CHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 16260 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.
What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
CargoLex From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1289 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 9844 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.
DiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2243 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 9544 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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tk1244 From Netherlands, joined May 2007, 330 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9196 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
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AirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9061 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!
it's the bus to stansted (now renamed national express a4 to ruin my username)
Flighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 9825 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9022 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.