July 6, 2022

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What happened to Canada’s Boeing 747 aircraft?

What happened to Air Canada

It was so sad that we said goodbye so much The rest of Sky’s Queens too This year, her departure was haunted by unforeseen events. However, the last of the iconic aircraft left Air Canada’s service fifteen years ago. Let’s see what happened to the jumbo jets of the Canadian flag carrier.

Where did Air Canada’s 747s go? Photo: Getty Images

Early Queens

On February 11, 1971, Air Canada received its first 747-100 Registration with C-FTOA. Global International, Malaysia Airlines, MEA – Middle Eastern Airlines, Flying Tiger Line, FedEx, and finally, before leaving service, Utah’s first security bank, the aircraft remained with the airline for 11 years. It was confirmed to have been scraped; However, the date or year was not specified.

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Its second sibling arrived shortly after. Air Canada took C-FTOB delivery on March 18 of the same year. It had been with the airline for 14 years before finding a new home with Iberia across the Atlantic for six months. It later worked with Guinness Pete Aviation, MEA, Nigerian Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Finally, in 1999, Air spent six months with Atlanta Icelandic before heading to Marana Pinal Airpark in Arizona. There, it was stored for four years before being taken apart in 2003.

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C-FTOE remained with Air Canada until it traveled to Arizona. Photo: Flickr by M.Oertle

The other three 747-100s followed; C-FTOC, C-FTOD and C-FTOE. As far as data from Planespotters.net shows, they are all still in service with Air Canada until they are picked up separately at Boniards. C-FTOE ended in 1999 at the Pinnacle Air Park and C-FTOD at Miami Opa Loca, Florida. The exact fate of the C-FTOC is unclear, apart from that it has also been repealed, probably at the same time.

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Between 1979 and 1999, Air Canada also operated three 747-200 aircraft. The first to arrive was C-Gaga. Jumbo stayed with the Montreal-based airline until the final flight to the airport. It remained there for 14 years before breaking up in 2013.

The second to join the aircraft was the C-GAGB, which landed on January 31, 1979. It remained with the carrier, which was briefly leased to Garuda Indonesia in 1997 for two and a half months. Withdrawn from use in 1999, exact destination unknown.

C-GABC joined Air Canada in 1998 from Qantas. It is not clear when the plane was taken out of service, but it did not separate until 2011, when it turned 33 years old. Where? Why at the Pinnacle Airfield in Arizona.

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At least two of Air Canada’s 747-200s ended their days at Pinnacle Airfield. Photo: Aero Icars by Wikimedia Commons

Then Jumbo

And then we got to 747-400. C-GAGL was first introduced in 1991. After shipping, it went to Guggenheim Aviation Partners in 2004. It later worked with Air China Cargo, ACT Airlines and Slovakia to lease ACG Air Cargo Global before storing. In Belgium in 2019, it remains.

Finally, the queen who is still actively listed. C-GAGM, which was delivered to Air Canada in 1991, spent some time for Air India before joining Dubai Air Wing as a VIP flight from Dubai’s paramilitary airline, United Arab Emirates. The airline has five 747-400 aircraft, with four VIP configurations and one for cargo.

The function of C-GAGN is similar to the function of C-GAGL. After being retrofitted for cargo operations, ACG Air Cargo changed hands a few years ago on September 11 this year before transferring from Global to Moldavian operator Aerotranscargo.

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Most of Air Canada’s 747-400s were rebuilt for cargo operations. Photo: Aero Icars by Wikimedia Commons

C-GMWW – Yes, there was a break in the registration process because the plane was already registered in Canada for a flight for Canadian Airlines International – which landed in 2001. It was only four years later that he left Seven years with Aerolinias Argentinas It was taken separately before being shipped to Arizona and in 2013.

C-FBCA also came from Canadian Airlines International and went to join its siblings in Argentina. In the end, it also faced the same fate.

The C-FGHZ also came from Canadian Airlines International in 2001. It was leased from GECAS to Philippine Airlines only two years later. Unfortunately, in the end, it ended up in a different place than its old stablemate. The plane crashed in 2013 at the Boniard of Greenwood-Leflor Airport in Mississippi.

Have you ever flown in one of Air Canada’s 747s? Let us know in the comments.