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United Charter 747-400 N194UA

Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:25 pm

Anybody seen this?



http://i44.tinypic.com/2j8bns.png
http://youtu.be/4AAhfbmm5eY

This 744 was leased to Atlas and has now been returned to UA.

Is that the final livery?


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RE: United Charter 747-400 N194UA

Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:28 pm

Yes the 1-year Atlas lease is up as they have acquired other equipment and N194UA will operate on AMC and other charter flying over the next year back at United.
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RE: United Charter 747-400 N194UA

Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:31 pm

Looks like crap!

enough said filler filler filler
 
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RE: United Charter 747-400 N194UA

Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:49 pm

Any Change to the config? Nice video thanks!
 
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RE: United Charter 747-400 N194UA

Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:50 pm

Well it looks like they were trying to do the repaint on the cheap here.
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RE: United Charter 747-400 N194UA

Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:03 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
Yes the 1-year Atlas lease is up as they have acquired other equipment and N194UA will operate on AMC and other charter flying over the next year back at United.

So I assume either 1) they are looking for other lessees or 2) the aircraft is due for a heavy check before long and they intend to park it? That's not what you do for an airplane that you ever expect back in your mainline fleet.
 
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RE: United Charter 747-400 N194UA

Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:30 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
Yes the 1-year Atlas lease is up as they have acquired other equipment and N194UA will operate on AMC and other charter flying over the next year back at United.

A ramper at IAH told me that N194UA had been reconfigured to all-J/F seating, with no Y, for its service to Africa. Is that true? Or has she remained in her original UA config?

That would affect the sort of charters she could be good for, and how easily she could return to the mainline fleet.

Quoting United787 (Reply 2):
Looks like crap!

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Quoting gdg9 (Reply 4):
Well it looks like they were trying to do the repaint on the cheap here.

Yes, they did the minimum -- they pained navy blue over the Atlas globe and white over the name. The result is generic-looking. Increasing that sense is "CHARTER" in the new titling, making it seem like it's a new division of the company or something. Only the winglets, with their Atlas-gold horizontal stripe, not so different from UA's gold shade, seem proper.

Is N194UA a plane UA will want to keep? Flying charters, or mainline?

Airfleets.net indicates she first flew in June 1996.

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RE: United Charter 747-400 N194UA

Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:46 am

It was doing AMC charters while with Atlas so I would guess it stayed in the old UA configuration. You would think with the "charter" paint scheme it will do charters only and maybe a rare mainline substitution, but hard to find any info on this aircraft. I've been watching acars and looks like it is still sitting in SFO.
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RE: United Charter 747-400 N194UA

Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:48 am

Quoting United787 (Reply 2):
Looks like crap!

...but saves a nice chunk of cash on repainting the whole thing right away.

Plus depending on who the customer is and where the destination is, it could very well be preferable to have something more nondescript (as nondescript as a 747 can be) than a fully liveried plane.
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RE: United Charter 747-400 N194UA

Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:11 am

Quoting Schweigend (Reply 6):
A ramper at IAH told me that N194UA had been reconfigured to all-J/F seating, with no Y, for its service to Africa. Is that true? Or has she remained in her original UA config?

No stayed in the old UAL FCY config. Never touched the Sonair Angola flying, just did AMC and other commercial charters with at Atlas.

Quoting Schweigend (Reply 6):
Is N194UA a plane UA will want to keep? Flying charters, or mainline?

-400 days are numbered at UA. As I recall another one or two tails get parked this year.

194 I understand will stick around for about 1-year on AMC flying which starts in the spring IIRC.
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RE: United Charter 747-400 N194UA

Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:16 am

I would guess they haven't gone the full mile because they still have about 150 PMUA aircraft waiting to receive the new livery. They've got a pretty ambitious timeline for having the entire fleet painted. Why should something which is parked most of the time and used as a charter some of the time take up a slot in the paint shop for the better part a week, if not more? Not to mention it may be out the door or in the desert by this time next year.

Sure, it looks half assed, but that paint job probably took two guys and a scissor lift less than a day. I suppose they did what PMCO has done to change the Continental tiles to say UNITED. Yes, it looks like crap, but for the job they've apparently tasked it with, it's sensible. It says UNITED and is relatively close to the same paint scheme, sans the globe, obviously. I say it's good enough.


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RE: United Charter 747-400 N194UA

Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:54 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 9):
-400 days are numbered at UA. As I recall another one or two tails get parked this year.

UA 744s from now on are wfu due to age, not due to lease exprirements. They have a number of 1989/1990-built examples which are approaching final retirement. In very few years we´ll be discussing this about UAs aging 777 fleet.
 
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RE: United Charter 747-400 N194UA

Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:23 am

I received an emailed from a friend who said this "on the wide body side we are bringing back 8194 (747-400) back from lease and they must have plans for EWR as they will be running a 747/400 intro class for the mechanics..UA NEVER has a class for no reason so there will be -400 ops there."

This will just make some of you ask more questions.
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