United Airlines Fleet Updates [2019 Edition]

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The Fleet Status site is:
https://sites.google.com/site/unitedfleetsite/

At the site, you can find information about the interior features, livery, etc., for every plane in United's fleet.

United Airlines Equipment (Aircraft) Codes (via JOSECONLSCREW28)- code refers to type and configuration but not IFE:

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73S - B737-700 Guam Configuration (12/30/84 Slimline)
73G - B737-700 Slimline (12/36/78 config)
73R - B737-700 Slimline (12/36/78 config), former GUM and former Copa (PDE)
73Y - B737-800 Slimline Config (16/54/96 config)
73U - B737-800 Guam Slimline Configuration (16/42/108 config)
73Q - B737-800 Slimline (16/54/96) with SFP (a/c 3519 and above 16/48/102) 3528 and up Sky Interior, 3532 and up Sky bins
73C - B737-900 Slimline (20/42/117 config)
73L - B737-900ER Slimline Config (3413-3442 & 3479: 20/42/117), (3443-3478: 20/39/120) (3479 Sky Interior and Space bins)
37X - 737-MAX9 Slimline 20/48/111)
75B - B757-200 Int'l Config (16/45/108)
75E - B757-300 Slimline (24/57/156 config)
76P - B767-400ER (39/70/131 with Y crew mod)
78V - B787-8 (36/70/113 config)
78Z - B787-9 (48/88/116 config)
77Y - B777-200ER ("Version 2"/ 50/72/145 config)
77E - B777-200ER Polaris/PP (50/24/46/156)

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19S - A319 version 1 (8/42/78 config)
19C - A319 version 2 (ex-CZ frames) (8/42/78 config), different lavs
19? - A319 version ? (12/36/78 config)
20S - A320 version 1 (12/42/96 config)
20C - A320 version 2 (ex-CZ frames) (12/42/96 config), different lavs
20? - A320 version ? (16/36/96 config)
37K - B737-900ER (20/39/120 a/c 3801-3810 ) (20/42/117 a/c 3811-3894 Sky - a/c 3895-3899 Space Bins)
75K - B757-200 (formerly known as "ps") (28/42/72 config)
76C - B767-300ER 2-cabin non-Polaris (30J/49E+/135Y config)
76A - B767-300ER Polaris 2 class (30J/46E+/138Y config)
76L - B767-300ER Polaris/PP (46J/22PP/43E+/56Y config)
77G - B777-200 Domestic (Versions 3 & 4 / 28F/102E+/234Y config)
77J - B777-200ER 3-cabin (27xx Tail#'s) ("Version 1"/ 8F/40J/113E+/108Y config)
77Q - B777-200ER 3-cabin (20xx & 28xx Tail #s) ("Version 1"/ 8F/40J/113E+/108Y config)
77U/N - B777-200ER Polaris/PP (50J/24PP/46E+/156Y)
77T - B777-300ER Polaris/PP (60J/24PP/62E+/204Y)
78U - B787-9 AC# 968-972 48J/88E+/116Y config)
78X - B787-10 AC# 1001 and up 44J/21PP/45E+/199Y config)

Here's what each of the facilities do historically:
HKG, heavy widebody maint and reconf (also heavy GUM 737 maint); 763/772GE Polaris mods
XMN 772PW Polaris mods, 787 mod, 777/787 heavy maint
LCQ, Airbus heavy and some medium heavy maint, Airbus Inductions and mods, 319/320 reconfiguration
DLH, Airbus maintenance
MIA, reconfiguration and maintenance, all except 787/777
HOU, 737 heavier maintenance, some shorter mod work
SAT 757 maint
SFO, Airbus D checks, heavy 772 maint, 737NG C checks, other maint.
MCO, 737/757 maintenance, some mods.
IAH, light maint
SEA, 77W, 739 new delivery induction, some 789s as well
DEN, IAD, 789 new delivery induction
RFD, 777 ADS-B, previous: 752 scimitar winglets, 737NG reconfigurations, 753 slimlines
Paint: VCV, AMA, CWF, FTW paint
PVG, 788 modifications/WiFi
PEK, some widebody maint.

