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Imagine HP/US Bringing Back The 747 N532AW  
User currently offlineSquirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2689 times:

With all these new Intl destinations do you think that HP would be able to pull the only 747 they have left in storage back to use? Also what happened to the other three 747's they had.

N531AW N532AW N533AW



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Ahhh the memories

[Edited 2005-05-20 05:17:03]

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User currently offlineTIMEAIR From Canada, joined May 2005, 436 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2599 times:

not likely, the money wud be better spent leasing a newer 400! Would save in fuel costs over a period of time to pay for the 400!


You can't get there from here.
User currently offlineTIMEAIR From Canada, joined May 2005, 436 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2597 times:

It would be nice to see again though..yes indeed!


You can't get there from here.
User currently offlineFlyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2594 times:

That was certainly an awesome sight...very exciting for them at the time. If the plane is in storage and not broken up, we no longer own it that's for sure.

User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2470 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2537 times:

I know one of them was scrapped.


The 747: The hands who designed it were guided by god.
User currently offlineAeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1610 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2475 times:
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I have been told by a former HP employee that they were a total disaster economically speaking. He said one actually flew a route with one passenger on board.

User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7091 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

Frankly speaking this is one great looking paint scheme -also I am not a friend of these white liverys flying around and prefer the ones of KLM or NW for example. But the old HP livery looks great much better then the current one -which looks like it is taken of a comic book -the old one is more classy.

Regarding the topic I doubt that we will say any Boeing widebody aircrafts with HP/US within the next 10 years. The largest aircrafts will be A330/A350.



It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7771 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2356 times:

The 747's at HP where single-handedly one of the dumbest and money losing mistakes they made back then. Complete overkill for them.

User currently offlineFlyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

Quoting PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 7):
The 747's at HP where single-handedly one of the dumbest and money losing mistakes they made back then. Complete overkill for them.

It turned out to be that way, however had the Gulf Crisis not happened, the routes would have been profitable. The war killed the air travel industry along with the profitable route. It was sad really. In the beginning the route was doing very well and they actually ordered 4 brand new B744's. Those orders were cancelled obviously.


User currently offlineSquirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

Quoting AeroWeanie (Reply 5):
I have been told by a former HP employee that they were a total disaster economically speaking. He said one actually flew a route with one passenger on board.

Dont forget the crew it was a Tokyo (outer city airport) - Honolulu flight continuing onto PHX or LAS not sure . . .


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

It will take a lot of glue and speed tape....

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User currently offlineOlympicbis From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2309 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 10):
It will take a lot of glue and speed tape....

I would certainly be prepared to pay for the glue just to see this one fly again, a fantastic livery on the 747.
Sad to see these pics.


User currently offlineFlyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2299 times:

Quoting Squirrel83 (Reply 9):
Dont forget the crew it was a Tokyo (outer city airport) - Honolulu flight continuing onto PHX or LAS not sure . . .

The route ran PHX-HNL-NGO (Nagoya). The return was the same I believe, perhaps going NGO-HNL-LAS-PHX instead...don't remember. I know for sure they ran the 747 late night from LAS-PHX for a while as a continuation of a HNL run. Man that would have been cool!


User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7816 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2174 times:

My understanding is that N531AW and N532AW were scrapped in 1996 and N533AW in 1994.

If they do fly B747, then it will not be those 3.


User currently offlineLGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1149 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2160 times:

They also flew the 747 PHX-JFK for a while, I flew on it once, was in pretty ratty condition, glad I got to ride it for the memories but I was not impressed
at all !

LGA777


User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

I would love to see HP to bring back those 742's, a shame their scrapped now!  Sad

What routes where they used on?

Rob!


User currently offlineFlyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2046 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 15):
What routes where they used on?

Most are listed above. They were used PHX-HNL-NGO, LAS-HNL, LAS-PHX (probably a repositioning flight), and for a short time PHX-JFK.


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