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BA To Ground 'classics' By Year End!  
User currently offlineBalboy From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2000, 143 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2687 times:

Following an emergency meeting today at BA, it was announced that all classic 747 would be grounded by the end af the year.

BA also revealed that there would be 650 cabin crew redundancies by the end of the financial year with a total of 1800 job losses to follow.

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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9181 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

So quick? Why are they in a rush to retire them? They still in good shape I suppose.........

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2523 times:

High fuel burn!
Iain


User currently offlineG-CIVP From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1326 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2491 times:

Any chance of more details re the emergency landing? Many thanks.

User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2477 times:

Emergency meeting, not landing!!!  Insane  Insane  Insane

User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5482 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

 Sad
rgds,
blink182



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User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2391 times:

Poor 742s... Sad

User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2374 times:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  Crying


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User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2367 times:




"There is no victory at bargain basement prices."
User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2362 times:

Good ridance to those retched relics!!! I flew on a 747-200 DEL-LHR in 1999. The interior was dirty and faded. The panels in the back were disjointed and two of the bathrooms were shut down. My mother and I were delayed in Delhi for over 24 hours due to a mechanial delay. They are the only type of aircraft that BA currently has that causes chronical delays at DEL and LHR and sometimes at JFK. They need to get more 777s or 767s on the routes.


"FUIMUS"
User currently offlineHypermike From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1001 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2353 times:

BA is responding to the global economic slowdown in an appropriate way. they're cutting capacity. i assume they'll be shifting some aircraft around.

for example, they don't need to fly a 747 from lhr to jfk. a 777 or 767 would do just fine. if the biz pax aren't flying, the smaller aircraft would be just fine.

i expect the 747-400s to be deployed on longer routes that are currently being served by classic 747s.


User currently offlineMah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32882 posts, RR: 71
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2346 times:

Will they drop any routes? I doubt they can get rid of 13 (I think that's the number) 742s without dropping routes or decreasing frequencies. I do know, however, SEA-LHR goes 744 on 28 Oct and MIA-LHR reverts back to 744 on 28 Oct after using 742s since May. So there are three aircraft.


a.
User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2335 times:

The 742's have been on their way out at BA for a long time so this should come as no surprise. British Airways
is standardizing its long haul fleet around the 747-400
and the 777 and some 767's (notably the JFK-MAN
route, which has been rumored to be axed soon).

ContinentalEWR


User currently offlineMah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32882 posts, RR: 71
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

Everyone has known about the going out of BA's 742s, but it was supposed to happen at the end of 2002, no?


a.
User currently offlineFlying-b773 From Singapore, joined Apr 2001, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2260 times:


does this includes their 732s too??

and are they any aircrafts like 757s, 767s?


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8903 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2249 times:

It's a shame that the 742s are going, esp. G-BDXG, which I have flown on. Plus, it's tail was one of the better ones (Blomsterang).

Here at BOS, BA is going to 777s and 744s though soon.

Jeff


User currently offlineKWSea From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2240 times:

They were good in their time. Now so many people complain about BA's 747200 out of Seattle. Terrible leg room, old, dirty, audio does not work, etc, etc. It will be good to see the 747400's here.

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13220 posts, RR: 77
Reply 17, posted (13 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2238 times:

They were due to go by April 2002 anyway. The youngest was delivered in 1987, most date back to the late 70's.


User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (13 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2223 times:


Hi!

I think I expected that sooner or latter, after the 100's gonne and receiving more 777's the 200 would go too. Infact this summer when I was on my way to Canada and USA I stopped at Heathrow and I didn't expect to see any 200's but I saw still some of them, not many but a few still. Now regarding the 200's beeing old and dirty, well if you want to know I flew in July from LHR to YYZ in a 747-400 ( G-BNLD ) and I can say that even beeing a 400 series it didn't look too young, I think they will probably install soo the new interior with PTV's but that plane was quite tired ( the interior of course ). Finnally my tribute to the 200 classic, I flew twice:

G-BDXG - 1982 - LHR/JFK - First British Airways clrs
G-BDXF - 1998 - LHR/BOS - 2nd. BA colours clrs

Regards


User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10748 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (13 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2223 times:

Sad to see them go. I´ll be in London later this month, so I´ll have to take a day out for spotting knowing it will be the last opportunity to see them. The Classics are a beautiful breed. But BA´s fleet is too big. Better retire the 742 earlier and keep all 744s. If business isn´t recovering soon I guess they´ll have to reschedule delivery of 777s on order to a later date.

User currently offlineG-CIVP From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1326 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (13 years 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

Neil, I don't often mis-read things but that mis-read was a classic, pardon the pun!

User currently offlineAKelley728 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2193 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (13 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2169 times:

Is BA still trying to get rid of some of it's 747-400s in light of this recent announcement?

User currently offlineZbeeblebrox74 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (13 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

Really too bad. I'll fondly remember my January flight on "City Of Winchester" from Detroit to LHR on a nearly empty plane  Crying Any guesses how much they might sell that one to me for??

User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5482 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (13 years 4 weeks ago) and read 2135 times:

I was at LHR about 3 1/2 weeks ago and saw several 200's, I guess I was very lucky  Crying
rgds,
blink182



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User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

Maybe Hong Kong can expect more of the -200's !!. They an come and join G-BDXP (now TF-ATZ) and G-BDXM at HAECO.

25 Post contains links and images RealHigh : What does thie mean for there service to SFO? I would hate to see the 747(any series) replaced by there 777. Click for large versionPhoto © Vasco
26 Ryu2 : BA hasn't used 742s on the SFO route for a couple of years, it's all 744 now.
27 Sukhoi : The decision to retire the 742's wasnt made in the recent meeting. The following will be going to Air Atlanta: G-BDXF, XI, XJ, XL, XO They *should* th
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