These Are The Oldest Airbus A320s Flying Passengers

The Airbus A320 is one of the world’s most popular short-haul aircraft. Having first entered service in 1988,…

These Are The Oldest Airbus A320s Flying Passengers

The Airbus A320 is one of the world’s most popular short-haul aircraft. Having first entered service in 1988, the aircraft competes directly with the Boeing 737. With thousands of jets built and more to come thanks to the A320neo family, these iconic aircraft will still fly for a long time to come. However, you may be surprised to know that there are still some old Airbus A320s flying.

Lufthansa flies the oldest Airbus A320s. Photo: Tom Boon/Simple Flying

The oldest Airbus A320s

Data from Planespotters shows that there are thousands of A320s in operation around the world. The oldest of these flies for Jordan Aviation. This is a regional airline based in Amman, Jordan. JY-JAC, first flown in 1989, is 31-years-old and first flew for Ansett Airlines in Australia.

JY-JAC is the oldest A320 in service. Photo: Transport Pixels via Flickr

Leasing company Global Aviation in South Africa maintains two 31-year-old A320s– ZS-GAR and ZS-GAW. Both previously flew for Corendon Airlines in Turkey.

Lufthansa has flown some of the oldest Airbus A320s. While most have entered retirement, one is currently stored at Berlin Schönefeld (SXF). D-AIPP is 30 years old. However, as Lufthansa is in the process of downsizing, this aircraft may be the next to go. Most of Lufthansa’s oldest A320s that entered retirement are stored at Teruel in Spain. Just a few days younger, D-AIPR and D-AIPS, are also stored at SXF.

D-AIPP is Lufthansa’s oldest A320, although, it is currently stored. Photo: Vasilyev Serge via Flickr

Delta Air Lines inherited the Airbus A320s from its merger with Northwest Airlines. Since then, the carrier has expanded its A320ceo fleet and has 100 A321neos on order. Its oldest A320, N309US, is also 30 years old. However, this aircraft is currently stored at San Bernardino Airport in California and could be entering retirement. Another 30-year old aircraft, N312US, is in storage at Kansas City International Airport (MCI).

N312US
N312US is currently stored at MCI and one of the more likely oldest A320s to reenter commercial service. Photo: Eric Salard via Wikimedia Commons

There are four 30-year old Air Canada A320s. C-FDSN, C-FDST, C-FDSU, and C-FFWI all came to the airline in late-1990. All three jets are currently stored, however.

C-FDSN could see retirement soon. Photo: Pete Webber via Flickr

Special mentions

There is one Airbus A320, VT-EPD, that still serves customers. However, in a very different fashion. This airplane is now a restaurant called “Hawai Adda,” which literally means “airport,” based in Ludhiana, India. The aircraft previously flew for Air India. Another former Air India A320, VT-EPO, is also a restaurant called “Runway 1” and is in Ambala, India.

Overall

1989-1990 was a busy year for Airbus A320 deliveries. Most of the oldest A320s first entered operation in those two years. However, most airlines are retiring older aircraft. Air Canada sent its first A320, C-FDQQ, which was originally delivered in 1990, to retirement on April 6th, 2020.

Whereas other older aircraft like the MD-11, 747, 757, and more saw later life as freighter aircraft, the A320 is not currently convertible to carry cargo. This means that, when retired, it is the end of the line for those jets. However, Airbus is working on a passenger-to-freighter conversion for Airbus A321 aircraft.  For a narrowbody, short-haul workhorse, close to 30 years is a venerable run. However, the lower maintenance costs and fuel efficiency of the A320neos and Boeing 737 MAX is hard to beat.

What is the oldest Airbus A320 you’ve flown on? Are you an A320 fan? Let us know in the comments!

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American Airlines Set To Reintroduce Dallas – Hong Kong Flights

On March 10th, American Airlines announced that it would be suspending service to Hong Kong from its hub…

American Airlines Set To Reintroduce Dallas – Hong Kong Flights

On March 10th, American Airlines announced that it would be suspending service to Hong Kong from its hub at Dallas-Fort Worth through June. In the press release, the airline said that this DFW-HKG service would resume at a reduced capacity in July. True to its word, the airline will restart the service on July 10th. Here’s what you need to know about the return of this flight.

American Airlines will operate the route using a Boeing 777. Photo: Getty Images

Three weekly services

According to The Points Guy, service will resume between Dallas and Hong Kong starting July 10th. This will be the airline’s longest route and American will be the first of its US peers to restart the service.

“We plan to resume service to Hong Kong in July three times per week on a Boeing 777-300 from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW),” an American Airlines spokesperson tells Simple Flying. In fact, the schedule for this service is as follows:

  • Flights from Dallas-Fort Worth to Hong Kong are schedule to fly out on Sundays, Mondays, and Fridays as AA125. This service will depart at 10:30, arriving the next day at 16:10.
  • The return journey from Hong Kong to Dallas-Fort Worth will depart on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays as AA126 (the number is currently being used for a Miami-Bogota flight). The service will depart at 14:40, arriving on the same date at 16:55.
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The flight from Dallas to Hong Kong takes about 17 hours to complete. Photo: Great Circle Mapper

Asia slowly reopening

Of course, East Asia was the pandemic’s epicenter for quite some time before the situation subsequently worsened in Europe. In late-February and early-March, travel advisories centered around travel from countries in the region, prompting many airlines to cut their transpacific services.

However, it’s been over two full months since some of those flight suspensions were announced, and the situation in the region has drastically improved. In fact, earlier this week, we saw Hong Kong record an additional day without any new COVID-19 cases, and the city had a 12-day run without any new locally transmitted cases.

According to the South China Morning Post, the government has allowed for the reopening of additional entertainment venues as of this week. Even better, the Special Administrative Region will permit transit passengers once again, starting next week.

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American Airlines stopped their flights to Asia during the month of March. Photo: American Airlines

Hong Kong not yet open to everyone

As we’ve cautioned with other flight resumptions, just because tickets can be purchased doesn’t mean everyone will be allowed to enter the destination country. In fact, at the time of publication, the government of Hong Kong continues to impose a strict ban, denying all non-Hong Kong residents entry. The government’s website specifically states:

 

“All non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries and regions by plane will be denied entry to Hong Kong.”

American Airlines Boeing 777
Hong Kong still has a travel ban in place. However, it’s hopeful that conditions will relax by the time flights resume. Photo: American Airlines.

Of course, American’s service to Hong Kong won’t resume for another month or so. This means that there is some hope that Hong Kong’s government will have relaxed its restrictions on international arrivals by then.

However, if that’s not the case, it appears that the airline has you covered, saying on its website: “Buy a new trip March 1 – May 31, 2020, for all future travel, you can also change it a later date without change fees.”

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