Another room from the 747 will be displayed at the Air Park in Hamamatsu, halfway between Tokyo and Osaka. The EK bar is the best current equivalent, in my experience - designed to promote socialising, with a superb array of drinks (especially the Dom if you're in F). While you are at 'it', any ideas about the Air India shot? He is passionate about sharing the complexities, the benefits, and the fun stuff of the airline business. Riding on the Upper Deck of an EVA Air Boeing 747 – In Economy Class, Flying Business Class on a Hello Kitty EVA Air Boeing 777-300ER, newest product on the 777-300ER had no interaction, Flight Review: Eva Air Royal Laurel Business Class on a Boeing 777-300ER, View more photos of EVA Air’s 747-400 on our Flickr, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_sB2PZ0gC0. I am sure this is due to the angle of the upper deck and helps with sound, but it also removes the passengers from the flight experience a little more (and makes taking photos a bit of a challenge). Was either 380 out of LAX or 747. Your email address will not be published. My  ,  how   things   change! Normal companies would never pay for this even for their CEOs on business trips. These days they use the 777-300ER on the route and while Premium Economy is more cramped in the new configuration they have terrific pods in Business Class with flat beds. Jumbo Facts about the British Airways Boeing 747-400. Often, it might not be that more expensive, it will just take time, but then you get to fly on the 747. I keep hoping the 747-8 will find more commercial takers, truly love the Queen of the Skies! For many years I flew on 747s from London to Bangkok and return. He has been quoted and written for a number of news organizations, including BBC, CNN, NBC News, Bloomberg, and others. I remember the rear lounges in the Vickers Viscounts that flew from Perth to Port Heldand in the mid-60s. 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But still hoping someday this would still happen and if got luckier experience the Legendary Upper Deck. American Airlines also included the 'Piano Bar' on their LuxuryLiner DC10-30's and this was, similar to Continental's Pub zone, also open to all classes .. being located in the rear economy zone. The QF A380 "lounge" is more a waste of space and certainly doesn't do the job it was intended to, not that I'm complaining as I have no interest in nor ever use the on-board lounges. I will always have those sweet memories. Get notified of all new comments. I Still enjoy flying in my 1972 Boeing 747-200 model Jetliner. I had the choice between chicken or fish and I went with the chicken. How things have changed. After he arrived (after all the hugs and such) I went right into asking him what it was like being higher. These seats are blocked out online, but you can always called Eva 1-800 and have them if avail. Keeping track of what Iran Air is flying and how they have their 747s configured isn’t as easy as other airlines. Oh, and the world’s second-fastest passenger plane, the Boeing 747 … Note: EVA Air provided my airfare from TPE to SEA. When it came to the Boeing 747-300, the upper deck was stretched again by 23.4 feet (7.11 m) compared to the earlier Boeing 747-200. Your email address will not be published. Here are the best watches of the year: should you care? It was not easy to get good rest, but having the extra arm width was better than being on the main deck. Your guide to earning and spending points at Qantas Hotels, Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Platinum status fast-track, Marriott Bonvoy status fast-track in Asia Pacific, Qatar Airways shuts Al Safwa, business, first class lounges, Virgin Australia's new Adelaide lounge will open April 2020, Priority Pass adds railway lounges to its growing network, Singapore Airlines to upgrade all remaining A380s. Step back in time to the early 1970s when the Boeing 747 first took to the skies, heralding a short-lived era of luxury air travel on board the Queen of the Skies. The Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' changed the world, bringing air travel to the masses, and allowing non-stop flights between distant cities across the globe. Plane buffs, frequent flyers and Qantas staff are flocking to farewell the airline's last Boeing 747 in special flights before the plane joins a growing number of Jumbos parked up or being scrapped. The world's first Boeing 747 set the trend for what was to come, with Pan Am turning the jumbo's entire upper deck into a 'restaurant in the sky' for its first class passengers: Travellers could share the experience with up to three companions... ... or could make … First version of Boeing 747-400 is a two-decked airplane that consists of 455 seats of three classes. After getting my photos, I made my new home in seat 81A. The flight deck of my EVA Air 747-400 at Seattle. Trying to be good hosts, EVA decided to let me know that even though I was set to fly in economy upstairs, they had an empty seat in business set aside. The upper deck of a 747 is, or was, a cozy way of life that has vanished, along with much else. Emirates confirms changes to first class award bookings, Here's proof that not all frequent flyer programs are equal, Plaza Premium extends Smart Traveller points to Dec 2021, Hilton Honors extends status for up to two years, Flybuys points cut on Coles Rewards Mastercard, The secrets behind those luxury hood ornaments, MG's 2021 ZS compact eSUV hits the sweet spot, Why credit card points aren't all created equal, How to spend your AMEX points before April 15, Australia's international travel ban extended to March 2021. I specifically wanted to do this flight. There is the unmeasurable AvGeek factor of being up top and that is what made it awesome! Virgin Atlantic no longer flies to Australia, but the cosy cocktail bars on its Boeing 747s and Airbus A340s sport an undeniably 'cool Britannia' vibe. You know I heard that you could see the curvature of the plane from row one, on the main deck, but I didn’t really see that. I was sitting in row 81 (2nd row) and if I put my head all the way on the window, I could barely see the winglet and navigation light. “I don’t know, it was the same, just kind of looked higher off the ground and I had to lug my bags up the stairs.” Obviously he is not an AvGeek and I was disappointed in his “review.” I was hoping my experience would be a bit better. Another bonus is