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Is Tunisair Boeing 737 is the oldest passenger aircraft in Africa?

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While some plane spotters hunt for uncommon planes at the world’s busiest airports, others amass images of common airplanes in commercial service around the world.

Africa is home to some of the world’s oldest aircraft. The continent is an excellent area for plane spotters to catch a glimpse of elderly aircraft still in service, with an average fleet age of 17 years.

The TS-IMO, on the other hand, is not the Tunisian carrier’s oldest plane. Boeing fans may get another chance to identify a Boeing 737 aircraft that is still flying safely despite its age, according to data from Planespotters.com.

The TS-IOK, a one-of-a-kind Boeing 737-600 airplane that first flew in 1999, has already logged 22.7 years in service. Despite being one of the oldest passenger planes to perform commercial flights across Africa, Tunisair has been the sole airline to use it.

However, the plane was twice grounded at Tunis–Carthage Airport by the carrier (TUN). The TS-IOK was stored for an unknown purpose between February 2017 and January 2018. In July of this year, it was grounded for another year.

However, aviation aficionados will have another chance to see the plane in flight when it resumes commercial operations in September 2020.


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