Jan 11 United Continental Holdings Inc
said on Wednesday it had advanced the retirement of 747s from
its service to the fourth quarter of this year from end-2018.
United will replace the Boeing 747 fleet, which it has been
flying since 1970, with other fuel-efficient, cost-effective and
widebody aircraft, Scott Kirby, president, United Airlines,
wrote in a blog. bit.ly/2iGGpTH
The No.3 U.S. airline by passenger traffic operated 22
747-400 owned and leased aircraft of its total 715 mainline
fleet as of Dec. 31, 2015.
Boeing Co said in July it would consider ending
production of 747s as it faced falling orders and pricing
The aircraft maker delivered a total nine 747s in 2016, half
the deliveries in 2015.
(Reporting by Rachit Vats in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj