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Oldest Airliner Still In Production?  
User currently offlinealberchico From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 2938 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 17275 times:

My guess is that it would be the antonov an-24 which entered production in 1957 and continues to this day in China as the

MA-60



The cockpit has gone from this"

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6c/Antonow_an24_cockpit.jpg

to this "



the aircraft has goner from this

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bb/Antonov_An-24.jpg

to this :

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/china/images/ma-600-image01.jpg

But are there any other airliners out there that have a longer production record ?


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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1128 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 17239 times:

Not sure about the topic, but the question was wonderfully illustrated!


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User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 16102 times:

The Twin Otter would be up there too..1965

User currently onlinesolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 857 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 15941 times:

What about the B737, tha same fuselage since late 60´s?

 



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User currently offlineGarpd From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2695 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 15896 times:

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 2):
The Twin Otter would be up there too..1965

Although it ceased production a long time ago and only recently started again.


I think the 737 is the next on the list after the An 24



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User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1330 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 15193 times:

Quoting alberchico (Thread starter):
My guess is that it would be the antonov an-24 which entered production in 1957 and continues to this day in China as the MA-60

The C-130 is slightly older with the first deliveries in 1956.  
Quoting Garpd (Reply 4):
I think the 737 is the next on the list after the An 24

Closely followed by the 747.



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User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1880 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 15004 times:

Lockheed C-130 Hercules introduced in 1957 and still in production and service today as a military transporter!


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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 14762 times:

If the OP means still in production in basically its original form then I'd have to say the 767-200. Got to be coming up for 30 years since the first one flew, and they still have the same CF6s, cockpit and avionics etc - last pax one went to CO as i recall and they gave it the 777 interior, but aside from that is basically the same machine as the first load of 200ERs off the line.

If the OP means still in production but having been modified over the years, then certainly the An24 and C130 will be up there.



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User currently offlineGarpd From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2695 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 14664 times:

What part of "Oldest Airliner Still In Production?" doesn't compute with you?   (just kidding with ya)
The Hercules is a transporter, primarily military. An airliner it is not.

The OP couldn't have meant "Still in original form" as he cites the An-24 which is now the MA-60 which could be viewed as an An-24-NG, 737 style.



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1891 posts, RR: 42
Reply 9, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 14524 times:
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I think the Antonov 2 is still available in China... Ofc with a different designation, but it's the same model.


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User currently offlineViper911 From Russia, joined Oct 2005, 266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 11562 times:

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 5):
Closely followed by the 747.

Or Tu-154 since it's still in limited production.


User currently offlinescarebus03 From Ireland, joined Apr 2005, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 11372 times:

The Beechcraft King Airs have to be up there as well! I think they've been in production since '64. And before I get flamed some are used for scheduled services.

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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40008 posts, RR: 74
Reply 12, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 11048 times:

Quoting solnabo (Reply 3):
What about the B737, tha same fuselage since late 60´s?

Actually it's the same fuselage as the 707 which dates back to 1952.



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6804 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 10953 times:

I have read here (probably in tech ops) that although it looks the same, it's not the same (something about the cargo hold being bigger on the 707, I think).

Beech has to have the oldest plane still in production if it's not the An-2, with the Bonanza.



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User currently offlineNumero4 From Canada, joined Feb 2010, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 8736 times:

Is the Tu-154 still in limited production, or is it completely over?


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User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5121 posts, RR: 43
Reply 15, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 8621 times:

Quoting Garpd (Reply 8):
The Hercules is a transporter, primarily military. An airliner it is not.

As always, there are exceptions:

Maybe not this one, although flying for an airline.


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But certainly this one:


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User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5121 posts, RR: 43
Reply 16, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 8347 times:

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 5):
The C-130 is slightly older with the first deliveries in 1956.

Yes, with the first flight of the prototype in 1954!



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User currently offlineCargoLex From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1277 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 8346 times:

The 737 may look superficially similar to the older 737s, and may share some fuselage bits with the 707, but I would say it has been so thoroughly changed in its three incarnations as to not qualify as being in continuous production for all that time.

Certainly the 739 shares almost nothing except the cockpit structure with the 731/2 (fuselage cross section and nose are also shared with the 707/720 and 727, but even then, it's basically a cosmetic similarity).

