Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1913 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2939 times:
As far as I know, no airlines anywhere in the world offer passenger flights on this legendary aircraft, but I hope I'm wrong. ATI, Air Transport International, was considering using one of its -CF 'eights for passenger charter flights, but to my knowledge, this plan never came to be. Does anyone know whether the French Armee de l'Aire still carries personnel on its -72s?
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17293 posts, RR: 51 Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2812 times:
According to ATI's website, they still offer charters using their DC-8-62 Combis. From their site:
ATI combination passenger/cargo "combi" aircraft are specially designed to accommodate not only important cargo, but also the most valuable payload of all - passengers.
With the only DC8-62 "combi" fleet in the world, ATI has the ability to simultaneously transport 32 passengers and 10 pallet positions of freight on the main deck, but in distinctly separate areas of the aircraft. There is also below-deck capacity for baggage or additional cargo. These aircraft are truly exceptional because they are the only DC8's in the world that are FAA approved to operate in this configuration.
The passenger area has a similar design to that of standard passenger aircraft. Our DC8's are complete with overhead storage, lavatories and galleys capable of serving hot or cold meals with beverages ranging from a light snack to a multi-course meal. The 10 position cargo compartment is in a fully operational standard upper deck configuration, with a ball mat and roller system to enable FAA approved pallets to be loaded through the large upper deck main cargo door.
In addition to having a uniquely functional design, ATI's "combi" aircraft meet U.S. FAA Stage Three/ICAO Chapter Three noise regulations worldwide. The long range full capacity of ATI's DC8 "combi" aircraft allows us to operate over 4,000 miles non-stop, even with a full load of passengers, baggage and cargo.
ATI not only offers the best in convenience and flexibility, but passenger service as well. ATI's friendly and service-oriented flight attendants are dedicated to making your flight the best it can be. ATI offers a low passenger to flight attendant ratio, in-flight movie options, hot or cold meals and individual, personalized service on every flight.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4210 posts, RR: 36 Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2793 times:
The problem with ATI though is they don't fly on flights for which you can buy a ticket (either with the airline or with a travel organisation) it will cost at least $20.000 to rent the DC-8 even for a short flight so the only people who might ever enjoy a DC-8 flight is staff on government/military/VIP flights
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Ouboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4313 posts, RR: 22 Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 2564 times:
Well...you could always pack yourself in a box in hopes of getting on one of the ATI DC-8s. Unfortunately, you probably won't get any closer than the perimeter fence at TOL, but who knows. Maybe in 2005 BAX will have one of those over on the static ramp for the air show in TOL - instead of their typical DC-8-70 static display.
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