I hate to disagree, but the combined US/HP has many many 737s and 757s in their fleet that probably will remain with the airline in the coming years. HP
/US is not in a position to place another major aircraft order to replace the Boeing airliners now in service.
737 - there are lots of 2nd generation 737s in the fleet - and a good number of US's 733/734s are equipped with the mechanical (non-glass) cockpit that had more in common with the 732 than the new models; these aircraft have little value in the secondhand market and, as a matter of fact, a few US 733/734s have already been broken up. The airline will slowly retire the 737 fleet, as leases come due, as heavy maintainance is required, and as new orders for A32X, CRJ900 and ER170/190 family are placed......it will be a long and rather slow process in the coming years.
757 - the 757s are probably not going anywhere in the foreseeable future. While its true that US has some very early build ex-EA 757s, and while its true that HP
has some very early build ex-Republic 757s - the 757 is an imortant part of US/HPs plans. Firstly, the airline is using the 757s on its new Hawaiian service, in addition, the airline will begin using the 757 on some thin trans-atlantic routes out of PHL
/US just went to a lot of trouble getting a portion of the 757 fleet ETOPS qualified) and, finally and most importantly, the airline really needs the 757s for higher-demand routes out of LAS
. Its can be very very hot at HP
/US western hub cities during the summer months, and high temps adversely affect aircraft performance - the A321 simply does not have the ability to fly out of LAS
to east coast cities such as NYC and PHL
during the summer months without huge load restrictions or making unscheduled stops. The more powerful and more versatile 757 can operate these segments without issue year round. There are rumors again and again that HP
/US is looking for additional newer build 757s, to expand or renew their existing fleet, so I would not expect the type to be retired.
762 - big question mark on what US is going to do with its 762s......US has A332s on order to replace the 762 fleet one for one, and logic would suggest that the 762s will simply be retired (and probably go on to become freighters) as the A332s are delivered...........but (there is always a but) there is speculation that US may retain the 762 fleet for use on additonal routes to Hawaii (ie, the long speculated PHL
nonstop for example, and to upgrade certain PHX
-Hawaii services), and keep the 762 for some thinner European routes (its a big jump in capacity from a 762 to an A332), and/or use the 762s for high demand domestic routes and caribbean routes. My guess is that the 762s will leave the fleet once the A332s are delivered - the aircraft are aging, the 762 is no longer considered a fuel effecient aircraft, and the US 762s need a lot of interior work and upgrades to continue flying.
While most newly delivered aircraft with more than 100 seats at US/HP will be coming from Toulouse, Boeings will remain part of the US/HP fleet for years to come.