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BA 777-336ER At SFO 6-28-2014  
User currently offlinewarden145 From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 545 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1892 times:

Good evening,

I searched both Google and the forum index and couldn't find anything on this subject, so I apologize if someone already brought this up in another thread.

I drove by SFO today as usual, and noticed to my surprise that there was a BA 777-336ER parked at the gate instead of the usual 747-436. Checked FlightView; sure enough, BA 287 got switched. If FlightView and FlightAware are to be believed, it looks like this was a one-off for the moment (the last 13 flights, as well as tomorrow's flight, are still listed as 747's per http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BAW286 {I used BA 286, because BA 287 was still listed as a 747 on FlightAware}).

Was this a one-time substitution, or is this going to start being a regular occurrence in the near future? I know that, unless BA decides (hopefully    ) to send an A380 out here, the 777/A350 will probably be regular on this route as the 747's get retired, but the 747 fanboy/twin-engine hater in me would like to see the 747 stay on this route as long as possible.

Any idea why the switch happened today? Did a 747 go tech, or is BA testing the 777 on the route, or what?

Thanks in advance!


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User currently offlinetheginge From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 1136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 months 22 hours ago) and read 1571 times:

Quoting warden145 (Thread starter):
Any idea why the switch happened today? Did a 747 go tech, or is BA testing the 777 on the route, or what?

Presumably a tech problem meant a change of aircraft. I doubt any airline would send a different aircraft on one route for a day just to 'test' it


User currently offlinemusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1098 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 months 21 hours ago) and read 1397 times:

Quoting theginge (Reply 1):
Presumably a tech problem meant a change of aircraft. I doubt any airline would send a different aircraft on one route for a day just to 'test' it

And they need to get the right crew to get that aircraft back home...



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User currently offlineTC957 From UK - England, joined May 2012, 1051 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 months 20 hours ago) and read 1162 times:

Aircraft was G-STBI.
BA had 3 744's out of service that day - BNLY went tech at PHX, CIVO en route to MIA returned to LHR, and CIVL is stuck in BOS after being struck by ground equipment.


User currently offlinewarden145 From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 545 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 months 16 hours ago) and read 770 times:

Quoting theginge (Reply 1):
I doubt any airline would send a different aircraft on one route for a day just to 'test' it

I doubted it too, but had to consider the possibility.  
Quoting TC957 (Reply 3):
BA had 3 744's out of service that day - BNLY went tech at PHX, CIVO en route to MIA returned to LHR, and CIVL is stuck in BOS after being struck by ground equipment.

YIPES! That would explain quite a bit. I actually flew on CIVL in 2010...hopefully the ground equipment hit was minor and she'll be back in the air soon!

Thank you all   



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (6 months 12 hours ago) and read 555 times:

Quoting musapapaya (Reply 2):
And they need to get the right crew to get that aircraft back home...

I wonder how they handled that. The only crews in SFO would be 744 crews.


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