quick question about 747's

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  1. Photonerd71

    Photonerd71 Silver Member

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    Just a quick question about the 747. I'm starting to check on prices for my birthday trip in Jan and one of my options is to fly on a 747 in first/business class. (Flying on one is on my "to do" list) , my question is probably dumb, but, is there any real difference between being upstairs or downstairs in quality of service or the overall experience?
    (Other than the fact of saying "i flew in the upstairs cabin. Lol)
     
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    I've only flown the 747 on the upper deck. I like it up there – there are fewer people, it's very quiet, and it just feels more private. I wouldn't turn down a Business or First Class seat on the lower deck, but if I'm flying Business on a UA 747, my first choice would be upstairs.
     
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    On UA, 747 upstairs is Business Class. The first few rows, on the main level at the nose of the aircraft, is First Class.

    In First, you get the seat to yourself. In Business (upstairs or downstairs, you'll get a seat mate). Personally, I like the peace and quiet upstairs. I seldom eat meals anymore in-flight. If I wake-up for breakfast, I'll have it, but I don't make it a point to wake up for a meal.

    I have never had the opportunity to fly on a 747 in first with the newer seats, so I can't offer a take on that.

    As far as service goes, it should be a little better in First, but it really boils down to the individual flight attendants working each cabin/section, so it's hard to answer that question. I have been treated like a king in Business and treated like a nothing in First before (and vice-versa).

    I think it boils down to whether you want to sit upstairs or in the bigger, a little more isolated, seat in First. I wouldn't worry about the FA service as a primary deciding factor in this case.

    My preference is upstairs. But if I got an F seat on a 747, I wouldn't turn that down.

    Clear as mud?
     
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    Thanks for the info. It's kind of what i thought. The price is the same (yes i am paying for it out of my own pocket) , so i guess I'll get a seat upstairs.
     
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    Thanks for the additional info captain. (I was typing my last post at the same time as you were.) Ill be going business (my wallet can't handle first, even off peak), so upstairs business is the target. (Plus one RT from IHA to HKG or ICN in business pretty much locks up silver for two more years. Ill be flying in early Jan.)
     
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    UD is the place to be on the 747. Quieter, minimal foot traffic, better pax:lav ratio, more storage space and an intimate cabin environment. I love A-Zone too, but on UA that's the F cabin, and you've indicated you will be traveling in C. Plus, if you've never flown 'upstairs', it's a cool experience.
     
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    Y'all have convinced me. Upstairs it is. Haha

    Now just to decide the destination. That's the hard part.
     
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    For a truly memorable experience, you might consider a carrier other than UA for your inaugural 747 run.
     
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    It's been about 2 years since I flew it, but Air France puts Y upstairs on the 747. It has more legroom than Y downstairs and better IFE (which is still pretty bad). 50 Euros, free for Skyteam elites (maybe just for ElitePlus, but I got it as a DL Silver).
     
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    A couple carriers have Y or Y+ upstairs. I believe that NZ and VS have done it at times. I was also on a KE flight where they oversold Y and used upstairs as the "op-up" section, offering the Y meals/service but the C seat for their top elites. I got booted downstairs because of that. :/
     
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    CX is a possibly as well.
     
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    With 3-4 TPAC round trips every year, all of which are on 744s, I early on found UD to be a bit too 'confining' for the12+hr flights, so I usually select seats in the main downstairs C cabin.

    BTW, I am curious....I know that most TPAC flights on UA use 744s, what are other routes on which UA uses this plane?
     
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    I flew SFO-FRA on a UA 744.
     
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    Makes sense... The 744s are most carriers' workhorses for very long haul intl flights
     
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    They were going to put the 747 on CLT to IAD to replace the CR7, but apparently Mesa threw up a stink.;):p:D
     
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    One thing I would take into consideration is whether you're bringing anything heavy or larger as a carry on since you'll have to haul that thing up and down the stairs.

    For the most part, I was fairly happy w/ being upstairs on a KE 747 in business where we were 3 of 5 total people in the cabin. To say the least, it was quiet. :)
     
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    That is another drawback, in addition to the fact storage space also seems to be limited in UD...
     
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    I prefer the upper deck on long flights for the smaller, more intimate feeling...and generally better service ratios...while still enjoying a big plane ride.

    ....that's what makes a market!
     
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    What ever their reason, Mesa was right to throw up a stink because a 744 for CLT-IAD seems like overkill to me...


    Clearly YMMV -- 12 hr of "intimate feeling" could bear on me a bit...:D
     
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    Versus being stuck 8-abreast in the main cabin?
     
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    +1 these are the reasons that think of after selecting the carrier, they make for a very pleasant flight experience. Upstairs all the way! :)

    Sent from my iPhone using milepoint
     
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    Like I said: YMMV. I will always select a seat in the main C cabin on any 744 flight.
     
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    Of course, my post was an attempt at levity. :)
     
  24. NYCUA1K

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    I am sure that most are aware of this equation but just in case...

    747-400 = 744

    :)
     
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    747-400 = 347 :D
     
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