speedbird52
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When did United introduce the 747-400 into service?

Sat May 18, 2019 12:35 am

I am making a flight sim cinematic video as a tribute to the 744. I want to go over important dates and events in the 744s life time in its service with Northwest, Delta, and United. What date did the 747 enter service with United? Are there any particular ground breaking events in a US airlines history that occurred thanks to the 744? I plan to include a shot over the pacific showing how it was the workhorse for TPAC flights for years, and mention how it allowed Northwest to begin DTW-NRT direct flights. Thanks in advance!
 
Transpac787
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Re: When did United introduce the 747-400 into service?

Sat May 18, 2019 12:47 am

speedbird52 wrote:
mention how it allowed Northwest to begin DTW-NRT direct flights. Thanks in advance!

Northwest had actually served DTW-NRT for years, using 747-200, long before the 747-400 joined the fleet in 1989.

Northwest also used their 747-200's on the longer routes of JFK-NRT and even JFK-OSA (before KIX was opened in 1994).
 
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Re: When did United introduce the 747-400 into service?

Sat May 18, 2019 12:51 am

1989
 
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Re: When did United introduce the 747-400 into service?

Sat May 18, 2019 12:52 am

caflyboy wrote:
1989

I was hoping for a little more specific date than that as I figured out 1989 with Google
 
speedbird52
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Re: When did United introduce the 747-400 into service?

Sat May 18, 2019 12:52 am

Transpac787 wrote:
speedbird52 wrote:
mention how it allowed Northwest to begin DTW-NRT direct flights. Thanks in advance!

Northwest had actually served DTW-NRT for years, using 747-200, long before the 747-400 joined the fleet in 1989.

Northwest also used their 747-200's on the longer routes of JFK-NRT and even JFK-OSA (before KIX was opened in 1994).

Interesting. Thanks for telling me!
 
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Re: When did United introduce the 747-400 into service?

Sat May 18, 2019 1:13 am

MSN 24322
L/N 733
Model 747-422
Delivery 30/06/1989
Reg N171UA
Service 04/08/1989
Stored 08/10/2015
Scrapped 06/04/2018
Last edited by BAorAB on Sat May 18, 2019 1:14 am, edited 1 time in total.
 
Transpac787
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Re: When did United introduce the 747-400 into service?

Sat May 18, 2019 1:14 am

This page may be of some assistance to you, giving exact timeframes (and type of 747.... -100/200, SP, or 400) that operated United's various domestic and oceanic routes, over the years.

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... 1970-2017/

Scroll down to the sections entitled "United Boeing 747 Domestic Routes 1979 – 2017" and "United Boeing 747 International Routes 1983 – 2017"
 
speedbird52
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Re: When did United introduce the 747-400 into service?

Sat May 18, 2019 10:55 am

BAorAB wrote:
MSN 24322
L/N 733
Model 747-422
Delivery 30/06/1989
Reg N171UA
Service 04/08/1989
Stored 08/10/2015
Scrapped 06/04/2018

Thanks! For future reference may I ask where you got the info from?
 
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Re: When did United introduce the 747-400 into service?

Sun May 19, 2019 12:47 am

Year: 1989
Registration: N172UA
Retired: 2006 (I am not entirely sure why United retired this plane)
Status: Had been stored since 2009, until recently ordered by Ghanaian airline Smile Air

Source: https://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Uni ... y-b747.htm
 
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Re: When did United introduce the 747-400 into service?

Mon May 20, 2019 6:52 am

What was UA's first 747-400 flight?
 
BAorAB
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Re: When did United introduce the 747-400 into service?

Tue May 21, 2019 5:13 am

speedbird52 wrote:
BAorAB wrote:
MSN 24322
L/N 733
Model 747-422
Delivery 30/06/1989
Reg N171UA
Service 04/08/1989
Stored 08/10/2015
Scrapped 06/04/2018

Thanks! For future reference may I ask where you got the info from?


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