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DEN-IAD 777 Operated Flights... What Happened?  
User currently offlineHAMAD From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2000, 1159 posts, RR: 7
Posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5614 times:

I used to live in Phoenix, AZ, while i had family live in Northern Virginia. i have always travelled very frequently on that route and chose flight 902, just because it was a 777, and i have always used my elite upgrade certificates to get on that business class. since i moved back to dubai, its been two years, so i was checking the schedule from DEN to IAD our of curiousity and I saw that there are no more 777's (at least for now) on that schedule. it allocates 767's, 757's as well as A320's between DEN and IAD.

my question is, are there no more repositioning flights between IAD and DEN any more? UA 902 DEN - IAD used to be full until the last seat, on many occasions i have seen non revs not able to get on that flight, despite of it being a 777.


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User currently offlineAS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6091 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5526 times:

It changed schedule to schedule. There are no UA flights that you can count on being a 777 each time between the hubs. The main reason for those flights was to repo (as you said) the A/C to the other hub for a Int'l or Hawaii (depending on configuration) flight. It would appear that 777 to DEN is just being used somewhere else now!


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User currently offlineSaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1610 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5469 times:

I showed up once in DEN and was trying to get to IAD. Had to sit on the jumpseat on a 777 and the other jumpseat was full. Seems there are enough pax on many domestic flights to justify widebodies.


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User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3802 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5427 times:



Quoting Saab2000 (Reply 2):
Seems there are enough pax on many domestic flights to justify widebodies.

In UA's way of thinking...or so it seems...

...why put a widebody on a domestic route that easily justifies one when you can outsource the route to a regional and oversell all the flights, leaving confirmed, ticketed pax behind every day? While admitedly they may not be "there" yet on DEN-IAD...just give 'em some more time to get "there." 


User currently offlineFlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6578 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5383 times:



Quoting Tango-Bravo (Reply 3):
...why put a widebody on a domestic route that easily justifies one when you can outsource the route to a regional and oversell all the flights, leaving confirmed, ticketed pax behind every day? While admitedly they may not be "there" yet on DEN-IAD...just give 'em some more time to get "there."

Though to be fair, WN's record for overbooking isn't any better than most of the legacies.

As for DEN-IAD, the 763 that flies that route isn't too bad. I did it a few months ago and it was a nice ride. Of course, in that case, the plane was only about half full, so I had two seats to myself in E+.


User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3802 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5259 times:



Quoting FlyPNS1 (Reply 4):
Though to be fair, WN's record for overbooking isn't any better than most of the legacies.

Even though their system load factors have typically been ~10 points below those reported by the legacies? ...although I am aware that they are (unfortunately) beginning to catch up with the legacies in putting up load factors that have oversales*/bumps of confirmed pax 'written all over them.'

*Overbooking in itself is not so much an issue with regard to invol or vol denied boarding...a fair number of the flights I and/or my spouse have gotten on as other-airline non-revs have been at least "slightly" overbooked when we have listed ~24-48 hours beforehand...meaning the flights, while overbooked, were not oversold, meaning all confirmed pax plus at least some standbys at the bottom of the standby list get on overbooked flights on a fairly routine basis...or so it seems. An oversale is quite another story, resulting in confirmed revenue pax being denied boarding.


User currently offlineSaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1610 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5226 times:



Quoting Tango-Bravo (Reply 3):
While admitedly they may not be "there" yet on DEN-IAD...just give 'em some more time to get "there."

Thankfully, flights between hubs (ORD, IAD, DEN, SFO......) are not allowed by contract carriers, also known as 'regional' carriers. The pilots contract prohibits this at United AFAIK.



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User currently offlineDaron4000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 712 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5119 times:

While there are no 777s between DEN and IAD, there is a daily flight from IAD-DEN. The plane then probably RONs in DEN and turns back to a different hub, like ORD. The schedules and aircraft between hubs are some of the most changing and compelx of all of UAs route and they are very hard to predict or understand. That being said, I and most other FFs dont mind what plane UA uses on the hub routes as long as its a 3-class aircraft. In fact, the 3 class 767 flying DEN-IAD is nicer than the 777 because it has the new IPTE product.

User currently offlineKGAIflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4236 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4976 times:
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There are suddenly IAD-LAX 777 flights. On that route, United has always done frequency over size throughout the day.

I can see problems coming the other way -- for instance with the 4pm LAX-IAD [currently a 319] -- chock full of upgradable 1-K folks -- selling out F class almost every night.

An eastbound 777 at that time would *solve* a lot of problems.


User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3034 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4869 times:



Quoting KGAIflyer (Reply 8):

There are suddenly IAD-LAX 777 flights. On that route, United has always done frequency over size throughout the day.

Yupp. I flew it. The one I flew was the old 867 that flew IAD-LAX-HKG-Ho Chi Minh City



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9495 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4819 times:



Quoting Tango-Bravo (Reply 3):

Quoting Saab2000 (Reply 2):
Seems there are enough pax on many domestic flights to justify widebodies.

In UA's way of thinking...or so it seems...

