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United Airlines Fleet Updates [2022 Edition]

United Airlines Fleet Updates [2022 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:

pmCO
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)
73L - B737-900ER Slimline Config (3413-3442 & 3479: 20/42/117), (3443-3478: 20/39/120) (3479 Sky Interior and Space bins)
37E - B737-MAX8 Slimline 16/54/96): Sky Interior and Space bins
37X - B737-MAX9 Slimline
20/48/111): 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)
78H - B787-8 (28J/21PP/38E+/158Y)
78Z - B787-9 (48/88/116 config)
78P - B787-9 (48J/21PP/39E+/149Y config)

77E - B777-200ER Polaris/PP (50/24/46/15

pmUA19F - A319 version 1 (12/36/78 config)
19G - A319 version 2 (12/36/78 config) (ex-CZ frames, different lavs)
20S - A320 version 1 (12/42/96 config)
20C - A320 version 2 (ex-CZ frames) (12/42/96 config), different lavs
37K - B737-900ER (20/39/120 a/c 3801-3810 ) (20/42/117 a/c 3811-3894 Sky - a/c 3895-3899 Space Bins
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.
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/BQN/BFM, 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 30, 21, 11:16 pm
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United Airlines Fleet Updates [2022 Edition]

Happy New Year, and welcome to the 2022 Fleet Thread

Picking up from the 2021 thread United Airlines Fleet Updates [2021 Edition]

Quite a few fleet changes occurred in 2021, recapped here:

In 2021:
772ER Polaris/PP modifications completed (last frame configured)
Pratt 772 and 772ER frames all parked
3x 789s delivered
788 Polaris/PE mods completed
789 Polaris/PE mods began again, only 10 frames remain flying in old configuration

764 Fleet returned to service
763 Hi-J Polaris/PP mods began again, only 2 parked frames in old configuration
752 slimline mods remain on hold
7M9 fleet all returned to service (30 total)

7M8 deliveries began, 16 total delivered
319 New First cabin layout completed

New livery painting continued

29 ER4s were added to the fleet (from parked)

4 ER4s were removed from the fleet
6 CR2s were added to the fleet

24 CR2s were removed from the fleet
18 CR5s were added to the fleet
8 CR7s were removed from the fleet
4 E175SCs were added to the fleet


Jan 2022 United Fleet & 2022 Outlook:

A319 fleet: 79 total remaining stored aircraft to return to service and used purchased fleet to enter service in 2022

A320 fleet: 97 total minimal changes expected, return of stored frames

73G fleet: 40 total in service Guam fleet parked, no changes expected, interior renewal to begin

738 fleet: 141 total no changes anticipated, return of last parked frames in 2022, interior renewal to begin

739 fleet: 148 total no changes anticipated, return of last parked frames, interior renewal to begin

7M9 fleet: 30 total deliveries resume in 2022

7M8: 16 total deliveries continue through 2022


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

753 fleet: 21 total no changes anticipated

763 fleet: 38 total 22x 46J/PP, 14x 30J, 2 in old config. Last 2 frames to get 46J configuration, 30J fleet to get PP update

764 fleet: 16 total Fleet returning to service. Polars/PP mods to begin later 2022

772 fleet: 19 total - domestic config, all parked, expect return to service


77E fleet: 55 total 51 in Polaris/PP config; 1 in 32F domestic config, 3 not yet converted; Pratt frames parked, expect return to service

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

788 fleet: 12 total all with Polaris/PP, no changes anticipated

789 fleet: 38 total - Polaris/PP modification ongoing, no other changes anticipated

78J fleet: 13 total - all with Polaris and PP, 8 deliveries expected in 2022

CRJ-200 fleet: 181 Total (64 Air Wisconsin, 117 SkyWest) plus 7 floaters Expect more retirements of this fleet in 2022.

CRJ-550 fleet: 55 total (all GoJet) More frames to be converted and enter service in 2022

CRJ-700 fleet: 19 total (all SkyWest) No changes anticipated

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

E175SC fleet: 45 total (25 SkyWest, 20 Mesa) No changes anticipated


E175 fleet: 153 total (65 SkyWest, 60 Mesa, 28 Republic) all reverted back to 76-seats, no changes anticipated

ERJ-145 fleet: 75 total (all CommutAir) Interior refreshes continue, expect a slight increase in this fleet type as the CR2 retires


** 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, 21, 4:24 pm
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Originally Posted by UAinAUS View Post

77E fleet: 55 total 51 in Polaris/PP config; 1 in 32F domestic config, 3 not yet converted; Pratt frames parked, expect return to service
according to the fleet site, isn't there a second one (2021) in mod line now in HKG converting into 77O ?
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Old Dec 31, 21, 4:55 pm
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"CRJ-200 fleet: 181 Total (64 Air Wisconsin, 117 SkyWest) plus 7 floaters – Expect more retirements of this fleet in 2022."

Awesome
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Hoping to see N475UA return to service in 2022. Sad to not see the retro jet flying around these days.
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Nice to see 764 mods will move forward.
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Old Jan 3, 22, 1:57 am
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UAX Update

CR5:
N518LR exited FTW in EvoBlu livery

CR7:
N527GJ (1999 build, ex-L5) entered STL for CR5 conversion
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Old Jan 3, 22, 7:51 am
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Originally Posted by PsiFighter37 View Post
Nice to see 764 mods will move forward.
Indeed!

