Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2926 times:
It was my understanding that the 734s would remain in the BA fleet for a good number of years (BA has a bunch of leased 735s and 733s that are likely to leave to fleet as the A32X delilveries proceed - these aircraft were leased to bridge the gap between the 732s and some 757s being retired and the A32X fleet eing available in full force.)
I also thought that the remaining 757-200s that are now in the BA fleet (the newer examples with -535E4 engines) would also remain in the BA fleet for shorter haul high denisty routes - especially out of LHR.
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 59 Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2857 times:
Word on the street is as follows;
Once all B737s have been replaced by A319/320s at LHR, BA will begin deploying Airbuses at LGW where they are already operated by franchise GB Airways.
Apparently 4 Airbuses to be LGW based from W2004/05, in place of some B737-300/-500 aircraft.
The displaced B737s are then expected to return to MAN where they were based before the Avro RJ100s took over. Expect to see other types disappear (ie Avros etc) before you see any significant reduction to the B737 fleet, these aircraft are relatively young, and have the right capacity and economics for their route network.
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7259 posts, RR: 14 Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2810 times:
I wonder if the 737s coming back to MAN may be something to do with them stating that they want to become an all-jet operation after 2005? Presumably the ERJ145s and RJ100s may be operated on domestic services replacing DHC8s with the 737s going on some of the current European RJ100 services?
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 59 Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2704 times:
That's possible, but it's no secret that BA wants rid of the Avros full stop. If they can get rid of them, the props will probably be replaced by a combination of new/used Embraers, with the routes that aren't viable for BACX with an ERJ going to another airline. Eastern Airways anyone?
FlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2020 posts, RR: 3 Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2338 times:
BA only have 16 A320 family aircraft left on firm order (Though numerous options), namely 3 A319s, 3 A320s and 10 A321s (due Nov '04 to Dec '05).
The 737 fleet meanwhile consists of 5 733s (leased), 25 734s (1 leased) and 10 735s (leased). In addition 13 757s remain in use at LHR alongside the 10 original ex-BCal A320s. Basically we need to see further A320 family orders before the 737s disappear. My guess would be that if A319s are moving to LGW it is to allow the 733s and 735s to return to their lessors, with LHR moving towards a mixed 734/757/A320/A321 operation.
The 735s were leased as a short term solution to the need to find a 732 replacement at BA regional. With BA having cancelled its A318 orders in favour of the A321s it only really leaves extended leases for the 735s or the transfer of A319s to LGW.
Richierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4139 posts, RR: 6 Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2224 times:
Yes, BA's 757s are getting on a bit.
I have had the pleasure of flying several BA 757s over the years. The first, when I was quite young, was in 1983 - my first 757 flight. Actually, it was operated by Air Europe but it was a BA 757 and had the full BA livery (except for the AE titles). This aircraft was obviously quite new, perhaps less than a year old, and was in the pre-Landor colours. Awesome! I thought it was a great plane and remember being amazed at how quiet it seemed!
I also remember flying a BA 757 years later, perhaps 1998 or so, from LHR to MAN. Basically this is a shuttle run and the interior was starting to show its age from the hard use. Still, I like the 757 and enjoyed the short hop, which included a hot meal. No 40-minute flight gets you anything like that in the USA! I took the reverse of this flight in 2001 and it was operated by an A320. Oh well!