Some days ago I updated my logbook of all flights done in the last years. While doing that I once more realized that I already had some quite rare/special aircraft, even though my student’s budget only allows me a limited number of flights per year.
What kind of rare/special/famous aircraft have you flown so far? Have you ever had special liveries (I have never had that luck)?
Here’s a list of some of my “goodies”:
- Airbus A310-222 (Singapore Als), 9V-STL, msn 363
9V-STL was one of few A310-200 left with SIA in 1997 when I flew from SIN to DPS, I was lucky not to get an A313 that day. I just read that 9V-STL was scrapped in April this year.
- Airbus A320-111 (Air France), F-GFKQ Ville de Berlin, msn 002
F-GFKQ was built in 1987 as the second A320 family aircraft, it is even the oldest A320 in airline service since the prototype 001 has been flying with Airbus Industrie as a test aircraft all the time. However, when I had that special plane on a CDG-MUC flight I couldn’t enjoy it because it was Sept.11th 2001 and I was totally shocked by the events in the US. On that day I had already been on AF067 CDG-LAX which had to return to Paris, GFKQ brought me back to MUC that evening.
- Airbus A340-313E (Singapore Als), 9V-SJE, msn 149
9V-SJE was surprisingly used on a DPS-SIN flight in 1997, as a replacement for the usual A313. After only few years of service with SIA the aircraft left the fleet early this year and is now flying with Khalifa. Soon all the A340-300 will be history for SIA.
- Boeing 737-430 (Lufthansa), D-ABKC Straubing, msn 2323
D-ABKC was one of only seven B737-400 ever operated by Lufthansa for a couple of years, mainly used on the so-called Lufthansa Express domestic routes. Today the plane is operated by Air One.
- Boeing 747-367 (Cathay Pacific), B-HON, msn 709
B-HON was one of the last B747-300 built, its year of construction was 1988. B-HON was the only B747-300 in Cathay’s fleet which already had features from the B747-400, the reason why it was stored longer than its sisterships. It currently is being prepared for PIA. I had B-HON on a HKG-BKK flight in 1997, when it was already equipped with a new cabin and PTVs in Economy!
- Boeing 747-430 (Lufthansa), D-ABVA Berlin, msn 723
D-ABVA Berlin is Lufthansa’s flagship, it was the first B747-400 being delivered to the airline in May 1989. The plane brought me back to FRA from LAX in 1995.
- Boeing 747-430 (Lufthansa), D-ABVB Bonn, msn 700
D-ABVB is the oldest B747-400 in active airline service. It is the only B747-400 which was officially constructed in 1988, however it was not the first B747-400 flying. D-ABVB flew me to LAX for the first time in 1994.
- Boeing 747-48E(M) (Air Namibia), V5-NMA Welwitschia, msn 1131
V5-NMA is the only B747-400 ever operated by Air Namibia. I once booked the famous same-day roundtrip FRA-LHR-FRA and was allowed to spend the whole return flight in the cockpit. That fine aircraft will soon leave the fleet and be replaced by smaller equipment.
- Boeing 777-236 (British Airways), G-ZZZC Rendezvous cls, msn 015
G-ZZZC was the first B777 being delivered to British Airways in November 1995. I had that aircraft on a flight to Dubai in 1999 when it was still painted in the stunning Rendezvous livery.
Beside the aircraft listed in detail other rare aircraft were Air France B747-100, Northwest DC-10-40, Iberia DC-9-34 and Iberia B727-200 (A).
Special liveries? Never. But I was close…one day I was booked on CX253, a HKG-LHR flight, and guess what: CX251, the other flight was operated by B-HOX (Spirit of Hong Kong)…I was not amused I can tell.
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