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Old 04-30-2014, 03:06 PM
 
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I almost got to during a recent trip, but couldn't because the plane was in the shop. Has anyone flown on either of these planes? What was the experience like? If it was an A380, how did it compare to a Boeing 747?
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Old 04-30-2014, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville, NC
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I almost got to during a recent trip, but couldn't because the plane was in the shop. Has anyone flown on either of these planes? What was the experience like? If it was an A380, how did it compare to a Boeing 747?
Twice for the A380. Once on Singapore and once on Emirates. It is sturdier and quieter than a 747 (at least the older models-haven't flown the 747-8 yet). I've been on 747s where the overhead bins shake like leaves on takeoff.

As for experience, both flights were in Business class and the service was just wasn't comparable to anything the US carriers offer. These airlines have got their premium product right!

As for the Dreamliner, I've flown United and ANA. The flights were very smooth and very quiet. If you are looking to fly the 787 on a domestic route, UA runs flights once or twice a day between Houston and Denver on 787s. If you can arrange an itinerary to include one of these, it will be a good way to experience it on a short flight.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:35 PM
 
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Twice for the A380. Once on Singapore and once on Emirates. It is sturdier and quieter than a 747 (at least the older models-haven't flown the 747-8 yet). I've been on 747s where the overhead bins shake like leaves on takeoff.

As for experience, both flights were in Business class and the service was just wasn't comparable to anything the US carriers offer. These airlines have got their premium product right!

As for the Dreamliner, I've flown United and ANA. The flights were very smooth and very quiet. If you are looking to fly the 787 on a domestic route, UA runs flights once or twice a day between Houston and Denver on 787s. If you can arrange an itinerary to include one of these, it will be a good way to experience it on a short flight.
The Dreamliner I was supposed to take originated in Houston, but it seems like that airport is a black hole where anything is lucky to get in or out. Every single flight I saw coming from or going into Houston was either cancelled or delayed for hours.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:44 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Not yet. 777's and 747's on many occasions.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Miami/NYC
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not yet. I'm flying on a 787 to London this September.
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Old 05-02-2014, 05:12 AM
 
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Although I haven't flown on the A380, I was on a tour of A380 airplane on the ground at JFK airport when it first came into service.

I have flown Jumbo/747 jets several times since childhood and my first experience on a 747 was shortly after it started flying.
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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I've done the UA 787 From IAH to LAX and LHR. It's nice. Very Boeing. Nothing overly fancy, just well put together. It is quiet, and the one thing I liked is that when it's "night time" on a long haul the cabin crew have overall control of the windows due to the electronic tinting, so there's not that one guy who has to have the window open and destroy the darkness for everyone else. It just won't work. The uplift on the wings is a bit different when you're in flight. Overall, seems nice.

I got on my first A380 from LHR to JNB about a month ago. The sucker is just big. VERY quiet. I was on the lower deck, and it was a bit odd to see the cabing get steadily wider as it went up, as opposed to the usual tapering in. It makes the window seats a bit better, instead of pushing your shoulders into your seatmate, you actually open up some room.
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Old 05-02-2014, 02:39 PM
 
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Yes, a few times NYC-Tokyo. Best experience in coach for a long-haul flight.

It's quieter than most planes and instead of a window shade you can change the tint of the window. Baggage compartments are higher up, the whole plane feels more spacious.
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:00 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Dreamliner recently. Hong Kong to Singapore. Coach. Very quiet compared to the old 747-400. It seemed to me the Dreamliner seats were even more cramped than the 747 if that's possible.
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:32 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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You only fly on that if you live in Australia or Asia
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