Flpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2119 posts, RR: 33 Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1881 times:
That is correct.
I am not sure how old they are, they were actually just an interim measure, but market conditions actually kept them in the fleet longer.
F-GHGI will be the first of four 763s to leave the fleet in October. It is currently the only one with a different seating configuration (and different engines as well) from that of F-GHGF/G/H. Currently, Ougadougou (OUA), Philadelphia (PHL), Cincinatti (CVG), and Boston (BOS) are the 4 cities served by the 4 767-300s and when 'Golf India' leaves, only the stations in the US will see the 763.
Another will leave in November, another in February, and the last in March. Cincinnatti will have the honor of retiring the 763.
This is per the Air France head captain of the 767-300 pilots.
Spaceman From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 534 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1750 times:
I think Air France is the launch customer of the 744ER sieries. Did they order the frighter version or passenger version? I think they ordered both. As far as the XQLR is concerned nobody has ordered even a single one, I doubt Air France will want to order it right now, since it already has 773ER on order.
Ben88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1693 times:
Qantas is launch customer for the 744ER. AF ordered four freighter 744ER's. Problem is they didn't order enough 747-400's to begin with. The ex UTA (EXA, EXB) helped a bit but not to the extent that was needed. Now they find themselves stretching the 744, with one of the highest utilization rates in the world. That is one of the reasons for which they decided to repair F-GITA after it took a swim in the Tahiti lagoon circa 1993. It was faster to repair it than to order a new one directly from Boeing, and they desperately needed to return it to service to fulfill capacity requirements.