The chances to get a seat on the upper deck of a United 747 are slowly dwindling away. There have not been too many times that I have flown on the upper deck of a 747, but they have all come due to free upgrades.
The 747 is slowly being phased out by United. The only routes currently using 747’s are out of San Francisco and they are slowly being replaced by new aircraft like the 787 and 777-300.
From what I could find out the last 747 flights will be in October of this year.
I think that this is actually the first time I have flown on the upper deck with lay flat seats. The earlier flights were all long ago when I was doing a lot of flying in the post 9/11 days and was a 1K for a couple of years.
With the low ceiling and minimal amount of seating, you almost feel like you are on a private plane when on the upper deck. One nice thing also is that it is usually very quiet on the upper deck.
Here you see a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Peninsula. Unfortunately the pilot made the turn just a bit too soon to get a full view of the Golden Gate Bridge. If you look closely you can also see the new Bay Bridge in the background.
Today is a holiday in Germany which made travel here a little more difficult. The line at the border patrol was very long and it took more than an hour to get my passport checked. However, my bag was waiting at the luggage carousel and I was soon on a train toward Aalen, Germany.
Above is the ICE train at Stuttgart where I switched to a smaller regional train. I really like traveling on the ICE trains. They are fast and comfortable. Every politician who is against high speed rail in America should go travel on them in Asia and Europe to see how beneficial they are.
Hopefully I will sleep well and be well rested by my 7:30 pickup.