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Request Info About The 744s Parked By BA  
User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10818 posts, RR: 9
Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4861 times:

British Airways has parked 4 Boeing 747-436s over the past two months.
The aircraft in question are the oldest trio in the fleet (19-year old B-BNLA, B and C) and the newer G-BNLW. Now I read three more will be parked until April.
There are confusing infos about these aircraft, some saying they are just parked for the winter, others say they are parked temporarily unless the business improves, and there is that report by skyliners saying at least the oldest three, but maybe six, will be used for spares. Are there any new infos from our inside-BA members? Even if 2 or 3 years premature, these would be the first 744s to be broken up, which is major news if true. I hope it is not as feared.

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User currently offlineTimRees From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4845 times:

I think on B and C are parked at CWL. I saw BNLA on my SBS-1 box last week if I remember correctly. I have heard they are parked up for winter storage via another forum.

User currently offlineHotelmode From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 460 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4845 times:

Some dodgy info there to start with, only NLB/C are at Cardiff. NLA and NLW are not being parked and there certainly arent 3 more being parked. NLA is on the way back from EZE and NLW is on its way to PHX. GCIVW is currently in Cardiff but for a heavy check not storage.

NLB/C have had seats removed (partly to allow the 777 NGCW upgrades to be sped up and partly because they'll deteriorate in storage) but are planned back in service for the summer schedule.

[Edited 2009-01-06 08:43:53]

User currently offlineRutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 3038 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4787 times:

G-BNLA remains in service and G-BNLW returned to revenue service late December.

Currently only G-BNLB and G-BNLC down at BAMC Cardiff stored for an indefinite period.

Some premium seats are believed to be being recovered from these to reused in the 772 upgrade programme but can not confirm if this is in fact true.

G-CIVW is also down at Cardiff so BA may just be rotating the three parked aircraft at any one time to save cycles perhaps.


User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10818 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4741 times:

Thanks for the info so far, which sounds a bit promising.

Quoting Rutankrd (Reply 3):
G-BNLA remains in service and G-BNLW returned to revenue service late December.

skyliners reports -BNLA to be parked in January.

Quoting Rutankrd (Reply 3):
G-CIVW is also down at Cardiff so BA may just be rotating the three parked aircraft at any one time to save cycles perhaps.

Not a bad idea in the current climate.


User currently offlineMutu From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4530 times:

4 B772 come on stream 16 Jan to 17 April 2009 allowing a one for one swap with a modest capacity cut for summer 2009

It is rumoured that BNLA will in fact be parted out at the end of this month when the first new 772 frame is delivered

otherwise stand downs are pending review of traffic trends and summer schedule booking trends


User currently offlineCaaardiff From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4423 times:

CWL is currently looking like T5!
LB/LC have been parked up for a few months. There a couple of 777's in and out and also a few 767's have been making an appearance there lately.

Over the past few weeks theres been on average 4-5 aircraft parked up and moved about for different tasks.


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9216 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4198 times:

They are simply parked for the winter. They will all come back.

User currently offlineTristarSteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4073 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4068 times:

Presently at CWL
In the hangar being worked IVW MML IIF
Long term store NLB NLC
Arrived yesterday IVC
Plus NWU parked awaiting C check on 27 Jan.


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