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UA 744 At IAD On 6/8?  
User currently offlineTWAGuy From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 23 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3074 times:

I saw a UA 744 at IAD on Friday, June 8th parked at C-27. This was around 1715. Any ideas why it was there?

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User currently offlineflyiguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2974 times:

It was doing an SFO domestic round trip...it's been doing it for about a week now,

Fly



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User currently offlineTWAGuy From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2964 times:

Quoting flyiguy (Reply 1):
Quoting flyiguy (Reply 1):
It was doing an SFO domestic round trip...it's been doing it for about a week now,

Fly

Darn it, why don't my IAD-SFO flights ever score a 744! 


User currently offlineN960AS From Switzerland, joined Apr 2000, 466 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2813 times:

...and on 6/6 and 6/7 it did IAD-LAX-IAD flights subbing for the usual early evening 777. Imagine by annoyance that the one time the 777 flight was too early for me I missed this and was on a late night 757.

User currently offlinestrfyr51 From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 1420 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2522 times:
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Sometimes they're initial pilot IOE flights for New Captians. it's not that unusual. We've sent 744's to Hawaii on occasion when the pass riders became too plentiful for the station to handle especially when there's some major event happening. I think you might see the same thing around OLYMPIC time in London I doubt that it will be announced. It'll just happen to soak up the throngs of passengers

User currently offlineRoseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9836 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2374 times:

The 747 is the only airplane in the UA fleet with enough seats to cover a flight on the six 2-class 777-200s. Since there are no spare 2-class 777s, when one has maintenance (either scheduled C check or unscheduled), a flight will get swapped with a 747. UA prefers to swap them out on domestic turns from SFO which is a 747 pilot base, but sometimes the 747 will end up flying to HNL.

UA operates several routes as virtual spare routes. The SFO-IAD route is known to routers and dispatchers as a sacrificial route if they need the 2-class 777 elsewhere. UA will do the same with SFO-ORD, ORD-IAD, DEN-ORD and DEN-IAD. Anytime there are irregular operations, those are the routes that have the widebodies swapped out. It’s not fun for the passengers to not get the widebody they planned and the gate agents having to redo all the seats, but operating sacrificial widebody routes between the hubs is one of the strategies that helps UA maintain very high international departure dispatch reliability.



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