PIA747 From Pakistan, joined Apr 2003, 624 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3489 times:
Just heard that NORTHEAST AIRLINES, an existing foreign air carrier, has just purchased (3) 747-200's (ex-TransJet) from Finova in Finland. The aircraft are currently in Sweden but are registered in Swaziland (South Africa) .The company has a U.S. sales offices in Miami. Florida.
The 747's will be assigned to their passenger charter operation and the 1st aircraft will be ready to "Ferry" on or about Dec.22rd for a maintenance check. The 2nd and 3rd aircraft will follow in two week intervals. The crew base has not yet been designated but there are a number of charters scheduled for the Caribbean and South America.
NORTH EAST airlines currently has a L1011 which it plans to use for Hajj this year. Last year this aircraft was siezed in Burkino Faso by the authorites for non-payment of charges. NE left their crews starnded with out payment and a return ticket home.
Cx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6611 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3234 times:
Very interesting to see that many third rate airlines are getting hold of aircraft like 747s now that prices are low enough. Hopefully they will operate them with respect, otherwise we will see safety statistics decimated.
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3106 times:
Don't worry, CxFlyboy. They can't crash them if they can't find people to fly them! That pprune thread has been ongoing, and with some you see in the African aviation forum, it just shows you how dodgy the airline buisness can be.
PIA747 From Pakistan, joined Apr 2003, 624 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2714 times:
I don't think they would have a problem finding people to fly these planes. The Swaziland AOC allows Pilots to fly upto the age of 65 as compared to the regular 60 age restriction. There are many retired B747 classic pilots of that age desperate to get back into the air.