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UA 744 @ Prauge?  
User currently offlineZebfly2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 418 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2467 times:

I was checking out the latest pics and saw this one:

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Photo © Michal Plot

I didn't know UA had flts to Prauge with 744's. Is this a new route, diversion, charter, etc.? Thanks in advance.


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12341 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2420 times:
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I would guess most likely a Military Charter.

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User currently offlineKLM777 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

Yes it´s a military charter


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User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2274 times:

Nobody flies to Prauge - there's no such place. Otoh they do fly to Prague  Smile

User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2691 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2218 times:

I second KLM777's comment. It is indeed on a military charter. I could not bring myself to believe United would bring such a large aircraft to Prague for passenger purposes. A Boeing 763ER would be enough to serve Prague for passengers, if UA ever decides to do such a thing within the next few years before the 7E7 would take its place.

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User currently offlineAndrewtang From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 466 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

Anyhow sidetrack...why is the photo copyrighted to Jeremy Chiou when the photographer is Michal Plot :O

User currently offlineAifos From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

All military charters to Kuwait City were operated from Frankfurt until Jan 2004 but the German gvt has asked the US not to use that base anymore for this particular purpose.

Warsaw was an option but Prague was eventually chosen. The compensation from the US to the Check Republic is unknown at this time (It is part of the "war effort"... and eventually of our huge deficit).

Strict rules are still enforced. Once the military charter has landed, no one gets to tour Prague's terminal...
Everyone boards another plane so quickly that everything gets done in 50 minutes!

The pax/soldiers kids don't care about the short stopover/no shower or break on the ground between 2 long haul flights.

They are back from Hell.

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User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1187 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2065 times:

Being in Prague now, I posted this same query before. Yes - it's a charter from what I understand. And I haven't seen one yet! This is not a location for things like a 747, or any other larger widebody. There are few long-range direct flights here it seems.

User currently offlineSQ25J From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

Question for Aifos:

Did the German govt ask all AMC carriers to stop using Rhein-Main for troop movements to KWI? My friend is a carrier rep and ATC controller in FRA and told me AA and UA use PRG for tech stops and crew change, but all others such as ATA and World use FRA.

Also while PRG authorities have strict regulations as you mentioned for these tech stops-it is inevitable that sooner or later, (if not already), there will be an aircraft grounded for 24hours for MX, WX, or crew. At this point the carrier would be responsible for accomodating the troops-which would most likely require them going into terminal.

Just a couple of months ago there was an incident in SNN when an ATA L10 had a mechanical there and the troops were taken to a hotel in Limerick. 1 or 2 soldiers went into town, (in their uniforms), to get $ from an ATM-the local police stopped and detained them as it is Irish law that no foreign troops can wear uniforms in that country without permission from the ministry of defense.

Some military units, (Guard or Reserve), are aware of this possibility and require troops to travel on charter flights in civilian clothing.

User currently offlineAifos From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1852 times:

Answer to SQ25J

Good point about the eventuality of a mechanical failure grounding the planes at some point in the near future. Although considering the amount of money the airlines are getting for these charters they have so far made sure their planes were in perfect flying conditions.

I was in my posting only referring to UA and AA in Prague using first hand info. Eventually the other AMC will also transfer their ops there.

All the charters I was referring too were troops travelling in their dusty uniforms. No civilian clothing on these flights.


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