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BA 737s - Where Are They From?  
User currently offlineBFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 743 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4503 times:

Apart from their factory-ordered -436s, it appears that BA's are a bit of a mismatch with several variations between each type and reg. does anybody know the history of these aircraft and where they were obtained from?

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User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4384 times:

If you have a look at the G-INFO database on the CAA website you can type in an aircraft registration and it will give you some general information including the year built and previous reg. Not quite a detailed history but at least that'll give you and idea.

http://www.caa.co.uk/application.asp...yid=60&pagetype=65&applicationid=1

As I'm sure you'll discover some of the -436 models have their own bizzare quirks, including signs in oriental characters! Makes me wonder if they really were brand new to BA.  Smile


User currently offlineBAe146QT From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4292 times:

Not related to the 73, but...

BA's 747s sometimes make me wonder whether what they bought was even an aircraft in the first place*. Every flight I've had on them has led me to believe that they bid on eBay for a shopping trolley full of unwashed Pepsi cans which they bolted RB-211s to.

Saying that, they got me where I was going. Even if the FAs had to stand in the aisles and hold the PSUs up.

Their 146s on the other hand are - in my experience - solid, clean, and beautifully maintained and their FAs are second to none - even to AA's 767 crews who are some of the best in the industry.


* Yes, yes I know they're mostly -36s



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User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4197 times:

The 737-436s were ordered by and delivered to BA (as were the 737-236As that have been retired from the BA fleet).....some of the 734s were leased did leases with other carriers , I remember that two 734s spend some time in Belgium before being intergrated into the BA fleet , for example.

BA's 733s and 735s were acquired/leased on the second hand market and come from a variety of sources, BA has ex-AF, ex-BD aircraft for example. How did this happen? BA retired a good number of 752 aircraft and pulled a number of 763ER aircraft from UK/Europe services and placed an order with A32X aircraft to replace/renew its shorthaul fleet. It takes many years to receive delivery of a fleet of new airplanes and BA needed aircraft to bridge the period between aircraft leaving the shorthaul fleet and the new airplanes being delivered.....BA went to the secondhand/leasing market and picked up a number of 733s/735s to bridge this period. The 733/735s have hung around the BA fleet longer than most expected, and it now seems that the "old" CFM powered A320s (the BCal birds) will retire while some 733/735s remain.


User currently offlinePilot21 From Ireland, joined Oct 1999, 1386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4145 times:

As I'm at the PC for a few reasons tonight, here is what I could find out:

B737-500 fleet
G-GFFA - ex SAS and BMI, built in 1990
G-GFFB - ex Braathens, built in 1992
G-GFFD - ex SAS, LOT, BMI, Sterling, Lithuanian, built in 1991
G-GFFE - ex Luxair, built in 1995
G-GFFF - ex SAS, BMI, built in 1990
G-GFFG - ex Braathens, built in 1990
G-GFFH - ex Malaysia, Jet airways, built in 1994
G-GFFI - ex Luxair, built in 1995
G-GFFJ - ex Malaysia, Jet airways, built in 1994

Obviously the above is a rough guide, and the aircraft may have stayed in the ownership of 1 airline, but were leased out a bit, but just it's a brief history of where the aircraft listed as still in service with BA have come from.



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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7737 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4100 times:

All the 737 436s were ordered by BA. However following the turn down in passenger demand following the First Gulf War, four were painted all white by Boeing, registered G-BVBY, G-BVBZ, G-BVHA and G-BVHB delivered to BA at BFI and ferried straight to MHV and parked.

After six months G-BVBY was ferried MHV-LHR on 8/3/94 and was leased to EuroBelgian Airlines as OO-LTQ on 28/4/94. While with EBA this aircraft was subleased to Air Provence:

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In 1996 the aircraft was returned to BA and put into service as G-DOCY.

About the time that 'BY was leased to EBA (which became Virgin Express towrds the end of the lease), G-BVBZ was ferried to LHR and then leased to Air Europa, first as EC-657 and then as EC-FXJ:

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G-BVHA was ferried ex-MHV in February 1994, was re-registered G-GBTA and put into service by BA.

G-BVHB followed the same route as G-BVBY being leased by EBA as OO-LTS and sub-leased by Air Provence before being returned to BA and put into service as G-GBTB:

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Quoting Shamrock_747 (Reply 1):
As I'm sure you'll discover some of the -436 models have their own bizzare quirks, including signs in oriental characters! Makes me wonder if they really were brand new to BA.

This almost certainly alludes to either G-DOCM or G-DOCW. Both of these aircraft were delivered by Boeing and put into service. Subsequently both were painted with the BA Rendezvous tail:

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The Chinese characters on the tails of this aircraft are an extract of a poem. Inside the aircraft was a plaque explaining this and quoting the poem in full - hence the 'oriental characters'.


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