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United's Plans For Shuttle?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 5:41 am

Well, I just got around to finding out that United scrapped the Shutle division. As closely as i follow UAL and AA, i don't know how i couldn't have seen this one. Anyway, They say that they will be able to cover the routes with their BEX fleet or the mainline UAL fleet. So, what are the plans for its aircraft? Are they going to be scrapped, kept in shuttle colors, but operate with economy plus and flight numbers that aren't in the 2000's, or are they to be repainted?

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RE: United's Plans For Shuttle?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 6:40 am

I did see a few in Shuttle colors @LAX earlier this month.Even,my favorite the white colors!

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RE: United's Plans For Shuttle?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 6:52 am

I flew on a United Shuttle aircraft from Denver to Billings on the 2nd of this month. It was still in Shuttle seating configuration and livery. I doubt they will be repainted and reconfigured for a while.

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RE: United's Plans For Shuttle?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 7:19 am

The B737's from Shuttle visit Omaha regularly, still in Shuttle configuration (much to the annoyance of the UAL elite tier frequent flyers who don't have a Y+ section on these aircraft).
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RE: United's Plans For Shuttle?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 7:40 am

United scrapped Shuttle because it was probably loosing more money than UAL would care to admit. Southwest is king in the West and United simply cannot match the WN cost structure.

Furthermore, United announced the retirement of the entire 737-200 and 727-200 fleet (which should have gone long ago) and the 737-300/500's in the Shuttle operation were need back in the Midwest and East, where United used the 737-200's and 727-200's heavily.