MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4210 posts, RR: 36 Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4603 times:
And Aerosur flies their 747-300 between Madrid and Bolivia
TAAG Angola and Mahan operate 2 747-300s each on pax flights
PIA is supposed to have about 2 or 3 747-200s and -300s left, but probably not used much
Then there are some very obscure hadj operators like Kabo.
But all in all it's hard to get on a non -400. I tried to get the Athens-Birmingham flight last week but they cancelled it. I was rebooked on Aegean and Brussels Airlines flights so they were decent in that.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
747fan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1172 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2976 times:
Iran Air still flies their few 741's and even 747SP's into LHR I believe, also PEK and maybe NRT (?) for the SP; they still may run them to some Middle East destinations such as DAM. For a brief period 2 or 3 years ago they even flew THR-DAM-CCS with an SP.
Syrian had 747SP's until around 2 or 3 years ago and flew them to LHR.
Its harder to distinguish Iran Air's classics as 741's as they don't have only the 3 windows on the upper deck (the windows aren't plugged), they appear to be 742's. Then there's Saudi's 741's, which have RB211's instead of the standard JT9D's and have a stretched upper deck like on the -300 if I'm not mistaken, Orient Thai's 741's have the SUD mod as well.
777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4 Reply 21, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2846 times:
PIA fly five 747-300s to Jeddah and Riyadh plus between Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad at home depending on loads. Their two 742 Combis are stored, they were used on sometimes Islmabad-Bangkok-Hong Kong route inplace of A310 to carry 743 RR engiens for servicing in HKG.
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7046 posts, RR: 17 Reply 24, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2488 times:
Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 10): Then there are some very obscure hadj operators like Kabo.
I believe that Kabo Air (N2) still operate a fleet of ten 747 Classics primarily if not solely on Hadj flights between Nigeria and Saudi. These include three 741s, all former BA aircraft. Here is 5N-OOO (formerly G-AWNP of BA):
It is around 10 years since BA retired these three aircraft. And even then they were pretty long in the tooth. For example G-AWNF (now 5N-JJJ) had flown 109,947 hours and completed 22,480 cycles when BA parked it at ROW before Kabo bought it. But I guess if N2 only use them for Hadj flights then they do not clock up an excessive number of hours per year.
The full N2 current fleet is, I believe:
5N-DKB, c/n 23548, 747 251, ex N837US (ex NW)
5N-EEE, c/n 19732, 747 243, ex G-VGIN (ex AZ and VS)
5N-JJJ, c/n 19766, 747 136, ex G-AWNF (ex BA)
5N-JRM, c/n 23549, 747 251, ex N636US (ex NW)
5N-MAD, c/n 23547, 747 251, ex N636US (ex NW)
5N-NNN, c/n 21189, 747 287, ex G-VIRG (ex AR and VS)
5N-OOO, c/n 20952, 747 136, ex G-AWNP (ex BA)
5N-PDP, c/n 20842, 747 238, ex G-VJFK (ex QF and VS)
5N-PPP, c/n 20921, 747 238, ex G-VLAX (ex QF and VS)
5N-RRR, c/n 19765, 747 136, ex G-AWNE (ex BA)
5N-EEE (line no. 134) could be the oldest 747 in passenger service. It first flew in April 1971, getting on for 40 years ago. In addition to Alitalia (I-DEMU) and Virgin Atlantic it saw service with Overseas National Airways and National Airlines and then Malaysian Airlines System as N358AS and with CAA as B-2400. It had clocked up 96,210 hours by 31 Dec 1998 when it was still operating with VS so may not be as well used as 'JJJ.