being able to lean my head against the wall for support and this is typically how I rest. The business class cabin in the nose of the 747. Business Class was upstairs and Premium Economy was at the front downstairs with Economy behind. And i always thought it is only reserved for first class passengers obviously because of its location, being on top & separated. Even if not on the upper deck, you should try to fly on either a 747-400 or 747-8I just for the experience — it is quite a bit different than even the A380. I feel sorry for the extroverts out there who can't contain themselves and feel the need to engage in what would be a blissful, disconnected, "me" time in the air. I guess it’s an Avgeek thing, to appreciate the little things like viewing the wingtips and beacon from the window, or the increasing curvature of the interior as you get higher. If you are sitting in Row 1, you also get the benefit of being able to see pretty much straightforward from the windows as they curve in! Boeing designed the original 747. On second thought. Virgin Atlantic Fleet Boeing 747-400 Details and Pictures. Add the fact that there is an emergency exit row upstairs, and that means that both rows 62 and 64 have great window seats — both A and K — which give ample of space and as said, the ability to get out of the seat without climbing over others. At first, it didn’t fully make sense to them when I asked if I could give up my business class seat in the nose of the 747 for an economy seat on the upper deck. American also had a small (4 person) First Class lounge in their B707-323C which served SYD during their initial Australian foray in the early 1970's. The upper class may accommodate 14 passengers in 7 rows per 2 flat bed seats in each. The 50-year-old Boeing 747 launched mass global travel — … Good for short private talks or just simply to stretch out during a long flight. David has written, consulted, and presented on multiple topics relating to airlines and travel since 2008. Closer to home, Virgin Australia has a popular bar on its Boeing 777s flying between Sydney, Melbouirne and Brisbane to Los Angeles. Dad's already taken the furs...... cheeky bugger. This means that most don’t have the ability to experience the upper deck. The upstairs bubble of the Boeing 747 8 Intercontinental. Great post! Cabinet Alberto Pinto The master bathroom features a walk-in shower as well as a single vanity complete with a full mirror and sink. Boozy places when returning from up north. A narrower staircase, like that on the B747, offset to one side could see that space used for a descent bar/lounge (though itd be better to have the lounge situated bewteen Business and Premium Economy. And yes ironic that QFs Captain Cook Lounge of a bygone era some 30yrs ago (I just adore the nautical colonial theme) was and still is infamous versus the utter useless and forgettable waste of space they have today on the A380. Wow what wonderful photos! Up to this day i have never flown on the Queen of the Skies and i feel that my chance is getting slimmer as years pass by. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience on the Upper deck of the 747 and your flight as a whole. I'm travelling to Bangkok and wondered how comfortable its going to be. They might. As "glamorous" as it looks, is there really any need for these social spaces on a plane? An early photo of an economy class cabin on-board a Boeing 747. Just being up there is what gives us that smile. More shoulder room, sure… but hard to put your head on the wall to sleep. The flight crew were terrific with visits to the flight deck etc. Agree that Qantas A380 'Lounge' is a complete waste of space. Signing up with Executive Traveller only takes a second and lets you This is really how the upper deck feels. A few posts refer to the QF A380 lounge as a waste of space - I think it is more a case of a left over space that was difficult to use and they have not used it well. No way. The lower deck includes the seats of all three classes. No wonder that some of us 'old-timers' fondly recall this as the 'golden age' of air travel ! You had the best of both worlds, David! How times have changed! My EVA Air 747-400 in Seattle, after I landed. I am not going to say that the food was amazing, but it wasn’t horrid and it was free for economy passengers. that the 777 offers. And they’re still flying the SP! Don’t get me wrong, I love the 777-300ER, but it doesn’t have the history or character that the 747 has. A great compilation, Chris. Many other local people also recalled the iconic aeroplane fondly. Almost like a very short Boeing 737. 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As borders come down, where can you travel across Australia? I dare you! The 777-300ER is 20% more fuel efficient and lets EVA connect TPE to cities in North American and Europe that the 747 can’t. For comparison, this is similar to the sound of the wind against a window in advance of a storm. Hear! Inside the Lufthansa First Class cabin Disappointingly, First Class is not upstairs on the 747-8i. I recently rode up top for the first time ever going from NRT to SFO on United (though it was business class and not economy). Also Airport attendants at the desk within the 24 hour departure time, have full access to give you free upgrades, but only if they see a problem with your primary booking or passenger load. I’d have probably done the same mid-flight…. Hi. I’m more excited flying than going to my destination the Palawan Islands.. lol and I’m a avid flyer . My first memory of commercial flight is flying on a Northwest Airlines 747-200 from Seattle to Minneapolis. It will be interesting to see how VA's new bar stacks up - the promo images are certainly promising. The reason for putting the cockpit there was to allow for a freight-loading door in the nose cone. Luckily, have a window seat up there for my next outbound flight in the fall however. Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic. usually up front in the Cockpit ! Fares seem reasonably stable as well, about $900CAD return. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & FOUNDER - SEATTLE, WA. After a few hours experiencing the upper deck, I gave in. Has anyone got any info what its like in economy seats on the upper deck in a Boeing 747? For it were terrific with visits to the masses back who wasn ’ t make it work to outside! 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