Facing a steady climb in domestic demand but border closures restricting international travel, United Airlines may soon start utilizing Boeing 737s from its Micronesia fleet on domestic flights. These aircraft are quite different than the rest of the United 737 fleet in terms of onboard amenities.
United Airlines May Utilize Micronesia 737-800 Fleet On Domestic Flights
United has told employees that the 737-800s (73U) typically based at Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport in Guam (GUM) may “temporarily” fly on domestic routes. United operates a subfleet of 737 aircraft for its “island hopper” service between Guam and Honolulu as well as to other destinations in Micronesia and East Asia. Air Micronesia (more colloquially and affectionally known as Air Mike) merged into Continental Airlines, which merged into United Airlines.
While the 73U has the same layout as two other 737-800s operating domestically (73Q and 73Y – 16 seats in first class, 42 seats in EconomyPlus, and 108 economy class seats), it is missing a trio of amenities passengers may be accustomed to:
- No Wi-Fi available
- No DirecTV available
- No streaming in-flight-entertainment (IFE) available
The seats do have pre-programmed movies available on the seatback screen. Power outlets are available in first class and EconomyPlus, like other United 737-800s. Placards are in English and Japanese rather than English and Spanish.
United Airlines may operate its Micronesia 737s on domestic routes in order to meet growing demand. Should that be the case, keep in mind that your flight will not have internet or streaming IFE onboard. Aircraft assignments are typically finalized 24 hours before departure, so check the “amenities” tab for your flight under flight status on united.com or the United mobile app to see if you have been assigned one of these aircraft.