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Do you really feel less jet lagged on the 787?

Do you really feel less jet lagged on the 787?

Old Apr 24, 18, 6:02 pm
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Do you really feel less jet lagged on the 787?

i havenít had the chance to fly the 787 yet. Iíve read muliole articles about the lower altitude pressure on the 787 which should reduce jet lag and make you feel more refreshed. Can anyone whoís flown a UA 787 route tell me if itís hype or do you really feel different than s 777 or a380 for instance long haul ?
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Old Apr 24, 18, 6:05 pm
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I find the air in the 787s much more comfortable than the 777s. My nose usually dries up on TPAC 777 flights, and on a 17 hour flight to SIN on the 787, I found it to be quite comfortable in comparison to the 777. (I haven't flown an A380, so I can't speak to that.) My jet lag wasn't as bad, and I think the more comfortable pressure and humidity levels helped me rest, which helped with the jet lag
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Old Apr 24, 18, 6:13 pm
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I will agree with the post above that the 787 on the SFO-SIN flight seemed to be pretty comfortable in the cabin. I have a hard time determining whether it really helped with jet lag though since I'm usually in 777 or 767's on much, much shorter flights. I actually think I felt better on the old 14-hour ORD-HKG flights on 747's (this was awhile ago) than on the 787, but I chalk that up to a more favorable late-afternoon arrival time.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 6:18 pm
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Originally Posted by COEWR2587 View Post
i haven’t had the chance to fly the 787 yet. I’ve read muliole articles about the lower altitude pressure on the 787 which should reduce jet lag and make you feel more refreshed. Can anyone who’s flown a UA 787 route tell me if it’s hype or do you really feel different than s 777 or a380 for instance long haul ?
I have flown on BOTH the B787 and the A350. Both have higher cabin humidity. I find that I (a) drink less water, (b) my eyes are less dry, and (c) my skin and face feel better. The cabin pressure is also slightly greater (difference between around 8,000 feet on a regular plane and more like 6500 feet of air pressure on the B787/A350) and at a theoretical level that ought to make you slightly less prone to a hangover and be slightly more able to drink. I've not noticed a difference. The plane is also quieter.

Head to head, all other things (seat, service) I would prefer to fly on the B787/A350. That said, given a choice in Y of a B787 at 3-3-3 (with seats that are effectively 17" wide; 19.8"/seat in width when the armrests are included) or a B777 at 3-3-3 (18.5" seats; 21.3"/seat in available width) I would go with the 777 anyway, anywhere. I would say the same in J. Although I like the plane, I have taken OALs on 777s recently as I was not willing to pay similar pricing to fly on J on UA's 787 (last gen, not so hot seat, sad service)

I actually just faced this issue. Asia family trip in Y, options were B787, B777, and A350 (on Asiana). We ended up booking Asiana as the slightly wider seats (you get another 1/2"/seat) plus the better air pressure /humidity/quiet made it slightly more appetizing than the 777 options. Had Asiana been a 3-3-3 787 I would probably have gone with the 777 options.

p.s. I can't see the 787 helping with Jet lag for most people. There perhaps are a few who can sleep better (some people are bothered and find it hard to sleep at elevation) but the slight (1500 foot or so) difference in air pressure ought not to impact vary many people sleep wise
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Old Apr 24, 18, 6:23 pm
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My anecdotal non-blind non-placebo controlled experience is no. I've felt better than average getting off some 787 flights, and worse than average getting off others, all in business.

If they'd cruise down at FL280 and maintain a near sea level cabin, maybe.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 6:23 pm
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I've never felt any difference. I suspect this is very much YMMV.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 6:30 pm
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I feel the difference a ton on the NRT/DEN flight, but that may also be because without the 787 I am connecting through SFO or ORD, which makes it much more painful!
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Old Apr 24, 18, 6:32 pm
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I don't think flying on a B787 brings appreciably more physical comfort to me. Makes me feel psychologically better? Perhaps.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 6:35 pm
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I flew the 787 and 777 back to back (within 2 hours of each other) and there is a marked difference between the two. 777 was definitely less humid but I really ccouldn't notice the difference in air pressure. My nose and throat were more normal flying the 787. Sleep couldn't be compared since I had my own row on the 787 vs bulkhead seat on 777.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 6:35 pm
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Maybe. I really haven’t felt much of a difference.

Though the 787 is noticibly quieter, which is nice.

But 777, for now, has better seats in economy. The wider seat here is material.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 6:48 pm
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Short answer is no, but I live at an elevation of 7,000 feet, so that may factor in.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 6:54 pm
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I find the air slightly better, but I am more jet lagged as the seats are too short and too narrow to properly sleep in (I am 6'6")
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Old Apr 24, 18, 6:56 pm
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Not sure about ďless jet lagĒ, but I definitely sleep better in 787, and feel better.

I have done a number of Europe-SIN flights on SQ 350, SIN/MEL-West Coast and other transpacific/transatlantic flights on UA 787 and Tokyo-Europe flights on NH 787. Overall, I feel better and sleep longer on 787.

The reason I donít sleep better on SQ 350 is because its business class seat is so hard in flat position, it is hard to sleep despite better air cabin pressure.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 7:06 pm
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Originally Posted by UA_Flyer View Post

The reason I donít sleep better on SQ 350 is because its business class seat is so hard in flat position, it is hard to sleep despite better air cabin pressure.
That's where the United Polaris mattress pad is so helpful. My first 6 flights in Polaris Business, I did not ask for one but since I realized how good it was I always ask for it as soon as I board my Polaris flight.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 8:17 pm
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Hard to say that the actual aircraft makes a difference.
I would imagine departure/arrival and flight time may give the illusion that the 787 may be better for jet lag..?

On the other hand, the 787 is quieter than other aircraft, and the colored LED lighting could help sync your body clock.
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