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Keeping B743?

Sun Sep 21, 2003 7:53 am

It seems that airlines like Qantas,Air India,Saudi Arabian,Egyptair,Corsair have talked about replacing there B743 and yet they keep using them and continue on. Non of them put a solid official replacement for them. Just words and talk so far. Are the B743 more profitable than the B744 that they're keeping them? Or is it just they finished payments on the b743s and they tend to use them until the they scream:D?

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RE: Keeping B743?

Sun Sep 21, 2003 8:52 am

The 744 is more economical (especially in terms of fuel consumption) than the 743. The range of the 744 is also much longer than the range of the 743. Don't forget than the 743 is a just a heavier variant of the 742...

I think most of the airlines still using the 743 just keep on flying them as they have finished all the payments . It's a perfect a/c in a high density / charter configuration for tourists destinations on flights up to 8 or 9 hours.

Air France, for example, operates its fours 747-300, former -Combi inherited from UTA in a 22J/485Y configuration on its flights to the French overseas department of Guadeloupe and Martinique, FDF and PTP from Paris-ORY/CDG exclusively.

These 4 aircrafts (F-GETA/TB and F-BTDG/DH ) should be replaced within the next 3 years by B744, after the new B773 will take over the present 744 routes (NRT, MIA, JFK etc... )
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RE: Keeping B743?

Sun Sep 21, 2003 10:16 am

QF has stated that the 743 will be in the fleet for a long time -- they are starting to install PTVs throughout their 747 fleet.

I flew the 743s from HNL-SYD - 10 hrs.

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RE: Keeping B743?

Mon Sep 22, 2003 1:19 am

Why would an airline want to replace an aircraft that perfectly does its duties when the market prices are low, that is constructed to give 25 years + of sterling service and possible airlines are rare that would take them secondhand?

The QF modifications make it apparent that the airline wants to keep them for some time still. QFs last 742s were retired at an age of 24. Assuming QF wants to operate the 743s also until they reach final retirement time you´ll see them in the air until around 2010.

Egyptair is said to replace the two 743s they have quite soon. Recently they announced plans to dump them together with the pretty young 777s! These two Combis are quite young (15 years old) and will certainly find a buyer.

Corsair will start replacing their 20 year old 743s with secondhand 744s from next year on. They are high hour aircraft so probably bound for the boneyards.

Saudi Arabians 43s again will still see many years of service. Many of them fly on the "guest" workers shuttle in the Orient like the older 741s do that are also still serving after around 23 years flying for Saudia.

Air India two Combis have a high chance to fly many years on still.