United Airlines will transfer three Boeing-737 aircrafts from its Guam fleet to the U.S. mainland in November, according to a letter issued to pilots by Howard Attarian, senior vice-resident of flight operations.
The Tokyo Narita-Seoul Incheon route, currently flown by a Guam-based Boeing 737-800 aircraft, will reportedly be discontinued in late 2017.
Transferring the aircraft out of Micronesia will allow the Star Alliance carrier to utilize the planes more fully, Attarian said in the letter, which was reported by FlightGlobal, an airline industry analyst. Boeing-737s currently fly about four hours per day out of Guam, but could be used for twice as long on the mainland, according to the letter. The transfer will be part of United’s ongoing domestic expansion.
According to FlightGlobal, Guam is the company’s smallest hub, filling 2.02 million seats in 2016. Current projections estimate an increase in seat capacity of approximately 2 percent in 2017.
In January, the company announced it would soon launch its first Boeing 777-300ER, featuring the United Polaris all-aisle access, lie-flat seat.
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