Haan From South Africa, joined Aug 2004, 289 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4671 times:
I have noticed over the past year from all the pictures photographers publish
of the Passenger aircraft's standing in the deserts.
My question is, why are some of them, maybe brand new standing there all covered up and picking up dust. I would think that aircraft that are getting to old would be flown to the deserts, but not B777 or even B747-400's as i have noted from the pictures. Are there to many aircraft in some airlines fleets or what's up with this.
SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4602 times:
Most planes, while slightly young, are no longer as efficient as other planes. The 744s and 777s you are talking about belong to UAL, which has serious financial issues.
Simply put, they no longer needed the planes and could not afford them. Quite a few of the UAL planes have already re-joined the fleet, a few others have found new carriers, and the rest are anticipating new customers.
SQ had a few 744s out in VCV, but some have already left and others have plans to leave. Do a search if you would like to know more about the SQ planes.
Wbmech From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4470 times:
The proliferation of regional jets. Who needs a large plane when you can have many smaller planes take the same amount of people to the same places with more departure times to choose from. No wonder why we still have massive atc delays in the Northeast.
Thrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2690 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4450 times:
The Boeing 747-400s are a bit more understandable than the BOeing 777s...but aircraft like the Boeing 777, most of which are under a decade old, do not belong in the desert. However, from what I've noticed, UA has reactivated the majority of its B744s. Most of this aircraft, B744s and B777s, I bet, will live to fly another day.