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Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:58 am

I have been searching out of interest today about which is the oldest aircraft currently flying commercially for an airline throughout the world and have seemed to have found a possible winner. But if anyone knows an even older aircraft then please share.

The oldest aircraft I have found which is still flying as of February 2012 is 5Y-XXB a DC-9 flying for Fly540 in Kenya. The aircraft in question is almost 47 years old and first flew on 5th June 1965, and is the 4th DC-9 ever built.


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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:16 am

I think Buffalo Airways of Canada still flies a DC-3 commercially on scheduled service.
 
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:34 am

How about this:

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and amongst cargo airlins there is this:

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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:00 am

5Y-XXB is probably the oldest jet airliner still flying in airline service but it doesn t hold a candle to all of the DC-3 s, DC-4 s, DC-6 s, and C-46 s that are still in service in Canada and Alaska.
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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:06 am

Here in Canada there are also several Noorduyn Norseman's in service which are from the 1930's.

However, if you call flying tourists over the Grand Canyon flying commercially, you cant beat the Scenic Airlines For Tri-Motor which was built in 1929. That being said, I dont know what its current status is and it was parked away in the hangar in Valle when I was there back in April last year.
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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:37 am

I completely forgot about all the DC-3'S etc... I suppose I should have asked what is the oldest jet airliner in the world still flying instead. Anyway thanks everyone for replying.  
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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:52 am

Not to mention Lufthansa's Junkers Ju 52 from 1936, which operates regular flights around Germany. Off topic again, but this is well worth the 100 odd quid for a ride round Berlin.
 
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:11 am

When were Saha Airlines' 707's built, and are they still flying any of them? Those might be contenders...
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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:46 am

USAJet is still flying another very old DC-9, which spent time with Midwest Express.... I almost want to say it's line number 2, but I may be wrong there...
 
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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:58 am

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 9):
USAJet is still flying another very old DC-9, which spent time with Midwest Express.... I almost want to say it's line number 2, but I may be wrong there...




Construction Number (MSN) 45718
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Aircraft Type McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15
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You wont find an A320 flying at this age

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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:20 am

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 9):
USAJet is still flying another very old DC-9, which spent time with Midwest Express

It began it's carreer with KLM as PH-DNA "City of Amsteram".
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:22 am

Do not want tobe a party pooper, but the DC9 may be very robust, but MDD do'nt make planes any more.
 
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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:56 pm

Long live the DC-9!

Quoting jetfuel (Reply 10):
You wont find an A320 flying at this age

Nope, like most planes that are produced at the moment. The A320 was build for - I think - 65.000 hours of flying time. The old DCs were built to last forever!  
 
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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:04 pm

Quoting jetfuel (Reply 10):


You wont find an A320 flying at this age

Alas, that company went bankrupt……….while Airbus is still around.

Over-engineerd products turned out to be harmful to a business………go figure!!


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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:05 pm

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 9):
USAJet is still flying another very old DC-9, which spent time with Midwest Express.... I almost want to say it's line number 2, but I may be wrong there...

Yeah that was the second oldest aircraft I could find, only about 4 months newer than the top one. Brilliant they last that long, hopefully we'll see both reach the big 50!
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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:13 pm

If we bring in widebodies into the discussion,

The DC-10-30s still flying with Biman Bangladesh Airlines will probably be worth mentioning. The oldest in their active inventory (S2-ACO) seems to be flying since 1978 ... (first 5 years with SG and then transferred to BG).
 
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:26 pm

Okay soon as there quite a bit interest, i'll try and find the oldest type of each aircraft I find.

