F4N From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 614 times:
After a long period as the dominant shorthaul type in and out of here, the 732 has almost entirely disappeared from BUF. Metrojet(the most attractive livery ever to grace a 732 IMO) is gone, UA uses 319 or 733/5's, US uses 734's(mostly), CO is MD's or 737NG, DL is still [amazingly]727's although a 732 or MD will[very]rarely make a call. AA is MD or F100 while NW is DC9's. RJ's are becoming more comman than ever before.
However, I've recently seen a number of unusual 732's here. An AC 732 visited, much to my surprise as I had thought that AC had retired them all.
Another 732 was the mystery ship painted overall teal blue with an orange fleur-de-lis on the tail. I know this craft (and it's sister painted in the reverse colors)has been spotted in other East coast locations, but I do not recall if it has been successfully identified. From my vantage point, the low-contrast colors make it impossible to determine the reg or even if there is any titling. We have previously speculated that the carrier is from Canada because of the tail device, but I don't recall if any of our friends from Canada ever made a positive ID.
This morning another unidentified 732 departed @7:10, but again id was impossible in the dim morning light. It was overall white with a green tail and an orange flash.
Copper1 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 438 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 537 times:
Air Canada has entered the sports team charter business and is using some of their old 737-200s. A/C started this service when Skyhawk went belly up.
I suspect the 37 you saw was in town to move the Sabres or perhaps the Bills.
Zrb2 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 894 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 535 times:
F4N- Thanks for the info on BUF. Keep it coming and let us know of any unusual sightings.
I agree with Copper1 about charters for sports teams (local pro and colleges and their opponents). When I was at BUF last month I saw an AA767 parked at gate 1 for the weekend. A very cool sight to see. Turned out it was the Miami Dolphins Charter. Stuff like this probably goes unnoticed in most larger cities but at BUF it sticks out. Last year I saw a very anonymous looking 727 at Prior aviation with weird markings. It was a NY Rangers hockey team charter.
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4402 posts, RR: 37 Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 518 times:
In Rochester the situation is very similar. 732's were once very common, but now have all but disappeared. UA still flies them in sometimes, but most of their flights are 319's, 733's, 735's and 320's nowadays.
The mystery blue 732 with the orange fleur-de-lys appeared at ROC in October. It's a charter outfit, I found a couple of pictures of it in the Airliners.net database. It's American, not Canadian. I forget the name of the operator now. The same company flies a reverse 732, orange with a blue Fleur-de-lys.
The NFL generally charters jumbos, so it's unlikely that a mystery 722 or 732 is being operated for the Bills. The NBA and NHL use some narrwobodies though; here in the DC area I see the Wizards' 732 parked at the BWI cargo terminal.
F4N From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 497 times:
Excellent! That's them. I saw both last year lined up for takeoff, but it was a dreary, rainy day and visability was limited.
You are correct, forgot about Vanguard. Can't recall seeing them lately...like to see their MD's come in though.
Good thought. I think a charter to Canada is likely for the Sabres although AC ships do show up here from time to time.
I'll let you know if anything unusual shows up. My other [fairly] recent notables were a UPS A300(usually a 757)and an America West A319. AirTranSat was visiting during the summer with 757's and an L1011! That was a sight...
BUFjets From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 481 times:
I've also seen the Ryan Air with Fleur de Lis tail at BUF. I've also seen two identical unmarked 732's parked at Prior Avaition. Their bodies are cream or off-white and they have the some color on the tail. I recall brown and burnt orange (earth tones). There may have been a brown stripe along the fuselage.
F4N From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 474 times:
Whatever happened to DL retiring the 722's? I thought that was supposed to have already happened. Although I wouldn't mind seeing DL 732's in BUF, I'd like to see them fly 738's here. Since my employment sometimes takes me to ATL on DL(like yesterday), it would be nice to ride something newer than 727's.
United_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7176 posts, RR: 8 Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 474 times:
Yes,as DCA-ROC Guy said,732's are all gone here in ROC.UA doesn't fly them anymore,either.Just this June I flew on a UA732 to ORD. BTW did anyone else see or hear-very loud-Planet 727 ? I was sitting in a UA733 listening to ch 9 before the safety demo and I think I heard it request clearance for Nassau. That had to be one of the loudest 727's I ever heard. I would have checked it out,but it was down at Delta/jetBlue/USAir's terminal.Can't go there if I don't have a tic. There was also a 727 parked over by the access road near 390 Monday nite but I couldn't tell it's livery from the UAX CRJ I flew back in.
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Brains From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 255 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 458 times:
I'm glad to finally know who operates the mystery 732's. I saw the orange one at PWM this past summer. F4N, I'll be making my first trip to BUF in just a few days (27th of Dec), sadly, I won't be onboard a 732. I'm flying in on US Airways Express 4786 an ERJ 145. However, I do like the ERJ so its ok, but nothing special for you to look at. See ya in Buffalo!
Flight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3295 posts, RR: 7 Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 457 times:
I also live in Buffalo (actually in Williamsville) and becasue of my busy schedule, I never have the chance to go and just watch the airplanes. To those who live in Buffalo, where do you go to watch the airplanes and what widebodes (if any) fly in there, and when?
Mikeymike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 406 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 449 times:
F4N ...well the 722's were to be gone by '05 as DL took on 738's, but all new aircraft delivery have stopped...so you won't see any 738's up there any time soon. I'm glad though that in the past year, delta has gone from 3 round trips to 5 out of atlanta...it makes it a heck of a lot easier to get back home to williamsville then normal.
BUFjets From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 440 times:
To Flight152- for viewing planes at BUF: park in the lot next to Runway's Bar (adjacent to the driving range on Youngs Road). The other good option is Flying Tigers Restaurant. Although, the best time to go there is during the summer when the patio bar is open.