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Flying Classic/Rare Aircraft In 2012  
User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 30
Posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 15433 times:

We are well into January and I think it is time we reignited our discussion about classic and rare aircraft which we may be able fly in 2012.

Already on the table for 2012 are tours to North Korea which are aimed at aviation enthusiasts and feature flights on the IL-62M, IL-18, An-24RV & Tu-154B2 with Air Koryo. The latter sub-type is a new one for me and will be something special, but then the whole trip should be. Air Koryo also still operate a Tu-134 which I would have also liked to see in the itinerary, having still not flown the type yet.

It also looks like a DC-8 flight may be organised for enthusiasts in May, which hopefully we should have confirmation of soon.

The venerable Saha Air B707s are apparently still active in Iran, but for how long no one quite knows since Saha are already operating the A300-600 alongside the B707s. There still appear to be a small number of B727-200s operating in Iran with Iran Aseman Airlines and Iran Air.

The Iran Air B747-SPs are still very much active on flights to IST, BOM, PEK, KUL and BKK. The Iran Air B747-100 and -200s are also still active, although do not usually get scheduled for any particular routes - often filling in here and there for other types and operating Hajj/Umrah flights.

Biman are still operating three DC-10-30s, S2-ACO/CP/CR on flights to the Gulf and HKG. All three have been noted active (and flown on by various members of this forum) in the past few weeks.

Good news from Kenya in that the 1965-built East African Safari Air Express DC-9-14 5Y-XXA (line no. 19) has emerged from a check with a fresh coat of paint and will be operating alongside the F28-4000 on flights to Hargeisa and Mogadishu, as well as hopefully operating some domestic flights on behalf of Fly540. Sister ship 5Y-XXB (line no. 4) has been stripped for spares.

I believe that this year could be one of the last for the Tu-154, apart perhaps from Air Koryo. Whilst looking for TU3 flights in Russia this week, I did not happen to notice a single TU5 flight. Does anyone know any remaining operators and routes?


My personal priority now is the Tu-134, but this is now very difficult with only a handful remaining in service in Russia. I have found a couple of sectors on which UTAir are still showing TU3 as the equipment for Jan/Feb (VKO-SCW & LED-SCW) as well as UFA-NUX with Yamal Airlines (YC). If anyone knows of any other sectors or carriers, I would certainly appreciate the information. I had planned to go to Kyrgystan to fly the Altyn Air Tu-134, but sadly it crashed upon landing at OSS in late December.


I hope this thread generates some good ideas, tips and information as similar threads have in the past. Looking forward to your input.

Ian

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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4353 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 15429 times:

Great thread ! Here an incomplete list of other classic airliners which are supposed to be operating.
Boeing 727; apart from Iran, scheduled flights are still undertaken in Bolivia with Aerosur and TAM, most likely between La Paz, Sucre, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz. Also Ariana Afghan still flies a few.
Fokker F-27; TAM Bolivia still uses one, they might even take a 2nd F-27 Friendship on routes from La Paz, on the same routes as MA-60s but their La Paz office can tell in advance where they've scheduled them.
Fokker F-28; Biman and Myanma still have one or two operational. I flew Bimans in november between Sylhet and Dhaka. LADE Argentina still flies the rare -1000 series.
BAe-748; Air North continues to use them from Whitehorse Canada
Convair 580; In Canada, Nolinor and Kelowna only uses them on charters. Scheduled flights are in New Zealand; Auckland-Napier-Chathams, and in Tonga (any recent reports?). According to one source, TAM Bolivia is still using one on routes in the 'lowlands' but as far as I know they retired the last ones about 4 years ago. Any reports are welcome
Last year, Malu Aviation was flying a Nord-262 and later maybe a G-159 between Goma and Kisangani, DR Congo. I am looking at flying on these but I am worried about the unrest in the area.
Il-18; apart from Air Koryo, the Daallo flights between Jeddah , Djibouti and/or Hargeisha might still run. Ian do you know more?
Il-96; only Aeroflot and Cubana remain faithful passenger operators
Il-114; only Uzbekistan Airways operate them
Preservation groups have DC-3s, a Super Constellation, DC-7, Catalina/Canso, DH-104 Dove, An-2s, and B-17, B-25 and even B-29 available if you donate or become a member. Fly them when you can.



