PhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 942 times:
The SP is certainly not banned from European airspace as it falls into the same category as the 747-200.
As far as the Syrian aircraft go, they were certainly around last year. They were never used very economically, Damascus-Munich-London being their "flagship" route along with Damascus-Moscow, when new.
There are still a number of Gulf States operating SPs around Europe and to the US on both diplomatic and Ruling Family jollies.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12565 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 800 times:
The old SPs are about 26 years old now, which must make them prime candidates for replacement; given that the airline already operates A320s and that the 747SP was never used to its full potential on RB's pretty small network, I would have thought the A330-300 would be the best option as a replacement. With a fair few ex-SN/EI A330s (well, one EI) 330 not doing too much right now, surely it shouldn't be too difficult for them to find replacements at a decent price.