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Sonair To Receive First (ex Oasis) 744 Soon  
User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10736 posts, RR: 9
Posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5470 times:

http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/regdb.main?LC=nav4&page=3

Took quite some time. I read they´d be getting 744s already more than 6 months ago, if not a year. Finally it seems to become reality.

Also reported: Air Bridge took delivery of another 744ERF yesterday.

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User currently offlinePbb152 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 615 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5440 times:

They will be used on the LAD-IAH "Houston Express" route operated by Atlas Air starting next summer.

User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1105 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5416 times:

Will the 744s be painted in SonAir's livery? Also, will the interior be re-configured to have more F and J seats?

[Edited 2009-11-28 14:08:02]

User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3956 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5395 times:

Looking forward to seeing this at IAH in the coming year. I wonder if like they did with World Airways, use the Atlas colors or Sonair's? Frankly, since this is an ex- Oasis bird and not an Atlas ship (after all Atlas has no pax '47s') it sounds as if it will likely be sporting Sonair's smart design, at least I hope so. IAH could use a bit more color amongst all that Blue.


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[Edited 2009-11-28 14:23:41 by thomasphoto60]


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User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5389 times:

LFD is one of the ex ANA planes which already has a big First and Business cabin (unless the seats were taken out during storage)

User currently offlineGARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1517 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5285 times:

I was told by an Atlas pilot that the planes will be configured for 185seats in an all
Business type set up.



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User currently offlineFCKC From France, joined Nov 2004, 2348 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4855 times:

So the A340-500 they have ordered seems to have been cancelled.Sad , as an 345 in full Sonair livery would have been stunning !

In another way the 744ERF , Air Bridge has received can be either one ex Air France machine , or one ntu Loadair.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4808 times:
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Quoting Thomasphoto60 (Reply 3):
it sounds as if it will likely be sporting Sonair's smart design

- If so that will be one great looking 747!

Let's hope so.



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User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10736 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4794 times:



Quoting FCKC (Reply 6):
In another way the 744ERF , Air Bridge has received can be either one ex Air France machine

Yes, its ex G-GIUB from AF.


User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2352 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4761 times:



Quoting Thomasphoto60 (Reply 3):
IAH could use a bit more color amongst all that Blue.

I'm just happy another 744 will be headed to IAH. As of now they have LH, BA, KL 744s!  Big grin



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User currently offlineYellowtail From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 6179 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4709 times:



Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 9):
As of now they have LH, BA, KL 744s!  

Aren't those BA 744s scheduled to go back to a 772?

And if the persistent IAH rumors are true..that LH 744 will become a A388 in the future!



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4566 times:



Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 9):
I'm just happy another 744 will be headed to IAH. As of now they have LH, BA, KL 744s!

Don't forget the boxhaulers of Air France, China Air, and Cathay Pacific,



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User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10736 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4329 times:

The "new" 744ERF of Air Bridge is only wearing internet titles so far.

http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/viewphoto.main?LC=nav2&picid=6164

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
Quoting Thomasphoto60 (Reply 3):
it sounds as if it will likely be sporting Sonair's smart design

- If so that will be one great looking 747!

Let's hope so.

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User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4239 times:
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Quoting Pbb152 (Reply 1):

I can't wait for that route to end. I hope we cut a hole in the side of ship 278 and get her back on the line as fast as possible



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25406 posts, RR: 49
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3426 times:

Aircraft is planned to have a hybrid Atlas Air paint scheme.

While owned by SonAir it will be on the Atlas operating certificate and will be configured in a 3-class F10C139Y36 configuration.



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User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3956 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3239 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 14):
Aircraft is planned to have a hybrid Atlas Air paint scheme.

Thats too bad, I was hoping to see an actual African carrier servicing IAH (it would be nice to "one up" LAX, SFO or ORD in some area  Wink ).

Depending what you mean by "Hybrid Atlas Paint Scheme", it has to beat the hell out of WA's dreadful "White Whale" livery.

Thomas



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User currently offlineFRA2DTW From Germany, joined Feb 2004, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2902 times:



Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 13):


Quoting Pbb152 (Reply 1):

I can't wait for that route to end. I hope we cut a hole in the side of ship 278 and get her back on the line as fast as possible

Couldn't World make more $ with this plane in pax configuration? I hear the military could use additional lift. There also is an application by World pending with the DOT for scheduled route authority IAH-LAD for which the plane may be needed.


User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5163 posts, RR: 22
Reply 17, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2819 times:



Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 13):
I can't wait for that route to end. I hope we cut a hole in the side of ship 278 and get her back on the line as fast as possible

You guys just *loved* dealing with that customer, didn't you?

Query: Does your quote mean that 380 is back in business and more freighters are needed?

I'm wondering why they picked up 270 from Finnair if they didn't need passenger aircraft? Wouldn't it be cheaper/easier to pick up a used, already-converted freighter rather than paying to convert 278? Or, despite the panoply of Third-World airlines trying to fly MD11s these days, do the lease rates and/or aircraft condition militate against acquiring a used, already-converted MD11?


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