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First Air 727-100s...The End Is Near  
User currently offlineYow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3910 times:

First Air will soon be phasing out their two classic 727-100Cs. They will be replaced with two all-passenger 737-200Advs.  Sad The YOW-YFB run switches over on Dec 11th, while the YUL-YVP-YFB run goes 732 on Feb 5th. The end of another era in Canadian aviation is nearing.

Not sure what's happening with their 727-200 Combi. I'm guessing it will probably be in an all-cargo config most of the time to replace the lost cargo capacity.

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User currently offlineDAYflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3886 times:

Another classic out to pasture due to rising fuel prices, no doubt.


One Nation Under God
User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4473 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3881 times:

I'm surprised anyone is still flying 721s.

User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3867 times:

Too bad; it's one of the more unique things to see at YUL these days.

Quoting DAYflyer (Reply 1):
Another classic out to pasture due to rising fuel prices, no doubt.

True, but it's neat to see there they're being replaced by 737-200's!

JL



Next flight.... who knows.
User currently offlineAmy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3830 times:

Quoting Jean Leloup (Reply 3):
True, but it's neat to see there they're being replaced by 737-200's!

Yeah! The 737-200 is all but extinct in the UK. I think only Ryan Air operates them and last I checked on that was a while back. You are lucky to get these old birds still operating.

Best we'll get here is a 747 classic and the odd DC-10 from DAS and/or Northwest... but hasn't NWA discontinued MSP-LGW w/ DC-10?



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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3792 times:

Hi!

Surely this "workhorse" will me missed specially by those First Air pilots! The 727-100 was power all over....those 3 tail engines were just fantastic! TAP had 8 727-100's for many years and those airplanes were used ALSO at Funchal/Madeira when the airport was short! That plane could take off with full passengers, cargo and fuel load and it was not a big deal for it... the only distinct mark for TAP was the fact that when they were landing you could see a black smoke trail beside almost looked like the plane had water-injection engines!!! Take a look:


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I'm still positive that First Air 727's will find out some market still!
Regards


User currently offline123 From Bolivia, joined Nov 2003, 745 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3705 times:

Ah, that means that (finally) LB and 5L will be able to nourish their 727/722 fleet with additional 727's! I´m sure the fleet managers are rubbing their hands greedy to get their chance to add "new" 727's to their fleets!

User currently offlineDash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2742 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3593 times:

Im gonna miss flying on them.

User currently offlineB744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3577 times:

Why no 737 quickchange? Less cargo than expected?

User currently offlineYOW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3428 times:

Quoting 123 (Reply 6):
Ah, that means that (finally) LB and 5L

Yeah, C-GVFA, which if I remember correctly, was built in '74, would be a young addition to LB's fleet.  Wink

Quoting B744F (Reply 8):
Why no 737 quickchange? Less cargo than expected?

I guess they'll ramp-up ops with the 722F and have the 722C, except on ad-hoc charters, mostly in all-freight config. Cargo demand to the arctic is high.

I sure will miss seeing the 721s at YOW.


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