United Airlines will begin flying its Boeing 787-9 to Australia in October with the launch of a new direct Dreamliner service between Melbourne and Los Angeles.
The direct flight will run six days a week from October 26, replacing the current daily dogleg route which sees United’s Melbourne-LA flights (UA839/840) go via Sydney with a one-hour stopover.
The airline is expected to officially announce the route this evening but details now showing in United’s online booking site flag the new Boeing 787-9 flights as UA98/99.
On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, flightUA99 will depart Melbourne at 11.15am to reach Los Angeles at 6.50am the same day.
On Saturdays, however, UA99 will leave Melbourne at 3.15pm and arrive at Los Angeles at 10.50am.
If you’re flying in from stateside UA98 will be wheels-up from LAX at 10.30pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, arriving in Melbourne at 9.15am two days later.
On Thursdays UA98 will shift its schedule one hour earlier, leaving Los Angeles at 9.30pm to reach Melbourne at 8.15am.
United will retain its two daily flights from Sydney to Los Angeles and San Francisco, which from March 29 will be upgraded from Boeing 747s to Boeing 777s.
However, the airline says it “will seek to retime” those flights “to allow a greater range of connections beyond the hubs and more convenient arrival times for customers travelling on connecting flights to New York and other East Coast destinations.”
While Melbournians headed to Los Angeles will welcome the direct flights, those bound for San Francisco will need to hop a domestic flight to Sydney to meet up with United’s daily UA870 flight to Fog City.
This is be the international debut for United’s Boeing 787-9, a larger and longer-range version of the Boeing 787-8 for which the airline was the US launch customer and currently flies on several domestic US routes as well as international legs to London, Shanghai and Tokyo.
The 14.5 hour trek from Melbourne to Los Angeles will be Australia’s longest Boeing 787 route to date and showcase the Dreamliner’straveller-friendly traits such as a lower effective cabin altitude and higher levels of humidity to help defeat jetlag, and oversized windows which let more light into the cabin.
United’s Aussie Dreamliner debut will come just one week after Air New Zealand launches its Boeing 787-9 flying between Auckland and Perth from October 15.
Australia is also in the box seat for Scoot’s inaugural Boeing 787-9 service which is expected to take wing in December 2014, with Sydney-Singapore tipped as a likely launch route.
United’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will carry 252 passengers, or 33 more than its 787-8 siblings.
The pointy end will carry 48 business class seats – which United tags as Business First, in a confusing attempt to differentiate it from ‘Global First’ international first class and the US domestic ‘United First’ – in a 2-2-2 configuration from rows 1 through 8.
These seats recline into a fully-flat 1.98 metre bed wiht a 49cm video screen, laptop and USB power.
That’s followed by a sizeable Economy Plus cabin of 63 seats stacked in a 3-3-3 configuration.
It’s worth noting that United’s Economy Plus doesn’t equate to conventional Premium Economy seats such as those of Qantas and Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand: it’s just an economy seat with “up to 12.7cm” of extra legroom.
The rest of the plane is given over to 141 standard economy seats.
All Economy Plus and Economy seats are fitted with an adjustable headrest and a 22.8cm personal screen, with AC power sockets shared between seats.
Economy Plus isn’t flagged at all and the total seat tally comes in at 273 passengers (48 in business and 225 in economy), so we expect United has yet to add some finishing touches to this seatmap.
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With Jetstar ramping up its Boeing 787 flights and an increasing number of international airlines lining up to fly the Dreamliner in Australian skies, travellers are increasingly curious as to what it’s really like to travel in this next-generation jet.
Does the Dreamliner live up to all the marketing hype, which promises the world’s best in-flight experience for passengers?
In a word, yes.
Late last year I travelled on the delivery flight of Jetstar’s first Boeing 787, from the Boeing facility at Seattle to Melbourne with a stopover in Honolulu.
It proved an excellent real-world test of what differences the 787 will deliver to the business traveller and frequent flyer.
(And yes, I was a guest of Jetstar and Boeing on this special invitation-only flight – but such invitations buy my time, not my words.)
Of course, these comments are not specific to Jetstar’s Boeing 787 – they apply to Dreamliners flown by other airlines too.
Some of the Dreamliner’s travel-friendly traits were immediately evident, even on the relatively short five-hour flight between Seattle and Honolulu.
Walking onto the 787, I’m immediately aware of the sense of space afforded by the redesigned cabin.
I’ve experienced it in mock-ups and on a brief promotional flight arranged by Boeing between Sydney and Brisbane in June last year.
The raised ceiling, larger recessed luggage bins and even the gentle LED lighting all make for a less confined cabin, edging you away from that claustrophobic sense of a flying sardine can.
Think of the interior of the latest Boeing 737-800s that you may have flown on Qantas or Virgin Australia, then imagine the same design stretched over a wider twin-aisle aircraft, and you’ll be getting close to the 787.
On take-off and throughout the flight, I’m struck by how quiet the Boeing 787 is – even more so than the Airbus A380 (then again, the A380 is a much bigger bird with two more engines bolted to the wings).
You can easily chat to your seatmate without lifting your voice, although you’ll still want to pack that trusty pair of noise-cancelling headphones.
The 787’s oversized windows let natural light flood the cabin, further contributing to a sense of openness.
However, with the first hours of our Honolulu-Melbourne leg being pre-dawn, the cabin crew sensibly invoked the windows’ electric dimming to prevent sunrise from waking the mostly-sleeping passengers.
Instead, we flew wrapped in a pleasing light blue hue, although you could still make out details through the dimmed windows.
From the flight’s start to finish, the air in the cabin seemed fresh and crisp rather than thickly stale. There was none of the dryness I’ve come to expect at the end of a long trip.
I wasn’t continually reaching for the water bottle, my eyes didn’t feel dry nor my sinuses blocked.
