UnitedTristar From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1240 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2415 times:
With the most recent schedule change the last domestic operated 747's are gone from the ORD-LAX/SFO routes. I know that UA just started their second 747 flight from LAX-SYD that could be where it is. I know that the IAD-LHR flight and IAD/SFO-FRA flight's are both 744's, but that's nothing new. I know for a fact none have returned to the desert.
So any guesses where they have gone?
More military flying?
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Baw716 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1995 posts, RR: 31 Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2020 times:
Don't worry, they've just changed the aircraft maintenance rotation schedule. If they are pushing more 777s through SFO right now, they are probably working on more 777s than 747s. I also believe that a good number of UAs 747s are sitting in the desert, so that may also explain why you are not seeing too many domestic 747 repositioning flights between IAD/ORD-SFO.
As others have said, eventually, they will have to go back on the domestic rotation when the loads on certain international flights require the use of the 747s. I don't think UA is pulling any additional equipment out of the desert these days.
Hope that answers your question.
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