Evergreen International Airlines
|Commenced operations||November 28, 1975|
|Ceased operations||November 30, 2013|
|Hubs||Hong Kong International Airport|
|Parent company||Evergreen International Aviation|
Evergreen International Airlines was a cargo airline based in McMinnville, Oregon, United States. It operated contract freight services, offering charters and scheduled flights, as well as wet lease services. It operated services for the U.S. military and the United States Postal Service, as well as ad hoc charter flights. Its crew base was at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York.
The airline was established by Delford Smith (founder and owner) and began operations in 1960 as Evergreen Helicopters. It acquired the operating certificate of Johnson Flying Service and merged it with Intermountain Airlines from Pacific Corporation (a CIA front company) in 1975 to form Evergreen International Airlines. The holding company, Evergreen International Aviation, formed in 1979, wholly owns the airline.
One of Evergreen's Boeing 747 airplanes (registered N473EV, which suffered an in-flight engine separation in 1993) starred in the 1990 action film Die Hard 2. Additionally, Evergreen Boeing 727's were featured in numerous films including Donnie Brasco with Al Pacino, and The Rookie with Clint Eastwood.
On November 9, 2013, it was anounced that Evergreen Airlines will close on November 30, 2013 due to financial troubles. This information was denied by Evergreen shortly after, although after the shutdown date, the airline confirmed that it did close and park its three planes.
Evergreen International Airlines operated the following freight services (as of December 2012):
- Domestic scheduled destinations: Anchorage, New York, Chicago.
- International scheduled destinations: Nagoya, Hong Kong, Shanghai.
The Evergreen International Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of December 2012):
1 stored at VCV
|Boeing 747-400F||1||0||0||Operated for Saudia|
Evergreen previously operated three Boeing 747 LCF oversized freighters for Boeing, but the contract was given to Atlas Air in September 2010. This was due to Boeing's rescheduled delivery of the Boeing 747-8Fs ordered by Atlas Air to increase their current fleet. The "Dreamlifter" is the logistic support aircraft for Boeing's global Boeing 787 Dreamliner production. The company is also scheduled to operate the SOFIA Boeing 747SP aircraft for NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA (in the silicon valley near San Jose).
The airline has modified a Boeing 747-100 for aerial firefighting, receiving final certification from the FAA in October 2006. Compared to existing large water bombers and airtankers, the Evergreen Supertanker will offer at least seven times more fire retardant capacity. In December, 2010, Israel hired Evergreen's fire-fighting aircraft to assist in firefighting efforts of the 2010 Mount Carmel forest fire.
In August 2007, Evergreen announced that it had ordered 3 Boeing 747-400BCF to upgrade its commercial operations, with deliveries in summer 2009. In March 2010, the orders have not yet been delivered.In December of 2012 Evergreen ceased operations of the last 3 747-200s, they are parked at KPSM, Portsmouth NH USA.
At August 2006, Evergreen International Airlines previously operated the following aircraft:
- Boeing 727-100F
- Boeing 747-100F
- Douglas DC-9-32CF
- Lockheed P-2 Neptune
- McDonnell Douglas DC-8-33(F)
- Lockheed L-188A Electra
Incidents and accidents
- March 18, 1989: Flight 17, a DC-9 was on a cargo flight from Kelly Air Force Base outside San Antonio to Tinker Air Force Base outside of Oklahoma City, with a stop at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth. As the plane was departing, the cargo door on the plane opened; the pilot immediately requested emergency return to Carswell. As the plane was approaching on base leg, the cargo door fully opened, which caused the plane to yaw to the left and right, and then roll, until crashing near Saginaw in an inverted position. Both pilots on board were killed. The investigation found that when closing the cargo door, the copilot did not close it fully, but since the locked and latched indicators were applied incorrectly, the copilot thought the door was fully locked.
- Lee waves were believed responsible for the in-flight separation of the #2 engine on an Evergreen Boeing 747-100, registration: N473EV, near Anchorage, Alaska in 1993. The plane involved was used in the movie Die Hard 2. The plane was since repaired, then flew until 2001.
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- Evergreen Maintenance Center, Inc.
- Thomas, Evan (April 7, 1986). "American Scene, In Arizona: A Spymaster Remembered". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
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- Montesano, Nicole (November 8, 2013). "Evergreen Airlines to close". Statesman-Journal.
- Read, Richard (November 9, 2013). "Evergreen ran out of runway; Company closing down after struggling with rising fuel prices and runaway debt". The Oregonian. p. B7. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
- Official press release
- Evergreen International Airlines Fleet
- "Boeing News Release".
- "The SOFIA Boeing 747SP".
- "Giant jet unlikely to attack California fire".
- "Supertanker Contract Could Land Firefighting Jet in Area".
- "Evergreen Supertanker on its way to Israel - Israel News, Ynetnews". Ynetnews.com. 1995-06-20. Retrieved 2012-05-17.
- "Evergreen orders 747-400BCFs" Flight Global, 14/08/07
- ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas DC-9-33RC N931F Saginaw, TX
- "NTSB Report DCA93MA033".
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