I thought that UA did not have too many spare widebodies lying around. These new routes require at least 10 airframes. Where are these planes coming from? Are these aircraft in storage? Does anyboy have info on UA's aircraft utilization?
Planetime From Singapore, joined Mar 2006, 719 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8225 times:
Quoting Skycruiser (Thread starter): I thought that UA did not have too many spare widebodies lying around. These new routes require at least 10 airframes. Where are these planes coming from? Are these aircraft in storage? Does anyboy have info on UA's aircraft utilization?
Also there is a SYD-LAX flight that they add additional during the Southern Summer.
Kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8442 posts, RR: 14 Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7844 times:
Quoting Kaitak (Reply 10): Are you sure IAD-PEK is a 744? I thought it would be a 772?
definitely a 744 - it has been mentioned on more than one thread that by awarding the route to UA using 744s they would actually be adding more capacity between the USA and China than by awarding to either AA or CO using 772ERs and I think it was one of the points that UA focussed on in their application ( along with the "Capital city to Capital city " argument )
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Maybe they know of a soon-to-be-announced intercontinental regional jet and they're planning to put these routes out for bid by Skywest, Mesa, Transstates, ShuttleAmerica, Colgan, GoJet, Republic, Chataqua, and BillyBob's Flying Service.
United777atGU From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 183 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6235 times:
Quoting Laxintl (Reply 17): Yes indeed, along with the 2nd ORD-HKG which is a 777 starting April 3rd as well.
There's no way in hell that we can make ORD to HKG on a 772 (with our derated engines)....is there??? a 772ER??? Come on. That's almost 15 hours dude. Is it possible? I know JFK-NRT and IAD-NRT are pushing 14, if not 14 full-fledged, but ORD-HKG on a 772. They must plan on blocking seats. Or maybe they aren't going to be filling it up with pax and cargo... What the hell do I know? I don't. But as much as people talk about our 777s being sub-par to so many others, how would our 772s make it that far?
Don't take this as criticism. It's not. It's utter shock. By the way, if it can do it, the tech stops will be very inconveniencing for pax, no?