HEATHROWHUNTER
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BA 747 Retirement

Mon May 01, 2017 9:07 pm

Good Evening Everyone,

I just checked the latest active BA 747 fleet. It caught my attention whilst doing so that G-BNLZ has been withdrawn. This aircraft first flew for BA in March 1993.
However G-BNLK is still showing as active but is nearly '3' years older as it first flew in May 1990.

I realise cycles and maintenance all play a part in parking up aircraft but 3 years is quite a long time and seems odd to me to retire a newer frame and continue to use an older one ?

Anyone with BA knowledge perhaps able to share some light ?
 
aamd11
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Re: BA 747 Retirment

Mon May 01, 2017 9:24 pm

As you've suggested, maintenance cycles will have played a role. There are only a handful of BNL* aircraft remaining, three of which are 1990 frames while most of the others were 91-93 that have already retired.

Must have been luck of the draw that the oldee frames had already had a major overhaul when the schedules were drawn up. Better to push an older, overhauled frame for a few extra years than put a newer one through another overhaul instead.

BNLZ, despite being the "youngest" retiree so far, isn't particularly low-hours compared to other frames retired beforehand.
 
UAL747422
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Re: BA 747 Retirement

Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:34 pm

I hear that they plan to keep their 744's, but get rid of them by 2023.

You might want to see this about G-BNLZ. Look it up :tombstone:
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Breathe
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Re: BA 747 Retirement

Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:12 pm

UAL747422 wrote:
I hear that they plan to keep their 744's, but get rid of them by 2023.

You might want to see this about G-BNLZ. Look it up :tombstone:

From what I read on another forum, they plan on keeping 9 of them after 2023.

However in aviation years, thats light years away and of course a lot of other factors such as the economy/fuel prices/over-capacity mean that schedule could change.

Its fair to say however, in a few years it'll be rare sight to spot a BA 747 at LHR.
 
N62NA
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Re: BA 747 Retirement

Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:36 pm

I wonder if LHR-JFK is going to be among the last 744 routes for BA.
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33lspotter
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Re: BA 747 Retirement

Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:29 am

N62NA wrote:
I wonder if LHR-JFK is going to be among the last 744 routes for BA.


One would think that'll be the case. That plane is still a very good fit for that route, particularly with the Super-High-J configuration.
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n729pa
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Re: BA 747 Retirement

Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:15 pm

Its fair to say however, in a few years it'll be rare sight to spot a BA 747 at LHR.[/quote]

I think it will quite some day when that does finally happen.

We've already lost so many 747 operators in recent years (generally speaking) but at LHR in particular. IR JL CX CA MH AI NH TG PK SV QF NZ RB BR KU SA VS SQ Pax versions in the past 10 years but its almost easier to list those that still do send them in now. UA EK(F) CX(F) KE SQ(F) OZ LY BA.... bound to have missed some one.

Will miss her when she's gone and I'm sure when the last BA one leaves it will draw a few crowds too to see her off.
 
blacksoviet
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Re: BA 747 Retirement

Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:21 pm

Does anybody remember what the last BA 742 flight was?
 
FromCDGtoSYD
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Re: BA 747 Retirement

Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:37 pm

n729pa wrote:

I think it will quite some day when that does finally happen.

We've already lost so many 747 operators in recent years (generally speaking) but at LHR in particular. IR JL CX CA MH AI NH TG PK SV QF NZ RB BR KU SA VS SQ Pax versions in the past 10 years but its almost easier to list those that still do send them in now. UA EK(F) CX(F) KE SQ(F) OZ LY BA.... bound to have missed some one.

Will miss her when she's gone and I'm sure when the last BA one leaves it will draw a few crowds too to see her off.


You'll be able the tick UA, OZ and LY off that list in the near future...

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