United Airlines 1088
San Francisco (SFO) – Washington-Dulles (IAD)
02 May 2014
Originally when I was booking these flights to St Thomas, I was given several options to route through Houston, New York, etc. However, there was one specific flight segment that was operated by a Boeing 767 that I wanted to get on, why? Because it is a domestic flight with flatbeds. Nothing beats flatbeds on a domestic flight, especially a nighttime domestic flight. Since the time I booked it, I couldn’t stop thinking about how awesome it is going to be.
After the flight from Seattle, I arrived in San Francisco and went to the United Club in Terminal 3. I spent about half an hour working on my laptop and then my dad called me to tell me they just checked in for their segment SEA-MIA and they would be boarding soon. A little while after that, I headed to my flight’s gate.
We boarded through door 2L and I turned left into the BusinessFirst class cabin. I should note that this is really Business class, however United names all of their 2 cabin flights in the US as First and Economy. So while it said First on the boarding pass, it was really United’s awesome BusinessFirst flatbeds.
The seat is very comfortable and as soon as I sat in it, I kind of sinked in into this ‘relaxed’ state of mind. The pillow and blanket were very comfortable and the right size for sleeping.
The legroom was very spacious and I could stretch out my legs without anything blocking them. I should note I am 1 metre 90 centimetres which makes me quite tall and this seat was almost 2 metres long, which was perfect.
As soon as I took my seat, the main flight attendant offered me some sprite as a pre-departure beverage.
The footrest was very small, I had to take off my shoes so that my feet were comfortable there, as there wasn’t too much space.
Next to the headrest, there was a power outlet, headset plug in port and a USB port.
The screen was also huge, I decided to have the airshow on for most of the time.
With an on-time departure out of San Francisco, I looked out at San Francisco’s beautiful night scenery.
Shortly after, the FA’s asked everyone if they wanted to eat. Most people declined and slept, which resulted in a dark cabin. They had a cold chicken option with carrots and corn. Additionally, there were some chips with salsa which I thought was way too spicy. I also ordered some hot tea with a lemon and sugar.
Although the meal was cold, it tasted quite well and I found this meal to be much better than most of United’s domestic catering.
After eating, I turned my seat into a bed with the press of one button.
The seat was very, very comfortable and ideal for sleeping. I think United’s BusinessFirst seats may be among some of the best Business class seats in the world.
The entertainment control remote was located under the right armrest along with some United catalogues.
After covering myself with a very nice and thick blanket, I buckled my seatbelt over the blanket (which had some nice padding), put on my headphones and quickly fell asleep.
After waking up and drinking more tea, I gazed out of the window at the beautiful sunrise on the East coast. I mean seriously, this is why I fly, views like this are precious.
The cabin was dark for most of the flight and the only light inside was the sunrise.
Within minutes we began landing in Washington DC.
I have to say this was the best domestic flight (out of all that I’ve flown in my life) ever. I was able to eat a nice supper, sleep very well and I woke up feeling very relaxed and refreshed. I should also note we were offered hot towels in the morning. I need to fly more domestic flatbeds in the future, imagine a mileage run on a flatbed!