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ORFflyer (Founding Member) 02 Feb 17, 19:07Post
ANCFlyer wrote:Better fly a 747 while we still can ladies and gentlemen, their days of hauling pax, at least in the US, is rapidly drawing to a close.


Well, since I don't travel much any more on the job, getting in another ride on the Queen of the Skies looks mighty slim. Fortunately, I did get many trips on the 747 - all of them with Northwest.

DTW - NRT and back many times
NRT - SIN and back three times
DTW - AMS only once IIRC - most times that was a DC-10 both ways
NRT - MSP once
NRT - LAX once
MSP - SEA one I think too. (shortest 747 flight for me.
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ShanwickOceanic (netAirspace FAA) 02 Feb 17, 20:16Post
ANCFlyer wrote:Better fly a 747 while we still can ladies and gentlemen

Managed to grab one coming back from BOS a couple of years ago, with BA. I had many happy memories of bouncing back and forth across the Atlantic on BA 747s as a teen, so I was thrilled... until I got on board. Wow, that old girl was tired.



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Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast:
For it is the number of a man; and its number is One hundred threescore and twelve.
airtrainer 22 Feb 17, 19:11Post
Two more 747s retiring {cry}

Garuda Indonesia's PK-GSG has been retired last week, his sister PK-GSH is said to be retired in april.
Sir, would you like chicken or pasta ?
halls120 (Plank Owner) 23 Feb 17, 17:11Post
ORFflyer wrote:
ANCFlyer wrote:Better fly a 747 while we still can ladies and gentlemen, their days of hauling pax, at least in the US, is rapidly drawing to a close.


Well, since I don't travel much any more on the job, getting in another ride on the Queen of the Skies looks mighty slim. Fortunately, I did get many trips on the 747 - all of them with Northwest.

DTW - NRT and back many times
NRT - SIN and back three times
DTW - AMS only once IIRC - most times that was a DC-10 both ways
NRT - MSP once
NRT - LAX once
MSP - SEA one I think too. (shortest 747 flight for me.


My first flight ever was on an AA 747-100 LAX-JFK in June 1971. Had a window seat and it was a glorious ride. My last 747 ride was memorable, NRT-ORD, sitting in the upper deck. Many, many other flights - IAD-FRA, LHR-IAD, SFO-HKG, NRT-SFO, SYD-LAX.
md88dawg 23 Feb 17, 22:30Post
Sadly, another non-ETOPS DL 763 (N129DL) has ventured west, this time to San Bernardino: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL9 ... /KATL/KSBD
NCoats737 28 Feb 17, 00:40Post


Off to Pasture today. She ferried from ANC-SEA earlier today to offlaod all Alaska Airlines owned equipment, Scheduled to PAE for lease return this evening.

2/27/2017
9803
SEA-PAE
7:00:00 PM
7:30:00 PM
Beat it to fit, paint it to match.
md88dawg 28 Feb 17, 04:22Post
She will be missed! You got some awesome photos of her.

NCoats737 wrote:

Off to Pasture today. She ferried from ANC-SEA earlier today to offlaod all Alaska Airlines owned equipment, Scheduled to PAE for lease return this evening.

2/27/2017
9803
SEA-PAE
7:00:00 PM
7:30:00 PM
NCoats737 28 Feb 17, 14:03Post
Retired Alaska tails from the past 2 years.

737-400
754AS, 755AS, 771AS, 772AS,
773AS, 774AS, 775AS, 776AS,
778AS, 779AS, 780AS, 782AS,
783AS, 784AS, 785AS, 786AS,
795AS, 796AS, 705AS, 706AS,
791AS

737-700
617AS, 623AS, 624AS, 629AS,
645AS, 647AS, 648AS, 649AS
Beat it to fit, paint it to match.
JLAmber (netAirspace ATC & Founding Member) 24 Apr 17, 14:47Post
Kalitta Cargo's N793CK retired to OSC on Saturday, bringing to an end US-based 747-200 operations.

A million great ideas...
airtrainer 24 Apr 17, 15:44Post
G-BEVT, Aurigny's last Trislander will be retired soon. Farewell flights will be operated next month, see post in the Social section...
Sir, would you like chicken or pasta ?
IFEMaster (Project Dark Overlord & Founding Member) 25 Apr 17, 17:26Post
JLAmber wrote:Kalitta Cargo's N793CK retired to OSC on Saturday, bringing to an end US-based 747-200 operations.



Airline Reporter had a nice little write-up on this frame's retirement:

http://www.airlinereporter.com/2017/04/ ... s-storage/
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JLAmber (netAirspace ATC & Founding Member) 28 Apr 17, 16:22Post
Another Swiss A343 leaves the fleet. HB-JMK is reportedly being parted out as a spares aircraft to support the newer A340s going to Edelweiss.

