Browsing Tag: #UA787

N27908, United's 8th 787. Photo Courtesy of BriBri (CC BY-SA 2.0)

N27908, United’s 8th 787. Photo Courtesy of BriBri (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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 my airline sampler was actually the catalyst for the entire trip. I happened to stumble upon an announcement that United would be briefly returning the 787 to domestic service for once weekly (Friday) service from SFO-LAX. I didn’t get the opportunity to check out the Dreamliner 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, due to operational issues, I decided to hold off. I was skeptic for too long and wound up missing my opportunity. Some time had passed and United 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 at it.

As a Boeing fan-boy, I was excited, but that joy would soon evaporate like spilled Jet A on a hot day. It pains me to report that problems began before I ever stepped foot on the plane…

Join in on the fun on Tues and then again on Thurs mornings. Image from United.

Join in on the fun on Tues and then again on Thurs mornings. Image from United.

Tomorrow morning at 5:00am PT (yes, hecka early), United’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner will come out of the paint hangar, with its special livery. For those of you who will be awake at that time (it is still iffy if I will make it up that early), you can follow along with a live feed being provided by United Airlines.

On Thursday, media will be invited to check out the new interior of United’s Dreamliner and be sure to follow along on my Twitter and Facebook.