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User currently offline777-500ER From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 480 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2444 times:

In about 1 month's time all BA's 747 classics will be withdrawn from service. They have been a leading aircraft in the fleet for many years. They have served honestly and with lots of dignity. The loss will be very sad but almost all 747 classics will be withdrawn soon.
GOOD JOB BA 747-200s! You will always be remembered in everybody's heart as true and reliable flyers!
Michael SFO

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User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2424 times:

Perhaps they should preserve one or more in BOAC colours.

Shame, the B747 is such a beautiful aircraft to look at, especially with the old BA colours.

No more for Virgin either  Sad


User currently offlineAdam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

Ahh its a nice aircraft and all but its unrealiable. The residents of Seattle can breathe a sigh of relief now.

Just ask anyone in Seattle how often flight 48/49 is delayed and/or cancelled due to a mechanical.

But the question is, what will go in the 742's place?

User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2408 times:

In response to replacements for the 742's, I would assume that they won't have a replacement, at least for now taking into account everything that has happened in the past two weeks. If anything, it's the 777s, of which BA has plenty!

BA was in the process of cutting capacity anyhow, some flights that have been seeing 747s will now be seeing 777s.


Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2903 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day ago) and read 2379 times:

Capt.Picard: Why painting them in BOAC-colours? Mon capitaine, those 742s never belonged to BOAC, as BA was founded in 1974, but the first 742s were delivered to BA in 1976/1977.

When they retired their last 741, BA re-painted G-AWNA in BOAC colours, but not to preserve the aircraft, but just to scrap it a few month later. Shame on BA!

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User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day ago) and read 2371 times:

In fact, that 'BOAC' livery was just a modified Landor livery with a solid blue tail, the gold Speedbird and BOAC titles.

The real BOAC livery looked like this:

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Photo © Tom Hildreth

Note that although the BA 747-136s were delivered with three upper deck windows, this was subsequently modified to provide 10 windows. In addition, the overwing exits were deactivated.

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13368 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 23 hours ago) and read 2351 times:

That 'semi-BOAC' scheme was done on G-AWNA by BA staff in their own time, using surplus materials.
Not an offical preservation project.
BA have contributed many retired aircraft to museums, and some current and many former staff help in their upkeep.

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