MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4211 posts, RR: 36 Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 9634 times:
Merpati withdrew theirs a while ago.
A few airlines which have them in their fleet are
LADE Argentina; confirmed a friend flew on them to south Argentine a few weeks ago, it are even rare old 1000s with open overhead racks
some Indonesian outfits but most are probably wfu or VIP only as I didn't hear of any normal tourist managing to fly on one for years: Pelita, Gatari, Transwisata
Nouvelle Air Ivoire
AirQuarius South Africa
Elysian Airlines Cameroon (supposed to fly domestic flights there)
East African Airways Kenya
Air Zimbabwe and Air Botswana both lease one from South Africa
and a few VIP/military aircraft, according to Airlinerlist about 48 are airworthy.
But good luck getting on one. I was for instance in Bangladesh in may but the 4 in their fleet weren't flying or cancelled the two days I wanted to fly it.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
tristarcrazy From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 311 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 9282 times:
Thanks MEA-707 and LVISA. I figured there would be some flying in Africa somewhere and a few military but didn't have any luck on my web search. Was reading up on some Fokker history over the weekend and got curious on the F28. And yea, didn't think there is any chance I will fly on one again as its been since '92 for me.
LVISA From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 40 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 9200 times:
Quoting tristarcrazy (Reply 7): Thanks MEA-707 and LVISA. I figured there would be some flying in Africa somewhere and a few military but didn't have any luck on my web search. Was reading up on some Fokker history over the weekend and got curious on the F28. And yea, didn't think there is any chance I will fly on one again as its been since '92 for me.
I am not sure if you are aware but LADE, although it is a part of the Argentine Air Force and both its planes and crews belong to them, fly civilian passengers to several destinations within Argentina. If you want to fly the F28, just go there, buy a ticket and enjoy your flight, (which is quite nice apparently; my son did it in 2005 from Buenos Aires to Calafate and Usuahia).
viasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1846 posts, RR: 7 Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9047 times:
Aero Corporate (1 for VIP flights)
BTL - Base de Transport de Lomé (1 for Government)
Fuerza Aérea Argentina (3 for Government or Army)
Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (1 for Government)
GETRA - Guinea Ecuatorial de Transportes Aéreos (1)
Indonesian Air Force (1 for Army)
LADE - Lineas Aéreas del Estado (1)
Myanma Airways (1)
Royal Malaysian Air Force (1 for Army)
Petro Air (1 for oil companies)
Armada Argentina (2 for Navy)
Ghana Air Force (1 for Government)
Indonesian Air Force (2 for Army)
Presidential Airwing (1 for Government, still in service???)
TGF - Tanzanian Government Flight (1 for Government)
Aero Corporate (1 for VIP flights)
Air Leasing Cameroon (2)
AirQuarius Aviation (2)
Biman Bangladesh Airlines (4)
Branson Air (1)
Fuerza Aérea Argentina (1 for Government)
General Work Aviacion (1)
Myanma Airways (3)
Pelita Air (2)
Transwisata Air (2)
ZKCIF From Lithuania, joined Oct 2010, 257 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8542 times:
If you do try LADE, please remember that their flights usually go some 5 hours late. I also tried to book a flight, USH to RGL (or to FTE?, can't remember) on one for July 9, 2007, but that happened to be the National festival, and they did not operate that day. they left me an impression that they were eager not to fly anyone rather than vice versa
ZKCIF From Lithuania, joined Oct 2010, 257 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6091 times:
Well, 3yrs ago, the website of LADE was beautiful, just there were no possibilities of booking anything on it. So, when at Jorge Newberry airport, I headed for their office which i somehow managed to find (my mileage inside that airport was really impressive that day). it was closed and locked. a cleaner and a couple of people from Fuerza Aerea did their best and found some guy from LADE in about 50 minutes. They had a printed schedule with a list of prices on it (VERY cheap, btw), but after a lengthy discussion decided that the filghts will not operate on July 9. They were nice people but left me an impression that they were just killing time and had little understanding of what they themselves and their airline were doing
Booking on LADE was a huge effort; literally several hours of phone calls to Argentina in order to arrange it, despite in principle actually booking the flight online through their website. They have a large ticket office in downtown Buenos Aires with helpful agents who do speak a little English. So far as I am aware, they only operate the 1000 Combi and not anything else - so you are guaranteed a very rare aircraft. Generally the F-28 only does the flights from Buenos Aires to Comodoro Rivadavia and sometimes those onwards to Ushuaia. Everything else is flown by Saab 340Bs.
They all operate via loads of destinations; my Buenos Aires to Rio Grande flight made six stops in total, and the schedules are only firmly published for booking a few weeks before the flight. Those flights between Buenos Aires and the next stop South are not normally that full as LAN and Aerolineas Argentinas fly them as well, but the other flights fill up quickly as LADE is the only carrier. This means you will normally be able to get on, say, a Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata flight even at the last minute, and because it continues to Comodoro Rivadavia that should be a F-28.
I will be sorting a trip report out soon, but I'm away from home right now and will be off to Bulgaria for a bit tomorrow so it has to wait a while.
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