zrs70
Topic Author
Posts: 3393
Joined: Sun Dec 10, 2000 4:08 am

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?

People Express 747
Piedmont 767
PSA L1011
America West 747
18 year airliners.net vet! 2000-2017
 
blueflyer
Posts: 3764
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:17 am

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?
Democracy 2016: 3 million California votes < 100,000 Midwest votes.
 
kiwiandrew

RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

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.
 
dstc47
Posts: 1277
Joined: Thu Sep 16, 1999 3:53 am

RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:54 am

The late, and rather unlamented, Flyglobespan had 767's, in addition to 737's.
 
ZK-NBT
Posts: 5125
Joined: Mon Oct 16, 2000 5:42 pm

RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

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.
 
TW
Posts: 70
Joined: Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:38 am

RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

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
Corsairfly operates the 747-400. I think its the configuation with the most pax of any airline operation this plane
 
dc9northwest
Posts: 2151
Joined: Sun Feb 04, 2007 5:33 am

RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:58 pm

TAROM flies the A310 and flew a leased DC-10 in '95.
 
YXD172
Posts: 340
Joined: Sun Feb 03, 2008 3:38 am

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.
Radial engines don't leak oil, they are just marking their territory!
 
User avatar
SRQKEF
Posts: 1091
Joined: Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:10 pm

RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:07 pm

FI has had a DC-10, 747 and 767 through the years. NB only now though.
Nothing compares to taking off in an empty 757 with full thrust!
 
User avatar
1337Delta764
Posts: 5031
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005 4:02 am

RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

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.
Yes, I wear Fairy Tale Pink IZOD shirts. I am a real man.
 
EL-AL
Posts: 1419
Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2001 8:29 am

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.
every day is a good day to fly
 
User avatar
eurowings
Posts: 550
Joined: Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:40 pm

RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

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.

[Edited 2012-06-13 11:05:12]
"Freddie Laker may be at peace with his Maker, but he is persona non grata with IATA."- HRH Duke of Edinburgh
 
User avatar
longhauler
Posts: 5146
Joined: Sat Mar 06, 2004 12:00 am

RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

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.
Just because I stopped arguing, doesn't mean I think you are right. It just means I gave up!
 
srbmod
Posts: 15446
Joined: Tue Mar 20, 2001 1:32 pm

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
Silverjet 762
 
hoons90
Posts: 3180
Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2001 10:15 pm

RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

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
Air Do: 763
The biggest mistake made by most human beings: Listening to only half, understanding just a quarter and telling double.
 
PlymSpotter
Posts: 10030
Joined: Thu Jun 17, 2004 7:32 am

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...


Dan  
...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
 
User avatar
Scooter01
Posts: 1187
Joined: Tue Nov 28, 2006 11:06 pm

RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:24 pm

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

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Johan Ljungdahl



Scooter01

PS. -I got to fly on one of them....
There is always a good reason to watch airplanes
 
cedarjet
Posts: 8130
Joined: Mon May 24, 1999 1:12 am

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.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
 
CairnterriAIR
Posts: 408
Joined: Sat Jun 28, 2008 1:52 am

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?
 
icelander
Posts: 68
Joined: Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:34 am

RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

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
 
rafabullara
Posts: 38
Joined: Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:32 pm

RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:54 am

Whitejets used to fly a single A310
 
Viscount724
Posts: 19304
Joined: Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:32 pm

RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

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.


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Rolf Wallner

 
hoons90
Posts: 3180
Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2001 10:15 pm

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.
The biggest mistake made by most human beings: Listening to only half, understanding just a quarter and telling double.
 
initious
Posts: 943
Joined: Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:54 am

RE: Small Airlines That Fly/flew Widebodies

Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:11 am

Silkair once operated Airbus A310s.
One day I will fly around the world!
 
srbmod
Posts: 15446
Joined: Tue Mar 20, 2001 1:32 pm

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.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Exabot [Bot] and 1 guest

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos