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RE: D.C. Tour, UA First & LH 747-8 Upper Deck Business

Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:43 am

Quoting directorguy (Reply 46):
Splendid trip report!

Thanks a lot, directorguy!

Quoting directorguy (Reply 46):
I returned last week from a short trip to DC. Stayed at the massive Marriott Wardman Park, and had a great stay-definitely one of the best sites for a convention/large gathering in the States.
Convenient location-the area is vibrant with shops and restaurants, and the hotel is right in front of a metro station, and is one stop away from Dupont Circle.

Yes, the hotel is indeed very nice. I would stay there again.

Quoting directorguy (Reply 46):
As I was in DC for work I didn't have that much time for sightseeing, so I decided to cram all the museums in one day. What I ended up doing was spending the entire day at the Air & Space Museum, and I loved every minute of it.

Very good idea. I would also spend much more time there during a future visit.

Quoting directorguy (Reply 46):
Interestingly, I was considering flying on the LH 748, but ended on the AF A380

Were you satisfied with your choice?

Quoting Aviationman777 (Reply 47):
Nice Report
Thanks for joining us
Vielen Dank

Hi Aviationman777, many thanks for your feedback! Good to hear you liked it!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 48):
Hi there PH, nice conclusion to your trip to the States.

Hi James, thanks a lot for dropping by.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 48):
Too bad about the mix up with your hotel. One reason why I tend to stick to booking directly through the hotel rather than third party agents - the last thing you want is to turn up somewhere and not have anywhere to stay! At least it was all sorted in the end.

Usually I prefer the hotel websites, but sometimes rates are much higher there.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 48):
Great pictures from Washington, really brings back some pleasant memories of my trip there last year.

Thanks!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 48):
UA seems like a similar experience to what I encountered with my flights with AA over the summer - but at least they don't have that odd no photos/videos policy.

That's true. Makes a big difference.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 48):
The 748 flight looked decent enough though - LH seems pretty good in J.

Yes, there's not much to complain except for the lack of direct aisle access from the window seat.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 48):
Although I have to admit the V shaped layout of their seats seem a little odd - as you mentioned, fair enough if you know your seat mate, but if you're with a stranger it might be a little too close for comfort.

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 49):
What can I say? Who else can better portray onboard premium products than the legendary you?

Hi Suryo, good to hear from you! Thank you very much for your kind words.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 49):
Yet another exciting and captivating story to read!

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 49):
I am honestly shocked to notice the difference between two Star Alliance partners. UA is just... disappointing…
Luckily, you had LH for the longest leg.

Yes, I'm not keen on UA long-haul.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 49):
Is this all you got on one and a half hour flight in F? Embarrassing, to be honest…

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 49):
There goes their slogan ‘Fly the Friendly Skies’

Yes, exactly my opinion!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 49):
Oh no! You’re kidding? Where do all the fancy bags go? That box looks more suitable for Premium Economy!

Not even suitable for Premium Economy!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 49):
Hey, that is an innovative way of serving Beef Rendang! Well done, LH! Good to know that you chose it as main course!

I can only agree, great dish.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 49):
Frankheimer Alt! It was love at a first sip for me!

Never tried that one, but I like Alt in general.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 49):
It looks yummy! Did you have any Port wine to go with it?

No, I didn't want to try as much as in First...  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 49):
Egg dish with bacon or sausages for breakfast would have been nicer, but your serving of cold items would certainly do.

That was already filling without hot items.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 49):
OMG! Did you have enough time to finish them all?

I had to eat quickly!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 49):
Agreed! If he somehow becomes unable to identify his belonging, then he should learn to observe his luggage tags before collecting anything from the baggage belt.

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 49):
Thank you very much for sharing! I really look forward to my own visit to the States next year.

Thanks again for taking the time to comment. Which corner of the country did you choose?


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RE: D.C. Tour, UA First & LH 747-8 Upper Deck Business

Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:36 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 50):
Which corner of the country did you choose?

US West Coast.  
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RE: D.C. Tour, UA First & LH 747-8 Upper Deck Business

Sun Jan 04, 2015 5:34 pm

Hi PH!

