Saturday, March 3, 2012

UNITED B777 - HAWAII TO GUAM

UNITED AIRLINES B777 
HONOLULU TO GUAM

Flying 8 hours on the B777 in Economy Class is tough.  The seats are small and the isles are the tightest I have ever seen.  There is just enough room in the isle to get a service cart through.  There is no walking around the cart on this bird.  This is a cattle car for humans.  No attention to human comfort is considered in this design.  It is just pack as many people in as possible and let it fly.  I was lucky on one leg to get an opportunity to upgrade to an Exit Row for $89 extra.  Leg room was excellent despite having the exit door in front of me.  Still was nice and roomy and worth the extra charge.  The Exit Row upgrade was not available on my return flight so I sat in regular coach.  The seats were tight and small.  Very tough to sit in this small seat for 8 hours.  I was on the isle and every single cart and person that walked by brushed my side.  The isles are just that tight.  Both United crews were good.  Very friendly given they have to cater to 300 passengers in tight quarters.  We were served two small meals.  Chicken with vegetables and a very tiny ham and cheese sandwich with crackers.  Crew did good job offering water throughout the flight which is good.  The United B777 ends any idea that airline travel is fun and luxurious.  I can see the B778 coming where they place each passenger in a tube so they can get 400 people in the same space.  When you look at the size of the people getting on this plane and then look at the seats and isles, you can only think cattle car.  Worst thing about this cattle car that it cost $1200 to $2400 roundtrip to fly from Hawaii to Guam in COACH CLASS!

UPDATE 10/1/12 - Went to book roundtrip from Honolulu to Guam.  Coach class was $2100 and Business/First was $3000.  I went Business/First.  See photos below.  Seats did not recline very far and there were no foot rests.  This is the biggest example of making airlines cattle cars with no regard for the customer.  Food service was o.k.  Several selections for dinner and breakfast.  United has a monopoly to Guam and this results in ripping off the customer.  You can fly to the Philippines or Japan on Hawaiian Airlines for $900 roundtrip.  It is more than double to take United to Guam.

UNITED B777 IS HUGE AIRCRAFT
MY TRIP WAS HONOLULU TO GUAM
PAID $89 FEE FOR UPGRADE TO ECONOMY PLUS
EXIT ROW SEAT.  WELL WORTH IT FOR THIS LONG HAUL
THIS PLANE IS PACKED WITH SEATS AND JUST ENOUGH
ISLE ROOM FOR THE SERVICE CART
8 HOURS IN THESE TIGHT SEATS IS ROUGH
ECONOMY SEAT IS TIGHT
I AM 5' 5" AND MY KNEES ALMOST HIT
THE SEAT IN FRONT OF ME



 BUSINESS/FIRST CLASS SEATING TO GUAM
NO FOOT RESTS AND KIND OF TIGHT


BUSINESS/FIRST LEG ROOM TO GUAM
C'MON UNITED.  $3000 ROUND TRIP FOR THIS

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