On a BA flight back from Manchester yesterday evening, I noticed that the a/c following our landing into Heathrow was a Air India B743 combi. I was not aware that AI had any B743s still flying into Europe or the USA. Assuming this was a one off aircraft replacement, I was wondering about the following:
How does the a/c operate onwards from LHR, as AI don't have B743 crew in London?
Will AI have sold the cargo capacity on the main deck at short notice?
If the cargo hold on the main deck was empty what C of G implications would this have for the flight?
Finally does anyone know why this a/c operated into LHR yesterday, and if it is likely to make another apearance?