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Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 8:11 am

Hello!

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
Avianca -200's
Varig -300's and -400's
Viasa -200's
Tap -200'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!

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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 10:19 am

Alitalia had -100's and 200's. In my opinion, the AZ 742's were the finest looking birds in the sky. Shame they went way of the desert.

TWA had 747's for almost 30 years before replacing them with 763's on Euro routes...

Olympic had 747's only to be replaced by A340's.

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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 10:26 am

American, America West, and Continental as well...

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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 10:36 am

Olympic airlines used to have 747's

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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 10:56 am

A few other operators that have phased out 747s:

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This does not include 747s of airlines taken over/merged etc., such as TWA.
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 11:07 am

Right on Leo, truly the golden days; long gone by now...I'm just as saddened about it as you: less airlines/less variety of airplanes  Crying

Can't believe Condor operated 74s, a far cry from the 757s they have flying transatlantic now to the US!?! I miss those SAS, Olympic, and Swissair 74s especially, because I remember seeing them at ORD when I was little, flying for perhaps my second or third time, on an Austrian A310 in 92 and on a Swissair 743--that's another bird I miss--Austrian doesn't even fly to ORD anymore and the Swissair 743s are long gone. Oh well, I'm gonna stop now, I'm rambling and reminiscing now...  Sad


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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 11:11 am

United Airlines is disposing its 747s fast! Its a shame, they are some of the prettiest in the air....

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Wed Oct 08, 2003 11:16 am


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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 11:19 am

Flyingchoirboy - I believe UA is starting use more 744's. Attractive lease prices has the Jumbo back in higher frequency. In fact, the 744 is replacing some 777 services.
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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 11:42 am

Didn't Eastern have 747's??
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 11:49 am

And those two.


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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 11:52 am

Eastern sure did use the B747!


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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 2:33 pm

"Aer Lingus is now an all Airbus customer"

Not really true.
It is true that their 747's were replaced by A330's many moons ago.
It is true that their intent is to buy more Airbuses for intra european serVices but EI currently operate B737's and B Ae 146's.

The latter should be gone soon.
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 3:04 pm

i loved it when edwin edwards (corrupt louisiana governor) would charter an air france 747 or two for gambling junkets to monte carlo. i know AF is still flying 400's but two 200's parked was quite a sight for a local boy at new orleans.
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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 3:10 pm

Don;t forget Continental Micronesia -200
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 3:13 pm

Not to forget...

Sabena - operated two B747-100's, a few leased -200's and finally three -300's with the -300's replacing the older versions. They were withdrawn from service in 1999 or 2000.

MEA - Middle East Airlines bought a few (3?) -200B's during the glory days of the 1970's. Unfortunately, soon afterwards the decade-long civil war in Lebanon started and the 747's were leased out to other operators. After a brief period of operation in their own colors during the 1990's, MEA retired them a few years ago.


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Wed Oct 08, 2003 3:39 pm

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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 3:44 pm

AH was only for high peek summer period. It was often a leasing from Avianca, CP or even Aer Lingus. They still use the 747 from Air Atlanta in the Summer season
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 3:48 pm

AH was only for high peek summer period. It was often a leasing from Avianca, CP or even Aer Lingus. They still use the 747 from Air Atlanta in the Summer season

I did not know that, thanks for the info  Smile
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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 3:57 pm

British Caledonian B747-200's


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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 4:01 pm

Found this interesting!

An Aer Lingus/Air Jamaica B747-100!

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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 4:02 pm

No Problem Dragon  Big grin

here some forgoten airlines :


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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 4:02 pm

Found this interesting!

An Aer Lingus/Air Jamaica B747-100!


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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 4:09 pm

Yes interesting, the same plane flew for AH. But i have no picture.
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 5:17 pm

The main reason why so many airlines once flew 747s that don´t do so anymore is the fact that in the arly 70s there was no real alternative if you needed something bigger than the 707 or DC-8 and wanted to be among the top set of airlines. The DC-10 joining the market less than 2 years later was only second choice from the start.
Many airlines (National, Eastern, Delta to name just a few) were hard hit by the oil crisis of the early 70s that tripled (?) fuel prices. For many airlines the 747 was too big from the start. Sabena turned their two 741s into Combis, other leased them out like Aer Lingus.
Then there´s a bunch of airlines that tried to "jump the queue" upwards by introducing 747s (America West for example).
And the ones that needed big jets for just some boom times.
Or National carriers that suffered from local economic crisis and so on. Like Avianca. Like MEA. Like Varig.
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Wed Oct 08, 2003 10:16 pm

Also Air Lanka now SriLankan used to operate the B747-200 on flights from Colombo to London,Frankfurt,Dubai,Singapore and probably others too.


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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Thu Oct 09, 2003 1:07 am

Na:

True. Few options back then!! But that gave us a glimpse of 747's on airlines we might never see again!!

Sad indeed!

Well, thank you everyone for your contributions! Made me realize I was missing a lot like Swissair, Caledonian, SAS, etc.

And also made me see airlines that I never thought have had a 747 like Air Jamaica or Air Algerie. Weird!

See you all!

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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Thu Oct 09, 2003 1:57 am

Don't forget FedEx. True, their 747s were carry-overs from Flying Tigers, but FedEx did painted them them in their own colors even tho it was for just a short time. BTW, the America West 747s were ex-KLM -206s. World Airways also had 747s at one time as well. Regards.
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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Thu Oct 09, 2003 2:06 am

FYI Fedex only had one 747F painted in its violet livery, N631FE. The converted freighters inherited where sold off quickly after the merger, while most of the pure freighters were operated for 5 or 6 years in a lukewarm hybrid livery, silver with violet tail and big "Federal Express" titles where once "Flying Tigers" was.
Strange if you think that these aircraft were the fleet flagships...
 
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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Thu Oct 09, 2003 3:04 am

Some obvious ones from airlines still in business:


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RE: Airlines That Have Disposed Of The 747

Thu Oct 09, 2003 3:17 am

The Hawaii Express! lol They are out of business now, the 747 went on to AZ.


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Another thing, regarding the who still flies 741s, I think Orient Thai does. Maybe we will see them on the west coast soon, they claimed they hoped to start services.


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