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First TNT Boeing 777F Based At Belfast?  
User currently offlineawthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 498 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2674 times:

As a Northern Ireland resident, I am intrigued to note that TNT's first Boeing 777-FHT; OO-TSA has been based at Belfast (BFS), resting all day then each night doing TAY14F to East Midlands (EMA), onwards to Leige (LGG) and then back into Belfast as TAY12G to rest all day again. We had an A300F before this but I am indeed flattered that Belfast should get a 777 at all never mind the very first one!

Does anyone know if this arrangement is permanent or will the aircraft move on, seems too good to be true?

I know, technically, it is based at Leige (LGG) but in reality spends all its down time at Belfast (BFS) from about 08:00 right through until it departs again in the evening around 20:40 to East Midlands (EMA). I would have thought that it would have went onto a much longer flight such as Leige (LGG) to Shanghai (PVG) and still think this is likely to happen.

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User currently offlineblueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4173 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2619 times:
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It's a temporary arrangement that is the freighter world equivalent of an A380 doing CDG-LHR-CDG runs for a few weeks.


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User currently offlineawthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 498 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2484 times:

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 1):
It's a temporary arrangement that is the freighter world equivalent of an A380 doing CDG-LHR-CDG runs for a few weeks.

Thanks, I thought it was something like that. The route is more suitable for the clapped out A300B aircraft which are normally used. There is just too much down time on this sector for a brand new 777, it would require long haul routes to get a return on such an expensive investment.


User currently offlineemalad From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2450 times:

It looked pretty amazing as it flew over my house last night going into EMA. Nice to see a 777 fly over  

User currently offlineearlyNFF From Germany, joined Sep 2007, 234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

Maybe they do it for pilot training. Thus, they get four legs every day.

They did it with B744 on the LGG-ARN-HEL v.v. a few years back.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19258 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2141 times:

What time does it arrive and depart EMA? Thanks.


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User currently offlineawthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 498 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1845 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 5):
What time does it arrive and depart EMA? Thanks

I am sorry I don't have the timings but I can tell you that each evening this week it was airborne from BFS at almost precisely 20:40 with a flying time of 35 to 40 mins. I have no idea how long it stays on the ground at EMA before departing onwards to LGG. I believe it then comes back through EMA again sometime around 06:00. You will be able to track the flight live very nicely on flightradar24.com. On that site the actual aircraft depiction is to scale with the real life aircraft and you will not miss a 777 coming out of Belfast as there aren't too many of those around there  . He usually only flies at FL230 on the BFS-EMA leg. Flight is TAY14F BFS-EMA-LGG and the return is flown as TAY12G. Hope this helps.


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