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PIA Scrapping One 747-300  
User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5852 posts, RR: 4
Posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3165 times:

AP-BFV which has been parked at Karachi in an engineless state since early this year, its also the only 743 in flag tail, five are now left in service.

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[Edited 2007-12-08 11:36:58]

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User currently offlineHOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

Anyone know the aircraft's age? It is always sad to see a big, beautiful 747 sent to the great junkyard in the sky. But I can't help looking at the plane and wondering where it has been, what it has seen and the people it carried along. Sad. Not tearful sad, but sad just the same.


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User currently offlineOceansWorld From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2960 times:



Quoting HOOB747 (Reply 1):
Anyone know the aircraft's age?

The aircraft was delivered to CX as VR-HIK on October 10th, 1986. April 27th, 1999 is the date when it joined PK fleet.


User currently offlineFlyTUITravel From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2957 times:

I can't understand why they'd scrap the younger 743 before those old 742s which are probably 10 odd years older, maybe more! I think it may be to do with the 742s being combi versions though.

User currently offlineOceansWorld From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2923 times:



Quoting FlyTUITravel (Reply 3):
I can't understand why they'd scrap the younger 743 before those old 742s which are probably 10 odd years older, maybe more! I think it may be to do with the 742s being combi versions though.

Well, the two B747-240B(M) are not even ten years older than the six former CX aircraft. One was delivered in 1979, and the other in 1980. The older one is stored at KHI. All the other B742s, that were even older (former CP AIr and TP aircraft) were retired sometime ago already.


User currently offlineHOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2917 times:



Quoting OceansWorld (Reply 2):
The aircraft was delivered to CX as VR-HIK on October 10th, 1986

Thanks from across the pond. 20 + years a decent life span, I just wonder if the economics of the plane don't work anymore or if there are simple fatigue issues involved. I understand it is all about the maintenance. Or fuel.



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User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10765 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2828 times:

Are you sure they´re scrapping it? I think I read somewhere just recently that it will be back in service soon. PIA seems to have some shortage with the RR engines. And the EU ban meant that they were in no haste to refurbish the plane.

User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5852 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2375 times:



Quoting OceansWorld (Reply 4):
Well, the two B747-240B(M) are not even ten years older than the six former CX aircraft. One was delivered in 1979, and the other in 1980. The older one is stored at KHI

742 AP-BAK is operating again.

Quoting NA (Reply 6):
Are you sure they´re scrapping it? I think I read somewhere just recently that it will be back in service soon. PIA seems to have some shortage with the RR engines. And the EU ban meant that they were in no haste to refurbish the plane.

Considering the state PIA is in I doubt that will be happening.


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