Northwest Airlines first started dedicated cargo flights with 747-200s under the branding of "Northwest Orient Cargo" in 1984. The cargo network operated around scheduled flights connecting major air freight destinations in the USA with Northwest Orient's vast Pacific Rim network in Asia, via a large hub in Anchorage(ANC). Once in Asia, the aircraft served most destinations via a large hub in Tokyo Narita(NRT), with Northwest having relatively large passenger hub there as well. By the late 1980s, Northwest dropped the "Orient" from it's name and resumed trading as Norhtwest Airlines, and by 1988, the cargo division became "Northwest Cargo" and the aircraft were all repainted. When the Osaka Kansai Airport(KIX) opened in 1994, much larger cargo facilities than were offered at the Itami Airport(ITM) allowed Northwest to develop a smaller second Japanese hub in KIX. By 1999, Northwest Cargo had grown to 14 747-200s, some converted from airline use and some as pure freighters, and many of it's routes were operarted daily. As we still haven't found a Cargo OAG for schedules, these plans are representitve, based on early 2000s flightplans by Ricky Tam and late 1980s plans from Retro AI, using date from various sources to make sure cities like SFO, which were dropped by the 2000s, were added in while routes not yet flown were deleted. The 1980s to 2000s schedule didn't change too much as far as the route network, so these should be reasonably accurate to the 1999 operation. In addition to the scheduled routes, Northwest Cargo, like many other cargo airlines, flew frequent charter flights out of Louisville(SDF) on behalf of UPS for the annual Christmas rush. I took an aircraft that would sit in NRT for 4 days of the week and kept it busy with routes actually flown by Northwest on behalf of UPS to a handful of cities with a ferry flight to/from LAX to reposition. Most of the fleet wore the standard silver livery with a grey nose cone, but one aircraft was repainted into a special "Investing into Pacific Trade" livery in 1999, and it is included in these plans. A few more special liveries would follow into the 2000s, and several aircraft would even get the new colors introduced in 2003. The carrier would stay the same size for a few more years before a rapid retirement of most of the fleet in the late 2000s and a decision from Northwest to end it's cargo operation at the end of the 2009 calendar year after the Holiday rush marked the end of Northwest Cargo's 25 year history.
Tradewinds Air Cargo (1973 - Present) IATA: WI ICAO: TDX CALLSIGN: TRADEWINDS EXPRESS
Tradewinds Air Cargo started flying in 1973 as Wrangler Aviation with Lockheed Constellations. Until 1981, it was a passenger airline for the first several years before becoming an all cargo carrier. In 1991, the name of the company was changed to Tradwinds Air Cargo after problems with federal regulators lead to a re-organization. The carrier notably operated a "swing tail" CL-44 up until the mid 1990s, which was joined by an L-1011. In 1998, Tradewinds was flying a single L-1011 in 1998, after having retired the CL-44 used in my previous 1995 plans. These plans are representative with a plausible route based on photo evidence, including Nagoya, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
A texture for the DWAI L-1011 is on Avsim as "waldron_l1011_tradewinds.zip", one day the HJG AI model will retire this DWAI version.
Thai Cargo (operated by Atlas Air) (1997-1999) IATA: TG ICAO: THAC CALLSIGN: THAI INTER
Thai International Airways technically started flying dedicated freighters in the 1970s with DC-8s retired from the passenger fleet, however, this service was short lived. About 2 decades later, Thai would again dabble into the air cargo market, from 1997-1999. This very, very short lived Thai Cargo venture had a single 747-200 leased from Atlas Air. All data I could find suggested that, at least at one point, a sole Bangkok-Hong Kong route was operated along with another run out to Europe from Bangkok to Stockholm, Paris, and Frankfurt. As weather diversions into HKG were common and the aircraft made a few visits to Macau(MFM) these flightplans include a weekly diversion to MFM. A friend at Atlas was able to confirm that these flights used Thai flight numbers and callsigns. Routes and approximate times are real, but representative.
The repaint for the FAIB 747-200F by Michael Pearson is on Avsim as "faib_747-200_tha_cargo.zip".
Nothing too special here. I took the 1995 plans by @alec and simply edited them to fit repaints I found and to suit the 1998 project by including additional flights to VHHX as well as a weekly overnight stay in RJAA for an An-124 with a long ground stay in Ukraine.
Thank you, but some links don't work, for example Lufthansa and Northwest.
I think I have fixed them, sorry about that. Let me know if you find other errors, please.
This is a big chunk of the project I am finally ready to share here, all of the incomplete airlines(United, Northwest, Alitalia, ect) needed for the project countries!
Included in this file is every "In Progress" OAG 1998 airline that is needed for Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines! This list will be updated as the project progresses, and of course, airlines will be removed when they are completed and individually uploaded. The majority of Cargo airlines in these files are representative plans created by myself, with the exception of Southern Air and Evergreen, which I used from early 2000s plans that I will credit with the upload.
Enjoy filling up Kai Tak, Narita, Seoul Gimpo, Pyongyang ect as this will complete all scheduled flights into those countries and most cargo/charter work, too!
I think there are still three missing Google Drive links:
Air Koryo Japan Air Commuter KLM Cargo
//UPS Airlines 1998 5X/UPS "UPS"
UPS had a large fleet in 1998, so large that the 2003 OAG plans I modified for these 1998 plans needed help from 2008/2009 Avsim plans to get all the retired 727s back into the air! I did what I could to keep it as realistic as possible, but I am not sure what cities got the 727-100 vs 727-200, or were an A300 in 2003 and I guessed they were a 757, ect. But they are plausible and get the whole fleet in the air. Only 8 727-200s in the fleet, but a lot of 727-100s which had all received the TAY engine conversion by 1998, which created an oddly shaped very large #2 engine. Aside from the SDF mega-hub, other cities like PHL, ONT, OAK, and RFD get a decent amount of flights and there was plenty of flying in Asia, though Europe was mostly covered for UPS by STAR Air which is not included in these plans. These are an easy conversion to 1995ish, just add 3 DC-8s and get rid of a few 757s and 767s.
