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Why No 747s?

Mon Jul 30, 2001 11:06 am

I've always wondered why American Airlines and Delta no longer operate 747s. I know Delta had a few in the 70s, and American had a few SPs. Do Delta and American believe they're too much money to keep up?
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RE: Why No 747s?

Mon Jul 30, 2001 11:20 am

DL & AA get rid of the 747´s because they hadn´t enough passengers to fly profitable.

Besides DL got rid of them when they had almost none intl. presence and their European routes were flown in Tristars.
When DL start operating Asia in 1987 they started using Tristars but later they went for the MD11 and stil today they use it for all their Asian destinations.

AA got rid of them in the 80´s, the same as DL and they trusted on the MD11 as a replacement. Now the trust the 777 as a replacement of both the M11 and the 747.

Today UA and NW are the only US airlines that use 747.
CO also dropped them in the 90´s.

I would love to see a 747-400 in the latest DL color scheme.
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RE: Why No 747s?

Mon Jul 30, 2001 11:33 am

Most people Im sure will disagree with me, but with the recent aquisition of TWA, I am starting to see how AA might invest in a 747-400 size aircraft, or more likely the 777-300. A lot of their 777 flights to Europe, esp. LHR/LGW flights are oversold and full. Also, AA is on the way to Asian expansion, so with the new -300ER model coming out, I wouldnt be surprised if AA bought a few. However, I would LOVE to see a 744 in AA's colorscheme, would be AMAZING!

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RE: Why No 747s?

Mon Jul 30, 2001 11:35 am

Why wouldnt they go back to them, now that the 747-400 entitles less money to run?
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RE: Why No 747s?

Mon Jul 30, 2001 11:43 am

If AA expands into Asia, I wouldn't be surprised if they get the B 777-300ER or even the B 747-400.
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RE: Why No 747s?

Mon Jul 30, 2001 3:31 pm

Amercian is pretty much committed to an all twin-engined fleet in the near-term future. If AA needs a larger aircraft than the 772s, look for them to order 773s. Their experience with the 747 had been "less than favorable"...like the MD-11. Regards.
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RE: Why No 747s?

Mon Jul 30, 2001 3:43 pm

i hear DL dropped them because they were to much money for mx and fuel
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RE: Why No 747s?

Mon Jul 30, 2001 3:57 pm

AA has tried a couple times with the 747... Last of which was an SP (DFW/NRT?). It's pretty unlikely AA will consider the 747 again since they pretty much told Boeing what they were looking for in a ER aircraft (ie. 777).

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