Concerning the B747-200 :
F-BPVY is already stored at XCR (Vatry) since she operated her last commercial flight on August 30th ATH-PARIS, bringing back home the French delegation for the Olympic games.
F-GCBA will be retired on Nov.8th
F-GCBB will be retired on Dec.13th
F-GCBI will leave the fleet in March 2005
F-GCBJ will leave the fleet in April 2005.
3 B744 will be based at ORY in replacement to operate the flights, mostly to RUN.
Second hand B744 will probably be bought and added to the fleet.
The 4 B743 will remain in service exclusively on the flights to/from ORY to/from PTP/FDF, pending the delivery of the "new" B744.
Concerning the cargo fleet, a new B747-400 ERF (F-GIUE) will be delivered in 2005.
The first (out of 8 a/c) B747-200F (F-BPVZ) will leave the fleet in 2006. The seven remaining a/c should all be retired by 2009 and replaced by B747-400 PAX converted into freighters (not coming from the present fleet of AF or KL but also second hand a/c).
AF is also considering to add B777 Freighters and/or A330 F.
Air France is an early operator of the B747. The first aircraft, a B747-100 F-BPVA vas delivered on April 9th 1970 and started her services on june 3rd on the ORY-JFK route.
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Photo © Jeamourra Franck
After Concorde last year, the retirement of the B747 "classic" is a page of another glory of the 70's that is turned by AF...
PS : Thanx to Chris/BOS & Alex/CDG