Jackbr From Australia, joined Dec 2009, 673 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 11 months 23 hours ago) and read 4178 times:
When BOAC started to receive a rather small number of passenger configured 707-336C's (I think one or two may not be -336C's, and came from another airline?), what routes did they use them on? Did they have their own routes, or operate alongside the 707-436, or both?
kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12740 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 3980 times:
I think that the other ones they received were -365Cs from Cunard Eagle, which was associated with the shipping compay.
As to what routes they operated, my understanding is that the entire 707 fleet - 436s and -336/365Cs - were one unit and operated interchangeably; by the time the VC10s arrived, the Comets were pretty much gone, so it was effectively a two type fleet - VC10s and 707s - until the 747 came along.
Have a look at this month's (April) Airways, as there's a very good feature about the BOAC 707s.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26388 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 9 hours ago) and read 3376 times:
Quoting kaitak (Reply 1): As to what routes they operated, my understanding is that the entire 707 fleet - 436s and -336/365Cs - were one unit and operated interchangeably
Not entirely correct. The more capable JT3D-powered -336B/Cs (some were ordered by other carriers and are thus -365C and -379C) mainly operated routes where their payload-range performance was necessary, particularly on the LHR-SVO-HND Trans-Siberian route which BA wasn't permitted to operate with their own aircraft until 1967. The -336B/Cs were also used on the Polar route LHR-ANC-HND, and also on LHR-LAX where the R-R Conway -436s lacked the range with an economic payload.
A BOAC history says that the first -336B/C route was LHR-MIA. They were also BA's first aircraft with an inflight entertainment system.
I believe BA had a total of 11, 2 of which were -Bs and the balance -Cs.