LY772 From Israel, joined Aug 2001, 1340 posts, RR: 2 Posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2320 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 (14 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2275 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, 16524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2226 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.
I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.