Another fantastic report you made here, really enjoyed it!
What a great idea to try LHs new J class out on their 748! Looks like you had an enjoyable flight. The food looks delicious and well presented. But as you correctly stated the amenity kit and no aisle access is a shame.
Your UA flight is one to quickly forget again  
Nice pictures of Washington, such a shame about the weather though!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
We arrived in Washington, D.C. in the early afternoon after a very pleasant early morning flight on Southwest Boeing 737-8H4 N8610A (thumbs up for Sky Interior, generous legroom and free flight tracker for mobile devices) and a "Super Shuttle" ride from Baltimore Airport

No pictures of your Southwest flight? I always choose Super Shuttle myself as well, I quite like them.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
After a friendly welcome, it turned out that that our reservation for two nights wasn't in the system. I won't go into detail now, but it took about 1.5 hours until the issue was settled - including long discussions and phone calls. The booking, made on Olotels.com, was valid according to the agency's hotline, but allegedly never reached the hotel. So the hotel would have accommodated us in the end, but it was fully booked. Yeah sure We had no choice but to stay at the Marriott Wardman Park located two miles further north. On the next day we would get a room in the Mayflower. At least the hotel paid the required taxi ride - and I was glad that the young female receptionist had remained calm and friendly all the time.

Such a shame to have this happen   Good to hear the receptionist remained calm and friendly though..

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
After boarding had been completed, the captain (most likely close to the mid-60s) appeared in the aisle, cheerfully offered a greeting and started talking to passengers. While slowly strolling down the aisle, he kept thanking people "for flying us". He also made a joke about his first officer, but I couldn't hear everything. Very nice guy, very nice gesture! thumbsup I guess he had been told that pushback would have to take place a bit delayed and then decided to make good use of the time.

That is a nice touch! I guess the only "highlight" of the flight!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The cookie was rather tasty...

Is that a cookie? 
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):

Pleasant selection of colors - wouldn't you agree?

Looks great indeed

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
No doubt, the new product is a vast improvement over the old Business Class with recliner seats, but Lufthansa should have selected a layout similar to the ones on other premium carriers.

Indeed, very true. Such a shame that KLM choose for such a layout as well

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Believe it or not, but the niceview moving map feature wasn't available. Bad luck again on the second Lufthansa long-haul flight in a row.

Argh, what a shame

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Now what's that? Believe it or not, this cheap looking grey plastic box is an amenity kit:

Ugh, looks abysmal

Thanks for sharing another high quality report!

cheers,

Brendan
 
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RE: D.C. Tour, UA First & LH 747-8 Upper Deck Business

Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:38 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 51):
US West Coast.

Alright, good decision!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 52):

Another fantastic report you made here, really enjoyed it!

Hi Brendan,

many thanks for your kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 52):
What a great idea to try LHs new J class out on their 748!

It was about time!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 52):
Looks like you had an enjoyable flight. The food looks delicious and well presented.

Yes, everything was fine except for the broken airshow.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 52):
But as you correctly stated the amenity kit and no aisle access is a shame.

  

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 52):
Nice pictures of Washington, such a shame about the weather though!

Yes, hopefully I will be luckier in a few months...

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 52):
No pictures of your Southwest flight? I always choose Super Shuttle myself as well, I quite like them.

No, I had to skip that one due to a lack of time. My backlog is still big...

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 52):
Such a shame to have this happen Good to hear the receptionist remained calm and friendly though..

So true! Could have been much worse.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 52):
That is a nice touch! I guess the only "highlight" of the flight!

True!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 52):
Argh, what a shame

   At least it would work on the next LH long-haul flight to Canada...

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 52):
Ugh, looks abysmal

Appropriate term!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 52):
Thanks for sharing another high quality report!

Thanks for dropping by!


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RE: D.C. Tour, UA First & LH 747-8 Upper Deck Business

Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:48 pm

Fantastic trip report, PH!

This is easily one of my favorite trip reports that I've ever read. No filler, or unnecessary photos or commentary makes for easy breezy trip report reading. Yet, you included so many detailed high quality photos that I felt as if I just took this trip with you. Great photos of ORD (my hometown/favorite airport, though I'm highly biased since I helped construct its newest runways). I cannot wait to read through your other trip reports. Keep up the great work!

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RE: D.C. Tour, UA First & LH 747-8 Upper Deck Business

Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:31 pm

Quoting Omp777x (Reply 54):
Fantastic trip report, PH!

Hi OMP777X,

many thanks for your nice comments!

Quoting Omp777x (Reply 54):
This is easily one of my favorite trip reports that I've ever read. No filler, or unnecessary photos or commentary makes for easy breezy trip report reading. Yet, you included so many detailed high quality photos that I felt as if I just took this trip with you.

I'm glad you enjoyed reading.   

Quoting Omp777x (Reply 54):
Great photos of ORD (my hometown/favorite airport, though I'm highly biased since I helped construct its newest runways).

Thanks! That's an interesting job!

Quoting Omp777x (Reply 54):
I cannot wait to read through your other trip reports. Keep up the great work!

Many more to follow - at least that's the plan. Take your time!


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