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RB: Does Or Doesn't Still Operate The 74L?  
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3393 times:

Can anyone confirm whether RB does or does not still operate the 74L? I have read conflicting things. Thanks.

Edited: it's a massive shame that RB doesn't nowdays fly the 74L DAM-LHR-DAM: you can buy a tax-incl. return for £297.

[Edited 2008-05-17 05:31:25]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
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User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12596 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3336 times:

No, unfortunately, RB grounded its 747SPs a few weeks ago. Only A320s (and possibly 727s) are flown internationally now.

User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3329 times:

It is confirmed. Syrian Air has retired its B747SP from service.

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3328 times:

Thanks, but where's the proof of their retirement? I ask because I keep reading conflicting things, both on sites like A.net and in timetables, e.g. Amadeus and Iranair's own GDS.

[Edited 2008-05-17 07:01:26]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineHanginOut From Austria, joined May 2005, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3297 times:

Speaking of RB, I'm flying them to Berlin in a few weeks time. Does anyone know what I can expect on board and what the service is like?


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User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3272 times:



Quoting FlySSC (Reply 2):
It is confirmed. Syrian Air has retired its B747SP from service.

Do you have any proof for that. They are still listed in the Amadeus for DAM-DXB-DAM.  Smile


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3262 times:



Quoting OHLHD (Reply 5):
They are still listed in the Amadeus for DAM-DXB-DAM.

Indeed. But also others, e.g. DAM-MOW-DAM and DAM-AUH-DAM. And also in RB's booking engine.

It could, of course, simply be that the info hasn't been updated. Alternatively, it could be that the 74L still operates.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineAmberair732 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3253 times:



Quoting OHLHD (Reply 5):
It is confirmed. Syrian Air has retired its B747SP from service.

Do you have any proof for that. They are still listed in the Amadeus for DAM-DXB-DAM

There are several photos of YK-AHB in flight @ SVO from as recently as the 29th of March this year. If this aircraft has been retired, it only happened very recently.


User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3249 times:

RB 515 C Y B M V T Q DAM DXB 1 1800 2150 E0.747 2:50

This is todays flight at 18:00 DAM time. So any DXB people should go to the airport and tell us whether the B747SP lands at 21:50 or not.  Smile


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3249 times:

Quoting Amberair732 (Reply 7):
If this aircraft has been retired, it only happened very recently.

The rumours have been in the last month or two. Perhaps they meant to be withdrawn, rather than have been? Who knows?  Smile

[Edited 2008-05-17 08:11:43]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineLEEDS19 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2008, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3208 times:

I can confirm YK-AHB operated RB Sched flight into DXB mid morning on Thursday 15th May.YK-AHA was seen about 2 weeks ago but had an engine problem and sat here for 2days awaiting repairs.Had the pleasure of stepping back in time on that beauty a short while ago.They're 34 years old I believe now.

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3176 times:

Thanks.

So £80-odd one-way tax-inclusive to fly the 74L DAM-DXB is a brilliant deal (unless, of course, it's substituted for a boring 320).



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3140 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 11):
So £80-odd one-way tax-inclusive to fly the 74L DAM-DXB is a brilliant deal (unless, of course, it's substituted for a boring 320).

There's always that risk with RB, but the 74L is worth trying for. I took a flight on one of Iran Air's 'SPs last weekend (PEK-NRT) and it was a great ride.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3114 times:

How much did you pay for PEK-NRT incl taxes?


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 29
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3104 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 13):
How much did you pay for PEK-NRT incl taxes?

About 19 quid!

It was a ZED (Zonal Employee Discount) ticket, as I work for an airline that has a ZED agreement with IR  Smile


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3103 times:



Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 14):
About 19 quid!

*Mutters incoherently.*



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 29
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3091 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 15):
*Mutters incoherently.*

I can't get them on RB though!

(so you can stop muttering now...)


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3051 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 9):
The rumours have been in the last month or two. Perhaps they meant to be withdrawn, rather than have been? Who knows?

It was announced already a few weeks ago, early April.
If some flights are still operated with the 74L, it shouldn't last long anymore.


User currently offlineOD-BWH From Kuwait, joined Jan 2002, 399 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3039 times:



Quoting HanginOut (Reply 4):
Speaking of RB, I'm flying them to Berlin in a few weeks time. Does anyone know what I can expect on board and what the service is like?

