Re: UAL 747?

From:         Pete Hughes <>
Date:         22 Jun 96 18:30:40 
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In article <airliners.1996.966@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Karl Swartz
<kls@ohare.Chicago.COM> writes
>Larry Stone wrote:
>>>It is scheduled for retirement by UA this September but as far as I can tell,
>>>that it will be one of the earliest of the the 747-1xx retirements is just
>>>because of when its overhaul (D-Check) is due, not its history.
>Pete Hughes replied:
>>to state that this is "one of the earliest retirements" is misleading.
>He means it's one of the earliest retirements of UA's 747-100 fleet.
>UA had 18, sold five to Pan Am in the early 1980s, then bought five
>ex-AA 747-123s in the later 1980s.  That fleet of 18 flew intact until
>last year, when the first was retired.  N4724U will be amongst the
>next several to go, while at least one of the even older 747-123s will
>be almost the last of the 18 to be retired.

My apologies to Larry (who has also written to me directly) - I read the
-1xx absolutely literally as referring to ALL -1xx series 747s, rather
than putting it in the UAL context of the posting!  My original figures
on the wider 747-1xx fleet stand.

Pete Hughes