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How Old Is United's Youngest 747?  
User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2866 posts, RR: 10
Posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 14693 times:
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I have been on a UA 747 at least a dozen times over the last year and with the new interiors, it is almost impossible to guess an airplanes age. All details inside seem to match those of a 777. So, when did UA take delivery of a 747 last and did they upgrade the ceiling and bins on the older ones?


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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3060 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 14625 times:

Their newest 747 is N128UA delivered May 12, 2000.

http://rzjets.net/aircraft/?page=1&parentid=1342&typeid=50&frstatus=1



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User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2866 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 14564 times:
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Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 1):

Is she on a specfic route and how do I find her? Was she the bird bought for the JFK/HK route?



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User currently offlinej0rdan From Canada, joined Feb 2010, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 14564 times:

747-422
REG: N128UA
C/N: 30023
LINE: 1245

First Flight: May 1, 2000
Delivery Date: May 12, 2000
Delivered To: United Airlines


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Another good link:
http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/United%20Airlines-active-b747.htm



Jordan

[Edited 2010-04-15 22:33:54]

User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3060 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 14481 times:

Quoting VC10er (Reply 2):
Is she on a specfic route and how do I find her? Was she the bird bought for the JFK/HK route?

You can check the history here,

http://acarsd.org/acars_search.html

she gets around on many different routes.



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User currently offlinePeterSpence From United States of America, joined May 2009, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 13015 times:

Quoting VC10er (Reply 2):
Is she on a specfic route and how do I find her?

I just was on it SFO-SYD in March and I think it goes there pretty often .... So, I'd say Sydney/Melbourne/Narita would be my guess as to where to find it.



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User currently onlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5314 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 12922 times:

Quoting VC10er (Reply 2):
Is she on a specfic route and how do I find her? Was she the bird bought for the JFK/HK route?

UA, like most airlines, rotates birds throughout the system wherever they're needed. You can find this one on any 747 route.

They didn't upgrade the interior to 777 (Boeing Signature) standard during the cabin renovation, but I'm sure they either replaced the sidewalls/bins or thoroughly cleaned them.


User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6301 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 12922 times:

Quoting PeterSpence (Reply 5):
I just was on it SFO-SYD in March and I think it goes there pretty often .... So, I'd say Sydney/Melbourne/Narita would be my guess as to where to find it.

Looks like it's working its way back from Seoul through SFO today, so I imagine it probably gets to Seoul somewhat frequently too.

[Edited 2010-04-16 11:49:21]

User currently offlineua777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 9810 times:

Was just down at SFO shooting all of the stacked up European Carriers and caught it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v626/ua777222/N128UA.jpg



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User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2866 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7851 times:
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Quoting ua777222 (Reply 8):

She is so beautiful it brings a tear to my eye! I love UA's new livery and it looks especially good in this shot. Sitting in 1A or 1K in United First is my "happy place".
I'm off to Sydney next month and can't wait. It also seems like India is on my schedule too- I need to find a way to do Mumbai on UA. What's best? UA to SIN then Singapore to Mumbai? I originate in NYC.
As per seabosdca, there are 747's with the 777 contour ceilings/overheads like the 767? I have never seen that. Are there shots of them?



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User currently offlineUAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7851 times:

Quoting ua777222 (Reply 8):
Was just down at SFO shooting all of the stacked up European Carriers and caught it.

How can someone not love everything about United after looking at this picture! I was a huge fan of the battleship livery but when I see the big birds in the new blue and white it is just very refreshing......



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User currently offlineUAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7751 times:

And it will look even better after the CO merger when the gold line is added with the fading blue!

Maybe a CO globe in the United tulip somehow.....?



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User currently offlinehannahpa From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7679 times:
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Quoting VC10er (Thread starter):
Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 1):
Their newest 747 is N128UA delivered May 12, 2000

Does this mean that UA will think about ordering the 747-8I as their 744's are starting to age???


User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5297 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7485 times:

Quoting hannahpa (Reply 12):
Does this mean that UA will think about ordering the 747-8I as their 744's are starting to age???

