AFC_ajax00 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 775 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2203 times:
I've noticed that some carriers with 743s have what looks like modern GE engines on them. The ones that come to mind are Iberia and Thai. Their engines are distinctively different from the CF-6s on AF's or KLM's -300s. Were they reengined or built like that? Hope there is some clarification. Thanks guys
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Scorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5105 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2185 times:
Hadn't noticed that before, but you're right! According to Bill Harms' site, Iberia's and Thai's 747-300s indeed have CF6-80 engines, like the 747-400, instead of the CF6-50 found on other -300s. Strange... Maybe they were retrofitted at some point??
KL808 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2174 times:
I Think, they came that way. I believe these where one of the last 300's built, and this was probably done so that Boeing and/or GE would not need to get more of the older CF6-50 rather place the newer CF6-80's because Boeing already had or was producing the 400's.
Longhaul747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2179 times:
I have a 747 book around here somewhere that mentioned 742s and 743s built after a certain date had the more advanced engine nacelles from the 767s. I can't seem to locate the book to get specifics though.
Also maybe they were retrofitted. Iberia uses the 743 to MMMX. I am sure the 743 needs a lot of extra power to get out of Mexico City during the summer. Unless the 743 below is planning to depart next fall it will need all she's got to get out of this hot and high airport.