The airline with the best average rating is ANA with 7.9/10.
The average flight time is 9 hours and 14 minutes.More information
I have a couple of hours to kill in NRT but honestly there's not much to do since 90% of the shops are closed and I also found out my phone charging cable isn't working so watching shows is out of the question. Time to spend time napping at the gate.
Narita International Airport (NRT) - San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
ATD: 04:46PM (19 minutes early)
ATA: 08:22AM (48 minutes early)
After passing through security, I'm back at the departure area. Everything is just sitting around due to the lack of passenger traffic.
My boarding pass for this sector of the journey. I have a couple of hours to kill but like in Changi, barely anything was open. Just a convenience store and a duty-free shop.
Made my way to Gate 35 after confirming my flight details at the transfer desk.
Passed by a FIDS. Just a sea of cancellations here, nothing else to see.
Passed by my previous plane! Guess she's been unloaded and will be rested for the day.
Although I did see a few UA planes about, guess the one I'll be taking isn't here yet.
The gate area is quiet and empty, just like the rest of the terminal. Some of the staff are just sitting down, waiting for the plane. It's a slow time for them as well.
Finally making her entrance. N29984 in the new UA livery. It's definitely modern looking.
Being unloaded and restocked for the return flight.
More people arrived at the gate during this time. Seems like most of them were US troops as they were offered priority boarding upon arrival. A nice gesture by UA.
Time for me to board. Definitely a larger flight than the previous but still empty.
UA's Polaris Business class. This arrangement looks so much better than the weird configuration they have on the 777s.
Seated in 50L today but like all the international flights in this series, I'm free to seat anywhere as long as I maintain social distancing. On first glance, the new cabin looks good but I don't know if I'm a fan the PU leather seats. I guess they're easier to clean and maintain than the normal cloth seats?
As expected, UA's seat is… underwhelming after coming from an Asian carrier. Luckily, this is pandemic travel, so the entire row of seats is mine to occupy.
People continue to board and shuffle around the seats.
Empty row feat. older gentlemen who's already sleeping.
The IFE welcome screen is pretty nice. I like how UA laid out the sequence of events of the flight.
Across the Pacific Ocean, let's go!
Cabin crew preparing for takeoff and offering cleaning wipes to passengers.
Taking off into the pitch black of night.
A take-off snack service was offered by the staff. Received a azuki mochi, rice crackers and a bottle of water.
The dinner service was carried out about 2 hours into the flight. On the tray tonight, roasted chicken with rice, a rice vermicelli salad and a bun. Tasted good for UA's standards and my memory of the previous time I flew UA.
Obligatory post-meal lavatory visit. An empty plane means a clean toilet. Like ANA, prepackaged cleaning wipes were available for self-service in the lavatory. I cleaned any surface before touching (just to be safe).
Long way to go. Time to catch some sleep.
The sun was rising again as I woke up. Managed to catch some decent sleep on this flight.
An hour more till arrival and the crew announces that breakfast will be served soon.
The cabin lights are slowly lit in a soft shade of blue.
It's really morning now.
Breakfast is a stir-fried pork noodle. It's average.
As the plane begins it's final descent, the windows are opened, letting sunlight spill into the cabin.
It has been a long journey across the Pacific.
A smooth landing later, we begin disembarkation. As with the previous sector, passengers with connections are give priority to disembark from the plane.
The low passenger capacity meant that disembarkation was a breeze.
My first time ever in SFO and my first time back in the US in two decades!
Collecting my bags from carousel 5 to be checked-in again for the domestic leg now.
A pleasant flight from UA overall when compared to my previous SIN-HK route on their older 777. As expected, the service isn't as good when compared to an Asian airline but I felt the overall COVID management measures were sufficient. This flight was definitely above my low expectations for UA.