A few weeks ago they were talking about ten 744s, now its 14 or 15 Fs, BCFs, BDSF over the next three years to replace the majority of its 747-200 fleet, plus some leased 777Fs for growth. A massive fleet rollover starting in a few months. The current operators of these planes are unknown, but it can be assumed that some parked 744s will be among them which still are waiting for conversion, plus some older Fs being sold by airlines receiving 748Fs soon.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12193 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4349 times:
How many of these B-747-400s are sitting parked in storage somewhere just waiting for their new owner? Do we know what engines Southern prefers? If they are GE engines, some of the B-744s could be ex-JL airplanes, if they want P&Ws then I would guess some will be ex-UA airplanes.
na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10883 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4266 times:
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 4): How many of these B-747-400s are sitting parked in storage somewhere just waiting for their new owner? Do we know what engines Southern prefers? If they are GE engines, some of the B-744s could be ex-JL airplanes, if they want P&Ws then I would guess some will be ex-UA airplanes.
So far they are GE-only. And why should that change on 744s I cant see. Its well possible that they might strike a very good deal with AeroSale and lease the whole bunch of the remaining ex-JAL 744s and have them converted. As much as I know there is not a single 744F or BCF that is not active at the moment, although the airlines which will get 748Fs soon will certainly sell some of their 744Fs over the next few yeras, in line with Southern´s plans.
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3017 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2208 times:
Quoting xdlx (Reply 7): Most likely the JL birds, but IIRC two of the batch where the SUD version with short range fuel capacity.
Would those still make sense to SA as they mention NO/SO America runs?
Huh? All 744s have SUD. Do you mean 400-D versions?
Winglets can be put on them, so range will increase slightly with standard fuel. Cargo airlines like Southern will make tech stops for fuel anyway rather than leave cargo behind, so that might not be much of an issue.