Oldest aircraft of each type flying as of Feb 2012:

A300 - F-BUAD - SA - Novespace - 38 Years 7 Months - First Flight 28 June 1973


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A310 - N450FE - FedEx - 29 Years 9 Months - First Flight 3 April 1982


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A318 - A6-AAM - Private - 10 Years 1 Month - First Flight 15 January 2002


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A319 - C-GBIP - Air Canada - 16 Years 5 Months - First Flight 15 August 1996


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A320 - F-WWBA - Airbus - 25 Years - First Flight 22 February 1987


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A321 - TC-ONS - Onur Air - 19 Years - First flight 11 March 1993


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Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:51 pm

A330 - B-HLJ - Cathay Pacific - 19 Years 3 Months - First Flight 2 November 1992


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A340 - F-WWAI - Airbus - 20 Years 3 Months - First Flight 25 October 1991


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A380 - F-WWOW - Airbus - 6 Years 8 Months - First Flight - 27 April 2005


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B717 - N488HA - Hawaiian Airlines - About 12/13 Years Old - First Flight Around 1998/1999


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B727 - Not too sure about this type...

B737 - N165W - Northrop Grumman - 43 Years 5 Months - First Flight 12 August 1968


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B747 - 5-8101 - Iran Air Force - 42 Years 6 Months - First Flight 13 July 1969


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Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:15 pm

B757 - N757A - Boeing - 30 Years - First Flight 18 February 1982 (30 years exactly today!!!!!)


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B767 - N740AX - ABX Air - 30 Years - First Flight February 19 1982 (will be exactly 30 years tomorrow!!!)


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B777 - B-HNL - Cathay Pacific - 17 Years 7 Months - First Flight 12 June 1994


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B787 - N787EX - ANA All Nippon Airways - 2 Years 8 Months - First Flight 22 December 2009


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DC-9 - 5Y-XXB - Fly540 - 46 Years 7 Months - First Flight 5 June 1965 - Currently Oldest Aircraft


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MD-80 Series - LV-WFN - Austral Lineas Aereas - 31 Years 5 Months - First Flight 26 August 1980


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MD-90 - N902DA - Delta - 17 Years 4 Months - First Flight 21 September 1994


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Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:25 pm

Quoting notaxonrotax (Reply 14):

Over-engineerd products turned out to be harmful to a business………go figure!!

Go tell that to Daimler Benz!  
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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:30 pm

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 19):
B787 - N787EX - ANA All Nippon Airways - 2 Years 8 Months - First Flight 22 December 2009

N787EX, ZA002 has been retired.. and it really shouldn't be on this list anyway as it never saw commercial service.

So in fairness the airbus test planes should come off the list too.

Quote:
Boeing retires second 787 test aircraft
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...s-second-787-test-aircraft-367915/

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DC-10 - N220AU - Project Orbis - 41 Years 2 Months - First Flight 17 December 1970


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MD-10 - N365FE - FedEx - 41 Years - First Flight 8 March 1971


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MD-11 - N601FE - FedEx - 22 Years 1 Month - First Flight 10 Janaury 1990


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ATR 42 - EC-IDG - Let's Fly - 26 Years 8 Months - First Flight 30 April 1985


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ATR 72 - F-WWEY - ATR - 23 Years 3 Months - First flight 27 October 1988


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Dash 8 - N810LR - Presidential Airways - 28 Years 2 Months - First Flight 22 December 1983


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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:37 pm

Quoting BoeingVista (Reply 21):
N787EX, ZA002 has been retired.. and it really shouldn't be on this list anyway as it never saw commercial service.

So in fairness the airbus test planes should come off the list too.

Ahh right, yeah I could not decide if to put them in or not. I did kind of wonder if the test ones would count or not.
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:59 pm

Okay because the test aircraft don't really count I'll replace the test aircraft, but I'll have to do it in this post as I can't edit the previous posts over 60mins.

A320 - JY-JAC - Jordan Aviation - 23 Years 1 Month - First Flight 5 January 1989


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A340 - HZ-124 - Saudi Arabian Government - 19 Years 9 Months - First Flight 1 April 1992


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A380 - 9V-SKA - Singapore Airlines - 5 Years 8 Months - First Flight 7 July 2006


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B757 - D-ALEA - DHL - 29 Years 3 Months - First Flight 25 October 1982


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B787 - JA801A - ANA All Nippon Airways - Half a Year Old - First Flight 1 September 2011


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ATR 72 - HB-AFG - Farnair Switzerland - 22 Years 9 Months - First Flight 18 April 1989


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Okay that should be all the test aircraft replaced above by these aircraft which are active and technically take the top spot as the oldest aircraft for each type flying for an airline in the world as of February 2012.

