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Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Wed Oct 17, 2001 10:31 pm

Just read this in November's Airliner World. Says that Boeing Airplane services has been selected to repair the damage caused to HZ-AIO at Kuala Lumpur.

I'm really surprised the aircraft is not a write-off, given the severity of the damage, the age of the plane, and the fact that most airlines have over capacity.
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Greg
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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Wed Oct 17, 2001 10:35 pm

There have been worse.
They probably graft a new section 41 and 42 to the existing airframe.
 
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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Wed Oct 17, 2001 10:40 pm

It looks easily repairable...well not too easily, but it is feasable. I would like to see it converted into a -F with a cargo nose.
 
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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Wed Oct 17, 2001 11:18 pm

maybe fedex will buy it. last week they had a Atlas B747-400F at lax at there los angeles regional hub from what i was told. the flight was LAX/ANC/NRT - NRT/ANC/LAX. and she was flying for FedEx.
 
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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Wed Oct 17, 2001 11:52 pm

I would agree Greg, new Section 41 and 42 will do. Incredibly costly though. Saudia must really treasure that aircraft. If they decide to keep it, they're setting a very cool example of a philosophy that's no longer very prominent in these modern 'disposeable-consumer-society' times:

'Repair rather than replace'.

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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Wed Oct 17, 2001 11:58 pm

There was an interesting article in one of the recent airliner magazines about a JAL 747 that was repaired after suffering far worse damage than the Saudi bird. Their rational was that the repair cost less than a new bird.

It would be awful big waste to scrap a 747-300 with relatively minor damage like this. 747-300s are not old as far as 747s go.

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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 12:30 am

HZ-AIO is just half through its intended life. It has still 12-15 years of service ahead. So it makes sense to spend a few dozens of millions for repairs.
 
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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 12:41 am

It still would have some its service life left in it so why scrap it? Surely buying a new plane would cost more and, yes, its use as a freighter is a possibility.

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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 12:54 am

Just wondering, but what happened to this plane?
 
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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 12:55 am

Isn't the plane still in Kuala Lumpur?
 
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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 1:47 am

Maybe Saudi managers are smarter than Swissair or Sabena - who would already have replaced the Boeing with 3 new Airbuses.
 
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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 2:28 am

No offence to you, but I won´t believe that until I see her flying. That bird is still listed as a write off at aviation-safety.net, for example.

>>>There was an interesting article in one of the recent airliner magazines about a JAL 747 that was repaired after suffering far worse damage than the Saudi bird. Their rational was that the repair cost less than a new bird.

Yeah, we all know about that one - that decision cost 520 lives and made heads roll at JAL and Boeing...

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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 2:38 am

Great! its got such a nice livery!
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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 2:56 am

Can you tell me more about the JAL incident? Did the plane crash after it was repaired? Sorry this is kind of off-topic, I was just curious.

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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 3:08 am

Let's just see some pics of the aircraft we are talking about....



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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 3:13 am

The aircraft Sunilgupta was on about is a 747-246B JA8122, which was blown off the runway at Anchorage, causing massive damage. Boeing repaied the plane and it flew again for many years, without crashing. This was featured in Airliner World Sept 2001. JA8122 ended up being....
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.....TF-ABI operated by Air Atlanta and is now stored at Marana.

The JAL 747 that crashed was JA8119 (747-SR46) which crashed after a botched repair by Boeing on the rear pressure bulkhead which caused a catastrophic explosive decompression in August 1985, causing it to crash, killing 520 out of the 524 on board.

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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 3:35 am

Hmmmm. Not nice pictures. Shame about the nose. Looks a nice aircraft.
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RE: Saudi 747-300 To Be Repaired!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 4:14 am

A relative of mine works in the airline's maintanince managment, and It was SV desicion to repair HZ-AIO about 2 weeks after the incident.. Hope to see it in the very soon!
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