How should UA re-roll-out the 787?

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  1. Weatherboy

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    Sooner or later the 787 will be back in service and UA will need to promote how sophisticated & safe their new plane is.

    Do you think they'll do anything with a splash to re-introduce it?

    Or will they quietly re-introduce the fleet once the FAA gives it the all-clear?

    I personally think they should make a big splash....nearly equal to what they did for their initial IAH-ORD run. Load up the plane with reporters, engineers, UA fans, and the obligatory champagne-distributing CEO to show they're super-confident in it.
     
  2. Mackieman
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    With some rockets attached and giant explosions with fireballs in the background.
     
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  3. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Keep it quiet. Perhaps add "How to operate the fire extinguishers" to the safety demo.
     
  4. unavaca
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    It should get a fire-retardant-canon salute from the firetrucks.
     
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  6. desamo

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    The usual firehose ordeal seems appropriate.
     
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    First takeoff with JATO.

     
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    Isn't that a little overly ironic considering?
     
  9. desamo

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    That was my point, right? I suppose it needed a smiley.
     
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  10. Black Cloud
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    Sorry. It's early. And the Internet doesn't translate the sarcasm well.

    ETA: kudos to a pretty funny joke.
     
  11. jbcarioca
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    Did not an AF Concorde try that?
     
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  12. NYCUA1K

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    I'd say that they should put the best possible face on the re-roll out, including an even more splashy on board commercial in which Smisek would say something like "it takes a licking and keeps on ticking..." :D

    But, with a TPAC RT already booked on the Dreamliner, I will be happy if the bird just makes it back in the air by summertime...
     
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  13. AZjohn

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    If I was a betting man (which sometimes I am) I would bet the newUA (as well as every other airlines with 787's) go with the ultra-quiet/stealth re-introduction plan initially. They need to keep the camera's off with filming anymore of Jeff's pre-flight yee-haw for at least a year before he tries to get everyone back on his 787 band wagon
     
  14. HeathrowGuy
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    With a $250-$500 Dreamliner Avoidance Surcharge per segment on all itineraries where a 787 flight is available but the customer chooses another aircraft type. This will encourage customers to "flock" to the Dreamliner once it returns to service. :D
     
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    Kick it off with a partnership with Duracell; hand out free batteries to all passengers!
     
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    They could also include First Alert and hand out smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. ;)
     
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    Partner up with Radio Shack and offer a Free Battery Club Card to every 787 passenger.
     
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    On crutches with a big band-aid over the aft door where the batteries are
     
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    As a serious note it would seem imprudent to make a big deal about that, because most passengers won't notice anyway unless told, so why remind them? Anyway, they'll have months in which to decide how to handle relaunch, or so it seems. Boeing allegedly is doing no contingency planning regarding battery types, so it might even end out being longer than the pessimists claim. In the meantime both Airbus and Cessna say they continue plans to use li-ion, although probably different chemistry than those built for Boeing.
     
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    Thanks. Guess my deadpan was a little too spot on this time.

    I have a friend who really loves deadpan and hates smilies, so I've tried not to overdo it with the emoticons.
     
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    I agree. I think 90%+ of fliers have no idea what kind of plane they're on.
     
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    Quite a few years ago my company was hired to do a customer survey for a major international airline, one we all know. Roughly 3.5% of their passengers could identify any plane they flew, and the only plane they knew was usually the B747. Among members of their FF program, t numbers were only slightly different. 5.1% could identify when they flew the B747, but only 3% could identify any other airplane. Nobody knew the difference between any of the others. Th airline operated a fair variety of aircraft. Today I suspect they'd know an A380 too, but it would be amazing if they know the difference between 777, 767, 330, 787, 340.

    Sent from my iPad using milepoint
     
  23. dayone
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    Just fly the plane.
     
  24. KenInEscazu

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    Kinda makes me feel like a nerd. Not only do I know what kind of plane I'm on, I can remember most of the flights I've taken over the last few years (a lot) and what planes they were. Wish I could blame it on Milepoint, but it's more the reason I found Milepoint.

    Nerd or not, I wouldn't change it if I could. I still love to fly. My first flight was on a DC-9 as a 9 year old boy from DAL-LBB (or whatever the airport code for Lubbock was in those days). I was hooked from that day forward.

    I really want to fly on a 787, but I also really want to know that it is not going to catch on fire, lose its critical software, etc. Easy for me to say, as it's not my money tied up in all those dormant aircraft, but I'm willing to be very patient while they find and fix the problem beyond the shadow of a doubt.
     
  25. Golden Toque

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    On the 3 revenue 787 flights I've been on, I was amazed at the number of people snapping photos and talking about the plane. Although 90% might not know what type of plane they are on... I'd say 90% of UA flyers knew they were on the 787.
     

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