Chgoan
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UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:40 am

Hi,

Was on flytecomm.com an hour ago (10/29), just like everyday, reloading random flight tracking and United #9750 came up as a 777-200 flight from SFO to SFO and showed it at 25,000 feet just west of the city over the Pacific. It looked like it was a scheduled hour flight. I also checked flightview.com and it showed the same information.

What was the purpose of this flight? The only thing I can think of is if it was a maintenance flight or some kind...a test flight.

Any ideas or info? Just curious.
 
Guest

RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:46 am

I'd assume it is a maintenance test flight.
 
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:49 am

Maybe UA's selling B744 rides to make $$$?
 
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:49 am

To bad they didnt sell any tickets for all of you San Francisco aviation buffs!

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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:57 am

came up as a 777-200 flight from SFO

Maybe UA's selling B744 rides to make $$$?

He said a 777-200. What does the 744 have to do with this?  Laugh out loud

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tallguy14
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 4:00 am


It was a maintenance test flight. Aircraft 2376 had an aileron replaced, so an engineering crew took the a/c for a verification flight.

Jeff, UA

 
Chgoan
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 4:02 am

Cool! Thanks for the detail Jeff.
 
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 4:03 am

IPate was attempting to make a joke (note that I say attempting).
Any mainline flight in the 9000 range is a charter or a plane on a test flight or some other sort of nonscheduled operations. It was probably a maintenance test flight as SFO is UA's Maintenance base. Its a bit too early for the Santa Claus flights yet Smile
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 4:27 am

Back when I was a CSA for UA, the company used to fill up a 744 with kids from the "Make a Wish" Foundation and fly them around the bay area for an hour.

Could be that they just switched the aircraft type, but are still doing good for terminal children...
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 5:01 am


A limited number of Fantasy Flights operate each year, but not nearly as many as before 9/11. Usually a local corporation donates money for the fuel, and the airport usually waives their fee for landing and ATC expenses. The employees donate their time to decorate the gate and to work the flight. Usually it's needy or disadvantaged children who get the hour-long flight. It's really a cool thing for them!

There were only a handful of flights last year, mostly due to our bankruptcy. Even though it doesn't cost the company anything, I guess we're just keeping a low profile! I think I remember a flight last year in SJO, Costa Rica. None of them are "official flights" and can be hard to track.

About five years ago I helped to crew a 727 for the Boise Fantasy Flight. Since I work in Chicago, though, I wasn't able to be onboard for the flight. Some UA pilots and flight attendants who live in Boise came to the airport in uniform, on their own time to meet the kids and take pictures, etc. Very cool.

Jeff, UA



 
Chgoan
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 5:03 am

United1,

What about 8000 range flight numbers? Sometimes flights being tracked will come up at 8*** (i.e., a flight from JFK to SFO on United came up with the 8000 number).

And then sometimes I'll see flights like UA815A. Why would they change it to "A"?
 
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 5:15 am

Not sure about the 8000 series I'll have to look that up when I get home. Sometimes they will schedule a flight that uses one number but changes aircraft. For example flight 800 NRT-SFO-ATL. NRT-SFO is on a 747-400 SFO-ATL is an A320 if the NRT-SFO flight is late arriving and the SFO_ATL flight leaves they would add a letter to the flight number to make sure that there aren't two United 800's in the air at the same time.
NOTE I am aware that 800 does not fly from NRT_SFO_ATL. I don;t have a UA timetable in front of me so I just made something up.
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 5:21 am

Thanks Chuck. The "A" flights makes sense - hadn't thought of that. Appreciate the quick answers...I've always wondered about these things, but never asked.
 
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 7:27 am

If I'm not mistaken, the UA flights numbered in the 8000s are priority flights involving medical needs. The most common would be the transport of an organ/organs, or perhaps a medical patient with a priority (yet non-infectious)condition. The flight number identifies the aircraft for priority with ATC.
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 7:31 am

i've been on flights with the 8### designator - i think its mostly for the overlapping flight segments with the same number in the ATC system as mentioned above.
 
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 7:37 am

LHR001 and I quote you

To bad they didn't sell any tickets for all of you San Francisco aviation buffs!

LHR001

Your profile lists you as being in SFO, why would this not apply to you? Although since your other profile, Kl777jfk listed you as younger and in NYC you do age quick and get around.
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 7:46 am

Maintainance flight. Just replaced a aileron. Aircraft number #2376.

Took off at 0900, landed at 1033.
 
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Thu Oct 30, 2003 7:51 am

Potomac:
Did some checking, and you are correct! There is nomenclature used in the ATC environment that identifies medical priority flights. Theres a word tacked on the callsign/flight #. If I could just recall...:o
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RE: UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?

Fri Oct 31, 2003 2:00 pm

Maybe it's just the status quo at UAL. Plane in the sky, going no-where.