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United Airlines to fly to Tahiti

United Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N28912 (msn 34828) LHR (SPA). Image: 931147.

United Airlines (UAL) has announced it will begin service between San Francisco and Pape’ete, the capital of Tahiti, the South Pacific’s gateway to more than 118 islands in French Polynesia including Bora Bora, Moorea, the Marquesas and Raiatea. United is the only U.S. carrier offering nonstop service to Tahiti from the mainland United States.

United will operate nonstop service, three times weekly with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft between its San Franciscohub and Fa’a’ā International Airport (PPT), beginning Oct. 30, 2018, through March 28, 2019, subject to government approval.

Winter 2018 schedule – Subject to government approval

Flight

City

Frequency

Depart*

Arrive*

UA 115

SFO – PPT

Tues/Thurs/Sun

2:45 p.m.

9:25 p.m.

UA 114

PPT – SFO

Tues/Thurs/Sun

11:45 p.m.

9:50 a.m. next day

*Flight Times Subject to Change

United’s Long History Connecting Customers to the Pacific Islands

United’s love affair with the Pacific islands started more than 70 years ago and continues today. It began in 1947 with United’s first flight across the Pacific from San Francisco to Honolulu, making the Hawaiian Islands an easily accessible destination for tourism and business. Today, United offers more flights between the mainland and the Hawaiian Islands than any other U.S. carrier.

In 1968, United expanded its Pacific network linking the Hawaiian Islands, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Guam. Today, nearly half a century later, United’s Island Hopper – Flight 155 – departs Guam in the morning and makes a series of five, one-hour flights to the islands of Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae; Kwajalein and Majuro. In addition to the airline’s popular Island Hopper service, United connects customers from Guam to other island destinations including Palau, Yap and the Philippines.

In 1986, United began nonstop service from its West Coast hubs in the U.S. to Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. Today, United is the largest U.S. carrier to serve Australia, offering the most seats to Sydney and Melbourne with its daily nonstop service from San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Building its powerful Pacific network, last year United began nonstop service from San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand, becoming the largest mainland U.S. carrier to serve the City of Sails.

French blue had recently announced plans to serve Tahiti from Paris via a technical stop in San Francisco.

Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N28912 (msn 34828) LHR (SPA). Image: 931147.

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United is looking closely at ExpressJet Airlines

United Express-ExpressJet Airlines Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR)  N36915 (msn 145421) LGA (Ken Petersen). Image: 924301.

According to Reuters, United Continental Holdings, Inc. (United Airlines) is considering acquiring an ownership stake in ExpressJet Airlines in order to improve its supply of pilots. Negotiations are reportedly continuing with owner SkyWest. United does not own a regional carrier outright, unlike its competitors.

ExpressJet operates as an United Express carrier. However it also operates for American and is winding down its relationship with Delta.

Previously on August 9, 2017, ExpressJet Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc., announced the initiation of its defined long-term strategy:

  • Long-term agreement secured with United Airlines. As part of this plan, ExpressJet has secured a new, five-year extension of its United Airlines ERJ 145 contract, effective January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2022. The agreement enhances ExpressJet’s United partnership and provides long-term stability to its model. It also provides ExpressJet pilots with continued access to United’s Career Pathway Program. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
  • Early termination of Delta CPA. Additionally, ExpressJet and Delta Air Lines mutually agreed to initiate the wind-down of its remaining dual-class flying agreement under the Delta Connection brand, allowing ExpressJet opportunities to place aircraft with other partners. The agreement, which includes 28 CRJ900s and 33 CRJ700s, was previously scheduled to expire beginning in 2019. The aircraft financed by Delta, including all CRJ900s, will be returned to Delta beginning in fourth quarter 2017; ExpressJet expects to transition other aircraft previously operated under its Delta agreement to other major partners throughout 2018.
  • Agreement with American for eight additional CRJ700s. As part of this realignment, ExpressJet has secured an agreement with American Airlines to transition eight additional CRJ700s to its American Eagle operation. That transition is expected to take place during second quarter 2018.

Copyright Photo: United Express-ExpressJet Airlines Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N36915 (msn 145421) LGA (Ken Petersen). Image: 924301.

United is bringing United Express service to Wilmington, NC

United Express-Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N21130 (msn 14500704) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 929955.

Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is thrilled to welcome United Airlines to Wilmington, North Carolina.  United Airlines will add two new nonstop routes between ILM and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and between ILM and Dulles/Washington DC area (IAD).  The new daily nonstop flights will begin April 9, 2018.

The new daily flights to both hubs will be operated by Trans States Airlines.

Copyright Photo: United Express-Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N21130 (msn 14500704) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 929955.
 

