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CO - Last Time 747 In Service

Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:40 pm

Does anyone have the date when the last CO 747 was flown for commercial service? I recall it was sometime in the 90's but not sure of the exact date..

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RE: CO - Last Time 747 In Service

Sun Dec 17, 2006 12:16 am

Found on the CO website, looks March 1999 they were done.

HOUSTON, March 2, 1999 -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAI.B and CAI.A) retires its last Boeing 747 and last 737-200 this week, as it moves closer to having the youngest domestic jet fleet in the U.S. airline industry. The 737-200 retirement is part of Continental’s fleet rejuvenation program and the 747 exit is part of a reduction in Pacific capacity.
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RE: CO - Last Time 747 In Service

Sun Dec 17, 2006 12:58 am

I remembered seeing them park @ MHV for the longest time over by the animal hospital.There used to be a dumpster there you could climb on and get nice shots of the scrapping area there.Sadly,the area has moved.
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RE: CO - Last Time 747 In Service

Sun Dec 17, 2006 6:26 am

Continental ended 747 service in 1999. The last few examples operated almost exclusively in the Micronesia route network, including service to and from Tokyo.

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RE: CO - Last Time 747 In Service

Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:56 am

Yes they had Continental Micronesia Titles and Flew GUM-NRT, NRT-HNL, HNL-GUM..until Parked
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RE: CO - Last Time 747 In Service

Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:13 am

They ran LAX-HNL, now and again too. I think it was really just MX rotations, but they did 'em with pax. Very briefly in the late 90s we added a 4th 742 and ran GUM-NGO with it. It must have been over-kill since it only lasted one summer!

There was a plan to return them to mainline CO, flying EWR/IAH-CDG, to support the then new codeshare with AF (V1.0). But the required upgrades for such a move were too much for a mere 4 plane fleet.

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