APYu From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 857 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2501 times:
Ladies and Gents
Im at LHR waiting for BA099 to YYZ. So far we have had TWO airraft changes due to unserviceable aircraft and 767 number 3 has just arrived for us to try and start our flight across the pond 3 hours late.
Is this common?
Do BA normally have two 767s 'spare' at LHR?
(I was hoping out third attempt would be a 777!!! but alas no a 767 has arrived at gate 23 )
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TristarSteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4307 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2392 times:
Quoting APYu (Reply 2): If a short haul version turns up then I will be very displeased!!!!!!
Not going to happen as they are not currently ETOPS authorised.
This morning BA had one spare long haul B763 at LHR, but during today 9 of the 14 aircraft arrived at LHR. So to find your second aircraft they steal one from a later service and reduced the ground time. They can also postpone a maintenance visit to produce an aircraft.
B747-4U3 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 998 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2254 times:
Back in 2004 I was going to Nairobi on BA's overnight flight (which then I think was operated 3 weekly with a 763). Anyway, the first aircraft had a fuel leak, or fuel supply problem. An spare aircraft was towed across to terminal 4 which also had a minor problem. That was fixed, and in the end we lefdt about 2 hrs late.
I don't suppose there are reliabilty issues with BA's 763s (with the exception of the infamous G-TECH!). I guess it is just sod's law that if they break down they all do it at the same time.