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Attn SYD Spotters, Rare BA744 Due!

Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:46 pm

Hi to people in Sydney, just to advise you that a rare BA744 is due in SYD on the BA15/16 on Nov 20th 2012. BA always uses the Mid J 744 on this route & flight, but the 744 due in tomorrow is G-BNLN, a Hi J configured aircraft. I wonder why BA sent a Hi J A/C y'day? Regards from Timetable
 
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RE: Attn SYD Spotters, Rare BA744 Due!

Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:52 pm

In fairness, from the outside it will be identical to the Mid J BA744...
 
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RE: Attn SYD Spotters, Rare BA744 Due!

Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:08 pm

Quoting callbell (Reply 1):
In fairness, from the outside it will be identical to the Mid J BA744...

Not quite. Note that this thread is specifically addressed to "spotters". As you know all spotters have a direct interest in the externally painted aircraft registration.

Although the daily BA16 flight to SYD has been operated by a 744 since 25 March this year, this is only the second occasion since then when it has been flown by a "Hi J" configured aircraft. 'LN's sister ship, G-BYGF operated from LHR to SYD on 13 April. And before 25 March this flight was operated by a 772.

Last winter BA10 LHR-SYD, previously also operated by a 772 was operated by a 744 between 1 December and 24 March. But BA never used a "Hi J" aircraft on that flight during that period.

BA10 was also operated by a 744 in the Summer of last year. Two flights in June were operated by "Hi J" configured G-CIVS (5 June) and G-BNLT (6 June). No other Summer 2011 flights were flown by a "Hi J" 744.

In Winter 2010-11 BA10 was also operated by 744s and a "Hi J" aircraft was used by BA on 5 November 2010 (G-CIVJ) and 31 December 2010 (G-CIVB) but on no other occasion in that period.

So for both spotters and photographers this will be an opportunity to record or photograph a different aircraft from the usual mix of "Mid J" configured BA 744s that operate into SYD on a daily basis. The aircraft is easily identifiable externally as its registration is different to both the usual 744s that operate into SYD and from the only other very small number of "Hi J" configured aircraft to have visited SYD in recent years. Clearly the easiest way of determining this fact was that BA very rarely use a "Hi J" configured aircraft on this route.

If G-BNLN has operated to SYD before it was a long, long time ago. So the phrase "Rare BA 744 Due" is also justified.
 
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RE: Attn SYD Spotters, Rare BA744 Due!

Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:54 pm

Was there really a need to start a dedicated thread...? Would've been far more appropriate to simply bring this up in the Australian aviation discussion thread... OR photography discussion forum...

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henkita217
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RE: Attn SYD Spotters, Rare BA744 Due!

Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:01 pm

Ah, why do the unique stuff only happens on the weekdays.

If this happened on Sat/Sun, I wouldn't hesitate to initiate the 1 hr drive to the airport just to capture this bird and cross it off my list of "BA B744 birds to catch".

Back to work now....

Cheers,
Hendra
 
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RE: Attn SYD Spotters, Rare BA744 Due!

Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:16 am

Quoting VV701 (Reply 2):
Last winter BA10 LHR-SYD, previously also operated by a 772 was operated by a 744 between 1 December and 24 March

The flight via BKK has always been a 744.

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