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Old Feb 14, 11, 3:03 pm
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Q for the folks with a crystal ball

Once the merger is complete, are we likely to see new 747's in the fleet? Or will the one's currently being used by United be phased out. I have been with Co for years and years, and I do miss the o'l 747's
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Old Feb 14, 11, 3:14 pm
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Old Feb 14, 11, 3:14 pm
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Originally Posted by infomark View Post
Once the merger is complete, are we likely to see new 747's in the fleet? Or will the one's currently being used by United be phased out. I have been with Co for years and years, and I do miss the o'l 747's
Existing 747s are schedule to be replaced by A350, with the first A350 to arrive in 2016. Signed for 25 and have options on another 50 A350, so they will not need to introduce yet another widebody to their fleet.

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The 787 will replace the 767; the larger variant of the A350 will replace the 747. Ultimately, United intends to fly only three types of widebody aircraft: The 777, 787, and the A350.

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Old Feb 14, 11, 6:33 pm
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Originally Posted by reinballe View Post
Existing 747s are schedule to be replaced by A350, with the first A350 to arrive in 2016. Signed for 25 and have options on another 50 A350, so they will not need to introduce yet another widebody to their fleet.

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Oh dear. That's disappointing. I was assuming once the tired old UA birds were wound down the new airline would go back to being an all boeing fleet. It really is much nicer to fly CO knowing that I won't be supporting those clowns in France.
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Old Feb 14, 11, 7:58 pm
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It's doubtful that the 747-800 will ever be in the UA fleet with the A350s and B787s coming online. Bigger isn't always better - the A380 (while popular with fliers) has been a complete bus for Airbus from an investment standpoint. They're merely trying to just recoup some of the losses at this point.
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Old Feb 15, 11, 12:52 am
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Originally Posted by FreequentFlier View Post
Bigger isn't always better - the A380 (while popular with fliers) has been a complete bus for Airbus from an investment standpoint. They're merely trying to just recoup some of the losses at this point.
Random speculation?

240 firm orders are in... and the break even point is estimated to be about 420, which Airbus expects to reach in 2015 (actual deliveries will take longer)... In fact, earliest delivery for new orders is now 2015. Looks like it is selling ok and will make money for Airbus.
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