Expect the worse and, service, hmmm.. is there any?!!  Smile

No offence fellas, but RB is well known for this  Smile



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3031 times:



Quoting FlySSC (Reply 17):
It was announced already a few weeks ago, early April.

Officially? Or A.net speculation? Proof guys, proof!  Wink



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2971 times:



Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 16):
I can't get them on RB though!

Me neither although the prices within the country a quite ok.  Smile

Quoting HanginOut (Reply 4):
Speaking of RB, I'm flying them to Berlin in a few weeks time.

Do you fly them from VIE to SXF?

Quoting OD-BWH (Reply 18):
Expect the worse and, service, hmmm.. is there any?!!

Well I had a great service but I was in the upper deck maybe then there is a difference?  Smile


User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2939 times:

I believe that they will retire them for real. I just checked the Amadeus again and found that from end of August in they will only operate A320´s to DXB.

RB 515 4 DAM DXB 1 0330 0730 0 28AUG08 23OCT08 320 3:00
RB 517 3 DAM DXB 1 0530 0930 0 07MAY08 22OCT08 320 3:00
RB 515 2 DAM DXB 1 1930 2330 0 06MAY08 21OCT08 320 3:00
RB 515 6 DAM DXB 1 2230 0230+1 0 30AUG08 25OCT08 320 3:00


Same goes for AUH and MOW. No more scheduled 747´s. Sad

So hurry up guys.  Smile


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26005 posts, RR: 22
Reply 22, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2922 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
it's a massive shame that RB doesn't nowdays fly the 74L DAM-LHR-DAM

It's not a shame if you had to pay for the fuel at current prices. The 747SP must be about the least fuel-efficient aircraft now, not to mention maintenance-intensive.


User currently offlineSpetouss From Cyprus, joined Jun 2005, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2880 times:

What about 727s ? Where do they operate them ?

User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 24, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2860 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 19):
Officially?

Yes. I read it also in one or two Aviation magazines. The announcement was made on April 4th or 5th

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 19):
Or A.net speculation?

No. It was reported on A.Net and many other Aviation websites. You'll find them if you do a search.

Quoting OHLHD (Reply 21):
I believe that they will retire them for real. I just checked the Amadeus again and found that from end of August in they will only operate A320´s to DXB.

Checked this also. Even DEL is served by an A320 (with an en route stop).
Their B74L may still be flying here and there today but it is definately a matter of days / weeks before the full retirement.


25 Pe@rson : Thanks a lot folks. Well, durrr! However, from a customer's perspective I couldn't careless about that.
26 FlySSC : Well, until recently RB's website also mentionned they were operating a fleet of B727 illustrated by the picture of a ... Tu-154 ! The last time I fl
27 OHLHD : All I found is ALP with B722 but their timetable is not always correct ( even in Amadeus)
28 Pe@rson : Thanks for your input folks.
29 Ba6590 : Really is a shame to see them go, i flew them several times to LHR and despite the lack of "service" on board it was always great to fly on the SP. Ho
30 OHLHD : What is younger then an 747SP? Maybe a DC-10?
31 FlySSC : Even if they could get some, they don't really need such a big airplane for their network and traffic. A mix of A319/A320/A321 would be perfect for t
32 LEEDS19 : So far this month YK-AHB has operated every Thursday AM RB515/516 into DXB 1150-1320 and Saturday PM RB515/516 2150-2320. A320s have operated Tuesday
33 HanginOut : LOL, Thanks, I've been warned. I'll make sure I buy a sandwich before boarding the flight. Yes. I've never flown to SXF before (always to TXL), so I'
34 Swissair4ever : When and WHY did RB stop serving BOM.....they used to use 74L's on that once weekly from DAM. I believe the flight at one point went DAM-SHJ-BOM and a
35 OHLHD : Have they got 5th freedom between those cities?
36 Pe@rson : Yep. Cheap, too. Boring aircraft - 320 - though.
37 Pe@rson : Could fly RB VIE-SXF for around €70 one-way including taxes. Don't try to fly SXF-VIE: it's often hundreds of euros one-way.
38 HanginOut : I paid just under 120 euros for a roundtrip VIE-SXF (even though I was quoted 118 on their website). It was a bit surreal, as I had to go to the tick
39 OHLHD : Provided I work at VIE it is a shame that I don´t know that.
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