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Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:45 am

What are some of the smaller airlines that have/had widebody service?

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RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:31 am

Quoting zrs70 (Thread starter):
What are some of the smaller airlines that have/had widebody service?

What is a small airline? Is an airline with upward of 50 aircraft really small?
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Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:49 am

TN ( Air Tahiti Nui) has between 4-5 aircraft all A340s. When VS ( Virgin Atlantic) started operations they had a single aircraft, a 747-200. SB ( Air Calin), the national airline of Nouvelle Calédonie has a fleet of 3 aircraft, 2 of which are widebodies.
 
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Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:54 am

The late, and rather unlamented, Flyglobespan had 767's, in addition to 737's.
 
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Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:37 am

FJ have 2 747s and 4 737s plus some turbo props if they are all under the 1 brand. They had a 763 until recently aswell, and will take 3 A330s to replace the 744s next year.
 
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Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:02 am

A bunch of cargo airlines have small fleets of large ac, such as Cargolux which has 747-400 and 747-8
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Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:58 pm

TAROM flies the A310 and flew a leased DC-10 in '95.
 
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RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:00 pm

TS has had an all-widebody fleet for a few years now, a mix of A310s and A330s.

First Air operates a single 767-200F, with a mixed fleet of narrowbodies as well.
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Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:07 pm

FI has had a DC-10, 747 and 767 through the years. NB only now though.
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Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:18 pm

ATA flew the L-1011 throughout much of its history, and also flew the DC-10 prior to 1986 and again for a brief period until ceasing operations.

Also, HA has a mostly widebody fleet of 763s and A332s, with the A358 on order.
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RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:49 pm

Here is your winner:

Israir operated B763 followed by A332 on TLV-JFK flights from 2004 to 2008. At the time it had just 2 more jets (752s and A320s since 2007) and 4 more ATR 42s.
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Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:02 pm

At the time of their demise, Zoom Airlines (both the Canada and UK divisions) had five B767-300s and two B757-200s.

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Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:12 pm

At the time Wardair was bought by Canadi>n, it was flying 3 B747-100s, 3 DC-10-30s, and 12 A310-300s. Retired 10 years before the purchase were 2 additional B747-200s, and 3 A300s. Since the retirement of the B707s in the 1970s, Wardair was an all wide-body airline.
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RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:47 pm

MaxJet 762
North American Airlines 763
Omni Air International 762, 763, 772
Ryan International 762, 763, A333
Vision Airlines 762
World Airways, MD-11, MD-11F, 744BCF
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Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:33 pm

Mega Maldives: 763
Business Air (Thailand): 763
MIAT Mongolian: 763, 313 (formerly)
Air Austral: 772 (gone?), 77L, 77W
Pullmantur Air: 744
Surinam Airways: 343
Vladivostok Air: 333
AeroSur: 744
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RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:58 pm

I can think of some operating only widebody aircraft

UK International Airlines - 762
Scoot - 772
HiFly - 313, 332, 333, 343, 345
Audeli Air - 343 (excluding the private legacy)

Technically you could also count the 'Asia' variants of major airlines like KL, SR etc...


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Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:24 pm

Braathens of Norway had two Boeing 767s in the 80s'

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RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:25 pm

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 8):
FI has had a...747

I don't think so! Would be nice.
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RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:06 am

*Air Florida had a DC-10 or two back in the 80's operating alongside their modest fleet of 737's.

*Northeastern International operated a pair of A-300's alongside a few 727's and DC-8's during their short existence.

*Didn't Aloha have a DC-10 at some point?
 
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Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:12 am

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 17):

More info here. Icelandair 747 (by Asgeirs Aug 9 2002 in Civil Aviation)

so no, not really an Icelandair plane
 
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Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:54 am

Whitejets used to fly a single A310
 
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Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:56 am

Another very small (and very short-lived) widebody-only carrier was Swiss World Airways. They operated a single 762ER on one route (GVA-EWR). They lasted less than 6 months in 1998.


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RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:57 am

There's also USAfrican Airways that flew from the US (forget which city) to South Africa via Ilha do Sal with two MD-11s.
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Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:11 am

Silkair once operated Airbus A310s.
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RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:56 pm

Quoting CairnterriAIR (Reply 18):
*Didn't Aloha have a DC-10 at some point?

It was an operation they called Aloha Pacific and tried to compete with Continental's services to Guam and Taipei.

Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 22):

There's also USAfrican Airways that flew from the US (forget which city) to South Africa via Ilha do Sal with two MD-11s.

USAfrica flew from IAD.

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