Remarks: Here is a snapshot of a few things that we do not see anymore in the industry, namely Deta’s DC-10s (stored/scrapped), the Continental Airlines brand & the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines parked at HAECO in the background.
Remarks: Reduced to being a billboard facing the road...not even a flying billboard. Sad really. Years after the bankruptcy of MK Airlines, this 747 along with a sister-ship have been parked here at Kemble. For years due to the court liquidation process the ownership of these planes was not clear and now their scrapping has been delayed due to the existence of asbestos and other nasty chemicals requiring specialist handling. Eventually though these former queens of the sky will be scrapped and unfortunately because they have been sitting uncared for in the humid conditions, most of their parts are worthless as spares.
Remarks: Completely stripped of any spare parts worthy to be sold, this ageing 747-400 will shortly be scrapped. Sad when I saw this aircraft delivered new and have flown on it as crew many times when I used to fly the 747.
Remarks: One of only two A320s operated by the Philippines division of AirAsia, seemingly the so-far least successful division of the large AirAsia brand. They seem unable to expand beyond their two aircraft but recently bought existing Philippine carrier ZestAir with the hope of expanding their presence in the country.
Remarks: The first 733 freighter for Tri-MG seen here approaching 20R at Singapore’s Changi. This one is leased from and operated by Malaysia’s Neptune Air. I don’t know if it's still with Tri-MG as they have their own 733(SF) now, PK-YGG, in their proper scheme (if you can call it that!). 9M-NEF has been with many airlines throughout its life starting off with Air Europe in ’88 as a passenger aircraft G-BNPA.
Remarks: The National Airlines scheme is easily one of the best in the industry today and the 747s look amazing in it. Sadly on 04/29/2013 this aircraft crashed on takeoff from Bagram, Afghanistan with the loss of everyone onboard. Originally delivered to Air France as a -428 F-GISE in ‘93. It started flying with National in 2010 operated by Air Atlanta as TF-NAD and was then re-registered as N949CA in 2011. They operated a series of charters to Hong Kong in the past.