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  • #76
    Ha.

    I do not know, who added this date to the German wikipedia /Qantas Airways (!), but this is a beginning:
    Die erste Boeing 747 wurde am 30. Juli 1971 geliefert; der Typ wurde auf den meisten Strecken nach Europa, Afrika und dem amerikanischen Festland geflogen.
    Inauguration of the first Qantas 747: July 30th 1971. So. If this is true, then I like to say 49 years.

    Qantas missed the 49 years only by a week? Well. Again, what a farewell, after 49 years (minus one week).

    Qantas. Afaik, the one and only airline on this planet who took off with the a/c type Boeing 747-400ER:
    https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9796369 [OEJ in Sydney, July 2020].
    >> On this one, I've read one or two comments, who other photographers wrote on the main page: 'Perfect timing', and I like to second that. And there is no need to be shocked. That's what happens if an a/c type is within one airline for 49 years. There is a 747 fleet chief, and at least one 747 check captain, more than one very experienced 747 Flight Captain, (from which airline might I know that from ...) And then, photos like this just happen, I never worried, not in the first second when I saw that photo for the first time.
    But one question also stayed in my mind. How did they do it.

    With two Qantas 747, on two slightly different Flight Levels, and the upper one has the 1L door open for the photographer? It really almost seems like that.

    https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/6732690 [OEJ 'Wunala' at Rhein/Main, May 2009]

    We will never again find photo occasions like these. Because the a/c type QF-B744ER simply does no longer exist.

    So, that's what jetphotos is good for. Brilliant photos, for aviation history.
    Last edited by LH-B744; 2020-07-31, 01:49. Reason: Two Qantas 747 on two slightly different Flight Levels?
    That's what airlines are good for, amongst others,
    The Gold Member in the 747 club, 50 years since the first LH 747.
    And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
    Aviation enthusiast, since more than 35 years with home airport EDDL.

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    • #77
      The list of current members in the 747 club.. Well. Even in Europe, the list becomes shorter and shorter. Who was in the club back then in the 20th Century, when I was born.
      Not Virgin Atlantic. I am older than Virgin Atlantic, omg . But VS is another entry: former member of the 747 club, since May 2020.
      And not Corsair. I am older, again.. omg. And Corsair is another entry: former member of the 747 club, since April 2020.

      Back to the members in the 747 club ('passage version', i.e. with seats and windows), in Europe when I was born.
      Aer Lingus, Alitalia, Air France, British Airways, Condor Flugdienst, Iberia (1970-2006), KLM, Olympic Airlines, SAS Scandinavian, Sabena, TAP Lisboa, ...

      You can add an airline if you miss one. But spontaneously I count eleven 747 club members in Europe, when I was born. And today? Zero. Zero members of the 747 club when I was born are still in the club.

      In Germany, whe have a saying, der zwölfte Mann. And this is the only one in Europe which indeed still is a living club member in the 747 club?
      #12, which I have not mentioned above. But you see it every time when you look into the eyes of my avatar.. That is an honor, in my eyes.
      Last edited by LH-B744; 2020-08-09, 02:33. Reason: In the club, since more than 50 years.
      That's what airlines are good for, amongst others,
      The Gold Member in the 747 club, 50 years since the first LH 747.
      And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
      Aviation enthusiast, since more than 35 years with home airport EDDL.

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      • #78
        There are people who survive, and, Thank God, there are a/c types who survive. Another German saying. And this time I try tro tranlate, I promise.
        "Oh wie schön ist Panama." by Janosch (1978, no joke ) . Men who survive, 90 years next year. And a winter child, like me.
        In English (my own translation): "Oh how nice is Panama."
        I will cure you, said the bear to the little tiger. Ich mach dich gesund, sagte der Bär (1985).

        And this is the jetphoto on topic:
        https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9664700

        The Victor Papa. I don't know where she is right now. But Panama seems to be a good place for a 747.
        Last edited by LH-B744; 2020-08-09, 03:25. Reason: The bear cured the little tiger, not the other way round.
        That's what airlines are good for, amongst others,
        The Gold Member in the 747 club, 50 years since the first LH 747.
        And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
        Aviation enthusiast, since more than 35 years with home airport EDDL.

