BFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 744 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4978 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?
Shamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4859 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.
BAe146QT From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4767 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.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4672 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.
Pilot21 From Ireland, joined Oct 1999, 1420 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4620 times:
As I'm at the PC for a few reasons tonight, here is what I could find out:
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.
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 8236 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4575 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:
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: