Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (16 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 1612 times:
This past month, United brought N151UA, a B747-222B (del. 03/19/87) out of storage (in Las Vegas) back to service. I believe this to be one of the 747-200s that flew the JFK-NRT route.
My question is why would they do this? And, why would they put this aircraft (del. 1987) into storage and keep 747s delivered as early as 1970 in service? Am I correct to say that they needed to do this to compensate for the last 3 B747-100s being retired last month?
N777UA From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 4 months 19 hours ago) and read 1428 times:
While the 747-400s are good for trans-Pac flights, the -200s are good for flights to Hawaii. The 747-222Bs that were used for JFK-NRT were outfitted with only 274 seats or so (I'm not sure about the figure). They may do this to have a 747 Classic with ORD-HNL range as they may be retiring the DC10-30 that flies that route soon. Ask FLY777UAL, he should know!
FLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (16 years 4 months 18 hours ago) and read 1392 times:
I have no clue as to why UA would do this...they still have the 747-100's operating, so maybe they did this to provide additional support for Hawaii flights. I was on Apollo today looking up loads for HNL, OGG, KOA, and LIH--all flights are oversold! (still...in OCTOBER!!!). The Hawaii thing would be my best bet. Another possibility would be the ORD-HNL route (in place of the 767-300 2-class), however I doubt that unless UA retired another DC-10-30...
L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1722 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (16 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 1373 times:
I know of at least one route where they have taken off a 747-200. I have a reservation to fly from SFO to ORD on UA 152 on January 17. When I booked this flight it was a 747-200. Now it has been changed to a 757. What route might the 747 have been shifted to?