ethnicities of the various crew members and providing color commentary on it.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-was there an asian food service offered

United provides this.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-internationl media offered.ie newspapers and such

United provides this.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
-amenities in the lavs

Maybe Alex is like me and is kinda weirded out by the thought of taking pictures in the can...

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
but as I said what you described, as you took it, was NOT first class, and basically was a F/C domestic service at one time.

Ahh.

So next time he writes a TR, he should entitle it: "United 777 SEA-NRT So-Called First Class but really more like 70's, 80's, 90's Business Class because First Class actually costs $6,000 bucks"??

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
Cheers...please remember a first ticket is @$6000 one way......

Your hard-hitting point there soared completely over my head.

But, to respond to what I did pull out of the sub-text... or just text... First Class actually can cost well north of $6,000 one way. So again, I'm not entirely sure what you were driving at.
 
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:38 am

Any pics from the Cape Air flight?

Looks like a fun time otherwise!
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:43 am

Quoting Res6cue114 (Reply 16):
Any pics from the Cape Air flight?

Looks like a fun time otherwise!

Unfortunatly no, due to weight restrictions and severe lack of space, even our backpacks and carry on bags must be checked and such. So I only have my cell phone and wallet on me when I ride in the C-402's.

I would have loved to do a pic report on them but due to their restrictions pretty much no pictures are allowed by me.

Alex
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:15 am

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
Please know I'm not trying to beat your TR up, but as I said what you described, as you took it, was NOT first class, and basically was a F/C domestic service at one time.

EASTERN,

I am a bit confused at what you were hoping to accomplish when you posted stating that what atrude777 received was not first class. At first I thought that perhaps you had beef with United, but then you made the comment that a first class ticket costs $6000 and so it added to the confusion of why you posted in the first place.


Alex simply took the time to post a trip report highlighting, again the key word here is "highlighting" a few things HE felt was best to discuss. Now, that makes perfect sense seeing as it is HIS trip that he is reporting. No where was it assumed that Alex was to post EVERYTHING about his first class experience in great detail for all us to affirm and agree as a jury that he did in fact fly a first class product.

This once again leads me to question why you are so stuck on the idea that he failed to mention a towel service. Now let me remind you that jetBlue also offers a warm towel service on their red eye flights. Does that mean that jetblue is a first class product? JetBlue also offers ammenity kits to all of their passengers traveling on red eye flights. JetBlue also has multi national crew members on many of their flights, you can get a snack at any time you want on their red eye flights, they have personal IFE that allows you to choose over 30 channels to your viewing pleasure. So, does all of this mean JetBlue's red eye service is a first class service? If so, we must inform their revenue department that they most certainly can request airfare of $6000 or more.

I feel that you completely missed the point of his trip report. As with every other trip report - the author writes it from his/her point of view. Who are we as the reader to tell them what they did or did not experience. How dare we. That is why I read the reports in the first place - to get THEIR perspective.

Alex, thank you for a wonderful, well explained, enlightening, and extremely thourough report of your FIRST CLASS experience from SEA-NRT.
 
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:41 am

Hii Alex! Wow, your first International Flight, I cant believe it. All dressed up for the occasion, you look good!

The Trip Report was wonderful, really feels like your talking to me.

It amazes me that UA has really a product that is inferior to Asian carriers like QR, EY, ect.. The First Class looks so dated, seats worn out, meals look very substandard (whats up with Coca Cola napkins in First Class!). The TVs are like iPod-sized with no AVOD! But still, better than economy. Im glad you enjoyed it, and hope you will visit Qatar on your next international flight.

Take Care

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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:47 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 19):
whats up with Coca Cola napkins in First Class

hmmmm I noticed that too! Advertising = not cool...
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:54 pm

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):

Wow, I always thought my Grandmother was picky about things...


The TR was pretty well.Esp reading UA F after a long time.
Alex you were lucky to be ahead of the plane!!
Awesome,i can feel the excitement  .


