Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16436 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3102 times:
Yupper....as Kaz said, all gone. They will be missed. AC operated the 747 for 31 years. 5 741's, 3 742 combi's, and 3 744 combi's were operated in all, altho no more than 7 classics were operated at once. All were new-build's except one 742 combi bought from QF. The initial order was for 3 741's. Initial routes included YYZ-LHR/YVR. In 1975, AC even operated the 741 daily into YWG in summer 1975.
AC was the world's first operator of the 742 combi in 1975. The severe recession in 1982 caused AC to park 4 of their 7 747's temporarily.
The peak 747 fleet was 9 aircraft in the early 90's -- 3 741, 3 742, 3 744.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
Nrt1011 From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2751 times:
I'm sure I also to catch one of the old 747's on the YYZ-YUL flight (or vica versa) back in the late 70's/early 80's, either a 747-100 or 747-200.
It was always a pleasure not to be on one of the DC-9 or old 727's (I'm a wide-body kind of guy). I'm not sure if it was part of say a YUL-YYZ-LAX flight (I know they used to use an L-1011 on that flight as I caught that a number of times between YYZ-YUL, even as far back as 1977).
I am so glad we will never see one of the AC 747's in that horrid new livery. I can now always gloriously remember them in the previous livery ands the classic one of the 80's
Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 27028 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2736 times:
LAX indeed did see regular Air Canada B747 service off and on during the 80s and 90s.
Initially older B747 classics (along with L-1011s)on the noon'ish YYZ turn around and then in the mid 90s replaced with B744 Combis on the evening YYZ arrival/morning departure with same place service to Europe.
Air Canada Cargo for a while became a significant player in the LA-Europe cargo market offering daily onestop Combi service.
Now we get a multiple daily mix of Airbus narrow body types.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
Miles_mechanic From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2406 times:
I remember seeing a picture on A.net and it stated that the 747 from montreal was being flown to Isreal to be converted to a freighter for China Airlines I think it said, or someone told me that. So it is probably over in Isreal by now.
N864DA From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 259 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2334 times:
Yes, C-GAGN has been flown to TLV as of early in the month. As the photos show, the aircraft has been stripped of all its markings with the exception of the registration, nose, and tail numbers. In the time between its final revenue flight and then it was over in the Air Canada Widebody hangar.
When I was inside the hangar, it was the only aircraft there for maintenance work. I didn't see any external work being done (there was minimal scaffolding and maybe two people other than us in the hangar at the time), but then again, it was the week after Boxing Day, so most of the workers were still on vacation. I actually went inside the aircraft and all the old AC seats are still there and nothing has been done yet to the cargo hold. I did see a maintenance worker inside the cockpit but didn't venture far enough to see exactly what he was doing. Unlike the B762 ship 605 (C-GAUP) that has been sitting idle in (ironically) the Narrowbody hangar, the cockpit of the B744 is still intact. Overall, the aircraft did look flyable with a little less than two weeks before its ferry flight to be converted into an all-freight airliner. It will very much be missed.