The fuselage of Boeing 727-225, formerly registered as CC-CPV (its last unpainted registration was CC-PFL, msn 22433), was moved quietly last night (September 1, 2016) from Santiago Airport (SCL) to its new resting place in Lonquén, southwest of Santiago de Chile. It was acquired by a truck company (same one that moved it). The future use of the airframe is yet to be decided by the company.
The airliner was last operated by the charter company Star Airlines, and was named “Padre Alberto Hurtado” after the first Catholic Saint of Chile.
Assistant Editor Alvaro Romero reporting from Santiago, Chile.
Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.
Bottom Copyright Photo: The airframe was originally delivered to Eastern Airlines as N802EA on October 8, 1980. It would also serve with Northwest Airlines (N802EA), Miami Air International (N802MA, see below) before arriving in Chile in 2005.
Lufthansa (Frankfurt) will have the honor of being the first airline to introduce the Airbus A380 to Miami International Airport. LH will introduce the A380 on the Frankfurt-Miami route on June 10.
To mark the milestone, MIA is honoring the past with the arrival of American Airlines-painted Douglas DC-3 and Eastern Air Lines-painted Douglas DC-7B with the arrival of the A380 at 1340 (1:40 PM) local time. The entire event will be webcast live by the airport.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Please click on photo for information on the LH A380.
Miami Air International (Miami) is now operating a twice-weekly roundtrip charter flight from Oakland to Kona, Hawaii. The flight is dubbed the “Kona Shuttle”.
Kona Shuttle is a private all first-class charter service that flies from Oakland International Airport in California to Kona International Airportnear Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. It was started as a private club for the members of exclusive developments on the North Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and Kukio.
Flights operate twice a week, using this Boeing 737-7BX N737KA (msn 30740) operated by Miami Air. Initially, flights were operated by Primaris Airlines and later by Ryan International Airlines.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. N737KA departs from a murky OAK on November 21 bound for the Big Island.
JetAmerica (2nd) (Toledo) is the latest idea of John Weikle, the founder of defunct Skybus Airlines (3rd) (Columbus, OH). The new paper airline was established on November 26, 2007. JetAmerica will be modeled after ultra low-cost carrier Ryanair that Skybus had also adopted but failed (Spirit Airlines also uses this model). This time Weikle will initially wet lease two 189-seat Boeing 737-800s from Miami Air International and will fly to some cities that will be EAS federally funded. Fares will be 50 to 70 percent lower than major airlines. Toledo (near Detroit and Cleveland) has been selected as the base. Initial routes will span out to South Bend, Lansing, Melbourne/Vero Beach, Newark and Minneapolis/St. Paul. In addition Cincinnati, Columbus, OH and Pittsburgh are being considered for future expansion. Colors will be red, white and blue.