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Most underrated airplane retirements

Thu Jun 03, 2021 4:22 pm

What were some airplane retirements from airlines that didn't get much attention but you felt like it deserved more? I'm not referring to the ones where there were parties (Delta 744) or where they got retros (BA 757), but rather planes that didn't get water cannon salutes, parties, or any of the sort. And also for the sake of streamlining the thread, let's try not to include retirements from COVID-19, as they did get a ton of media coverage, even though there weren't any parties. Anyways, I already made some threads about those last year
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As for my personal underrated retirement, it has got to be the Delta 767-200 for me. It hardly got any media attention, and since there were only 15-20 in the fleet, they were rare. And besides, I wasn't even born when they were in service. But, it WAS Delta's first 767 and the Deltaflot livery didn't look so bad on it.
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Another Delta one is the 737-200. It was the first 737 variant they flew but didn't garner much attention in their 2006 retirement :(
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Sorry for only Delta in this list, but the last one is the NWA DC-9-30/40 retirement in 2010-11. This one was so minor and underrated that it wasn't even repainted! I wonder if there were any frames that made it to 2011 and why they repainted the DC-9-50s... (Not trying to bring back the long dead NW DC-9s topic.)
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Re: Most underrated airplane retirements

Thu Jun 03, 2021 5:36 pm

The Delta DC-9 retirement. Considering how much discussion there was surrounding the type on this forum, it was really quiet.

There are tons of silent retirements that happened during this crisis. The KLM and British Airways 747s, the SAS A340, Delta MD-80 and MD-90, all the A380s etc.
 
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Re: Most underrated airplane retirements

Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:34 pm

VSMUT wrote:
The Delta DC-9 retirement. Considering how much discussion there was surrounding the type on this forum, it was really quiet.

There are tons of silent retirements that happened during this crisis. The KLM and British Airways 747s, the SAS A340, Delta MD-80 and MD-90, all the A380s etc.




I do believe that the DC-9-50 retirement at DL did have a party with a cake cutting, cannon salute, and other celebrations. There was even a TR about it!
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However, I was referring to planes which got nothing. I am currently unaware of any celebrations for the DL 762 sendoff, except if you include the Spirit of Delta... THough you are right, the SAS and AF A340s were very very silent retirments.
 
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Re: Most underrated airplane retirements

Fri Jun 04, 2021 1:30 am

Did Pan Am ever have a B-707 retirement?
 
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Re: Most underrated airplane retirements

Fri Jun 04, 2021 2:15 am

Continental’s retirement of the epic 727 didn’t get much attention, or the DC10 and 747 for that matter


The 762’s premature exit got none
 
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Re: Most underrated airplane retirements

Fri Jun 04, 2021 5:34 am

Can't say I'm too surprised by some of these mentioned. Retirement of a subtype usually doesn't get much attention. Why celebrate retiring a 762, when you've still got dozens of 763/764s flying around?

The dc9 with Delta seems to be in line with their overall perspective. They were Northwest aircraft and not DL, send them away asap and quietly. I think if it wasn't for being one of the last carriers, and UA also retiring the 744, DL wouldn't have done as much.

The Covid retirements...the less I say the better. Laying off staff by the thousands, wage cuts, closing facilities...but throwing a party to celebrate sending an aluminum tube to the desert. Just terrible
 
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Re: Most underrated airplane retirements

Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:06 am

I guess you could say the same when KLM retired their 737-300/400s, after all there were plenty of 737NGs left. The classics disappeared seemingly unnoticed.
 
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Re: Most underrated airplane retirements

Fri Jun 04, 2021 1:40 pm

VSMUT wrote:
There are tons of silent retirements that happened during this crisis. The KLM and British Airways 747s,


Not sure about the BA 747 retirement being silent. It made national news in the UK and when the two final BA 747s left LHR it was broadcast live on TV.

Of course had it been non-pandemic times the send off would have been much more along the lines of the one BA gave Concorde, IMO, but in the climate of when it all happened BA couldn't have done that much more.
 
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Re: Most underrated airplane retirements

Fri Jun 04, 2021 4:03 pm

Max Q wrote:
Continental’s retirement of the epic 727 didn’t get much attention, or the DC10 and 747 for that matter


The 762’s premature exit got none


I don't recall much hoopla when they retired their MD80's either back in 2005 or 2006. Spot on with the B762 retirement, very premature.
 
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Re: Most underrated airplane retirements

Fri Jun 04, 2021 7:11 pm

I wouldn't say klm 747 went unnoticed, last flight from Mex got good coverage and on many out stations it got a water salute or there was some sort of farewell party.
 
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Re: Most underrated airplane retirements

Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:18 pm

IAHFLYR wrote:
Max Q wrote:
Continental’s retirement of the epic 727 didn’t get much attention, or the DC10 and 747 for that matter


The 762’s premature exit got none


I don't recall much hoopla when they retired their MD80's either back in 2005 or 2006. Spot on with the B762 retirement, very premature.



That’s true about the MD80 as well


There wasn’t much affection for it though, especially from me and I flew it for four years !
 
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Re: Most underrated airplane retirements

Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:42 am

The QF 747 retirement was a lot more subdued than it should be based on the history of the type at the airline due to covid. At one point they solely operated the 747.

The VA 777 retirement in their administration was very low key, they were just gone.

Depending on if they come back or not, but if they don’t there would of been no special retirement for QFs A380 fleet.
 
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Re: Most underrated airplane retirements

Sat Jun 05, 2021 3:07 am

Continental’s A300’s were another type that didn’t get a send off

Bethune wanted to go all Boeing and he did everything right, transformed the airline but the A300 was a really nice aircraft, very comfortable and it was a shame to see it go
 
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Re: Most underrated airplane retirements

Sat Jun 05, 2021 10:40 am

While TG did have a send-off for the A300 and 737-400 fleets, their 747-200, -300 and -400 fleets didn't actually get an actual retirement ceremony, same goes for their MD-11 and A340 fleets.
 
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Re: Most underrated airplane retirements

Sat Jun 05, 2021 9:26 pm

fbgdavidson wrote:
Not sure about the BA 747 retirement being silent. It made national news in the UK and when the two final BA 747s left LHR it was broadcast live on TV.


Yes, there was plenty of media attention. Only the retirement of the BA Concorde attracted more media attention.

Most retirements seem to pass by, noticed only by aviation enthusiasts.

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