One aircraft, F-BTDG, has already been retired from service. It was ferried to XCR (Châlons / Vatry ) last June 29th and will be scrapped.
The career of F-BTDH is acutally ironically extended by the tragedy in Lebanon :
The aircraft left its Paris-Orly base for CDG, from where it is used to operate the evacuations flights LCA-CDG for people escaping Lebanon ...
After this last humanitary mission achieved, It will be retired from service and scrapped.
The Air France titles and colorscheme has already been withdrawn from the last two B747-300 F-GETA and F-GETB, though they are still used by AF to operate a Daily ORY-FDF-ORY, and additionnal domestic flights for the summer season.
When a 4th replacement B773ER will be delivered in the comming days, they will fly away to their new owner, somewhere in the US ...
Photo © Philippe Noret - AirTeamimages
msn 518. It was originally a B747-200 Combi, delivered to UTA on April 23rd
Photo © John Kelly
Its upper deck was stretched to convert it into a B743 or more precisely a B747-200SUD in September 1989.
It has the particularlity to be briefly used by UTA as -Combi, carrying 11 palets, instead of the standard 7. The Cargo section starts at the Door 3, and not Door 4 like on all others -Combi, as shown on this picture :
Photo © JetPix
Only the green painted doors can be used for PAX operations (normal or emergengy).
msn 521. like its "sistership" F-BTDG, It was originally a B747-200 Combi, delivered to UTA in May 1981, and converted into a -300 (or -200SUD) in 1989.
Photo © Guillaume N
msn 632. delivered to UTA in January 1986. It's a "real" B747-300 Combi, used as such by UTA, but also as an All-PAX aircraft. It was used on the South-East Asian routes with the "Big Boss" nick name, as opposed to SQ's "Big Top"..
Photo © Frank Schaefer
Photo © Passet Laurent
msn 641. Delivered to UTA in April 1986. It's UTA's second "real" B747-300 "Big Boss", fitted like the three others with a SCD.
It was transferred to UTA's 100% subsidiary charter division "Aéromaritime" in October 1988.
Photo © Bill Blanchard - AirTeamImages
Photo © Orrico emmanuel
F-BTDG, F-BTDH, F-GETA, F-GETB were all transferred to Air France when UTA was fully integrated to AF in 1992.
Briefly used on AF's long-haul network, They were soon reconfigured into an all-PAX aircraft (22 J / 60 S "Alizée" Premium Economy at the upper deck, 425 M Tempo Vacances) to be used exclusively on the Carribean AF's network.
During the last past 5 years, they were based at Orly Airport and operated almost only on the FDF & PTP routes.