The airlines had been over-optimistic about growth opportunities for the 1970s and had binged on 747s, which they struggled to fill even before the Oil Crisis arrived. These factors led to several airlines trying to slim down their 747 fleets and motivated Boeing to look at alternative uses for the type. Several ex-TWA examples found their way to the Iranian Air Force and Boeing also began looking at freighter conversions.
Tigers continued to build up its 747 fleet with 7 series 100s in the 1970s and taking its first new build series 200 (with swing nose) in late 1979. N800FT was leased to Pan Am in 1978 as N903PA ‘Clipper Express’ and stayed with them for one and a half years until July 1979. With Pan Am she wore a distinctive and unique bare-metal scheme.
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