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
Photo © Radial360 - Iberian Spotters
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]