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Did Alaska Ever Fly The 767?

Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:59 pm

I was reading an article by Joan Didion yesterday about the 1988 presidential election, and she mentioned an Alaska 767 landing at SAN while she was on the tarmac with one of the candidates? I think maybe she made a mistake, but does anyone know if Alaska ever flew the 767? Thanks.
 
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RE: Did Alaska Ever Fly The 767?

Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:06 pm

Nope.

She probably means the 727, which was the backbone of the fleet in 1988. Alaska has never operated a wide-body, though they optioned a 747-100 (later cancelled).
 
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RE: Did Alaska Ever Fly The 767?

Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:09 pm

The biggest airplane that AS flew was the Convair 990. They've never flown a widebody, and it's been over 20 years since they've flown anything other than 737's or MD-80's.

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RE: Did Alaska Ever Fly The 767?

Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:21 pm

Quoting HAL (Reply 2):
The biggest airplane that AS flew was the Convair 990.

Actually, I think the 707-300 is bigger than the C990. They had three of them in the 1970s, plus an ex-Qantas 707-138B, which I think is about the same size or slightly smaller than the C990.

The 707s were short leases for charter and far east operations, I think. They didn't have them long and may not have had more than one at any given time.

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RE: Did Alaska Ever Fly The 767?

Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:35 pm

AS also had the CV880 and B720 as well for their trunk operation SEA/FAI/ANC.
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RE: Did Alaska Ever Fly The 767?

Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:42 pm

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RE: Did Alaska Ever Fly The 767?

Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:59 pm

Quoting cargolex (Reply 3):
plus an ex-Qantas 707-138B,

Ahhh, I never knew that. I thought Braniff and BWIA were the only carriers who subsequently flew the -138.
 
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RE: Did Alaska Ever Fly The 767?

Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:19 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 6):
Quoting cargolex (Reply 3):
plus an ex-Qantas 707-138B,

Ahhh, I never knew that. I thought Braniff and BWIA were the only carriers who subsequently flew the -138.

Quite a few carriers (I would guess at least 20, possibly more) operated ex-QF 707-138s for varying periods. Since QF kept the -138s for such a short period (some were disposed of after only 5 years service and the longest only spent 8 years with QF) many had quite a few subsequent operators.

For example, Canadian carrier Pacific Western acquired QF's very first 707-138 (the first commercial jet registered in Australia) and operated it for 11 years from 1967 to 1978, mainly on charter flights to Europe in the summer and to Hawaii and the Caribbean during the winter. After many years as a VIP aircraft, including more than 10 years in Saudi Arabia, it was returned to Australia and restored in original QF livery and is now on display at a QF museum in Longreach, QF's birthplace.


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RE: Did Alaska Ever Fly The 767?

Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:01 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 6):
Ahhh, I never knew that. I thought Braniff and BWIA were the only carriers who subsequently flew the -138.

To be fair, this was only one plane and it was charted only for the summer of 1971 (May to September).