CV880 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1046 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 868 times:
The L-1011s were incompatible with the rest of UA's fleet and I'm sure they never intended to keep them. As far as I know, they operated them in Pan Am's configuration, as I believe very little was done to 'Unitedize' them. Even at Delta these remained 10-across in coach (3-4-3) (a la Pan Am) as opposed to the 9 across (2-5-2) in other DL L1011-500s as as far as I know they were restricted to the Asian markets on the theory that more of them can be squeezed into the same space!
When these were with UA I recall that you could ride one from LAX or SFO to HNL, but as far as I know this was the only US domestic route with the UA L-1011.
Within Delta, which acquired five of them (as mentioned), these ships were known as PUDs (Pan Am United Delta). For the benefit of our non-US readers, 'pud' is slang for a certain strategic male body part. As far as I know DL parked their PUDs and the remaining -500s in their fleet are the ex-AC or ex-PA direct sales.
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1924 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 830 times:
I have talked to some United people and they said that some pilots actually like the L1011 better than the DC10. I didn't know they were used in Hawaii although I knowthey were used on the nonstop SFO-Tokyo and SFO-Osaka routes. Other than that I thought they were used strictly within Asia