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User currently online96adrian From Norway, joined May 2011, 22 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4205 times:

Hi,
which airframe has operated for the largest number of airlines? I'm not talking about how many carriers has operated a type, but how many has operated a single frame. Any thoughts?

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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12061 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4178 times:

B-737. It has been in continous production since 1967 and has sold over 10,000 airframes of the different models. Many airlines that flew the B-737 did not survive to today due to bankruptcies, mergers, etc.

User currently offlineAlasizon From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4149 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 1):
B-737. It has been in continous production since 1967 and has sold over 10,000 airframes of the different models. Many airlines that flew the B-737 did not survive to today due to bankruptcies, mergers, etc.
Quoting 96adrian (Thread starter):
I'm not talking about how many carriers has operated a type, but how many has operated a single frame.

I would however hinge my bets on it being a 737 (most likely a -200).



Window seats may be over-rated, but I'll take a window seat on a DC9 anyday
User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3049 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4116 times:

Either you two or me are misreading the question, I thought he was asking about a single frame and not a type.

[Edited 2013-01-26 10:59:03]


The good old days: Delta L-1011s at MSY
User currently offlineAlasizon From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4116 times:

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 3):
Either you two or me are misreading the question, I thought he was asking about a single frame and not a type.

You are correct, I was simply pointing out that the first poster misread the question. I believe the frame is most likely a -200, I just don't have a frame number handy that I know has been with more than a handful of operators



Window seats may be over-rated, but I'll take a window seat on a DC9 anyday
User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3049 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4064 times:

I first thought of the DC9s at Delta and there is one there that has had 7 owners

N675MC

08/75 - Austrian
12/85 - Muse
02/86 - Transtar
01/87 - Eastern
01/91 - Continental
11/92 - Northwest
10/08 - Delta



The good old days: Delta L-1011s at MSY
User currently offlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2947 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4037 times:
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Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 5):
I first thought of the DC9s at Delta and there is one there that has had 7 owners

N675MC

08/75 - Austrian
12/85 - Muse
02/86 - Transtar
01/87 - Eastern
01/91 - Continental
11/92 - Northwest
10/08 - Delta

N671MC also, which I flew on last year.

Swissair, Muse, Transtar, Eastern, Continental, Northwest, Delta

Sadly retired in November.   It was in great condition when I flew it in July.



The biggest mistake made by most human beings: Listening to only half, understanding just a quarter and telling double.
User currently offlinecargolex From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1251 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3815 times:

DC-8, DC-9, 707, 727, and 737-200 are all in the running for such an aircraft.

One I know of is a DC-8, N605AL, one of the recently retired ATI (8C) DC-8s.

Seaboard World (original owner)
Loftlieder Icelandic
Overseas National Airways (ONA)
UTA
Capital Air
Arrow Air
German Cargo
Condor
Lufthansa Cargo
Emery Worldwide
ATI

But there are also some early Dc-9s still flying that have had a dozen or more operators.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24075 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3486 times:

This Air Transat A310-300 has had 8 operators.


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Wardair
Canadian Airlines
Kuwait Airways
Nepal Airlines
Oasis International (Spain)
Aeroflot
TAP Air Portugal
Air Transat


User currently offlineb2319 From China, joined Jan 2013, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

Well, I've actually flown on this machine which has had ten separate owners accoring to airfleets.net:


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(Database photograph closest time match to my two flights, and at departure & arrival airport)

In order:

Aviogenex (& 4 returns)
Malaysia Airlines
Air Zimbabwe
Air Ukraine
Changchani Airlines
Cameroon Airlines
President Airlines
Sudan Airways
JAT Airways
Tahmid Air

Mainly under the same registration, YU-ANP.

Believe this aircraft is still active at the moment, after 25 years service.

Regards

B-2319


User currently onlineSkyeurope From Germany, joined May 2006, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

YU-ANP is stored at Perpignan (France). It operated for Toumai Air Tchad last year, but after that company went out of business, ANP appearently had no flights.

User currently offlineTobias2702 From Germany, joined Sep 2008, 701 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2006 times:

Quoting cargolex (Reply 7):
But there are also some early Dc-9s still flying that have had a dozen or more operators.

Don't wont to be nitpicking, but I couldn't find any early DC-9 with more than 11 different operators (that is significant, because )

Quoting cargolex (Reply 7):
One I know of is a DC-8, N605AL, one of the recently retired ATI (8C) DC-8s.

this number is currently the one to be beaten in this thread.

Indeed, I can proudly present you a Boeing 737-200 with 13-14 different operators: s/n 19424; line number 147.
Here we go:

1969-1970 Aer Lingus (and again 1976-1983, 1987-1990)
1970-1971 Air Algérie
1971-1975 Cameroon Airlines
1975-1976 Zambia Airways
1983-1987 Nigeria Airways
1990 Euralair
1990-1991 International Air Leases (no idea if this counts here)
1991 Cayman Airways
1991-1994 Sultan Air
1994 Albatros Airlines (Turkey)
1994-1996 privately/company owned
1996-1998 Avant Airlines
1998-2000 Peruvian Air Force (and again since 2007)
2000-2007 TANS Peru

But I'm totally convinced that somewhere out there, aircraft with an even larger number of operators are lurking (maybe a DC-3?)...

[Edited 2013-01-27 08:50:00]

[Edited 2013-01-27 08:59:07]


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