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What Is The Oldest Airbus Still In Service  
User currently onlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 871 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 10139 times:

I have a book that says that F-BVGA is the first Airbus in commercial service.


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Is it still in service? If not, what is the oldest Airbus still in service?

BTW: the book I have states that only 21 firms orders with 17 additional options for the Airbus had been had at the time of publication. An old book indeed. How times have changed.

(I did a search on this but didn't see an existing thread)


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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9603 posts, RR: 69
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 10080 times:
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F-BUAD is the oldest still around, she was line #3, 1 and 2 have been broken-up.


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User currently onlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 10041 times:

OK, thanks

Anyone know what is the oldest still in rev service?



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User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 9982 times:

CanadianNorth, nah, it's not a coinkidink. There were far more Boeings sold 20 and 30 years ago. If you look at the older Airbuses, namely the A300's and A310's, they are finding lots of interest from cargo operators.

But in general, I am curious if the A320 for instance will live as long as a DC-9 or a 737, and if it will maintain a decent level of reliability.



"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineJacques60 From France, joined Jul 2003, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 9945 times:

Looks like the oldest A300 still in commercial service is c/n 19 former F-BVGG (the survivor of Entebbe hijack) now a freighter TC-MNA running for MNG cargo airlines.

User currently onlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 9903 times:

Now there is an aircraft with a history.

When was F-BVGG put in service?


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Does anybody know the oldest Airbus still in passenger service? Especially with a major network?



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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9603 posts, RR: 69
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 9811 times:
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Looks like VT-EDY of Indian Airways is the oldest still in regular scheduled passenger service, line number 59.

F-BVGG was delivered on 11/16/75. I am sure it entered service a few days after that.


User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 9672 times:

Anyone remember the first 4 A300s with Eastern Airlines? They were the first Airbuses to be registered in the USA. I wondered what happened to those 4 airframes. What I remember the most at that time is the fanfare the aircraft caused. It was an exciting time then, having 'only' Boeing, Douglas & Lockheed. At that moment, Airbus Industries became a major player...and hasn't looked back since.  Wink/being sarcastic Regards.


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User currently onlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9517 times:

VT-EDY - As of November 2003, The oldest passenger Airbus!! (only photo in the database, all you shutterbugs out there.)


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FlagshipAZ

That was an amazing time back then. 4 companies producing widebodies, jumbo-jets they were called then. Also, Concorde and the Tu-144 were catching everyone's attention.

Man was still going to the moon but with the Apollo missions ending, NASA was testing a reusable "space aircraft," the shuttle.

I excited about the A-380 and the B7E7, but when you look back, the 1970's really rock for the aviation industry.

[Edited 2003-11-24 06:09:41]


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User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9486 times:

NW has some A333 manufactured a couple months ago:


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(sorry, I couldn't resist - this type of response is typical on a.net though  Big grin)


User currently onlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9426 times:

IP:

I guess those would be some of the oldest A-330's in service with NWA?  Laugh out loud



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User currently onlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 9357 times:

Eastern Airlines A-300's


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The first Airbuses in service with a U.S. carrier. (That's correct, right!?!)

[edit] - after rereading FlagshipAZ post, I see that is correct.

[Edited 2003-11-24 07:01:41]


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User currently offlineEastbay From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 211 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 9316 times:

I had read recently that Western had actually ordered some A300's well before Eastern but cancelled the order shortly thereafter, never taking delivery. Anyone with more info?

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 9294 times:

Here is the first original A300, the A300B1, no longer in existence:

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#2 was broken up just recently. It was being used for training by the Brussels Airport firebrigade as you can see below:

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Then in July, they turned it into this:

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Please keep in mind that these first 2 aircraft were A300B1's. The only A300B1's ever built and they were unique. They were about 9 feet shorter than any other A300.

The first A300B1 was scrapped a long time ago, just a few years after it was built since it was only a prototype. The last one is now gone too. History has been erased.

Quite sad....the last bird should have been preserved.

Regards



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User currently offlineCapt.Fantastic From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 703 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9151 times:

Hello

If this were an Airbus, it would be the olderst one flying commercaily.


