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United Airlines Fleet Updates [2021 Edition]

United Airlines Fleet Updates [2021 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)
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)
37X - 737-MAX9 Slimline 20/48/111): Slimline Config (3413-3442 & 3479: 20/42/117), (3443-3478: 20/39/120) (3479 Sky Interior and Space bins)
75B - B757-200 Int'l Config (16/45/108)
75S - B757-200 Int'l Config (16/42/118)
75E - B757-300 Slimline (24/57/156 config)
76S - B767-400ER (39/70/131 with Y crew mod)
78V - B787-8 (36/70/113 config)
78H - B787-8 (28J/21PP/38E+/158Y)

78Z - B787-9 (48/88/116 config)
78P - B787-9 (48J/21PP/39E+/149Y 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
19F - A319 version 1 (12/36/78 config)
19G - A319 version 2 (12/36/78 config) (ex-CZ frames) (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
20F - A320 version ? (16/36/96 config) - Version abandoned
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/M - B777-200 Domestic (Versions 3 & 4 / 28F/102E+/234Y config)
77O - B777-200ER Domestic Version 32F/124E+/206Y config.
77Q - B777-200ER 3-cabin (20xx & 28xx Tail #s) & (27xx Tail#'s) ("Version 1"/ 8F/40J/113E+/108Y config)

77U/N - B777-200ER Polaris/PP (50J/24PP/46E+/156Y)
77X - B777-300ER Polaris/PP (60J/24PP/62E+/204Y)
78J(78X) - B787-10 Polaris/PP 44J/21PP/45E+/199Y config)

Here's what each of the facilities do historically:
Domestic Contract:
LCQ, Airbus heavy/medium maint, Airbus Inductions and mods, 319/320 reconfiguration, 763 paint
MIA, reconfiguration and maintenance, all except 787/777
DLH, Airbus maintenance
SAT 757 maint/reconfiguration, some 763 maintenance
INT, 737 & 757 maint.
TPA, 737 heavy maint, contract, but UA building own hanger
RFD, 777 ADS-B (completed)
ILN occasional 763 maint.
Domestic In House:
HOU, 737 heavier maintenance, some shorter mod work
SFO, Airbus D checks, heavy 772 maint, 737NG C checks, other maint.
MCO, 737/757 maintenance, some mods.
IAH, light maint, some mods
SEA, 77W, 787 delivery induction
DEN, IAD, 787 new delivery induction
Paint Facilities
VCV, AMA, CWF, FTW paint
International Contract:
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
PVG, 788 modifications/WiFi, GUM 737 maint
PEK, some widebody maint.

Services ended at:
MCN, PEK, SKF, VQQ

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Old Dec 31, 20, 5:00 am
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United Airlines Fleet Updates [2021 Edition]

Happy New Year, and what a year 2020 has been!!

Picking up from the 2020 thread United Airlines Fleet Updates [2020 Edition]

Despite the mass-grounding of large portions of the fleet, some fleet changes did take place this year.

In 2020:
2x 77Ws delivered
772ER Polaris/PP modifications completed but for 1 frame
772ER Domestic conversion only 1 frame completed (other 3 parked)

2x 78Js delivered
10x 789s delivered
788 Polaris/PE mods continued slowly 5 frames remain

789 Polaris/PE mods remain on hold
763 Hi-J Polaris/PP mods completed (17 frames)

Entire 28-J 752 fleet retired (13 frames)
752 slimline mods on hold

7M9 fleet deliveries began again 8 so far
1x A320 retired (leased to FlyBosnia)
319 New First cabin layout completed (except 4 frames in storage)
7x New used A319 delivered

New livery mods continued but are now on hold

107 ER4s were removed from the fleet
31 CR2s were added to the fleet
18 CR5s were added to the fleet
20 CR7s were removed from the fleet
16 E175SCs were added to the fleet



Jan 2021 United Fleet & 2021 Outlook:

A319 fleet: 76 total in service remaining used China Southern fleet to enter service in 2021, used EasyJet fleet to begin entering service in 2021

A320 fleet: 96 total minimal changes expected

73G fleet: 40 total in service some used frames from WN to enter service in 2021


738 fleet: 141 total no changes anticipated

739 fleet: 148 total no changes anticipated

7M9 fleet: deliveries began again 22 total today, expect 30 frames by end of 2021


7M8 and 7MJ: some mix of frames will likely be delivered in 2021. My bet is approximately 10 Max-8, with the Max-10 further delayed.

752 fleet: 40 total slimline mods may continue if capex allows

753 fleet: 21 total no changes anticipated

763 fleet: 38 total 17x 46J/PP, 14x 30J, 7 in old config. Unsure on future configuration plans

764 fleet: 16 total Fleet entirely parked. Future uncertain.

