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UA 747-400s Between SFO And ORD?  
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1622 posts, RR: 28
Posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7996 times:

I am planning to make a trip home from San Francisco to see my family in Fort Wayne, IN, for Christmas.

Do UA fly 747-400s between SFO and ORD? If so, I would love the opportunity to fly the 747 domestically! I am a 747 lover anyway.

So I was wondering if UA 744s regularly fly between SFO and ORD, or if these are only equipment subs, if they even do fly between the two hubs. If they do, would it be more likely to happen around Christmas?

Thanks in advance for any info!

SmithAir747


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User currently offlineDaron4000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 712 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7949 times:

Not in the last couple or years has a 744 been on a domestic run scheduled out of ORD. However, if you heged your bets properly and waited for a sub on the day of flights, I have predicted correctly a few times when you might see a 744 domestically. For example, ORD-DEN on President's Weekend for all the skiiers. This Christmas however, I have no idea. If you REALLY want to fly a 744, then UA is running a 1-time, 1-way ORD-LAX 747 on October 28 (I think, it's in 2 Saturdays) to position for the new LAX-HKG service.

User currently offlineAzncsa4qf744er From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7660 times:

Quoting Daron4000 (Reply 1):
ORD-LAX 747 on October 28 (I think, it's in 2 Saturdays) to position for the new LAX-HKG service.

You sure on that? Last we heard it was being ferry in from SFO. It's too early to tell anyway. Can double check once an airplane is asign to the route.


User currently offlineBmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7598 times:

Oh do I miss the 1970s and early 1980s when most U.S. carriers flew 747s :
- UA 747 in IAD to LAX or SFO.
- TWA 747 from JFK to LAX.
- AA 747 from ORD to SFO or LAX.
- Not sure if NW flew DTW to SEA or LAX using 747s?
- Also Braniff Int.,

Nowadays, Japan is the only country flying domestic 747s.



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User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4242 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7583 times:

Quoting Bmacleod (Reply 3):
Oh do I miss the 1970s and early 1980s when most U.S. carriers flew 747s :

Don't forget Tower Air flew 747s domestically until their 2000 collapse. Oh wait, they weren't a real airline...!  Smile



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User currently offlineBCALBOY From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7550 times:

Quoting Bmacleod (Reply 3):
Nowadays, Japan is the only country flying domestic 747s.

Don-t forget QF !

They fly 747s on routes like SYD/PER , MEL/PER .


User currently offlineBmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7527 times:

NOTE: If second post looks same I couldn't edit my earlier post, posting problems.


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User currently offlineTurkishSky From Turkey, joined Mar 2004, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7516 times:

SA also fly 747s between CPT and JNB


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User currently offlineUAORD From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7461 times:

You could get lucky, I was in the Red Carpet club the morning of October 3rd and saw that UA #842 operated as a 747 that day.

User currently offlineMohunk From United States of America, joined May 2007, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7424 times:

Quoting Bmacleod (Reply 5):
- NW 747 DTW-LAX or SFO? (also not sure)

I flew a NW 747 LAX-MSP in 1981.


User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7452 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7415 times:

I flew on UA 744 ORD-LAX July 4th,04. The Y-class seats were hard as a rock. I'd hate to be stuck there all the way to SYD.


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User currently offlineShane From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7259 times:

I know it's not domestic, but isn't QF still flying SFO - YVR? I don't think it's daily...

User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7214 times:

Quoting Bmacleod (Reply 5):
- UA 747 IAD-LAX and SFO,

IAD-LAX was a 747 at last into the late 1990's... I recall flying it in 1998 on the way home from an interview with ACA.

Steve


User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2691 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7174 times:

Quoting Daron4000 (Reply 1):
Not in the last couple or years has a 744 been on a domestic run scheduled out of ORD.

Not true, I flew on a UA 747 from ORD-LAX several times last year..

