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by gwrudolph
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue makes LAX West Coast focus city
Replies: 252
Views: 21574

Re: JetBlue makes LAX West Coast focus city

Do people think that B6 is just going to coast into all these routes without a response from the big 4 and AS? The last thing LAX needs is someone cutting up the pie even smaller...but then maybe that's why this won't be such a big deal. No one dominates as it is so their slice just gets a little b...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 2471
Views: 426728

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

Just reading some of the comments here about onboard social distancing. If you really think having a middle seat free between you on a flight makes it oh so much safer, then i really don't understand where you have been for the last few month, but it clearly wasn't listening to any of the science. ...

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by gwrudolph
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 2471
Views: 426728

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

Maybe you can explain why I was on a 100% full flight a couple days ago with no Non revs cleared. United gives the passenger a choice to go to another less full flight for free and apparently no one took it. If no one cares then why do it? Maybe because it is inconvenient, especially when there are...

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by gwrudolph
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 2471
Views: 426728

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

There isn't a single airline flying today observing true "Social Distancing" onboard because social distancing requires 6 feet between people not 17-18 inches the width of a coach seat. Secondly most passengers who are on flights 70% full stick with their original reservation instead of o...

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by gwrudolph
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 2471
Views: 426728

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

I’m interested to hear some of yall’s thoughts around United effectively ending social distancing policies and allowing planes to fly full just a few weeks after outrage over full planes in the news. I’m split... perhaps it is necessary from a business standpoint but it is not good for viral spread...

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by gwrudolph
Mon May 18, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14208

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

The 777 is incredibly solid and has an impeccable safety record. My only complaints - the too-small and too-difficult to close overhead bin design over the center-line seats (this should have changed years ago and unfortunately is still standard on all these new 77Ws); also the droning vibration fr...

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by gwrudolph
Sun May 17, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14208

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

It really was a revolutionary aircraft in its day. It pushed the limits of a twin-engine and set a new standard. Very cool aircraft and one of my all time favorites. Interesting that like the 757, it actually ended up being brilliant on missions for which it wasn’t even originally intended. Who woul...

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by gwrudolph
Thu May 14, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT warns airlines (again) over timely customer refunds
Replies: 23
Views: 3733

Re: DOT warns airlines (again) over timely customer refunds

The DOT also knows that airlines' accounting departments are not staffed to handle the massive wave of refund requests that have been received in the past 60 days, and has been advising carriers - via their individual DOT liaisons - that they are being lenient on enforcement of these timelines beca...

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by gwrudolph
Wed May 13, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT warns airlines (again) over timely customer refunds
Replies: 23
Views: 3733

Re: DOT warns airlines (again) over timely customer refunds

DOT also says airlines must process refunds in a timely manner - which it defines as within 7 business days if a passenger paid by credit card, and within 20 days if a passenger paid by cash or check. The DOT also knows that airlines' accounting departments are not staffed to handle the massive wav...

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by gwrudolph
Wed May 13, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA planning layoffs but not AA, DL etc..?
Replies: 110
Views: 14910

Re: UA planning layoffs but not AA, DL etc..?

United is being honorable and running their business professionally. Announcing layoffs with no severance definitely fosters widespread angst amongst employees. As you may know, voluntary departures in the meantime are offered a little something. This forces a game theory exercise on the workforce ...

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by gwrudolph
Wed May 13, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA have a monopoly at EWR?
Replies: 80
Views: 10132

Re: Why did UA have a monopoly at EWR?

They don't have a monopoly, however they do have the largest amount of flights and passengers at EWR. Here's how it got that way: PeoplExpress -> Continental -> United Plus the fact that AA / DL / TW / NW / EA were much more JFK and LGA focused and never considered building up a large presence at E...

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by gwrudolph
Wed May 13, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United DC-10's
Replies: 110
Views: 14565

Re: United DC-10's

Ok, so it was SFO-HNL-AKL-SYD. Before that and the arrival of the 744s, didn't had flights between HNL and AKL/SYD? Well we know it was a 747-122 as early as 1989 (at least) because flight 811, the incident where the cargo door peeled off in flight, was doing the LAX-HNL-AKL-SYD flight when it enco...

