FLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3861 times:
I hate seeing pictures like that one at the scrapyard. Such a shame to realise those wonderful machines will never return to the sky. The worst bit is seeing those pieces of Canada 3000 A310 on the ground. They weren't even particularly old. I flew on one a few years ago and it was a nice aircraft, very quiet from where I was sitting.
Iowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 928 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3496 times:
Are you asking why Cathay painted it? Cathay painted that aircraft in that paint scheme back in the mid 90s (1994?) when they adopted their new and present livery. Originally, they had not plans to get rid of their 742s and 743s, but when the Asian markets crashed in the late 90s, Cathay decided to retire their older 747s to cut capacity. I know that the 742s (except freighters) were scheduled to go first, but I think that they were contemplating holding onto the -300s for a bit. Eventually, they decided to dispose of both the -200s and the -300s (again, except for some freighters). In fact, most of the -300s are now seen regularly operating for PIA (did one or two go to Air Atlanta?) So, they did not plan on disposing of that aircraft when they chose to paint it that way. However, with how the industry works, you have sudden changes all the time.
They have painted a -400 in a revised scheme though, and I think that it looks great!
Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4106 posts, RR: 12 Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3128 times:
TF-ATD, TF-ABA and TF-ABP all fly for Air Atlanta Europe or the recently developed "Travel City Direct"
TF-ATC was leased to Garuda Indonesia for Hadj flights throughout the winter from December to March, then the aircraft was put out of service from Air Atlanta Europe and operated football and rugby charter flights. Then it was never put back into service for Air Atlanta Europe and was sent to Kemble for scrapping. It is thought that part of the aircraft was damaged during one of it's last flights so they decided not to fix the aircraft and "put it out of its misery." However i cannot back that up.
So EUK/ABD brought in two aircraft from the Air Atlanta mainline fleet and painted them into the new livery of Travel City Direct. With ex-SAA ZS-SKA (B747-300) also in the fleet, i think that TF-ATD will also find itself at the boneyards before too long. Sad