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UA 6869 SFO To SFO  
User currently offlineheysfo From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 47 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4130 times:

Was curious about these SFO-SFO routes

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/U...9/history/20121127/1600Z/KSFO/KSFO

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User currently offlineN782NC From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4079 times:

A bit of a shot in the dark, but possibly one of United's special Christmas flights for kids?


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User currently offlineBreninTW From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1569 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4068 times:

Since SFO is a maintenance base for UA, my guess it that they're post-maintenance check flights.


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User currently offlinegigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16345 posts, RR: 86
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3945 times:

Yeah the special flights are just high speed taxis... this is certainly attributable to the latter.

NS


User currently offlineCALPSAFltSkeds From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 2498 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3934 times:

Believe this is testing of newly installed WiFi. Of course I can't confirm that, but WiFi has been added to several A319s at SFO and a test hop is usually done before release.

Flyer Talk thread says that A319 N802UA had WiFi operational today on his flight. Rumor was that the WiFi was awaiting some type of government approval. If approved, several A319s should have WiFi turned on - right now the Amenities portion of N802UA does not show WiFi under inflight entertainment.

747-400 N104UA was rumored to have WiFi installation at SFO, but probably not turned on - would have to be international WiFi.


User currently offlinewarden145 From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3725 times:

Quoting gigneil (Reply 3):
Yeah the special flights are just high speed taxis

Unless something's changed (or they do things differently at different airports), there have been pictures posted in the past of these flights, including shots taken of the kids looking out the windows at San Francisco...



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User currently offlineN782NC From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3582 times:

Quoting gigneil (Reply 3):

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that at least some of the specials this year were scheduled to be actual flights. Last year they sent up an aircraft out of SFO and flew around for about an hour.

I found this by the SF Examiner from last year
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011...ines-takes-ailing-kids-visit-santa

[Edited 2012-12-10 00:56:12]


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User currently offlineazncsa4qf744er From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3516 times:

The annual Fantasy flight took place on Sunday, December 2, 2012. The B747-400 departed gate 82 and was airborne for an hour and returned to gate 86 with a water cannon salute from the airport and greeted by employees as they deplaned at the North Pole. It's amazing what UAL did for these kids. I believe the flight was file as UAL1716.

User currently offlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6006 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3430 times:

It was a Maintenance test flight. We do about 2-3 per week.


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User currently offlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3032 times:

While some of the kids' dream flights to the North Pole never actually leave the ground....quite a few of them actually do. The trips out of BDL actually circle a few times then land back at the airport...parking at a gate decorated as the "North Pole".

User currently offlinequiet1 From Thailand, joined Apr 2010, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2409 times:

Quoting CALPSAFltSkeds (Reply 4):
747-400 N104UA was rumored to have WiFi installation at SFO, but probably not turned on - would have to be international WiFi.

"International WiFi"? I thought the 747s were being fitted with WiFi to connect with an onboard server, not to connect externally with the internet.


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