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SAN - EWR - worth connecting in LAX for 787?

Old Nov 24, 19, 9:31 pm
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Question SAN - EWR - worth connecting in LAX for 787?

I have a biz trip to NY in Jan. United has directs from SAN to EWR and while browsing flights, I see they run 787-10's between LAX-EWR. I have never flown on the 787. Is it worth making a connection to experience a 787 flight? I'm not aware of any other route I'd have the opportunity to fly on the 787, but not sure if it's worth giving up a non stop (757-200) to experience.

I have no status and would be flying economy or e+.
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Old Nov 24, 19, 9:38 pm
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I wouldn’t for an economy seat.
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Old Nov 24, 19, 9:38 pm
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I don't think it's worth it in Y just to "experience" the 787. The only major difference in my opinion is the window controls and slightly better cabin environment (humidity/pressure), which would be most notable on a longer haul flight.

Now, if you were flying in first (and would therefore have a lie-flat over a domestic seat) or taking the 787 gives you an opportunity to fly in a premium economy rather than standard Y seat, then I'd consider it.
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Old Nov 24, 19, 9:40 pm
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Originally Posted by sdsvtdriver View Post
....Is it worth making a connection to experience a 787 flight?
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I have no status and would be flying economy or e+.
Other than checking the 787 off your list of flown aircraft, some find the 787 "less tiring" due to the higher cabin pressure and more air moisture

Peronally, I would not go out of my way for a 5 hour flight in 787 economy. I prefer the 752 in economy, especially non-stop
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Old Nov 24, 19, 11:10 pm
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Depends on how much of an aviation enthusiast you are. I flew the United 787-10 and was glad I got to experience it. I've now flown every 787 iteration. The plane is certainly more spacious, quieter, nicer and newer inside. The 752's have some tired old bathrooms. If it is the same price and you have the time, why not?
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Old Nov 24, 19, 11:39 pm
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Originally Posted by sdsvtdriver View Post
I have a biz trip to NY in Jan. United has directs from SAN to EWR and while browsing flights, I see they run 787-10's between LAX-EWR. I have never flown on the 787. Is it worth making a connection to experience a 787 flight? I'm not aware of any other route I'd have the opportunity to fly on the 787, but not sure if it's worth giving up a non stop (757-200) to experience.

I have no status and would be flying economy or e+.
I would go for the direct 752 whether in Y or J. If you pick your timing right you might even get a reasonable offer for upgrade to F and get a lie-flat seat. If was a 737, particularly the dark ones, I would have considered the 787, but now they put 752s on that route I think it's a no brainer for me.
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Old Nov 25, 19, 12:26 am
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Originally Posted by sdsvtdriver View Post
I have a biz trip to NY in Jan. United has directs from SAN to EWR and while browsing flights, I see they run 787-10's between LAX-EWR. I have never flown on the 787. Is it worth making a connection to experience a 787 flight? I'm not aware of any other route I'd have the opportunity to fly on the 787, but not sure if it's worth giving up a non stop (757-200) to experience.

I have no status and would be flying economy or e+.
Yes. It’s not a lot of extra time for two segments.
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Old Nov 25, 19, 12:53 am
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I went well out of my way to fly the 787-10 and it was absolutely worth it! I'd recommend the buy up to premium plus if able.
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Old Nov 25, 19, 1:16 am
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I've done the SAN-EWR nonstop a few times - and personally there is no way I'd even consider not taking the nonstop that leaves in the morning and get in to NY mid-afternoon.......

Connect for a 787. No way.
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Old Nov 25, 19, 1:22 am
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Originally Posted by CApreppie View Post
Depends on how much of an aviation enthusiast you are. I flew the United 787-10 and was glad I got to experience it. I've now flown every 787 iteration. The plane is certainly more spacious, quieter, nicer and newer inside.
Pretty sure the 787-10s are going to be with us for a couple of decades, so I personally expect to eventually fly on it somehow somewhere without going out of my way,
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Old Nov 25, 19, 2:10 am
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The 787 feels more spacious but the seats feel more cramped in E. At the end of the day, they are both uncomfortable tubes with little to no natural light. Go the way where you can get off fastest.
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Old Nov 25, 19, 2:57 am
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Just do not do it!

As mentioned earlier, you will have chance to ride on 787 in the future. E seats on B757 are more comfortable than those on B787. So, just do not do it (San-LAX-EWR).
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Old Nov 25, 19, 6:19 am
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If you’re flying in Y, the 752 is a better ride. Even if it was upfront, I wouldn’t connect unless you really wanted to try the 78J - the lie-flats on a 752 are plenty good enough for a TCON, even without direct aisle access.

ETA: very interesting that it seems UA is running only 752s nonstop on EWR-SAN in the winter. Now I need to go and change my travel plans for a work trip...I was going to connect back to LAX solely for lie-flats. Guess I don’t need to!
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Old Nov 25, 19, 6:52 am
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I wouldn’t do it for a flight in Y. If you were in Premium, than definitely yes
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Old Nov 25, 19, 8:48 am
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The 787 will probably be around longer than the 752 and 753 - For a domestic flight I'd take either of the latter over the former, plenty of opportunities to catch the 787 in the future.
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