United Airlines is pulling its final regularly scheduled LAX Boeing 747 flight in March. Photo credit: Simon_sees on Flickr, via wikimedia commons.
Rarely does a single airplane type have as much of a following as the Boeing 747 – the original double-decker passenger jet first introduced in 1970.
Thus, there was some disappointment in the aviation world last week when reputable website airlineroute.net reported that United Airlines is planning to replace the 747 it now uses for flights from Los Angeles to Sydney with a Boeing 777. United has been flying a 747 on that route for as long as most people can remember, though the two-engine 777 is generally considered a more efficient airplane. It has considerably fewer seats.
United’s decision has received its own 27-page (and counting) thread on the popular frequent flier message board, flyertalk.com.
There is some good news here, especially for passengers flying in economy class. United’s 747s still show only one movie at a time in coach. It 777s have personal video screens throughout, even in coach. The change is effective March 30, 2014, according to airlineroute.net
Sydney was United’s last regularly scheduled 747 flight from Los Angeles.
United Airlines announced this week that it’s just about finished installing flatbed business class seats on every long-haul international airplane in its fleet.
It seems easy enough, right? You just rip out the old seats and put new ones in their place.
But it’s not that simple. Condé Nast Traveler got an inside look at what it takes to transform a Boeing 777. In short, United rips the plane apart and then puts it back together.
Check out the whole photo galley. It’s worth a visit.
In news previously reported by the superb and remarkably complete Airline Route website, Thai Airways will fly three times a week starting in October between Los Angeles and Osaka, with ongoing service to Bangkok.
Thai Flight 695 will leave Los Angeles at 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and arrives in Osaka at 6:40 a.m the following day. The return flight, Thai 694, leaves Osaka at 10:45 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It arrives in Los Angeles at 3:50 p.m. Thai will use a Boeing 777-300ER for the flight. Service begins at the end of October.
The flight complements Thai’s four times a week service to Seoul, which also continues onto Bangkok.
Thai previously flew nonstop between Los Angeles and Bangkok on an Airbus A340. But those four engine planes have fallen out of favor with airlines due their high operational costs.