Services ended at INT and MCN - Appears services suspended or ended at PEK/PVG and the below
SKF 39M final induction installations

ILN some 763 maint
VQQ some 763 maint

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Old Jan 4, 19, 3:56 pm
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Originally Posted by EmailKid View Post
That is fascinating - the frame is exactly the same (one would assume), but the same wingtip would have to be certified for a different engine?
Upon further review I am actually mistaken... in the case of a winglet STC, it's only the airframe, so the APB scimitar STC will work for a PW-powered 757-200, but not for a 757-300. In fact, the STC bird was a recently-retired UA 757-222 with PW engines. Airframe/engine combo for STC is to be the same for certain mods, including those which impact propulsion. I was under the impression that the winglet mods also needed to have the same engine combo for controllability reasons, but it appears that is not the case. Still, for whatever reason, no PW 757 operators have adopted the scimitar mod, and I am surprised United hasn't gone this route, either. It would seem that Delta has not found the performance benefit of the split scimitar mods to be a worthwhile investment on its existing 737 fleet. APB claims a 1.1% fuel burn improvement over the baseline 757-200 with a blended winglet plus scimitar tip, while the blended winglet alone is worth about 5%, so a 6.1% advertised fuel burn benefit for the complete package.

That said, as you correctly point out, you'll see Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets on just about every passenger-carrying 757 (that's left) and some converted freighters. What you won't see, aside from the UA/FI 757-200s, is the scimitar tip, which is a small modification to the upper portion of the APB blended winglet. This:


or this:



rather than this:

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Old Jan 6, 19, 8:32 am
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73G:
N17730 exited SFO 2756/2Jan and is continuing as a Domestic unit.

With the savings at 1.1%, that comes to about $50k per year based on 750 gal/hour, 8 hours a day for 365 days and $2 per gallon fuel. Fuel is currently about $1.60/gal.

I can't find a price to upgrade a blended winglet to scimitar winglet for the 757, the the retail price of going from a 737 blended winglet to split scimitar is $575K.

If UA were to keep the sUA 752 for 4 years (2023), cost to install would have to be about 1/3 of the split scimitar cost to break even.
UA may have added scimitars to the younger sCO units for slight improvement in range for TATL flights - something the sUA units do not need. I doubt we'll see them on the 752.
Maybe with new aircraft (787/77W/359) coming online, the 772 range issue isn't as important, but I'd wonder if UA could save 5% on 772ERs with winglets - that would be huge, especially on HKG/India flights.
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Old Jan 6, 19, 7:06 pm
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Originally Posted by Bunky View Post
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Maybe with new aircraft (787/77W/359) coming online, the 772 range issue isn't as important, but I'd wonder if UA could save 5% on 772ERs with winglets - that would be huge, especially on HKG/India flights.
From what I read, 764 wing is designed differently from 763, and not really made for a winglet. My guess the same applies to 777s, otherwise they would be getting them.

A350 has something like that, but not nearly as much in proportion to the frame like a 37 or 57. Dreamliner has a bit of a lift, but a wing completely different, and of course 747-8 wing is kind of similar, and not at all like 747-4 winglets.
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Old Jan 6, 19, 7:11 pm
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I did some reading on the Internet today that said the 777 series has a raked wingtip that acts similarly, as well as suggesting that the winglet would not provide enough efficiency vs. the increased fuel needed to fly the plane. I am no expert on these matters at all...just relying on the top Google search results
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Old Jan 6, 19, 8:05 pm
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Originally Posted by EmailKid View Post
From what I read, 764 wing is designed differently from 763, and not really made for a winglet. My guess the same applies to 777s, otherwise they would be getting them.
764 wing is essentially the same as a 763, with the addition of a raked wingtip device, which serves the same function as a winglet. The same design as the 77W wingtip.

