KLMCedric From Belgium, joined Dec 2003, 809 posts, RR: 23 Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4781 times:
We all know that the 744's will grace our sky for many many years to come,
but I was curious about what airline you think will keep them in service the longest.
It is likely that we will see them as freighters for a really long time to come, so
I would like to know your opinion about the PAX-aircraft only.
IMO it's obvious that NW is a serious contender in this little contest.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4257 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4614 times:
I guess a small airline flying 2nd hand planes but needing big passenger loads for hadj or prestigious routes, like Air Dabia, Phoenix Aviation (Sharjah), Surinam Airways, LAB or Orient Thai. These sort of airlines were the last flying pax DC-6/7/Connies in the 1970s, DC-8s and 707s in the late 80s and Tristars and 747-100s now.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5172 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3840 times:
Yup say 2010 order with first delivery in 2011 through to 2014-15. I guess they will go for 8-10 aircraft depending on route structure i.e second daily to LHR.
Back to the original topic I think QF will be among the last mainline carriers with 744's! The ER's are still virtually brand new and VH-OJS, T, U are 5 years old, so i'd imagine they will be around for a fair while yet!
Aerlingus330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 834 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3804 times:
I dont think that any of these BIG airlines will be, because most of these airlines dont run old planes (in terms of dilvery). It will be the same in the future.
I think the 747-400 will be in the skys for atleast for annother 20-30 years.