6-22-06 ORD-LAX UA 129 (N118UA)
6-26-06 LAX-ORD UA 128 (N178UA)
9-10-06 LAX-ORD UA 855 (N127UA)


User currently offlineFlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6817 times:

The summer before last UA was running 747-400s from ORD to SFO and back for a little over a month in June and July.

Quoting Shane (Reply 12):
I know it's not domestic, but isn't QF still flying SFO - YVR? I don't think it's daily...

Are you thinking CX ? Cathay runs a daily HKG-YVR-JFK... I am almost certain QF does not run this route. I do believe QF runs an LAX-JFK, but you cannot buy a domestic ticket on that.

Quoting United_fan (Reply 11):
I flew on UA 744 ORD-LAX July 4th,04. The Y-class seats were hard as a rock. I'd hate to be stuck there all the way to SYD.

The 744 Y seats aren't close to as nice as those on the 777 and 767, however I don't think they are bad, personally. Those are the same Y seats they use in their 757s also.



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User currently offlineAADC10 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2069 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6732 times:

UA uses the 2 class Hawaii 772s between SFO and ORD. The 744s used for LAX-ORD are repositioning flights, usually overnight flights and they do not operate them consistently. In Y, my first choice on UA is the 3 class 767. It has wider seats than the 744, seatback video and lacks the dreaded "double excuse me" middle seat of the 772.

User currently offline777law From Monaco, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6527 times:

Quoting Bmacleod (Reply 3):
- Not sure if NW flew DTW to SEA or LAX using 747s?

When I was in elementary school my family would go from SEA to Florida on NW via MSP. Most of the SEA-MSP / MSP-SEA flights were 747's continuing on to or returning from Tokyo



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24858 posts, RR: 22
Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6494 times:

Quoting Bmacleod (Reply 5):
Oh I miss the 1970s and early 1980s when U.S. domestic 747 services was very common.
- UA 747 IAD-LAX and SFO,
- UA 747 ORD-LAX and SFO
- TWA 747 JFK-LAX
- AA 747 ORD-LAX (not 100% sure)
- NW 747 DTW-LAX or SFO? (also not sure)
-Also Braniff Int. and People Express - not sure of their domestic routes.

CO and DL also operated 747s on domestic routes many years ago.


User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6790 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5775 times:

Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 15):
I am almost certain QF does not run this [SFO-YVR] route.

Good thing you included that "almost".


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24858 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5690 times:

Quoting Timz (Reply 19):
Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 15):
I am almost certain QF does not run this [SFO-YVR] route.

Good thing you included that "almost".

QF press release re their seasonal service SFO-YVR-SFO. The last date in the first paragraph should of course read 2008, not 2007.
http://www.qantas.com.au/regions/dyn/us/press/1101

With AC starting daily YVR-SYD-YVR nonstop service in December (and NZ commencing 3/week AKL-YVR-AKL nonstop service on November 2) I doubt whether the QF seasonal tag-on from SFO will be repeated next year as it's not very competitive.


User currently offlineFreshlove1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5623 times:

If I remember correctly didn't UA run a 744 between ORD-IAD or the other way around not to long ago. I doubt that this was the route for this flight as I am sure it went on to somewhere else like ORD-IAD-LHR or IAD-ORD-HNL or something along that line. Anyone with any of those old OAG's have info on this?

User currently offlineBCALBOY From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5558 times:

Quoting Timz (Reply 19):
Good thing you included that "almost".

Currently the SFO/YVR tag is operated by Alaskan A/L on which QF codeshare and it ops on 737.

They do operate a through service SYD/SFO/YVR with a 747 from early Dec to late JAN to cover
the Christmas peak , however , SFO/YVR isn-t a domestic sector and in any case so frar as I can see
they are not accepting bookings on this end sector .


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24858 posts, RR: 22
Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5439 times:

Quoting BCALBOY (Reply 22):
Quoting Timz (Reply 19):
Good thing you included that "almost".

Currently the SFO/YVR tag is operated by Alaskan A/L on which QF codeshare and it ops on 737.

