JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2953 times:
Much as I love the old birds, its probably about time the Super-B's were put to bed - they're going on for 30 years old, and I think all of them were with SAA from brand new, and only one or two left the fleet for a short while on leases (I think ZS-SAM Drakensberg went to Varig for a bit). Not bad going really, they deserve an honourable retirement now that the 346's are on their way in. I really hope SAA keep one for their museum flight (don't know if they should paint it in the original C/S though - although all their other museum aircraft are in the original c/s complete with old non-PC flag).
As for the SP's, I hope they keep those flying forever, I love them.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2892 times:
Udo - they wouldn't necessarily need to have it airworthy - the Constellation they have does not fly either. It would make a great static display, especially if they could fit the cabin up with the original interior (that might be tricky, but hey that's what enthusiasts are for !). Also would be good for the engineering trainees (that's who've done a lot of the work on the other museum aircraft, I believe).
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10054 posts, RR: 11 Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2700 times:
All 747-200s of SAA have already passed their 30th birthday (except the two Combis that anyway left the fleet some time ago). They are 32 now, the longest-serving pax-747s, and probably the recordholders if it comes to nonstop-service with a single airlines (well, maybe except some of NWAs DC-9s). And the SPs were among the first delivered, most in 1976.
BFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 736 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2308 times:
My uncle flew one of the -200s from JoBerg to Heathrow last week, and apparently the crew made an announcement that it was one if its last flights, with the fleet being replaced by new A340s as the 742s were scrapped. My uncle wondered what the hell they were doing crossing Africa in a plane about to be made into beer cans.
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10054 posts, RR: 11 Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2218 times:
regarding your question about airliners scrapping info. I don´t have a single source here as there is none. Checking the excellent and monthly updated fleetslists on airlinerlist.com is helpful, and www.cactuswings gives infos about the graveyards in the US. Sometimes this forum as well.