United to add 12 new United Express routes in 2018

United Express-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N964SW (msn 7868) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936126.

United Airlines is adding 12 new routes operated by United Express carriers (mostly by SkyWest Airlines) in 2018:

Chicago O’Hare – El Paso (April 9, 2018) – daily Embraer 170 (Republic Airlines)
Chicago O’Hare – Fresno (June 7, 2018) – daily Embraer 175 (SkyWest Airlines)
Denver – Jacksonville FL (April 9, 2018) – daily Embraer 175 (SkyWest Airlines)
Denver – Liberal (February 6, 2018) – 6 weekly Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Denver – North Platte (February 1, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Denver – Pueblo – Liberal (February 6, 2018) – 6 weekly Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Denver – Scottsbluff (January 30, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 by SkyWest Airlines)
Los Angeles – Kalispell (June 7, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Los Angeles – Medford (April 9, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Los Angeles – Missoula (June 7, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Los Angeles – Redmond (April 9, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Newark – Elmira (April 9, 2018) – daily Embraer ERJ145 (CommutAir)

Update: On November 21, 2017 United Airlines made the official announcement:

United Airlines on November 21 announced it will offer customers more opportunities to travel from five of its U.S. hubs to 10 cities in California, Florida, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Texas beginning in April 2018. Additionally, the airline announced it will optimize its O’Hare International Airport (ORD) schedule to provide shorter connection times and more options for customers connecting through Chicago.

New year round service

United will now serve Wilmington, North Carolina from Chicago and Washington Dulles and Elmira, New York from New York/Newark. The full list of new routes includes:

Hub

New Destination

Frequency

Begins

Aircraft

Chicago (ORD)

El Paso (ELP)

2 flights daily

April 9

E170

Chicago (ORD)

Wilmington (ILM)

2 flights daily

April 9

ERJ

Denver (DEN)

Jacksonville (JAX)

1 flight daily

April 9

E175

Los Angeles (LAX)

Redmond (RDM)

2 flights daily

April 9

CRJ

Los Angeles (LAX)

Medford (MFR)

2 flights daily

April 9

CRJ

New York/Newark (EWR)

Elmira (ELM)

2 flights daily

April 9

ERJ

Washington-Dulles (IAD)

Wilmington (ILM)

2 flights daily

April 9

ERJ

New seasonal daily service from Chicago (ORD) and Los Angeles (LAX)

With United’s new summer service, more customers will have easier access to popular outdoor destinations like Yosemite National Park near Fresno; Glacier National Park near Kalispell and Yellowstone National Park near Missoula.

Hub

New Destination

Frequency

Begins

Aircraft

Chicago (ORD)

Fresno (FAT)

Daily

June 7

E175

Los Angeles (LAX)

Kalispell (FCA)

Daily

June 7

CRJ

Los Angeles (LAX)

Missoula (MSO)

Daily

June 7

CRJ

Enhancing operations in Chicago

Beginning in February 2018, a newly enhanced bank structure at O’Hare will mean shorter connection times and better access to more destinations for customers connecting through the carrier’s Chicago hub. This operations enhancement, already in place at United’s Houston hub, will enable United to greatly improve connectivity throughout its industry-leading global route network.

Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N964SW (msn 7868) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936126.

Video: United Airlines’ last Boeing 747 revenue flight SFO – HNL

United employees and customers come together to celebrate the farewell flight of the Queen of the Skies, United’s 747, from San Francisco to Honolulu.

In addition, a trip report by Sam Chui for the last 747 international flight:

United’s last Boeing 747 revenue flight

On November 7, 2017 United Airlines operated its last Boeing 747 revenue flight with flight UA 747 from San Francisco (SFO) to Honolulu (HNL). The last flight was operated with the pictured Boeing 747-422 N118UA. Flight UA 747 departed around noon almost an hour late due to a mechanical issue.

The aircraft is now expected to be ferried to Victorville, CA (VCV) for storage and final disposal.

Mark Durbin was there at SFO to record the historic departure. All photos by Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com.

United Airlines issued this statement and photos:

On November 7, 2017, United Airlines (UAL) flew – for the final time – a Boeing 747 aircraft, the jumbo jet with the unmistakable silhouette that once represented the state-of-the-art in air travel.

 

Serving as the ultimate throwback, the airline recreated the first 747 flight operated by United in 1970 for today’s historic farewell journey. Flight UA747 departed from San Francisco with service to Honolulu with more than 300 customers, employees and distinguished guests onboard.

