Go Back   > > >
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Nov 16, 07, 8:57 am   #1
Original Poster
  
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Chicago, IL (ORD), Phoenix AZ (PHX)
Programs: UA 1K 1.9MM, Starwood Platinum, a nothing in several others
Posts: 5,176
It's Official, UA952 New Premium Cabin Inaugural -- Nov. 19, 2007

My divination program knew the date for sure once I added the Magic8Ball() function . This was just confirmed by a phone call from UA. The new premium class cabin inaugural will be UA952 IAD-FRA on Monday, Nov 19, 2007. I am booked in C on the way over with an immediate return on UA953 in F. The placeholder below is for links to web pages where I will be posting pictures and video clips from the inaugural party, gate and from the plane up until the point that the electronics off announcement is made. I hope to have additional pictures and/or video to put on the web when I arrive in FRA. Else it will have to wait until I arrive back in IAD or ORD.

Any general discussions of the new cabin should be in The Consolidated New Business Class Seat (Photos, Info, and Rollout) Thread [Merged]

Also please keep emails and PMs to me to a minimum. My FT inbox is almost full. If your questions are of a public nature please post them here and I will answers if I can. Remember that I am customer, not a UA employee and do not have access to a lot of the details. Most of my answers will come from publicly available sources. For example, I do not know the details of why it was delayed so long.

Last edited by gfowler-ord-1k; Nov 16, 07 at 10:07 am
gfowler-ord-1k is offline  
Old Nov 16, 07, 8:58 am   #2
Original Poster
  
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Chicago, IL (ORD), Phoenix AZ (PHX)
Programs: UA 1K 1.9MM, Starwood Platinum, a nothing in several others
Posts: 5,176
Links to pics and videos can be found at http://genefowler.com/travel/airline...mium_Inaugural

Last edited by gfowler-ord-1k; Oct 4, 08 at 7:14 am
gfowler-ord-1k is offline  
Old Nov 16, 07, 8:58 am   #3
  
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,240
Good luck gfowler! Hopefully, this one goes off without a hitch!
i'mlovin'it is offline  
Old Nov 16, 07, 9:06 am   #4
  
Join Date: May 2007
Location: IAD
Programs: Tier 1: UA 1P, SPG Gold, Avis First, AMEX MR, My Borgata :) Tier 2: HH, TR, NW, AA, etc.
Posts: 705
Nice... I imagine the plane will turn and go back to IAD the following day, which means I miss it by 4 days. But that does mean that I will for sure be adding FRA stopovers to my December BRU trip.
livitup is offline  
Old Nov 16, 07, 9:11 am   #5
FlyerTalk Evangelist
  
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: SNA
Programs: UA Million Mile Nobody, Marriott Platinum Elite, SPG Gold
Posts: 25,229
Given whatever problems caused the delays, I would assume the plane may be pulled for a few days for inspection following the first round trip.
flyinbob is offline  
Old Nov 16, 07, 9:11 am   #6
  
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 5,766
GRRRR I'm on 916 that day!!

*Crosses fingers for return flight*
thelark is offline  
Old Nov 16, 07, 9:19 am   #7
Original Poster
  
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Chicago, IL (ORD), Phoenix AZ (PHX)
Programs: UA 1K 1.9MM, Starwood Platinum, a nothing in several others
Posts: 5,176
Quote:
Originally Posted by thelark View Post
GRRRR I'm on 916 that day!!
Change if you can. UA952 is F5 R0 X5 C6 D6 O1 I1
gfowler-ord-1k is offline  
Old Nov 16, 07, 9:24 am   #8
FlyerTalk Evangelist
  
Join Date: Oct 2004
Programs: Nah.
Posts: 13,816
Quote:
Originally Posted by gfowler-ord-1k View Post
Change if you can. UA952 is F5 R0 X5 C6 D6 O1 I1
It strikes me as pretty funny that UA has 5 F seats for sale and 5 NF seats available too. High expectations for their new product!

Congrats on getting on the inaugural, gfowler! Looking forward to the report.
qasr is offline  
Old Nov 16, 07, 9:36 am   #9
Original Poster
  
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Chicago, IL (ORD), Phoenix AZ (PHX)
Programs: UA 1K 1.9MM, Starwood Platinum, a nothing in several others
Posts: 5,176
Quote:
Originally Posted by qasr View Post
It strikes me as pretty funny that UA has 5 F seats for sale and 5 NF seats available too. High expectations for their new product!
Nov 22-25 is the US Thanksgiving holiday and business travel will be way down early in the week. The announcement has been public info only for about an hour so there has not been much time for people make reservations. I expect it will be F0 before takeoff.
Quote:
Congrats on getting on the inaugural, gfowler! Looking forward to the report.
Thanks, I am already working on the report template and website.
gfowler-ord-1k is offline  
Old Nov 16, 07, 9:36 am   #10
  
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Minnesota
Programs: Delta GM, Holiday Inn Gold, Marriott Silver
Posts: 139
Does anyone know if the planes are being retrofitted in series or parallel? In other words, does one plane have to finish before another is started. Or, is the entire batch done at once, released and another batch placed in the queue?

Have a nice day!
knightsthatsayni is offline  
Old Nov 16, 07, 9:38 am   #11
Suspended
  
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 17,769
Quote:
Originally Posted by gfowler-ord-1k View Post
My divination program knew the date for sure once I added the Magic8Ball() function. This was just confirmed by a phone call from UA. The new premium class cabin inaugural will be UA952 IAD-FRA on Monday, Nov 19, 2007. I am booked in C on the way over with an immediate return on UA953 in F. The placeholder below is for links to web pages where I will be posting pictures and video clips from the inaugural party, gate and from the plane up until the point that the electronics off announcement is made. I hope to have additional pictures and/or video to put on the web when I arrive in FRA. Else it will have to wait until I arrive back in IAD or ORD.
Did you pay full r/t miles for F in standard?
BenjaminNYC is offline  
Old Nov 16, 07, 9:38 am   #12
  
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: NYC
Programs: ex-UA 1K, ex-AA EXP... : (
Posts: 6,080
The weird thing is that for 952, the seatmap shows the new config in C but clearly the old in F. Half a refurb?

953 is zeroed out in F and C. Even Y has no seats available for assignment.
as219 is offline  
Old Nov 16, 07, 9:41 am   #13
Original Poster
  
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Chicago, IL (ORD), Phoenix AZ (PHX)
Programs: UA 1K 1.9MM, Starwood Platinum, a nothing in several others
Posts: 5,176
Quote:
Originally Posted by BenjaminNYC View Post
Did you pay full r/t miles for F in standard?
Miles were taken out of my account for an F award. I could have taken F in both directions but it was my choice to take C on the outbound so as to experience both.
gfowler-ord-1k is offline  
Old Nov 16, 07, 9:42 am   #14
  
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: San Fran Area
Programs: UA Gold MM, AA Gold MM, HH Dia, Marriott Gold, Hyatt Plat, IHG Plat, IC Amb, Fairmont Plat, Hertz 5*
Posts: 1,659
Will the aircraft be doing a revenue segment or two getting to IAD for its Monday departure???
jmd001 is offline  
Old Nov 16, 07, 9:44 am   #15
Ari
FlyerTalk Evangelist
  
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Chicago
Posts: 10,725
Quote:
Originally Posted by gfowler-ord-1k View Post
Miles were taken out of my account for an F award. I could have taken F in both directions but it was my choice to take C on the outbound so as to experience both.
Thanks for taking a hit for the team.

I would have just gone back and offered my F seat to someone in C for landing.
Ari is offline  
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 
Forum Jump
Contact Us - FlyerTalk - Archive - Top