AviationAddict From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 644 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4640 times:
Does anyone know what the plan is for all the 737s in US and HP service? I've noticed that most of the US 737s are in desperate need of a paint job, yet none of them (at least none that I know of) have received the new colors, even those that have gone in for maintenance. Are these models scheduled for retirement in the near future?
FCYTravis From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1191 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4622 times:
Some are going back, but the last US jets going back are just about gone with a couple more HP birds out the door as well. The combined fleet will stabilize for the near term at around 125 733s and 734s. Any retirement beyond that will require more mainline jets coming on board, either Airbuses or the hotly-rumored Embraer 190s. I wouldn't expect to see those for at least another four or five years.
Bottom line? Expect US 737 Classics to hang around well into the next decade.
The US birds are not getting the new paint, because the goal of the paint program is to get the corporate image unified. So, the America West aircraft are getting the bulk of the paint. There's close to a dozen HP birds either painted or in the paint shop now - all Airbuses.
USAir A321 service now departing for SFO with fuel stops in CAK, COS and RNO. Enjoy your flight.
AviationAddict From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4420 times:
I guess I can understand the need for a unified corporate image, but man, some of those US 737s look horrid. Some of the ones I've seen going in and out of DCA look like they've flown through a big tub of paint thinner; there are huge chunks of paint missing from bodies. Yet, at roughly $50K a pop for a new paint job, I can also understand why a cash strapped company like US is a little slow to get them all repainted.
ERAUMcDlover From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4400 times:
I thought HP was all Airbus except for the 75s....where do their 733s come from??? I mean I know they had them, but I thought they went all Airbus last year, or was that F9 that finally simplified, unfortunately to the a32x? I agree, they might need paint, but if its in a US scheme, leave it, get the HP birds done, and then come back and get the paint and interior on the original US aircraft.
DL, what a classy lady....Mad Dogs...a classy plane.....USA...just the best all around
Quoting Hawk44 (Reply 2):
Which is why it would be a good idea to get them in the new colors
I like the US 737's in their old colours....I guess it would take a while to adjust to their new colours....but I'm glad they will be in the fleet for many years as I prefer US's 737's over HP's A319/A320.......
HPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3916 times:
Quoting Monorail (Reply 15): So the special c/s HP 757s going to be repainted as well?
The latest rumor I've heard is that the state flags will stay, perhaps even a Pennsylvania and North Carolina paint scheme added, but the teamwork plane, AZ Cardinals, probably the Ohio (since CMH is no longer a hub) and the AZ Diamondback schemes are going away. But no firm decision as to what will happen with the HP 757s has been made yet.
PSA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 974 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3915 times:
Adding to COERJ145's reply (#11), does anyone know of the final seat
configuration of HPs and USs common aircraft? Has anyone in Phoenix made
a decision on this? I'm hoping for the US standard because they appear to
have more F seats as well as more seat pitch in Y (although very minor) to
HPs. For example USs A320 is 16F/126Y and HPs A320 is 12F/138Y; and
USs A319 is 12F/108Y and HPs A319 is 12F/112Y. So it appears that US
replaces the 2 rows of Y seats that HP has in the A320s with 1 row of F seats.
And the seat pitch of 1 row of F seats does not equal the seat pitch of 2 rows
of Y seats. With that in mind, it would appear that the rows of Y seats in
USs A320s have about 1 inch more of pitch than HPs A320s. I know it sounds
a bit trivial, but every inch of seat pitch in Y class counts. Plus, it is always
nicer to have more F class seats to upgrade to when available.