That's what I get for trying to type quickly and not reading over my response! What I should have said is that it seems more than likely that UA
will be discontinuing F in the next round of modifications. As to why they didn't just start reconfiguring the old 777s to two-classes, the seats had likely already been manufactured even though they had yet to be installed and by canceling/modifying the order, UA
would have incurred a significant and unneccessary expense. This is typically how aircraft reconfigurations are handled from and airline and vendor perspective. This doesn't even take into account the costs that would have occurred if UA
ripped out F from the 744s and 763s that had already been reconfigured. The most telling sign that F's days are limited at UA
is that the 787s will not have F. It doesn't make sense to only have F on a particular longhaul fleet, especially when the aircraft are interchangeable. The only scenario where this makes some sense is the AA
/BA scenario that I described above.
Again, it's not a foregone conclusion, but all signs point towards the end of international F at UA
We will ride this thunderbird, silver shadows on the earth, a thousand leagues away our land of birth... -Captain Bruce