I would also count out the 747, as there was a significant gap between the end of 744 production and the start of 748 production. Kind of like the situation between the end of 1982 Corvette production and the beginning of 1984 Corvette production. There was no 1983 Corvette, so technically it has not been in continuous production since 1953.

The Tu-154 is still in limited production technically, but the oldest big jet still coming off the line for civilian customers from the big two is the 767-300, I think (1983-present, most recent delivery was this month). I think if a customer like ANA wanted one, they could still buy a 767-200, but there are no orders and I don't think they'll build any more of them, so I don't think the 762 counts.


User currently offlineViper911 From Russia, joined Oct 2005, 266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 8249 times:

Quoting Numero4 (Reply 14):
Is the Tu-154 still in limited production, or is it completely over?

On Aviakor's (current manufacturer of the Tu-154) website it's stated that the Tu-154M still in limited production in their "products" page.


User currently offlineSEPilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 7011 posts, RR: 46
Reply 19, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8193 times:

Quoting CargoLex (Reply 17):

I would also count out the 747, as there was a significant gap between the end of 744 production and the start of 748 production.

Not really; they built the final 744 and immediately converted the line to the 748. Production has not stopped; just deliveries are awaiting completion of flight testing and certification.



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User currently offlineDiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1593 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8046 times:

Quoting CargoLex (Reply 17):
The 737 may look superficially similar to the older 737s, and may share some fuselage bits with the 707, but I would say it has been so thoroughly changed in its three incarnations as to not qualify as being in continuous production for all that time.

The same could be said about any airplane that's been in production that long. Heck, somebody brought up the Beechcraft Bonanza already. Sure, its been built since 1947, but I'd bet mechanically, there is very little, if anything, beyond the airframe in common between a 1947 35 Bonanza and a 2010 G36 Bonanza.

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User currently offlinetk1244 From Netherlands, joined May 2007, 330 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7698 times:

The original poster says that the An-24 is still produced in China as Xian MA-60. Even though the MA-60 is derived from the An-24, it isn't from the same series, since it has undergone major modifications. Otherwise we could say the DC-9 (First flight: February 25, 1965) is the oldest aircraft still produced; as the ARJ21 in China.

DC9 -> MD8X -> MD90 -> 717 -> ARJ21


[Edited 2010-11-23 15:46:34]


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User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7563 times:

Is the Britten Norman Islander still in production, as this first flew in 1965?

In terms of bigger planes, the A320 of today is largely the same as the one that first flew in 1987, and a current ATR42-500 isn't that different from the one that first flew in 1985, so only slightly younger than the 767-300 and slightly younger than the 767-300ER!



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User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8695 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7524 times:

Quoting SEPilot (Reply 19):
Not really; they built the final 744 and immediately converted the line to the 748. Production has not stopped; just deliveries are awaiting completion of flight testing and certification.

I would argue the 744 was produced 1988-2008 or so, and is now OUT of production. The 748 is a brand new variant, essentially a semi clean sheet design. That's not fair (or not that interesting of a question).

The 767-200 is probably a good option because AFAIK, you could order a new one today to virtually match one built in 1980 (if there are any of those left). Vision Air operates some of the very first ones made. The 767 is now an antique.


User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2516 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7374 times:

The Let L410 has to be up there too.

Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 22):
Is the Britten Norman Islander still in production

It is.

If we're talking about the Beech Bonanza, the Cessna 172 is no spring chicken either.

Then the Hawker 850 is basically a HS125.



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25 Garpd : The ARJ21 is not being manufactured right now. There is a prototype, but manufacture of the MD90/ B717 stopped a good while ago, thus disqualifying t
26 Post contains images tk1244 : Yes, but in the example given by the original poster, The Antonov An-24 was produced between 1959-1979, while the Xian MA-60 is produced since 2000.
27 Post contains images Garpd : Then the OP's suggestion is not valid either then
28 Post contains images tk1244 :
29 Garpd : But honestly, I think the original post is a little imprecise as to what exactly qualifies in this topic. Oldest airliner still in production without
30 Post contains images Superfly : No please don't say that. The 767 went in to service in 1983 when I was 10 years old. I remember that like it was yesterday. Calling the 767 an antiq
31 Viscount724 : The C-130 is not an airliner which is the subject of this thread. The horizontal cross-section is the same but that's all they have in common. The 70
32 YVRLTN : But there was the Y7 in between.
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