From a 1970s-inspired menu to retro uniforms for flight attendants to inflight entertainment befitting of that first flight, the “Queen of the Skies” is being sent off in style. Seats for this flight sold out in less than 90 minutes when this farewell celebration was announced in September.

“The iconic 747 is a remarkably special aircraft that signaled a new era of air travel and was equally recognizable and beloved by our customers and crew alike,” said Oscar Munoz, CEO of United. “While today is bittersweet, we’ll continue to honor the Queen of the Skies’ game-changing legacy of connecting people and uniting the world with our next-generation of long-haul aircraft.”

The send-off began this morning at SFO with a gate party featuring a 747 gallery, 1970s costumes for use in a retro photo booth, a life-size retirement card for customers and employees to sign and of course, cake. Oscar Munozaddressed the crowd alongside State Senator Jerry Hill and executives from Boeing and Pratt & Whitney.

Upon landing in Honolulu, local employees will welcome the aircraft with final festivities to close out the historic day, including remarks from United leaders and Hawaii State Representative Henry J.C. Aquino.

747-400 Facts and Figures

  • The 747-400 ranks as the commercial airliner with the largest passenger interior volume, at 31,285 cubic feet.
  • At 231 feet, 10 inches from nose to tail, the 747-400 is roughly as long as five humpback whales end-to-end.
  • The wingspan (211 feet, 5 inches) is about 10 feet wider than the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • Its wings have a surface area of 5,650 square feet, bigger than a standard size NBA basketball court.
  • A typical trans-Atlantic flight uses over 5.5 tons of food supplies— more than the weight of a large Asian elephant.
  • The tail height is 63.8 feet, equivalent to a six-story building.
  • The aircraft contains 171 miles of wiring, enough to connect New York City to Baltimore.
  • The 747-400 is one of the fastest passenger aircraft in service, with a cruise speed of 565 mph, more than twice as fast as a Formula One car.

United’s 747 Through the Years

June 26, 1970 United Airlines receives its first 747-100 complete with a christening ceremony fit for a luxury liner.

July 23, 1970 United makes its first 747 commercial flight, with a trip from San Francisco to Honolulu.

April 22, 1985 United announces its plan to acquire Pan Am’s Pacific routes, as well as 11 747SP planes. The 747SPs feature a 48-foot-shorter body and fly higher, faster, and farther than standard 747 models.

January 29-30, 1988 Friendship One, a 747SP owned by United Airlines, sets the around-the-world air speed record of 36 hours, 54 minutes, and 15 seconds. This special flight raises $500,000 for children’s charities through the Friendship Foundation. Tickets cost a minimum of $5,000, and special guest passengers included astronaut Neil Armstrong, famed test pilots Bob Hoover and Lieutenant General Laurence C. Craigie, and Moya Lear, the widow of Lear Jet founder Bill Lear.

June, 1989: United Airlines receives their first 747-400 which provides increased range.

September 1996A 747SP previously flown by United is transformed into NASA’s SOFIA, or Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, which carries a 17-ton, 8-foot-wide infrared telescope mounted behind an enormous sliding door.

January 11, 2017United announces that it will retire the 747-400 fleet in the last quarter of 2017.

July 28, 2017United schedules a special domestic flight from Chicago O’Hare to San Francisco to allow more customers to experience the Queen of the Skies.

October, 2017: United employees get a chance to say goodbye to the 747 when the aircraft goes on a farewell tour with stops at each of the carrier’s U.S. hubs.

October 29, 2017United flies its last international 747 flight from Seoul to San Francisco.

November 7, 2017United celebrates the retirement of the 747 with a fitting full-circle moment. A special retro event sees the aircraft flying from San Francisco to Honolulu—a nod to its first-ever flight back in 1970.

United Airlines operates the last Boeing 747 revenue flight today

United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N118UA (msn 28811) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 923734.

United Airlines is retiring the last Boeing 747 today (November 7, 2017) from revenue service with a special “farewell flight”, flight UA 747, from San Francisco to Honolulu.

Flight US 747 is due to depart at 11:00 am (1100) local time from SFO bound for HNL. The last flights is expected to be operated with pictured Boeing 747-422 N118UA (msn 28811) (above).

Crews will wear 1970s uniforms and 1970s style service.

The last flight is a salute to UA’s Boeing 747-122 inaugural flight (flight UA 181, 0900 – 1105) on July 23, 1970 between SFO and HNL with N4703U named “William M. Allen”.

Continental Airlines operated their first Boeing 747-100 revenue flight on June 26, 1970, on the Chicago (O’Hare) – Los Angeles – Honolulu route.

Stay tuned for photos of the last flight.

Top Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N118UA (msn 28811) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 923734.

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