DOUGLAS DC-8

CURRENT OPERATORS & THE PRESENT STATUS OF ALL DC-8s PRODUCED

Listed below are the current operators of the DC-8 and a summary of the present status of All DC-8s built. Sadly, due to the global recession, several airlines reduced their DC-8 inventories which reduced the number of DC-8s in service from 112 in 2008 to only 69 today.

The largest reduction in DC-8’s came from United Parcel Service who retired their remaining 39 DC-8s early (they had originally planned to operate their DC-8 fleet until approximately 2015). Nearly all of the 69 DC-8s presently in service are Cargo Liners plus a few which are VIP/Business Jets. To my knowledge, there are no DC-8s still in Scheduled Passenger Services. However, Air Transport International still has five DC-8-62/72CF aircraft configured in a Passenger/Cargo configuration for charters.

For those who are curious, of the 918 Boeing 707/720 commercial aircraft that were built (military versions not included) there are only 17 of these aircraft that are still in active airline service (cargo/passenger) in comparison to 69 DC-8s. This is a further testament to the DC-8’s reliability & longevity. Long Live The DC-8!

This information is courtesy of AIRLINERLIST.COM. This website does an excellent job in tracking the production lists of all types of commercial aircraft (including the older prolines). If you want detailed production information on any airliner this is the place to go.

I will be updating this information periodically to keep this table as current& accurate as possible. If you see any errors in it please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Last Update: March 7, 2010

CURRENT OPERATORS OF DC-8s

LISTED FROM LARGEST OPERATOR TO SMALLEST OPERATORS

OPERATOR
NAME

NUMBER
OF DC-8’S IN SERVICE


AIR TRANSPORT INTERNATIONAL –
OPERATED FOR BURLINGTON EXPRESS aka BAX GLOBAL
19 (Including 5 PAX/FRT Combi DC-8-62/72s)
ASTAR AIR CARGO
8
MERIDIAN AIRWAYS*
6
NATIONAL AIRLINES
4
BETA
CARGO
3
JOHNSONS
AIR/AIRLIFT INTERNATIONAL
3

SKYMASTER
AIRLINES
3
TRANS AIR CARGO
3
HEAVYLIFT CARGO
2
HEWA BORA AIRWAYS
2
SILVERBACK CARGO FREIGHTER
2
STARS AIRWAYS AVIATION
2
PCG DE MEXICO
1
COMPAGNIE AFRICAINE D’ AVIATION
1
CONGO AIR FORCE
1
ESPACE AVIATION
1
EXPO CARGO
1
KINSHASA AW
1
MAS AIR
1
MK AIRLINES
1
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS & SPACE ADMIN. (NASA)
1
PROTOCOLE AVIATION
1
SIGAIR
(VIP)
1
TOGO
REPUBLIC
1
TOTAL
IN SERVICE
69

PRESENT STATUS

ALL DC-8s PRODUCED

IN
SERVICE

SCRAPPED/BROKEN UP
STORED
WRITTEN OFF (USUALLY, BUT NOT ALWAYS, BY CRASH)
TOTAL BUILT
69
261
148
78
556

 

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