AS77W From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 35 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 13526 times:
Saw an interesting aircraft arrive here in ANC this morning, around 0500L. First heard it over frequency, United 1892 Heavy, which caught my attention because we usually don't see too many United heavies here, aside from the flurry of 777s we saw last month. Anyways, I took a ride out on the ramp to check it out, and was surprised to see a unique airplane. It was a plain blue and white aircraft, with United Charter printed along the side where just "United" would usually be.
I never knew United operated an aircraft like this. The tail was N194UA. I also found this:
kfitz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 12691 times:
The last UA 744 in the old config. Definitely miss the old wall furnishings and carpets v Ipte.
Thanks for the photo Jetblast, most appreciated. Also, call me a sucker for nostalgia, but those F suites were as great in 2001 as they are today. they were designed for, and initially rolled out with, a mattress pad. I definitely miss the integrated fold out work table (which you can spot in the photo), and the collapsable armrest to escape during meal service. the ipte suites are nice, but they are definitely designed to be more lightweight - the old suites are better built materially speaking.
I believe AA and UA announced and deployed their sleeper suites at around the same time, though UA deployed it across the entire intl. fleet and AA only the 777s. Up until just 2008, UA and AA were the only US carriers to offer a lie flat seating experience. Ua F was definitely more coveted in those pre-Ipte days and was, in my opinion, one of the factors that elevated United's status in the Pacific region and helped to cultivate it's premium status among premium traffic on both sides.