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Good Riddance to United's 747s Between the US and Australia

Where: Australia
April 2, 2014 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

April 1 may be known for April Fools' Day pranks, but the United 777s that dotted the tarmac at Sydney Airport were no joke. Yesterday marked the first day for United's regular LAX and SFO service to Sydney to be operated by all 777-200s, instead of the older 747-400s. The last UA 747 to depart Sydney said "so long" on March 31, and with it goes the worst plane to fly between the US and Australia, in terms of passenger comfort and entertainment.

Our friends at Australian Business Traveller detailed the change after it was announced, and noted that this means fewer seats in all classes. Overall, however, the news is excellent for travelers on the 14-hour non stop flights.

Having experienced both the 747 and 777 Sydney flights in the last couple weeks, we can find only two minor downfalls to the swap:
1. The lavatory situation isn't as convenient on the 777 as on the 747. The 777's couple toilets in the back mean longer waits in less space.
2. Travelers flying in Business Class have no second floor to enjoy.

For the majority of flyers (aka everyone in Economy), here's a quick photo comparison between the two planes:

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Despite all this, know that there are better options for flights to Australia from the US. For example, Qantas runs A380s and Virgin Australia has lovely 777-300ERs. If you absolutely have to fly United, however, now you know it'll at least be a little better than before.

Booked and ticketed? Then it's time to check out our guide to surviving the 14-hour flight in Economy.

[Photos: Jaunted]

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