Changes to Itinerary

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  1. sfo1
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    I noticed today when I was checking my numerous up and coming itineraries that one had in red an update for me. When I looked I found that on the trans atlantic segments that the aircraft had changed, it was a B767-400ER and now was changed according to UA to an Airbus A330-300. What? since when did UA have such and aircraft. After agreeing to changes and then looking at the itnerary once again, there it was B767-400ER not an A330-300, how in the world would UA even be able to show an A330-300 when they don't have them?
     
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    You discovered their secret unannounced growth plan in the face of the AA/US merger :)

    Just a little bug, it seems. Their website of course can display aircraft types that aren't operated by UA, since they sell tickets on partner carriers with those types. And so somehow your flight got miscoded while the change flag was on the record. Something similar happened a while ago with the 787 flights where a schedule change caused them to appear as A320s (I believe), but once the change was accepted it converted back to a 787.
     
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    But in fact there was no change, the 767 was the original aircraft, am glad it was not an airbus, don't really like them, am a Boeing fan.
     
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    Well, that's the thing... there was no actual change in the 787->A320 phantom change either. So the bug is that something caused the system to believe that there was an aircraft type change.
     
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    Every weekend pretty much for the past year or so the company has loaded massive batch jobs of schedule changes into the system. When they do these batch jobs a number of parameters on the flights go out of sync as they push all the different bits through the system. Eventually it gets to the end of the batch and by then everything is back where it is supposed to be. Seat assignments and aircraft types are the most common "surprises" that people see but they have, in nearly every case I've seen reported, gone back to where they should be by the end of the weekend. No need to worry about it at all.
     
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    Unless of course SHARES has you scheduled to depart your connecting city before you arrive at it.
     
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    And what, pray tell, does this have to do with the scenario the OP described?

    Even if rebooked with a misconnect I'd usually wait until the full batch of changes is run before calling in, just to make sure they don't have it taken care of already. But that's a far cry from the aircraft type description being incorrect for a few hours.
     
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    Your comment about 'don't worry about it' makes it sound like the SHARES auto-rebook engine functions perfectly. My experience is that it clearly does not. And this is an example of that. I have never seen an illegal connection correct itself, but hey, I'm not a GS.
     
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    Sorry you read it that way. My point was that typically one should wait until the full set of of changes runs before trying to fix things. IME that has been sufficient in most cases.

    I have, but, again, that's a quite different situation than the erroneous aircraft type.

    Neither am I. Doesn't have much to do with this bit from what I can tell.
     
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    This is nothing. There are numerous reports of the ZFV-EWR sector occasionally blipping to a E145 for a few hours every few weekends.

    Inquiring minds are still trying to work out whether they plan to load the darn things on flat-bed cars or if there's a secret runway in downtown Philly. ;)

    Sent from a place using a fruit thing.
     

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