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United 737 Last Flight - Flight UA 737 LAX-SFO  
User currently offlineAAL151Heavy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 101 posts, RR: 4
Posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10209 times:
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Enjoy!

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User currently offlineHOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10135 times:

Wow, what an emotional read! Thanks for the description and images from an historic day! I always get choked up when Captains retire, and this was a double-whammy with the retirement of an aircraft type as well. You are fortunate to be a part of history, and you let us share you experience. Wonderfully done!


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User currently offlineB737100 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10102 times:

Thanks so much for this great report! I really wanted to take this flight and bought my ZED the day before and made a NRSA listing for the flight. The nice lady from UA res said there were about 10 more stbys listed than seats were available. I was taking AE from SAN to LAX and would have tried anyhow just to be at the gate for the arrival and festivities, however stby on the rtn flts from LAX/SAN looked bad and since stby on the special flt also looked bad, with great sadness, I decided to abort. I have a special place in my heart for the B737, hence my user name. So, farewell B737 from the UA fleet, you will be missed! Thanks for the memories!


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User currently offlineAluminumcity From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9847 times:

How sad. The 737 will be missed  Sad Always an aircraft I wish I could have flew on more, I was trying to get on the AC 737s just before their retirement.  Sad


"Well, if I were flying on an MD-80, I'd be taking those anti-depressants too."
User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9659 times:

Sad read!

That Gate 70B looks very dated. Any plans to refurbish that Concourse?


User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2815 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9480 times:

Great trip report! As a native of the Bay Area, UA and its 737 fleet will always have a special place in my heart  Smile

User currently offlinePWMRamper From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 643 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9142 times:

Great TR and awesome that you got a copy of the Dispatch Release!

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6902 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9126 times:

Hi Ben,

excellent report about a very special event, enjoyed reading a lot. Great to see United retired the good old 737 in style.

Btw - I'm wondering which aircraft FO Fletcher will be switching to.


PH



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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3188 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8369 times:

Thanks for the nice trip report; seems like United put a bit of effort in recognizing the final 737 flight.


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User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17122 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8260 times:

Thank you for this great TR. Was really sad to read it. The 737 will be missed, for sure  Sad


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineSkyGirl From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 451 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 8173 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Btw - I'm wondering which aircraft FO Fletcher will be switching to.

I asked him and silly me honestly doesn't remember. It's either the airbus or the 57.

BTW, Thanks for the great cameo shot of me being one of the people mingling about in the aisle  Wink Great report, enjoyed reading and seeing all the pictures. It was such a truly bittersweet day, ne?



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User currently offlineFlyFitch From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7854 times:

Thank you for sharing! Quite the interesting read, and great photos. As others have stated, although they were really starting to show their age, the 737s will be missed.


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User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 760 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7592 times:
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It's not very often I read a TR on the retirement of an airplane and a pilot so I really enjoyed this one. Captain Russo must have really liked the 737 because most pilots with seniority would be retiring on the 747-400 or 777-200.
I remember when UA first put the 737 into service...and I have flown on them a few times. One feature I like on UA is Channel 9 where you can listen to cockpit ground communications. Sadly other airlines don't have this.
Thx again for an excellent TR



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7471 times:

One of best trip reports I've ever read


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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7187 times:



Quoting September11 (Reply 13):
One of best trip reports I've ever read

Completely agree, or this one could be "The Best".



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User currently offlineORDnHKG From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7077 times:



Quoting RJpieces (Reply 4):
That Gate 70B looks very dated. Any plans to refurbish that Concourse?

If you have been to LAX, basically the entire airport need to be refurbished, not just T7.


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6792 times:

Great report Ben! Wish I could have made it!

User currently offlineAAL151Heavy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 101 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6527 times:
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Thanks everyone for your kind words!

Ben


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26704 posts, RR: 75
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6202 times:



Quoting RJpieces (Reply 4):

That Gate 70B looks very dated. Any plans to refurbish that Concourse?

T7 was refurbished not all that long ago. Its United's call, since they are the lessee, but they decided to do kind of a halfway remodel, which certainly served its purpose, as opposed to a costlier, more disruptive rebuild like AA did. Also, the top end gates (including 70B) tend to not look as nice as the ones toward the runway end of the concourse.



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User currently offlineORDnHKG From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6178 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 18):
T7 was refurbished not all that long ago. Its United's call, since they are the lessee, but they decided to do kind of a halfway remodel, which certainly served its purpose, as opposed to a costlier, more disruptive rebuild like AA did. Also, the top end gates (including 70B) tend to not look as nice as the ones toward the runway end of the concourse.

You are kidding me right ? I can swire T7 look exactly the same 10 years ago or even longer. Even gates toward the runway end of the concouse like 74, 76, and 77. I still remember the days I was seating around the gates waiting for my redeye UA 120 to ORD which was a 744, watching UA 815 to SYD and UA 841 to AKL, really not much difference than now UA 839 to SYD.

You can guess how old were the days redeye to ORD was a 744, and still flying to AKL.


User currently offlineKLASM83 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 632 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6168 times:

Simply Bravissimo!

Extremely great work and an excellent chronicle of a historical event and flight.



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6643 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6143 times:



Quoting ORDnHKG (Reply 19):
You are kidding me right ? I can swire T7 look exactly the same 10 years ago or even longer.

I think T7 was remodeled in 1997 or so. So your ar correct; it has looked like that for about 12 years actually. I don';t expect any major remolling for a while. New carpet has just been put in in all the gate areas since about a month ago.

The777Man



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User currently offlineDL752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 174 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5976 times:

Beautiful.
Sad to see these beauties go.
They worked hard for UA.

DL752 airplane 


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