United has "Overwater" version of A320?

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  1. Infinite1K
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    Have I been completely oblivious of the safety cards on United A320s to have not noticed that there is an "Overwater" version of the A320?

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    I know the B757s have "Overwater" and "Regular" versions, but until the other day, I had not realized that the same held true for A320s.
     
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    I always figured that was for the SJU, SXM ect flights.
     
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    This version was used on my fairly-recent IAD-STT-SJU-IAD flights.
     
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    In my experience and memory, UA has always had them.
    Sometimes the briefing cards said "EOW" on them.
     
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    I thought they had had most A320's with the overwater kits. probably not, all that gear does weigh a ton.
     
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    They fly them DEN-CUN. Was on one last December. Felt like domestic. No one spoke Spanish and they charged for food.
     
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    Yes, but I don't think that's anything to do with "overwater" or not. I think the "B" type is the re-converted TED type with a smaller front galley (thus resulting in a different seat layout). Or were TED aircraft overwater-certified/equipped and the regular A320s were not?
     
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    Can the 320s be ETOPS certified? I always assumed they could not do HNL runs.
     
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    ouch! I did not think of checking that out. I didn't realize EWR-LHR was that short. :confused:
     
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    Yes, they can be ETOPS certified. The problem with HNL is that the headwinds westbound make flying it in a plane with that limited range a challenge. Put it on a short TATL, however, and you have reasonable diversion airports available so it becomes more reasonable.
     
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    Is the only difference between the "overwater" and regular that the OW have life vests instead of seat cushion floation or is there a greater range too?
     
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    As far as UA overwater A320s, the differences lie in the life vests instead of seat cushions and presence of large fancy covered inflatable life rafts like those found on TATL/TPAC aircraft.

    AC uses 319's for YYT-LHR, which is only a 2321 mile leg, so it's shorter than a transcon.
     
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    Yes there is an overwater version of the A320 and it always struck me funny ;) that on my flight say IAD-MIA or vv where the flight does a good portion over water (or right along the coast), it is not the over water version yet a transcon SFO-IAD is the overwater version :confused:
     
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  19. I've never really noticed on my recent flights...even the over water ones... *slap on wrist*
     
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    The 319 generally has more range than a 320. And, as I noted, there are much better diversion options for North Atlantic TATL crossings than the Pacific Ocean offers between California and Hawaii.
     
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    B6 has relatively few fuel stops these days, in large part due to reducing the number of seats in the cabin. And UA also has occasional fuel stops on the BOS-SFO flights that have been A320s in the worst of the winter headwinds. CO has had them on some of their 739s for EWR-SFO, too.
     
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    A good indication that they should use other equipment on such long routes :p
     
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    it could be worse
    They could fly these in the USA

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    Seat configurations have nothing to do with Over the Water configurations. I believe the seat configurations have more to do with the ex-Ted aircraft being mainlined again.

    As others pointed out, looks like UA does have two sets of A320s. The Over the Water configurations have the rafts, life vests, floatable seat cushions, etc. I believe the Over the Water configs are numbered 47xx versus 42xx for the regular ones.
     

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