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Any Interesting Aircraft Still Flying From LHR  
User currently offlineHantsflyer27 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3066 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.

HF

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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3018 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.



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13149 posts, RR: 78
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3013 times:

No, not really, but since LHR largely has full service airlines, with modern equipment, no real surprise. It also has very stringent noise regs.
The A380 will be a novelty for a short time.


User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3089 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2993 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....

User currently offlineGCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1354 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2964 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.



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User currently offlineHorvik89 From Norway, joined Nov 2007, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

I always smile when i see a MD-80 from SAS & Alitalia  Big grin

While staring into the field, the T-tail always sticks out from a field of modern Boeing and Airbuses.

 Smile



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User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2900 times:

It is a shame. Even Aeroflot are boring these days. A32x mainly.

User currently offlineHorvik89 From Norway, joined Nov 2007, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2888 times:

Yeah, Aeroflot used to have a wide variety of aircraft such as 767's, 777's, Tu-154's, Il's, everything :P

I guess they want to fit inn.....



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2872 times:



Quoting GCT64 (Reply 4):
We may get B767-400s there post-Open Skies (not sure a 767-400 has ever visited LHR - does anyone know?).

Only CO and DL have ever operated them so almost certainly no.

Quoting GCT64 (Reply 4):
and Royal Jordanian A310s as well.

Oh yes - forgot them. Yemenia is another A310 operator.



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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2863 times:

Hi!

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!
Regards


User currently offline02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 516 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2855 times:



Quoting Cornish (Reply 8):


Quoting GCT64 (Reply 4):
We may get B767-400s there post-Open Skies (not sure a 767-400 has ever visited LHR - does anyone know?).

Only CO and DL have ever operated them so almost certainly no.

When Boeing demonstrated the B767 400 to British Airways and other British airlines, it was done at LGW, and so I would've thought we are still awaiting the first 764 @ LHR.



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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2796 times:

Interesting ones:

KLM F50s.
Ive seen a Luxair Q400 there once I'm sure.
Brussels ARJs
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.



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17047 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2721 times:



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 11):
We get Biman DC10s occasionally

Interesting, have just seen A310s from Biman at LHR.



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User currently offlineRAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2668 times:
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Quoting Cornish (Reply 1):
I believe the Syrian 747SP still flies in.

No. Nowadays DAM-LHR is served only with 320 equipment. Is not very easy to see the 747SP. The carrier only uses it in peak seasons.

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 (I flew the Tarom aircraft very recently)

Me too!!!!!! I flew with the RO 313 in September in the same route and was amazing!

Regards,

Gerard



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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2587 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2639 times:



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 11):
Iran Air send the 742 usually and until recently sent their 741 and SP.

They sent a SP on the 18th. I watched it take off while I was sitting in the queue for take-off in a bmi ERJ-145. I know which type I'd rather have been in!

I guess that Iran Air's B741 pretty much flies wherever the B742s fly to. I don't think it is classed by them as a separate fleet in terms of deployment.


User currently offlineAwthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 457 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2585 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.

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