A340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4104 posts, RR: 52 Posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3188 times:
Some of you may already know that A319s will be replacing the ageing 737s in the BA fleet. Well UPDATING YOU, the older -300's and -400's have pretty much gone and now the G-DOC* lot are starting to go. CHeck this out from the BA site:
G-DOCB 'Wings', final revenue service was BA8078/27Mar
NCL-LGW. Stood down. TT 24,881 hrs, 20,132 Cycles.
G-DOCD 'Animals & Trees', final revenue service was
BA2968/25Mar LGW-GLA. Stood down. TT 24,743 hrs,
G-DOCE 'Blomsterang', final revenue service was BA2577
27Mar TRN-LGW. Stood down. TT 25,042 hrs, 20,143 Cycles.
G-DOCR 'Waves of the City', final revenue service was
BA2925/27Mar ABZ-LGW. Stood down. TT 26,563 hrs,
Of course they are all world images becuase there is no point in selling freshly painted aircraft so soon. It is a shame really
RIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1785 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2549 times:
So, "my" G-DOCW is to go soon too... Flew on it on June, 2000, in Club Europe (interestingly, both my flights on 737-400 were in Business, another one internationally with SU - a great one too!), and since then saw it several times in different European airports, videotaped it from LHR spectators gallery in 2002! Great flying machines, but, well, this is called "progress", and I, too, prefer 320 and 737NG...
FlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2022 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2241 times:
I've mentioned this a couple of times in other BA 737 threads, yet nobody has been able to answer it (Maybe this time!). Despite these 737s leaving the fleet BA still has 34 737s - 5 733s, 19 734s and 10 735s. Yet it only has 16 Airbus aircraft on order - 3 A319s, 3 A320s and 10 A321s. There is also the question of the 13 757s and the handful of shorthaul opertaed 767s. So before the 737 goes we need to see BA make another Airbus order. I'd imagine that it would provide for the 757 to leave the fleet too (e.g. more A321s).
These aircraft that have gone seem to be going as BA makes more efficient use of its aircraft, after all it has an increased Gatwick flying programme this summer but has stood down aircraft. The same is true with the longhaul fleet - more flying from LHR but no additional aircraft. Good for BA as aircraft only make money in the air, not sat on the tarmac.
So, are we likely to see BA commit to more Airbus A320 family aircraft in the next few months? An order of 30+ aircraft would allow the 737s and 757s to be replaced, 40+ if it wants to eliminate the 10 BCal ordered A320s too (These have CFM engines while the BA ordered aircraft have IAE powerplants).
Cadmus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 185 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2173 times:
FlyCaledonian, there's some speculation in other threads that Boeing will be annoucing the first 7E7 orders at Farnborough. If BA are going to order more A320's, Airbus may want them hold off an annoucment until then to try and stop Boeing from grabbing all the attention.
AAMD11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1054 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2120 times:
Those BCal 320s have to go sooner or later, I'd have thought now would be a good time to order them, while the markets are still down, you can get good deals on new a/c I'm sure.
The 757s i think will stay a while, and will likely be phased out around the same time as the 767.
A while ago, 200ish BA's strategy was smaller a/c.
Then the other year they changed their mind, cancelled 318s and ordered 321s instead. If they're now taking more larger a/c again, they might not need to replace the 737s one for one.
BA has orders and options on up to something like 300 A320 family a/c i think.
(according to their website when i last checked it, they have something like 130 options for 319s alone)
I think I can see them execising some of those this year at some point.