747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3501 posts, RR: 2 Posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 4147 times:
I know American Airlines traded their 747 100's with Pan Am for PA DC10's in 1984. I also know that AA was converting a lot of their 747 100's into freighters( including the one that was use in the movie Airport 75). So my question is, what was AA last true passenger 747 100 route, and what year was it flown?
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24868 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2864 times:
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 12): Quoting ER757 (Reply 11):
Weren't they originally obtained for DFW/NRT?
I think that is right while they were waiting for MD-11 deliveries. I believe that the AA 747SPs were ex-TWA, but I could be wrong.
Correct. AA bought 2 of TWA's 3 SP's for the DFW-NRT route as they had nothing in their fleet with enough range when they were awarded that route. They operated the SPs from 1987 until 1992/93. Replaced by the MD-11. For the last year or so of service after AA's first few MD-11s arrived, AA used the SP's on Europe routes until they were able to dispose of them. I think one was sold in mid-1992 and the other in early 1993.
Quoting Falstaff (Reply 6): Quoting 747400sp (Reply 3):
I believe that it could be JFK-LHR, not sure
Wow, that is a short flight considering the range potential of a 747SP.
TWA also used their SPs on some fairly short routes. Sometime in the early 1980s I flew on a TWA SP IAD-CDG. TW also only operated their 3 SPs for 5 or 6 years, 1980 to 1985/86. As mentioned above, 2 went to AA and one went to the UAE government (Dubai Air Wing) for conversioon to a VIP aircraft. One of the other two operated by AA also went to the Dubai Air Wing for VIP conversion after AA was finished with it.