The meal makes me hungry everytime i look at it lol.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 19):
. The First Class looks so dated, seats worn out, meals look very substandard (whats up with Coca Cola napkins in First Class!).

Well they need to make money  
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:29 pm

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
The service that you featured, is NOT International First class service.
-nothing was mentioned about hot towel service
-pj's offered
-amenity kits
-noise reducing headsets
-meals offered when you requested and not all for one-you're getting it now
-comfort of seat
-bedding
-how good/bad was the IFE
-was there an Asian crew member-ie japanese
-was there an asian food service offered
-internationl media offered.ie newspapers and such
-amenities in the lavs
-choice of a light fare

Please know I'm not trying to beat your TR up, but as I said what you described, as you took it, was NOT first class, and basically was a F/C domestic service at one time.

Cheers...please remember a first ticket is @$6000 one way......

Full first class service should not be offered to NON-REV, or you don't even know what is NON-REV means ?

NON-REV always get the leftover from paid/upgrades/awards pax, you may or maynot even get the full amenities that a REV pax get, all depends on the Purser.

It doesn't sound like you fly much or read any trip reports that from UA, or you would know the basics of what UA provide, as from the questions it is the most basic stuff most people already know about even listed on the UA website. Do some research before asking too many questions.
 
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:12 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 19):


Hii Alex! Wow, your first International Flight, I cant believe it. All dressed up for the occasion, you look good!

Kind of have to as a non-rev! hahaha

Thanks for the comments and for reading.

Quoting acjflyer (Reply 18):

Alex, thank you for a wonderful, well explained, enlightening, and extremely thourough report of your FIRST CLASS experience from SEA-NRT.

No Problem Man! Was a pleasure!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):

hmmmm I noticed that too! Advertising = not cool...

Eh, man ya'll are picky! I don't care for the advertising. Whatever needs to be done to make money. UA got me there safe and sound and with excellent service. That's all I can ask for!

Alex
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:04 am

Quoting atrude777 (Reply 23):
Eh, man ya'll are picky! I don't care for the advertising. Whatever needs to be done to make money. UA got me there safe and sound and with excellent service. That's all I can ask for!



You got it man ! UA First looks better than I expected! Isn't it an amazing feeling to get that last minute upgrade ??? Always get a kick out of it ehehe


Thanks for the GREAT trip report  


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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:57 pm

Quoting ORDnHKG (Reply 22):
Full first class service should not be offered to NON-REV, or you don't even know what is NON-REV means ?

Why the hell do we collect miles then?

We collect miles so that we can get a better service when you fly many times with the airline.
I dont know about others but i expect this.
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:17 pm

Quoting jayeshrulz (Reply 25):
Why the hell do we collect miles then?

We collect miles so that we can get a better service when you fly many times with the airline.
I dont know about others but i expect this.

Then you don't know what Non-Rev is either.

If you are collecting miles, then you are REVENUE. Not NON REV.

Every airline does this.

So don't worry, keep collecting your miles.

Alex
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:53 pm

Quoting jayeshrulz (Reply 25):
Quoting ORDnHKG (Reply 22):
Full first class service should not be offered to NON-REV, or you don't even know what is NON-REV means ?

Why the hell do we collect miles then?

Non-rev = airline employee travelling on a standby pass (or in this case, a friend of an airline employee using a companion/buddy pass)
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:54 pm

Quoting jayeshrulz (Reply 25):
We collect miles so that we can get a better service when you fly many times with the airline.
I dont know about others but i expect this.

Ahh, you see there in lies the problem. Its the word "expect." A previous carrier that I worked for specifically asked us to stop upgrading frequent flier members that were not on the upper tier due to the fact that the lower tier members began expecting a first class upgrade on every flight. It got so bad that I would have many of the ff members yelling at me when I informed them that there were no upgrades available. They would rant about how many miles they have and how often they fly us, and how many years they have been a loyal customer. I would politely remind them that they had purchased a coach ticket at a very discounted rate and that though they were collecting miles, they were not entitled to the upgrade.

