I just encountered a new UA booking plan for 777's. I was on my wasy to GRU from IAD. To GRU they use an old configured 777, however, no matter what your status is they WILL NOT upgrade you even with a systemwide until departure at the gate. No pre upgrading before because "if" they swap equipment at the last minute and they put on a NEW configuration 777 then they don't want to bump you backwards as there are less seats in F on the new 777. Makes sense- but I reserve my systemwides just for that - an OLD 777 so I can go from a full fare business seat in the OLD recliner and get the bed seat- old as it might be. The same policy exisits for people looking to bump up from economy to business. There are less biz seats on the new config.
So beware if you choose UA and wish to upgrade on a 777-- be sure to ask first if it's an old or new configuration and see if they can upgrade you- they will if F is empty enough that it does not exceed the new F seating and if they still have some revenue seats to sell. -- I did fly last night but my upgrade didn't clear until 10 minutes before boarding and did only because I was GS. (And they are NOT maintaining the seats at all- old, tattered cushions and the personal player was busted- the ice cream took an hour to melt enough to put a spoon in)
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kfitz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 42931 times:
Yeah, just had the old 777 back from Dulles on Friday. While I love the old F suites (collapsable armrest, the front table you can slide forward into, the width around your head in bed mode, how they face the windows and not inward), it's painfully obvious the company has just given up on maintaining these seats - some of them are truley pathetic. My armrest was destroyed (could be taken off completely), the tape player door was missing, reading lamp didn't work, the PTV woulsnt stand up straight (and it looked shot, with nothing but dark lines), and the seat controls looked filthy. this isn't the first time either - I flew to Chicago two weeks ago on an old 777 and it was a similar story. Same with the sfo-lax 777 I had last month, only that seat wouldn't even fully recline. woops!
It sounds like UA has determined it's cheaper to simply compensate their F flyers with generous vouchers/miles for these disasterously conditioned seats than actually fix them. They will all be gone by 2013...
Ford3motor From United States of America, joined Sep 2011, 72 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 41709 times:
Anyone have a new PMUA paint schedule/timeline?
I have two repaint schedules/timelines for PMUA mainline aircraft, published by United in Dec 2010 and Mar 2011. Both of them match each other but neither one matches what has been completed so far. Here are the numbers...
by 6/30/2011 scheduled complete - 139
actual complete (back on the line) - 107
by 9/30/2011 scheduled complete - 197
actual complete (back on the line) - 127
Great info...thanks. I had no idea CO took the short field performance which I believe was first developed for GOL. They must be the recent deliveries since that package has only been around 2-3 years. Any idea which ship numbers?
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 22041 posts, RR: 51 Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 40890 times:
A319 = AJ / 19J
A320 = AB / 20B
A320 = AD / 20D (ex TED 6 added seats)
A320 = AU / 20U (over-water)
A320 = AV / 20V (ex TED with 6 extra seats, over water)
747-400 = OC / 47C
757-200 = MP / 57p (p.s.)
757-200 = MQ / 57Q
757-200 = MU / 57U (overwater)
757-200 = MX / 57X (ETOPS)
767-300 = MD / 67D (2-class domestic)
767-300 = ME / 67E (future 2-class Intl)
767-300 = MI / 67I (3-class)
777-200 = XA / 77A (non ER, 2-class domestic)
777-200 = XC / 77C (non ER)
777-200 = XD / 77D (non ER, IPTE)
777-200 = XI / 77I (ER)
777-200 = XJ / 77J (ER, IPTE)
777-200 = XP / 77P (ER, crew module)
777-200 = XQ / 77Q (ER, IPTE, crew module)
There is a further 757 sub fleet version with only nose number differences in the MP and MX fleets to differentiate winglet vs non-winglet equipped.
Additionally there is a single MQ floating around with 4 additional economy seats and testing a new slimline cabin.
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Will this also mean that the PMCO fleet will get UA four-digit fleentumbers eg 2822 = N222UA ?
They already have. Continental aircraft now have '0' or '00' or '000' in front of the ship number to mesh with the four digit UA codes. A CO 777 is now ship '0002'; a CO 764 is now ship '0064'; a CO 737 is now ship '0254'. They started this immediately upon the merger and initiation of painting.
The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6083 posts, RR: 56 Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 39756 times:
Quoting n7371f (Reply 19): They already have. Continental aircraft now have '0' or '00' or '000' in front of the ship number to mesh with the four digit UA codes. A CO 777 is now ship '0002'; a CO 764 is now ship '0064'; a CO 737 is now ship '0254'. They started this immediately upon the merger and initiation of painting.
That/s not the same system. All the CO planes just have a zero in front of the ship number; UA's aircraft have different numbers depending on confiugration. An IPTE 777-200/ER is 28xx, while a 777-200 with IPTE seats is 24xx.
Since all CO planes have a 0, there's no way to figure out the different versions unless you check on a computer. With UA's system you can visually just look at the aircraft to know which version it is.
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25 KCZG: N362PX came over from the US operation in BOS, and is currently flying out of IAH.
26 T5towbar: I thought too was the "500" ship number 800's were the ones with the short field performance package, because most of the "200" ship numbers are 800'
27 warreng24: Is the 73P the Continental Micronesia aircraft (without DirectTV)?
28 bmibaby737: It would be quite interesting to get confirmation on which aircraft are SFP
29 warreng24: The first 100 deliveries of 738's are the "200's." It appears (from an outsider) that CO simply ran out of "200" numbers after the first 100 deliveri
30 CODC10: The 0500 ship numbers are indeed 737-800s, but only because 0201-0299 are already assigned. Like I said, I am pretty confident that 0507+ are 737-800
31 as739x: SkyWest add: 956 to the new livery list. One of my co-workers was just in TUS and said we have 7 more new livery at the MX facility. I new once the s
32 n7371f: Where at MCO? I wasn't aware of a paint hangar or company down here.
33 n7371f: I also believe 507 and up are the SFP's as it was explained to me by someone at MCO mtc. Regarding the 738 ship numbers...the first delivery actually