After reading that NW was retiring their Dc 10s and passing them over to ATA
and given the fact that there are still some classic aircraft flying around needing the 3rd man in the cockpit even with major carriers such as ANA, QF, JAL or AF (mostly hauling cargo but some are still passenger service -not for long since most 747-300s are either replaced with 777-300s or A380s).
Are there any new trained flight engineers with these airlines or are most flight engineers close to retirement age ? If there are still just recently trained flight engineers with these airlnes I was wondering when was the last time a major airline hired and trained flight engineers and when did they stopped their flight engineer training ?
Have younger flight engineers a chance to start a second carreer as F/O when the last "classic" aircraft is retired ?
What was the last three man cockpit airliner delivered by Boeing and MDD (no military only civil aircraft) and who took delivery of it ?
I suppose for Boeing it was either a 747 or one of the few 767s with the optional flight engineers panel.