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What Is The Best Substitute For The 747-SP?  
User currently offlinePouyazad From Iran, joined exactly 12 years ago today! , 119 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 1 hour ago) and read 6816 times:

Hi guys, what do you think is the best substitute for the 747-SP?

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User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2743 posts, RR: 38
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 hour ago) and read 6785 times:

This is a hard one, maybe A330 or A340. Dont ask me why though.


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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 hour ago) and read 6781 times:



User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25280 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 hour ago) and read 6770 times:

B777-200 Perhaps?

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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 hour ago) and read 6762 times:

Perhaps another 747SP?
Sorry, couldn't resist.  Wink/being sarcastic Seriously IMO, the 777-200LR is my first choice. Regards.

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User currently offlineSkyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6692 times:

As far as I'm concerned, there is not now nor will there ever be a substitute that will even come close to replacing the 747-SP. She is as great now as when she was first produced.

User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6675 times:

The A340 series, the 777 series, and the 744. Heck, even the MD-11 if they hadn't screwed up on the promised range.

Same or a greater number of passengers with similar range and a significantly lower cost.

User currently offlineZSSNC From Germany, joined Feb 2003, 428 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6654 times:

IMHO there is no need for a 74L substitute. As great as the plane is (primarily by its looks and take-off performance), it was only built as Boeing wasn't able to built a plane the size of a Boeing 747-200 with the range of the Boeing 747SP back then.

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User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6602 times:

The SP was a specially designed aircraft for a specific purpose - the goal was to develop an aircraft that could fly JFK-Tokyo nonstop and LAX-SYD nonstop; when the 744 was introduced, and could fly the routes that previously could only be served by the SP, the SP was no longer necessary.

The SP was a great airliner in its time, as it was the first ultra-long haul type (the range of the 742 was about the same as a 707-320B) and allowed airlines to open new routes.

The 777LR and A345 follow in the tradition of the SP, these aircraft will be capable of flying routes that were previously not possible.

User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3406 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6587 times:

B777 series.....


What could possibly go wrong?
User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6529 times:

I flew the SP both with PanAm and here in Argentina... sure, it is a long range airplane, ideal for the 250-300 passenger payloads...
As a few of you mentioned, that aircraft was build to exceed the range of the early 747-200s... however the late series 747-200s and 300s are capable of longer range due to increased fuel capacity, provided a lighter payload is used. In Argentina, we sold our single SP when the 200s turned out to be capable of equal to or better range.
When an airline operate a fleet of 747s... sure, having a few SPs and a few 747-200/300s, at least achieves a "single type fleet" for parts, maintenance and crew qualifications. Bringing in another type aircraft, such as MD-11 or A340 brings in an aircraft type requiring different support and staffing, which may at the end, increase the operating costs...
Boeing could have increased weights, fuel capacities and range of the SP, yet they did not go that way... after a mere 40 or so SPs were produced...
Happy contrails  Big grin
(s) Skipper

User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6797 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days ago) and read 6396 times:

The 777-200ER. I think the current 777-200ER is very close in a three-class capacity to the 747SP and also in range. Had the pleasure of flying on a SP once, LHR-LAX on UA.


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User currently offlineOsteogenesis From Germany, joined May 2003, 647 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days ago) and read 6361 times:

The best 747SP replacement considering performance and capacity is the A340-500. Replacing a 4 engine aircraft with another that has 4 engines.

User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3350 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6309 times:

I have a question about the SP. A little of topic,but do all of the overhead bins on the SP drop down like that?

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I think that that's pretty neat.

User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 41
Reply 14, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6194 times:

The B777 and A340 are the obvious choices as a substitute in todays world, but I'd still rather fly on a 747SP!

Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.
User currently offlineMotorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3670 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6159 times:

Neither the 777, of any model, or any of the A340 range has the SP's hot and high as well as short and rough field performance. The 747SP could land and take off on a dime fully laden as with WLG.

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User currently offlineAvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2479 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6045 times:

Either the A345 of 772LR would make fine latter day SP spritual successors in terms of range, though in other aspects they fall short of its' greatness, as in the aforementioned hot and high takeoff performance. Cruise speed was another area, as the SP often operated between .87 and .90 mach. I believe, in a 'what if?' scenario, that if the Concorde had flown some of the same long-range routes as the SP, having to land twice to refuel, the 747 could have likely approached or matched its' trip time by NOT having to land and endure the airport delays the SST would've faced. TRULY a 'special' performer!

User currently offlineFLYSSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7477 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5907 times:

Here we go again...the A is better than the B.... B is the best of all... bla bla bla...

You seem to forget the other aspect of the question : A substitute for the -SP, OK, but for what Airline ? and for what network ???

I think "Pouyazad" is considering the remplacement of Iran Air 747-SP. For their flights to Europe, the A330-200 or -300 would fit perfectly. This aircraft is also suitable for the Asian network of IR from THR, combined with A342 if IR intends to launch nonstop THR-U.S or THR-SYD...witch is quite unlikely by now...
Don't think they really need the 777-200LR, or A346, or A345...

User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11198 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days ago) and read 5863 times:

The answer is obvious. There are a few aircraft that are -technically- capable to transport that amount of pax over a similar distance. All have been named before, and if A or B comes down to what a particular airline prefers.

LAst saturday I visited the terrasse at FRA airport for the first time since two years. And there was the 747SP of Iran Air standing next to UAs 772s and LHs A343s and I thought to myself: efficiency won against sheer "grandeur". How sad to think ordinary A330s will replace them once in Iran Air´s fleet.

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