I recently had the chance to finally fly United’s 787-10 Dreamliner. Here’s my initial thoughts about this brand new aircraft.
I was flying from Newark to Los Angeles and after a long economy class flight (due to strong headwinds) from Milan to Newark, I was quite happy to step onboard this flight.
Business class on this aircraft, all 44 seats, are positioned between doors 1 and 2. It makes for quite a massive business class cabin. The new Polaris seats are quite attractive, though I am not sure why United opted to skip mood lighting on this aircraft (unlike the 777-300ER).
United provides Saks Fifth Avenue bedding and a small amenity kit on “Premium Transcontinental” flights between Los Angeles/San Francisco and Newark as well as between Boston and San Francisco.
My objective for the flight was to eat dinner then take a nice nap. However, things did not go quite so smoothly. A summer storm rolled through Newark just as we were preparing to go. Storms enroute required more fuel, but the aircraft could not be refueled until the lighting storm stopped.
By the time we finally pulled out, three hours had passed. The crew was pretty good about offering drinks and breaking out the snack basket during the delay.
Anyway, when we finally took off I enjoyed a nice steak dinner with green chimichurri sauce followed by an ice cream sundae.
Flight attendants are still figuring out the 787-10, because meal service took nearly three hours to complete…far too long, especially after the delay.
I finally fell asleep with about 2.5 hours left in the flight and ended up sleeping until the final double chime just minutes before landing.
I’ve now flown United’s 787-8, -9, and -10 and definitely favor the -10 over the other two variants. First, it has the new 1-2-1 Polaris seats versus the older 2-2-2 seats. One thing I noticed, and perhaps it was just by chance, was that I was able to use my mobile phone normally onboard this aircraft. On the 787-8s and -9s my iPhone never has any reception thanks to the composite materials in the body. Maybe there is a slightly different composition in the 787-10?
Have you flown United’s 787-10? What did you think?