TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4704 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5195 times:
Your question is rather vague. Are talking about the average age of the entire fleet, of a certain sub-fleet of one carrier or a single aircraft (e.g. the oldest 747 flying)? Probably being a little more specific would result in more precise answers. Just a friendly hint for future requests.
My (tongue in cheek) suggestion would be Ju-Air. They have a fleet of three or four JU-52, built somewhen in the 1930's and 40's.
BUFJets From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4855 times:
For people who want to avoid old aircraft, it's better to look at the equipment used by the competing airlines on the specific route you plan to take. For example, if someone avoided NWA because of the old DC-9's but was traveling to Europe, they would miss out on the newest transatlantic equipment, their new A330's.
Personally, I consider maintenance to be much more important than aircraft age. I'd be much more likely to avoid flying on a newer plane with suspect maintenance than an older one with excellent maintenance. I'm always interested to hear anything about poor airline maintenance.
Last week I spoke with a recently retired AA pilot. He spoke very highly of their maintenance.
Tavong From Colombia, joined Jul 2001, 863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4450 times:
Well i nColombia you have INTER that still uses DC-9/15 And they are pretty old
On other hands you can go to Villavicencio and you can see some pretty cheap airlines that still fly with DC-3, DC-4, looks ofr some pictures n the database with Vilalvicencio has the lace and you'll see!
Just put me on any modern airliner and i will be happy, give me more star alliance miles and i will be a lot more happy.
Acvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4348 times:
The oldest aircraft in scheduled service with a scheduled service airline is the G73T Turbine Mallards in service with Chalks Ocean Airways. At least according to aviation maintanance magazine which did a story on them last July. They also happen to be worlds oldest airline. The carrier dates to 1919 and the airplanes to the late 1930s and early 1940s... They do not make the flying boats like that anymore.
The web address for them is http://www.flychalks.com really a cool operation.
Aussie747 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4001 times:
Any airline flying the DC-3 would have to be the oldest, but I think a lot of replies have been which airlines have been operating the oldest jet aircraft.
I know aerocontinente in Peru was operating the 727-100 now some 30 years old
MSPXJGuy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 150 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3471 times:
I read fairly recently that the oldest fleet out of North American carriers is Midwest Airlines. Although NWA is still has its DC-9s they have a lot of newer aircraft (A330s, A320s, A319s, 757-300s). Midwest is using a lot of MD80s and are only starting to receive 717s.
: Aren't United's early 767-222's pushing 20 years old? - Ron Western DC-10-10
: Somebody said Air India....I thought there was some law over there saying that planes in India have to be retired from commercial service once they hi
: I would say Pan Am, they are using alot of 727's for their operations. Regards, BWIA330
: In addition to Pan Am (as BWIA330 mentioned), there are also several American charter carriers that operate a sizeable fleet of old 727s, some of thes