IAH744 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6127 times:
In 1987 People Express was purchased by Continental. This merger provided Continental trans-continental routes within the United States as well as to trans-Atlantic routes to Europe. PeoplExpress also had a fleet of Boeing 747-200 jets that were integrated into the orginal fleet.
i dont know why or when they retired them, all i know is how they got them
FlyHoss From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6074 times:
CO operated 747s in two different eras.
First, like many other carriers, CO operated early 747s, but eventually standardized on the DC-10 as the wide-body of choice.
The second time, after the acquisition of People Express, CO operated 747s again. IIRC, they were retired due to high fuel consumption (the 5 CO 747s represented 5% of the fuel used by the entire CO fleet - that's a summary of statements made by former CO President Greg Brenneman) and due to pending maintenance, but I don't recall if that was for engine strut modifications or the forward fuselage/nose rebuild or both.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5902 times:
CO, like all the major US carriers, was quick to order the 747 for its route network and took delivery of four (I think) of the type in the early 1970s, the 747s were assigned to CO's key routes at the time, being the ORD-DEN-LAX service and the ORD-LAX-HNL service. And, just like most of the other US carriers, CO had an impossible time keeping the 350 seats on its 747 filled......the aircraft was simply too big for domestic services. After a few years time, CO parked and then sold off its 747-124 fleet, and its recently acquired DC10-10s took over as the biggest airliner in CO's fleet. CO was not alone in failing to make the 747 work on US domestic services.....DL had a small fleet of 747s, AA flew 747s on its domestic network, etc, etc.....the aircraft was just too big (also note that during the early 1970s, the US experienced the first fuel crisis which greatly increased the price of fuel at the time).
And, as pointed out above, CO had a second round with the 747, this time after the Peoplexpress merger in 1987....PE had a fleet of five (again, I am no longer certain with the numbers) second hand 747s which it flew on its transcon and transatlantic routes......PE also flew the 747 on the EWR-DEN route for a short time after PE purchased Frontier One and was connecting its EWR hub and Denver hub. CO retained the 747s for several years after the merger, CO flew the 747s on some transatlantic services and eventually the 747s found their way to the CO Air Mike operation prior to being retired in the late 1990s, curiously, again in favor of DC10s which became the largest type in the newly reorganized CO fleet.
N62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4639 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5881 times:
And back in the late 80s / early 90s CO flew the 747 EWR-LAX. This was in the very early days of their EWR hub. I flew on the evening 747 flight once. The plane was practically empty and I had the entire rear cabin to myself. Who needed First Class?
Type-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5568 times:
As a side note to this sunject, it was prestigious for an airline at the time (1970-75) to have 747's in their fleet. But after a few years experience with the type, they proved to be too expensive.
I was on a few of the original CO 747's. Nobody did the service on the 747 like CO. It was amazingly wonderful... No wonder CO did the F/A training for Hugh Hefner and his "Big Bunny" DC-9.
Even in the movie "Airport" (1970) behind the ticket counter is a large painting of a Trans-Global 747"......
JetADude From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4023 times:
#21 above was the first 747 I ever flew on (Mar 21, 1992 - IAH-LGW) when it was painted in the IMHO better colors!
It was my first jet trip which began Tul-IAH on A DC9.
Back to topic: I am not even sure any are left for sale. I think all 747s that left the fleet in the late 90s have since been scrapped. Some one else likely has better information. I do know that the 747 made (on many occasions) equipment substitutions to MEL and AKL (not sure if they were ever regularly scheduled, however).
Great topic! One that is near and dear to my heart!
AeroPeru From United States of America, joined May 2005, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3458 times:
How does Continental Micronesia count in the numbers above? Were they transferred from the mainline routes to Continental Micronesia? I know I flew from HNL to GUM in 92 on a Micronesia 747-200.
I also flew from EWR to MAD on a CO 747-200 in 93. Unfortunately, we were delayed 5 hours due to a mechanical.
LPLAspotter From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 682 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2746 times:
I had the misfortune of flyingthe Air Mike 747 from HNL to GUM. After 2 hours of delay (6 tires had to be replaced) we had a flight that you thought they were storing meat in - the a/c was working real well on that flight. Also, out of all the flights I have ever taken, I have never seen one with narrower seats. It was packed and not bit of space wasted. Nothing like the comfort I had on the DC-10 coming back. Sure was happy when they mothballed those things.
WTXJET From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2634 times:
Quoting JetADude (Reply 13): I do know that the 747 made (on many occasions) equipment substitutions to MEL and AKL (not sure if they were ever regularly scheduled, however).
Continental operated the 747 in the South Pacific after the merge with PE. The flight operated out of LAX on a daily basis as flight 001, first flying to HNL before heading to either AKL/SYD/MEL depending on the routing. The 747 would return to LAX two days later as flight 002.
For a time in the early 90's Continental operated the 747 on the IAH-LGW route as flights 004/005. Also, the 747 was used on the SEA-NRT and MIA-LGW runs.