CV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1433 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1137 times:
Does anyone know if any version of the Comet 4 was used on Trans-Atlantic service? Or did it arrive too late and was beaten out by the 707/DC-8/VC-10? Also, if it was used, which airline used it (Besides BOAC...) Thanks in advance...
Woodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1031 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1081 times:
I am pretty sure that the Comet-4 did see Transatlantic service with BEA/BOAC. Mexicana also had a few Comet-4s that must have flown t/a from Mexico to Europe.
The Comet-4 however found its niche with Dan-Air as a second tier operator well into the late 70s, I believe they snapped up most of the airworthy Comet-4s as they became available. Other Comet-4s were operated by MEA in the Middle East and by East-African.
The Comet is one of my favorite a/c, beautiful graceful lines if not a bit cramped inside compared to its competitors.
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6922 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 1079 times:
BOAC started London-NY with the Comet 4 in October 1958-- I think they made two or three round trips before Pan Am started their 707-120's. As I recall they withdrew it from the North Atlantic about two years later, except perhaps for a few flights into Prestwick or someplace.
Has Mexicana ever flown transatlantic? In any case I seriously doubt they ever flew Comet 4C's across.