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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 15405 times:

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 1):
Il-18; apart from Air Koryo, the Daallo flights between Jeddah , Djibouti and/or Hargeisha might still run. Ian do you know more?

Yes, definately still operating Daallo Airlines and Jubba Airways flights beyond Djibouti (JIB) to Hargeisa (HGA), Mogadishu (MGQ), etc.

A couple of us flew UP-I1801 in October JIB-HGA-JIB. UP-I1802 (which I flew JED-HGA a couple of years earlier) & UP-I1803 were both also at HGA, under maintenance:

UP-I1803 & UP-I1802, viewed from UP-I1801
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/flymajj/2011_10_05%20JED%20JIB%20HGA/D3ix061a.jpg

EX-601 Parked and UP-I1801 Arriving
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/flymajj/2011_10_05%20JED%20JIB%20HGA/D3040.jpg

[Edited 2012-01-06 03:33:35]

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11687 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 15394 times:

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
It also looks like a DC-8 flight may be organised for enthusiasts in May, which hopefully we should have confirmation of soon.

Ahh bother, that's finals month for me, so I won't be going anywhere.


Dan  



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User currently offlinetugmaster From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jul 2004, 710 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 15366 times:

Hi Ian,

Great to see this thread back up and running....
I'm speaking with the 'Cedarjet' constantly, and we can't think of many more than already has been added..

maybe

Orient-Thai.... Still flying the unigue 747-100SUD...?
AeroMajestic...plans to put a YS11 on regular pax runs within the Phillipines...


keep on adding...

rgds


User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4353 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 15357 times:

Quoting tugmaster (Reply 4):
Orient-Thai.... Still flying the unigue 747-100SUD...?

the 100SUD is seen rusting away without engines. Orient-Thai still flies some 747-300s but unfortunately their daily BKK-HKG flight is now done by a 767-300. Talking about 747 classics; Saudi Arabian flies some 300s to Jakarta and India. Transaero have some but not sure if and on which regular routes



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User currently offlineMHG From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 794 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 15296 times:

Quoting tugmaster (Reply 4):
AeroMajestic...plans to put a YS11 on regular pax runs within the Phillipines...

Well, they never started flying besides a "media flight". Their website is still active but there are no activities actually. Talked to them in november and they said "sir, we are rescheduling our flights" which is nothing but an excuse for "sorry we won´t operate in the future ..."

Still, Zest Air (Z2) operates 3 MA-60´s on domestic route out of MNL beside their fleet of A 320´s.



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User currently offlinebe77 From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 15258 times:

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 1):
Preservation groups have DC-3s,

You should still be able to get a regular (6* weekly) scheduled flight in a DC-3 from YHY to YZF

http://buffaloairways.com/passenger-service



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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2529 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 15173 times:

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 1):
Convair 580; In Canada, Nolinor and Kelowna only uses them on charters

As far as I know, all the Kelowna Convair's have been converted to freighters, tankers or sold - none operate pax flights anymore. One is now a rare 5800(F) and normally daystops at YVR.

I am thinking about organizing a YVR meet this year once the weather improves and possibly getting together some classic flights.

I have three ideas

1) Shorts 360 flight to Port Hardy for a ride on the Grumman G21 Goose - both with 8P

2) Charter the Van City Air Beech 18 on floats to Sproat Lake to see the Martin Mars

3) Charter an Air North HS748 (assuming they will be at YVR again this summer doing the fishing charters) during its downtime during the day to either Nanaimo or possibly Port Alberni (only 3952' runway) again to see the Mars.

Any interest?



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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4353 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 15129 times:

I personally think about going to D.R. Congo (Kinshasa) because I am fascinated by the Nord 262 and Malu aviation has the last flying one of that type. There are some other interesting things to fly there as well, possibly a DC-9 or a G-159 Gulfstream prop. I considered going in february but I feel uncomfortable due to safety issues in Congo to travel by myself. If 1 to 3 people like to join me sometime in the next two years let me know here or by PM.

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 8):
Any interest?

