In part one of this series I provided an overview of my airline sampler trip (5 airlines over 4 days) and offered my thoughts on my very first flight with Virgin America, from Dallas to San Francisco. Here we pick back up at SFO for a quick journey down to LAX in the first class cabin aboard a United 787-8.
This leg of myÂ airline sampler was actually the catalyst for the entire trip. I happened to stumble upon an announcementÂ that United would be briefly returning the 787 to domestic service for once weekly (Friday) service from SFO-LAX.Â I didn’t get the opportunity to check out the DreamlinerÂ when United had them on domestic runs when they were first introduced. After a number of friends booked their own 787 experiences only to be disappointed by the wrong plane at the gate,Â due to operational issues,Â I decided to hold off. I was skeptic for too long and wound up missing my opportunity. Some time had passedÂ and UnitedÂ now had a number of 787s in service, so I figured that the time was right.
The economy fare was very attractively priced at a meager $72.10 — what a bargain! When United.com solicited me to pay an extra $29 for economy plus I jumped atÂ it.
As a Boeing fan-boy, I was excited, but that joy would soon evaporate like spilled Jet A on a hot day.Â It pains me to report that problems began before I everÂ stepped foot on the planeâ€¦