744
Topic Author
Posts: 376
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2001 9:21 am

Does AC Fly 747's Anymore?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 3:49 am

Does AC still fly any versions of 747's? Does it only fly A340's/330's/767's longhaul? What about shorthaul?
Rgds,
744
 
Dimsum
Posts: 90
Joined: Fri Jan 14, 2005 8:44 am

RE: Does AC Fly 747's Anymore?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 4:02 am

No, I believe all of the 744s were gone since early last year. Some have been leased to other airlines and converted into full freighters.
 
airbusfanyyz
Posts: 1410
Joined: Tue Oct 29, 2002 1:01 am

RE: Does AC Fly 747's Anymore?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 4:08 am

Actually the last AC 744 flight was on Oct. 30th 2004, not early last year. But yes they are sadly gone, and greatly missed.

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Youri Thonon - Contrails Aviation Photography


Cheers,
Kaz
 
User avatar
yyz717
Posts: 15697
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2001 12:26 pm

RE: Does AC Fly 747's Anymore?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 4:22 am

Yupper....as Kaz said, all gone. They will be missed. AC operated the 747 for 31 years. 5 741's, 3 742 combi's, and 3 744 combi's were operated in all, altho no more than 7 classics were operated at once. All were new-build's except one 742 combi bought from QF. The initial order was for 3 741's. Initial routes included YYZ-LHR/YVR. In 1975, AC even operated the 741 daily into YWG in summer 1975.

AC was the world's first operator of the 742 combi in 1975. The severe recession in 1982 caused AC to park 4 of their 7 747's temporarily.

The peak 747 fleet was 9 aircraft in the early 90's -- 3 741, 3 742, 3 744.

Cheers
Neil
I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
 
AC_B777
Posts: 728
Joined: Sat Aug 19, 2000 5:15 am

RE: Does AC Fly 747's Anymore?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 5:51 am

We also operated 4 744's from the former Canadian Airlines when we merged with them.
These were all pax versions with GE engines unlike our 3 combi's with P&W engines.
In life, some days you are the bug..... some days you are the windshield!
 
User avatar
yyz717
Posts: 15697
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2001 12:26 pm

RE: Does AC Fly 747's Anymore?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 6:00 am

True, I was focused just on the original AC fleet.

 Smile

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
 
Dimsum
Posts: 90
Joined: Fri Jan 14, 2005 8:44 am

RE: Does AC Fly 747's Anymore?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 6:00 am

>Actually the last AC 744 flight was on Oct. 30th 2004, not early last year. But yes they are sadly gone, and greatly missed.<

My mistake, thanks alot for the correction!
I drive by YVR almost everyday and for a while, I saw an AC 744 with the logo and lettering stripped.


The 744 definitely looks great but for some odd reason, I always thought the AC scheme never looked good on it. Anyone agree?
 
ac7e7
Posts: 659
Joined: Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:27 am

RE: Does AC Fly 747's Anymore?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 3:41 pm

I was on the last AC 744 domestic flight YUL-YYZ, as was many A.netters whom I met at the gate. It was a very memorable flight with tours of the flight deck, rear cargo hold, etc.

....ahhh memories....  Smile

I bet the new AC livery would have looked great on them!

-AC7E7
 
nrt1011
Posts: 100
Joined: Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:08 pm

RE: Does AC Fly 747's Anymore?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 3:48 pm

I'm sure I also to catch one of the old 747's on the YYZ-YUL flight (or vica versa) back in the late 70's/early 80's, either a 747-100 or 747-200.

It was always a pleasure not to be on one of the DC-9 or old 727's (I'm a wide-body kind of guy). I'm not sure if it was part of say a YUL-YYZ-LAX flight (I know they used to use an L-1011 on that flight as I caught that a number of times between YYZ-YUL, even as far back as 1977).

I am so glad we will never see one of the AC 747's in that horrid new livery. I can now always gloriously remember them in the previous livery ands the classic one of the 80's
 
User avatar
LAXintl
Posts: 20474
Joined: Wed May 24, 2000 12:12 pm

RE: Does AC Fly 747's Anymore?

Tue Jan 18, 2005 3:57 pm

LAX indeed did see regular Air Canada B747 service off and on during the 80s and 90s.
Initially older B747 classics (along with L-1011s)on the noon'ish YYZ turn around and then in the mid 90s replaced with B744 Combis on the evening YYZ arrival/morning departure with same place service to Europe.
Air Canada Cargo for a while became a significant player in the LA-Europe cargo market offering daily onestop Combi service.

Now we get a multiple daily mix of Airbus narrow body types.

From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
 
LVZXV
Posts: 1729
Joined: Thu Mar 04, 2004 10:03 am

RE: Does AC Fly 747's Anymore?

Wed Jan 19, 2005 1:46 am

Of the former Canadian examples:

C-FBCA (B747-475)

To AR as LV-ALJ 02/04 (1st -400 for the airline).


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Marlo Plate - Iberian Spotters



C-FCRA (B747-475)

To AR as LV-AXF 09/04.


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © BAIRES Aviation Photography



C-FGHZ (B747-4F6)

To PR as RP-C8168 12/03.


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Resocha



C-GMWW (B747-475)

For AR 09/04. Delayed. Parked at MZJ.


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Steve D Hall



AR plan to acquire a total of 4 B747-400s, but it looks as though the last one won't be Canadian.

Regards,

ZXV

How do you say "12 months" in Estonian?
 
Vez
Posts: 79
Joined: Thu Nov 15, 2001 12:13 pm

RE: Does AC Fly 747's Anymore?

Wed Jan 19, 2005 8:31 am

Anyone knows if there is still a 747 parked at Dorval? There was one as late as jan 7th, but when I went on the 4th I saw nothing... where was it then???


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Eric Fortin



 
miles_mechanic
Posts: 132
Joined: Sat Sep 08, 2001 4:30 pm

RE: Does AC Fly 747's Anymore?

Wed Jan 19, 2005 10:20 am

Hey Vez,

I remember seeing a picture on A.net and it stated that the 747 from montreal was being flown to Isreal to be converted to a freighter for China Airlines I think it said, or someone told me that. So it is probably over in Isreal by now.

Regards
Miles
 
N864DA
Posts: 247
Joined: Thu Apr 22, 2004 2:17 pm

RE: Does AC Fly 747's Anymore?

Wed Jan 19, 2005 12:52 pm

Yes, C-GAGN has been flown to TLV as of early in the month. As the photos show, the aircraft has been stripped of all its markings with the exception of the registration, nose, and tail numbers. In the time between its final revenue flight and then it was over in the Air Canada Widebody hangar.

When I was inside the hangar, it was the only aircraft there for maintenance work. I didn't see any external work being done (there was minimal scaffolding and maybe two people other than us in the hangar at the time), but then again, it was the week after Boxing Day, so most of the workers were still on vacation. I actually went inside the aircraft and all the old AC seats are still there and nothing has been done yet to the cargo hold. I did see a maintenance worker inside the cockpit but didn't venture far enough to see exactly what he was doing. Unlike the B762 ship 605 (C-GAUP) that has been sitting idle in (ironically) the Narrowbody hangar, the cockpit of the B744 is still intact. Overall, the aircraft did look flyable with a little less than two weeks before its ferry flight to be converted into an all-freight airliner. It will very much be missed.

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos