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UA 777's At SEA

Tue Aug 29, 2006 2:46 pm

I flew UA256 SEA-DEN on a 772 today, but before we left I noticed two other UA 772's leaving the airport. One was a flight to NRT but there was another one, too. Where might this flight have been heading? Does UA operate SEA-LHR? And is the 772 I flew on SEA-DEN common? I'm guessing that it was for repositioning the aircraft but the flight was completely jam packed. Lots of folks connecting through DEN on Monday morning. Just curious.
 
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RE: UA 777's At SEA

Tue Aug 29, 2006 2:56 pm

I saw a 777 operating ORD-SEA the other day while at ORD...it would have arrived into SEA right around noon, when the NRT is there.
 
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RE: UA 777's At SEA

Tue Aug 29, 2006 3:02 pm

During the summer UA puts 777s and 767s on SEA routes fairly frequently
 
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RE: UA 777's At SEA

Tue Aug 29, 2006 3:14 pm

While I was working in SEA (about 5 months ago), UA operated 2 scheduled 777 flights... SEA-NRT and SEA-LHR. They would occasionally throw in one to DEN and / or ORD. Even more rare, although I saw it a few times, was an equipment change with UA running a 744 SEA-DEN
 
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RE: UA 777's At SEA

Tue Aug 29, 2006 3:39 pm

United hasn't flown nonstop to LHR from SEA since 1992.
 
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RE: UA 777's At SEA

Tue Aug 29, 2006 3:39 pm

Quoting QXRamperMEII (Reply 3):
SEA-LHR.

UA hasn't flown SEA-LHR (non-stop) in years. Long before the 777s came to town. There might be a ORD 1-stop though.
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RE: UA 777's At SEA

Wed Aug 30, 2006 12:20 am

UA has had a scheduled 777 on DEN-SEA for a long time. It's part of DEN-SEA-NRT-BKK.
 
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Stitch
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RE: UA 777's At SEA

Wed Aug 30, 2006 12:34 am

UA always has at least two 777's serving SEA:

  • UA875 travelling SEA-NRT
  • UA876 travelling NRT-SEA

UA usually also has a 777 flying ORD-SEA in the morning and one flying SEA-DEN in the evening. The routing was usually SEA-ORD-NRT-BKK on the outband and then a different plane would usually fly BKK-NRT-SEA-DEN-ORD inbound.

For a time, the ORD-SEA 777 went away, but it has subsequently returned. The SEA-DEN 777 has pretty much always been in service, to the best of my knowledge.

Prior to (I believe) 2001, UA flew a 777 SEA-ORD-CDG.
 
gman3
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RE: UA 777's At SEA

Wed Aug 30, 2006 12:35 am

Not to doubt you, but I can not find anyother 777 leaving SEA yesterday at the time you were leaving besides the NRT flight. I looked and saw no aircraft substitutions for our other flights.
 
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RE: UA 777's At SEA

Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:08 am

Quoting Stitch (Reply 7):
UA always has at least two 777's serving SEA:



UA875 travelling SEA-NRT

UA876 travelling NRT-SEA


UA usually also has a 777 flying ORD-SEA in the morning and one flying SEA-DEN in the evening. The routing was usually SEA-ORD-NRT-BKK on the outband and then a different plane would usually fly BKK-NRT-SEA-DEN-ORD inbound.

The morning arrival 777 has switched between ORD and DEN. The early afternoon depature of the 777 has almost always been SEA-DEN. However during one schedule, the 777 that flew NRT-SEA turned around and flew SEA-NRT. UA could probably increase fleet utilization by dumping the domestic 777 flights and doing a turn NRT-SEA-NRT, which can be done with a single airplane, since that is what Northwest does. From what I know, they aren't able to fill the premium cabins on morning departures to SEA. The 777 is too much capacity. Most people that fly into SEA prefer to arrive in the evenings, so the dinner time departures from ORD and DEN to SEA have higher load factors, or at least that is what I've heard.
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RE: UA 777's At SEA

Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:32 am

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 9):
The morning arrival 777 has switched between ORD and DEN...

Is she the continuation of the IAD-DEN 777? Or does that bird continue on to SFO?

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From what I know, they aren't able to fill the premium cabins on morning departures to SEA.

Very true. It was always a cake-walk to get an upgrade on the morning ORD-SEA 777 even at the gate. She almost always went out with empty seats.

I last flew DEN-SEA on a 777 in the morning back around 2003. It was snowing something fierce in DEN on a Sunday and she was literally the last flight that was going to get out, so anyone who appeared at DEN with a ticket to SEA was put on her. When I checked in, most of her seats were empty, but we went out totally packed.  Smile

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However during one schedule, the 777 that flew NRT-SEA turned around and flew SEA-NRT.

I believe that was late last year and early this year when UA dropped the 777 from the morning ORD-SEA and I think UA876 went from a 777 to a 757 for DEN-SEA in the afternoon (once UA876 arrived from NRT).

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UA could probably increase fleet utilization by dumping the domestic 777 flights and doing a turn NRT-SEA-NRT, which can be done with a single airplane, since that is what Northwest does.

The only reason I can see UA still doing the positioning flights in the morning and late afternoon is that if the bird goes offline in SEA or NRT, they have a "spare" relatively close in terms of time to take over.

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