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What Happened To G-GFFI (BA 735?)  
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12468 posts, RR: 37
Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4830 times:

A question for our LGW brigade! Anyone know what happened to G-GFFI, one of the last two 737-500s operated by BA. Apparently it was involved in a ground incident at LGW a few weeks back. What happened and has it been returned to service (and if not, will it be returning to service at all?)

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User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2388 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4767 times:

The last flight showing on ACARS reports was BA8036 from JER to LGW on July 26.


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User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1326 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4701 times:

Saw on another forum that G-GFFI has been damaged in a ground incident at Gatwick on the 26th. The aircraft will be back in service soon and will be retired by the end of this year, together with G-GFFH.


'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4567 times:



Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 2):
Saw on another forum that G-GFFI has been damaged in a ground incident at Gatwick on the 26th. The aircraft will be back in service soon and will be retired by the end of this year, together with G-GFFH.

Isn´t this throwing money out the window?

//Mike  Confused



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4534 times:



Quoting Solnabo (Reply 3):
Isn´t this throwing money out the window?

Not really, as even if they are to retire it at the end of the year, the cost to repair it may not be too expensive to justify it. Now if the plans are to scrap this a/c once they retire it, then perhaps it is a waste of money. The a/c is 14 years old, which still isn't all that old. WN has 735s of similar age and have even in the last few years added winglets to them. More than likely, this 735 is destined for another operator once BA has retired the a/c. So repairing it in order to sell it (or perhaps they've already got a buyer lined up) is a sound decision.


User currently offlineMusang From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 864 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4439 times:

Its a leased aircraft. Maybe BA is required to mend it as part of the contract.

Regards - musang


User currently offlineGreenjet From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 956 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4318 times:



Quoting Musang (Reply 5):
Its a leased aircraft. Maybe BA is required to mend it as part of the contract.

Correct. The aircraft would have to be repaired prior to lease-end to satisfy return conditions.


User currently offlineFlyingfox27 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4267 times:

Saw it arriving on 26L earlier this afternoon before they changed to 08R, didnt catch a photo as it was too quick, looks ok though.

User currently offlineMusang From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 864 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4073 times:

Apparently a baggage tractor, trying to get close to the forward hold with a catering truck at 1R, misjudged the tight turn and gouged the fuselage.

Regards - musang


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7532 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3864 times:



Quoting Solnabo (Reply 3):
Isn´t this throwing money out the window?

Is aircraft insurance any different to car insurance?

The BA 772 ('MM) that crashed at LHR was written off by the insuers because thr cost of making it airworthy was more than its value when airworthy. So the most econom,ic solution was to write it off and salvage hat could be salvaged for spares.

So if the cost of repairing 'FI is less than the write off value of the aircraft the insurers will insist on and pay for a repair as that would be the most economic solution.


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