It was common in the 1970's, 80's and early 90's to see some airlines with 747's that we will surely never see again flying. It's really a shame for if you look at pictures of such airlines, you can find yourself with 2 thoughts:
1) They looked weird. The C/S of the airline looks weird on a 747
2) Why did such airline had 747 and now it has nothing compared to it in size?
To mention some: American Airlines, America West, Delta Airlines and Continental. They used to have 747-100's, 200's and even SP
's. Of course American had -100's and SP
's, Continental -100's and -200's, Delta -100's for a short period of time and America West also -100's for a very short period.
Can you imagine these airlines now-a-days with 747-400's? I think the only one I can imagine is Continental, which I think is the one that had for more time the 747.
But those aren't all.
Aer Lingus -100's
Lan Chile -200's
Varig -300's and -400's
And of course some others that I can't remember at the time. So, these airlines used it but maybe today it is forgotten.
Aer Lingus is now an all Airbus customer as well as TAP.
Lan Chile went for the A340 and of course the 747-400 would have been to big.
I have no idea why Avianca had 747's. 767 is the biggest airplane today in its fleet. Same happens with Varig that could not maintain their 777's.
Viasa is history.
But, I still think those were the golden days of aviation, long gone now!
A. De Leo W.