brettbrett21
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747 At Luton?

Thu Dec 23, 2004 11:24 pm

While driving home from work I saw what appeared to be a 747-200? (short upper deck with no visible winglets).
It was white with a blue tail and at first looked like a helios 767 but then banked showing it's 4 engines and 'hump'.
Does anyone know what exactly it was, where its going and if its coming back to Luton any time soon??
Any info much appreciated as 747's at Luton always seem to escape without me noticing!!

Thanks a lot
Brett
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European
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RE: 747 At Luton?

Thu Dec 23, 2004 11:27 pm

Maybe a European 747, G-BDXF maybe.


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brettbrett21
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RE: 747 At Luton?

Thu Dec 23, 2004 11:32 pm

Thanks that looks exactly like it...now just wondering what it was doing there and hopefully when it'll be back.
brett
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RE: 747 At Luton?

Thu Dec 23, 2004 11:41 pm

Most likely an airline has chartered it, someone like Monarch. I looked on lutons website, nothing with Europeans Flight Code is due to take off for a flight that i can see.

Sorry i cannot be of help any more.

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MACDADDY
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RE: 747 At Luton?

Fri Dec 24, 2004 1:50 am

It was G-BDXJ, a B747-200 in the Air Atlanta Europe livery. It was parked on stand 21 and departed at 12:30 for Las Palmas, opperating at BY116A.

It was very nice on board considdering its age, but the hosties weren't as hot as they normally are on Air Atlanta!

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RE: 747 At Luton?

Fri Dec 24, 2004 1:54 am

Operating for Britannia???
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MACDADDY
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RE: 747 At Luton?

Fri Dec 24, 2004 2:01 am

yep, they combined 2 flighhts onto this one, to save the 767-3 which are winging their way to Garuda!

 
richardw
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RE: 747 At Luton?

Fri Dec 24, 2004 2:04 am

Since there are no Britannia flights to LPA on Saturday 25th, I would think there is quite high demand for today's flight and a returning flight on Monday 3rd January 2005, a bank holiday in the UK.
 
pilot kaz
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RE: 747 At Luton?

Fri Dec 24, 2004 5:23 am

I thought I heard a more loud departure than useral today :P didn't think to look out the window though, Damn it!!
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EZYAirbus
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RE: 747 At Luton?

Fri Dec 24, 2004 5:33 am

Damn i was just too late getting to work to see it leave, woulda had no problem getting off ground with the winds at Luton today, sure woulda been nice to see it though!!

Glenn

anyone know if it will be operating back to Luton at all??
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gilesdavies
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RE: 747 At Luton?

Fri Dec 24, 2004 7:40 am

BY116B is due back into LTN at 11.15pm according to Luton's website.

The flight is however running 2hrs 40mins late as was schedued back into LTN at 8.35pm.

Many other flights are also running two hrs late what happening to cause so many delays.

W6409 Warsaw STA-19:20 ETA-21:47 Landed at 21:47
BY116B Las Palmas STA-20:35 ETA-23:15 Estimated 23:15
BY547B Sharm-el-sheik STA-20:45 ETA-22:45 Estimated 22:45
BY818B Rovaniemi STA-21:10 ETA-00:30 Estimated 00:30
 
European
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RE: 747 At Luton?

Sat Dec 25, 2004 2:17 am

G-BDXJ has been returned to it's leaser now,

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goldcrest
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RE: 747 At Luton?

Sat Dec 25, 2004 6:56 pm

XJ is the latest delivery to Air Atlanta Europe, and will stay til end of March, when it will be replaced with a 747-300.
 
jacobin777
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RE: 747 At Luton?

Sun Dec 26, 2004 5:08 am

wow..i've flown out of Luton before, would have been waayyyy cool to see a 747 there!!



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