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A320 FIN 202 (C-FDQV) sent to Tucson scrapyard

A320 FIN 202 (C-FDQV) sent to Tucson scrapyard

Old Apr 1, 19, 10:41 pm
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A320 FIN 202 (C-FDQV) sent to Tucson scrapyard

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Old Apr 1, 19, 10:46 pm
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Guess there was no way to defer that maintenance any longer - with the 7M8 issues, I'm sure they'd love to keep it around a little longer.
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Old Apr 1, 19, 11:13 pm
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Almost 3 decades of service in a harsh and often unpredictable Canadian climate is to be commended. Adios, FIN 202!
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Old Apr 1, 19, 11:26 pm
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My inner pragmatist understands the disadvantages of retaining older hunks of metal, plastic and rubber past their economical lifespan, but it's always painful to see a plane land in the desert after its last flight and park beside the skeletons of its peers. An A320Neo woulda looked great in AC colours.
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Old Apr 1, 19, 11:38 pm
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When I checked my logs, I last flew on this bird on July 31, 2017 as AC228 YVR-YYC and sat in 18D (OK, I am a nerd and keep this kind of stuff)
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Old Apr 1, 19, 11:45 pm
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According to airfleets.net....

6 older A320ís still flying, including the original A320 at Air Canada C-FDQQ.

MSN 68 for Aircraft 202...now at MSN 8,935 and counting...... Airbus keeps pumping them out.
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Old Apr 1, 19, 11:49 pm
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Originally Posted by HerpaYvr View Post
When I checked my logs, I last flew on this bird on July 31, 2017 as AC228 YVR-YYC and sat in 18D (OK, I am a nerd and keep this kind of stuff)
Feb 16 2019
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AC 563
SFO-YVR

I don't have the seat number available (oddly), but it was somewhere in J.
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Old Apr 2, 19, 12:23 am
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Originally Posted by Adam Smith View Post
Guess there was no way to defer that maintenance any longer - with the 7M8 issues, I'm sure they'd love to keep it around a little longer.
When the airframe hits that 120k flight hour/60k f;light cycle (I believe that's the number for the A320) number, then that's the number to say good-bye. I know the A320neo is expected to have a service life that is great than the current A320 fleet. The retirement of these early airframes will give Airbus much needed structural data to help prolong the service life of younger airframes currently in service.

FIN 202 maybe done with revenue service, but it still has the opportunity to provide some service to the industry as a whole. ^
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Old Apr 2, 19, 12:36 am
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
Feb 16 2019
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AC 563
SFO-YVR

I don't have the seat number available (oddly), but it was somewhere in J.
December 15, 2017
AC 202 (funny coincidence)
YVR-YYC

Sadly I was back in Y
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Old Apr 2, 19, 2:31 am
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September 16, 2018 is the one and only flight that I know I took on this one - AC205 YYC-YVR. I wish I had started keeping track of that stuff years ago, so who knows whether I might have been on it a few more times, but that's what I know.

It's funny how these things work out though, I've been on this one's close relative C-FDQQ at least six times.
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Old Apr 2, 19, 7:39 am
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Flew this bird at least three times. I only started recording the FIN numbers four years ago, so I could have flown on it more times before that.

The A320s remain my favourite narrow body aircrafts. So long, C-FDQV, thanks for the memories!
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Old Apr 2, 19, 7:55 am
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At this point in my career I think that at the end of it I will likely have more flights on XMed A320s than anything else. So many YOW-YYZ-X connections.

A bit sad to see them go.
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Old Apr 2, 19, 1:00 pm
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I've no idea if I've ever sat in this 320 or not because I've never bothered keeping track of fin numbers. Better chance than not though, and like RatherBeInYOW, I do feel a bit sorry to see them go.
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Old Apr 2, 19, 7:33 pm
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Originally Posted by jaysona View Post
The retirement of these early airframes will give Airbus much needed structural data to help prolong the service life of younger airframes currently in service.
Fin202 is off to a desert retirement (always sad IMHO). I wonder how much Boeing / Airbus are a part of these retirements vs some private contractor just disassembling the airframe one screw at a time.
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Old Apr 4, 19, 2:30 am
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Quite a testament to AC maintenance practices and Airbus' engineering that this airplane could remain airworthy for so long.

AC isn't exactly known as a very high utilization operator, and certainly relatively low on 'cycles', so I doubt their frames are all that interesting for 'analysis' purposes.
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