Syncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 1995 posts, RR: 13 Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1814 times:
Because the loads require it to be so. At the time the 763 was probably much cheaper to operate then a 772 and 744, hence why some were parked. Now that they have negotiated lower cost's for these planes, they can be operated to their fullest extent.
FA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 21 Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1747 times:
When we cancelled EWR-LHR the extra capacity was needed out of Kennedy. The 777 is also more competitive out of JFK against AA which runs more 777's in terms of customer service (the 777 is always customer's favourite).
My guess for the upgauge in equipment on the double daily SFO-LHR is because we used to operate thrice daily. This summer a 744 and a 772 will make do. The summer of 2001 we offered thrice daily service with a 763 as the late departure from SFO. I can't remember this flight ever going out full, so I think the 744 and 777 this summer should do fine (not too much ASM on this route). We also need to keep ASM's in check on this route as it is consistentently one of our most profitable routes.
The debate continues... Starwood or Hyatt... which is better
Mymiles2go From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 207 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1441 times:
As IndustrialPate mentioned, United' 744's are actually quite young. While I can't offhand find a listing of all birthdates of all the 744 United currently owns, since Boeing didn't start completing 744 certifications until January of 1989 (and progressivly on various enginees throughout 1989), even if United did end up with some of the first 744s, they'd be just a touch over a decade old. But... I know United had many 744's delivered in the later portion of the 90's (98/99 if I remember correctly).
That all said... for aircraft - especially long haul aircraft - being a decade old doesn't mean much at all. That's still young in aircraft terms. Also, keep in mind, the only the that probably makes United 744's feel "older" is the lack of PTV's in coach, something many other carriers do have, thus making them feel newer.