It was ferried from Mojave to Beirut via Winnipeg, Goose Bay, Reykjavik, and Bucharest. It arrived yesterday.
It has since been towed to the Mideast Aircraft Services Company (MASCO) hangers to have its paint stripped and to be repainted. It will supposidly be painted in a slightly revised version of Flying Carpet's livery, except that it will have Iraqi Airways titles because it will supposidly be operating flights for Iraqi Airways.
Flying Carpet was one of the first carriers to operate flights to Iraq following the 2003 invasion. They've been operating regularly scheduled charter flights to Baghdad and Arbil on their 19-seat Fairchild Metro III, however, demand has been growing on the route prompting them to need a bigger aircraft. It looks like also, future flights will be operated in cooperation with Iraqi Airways, since the aircraft will carry Iraqi Airways titles, at least initially...
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Airwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 12970 times:
Quoting BA (Thread starter): It was ferried from Mojave to Beirut via Winnipeg, Goose Bay, Reykjavik, and Bucharest.
That is quite the hop there. The plane's only 21 years old, so she's still got some life left in her, especially since WN has a great maintenance program and pipeline to Boeing. Here's hoping the usual scourges of the Middle East (sand, burqas, camels, &c) don't do her in.
Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 1): Well it looks like...
That bird is now free to move about the middle east
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Cloudy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 12744 times:
Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 6): So let me ask, lets say this 732 does crash in the middle east somewhere, will WN in any way be responsible for the aircraft's failure or was this bird sold 'as-is without recourse'?
All airplanes come with maintenance records. Southwest(or maintenance contractors) could be held at fault only if the work was not done as logged. I guess they could also be held liable if they misrepresented the number of cycles or hours on the airframe.
I believe Midwest was burned a while back because they bought some MD-83'S that turned out to have incomplete maintenance records.
Fraud in aircraft records, etc. is not unknown but it is less common than say, odometer fraud by used car sellers. The penalties are higher and there are more checks and balances.
OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1923 posts, RR: 34 Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 12624 times:
It was really nice to see the plane here in Beirut with the original paint. I want to thank Mr Youssef Jerab from MASCO for giving me access. He even let me in and it has the SW seats and suprisingly, is very clean. It's true that SW have taken good care of the plane.
I'm happy that I managed to take the photo since the paint will be removed today to be painted in revised Flying Carpet colours.
I did cabin and cockpit shots as well and see later if they are worthy for uploads here.
I mention in the photo that it may take OD-MAC registration. This is not final and the owner may or may not change it.
Boeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 12108 times:
Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 13): Not to attack you, but I do know that: Im in A&P Tech school....
He was not specifically targetting you with his comment!
Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 13): the aircraft is flown in a different country with different rules not dictated by the FARs.
Nonetheless, a safety record is a safety record and if something is wrong in that document, you can sure as hell bet that the folks in Lebanon will be taking a magic carpet ride across the pond to have a little chat with WN!
Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 13): Not to single out anyone but I wished that other airlines took the time and effort to do with WN does with their planes.
I second that! Although I believe AC does a great job with maintaining their a/c, there is always room for improvement. I've heard WestJet is also pretty good with their a/c.
Just my $0.02 (CDN)
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SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 36 Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 12010 times:
So who gets the proceeds from the sale of N103SW?
Southwest or the storage company? Was this aircraft owned or leased by WN?
How does that work when an aircraft is stored in Mojave? Does the airline still own it or does Mojave buy it off them?
Sorry for all the questions but this thread got me wondering about the financial aspects of putting an aircraft in the desert for good from the company (not temporary storage for the airline).
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 11768 times:
Quoting SWA TPA (Reply 15): So who gets the proceeds from the sale of N103SW?
Southwest owned most of the -200s, IIRC, and sold them off to other entities. Those other entities may store them at MHV and elsewhere, and they pay the storage costs until they either re-sell or lease the aircraft to someone else (at which time it most likely will get re-painted and re-registered), or strip the aircraft of usable parts/components and cut up what's left.
So, Southwest got it's money, and whomever they sold them to will also get theirs. Once Southwest sold them, they were out of the picture...
SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 36 Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 10647 times:
Thanks OPNLguy! I quess that answered that
One more question for you. When I was at DAL last December I noticed one of our -200's sitting off to to the side of one of the terminals. What is going on with that one?
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 10561 times:
Quoting SWA TPA (Reply 20): One more question for you. When I was at DAL last December I noticed one of our -200's sitting off to to the side of one of the terminals. What is going on with that one?
That's N67SW or N68SW (never can remember which) which is bolted to the ground over there and used to train rampers and provo agents. A retired aircraft is much more forgiving of bumps and dings than a front-line aircraft is..
OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1923 posts, RR: 34 Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8693 times:
Quoting SWA TPA (Reply 15): So who gets the proceeds from the sale of N103SW?
They bought it from a certain bank or finance group and Southwest were not involved.
Quoting BA (Reply 22): You should definitely try uploading them. If not to Airliners.net, then to MyAviation.net.
I have many shots from the past 7 days or so and I'll try to go through them all this weekend and see what's best for uploads. They were removing the paint today and even got photos of that as well. Looked interesting.
Scintx From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 270 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8397 times:
I knew this Reg looked familiar. This was my last WN -200 to fly on. It was a DAL-HOU on 2/23/04. I remember this flight well because I was talking to the gentleman beside me and he knew the -200's were on the way out. I've only been on one -200 since then and that was a DL on 11/27/05 DFW-CVG N243WA. Glad to see this old bird go on to another life. These WN -200's mean a lot to me. As a kid I started flying them in summer of 1975. There is a good chance I'll never see another 200 again. Thanks for the memories.
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