Cool777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1554 times:
I saw in British Airways timetables that since November 1st 777-200 will be replaced on some middle-range routes (for example, LHR-TLV) by 767-300. As a 777 fan that flying a lot on this route, I was pretty disappointed. Who knows what is the reason for this change, and whether it's a temporary or a permanent one ?
Djb77 From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 214 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1428 times:
I presume that BA are moving 767-300 onto the Tel Aviv route as passengers, in particular business passengers, are dropping due to the risk of terrorism and the financial burdens that have been placed on companies in the past months. TLV was previously served with 767-300 in a two class config until BA decided to use the 777 from LHR, offering a three-class layout. However, I would guess they just cannot fill the aircraft.
Alternatively, it could be due to the fact that BA are retiring their 747-236Bs and switching 777 onto the routes previously served by these aircraft. Also, they are not deploying 763 on European (Düsseldorf, FRA, Stockholm, Nice, Munich, Milan, Rome, Zürich) routes as much as they used to, so they are maybe using the 763 to fill the routes that they have taken the 777 away from. It would certainly make more sense, in the long run, to fly a fully-loaded 763 rather than a 777 that is only 2/3 full.
Anyway, they are retiring a number of 763 also which is a sign that they are really having problems filling their larger aircraft.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12707 posts, RR: 80 Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1365 times:
Probably a temporary move, due to the current situation, as 767-336ERs are on the way out in the medium term.
BA are talking to the Royal Air Force about the RAF getting 6 767s.
Some, with more to follow, are leased to Qantas.
The RAF may want the 767s as an interim move, as BA 767s are in the running to be sold for conversion to transport/tanker aircraft to replace the VC-10s. 10 were planned for conversion, but that could well increase, the Australian Air Force have a similar requirement for about 6 aircraft to replace B707s.
When BA sold it's L1011-500's to the RAF in the early 1980's, some were operated by the RAF in a basic passenger configuration before conversion to transport/tankers.