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by gwrudolph
Mon May 11, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: More airlines not following their own social distancing policies
Replies: 20
Views: 2563

Re: More airlines not following their own social distancing policies

Wonder if the rows across from the flight attendant jump seats were still empty?

For all of you saying the customer has the option of not flying, you’d better hope they don’t continue to take that option . . . Better to fly at 66 percent loose factor than 10

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by gwrudolph
Mon May 11, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: More airlines not following their own social distancing policies
Replies: 20
Views: 2563

Re: More airlines not following their own social distancing policies

I think it is a fair point and question. Why with all of the additional aircraft and crews couldn’t they have scheduled an extra section when it became apparent the flight was starting to sell pretty heavily. When you sit in a row of three, you are not only close to each other, but also physically t...

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by gwrudolph
Mon May 11, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United DC-10's
Replies: 110
Views: 14565

Re: United DC-10's

I also flew them a lot, often from SFO to ORD connecting to DTW or PHL. At the time there were no nonstops between SFO and PHL, which I found shocking. The shortest hop I ever took on a UA 10 was YVR to SEA. In the 80s United started PHL-SFO nonstop and for many years it was a DC10. Often PHL-SFO-H...

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by gwrudolph
Sat May 09, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United DC-10's
Replies: 110
Views: 14565

Re: United DC-10's

I also flew them a lot, often from SFO to ORD connecting to DTW or PHL. At the time there were no nonstops between SFO and PHL, which I found shocking. The shortest hop I ever took on a UA 10 was YVR to SEA. In the 80s United started PHL-SFO nonstop and for many years it was a DC10. Often PHL-SFO-H...

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by gwrudolph
Mon May 04, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United exercises options for 8 787-10s
Replies: 140
Views: 25064

Re: United exercises options for 7 787-10s

I wonder if the funding is coming from CARES act whilst they are planning to fire employees... That will be a shame if true.... Since the CARES act money doesn’t even cover the cost of payroll they need to keep on through September 30th in exchange for that money, I would say no, the CARES act fund...

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by gwrudolph
Sun Apr 12, 2020 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 2471
Views: 426728

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

KLMatSJC wrote:
friendlyskies22 wrote:
Re: N777UA, YES, it belongs in a United Museum. #1 delivered 5/1995. (Pima already has a CX 777)

That is the first 777 off the line. I don't think they'd want another.


Actually, N777UA isn’t the first 777 off the line. It is the first in revenue service.

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by gwrudolph
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/29/2020: Meltdown
Replies: 109
Views: 17133

Re: OAG Changes 3/29/2020: Meltdown

I thought most of the international routes were suspended from all but a small handful of cities. In general, these cuts seem to be much less than announced. Also, it looks like at least UA is doing close-in cancellations. For example, UA is still showing 8 EWR-SFO in this schedule load, but in rea...

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by gwrudolph
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/22/2020
Replies: 87
Views: 14830

Re: OAG Changes 3/22/2020: APOCALYPSE

If they cancel in advance through OAG, customers can refund. They are doing operational cancels so they do not get that option. If the airlines survive there will be a class-action lawsuit IMHO. I would be surprised if this isn't a violation of their own Contract of Carriage. Can you elaborate, eni...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 182312

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

AA Waives Change Fees http://news.aa.com/news/news-details/2020/American-Airlines-Waiving-Change-Fees-for-Customers-Purchasing-Travel-Between-March-1-and-March-16-OPS-POL/ That's a really interesting move. It doesn't appear to be destination-limited. They must see forward bookings just collapsing a...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why the Lone Ranger mask on the new Airbus'?
Replies: 81
Views: 14814

Re: Why the Lone Ranger mask on the new Airbus'?

It is ugly!

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by gwrudolph
Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chances of MDT Growing or Adding WN?
Replies: 30
Views: 3546

Re: Chances of MDT Growing or Adding WN?

I would love to see UA add EWR, even if only on 50 seaters. It would open up a lot more international and domestic opportunities not served through IAD. Given how well they seem to do on IAD connections (the planes are almost always completely full), I wouldn't doubt they could do some nice connecti...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Flagged Airlines to Israel
Replies: 60
Views: 8131

Re: US Flagged Airlines to Israel

Don’t forget that UA stopped BAH and KWI because they lost the government contract bid to Jet Blue who won it on a codeshare arrangement with one of the ME3 . . .