The Boeing 787 offers a much lower ‘cabin altitude’ levels (6,000 feet above sea level, compared to 7,500-8,000 feet in most conventional passenger jets) and twice the average amount of humidity – both of which are possible because the 787 is largely built using carbon-fibre composites instead of metal.
As a result, I walked off the 12-hour flight from Honolulu to Melbourne feeling better than any flight I’ve ever taken.
As for the seats on Jetstar’s Boeing 787 – don’t expect much difference from the low-cost airline’s current Airbus A330 aircraft.
The compact 21-seat cabin at the front of the plane is business class in name only.
With a 9-inch recline, 38-inch pitch and 19-inch wide seat cushion – and allowing another two inches for your turf on the arm-rests – it’s closer to premium economy seating on a Qantas A380 or the revamped Boeing 747s.
That’s entirely appropriate for Jetstar, as a low-cost airline which has the leisure traveller in its cross-hairs, although Air Asia X still takes the crown for the angled flat-beds in its Premium cabin.
Business class on a JQ 787 is best framed as a bit of extra comfort for the cashed-up holiday-maker.
Jetstar’s business class cabin is the smallest of any Boeing 787, with just 21 seats across just three rows configured in a 2-3-2 layout (those seats are marked as AB-DEF-GJ).
The well-padded Recaro seats are covered in a charcoal-grey leather with adjustable headrests.
Each seat gets its own 10.6 inch touchscreen with a modest selection of content which can be viewed from gate to gate.
The screen flips out so you can adjust the viewing angle to suit your height or the seat’s recline (also featured in the photo below – the 787’s electronic window tinting).
The 38 inch pitch affords enough room to cross your knees, with a fold-out footrest to park your pads.
One drawback is that there’s absolutely no personal storage space space to keep your own items close at hand during the flight, unless you empty the contents of the seat pocket and toss them into the overhead locker.
The tray table is sufficient for a 13 inch notebook although there’s significant wobble when typing – and as soon as the person in front of you reclines their seat, you’ll have to shift that laptop into your lap.
That said, I’d expect travellers in Jetstar’s premium cabin would be more likely to pack an iPad or similar tablet for watching videos.
Each seat gets it own AC and USB socket so you can top up your laptop, smartphone or tablet during the flight.
The prize picks in Jetstar’s Dreamliner business class are 3G and 3J – the right-side seats in the last row of the cabin.
The reason? Both seats sport an extra two inches of recline because they have been designated as ‘crew rest’ seats for the flight deck team.
That translates to a more relaxing 11 inch rake compared to the nine inches of all other Jetstar 787 business class seats.
3G and 3J won’t be available to passengers when Jetstar launches the Boeing 787 onto the Melbourne-Honolulu service, as these seats will be reserved exclusively for the crew on this long flight.
But they’ll be up for grabs on shorter 787 flights including Bali, Singapore, Phuket and Japan.
Source : Australian Business Traveller
Luiz Bacci passou por apuros em uma gravação para o Balanço Geral na tarde desta quinta-feira (20). Disfarçado de mendigo na região conhecida como Cracolândia, no centro de São Paulo, o apresentador foi reconhecido por um suposto traficante e quase apanhou.
“Um traficante conseguiu ver o microfone por baixo da camisa e veio para cima de mim. Começou uma discussão, aí vieram os seguranças da Record e abafaram, senão eu iria apanhar”, contou Bacci ao Notícias da TV.
O apresentador se disfarçou de morador de rua na Cracolândia para ajudar um rapaz viciado em drogas. A reportagem e a quase agressão a Luiz Bacci irão ao ar na próxima segunda-feira (24).
Em alta na Record, Bacci encostou no Vídeo Show, da Globo, atingindo em alguns momentos a liderança no Ibope. Hoje, o Balanço Geral derrotou pela terceira vez o programa de Zeca Camargo na Grande São Paulo: 8,6 a 8,3, segundo dados preliminares.
O baixo ibope do programa Caso Encerrado nesta semana pode tirar o show do ar.
É a velha mania do SBT em jogar uma coisa no ar e desejar que dê ibope de qualquer jeito sem se posicionar na grade e nem dar tempo de que a dona de casa entenda o produto.
A reunião de diretoria de ontem pode ter determinado tal ato e podem tirar nesta semana aquilo que é um bom programa no ramo, mas mal posicionado.
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O ato da TV Record assumir os mega estúdios de Paulínia, que foram feitos pra fazer filmes, pra gravar ali os shows de Sabrina Sato e Rodrigo Faro, é um erro de falta de conhecimento do ramo de emissoras.
Show de palco e plateia tem que ter palco e plateia com calor humano e não grande dimensão.
O certo teria sido a TV Record assumir dois cinemas antigos da cidade que estão vazios e teriam bom palco e plateia e ali criar sua linha de shows para que a população da cidade tivesse acesso rápido ao show, além de movimentar o centro da cidade com a divulgação disto.
Esta história de que se precisa de um grande estúdio pra se fazer um bom show é bobagem comprovada.
Roberto Justus tentou fazer isto no SBT e contratou o maior estúdio da cidade pra fazer um programa que foi fracasso de ibope.
Se precisa de um mega estúdio pra um grande programa é porque se precisa cobrir a falta de atuação do apresentador.
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Quando Carlos Schroder, novo chefão da TV Globo decidiu recriar o Vídeo Show, colocando seu amigo Zeca Camargo no comando, cometeu o erro de dar direção a Ricardo Waddington, diretor de novela.
Diretor de novela não serve pra dirigir show, não tem entendimento de dinâmica de show que é diferente de dinâmica de novela.
O mesmo erro está cometendo a TV Record que mandou Ignácio Coqueiro dirigir o Rodrigo Faro.
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