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When Did CO Cease Flying The Boeing 720?  
User currently offlineThomas70 From Germany, joined Aug 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 3 months 2 days ago) and read 2587 times:

When did Continental Airlines cease flying its Boeing 720s? I know that this must have been sometime in the mid-1970s. The last dates of photos of CO Boeing 720s in the photo database are February 1974. Elsewhere I have also seen a photo off one in June 1974 in PHX. Besides the Official Airline Guide (OAG) North American Edition effective from April 1, 1974 also still lists several CO flights with Boeing 720s, among others e.g. between LAX and PHX, TUS, SAT.

My question has a personally motivated background, too. On April 11, 1975 my family and I flew with CO from PHX to LAX with flight CO 59 (a morning flight). I am trying to find out, which aircraft was used on this flight and whether it was a Boeing 727 or could still have been a Boeing 720. A year earlier, i.e. in April 1974, the same PHX-LAX flight CO 59 was still operated by Boeing 720s according to the OAG.

Any help and information on the time CO stopped flying its Boeing 720s and/or the aircraft type used on the PHX-LAX flights in April 1975 is much appreciated! Many thanks in advance!

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User currently offlinetimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7224 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

3/75 OAG shows flight 59 as 720, presumably meaning 720B. The 9/75 shows four "720"s a day PHX-LAX, including the 1000 departure that was flight 57 by then.

User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2342 times:

Spring of 1976 saw the last five sold for scrap.

"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough!"
User currently offlineThomas70 From Germany, joined Aug 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2307 times:

timz and ImperialEagle,
thanks very much for these information! That is very interesting for me. And I'm kind of thrilled, as it seems most lilely mow that I was indeed still flying with one of Continental's Boeing 720Bs, a very classic airliner from today's perspective. I was only a 5-year-old boy back in 1975, but have a few vague memories about walking with my parents from an airport terminal building (obviously at PHX) towards a CO plane with the black meatball on the tail and a kind flight attendent during the flight.

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29469 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 2):
Spring of 1976 saw the last five sold for scrap.

CO's 3 other 720Bs went to Ethiopian Airlines in 1973-74.

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