twolz2rn
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United UA142: IAH-LOS In J (a Few Pics)

Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:08 pm

I haven’t posted a TR in a while, so I thought my first time flying business class would be a good opportunity to start up again!

Over the course of 2012, I was flying a lot for work and by the end of the year, I had flown over 110K miles, effectively qualifying me for United’s 1K status. Since I’ve never had such a status before, I was super psyched! My first trip of 2013, and first opportunity to use my Global Premier Upgrades, was to Nigeria. Rather than taking a more logical route through Europe, I opted to backtrack a little and go with a DCA-IAH-LOS routing, since I would prefer taking one really long flight than two long-ish flights. I had taken this routing in December and it worked out well since it also gets into Lagos in the early afternoon.

When I booked the ticket, it was originally scheduled to be a 787, but a few days after my reservation was confirmed, the FAA grounded them. Wah wah! However, this was a blessing in disguise because when I applied for the upgrades, I was on a waitlist…once the flight was put on a 777, I was cleared! This would be my first time flying business class, so I thought being able to taking for two 12-13 hour flights would certainly make it worth it!

I’m not going to provide much about the DCA-IAH leg since it was rather dull and a very simple flight. After landing in IAH, I spent some time in the United Club prior to boarding. I was rather excited to board the plane because this was my first time to turn “left” into an airplane, much less BusinessFirst! I was welcomed by the flight attendants and the “International Inflight Service Manager” who were all very nice. Menus were passed out as well as amenity kits…unfortunately I forgot to swipe mine in Lagos to include in the report.

After take-off the crew got busy prepping the cabin for dinner service. Warm toilettes were passed out, followed by table cloths and beverages. The food followed shortly…unfortunately since I don’t have the menu I can’t provide many details, other than it being ok. I wasn’t too impressed, but I’ve never been so full on an airplane in my life! So much food! Here are the courses:

Appetizer
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e16/TwoLz2RN/IMG_0093.jpg

Salad
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e16/TwoLz2RN/IMG_0094.jpg

Entrée (steak)
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e16/TwoLz2RN/IMG_0096.jpg

In between courses watching Best in Show
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e16/TwoLz2RN/IMG_0098.jpg

Cheese Plate
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e16/TwoLz2RN/IMG_0100.jpg

Dessert
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e16/TwoLz2RN/IMG_0105.jpg

Following dinner, I watched a little bit more TV, but then slept for a good portion of the flight. Breakfast was served prior to landing (sorry, no pictures), which was also a bit rushed. We landed in Lagos a little bit early after a bumpy descent. Spent about two weeks in (hazy) Lagos and have attached some additional pictures from a side trip to the beach.

Apologies for the brevity of this report, but I didn’t have much to go on. I’d be more than happy to answer questions if you have them!

Boat got stuck on the beach
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e16/TwoLz2RN/IMG_2158.jpg

Arts and Crafts
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e16/TwoLz2RN/IMG_2134.jpg

Snake charmer
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e16/TwoLz2RN/IMG_2166.jpg

Hazy sunset
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e16/TwoLz2RN/IMG_2179.jpg
 
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RE: United UA142: IAH-LOS In J (a Few Pics)

Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:33 pm

Nice that you managed to use your upgrade on such long flights. Do you have any other pictures? It's not really an a.net report if you don't have a sinlge picture of a plane!
http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LGW-FNC-PDL-TER-LIS-LUX-LHR-MUC-BRN,BSL-LHR
 
twolz2rn
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RE: United UA142: IAH-LOS In J (a Few Pics)

Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:01 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Do you have any other pictures? It's not really an a.net report if you don't have a sinlge picture of a plane!

Yes, I know! I'm a little rusty with these reports...my last one was from 2010! I was able to get two:

Sitting in DCA waiting for the deicing trucks to arrive...flight was an A319
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e16/TwoLz2RN/IMG_0179.jpg

Plane in Lagos
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e16/TwoLz2RN/66049_10100955671054550_219655070_n.jpg

They're not very good, but I'll work on it in the future!
 
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RE: United UA142: IAH-LOS In J (a Few Pics)

Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:48 pm

Thanks for sharing! How were the loads on the LOS flight?
 
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RE: United UA142: IAH-LOS In J (a Few Pics)

Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:08 am

Quoting toobz (Reply 3):
How were the loads on the LOS flight?

On this flight, I would say both J was about 90% full, Y was about 95% and Y+ was about 80%.

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