Sounds good... I'll definitely come back in YVR one day, but I can't commit on a date this year. But please post on the forum if your plans materialize and I can see if I can manage. Maybe you can work together with the classicjettours.com people to do joint PR



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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 4055 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 15118 times:

Syrianair apparently still flies the:

B 727

and

747 SP

http://www.syriaair.com/AboutSAA/Fleet/tabid/56/Default.aspx


User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 15030 times:

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 10):
Syrianair apparently still flies the:
B 727
and
747 SP
http://www.syriaair.com/AboutSAA/Fle....aspx

This is rather out of date.

The B727s were retired in about 2006.

The B747-SPs were stored in around 2008. They were ferried to RUH for overhaul about 18 months ago for overhaul with a view to re-entering service and were actually scheduled for some RB flights from last August, but this got delayed and eventually those flights showed as A320s again, so there must have been delays in releasing them from maintenance. I noted them in RUH at the beginning of December without engines and rudders. I guess the political situation in Syria means they are unlikely to re-enter service any time soon, if at all.


User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 15030 times:

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 8):
I have three ideas

1) Shorts 360 flight to Port Hardy for a ride on the Grumman G21 Goose - both with 8P

2) Charter the Van City Air Beech 18 on floats to Sproat Lake to see the Martin Mars

3) Charter an Air North HS748 (assuming they will be at YVR again this summer doing the fishing charters) during its downtime during the day to either Nanaimo or possibly Port Alberni (only 3952' runway) again to see the Mars.

Any interest?

I would be interested to find out more after you have contacted Van City Air and Air North, i.e. indicative prices, minimum pax numbers, etc.

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 9):
I personally think about going to D.R. Congo (Kinshasa) because I am fascinated by the Nord 262 and Malu aviation has the last flying one of that type. There are some other interesting things to fly there as well, possibly a DC-9 or a G-159 Gulfstream prop. I considered going in february but I feel uncomfortable due to safety issues in Congo to travel by myself. If 1 to 3 people like to join me sometime in the next two years let me know here or by PM.

A forum member went there and flew the N-262 last year. He apparently had some issues - the words 'I was assaulted X times' rings a bell from his feedback at the time. If you send me a PMwith your e-mail address I will send you his feedback from the trip.


User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4353 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 15020 times:

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 12):
A forum member went there and flew the N-262 last year.

I know him (DK) well, I emailed him a lot about Congo too... Pity I didn't know about his trip in time. Exact reason why I will try and find a travel mate if I ever go there. The friends I hired a C-46 with last year aren't really interested in Africa.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14984 times:

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
The Iran Air B747-SPs are still very much active on flights to IST, BOM, PEK, KUL and BKK. The Iran Air B747-100 and -200s are also still active, although do not usually get scheduled for any particular routes

I want to go on the Iran Air SP.
Istanbul looks like a good possibility.

I flew on the SP before. I like this plane. This is probably the last chance to fly on one again.
No war please!!! Peace be on Iran and their 747 SPs!!

        



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User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 549 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 14802 times:

Quoting MHG (Reply 6):
Well, they never started flying besides a "media flight". Their website is still active but there are no activities actually. Talked to them in november and they said "sir, we are rescheduling our flights" which is nothing but an excuse for "sorry we won´t operate in the future ..."

Interesting info, thanks for sharing. I was trying to get hold of them but impossible. They run a facebook page and I asked them to post their schedule, no reply either. Still got to nail the YS-11 somehow.....

Any updates on illusive Baltia Air Lines?



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User currently offlineSIBILLE From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 483 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 14770 times:

What about the Buffalo Airways DC-3 from Yellow Knife to Hai River?

And don't forget Cuba.
I've flown on Aerogaviota An-26 this week (10 Th January 2012) from Cayo Largo to Havana (watch the video in the topic in this forum).
Also possible to fly Aerocaribean Emb-110 frim Varadero to Cayo Largo and Aerogaviota Mi-8 from Varadero to Trinidad.
Seems the Cubana Yak-42 is not flying anymore (I had a Havana - Santiago de Cuba flight booked on January 12 th but they changed the Yak for B-737 and I canceled the flight).
An Aerocaribean Yak-40 was still scheduled last month on Cubana flight from Havana to Camaguey but it seems this flight is now ATR-72 operated........



