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UA And Wide Bodies At Sky Harbor  
User currently offlineHAMAD From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2000, 1163 posts, RR: 7
Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3195 times:

i have noticed that United had several of wide body operations at sky harbor.
when did they operate those, and do they still do that?

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[Edited 2005-10-05 23:37:57]

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User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3150 times:

I don't know what they did in the past, but in the age of TED the only scheduled UA birds you'll see in PHX are A320's and a few CRJ's. Since the 744 photo is fairly recent, maybe there is a MX provider who operates there? Could make sense if those birds had been in storage somewhere in the desert, they could have taken a short hop to PHX to get cleaned up to be returned to service... or vice versa.

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7906 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

The 747 is likely a divert or a sports charter. I don't think UA ever had scheduled 747 service into PHX. Only carrier, besides BA, that did in recent times was NW with 1 or 2x daily during the winter to MSP.

Most UA widebody service was either with the DC-10 or domestic 767-300s. All to Chicago. Pre-9/11 peak 1-2 of the 6 daily ORD flights was a 67, the rest were a mix of Airbii and 757s. LAX, SFO, and DEN were all Shuttle 737s, with IAD being an A320.

Given that the 747 pic was shot in January, I would be willing to bet that it was a Fiesta Bowl charter. And if it was returning from the desert it would make more sense that it would head to LAX/SFO were UA has large MX bases.

[Edited 2005-10-05 23:53:46]

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