Enjoy! Anymore mistakes, please say cheers.  
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:25 pm

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 24):
Okay that should be all the test aircraft replaced above by these aircraft which are active and technically take the top spot as the oldest aircraft for each type flying for an airline in the world as of February 2012.

What about Soviet aircraft? There are plenty of small operators around Central Asia and Russia which still use Tupolev, Antonov, Yakolev, and Ilyushin.
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:31 pm

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 25):
What about Soviet aircraft? There are plenty of small operators around Central Asia and Russia which still use Tupolev, Antonov, Yakolev, and Ilyushin.

Okay I'll do them also. First i'll finish Embraer's etc...
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:49 pm

A very interesting thread, looking forward to seeing the rest of the contenders.
 
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:14 pm

ERJ-145 Family - PR-PFN - Policia Fedeal - 16 Years - First Flight 14 February 1996



ERJ-170 - FAC-1181 - SATENA - 9 Years 7 Months - First Flight 19 June 2002


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ERJ-190 - N178JB - jetBlue - 7 Years - First Flight Around Start Of 2005


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CRJ-100 Series - 5Y-BWR - CMC Aviation - 19 Years 6 Months - First Flight 4 July 1992

CRJ-700 - N707SK - SkyWest Airlines - 12 Years 4 Months - First Flight 19 September 1999


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CRJ-900 - N902FJ - Mesa Airlines (US Airways) - 9 Years - First Flight Around Early 2003


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CRJ-1000 - EC-LJR - Air Nostrum - 1 Year 3 Months - First Flight December 2010


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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:17 pm

Quoting Cyanide72 (Reply 27):
A very interesting thread, looking forward to seeing the rest of the contenders.

Yes thank you, I'll carry it more on soon.  
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:50 pm

Quoting warden145 (Reply 8):
When were Saha Airlines' 707's built, and are they still flying any of them? Those might be contenders...

I think they were built around 1976, which isn't all that old. DL has some DC-9-50s that are the same age.

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B747 - 5-8101 - Iran Air Force - 42 Years 6 Months - First Flight 13 July 1969

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Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:17 pm

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 9):

I caught an old USA Jet DC-9 at BWI a couple days ago.


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It is roughly 42 years old. Northrop Grumman is also using a One Eleven that is 46 years old.

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Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:24 pm

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 4):
However, if you call flying tourists over the Grand Canyon flying commercially, you cant beat the Scenic Airlines For Tri-Motor which was built in 1929.

WOW, I flew on that, many many years ago, wonderful trip.  
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You wont find an A320 flying at this age

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BAe 146 - VH-NJV - National Jet Systems - 30 Years 1 Month - First Flight 25 January 1982


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Avro RJ - SE-DJP - Malmo Aviation - 17 Years 5 Months - First Flight 25 August 1994


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Fokker F50 - SE-LJV - Amapola Flyg - 25 Years - First Flight 13 February 1987


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Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:46 pm

Great work LGWFlyer!

Thanks for these details.
 
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Sukhoi Superjet 100 - EK95015 - Armavia - 1 Year 3 Months - First Flight 4 November 2010


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Tupolev Tu-134 - 65738 - SibNIA Airlines - 39 Years - First Flight 14 September 1972


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Tupolev Tu-154 - P-552 - Air Koryo - 36 Years - First Flight May 1976


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Tupolev Tu-204 - RA-64010 - Business Aero - 19 Years 2 Months - First Flight 1993


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Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:03 pm

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 35):
Great work LGWFlyer!

Thanks for these details.

Thanks!   More to come!
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Antonov An-12 - ST-APJ - Air Magal - 50 Years - First Flight 1962 - Oldest Aircraft So Far!!!


