Iberia´s EC-GAG is Europe´s oldest 747 in regular service, more than 30 years old, still looking fresh here in Iberias vibrant livery. The aircraft is quite odd in the airline´s fleet because its about 10 years older than the rest.
CFM-56 From Finland, joined Sep 2001, 239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3072 times:
Incredible..I think it's time for Iberia to get some new 747s...Nice with a bunch of 747-400QXLR....! Well one can only dream about that!
It's nice though to see an old bird like this kept in mint condition, they wont be around for much longer.
LAXINTL From United States of America, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 26982 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2994 times:
EC-GAG is getting up their in hours and cycles... As of April 1 2002 totals were 96861 hours and 17323 cycles. However KLM / Lufthansa and Air France all have newer -200's and 300's that exceed EC-GAG totals.
For the record however I believe Air Atlanta Icelandic has the oldest B747's in Europe. TF-ATB and TF-ATF were both manufactured and in early 1971 and have a high of 107225 hours and 34620 cycles.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1700 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2872 times:
Trickijedi, the interior on EC-GAG didn't look bad at all. The seat fabric was light blue with some type of yellow pattern running through it. I'm sure the interior has been updated several times over the years. The seat pitch wasn't bad, and I got lucky in that people in front of me didn't recline their seats much. It had the older-style movie screens on the bulkhead vs. seatback monitors. The overhead bins were really small, though, which was a drawback. I remember the cavernous bins on my first 747 trip, a United -100 from IAD to SFO in 1997 or so. The interior on that plane, which was at that time probably equally as old as EC-GAG, looked brand new.
Interestingly, on my Europe trip this past June, we got EC-GAG in both directions, so I've actually flown on it twice. From JFK-MAD, it was my wife, my 8-month-old son, and I occupying a window row. From MAD-JFK, we had the same arrangement, but the other 14 members of my immediate family were also on the plane. I was disappointed in getting the plane both ways, instead hoping to get one of Iberia's leased Air Atlanta Icelandic 747-300s so I could add a new type to my list.
By the way, this plane's name is "Calderon de la Barca".
Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2072 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2832 times:
Corsair just recently retired its 747-206B. With KLM, she was was PH-BUE, Rio de la Plata. I flew on her several times in the early 1970s, when she was relatively new (built 1971). She is being scrapped in Paris after more than three decades of faithful service.
Westjet_8 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 451 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2827 times:
I think its TF-ATC. She was at Calgary Monday. Painted compleatly white and taking some British soliders home. Calgary barely ever gets 747 service and it was parked on the "B" Concouse side, which is great becuase then you can see it though the main windows . Hopefully she will be back
AFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2732 times:
I guess that's end of a cycle for quite a few 747-200s. If the traffic doesn't pick up, more and more will be withdrawn when airlines will cut on costs further. The cheap capital cost of these airframe is progressively mde up by the expansive maintenance requirements.
FUTURA From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2001, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2481 times:
I flew with Air Atlanta from MAN to HER on a 747-100, TF-ATE, which is over 30 years old (delivered 10/04/72) and thank god I only found out how old it was AFTER I got back!! The interior and exterior is in a really bad state!