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Old September 11th, 2016, 01:29 PM   #2421
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Old September 11th, 2016, 05:26 PM   #2422
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It's really sad to see the 1000th Boeing 747, originally operated by Singapore Airlines as 9V-SMU, and later converted into freighter for Southern Air, have been scrapped. Its wing have been dismantled, while its fuselage awaiting its fate.



I remember that when it was still in operation with SQ, it was always perfectly maintained and always in mint condition.



I can only imagine on what would happen had the plane never converted into freighter and instead operated by some of those charter airlines?
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Old September 11th, 2016, 07:31 PM   #2423
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It's really sad to see the 1000th Boeing 747, originally operated by Singapore Airlines as 9V-SMU, and later converted into freighter for Southern Air, have been scrapped. Its wing have been dismantled, while its fuselage awaiting its fate.

I remember that when it was still in operation with SQ, it was always perfectly maintained and always in mint condition.

I can only imagine on what would happen had the plane never converted into freighter and instead operated by some of those charter airlines?
High operating costs and high fuel consumption of the 747, this is inevitable. How old is this frame when it was scrapped?
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Old September 11th, 2016, 08:42 PM   #2424
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Old September 11th, 2016, 10:38 PM   #2425
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Boeing offered PIA the 748i last year inplace of five 77W they had on order, but the aircraft were found to be restricted MTOW wise for operations from Lahore airport.

Incase no one knew PIA operated their last 747 flight was in July 2015, it was a series -300, the -200 went in 2005 and the -200 Combi in 2012 or so.

ACMI cargo operator Rayyan Air which had two -200F shut down and their assets were taken up by another ACMI called AHS Air, now they too are selling both the aircraft possibly shutting down as well, yet another ACMI company Vision Air sold of its only 747F a -200 to a Georgian operator.

All of the above are Pakistani carriers.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 10:46 PM   #2426
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PiotrG has already answered in post #2412:
Actually Boeing order book from July 2016 still shows Arik listed in there.
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Old September 12th, 2016, 07:20 AM   #2427
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Indeed, but order is dead. It's only metter of time before it will be cancelled or converted.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 03:15 PM   #2428
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High operating costs and high fuel consumption of the 747
But some of its elder former SQ peers are still flying with some charter airlines around the world
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Old September 13th, 2016, 06:42 PM   #2429
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Boeing offered PIA the 748i last year inplace of five 77W they had on order, but the aircraft were found to be restricted MTOW wise for operations from Lahore airport.
I would have loved to a 747-8 in a PIA Livery and I feel that the line would have been able to fill those planes (although I am less sure if they could make a decent profit in doing so) if they deployed them on their London and North American routes. So its a shame they never got the planes.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 08:26 PM   #2430
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Boeing 747-123 - American Airlines at LAX on
November 1980
Source : http://www.airliners.net/photo/Ameri...7-123/798764/L
That's the first time ever I saw a AA 747. By the way, what a crappy livery.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 10:40 PM   #2431
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And that is end of Arik Air order:
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http://www.insidertelegraph.com/brea...s-amidst-debt/
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Old September 14th, 2016, 03:53 AM   #2432
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It's really sad to see the 1000th Boeing 747, originally operated by Singapore Airlines as 9V-SMU, and later converted into freighter for Southern Air, have been scrapped.
I flew on 9V-SMU a few times, so it's a bit sad for me, but really inevitable. The era of four-engine airliners is effectively over.
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Old September 14th, 2016, 07:32 AM   #2433
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I sometime wonder why can't they keep it in a museum? What's the rush for scrapping her?
Although I've to admit its historical significance is just the fact that its 1000th Boeing 747 built. That is all.
Unlike Qantas' VH-OJA which flew the longest non-stop flight ever undertaken by Boeing 747, or N661US which is the prototype of Boeing 747-400?
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Why? For money.
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Old September 15th, 2016, 12:03 AM   #2435
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That's the first time ever I saw a AA 747. By the way, what a crappy livery.
They had SP too

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Old September 15th, 2016, 12:15 AM   #2436
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Malaysian retro scheme 744 is back with the airline, it was being sold but the deal failed, aircraft had been flown To Jakarta to get buyers livery.

MASkargo have stored both 744F since several months, probably wont get reactivated.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 01:19 PM   #2437
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Tbh, AA's bare livery looks small on the 747.
Anyway, it's good that putrajaya is back with MH hope they now fly to her intended destinations.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 01:25 PM   #2438
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The new Malaysia boss wants to get rid of the 4 engine fleet quick.

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Old September 17th, 2016, 08:37 PM   #2439
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They resumed operations the day after*, although reguardless the order I highly doubt if the airline will ever recieve them, shame though considering how such a plane would look.

*http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/16/news...ik-air-africa/, although Aero Contractors (the other main airline in Nigeria) has recently suspended operations (http://qz.com/780577/arik-air-nigeri...on-in-decades/). Thus the airline has become more critical than ever for transportation sector of Nigeria.
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Old September 19th, 2016, 03:22 AM   #2440
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Can people here post info on who is ending 747 operations as well, hardly any posts on that.

Mahan Air have stopped flying their 743s, while 744s remain stored two all white, one still in Ghana's Smile Air livery after the lease deal flopped, and Iran Air are left with just a single 742F, the last 74S and 742M gone.
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