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Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:17 am

Looking through some old photos in the database made me wonder:

Major airlines of the world that used the 707 (including British, TWA, A^A, Avianca, etc.) used the 707 pax version until...when? What major used them to the longest extent into the 1980s? I know there were smaller airlines that flew them well into the 1990s...but I'm wondering more about worldy-recognized airlines. I know, there is a gray area here...just use your best judgement.


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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:19 am

I know Lufthansa flew them from 1960 till at least 1984 in the passenger version. I flew from JFK to FRA on one in July/August 1984 with my family.
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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:21 am

Qantas used the 707-138 (and B version) from 1959... and the 707-338C up until 1979. Most airlines were retiring them around the end of the 1970s or the very early 1980s.

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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:30 am

Both TWA and Pan Am used their domestically until the early 1980's.

I'm not sure of the exact day, but I remember it made NBC news when TWA fles their last 707 flight, JFK-MIA. Some of the passengers had no idea what kind of plane they were on, others were a bit nostalgic and remembered the history of the aircraft.

Pan Am's last 707 flight was a charter flight, N881PA, on January 26, 1981, MSY-PHL. One last flight of a Pan Am 707 flight occured with N880PA, on October 26, 1983, as "Clipper America" flew New York and Le Bourget airport on the 25th anniversary of the first Pan Am transatlantic jet flight. Pan Am even managed to locate a few of the passengers from that original flight to celebrate that milestone. Sadly, the 707-121 that performed that first flight, N711PA had already been scrapped by that time.

Avianca was operating 707's into the early 1990's. Sadly, an ex-Pan Am model crashed on approach to JFK after running out of fuel.
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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until.

Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:41 am

TWA's final 707 flight was on October 30, 1983 routing SFO-MIA-JFK. There are several pics in the database of it.

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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:45 am

Iran Air used its planes until a couple of years back. SAHA (IRZ) still uses them on THR-KIH-THR and THR-MHD-THR routes.
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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:32 am

Aer Lingus operated EI-ASO until 1986 iirc in a passenger configuration.
 
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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:44 am

AI got their first of 11 707's in either 1960 or 1961 (not too sure...). The last one's were retired in 1986....
 
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Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:06 am

MEA operated their 707 and 720 until the late 90's.


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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:19 am

Most US airlines along with many airlines around the world started to phase out 707s during the 1970s oil crisis. With the jump in cost of fuel, the older and less efficient 707s were being phased out especially on international routes in favour of the much more efficient DC10s, L1011s and 747s. Also 727s, 737s and DC9s were operating domestically.

The last straw for commercial service with teh 707 was the 767. It was a perfect replacement as it had a little bit more range and a little bit more capacity. It was also somewhere around 20% more efficient and could fly transcons successfuly as well as be able to make it nonstop to Europe. Also the economic downturn of the early 80s resulted in less demand for aviation which caused withdrawl of the least efficient planes.
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Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:25 am

Also add the fact that a large number of 707's where aquired by the USAF flown out to DM and where parted out for their engines, rudders H-sabs and landing geat to support KC-135 operations.
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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:31 am

The last passenger flight by a BA owned 707 was in March 1984. It was made by G-AXXY (c/n 20457) operating for subsidiary British Airtours:

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Another BA 707, G-AXGX (c/n 20375) was wet leased to the Qatar government in May 1981. In July 1984 the Qatar government purchased this aircraft and reregistered it as A7-AAC. It was subsequently still operated for the Qatar government by BA crews but I do not think we can count this as being 'used by a major airline' (or can we?):

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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:08 am

My first ever commercial flight was on the 707 from DTW to LAX via ORD back in 1977! Came back non stop from LAX to DTW and a DC10 what a world of difference. Never flew a 707 except that one time. Closest I came was a strecth DC8 on UA from ORD to DTW and WOW was that one long plane.
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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:53 pm

I flew on several 707's in the 1980's, including LA's 707-321B [ex-PA] in 1983, AV's 707-359B in 1984, LB's 707 in 1985 and and PU's 707-387B [ex-AR] in 1989.

All of these carriers have replaced their 707's with 767-300ER's. In fact, LA operates the largest fleet of 767-300ER's in Latin America and announced an order for additional 767-316ER's last August.
 
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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:09 pm

The Iranian Oil Price Shock of 1979-1980 pushed the majors to retire their DC-8's and B-707's, even those equipped with JT-3D turbofans quite rapidly. American grounded about 75 of their aircraft in one schedule change. As reported above, TWA was the last US major to fly the 707, and that was because they had to wait for MDD to deliver MD-82/83's to replace them. Most of the 707's were flown to Waco, TX and used to re-engine the KC-135's replacing the water injected J-57's.
 