That's not a "tag" but a standard code-share connection with different flight numbers. "Tag" normally means a continuation of the same flight using the same flight number so it appears as a direct flight in systems, although not necessarily using the same aircraft on both sectors.


User currently offlineAirtechy From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5363 times:

I flew on the Delta domestic 747's several times in the '70's. In fact, I didn't fly on another 747 until the late '90's. Unfortunately, the slides I took were all interior so I don't have the "N" numbers. I think a couple are still flying as freighters. Would be great to see the new logo on one...dream on!  Smile

Jim


User currently offlineBCALBOY From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5329 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 23):
That's not a "tag" but a standard code-share connection with different flight numbers. "Tag" normally means a continuation of the same flight using the same flight number so it appears as a direct flight in systems, although not necessarily using the same aircraft on both sectors.

Don-t think that is of any relevance to the point ,I was making.
Pure pedantics !


25 Viscount724 : Agree, not important. It was just to point out that there is a specific meaning of "tag" sector in airline scheduling, which would not be the example
26 RDUDDJI : UA operated IAD-SFO with a 744 for a month last year due to MX routing. It was to position the IAD-FRA 744 (at that time, IAD's sole 744 flight). My D
27 UA772IAD : I remember flying on that one. It was UA950/951 (or 915?). It June, July and early August (before going back to a 777), 2006.
28 RC135X : I routinely flew on UAL 747-400s from ORD-IAD (and return) during the early 1990's. It was the domestic portion of a flight to NRT, I believe. During
29 Post contains images 747fan : My preferred planes in economy on UA are definitely their 767-300ER's, specifically the 3-class PW4060-powered ones used on transatlantic flights and
30 Viscount724 : If the list is being expanded to Canada and USA, might as well add Mexico to include JL's twice-weekly YVR-MEX 744 service. Coincidentally, YVR-JFK a
31 TWA1985 : Don't forget, All in the mid 80's... UA's ORD-IND NW's MSP-ORD ORD-JFK
32 Amwest2United : We are flying the 744 on the SFO-IAD-SFO route as I type this. It is subbing for 1 of 4 767-300 Domestic birds out of service. It ran the last two da
33 Sfotraveler : United had scheduled 747 service between SFO and Chicago last winter. I flew it several times. Actually I thought flight was kind of a pain as it take
34 Bartond : I know that UA has flown a 744 between SFO and DEN now and then, usually during the late year holidays. I've seen it for the past few years. FYI.
35 Post contains images MSYtristar : I flew a UA 744 in C from SFO to DEN back in 2004. I remember when we landed in DEN there were 3...yes, 3...744's all lined up next to each other: my
36 Expressjet_erj : Thats not correct. Ive been with Chautauqua since '04 and since Ive been here the wife and I flew on a UA 744 from IAD-LAX. Ill try to drum up the da
37 Manta : For anyone that cares, UA 943 on Oct 27, 2007 will be a 747-400 ORD to LAX offering passenger service (non-ferry).
38 Egcarter : I flew into ORD from MUC on a Lufthansa A340 in 2004. Connected to a UA 744 in C class to LAX. Fabulous! Such legroom! The service was of the Internat
39 TrijetsRMissed : Are the 747 domestic runs listed in the timetable or are all of these last mintue changes? For those scheduled only weeks in advance, do they usually
40 Manta : The plane that will be UA 943 on Oct 27th is supposed to be the new LAX - HKG 744. It will be coming from ORD, hence the one-time run. It has been in
41 AirEMS : I flew a 747 Den to Lax shortly after 9/11 I think it was in Nov. of 2001 I haven't seen them out here since -Carl
42 Bartond : I wonder what was the deal with the 744 this morning headed from DEN to ORD? I assume just aircraft positioning but that hasn't happened in quite some
43 Transpac787 : There were actually 2x 744's in DEN today, I could hardly believe what I was seeing!!!
44 San747 : Muchos gracias! I'm gonna get on there... It'll cost $235, but well worth it to me for my first 747 ride!
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