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United Airlines Bets Big On Its Boeing 767 And 777 Fleets

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United Airlines has held its widebody fleet sacred throughout the crisis. The carrier bucked trends by keeping its fleet intact and prepared to bring those planes out in a robust manner as the crisis subsided and passengers came back. Then, in February, the airline took a hit when a Boeing 777 suffered an engine incident over Denver, which later led to the temporary grounding of 52 Pratt & Whitney-powered Boeing 777s. To compensate, the airline brought back more 767s, and now, it continues… (simpleflying.com) Altro...

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mbrews
mbrews 2
Delta and American have decided to phase out ancient 767 and 777 fleets. By contrast, United goes cheap, retrofits wide body interiors & keeps operating the long-out-of production Pratt 4000 engine series.

IMHO, this resembles the Allegiant business model of flying obsolete MD 80s...

sparkie624
sparkie624 1
It also raises the profit margin at the same time... Fly nice planes for less money! Keep up good maintenance and you are just as good as a new bird, and look what they are doing with the CRJ-550 which has turned out to be a very reliable plane and very good service. Sometimes new is not better! I think they have a good plan that is working well
mbrews
mbrews 1
Yes it does raise the profit margin. But the infrastructure at Pratt (personnel, tooling, titanium fan blade suppliers) has Completely disappeared. If the FAA has grown a spine, they will investigate and de-certify the Pratt powered variant of B777.

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