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AC 744s Combi: Specific Requirements?  
User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 25
Posted (14 years 6 months 14 hours ago) and read 1155 times:


Has anyone ever heard of specific safety requirements imposed in the early 1990s by the Canadian governments to Air Canada for its 747-400s Combi please?

Are these aircraft still Combis or have been converted to full-pax?

On what routes do they use them please?

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User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 12 hours ago) and read 1109 times:

I don't know about safety and I'm not sure about routes (maybe YYZ-FRA, YYZ-LHR??), but I know that they are still combis (or at least they were last year.) They may not be around much longer though. I forget the ownership details but Yyz717 will know.

J'éspère que je t'ai aidé un p'tit peu...

Next flight.... who knows.
User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 11 hours ago) and read 1083 times:

All the original AC combis are still combis. I think they might have parked one, but I'm not sure. The ones they got from CP are full passenger. Most of the time the combis are used on trans-atlantic routes. Occasionally they would be used trans-pacific or even to tourist hot spots in the busy season.

User currently offlineLymanm From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 1140 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 11 hours ago) and read 1077 times:

When AC ordered their 744s in the early 90s, Transport Canada imposed a restriction: in the event of a massive troup movement operation, AC would be required to use their 744s to supplement DND's transports. Beacause of this, extra 'beefing up' of the landing gear and associated structures was required. Obviously, this added extra weight; in fact, this added weight severley restricted certain loads on longer flights. When AC parked their 744s in the desert upon delivery and desperately tried to sell them, there found there were no interested parties because on many flights, the extra weight made in uneconomical. AC reluctantly brought them into service, but have always had that weight restriction.

It sounds farfetched, but I assure you, I've heard this from many reliable sources. I may have some facts wrong, mind you.

I am unsure if ex CP machines have this mandated extra feature...

buhh bye
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 10 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

According to JP Airline fleets, the AC 744 Combi's have the same max weight as the 4 ex-CP 744s. So the 3 AC Combis were not certified at a higher gross weight so perhaps the heavier weight of the mods simply means a reduced payload.

Of the 3 combis, 2 are leased from GE Capital. The 3rd appears to be owned. Of the 4 ex-CP 744's, one is in temp storage ("Max Ward") and will be returned to the lessor in Feb 02.

The 3 Combis are used on the following routes: YYZ-LHR/FRA/YVR and YVR-HKG.


I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
User currently offlineLymanm From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 1140 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 months 10 hours ago) and read 1050 times:

Yyz717 is right. I don't believe the gear mods increased the MTOW, they simply reduced the payload.

Back in the day, the 744 was also used on YVR-SEL & return. It seems they now use the 76 to the new ICN.

buhh bye
User currently offlineBoeing747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1022 times:

I thought that C-FGHZ was the one is storage and it was going back? I hope not this is the new one and it should be the last to go.

User currently offlineBoeing747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 981 times:

I have noticed that Air Canada has taken one 747-400 off line on there web site and now it says that they operate three where as they use to have four.

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