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So flew home from Houston yesterday, finished up early so changed my flight date, the nice woman from global services said "Hey...you're in luck...IAH to ORD will be on a new 787"...and indeed it was.
Configured for domestic flights the first six rows were "business first", we got bumped so ended up in row 6. Lay flat seat pods, this particular seat was well designed and the most comfortable United pod I've been in....so much so that I slept for most of the 2hr flight. In row 6 of business first its six across, toward the nose I remember four across. In economy plus I'd guess they were 9 across.
Crew was cheerful, and clearly proud of the plane, as was the pilot...that will wear off, but was fun to see.
The windows are large, and the cabin is noticeably quieter, and better pressurized.
This was 787 number 3 out of six currently in the United Fleet.
As long as my head doesn't explode Scanner's style I will rate any plane as pressure acceptable.
Just curious. What do you fly? Freight?
Thank you - Should I ever have occasion to have to fly commercial airline again, I will have my assistant look into that particular ride. Do you know if all of the 787's have the same decorating/color schemes ?
Just to be clear, what do you mean when you refer to "economy" seats ?
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Nice! The pressurization and air is supposed to have a large impact on jet lag. Did you get to see the wings "flex"?
Yeah...the cabin on a 787 is able to hold "sea level" pressure better than other airliners. No annoying ear popping as the plane climbs and decends, typically not a big deal for adults, but impactful to kids and especially infants....which will favorably impact your flight in the end.
I did not...next ride I'll look for that.
Okay. Qualifies as freight
most airliners are pressurized for about 9000ft msl ...I think the 787 is for about 7000ft msl?
You mean "seat pods"
The 787 cabin pressure altitude is 6,000, a far cry from the earlier claim of sea level but a good 2,000 feet better than the usual 8,000 feet of most airliners.
Even more impressive is the new Gulfstream G650 with the cabin altitude at less than 5,000 feet.
35,600 posts and counting since 09-09-2002. tRCMB Dead Pool Commissioner.
So do you, uh, sell these planes or... ?
Flew to Denver first class on one of united remodeled 737s,not bad, I like the in flight direct TV, I think I'm stuck on a shitty 757 today flying back to Chicago though, at least I'm in first still
Ask and ye shall receive.
Ah....data....good to know!
no....just fly....a lot...too much
Ah. Well glad you had a good, safe time on it (I'm sure you've had a lot of awful experiences over the years so hopefully this helps swing the pendulum back a bit).
I didn't realize any RCMBers actually slum it on commercial.
Congrats, Doc. I've not yet had the pleasure, myself. Looks very nice.
I've had some bad experiences, but on balance I have good luck with United.
Bad travel experiences would make for an interesting on going thread....I bet there are some folks with hilariously bad stories.
This did not happen to me, but a peer of mine:
- flying home to Germany on Lufthansa, Chicago to Frankfurt.
- he is bringing some American staples to an expat buddy, so contrary to normal practice he's checked his luggage
- over eastern Canada there is a fire in the galley
- they are forced to land at a fighter base in Goose Bay....(if you watch the map as you fly to Europe Goose Bay will show up occasionally as you are over Newfoundland.)
- It's a 747, and the amenities in the town of Goose Bay are limited, so families get the hotel rooms, and the single men sleep at the fighter base
- My buddy ends up on a couch in the TV lounge...for two days, with no change of clothes
- They don't offload the luggage
- There is very limited cell reception, his doesn't work at all (he manages to get word to his family as folks with working cell phones let those without use them)
- There is no internet access
- Near the end of the first day a second LH 747 touches down, and they all believe it's a new plane coming to get them....it's not, two guys (LH mechanics) get off, and the plane takes off
- He did say the food was decent, and the beer plentiful....but he wouldn't recommend Goose Bay as a vacation site
That sounds horrid. I hope at the very least that he got a couple of travel vouchers out of the situation.
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