IIRC, AC was one of the launch customers for the 747-100 series, and had a combined fleet of about a dozen (100s, 200s/combis, 400s & 400 combis) from the early 70s until 2003. Not sure if that includes the ones inherited from the Canadi>n merger...here's something from AC's site:
I remember flying on the 100s! each cabin had a colour scheme based on a different season. My dad used to fly them across the country & would upgrade to F for next to nothing...he used to tell stories of "dancing his way across the country" - yup, apparently the upstairs lounge had a small dance floor (and IIRC - ) a piano (!?)
But back on topic, for reasons others have stated above, I don't see them getting any in the future...
SLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 3952 posts, RR: 11 Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2062 times:
Quoting Stormbringer (Reply 19): AC lives in fear of it's unions, so no aircraft type gets added without their approval, and on their terms. Look at the recent order/cancellation/reorder of the 777s and 787s.
That's the type of culture you get when you have a carrier that was once upon a time the socialist enterprise of the government. Privatizing AC back in the late 1980s was the best thing the Mulroney government did.
As for the possible future re-introduction of the 744 or 748 to the AC fleet, I would have to say NEVER on that one. The 777 is effectively taking the role that frame along with the A340s played in AC's route structure. AC will stay with Boeing for their wide-body fleet for some time I'll predict.
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MCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8602 posts, RR: 13 Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2038 times:
MIA, MCO, FLL get the 762. I saw a 762 at FLL in Feb of 05 I'm sure it was the gimili glider. I have seen photos of the 763ER @ MIA. Please know the facts before hand. It doesnt help to get critisized. Yes the 767 has been flown to MCO for special events.
DFORCE1 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 505 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2028 times:
Here's my 2 cents. There's obviously no need to discuss the 747 cause we've already established it won't happen. My question is - what aircraft will become the new flagship of the fleet? Right now we see the A340 feature in commercials and promo material. When the A340 goes, or even when the Boeings start to arrive, which aircraft will be front and centre?