rw774477
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First Service By Type

Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:01 am

A380 SIN - SYD
B747-100 Panam JFK - LHR

What about other types DC-8/9/10/MD11

B 707 727 737 757 767 777 etc

Airbus 300 310 320 330 340

Who made the first service flights and when and where ?

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RE: First Service By Type

Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:11 am

United was supposed to be the first with the DC-10 on the SFO-IAD route, but a couple of days prior AA sub the DC-10 on a BOS-LAX therefore being the first to "fly scheduled service" with the DC-10.

The 707 was Pan Am from New York to Paris Oct 1958
United was also first with the 767 in 1982 again SFO-IAD. .

[Edited 2007-09-26 00:13:26]

[Edited 2007-09-26 00:17:22]
 
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RE: First Service By Type

Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:32 am

Quoting AirCop (Reply 1):
United was supposed to be the first with the DC-10 on the SFO-IAD route, but a couple of days prior AA sub the DC-10 on a BOS-LAX therefore being the first to "fly scheduled service" with the DC-10.

That is not accurate, AA was the launch customer for the DC-10. It was designed to AA's specifications. See the "history" section in the following link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonnell_Douglas_DC-10

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RE: First Service By Type

Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:49 am

Here are a few first service dates, and inaugural route for some. Only have the month/year in a few cases.

B707-120 -- Pan Am, JFK (then IDL) - LBG (Paris Le Bourget), October 26, 1958

B717 -- AirTran, October 12, 1999

B727-100 -- Eastern, February 1, 1964

B727-200 -- Northeast Airlines, December 14, 1967

B737-100 -- Lufthansa, February 10, 1968

B737-200 -- United, April 28, 1968

B747-100 -- Pan Am, JFK-LHR, January 21, 1970

B747-100SR (short range) -- JAL, HND-OKA, October 7, 1973

B747-200 -- KLM, June 1971

B747SP -- Pan Am, April 25, 1976 (don't know what route, possibly SFO-HKG)

B747-300 -- Swissair, March 1983

B747-400 -- Northwest, February 9, 1989

B747-400ER -- Qantas, November 7, 2002

B757-200 -- Eastern, January 1, 1983

B757-300 -- Condor, March 19, 1999

B767-200 -- United, ORD-DEN, September 8, 1982

B767-400ER -- Delta, ATL-FLL, September 14,2000

B777-200 -- United, LHR-IAD, June 7, 1995

B777-200ER -- British Airways, February 9, 1997

B777-300 -- Cathay Pacific, May 27, 1998

B777-300ER -- Air France, April 2004 (don't have exact date)

B777-200LR -- Pakistan International, March 3, 2006

A300B2 -- Air France, CDG-LHR, April 23, 1974

DC-10-10 -- American, August 5, 1971 (not sure what route, possibly JFK-LAX)

DC-10-30 -- Swissair, ZRH-YUL, December 15, 1972

DC-10-40 -- Northwest, MSP-MKE, December 13, 1972

MD-11 -- Finnair, HEL-TCI, December 20, 1990

Convair 880 -- Delta, May 5,1960

Convair 990 -- American, March 18, 1962

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RE: First Service By Type

Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:51 am

Quoting AirCop (Reply 1):
United was also first with the 767 in 1982 again SFO-IAD. .

The Boeing website shows the first 767 route as ORD-DEN as mentioned in my post above.
 
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RE: First Service By Type

Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:13 am

Quoting AA777223ER (Reply 2):
That is not accurate, AA was the launch customer for the DC-10. It was designed to AA's specifications.

United was also a launch customer, (60 orders vs. AA's 25) both airlines received their first DC-10 at the same time on the same day in 1971 at Long Beach and both were scheduled to start service on the same day when AA sub the day before.
 
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RE: First Service By Type

Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:31 am

The first official flight for the 737-400 at launch customer Piedmont was GSO-BWI in 1987 with N406US. However N408US made the unofficial first revenue flight the night before GSO-FAY and I had the pleasure of being onboard, and we then ferried back to GSO. Sadly 408 was scrapped in France a few years ago.

As previously stated first 777-200 flight was UA LHR-IAD on June 7.1995. I had the pleasure of being on the first domestic and second overall flight IAD-ORD a few hours later. United did a great job of making a big deal at both ends.

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RE: First Service By Type

Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:39 am

Eastern 727-100 was PHL-DCA-MIA.
Eastern 757-200 was ATL-TPA (I was on that one!).
Eastern L-1011-1 was JFK-MIA on 26Apr1972.
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RE: First Service By Type

Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:40 pm

What about 737-300 and up and other Airbus types
 
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RE: First Service By Type

Thu Sep 27, 2007 1:08 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3):
B777-200LR -- Pakistan International, March 3, 2006

Actually no.

