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Continental Airlines Fleet - 1974  
User currently offlineBigGiraffe From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 257 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3584 times:

How many of each type of aircraft were in Continental's fleet during the second half of 1974? Were they still flying 707's?


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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3525 times:

I'm not really sure as that was way before my time. But perhaps if you did a search of the photo database during that period you may find much of the info you're looking for.

Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3433 times:

In 1974 I'm pretty sure Continental was flying DC9s, DC10s, 720s, 727s and 747s.

The 747s were being phased out in favor of additional DC10s, while the DC9s were slowly leaving the fleet in favor of additional 727-200s. My 1973 OAG shows Continental still flying 720s on many of its trunk routes (LAX-DEN-MCI-ORD was the backbone of their system), and I think those aircraft stuck it out until 1978 or so.

CO had just about gotten rid of all its DC9s when it merged with Texas International in 1981. Then they inherited a whole fleet of 'em.

User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3378 times:

I think that 1974 was prior to the Continental/Texas International merger. At that time, CO was flying 720, 727-100, 727-200, 747-100 and DC-10-10 and DC-10-10CF aircraft. A couple of years later, the 720 and 747 types were retired and CO purchased 2nd hand 727-100 aircraft from United and additional 727-200 aircraft from Boeing. The 747s were far too big for the routes that they operated, a mistake most US carriers made in the early 1970s.

The Proud Bird with the Gold Tail flew the widebody airliners on the important ORD-DEN-LAX and ORD-LAX routes as well as on several routes out of IAH, including the newly granted MIA-IAH segment.

Also, CO, at the time, operated a South Pacific network flying from HNL to AKL, SYD, MEL and I think Fiji and Pago Pago.

User currently offlineBigGiraffe From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3365 times:


Thanks, I was thinking they had DC-9's and 720's and wasn't sure whether 707's had already been phased out when the DC-10's came in.

Does anyone have any information about the number of these aircraft that were operating in their fleet at the time?


User currently offlineIslandHopper From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 327 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3261 times:

I'm pretty sure CO Micronesia flew 727-100s back then on the Islandhopper route too from HNL-MAJ-KWJ-KOS-PNI-TKK-GUM. Why are you so curious about the second half of 1974? That's when I was born, by the way.  Smile

User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3216 times:

The DC9s operated to smaller stations (like Lubbock, Amarillo, Midland, Wichita Falls and Colorado Springs), while the 727s served intermediate or high-density markets like Phoenix, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. They also flew off-peak flights between places like LAX, SEA, DEN, PDX and ORD.

The DC10s and 720s flew more heavily traveled routes. In 1974 the DC10s were flying: ORD-DEN-LAX, IAH-LAX, DEN-SEA, IAH-MIA, LAX-HNL, LAX-ITO and SEA-HNL.

I think the "Proud Bird" days of the 1970s were some of Continental's best. They were making money hand over fist, their employee morale was amazing, and their planes wore the beautiful gold-tail colors. If only they'd known what was coming in the next decade.

User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3180 times:

In regards to the 707/720 fleet, the 707s were retired by late 1973. The 720s stayed until early 1976. They had 18 707s & 8 720s. My source is the Aeromoe fleet page at geocities.com. Hope that helps. Regards.

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User currently offlineDispatch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3102 times:

Continental 707's:

707-124 N70773 w/o 010765
707-124 N70774 sold 221267
707-124 N70775 w/o 220562
707-124 N70785 sold 311267
707-124 N74612 sold 081267
707-321C N17321 sold 200573
707-321C N17322 sold 260772
707-324C N17323 sold 261171
707-324C N17324 sold 141073
707-324C N17325 sold 070473
707-324C N17326 sold 030572
707-324C N17327 sold 070473
707-324C N17328 sold 280672
707-324C N17329 sold 010872
707-324C N47330 sold 011072
707-324C N47331 sold 040972
707-324C N47332 sold 300372
707-324C N67333 sold 140472

2 were written-off in the 60's, the others with the date they were officially sold. Hope you can use this.


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