Dj1986 From Luxembourg, joined Apr 2006, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 15410 times:
Have flown with D-AIAI on May 8th, 2008 to ATH. I wonder why LH equipped AIAI with the "new" A300 seats if they were going to phase it out so soon? However I enjoyed the flight as it was my first flight with a LH A300 equipped with real C-Class seats.
TheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3517 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 15198 times:
I guess this A-300 has gathered a lot of cycles and some flying hours, although the number of cycles certainly is much higher given the relatively short distances this plane covered.
While no one would do that, could you do a D-Check on that airplane and fly it in LH service for another 21 years? I know this makes no economical sense, my point is, what does the certification require? Is there a fix cycle limit after which you cannot use the plane anymore and have to scrap it?
No doubt this airplane paid off during its career.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 36
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 15140 times:
Quoting Osiris30 (Reply 9): I would be curious to know if LH commands any premium for their aircraft vs. 'normal' used airframes
Definitely. Looking at what happened to older airliners, like 727s, 707s, older 747s, you can see that airlines with a great maintenance reputation like Lufthansa and Qantas (yes...) never had problems to sell off their aircraft, while other carriers who tend to fly aircraft til they fall apart usually had to send their aircraft of silimar cycles and age to the scrapman.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Columba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7057 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 15013 times:
Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 11): Looking at what happened to older airliners, like 727s, 707s, older 747s
As far as I know there is at least one 707-330 still flying in VIP configuration, also some ex LH 727 and 732 are still flying passengers all over the world and the 747-200s are also still in service although mainly as freighter airplanes.
It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
B777Neuss From Germany, joined Aug 2007, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 14857 times:
I heard from a colleague who worked at it that it will fly somewhere to England tomorrow where it will be scrapped. LH sold it and will buy the engines, undercarriage and fin back. One engine was replaced with a brand-new engine in may.
Delivery date to LH: 26.03.87
AirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 13488 times:
Quoting B777Neuss (Reply 13): I heard from a colleague who worked at it that it will fly somewhere to England tomorrow where it will be scrapped. LH sold it and will buy the engines, undercarriage and fin back. One engine was replaced with a brand-new engine in may.
Hmmm.... Where could it be going.
Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).