Rominato From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 268 posts, RR: 1 Posted (11 years 12 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1678 times:
Heard through the grapevine that United already has 3 747-400's in storage in the desert, and that more can be expected to go there soon. Expect 777's to start taking some routes from the 400's. I won't be surprised to see United gradually start to further decrease the number of 747's they keep in their fleet.
ILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8 Reply 1, posted (11 years 12 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1579 times:
Actually, the current number is 5 747s that are parked, 2 of them have come out of storage to fly re-instated routes.
The 747s that are down in storage are on long term parking, not retirement. They are however being kept in the mix. Every few weeks, they get rotated back into service, to balance out the usage of the planes.
The 777 has taken over very few 747 routes. Some of them have been swaped from a 747 to a 777 just because the loads demand it, not because we are parking 747s.
Rominato wrote: I won't be surprised to see United gradually start to further decrease the number of 747's they keep in their fleet.
United has not decreased the number of 747s in their fleet. The number still stands at 44, with some that are parked. If you were to pull up their status in Unimatic, under Current Routing, it would say something along the lines of "Long Term Storage-VCV." That does not mean that the plane is out of the fleet.