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Boeing 747-200 (9V-SQR) - Adelaide, South Australia, 23 September 1989. Regular SIA passenger service on short final for Rw 23.
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Boeing 747-200 (9V-SQR)

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Adelaide, South Australia, 23 September 1989. Regular SIA passenger service on short final for Rw 23.

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Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
For Adelaide, SIA has been the longest serving international carrier, an unbroken service from about 1984 until the coronavirus pandemic closed our borders. Before shutdown, they were daily and twice daily over summer using A359s.

SIA is back but only once weekly with a small number of passengers, supposedly Australian citizens being repatriated, plus a once weekly cargo flight, the latter still using passenger A359s.
mike prendergast
Great Nostalgia Gavin!
Darryl Sarno
Great shot and history Gavin! Love these oldies but goodies! Keep 'em coming!
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Thank you Mike and Darryl.
Sandi Jones
Love all of your photos from this era! You can never upload too many.
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Thank you Sandi. [Be careful what you wish for :)]
Mike Curtis
The picture is a reminder of this great bird, long may she live in our memories. I flew in the first one way back in 1989
( I think) Pan Am , New York ...LHR. l flew on most of the other versions up to 1995, I still think it is a wonderful airplane..
Mike.
Wolfgang Holst
I've enjoyed the photos of the 747's. I flew on my first one in 1970, from LAX to JFK and then on to to FRA.

Second time was on an ANA 747 in 1973 or 1974, from Tokyo Haneda to Naha, Okinawa.

Third time was on a Condor 747 in 1975. The plane lost two engines crossing the Atlantic and we did an emergency landing at ORD.

I worked as a U.S. Customs Inspector at LAX from 1988 until 2002. I remember the 747's so well, as they were what most major international carriers utilized for their long haul operations. I flew LAX to Frankfurt and return on Lufthansa numerous times during that period. They were by far - from a passenger viewpoint - my favorite aircraft. At LAX Customs Inspectors always liked boarding the 747's after the passengers offloaded for an aircraft inspection. I performed 100's of these. I also did numerous "boardings" on 747 freighter aircraft.

I've flown Boeing 777's, Boeing 787's, Airbus A340's and my last flight - in August 2019 - on an Airbus 380. The 747's were the best ever. I hope Lufthansa continues flying one or two in the upcoming years, so I can fly one again to Germany!
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