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by gwrudolph
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 3546
Views: 700318

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

I haven’t been on a UA 753 (potentially have never been on one, if I was, it was a very long time ago!) I was googling around and found someone’s review (not anyone I ever heard of) of the newly configured 753, with pics. Apparently this reviewer is often on the UA 753. However the review was a bit...

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by gwrudolph
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 46116

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

I understand an airline’s frustration with this. But at the same time it may cost them more to pursue this all while giving the issue more attention which also won’t benefit the airline. Exactly. United should pick its fights more carefully. No wonder it is always in the bad light of the media. Ask...

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by gwrudolph
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 46116

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

Because any such law would be unconstitutional. At the end of the day we have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The right to a pursuit of happiness includes paying a lower price for airfare? Congress has done a bunch of things that get in the way of an individual's pursuit o...

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by gwrudolph
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 46116

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

I understand an airline’s frustration with this. But at the same time it may cost them more to pursue this all while giving the issue more attention which also won’t benefit the airline. Exactly. United should pick its fights more carefully. No wonder it is always in the bad light of the media. Ask...

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by gwrudolph
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 3546
Views: 700318

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

Southwest cabin is all economy, and apparently 31" pitch on the 737-700 (32" on everything else). United apparently uses 30" pitch in economy on their 737-700. I'd assume United will just replace it all with their standard config but you never know. At least, I don't know. The cabin ...

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by gwrudolph
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can DL Pacific gateway in SEA work?
Replies: 155
Views: 21470

Re: Can DL Pacific gateway in SEA work?

United did NOT Voluntarily close the route, the DOT reassigned the route! United would have gladly flown the routes right up to Today!! And I was AT United when the route loss was incurred. we didn't build SEA any larger after that. As pointed out they resumed the route after the SEA-NRT authority ...

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by gwrudolph
Tue May 28, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?
Replies: 83
Views: 16343

Re: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?

If they're still flying, I guess they'd be flying whatever aircraft was available and/or whatever had available slots. And I say if they're still flying because it's entirely possible that some pilots are old enough that the cost of training isn't justified, so they may have retired instead. It rea...

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by gwrudolph
Tue May 28, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?
Replies: 83
Views: 16343

Re: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?

If they're still flying, I guess they'd be flying whatever aircraft was available and/or whatever had available slots. And I say if they're still flying because it's entirely possible that some pilots are old enough that the cost of training isn't justified, so they may have retired instead. It rea...

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by gwrudolph
Tue May 28, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?
Replies: 83
Views: 16343

Re: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?

They bid for positions based on their seniority then they are retrained for the new fleet they will be flying. Given that most 744s were SFO-based at the end and the 77W is primarily SFO-based, my guess is a lot of them are flying same/similar routes but now with the 77W vs the 744

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by gwrudolph
Mon May 06, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Denver hub 1990s?
Replies: 89
Views: 13308

Re: United Denver hub 1990s?

I think United will hold back on any further major China expansion for the moment. Too much capacity US-China right now

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by gwrudolph
Sat May 04, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA cancel SEA-NRT?
Replies: 48
Views: 6887

Re: Why did UA cancel SEA-NRT?

I think the reason for stopping SEA-NRT was a combination of realizing that staffing and equipping international flights from a gateway where you don’t have scale just doesn’t make economic sense (better to use the aircraft elsewhere more profitably) and the fact that concepts like west coast gatewa...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 380989

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

Makes the tail look like it has a tumor. Keep your day job. Sheesh, be easy. The poster said it was done quickly on MS Paint. Quite impressive for that program if you ask me. 77H This would have looked way better. Can’t imagine how much they paid a marketing firm when you came up with this idea for...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 380989

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

I really dislike the light blue globe - should have been white. It looks very tacky and non-business-like and the gradient on the tail is weird considering the titles and engines are just straight, bold blue. I don't like the wavy gray belly in the context of the rest of the design - in fact, it lo...

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by gwrudolph
Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How these two crashes affect Boeing and the 737 MAX programme in the future?
Replies: 31
Views: 4077

Re: How these two crashes affect Boeing and the 737 MAX programme in the future?

