UNITED AIRLINES DONATES TWO AIRCRAFT TO CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS AS PART OF ITS COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION AND SAFETY
UNITED AIRLINES DONATES TWO AIRCRAFT TO CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS
AS PART OF ITS COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION AND SAFETY
CHICAGO, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced today that, as part of its commitment to aviation education and safety, it will donate two Boeing 727-100 aircraft this month to schools and airports in San Francisco and San Jose.
One of the planes will be delivered to City College of San Francisco and San Francisco International Airport. The other will be presented to San Jose State University.
"These aircraft have completed their useful lives as commercial planes in United's fleet, but they still have many productive years ahead in training tomorrow's aviation mechanics and airport emergency crews," said Stephen M. Wolf, United Airlines chairman and president.
"Future mechanics and airport firefighters and paramedics will have the opportunity to develop their technical skills on actual aircraft equipment.
"We sincerely welcome the opportunity to make an important investment in the future of aviation and the future of these excellent institutions," said Wolf.
The two aircraft were delivered to United in 1964. They have flown more than 65,000 hours and made more than 47,000 takeoffs and landings apiece.
The Boeing 727-100 is a tri-engine aircraft that United is phasing out as part of a major modernization program. New Boeing 737-300s and 737-500s are replacing 727-100s on short- and intermediate-range domestic routes.
The influx of 66 new Boeing 747-400s, 767-300ERs, 757-200s and 737- 500s for replacement and expansion next year, coupled with the retirement of 16 aircraft, will increase United's total operating fleet from 486 aircraft as of Dec. 31, 1991 to 536 aircraft by Dec. 31, 1992.
Meanwhile, the average age of the United fleet will drop from 11.2 years as of Dec. 31, 1991 to 10.3 years as of Dec. 31, 1992, through the combination of retirements of older planes and deliveries of new ones.
As Stage III planes, the incoming Boeing 737 aircraft meet all current and planned noise emission standards of the Federal Aviation Administration. As such, they represent a major advance in noise reduction beyond the Stage II planes such as the Boeing 727-100s they are replacing on routes United operates throughout the country.
The two planes being donated also have been repainted at United's Maintenance Operations Center in San Francisco in colors reflective of their new users. The plane going to City College of San Francisco and the San Francisco International Airport is painted on the right side with blue stripe and tail for the college and on the left side with a gold seal for the city of San Francisco plus a blue stripe and tail for the airport.
The plane going to San Jose State is painted white with a blue/gold horizontal stripe and a blue Spartan, symbol of the school, on the tail.
/CONTACT: Lynn Martenstein, 708-952-4933; Joe Hopkins, 708-952-5770, or at night, 708-952-4088; or Ann Thoma, 708-952-7501, all of United Airlines/
(UAL) CO: United Airlines ST: Illinois, California IN: AIR SU: SM -- NY085 -- 9373 12/04/91 16:39 EST