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747-400 "lite"?

Tue Mar 12, 2002 1:02 am

I have noticed that on the flights from London to the US East Coast , British Airways usually uses its Boeing 747-400 aircraft with the G-BNLA through Z registrations.
Therefore, I had assumed, these must be the "lite"-designated aircraft which are used for shorter flights that do not require so much fuel.

Yet, in pictures on this website, I have seen pictures of the G BNL series aircraft in cities such as Sydney and Hong Kong, which are much longer routes, suggesting that these aircraft are NOT the "lite" aircraft.

Does any one have any information? Or is my information wrong and all the BA 747-400s have the identical range and fuel capacity?

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RE: 747-400 "lite"?

Tue Mar 12, 2002 1:07 am

Lite is a newer version of the aircraft with weight-saving measures in plaace to enable a very slightly more efficient fuel consumption and a very slightly increased range.
BA has 10 such 747-400 Lites, and im trying to figure which ones they are... i think they are the late G-CIV* models... as G-BNL aircaft were first to be delivered.
I know City of London (G-BNLA) was first to be delivered.
I do see a lot of G-BYG* aircraft in Sydney and i got a G-CIV to Singapore so maybe some of the BYG and CIV are the lites... i will look into it...
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RE: 747-400 "lite"?

Tue Mar 12, 2002 1:18 am

I think is CIVD/E/F/G
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RE: 747-400 "lite"?

Tue Mar 12, 2002 2:39 am

Good question. I have seen the 'lite' designation and have wondered about it also.

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