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Air India 747 VT-EDU

Wed Sep 29, 2004 3:02 am

Folks,

Is the above 747 still in service with AIC ?

It was reported a good few years ago as withdrawn from use in an Aviation Letter magazine but I see other sources quote it as having been returned to service.

There are no photo's of it in the database for the past 6 years.

Can anyone tell me the dates when it was withdrawn from use and returned etc, and its final pwfu date please?

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RE: Air India 747 VT-EDU

Wed Sep 29, 2004 4:20 am

VT-EDU was wfu in late 1999.

Sale was completed to an un-named US-based buyer in May 2000, registration was cancelled and aircraft exported as of June 2000.

For full details about every aircraft operated by Air India - visit http://www.airwhiners.net/whine_cheez/20040726.htm

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RE: Air India 747 VT-EDU

Thu Sep 30, 2004 11:26 am

Thanks for the interesting link, SR_103. I was interested to see that Boeing 747-237 VT-EFU, Krishna Deva Raya, listed as "stored 2003, Mumbai."

I flew on this wonderful plane back in 1991. Does anyone know the current status of this aircraft - will he fly again?
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RE: Air India 747 VT-EDU

Thu Sep 30, 2004 11:58 am

Does anyone know the current status of this aircraft - will he fly again?

VT-EFU has been stripped of engines and parked on the Kalina-side maintenance ramp at BOM since January 2003, so unless there is a miracle of sorts she will not fly again. She is probably being cannibalized for parts to keep the other 3 flying, even though they will also be gone after Hajj season.
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RE: Air India 747 VT-EDU

Thu Sep 30, 2004 9:28 pm

even though they will also be gone after Hajj season

I thought they will be retained exactly for this purpose inter alia. So will tehy be sold, cannibalized, made VVIPs or gifted to post-Taliban Afghanistan??
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RE: Air India 747 VT-EDU

Fri Oct 01, 2004 1:17 am

I saw KDR day before yesterday sitting without engines on the Kalina side. Just can digest that I wont be seeing the 742s of AI on scheduled services in the Winter schedule. I have spent countless Friday/Saturday evenings through the 80s and 90s sitting at the viewing gallery at CCU (and later at the tarmac and runway side when I had my CCU airport pass) just to see them land and take off enroute to BKK/NRT on Fridays and then back to BOM on Saturdays. Freaked on their rotating red-lights. My most memorable event was driving an IC tractor on the tarmac at CCU, going off the assigned track for ramp vehicles and landing up right in front of a taxying AI 742 which promptly stopped and flashed its nosegear lights at me. AI security wasn't amused, AAI wasn't amused, IC wasn't amused and of course my experience wasn't entirely pleasant.

THE KINGS ARE RETIRING...
LONG LIVE THE KINGS.

Dedicated to Their Majesties Samudragupta, Mahendra Varman, Harsha Vardhana and Krishna Deva Raya.

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RE: Air India 747 VT-EDU

Fri Oct 01, 2004 3:37 am

THE KINGS ARE RETIRING...
LONG LIVE THE KINGS.

Dedicated to Their Majesties Samudragupta, Mahendra Varman, Harsha Vardhana and Krishna Deva Raya.


Well said. The classics were beauties. Wouldn't it be nice to save some souvenirs from these aircraft before they hit the scrap metal heap?

I thought the viewing gallery at CCU was closed down. Unfortunately, I never caught sight of one of these birds at CCU...

 
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RE: Air India 747 VT-EDU

Fri Oct 01, 2004 3:11 pm

thought the viewing gallery at CCU was closed down.

Effective 12SEP01.

rgds//Vimanav
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RE: Air India 747 VT-EDU

Fri Oct 01, 2004 3:25 pm

THE KINGS ARE RETIRING... LONG LIVE THE KINGS. Dedicated to Their Majesties Samudragupta, Mahendra Varman, Harsha Vardhana and Krishna Deva Raya.

I wrote this piece almost 5 years ago when Shahjehan and Rajendra Chola were retired from the fleet, but it is just as applicable to the foursome of remaining Emperors.

A few days ago, my dad informed me that Air India's two oldest surviving 747-200s (VT-EBE : Emperor Shahjehan and VT-EBN : Emperor Rajendra Chola) had made their last flights to an aircraft graveyard.

As of July 19 2000, both these noble aircraft no more. For years I had dreaded this day, but now that their fate was no longer just a hypothetical future event, I burst into uncontrollable sobs on reading about their final demise.

To a plane-crazy child growing up in the 1980s, these aircraft were more than just flying machines. They became members of the family, their names being just as familiar to me as those of my cousins.

They symbolized a perfect mix between the exotic and the familiar. Whenever I felt homesick, I could look across a rain swept tarmac in Bangkok or Frankfurt or Nairobi and feel warm and fuzzy inside just watching them taxi around under the power of their huge JT9D engines.

They were present for many of what I then considered to be the major events in my life : my first flight alone, my first glass of champagne, my first ride on a jumpseat, my first experience of runway 13 at Kai-Tak, my first emergency landing. I experienced every emotion that a child knew of from aboard their seats.

They showed me the world and played a huge role in making me the person I am today. It hurts to think of them lying in rusty heaps of metal under the unforgiving tropical sun.

Farewell, my dear old friends. You will be sorely missed, but the millions of memories you have provided me shall live on forever. Even though you may never fly again, you will always soar through the clouds in my heart and in my dreams.
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RE: Air India 747 VT-EDU

Fri Oct 01, 2004 9:42 pm

According to airfleets.net it says that the aircraft is currently stored. http://www.airfleets.net/recherche/index.php?file=rechregis

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