So I started investigating and found that UAL has leased an unspecified number of planes (I believe 763s) to SAS while the Scandinavian airline is "re-doing" some of their planes. Apparently, these flights to CPH using United metal originate in ORD and IAD and are staffed by SAS crews. United's travel policies do not apply…which means regular UA NRSA travel is not permitted (you'd need a Z-fare).
I wasn't able to ascertain the duration of the leases, although I got the impression they are short-term.
So nothing too exciting, just an interesting sight for CPH spotters and likely to confuse some UAL buffs like myself.
At least United can earn a little cash as opposed to paying $$ to park extra planes in the desert.
OH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3008 times:
The United-SAS lease is in fact a wet lease, where the flight crew and the cabin crew are all staffed by United employees. In Apollo the schedule runs through March 27, after which SAS picks back up with their own equipment on the run.
Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6735 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2901 times:
Just to clarify, United is not leasing one particular aircraft to SAS but UA operate IAD-CPH with 763 aircraft and the exact aircraft (registration) varies from day to day. In fact, when one arrives at IAD, another one sits at the gate getting ready for departure to CPH so the same aircraft never operates the flight two days in a row.
Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
FriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4126 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2742 times:
They couldn't use SK staff as the SK staff aren't trained to handle a 763. They might have one or two F/As from SK, but I doubt it. Unless some of the SK F/As are still current on the 763, which seems highly unlikely.
Eyesinthesky From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2577 times:
Most of the time the flight from SFOIAD/UA950 turns into the SK926 flight IADCPH. Sometimes the SFO flight has some problems when it arrives at IAD and the SK925 CPHIAD has to return to CPH. This is the case a few times each week. When everything works out as planned the SK925 turns into the IADZRH flight for UA. The flight crews for the IADCPH are all UA.
The flight is handled by SAS staff at both stations.