First, I have 100% ABSOLUTLY CONFIDENCE ON UA will survive, I am not just talking here, I am supporting UA in action as buying UA ticket to fly in Feb03 (PEK-NRT-LAX-JFK-SEA-NRT-PEK) after just did UA 10 legs to South America via Miami and LAX from SYD (F class all the way cost me $6500) in Dec02.
Today, I went to UA SYD ticket office, have a chat with a few friends there as usual, they told me UA have made a deal with Thai, sold up to 12 of their 44 strong B747-400 to Thai, about less than half of a new B747 value! Those many B747 are parked in Victorville, CA. My friend Royal S. King have seen 8 of them in Dec there and he has a picutre
Photo © Royal S King
The ridiculous thing on Thai is, they will not use UA F class sleeper seats and C class seats, instead they will put on their own 'ancient' and 'very mechanical' F/C seats....shame....otherwise they are beautiful machine to fly!
Well, I hope this is true, and UA can get some of the urgently needed cash, instead of selling routes...I hope they will keep Transpacific and Transatlantic route, dump the already retrenched South American route first if needed, In TransPacific route, the whole market needs UA and supports UA, UA needs to be there to be healthy.
Finally, I will be very sad and angry if those machinists kill UA. I think they have gone way too far last time.
Anyone can confirm this Thai-United 747 deal? I see it is win-win to both as UA don't need them, Thai need to update their fleet.
Proud UA flyer as always!