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Big Plane, Short Flight, Flat Seat: SFO-LAX in UA 777 Business Class

Flight:  UA595, San Francisco (SFO) to Los Angeles (LAX) (337 miles)
Aircraft Type:  Boeing 777-222 (ER)
Aircraft Registration:  N794UA (built in October 1997)
Scheduled Departure - Arrival Time:  8:21 am - 9:47 am
Actual Departure - Arrival Time: 8:20 am - 9:50 am
Actual Flying Time:  53 minutes

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Every morning (since November 2011), United flies a three-class 777-200 between San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX) as a repositioning flight for a long-haul flight from LAX later in the day.

Naturally, I chose that flight when purchasing my ticket to LAX for the airline collectible show.  In addition, being a Premier elite on United, there was a chance for me to score a complimentary upgrade that would allow me to try out, for the first time, United’s new lie-flat seats.

There was a couple potential snags.  First, an upgrade is not guaranteed.  Second, only half of the United 777 fleet has been converted to the new seats.  It is unpredictable whether this flight would…