AndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 43 Posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2869 times:
These threads pop up every so often, and tonight I just happened to stumble on this, so I thought I'd post it. I am planning a 4 leg trip, one of which is BWI-LAS. I'm one of those who shops price but also equipment, so I began looking at options. If I get a ride to Dulles, I can hop on United to LAS via SFO... and the IAD-SFO leg is a B744. Flight is UAL 975. One-way fare is $158.
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 28465 posts, RR: 84 Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2689 times:
Well UA and NW are your only options to fly a 747 within the US. While I believe some foreign airlines do operate 747 service domestically, they do not have the authority to transport US citizens between two US locations (with the intent to exit the plane at the second location and not re-board for the international leg).
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23154 posts, RR: 23 Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2415 times:
Quoting Stitch (Reply 2): While I believe some foreign airlines do operate 747 service domestically, they do not have the authority to transport US citizens between two US locations (with the intent to exit the plane at the second location and not re-board for the international leg).
It has nothing to do with US citizenship. A foreign carrier can't carry any passengers solely between two US points, regardless of the passengers' citizenship.
United1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5676 posts, RR: 8 Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2248 times:
Quoting United1 (Reply 6): Quoting AndrewUber (Reply 5):
As of right now - 22 hours before departure - it's still scheduled as a 744. Looks like a full flight. I've requested an upgrade but for now I'm confirmed in 61B!
Looks like its scheduled on one of the new configuration birds, hope you have a good flight.
Actualy I just checked something, there is no 61B on one of the reconfigured planes however the flight is showing as a "47C" which is a new configuration so you may end up with a seat change.
AndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 43 Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1760 times:
Just and update - I did fly on UA975 on April 1 from IAD to SFO, and it was indeed operated by a B747-400 (N173UA). The folks at the gate in Dulles told me the 747 is happening several times a week on this route. At $126, it was a hell of a bargain!
I was #31 on the upgrade list, so I ended up sitting in the back of the bus, but it was still a fun trip. I was in the second to last window seat on the right, it was a great view. From my seat you can see the horizontal stab, and the contrails begin just outside your window. The seat next to me was open so I had room to stretch out and enjoy the flight. Seats were comfy, service was good - I'll do that flight again someday soon!