Bdak From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 89 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5546 times:
An interesting news article here that states BA have placed an order for 20 CFM56-3 Advanced Upgrades kits for it's 737 fleet. I thought they were being phased out relatively soon. This is a lot of money to spend on a fleet that's on it's way out, no? It says they'll save 280,000 gallons of fuel per year, or $780,000 worth. If they're spending $33 million how does that makes sense?
Antonovman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 722 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5334 times:
aah that could be it. I read somewhere that they had got rid of the 727's
I went to SA once and when we landed there were 3 (what i thought were) Tridents in the Tails colour scheme at the time, all having blue dolphins (thats what it looked like) on the tails, then i realised they were 727's which i guss were owned by Comair
Rutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 3030 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5050 times:
BA has no immediate plan to remove the B734 aircraft at Gatwick.
However the leases on the 735 and 733 aircraft are in the process of ending.
The 735 models are in the process of being replaced 1 for 1 with transferred A319s and these in turn are are being replaced at Heathrow with newly delivered A320 aircraft on a 1 for 1 basis.
A further new A320 - G-EUYD due this week to release another A319 to Gatwick with G-EUYE in the new year. The delivery of the 4 former GB/Easyjet A320s will follow through spring will allowing remaining 735 aircraft to be withdrawn and replaced with transferred A319 at a 1 for 1. One 733 will be withdrawn and replace with an A319. The remaining 733 aircraft withdrawals will see no replacement however and the Gatwick fleet will reduce from 41 to 37 frames as a result.
From this you will see the owned B734s seem to have a future and the upgrade kits underline this.
That will be 19 frames plus one spare = 20 kits!
Veeseeten From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4926 times:
Flew on one of the 734's out to Sicily this summer - felt very tired inside, not at all comparable to the A320 product at LHR, which I also flew to TXL in June - much better! I'm quite tall and found the whole experience pretty uncomfortable - major crick in the neck!! Still, this seems like a pretty canny move by BA and the C-Series idea certainly sounds an interesting prospect.