DigbyDude From Spain, joined Feb 2007, 26 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3028 times:
I have seen a couple of cancellations over the last couple of days on the LHR - MAD route served by BA's 757 fleet,then last night around 23:30 local Madrid time as I arrived from AMS on KLM I saw EJ in the Iberia Maint. area... near T3/T2
Anyone know whats up with EJ? And is that the cause of the cancellations in the last couple of days. I know Iberia hardly fly any 757s anymore (I flew on one last year, think it has gone from the fleet now) so was also wondering how geared up they are to support BA's 757s when in MAD?
Just curious as I often fly the LHR - MAD route and so know all the 757s in the fleet, EJ is one of the slightly older ones (there seems to be slightly different interiors from the G-BPxx range to the G-CPxx range, ie the older ones have no personal vents above your heads), and whilst the interior is looking a little tired (seats look good, but rest is a little aged) I still always love flying the BA's 757s. Especially with the quick and powerful take offs from LHR, nothing beats it !!
Feel free to move to OPs if it is more appropiate there...
BY188B From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2951 times:
I was on BA461 MAD-LHR on monday evening, the earlier flight op by G-BPEJ was cancelled due to technical problems and pax were booked onto BA461 op by G-BPEC. G-BPEJ was then towed off to a maintenence area.
next flights : BD LHR-TXL J, FR SXF-STN Y, SN BRU-LHR Y, MA LHR-BUD Y, BA BUD-LHR J, BA LCY-SNN-JFK J, BA JFK-LHR J, BA
GatoVolador From Spain, joined Apr 2007, 435 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2843 times:
Well, I can't comment anything regarding this specific aircraft, but I can tell you that it's normal to see a 757 of BA in the hangar of Iberia Maintenance. This is because Iberia is in charge of some repairs of the whole 757 fleet of BA, mainly engines.
You're right with your statement that Iberia phased out all their 757s (some years ago, it was a huge fleet). Nevertheless, their maintenance division is trained to deal with this type of aircraft. Actually, they were in charge of the maintenance of their own 757s before they were sold, and currently they maintain a quite important number of 757s: the ones of BA, the freighters of Gestair Cargo (operating on behalf of Iberia Cargo), some ex-IB 757s now leased to Privilege Style, they have a full-maintenance contract with Air Finland, and many others.
They are even opening next year a new line / hangar dedicated to 757 conversions into freighters.
As you can see, IB has a good expertise with the 757s.
TristarSteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 3930 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2365 times:
Quoting MYT321 (Reply 5): Question : why wouldn't an airline like BA, with a massive fleet of RB211 powered aircraft, undertake their own engine overhauls ?
Good question. Many years ago BA built an engine overhaul centre at Treforest near Cardiff and moved all engine overhaul work there from LHR.
When BA bought the original B777s, a deal was brokered with GE. They bought the Treforest Factory, and BA bought GE90 engines for the B777.
It all seemed a bit fishy at the time, and still does. There was some talk of profit margins and Lord Kings retirement bonus but the upshot is that BA has no engine overhaul facilities. It is performed by GE in Cardiff , Rolls Royce at Deby and Iberia.