This marks the end of an era at ORD
has graced the airport with 747s for 4 decades. Meanwhile, SFO
will be 747 haven with almost all of its long haul international services operated by the type. Some very interesting fun facts to note:
- All UA
and UAX services from ORD
will now be operated by twin-engined jet aircraft. This has never been the case before, as there was always a mix of four, two, and (between the mid-1960s and early 2000s) three engined aircraft operating from the hub.
- All of ORD
's transpacific services will now be operated by the 777. The U.S. carriers (UA and AA
) use the older 772 variants, whilst the Asian carriers (CX, JL
, and OZ
) utilize the state of the art 77W.
Fortunately, this does not mean the end of the 747 at ORD
. As it stands today, there are still at least two regularly scheduled 747 options. One must simply be willing to head to Europe rather than Asia
1) LH ORD
. This route currently sees the 744, and is slated to get 748 service in the coming months. LH
is extremely happy with the 748, and I daresay this flagship type will ply the ORD
route for many years to come!
2) KL ORD
. This is the one major intercontinental airline with a knack for operating venerable aircraft, and the rather rare 74M is but one example of this. Who knows how long they will keep serving ORD
with the 74M, though.
It appears that even BA
no longer sends the 747 to ORD
anymore, even in the summer?