Delta and Alaska Airlines both used to fly dedicated cargo aircraft as well back in the late 60s and early 70s. Why did these airlines get out of the pure freight business by the 1980s? Can anyone supply details about the fleets of dedicated freight aircraft used by these airlines? Thanks in advance.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
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While I don't know anything about Alaska, Delta & TWA's airfreighters, I can tell you a little about American. AA had 8 707-323CFs & 6 747-123Fs over the years, altho not at the same time. AA got out of the pure airfreighter business when the bellies of the passenger aircrafts could carry almost as much freight, particularly the DC-10s & A300s...and still make money at it. American retired the 707s because they were getting old & required more maintenance...the 747s because of the fuel cost & again the belly roles of the passenger aircrafts. N7555A, N7556A, N7557A, N7558A, N7559A, N7560A, N7561A & N8404 were the 707-323CFs. N9661, N9671, N9672, N9673, N9675 & N9676 were the 747-123Fs. All were former passengers ships before being converted. Hope this helps. Regards.
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