warden145
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BA 777-336ER At SFO 6-28-2014

Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:06 am

Good evening,

I searched both Google and the forum index and couldn't find anything on this subject, so I apologize if someone already brought this up in another thread.

I drove by SFO today as usual, and noticed to my surprise that there was a BA 777-336ER parked at the gate instead of the usual 747-436. Checked FlightView; sure enough, BA 287 got switched. If FlightView and FlightAware are to be believed, it looks like this was a one-off for the moment (the last 13 flights, as well as tomorrow's flight, are still listed as 747's per http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BAW286 {I used BA 286, because BA 287 was still listed as a 747 on FlightAware}).

Was this a one-time substitution, or is this going to start being a regular occurrence in the near future? I know that, unless BA decides (hopefully    ) to send an A380 out here, the 777/A350 will probably be regular on this route as the 747's get retired, but the 747 fanboy/twin-engine hater in me would like to see the 747 stay on this route as long as possible.

Any idea why the switch happened today? Did a 747 go tech, or is BA testing the 777 on the route, or what?

Thanks in advance!
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theginge
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RE: BA 777-336ER At SFO 6-28-2014

Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:31 am

Quoting warden145 (Thread starter):
Any idea why the switch happened today? Did a 747 go tech, or is BA testing the 777 on the route, or what?

Presumably a tech problem meant a change of aircraft. I doubt any airline would send a different aircraft on one route for a day just to 'test' it
 
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RE: BA 777-336ER At SFO 6-28-2014

Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:25 pm

Quoting theginge (Reply 1):
Presumably a tech problem meant a change of aircraft. I doubt any airline would send a different aircraft on one route for a day just to 'test' it

And they need to get the right crew to get that aircraft back home...
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RE: BA 777-336ER At SFO 6-28-2014

Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:05 pm

Aircraft was G-STBI.
BA had 3 744's out of service that day - BNLY went tech at PHX, CIVO en route to MIA returned to LHR, and CIVL is stuck in BOS after being struck by ground equipment.
 
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RE: BA 777-336ER At SFO 6-28-2014

Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:06 pm

Quoting theginge (Reply 1):
I doubt any airline would send a different aircraft on one route for a day just to 'test' it

I doubted it too, but had to consider the possibility.  
Quoting TC957 (Reply 3):
BA had 3 744's out of service that day - BNLY went tech at PHX, CIVO en route to MIA returned to LHR, and CIVL is stuck in BOS after being struck by ground equipment.

YIPES! That would explain quite a bit. I actually flew on CIVL in 2010...hopefully the ground equipment hit was minor and she'll be back in the air soon!

Thank you all   
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RE: BA 777-336ER At SFO 6-28-2014

Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:05 pm

Quoting musapapaya (Reply 2):
And they need to get the right crew to get that aircraft back home...

I wonder how they handled that. The only crews in SFO would be 744 crews.
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