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MIA, UA, And The 747  
User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3394 posts, RR: 6
Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3775 times:


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I know that in the 1990s, when UA still had the MIA focus city, they flew 747s on long-haul routes until the 777s came online.

What routes did they fly? Were they brought in from ORD and/or IAD? When were they replaced by the 777?

I can still remember being in the car on the westbound Dolphin Expressway nearly twelve or thirteen years ago, and seeing a UA 747 Classic streak overhead through the night sky on final for Runway 30.

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User currently offlineATTart From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3747 times:

I remember working SFO-MIA-SFO on the 747. It was a great trip to work.


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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6597 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3595 times:

The 747-100 was used on the MIA-EZE route. Think it stayed in MIA during the day.

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User currently offline73G From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 128 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3585 times:

I don't have specific dates, but for a period in 1994, Flight 915 operated CDG-IAD-MIA-EZE with a 747SP and returned as 914 the next morning. It was ultimately replaced by a 763 before the MIA hub was closed.

User currently offlineJfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8428 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3505 times:
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MIA to EZE was always a 747 route. GRU, GIG, and SCL were flown by everything in the UA widebody fleet. 763ER did lots of flying for UA out of Miami.

User currently offlineCschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3392 times:

They still flew them in the 90's. I recall flying tje 747 classic in 1995 both ways ORD - MIA to connect to a flight to Chile. The 747 went on to somewhere in South America I think. But there were enough of them in MIA that, when returning and getting ready to fly MIA - ORD, when there was a mechanical problem, we all got off the plane and headed to the empty one sitting at the next gate. The entire crew walked over to the other 747, started it up, and off we went with only a short delay. Those were the days, and it wasn't that long ago!

User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6873 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3235 times:



Quoting ATTart (Reply 1):
I remember working SFO-MIA-SFO on the 747.

When?


User currently offlineJj From Algeria, joined Jun 2001, 1227 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3202 times:

I flew on UAs 747-100 from EZE to MIA and back in 1992. Those where the days! Great service, awesome crews, the planes were a little worn though!

User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25791 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3179 times:

The 747 (and later 777) often did MIA-HAV-MIA charters during their daytime layovers.

I can also recall flying SFO-MIA with a 747SP early 90s.



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User currently offlineAces727 From Colombia, joined Oct 2005, 173 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2912 times:

I recall in the mid 90's United had the 747 serving EZE. South America flights departed at around 11PM from concurse F. In the late 90's United offered a daily (I believe 6AM) flight out of Miami to O'Hare on the 777.

User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3394 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2768 times:

So the 747 definitely operated UA 985 SFO-MIA-EZE, and UA 984 EZE-MIA-SFO.

Quoting Cschleic (Reply 5):
I recall flying tje 747 classic in 1995 both ways ORD - MIA to connect to a flight to Chile. The 747 went on to somewhere in South America I think. But there were enough of them in MIA that, when returning and getting ready to fly MIA - ORD, when there was a mechanical problem, we all got off the plane and headed to the empty one sitting at the next gate.

If there was a second UA 747 on the ground, what deep South American destination did she fly to?

I'm guessing it would be GRU, but why would UA keep it on the ground all day rather than cycling it back through one of its hubs?

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 8):
The 747 (and later 777) often did MIA-HAV-MIA charters during their daytime layovers.

I can also recall flying SFO-MIA with a 747SP early 90s.

The MIA-HAV-MIA flight, at least in 1999, was UA 9023/9024, departing MIA at 08:00 and returning at 11:15. By then, it was operated by a mix of 763s and 772s, and I believe it operated more or less daily.

For some reason, the preferred gate for that flight was Gate F9 (back when it could accommodate a 777), to the extent that the gate controllers at MIA still remember it more than ten years later.

Now, where did the 747SP fly? Was it used interchangeably with the 741/742?


User currently offlineJohnClipper From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2005, 851 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2702 times:

The SP flew down to GIG/GRU/EZE interchangeable. I can remember it sitting at F concourse...

User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2247 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

UA also flew 747s into MIA in the mid 1970s, on MIA-PIT / CLE.


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User currently offlineCschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2214 times:



Quoting OB1504 (Reply 10):
If there was a second UA 747 on the ground, what deep South American destination did she fly to?

I'm guessing it would be GRU, but why would UA keep it on the ground all day rather than cycling it back through one of its hubs?

Don't know. We were going to/coming from Santiago, but that was on a 763. I don't recall if they said anything about where the other plane would have gone. The one we were supposed to be on had an warning light issue, I think, so maybe it was repaired in time to take the other plane's flight. This was about 8:00 in the morning, after the overnight flights arrived. Maybe the other one wasn't scheduled to leave until mid-day. I think they had more than one 747 going MIA - ORD at that time.


User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3394 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

I've seen photos of UA 747s remotely parked at MIA during the day, so I'm guessing there was a time when they just idled rather than fly back to the hubs.

Surely one of the people who worked there at the time can fill us in?


User currently offlineAA B777-200 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2001, 505 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

I did the AMS-IAD-MIA flights a lot and it was funny to see the a/c change so often on the IAD-MIA stretch. I did it on a 752, 763, 772 and 747.
Unfortunately I never made it to their 747 SP, although I did see it scheduled on that stretch!


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