We already have one “what if UA kept more 757s” thread. We don’t need another one.
Smiles has been gone for several years. We can’t change the past. People need to get over it and move on.
This thread is about fleet and network updates, not about complaining about what UA did or didn’t do 8 years ago.
In essence you are correct, this thread is about United today and tomorrow.
But I did ask a ”why?” question about the UA 752 ”spruce up” program. I did not even know that a 757 could get a Boeing Sky ceiling, nor did I know that Delta had refurbished their 752’s to such a great degree, and SHOULD have United gone further than their ”Spruce Up?”
So, first I was curious why Delta saw fit to invest in their 752’s to such a degree? IDK? Are DL’s younger than UA’s?
N649DL’s response to my question required ”past as prologue” and by taking a step back in time, they explained why UNITED today have not refurbished (or plan to) their 752’s to equal degree as Delta, an airline that UA is most often compared to (at least the NEW UNITED) - I thoroughly enjoyed the education. I did not even know that UA had so many 752’s in their fleet (or is that 100 number a combination of UA & CO 752’s?)
Ok, taking another jab at Smisek is beating a dead horse. But difficult to resist!!!. But it seems that UA today is STILL fixing or undoing his bad decisions. Which for me, gets to an extremely relevant point today: ”The degree to which ONE leader of 80,000 employees, of such a complex type of company as a giant global airline is able so greatly impact that airline either positively or negatively! Everything, from the logistics of flying machines to the emotional state of mind of employees and perceptions of the public...is fascinating!”
Making that a current UA issue is: Will Kirby be able to maintain the pride and joy UNITED employees are feeling today, no matter if they originally came from UA or CO.
Will Kirby dig deep into UAL’s pockets to invest in bold innovations that will excite UA’s base and even grow its base?
Or will another item be taken out of the amenity kit? Will Kirby go for the BEST and more expensive version of a NB lie flat ”Polaris-lite” First seat, or decide to save money and go with the ”ok” off the shelf version?
Will Oscar still be going around the network to keep the ”New Spirit” alive.
For UNITED, backsliding would be very harmful.
Forgetting the past would be a big mistake!