Varig md-11 From France, joined Jul 2000, 1609 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4444 times:
I think you're right: these planes are the 742-SUD inherited from UTA.
nevertheless, I read in an aviation book that the real 743 is nothing but a 742-SUD except it was made directly with the stretched upper deck and not modified afterwards.
since AF was using the real 742 and 742-SUD at the same time, they probably wanted to clearly state the difference
otherwise you'd have written on both planes 747-200 and 747-200 except the 2nd one had a stretched upper deck and the 1st a classic look
AF TW AA NW DL UA CO BA U2 TP UX LH SK AZ MP KL SN VY HV LS SS TK SQ PC RG IW SE LI TN
AApilot2b From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 586 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4233 times:
It was a common practice. Many airlines converted 200s to 300s (KLM just retired theirs) and then called them 300s. On that note, American calls all their MD-80s, MD-80s when in fact they are 82s, 83s,etc.... You get the point. Why confuse the traveling public on small technicalities.