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Antonov An-24 - UK-46223 - Uzbekistan Airways - 45 Years - First Flight October 1967


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Antonov An-28 - ES-NOW - Enimex - 26 Years - First Flight May 1986


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Antonov An-30 - RA-30024 - Polet Airlines - 38 Years - First Flight 14 May 1974


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Antonov An-72 - 5A-DRC - Allebia Air Cargo - 24 Years - First Flight 1987


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Antonov An-124 - RA-82042 - Volga-Dnepr - 22 Years - First Flight 1990


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Antonov An-140 - RA-41253 - Yakutia Airline - 8 Years - First Flight 2004


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Antonov An-148 - UR-NTA - Ukraine International Airlines - 7 Years - First Flight 17 December 2004


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Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:30 pm

Brilliant work LGW, can't wait for the rest!
 
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:36 pm

Quoting sasd209 (Reply 39):
Brilliant work LGW, can't wait for the rest!

Thank you very much!!!  
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:37 pm

Is Chalk Airlines still flying the WWII seaplanes to the Bahamas?

Are they even still in business?
 
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:40 pm

Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 41):
Is Chalk Airlines still flying the WWII seaplanes to the Bahamas?

Are they even still in business?

I just had a quick check and it seems they stopped operations in 2007.
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:46 pm

Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 41):
Are they even still in business?

No, Chalk's folded way back in 2007.
 
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:55 pm

LGW flyer, tremendous work there, you must have done a lot of research.


Fascinating post, great job !
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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:29 pm

Quoting Max Q (Reply 43):
LGW flyer, tremendous work there, you must have done a lot of research.


Fascinating post, great job !

Cheers!!!   Yes quite a bit of researching but I don't mind because I love stuff like this, its very interesting!
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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:50 pm

Quoting warden145 (Reply 7):
When were Saha Airlines' 707's built, and are they still flying any of them? Those might be contenders...

They are late-build Boeing 707s. They were also originally built for the Iranian Air Force; thus, their lives as commercial airliners are quite recent. The ex-TWA 747-131s are quite old, among the oldest flying, along with those of Kalitta (unless the latter airline's -122s have recently been retired).
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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:57 pm

Quoting mayor (Reply 19):
Go tell that to Daimler Benz


While they are still famous for their 80s cars, some of which were built to last, their current products certainly aren't.

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 16):
Oldest aircraft of each type flying as of Feb 2012

Great list. Great you adapted it to non-test aircraft. Did you also think about including subtypes and maybe excluding VIP/government/military used planes like the Iranian 747 since that is not exactly "commercial" usage?

Quoting Cyanide72 (Reply 26):
A very interesting thread, looking forward to seeing the rest of the contenders.

Indeed!!!

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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:03 am

Here's my contender for the oldest widebody:

Boeing 747-121 was delivered new to Pan Am in March 1970, as Clipper Derby (N743PA). Aside from a six-month lease to American, she remained with PAA until its 1992 demise, though later renamed Clipper Black Sea . The aircraft would outlive PAA, hauling cargo for Tower Air, as N617FF. (Aeroclassics has released a beautiful model of this bird.) After two periods of storage, she found new life with Bangladeshi company Logistic Air Cargo, as I learned from one of my Flickr contacts, who has spotted this airliner at Karachi. This wonderful aircraft holds a special place in my heart, as she was the first Boeing 747 I flew on - and that was more than 40 years ago. How majestic she looked, towering over our airport bus (the gates at the futuristic Pan Am terminal at JFK could handle only the likes of 707s and DC-8s) and all lit up in the night sky. I remember climbing two flights of stairs (rather than the usual one) to reach the door; the windows on the other side seemed so far away to this young traveler used to Boeing 707s and Douglas DC-8s). I am delighted she is still flying after almost 42 years!


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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:05 am

Quoting SASMD82 (Reply 12):

Nope, like most planes that are produced at the moment. The A320 was build for - I think - 65.000 hours of flying time. The old DCs were built to last forever!  

And then there's the part where the A320 wasn't around 50 years ago too...
 
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RE: Oldest Aircraft Flying Commercially For Airline?

Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:11 am

What about the DC-8 ? There must be a few 40 year old fames still running as freighers with ATI, others