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Why Did Air France Cheat?  
User currently offlineAndrewtang From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 466 posts, RR: 10
Posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4861 times:

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The plane is a Boeing 747-200B which undergone SUD upgrade when UTA is still using long ago.

Why did Air France write BOEING 747-300 on the fuselage when it is actually a -200B/SUD. I know after the SUD upgrade, it is very similar to 743 but still it is a 742. Can anyone drop some hints?


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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4706 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4727 times:

Maybe because only airlne geeks would care about such baloney? Big grin

Why confuse the the 99,9% normal people...for them, even a "Beoing 747" would be more information than they could grasp.

Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlineVarig 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  Nuts

User currently offlineAApilot2b 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.

User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3203 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4202 times:

oh no American goes all the way its a Boeing M80 or a Super 80. American doesnt fly MD-80s... only S80s.... freaks,

no offense lol


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User currently offlineCanuckpaxguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4164 times:

I think KLM always called them 742s, never 743.
It confused me at first until someone explained the SUD concept to me.


User currently offlineMdutch From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 150 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3951 times:

Nope, KLM called their 747-200's SUD 300's

User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days ago) and read 3902 times:

Because of this tragedy, I personally don't think I could ever fly AF again.

 Big thumbs up


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