Are there any ol' recliner style exCO 777s flying around?

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  1. tommy777
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    Hey

    Was looking to book IAH-AMS on April 15th and when I look at the seat map, it looks like it's got ol' style recliners in C.

    Website error or are there still some 777s who haven't been updated?

    Thank you
     
  2. Hartmann
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    There were the birds that were flying SEA-NRT that weren't converted yet. It looks like they may have swapped them down to IAH for the AMS route.

    The rumor has been that conversions, paint jobs, etc. are going to slow down a little due to the high season.
     
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    There are no sCO 77s without the 50 flat bed seats. If it is a 2-cabin 777 then it has flat beds.
    Doesn't appear to be this. The flight is still a sCO number so it'll be sCO metal. Seems more a problem with the seat maps on the website.
     
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    Thank you. If I end up in a recliner, I know who to blame ;)
     
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    Good point.

    I wonder if it has something to do with seat maps + 787. That was a 787 route.
     
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    $MI/J, right?? :p
     
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    The sCO 777 fleet, prior to the flat-bed transition, were a later gen than the 76X recliners. If my memory serves me correctly, they were angled lie-flats and (depending on your sleep preference) much more comfortable than the barca-lounger style seats.

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    So, unless they're unearthing retired sCO 777 from the desert due to the 788 shortage (they aren't) I'd say your chances of getting a recliner are slim to none on this route.
     
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    There aren't any retired sCO 777s in the desert to be unearthed anyways. :-:
     
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    If you're feeling nostalgic, you can see the old recliners on the 767s to Hawaii.
     
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    There are only 2 of those birds left!
     
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    And I always luck out by traveling on the last-to-be-updated aircraft in the UA system.
     
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    Last fall when UA got down to one non-Hawaii 764 that still had not been reconfigured with the new seats and IFE, I managed to end up on that plane on three flights in a row that were booked on the 787 or 762.
     
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    I wish they still flew 767's to Hawaii! Last 3 trips (July, Nov, Dec) before I bailed on UA they were flying all 757's. I think they still had/might have a 777 between SFO and HNL on certain flights though.
     
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    The plane to avoid in international biz class is the sCO 762, that aircraft is still sometimes found on EWR-FRA
     
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    West Coast - Hawaii is a mix of sUA 752's, sCO 738/739's and sUA 77A (ghetto bird) with an occasional sUA 3-class 772 for positioning

    DEN, IAH, IAD, ORD, and EWR get either sCO 764 or sUA 77A or 772.
     
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    I've picked up the sCO 753 on LAX-HNL before.
     
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    I've done the sCO 753 LAX-HNL, LAX-OGG, and SFO-OGG in the past year. Those same flights all used to be 767/777 before about June 2012.
     
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    Oops, forgot the sCO 753. It's on a lot of the LAX trips, together with 738/739. SFO seems to get more sUA 752 and 77A
     
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    Do the 767s flying with the previous Non-lie-flat BusinessFirst product have the old school IFE with looping content or do they have the on demand videos?
     
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    Loops.
    Yup, and now those larger planes have been updated to have decent interiors and are flying on routes where they make more money.
     
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    I recently had the pleasure of flying EWR-IAH (aircraft was flying GVA-EWR-IAH) on the same 763 I flew in 2010 on LAX-HNL. Wow, what a difference that was. The aircraft isn't even that old; it was a 2001 delivery I believe, but back in 2010, it looked straight up mid-1980s inside and out, with the exception of UA having recently (at the time) replaced the video projectors with large LCD monitors on the bulkheads. Still, it had the old-style 767 bins that are tiny, cramped seats up front in F, and just looked and felt tired. Contrast that to my flight on the same plane a few weeks ago, sitting in roughly the same spot in the front cabin, in a lie-flat BusinessFirst seat, with new, large overhead bins that retract from the ceiling, AVOD IFE, new and ceiling panels, and virtually everything looking like a much more modern aircraft. The only things that really hint at those planes' former "ghetto bird" status are the lights and air vents in the passenger service units, which were carried over from the original interior, and the flight attendant control panels for the lights and other systems at the exits, which are also original. Pretty much everything else is nice and new.

    And, while the old 767s to Hawaii were nice from the standpoint of having more room to get up and walk around during the flight, the front cabins on those planes were nothing special, and the seats on the 753s and 737s operating those routes now actually are a bit more spacious in width and pitch than the old domestic F seats on the 763s were. Those aircraft also have power ports and in-seat video with multiple choices in both cabins, something the Hawaiian ghetto birds never offered.
     
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