United Airlines has announced that due to surging fuel costs, it will be grounding 6 Boeing 747-400s for an extended period of time until the price of fuel drastically reduces thus warranting the return of its B 744s to be used on certain long haul routes.
As a result, UA has announced major capacity changes to its international network for the upcoming Winter 08-09 season:
IAD/PEK - reduced from daily B 744 to daily B 772ER
SFO/LHR - capacity reduced to double daily B 772ER
SFO/KIX - capacity increased from daily B 772ER to daily B 744.
ORD/PEK - capacity reduced from daily B 744 to daily B 772ER.
ORD/FRA - capacity reduced to double daily B 772ER.
ORD/FCO - capacity reduced from daily B 763ER.
IAD/GRU - capacity increased from daily B 763ER to daily B 772ER.