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LH423
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What Happened To Aer Lingus 747s

Thu Sep 09, 1999 10:10 am

I would like to know what happened to Aer Lingus 747-100s. I'd occasionally see them in LHR when I lived there. Then I would see them in Boston, where I live today. I know they flew them until 1995. Any info would be greatly appreciated.




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RE: What Happened To Aer Lingus 747s

Thu Sep 09, 1999 11:49 am

EI-BED (19748/044)
• Broken up at Marana, AZ, 1996.

EI-ASI (19744/084)
• Active with Kabo Air of Nigeria

EI-CAI (20108/087)
• Active with Virgin Atlantic

EI-ASJ (19745/108)
• After leaving Aer Lingus, went to Air Atlantic Icelandic. Now with Kabo Air
 
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And I Forgot...

Thu Sep 09, 1999 11:51 am

EI-ASI now registered 5N-ZZZ

EI-CAI now registered G-VMIA

EI-ASJ now registered 5N-AAA
 
kaitak
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RE: EI 747s

Fri Sep 10, 1999 12:44 am

How active are the ex EI 747s now? Does Kabo Air actually fly them? I heard somewhere that one of these aircraft was grounded somewhere. Has anyone actually seen them OPERATING in Kabo Air livery.

Also, although EI-CAI figured in EI's fleet at some stage, it never actually operated EI flights or appeared in an EI livery. With the ex ANZ/CX 747s, this aircraft must also have its days numbered.
 
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RE: EI 747s

Fri Sep 10, 1999 6:15 am

G-VMIA was supposed to be retired in May by Virgin Atlantic. It was still operational on July 10, 1999 because I saw it operating VS17 EWR-LGW when I got of BA185 a 747-400 from LHR. I talked to a guy at Virgin and he said that it would be gone at the end of the year. This 747 has 9 lives though and has escaped two retirement dates so far. I think Richard has a soft spot for it. It holds the namesake of his idol "Spirit of Sir Freddie".
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
 
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RE: What Happened To Aer Lingus 747s

Fri Sep 10, 1999 7:26 am

Actually, I saw Kabo Air's -AAA about 4 weeks ago at Miami International. It arrived, taxiied to customs (on the North side of the field) and then was towed to the Northwest corner of the airport where I thought (was worried) it might be scrapped (that's a scrapping area where one of Air Canada's 747-100's was just cut up). Two weeks later, I saw -AAA was gone (thank God).
 
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G-VMIA

Fri Sep 10, 1999 8:57 am

After searching the the airline census site I found tha G-VMIA has be returned to service. It was in retirement slot earlier this summer. This bird certainly does have 9 lives. She is a great bird and provides excellent service. I flew on her back in June of 1997 from EWR-LGW.
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RE: G-VMIA

Fri Sep 10, 1999 9:16 am

I recently saw G-VMIA on the LHR-JFK route....
727, L1011, MD80, A300, 777-200, 737-300, 737-700, 747-400, 757-200, 737-800, A320. E190, E135, 767-200, CRJ9
 
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RE: What Happened To Aer Lingus 747s

Fri Sep 10, 1999 9:31 am

What happened to the Aer Lingus 767-300ER'S that were flown briefly in the early 90s?
727, L1011, MD80, A300, 777-200, 737-300, 737-700, 747-400, 757-200, 737-800, A320. E190, E135, 767-200, CRJ9
 
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RE: What Happened To Aer Lingus 747s

Fri Sep 10, 1999 10:47 am

-Is G-VMIA the 747-100 that was leased to Lan Chile the earlier part of this decade? I remember seeing it at MIA when my dad was the Station Manager there, he had one of the F/A's give me a walthrough of the Aircraft. I believe the plane was on wet-lease from Aer Lingus, anybody have more info?
 
kaitak
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RE: What Happened To Aer Lingus 747s

Fri Sep 10, 1999 8:39 pm

Flyguy, the Aer Lingus 767s were taken on a five year lease and unfortunately didn't have a happy history with the airline - nothing to do with the aircraft. One was leased to TWA (EI-CAM I think) and the other to Aeromexico (EI-CAL). One of them was also leased to Air Aruba, but this fell through and the aircraft operated the DUB-SNN-BOS route for a while - in an Air Aruba hybrid sceme (*ugh!*). It also stood in the elements, all white, for a LONG time. The aircraft was originally ordered for the LA route, but Irish gov't regulations required a stop in SNN, so they aircraft were not used on that, or even the Chicago route. All in all, not a very happy period in the airline's history.

Oops - got to the EDIT button just in time. The aircraft which operated the LAN Chile service was Big Ed, as it was affectionately known to Irish enthusiasts. (EI-BED, A -130 bought from LH in 1979, carried the last two letters of its reg just under the cockpit window - ED!)
 
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G-VMIA

Fri Sep 10, 1999 11:54 pm

I can tell you all that G-VMIA became that in 1990 when it began operating for Virgin Atlantic. It has been with VS for 9 years now.
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