Buy a coach ticket - get a coach seat.

A frequent flier even had the audacity to come up to me and say, "You know, you should tell your headquarters to install more first class seats so that more of us can upgrade each flight to first class."

Wow! what an idea! Why didnt we think of that? Lets fill an airplane with first class seats and sell them at a coach price - that's brilliant! Unreal!

So that is why non revs are upgraded. Though they all hope to be upgraded - they don't expect it, and when they are awarded the upgrade they are polite, respectful, and often times less demanding than a miles member that was upgraded.
 
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:38 pm

Quoting ORDnHKG (Reply 22):
NON-REV always get the leftover from paid/upgrades/awards pax, you may or maynot even get the full amenities that a REV pax get, all depends on the Purser.

In reality, Non-rev passengers should get full service. Yes they do not get first choice of food/seats/amenities, but full service should be provided to all passengers regardless of whether they are non-rev or rev as long as it does not take away from the revenue passenger experience. A revenue passenger should not know if the person sitting next to him is revenue or not. Most crews take care of their own coworkers.
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:40 pm

Thanks for sharing, very good trip report. Hope you enjoyed your couple of days in Japan. NRT is on my list for a trip in Oct. I have never flown on UAL (my curiousity on that airline is killing me), however, I am supposed to be flying them this upcoming Tuesday between DEN and SFO (lets see if I make the flight). Anyhow, were you guys not cleared on the DXB flight because the flight was weight restricted?
Try to make it to DXB, but on EK - out of SFO on slow season you should have no problem. Interesting city and great airline.

Regards,

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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:10 pm

Quoting chepos (Reply 30):
Anyhow, were you guys not cleared on the DXB flight because the flight was weight restricted?

No, we had an issue with Reauthorization with the company that I non rev under with. J Class was wide open and we would have gotten on but there is a process I had to go through to get cleared for Authorization that would not have been cleared in time for the DXB departure.

Quoting chepos (Reply 30):
Try to make it to DXB, but on EK - out of SFO on slow season you should have no problem. Interesting city and great airline.

I don't have the money to pay full price to DXB on EK! I can only non rev on UA regarding the legacies under the company I have passes with/for.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, I do hope to make it to DXB sometimes too! Enjoy United when you go!

Alex
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:16 pm

Great report atrude777. You were very lucky to get first class on your first long haul flight. Those seats are very comfortable, which is my number one priority, but...

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 10):
The service that you featured, is NOT International First class service.

Now of course this is not any reflection on you or your report atrude777, but the food looks absolutely awful. Are they using Hometown Buffet for catering now? I thought I read that UA was trying to improve their international first and business class soft product but this looked worse than what I rememberred from just two or three years ago. I know EASTERN747 came across as a little harsh but for the most part he's 100% correct. That is not what an international first class product should be like. I personally would have been very disappointed if I was a paying customer and I doubt that paying customers received better quality than you did.

But again, great report and thanks for sharing!
 
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:13 am

Quoting klkla (Reply 32):
I personally would have been very disappointed if I was a paying customer and I doubt that paying customers received better quality than you did

Those who fly F are either company paying, upgraders from C, and award tickets. Seldom any individual would pay for F, especially UA. This is a fact known by everyone even for non frequent flyers. I mean how can one pass up SQ F for their amenity kit has a full bottle of frangrance, not even travel size ?

Even as loyal as I am as a customer to UA, whenever I redemm F awards, UA is always my last choice, or basically if there is only UA available, I would choose other dates where I can fly one of the star alliance partners.
 
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:00 am

I cannot believe you guys are ripping up this guy's trip report. Breaking his stone's because his experience doesn't meet your expectation of international first class? Really? At some point people are going to stop posting their trip reports because they're tired of inciting arguments over the use of the phrase 'international first class.' Some of you need to step back from the keyboard, have a beer and get a hobby.
 
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:22 am

You guys win--

I lied, this is not an international First Class Trip. My Passport which got stamped was apparently a fake.

