Lorm From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 410 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2228 times:
SW733 you bet they do! UAL still is running at least two flights daily ORD-SFO and back using 747-400s. Also LAX-ORD and back has 1 flight daily with a 747-400. Just did a random date search through listing, there may be certain days they don't run them although.
2 vacations ago, on my way to Boston, after my HNL-LAX, leg I waited 6+ hours just to non rev on the LAX-ORD flight with 747 service. It was worth it, the captain was retiring, with his family onboard and upstairs in business (first time I asked for Business upstairs and not first as I knew they were all seated upstairs I wanted to join the party! ) they all treated everyone to bubbly champagne (upstairs), gave every passenger a few Peppermint Patties, and the normal retiring festivities that come with it.
You may think I'm crazy but, these flights with the 744s are SO wide open anyone non-rev with even the lowest seniority will get in Business class for sure, or if they are lucky F/C.When traveling to the east coast I usually will scan for these flights and go out of my way to get on these 747s or 777s on these short 3-4 hour flights as it's definitely worth it. My guess is they use these aircraft mainly for positioning and probably rotate them around the hubs. I would definitely consider it Savedelta if you're not looking to go international. You may hate or love UAL/their service, but I believe they are one of the few, if the only? (unsure) US domestic carrier with 744s on short domestic hops. Have fun...
Savedelta From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2214 times:
Thanks for the input Lorm! I have been scouting the ATL-ORD-LAX-ORD-ATL routes. Seems they do the 744 on the 2pm flight LAX-ORD. Only problem...nothing with UA other than about 10k miles Maybe I will pay the fare...