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One year since UA has retired 747

Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:07 am

One year ago today United flew its last 747 flight from SFO-HNL.
 
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Re: One year since UA has retired 747

Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:14 am

...and good riddance.

Last thing UA needs is maintenance woes and hangar queens.
I myself, suspect a more prosaic motive... ~Thranduil
 
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Re: One year since UA has retired 747

Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:16 am

LAX772LR wrote:
...and good riddance.

Last thing UA needs is maintenance woes and hangar queens.


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Re: One year since UA has retired 747

Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:25 am

LAX772LR wrote:
...and good riddance.

Last thing UA needs is maintenance woes and hangar queens.


I second that. Flying on a UA 747 SYD-SFO return was just an insult to anyone unfortunate enough to be in one.
 
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Re: One year since UA has retired 747

Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:36 am

I know it's beautiful bird and all, but those 744s were in really dire shape at the end.

UA can be proud of their Long-Haul fleet right now, moving past the 'queen of the skies' was a needed rip of the band-aid.
 
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Re: One year since UA has retired 747

Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:18 am

Since these planes didn't have PTVs, I'm surprised that no one has ever called it a Boring 747 in a trip report!
 
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Re: One year since UA has retired 747

Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:19 am

Already a year...time really flies! (...like the jumbo:) )
And soon there'll be the day in which we say "One year since DL has...(the same)".

Yes, I really miss UA's 747 too. The UA's latest scheme (inherited from CO) did match so well with the 747's vertical stabilizer.
777's are too thin for that IMHO.

dmstorm22 wrote:
I know it's beautiful bird and all, but those 744s were in really dire shape at the end.

UA can be proud of their Long-Haul fleet right now, moving past the 'queen of the skies' was a needed rip of the band-aid.


Could someone give any specific description about this?
This would probably infer that, on average, UA's queens were not in good conditions compared to DL's, or LH, KL, BA (those who are still flying 744s).

Yes, I've had a 5-hour-delay as I flew SFO to ICN on one of their 744s last July. I did this trip to be on the UA's jumbo to say good-bye.
The plane departed on-time, but after 10 min. we had to return to the gate; reason: one engine has got a problem.
Then we changed to its colleague 744, after waiting 4 hours at the nearby gate for moving bags & fueling, and well...I ended up missing my connection at ICN.
A good 'old' memory! (no irony here, it's just became one of my rare experiences)

Of course this is just one example, but I had been wondering about their overall maintenance level/attitude towards their 744s late in life.
 
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Re: One year since UA has retired 747

Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:35 am

ra63kix wrote:
Already a year...time really flies! (...like the jumbo:) )
And soon there'll be the day in which we say "One year since DL has...(the same)".

Yes, I really miss UA's 747 too. The UA's latest scheme (inherited from CO) did match so well with the 747's vertical stabilizer.
777's are too thin for that IMHO.

dmstorm22 wrote:
I know it's beautiful bird and all, but those 744s were in really dire shape at the end.

UA can be proud of their Long-Haul fleet right now, moving past the 'queen of the skies' was a needed rip of the band-aid.


Could someone give any specific description about this?
This would probably infer that, on average, UA's queens were not in good conditions compared to DL's, or LH, KL, BA (those who are still flying 744s).

Yes, I've had a 5-hour-delay as I flew SFO to ICN on one of their 744s last July. I did this trip to be on the UA's jumbo to say good-bye.
The plane departed on-time, but after 10 min. we had to return to the gate; reason: one engine has got a problem.
Then we changed to its colleague 744, after waiting 4 hours at the nearby gate for moving bags & fueling, and well...I ended up missing my connection at ICN.
A good 'old' memory! (no irony here, it's just became one of my rare experiences)

Of course this is just one example, but I had been wondering about their overall maintenance level/attitude towards their 744s late in life.


the IFE was outdated (at least based on the last time I flew it, which was in 2015). The plane just felt really old - which they were. Seats were decent from a stats perspective (pitch and what-not), but looked old.
 
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Re: One year since UA has retired 747

Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:27 am

It's been a year already? Wow. Seems like it was just a few months ago to me.
 
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Re: One year since UA has retired 747

Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:33 am

In all fairnesss to the 747 it was just the result of neglect. Nothing was intrinsically wrong about the aircraft type.

Remember the 763 “Ghetto Birds”. Much of the sUA fleet needed some TLC. Sadly the 747 was not considered a good ROI.

As much as I would like say that was a mistake I couldn’t help notice not a single 747 was to be seen last time I was in NRT. Truth is their day has past.


I suspect the 777X family will so do the same for the ailing 380. But that is a whole other can of worms.
 
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Re: One year since UA has retired 747

Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:17 pm

Happy 1 year anniversary to UA’s last 747 flight!
 
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Re: One year since UA has retired 747

Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:07 pm

My last flight on a UA 744 was in SEP 2014 on ORD-NRT. Plane did indeed feel old, not much legroom in Y, no PTVs. Flight was smooth but i was not impressed besides the fact that it is a iconic bird. UA did not do much to improve the product on the 744s due proximity of thier retirement at the time so i understand why they felt outdated. They were.
 
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Re: One year since UA has retired 747

Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:54 pm

I was lucky enough to go and visit the United 747s stored in Tupelo while working on a job for United. Had some special permission to use the drone (you can imagine all the paperwork I had to do...). Anyways enjoy the beautiful 747s and dramatic music.

https://youtu.be/-DvIIcrINLg
 
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Re: One year since UA has retired 747

Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:34 pm

In the last five years, I flew on 747s of Delta, Lufthansa, and El Al. True, they were all a bit dated in terms of IFE and cabin updates. But they were so comfortable! It was like putting on an old pair of worn-in shoes.
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Re: One year since UA has retired 747

Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:51 pm

Imagine if united still had the 744 and retrofitted them with the new Polaris seats! the 744 would have what like 70 Polaris seats...!

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