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Why No 747s?  
User currently offlineDC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

I've always wondered why American Airlines and Delta no longer operate 747s. I know Delta had a few in the 70s, and American had a few SPs. Do Delta and American believe they're too much money to keep up?

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User currently offlineTOMASKEMPNER From Mexico, joined May 2001, 389 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1332 times:

DL & AA get rid of the 747´s because they hadn´t enough passengers to fly profitable.

Besides DL got rid of them when they had almost none intl. presence and their European routes were flown in Tristars.
When DL start operating Asia in 1987 they started using Tristars but later they went for the MD11 and stil today they use it for all their Asian destinations.

AA got rid of them in the 80´s, the same as DL and they trusted on the MD11 as a replacement. Now the trust the 777 as a replacement of both the M11 and the 747.

Today UA and NW are the only US airlines that use 747.
CO also dropped them in the 90´s.

I would love to see a 747-400 in the latest DL color scheme.

User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1310 times:

Most people Im sure will disagree with me, but with the recent aquisition of TWA, I am starting to see how AA might invest in a 747-400 size aircraft, or more likely the 777-300. A lot of their 777 flights to Europe, esp. LHR/LGW flights are oversold and full. Also, AA is on the way to Asian expansion, so with the new -300ER model coming out, I wouldnt be surprised if AA bought a few. However, I would LOVE to see a 744 in AA's colorscheme, would be AMAZING!


User currently offlineBoeing 747-311 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 795 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

Why wouldnt they go back to them, now that the 747-400 entitles less money to run?

Come fly with US
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9335 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1289 times:

If AA expands into Asia, I wouldn't be surprised if they get the B 777-300ER or even the B 747-400.

User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1250 times:

Amercian is pretty much committed to an all twin-engined fleet in the near-term future. If AA needs a larger aircraft than the 772s, look for them to order 773s. Their experience with the 747 had been "less than favorable"...like the MD-11. Regards.

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User currently offlineColoneh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1247 times:

i hear DL dropped them because they were to much money for mx and fuel

User currently offlineMilemaster From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1091 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (14 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1239 times:

AA has tried a couple times with the 747... Last of which was an SP (DFW/NRT?). It's pretty unlikely AA will consider the 747 again since they pretty much told Boeing what they were looking for in a ER aircraft (ie. 777).

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