I have a very soft spot in my heart for the 767's of ALL flavors... I even miss the 767-200's. I kept hoping the NMA would feel like a 762 just with better economies.

Now that said - if I'm reading this right ... by the end of 2022, the only frames left that will have non-Polaris lieflats will be the 757's (Diamond) and the domestic 777's (2-4-2's)?

I get not updating the 757's - they're (sadly) not long for this world... but the 777 Domestics... wouldn't it make sense to standardize those with Polaris seats and get the entire fleet into a single business class?
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Old Jan 3, 22, 10:51 am
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Originally Posted by dmurphynj View Post
Indeed!
I get not updating the 757's - they're (sadly) not long for this world... but the 777 Domestics... wouldn't it make sense to standardize those with Polaris seats and get the entire fleet into a single business class?
Considering these are meant to be domestic, my guess would be should United retrofit the Domestic 777s, they'd either install a modified version of the current domestic first class seat, or a new recliner style seat. I highly doubt we'll see them install the current Polaris seat. Although tbh id rather keep the current horrid dorm seats over a recliner.

Now, just patiently waiting for United to being the domestic cabin retrofits... cuz that 2025 deadline is starting to seem a tad bit too ambitious... anyone got any idea when retrofits should begin?
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Old Jan 3, 22, 11:13 am
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Originally Posted by itripreport View Post
Considering these are meant to be domestic, my guess would be should United retrofit the Domestic 777s, they'd either install a modified version of the current domestic first class seat, or a new recliner style seat. I highly doubt we'll see them install the current Polaris seat. Although tbh id rather keep the current horrid dorm seats over a recliner.

Now, just patiently waiting for United to being the domestic cabin retrofits... cuz that 2025 deadline is starting to seem a tad bit too ambitious... anyone got any idea when retrofits should begin?
I get the logic but I hope that's not on *anyone's* radar. They should have more than enough Diamond and/or 2-4-2 seats (I forget who built those!) hanging around to retrofit or update any birds that need them.

Given that we're hearing the A321's are slated for lie-flats, I sure hope like heck they wouldn't downgrade any transcon-style birds (like those domestic 777's) to recliners. Not sure there's any cost savings to be had in doing so except maybe packing more self-loading cargo in. And even then, I'm not sure a recliner layout would allow any more seating.

As a domestic flyer, I get kinda grumpy when management treats domestic flights like a Greyhound. Truly, there's little stage length difference between, say, EWR-SFO and EWR-LHR. The fact that the service is so dramatically different makes me bonkers. (Of course, I say that as someone who only crosses the border for vacation reasons, never for work ....)
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2-4-2 seats (I forget who built those!)
Also B/E, custom for UA.

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As a domestic flyer, I get kinda grumpy when management treats domestic flights like a Greyhound. Truly, there's little stage length difference between, say, EWR-SFO and EWR-LHR. The fact that the service is so dramatically different makes me bonkers. (Of course, I say that as someone who only crosses the border for vacation reasons, never for work ....)
If only they could get the same margins on those routes.
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Informative stuff! I've booked myself flights in Polaris to (SFO-NRT, and HND-ORD) at the tail end of August/beginning of September, both being flown by 789s in the old configuration. Hoping by then more retrofits have been done.

The official tracker says they should be done by "Summer 2022". Looks like they made decent progress over 2021. For those of you who have kept a closer eye on this, what do you think the chances are that most of the fleet is in the new configuration by then?
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Originally Posted by sameruval View Post
Informative stuff! I've booked myself flights in Polaris to (SFO-NRT, and HND-ORD) at the tail end of August/beginning of September, both being flown by 789s in the old configuration. Hoping by then more retrofits have been done.

The official tracker says they should be done by "Summer 2022". Looks like they made decent progress over 2021. For those of you who have kept a closer eye on this, what do you think the chances are that most of the fleet is in the new configuration by then?
While nothing is certain in this crazy world...I'm pretty confident they'll have the 789s done by then, and if not, probably the last of them will be Xiamen for their retrofits...As long as they continue modifying 3 at a time like they're doing now.

But also note that the 789 on the schedule right now is a placeholder. I don't think anyone, even UA, knows what aircraft will be flying any given route in August yet. But since UA doesn't run 767s (of any kind) to Asia, I think you'll be safe with one true Polaris seat or another.
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Of note from the ExecutiveTravler article regarding the UA/VA link-up:

Patrick Quayle, United’s senior vice president of international network and alliances, said the following about the 787-9 J upgrade:

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Of the 10 remaining non-PL 789's, how many are actually flying? I'm planning to fly ORD-BRU and FRA-ORD in mid-late Feb. Currently both show the non-PL 789 seatmap.
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Of the 10 remaining non-PL 789's, how many are actually flying? I'm planning to fly ORD-BRU and FRA-ORD in mid-late Feb. Currently both show the non-PL 789 seatmap.
My understanding that all routes that are NOT selling Premium Economy always have the non-Polaris seatmap until an aircraft is actually assigned, which is a few days before flight. And on rare occasion can change back due to IRROPs and other factors. So seeing a non-Polaris seatmap is to be expected at this point -- this is how it has worked system-wide since the beginning of Polaris retrofits.
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