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User currently offlineFlygmolinafmly From Brazil, joined Jan 2004, 107 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3529 times:

Just wondering if anyone knew of the major airlines, which is the oldest plane in their current fleet with hours, cycles, history, etc...

Is there a place where I can find this information? Thanks in advance.

*I assume that one of NW's DC-9 has to be the oldest in the fleet  Wink/being sarcastic*


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User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3462 times:

Although I don't know the exact aircraft, I know that CO's oldest is one of their MD-80s, soon to be retired.

User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1496 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3448 times:

Wouldn't airlines still using 707s or DC 8s have the oldest aircraft?


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User currently offline3lions From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

Try this website...... airfleets.net

User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2048 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

BA's oldest aircraft that was originally delivered to the airline is no less than Airbus A.320-111 G-BUSB (No. 6 off the line)! The aircraft was originally rolled out in BCal colours, but hastily repainted after the BA takeover. Delivery was 14.04.88.

However, that aircraft is pipped by 737-3Y0 G-LGTH. Although not delivered to BA until 01.04.01 it was originally delivered to Inter European on 13.04.88 - one day sooner than that A320!

So basically it's an A320 or 737 for BA. I'll opt for the A320 - simply because its sounds strange saying that a major's oldest aircraft is an A320! (Also, it would have had an earlier delivery date if it hadn't been for that repaint from BCal to BA colours).

(And a spooky aside - those two original delivery dates are my sister's and grandma's birthdays).



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User currently offlineSkydrolBoy From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3202 times:

Kelowna Flightcraft in Canada is still flying a 50+ year old Convair 580F (C-GKFQ) on three flights daily...the a/c C-GKFQ has over 143,000 cycles and adding more and more...if you do the math over its life it has averaged almost 8 landings a day for its entire life....this has got to be some kind of record....


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User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3388 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3093 times:

What about Buffalo Airlines' small fleet of DC-3s, DC-4s and C-46s... those things must be up there in years eh...




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User currently offlineA330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 44
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2924 times:

The oldest aircraft in the US Airways fleet is N600AU, a B757-225 (the 3rd off the line) delivered new to Eastern as N502EA on September 28, 1983.


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The oldest aircraft delivered new to US is N371US, a B737-3B7 (the 1st B737-300 ever!) delivered new to USAir as N350AU on April 30, 1985.


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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3700 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2807 times:

Delta's oldest active is "The Spirit of Delta", 767-200 N102DA, delivered 10/25/1982:


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User currently offlinePW100 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 2326 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2715 times:

KLM just retired the 747-206/306 fleet, the first of which was delivered in 1975. The fleetleader was [very] close to 100000 flying hours.
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So that now leaves KLMs first B737-306 as their oldest serving flying equipment:

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Boeing 737-306
Ship 23537/1275
Name: Willem Barentz
2x CFMI CFM56-3B1
Delivered: 1986
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