I know that there has been a lot of talk in various forums about United and international expansion but my question is this. While United's international fleet is defintely stretched thin (as has been discussed on many occassions), it seems to me that there is some room for expansion.
#1). The 777's used on the ORD-HNL and ORD-OGG-KOA routes I assume are 777-200ER (as the distance would stretch the range of the non-ER 777-200). It seems to me that these 777's could be used on higher yielding international routes. 767-300ERs could then be used on the Hawaii routes from ORD/DEN and 757s from the West coast.
#2). UA could start 757 trans-atlantic service from IAD (ala-CO and now US), especially if they were equipped with winglets. While you would not want to replace exsisting 777/767 routes, all new routes could be opened up (i.e. Ireland, Portugal, Spain, non-London UK, etc...)
Just a thought, love to hear some of yours.
[Edited 2007-04-03 06:26:31]