UAL And The L-1011

Thu Jun 01, 2000 12:00 pm

When did UAL operate the L-1011?What was its range?Model?Pax. capacity?


RE: UAL And The L-1011

Thu Jun 01, 2000 12:07 pm

The L1011 was an artifact of Pan Am's fleet when United purchased the PAA Pacific route system in the mid eighties.
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RE: UAL And The L-1011

Thu Jun 01, 2000 2:18 pm

The former UAL L-1011s are either rotting away in the dessert or you're probably drinking your soda out of one right now on what was a piece of the L-1011's wing
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RE: UAL And The L-1011

Thu Jun 01, 2000 7:02 pm

Six L1011-500's were part of the Pacific network "package" UA acquired from PA in 1985. They were operated on the transpac routes from 1986 to 1989 and then sold to DL (5) and LTU (1).
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RE: UAL And The L-1011

Thu Jun 01, 2000 8:14 pm

They should have kept them and got rid of some of their DC-10s.
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RE: UAL And The L-1011

Fri Jun 02, 2000 12:11 am

The L-1011s were incompatible with the rest of UA's fleet and I'm sure they never intended to keep them. As far as I know, they operated them in Pan Am's configuration, as I believe very little was done to 'Unitedize' them. Even at Delta these remained 10-across in coach (3-4-3) (a la Pan Am) as opposed to the 9 across (2-5-2) in other DL L1011-500s as as far as I know they were restricted to the Asian markets on the theory that more of them can be squeezed into the same space!

When these were with UA I recall that you could ride one from LAX or SFO to HNL, but as far as I know this was the only US domestic route with the UA L-1011.

Within Delta, which acquired five of them (as mentioned), these ships were known as PUDs (Pan Am United Delta). For the benefit of our non-US readers, 'pud' is slang for a certain strategic male body part. As far as I know DL parked their PUDs and the remaining -500s in their fleet are the ex-AC or ex-PA direct sales.
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RE: UAL And The L-1011

Fri Jun 02, 2000 7:28 am

I have talked to some United people and they said that some pilots actually like the L1011 better than the DC10. I didn't know they were used in Hawaii although I knowthey were used on the nonstop SFO-Tokyo and SFO-Osaka routes. Other than that I thought they were used strictly within Asia