Regardless of where you come from, what you are used to, this is a United States, US Airline, First Class on International (unless I am wrong, Tokyo, Japan is international to the United States) Flight.

I didn't type this for everyone to agree with me, however, this is a report, based on an opinion, we all have one   However, a lot of people assumed things based on things I didn't comment on. That doesn't mean it didn't happen. Best way is to respond "hey based on what you posted I enjoyed it but you didn't mention such and such, did this happen on your flight or not?"

Instead ya'll took an assumption and went off on how poor the service was. Granted, I worked for Southwest, I fly on them a lot, and their service is superb for me. However as an enthusiast I enjoy going beyond WN's means and checking other services out. For me, this service was absolutely superb and exceeded my expectations. All I ask for on ANY FLIGHT ANY AIRLINE is decent service, with a smile, great Customer Service, and to get me there safe and sound.

Also consider this I was a NON-REV for this flight. Even if I found everything wrong with the flight, I am not going to waste my time on that, I focus on the positive of the flights and what made it so good. I won't compromise my friend's employment and buddy passes spending time complaining about everything.

With that said, I enjoy doing Trip Report's, but it seems lately my report's are getting slammed or disagreed upon, and everyone finds something to argue with. It is hard to spread my excitement about flying when people continue to slam it.

I won't be doing reports for a bit, my next few flights are the usual SWA or Cape Air that I can't do reports on anyway.

That's All I needed to say.

Alex
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:37 pm

Great TR buddy, and don't listen to the guys complaining. (they have nothing better to do)

 
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:05 pm

Quoting asuflyer05 (Reply 34):
I cannot believe you guys are ripping up this guy's trip report. Breaking his stone's because his experience doesn't meet your expectation of international first class? Really? At some point people are going to stop posting their trip reports because they're tired of inciting arguments over the use of the phrase 'international first class.' Some of you need to step back from the keyboard, have a beer and get a hobby.

asuflyer - welcome to my respected user list!

Thank you for putting it so plainly and to the point. I am having a hard time even remotely beginning to understand where a few of the members that have posted on this trip report get off.

It's a trip report people! It's not yours - it's Alex's trip report. If some of you are so bent on making us all understand what your expectations are of a first class product then get off your rears, leave the job that you are obviously not doing since you have so much time to sit and tear atrude777's report apart and start your own airline with your "premium signature first class product!"

Granted, with some of you setting the bar so high for yourselves - you best ensure that the airline you are all going to create has service that never waivers because you've made it very clear to us what you expect so we will all be sure to hold you to it.

Again asuflyer you said it best - have a beer and get a hobby folks!


P.S. Asuflyer - I miss Phoenix - when you get a chance visit my old hang out spot at the 202 and Scottsdale road - I usually get the double double animal style with the lemonade. Oh and may I recommend wings night at Native New Yorker on Broadway between McClintock and Rural. It's hard to beat!
 
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:50 pm

Quoting atrude777 (Reply 35):
With that said, I enjoy doing Trip Report's, but it seems lately my report's are getting slammed or disagreed upon, and everyone finds something to argue with. It is hard to spread my excitement about flying when people continue to slam it.

I won't be doing reports for a bit, my next few flights are the usual SWA or Cape Air that I can't do reports on anyway.

That's why I don't post trip reports on this board, I only post and a lot more active on the other site, as the other site the people are more liberal, more appreciate.

That is the difference between comments from frequent flyers and non-frequent flyers.
 
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:27 pm

Dear Alex

Quoting atrude777 (Reply 35):
For me, this service was absolutely superb and exceeded my expectations

This is all you should remember: the excitement to fly first class on such a long flight, especially for the first time and unexpectedly. All unpleasant comments posted by certain others should be of absolutely no concern to you. Consider that their blasé attitude is just an attempt to prove (to themselves ?) that they are better than others, which should fool no one.

For me, the picture showing you in your seat says it all: You were happy, unerstandably and justifiedly so. No one will ever take that from you.