They might think about it but it seems unlikely now that they have ordered 787s and A350s for delivery later this decade which are slated to replace the 744 and 763 fleets.

I remember seeing N128UA at AKL a few times in the early 2000s, how time flies.


User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2866 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6234 times:
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Quoting UAL747DEN (Reply 10):

I love the new sky blue ear plugs! Someone's got their eye on the details'



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User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2866 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6152 times:
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Quoting UAL747DEN (Reply 10):

I do love everything about United. I find the new C and F far, far, far better than any other USA airline. The interiors are modern and pleasing and as you approach the ac from the jet bridge you smell the fresh signiature UA fragrance. We just need to see 747-8i in the order book!



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24868 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6058 times:

Quoting VC10er (Reply 9):
What's best? UA to SIN then Singapore to Mumbai? I originate in NYC.

Wouldn't SQ's all J class A340-500 EWR-SIN with a connection to BOM be faster? You must be one of the very few who find UA service better than SQ..


User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4375 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5810 times:

There's just nothing like the B747, she will always be the queen of the skies.


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User currently offlineLufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3204 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5768 times:

I'd say, if you're a milage plus memeber... the best way to get from New York city to India, provided you don't mind making a stop is going to be on Emirates.

Failing that of course I believe CO flies its 777s nonstop?
I know back in the 1990s UA used to have a round the world flight that included india but i think that's been dead for about a decade now. If you want to stick strict to UA you're gonna need to head to tokyo first and then switch to ANA. Have thai brought back their JFK-BKK flight yet (they're suppose t do it again since its not worth selling a345s to anybody)? This would also be a fast option.


User currently offlineweb500sjc From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 727 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5017 times:

i hate the new livery, i am always happy when i get on a united grey aircraft (whenever i fly united), the new one looks like it was desinged in europe for a european airline. i wish our airlines would stop change to a eurowhite scheam it is just bland and unclassy unless on LH or maybe AF.


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User currently offlineviscount630 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4760 times:
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Quoting web500sjc (Reply 19):
i wish our airlines would stop change to a eurowhite scheam it is just bland and unclassy unless on LH or maybe AF.

I'd hardly call it "Eurowhite". That's when the majority of the fuselage is white (over 80/90%?) This was more a return to the old style white-top and has less fuselage white than the pre-grey orange & white scheme. I find the new UA scheme much cleaner, smarter and professional looking, IMHO, the grey was down-right ugly. Even straight out of the hangar, it made the aircraft look like it needed a good clean and didn't do UA any favours.   



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6500 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4721 times:

Quoting VC10er (Reply 9):
- I need to find a way to do Mumbai on UA. What's best? UA to SIN then Singapore to Mumbai? I originate in NYC.

Hi !

If you want to fly UA the most of the way, fly UA via IAD and DXB/KWI to BOM. The 777 would probably have to old seats though.....If you go via SIN or BKK, you'd get the new seats on the 744.

The777Man



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User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2866 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4200 times:
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I don't think UA's service better than SQ (I would be insane then) but I to make GS for next year, then I can fly SQ!


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User currently onlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5314 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4175 times:

Quoting VC10er (Reply 9):
As per seabosdca, there are 747's with the 777 contour ceilings/overheads like the 767? I have never seen that. Are there shots of them?

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User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2866 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4161 times:
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Quoting web500sjc (Reply 19):

The new livery was designed by Pentagram, considered by most design experts to be the best design firm in the world, but someone in their London office did the interiors. I agree eurowhite is tired and boring now. But to me ( and i work fo Landor, another famous design agency) the style of UA's new graphics' like the super tulip in a graduated tone, with the old UA stripes and bright blue belly ( which comes as high as the center of the nose) is quite American in it's look and captures the essence of what United always stood for: friendly, but with more style and statue than the Saul Bass version . It's all subjective. While the grey was unique, I found it too serious and drab for me.



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User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2866 posts, RR: 10
Reply 25, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4143 times:
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Quoting seabosdca (Reply 23):

Thanks. They look really good in a 747! I wish UA went and changed them since UA will be flying their 747' for many more years!



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