727LOVER
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Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:53 pm

What airlines have flown scheduled 747 service to TPA?

I can think of:

NW to MKE (im 99.9999% sure it was to MKE)
PA to IAD/LHR
AC to ?....EA
DL
UA
Wardair--I remember seeing one, but I cant remember if TPA got those on a regular basis.


edited to add:

Forgot about BA...I know I've seen one here, but again....on a regular scheduled basis?????









......& TPA's first A380 operator will be?????????      

[Edited 2012-09-08 13:54:51]
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:55 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
I can think of:

NW to MKE (im 99.9999% sure it was to MKE)

Yes, in NW's December 18, 1974 timetable they had a daily 747 MSP-MKE-TPA round trip.
 
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:16 am

wow..impressive what airlines used to use the 747 for...spotting in the 70's and 80's mustve been alot more exciting than the current RJ beehives in all white we have today =(
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:40 am

What was the routing of the UA 747 into TPA? I recall CLE-TPA being DC-10 (and CLE-MIA being 747),.
 
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:35 am

I remember my cousin flying from TPA to ORD on a NW 747 in 1972? I was MORE than a bit jealous!
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:44 am

Didn't the original National airlines run a 747 through Tampa once in a while? I looked on departed flights, but their earliest timetable was 1974, and I thought National rid themselves of their 747's not too long after getting them, in favor of the DC-10.
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:07 pm

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 5):

That's what I'm thinking because I remember seeing that somewhere.....it's just something I never remember seeing with my own eyes.
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:44 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
AC to ?...

I think it was Toronto, the 747 service was seasonal though, at least in the 90's.

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
& TPA's first A380 operator will be?????????      

Yes, we can dream! The first 380 in TPA will be a diversion...
 
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:50 pm

727LOVER

...What airlines have flown scheduled 747 service to TPA...Forgot about BA...I know I've seen one here, but again....on a regular scheduled basis?????...

Yes, BA did have a regular scheduled B747 service to TPA in the 1980s. Routing was LHR-MIA-TPA.

I don't know when it started or finished but I operated that service several times during 1985 and 1986.

I believe that soon after 1986 it changed from a B747 to a DC10, which operated LGW-BDA-TPA, before later becoming a B777, which continues, to the present day, to operate the only direct UK-TPA service.

Best Regards

Bellerophon

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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:23 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
if TPA got those on a regular basis.

Yes. During the winter "high season".

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
NW to MKE

Although typically they would be routed through ORD.

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 5):
National airlines run a 747 through Tampa once in a while? I

Yes.
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:31 pm

Delta's scheduled 747 service to TPA was seasonal and a one-way affair.
The April 15, 1972 OAG shows DL 25 operating from DTW/TPA/MIA as a 747.
I believe this was a common schedule in snowbird season, for some years.

NW 747 service to TPA was quite common for a time and ORD and MKE were
common destinations. I remember many a time when there were several Redtail
Whales at the D Concourse, together with a DC-10 and 727 (or several) and one
would have thought that TPA was a mini-hub!
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:39 pm

Two NW 747 @ the same time???!  Wow! Gotta admit, dont recall ever seeing that!!! 

DL---anybody know what gate was used??
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:05 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 11):
DL---anybody know what gate was used??

At that time, most likely Gate 35. I am unsure but most likely accurate. Other choice would be Gate 37. My dad worked for DL and recalls being the first to marshall the flight into the gate.
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:29 pm

Quoting Bellerophon (Reply 8):
I believe that soon after 1986 it changed from a B747 to a DC10, which operated LGW-BDA-TPA, before later becoming a B777, which continues, to the present day, to operate the only direct UK-TPA service.

BA service to TPA was on-and-off from the 80's through the mid-90's. Britannia & Caledonian filled in during the periods BA did not operate. Now, when BA finally had consistent TPA-LGW service around '96-'97, they utilized the 742 until finally downgauging to the 772 in the late 90's.
 
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:57 pm

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 5):
Didn't the original National airlines run a 747 through Tampa once in a while? I looked on departed flights, but their earliest timetable was 1974, and I thought National rid themselves of their 747's not too long after getting them, in favor of the DC-10.

National's 2 747-100s were delivered in September and October 1970. They both went to NW in May 1976.
 
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:37 pm

Quoting Yukon880 (Reply 10):
one
would have thought that TPA was a mini-hub!

Yes, especially during peak season. It was a pretty impressive show to see red-tails parked at every available NW gate!
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:25 pm

The first 747 I ever saw was a NW example at TPA...1974ish. I was in the parking garage and noticed a big red tail in the distance...ran to the end of the ramp and saw a big beautiful silver bird. Still fresh in my memory all these years later! The Wardair flights mentioned in a previous post were seasonal nonstops from Toronto. Also...the only 747 I've ever flown on was Pan American nonstop Tampa to Dulles.

[Edited 2012-09-10 09:27:05]

[Edited 2012-09-10 09:30:05]
 
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:57 pm

Quoting Yukon880 (Reply 10):


one
would have thought that TPA was a mini-hub!

Actually, it WAS a mini-hub pre-Repbulic.  
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:09 am

As a young kid growing up in Chicago in the 70's, we flew NW 747's and DC10's between Chicago and Tampa several years in a row in the mid and late 70's. The good old days of aviation. We also flew 747's in the late 70's on UA from ORD to LAX as well.
 
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:38 am

A few things I remember from my early teenage years growing up near TPA in the 70's.

The NW 747 operated depending on the year MSP-MKE-TPA-MKE-MSP or MSP-ORD-TPA-ORD-MSP, it also sat for over 3 hours arrived around 1230-1330 and departed at 1700.

As previously mentioned on the only DL service as Flight 25 DTW-TPA-MIA and always Winter only and after dark.

Air Canada operated the 747-132 to from YYZ most winters and it parked on Gate 35 as it would not fit on their Gate 32.

I recall two different times NAL operated their 747-135 at TPA. They briefly operated one way but Daily MIA-TPA-IAH then another year twice weekly (Thur and Sunday) MIA-TPA-LAS-TPA-MIA.

This is all I recall from the period, def know EA-TW-UA.

I hope this helps.

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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:56 am

Why didnt AC use gate 31?
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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:55 am

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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:43 am

Quoting LGA777 (Reply 19):
Air Canada operated the 747-132 to from YYZ most winters and it parked on Gate 35 as it would not fit on their Gate 32.
Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 20):
Why didnt AC use gate 31?

Personally, I do not ever recall seeing an Air Canada 747-133 at TPA gate C35 but I do not doubt that it may have happened. However, I do remember this...


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RE: Scheduled 747 Service To TPA

Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:20 am

I vividly remember seeing the Pan Am 747s at the old airside E at TPA during the 1980s.

During the same era, Pan Am also operated the Pan Am Airbridge operation from Tampa-Miami with 727s and for a time with ex-Air Florida 732s. Anyone else remember that?

Or better yet, before that when National occupied E?

Man, those were the days...

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