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Oldest Commercial A/C Still In Service?  
User currently offlineJpz1991 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 70 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6555 times:

Does anyone know what is the oldest commercial aircraft still in regular service with a major airline?

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User currently offlineCapt078 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6505 times:

for any major airline in north america, it's got to be northwest dc-9s. otherwise, there are a bunch of bac-111s in africa. i know chalks uses grumman amphibians and there are some dc-3s on some sightseeing flights out west.

User currently offlineN707PA From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6422 times:

Is N700ME still in service ?(DC-9 #2)

User currently offlineSlamclick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6323 times:

Up until two months ago this one was.

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As for jets, one of the oldest DC-9-14 airframes was still flying recently. I'm researching it.




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User currently offlineSantosdumont From Brazil, joined Dec 2003, 1201 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6251 times:

For what it's worth, I was thumbing through a popular Brazilian aviation magazine and they list a 737-200 flying for VASP (PP-SMA) as the oldest pax acft operating for the same carrier in Brazil.

I did a quick photo check here and it appears the acft went into service with VASP in 1969. Reading on, the text says the oldest pax acft in Brazil is a 1962 Fokker F-27 Friendship currently in service with Tavaj airlines flying as PT-LAG. I tried a photo search on that model but came up empty-handed.

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User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1517 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6097 times:


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Don't know about world's oldest but this one's the oldest fixed wing commercial airplane in scheduled airline service in India today. Incidentally 'Samudragupta' turned 24 just a few hours ago.

rgds//Vimanav



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User currently offlineTrident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6038 times:

Has to be something like a DC-3 or maybe even a De Havilland Dragon Rapide.
Is there not a Ford Trimotor still earning its keep somewhere in the US?


User currently offlineBeltwaybandit From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5937 times:

The question specified "a major airline." So all the DC3s are out.

Gotta be a DC-9, unless you expand it to freight, in which case you may need to check on DC-8s.

Some of NW DC-9s must be from 1967-69.


User currently offlineMlsrar From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1417 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5897 times:

I think it's N700ME from YX--manufacture date Feb 24 1966, and was one of the early birds off the line.


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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5704 times:

I thought N400ME was the 2nd off the line. or was it the first.

User currently offlineDexter From Austria, joined Jul 2000, 261 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5592 times:

I've done some research and the winner seems to be:
CP-1223, a 727-78, in service with Lloyd Aero Boliviano:

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This bird is l/n 104 and had accomplished its first flight on January 5th 1965.
This is, of course, among more or less significant carriers. A few small airlines in Africa and Latin America operate even older aircraft (such as l/n 15, 24 and 44).

PS At least the aircraft looks to be in good condition:

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User currently offlinePilotallen From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 656 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks ago) and read 5519 times:

Now dont quote me but if we did get into cargo as well DHL still flies convairs correct? not in the us but in germany or somethign to that extent. Fedex also has some older F27's unless they got rid of those already. Ups has dc-8's too. along with ABX.


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User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks ago) and read 5429 times:

Im sure Aeroflot is using att least 1 REALLY old an-2 somewhere in Siberia or up in the arctic.


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User currently offlineMidEx717 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 132 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5222 times:

N700ME its last flight or flights will be December 31, 2003. Some days Midwest Airlines flies N700ME and other days it sits outside the hangar in MKE or inside the hangar if mainteance is needed. N700ME will be retired from service after that day and I have heard rumors that it might go to the Simthsounen in Washington D.C. Will give you people updates if I hear any more news.

User currently offlineVS340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5073 times:

If the end of N700ME is in only a few days then this may very well be the last picture taken of it still in service, at least on A.net.


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taken on December 19.


User currently offlineRhino4ever From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 146 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4913 times:

NWA's oldest DC-9 is ship #9150, registration # N8908E, A DC-9-14 with a FSN# of 50 with a date of September 8,1966.

User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4835 times:

Buffalo Airways of Yellowknife, NWT, operates 1 passenger carrying DC-3, aswell as a fleet of cargo carrying DC-3s, DC-4s, and C-46s. I dont know about the oldest but these aircrafts arent exactly your modern widebody jetliner...


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