Galore wrote:jayunited wrote:DLHAM wrote:
Thats way longer ago, they purchased the Heathrow operations from Pan Am in 1991. This included intra-europe flying with 727s to those places mentioned. These operations lasted until 1994 or 1995.
And regarding TATL Summer 2021 I think its just interesting to see what changes. And considering that American and Delta both announced their S21 TATL changes some people may wait for news from United now.
No it wasn't that long ago that UA did intra-Europe. UA resurrected intra-Europe for a singular winter season, I think it was at some point during bankruptcy or right after to preserve our LHR slots. WE operated a handful of intra-European flights using 772s. I don't remember the exact year but I remember UA flying operating for example ORD-LHR-BRU (overnighting the aircraft at BRU or AMS for example) then the next day BRU-LHR-ORD. UA did run this type of operation at some point for a single entire winter season. I just don't remember the exact year but it was at some point between 2002-2010.
How did they compete inter Europe? Where $30 round trip fares are typical.
United didn't care about the intra-Europe flights or competition. But because of the 80/20 rule and because LHR slots were so valuable, the only way UA could hold on to the slot we had was to resurrect Intra-Europe flights. The 80/20 rule doesn't care how the slot is used as long a the airline utilizes the slot 80% of the time. With UA still holding intra-Europe route authorities it was basically a no brainier to fly intra-Europe even at a lost, especially if it meant saving the more lucrative LHR slot.