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Sorry, I couldn't resist ... haven't seen a NW DC9 post in a week or so  Smile


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9049 times:

SAA's A300's were seriously old - I know SA doesn't have them any more, were they sold or scrapped ?

User currently offlineB727 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 521 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 8877 times:

How could someone break up the first line number of the A-300? I know that Boeing has the original 747 and has given it to a museum.

The first A-300 was quite an acomplishment for Airbus. I just don't get it.


B727
Glenn



User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8769 times:

I guess that, maybe aside from some accountants, you won't find anyone around who'll actually understand the reasoning behind having the first A300 broken up and not preserved...  Sad



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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8688 times:

I hear ya, Leskova. I was quite sad when the first DC-8, DC-9, DC-10 & L-1011 were scrapped. Funny how all of Boeing's first airplanes are still around, but not anyone elses first airframes. I find it particular that just before Boeing bought out McDonnell Douglas...the first 3 DC jetliners were still in existance. Now they're gone. Regards.


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User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8679 times:

The port wing with the gear still attatched is on display inside the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany.

User currently offlineBrubiac From Bouvet Island, joined Nov 2003, 216 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8642 times:

SAA's A300's were seriously old - I know SA doesn't have them any more, were they sold or scrapped ?

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ZS-SDH: TC-MNE

Both operates now for MNG Airlines of Turkey, the first one as a freighter the second one as a full pax.


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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8518 times:

VT-EDY - As of November 2003, The oldest passenger Airbus!!

The former VT-EDY has been out of service for well over a year now and is currently parked at the IC technical base at BOM with engines removed, interiors stripped and titles painted out. The registration was also cancelled in mid-2002 and she is ready for scrapping.


User currently onlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8424 times:

Oh, no. Well, that kills that!!

Bye, VT-EDY.

So, the question is still, what is the oldest Airbus still in passenger service!



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User currently offlineIslandHopper From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 327 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8310 times:

That pic of the only production A300 B1 being demolished makes me sick. Does Airbus have no sense of history?

User currently offlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 902 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8240 times:

I have a hard time understanding why Airbus didn't preserve one of the two A300B1s. The first of so many great aircraft should be proudly on display at the Airbus main plant, not be part of a scrap metal heap! Oh well.

cheers, Ralph



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25 Rkmcswain : "...Man was still going to the moon but with the Apollo missions ending" In 1978? No, actually Apollo 17 returned to Earth on 12-19-1972.
26 Post contains images FlyPIJets : Rkmcswain: "In 1978? No, actually Apollo 17 returned to Earth on 12-19-1972." Huh? I said the 1970's rocked, both 1972 and 1978 are in the 1970's
27 MD-87ER : But maybe they learned from it, as the first A320 and the first A340 are still owned by Airbus - time will tell if they will be preserved in the futur
28 AirxLiban : what about that old A300 with Ariana?
29 Clickhappy : I guess EP-MHE is actually the oldest still in pax service, line number 35! She entered service in December of 1977. 35 A300B4-103 CF6-50C2 12/14/77 M
30 Post contains images FlyPIJets : OK then, EP-MHE it is. As of November 2003, EP-MHE, is the oldest Airbus in passenger service. It entered service in December of 1977 ship number 35 f
31 Vimanav : Just to add to the post on IC's A300 fleet. They have only 4 A300s: VT-EFX, VT-EHC, VT-EHD, VT-EVD of which VT-EFX is the oldest (an A300B2, all the o
32 Rkmcswain : Sorry, I was reading from context. You said The oldest passenger Airbus!!...then posted a photo of an aircraft made in 1978, then said...That was an a
33 BA : That pic of the only production A300 B1 being demolished makes me sick. Does Airbus have no sense of history? Be more disappointed at the Brussels Air
34 Post contains images FlyPIJets : Rkmcswain: No problem, I can be mistake prone. Good that people are looking out for the correct facts.
35 Post contains links and images Chrisdigo : BA: I cant' believe that they destroyed OO-TEF !! This is amazing. There was an association created to save this plane. Cogema even donated two doors!
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