LY772 From Israel, joined Aug 2001, 1340 posts, RR: 2 Posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1915 times:
I do not believe that American Airlines have ever operated 747s! I was going through my Herpas and I found a 1:500 perfect condition American Airlines Boeing 747-200. Is this a mistake? Is this worth some $$$$? Or did AA really operate 747s and I am just an idiot!
747Specialist From Switzerland, joined Apr 2001, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1870 times:
They did operate a lot of 747-123s in both pax and cargo configurations, in the 70'. They had also 2 747SP-31s (ex-TWA), sold in 1991. The 100s offered too much capacity and were eventually sold while the SPs were replaced by MD11s.
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16307 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1821 times:
American ordered & took delivery of 16 early model 747-100's. The oil crisis in '73 resulted in reduced demand for air travel and the -100's were too large. The fleet was reduced (some sold, some converted to cargo). Don't forget, AA was primarily a domestic carrier in the mid-70's. As air travel rebounded, AA focused on growing their DC-10-10 fleet.
The 747-100's were eventually removed from service even though they were now used on DFW-LGW, the first AA transatlantic route.
The 747SP's were used initially on JFK-LHR when that route was purchased from TWA. They were later used on DFW-NRT until replaced by the MD-11.
When AA was bidding for the ORD-NRT route in the early '90's, they proposed leasing 2 747-400's from their partner Canadian. The route authority went to UA and the 744's weren't needed. although AA now operates the route with the 772.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.