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How Much Does A Retired B 747 Classic Cost?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9222 posts, RR: 14
Posted (14 years 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 13054 times:

Can anyone tell me the approx price of a retired B 747-100/200/300 and SP?

I am sure it still cost quite a lot to get one. And I am sure the operating cost would be extremely high for these classics.

I am just curious to know how much it is.........  Smile

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User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3717 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 13007 times:
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If you have to ask, you can't afford it !!!!

User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9222 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12987 times:

So how much?

User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12977 times:

For one that is no longer able to fly.... A few 100,000$.

For one that might, with a lot of work, be able to fly again:
A few 1,000,000$

The former could be used as house, the latter as ... I dunno. I suppose you could cram it full of seats and ask people money to squeeze themselves into it and move all the people and the plane around them to a different position... but I'm not sure it'd pay off in the end...



User currently offlineTeej13 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12936 times:

I've seen adverstisements for used aircraft before, but I'm not sure where. I do remember a couple of 737-200s going for 6 or 7 million bucks, so my guess for a 747 classic is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 25-30 Million. The new ones retail for almost 200 million, and aircraft have a low depreciation rate compared to cars....
As for the operating costs, I'd imagine that'd put you back enough to not bother with the old clunkers and stick with a Cessna.  Big grin

User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12925 times:

i am not joking but i have seen a 742 for sale for £14,000,000 but cant remember where. it was also still in flying order. had PW engines on it and had 70 seats. only looked a couple of weeks ago.

regards BDRules

User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1159 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12913 times:

Price would vary a lot. A couple of years ago, used B747SPs sold between
$ 5 million and $ 25 million. Likely it would depend on the airframe's age,
quality, check status and if it has stuff like special avionics (but have they
that on old 747s?) and corporate interiors. If I could buy any B747 in the world,
it would be SP P4-AFE, a "private" jet that once flew charters to YYZ; I
think I saw it in its white livery on 10 August 1997. As uncle Roger would say,

User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 12908 times:

Aren't most aircrafts that gets retired used for parts, and therefore almost never able to fly after retirement? I think so.


Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 12890 times:

As people have pointed out, it depends on the fittings, cycles, parts, etc... but a ballpark estimate for one in flying condition should be in the vicinity of $9mil to $17 mil. Anything below that is a steal, and above that is a ripoff.

User currently offlineCSA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 12877 times:

I would advise you to buy a Tupolev 154 instead. I know a place where you can buy an airworthy TU-154B2 for less than a million USD!

User currently offlineWolfy From Taiwan, joined Mar 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 12867 times:

Take a look at it, hope u find it interesting!  Smilehttp://www.boeing.com/assocproducts/airtrade/legal/747.html

User currently offlineEarly Air From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 611 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (14 years 5 days ago) and read 12845 times:

Actually, you can pry get one for under $5,000,000, it would pry need a little bit of work though, require a lot of maintence over it's life, anf basically cost a lot to operate.

Click below and you can find better information:

Early Air

User currently offlineTg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 5 days ago) and read 12837 times:

I have checked out www.aso.com/sortlist/forsale.htm for you (a page with sevral aircrafts in all sizes for sale), and I have found those prices:

1970: B747-122 N4724U (former N4713U, the one that riped open over the pacific ocean)
Click for large version
Click here for full size photo!

Photo © Konstantin Von Wedelstaedt

Price: $3.000.000

1977-79 B747-200M (three a/c)
Price: $6.000.000 (each)

1980 B747SP (former Air China/Mandarin)
Click for large version
Click here for full size photo!

Photo © Alan Tsui

Price: $5.900.000

1989 B747-400 Price: $82.000.000

Tg 747-300

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User currently offlineG-CIVP From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1347 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (14 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 12811 times:

I the main problem of buying a second/third hand aircraft is getting all the appropriate air-worthiness certificates together. In order to have these, most air-frames must be tip-top condition. The CAA in the UK is very strict. Not surprisingly, airlines don't do much maintenance if a frame is going to be retired, so the prospective purchaser can face an awfully expensive bill doing remedial maintenance work.

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