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What US Airlines Use 747s?

Mon Aug 26, 2002 9:41 pm

Thinkng about it, it doesn't seem that the 747 is popular among US airlines. I can only think of United and Northwest that use them. And IIRC, United grounded theirs (is this true?). What other US airlines currently have them, and how many?
 
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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Mon Aug 26, 2002 9:47 pm

United and Northwest are the only operators of passenger 747s. There are some cargo operators, though (UPS, Atlas Air,...)

United only temporarily grounded a few of their 747s (post 9/11), and I believe most of them are back in service.

For a complete list of all 747s built, and their operators, try this link:
http://www.bird.ch/bharms/boeing/b747_t_0.htm
 
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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Mon Aug 26, 2002 9:48 pm

Not sure how many they have but
UA
NW

come to think about it, I can't think of any others

some US carriers used to use it but who else is there?
 
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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Mon Aug 26, 2002 9:55 pm

I heard that almost all of UA's B 747-400s are back in service, if not all.
 
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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Mon Aug 26, 2002 10:11 pm

American use to have the -SP (used on LHR routes) and -123
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Continental also had some -143 and -2** all apparently used on Long Haul Routes
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-238B at MHV:

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Delta had 5 -132 all new from Boeing

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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Mon Aug 26, 2002 10:45 pm


Braniff,Atlas,UPS,People Express,Northwest Orient,...what else ???
 
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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Mon Aug 26, 2002 10:57 pm

Tower Air to Puerto Rico..Can't remember if they were actually US based
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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Mon Aug 26, 2002 10:59 pm

All of UA's 744's are in service all are on the Pacific routes NRT, HKG, PEK, AKL, MEL, SYD, BKK. UA has them currently running trunk routes intra hub, in addition to the international routes, during the busy summer season.
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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Mon Aug 26, 2002 11:00 pm

Tower Air was U.S. Based
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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Mon Aug 26, 2002 11:20 pm

The only pax-airlines in the US flying the flagship of the US aviation industry are:
- NWA (18 747-251Bs, 212Bs or 227Bs, 16 747-451s)
- UA (42 B747-422, 2 B747-451s)

There are some Cargo airlines that also operate (mainly used) 747 freighters:
- Atlas Air (14 747-47UFs 4 years and younger, 23 older former pax aircraft)
- Polar Air Cargo (4 747-46NFs, 18 older freighters)
- Northwest Cargo (11, 14-27 years old)
- UPS (19 converted 747-100s or 200s, 14-32 years old)
- Kalitta (5 converted 747-100s or 200s, 24-31 years old)
- Southern Air (4 converted 747-200s, 20-22 years old)
- Evergreen (9, converted 747-100s or 200s, 27-32 years old)

Additionally these 747s fly the US flag:
- NASA (3)
- USAF (7)
- General Electric (1)

Evergreen and UPS might be forced to replace many of their 747 freighters because of age soon. Many cheap classics 10 years younger are waiting for them.

Hope this fully answers your question
 
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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Mon Aug 26, 2002 11:22 pm

Here are some more SafetyDude didn't mention:

America West briefly operated 747s to Hawaii I believe:

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There was the ubiquitous Tower Air (now in airline heaven, or possibly Hell, given some people's views on the outfit):

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Probably everyone's favourite was Braniff, who operated a mix orange of -100s, -200s and -SPs - Stelios, eat your heart out!

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TWA of course was one of the 747s launch customers, and likewise operated the -100, -200 and -SP.

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Along with TWA was the one who started it all, Pan Am. Long gone, never forgotten. Again, they operated -100s, -200s and -SPs.

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I think that pretty much covers them all now

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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Tue Aug 27, 2002 12:16 am

Polar Air Cargo uses the 747-400.

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UPS uses the 747-200.

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Atlas Air also uses the 747-200 and -400.

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Northwest Cargo uses the 747-200.

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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Tue Aug 27, 2002 3:44 am

Just a little correction here. I dont think UAL is operating the 747-400 on the LAX-AKL-LAX run just yet again. I heard it will be back come the high tourist season this winter/ Summer down under. Has anyone else heard more to this rumor of 841/2 going back to 747-400 service?

 
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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Tue Aug 27, 2002 5:12 am

I also remember that Transamerica used to fly 747s. I think they started 747 service to AMS in 1979, don't know when they stopped.

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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Tue Aug 27, 2002 8:34 am

Don't forget (the usual) Air Force One! (Operated by the United States Air Force for the President of the United States) Of course if he's flying on another plane, that's Air Force One...

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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Tue Aug 27, 2002 10:44 am

National also used to fly 747s. Two of them, but not for very long  Smile
 
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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Tue Aug 27, 2002 11:26 am

here they ARE, the only two that i can think of.man dont those look nice in UNITED , and NORTHWEST paint schemes!!!

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RE: What US Airlines Use 747s?

Tue Aug 27, 2002 3:33 pm

KaiTakFan the only rumour I have heard was on this forum! The schedules say 772! I do expect to see some UA 744's here in AKL this summer though.
We can live and hope I guess but the UA 772 in AKL's only regular 777 at the moment.

Air NZ are going Double Daily non-stop 744 AKL-LAX from October 27.

Atlas Air also uses some 747-300F's now ex Sabena and Varig!

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