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Which Airline Uses The Oldest Aircrafts?  
User currently offlinePouyazad From Iran, joined Sep 2003, 119 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4902 times:

Hi,
Do you know which airline uses the oldest aircrafts?

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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4885 times:

I don't know the average fleet ages of particular airlines but airlines which use old aircrafts (and new acfts as well!) are:

SAA South African Airways - speaking for 74L, 742 and 743
JAS Japan Air System - AB3 and some AB6
JAL Japan Air Lines - some 742, 742 SR and SUD, 743 and D10
Northwest - using DC9 and some D10

Most South American Airlines (maybe except "Lan Chile") should be added to the list as well.



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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4693 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4865 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.  Smile

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.


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User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4655 times:

As far as US majors go, I would guess that NW has the oldest fleet. They have so many DC-9s and DC-10s, their average aircraft age has to be pretty high.


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User currently offlineS.p.a.s. From Liechtenstein, joined Mar 2001, 966 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4632 times:

VASP has a few 737-200s build back in 1969 AND that were delivered directly to VASP, so, more than 30 years in service with the same airline. Here´s one of them:


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User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4630 times:

Ssides:

Actually, there are some charter companies in the midwest using DC-3s. I think they might be a bit older.  Big grin



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User currently offlineStefandotde From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4587 times:

Elwood, they are using DC 3 for usual flights or (like Lufthansa their Ju 52) for historic/museumflights??

User currently offlineBUFJets From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4525 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.


User currently offlineAmmunition From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 1065 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4535 times:

Air India?
Biman?
PIA?
maybe...



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User currently offlineStefandotde From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4459 times:

BUFJETS: "Last week I spoke with a recently retired AA pilot. He spoke very highly of their maintenance."

I would prefer asking FAA, Bufjets. Maybe a DL-pilot also would say, that DL-planes have high quality in maintenance but they had to pay lots of $$$ cause their maintenance was incomplete.


User currently offlineA/c train From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 501 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4409 times:

Monach Airlines B757-2T7 20 years old

Monarch Airlines DC10-30 G-DMCA was flying at 23 years old , But is now to be broken up at Manchester.


User currently offlineTavong From Colombia, joined Jul 2001, 835 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4120 times:

Well i nColombia you have INTER that still uses DC-9/15 And they are pretty old  Smile

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!




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User currently offlineAcvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4018 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.


User currently offlineBoeing747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4020 times:

Air Transat uses the oldest L1011-150 at present.

User currently offlineMandargb From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

Hi,
Somebody mentioned of Air India.
I think they primarily have 2 types
742/ 743/ 744: I think these are 1982/83 made ?

A310 / A310: This I am not sure about.


User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1630 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3866 times:

I heard that once NW phases out their 742s, DC10s and DC9s in a few years, they should have one of the newest fleets around.
-N243NW Big grin



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3862 times:

If you are in Homer, Alaska you can charter their 1929 Travel Air S6000B, that is still used for commercial Air Taxi operations.

http://www.alaskaseaplanes.com/aircraft.html



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User currently offlineAussie747 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3671 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


User currently offlineFly707 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3591 times:

Syrian Air operates Boeing 727 , 747 with average age 27 years .
Libyan Arab Airlines Boeing 727 with average age of 30 years .
Iran Air Boeing 747 , 727 with average age 30 years .



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User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3563 times:

What a pitty that G-DMCA at MAN will be broken up  Sad

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Frederic


User currently offlineSpk From Thailand, joined Jun 2001, 458 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3426 times:

Orient Thai Airlines uses 747-100 and 747-200's that were built in 1970's.

User currently offlineTavong From Colombia, joined Jul 2001, 835 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3332 times:

In Colombia until 1997 there wqas an iarline that operted the CATALINA!!!!!


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User currently offlineBmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2262 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

Some African Airlines still use 1950's 707s.


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User currently offlineWorldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3180 times:

What about European Air Charter?
Loads of old 737-200's - ex Sabena, and ex BA 747-200's


User currently offlineMSPXJGuy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 150 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3141 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.

25 WesternDC1010 : Aren't United's early 767-222's pushing 20 years old? - Ron Western DC-10-10
26 DeltaRules : 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
27 BWIA330 : I would say Pan Am, they are using alot of 727's for their operations. Regards, BWIA330
28 GD727 : 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
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