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What Year Did AA & UA Retire Their DC-10s?  
User currently offlineSquirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4187 times:

In the following picture what type of aircraft is that UA in the bottom right corner - - I believe its a 757 but not too sure .. But also in this image are two of UAs DC-10s . . and AA's DC-10 as well . . . Does anyone have the year these aircraft retired for UA and AA?


http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=368961>

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User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11383 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4170 times:

AA's last DC10 flight was 22 November 2000, on HNL-DFW, IIRC.

While I completely understand the business rationale for retiring these older, less fuel efficient, three-engine aircraft, the DC10s will always be -- in my mind -- one of the finest aircraft that ever flew. Those planes, even in their later years when they were starting to get on in age and show their wear, were still always comfortable, reliable and inviting from my experience. I absolutely loved the DC10 -- it was my favorite plane until the 777 came along -- and I have many fond memories of flying those birds, especially to Hawaii.

By the way, I may be biased (hometown airline), but I still think the DC10 looked better in AA's livery than anyone else's:


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User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24707 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4158 times:

UA's final passenger DC-10 was retired in February 2001, while the last freighter retired during Xmas 2000. Last UA DC-10 route was ORD-HNL operated by the small DC-10-30 subfleet.


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User currently offlineAbirdA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 289 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4087 times:

Your main question has been answered, but i believe the aircraft in the bottom right of the photo is a UA 763. The body looks too fat to be a 757. It could be a 762, but seems too long for that.

User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 41
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4075 times:

The aircraft in the bottom corner is a 763 that belonged to UA. Since it's in Marana, if I remember correctly, it's N645UA.

As for the topic, I believe the last passenger flight of a UA DC-10 was ORD-LAS sometime in February of 2001.

Alex.



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User currently offlineKL5147 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2005, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4045 times:

According to airliners.net the last UA DC-10 flight was Feb. 14 2001.
http://www.airliners.net/open.file/143826/L/
Ship N1858U will be converted for the Royal Dutch Airforce as transporter. it will not be converted to KDC-10 but will be used to add extra pax/cargo capacity.



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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7440 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3893 times:

Last UA Cargo flight was after Christmas 2000.


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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7440 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3687 times:

If you look at that pic,you can also see the Ghana DC-10 that was reported in here being full of roaches!


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User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3588 times:

United's last flights for the DC-10 were ORD-HNL-ORD on February 13th and 14th, 2001, before the actual retirement date of February 15th, 2001.

F L Y 7 7 7 U A L


User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2482 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3385 times:

Quoting Commavia (Reply 1):
the DC10s will always be -- in my mind -- one of the finest aircraft that ever flew.



Quoting Commavia (Reply 1):
I may be biased (hometown airline), but I still think the DC10 looked better in AA's livery than anyone else's:

I'll second both of those statements  bigthumbsup 
I'm not from DFW so no hometown bias either.


User currently offlineVegasplanes From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 778 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3359 times:

Quoting Commavia (Reply 1):

By the way, I may be biased (hometown airline), but I still think the DC10 looked better in AA's livery than anyone else's:

The DC-10 is a great plane, many many flights on AA DC-10's, yes they do look the best, no hometown or airline bias, check my tagline.  Wink

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User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4406 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3203 times:

Quoting Vegasplanes (Reply 10):
The DC-10 is a great plane, many many flights on AA DC-10's, yes they do look the best, no hometown or airline bias, check my tagline.

How about this one?  Smile


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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4941 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3171 times:

I flew a UA DC-10 LAX-JFK in May 1997... I definitely enjoyed the flight, but I do remember the FA getting pissed off at me. I think I was going to the lav during descent, and she got pissed (I was 8 at the time), but otherwise, I'm happy I got to fly a DC-10.


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