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User currently offlineRw774477 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1070 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

A380 SIN - SYD
B747-100 Panam JFK - LHR

What about other types DC-8/9/10/MD11

B 707 727 737 757 767 777 etc

Airbus 300 310 320 330 340

Who made the first service flights and when and where ?

rw774477

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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2029 times:

United was supposed to be the first with the DC-10 on the SFO-IAD route, but a couple of days prior AA sub the DC-10 on a BOS-LAX therefore being the first to "fly scheduled service" with the DC-10.

The 707 was Pan Am from New York to Paris Oct 1958
United was also first with the 767 in 1982 again SFO-IAD. .

[Edited 2007-09-26 00:13:26]

[Edited 2007-09-26 00:17:22]

User currently offlineAA777223ER From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 220 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2002 times:

Quoting AirCop (Reply 1):
United was supposed to be the first with the DC-10 on the SFO-IAD route, but a couple of days prior AA sub the DC-10 on a BOS-LAX therefore being the first to "fly scheduled service" with the DC-10.

That is not accurate, AA was the launch customer for the DC-10. It was designed to AA's specifications. See the "history" section in the following link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonnell_Douglas_DC-10

Regards,

AA777223ER



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25170 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

Here are a few first service dates, and inaugural route for some. Only have the month/year in a few cases.

B707-120 -- Pan Am, JFK (then IDL) - LBG (Paris Le Bourget), October 26, 1958

B717 -- AirTran, October 12, 1999

B727-100 -- Eastern, February 1, 1964

B727-200 -- Northeast Airlines, December 14, 1967

B737-100 -- Lufthansa, February 10, 1968

B737-200 -- United, April 28, 1968

B747-100 -- Pan Am, JFK-LHR, January 21, 1970

B747-100SR (short range) -- JAL, HND-OKA, October 7, 1973

B747-200 -- KLM, June 1971

B747SP -- Pan Am, April 25, 1976 (don't know what route, possibly SFO-HKG)

B747-300 -- Swissair, March 1983

B747-400 -- Northwest, February 9, 1989

B747-400ER -- Qantas, November 7, 2002

B757-200 -- Eastern, January 1, 1983

B757-300 -- Condor, March 19, 1999

B767-200 -- United, ORD-DEN, September 8, 1982

B767-400ER -- Delta, ATL-FLL, September 14,2000

B777-200 -- United, LHR-IAD, June 7, 1995

B777-200ER -- British Airways, February 9, 1997

B777-300 -- Cathay Pacific, May 27, 1998

B777-300ER -- Air France, April 2004 (don't have exact date)

B777-200LR -- Pakistan International, March 3, 2006

A300B2 -- Air France, CDG-LHR, April 23, 1974

DC-10-10 -- American, August 5, 1971 (not sure what route, possibly JFK-LAX)

DC-10-30 -- Swissair, ZRH-YUL, December 15, 1972

DC-10-40 -- Northwest, MSP-MKE, December 13, 1972

MD-11 -- Finnair, HEL-TCI, December 20, 1990

Convair 880 -- Delta, May 5,1960

Convair 990 -- American, March 18, 1962

[Edited 2007-09-26 01:22:01]

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25170 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

Quoting AirCop (Reply 1):
United was also first with the 767 in 1982 again SFO-IAD. .

The Boeing website shows the first 767 route as ORD-DEN as mentioned in my post above.


User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1926 times:

Quoting AA777223ER (Reply 2):
That is not accurate, AA was the launch customer for the DC-10. It was designed to AA's specifications.

United was also a launch customer, (60 orders vs. AA's 25) both airlines received their first DC-10 at the same time on the same day in 1971 at Long Beach and both were scheduled to start service on the same day when AA sub the day before.


User currently offlineLGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1149 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

The first official flight for the 737-400 at launch customer Piedmont was GSO-BWI in 1987 with N406US. However N408US made the unofficial first revenue flight the night before GSO-FAY and I had the pleasure of being onboard, and we then ferried back to GSO. Sadly 408 was scrapped in France a few years ago.

As previously stated first 777-200 flight was UA LHR-IAD on June 7.1995. I had the pleasure of being on the first domestic and second overall flight IAD-ORD a few hours later. United did a great job of making a big deal at both ends.

Regards

LGA777


User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1603 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

Eastern 727-100 was PHL-DCA-MIA.
Eastern 757-200 was ATL-TPA (I was on that one!).
Eastern L-1011-1 was JFK-MIA on 26Apr1972.