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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:13 pm

I think PIA used them until the mid 80's.

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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:33 pm

Quoting Gr8Circle (Reply 7):
AI got their first of 11 707's in either 1960 or 1961 (not too sure...). The last one's were retired in 1986....

AI received its first B707-437 on Feb 21st 1960 and the last flight was on Oct 21st 1986. It operated on BOM-Harare-BOM sector.



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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:53 pm

I remember "T-Dubs" 707's in TPA in the early '80's. And I remember----the last "pure-jet" 707 I ever saw was also TW. I stopped to watch it take off----so glad I took the time.
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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:30 pm

Quoting Himmat01 (Reply 16):
AI received its first B707-437 on Feb 21st 1960 and the last flight was on Oct 21st 1986. It operated on BOM-Harare-BOM sector.

Thanks for those dates  smile  .....

Just to add a small snippet - in 1962, AI became the first all jet airline in the world (that's the year in which they retired all their Super Connies) - they had a '707 only' fleet for the better part of the 60's - till they got the first 747 in 1971.....

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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:03 am

Air France, one of the earliest (Nov.1959) and biggest operator of the B707 used them until the early 80s (1982).
They were used again another 2 or 3 years by AF's charter division "Air Charter" and then converted into freighters.


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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:24 am

Well it's not what you asked but, This Columbian Airforce 707 has flown quit a few charters into FLL this year.


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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:08 am

1st class response...thanks guys.

Interesting to see no specifics on A^A. I remember seeing some 707Freighters around in the 1980s I believe...but what year was the pax version done for?

And Continental...what was their last year?
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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:00 am

Quoting DIA (Reply 21):
Interesting to see no specifics on A^A. I remember seeing some 707Freighters around in the 1980s I believe...but what year was the pax version done for?

AA announced in Nov. 1980 that they would retire all 67 707 in the fleet incl. 9 Freighters by Oct. 1981. From the book "The American Eagle" p. 166. They picked up 15 727-200 from BN as an interm measure as the 767's were not yet being delivered. Also states AA increased capacity on their existing fleet to augment 707's retirement.

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Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:28 am

Quoting Vegasplanes (Reply 22):
AA announced in Nov. 1980 that they would retire all 67 707 in the fleet incl. 9 Freighters by Oct. 1981. From the book "The American Eagle" p. 166. They picked up 15 727-200 from BN as an interm measure as the 767's were not yet being delivered. Also states AA increased capacity on their existing fleet to augment 707's retirement.

Wow! The first and last time I flew on an AA 707 was in May 1980....and the aircraft was sooooo neat, clean and a smoooooth flight....although very short from IAD to JFK

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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:51 pm

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 3):
Pan Am's last 707 flight was a charter flight, N881PA, on January 26, 1981, MSY-PHL

A Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl charter flight.

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 3):
Avianca was operating 707's into the early 1990's. Sadly, an ex-Pan Am model crashed on approach to JFK after running out of fuel.

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Quoting Milesrich (Reply 14):
Most of the 707's were flown to Waco, TX and used to re-engine the KC-135's replacing the water injected J-57's.

That's actually soemwhat inaccurate. Most, if not all of TWA's 707's were flown to MCI, with a few going to STL for storage, before they were flown to DMA at AMARC for disposal. Most started to arrive in in January of 1983, when the USAF signed the agreement to purchase the fanjet TWA 707's with the last arriving in the spring of 84, with the exception of 8, which were stored at PHL where they were impounded due violations of lease terms while operating for charter carrier Global International Airways. They were later released and sold to the DOD.
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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:30 pm

JAT used their "seven-oh's" across their wide network; from US to Australia.

The last 707 flight was done by 'Golf India', on 31st October 1987, this was also the last 707 to be retired from fleet; re-registered into N152LM.


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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Wed Feb 15, 2006 11:59 pm

Quoting JoKeR (Reply 25):

Yes, I remember 707 and was lucky enough to fly on her in 1986 just little over a year before retirement and now I miss her ever since  cry 

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Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:11 am

BWIA was still using 707s until 1982 I believe... I remember them screaming overhead our house on finals to BGI!


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RE: Major Airlines Used The 707 Pax Version Until...

Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:12 am

Quoting Vegasplanes (Reply 22):
AA announced in Nov. 1980 that they would retire all 67 707 in the fleet incl. 9 Freighters by Oct. 1981.

I believe the last AA flight was late Sept.1981 from BWI to ORD. I my collection of aviation stuff I have a copy of AA's timetable saluting the retiring 707 on the cover.

Had a few 707 flights over the late 70's early 80's..ORD-PHX, PHX-SAN, CLE-BDL.

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Thu Feb 16, 2006 2:08 am

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