Review: United Airlines (787-900) Economy Plus Los Angeles to Singapore

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United launched this flight, its longest, on October 27th.  The flight travels 8,700 miles and is scheduled for almost 18 hours.

Boarding

Boarding began at 2015.  I quickly found my seat, 16C.  It was an aisle, Economy Plus seat at the bulkhead…right behind the rear business class cabin.

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So close
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So close

At the seat was a small pillow and very thin blanket.

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The remote control was located on the inside of the right armrest.  The entire seat was controlled from this.  I found it frustrating that the controller was immovable.

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Boarding was completed 30 minutes later, 10 minutes prior to the designated time.  The pilot informed us that we had a 25 minute delay due to Changi airport having a noise curfew.  How did you not know this United?

While we waited, I went to the restroom to change.  There were a total of four in Economy, two behind Economy Plus and two behind regular Economy near the rear galley.  The room was small and the only amenity available was soap.

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We pushed from the gate at 2127 and the crew informed us of a 17 hour flight time. At 2140, while on the taxiway, the captain informed us that ‘they’ were working a maintenance issue. (This had been the theme of United that day, click here). There was an 8 minute taxi and long takeoff roll, we were airborne at 2202.

Food

The flight attendant, Lynn, was really nice. She had a lot of energy and was fun to talk with. She told me how she arrived from Singapore the day before, but volunteered to go back. 😮 Food service began 20 minutes after takeoff. The choice was between chicken and noodles. I chose the chicken. The chicken was decent but the salad and bread were bad.

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Trays were cleared 25 minutes after service began.  For a mid flight snack, We were given a turkey sandwich and M&Ms.  The sandwich was terrible.

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The meal choice pre-arrival was a choice between swiss cheese omelet w/ chicken sausage or noodles.  I chose the omelet, it was ok.  The potatoes were really good.

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Entertainment

I do not usually watch movies on flights, so I used the monitor to watch the air show.  I purchased WiFi for $35 to do some work, but it went out 10 minutes later and kept going out throughout the flight.

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Final Word

The flight was not memorable, beside it being the longest that I have ever spent in an airplane.  Lynn was a highlight of the flight, she was always nice and even recommended places to eat in Singapore.

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