IBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1835 posts, RR: 56 Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3979 times:
I don't like rumours and the way they can change or the things they can become into, but this time I will pay attention to one of those "rumours".
Last week I was told that Iberia's last Boeing 747-200 (EC-DIB "Cervantes") apparently had been finally retired from service. I talked about it in another recent thread about IB ( a couple days ago) and one of the a.net members who works for IB posted on the same thread that EC-DIB appeared as "on the tarmac" and not "in the hangars" so maybe it was not retired yet.
This guy sounds pretty sure about what he's saying.
Now here's the question for those who work for Iberia: has "Cervantes" been officially retired? or is this just another rumour?
Thanks a lot.
Btw, if it was retired, I think it deserved at least a small farewell ceremony, as they did when the B727 flew with IB for the last time, being escorted by the Spanish Air Force Acrobatics Team (Patrulla Aguila) on her last landing.
The Boeing 747 has been operated by Iberia for 35 years providing reliable service/performance thus helping IB to keep an outstanding safety record and it's not fair IMO to retire it without properly saying "goodbye".
Yes it is true that IB still flies the B743 and B744, but that's a different story. They don't belong to IB (wet-leased) and I think that the B743s are being flown by Air Atlanta's pilots again (the 744s already are flown by Air Atlanta's pilots).
If this photo was really taken on May 1st, then the caption is incorrect: EC-DIB's last flight out of MAD was on May 2nd as IB0952 MAD-TFN, then went tech at TFN and flew back to MAD on the 3rd with no passengers on board. Since then, it is parked (#51) here at MAD. Retired? I can't tell. EC-DIA was also on the tarmac for a few days before going to La Muñoza.
OB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3742 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3325 times:
Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 8): The 747-200 operated to Miami for about 3 straight days (last week if I'm not mistaken), then it was replaced by the A346 for a few days and then the 743.
I got to see one of their A346s fly over my house on downwind for Runway 8R on Sunday, which was the first time I'd ever seen an Airbus 340-600 in real life. Coincidentally, that was my birthday, and I got a model A346 in IB colours as a present.
DBCooper From Brazil, joined Jun 2004, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3242 times:
DIB was parked on the hardstand at MAD between the A and B gates, where it normally seems to be, this morning (12/5). It did not appear to have an imminent flight; there were no ground vehicles attending to it. But...it looked like it could be made ready...
Had a very good view from my departure gate (A6) on pushback and taxi-out...
I also had a good view of the IB hangar facilities upon takeoff (the big ones that are away from the terminal; not the ones between the existing and new terminals). There appear to be 4 742s there (outside) - 2 look pretty complete and 2 look like they are missing engines, etc.
1 of the 743s was on an adjacent gate. The other looked like it was inside the hangar (the one just past Terminal 3). Didn't spot the 744s...
767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3229 times:
Sad to hear the retirement of the classics. Flew on EC-GAG (IB's first 742 back in 2002 and wonderful experience)...hopefully IB will introduce a few more 744's into the fleet to compliment the A346's.
Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!