PLL-LOT
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IND-ORD-IND UA

Thu Sep 07, 2000 8:58 pm

Recently, I took a weekend trip from Indianapolis to Chicago, taking advantage of some e-specials on United. After a pretty significant ground delay due to bad weather, the FAs closed the door of our very clean A319 and said "It's going to be a very bumpy ride up to Chicago." Well, it was. I was seated in seat 11F, just behind the wing, and watched the engine bounce the whole way to Chicago, which is about 180 miles, 35-40 minutes flying time. The weather broke over Lake Michigan and we had a smooth descent into O'Hare.

On the way back, I flew stand-by on one of the summer season 767-300ER flights UA runs to Indianapolis from O'Hare. Seated in 33G, I marveled at the fact that they flew these heavies to a destination such as Indianapolis. The flight was packed, and most people remarked on how big the plane was for such a short flight. I enjoyed the personal TVs in economy (I had been in an identical plane from ORD-GRU a year earlier), the map, and the quiet of the plane. Personally, I find 767-300s to have cramped seating (KLM and LOT, for example), but UA was okay...and I'm nearly 6'2. Overall, pleasant flying experience. Just kind of can't figure out the point of using the 767-300ER on that route.
 
SQA340
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RE: IND-ORD-IND UA

Fri Sep 08, 2000 1:30 am

UA has 767s flying the ORD-IND route because there is a maintenance base in IND that houses B737, A320, A319, B757 and B767 fleets. B767s fly the ORD-IND route to get maintenance checks and engine checks.
 
777boy
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RE: IND-ORD-IND UA

Fri Sep 08, 2000 3:28 am

I think that you and SQA340 answered you question.

You described the 763 flight as very full, so they probably needed more capacity than an A320 could offer. I was on a similar 763 flight from IND-ORD, and the flight was so full that my whole family was upgraded to business class (mostly because my mom is a Premier Exutive member, but still the flight was extremely full).

I believe that maintenence is also a reason, but I don't think it is the main reason. When I went on that flight, the 763 was only there for 45 min. Just enought time to turn it around, none for maintenece.

Matt
 
ILUV767
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RE: IND-ORD-IND UA

Fri Sep 08, 2000 6:00 am

They operate 767-300s to IND from ORD because of the maintence base, as well as for scheduling purposes.
The plane could land in ORD from another city and be their for 4 hours, just sitting, well, what is the plane doing when its sitting? It's loosing money! So by operating it on a short hop like that, it makes some money! Hope that helps
 
PLL-LOT
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RE: IND-ORD-IND UA

Fri Sep 08, 2000 9:53 pm

I talked to someone else about this, and it's all of the above--though mainly for the capacity in the summer. The plane is used frequently on UA's nightly ORD-GRU route or ORD-EZE route and does two rt's a day to IND during the summer months. Maybe the aircraft is sitting at O'Hare between flights to SA and is being used for rev purposes. Thanks guys.
 
SQA340
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RE: IND-ORD-IND UA

Sat Sep 09, 2000 1:21 am

ILUV767,

I recently saw your post "I should be the CEO of United" and saw in a responce theat your dad works for UA in management. Well since my dad works for UA as a fleet manager, I saw your user profile and saw that your last name is Horne. I asked my dad if there if he heard of a Horne in SFO and he said that there was a Richard. Is that your dad's name?

My dad worked in SFO for about 7 years.

SQA340
 
ILUV767
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RE: IND-ORD-IND UA

Sat Sep 09, 2000 4:54 am

No
 
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RE: IND-ORD-IND UA

Sat Sep 09, 2000 6:49 am

Please don't type all in capitals. People will think you're screaming?
 
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RE: IND-ORD-IND UA

Sat Sep 09, 2000 6:49 am

Please don't type all in capitals. People will think you're screaming.

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