sonicruiser
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Airlines that have retired the 747

Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:01 pm

Thought I'd start a running list of airlines that have retired the 747 and what year. Feel free to make any additions to the list if there's something missing.

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SQ-12
NZ-14
NH-14
PK-15
AF-16
CX-16
BR-17
UA-17
DL-17
 
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:19 pm

AC-
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fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
 
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albertocsc
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:30 pm

IB- 09
 
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:33 pm

Aer Lingus- 94
 
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:40 pm

American
TWA
Eastern
Continental
Braniff
National

Not as easy to find the last years as I thought it would be.
 
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:06 am

OA - 00
 
Wednesdayite
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:22 am

Northwest - 2007 (although still used for charters until 2009)
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:50 am

Not sure how much sense this makes as most of western world legacy airlines operated the jumbo at one point

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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:37 am

MH - 18. Although pax 744 ops ended 6 years ago, it was only in this year that 744F ops ended, with the planes going to Silk Way Airlines.
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:11 am

Air Canada

747-100 - 3: 1971-1998
747-200M (Combi) - 3: 1975-1999
747-400 - 4: 1990-2003
747-400M (Combi) - 3: 1990-2003
 
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:52 am

SAS 1987
 
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:20 am

Wednesdayite wrote:
Northwest - 2007 (although still used for charters until 2009)

Northwest Airlines (NWA) never stopped operating the 747, as it was rolled into Delta's (DL) operations following the merger.
 
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:22 am

WayexTDI wrote:
Wednesdayite wrote:
Northwest - 2007 (although still used for charters until 2009)

Northwest Airlines (NWA) never stopped operating the 747, as it was rolled into Delta's (DL) operations following the merger.


I bet he is thinking of the 747-200. Is that when the -200 was retired by NW?
 
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:37 am

BoeingGuy wrote:
WayexTDI wrote:
Wednesdayite wrote:
Northwest - 2007 (although still used for charters until 2009)

Northwest Airlines (NWA) never stopped operating the 747, as it was rolled into Delta's (DL) operations following the merger.


I bet he is thinking of the 747-200. Is that when the -200 was retired by NW?

Sounds about right. But OP was asking about 747's, not a specific version of it.
 
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:39 am

upperdeckfan wrote:
Not sure how much sense this makes as most of western world legacy airlines operated the jumbo at one point

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AI is still operating the 744.
 
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:21 am

This list will be absolutely endless as there have been hundreds of operators of the Boeing 747 of all variants since the first example entered service in 1969.

Even if you list those legacy airlines that had the aircraft in their fleets the list would be an extremely long one as most of them have at least operated them over the years.

Some of those legacy airlines only operated the B747 on short term leases, some airlines only lasted for a very short period of time using the aircraft.

Many airlines purchased them brand new and many other airlines purchased second hand examples but I could try and list everyone of those operators but I'm sure that I would also miss many of them.

If we were to just mention legacies or flag carriers you could almost add everyone of them that have ever existed and your find that the B747 was part of their fleets at one time or another.

There are many examples of airlines throughout the world that obtained the B747 through mergers or their subsidiaries operated them.

Wikipedia although not always totally accurate gives a detailed list of former operators of the B747.

The list would be far easier to compile if the question was, what remaining airlines whether they are passenger and cargo still operate the B747?

I could go as far as to mention the worlds flag carriers or legacy airlines that had the B747 in their fleets at some point in time and not including their subsidiaries as in Lufthansa and Condor or British Airways and British Airtours but again the list would be huge.
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:51 pm

SN (Sabena) 2000
SR (Swissair) 2000
ME (Middle East Airline) 1998
MD (Air Madagascar) 2003
GN (Air Gabon) 1992
UY (Cameroun Airlines) 2004
RJ (Royal Jordanian) 1989
RB (Syrianair) 2007
UL (Air Lanka) 1987
 
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:48 am

PIA 747-200, 747-300. Also Iran Air.
 
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:27 am

LH658 wrote:
PIA 747-200, 747-300. Also Iran Air.


Out of all the airlines throughout the world that have previously operated the B747 and you've added just the two, thanks for that!

And those two examples are not really a surprise!
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:41 am

LH Converted their 744 combi to full pax. Air Georgia, Royal Brunei Government, Kuwait Airways, Iraqi Airways, Royal Air Maroc,Wamos Air, Air New Zealand.
 
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:13 am

Considering that the majority of posters are just adding an airline here and an airline there or one or two at a time or three or four at a time how is it really helpful to the OP's original question?

But I'll say it again there has been so many operators of the B747 of all variants since the aircraft first entered commercial service with Pan Am in 1969 that the list would be endless but how is it helping the OP in his quest to find out all the previous airlines that operated the B747 and the year in which they actually retired them.

Wikipedia has a list of all the former operators of the B747 but doesn't give a full list as to when the majority of them retired, listing all of the airlines that previously operated the B747 might be a difficult one to collate but adding the years or dates in which those airlines retired them would be the difficult part.

For example airlines such as Delta had B747s in their fleet over two different periods in their history, MEA never operated their own but did operate the B747 during certain periods on short and leased terms from different airlines including British Airways, same as Viasa, same as Zambia Airways the list goes on and on it's a very difficult one to compile but I'm tempted to actually do a full list of passenger airlines that have operated the B747 since it first entered service in 1969 but I'm definitely not going to attempt to add the dates in which those airlines retired them or ceased using them as returned after leased.
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:48 am

GA (Garuda Indonesia) - 2017.
 
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:30 am

Considering the amount of airlines and operators that have formerly operated the B747 since it's inauguration into service in 1969 how does just mentioning one airline such as Garuda add anything to the discussion!
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:23 pm

TG:
742-1997
743-2007
744-N/A
SQ:
744-2012
MH:
744-2012
GA:
744-2018
PR:
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:25 pm

Well, Isn't it easier to take the list of airlines that EVER operated 747's (lots, more than a hundred, and probably a couple of hundred) and subtract the list of airlines that still operate 747's (few; probably ~30, give or take -- if you limit yourself to passenger operators only).

That would give you a scale of the list you want.
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Re: Airlines that have retired the 747

Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:54 pm

In 2009 Surinam Airways (PY) retired it's sole 747-300 and replaced it with an A340-300. It was the only 747 they ever had in the fleet.

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