A million great ideas...
airtrainer 28 Apr 17, 17:24Post
JLAmber wrote:Another Swiss A343 leaves the fleet. HB-JMK is reportedly being parted out as a spares aircraft to support the newer A340s going to Edelweiss.



Indeed, this poor bird was flown yesterday to ENS (Enschede, Germany) after serving its last revenue flight from JNB earlier this week {cry}
Sir, would you like chicken or pasta ?
Lucas (netAirspace ATC & Founding Member) 29 Apr 17, 06:24Post
This thread makes me so sad. Unlike most here, I get few opportunities to fly. Thanks, ATC work! :'(

Also, I'm rather poor, but that's neither here nor there.
md88dawg 23 Jun 17, 03:28Post
Sadly, a DL MD-90 is said to be retiring tomorrow for BYH.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL9 ... /KATL/KBYH

I believe it will be N902DA, but we will know for sure tomorrow. {cry}

Image
N902DA at Miami - International
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md88dawg 24 Jun 17, 17:16Post
Good news, for now--The MD-90 will continue flying for a while, but retirements may start in December of this year. :-(

md88dawg wrote:Sadly, a DL MD-90 is said to be retiring tomorrow for BYH.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL9 ... /KATL/KBYH

I believe it will be N902DA, but we will know for sure tomorrow. {cry}

Image
N902DA at Miami - International
by Maurits Eisenblätter on netAirspace.com
Lucas (netAirspace ATC & Founding Member) 25 Jun 17, 01:25Post
That makes me sad. I've done a billions legs on DL's MD-90s...LOVE that airplane. It's awesome to sit by the window across from engine in a pounding rain and watch water flow backward and get sucked into it.
helvknight (Founding Member) 05 Jul 17, 18:55Post
LXs RJ100 withdrawal is almost complete - I'm not sure if they have any left in fact. I haven't heard the dinosaur roar of the flaps over my apartment for a while.

This is a quick blogpost from LX's site about HB-IYQ's last journey as a Swiss aircraft to Cranfield. She'll be leased on although some of the older ones have been parted out.

https://blog.swiss.com/en/2017/07/avro- ... iss-flight

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JLAmber (netAirspace ATC & Founding Member) 05 Jul 17, 19:49Post
helvknight wrote:I'm not sure if they have any left in fact


Just the two - HB-IYU which went tech in Rotterdam on Monday and hasn't moved since and HB-IYZ, currently operating the last LCY-ZRH flight of the day.

A company called Falko Regional Leasing seem to be picking up the newer frames. No idea what they have planned, though converting them to combis and flying regional ops around Australia seems a popular destination for retiring 146s.
A million great ideas...
md88dawg 29 Jul 17, 02:39Post
Sadly, N954U is currently en route to ROW from DFW: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N954 ... /KDFW/KROW


Image
N954U at Dallas/Ft. Worth - International
by CO777ER on netAirspace.com


The AA fleet is less one MD-82 now. :(
JLAmber (netAirspace ATC & Founding Member) 10 Aug 17, 17:27Post
Etihad have retired their last A345. A6-EHD is now parked at Teruel, almost certainly to be scrapped.

A million great ideas...
ShanwickOceanic (netAirspace FAA) 10 Aug 17, 18:46Post
Just 10 years old, too.
Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast:
For it is the number of a man; and its number is One hundred threescore and twelve.
fiatstilojtd 12 Aug 17, 17:36Post
21. August BR892 HKG-TPE operated by B-16411 will be the last commercial B747 Eva Air Passenger flight. They will continue to use B747 for Cargo flights until the new B777F arrive.

http://www.austrianaviation.net/detail/ ... 7-400-aus/
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Zak (netAirspace FAA) 15 Aug 17, 14:45Post
The first A380 has been retired:


9V-SKA, MSN 003, first A380 that was delivered to an airline. Retired after 11.3 years. Last revenue flight was on 11 June.

The first few air frames suffered from a lot of teething problems, which may have contributed to the rather early retirement.

Source (German): http://www.aero.de/news-27259/Singapore ... 0-aus.html
Yes, the new EU copyright directive is that stupid.
ORFflyer (Founding Member) 15 Aug 17, 16:16Post
Still the only A380 I've seen in person. These were in SIN back in 2008. I think it was the only one flying for SQ at the time. Maybe a second was already delivered, but I'm not real sure. One from the terminal, and two from when my outbound taxied by....

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Edit: That looks like 9A-SKB. Second one for SQ maybe?
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