AP-BGY made it's first commercial flight on the 26th February 2006 flying MAN-ISB. It was actually on it's delivery flight but PK decided to make some money out of it and routed it SEA-MAN-ISB-KHI and picked up some pax at MAN.


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RE: First Service By Type

Thu Sep 27, 2007 1:34 am

Any NW fans out there; can tell me what the 1st 744 service was? I remember NW flying them between MSP-PHX when they first got them back in 1989.
 
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RE: First Service By Type

Thu Sep 27, 2007 2:19 am

Quoting LGA777 (Reply 6):
As previously stated first 777-200 flight was UA LHR-IAD on June 7.1995

Does this mean UA first flew an empty (or non-rev) 772 to LHR and then did the first revenue flight on the way back from LHR?

Why did they do that? Why they didn't do the inaugural from US (ORD/IAD) to LHR?
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RE: First Service By Type

Thu Sep 27, 2007 2:22 am

The E190 was first operated by JetBlue, with a BOS-JFK flight roughly two years ago.
At least one a.netter was on that flight, I'm pretty sure.
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RE: First Service By Type

Thu Sep 27, 2007 2:27 am

Well, I can remember a few plane types:

A340-500 Emirates Airlines DXB-JFK(?)
A340-600 Virgin Atlantic
A340-600HGW Qatar Airways (DOH-DXB) (i was on that flight Big grin)
A350 Qatar Airways

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RE: First Service By Type

Fri Sep 28, 2007 3:24 am

Time Air - Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Time Air was a large regional airline, that became part of Canadi>n Regional. Canadi>n Regional was eventually merged into Air Canada Jazz.

During Time Air's history, the airline inaugurated two different fleet types. In 1976, it introduced the Shorts 330 aircraft into service. In the early 1990's , Time Air introduced the Dash 8-300 into service.


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RE: First Service By Type

Fri Sep 28, 2007 3:40 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3):
B777-200 -- United, LHR-IAD, June 7, 1995

Are you sure about this one?? I was in Denver working at DIA when we opened the airport in Feb 1995. The very first 777-200(with UA) came down from SEA to DEN in May of 1995 with a load of dignitaries,etc. then went on to IAD with a load of pax. Before it left we(mechanics) went up and boarded the plane to oooo and awww at the thing. Anyways, I thought I remember some airport personal saying this flight DEN-IAD would be the very first revenue flight..

I also stood at the bottom of the jetway where Princes Diana deplanned once in May of 1995 but that was off of a 757-200.

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RE: First Service By Type

Fri Sep 28, 2007 4:00 am

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 13):
A340-500 Emirates Airlines DXB-JFK(?)

This flight came really late after receiving A345.

I remember that the first one was DXB-LGW followed by some LHR-DXB. The first ULH-route was the DXB-SYD.

Can anybody confirm that?
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RE: First Service By Type

Fri Sep 28, 2007 7:19 am

Quoting AirCop (Reply 10):
Any NW fans out there; can tell me what the 1st 744 service was? I remember NW flying them between MSP-PHX when they first got them back in 1989.

Not sure of the exact service start date but NW was the worlds first operator of the 744 in 1989 and for about a month NW operated their first two 744's MSP-LAX, MSP-PHX, and MSP-MCO, to provide crew familiarity prior to starting long-haul trans-pacific routes. I was fourtunate enough to get to fly PHX-MSP around 2 weeks after service started, the flight I took was normally a 757.

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RE: First Service By Type

Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:56 am

Quoting Amazonphil (Reply 15):
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3):
B777-200 -- United, LHR-IAD, June 7, 1995

Are you sure about this one?? I was in Denver working at DIA when we opened the airport in Feb 1995. The very first 777-200(with UA) came down from SEA to DEN in May of 1995 with a load of dignitaries,etc. then went on to IAD with a load of pax. Before it left we(mechanics) went up and boarded the plane to oooo and awww at the thing. Anyways, I thought I remember some airport personal saying this flight DEN-IAD would be the very first revenue flight..

Those types of ad hoc flights prior to introduction of regular service usually aren't considered as putting the aircaft into service. I expect the June 7, 1995 service was the first time it officially appeared in published schedules. At least Boeing shows that as the first 777 service. UA also refers to that date as their first 777 service in the history section of their website.
 
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RE: First Service By Type

Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:58 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3):
B717 -- AirTran, October 12, 1999

Do you happen to know the route and the tail number? I'd be willing to put my money on ATL-MCO.