Timetable From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 217 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4889 times:
Hi there, can anybody tell me why the above 2 744's are Stored @ CWL rather than VCV? They have both been stored there since Oct/Nov 08, and I'm wondering why they havn't followed NLA/NLD/NLG/NLH/NLU/NLV to VCV where the climate is warmer. Maybe BA are keeping these 2 A/C to Return To Service at some point in the future. Also do the 8 stood down 744's still have there seats inside etc. Do BA plan to retire anymore 744's shortly, if so, like the 757's it's very sad to see these A/C go. Many thanks in advance if you can help. Regards from Timetable.
vv701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 8296 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4710 times:
Back last summer BA said that they would park 8 744s by the winter and another three next autumn. I am guessing that the three to be parked next winter - if plans do not change - are to ensure that there is no capacity increase following the delivery of BA's first 77Ws.
The interesting thing - as far as I know - is that the six aircraft at VCV and two at CWL are all still painted in full BA livery with titles. In the past BA have parked up aircraft both in full and basic livery, where "basic" means with the titles and logos painted out. As far as I know none of those painted in "basic" livery:
However there were some BA 734s that were delivered back in the depression of the early 1990s and ferried from BFI straight to the desert in white colours without titles. All of these eventually ended up in BA livery although a couple were first leased out to other airlines.
FlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2196 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4155 times:
Quoting FX1816 (Reply 3): I can confirm that the BA 744's at VCV are all in full livery as I drive past there everyday so maybe they will be lucky enough to find their way back???
BA might return some to service once the ATI with AA is approved, though this would depend entirely on how AA/BA revamp the LHR-North America operation. If AA were to open up some new routes with the 757, as some have speculated, then BA may increase capacity on some routes where AA/BA will reduce the number of frequencies. BA have the capacity to add some 744 flying back, and shuffle its 777/767 fleet around. This would allow AA to start using the 757s to LHR on thinner routes they'd want to serve point-to-point, and use its 777s/767s elsewhere.
It might be the more case though that the 3 due to be retired this Winter hang around. I'd be surprised if all 8 currently stored return to service, and BNLA/B/C/D are BA's oldest 744s.