eamondzhang wrote:Well given both DEL and BOM were 77W routes before suspension I figure UA should be planning to come back whenever possible
I would say using 77W is a good indicator on how routes performed or they would have stick the routes with 77E or even downgauge to 788 if needed be
77H wrote:Yes they will return. Not to mention UA previously announced SFO-DEL which is to start in late October as well.
My guess is UA “kicked the can down to road” because they’ve found having the 77Ws handy for boosting capacity given the impact of the MAX groundings. Think of it as trickle down capacity. 77W replaces a 77E/A which replaces a... and so on...
While their were only 14 MAXs in the fleet at the time of the grounding, more were scheduled to be inducted over the summer. UA forecasted with that in mind which leaves them and other MAX carries facing a deficit. Since BOM/DEL were suspended due to “external forces” at least 2 77Ws are free to boost/backfill capacity wherever they are needed. No need to rush back into resuming service when there’s a need for them elsewhere at the moment. I think this is evident, anecdotally by the number of 77Ws operating into HNL as of late.
Which leads me to another point. I’ve noticed a growing number of cancelations and delays at UA over the summer. I’ve deduced, right or wrong that this may be again due to the MAX groundings, in that UA is keeping aircraft that would normally be cycling into scheduled maintenance, in service to try and maintain their schedule. The freed 77Ws can help in this scenario as operating as “spares” for equipment subs when another plane goes AOG.
anshabhi wrote:Sorry not happening. I see UA flights reinstating in less than a week and SFO-DEL to start as on schedule
DTWLAX wrote:anshabhi wrote:Sorry not happening. I see UA flights reinstating in less than a week and SFO-DEL to start as on schedule
You see UA reinstating BOM and DEL in less than a week?
UA just put out a memo saying BOM and DEL are suspended until the end of October.
UALifer wrote:dmstorm22 wrote:It's bookable starting post 10/26 (or at least it is on 10/30 where I have a EWR-BOM booking).
The 10/26 date seems really specific....?
10/27 is the start of the IATA winter season.
PatrickZ80 wrote:I don't think they will return to India, at least not on a big scale. After all they have their partner Lufthansa to cover anything beyond Europe such as India. Lufthansa has a reasonable presence in India and the Lufthansa hubs are very well connected to the USA by both United and Lufthansa. As such, they can funnel the demand between anywhere in the USA and anywhere in India through Frankfurt or Munich.
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