Tg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 964 times:
I think it is Africa that opperates the oldest aircrafts in average. I belive that a lot of the conteries are using B707, DC8 etc. also on scenduled passenger flights.
On the question "how safe it is" I will answer that it will depend on wich country you are flying in.
Countries like South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, Tunisia and other which are popular for tourists I think have average safty.
In Zaire, Chad... I would thinked about it before I've entered an airplane.
But as in all other conteries it depends on teh airline, and how good the mainteans their "birds"
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 13 Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 955 times:
I have to agree that Africa is probably the continent on which the most older aircraft are still in revenue service. 707s and DC-8s, even DC-3s, DC-4s and other old propliners are in service there. I hear Zaire is the only country still offering Vickers Viscount service as well.
I'd say safety is a major concern with any airline that does not fly internationally and conform to international safety standards.. Even then, I'm not sure what I would think about flying in a 707, Viscount or any other plane unless I knew it had been properly maintained! Kinda scary to think about - but hey, I flew Aeroflot on and off for a few years, and God knows sometimes their planes are not well-maintained...