The Aerogaviota An-26 topic is archived. I'm going to put the video in a new topic in the "trip report".

[Edited 2012-01-14 13:34:09]

User currently offlineGBLKD From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 14637 times:

Quoting SIBILLE (Reply 16):
What about the Buffalo Airways DC-3 from Yellow Knife to Hai River?

I'd like to do that myself but I do wonder how long Transport Canada will allow old Joe to keep operating those old DC-3s over Great Slave Lake with paying customers on board. Will be a sad day when it comes to an end but I can see the authorities finding a way to force Buffalo's hand to either modernise or quit passenger ops to Hay River

[Edited 2012-01-16 09:04:41]

User currently offlineBe77 From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 14575 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 14):
I flew on the SP before. I like this plane. This is probably the last chance to fly on one again

Might be easier to become a high roller with the Sands Casino? More expensive of course, but in general a lower chance of encountering grey painted pointy jets. (Although that might allow some great A to A photos).
(At least I think Sands is still operating them - but I haven't seen one since I was in IFP on way to Havasu a couple of years ago)



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3830 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 14536 times:

There seems to be a new airline operating a non-ER 767-200 from Guyana to JFK. That is quite a rare aircraft nowadays.
What other options are there today to fly on a 767-200 (non ER)?


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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks ago) and read 14498 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 19):
What other options are there today to fly on a 767-200 (non ER)?

How about Business Air from Thailand? They had a few 767-200s non ER active in 2011, but also operate(d) the -300ER



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User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 549 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 14454 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 19):
There seems to be a new airline operating a non-ER 767-200 from Guyana to JFK. That is quite a rare aircraft nowadays.
What other options are there today to fly on a 767-200 (non ER)?
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
How about Business Air from Thailand? They had a few 767-200s non ER active in 2011, but also operate(d) the -300ER

Very interesting news, thanks for posting. There are in fact no options for a scheduled service except this new operator. Jet Asia Airways in BKK seems to be charter only and Business Air retired HS-BIA a few months back, so this option is gone. I was lucky to snatch a ride on BIA last year. And I saw Gabon Airlines has one of its two 767-222 stored in Addis since a few months and they were chartering a HiFly A310 for a while.



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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (2 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 14085 times:

It seems Air Seychelles are still operating a Shorts 360 on some SEZ-PRI rotations. This is a good alternative to western Canada.

[Edited 2012-02-01 06:19:56]

User currently offlineTCASAlert From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (2 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 14070 times:

It's a shame that it isn't possible to get on any of these aircraft without visiting some desolate warzone or being on the other side of the world.

Some more local flights that may be a little more accessible:

Manx2's LET-410s, operating on flights from BLK-IOM-BHD, and their Do228s operating on flights from GLO and CWL-HLY.

NextJet Sweden's ATPs operting ARN-GEV, although they are being swapped for ATRs from April, so get there quick.

MON have A300-600s but their route allocation isn't really publicised so difficult to know what routes they operate, they seem to do most of their flying from LGW and MAN though

SAS still have 3 x MD87s and I'll hopefully be on one on Monday.

[Edited 2012-02-01 07:17:52]

User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (2 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 14064 times:

Quoting TCASAlert (Reply 23):
NextJet Sweden's ATPs operting ARN-GEV, although they are being swapped for ATRs from April,

Already changing from this week (!!!). DanubeWings ATR-72 is operating ARN-GEV from now on behalf of NextJet.

Quoting TCASAlert (Reply 23):
MON have A300-600s but their route allocation isn't really publicised so difficult to know what routes they operate, they seem to do most of their flying from LGW and MAN though

At least they do operate a flight to GVA in the current winter schedule, on Sunday morning. Don't know if this is from LGW or MAN.

