From: BEN <Brian_Nahodil@cpqm.saic.com> Organization: SAIC Date: 01 Jun 95 05:01:02 References: 1 2 3 Followups: 1
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<snip> >The 747-SP31's AA leased from TW had the worst dispatch reliability of any >aircraft I ever worked around. When AA had their two -SPs on the JFK-LHR >and JFK-BRU routes, the passenger service staff would make bets to see >which one went out of service first... N601AA and N602AA will not be >missed! (but their registration numbers have since been reasigned to >some of the newer 757-223s) As a former International Gate Agent for United Airlines, I feel the need top add here my agreement about the 747-sp. For our European Service IAD-FRA, we used to use the SP until the many breakdowns forced the company to change use to IAD-SFO/ IAD-LAX or other trans-con flights. I can still remember the groans myself and other agents would make when we would see one of the Company's two SP's scheduled on our International Flights for the evening...as we knew it would be a very long night. In fact, I had to spend several "all-nighters" with stranded passengers at Dulles Aiport last summer (During the World Cup Soccer Tourny with no hotels to be found anywhere) when the SP failed us. Anyway, I believe United has since discontinued there use. Rumor has t that these SP's were part of the acquisition of Equipment from PAN AM, and though United completely overhauled the aircraft, it was still plagued with numerous problems. As PAN AM flew their equipment (pardon the expression here) into the ground. I am disapointed I won't be able to see and view the 777 and the results of a lot of planning by my fellow employee-owners, as my United days are over. I do enjoy reading this newsgroup and more info about 777 is greatly appreciated. Keep it coming.