Quoting atrude777 (Reply 35):
I won't be doing reports for a bit
Quoting atrude777 (Reply 35):
That's All I needed to say

This saddens me, of course, as I much enjoyed your TR. I hope to read more from you in a not too distant future.

Happy travels always

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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:47 am

Quoting atrude777 (Reply 35):
With that said, I enjoy doing Trip Report's, but it seems lately my report's are getting slammed or disagreed upon, and everyone finds something to argue with. It is hard to spread my excitement about flying when people continue to slam it.

Hey !!
I enjoy reading your trips !!! Continue writing man !
Some people here just complain complain .. I only want to ask if they can afford a F thicket.
Live and let live folks !

Cheers
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:10 am

I really enjoyed reading your report. I hope you continue to write them and are not scared off by certain buffoons who have posted in this thread...
 
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:30 pm

Wow! You must have had a great time. Thanks for sharing! This makes me more excited about flying back home to San Francisco.
 
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:30 pm

Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 39):

For me, the picture showing you in your seat says it all: You were happy, unerstandably and justifiedly so. No one will ever take that from you.

Thanks! I certainly was ecstatic to have been able to fly it and was fun to share the joy!

Quoting SHAQ (Reply 40):

Hey !!
I enjoy reading your trips !!! Continue writing man !

We'll see. My next trip isn't so interesting so I won't do a report but maybe a new route or airline or something and I will! Thanks for the support!

Quoting MilesDependent (Reply 41):
I really enjoyed reading your report. I hope you continue to write them and are not scared off by certain buffoons who have posted in this thread...

Thanks Again! I'll write them as I find them interesting!

Quoting JC90 (Reply 42):
Wow! You must have had a great time. Thanks for sharing! This makes me more excited about flying back home to San Francisco.

Certainly did have an awesome time! Have a great flight to SFO!

Alex
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:49 pm

Quoting klkla (Reply 32):
Now of course this is not any reflection on you or your report atrude777, but the food looks absolutely awful. Are they using Hometown Buffet for catering now? I thought I read that UA was trying to improve their international first and business class soft product but this looked worse than what I rememberred from just two or three years ago. I know EASTERN747 came across as a little harsh but for the most part he's 100% correct. That is not what an international first class product should be like. I personally would have been very disappointed if I was a paying customer and I doubt that paying customers received better quality than you did.

But again, great report and thanks for sharing!

Indeed. It was a good review of a poor product.

Quoting ORDnHKG (Reply 33):
Those who fly F are either company paying, upgraders from C, and award tickets. Seldom any individual would pay for F, especially UA. This is a fact known by everyone even for non frequent flyers. I mean how can one pass up SQ F for their amenity kit has a full bottle of frangrance, not even travel size ?

Even as loyal as I am as a customer to UA, whenever I redemm F awards, UA is always my last choice, or basically if there is only UA available, I would choose other dates where I can fly one of the star alliance partners.

Quite, but United do sell seats in F at prices comparable to the top airlines you mention. Just because people as many people as other airlines aren't paying for UA international F themselves it doesn't mean they should offer a shoddy product.

Quoting asuflyer05 (Reply 34):
I cannot believe you guys are ripping up this guy's trip report.

From what I've read I don't think people are 'ripping up', I think it is just shock at UA's product more than anything. I've flown UA international First myself in the six months, both the new and the old product, and thought the new seat was the only highlight. The rest was extremely shoddy.
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RE: United 777 SEA-NRT First Class

Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:12 pm

Thought of not reading all the heck down the report, however, it's getting more and more interesting each posts so I read until last.

Thank you for the review of your United First SEA-NRT, whatever people said, you just flew on A First class seat on a very well-known commercial airlines across the pacific. That's one thing nobody can't take that away from you.

I am sorry for those jitter bitter crowd in here, save up for your SQ/EK first, then make a nice report in here. And please don't forget to mention how much you like it in R/F class cabin with no non-revs onboard!

Thanks Alex,
I hope you have good day.

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