toering
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Question On UAL900

Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:49 am

Whats going on here?
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL900

Can't imagine it's a medical divert.

What would warrent this type of divert to a 744 base, and not get it down sooner? Or continue to FRA which is another 744 base for an alliance partner?

[Edited 2011-11-06 18:55:06]
 
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RE: Question On UAL900

Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:08 am

Maybe they had an engine go down and just figured it'd be cheaper just to fly to ORD where they can fix it and not have to deal with the mess of shipping an engine or leasing one. Not to mention it'll be easier to get pax seats vs out of say Winnipeg.
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RE: Question On UAL900

Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:10 am

Quoting toering (Thread starter):
What would warrent this type of divert to a 744 base, and not get it down sooner?

A non-urgent technical issue. Nothing dangerous enough to warrant getting down immediately, but serious enough that crossing the Atlantic is questionable. Taking the plane to a base minimizes downtime, saves money, and allows passengers to be re-accommodated with minimal delay and disruption.
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RE: Question On UAL900

Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:23 am

Quoting toering (Thread starter):
What would warrent this type of divert to a 744 base, and not get it down sooner? Or continue to FRA which is another 744 base for an alliance partner?

On a flight from SFO to FRA you have quite a big of fuel on board and you are well above maximum landing weight. So landing right after take off will end in an overweight landing. You do that if you have to due to a severe emergency. But if it is a minor thing which doesn't allow you to continue to your destination you talk to the company where the mechanics can halp you best. And you have time to burn off fuel and land below maximum landing weight. Another point is: what to do with the passengers. UA has a big Star Alliance base in ORD, so they can rebook the passengers on other UA or LH flights to FRA or connect them via some other airport with their own airplanes.

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