Jupiter2 From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 883 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3364 times:
Qantas in fact have 2 in service, although their days are numbered with the coming of the new 744's on order and the 333's on order.
South African still have several in service 4 or 5 I think. There is also the Syrian Air aircraft and Iran Air and I believe Corsair still operate their 1.
Most others are in V.I.P config or sitting in the desert awaiting the inevitable wreckers axe.
Al From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3366 times:
There are currently still 25 listed as "active", however this list could include some that are active on certain operators fleets but are parked awaiting sale/disposal.
IranAir x 4 EP-IAA EP-IAB EP-IAC EP-IAD South African x 3 ZS-SPA ZS-SPC ZS-SPE Syrian Air x 2 YK-AHA YK-AHB Corsair x 1 F-GTOM Qantas x 2 VH-EAA VH-EAB Iraqi Airways x 1 5Y-GFD Gulf Falcon x 1 5Y-GFC. That's it commercially. Of the other 11, they are all used as part of Governmental fleets or as private jets.
Qatar Government x 1, Bahrain Amiri Flight x 1, Saudi Royal Flight/Saudi Government x 3, Yemen Government x 2, Oman Government x 1, United Arab Emirates x 2 and the FAA is using one as a test-bed of some sort.
The remaining craft of the total built fleet have a scattered presence - some quite "literally" scattered!
There are 5 ex UA craft dismantled awaiting scrapping (don't know where), 6 stored at Marana, 2 stored at Victorville, 1 stored at Las Vegas, 1 stored at Tozeur, 1 stored at Jakarta, 1 listed as being modified at Waco and 1 that has been scrapped.
Best info that I could come up with - usual caveat applies as this info is a month old.
BJMEL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3328 times:
One other point - I believe because of the age of the SP's (and the fact that other aircraft types are better suited to SP operations) that an SP is of more value in parts than as a complete aircraft!!!
Royal Air Maroc
Total in service (including VIPs): 26
Total broken up: 6
Total stored: 13
Total buildt: 45
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3225 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3218 times:
My only 747 flight to date was on one of United's 747SP's from MIA to IAD. The plane (likely to be an ex Pan Am as I recall UA getting their SP's from PA in 1985) was quite smooth but a bit noisy in the cabin and the interior and IFE electronics looked dated, compared with a 757-222 which I had flown earleir on that same day. I do not recall the reg number but it is sad to hear that it is in scrap.