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Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!  
User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2227 times:

Just read this in November's Airliner World. Says that Boeing Airplane services has been selected to repair the damage caused to HZ-AIO at Kuala Lumpur.

I'm really surprised the aircraft is not a write-off, given the severity of the damage, the age of the plane, and the fact that most airlines have over capacity.


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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2142 times:

There have been worse.
They probably graft a new section 41 and 42 to the existing airframe.


User currently offlineAirbus380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

It looks easily repairable...well not too easily, but it is feasable. I would like to see it converted into a -F with a cargo nose.

User currently offlineN389DHL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2097 times:

maybe fedex will buy it. last week they had a Atlas B747-400F at lax at there los angeles regional hub from what i was told. the flight was LAX/ANC/NRT - NRT/ANC/LAX. and she was flying for FedEx.

User currently offlineZbeeblebrox74 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2074 times:

I would agree Greg, new Section 41 and 42 will do. Incredibly costly though. Saudia must really treasure that aircraft. If they decide to keep it, they're setting a very cool example of a philosophy that's no longer very prominent in these modern 'disposeable-consumer-society' times:

'Repair rather than replace'.

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User currently offlineSunilgupta From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 775 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2063 times:

There was an interesting article in one of the recent airliner magazines about a JAL 747 that was repaired after suffering far worse damage than the Saudi bird. Their rational was that the repair cost less than a new bird.

It would be awful big waste to scrap a 747-300 with relatively minor damage like this. 747-300s are not old as far as 747s go.

Sunil


User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10649 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

HZ-AIO is just half through its intended life. It has still 12-15 years of service ahead. So it makes sense to spend a few dozens of millions for repairs.

User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3225 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2019 times:

It still would have some its service life left in it so why scrap it? Surely buying a new plane would cost more and, yes, its use as a freighter is a possibility.

Trintocan.



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User currently offlineIronminds From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 556 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

Just wondering, but what happened to this plane?

User currently offline9v-spk From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

Isn't the plane still in Kuala Lumpur?

User currently offlineKatekebo From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 702 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1969 times:

Maybe Saudi managers are smarter than Swissair or Sabena - who would already have replaced the Boeing with 3 new Airbuses.


User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1949 times:

No offence to you, but I won´t believe that until I see her flying. That bird is still listed as a write off at aviation-safety.net, for example.

>>>There was an interesting article in one of the recent airliner magazines about a JAL 747 that was repaired after suffering far worse damage than the Saudi bird. Their rational was that the repair cost less than a new bird.

Yeah, we all know about that one - that decision cost 520 lives and made heads roll at JAL and Boeing...

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

Great! its got such a nice livery!


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User currently offlineBombayhog From United States of America, joined May 2001, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

Can you tell me more about the JAL incident? Did the plane crash after it was repaired? Sorry this is kind of off-topic, I was just curious.

Regards.

/gwl


User currently offlineOO-VEG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 1081 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

Let's just see some pics of the aircraft we are talking about....



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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1934 times:

The aircraft Sunilgupta was on about is a 747-246B JA8122, which was blown off the runway at Anchorage, causing massive damage. Boeing repaied the plane and it flew again for many years, without crashing. This was featured in Airliner World Sept 2001. JA8122 ended up being....
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.....TF-ABI operated by Air Atlanta and is now stored at Marana.

The JAL 747 that crashed was JA8119 (747-SR46) which crashed after a botched repair by Boeing on the rear pressure bulkhead which caused a catastrophic explosive decompression in August 1985, causing it to crash, killing 520 out of the 524 on board.

Regards.


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1914 times:

Hmmmm. Not nice pictures. Shame about the nose. Looks a nice aircraft.


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User currently offlineRwy31R From Saudi Arabia, joined Aug 2001, 454 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

A relative of mine works in the airline's maintanince managment, and It was SV desicion to repair HZ-AIO about 2 weeks after the incident.. Hope to see it in the very soon!


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