Review: United 787-8 Dreamliner BusinessFirst SFO-KIX

  1. Introduction
  2. Review: United 787-8 Dreamliner BusinessFirst SFO-KIX

We arrived at SFO around 8:45 for our 11:15am flight to Osaka. Though our business class tickets granted us access to the United Club, we went to the Centurion lounge instead. After a quick breakfast and some lounging, we headed to gate 102 for our flight.

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  • United 35
  • SFO -> KIX
  • Depart: Sep 28, 2016 11:15am
  • Arrive: Sep 29, 2016 3pm
  • Seats: 2K, 2L (BusinessFirst)

We boarded with the priority queue and turned left towards the front of the business class cabin. The cabin is setup as 2-2-2 with rows 1-3 in the front of the cabin and rows 4-6 in the back of the cabin.

I selected the aisle seat and Max sat in the window seat, since the window seat’s footwell seemed to be deeper.

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United 788 BusinessFirst footwell (Seats 2K, 2L)

I’m 5′7″ and my feet could barely reach the footwell when the seat was in the upright position.

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Row 1 has the most room in the footwell, since there’s no seats in front of it that would take space away from the footwell:

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United 788 BusinessFirst footwell (Seats 1D, 1E)

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United 788 BusinessFirst footwell (Seats 1K, 1L)

Located on the right of the seat were the seat controls and a fold out tray table.

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To the right of the headrest was a storage area for the safety card, water bottles, and electronics ports.

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Note that the auxiliary port was two-pronged. I brought my Bose headphones with me, but forgot the adapter, so I used the headphones provided by United.

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United 788 BusinessFirst electronics ports

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United 788 BusinessFirst headphones

Amenity kits were handed out. I liked the style of the pouch and will definitely be using it again:

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The kit had a hook at the top and included an eye mask, ear plugs, socks, toothbrush, lip balm, hand cream, hand sanitizer, mints, tissues, a flosser, a comb and a pen.

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The flight attendants came around with menus and took meal orders.

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Max and I both ordered the Japanese option, but the attendant asked for our second choice, stating rather obviously that everyone wanted the Japanese option. I selected the beef tenderloin and he selected the seafood.

Meal service began soon after takeoff, first with laying the tablecloth, followed by peanuts.

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The appetizers were served. The first one was prosciutto, melon and a California roll. The meat and melon were good, but the California roll was straight awful.

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Appetizer of prosciutto, melon, California roll and olives

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You can’t really mess up salad 

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Beef tenderloin

I had the beef tenderloin, which was served with gnocchi and asparagus. The beef and asparagus were perfectly fine, but the gnocchi tasted like paper. Max ordered the seafood, which he said was pretty good.

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After the main course, a cheese / fruit cart came around.

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Cheese plate

Followed by the ice cream cart.

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Ice cream

Once the meal service concluded, the flight attendants passed out water bottles and dimmed the lights.

The plane had wifi, but it was priced at $5 / hour, which didn’t seem worth it.

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Instead, Max and I watched The Nice Guys before going to sleep. The windows were dimmed but I don’t think they’re as effective as actual physical shades.

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United 788 windows dimmed

I didn’t sleep that much, and soon it was time for breakfast. I pretty much hate airline breakfast because my body is not really in any state to eat anything. I ordered the egg dish but didn’t really eat it. Max ordered the chicken katsu:

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We landed in Osaka right on time and deplaning was quick and easy.  The airport has plenty of English signage, and we were able to get our bags and go through immigration in about half an hour.

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We could look a lot worse for getting off an transpacific flight.

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