[Edited 2012-02-01 07:59:22]


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26 Post contains images Birdwatching : Do you have any additional infos on that? I can't seem to be able to book that through their web site. For how much longer will the ATP fly with them
27 Post contains links B747forever : Nextjet operates the flight on behalf on Flysmåland http://www.flysmaland.com/mainmenu/book.aspx Here is the article about the increased capacity (o
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32 Post contains links and images Loran : Does anyone know where Pacific Coastal's Grumman Goose flies to? It doesn't appear in their published schedules. View Large View MediumPhoto © Ian Be
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34 Hywel : Any help appreciated please: I'm visiting Russia in September 2012 and am hoping to fly some classic Russian aircraft, e.g. the Tu154 (very hard to ge
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36 YVRLTN : They are based in Port Hardy along with the Beaver's - they have 4 at the moment, though I dont know how many are flying right now as it is quiet tim
37 Post contains images Hywel : Hah, I actually looked into that
38 MEA-707 : So true... I showed up at Nairobi airport yesterday asking JetLink; where is your F-28 going today? Mombasa or Kisumu? Only Kisumu, ok I'll buy a one
39 Post contains links and images Loran : She probably didn't remember Ian and Loran then. We did the same April last year, and were well known among the airport staff and airline ops offices
40 Post contains links and images Birdwatching : Keep in mind that you can fly a guaranteed AN24 (no equipment changes) at a very cheap fare (41$) out of Havana (HAV) on the twice-daily flight to Nue
41 MEA-707 : I am back in Amsterdam, updates on the DHC-7 Air Kenya still flies one, 5Y-BMP almost daily to the Masai Nara game reserve. One or two roundtrips a da
42 UK_Dispatcher : Loran - that was actually the East African F28! The Jetlink F28 was in storage when we were there. On my previous visit it was only operating to Juba
43 CrimsonNL : I got word from Juche Travel Services a few days ago, the JULY North Korea Aviation tour will now feature a TY-134 instead of the AN-24. They will try
44 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Similarly the September tour will also feature this swap from the An-24. Sounds good. Dan
45 UK_Dispatcher : It is planned for all the tours. Imagine if they had managed to arrange an IL-76 flight as well! Apparently they tried that but it was not possible.
46 tupolevtu154 : I just booked LGW-TFS in April on the A300. You have to make a mock booking and go to the seat map to identify what aircraft is what. I don't know if
47 Loran : Just checked SAS' schedule and the last MD-87 flight is showing somewhere early June, although a recent fleet plan quoted them staying in the fleet u
48 sia744 : I am also on the July tour of North Korea and can't wait to fly those classics especially the TU-134. On the way to china I plan to catch the Biman DC
49 Post contains images Birdwatching : Don't do this, unless you have a big and safe time buffer in China. Biman can be delayed for days, and you don't want to noshow on your DPRK trip bec
50 sia744 : Thanks Soren, I have included 4 full days in between Biman flights and the DPRK tour. I just hope they still use DC10s on the HKG BG78 flight. I inten
51 LXM83 : Hi everybody Here's an update about rare older Russian built aircraft still operating in Russia, the list is probably not complete, but I've invested
52 Skyeurope : Air Urga seems to operate a weekly AN24 Nikolaev (Ukraine)-Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen flight. Nikolaev-Istanbul Sunday Istanbul-Nikolaev Wednesday Flights
53 UK_Dispatcher : Many thanks for providing this info. That is exactly what this thread is all about! When are you planning your trip for? Very interesting (and tempti
54 LXM83 : Thanks for letting us know. It's indeed very tempting! Should be next week and should feature Tu-154, Yak-42 and Yak-40. I'll write a TR.
55 Post contains images Hywel : Vladivostok are flying to AER (Sochi/Adler) from SVO on behalf of Aeroflot SU4638 SVO-AER 16:10 - 18:35 SU4639 AER-SVO 19:55 - 22:15 I believe it's d
56 tupolevtu154 : Nice catch! Not planning another Russia trip just yet as I went in November and missed a TU204. There was a Transaero flight I was booked on LED-DME
