A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10345 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1712 times:
I expect United Airlines to eventually phase out its 737 fleet as they are focusing on the A320/A319 for their future short and medium haul operations. I do think United Airlines is not interested in other Airbus types such as the A321, A330, A340-500/-600 or A380 as they have a stronger relationship with Boeing, but who knows. My guess is that it will be a while before we can expect a large order from United Airlines, looking at their financial situation.
N79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1672 times:
There is no chance that they will be buying 737NG. Their A319/320 fleet has made UA Airbus's number one customer in terms of airframes. They evaluated the 737NG and I heard the pilots loved it. But Airbus gave them a good deal apparently.
UALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1527 times:
Any Chance of UA retrofitting the Blended winglet technology to the existing 733 and 735. Apparently this is possible. The winglet adds some 800 pounds but the boost in preformance offsets that and could only benefit the company.
ILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1526 times:
UALPHLCS wrote: Any Chance of UA retrofitting the Blended winglet technology to the existing 733 and 735. Apparently this is possible. The winglet adds some 800 pounds but the boost in preformance offsets that and could only benefit the company.
I have heard that this is a possibility especially in airports such as Denver.
Actually, I belive that the next major step with the 737s is to equip all of the ex Shuttle planes with Economy Plus. I dont know about converting the galleys. I did check and noticed that a snack service will be served on DEN west coast, and several 37Xs and 37Rs will be serving snack boxes. This should be fun with out the galley carts. Do I detect a new plane for flight attendants to hate? Yep!
CcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1469 times:
They are still keeping their 737-300 and 500's and they aren't buying anymore 737's. Some of US routes that are used with a 737 are also being used by a A320. When I looked for flights for ORD-PIT I rode on a 737-322 but now they are having A320's on that route.
"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
Cba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1456 times:
United ordered the A320 before the 737NG was available. Also, United has tons of 733's and 735's still in the fleet. The A320 was ordered as a 727 replacement, not to replace the 737's. The 737's will be around for a while.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1408 times:
The 732 aircraft are parked and the 733/735 fleet is far too young for replacement, with many years of service left. UA is having major financial problems, so I think a 733/735 replacement program is hardly a priority at this point in time.
UA has a large fleet of A319 and A320 aircraft, with more on order, and these aircraft have replaced the 72S and 732 on most routes. (Some routes of course have been dropped and others have gone to regional jets.)
When the time comes to select a replacement for the 733/735 arrives, the order could go many different ways: more A32X aircraft is one choice or the 737NG could be purchased since UA has a huge 737 fleet and flying the Airbus and Boeing narrow-bodies side by side would be no big deal. Both Boeing and Airbus will fight very, very hard for this potential order and much will do with price and delivery schedules. Anything could happen here, so never say never.
Another possibility would be for UA to look at the "large regional jets" for many current 735 routes, that would depend on its mainline operations and what the unions would agree to. Looking ten years ahead, its unclear whether mainline or regional carriers will operate aircraft with about 100 seats.