This may seem a daft question but whilst looking through the US majors fleets it hit me that hardly any of them have the 744 in their fleet, the only two that I can thinl of right now are NWA and United. Can anyone tell me why or if anyone lese uses 744s?
I talked to the UA fleet manager back in Nov and he told me that by Dec 02, the only 744 flts will be from LAX and or SFO to pacific destinations. He also said that UA as an airline just cant afford to operate them any other way and be profitable and that all their other routes would be replaced by 777s. Well it is mid February and what do i see everyday here in DEN? 4 or 5 UA 744s. Kinda makes me wonder if UA is really trying to survive?
I do know they are and have been retiring a bunch of them and plan to sell some to some foreign airline India, and Dubai i think but it seems the deal must have fell through?
either way, it will be sad to see these things go. they always get my full attention whenever i see one.
My uncle is a 747-400 United Captain as well as check airmen. I visit him sometimes when my parents go down to his house in Palos Verdes and last time I went, he didn't say anything out of the ordinary about the 744 fleet, except that being the airline is under big changes!
And here I thought he would somehow get me through the door when I'd get there.
Yeah I guess if you want to fly 747s you need to be rather international. Qantas, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines among others I belive are currently buying new 744s. A friend of mine flew on a 6day old Qantas 747-400ER from LA to Sydney about a month ago.
The only problem with the 744 is the cockpit is tiny! I was upfront over the pond not that long ago, and seriously it is really small compared to the 777 or any airbus. But as a pax being in the bubble is awesome, I was up there when I was about 7, and slept on the over head bins (they are down by your side) the whole flight!
Doug's right, if I remember correctly the 767-200 I was in had a larger cockpit than the 777-200. We went on the whole American fleet with the ORD CP some time back. I liked the 767 cockpit over any of them!
I've got a big poster of a 744 cockpit and it looks pretty cozy. I've been in a Learjet cockpit and the cockpit in the poster looks to be about the same size as the Lear, but with more headroom. Remember the cockpit in the 744 is up in the bubble, the front of the bubble for that matter, and its pretty damn narrow up there.