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DC8 Flights?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 5:00 am

Where can you still catch a ride on a DC8 as a passenger? I know that the airlines don't operate them here in the US but, what about other countries.
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RE: DC8 Flights?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 5:08 am

As far as I know, no airlines anywhere in the world offer passenger flights on this legendary aircraft, but I hope I'm wrong. ATI, Air Transport International, was considering using one of its -CF 'eights for passenger charter flights, but to my knowledge, this plan never came to be. Does anyone know whether the French Armee de l'Aire still carries personnel on its -72s?
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RE: DC8 Flights?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 5:14 am


French government DC-8 was here in Basel-Mulhouse today, coming in from Rabat and going to Paris CDG.

So yes, they are still flying!

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RE: DC8 Flights?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 9:22 am

According to ATI's website, they still offer charters using their DC-8-62 Combis. From their site:

"Combi" Services
ATI combination passenger/cargo "combi" aircraft are specially designed to accommodate not only important cargo, but also the most valuable payload of all - passengers.

With the only DC8-62 "combi" fleet in the world, ATI has the ability to simultaneously transport 32 passengers and 10 pallet positions of freight on the main deck, but in distinctly separate areas of the aircraft. There is also below-deck capacity for baggage or additional cargo. These aircraft are truly exceptional because they are the only DC8's in the world that are FAA approved to operate in this configuration.

The passenger area has a similar design to that of standard passenger aircraft. Our DC8's are complete with overhead storage, lavatories and galleys capable of serving hot or cold meals with beverages ranging from a light snack to a multi-course meal. The 10 position cargo compartment is in a fully operational standard upper deck configuration, with a ball mat and roller system to enable FAA approved pallets to be loaded through the large upper deck main cargo door.

In addition to having a uniquely functional design, ATI's "combi" aircraft meet U.S. FAA Stage Three/ICAO Chapter Three noise regulations worldwide. The long range full capacity of ATI's DC8 "combi" aircraft allows us to operate over 4,000 miles non-stop, even with a full load of passengers, baggage and cargo.

ATI not only offers the best in convenience and flexibility, but passenger service as well. ATI's friendly and service-oriented flight attendants are dedicated to making your flight the best it can be. ATI offers a low passenger to flight attendant ratio, in-flight movie options, hot or cold meals and individual, personalized service on every flight.
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RE: DC8 Flights?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 9:31 am

The problem with ATI though is they don't fly on flights for which you can buy a ticket (either with the airline or with a travel organisation) it will cost at least $20.000 to rent the DC-8 even for a short flight so the only people who might ever enjoy a DC-8 flight is staff on government/military/VIP flights
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RE: DC8 Flights?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 9:52 am

Maybe if there are enough crazy members out there that want to fly on a DC-8, we could all get together and charter it!
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RE: DC8 Flights?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 2:28 pm

hell id put $20 in the pot for a ride...

What could possibly go wrong?
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RE: DC8 Flights?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 5:03 pm could always pack yourself in a box in hopes of getting on one of the ATI DC-8s. Unfortunately, you probably won't get any closer than the perimeter fence at TOL, but who knows. Maybe in 2005 BAX will have one of those over on the static ramp for the air show in TOL - instead of their typical DC-8-70 static display.