I would argue that, from a PR standpoint, the reputation of the 737 MAX 8 is irrevocably damaged. Then again, people don't have a memory for news beyond a certain point. If this PR nightmare translates to a curtail of orders, lawsuits, refunds, etc. then one thing Boeing could do is "go" ...

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by gwrudolph
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 380989

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

Looks good, but it looks more like something that was thought of in 2010. That's the PMUA bottom half with a PMCO top half. That’s not an evolution. It’s a step back. Why take two old liveries and try to mesh them. That mistake was already made. That actually doesn't look half bad but the winglets ...

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Arion640 wrote:
Inflightvideo has shared an apparent “leak” on his twitter page. If accurate, it looks awful.

https://mobile.twitter.com/inflightvide ... 7310792715


Please don’t let that be it. That is awful

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by gwrudolph
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 380989

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

Another example of the globe corner... https://dribbble.com/shots/3573522-United-Airlines-Video-Wall-Branding Agreed that this application is stunning. The design evolution that has been coming from United lately is really well executed. At this point, their print collateral, lounges, polaris, and ...

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by gwrudolph
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 380989

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

toxtethogrady wrote:
Well, okay -- United is about to lose the last element of Continental Airlines that existed. They ditched the Houston headquarters and downsized the hub. So what's left for anyone in Houston to show loyalty to?


Hmmmm! I can't imagine making a major branding decision based on that criteria . . .

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by gwrudolph
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 3546
Views: 700318

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

Evolution maybe means the 56 aircraft pained in 2018 and 22 so far in 2018 will just need a touch-up. Could gold be replaced with the new purple on the cheatline. That would be easy. Post merger I believe it was found that doing touch-ups by patching United over the Continental name didn't work tha...

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by gwrudolph
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 3546
Views: 700318

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

As I said last week, the guidelines for the women's art project were a fairly strong indicator that a revised livery is coming. I think the billboard titles will look great. These are the guidelines for the women's art project from UA's site: https://hub.united.com/her-art-here/ https://www.flightg...

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by gwrudolph
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 380989

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

I don't get the constant call for rebranding. AA's and DL's schemes leave a lot to be desired, at least by me. Some people hate UA's Continental-inspired Globe and wish to have the Tulip back. I think the Tulip looks childish! The globe at least shows UA's world-wide reach. Either tweak the existin...

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by gwrudolph
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 380989

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

I’ll be sad to see the globe change from the current look; I think it’s timeless and professional. I actually sorta got used to the existing paint scheme, and think it looks good! The only thing I think they should modify is to replace the gold with silver (cheat line, etc) as gold is a bit more da...

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by gwrudolph
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 3546
Views: 700318

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

Speaking of fleet mods, I was just on one or the Polaris modified 763s from ORD to LHR the other evening. I was in Economy Plus. I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how they refurbished the aircraft from nose to tail including sidewalks, cabin dividers, overheads, under-overhead components, sid...

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by gwrudolph
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: United to add premium seats on regional and mainline jets
Replies: 272
Views: 28690

Re: Reuters: United to add premium seats on regional and mainline jets

Still outsourced flying, when I can go basically wherever I need on a mainline jet on Delta. The unpleasantness of the planes themselves is only part of the reason I don’t fly on regional airlines, unless it’s an emergency. To be fair, DL outsource quite a bit of regional flying too. Compass, GoJet...

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by gwrudolph
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: United to add premium seats on regional and mainline jets
Replies: 272
Views: 28690

Re: Reuters: United to add premium seats on regional and mainline jets

This is really a smart move by UA and proving they are not affraid to think outside the box. This helps them get the old CRJ200s out of the fleet. Some have to be approaching cycle count limits anyway. Scope is not likely to change anytime soon but if it did just rework the interior. In the meantim...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Did United Fully Phase Out Battleship Grey?
Replies: 97
Views: 15015

Re: When Did United Fully Phase Out Battleship Grey?

The battleship gray looked great when it was first painted but it did not age well once it started fading. UA tended to let the planes go far too long between repaints and the result was a fleet that did not put UA in a good light. Yes, when they were freshly painted and the gray still had a lacque...

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