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Airline 747 Retirements?  
User currently offlineBa777pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 49 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2282 times:

Hi there,

Recently i have been hearing much about airlines such as AF,UA,SQ,BA,retiring their 747 fleets. My question is why? The 747 has shown its reliability in range and pax capacity.

Any comment, answers,opinions would be great!

ba777


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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31006 posts, RR: 86
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2147 times:
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The 777-300ER and A380-800 do it better.

SQ's depreciation rules favor quicker retirements so they are replacing them with A380-800s and 777-300ERs.

AF feels the A380-800 and 777-300ER are more efficient then the 747-400, so that is why they are going.

I expect UA to hold on to their 747-400s for some time.

BA is just starting to replace their oldest 747-400s with A380-800s. Going forward, they will replace the rest with more A380-800s as well as the 777-300ER and/or A350-1000 but this will likely be over the next decade or longer.


User currently offlineBmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2281 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1972 times:

Fuel-burn ratio is a big factor for replacing 747-400s with 777-300ERs. The GE90 uses less fuel than the PW4000 especially comparing two engines versus four.

The A380 with newer and more efficient engines will also burn less per seat than the 747.



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1609 times:

I belive that NH will convert all their current pax 744s to freighters around 2010.


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User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4833 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1590 times:

There is a market for used 747s as freighters and many airlines feel that it is better to sell them now and get $$ for them then hold on til they are worthless.
The likes of the 77W and A388 are of course more efficient for pax use.



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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

Put very simplistically, you can look at it two ways.

You can replace your 744 with:

A 77W which has the same range with the same payload but with +/- 25% costs savings to operate.

A A388 which costs the same to operate but carries +/- 35% more payload over similar range.

Either way the CASM savings are compelling.



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