Air India's last three remaining Boeing 747-237B Classics have been removed from all scheduled international flights during the Winter 2004 schedule.
The aircraft will be retained as hot spares for the Boeing 747-337M Combis however and for Hajj charters as well as Delhi fog shuttles in December/January.
In the meanwhile though, the final planned scheduled international flights with these aircraft will occur in the upcoming weeks to Frankfurt, Tokyo and Bangkok - all in substitution for a Boeing 747-337M Combi that will be undergoing scheduled maintenance.
Frankfurt : The 742 will operate AI
165 of October 1 BOM-DEL-FRA
arriving Frankfurt at 1130hrs and departing at 1400hrs.
Bangkok : The 742 will operate AI
302/305 of September 28 and October 5 BOM-DEL-BKK
vv, arriving BKK
at 2305 hrs through 0015 hrs on September 28/29 and October 5/6 and again 1610 hrs through 1720 hrs on September 29 and October 6.
Tokyo : The 742 will operate AI
302 of September 28 and October 5 BOM-DEL-BKK
as well as AI
308 of October 2 BOM-DEL-NRT
, in all cases arriving Tokyo at 0800hrs and departing at 1200hrs.
Spotters in these cities should keep an eye out for their likely last ever glimpse of these venerable workhorses.
"The A340-300 may boast a long range, but the A340 is underpowered" -- Robert Milton, CEO - Air Canada