aileron1999 wrote:[url][/url]Scarebus34 wrote:CONTACREW wrote:
Yes they are still in the fleet and operational.
And still have the same performance limitations.
I fly these planes regularly and they can be a challenge at times when an alternate is required. However, United has become quite good at mitigating weight restrictions on the routes they fly. In fact I can’t remember the last time I took a weight restriction in a straight 900. I heard last year that UAL was looking at some used Straight 9’s. The theory was the resale value was very low since not many were produced and the plane is not nearly as capable as the ER version. Since UAL is very adept at operating these, the lower purchase price and the favorable operating costs could make them very attractive for UAL.
With only 12 (8%) of the 739 fleet as non-ER, it seems to be pretty easy for UA to relegate these to shorter haul flights. Pulling up on Flight Aware every 739 non-ER flight in the past couple of weeks are into or out of IAH, which all are pretty usually not an issue for the non-ER 739. Maybe IAH routings are a new way to prevent issues with performance. The only issue would be weather situation or the possibility of reroutes due to weather, maint. etc. Bring on more non-ERs at cheap prices and probably lower landing fees for operations.
Regarding the possibility of SFO-BOM service, the great circle routes of SFO vs. EWR to India shows the SFO flights should be able to avoid Pakistan, Afghanistan, with a route over the point where Mongolia, Kazajhstan, Russia and China meet. However, looking at recent flights the SFO departure goes polar and avoids China, rather heading through Afghanistan & Pakistan. The DEL departures stay south over India, and Japan. Interestingly enough, the east and westbound flights can be up to 4,000 miles apart from each other - one over Greenland, the other 500+ miles south of the Aleutians.