96adrian
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Airframe With Most Operators

Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:36 pm

Hi,
which airframe has operated for the largest number of airlines? I'm not talking about how many carriers has operated a type, but how many has operated a single frame. Any thoughts?
 
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RE: Airframe With Most Operators

Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:45 pm

B-737. It has been in continous production since 1967 and has sold over 10,000 airframes of the different models. Many airlines that flew the B-737 did not survive to today due to bankruptcies, mergers, etc.
 
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RE: Airframe With Most Operators

Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:52 pm

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 1):
B-737. It has been in continous production since 1967 and has sold over 10,000 airframes of the different models. Many airlines that flew the B-737 did not survive to today due to bankruptcies, mergers, etc.
Quoting 96adrian (Thread starter):
I'm not talking about how many carriers has operated a type, but how many has operated a single frame.

I would however hinge my bets on it being a 737 (most likely a -200).
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RE: Airframe With Most Operators

Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:58 pm

Either you two or me are misreading the question, I thought he was asking about a single frame and not a type.

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RE: Airframe With Most Operators

Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:00 pm

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 3):
Either you two or me are misreading the question, I thought he was asking about a single frame and not a type.

You are correct, I was simply pointing out that the first poster misread the question. I believe the frame is most likely a -200, I just don't have a frame number handy that I know has been with more than a handful of operators
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RE: Airframe With Most Operators

Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:08 pm

I first thought of the DC9s at Delta and there is one there that has had 7 owners

N675MC

08/75 - Austrian
12/85 - Muse
02/86 - Transtar
01/87 - Eastern
01/91 - Continental
11/92 - Northwest
10/08 - Delta
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RE: Airframe With Most Operators

Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:12 pm

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 5):
I first thought of the DC9s at Delta and there is one there that has had 7 owners

N675MC

08/75 - Austrian
12/85 - Muse
02/86 - Transtar
01/87 - Eastern
01/91 - Continental
11/92 - Northwest
10/08 - Delta

N671MC also, which I flew on last year.

Swissair, Muse, Transtar, Eastern, Continental, Northwest, Delta

Sadly retired in November.   It was in great condition when I flew it in July.
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RE: Airframe With Most Operators

Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:57 pm

DC-8, DC-9, 707, 727, and 737-200 are all in the running for such an aircraft.

One I know of is a DC-8, N605AL, one of the recently retired ATI (8C) DC-8s.

Seaboard World (original owner)
Loftlieder Icelandic
Overseas National Airways (ONA)
UTA
Capital Air
Arrow Air
German Cargo
Condor
Lufthansa Cargo
Emery Worldwide
ATI

But there are also some early Dc-9s still flying that have had a dozen or more operators.
 
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Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:13 am

This Air Transat A310-300 has had 8 operators.


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RE: Airframe With Most Operators

Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:41 pm

Well, I've actually flown on this machine which has had ten separate owners accoring to airfleets.net:


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Aviogenex (& 4 returns)
Malaysia Airlines
Air Zimbabwe
Air Ukraine
Changchani Airlines
Cameroon Airlines
President Airlines
Sudan Airways
JAT Airways
Tahmid Air

Mainly under the same registration, YU-ANP.

Believe this aircraft is still active at the moment, after 25 years service.

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RE: Airframe With Most Operators

Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:40 pm

YU-ANP is stored at Perpignan (France). It operated for Toumai Air Tchad last year, but after that company went out of business, ANP appearently had no flights.
 
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RE: Airframe With Most Operators

Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:42 pm

Quoting cargolex (Reply 7):
But there are also some early Dc-9s still flying that have had a dozen or more operators.

Don't wont to be nitpicking, but I couldn't find any early DC-9 with more than 11 different operators (that is significant, because )

Quoting cargolex (Reply 7):
One I know of is a DC-8, N605AL, one of the recently retired ATI (8C) DC-8s.

this number is currently the one to be beaten in this thread.

Indeed, I can proudly present you a Boeing 737-200 with 13-14 different operators: s/n 19424; line number 147.
Here we go:

1969-1970 Aer Lingus (and again 1976-1983, 1987-1990)
1970-1971 Air Algérie
1971-1975 Cameroon Airlines
1975-1976 Zambia Airways
1983-1987 Nigeria Airways
1990 Euralair
1990-1991 International Air Leases (no idea if this counts here)
1991 Cayman Airways
1991-1994 Sultan Air
1994 Albatros Airlines (Turkey)
1994-1996 privately/company owned
1996-1998 Avant Airlines
1998-2000 Peruvian Air Force (and again since 2007)
2000-2007 TANS Peru

But I'm totally convinced that somewhere out there, aircraft with an even larger number of operators are lurking (maybe a DC-3?)...

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