GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13447 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5726 times:
Tristar 500 is right, I remember seeing the last one being prepared for it's storage flight in the hangar at LHR, cannot remember the reg.
All but the economy seats were being removed, I took a last look at a 747 'classic' cockpit, having being involved with BA 747-136/236 aircraft back in the 80's.
The effects of Sept 11th brought the -236 retirement forward by some 6 months.
Some are flying with a UK based charter company, or were anyway, they commented that the 236's were in superb condition.
That will change for future retired fleets, after our wonderful head of engineering has finished with his running down of facilities at LHR, although he may get his wish of getting Concorde retired early first.
(He's not said that out loud, but we know what the man's agenda is, sadly he's succeeding).
MSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 5434 times:
Some of those EAL 747-200's will be used by TransCaribbean for its new service to St. Maaretn, Curacao, New Orleans, and Brussels. EAL is one of the companies that is backing this venture. It will be great to see some ex-BA Jumbo's in MSY!
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3278 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 5433 times:
BA retired the 747-200s post 11 September 2001. They were already in the process of retiring the Classic 747s and had stood down the -100s back in 2000. The downturn in the travel market was cited as the reason for pulling the -200s out several months ahead of time. Indeed those that European have bought are fabulous-looking planes - I have seen them in CWL. They have largely been replaced by the combined fleets of 747-400 and 777-200 IGW/ER.