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Reduced service - ORD-HKG suspended as of 8-Sept-19 & EWR-EZE suspended as of 26-Oct

Reduced service - ORD-HKG suspended as of 8-Sept-19 & EWR-EZE suspended as of 26-Oct

Old Sep 14, 19, 11:26 am
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By the time the HKG downgauges start, more than half of the sCO 772s will be converted, so itís plausible that UA can dedicate Polaris-configured equipment to the route. Hopefully things in Hong Kong are stabilized by then, but Iím not holding my breath.

Seat maps visible immediately after filing are hardly reliable. I wouldnít be making any proclamations (much less firm plans) about 3-3-3 Y service to HKG.
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Old Sep 14, 19, 12:17 pm
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Yea it's possible that the sCO 772s will have Polaris seats by then.
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Old Sep 14, 19, 1:28 pm
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Originally Posted by oopl View Post
Yea it's possible that the sCO 772s will have Polaris seats by then.
I hope so. I'll be canceling if it's not Polaris seating.
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Old Sep 14, 19, 10:34 pm
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Originally Posted by DEN View Post
You must be talking about UA dropping HKG/ORD flights? Besides a few cancelled flights during the first round of HKG airport demonstrations, UA flights in and out of HKG have been going pretty smoothly and upgrade opportunities are the best I've ever seen.
I flew SFO-HKG on Thursday, and Polaris was like a non-rev shuttle. PP only had 4 booked, and the back of the plane was more than half empty. I donít see how UA can sustain 2 daily flights out of SFO under current conditions, unless they want to run a free employee shuttle. That said, I would only book PP unless I could get PZ at booking, so I sincerely hope they dedicate reconfigured 772ís to this route.
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Old Sep 15, 19, 5:35 am
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My December 26 flight SFO-HKG just updated to 2-2-2.

I'm looking for CX alternative itineraries. Not the easiest time of year to find TPAC seats at reasonable price. It's made more complicated because I've already booked an onward ticket from HKG to USM on PG, so would have to rearrange that as well. Thanks a bunch United.
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Old Sep 15, 19, 11:29 am
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Suddenly there'll soon be no more PP for HKG. From 48+48 seats/day to zero. However, UA now partners with BR (instead of HX) to sell TPE-HKG. 871/872 SFO-TPE-SFO is 773. Earliest HKG-TPE/latest TPE-HKG can connect.
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Old Sep 15, 19, 11:49 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
My December 26 flight SFO-HKG just updated to 2-2-2.
They're maybe going to use the Polarized versions for SFO-HKG? But who knows. There should be at least 10 (out of 22) converted by then.

I just know that EWR-PEK are remaining 77Y until the bitter end (unless some very rare event occurs).
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Old Sep 15, 19, 11:51 am
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Originally Posted by narvik View Post
They're maybe going to use the Polarized versions for SFO-HKG? But who knows. There should be at least 10 (out of 22) converted by then.
Yes it's a possibility but I'm not interested in playing aircraft roulette (at less than 50/50 odds) for a 15 hour flight.
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Old Sep 15, 19, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
Yes it's a possibility but I'm not interested in playing aircraft roulette (at less than 50/50 odds) for a 15 hour flight.

Understood.
Almost embarrassingly, I actually like this plane in its old layout. Anything in D or E gets you 'direct' aisle access with no one stepping over you; bulkhead seats have nice footwells; and the large toilet must be just about one-of-kind nowadays.
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Old Sep 15, 19, 11:57 am
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Originally Posted by narvik View Post
Almost embarrassingly, I actually like this plane in its old layout. Anything in D or E gets you 'direct' aisle access with no one stepping over you; bulkhead seats have nice footwells; and the large toilet must be just about one-of-kind nowadays.
I agree with you, and I'm not the least bit embarrassed about it. I'll happily take the pmCO configuration over the Polaris configuration, provided that I can get a D/E seat.
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Old Sep 15, 19, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by narvik View Post
Understood.
Almost embarrassingly, I actually like this plane in its old layout. Anything in D or E gets you 'direct' aisle access with no one stepping over you; bulkhead seats have nice footwells; and the large toilet must be just about one-of-kind nowadays.
I've not flown the CO 772, but understand it's by far the best UA iteration of the B/E Diamond seat in terms of space.

That said, I really like the privacy of the Polaris seat. I understand others may differ, but to me this is a huge consideration.

The lack of air nozzles would be a somewhat lesser concern (I actually bought a nifty battery powered fan at HND after an unbearably warm JL flight).
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Old Sep 15, 19, 12:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
My December 26 flight SFO-HKG just updated to 2-2-2.

I'm looking for CX alternative itineraries. Not the easiest time of year to find TPAC seats at reasonable price. It's made more complicated because I've already booked an onward ticket from HKG to USM on PG, so would have to rearrange that as well. Thanks a bunch United.
At least you are warned about this months in advance which most probably allows you to get a good seat (even in a configuration that you don't like). When my wife and I got a switch on the ORD-PVG route from the pmUA 772 (where we both had seats in the former First Class area) to the pmCO 772 it was 5 hours before the flight, just at the time that I had to close my phone in our connecting flight. So, we had to worry for 45 minutes that we would not be able to switch to acceptable seats. We managed to switch to somehow better seats but could not sit together.

I do hope that even with this annoyance you will enjoy your vacation in USM. OK, not at the airport but in a nice resort!
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Old Sep 15, 19, 12:47 pm
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Originally Posted by SS255 View Post
I flew SFO-HKG on Thursday, and Polaris was like a non-rev shuttle. PP only had 4 booked, and the back of the plane was more than half empty. I donít see how UA can sustain 2 daily flights out of SFO under current conditions, unless they want to run a free employee shuttle. That said, I would only book PP unless I could get PZ at booking, so I sincerely hope they dedicate reconfigured 772ís to this route.
I have to think that UA has done some analysis to determine how much pain they can endure before considering going back to 1x. I highly doubt they completely cut either SFO-HKG or EWR-HKG - they are flagship routes for the airline.
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Old Sep 15, 19, 1:12 pm
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Originally Posted by PsiFighter37 View Post
I have to think that UA has done some analysis to determine how much pain they can endure before considering going back to 1x. I highly doubt they completely cut either SFO-HKG or EWR-HKG - they are flagship routes for the airline.
Not only that but HX is going away in 2-3 weeks, CX already announced cutbacks on this route, and faces very uncertain boycott pressure. And now back to 9 seats in Y there's quite a bit of "advantage" for UA...
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Old Sep 15, 19, 2:31 pm
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Figured that this is the best place to post this...

I'm originally booked on HKG-SFO in PP (R class) as part of a larger trip. It was a good price (like $275 differential or so) vs regular economy. I've been wanting to try the new Polaris seat but it's usually out of my price range and not available a lot when I travel. Because of what's going on in HKG the front is wide open and I'm seeing PZ9, and Polaris upgrades for ~$2500 at this time.

Funny enough if I had stuck to economy, I would pay less to upgrade (30k miles + $600 co-pay, vs 30k miles + $450 co-pay from PP, but remember I paid like ~275 more to get into PP). I think they should charge less to upgrade to PP but I guess it only feels that way because of all that's going on.

If I was in economy, I probably would have jumped on this. But since I'm already in PP, because of the higher relative cost I'm leaning toward staying on it. I do think I'll have other opportunities to try out Polaris in the future. So what would you do?

Also I read that it does have an affect on instance upgrades (my connecting flight is currently booked in B class) and would eliminate the instance upgrade chance should something open up. Is that correct?
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