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Old Mar 14, 07, 6:41 pm
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UA 744 in Rockford!

That must be a sight...... flight 938 from Denver diverted to Rockford due to ORD weather.
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Why would a 747 be doing in Denver in the first place anyway?

Nothing It'l goes out of there ... and not with a 747?
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Originally Posted by worldtrav View Post
That must be a sight...... flight 938 from Denver diverted to Rockford due to ORD weather.
And here I just thought there had been a *MASSIVE* response to the "fly anywhere in the US for $100" special.
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Old Mar 14, 07, 8:57 pm
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Why would a 747 be doing in Denver in the first place anyway?

Nothing It'l goes out of there ... and not with a 747?
May be related to a shortage of 777's due to the 2 that are out of service in London, and have been for some time.
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I believe the plane that becomes UA 940 arrives from DEN at ORD... perhaps as UA 908?
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Originally Posted by ozstamps View Post
Why would a 747 be doing in Denver in the first place anyway?

Nothing It'l goes out of there ... and not with a 747?
The past 3 times I've been there i've seen them operating the ORD-DEN flights to clear the backlogs. Also maybe something to do with the 2 777's sitting broken in LHR?
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Old Mar 14, 07, 9:01 pm
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Originally Posted by worldtrav View Post
May be related to a shortage of 777's due to the 2 that are out of service in London, and have been for some time.
Possibly, My red eye SFO-ORD flight last night subbed a 747 in place of a domestic 777. I think they're moving a bunch of stuff around.
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Originally Posted by Yankflyer View Post
Possibly, My red eye SFO-ORD flight last night subbed a 747 in place of a domestic 777. I think they're moving a bunch of stuff around.
that is one redeye I would like! did you UG? was it full?
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Originally Posted by Yankflyer View Post

I think they're moving a bunch of stuff around.
Should be more of it!

I remember last year checking into SYD-SFO-IAD and agent asking what seats we wanted on the 747 to IAD.

I cockily told her the 747 did not service IAD, but it was a 777, and we already had row 8.

She smiled and handed over boarding passes for exit rows 15A/B that we had on the SYD flights, also for SFO-IAD ... they'd subbed the 747 and no-one else had woken up to ask for row 15 yet.

What a use of a single SWU that was.
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Old Mar 14, 07, 9:14 pm
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that is one redeye I would like! did you UG? was it full?
blah, that's a hellishly short red-eye already. The 747 is the fastest plane in UA's fleet and would just make it even shorter.

I've stepped out of the terminal before 5am more than a few times after that flight. ugh. I used to wonder if the pilots would take bribes to back off the gas a little bit or do some big loops on the way.
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blah, that's a hellishly short red-eye already. The 747 is the fastest plane in UA's fleet and would just make it even shorter.

I've stepped out of the terminal before 5am more than a few times after that flight. ugh. I used to wonder if the pilots would take bribes to back off the gas a little bit or do some big loops on the way.
Amen, brother. The last one I took (this month), the pilot bragged that we were arriving early. Groan. Interestingly, that was supposed to be a 777D, and got subbed to a 777XI/XC.
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Why would a 747 be doing in Denver in the first place anyway?

Nothing It'l goes out of there ... and not with a 747?
I've seen a 747 sitting at DEN recently, presumably remaining overnight as it was pretty late and there was no departure information at the gate - once on a Thursday night and again last Friday. Thought that was pretty strange as we don't get 747s too often at DEN.
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Originally Posted by ozstamps View Post
Why would a 747 be doing in Denver in the first place anyway?

Nothing It'l goes out of there ... and not with a 747?
747's in/out of DEN have been increasing lately.
Previous thread about this topic:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=667323

Pre 9/11, there was quite a bit of 747 routes in/out of DEN.
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Originally Posted by blort View Post
blah, that's a hellishly short red-eye already. The 747 is the fastest plane in UA's fleet and would just make it even shorter.

I've stepped out of the terminal before 5am more than a few times after that flight. ugh. I used to wonder if the pilots would take bribes to back off the gas a little bit or do some big loops on the way.
hehe I feel you for that one. I frequent PHX-ORD which is the shortest redeye in the system and TED plus often arriving in ORD in the 4am hour

Having a 744 would be neat for a redeye...recling seats but i don't think id want to wake up when i get to ORD
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Why would a 747 be doing in Denver in the first place anyway?
Dunno... but I've flown 747s DEN-SFO a number of times
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