Sdate747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 272 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1033 times:
I just made reservations for a trip to California during winter break. I found out that I have a connection in Denver, and the flight from Denver to LAX is on a 747-400. I thought that 747's were only for long range factor (otherwise they are uneconomical). Why does UAL, or any other airline, use 747 for short hops (this particular flight is a little over 2 hrs long). I am really excited because I love the 747, and I didn't think I would be aboard one until my next international trip next year. Guess I lucked out!
Gregg From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1012 times:
United is using more 747s on between hubs. A year or so ago, they would use 2 767, or a 767 and a 757. I think they are using the 747s domestic because the Asian flu freed up some 747s. Also, they had the incident in SFO where the co-pilot almost crashed a 747 when it lost an engine on take off. Comming out of that incident, it was clear that long distance co-pilots were not getting many take offs and landings. (Long distance flights can have 2-3 co-pilots. Some co-pilots were doing 1 or 2 actual at the controls takeoffs per year.) So if they use some 747s on domestic routes, the pilots get more take off and landings.
GiantJets From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1003 times:
Yes, many airlines in the Pacific Rim uses 747s and many wide bodied aircraft for short flights because of the mass capacity. You will find many 747s especially in HongKong's airport and airports in Japan. Thai operates 747-400/300 and 200 to HongKong with the flight time being only a couple hours and also uses many A330/A300 and MD-11s. China Airlines operates 747-400 and MD-11 and some A300 from Taipei with the flight time being only an hour. In Japan, ANA and Japan Air lines uses 747 on short hop flights with max capacity from short routes such as Tokyo to Osaka. JAS (Japan Air System) uses 777s on short hops within Japan also. Thai also uses 747s and 777s on some of their domestic routes which only lasted an hour or less such as from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Bangkok to Phuket.