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British Airways 'retro' 757 To Fly One Last Time.  
User currently offlineMANfan From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 61 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 18384 times:
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BA unveiled it's special 'retro' liveried 757, G-CPET, "Stokesay Castle" in September 2010 to mark the retirement of its (mainline) 757 operations after 27 years, with the aircraft painted in the original Negus and Negus colour scheme that the first BA 757's entered service in, back in February 1983.

The final BA scheduled flight took place on Sat 30th Oct 2010, from EDI to LHR as BA1463.
The final BA passenger flight took place on Sat 6th Nov 2010, from and back to LHR as BA9216C (c/s Speedbird 757) as a charity charter flight for staff, family and friends.

G-CPET has been in storage at LHR, in full retro livery, since then, awaiting its turn for conversion to a freighter for FedEx and featured in the recent BA Open Days on 3rd and 4th Sept 2011.

The plan was to strip her livery, before ferrying to LGW, but now it appears she will conduct one last ferry flight in full retro livery, before being stripped of BA identity at LGW and sold.

The current plan is for G-CPET to depart LHR as the BAW9252P on Wednesday 28th Sept 2011 at 14:40z (15:40 loc), and arrive LGW at around, or just before 15:25z (16:25 loc). Bear in mind that engineering positioning flights are notorious for technical delays, and she hasn't flown for 10 months, but nevertheless the above timings are those being planned, and has a provisional LHR departure slot.

The weather is forecast fine, so this offers the potential for one last opportunity for anyone that missed her airborne last year to see her either depart LHR for the final time (as the very last BA mainline 757 departure) or arrive at LGW.
It's worth considering the runways swap at 15:00 loc, 40 mins or so before her planned departure, so it will probably be a 27R departure after 15:00 loc on Wednesday, if LHR are on westerlies.

Bye bye PET, we will miss you

G-CPET "Stokesay Castle" having pushed back from T5 and about to depart for Glasgow on her last day in commercial service (30th Oct 2010)


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User currently offlinerichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4201 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months ago) and read 18081 times:

I'd like to see a B777 in Negus colors, I think that would look pretty outstanding!
I know it is far more geniune with the B757, because they were delivered to British Airways in those colors, but BA's past colors have been remarkable. It is hard for me to accept that Landor is almost 30 years old!



None shall pass!!!!
User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7387 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months ago) and read 17874 times:

Quoting MANfan (Thread starter):
G-CPET has been in storage at LHR, in full retro livery, since then, awaiting its turn for conversion to a freighter for FedEx

Beats being sold for scrap.



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User currently offlineghifty From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 841 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 15939 times:

We should all sign a petition adresses to FedEx.. "Keep -CPET in Negus colors!"

Saves them money.. they're not a commercial airline where livery matters.



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8869 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 15555 times:

Quoting ghifty (Reply 3):
they're not a commercial airline where livery matters.

Livery is just as important to them as it is a commercial airline. You've got customers seeing those planes at the airport all day; it's free advertising to them to remind customers that they are an option, just as much as UPS can handle parcels as well.


User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4262 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 15436 times:

Quoting ghifty (Reply 3):
We should all sign a petition adresses to FedEx.. "Keep -CPET in Negus colors!"

While I didn't think petition, I did think that it would be nice if FedEx kept it in the current colors.


User currently offlinecol From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2087 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 14992 times:

Did the 757 beat the viscount in terms of longest serving narrow body in BA fleet? I think Viscount was 26+ years also?

User currently offlineGeo772 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 12689 times:

Quoting col (Reply 6):

Did the 757 beat the viscount in terms of longest serving narrow body in BA fleet? I think Viscount was 26+ years also?

The 757 entered service with BA in 1983 powered by the RR RB211-535C these were all retired from the BA fleet (converted to freighters) around 2001-2004. The RR RB211-535E4 powered aircraft were delivered later with the last entering service in 1998 and then retired in 2010. Although if you count the wholly owned subsidiary Openskies some are still in service.