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        • #79
          List of current 747 operators by type:

          747SP

          Passenger
          None
          Cargo
          None
          Private
          Las Vegas Sands
          State
          Oman gov
          Military
          None
          Research /Other Roles
          NASA/DLR
          Pratt & Whitney Canada


          747-100

          Passenger
          None
          Cargo
          None
          Private
          None
          State
          None
          Military
          Iranian Air Force, includes Cargo version

          Research / Other Roles
          None

          747-200

          Passenger
          None
          Cargo
          Air Georgia
          Caspian
          Fars Qeshm
          Fly Pro
          Geo Sky
          Iran Air
          Saha Airlines
          The Cargo Airlines

          Private
          None
          State
          US gov

          Military
          Iranian Air Force, Cargo version
          US Air Force, includes US gov transport
          Research / Other Roles
          Rolls Royce North America


          747-300

          Passenger
          Mahan Air
          Cargo
          Trans Avia Export

          Private
          None
          State
          Saudi Arabian gov

          Military
          None
          Research / Other Roles
          None

          747-400

          Passenger
          Air Atlanta Icelandic
          Air India
          Air China
          Asiana
          Atlas Air
          China Airlines
          Iraqi Airways
          Korean Air
          Lufthansa
          Mahan Air
          Max Air
          One Caribbean
          Rossiya
          Saudia
          Terra Avia
          Thai
          Wamos
          Cargo

          Aerotrans
          Air ACT

          Air Atlanta Icelandic
          Air Bridge
          Air China

          Air Hong Kong
          Aquilene International

          Asiana
          ASL Belgium
          Astral
          Atlas Air
          CAL Cargo Airlines

          Cargolux
          Cargolux Italia
          Cathay Pacific
          Challenge Airlines
          China Airlines
          China Cargo
          China Southern
          DHL

          Kalitta
          KLM
          Korean Air
          Longtail
          Magma Aviation

          Martinair
          National
          Pacific Air
          Polar
          Ruby Star

          Saudia
          SF Airlines
          Silkway West
          Silkway West Italia
          Singapore Airlines
          Sky Gates
          Skylease

          Suparna
          Terra Avia
          Turkish Airlines

          UPS
          Western Global
          21 Air
          Private
          Kingdom Holdings
          State
          Bahrain gov
          Chinese gov
          Dubai gov, includes Cargo version
          Korean gov
          Morocco gov
          Oman gov
          Saudi Arabian gov
          Military
          Morocco Air Force for Morocco gov
          Republic of Korea Air Force for Korean gov
          Research / Other Roles
          Boeing-LCF
          General Electric
          Global Super Tankers
          Rolls Royce North America,,
          replacing 747-200
          Virgin Orbit

          747-8

          Passenger
          Air China
          Korean Air
          Lufthansa
          Cargo
          Air Bridge
          Atlas Air
          Cargolux
          Cathay Pacific

          DHL
          Korean Air
          NCA
          Panalpina
          Polar
          Qantas

          Qatar Airways
          Silkway West
          UPS

          Private
          None
          State
          Brunei gov
          Chinese gov
          Korean gov
          Kuwait gov
          Morocco gov
          Oman gov
          Qatar gov
          Turkish gov
          US gov

          Military
          Morocco Air Force for Morocco gov
          Republic of Korea Air Force for Korean gov, r
          eplacing 747-400
          US Air Force for US gov, replacing 747-200
          Research / Other Roles
          Boeing

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          • #80
            Kabo Air - Nigeria, the charter company suspended ops sometime back

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            • #81
              Originally posted by LUNN View Post
              List of current 747 operators by type:
              The Dream Lifters are under the Atlas 747-400?

              --- Judge what is said by the merits of what is said, not by the credentials of who said it. ---
              --- Defend what you say with arguments, not by imposing your credentials ---

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              • #82
                As Boeing in Research / Other Roles

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                • #83
                  Air Cargo Global - Slovakia, closed down a year ago

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                  • #84
                    Added:

                    Longtail Aviation - Bermuda, with one 747-400F

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                    • #85
                      Apparently Iranian Air Force 747-200F fly under Caspian Airlines as well. so higlighting it as a current operator.

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                      • #86
                        Added:

                        DLR Aerospace - Germany, the NASA 747SP is operated jointly

                        Update:

                        Ernest Angley Ministries - USA, 747SP has been stored in the desert since almost two years, and may not fly again


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                        • #87
                          Added:

                          Airtours - UK, the defunct charter airline briefly operated a 747-200

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