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Alitalia 747's......please Help.

Sun Jan 13, 2002 10:20 am

Today, I went to JFK to spot planes from Terminal 1 (They were taking off using 13R/31L (which was interesting, because until 4pm they were taking off on 31L and then switched to 13R after 4pm). Anyway, saw my favorite plane, Alitalia 747-243B.

Does anyone know when exactly they're going to be retired, or when they'll continue service to JFK and where else they'll be flying?

Thanks and sorry to be a pain.

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RE: Alitalia 747's......please Help.

Sun Jan 13, 2002 12:25 pm

I believe AZ has retired 4 of its Boeing 747-200 aircrafts from its fleet because of September 11. In future, I think AZ will operate Boeing 767-300 aircrafts from Rome and Milan to New York JFK.

AZ originally planned to replace its ageing 747-200 aircrafts with new Boeing 747-400 but they cancelled their plans and Virgin Atlantic bought these is also interesting to note that VS did not reconfigure these aircrafts with their new Upper Class product.
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RE: Alitalia 747's......please Help.

Sun Jan 13, 2002 12:39 pm

Alitalia will retire all remaining 747's by summer, when the 777's begin to arrive (AZ cancelled the 747-400 order and replaced it with a 777-200 order). Alitalia will begin to operate the MD11 from MXP and FCO to JFK when the Spring/Summer season begins.

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RE: Alitalia 747's......please Help.

Sun Jan 13, 2002 12:44 pm

Thanks for the replies. I saw a Virgin 744 sittin on the ramp while watching AZ 742 taking off wishing I could see the 744 in AZ's colors. I'm happy they're getting 777's, but I want a 744 so bad. Oh well. Sad to see those magnificent birds go. I personally (IMHO) felt AZ's colors made the 742 look best!

Any idea which of the pax 742s are still operating?
I know pax are:

Which of those have/have not been retired?
Thanks again in advance.
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RE: Alitalia 747's......please Help.

Sun Jan 13, 2002 10:43 pm

I saw in November 4 Alitalia B747/200B parked at the same time at Terminal 1 in Milan MXP. Two of these planes were in service, but two were stored in a remote stand. I was there again at the end of December, but the two planes stored were gone. I forgot to write the registration number.

I was in MXP again the 2 January in the evening and I saw AZ used a B742 for the MXP-EZE flight that it use to be with MDD-11.
I also heard that due to the Argentina crisis there is a large request of seats on the EZE-Italy route (over the 50% of the habitants of Argentina have Italian relatives) so AZ sometime use the B742 also on the FCO-EZE.
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RE: Alitalia 747's......please Help.

Mon Jan 14, 2002 12:37 am

I heard that Alitalies flies Rome-Milan every Friday with the 742. Is this correct? i wanted to take a flight on it in August, do you think they will still fly then? Best regards, Clemens!
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RE: Alitalia 747's......please Help.

Mon Jan 14, 2002 1:49 am

Where did you go to sopt at JFK? I live in NYC and would want to go out there one day-if only I knew where to go.
I really don't know anything about retirement etc.
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