The 777 wing is a more modern, higher-speed design than the 767 and generates significantly less drag to begin with. I believe the issue with the 777 wing is that a blended winglet or raked wingtip would be large and require structural modifications, and the device even then would not deliver the same fuel burn benefits as the 757/767 blended winglet.
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Old Jan 6, 19, 11:06 pm
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The 764 does indeed have raked wingtips, which are more efficient than blended winglets that 763s have.
The 777 wing comes in two sizes,
200' wingspan which is for the 772A, 772ER and 773 non-ER - these do not have winglets or raked wingtips
213' wingspan is for the 772LR, 772F and 77W and have raked wingtips.
Raked wingtips is the reason that it is claimed that the 772LR is actually burns less fuel than the lighter 772ER on ULH routes.
787s have raked wingtips.
I agree the 772ER getting winglets may require too much structural work to be economical to install or sCO would have probably jumped on it pre merger.
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Old Jan 7, 19, 1:40 am
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N925EV (2003 build) has entered the UAX fleet with Skywest (globe)
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Old Jan 7, 19, 4:51 am
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Iím confused, where were those ATRs flying? Out of GUM?
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Old Jan 7, 19, 5:50 am
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Originally Posted by dinoscool3 View Post
Iím confused, where were those ATRs flying? Out of GUM?
I donít think there are any turboprops left in any part of the UA fleet anymore.
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Old Jan 7, 19, 7:02 am
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Originally Posted by dinoscool3 View Post
Iím confused, where were those ATRs flying? Out of GUM?
They flew between Guam, Saipan and Rota until 5/31/18. Mainline replaced the ATRs between GUM and SPN, ROP service was dropped.

The ATRs were notoriously unreliable while on GUM.
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Old Jan 7, 19, 8:38 am
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Not sure of the tails, but I noticed the following departing HKG yesterday. The ex-HA that was sitting outside on the ramp is now in the hanger, the 772 that was outside is also now in the hanger with an additional 772 also in the hanger. Again, probably not much help without tails, but I was too busy enjoying my Krug in CX F to get the info
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Old Jan 7, 19, 10:25 am
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New to the forum, hi everyone. Is there any way to know for sure whether a specific UA 777-300er has been refitted with premium plus?

I'm flying SFO-TPE tomorrow morning on UA 871. The seat map looks sort of cut-and-pasted right now, with seats J20-22 and C20-22 missing. When I called the premier desk, I was told that a re-fit is underway. They could not tell me for sure whether Premium Plus is now in place on my plane.

In the United App, my plane is "#2135", which I think is a serial number that corresponds to the tail number. No idea whether that info helps of course. Just hoping that if I provide enough details, one of you can verify whether I got the new PP seats. According to the seat map I'm in 22k, but again, the seat map for this flight looks noticeably different from the seatmaps found on United website and on SeatGuru.

Thanks for any help!
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Old Jan 7, 19, 10:32 am
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New to the forum, hi everyone. Is there any way to know for sure whether a specific UA 777-300er has been refitted with premium plus?

I'm flying SFO-TPE tomorrow morning on UA 871. The seat map looks sort of cut-and-pasted right now, with seats J20-22 and C20-22 missing. When I called the premier desk, I was told that a re-fit is underway. They could not tell me for sure whether Premium Plus is now in place on my plane.

In the United App, my plane is "#2135", which I think is a serial number that corresponds to the tail number. No idea whether that info helps of course. Just hoping that if I provide enough details, one of you can verify whether I got the new PP seats. According to the seat map I'm in 22k, but again, the seat map for this flight looks noticeably different from the seatmaps found on United website and on SeatGuru.

Thanks for any help!
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Fleet #2135 is N2135U, which does have the Premium Plus seats. You can see the entire fleet status on the fleet website here: https://sites.google.com/site/unitedfleetsite/ Itís maintained by some FlyerTalk members and is generally very accurate.
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Old Jan 7, 19, 10:42 am
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Thank you for an astonishingly quick reply! That's great news. Looks like I scored a nice PP seat at no extra cost.

Now if I could only be so luck on the way back home...
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Old Jan 8, 19, 9:35 am
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If I'm reading things right, 77W #2140 will do its first flight with PE installed Thu Jan 10, UA896 SFO-HKG. I'm on the flight in J, and there's no "Where is this plane coming from"; the Fleet site shows it as possibly in mod in SFO.
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