57 Post contains images Hywel : Thanks, now got 12 flights in 10 days 1x A319 2x A320 1x A321 1x A148 2x Tu204 1x IL96 1x Su100 2x Yak42 1x B735
58 Skyeurope : According to yakutia.aero, the flights to Makhachkala will be operated by TU154s in summer as well.[Edited 2012-03-10 02:37:00]
59 Loran : Does anyone have any insight whether Biman still operates 3 x DC-10? Airfleets.net reports S2-ACP being in storage, leaving only two operational (ACO
60 UK_Dispatcher : S2-ACP was definately active in December, along with ACO and ACR.
61 MEA-707 : I chatted with the pilots on fly flight on -ACO in november and they said they plan to fly their DC-10s for another 3 years indeed. They still work w
62 Skyeurope : Any infos if Biman retires their last two Fokker 28s? I've just looked for flights from Dhaka to Sylhet in July and the Biman flights which were showi
63 Post contains images Birdwatching : Yes can anybody confirm if this is indeed true? I'm thinking about this in mid May. Round trip 240 EUR. Will I have a chance of it being operated by
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66 Hywel : UTair also fly the route, so it's possible to fly VKO-MCX with Yakutia and return MCX-VKO 3 hours later with UTair (operated by B737-500). But if the
67 LXM83 : An update for those interested in the Tu-154. Alrosa now has loaded the summer schedule and they will continue to offer limited flights on the DME-GDZ
68 UK_Dispatcher : Hi Skyeurope, I have just looked at a random week in July on DAC-ZYL and found the same. I can only find the F28 doing BG617 DAC-CGP on Mon/Sat. When
69 NorthstarBoy : I'm not sure these are classic types, but, any idea where Emirates flies their A345s nowadays besides CPT? I know Etihad and Thai also fly them, as we
70 Post contains links yapple : Thai are stopping their A345 services. Airlineroute.com has an interesting report regarding this. http://airlineroute.net/2012/01/30/tg-345/ Both A34
71 757MDE : Emirates fly their A345 to DME too.
72 Post contains images Birdwatching : It definitely belongs in this thread, if it's not classic, it is definitely a rare aircraft. Soren
73 aerorobnz : 100%. That is the aircraft they always use unless they have no option but to send a 343 (happens maybe 3-4 times a year..). Their 343s are old bucket
74 TUGMASTER : Evening.. re BG DC10's / F28s have a little trip booked a month from now.... BG028 AUH-ZYL-DAC DC10 BG633 DAC-CGP-CXB F28 BG634 CXB-CGP-DAC F28 BG027
75 MEA-707 : Great ! I flew on the DC-10 and F-28 last november, great retro interiors. But please have a Plan B ready when you get stuck somewhere... My Sylhet-D
76 NorthstarBoy : Thanks for the reassurance, now if only the space in the GDS weren't zeroed out for the date I intend to travel, I'd be more confident that the route
77 Post contains links UK_Dispatcher : A couple of us have booked to fly an Iran Air B747-100/-200 on 09APR from IKA to BEY. Does anyone know which seat numbers to go for to get a view like
78 Post contains images MadameConcorde : What a great idea! I want to go fly the Iran Air 747s, the 100, 200 or SPs. I would really like to hear about your trip! I looked into Istanbul for t
79 UK_Dispatcher : Fares are usually pretty reasonable on IR. It will just be day trip from the UAE. We will have 7 hours transit time in IKA and 3 hours in BEY before
80 aerorobnz : I have since heard that they are going to be operating a triangular EZE-AKL-SYD-EZE routing.....
81 airevents : LTU Classic are operating their De Havilland Dove on some flights to the German North Sea Island of Norderney this summer. A Dove may be an aircraft t
82 Post contains images eirik : Sounds like great fun, will try to join
83 TupolevTu154 : How did you manage to book a flight with them? I'm trying to find prices and schedules for PEK-IKA but am having trouble finding a website that has a
84 UK_Dispatcher : I have GDS access and an IranAir GSA near where I live where I can easily get tickets. Would this be on the back of a North Korea trip by any chance?
85 TupolevTu154 : You're right, it was an idea of mine for something interesting to do on the return to London afterwards. I'm on the September trip. Do you have a rou
86 cedarjet : Biman seem to routinely run between one and three hours late, or less. Three hours is worst case. Which is why I must take issue with this: Soren, swe
87 Post contains images Birdwatching : In fact Biman was wonderful and it was one of the most spectacular and interesting flights in my life, no doubt about that! I never meant to say they
