10 Oldest Aircraft That Are Still in Service

December 01, 2021 | By JETechnology Staff

When it comes to airplanes, it’s easy to assume that new ones are built every so often to replace the old ones. You would think it would be easy to tell the difference, yet updates often make them almost indistinguishable. You might have even flown on one of these oldest passenger airplanes without even knowing it.

1. Delta Airlines Boeing 757 From 1990

Delta Airlines, uses a Boeing 757 jet that took its first flight in the 1990s. This is a relatively old plane, but it still operates well thanks to upgrades throughout the years.

2. Delta Airlines Boeing 757 Delta From 1989

At one year older, this Delta Airlines jet is the same model as the previous one. Delta Airlines has a seat map and features section for each of their planes so you can see what this particular model looks like today.

3. Jet2 Boeing 757 From 1988

Jet2 is an airline based in the United Kingdom that only started operating in 2003. However, even a new airline can successfully use an older aircraft for its operations.

4. AeroJet Embraer 120 Brasilia From 1987

This airplane is currently in use by the Angola airline AeroJet.

5. Mahan Airlines Boeing 747 From 1986

Mahan Airlines operates out of Iran. Their fleet consists of this Boeing 747 and several Airbuses. They make flights domestically and to other countries, such as China and Russia.

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6. Eastern Airlines Boeing 767 From 1984

According to their website, Eastern Airlines was originally one of the “big four” United States airlines. Today, they offer direct flights to places like Uruguay and Ecuador, and one of their airplanes in use is this Boeing 767 that first took off in 1984.

7. Iran Air Airbus A300B2 From 1981

Next on the list is the Iran Air airbus from 1981. The headquarters for Iran Air is in Tehran, Iran.

8. Air Inuit Boeing 737 From 1979

Air Inuit is a small Canadian airline based out of Quebec. Check out the current configurations for the Boeing 737 on Air Inuit.

9. Venezolana Boeing 737 From 1978

This airline operates out of Venezuela, but United formerly owned this particular aircraft.

10. Nolinor Aviation Boeing 737 From 1976

The oldest plane in service is from Nolinor Aviation, a charter airline in Canada, that operates a Boeing 737 that first went into use in 1976. Despite the age, this plane still works like any newer one as a result of numerous updates throughout the years.

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Next time you’re on an airplane, consider how old it might be. Even thought it may seem like newer is better, updated and retrofitted airplanes can often operate in the same capacity as new models. Whether you’re flying on an older plane or one that’s newer, aircraft offer an ideal way to travel the world.

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