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F4 Boeing Customer Code

Wed Aug 10, 2022 11:37 pm

Hey everyone,

I was looking through the 747 TCDS and came across the following entry for aircraft certificated under the 747-200B certificate:

Model: 747-2F4B
Eligible Serial Numbers: 20493, 20559

The F4 customer code is, as far as I could figure, not a listed customer code, and the 2 serials were adopted by the first two Condor B747-200B's delivered in 1971/2 but these aircraft are listed as B747-230B's (Lufthansa Customer Code). Now IIRC, these aircraft were transferred to Condor from the initial Lufthansa order and it would make sense that the aircraft took on the parent airline code. If so, then why the listing of bcc F4 in the FAA type certificate? Perhaps Condor applied for a certificate prior to receiving the construction slots from Lufthansa? If anyone knows the answer to this one, I would appreciate it!

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Re: F4 Boeing Customer Code

Fri Aug 12, 2022 10:16 am

The following PW JT9D powered 747 aircraft were delivered to Lufthansa / Condor :

L/N----C/N-------Type -------Reg.------F/F----Del date----B/N-----V/N
Condor :
128 20493 B747-230B D-ABYF 71-03-17 71-04-02 R1011 RA245 Condor
186 20559 B747-230B D-ABYH 72-03-17 72-03-31 R1039 RA246 Condor W/O 83-09-01 Shakhalin

Lufthansa :
12 19746 B747-130 D-ABYA 70-02-18 70-03-10 R0012 RA201 Lufthansa
29 19747 B747-130 D-ABYB 70-03-30 70-04-13 R0029 RA202 Lufthansa W/O 74-11-20 Nairobi
44 19748 B747-130 D-ABYC 70-05-13 70-05-23 R0044 RA203 Lufthansa

132 20372 B747-230B D-ABYD 71-04-16 71-05-05 R1013 RA216 Lufthansa
179 20527 B747-230B D-ABYG 72-02-09 72-02-25 R1034 RA217 Lufthansa

168 20373 B747-230F D-ABYE 71-11-30 72-03-09 R6001 RR201 Lufthansa

AFAIK , both aircraft initially delivered to Condor were built according a different variable number block (different seat lay-out), but the customer code remained the same (30 = Lufthansa.)
Condor was at that time a 100% daughter company (leisure airline) of Lufthansa.

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