All the paints are out there except for the 727-200. As far as I can tell, only a random non-AIA 727 was painted in the old UPS colors, if anyone has a UPS 722 in the 80s colors, please share!
Update posted to incomplete airlines. Fixes some issues and added the following:
-Transaero SVO-HKG 3x weekly, times and days of service should be roughly accurate but still representative.
-Saudi royal caravan making a Japan/Korea trip. 1 747-200F lands in NRT and 1 in HND, 747SP lands in NRT, and 747-300 lands in HND all around the same time. An MD-11F visits RJAA on Thursday and departs along with the rest of the aircraft to RKSS on Friday afternoon/evening. On Sunday, all aircraft return to RUH/JED, and the Saudi MD-11F returns to RJAA to represent a rare extension of the 1998 TPE cargo flights which at least a few times extended onward to NRT.
-VIP flightplans for a Spanish 707 which visits RJTT, VHHX, KLSV and makes a few quick stops in Asia, Azerbaijan 727-100 visits RJTT and several other airports, and an Argentine 757 flies a SABE-KLAX-PHNL-RJNA-NTAA-LAX-SABE route.
-Air Europa 767 PMI-based charter flights to Japan. Flight numbers, times, and routing are roughly accurate based off of photographic information and remarks on those photos.
-Several Chinese charters to secondary Japanese airports were added, including China Northwest Tu-154M and Yunnan 737-300 flights.
-A few other charters and re position flights to avoid aircraft sitting at the "out station" for days at a time due to the incomplete nature of these plans. Link in the original post. I THINK this should now cover all but the GA and some military and odd ball charter traffic to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and most of the Philippines.
There will be more updates later on. Download link in the original post.
The purple Federal Express jets were numbered by 1998, but still flying in relatively small numbers! These are 2003 plans that were modified to fit the 1998 era, the main differences being way more 727s while far fewer A310s, A300s, MD-11s, and DC-10s. I simply swapped the plans around to the aircraft that seemed to make the most sense as I had a huge excess of DC-10 and MD-11 plans, and I also had to add about 30 plans from the 2005 flightplans on Avsim to get all the 727s flying as the 1998 fleet was larger in total fleet count than the 2003 fleet! I made sure that these plans didn't overlap in airports that did not get multiple FedEx movements in one day where possible. Most of the paints are out there, a few are still needed I think.
chasensfo: Yes the regionals will be included, and yes the whole 1999 fleet is done (they joined Star Alliance in 1999 and that fleet has the logo lol)
Jun 11, 2021 12:27:57 GMT -5
theflyingmobian: Damn you're on top of this lol
Jun 11, 2021 19:08:35 GMT -5
chasensfo: People usually reach out to me when they paint late 90s fleets and ask about flightplans
Jun 12, 2021 8:01:49 GMT -5
FSX Retro Flyer: Here are my huge and humble thanks to Michael Pearson for creating these magnificent paints for the post-CAAC Chinese airlines!
Jun 16, 2021 11:24:16 GMT -5
chasensfo: Hell yeah, and soon the 1990s airports of China will all be open for business
Jun 19, 2021 2:25:09 GMT -5
FSX Retro Flyer: The special livery of the 747-100 of Japan Asia has been painted by Michael Pearson some time ago. The repaint can be found on AVSIM here: faib_747-100_jaa.zip
Jun 24, 2021 8:30:21 GMT -5
chasensfo: Yet it took until now for someone to point it out LOL. Thanks for that, link updated along with several others
Jun 28, 2021 18:45:46 GMT -5
FSX Retro Flyer: Satisfying to see Iberia package being released with all their repaints available! Also, can't wait for SAS and Aerolíneas Argentinas in a near future!
Jun 30, 2021 6:59:11 GMT -5
chasensfo: SAS yes but Aerolineas not sure, maybe some other Argentine carriers. Mostly European and US carriers for now unless others make surprises
Jun 30, 2021 10:16:05 GMT -5
chasensfo: China too of course
Jun 30, 2021 10:16:09 GMT -5
theflyingmobian: Looking forward to filling up Australia and New Zealand with those Chinese, US and European carriers too.
Jul 1, 2021 1:18:19 GMT -5
tony: Thanks for the lovely Aussie repaints. If you plan to do more heres a link to a great aussie airliner register that may be of help. www.aussieairliners.org/index.html
Jul 2, 2021 10:38:21 GMT -5
theflyingmobian: I think at this point the Qantas VH-OJC Formula 1 747 is the only remaining 747 yet to be painted in AI, but I don't think it has plans yet as that was active in 2000 to 2002.
Jul 3, 2021 20:11:05 GMT -5
jetstar: G-AWNA was painted up in incorrect BOAC colours when it was WFU, It was broken up in those colours in 1999. If you look closely, you can see the overpainted white where the BA titles were, and the tail is showing the speed stripe underneath the.. see part2
Jul 13, 2021 7:41:02 GMT -5
jetstar: Thin paint on the tail. They never did anything with the lower blue though. It was just homage to BOAC's original 747-136 when it was retired. Its a pity is was not preserved. Then again, BA would not pay to upkeep the 707 at Cosford, which was scrapped.
Jul 13, 2021 7:43:46 GMT -5
jetstar: Should have said Landor, Doh!
Jul 13, 2021 7:52:35 GMT -5