sfflyer123
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UA Business Class: Hong Kong To SFO Non-stop B747

Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:16 am

In January 2011, I used a systemwide upgrade to upgrade myself on the HKG-SFO non-stop flight. I was very lucky to get this upgrade, since I bought the ticket 2 weeks before it took off. This is my trip report of the experience.

The trip report in detail here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tqZwZHoewA

But there are just a few points.

1) UA's food seems to be getting better. It was really not that bad at all.

2) The flight from HKG to SFO is dramatically shorter than the flight SFO-HKG. It was only 9 hours versus 14 hours!

3) They take a much more southern route returning than they do going. SFO to HKG hugs alaska coastline and comes down the eastern coast of Asia, but on the return, it seems to almost fly over the Hawaiin islands.

4) UA has a great business class hard product. I think the seat is very nice and the AVOD is just great with its large screen

I hope you enjoy my trip report:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tqZwZHoewA


IMG_8678 by sfflyer123, on Flickr


IMG_8677 by sfflyer123, on Flickr

The complete trip report:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tqZwZHoewA

Thanks for watching!
 
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RE: UA Business Class: Hong Kong To SFO Non-stop B747

Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:48 am

Very nice TR! The food looks delicious. Glad to see you had a good experience.
In thrust we trust!
 
sfflyer123
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RE: UA Business Class: Hong Kong To SFO Non-stop B747

Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:56 pm

Quoting Sulley (Reply 1):
Very nice TR! The food looks delicious. Glad to see you had a good experience.

Thanks very much!
 
planemad1
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RE: UA Business Class: Hong Kong To SFO Non-stop B747

Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:52 pm

A real gem of a trip report. I just love these video reports, it's like being put in your shoes. Your enthusiasm for flying comes through in bucket loads.
 
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RE: UA Business Class: Hong Kong To SFO Non-stop B747

Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:57 pm

Another great video, sfflyer123!

I love the wing flexing of the 747 ... what a great aircraft! Looks like you had a nice flight with United in J.

Looking forward to your next trip!

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew
I love to fly!
 
sfflyer123
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RE: UA Business Class: Hong Kong To SFO Non-stop B747

Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:22 pm

Quoting planemad1 (Reply 3):
A real gem of a trip report. I just love these video reports, it's like being put in your shoes. Your enthusiasm for flying comes through in bucket loads

Thanks very much. It's always nice to make flying fun. It's so easy to get jaded with frequent flying these days. I try to keep it light to prevent myself from getting too jaded these days.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
Another great video, sfflyer123!

I love the wing flexing of the 747 ... what a great aircraft! Looks like you had a nice flight with United in J.

Looking forward to your next trip!

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew

Thank you very much for those kind words!
 
ardian
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RE: UA Business Class: Hong Kong To SFO Non-stop B747

Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:22 am

Thanks for your report and taking the time to film everything! Wow, 9 hours vs. 14 hours is truly impressive. It was indeed very interesting to see the wingflex during take-off
 
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RE: UA Business Class: Hong Kong To SFO Non-stop B747

Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:41 am

Great TR, well done.

I have never acheived that short fight time on that route, that really was a quick one.
 
sfflyer123
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RE: UA Business Class: Hong Kong To SFO Non-stop B747

Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:01 am

Quoting ardian (Reply 6):
Thanks for your report and taking the time to film everything! Wow, 9 hours vs. 14 hours is truly impressive. It was indeed very interesting to see the wingflex during take-off

Thank you!

Quoting ual777uk (Reply 7):
Great TR, well done.

I have never acheived that short fight time on that route, that really was a quick one.

Yes, I was very surprised. I was thinking that I could get at least 10-11 hours. But apparently the tailwinds were massively strong (well over 100mph). It was kind of a bummer because I could not sleep as long as I wanted to. The flight was so short--like flying SFO-NRT! I guess if I were in a rush, it would have been great, but I was kind of sad that it was so short.
 
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RE: UA Business Class: Hong Kong To SFO Non-stop B747

Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:11 pm

As always... cool TR!!


cheers DALelite
They loved to fly and it showed..
 
kfitz
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RE: UA Business Class: Hong Kong To SFO Non-stop B747

Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:48 pm

Eggs Benedict! I am salivating from right here!

What a pleasure to watch. I love your trip reports!
 
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RE: UA Business Class: Hong Kong To SFO Non-stop B747

Wed Apr 20, 2011 4:40 am

Quoting DALelite (Reply 9):
As always... cool TR!!


cheers DALelite

Thank you very much!

Quoting KFitz (Reply 10):
Eggs Benedict! I am salivating from right here!

What a pleasure to watch. I love your trip reports!

Thanks for your kind words. I am glad that you enjoyed it!
 
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RE: UA Business Class: Hong Kong To SFO Non-stop B747

Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:11 am

FYI, I am the one who sent you the long drawn out diatribe on youtube, thanking you for doing your reports. You are just great and I hope you don't mind if I have been attempting emulate your style for my own UA trip reports!

I love re watching them over and over again in my spare time. My favorite is your Cairo trip! What an experience!
 
sfflyer123
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RE: UA Business Class: Hong Kong To SFO Non-stop B747

Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:31 am

Quoting KFitz (Reply 12):
FYI, I am the one who sent you the long drawn out diatribe on youtube, thanking you for doing your reports. You are just great and I hope you don't mind if I have been attempting emulate your style for my own UA trip reports!

I love re watching them over and over again in my spare time. My favorite is your Cairo trip! What an experience!

Thank you very much! I am glad that you enjoyed the videos. I will continue to try to create one each month with an international business or first class trip. Thanks again!

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