Wow I haven't logged into this site in years took me forever to figure out my password, but 747forever, you are way off base here. I am a UA
757 pilot I have flown all those routes you mentioned and have a total of ZERO fuel stops this winter. I cross the Atlantic 5 times a month in the 757 and it does just fine. The winds this year have been very strong and you can't plan around them. The 757 only holds so much fuel, it doesn't matter how many people you restrict. And if you are suggesting that we pull people so we can fly higher, that doesn't work either as the winds are strong up to FL370. Also with every airline crossing the NAT
tracks at the same time there is always the question of whether or not your optimum altitude will be available or even granted to you. So if we are going to need to stop anyway because there just isn't enough gas then why not fill the plane?
I agree the 757 is wrong for TXL
. But we didn't have the aircraft to fly them without the 757 so we accepted the fuel stops. It was either that or don't fly them at all. So which would you prefer?
With the 787 taking over 767 routes you are going to see some of these destinations change aircraft very soon. And when they do I want you to come back to this thread and issue an apology to United employees for calling their airline unprofessional.