Hantsflyer27 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3762 times:
I often travel past london Heathrow on the M25 and at least a couple of times a year, fly out of it. However, i only ever seem to see nowadays, the usual line up of modern Boeings (737s, 757's, 767s, 777s and 747s) and Airbus (320s etc 330s and 340's).
My question is this. What if any intresting or classic aircraft can still be seen operating from LHR and by this i mean aircraft like DC10s, DC9s, or even DC8????, L1011s, 727s or anything else that people may consider interseting or classic, perhaps even some classic 747's.
I have found nothing up-to-date on this and would be intested to know if these 'aged beauties' still entertain LHR with their presence.
Your thoughts and answers would be gratefully recieved. Thanks in advance.
Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3714 times:
Quoting Hantsflyer27 (Thread starter): I have found nothing up-to-date on this and would be intested to know if these 'aged beauties' still entertain LHR with their presence.
I believe the Syrian 747SP still flies in. And Iranair fly "classic" 747s and possibly PIA still. There's also the older 747s and 747SPs belonging to Arabian Gulf royal families still coming in on a regualr basis.
If you consider A310s to be a bit of a rarity these days, then you can see Biman And Tarom examples (I flew the Tarom aircraft very recently), A300s are getting rare too, but you still get regular visits by Lufthansa.
No more Tristars (BWIA were probably the last operators at LHR), and I'm not sure if Biman still send any DC10s in or not.
But given the age of even the newest examples of the aircraft you mentioned, many of them are rarely seen at any major European airports any more.
Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
Gr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3156 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3689 times:
These days when I see pics of 744's at LHR (well, at least the non BA ones), it makes me feel nostalgic.....a lot of 744 operators have replaced the 744 with 777's and other equipment over the past few years, if I'm not mistaken....
GCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1651 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3660 times:
Quoting Cornish (Reply 1): If you consider A310s to be a bit of a rarity these days, then you can see Biman And Tarom examples
and Royal Jordanian A310s as well.
Your reply is correct, very few "interesting" airliner types at LHR - even a B767-200 is a rarity - so the odd 747SP and A310 adds a small bit of variety. We may get B767-400s there post-Open Skies (not sure a 767-400 has ever visited LHR - does anyone know?).
It will only be a very short time before the A380 goes from novel to routine.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3559 times:
Ah! Ah!!! LHR interesting aircraft in the end of 2007??? Not anymore!!! That used to be back to the XX Century...not now! I was spotting in LHR back to 1980 and then LHR was THE airport to see great things. I was there just 1 month but during that time I saw anything that was "interesting". You want some good stuff??? 9K-AFA, Kuwaiti A/W delivery flight via LHR..., 5R-MFT landing in LHR for any reason that I don't know why!!!
This is just a "small drop" during my time spotting there!!! LHR was fantastic at that time, indeed it was!
CHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 61
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3492 times:
Ive seen a Luxair Q400 there once I'm sure.
Various smaller RJs from around Europe that are a nice change from the usual Airbus narrowbodies.
Qatar Amiri, Egyptian, Royal Jordanian and the odd South African A342.
Dont see too many A345s these days - Etihad still send theirs occasionally I think when the A346 goes tech.
Syrian send the SP.
Iran Air send the 742 usually and until recently sent their 741 and SP.
We get A310s from RJ, Yemenia, Tarom, Air Transat, and the odd Turkish one.
A318s from AF.
We get Biman DC10s occasionally. Ive seen a VarigLOG DC10 there a little while ago as well.
MD11s from Eva Cargo and I think Korean Air Cargo and we may see TAM use them to LHR in the future.
And of course the usual stream of VIP heavies from various places.
What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
Awthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 555 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3281 times:
Aeroflot still operate the Ilyushin Il-96-300 on the Moscow run, however by booking a flight you have the luck of the draw whether you get one or not. On the majority of flights, certainly the late evening one, it is operated by A320 / A321.