Monday, October 31, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Friday, October 28, 2016
I spent a few hours hanging around Denver watching my departure move further and further back. Then I got on the plane, heard the wheels up time, and then exited aircraft and left for home. My flight with a 3 hour connection in SFO wound up miss-connecting by 15 minutes. Less than half of my Asia trips have gone correctly this year. Two of them were scrubbed completely. United is not running a good operation.
|Memories of Better Times
Posted by Andrew Bussa at 10:13 AM
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Boeing sold 14, with options for 14 more, 747-8 freighters to UPS. They are an existing 747-400 customer and probably got these for a steal since Boeing was planning to shut down the 747 production line once they filled their remaining orders. This will keep the 747 program alive for another year.
|I Don't Have Many Cargo Airline Shots
Posted by Andrew Bussa at 8:17 AM
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Good thing Airbus paired this design with the A330 or it would have been dumped years ago. It has a limited future with VVIP operations, small carriers, and for it's long overwater (not ETOPS limited) range. You can buy one ready for airline service for $20,000,000.
|Most Operators Have Replaced It
Posted by Andrew Bussa at 7:07 PM
Thursday, October 20, 2016
First class over the Pacific can be one of the best in flight experiences available, see ANA, Cathay Pacific, or JAL for examples. As per tradition, US carriers do it worse or not at all. United is no exception. They run domestic configuration 737's out of Guam all around the Pacific. They also run a domestic 777-200 from Guam to Honolulu and regional upgrades don't work on this flight, so be ready for 7 long hours in coach. From Honolulu, it's all domestic configurations.
This means passengers flying the equivalent distance of LAX to London have to do it in planes made for LAX to SFO. Even worse there is no free food or alcohol. United has a monopoly, more or less, on the central Pacific routes and no interest in improving the onboard experience. Be prepared.
|Like I'm Flying to Boston
|Regional Upgrades Work HKG-GUM
|View from GUM United Club
|Breakfast on a Domestic 737 Flight for Comparison
|Breakfast HNL-IAH - Meh
|Meal Leaving HKG on 737
Posted by Andrew Bussa at 12:51 PM