It is more than the fact that they can justify routes with the international planes but also that it is needed for the network structure. UA more than any other airline has a fragmented route structure with many hubs and maintenance in limited locations. Maintenance for the international fleets are done in SFO, DEN and ORD. Because 767 maintenance is done in SFO and 777 in DEN, planes have to be routed between the hubs. Other airlines like AA have planes easily rotated between ORD/DEN/JFK through the outstations and DL has a significant number of planes overnight in ATL every night.

UA has to balance a Pacific and European network that do not overlap very well. It involves domestic widebody flying. A 767 domestic has almost the same number of seats as an international 777, but that will change with the IPTE mods.

Quoting HAMAD (Thread starter):

my question is, are there no more repositioning flights between IAD and DEN any more? UA 902 DEN - IAD used to be full until the last seat, on many occasions i have seen non revs not able to get on that flight, despite of it being a 777.

777s between IAD and DEN are back for the summer and fall schedule. The spring schedule has up to 4 flights a day between ORD and DEN on international planes.



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User currently offlineBlueF9A320 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4725 times:

I hate to sound daft, but what is IPTE?


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User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4548 times:

IPTE is International Premium Travel Experience, a.k.a. the New Business & First on the 763s and 744s, that will slowly start coming to the 777s soon.


The big news this summer has gotta be the ORD-SFO 744. That's what I'm most excited about.

-a



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User currently offlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1825 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4444 times:
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Quoting KGAIflyer (Reply 8):

I can see problems coming the other way -- for instance with the 4pm LAX-IAD [currently a 319] -- chock full of upgradable 1-K folks -- selling out F class almost every night.

So, it's a bad thing that UA is selling 8 or 12 revenue F class seats on the A319 vs putting a 300 seat international aircraft on that particular timing just to satisfy a bunch of "freeloaders"?

I like the 777 as much as anyone else, but from a revenue management point of view, if putting your smallest mainline aircraft on a timing that has a traditionally low passenger count (which makes sense, because alot of the travelers i book for really don't like those 4pm east bound trans con departures because of how late it gets them to their destination) means selling those F class seats vs giving them away for free on a larger aircraft, it makes sense. I'd rather see UA sell those eight seats and give none away for free than sell those same eight seats in first or business class and give the other 41 plus seats in first or business class away for free.



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User currently offlineKGAIflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4236 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3844 times:
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Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 13):
Quoting KGAIflyer (Reply 8):

I can see problems coming the other way -- for instance with the 4pm LAX-IAD [currently a 319] -- chock full of upgradable 1-K folks -- selling out F class almost every night.

So, it's a bad thing that UA is selling 8 or 12 revenue F class seats on the A319 vs putting a 300 seat international aircraft on that particular timing just to satisfy a bunch of "freeloaders"?

I like the 777 as much as anyone else, but from a revenue management point of view, if putting your smallest mainline aircraft on a timing that has a traditionally low passenger count (which makes sense, because alot of the travelers i book for really don't like those 4pm east bound trans con departures because of how late it gets them to their destination) means selling those F class seats vs giving them away for free on a larger aircraft, it makes sense. I'd rather see UA sell those eight seats and give none away for free than sell those same eight seats in first or business class and give the other 41 plus seats in first or business class away for free.



Dude, put your brain in gear.

Didn't you know? We 1-K people are not welfare mothers. We buy tickets. We pay using money.

And it's our regularity that keeps the stockholders (yes, I'm one of those too) in dividends.

That's why *the airline* runs the Mileage Plus program which you obviously don't get.

And if F class sells out daily, make a larger F cabin and sell *more* F seats.

It's a principle called *how to make money*.


User currently offlineFlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6578 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3494 times:



Quoting KGAIflyer (Reply 14):
And it's our regularity that keeps the stockholders (yes, I'm one of those too) in dividends.

Since when does UAUA stock pay dividends??

Quoting KGAIflyer (Reply 8):
An eastbound 777 at that time would *solve* a lot of problems.

Except the plane would be completely empty in the back and UA would hemorrage money. The reason UA uses a small plane on that flight is that it connects to nothing on the IAD end.


User currently offline_AA_777_MAN From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2952 times:



Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 12):
The big news this summer has gotta be the ORD-SFO 744. That's what I'm most excited about.

Yes, I might have to buy a ticket just for that.


User currently offlineKGAIflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4236 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2286 times:
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Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 13):
So, it's a bad thing that UA is selling 8 or 12 revenue F class seats on the A319 vs putting a 300 seat international aircraft on that particular timing just to satisfy a bunch of "freeloaders"?



The moment frequent flyers are *nothing* but freeloaders, better kiss your customer base goodbye.

The point being -- at one time the 4pm LAX-IAD was a 757 with room for Y, room for Y+ and *more* room for paid F's. Actually, I've flown European business class where we were 1/3 of the passengers.

That's the point of United's P.S. service, isn't it?. Perhaps some enterprising marketing executive will think up a P.S. type 320 model for Washington, Chicago, and Boston frequent flyers.


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