IBERIA747
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Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Tue May 10, 2005 4:01 pm

I don't like rumours and the way they can change or the things they can become into, but this time I will pay attention to one of those "rumours".

Last week I was told that Iberia's last Boeing 747-200 (EC-DIB "Cervantes") apparently had been finally retired from service. I talked about it in another recent thread about IB ( a couple days ago) and one of the a.net members who works for IB posted on the same thread that EC-DIB appeared as "on the tarmac" and not "in the hangars" so maybe it was not retired yet.

Today, I saw this picture...read the caption


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This guy sounds pretty sure about what he's saying.

Now here's the question for those who work for Iberia: has "Cervantes" been officially retired? or is this just another rumour?

Thanks a lot.

Btw, if it was retired, I think it deserved at least a small farewell ceremony, as they did when the B727 flew with IB for the last time, being escorted by the Spanish Air Force Acrobatics Team (Patrulla Aguila) on her last landing.

The Boeing 747 has been operated by Iberia for 35 years providing reliable service/performance thus helping IB to keep an outstanding safety record and it's not fair IMO to retire it without properly saying "goodbye".

Yes it is true that IB still flies the B743 and B744, but that's a different story. They don't belong to IB (wet-leased) and I think that the B743s are being flown by Air Atlanta's pilots again (the 744s already are flown by Air Atlanta's pilots).

[Edited 2005-05-10 09:04:00]
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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Tue May 10, 2005 8:41 pm

Last wednesday I was in Madrid and it was active by then.
 
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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Wed May 11, 2005 6:20 am

Quoting Na (Reply 1):
Last wednesday I was in Madrid and it was active by then.

As I said, it is a rumour...nothing has been confirmed yet, and of course, I hope that EC-DIB is still flying.
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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Wed May 11, 2005 7:51 am

Sadly my topic on this which was deleted had lots of photos and contained a list of Iberias B747-200s till this day.

I also do hope EC-DIB is still flying but it deserves a break!
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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Wed May 11, 2005 7:53 am

God, if Iberia dares take the 747 Classic out quietly I would get very very angry at them!! Bloody fools they would be!
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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Wed May 11, 2005 6:38 pm

I'll be flying out of MAD tomorrow/Thursday and will look around for it; will post my findings, or lack thereof, by Friday.


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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Wed May 11, 2005 7:08 pm

Quoting IBERIA747 (Thread starter):
Today, I saw this picture...read the caption



Quoting IBERIA747 (Thread starter):
This guy sounds pretty sure about what he's saying

If this photo was really taken on May 1st, then the caption is incorrect: EC-DIB's last flight out of MAD was on May 2nd as IB0952 MAD-TFN, then went tech at TFN and flew back to MAD on the 3rd with no passengers on board. Since then, it is parked (#51) here at MAD. Retired? I can't tell. EC-DIA was also on the tarmac for a few days before going to La Muñoza.
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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Fri May 13, 2005 12:24 am

It will be another chapter of its history.

Many things have change in the last years. In 2006 with the T4 open, we will see the 742 photos really outdated.

Maybe the next Cervantes is an A380

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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Fri May 13, 2005 2:25 am

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 3):
Sadly my topic on this which was deleted had lots of photos and contained a list of Iberias B747-200s till this day

Yes I enjoyed seeing some of those pics, but you put way too many and it was total killing for my dial-up connection.. Anyways why was the thread deleted?

The 747-200 operated to Miami for about 3 straight days (last week if I'm not mistaken), then it was replaced by the A346 for a few days and then the 743.
 
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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Fri May 13, 2005 2:31 am

When I'd frequent MIA from 95-01, I'd frequently see "Cervantes" I have several pics of it. Seems like that was the only 742 they brought into MIA.
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IBERIA747
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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Fri May 13, 2005 4:17 am

Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 8):
Anyways why was the thread deleted?

I think it was deleted because the subject was exactly the same, only that his thread started about 9 hours later than this one.
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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Fri May 13, 2005 6:05 am

Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 8):
The 747-200 operated to Miami for about 3 straight days (last week if I'm not mistaken), then it was replaced by the A346 for a few days and then the 743.

I got to see one of their A346s fly over my house on downwind for Runway 8R on Sunday, which was the first time I'd ever seen an Airbus 340-600 in real life. Coincidentally, that was my birthday, and I got a model A346 in IB colours as a present.  Smile
 
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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Fri May 13, 2005 6:08 am

I had not seen IBERIA747s post.

I would expect Iberia to put something on their site when EC-DIB was retired and I checked yesterday and nothing.
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IBERIA747
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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Fri May 13, 2005 6:30 am

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 12):
I had not seen IBERIA747s post.

No problem Gordon...it happens to everybody
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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Fri May 13, 2005 11:18 am

DIB was parked on the hardstand at MAD between the A and B gates, where it normally seems to be, this morning (12/5). It did not appear to have an imminent flight; there were no ground vehicles attending to it. But...it looked like it could be made ready...

Had a very good view from my departure gate (A6) on pushback and taxi-out...

I also had a good view of the IB hangar facilities upon takeoff (the big ones that are away from the terminal; not the ones between the existing and new terminals). There appear to be 4 742s there (outside) - 2 look pretty complete and 2 look like they are missing engines, etc.

1 of the 743s was on an adjacent gate. The other looked like it was inside the hangar (the one just past Terminal 3). Didn't spot the 744s...


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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Fri May 13, 2005 12:40 pm

Sad to hear the retirement of the classics. Flew on EC-GAG (IB's first 742 back in 2002 and wonderful experience)...hopefully IB will introduce a few more 744's into the fleet to compliment the A346's.
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RE: Iberia's Last B747-200 "EC-DIB" Finally Retired?

Sun May 15, 2005 7:02 am

From Friday the 13th EC-DIB is in the hangar number 6 (La Muñoza). Retired or waiting for a last flight? We'll see.
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