Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1942 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2450 times:
I believe it was 1985 on the Seattle Tokyo route using a 747-200. I may be wrong about hte year but the route I know. This was before they bought Pan Am's Pacific division at which time they had to give up the Seattle route.
Superspy From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2421 times:
i think it might have been closer to '81 or '82. i lived in PDX, which used to alternate w/SEA on that route once a week (fairly certain it was tuesdays). the middle school i went to had a view of PDX from about 2 miles away, and i skipped the occasional class to catch it's mid-day turnaround.
ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5449 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2311 times:
I know they first served AKL in 1986, they took over from Pan AM, don't know what aircraft was first I think it was the 741. UA didn't get the 742 until 1987 of which they got just 2 747-222's, they later purchased 7 747-238's off Qantas!
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8194 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2247 times:
If I remember correctly, UA flew SEA-HKG using using DC-10-30's with extra fuel tanks leased from CP Air back in the early 1980's. I remember seeing that plane at HKG back then....
As for UA's large hub in NRT, that's a consequence of UA taking over Pan Am's Pacific Division--PA had a hub back at TYO (as HND was known back then) for many years. NW also has a hub at NRT because of the fact NW provided much assistance in creating JL back in the late 1940's.