Oldest Commercial Airplane in Operation in Brazil is Almost 45 Years Old

A Boeing 727-200F by Total Linhas Aereas is the oldest commercial aircraft in operation in Brazil. Manufactured in 1976, the aircraft completes 45 years in May. The plane was originally produced for the transport of passengers, but in 1997 it was converted into a freighter. The oldest aircraft in operation in Brazil has been in the country since 2007, when it was incorporated into Total Linhas Aereas’ fleet.

The company describes the Boeing 727-200F as “an aircraft with tradition and history, widely used in the air cargo segment, present in the largest companies in the world”. Despite its advanced age, the Boeing 727-200F has all the safety requirements to stay in business. According to RAB  (Brazilian Aeronautical Registry) of Anac (National Civil Aviation Agency), the last Certificate of Airworthiness, which attests to the aircraft’s operational conditions, was issued in July 2019 and is valid until April 2023. Start of operations in the United States Produced in May 1976, the Boeing 727-200F has a serial number of 21,200 (this number is not related to the number of planes in the model).

The plane was delivered to Hughes Airwest, a former United States airline, in August 1976. In 1980, Hughes Airwest was purchased by Republic Airlines and received the paint from the new airline. In 1986, the Boeing 727-200 would change operator again. This time, Republic Airlines was bought by Northwest Airlines and the plane changed its painting again ….

Freighter Conversion The plane flew through Northwest until 1997. After completing 21 years in passenger transportation, the Boeing 727-200 was converted to cargo transportation and transferred to Express One International, a cargo airline based in Florida (USA) ). Between 2002 and 2007, flew for Custom Air Transport before being incorporated by Total Linhas Aereas. In Brazil, the Boeing 727-200 is used by Total especially to serve the Post Office Night Postal Network, but it can also be used eventually for other cargo charters. The plane has a load capacity of 25 tons and a flight range of 3,300 kilometers.

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