Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13082 posts, RR: 33 Posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5668 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?)
BasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1353 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5539 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'
Solnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 892 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5405 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.
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.
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.