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Interesting UAL A319 @ DCA

Thu Jun 17, 2004 10:54 pm

I was at DCA last night dropping off a friend, and noticed a UAL A319 in line for departure with what looked like a HP fuselage panel right above the trailing edge of the port wing. Does anyone know what the story is with this jet? Sadly, it was slightly turned, so the tailplane was blocking the reg #. Thanks

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RE: Interesting UAL A319 @ DCA

Fri Jun 18, 2004 1:57 pm

Possibly using a part from HP to utilize until it gets to a MX hub and get get a UA piece put on.

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RE: Interesting UAL A319 @ DCA

Sat Jun 19, 2004 3:33 am

Parts sharing happens a lot between airlines.

There is an old pic somewhere in the database of a BA 747 classic with an AA nosecone, and Delta has for some time operated a system with a number of international airlines where they can pick parts from common stock.

Just two examples. For instance...

Delta had an arrangement with Britannia in the UK, so if a 767 went tech here then Britannia could source a part for them. Replacements and payments could then be sorted out later. There were other airlines within this internet-based inventory system which could locate a spare closest to the aircraft in need.
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RE: Interesting UAL A319 @ DCA

Sat Jun 19, 2004 4:25 am

There are formal pooling agreements as you cited in the DL example (almost all major Int'l carriers have them), and there are borrow/loan agreements between individual carriers. This can be a sunstantial source of revenue for large carriers loaning or selling parts ot smaller carriers.
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RE: Interesting UAL A319 @ DCA

Sat Jun 19, 2004 5:58 am

Yes, this does happen. I saw a 5X 767-300 with the rear part of the tail (rudder) from a Wavy Gravy DL 767.


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