oldannyboy wrote:Sorry to sound perhaps either blasé or a bit of a "nostalgia snob', but I struggle to define above aircrafts as classics... Yes, it will be sad when the MD-80s finally go, and surely when (if? ) the 757 is retired, but honestly all the real classics are already relegated to history books as far as I am concerned....
MikeyESSA wrote:The number of active BAe ATP's is also dwindling pretty fast. The last passenger operator, NextJet seem to be down from 5 to 3 flying examples recently (With 2 active at a time), and the rumors around the airport say this is their last year in service. They are quickly running out of both cycles and avaiable spares. Two ATR-72-200's have already been wetleased on a rather long contract as part replacement, and there is a wetleased CRJ-200 on its way in aswell. The main cargo operator of the type, West Air has also parked a whole bunch of their ATP's, partly after losing their contract with the swedish post about a year ago.
Will these be missed? Well, by the one's working with the planes - not really. By the passengers? Don't know...
Byron1976 wrote:The most I miss from the retirement of the "classics", are the diversity of solutions in aircraft industry. Before, in an airport, you could see many shapes (twin, tri and quad jets, mixed with convetional and T tails). Soon all we got to see are twin engined airplanes, diferenced only by the size. Other thing I miss, is the noise. Few days back I was remembering the noise of the BAC 1-11 and the 727. Lovely days.
NYPECO wrote:Probably an unpopular opinion, but I'll miss Embraer-135 and 145 aircraft. They're fun to fly on and I love the sound those engines make on takeoff.
kaitak wrote:One aircraft I definitely did not - and do not - miss is the Avro RJ/BAe 146. Never liked them; 6 abreast was horrible, particularly on a full flight.
dergay wrote:Don't anyone forget the Fokkers - plenty of F-70 and F-100 still hauling pax around as well as a number of Saab 340 and 2000 aircraft.Believe there is still a Convair 580 still flying in New Zealand......
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