AY104 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 510 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5428 times:
I believe that some all-cargo airlines still fly the DC8. The DC8-62/63 series was re-engined some years ago (example UA and DL), upgraded to DC8-70 series with the new engines, and I think those are the ones flying the cargo routes now, even at that they may also have been phased out. They were a wonderful aircraft, about the same size as the Boeing 707, but the thing I like was the large windows. The window, at the bottom, was almost at a level with the armest on the seat. The only drawback to that was, I guess because it would weaken the frame to have more windows, the windows were fewer and farther apart, so a few rows would have no window at all, mostly in later years when airlines started putting in more seats.
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Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5905 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5418 times:
I don't think ATI has any all-passenger DC8s left, but they do have at least two DC8-62s configured as combis, with 10 pallet positions in front and room for 32 coach passengers in the rear, behind a barrier. I know that these are used by the AMC (military), but I have seen some photos of at least one used on a rock group's world tour -- equipment up front, band and roadies in the rear, I guess.
They also have some fleet stats on the site. I notice that the difference in fuel burn between the -62s and the -71s is 300 gal per hour. No wonder that reengining seemed like a good idea for those DC8 freighters that fly a lot!
They tried !
Early this year they had contracted a VIP DC-8-72 to fly, but it was quite pricy (around 500 euro/dollar a person) so they couldn't find the 80 persons needed and cancelled. Pity, a DC-8 flight would be a dream coming true.
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