IslandHopper From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 327 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3167 times:
Search as I might, I have not found a comprehensive list of last scheduled passenger flight dates of each retired aircraft type. Here are my best guesses...please correct or give more details if you can.
Vickers VC-10: 1981 w/British Airways (or did an African carrier fly them a bit longer?)
DeHavilland Comet: 1980? w/Dan Air
HS Trident: 1995? w/CAAC
Convair CV880/990: 1988 w/Spantax
SA Caravelle: 2001 w/Gabon Express
Douglas DC8: 1996 Air Marshall Islands (I actually flew on Little Amy!!!)
Dassault Mercure: 1995 Air Inter
Any more BAC-111, B707 (Iran still flying pax them?) in scheduled pax service? Also soon to end pax service I'm afraid: L1011 and MD11 (the latter due to popularity w/frieghters).
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4489 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3071 times:
Well this is about sched. passenger flights, most types continue way after that as freighter or within airforces.
Correcting the above list;
The Trident last flew sched. pax around 1990 and continued as VIP aircraft for the Chinese Air Force till about 1995.
Spantax was a charter carrier, withdrew its last Cv-990 in march 1987
The 707 should be up in the air doing schedules with Saha Air inside Iran, also selected operations in Africa, Jordania, Romania, Argentina might have a scheduled character.
The 1-11 flies domestics in Guatemala with Tikal Jets till april 2003, might have been replaced by their DC-9s since.
Some of the more interesting propellor aircrafts final passanger services;
Bristol Britannia; BCF Aviation in Zaire actually took pax along, wfu july 1991
Vickers Vanguard; Merpati Indonesia april 1987
Vickers Viscount; true scheduled services by Bouraq Indonesia till mid 1996 / farewell enthousiast flights in England november 1997
DC-4; Air North Canada, early 1990s, enthousiast flights available
DC-6 Namibia Commercial AL, till august 1999, enthousiast flights will be available in the future
DC-7; mid 1970s, Spantax or somewhere in latin America
HP Herald; Aerovias Guatemala till around 1997
Lockheed Constellation; scheduled services with Quisqueyana (Dominican Republic) till 1978, selected enthousiast flights available since the 1990s
Lockheed Electra; Reeve Aleutian, december 2000
Martin 404; RentAvion of Venezuela, around 1999 (selected enthousiast flights available in the US)
Many other types have only 1 or 2 airlines left operating passengers around the world; like the Curtiss Commando; Nord 262; Fairchild F-27, Convairs etc.
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