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747 Classics as of 2018

Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:11 pm

Hello all! I know there are a couple of post like this. But since it is almost 5 months into 2018, I would like to know how many 747 classics (Doesn't matter if it's a passenger aircraft or a freighter) that are still flying as of 2018. The only classics I know flying is the 2 US Presidental 747-200s that will be replaced by the 747-8i's very soon. As always thank you for your answers and have a wonderful day!
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Re: 747 Classics as of 2018

Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:21 pm

Narfish641 wrote:
Hello all! I know there are a couple of post like this. But since it is almost 5 months into 2018, I would like to know how many 747 classics (Doesn't matter if it's a passenger aircraft or a freighter) that are still flying as of 2018. The only classics I know flying is the 2 US Presidental 747-200s that will be replaced by the 747-8i's very soon. As always thank you for your answers and have a wonderful day!


Commercial:

1 747-300 Mahan Air (Passenger)

I don't think any commercial freighters in operation.

Other:

2 Presidential USAF
Nasa has a 747SP
Im sure a few others here and there although not sure. Certainly not many at all.
 
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Re: 747 Classics as of 2018

Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:25 pm

Air Georgia is operating two 747-200 freighters.
TransAviaExport, from Belarus, is operating a single Boeing 747-300 freighter.
About 10 747SP are active as of 2018.
There's a cargo carrier in Iran operating a 747-200F... and I think Iran Air still have their 742 freighter EP-ICD active.
Iran Air Force still flies their B747-100s ex-TWA as tankers (KC-747). Not sure if they still have this role or if they're used as cargo planes only.

If I remember correctely, one 747-200F ex Kalitta (recently retired) was purchased by one of these obscure ex-URSS cargo airlines too
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Re: 747 Classics as of 2018

Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:59 pm

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Re: 747 Classics as of 2018

Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:28 pm

leleko747 wrote:
Air Georgia is operating two 747-200 freighters.
TransAviaExport, from Belarus, is operating a single Boeing 747-300 freighter.
About 10 747SP are active as of 2018.
There's a cargo carrier in Iran operating a 747-200F... and I think Iran Air still have their 742 freighter EP-ICD active.
Iran Air Force still flies their B747-100s ex-TWA as tankers (KC-747). Not sure if they still have this role or if they're used as cargo planes only.

If I remember correctely, one 747-200F ex Kalitta (recently retired) was purchased by one of these obscure ex-URSS cargo airlines too

The cargo airline in Iran you are talking about is Fars Air Qeshm. They have 2 747-200F's. EP-FAA has not been active recently, but EP-FAB has been flying between Damascus and Tehran, carrying "goods".
 
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Re: 747 Classics as of 2018

Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:30 pm

Narfish641 wrote:
Hello all! I know there are a couple of post like this. But since it is almost 5 months into 2018, I would like to know how many 747 classics (Doesn't matter if it's a passenger aircraft or a freighter) that are still flying as of 2018. The only classics I know flying is the 2 US Presidental 747-200s that will be replaced by the 747-8i's very soon. As always thank you for your answers and have a wonderful day!


Doubt those USAF 748's will be in service in the next 2 years

China still has a few 742F's with UniTop Airlines
737-300/400/500 ... are NOT classics :)
 
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Re: 747 Classics as of 2018

Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:31 pm

itisi wrote:

China still has a few 742F's with UniTop Airlines


I believe they only have 1 registered now, and it's stored/not flying.
 
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Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:46 pm

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Re: 747 Classics as of 2018

Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:12 pm

Feel like the 747 classics have died off quicker than say the 727.

10-11 years ago MIA was full of classic 747s. My all time favorite airplane.
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Re: 747 Classics as of 2018

Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:20 pm

The Saudi Government currently operates 2 747SP and 1 747-300. Not sure if any of these planes are due for replacement soon.
 
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Re: 747 Classics as of 2018

Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:49 pm

Thanks for all the answers guys as always. It really sucks that between last year and 2021 there will be a mass 747-400 retirements. I have never flown on one before as many had. But hey, at least we have the -8is around plus British Airways keeping theirs a little longer. I hope to get my chance soon. If not, there is always the Delta 747 Museum in ATL...... :duck:. Still, the age of the Queen as a passenger plane is dying like a wildfire on cocaine. A real bummer but that's reality.
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Re: 747 Classics as of 2018

Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:34 am

I know that the Bahrain Amiri flight did have a 747SP A9C-HAK in their fleet, not sure if the aircraft is still operational though.
 
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Re: 747 Classics as of 2018

Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:01 pm

flymia wrote:
Feel like the 747 classics have died off quicker than say the 727. 10-11 years ago MIA was full of classic 747s. My all time favorite airplane.


:checkmark:

Just like here at AMS. One moment the classics were still a common sight, with several classic freighters flying in and out every day, and the next time I looked, they were suddenly all gone... Still can't believe how quick this went. :shakehead: I really miss those wonderful classic 747 workhorses and their deep rumble and I wish I had given them a closer look while they were still there :banghead:

The time has come to consciously enjoy the sight of every 747-400 that we see, before it's too late.

On a sidenote: I think it's remarkable that there are relatively many 747SP's among the survivors. Back in the day, the SP was more or less regarded as a commercial failure with just 45 built, but now there's a chance that an SP will outlive all other classic variants.

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