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User currently offlinexdlx From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 612 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 11651 times:

Quoting ghifty (Reply 3):

I could see them keep a Crest in the tail ...... but not full colors!


User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3084 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 10780 times:

Quoting col (Reply 6):
Did the 757 beat the viscount in terms of longest serving narrow body in BA fleet? I think Viscount was 26+ years also?

They've had B737s since 1980, 31 years.


User currently offlinecol From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2087 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10372 times:

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 9):
They've had B737s since 1980, 31 years.

Oh yes, forgot about the 734's they still have.


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7259 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9624 times:

Quoting ghifty (Reply 3):
We should all sign a petition adresses to FedEx.. "Keep -CPET in Negus colors!"

It would do no good. BA would never sell any aircraft still wearing its own colours. As an example the day after their first 741, G-AWNA was retired on 1 November 1998 it was rolled out with its left side only painted in an inaccurate representation of the BOAC livery in which it had been delivered in in 1970:

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On 5 November it was ferried to CWL for decommissioning. Then on 9 November it was rolled out with all of its markings on both sides painted out. Yet it was to make only one more flight to Bruntingthorpe (a private airfield in Leicestershire) wher it was permanently withdrawn from use on 14 November and was subsequently broken up.


User currently offlineBoxBoy From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 46 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 8780 times:

FedEx wouldn't keep the colors, but they do name all of their jets. Maybe they could be convinced to name her Stokesay Castle.

User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8216 times:

Quoting BoxBoy (Reply 12):
Stokesay Castle

I've flown on Stokesay Castle a number of times and we are talking a long time ago. Does this now define the aircraft as 'vintage'?   

The BA 757s belong to a time long long ago, when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. It is time to say goodbye and let them leave the fleet with dignity.


User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 902 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6020 times:

Quoting N62NA (Reply 5):
I did think that it would be nice if FedEx kept it in the current colors.

Never happen, and it would be BA stopping it. You dont want an airliner flying around with your name on it but not yours or under your control. In the event of a crash, or some other incident, it is not your jet, but your company's name is all over it.


User currently offlineaviatorcraig From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2010, 182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5110 times:

So if she flew the last service for the airline 10 months ago, is BA going to have to hire in a crew who are current on the 757 for the ferry flight?   


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User currently offlineMANfan From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5011 times:
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Quoting aviatorcraig (Reply 15):
So if she flew the last service for the airline 10 months ago, is BA going to have to hire in a crew who are current on the 757 for the ferry flight?

BA still operate the 767, and have two 757 and one 767 simulator, therefore all the 767 crew remain 757 rated and qualified if they have a practice in a 757 simulator.
I understand a couple of crews have remained "current" by ferrying various 757's to LGW from LHR over the last year.
G-CPET is the last to leave LHR.
In addition various handover flights to FedEx have been undertaken over the last 10 months.


User currently offlineBA9216C From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2010, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4586 times:

Just departed as speedbird 9252... Goodbye and farewell

User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1545 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4580 times:

Quoting BA9216C (Reply 17):
Just departed as speedbird 9252... Goodbye and farewell

Looked like she was airborne of 9R within 3000ft. Nice to witness a piece of aviation history. What a pocket rocket!


User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3493 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4570 times:

It's great that this airframe will find new life as a freighter, but it's too bad that she's no going to keep wearing these colors...the Negus livery looks really sharp on the 757.


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User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 611 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4426 times:

Just went down to see it arrive into LGW. Looked great in the sunshine and such a shame we won't see these colours flying again!

User currently offlineJRowson From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 348 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4271 times:

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 20):
Just went down to see it arrive into LGW. Looked great in the sunshine and such a shame we won't see these colours flying again

Were you the guy stood next to me by the gate?  

I have to agree that it looked amazing in the early evening sunshine. So glad I got to see it on this occassion having missed out on the previous time.



James Rowson. Canonite and lover of all things L. JAR Photography.
User currently offlinelofty From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3926 times:

I had a runway side view as she left LHR, I was on the staff flight and I thought we hardly used the Runway but today she could have given a Harrier a run for its money.

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