The departure of Apollo (Witty) from the 1:400 scene is unfortunate as they produced some fine models at times. I didn't care much for their DC-10s (long legs) and their recent 727 noses look a bit odd, but the models they made on their 747, L1011 and CV880 moulds were always excellent -plus they came with very nice stands. Certainly the Apollo 747-200/300 mould is superb (my understanding is it is the old Big Bird mk1 mould). One of my last new Apollos was the beautiful delivery scheme 747-300 - HB-IGG.
Swissair became a 747 operator in 1971, when a pair of 747-257Bs arrived. Instead of the 747 the long-haul fleet was built around the more suitably sized DC-10, though both 747s survived until 1984. In fact the existing jumbos were replaced by further 747s, with Swissair being the launch customer for the series 300. It received its first of 5 in March 1983 when HB-IGC, the first series 300 built, was delivered. Three more aircraft arrived that year with the final aircraft, HB-IGG ‘Ticino’, not arriving until late 1987. The 747s were supplemented by MD-11s in the 1990s but carried on as the backbone of the long-haul fleet until January 2000 flying to New York, Boston, Atlanta and Hong Kong. IGG became D2-TEB with TAAG Angola Airlines who operated her until January 2007.
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