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Discussion in 'United Airlines | MileagePlus' started by Infinite1K, Nov 12, 2011.
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Sitting at SFO, yet another United 747-400 that is being banished from the fleet.
I will miss you
Who is buying these birds?
(yes, I know, it's a different aircraft)
Its an outrage. We should be designated as an endangered species and stop this nonsense of the scrap yard.....
There should be a foundation for the preservation of these birds.....
Iran bought three.
They are allowed to sell them to iran?
Aside from the embargo on Iran... three UA 747? I don't think they have sold that many. Didn't the last fleet update mention just one 747 leaving the fleet?
No they bought three a couple of years ago when UA was in bankruptcy. BlueSky airways brokered the deal sending the airliners to Manhan Air. I think the USFG got involved and stopped the last two from going to them
So that's what it was, a couple of weeks ago there was another one whose paints were removed just like the picture above.. Or is it the same plane?
Wonder why they bothered to remove half the tulip... (I think I know why they didn't remove the rest)
that tulip is on the rudder. As a control surface it may have been too risky. I've seen that before when they paint them to, the rudder is always handled separately
Right. When I toured the Everett Boeing factory, all the work-in-progress 787s had a painted rudder installed while the rest of the aircraft was still unpainted. Eg.
But my point really was: why bother removing the paint when it's still fairly obvious what the livery was before the name removal.
Because the tulip and old paint scheme is a distant memory, and anyone who still associates this livery with UA is a fool who needs electroshock therapy while sitting in front of the putrid new livery.
My guess (and it's just a guess) is that whoever is leasing it had the logo removal as part of the lease agreement. They probably have a rudder already painted or will paint it when it gets turned over.
The plane could be needed quickly and the new operator wants it operational ASAP.
Don't be a prat.
What you said......
whats a prat? .....it can't be a term of endearment can it?
According to the definitions on urban dictionary, it's most definitely NOT a term of endearment. It's a British term meaning idiot or fool.
Why would selling an old 747 to Iran be an issue.... not that is has much advanced technology, or....?
Also, what is UA replacing these with... I assume they are a 747-800 launch customer...??
Why would we want to sell anything to Iran, the less technology they have about anything the better, Lots of room in a 747 to carry bombs, or missiles or maybe just crash it into something big. That's alll we need selling a weapon of some mass distruction to an enemy of the US.
LH is launch customer on passenger 747-8i. United as far as I can tell has not ordered any.
The A350 is currently on the books as the replacement for the 747s in the UA fleet plan. The 748i is not on the fleet plan.
Makes sense, not a lot of airlines are interested in 4-engined airplanes these days.
I don't think that's a big concern. They already have a flying museum. We just don't want to do any business with them that in any way props up the government or economy.
They can leave in the relic of their Barcalounger Business Class seats so the Iranians can understand how we Americans suffer on these long haul flights...