772 fleet: 19 total - domestic config, no changes anticipated

77E fleet: 55 total 50 in Polaris/PP config; 1 in 32F domestic config, 4 not yet converted

77W fleet: 22 total all with Polaris/PP, no changes anticipated

788 fleet: 12 total - Polaris/PP modification to complete in 2021

789 fleet: 35 total - Polaris/PP modification on hold (12 in new config), 3 deliveries expected in early 2021

78J fleet: 13 total - all with Polaris and PP, 8 deliveries expected in 2021

CRJ-200 fleet: 194 Total (64 Air Wisconsin, 130 SkyWest) plus 12 floaters Expect more deliveries in New Livery, plus the start of retirements of older frames in 2021

CRJ-550 fleet: 37 total (all GoJet) fate of this fleet will depend on GoJets sustainability, but expect more CR5s to enter the fleet in 2021 with GoJet or another operator

CRJ-700 fleet: 27 total (19 SkyWest, 8 Mesa) Remaining Mesa frames to be removed as E175SCs enter service. 20 retired Mesa frames likely candidates for CR5 conversion

E170 fleet: 38 total (all Republic) - no changes anticipated

E175SC fleet: 41 total (25 SkyWest, 16 Mesa) 4 deliveries to Mesa in early 2021

E175 fleet: 153 total (65 SkyWest, 60 Mesa, 28 Republic) currently all in 70-seat configuration due to scope clause, will revert to 76-seats when contract allows

ERJ-145 fleet: 50 total (all CommutAir) anticipate parked frames from ExpressJet and Trans States to continue to transfer to CommutAir in 2021. Likely around 70 total frames by year-end.


** note some of these UAX fleet numbers differ from the UA fleet plan because I have included all frames where UA does not include pro-rate contract planes
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Old Dec 31, 20, 7:15 pm
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Maybe a dumb question, but why do you think UA would be more likely to take the MAX 8 vs. the MAX 10 next year? The 752s (which the MAX 10 is ostensibly replacing for domestic premium travel) are higher on the retirement list, whereas UA has plenty of 737s of various makes to cover the routes the MAX 8 would fly.
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Old Jan 1, 21, 4:59 pm
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Maybe a dumb question, but why do you think UA would be more likely to take the MAX 8 vs. the MAX 10 next year?.
MAX 10 is not certified yet and that might not actually happen in 2021
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Old Jan 1, 21, 6:59 pm
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Originally Posted by PsiFighter37 View Post
Maybe a dumb question, but why do you think UA would be more likely to take the MAX 8 vs. the MAX 10 next year? The 752s (which the MAX 10 is ostensibly replacing for domestic premium travel) are higher on the retirement list, whereas UA has plenty of 737s of various makes to cover the routes the MAX 8 would fly.
Already beat to the answer . The 10 hasnt begun test-flying yet. And I also think the 10 will have more changes due to European regulations if Im correct? I think the entire program isnt ready yet and may not be in 2021.
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The lack of aggressive action to update the 789s is maddening. ULH without PP and Polaris is a blow.
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The lack of aggressive action to update the 789s is maddening. ULH without PP and Polaris is a blow.
If I were to bet, Id say in about two years, United will look back with regret that it didnt accelerate the polarization of the B789s.
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Old Jan 2, 21, 9:34 am
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If I were to bet, Id say in about two years, United will look back with regret that it didnt accelerate the polarization of the B789s.
That could well be, but right now they are burning ca$h
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Old Jan 2, 21, 12:49 pm
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Regarding the 789s. I understand the 2020 deliveries and 2021 deliveries have the GE PIP that allows better performance for ULH routes.
Currently there12 birds that should have the PIP and Polaris plus 2 non-PIP units with Polaris. There are 3 789s sitting in CHS that could be delivered right away.
So, UA will soon have 15 PIP units and 17 total Polaris aircraft that can be routed as a subfleet for ULH and whatever UA would deem as the highest Polaris priority routes. I know this doesn't give everyone Polaris, but can standardize many routes until cash burn slows/business travel returns and conversions can restart.
UA has put the priority on converting the 788s (5 remaining) as their Polaris and non-Polaris seat counts are quite different and swaps can be an issue.
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Regarding the 789s. I understand the 2020 deliveries and 2021 deliveries have the GE PIP that allows better performance for ULH routes.
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Thanks for reminding me Sort of slipped my mind when I'm doing zero travel

Nice to see the regulars posting .....
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If I were to bet, Id say in about two years, United will look back with regret that it didnt accelerate the polarization of the B789s.
Indeed. It is ridiculous given the routes ONLY the 789 can serve eg SIN, a business heavy route

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That could well be, but right now they are burning ca$h
. You dont save your way out of a dip. You strategically invest where you can take advantage as soon as things pick up. And they absolutely will pick up this year.

Key biz center to biz center routes will be sporting 15 year old hard product. Geez.
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You dont save your way out of a dip. You strategically invest where you can take advantage as soon as things pick up. And they absolutely will pick up this year.

Key biz center to biz center routes will be sporting 15 year old hard product. Geez.
It is the way that public companies are forced to act: all emphasis is on the next quarter. Its not always in the long-term interest of a company such as United. Ive learned to live with it!
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UAX Update

E175:
N93305 returned to service in 70-seat Version 3
N89308 returned to service in 70-seat Version 3
N85340 returned to service in 70-seat Version 3

CR7:
N502MJ ferried TUS
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As Bunky pointed out, UA pretty much has to finish the 788 conversions first. Versions 1 and 2 are largely non-interchangeable aircraft whereas the two 789 versions certainly are due to the Polaris seat counts.
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Indeed. It is ridiculous given the routes ONLY the 789 can serve eg SIN, a business heavy route

. You dont save your way out of a dip. You strategically invest where you can take advantage as soon as things pick up. And they absolutely will pick up this year.

Key biz center to biz center routes will be sporting 15 year old hard product. Geez.
Biz seats on SQ arent very good either and that's UAs main competitor. They have enough birds anyways to cover Singapore so UA is positioned ok. Would I like Polaris, absolutely but I think they are going to do fine.
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UAs long haul network is going to look very different in 2021 and beyond. I dont think its a foregone conclusion that ULH flying (to the extent it returns) will be in the older configuration for long, especially SFO-SIN. I would anticipate that it is among the routes with dedicated Polaris frames when it returns.
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