User currently offlineRw774477 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1070 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1809 times:

What about 737-300 and up and other Airbus types

User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3):
B777-200LR -- Pakistan International, March 3, 2006

Actually no.

AP-BGY made it's first commercial flight on the 26th February 2006 flying MAN-ISB. It was actually on it's delivery flight but PK decided to make some money out of it and routed it SEA-MAN-ISB-KHI and picked up some pax at MAN.


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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

Any NW fans out there; can tell me what the 1st 744 service was? I remember NW flying them between MSP-PHX when they first got them back in 1989.

User currently offlineUPPERDECKFAN From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 992 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1703 times:

Quoting LGA777 (Reply 6):
As previously stated first 777-200 flight was UA LHR-IAD on June 7.1995

Does this mean UA first flew an empty (or non-rev) 772 to LHR and then did the first revenue flight on the way back from LHR?

Why did they do that? Why they didn't do the inaugural from US (ORD/IAD) to LHR?



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User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4248 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

The E190 was first operated by JetBlue, with a BOS-JFK flight roughly two years ago.
At least one a.netter was on that flight, I'm pretty sure.



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User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1818 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1695 times:

Well, I can remember a few plane types:

A340-500 Emirates Airlines DXB-JFK(?)
A340-600 Virgin Atlantic
A340-600HGW Qatar Airways (DOH-DXB) (i was on that flight Big grin)
A350 Qatar Airways

Boeing 787 ANA



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User currently offlineRikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1628 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

Time Air - Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Time Air was a large regional airline, that became part of Canadi>n Regional. Canadi>n Regional was eventually merged into Air Canada Jazz.

During Time Air's history, the airline inaugurated two different fleet types. In 1976, it introduced the Shorts 330 aircraft into service. In the early 1990's , Time Air introduced the Dash 8-300 into service.


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C-GHTA designates that this was originally a Time Air aircraft



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User currently offlineAmazonphil From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 561 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1590 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3):
B777-200 -- United, LHR-IAD, June 7, 1995

Are you sure about this one?? I was in Denver working at DIA when we opened the airport in Feb 1995. The very first 777-200(with UA) came down from SEA to DEN in May of 1995 with a load of dignitaries,etc. then went on to IAD with a load of pax. Before it left we(mechanics) went up and boarded the plane to oooo and awww at the thing. Anyways, I thought I remember some airport personal saying this flight DEN-IAD would be the very first revenue flight..

I also stood at the bottom of the jetway where Princes Diana deplanned once in May of 1995 but that was off of a 757-200.

Felipe



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User currently offlineTommyBP251b From Germany, joined Apr 2006, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 13):
A340-500 Emirates Airlines DXB-JFK(?)

This flight came really late after receiving A345.

I remember that the first one was DXB-LGW followed by some LHR-DXB. The first ULH-route was the DXB-SYD.

Can anybody confirm that?



Tom from Cologne
User currently offlineLGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1149 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

Quoting AirCop (Reply 10):
Any NW fans out there; can tell me what the 1st 744 service was? I remember NW flying them between MSP-PHX when they first got them back in 1989.

Not sure of the exact service start date but NW was the worlds first operator of the 744 in 1989 and for about a month NW operated their first two 744's MSP-LAX, MSP-PHX, and MSP-MCO, to provide crew familiarity prior to starting long-haul trans-pacific routes. I was fourtunate enough to get to fly PHX-MSP around 2 weeks after service started, the flight I took was normally a 757.

Regards

LGA777


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25170 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

Quoting Amazonphil (Reply 15):
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3):
B777-200 -- United, LHR-IAD, June 7, 1995

Are you sure about this one?? I was in Denver working at DIA when we opened the airport in Feb 1995. The very first 777-200(with UA) came down from SEA to DEN in May of 1995 with a load of dignitaries,etc. then went on to IAD with a load of pax. Before it left we(mechanics) went up and boarded the plane to oooo and awww at the thing. Anyways, I thought I remember some airport personal saying this flight DEN-IAD would be the very first revenue flight..

Those types of ad hoc flights prior to introduction of regular service usually aren't considered as putting the aircaft into service. I expect the June 7, 1995 service was the first time it officially appeared in published schedules. At least Boeing shows that as the first 777 service. UA also refers to that date as their first 777 service in the history section of their website.


User currently offlineCitrusCritter From Pitcairn Islands, joined May 2007, 1098 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1496 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3):
B717 -- AirTran, October 12, 1999

Do you happen to know the route and the tail number? I'd be willing to put my money on ATL-MCO.



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