What Happened To Lufthansa’s Boeing 707 Aircraft?

At the start of the jet age, German flag carrier Lufthansa had filled its fleet with about 23…

What Happened To Lufthansa’s Boeing 707 Aircraft?

At the start of the jet age, German flag carrier Lufthansa had filled its fleet with about 23 Boeing 707s and eight of the shorter variant, the Boeing 720. While the carrier obviously went on to modernize its fleet as the years went by, what happened to these iconic quad jets?

The Boeing 707 is largely credited as the first truly successful commercial jet aircraft. Photo: wiltshirespotter via Wikimedia Commons 

The information comes from a site known as Lufthansa Group Fleet. Without any clear official ties to the Lufthansa Group, the level of detail and statistical analysis regarding the fleets of Lufthansa Group airlines (including SWISS, Brussels, Austrian, etc.) is quite impressive! With an extensive historical fleet, this resource covers information not available on other fleet tracking sites. Let’s look in-depth at Lufthansa’s 707 fleet.

Starting in the 1960s

Lufthansa started to take delivery of the Boeing 707 in February of 1960, beginning with a 707-430. It would take three more jets of the same variant later in the year.

As an entire decade, the 1960s would be huge for Lufthansa and the 707. By May 1969, Lufthansa had taken delivery of 30 707s – including eight Boeing 720s. At the turn of the decade, Lufthansa would add just one more 707 in October of 1970. The 707-330B and 707-330C were the majority of deliveries to the airline.

Pictured here is a 707-330B registered as D-ABUL. The jet, named ‘Duisburg,’ would go on to fly with Somali Airlines. Photo: Uli Elch via Wikimedia Commons

The first jets to leave

The first jets to leave were the carrier’s smaller 707 variant, the 720. The first 720 to leave was unfortunately not by choice, as the jet registered as D-ABOK crashed during a training flight in December 1961. All three onboard the aircraft were killed.

Most other 720s (six) would leave Lufthansa in the mid-1960s, hopping across the Atlantic to join Pan American World Airways.

A total of four Lufthansa 707s (including two 720s) crashed. Photo: kitmasterbloke via Flickr 

Over 15 years of service

The majority of 707s served with Lufthansa for over 15 years. The very first jets delivered to the airline in 1960 departed between 1975 and 1977. These jets went to a number of airlines, including Condor, Air Trine, and Pearl Air. One 707, D-ABOD has been stored in Hamburg and is due to be scrapped. However, a fundraising effort is underway to save the jet from being torn apart.

Pan American World Airways and Air Zimbabwe were the two largest recipients of Lufthansa’s 707s. Photo: Aero Icarus via Flickr 

Here are other notable destinations for some of Lufthansa’s phased out 707s:

  • Five went to Air Zimbabwe
  • Two went to the Dubai Royal Air Wing as VIP jets
  • Two went to Somali Airlines

A handful of crashes

Sadly, the crash of D-ABOK less than eight months into service would be the first of a few accidents. Here are the other 707 crashes reported:

  • D-ABOP (Boeing 720): Similar to D-ABOK, three crew were killed while on a training flight.  The aircraft reportedly lost control and broke up.
  • D-ABOT: The Aviation Safety Network notes that the jet undershot the Delhi runway and collided with the Middle Marker building. There were no fatalities in this incident.
  • D-ABUY: Three crew members were killed on a cargo mission. Classified as “Wrong or misinterpreted ATC instructions” and a “Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) – Mountain.”

Other than the crashes, it looks like most of Lufthansa’s 707s went on to serve with other airlines around the world in a variety of interesting places.

Have you seen a 707 yourself? Or have you even flown on one? Share your experience with us by leaving a comment.

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Ryanair Goes Full Steam Ahead On Portugal Capacity Expansion

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair announced yesterday that it was increasing its capacity on flights to Portugal from the…

Ryanair Goes Full Steam Ahead On Portugal Capacity Expansion

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair announced yesterday that it was increasing its capacity on flights to Portugal from the United Kingdom after the popular European destination made it on to the UK’s “Green List” of countries deemed safe to visit. The Dublin-based carrier said that it was adding 175,000 seats on flights to Portugal over the summer. The move follows UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announcement that UK citizens and residents could visit Portugal without quarantine on their return home.

Ryanair adds 175,000 seats on flights from the UK to Portugal. Photo: Ryanair

After managing COVID-19 in the United Kingdom following an impressive rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, the UK is hesitant to let people travel to what it considers high-risk areas. The fear is that anyone visiting countries with high incidence rates risks them bringing new strains of the virus back to the UK. To combat this, the UK government has come up with a three-tier system based on a traffic light color.

The traffic light system

Depending on vaccination rates and how well counties are doing in controlling the rate of COVID-19 infections determines whether or not they will be green, amber, or red. People visiting countries that are green will not need to quarantine on their return to the UK. People visiting amber counties will need to quarantine at home for ten days when returning to the UK. Anyone returning from a country listed as being red (high risk) must quarantine for ten days in a government-approved hotel at their own expense. All vacationers will be required to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test before leaving and returning to the UK, sparking concerned that international travel may only be available to those who can afford the tests.

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More destinations are expected to be added to the green list in three weeks. Photo: Ryanair

Several countries that were expected to be on the green list that are popular destinations with British holidaymakers, France, Italy, and Spain, did not make it but might be added when reviewed in three weeks. Countries on the UK green list include the following:

  • Portugal
  • Israel
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Brunei
  • Iceland
  • Gibraltar
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena, Tristan de Cunha, and Ascension Island

Faro is a popular beach destination

As you can see from the above list Portugal and perhaps Gibraltar are the most accessible destinations for British tourists looking for summer sun. For this reason, Ryanair is increasing its capacity by 175,000 extra seats on flights to Portugal from the UK. Below is a list of Ryanair Portuguese destination and departure airports.

From Stansted to:

  • Faro 17 (+16)
  • Lisbon 14 (+11)
  • Porto 14 (+11)

From Manchester to:

  • Faro 14 (+12)
  • Lisbon 4 (+4)
  • Porto 3 (+3)

From Birmingham to:

  • Faro 3 (+3)

From Leeds/Bradford to:

  • Faro 3 (+3)

From Bournemouth to:

  • Faro 3 (+3)

From Bristol to:

  • Faro 3 (+3)

From East Midlands to:

  • Faro 3 (+3)

From Liverpool to:

  • Faro 3 (+3)

Ryanair expects a surge in demand

When speaking about the increased capacity to Portugal in a company statement Ryanair’s Director of Marketing, Dara Brady, said:

“We are very pleased to announce 175,000 extra seats to Portugal on the back of the UK’s green list. With quarantine-free travel now permitted to the likes of Faro, Lisbon, and Porto, even more, flights have been added to our UK schedule in order to meet the demand from our customers.

The UK Summer 2021 schedule comprises 480 destinations, having recently launched 26 new routes and with more to be added as restrictions relax throughout Europe over the summer months. UK families can book a well-earned summer holiday safe in the knowledge that if their plans change, they can move their travel dates up to two times with a zero-change fee up until the end of October 2021.

 To celebrate, we are releasing seats from just £19.99 for travel until the end of October 2021, which are available to book until midnight Sunday 9th May. Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com to avoid missing out.”

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Ryanair has an all-Boeing fleet. Photo: Ryanair

When looking at the green list of counties, you cannot help wonder why the Canary Island’s and the Balearic Island’s did not make a list as they both have meager incidence rates. When the list is reviewed in three weeks, I can see many more popular destinations added to the list.

What countries would you like to see added to the UK’s green list? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments. 

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