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Classic Operators - Who's out there and who was the best ?
Hi Every body,
There's not too many 74 Classic operators still going right now and not too many current Classic crews . . . but does anybody have a list of just who is operating the Classic at the moment ?
There's generally some work for ad-hoc crews during the Hajj period but it seems to be a bit thin on the ground for the rest of the year. Any information that you might come up with would be very useful . . and any contact details would be much appreciated.
For any old Classic crews on here . . who was your favourite Classic operating company ? Personally I enjoyed my Classic time with Air Atlanta.
Of my time flying the 747 Classic, I only flew for three operators...
Air Hong Kong...started just before they took delivery of those three ex Varig freighters. I thought it was a great company to fly for, great group of guys. Though when CX took control things went south fairly fast...
Air Atlanta...flew the longest with these guys, and for good reason...moved bases fairly often...loved the flying (great group of guys), flew both freight and pax, though again the crew management severly let the company down, at least up to 2002 when I left them.
Air Pacific...started with them when they were still flying the two leasted Classics. They were upgraded with a couple of leased ex-QF airplanes, and the quality of the flying ratcheded up a couple of notches. Again, the flying was great, but in this case the local FOs were not the best to fly with, they were basically lazy and expected everything handed to them on a plate...then complained when they were put under pressure to get their act together. I shudder to think what is happenning in those -400 flight decks...with no FE to keep them straight!
Cheers, I will always fondly remember the B747 Classic, and shudder at the current airplanes now being forced upon the flight crews!