Christmas Delight

Flight Details
Date: December 25th, 2023
Airline: United
Aircraft: Boeing 777-322ER (N2645U)
Flight Number: UA 396
Departure Airport: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL/PHNL)
Arrival Airport: San Francisco International Airport (SFO/KSFO)
Flight Time: 4h, 2m
Departure Time: 12:09 AM (39 minutes late)
Arrival Time: 06:13 AM (23 minutes early)
Cruising Altitude: FL360-380

After spending Christmas in Hawaii, it was time to head back to the mainland to see the fam. Decided on taking the redeye back, and was a pleasant flight. For a four hour flight, the redeye back to SFO is pretty nice, being served by the 77W, as it flew the GUM-HNL leg earlier in the day. Note that only one redeye to SFO has the Polaris product.

Took a few shots of my ride, as we were delayed due to crew connecting from inbound flight from SFO.

Once onboard, the festive spirit was in full swing. Most flight attendants had some festive gear on, and layed out a festive snack spread once cruising.


As the flight was a redeye, the meal service was expedited, as to help passengers get shuteye on the flight. There was only one option, the Chicken Katsu. The Chicken was hot and crunchy, but the bread was stale, and the rice balls were quite underwhelming. For dessert, the Guava cake was pretty decent, but was pretty sweet. Right after meal service, the lights were dimmed.

One thing I found strange about the flight is that the landing lights were kept on the entire flight, and never turned off during the whole flight.

Despite the delayed departure, tailwinds led us to a very short flight time of 4 hours and 2 minutes, ending up 23 minutes ahead of schedule.

TLDR: Despite the crew being delayed from a inbound flight, they were pleasant, and the seat and IFE were amazing for such a short flight. In addition, the food was decent. The landing lights were kept on the entire flight, and we arrived early due to strong tailwinds.

**Overall:**36/40 (90%)
Crew: 9/10
Seat: 10/10
Food/Beverage: 7/10
In Flight Entertainment/Wi-Fi: 10/10

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Those first two shots are amazing! Seemed like a nice flight.

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Nice photos ✌🏻