fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2006 posts, RR: 3 Posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2666 times:
I heard that GE is considering replacing its old 747 with a former JAL 744. Are these plans firm? If so, is there any chance that this, the second oldest 747 still flying, will be preserved somewhere and not end up as a scrapheap like that poor Honeywell 720-051B?
na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10818 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2201 times:
Quoting fanofjets (Thread starter): Her sistership, former N743 Clipper Derby and Clipper Black Sea was still flying in 2011 with Logistic Air Cargo, S2-AFA. Is she still flying?
I have no definitive info here, but this plane was/is only rarely used and was already temporarily stored in several places.
A search reveals the latest photo on the web is from January 2012 and shows all three Logistic Air 747s parked in Johor Bahru/Malaysia. All planes look as if they are only there for a short time awaiting charters.
Yeah it's true, I was able to visit their facility at VCV back in February and I was able to go onto both 747's before the 744 left for HKG I believe. The 741 still had the PA carpet and some of the first class seats, it was really awesome to be on that plane. They did tell us that the 741 is going to fly for 2 more years and then will be retired. There are no plans for it yet but it could wind up being donated to a museum. It cannot be sold to anyone for any kind of flying operations though.
The 744 is registered N747GF and we were told that when the 741 is retired the 744 will take on N747GE.