Uadc8contrail From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1782 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2033 times:
ual took them as they had low hours on them and it was to good of a deal to pass up....as far as i know they are in the desert or i think one went to orient thai(could be wrong on that)......
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11376 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2004 times:
Qantas sold all PW-powered 747s in the late 80s/early 90s as the 744s were delivered. The oldest aircraft went to People Express in 85/86 and subsequently to Continental. These early 70s aircraft aircraft were retired over the 90s.
As for the ones that went to A: I guess it was just a good deal for UA as they were expanding quite a lot around that time. They got the "newer" ones, built in the mid-70s, out of Qantas fleet. These lot of 6 or 7 was retired in 2000, so much is true. 2 are still flying for some Third-world operators/Hadj-flights, one is with Orient Thai.
TokyoNarita From Palau, joined Aug 2003, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1975 times:
I believe there were two B747-200s that UA purchased from another company that had better range..perhaps equipped with PW JT9D-7R4G2 engines specifically assigned to do JFK-NRT. I may be wrong on this but they were pretty much B747-300 engines mounted on a B747-200.
The other B747-100/200s that UA owned were early models that lacked in range/performance to make such trip. NRT-LAX, SFO, SEA were pretty much the best they could do..JAL and NW had a few of these late model B747-200s also with improved engines specifically to do East Cost-NRT before B747-400s were available.