88 Aussie_ : Awesome thread... One country that hasn't been mentioned here is Uzbekistan and HY. I haven't looked in the last 12 months or so, but until recently t
89 CrimsonNL : Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe S7 was the last 312 pax operator until they retired the old bird.
90 MEA-707 : I found a few A-310-200s but you must be lucky to get on one of them PC Air of Thailand has HS-PCC operational Air Algerie and Iran have a few in the
91 UK_Dispatcher : I look forward to meeting you. I have flown the IL-62 and IL-18 before but I just cannot get enough of these types so am really looking forward to fl
92 NorthstarBoy : I had to say farewell to my ambition to fly on the A342, as they'll now be flying nonstop between Eze and Syd both ways. I really can't justify payin
93 aerorobnz : Very sorry to hear that, I'm planning a Zest Air flight on the MA60 in the Philippines while I am there. It's a pity the SE Air Dornier 328 props to
94 Post contains images vlad1971 : Does anyone scheduled to take a DPRK Aviation Enthusiast trip on May 12-19 ?? I am confirmed now on the trip . but it seems to me most of the fellow A
95 Post contains images SuperCaravelle : I don't know how much of an option it is for you, but Conviasa also operates an A340-200, amongst others on the CCS-EZE route. As you also mention yo
96 cedarjet : I'm doing it! So is the OP. And the founder of Oldjets.com... Plenty of great people to ride Il-18, Il-62, Ty-134, Ty-154B, and An-24 with.
97 757MDE : I am!
98 Hywel : I've now got confirmed flights on the Yak 42 too. Routing is DME-RTW-DME with Saravia - Saratov Airlines. Total price was only 110 euros for the retur
99 UK_Dispatcher : I have managed to fly an Iran Air B747-100 and -200 over the past couple of weeks. The B742 (EP-IAG) was on an IKA-DXB flight, several of which were s
100 TUGMASTER : Was sitting in Sunday morning pictures with the kids today, and noticed this thread was up to 99 replies... so to make the 100th, let me tell you that
101 NorthstarBoy : Ya, I kick myself a bit. When I took my first RTW trip back in 2006, I booked myself to fly Mel-Akl-Syd on EK and AR. I could have gotten both the A3
102 Post contains links YVRLTN : I contacted Air North and there are now some pleasure flights arranged ex YVR on the HS748, including a trip to the YXX air show and back - which sho
103 Post contains links Hywel : Heads up for the Antonov-24: http://airlineroute.net/2012/04/05/ut-vkotbw-apr12/ UT Air are flying VKO-TBW twice daily on it, and the fares are very r
104 Post contains images Birdwatching : Thanks for the info! I'm in Moscow in a month and I'll make this a day trip. Any other options for the flight back? I'd love to get two different air
105 Post contains images Hywel : Unfortunately there's only one airline and one route into Tambov - UTAir express from Moscow VKO. You could take the train back to Moscow, but it tak
106 bestwestern : Any 154s still operating in kazakhstan?
107 sia744 : Any passenger 727s still operating in Bolivia ? Or anywhere apart from Iran and Afghanistan? Sia744
108 Post contains links aloges : The Aerosur website says that they have 3 of them left: http://www.aerosur.com/index.php?cat=197&pla=1 With the turmoil they've been in recently,
109 777ER : Air Chathams C580 also flies WLG - Chatham Islands several times per week. Had a DC3 scenic flight end of March as part of the Royal New Zealand Air
110 UK_Dispatcher : For those going on the May DPRK tour next weekend, cedarjet and myself are organising a trip to a couple of aviation museums on Friday 11th May. If a
111 Loran : A friend of mine spoke to Pacific Coastal Airlines, their SH6 will return to service in mid-June. Two weeks to late for me unfortunately but apparent
112 danielmyatt : I'm booked on a Manx 2 Let 410 for a day trip to the IOM from BHD on the 29th. They might not be that rare worldwide but they are in Western Europe
113 YVRLTN : Not too sure on this, I heard a lot later - if at all, as the air frame is also timed out. Would make sense to get it going for the busier summer sea
114 Post contains images Loran : I just had a look, C-GPCF has clocked 41'352 FHs and 53'083 cycles as of 31 March 2012. Strangely this is the airframe with the higher numbers, C-GPC
115 Post contains links and images CrimsonNL : I have been rebooked on the PBY-5A Catalina on the 24th of June, after my May flight was canceled. Certification and maintenance issues keep the 70 ye
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