123 From Bolivia, joined Nov 2003, 739 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6768 times:
Quoting Ghost77 (Reply 3): Yeap, but now they have their own jet! 23150/601 - 5U-ACF ex. N748LA former JAL bird and last flown by Logistic Air.
Oh, this is the "new Jumbo Jet" announced here in the press? Any idea of the construction date / cycles flown and if it has been active all the time or stored in the desert or jungle somewhere for sometime?
LVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 44 Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6389 times:
It's a 530-seater. I know the range of a 747-400D is 2,905km with 568 pax + cargo. Anyone know the range of the -100B(SR)?
Bolivia is certainly witnessing some interesting aircraft these days! LAB's 727-200s with winglets, Globejet L-1011 TriStar 500s operating for LAB, Air Plus Comet aircraft operating for AeroSur, the last 727-100 in Latin America (CP-861, don't know if she is still flying). Who knows, if AeroSur send their quirky Jumbo to EZE, I might pay Bolivia another visit!
LVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 44 Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5629 times:
Quoting OB1504 (Reply 14): Judging by two of the other posts in this forum, I don't think it's actually an SR model. It makes sense, since the SR version probably wouldn't be able to make it to Madrid from any part of Bolivia.
Don't get me wrong, the -SR stuff makes no sense to me either, but I believe JAL never operated any ordinary 747-100s (or -100Bs for that matter). As far as I can tell, JAL operated seven SR-46s, three -146B(SR)s and two -146B(SUD/SR)s. All have been retired except one of the latter.
It is also of my understanding that the conversion of an -SR variant to its normal equivalent (which would involve extensive re-wiring and installation of extra fuel tanks among other things) is simply to complex to be economically worthwhile, especially on a 22-year-old aircraft like 5U-ACF.
All indications would suggest she is indeed an -SR, now if someone could shed light on its range or its specific purpose for AeroSur, I would be very much obliged...
P.S. Doesn't Kalitta (or Kittyhawk, never remember which!) operated some ex-JAL SR-46 freighters on longish range routes?