United To Replace 747s On US-Australia Routes

United Airlines is to replace the 747-400 aircraft it uses on its Australia-US route with smaller 777s. Updating its fleet with smaller aircraft will reduce capacity on the trans-Pacific route from 374 to 269 passengers per flight, which should in turn increase yields. The carrier will roll out its fleet replacement on April 1 on routes from Sydney and Melbourne to San Francisco and Los Angeles. "The 777 will be the ideal aircraft for our Australia routes in terms of both capacity and customer amenities," said James Mueller, United's VP of Atlantic and Pacific sales.

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