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Oldest Commercial Pax Aircraft In Service  
User currently offlineAdrianw From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 17 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12973 times:

Hi I was just wondering what the oldest aircraft is that is still used for carrying passengers. Thanks

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User currently offlineLVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 36
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 12919 times:

Adrian:

Always a tough call for propeller aircraft, as you have Classic DC-3s and C-46s still flying tourists in places like Bolivia, as well as a handful of F27s past their sell-by-date in obscure parts of the world. However, the oldest jet aircraft carrying passengers (not freight, Heads of State or military personnel), is this Bolivian B727-100 belonging to LAB:


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Reg: CP-1223
FF: 05 JAN 1965
Age: 40.1 years old!

Doesn't look old, does she?

Regards,

ZXV




How do you say "12 months" in Estonian?
User currently offlineACVitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 12871 times:

Chalks Ocean Airways Grumman Mallards Built 1939-1948.

They fly between FLL-PID FLL-NSB FLL-WKR FLL-MPB MPB-PID and MPB-NSB.

http://www.flychalks.com

A bit older then the 727s


User currently offlineTockeyhockey From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 12866 times:

i have no back up for this -- maybe someone can help, but when i was in the caribbean (st. kitts) a year ago, i swear i saw DC-3s unloading passengers.

User currently offlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 927 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 12759 times:

LVZXV,
That LAB 727 looks real good, it's amazing to see it still carrying passengers. Does LAB have any plans to replace them? Forty years in service, now there's an airplane that's earned it's keep!

Cheers, Ralph



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User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 12685 times:

Someone already said that DC-3s fly passengers and they regularly show up in the pics database and at airshows, so why do people keep posting about it like they have discovered the cure for AIDS?

User currently offlineHr001 From Honduras, joined Nov 2004, 303 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 12627 times:

And the LAB 727 was recieved new 40.1 years with the same operator!!!



User currently offlineSaxon From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 12621 times:

Very loyal to the 727 then!


I can see Paradise by the Runway lights!
User currently offlineHR001 From Honduras, joined Nov 2004, 303 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 12611 times:

Very loyal Saxon they are still adding -200's.


hr001


User currently offlineEilennaei From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 12593 times:

I think the title should be revised as "...with a pressurised hull". Rebuilders like Bassler for instance state they can create officially zero-timed aircraft from almost any DC-3/C-47 airframe, it seems.

regards
Eilennaei








User currently offlineLVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 12476 times:

Hr001:

And the LAB 727 was recieved new 40.1 years with the same operator!!!

Close, but CP-1223 actually joined LAB's fleet in 1975, at about the same time as their first batch of -200s. The one you were probably thinking of was its sister, CP-861, which has loyally served LAB and LAB only since 1969. Some of Vasp's 732s could boast similar "loyalty", but with them now gone, and plenty of other late '60s-build airframes being retired en-masse, CP-861 could well end up serving its initial customer longer than any other aircraft (once NW's DC-9s are all grounded...).


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The good news is, according to this site's most reliable source from Bolivia, both CP-861 and CP-1223 have been repainted in LAB's new colours, and there are no immediate plans to replace them as of yet. This, plus the fact that LAB is in the process of receiving about another 5 727-200s could possibly be the happiest twist in the story of the venerable Boeing 727 as it enters the autumn of its long and distinguished life.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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Regards,

ZXV

P.S. Eilennaei:

I think the title should be revised as "...with a pressurised hull".

Agreed.




How do you say "12 months" in Estonian?
User currently offlineHR001 From Honduras, joined Nov 2004, 303 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 12422 times:

I stand corrected thanks ZXV

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