Spacepope wrote:DLNZ wrote:Great to see Ruby Star breaking cover with EW-556TQ a resplendent 747-409(BSDF). This is the ship which carried a Burundian rego previously. Currently en route to PIK. Another great addition to the minor operators list!
Oh yeah, she popped up on our radar a week or so ago. Glad to see she's been put to work!
A few minor hiccup incidents: Cargologic 744F G-CLBA (only 59000 hours as of a year ago) had a hydraulic issue taking off from LHR to ATL. Diverted at low altitude (probably burning off fuel) to FRA for repairs. http://avherald.com/h?article=4e4fa86e&opt=0
Fedex MD-11 N582FE (90,000 hours/ 22,000cycles) on a -9000 numbered flight had a compressor stall on one of its CF6s taking off from STN, diverted back to STN after dumping fuel. http://avherald.com/h?article=4e4f6e71&opt=0
G-CLBA out of LHR. An American made jet, flying for a British Company, that is actually a Russian front com....owned enterprise. Gotta love how British Airways messed up the linkage with Atlas and (2) 747Fs after all those years. They could be printing pounds by the fistful right now. An outsider owns the pure cargo market for the Queen's Island!!! I've always loved LHR, even as a red blooded American. Just a wonderful ramp of airframes from all over the world. If their was a chance to bid operating out of there, I'm all over it. Lease an old school Defender 4X4...not that new ugly pretender and have a blast on the wrong side of the road for off days.
I thought of you the other day when reading that LH is retiring their last (8) 747-400s. With the retirement came several thoughts. I would love to see them rock on as pax aircraft but I don't see that playing out. Getting converted would be great but again cost.
So sadly, I thought.....excellent parts birds for the burgeoning fleet of operational 747-400Fs and for those 747Fs sitting in the desert like the ex-EVA frame being brought back to operational status. 32 CF-6s are now available. 1 LH 747-400 is already being used as a heavily taxed parts bird to bring the ex-EVA 744 back. I wonder if we see additional hauls from the desert. Buy a beat up BUT already converted 744 for a song and use the LH birds to get it back into operational status.