Fri, Oct 30, 2009
Final Flight Included Stops At Every United Hub
After a career that spanned 41 years, United Airlines has
officially retired the last of it's B737's after a final flight
from Dulles Airport near Washington, DC to San Francisco. The final
flight landed at every United hub in the U.S.
United first began flying the medium-range airliner in 1968, and
the Chicago Tribune reports the airline was a key player in making
the jet the best selling airliner of all time. But the airline
grounded the planes last year as a cost-saving measure, and
Wednesday's flight marked the official retirement of the plane from
service with United.
The paper reports United eventually bought 233 of the
narrow-body aircraft, but decided to continue flying the newer
Airbus A320's when cuts had to be made.
Along with the fleet of 737's, United is also grounding six
747's and has furloughed 1,450 pilots as a cost-savings
While United will no longer be flying the 737, Boeing continues
to sell the airliner around the world, with more than 6,000 orders
over the aircraft's lifespan to date.
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