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BA 747 At FRA

Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:02 pm

I'm currently at FRA and just saw a British Airways 747 (pax version) taxiing by. Anybody has an idea what it's doing here? I did s quick check and BA usually just sends A320's or smaller here.
 
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RE: BA 747 At FRA

Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:09 pm

Scheduled flight BA908 LHR-FRA was operated by 744 G-CIVR . This is more than likely due to the fact BA904 was cancelled & so have several LH flights due to cabin crew strikes.
 
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RE: BA 747 At FRA

Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:07 pm

That answers my question, thanks! Thought it might have had to do something with the strike. Guess it must be lucrative for other airlines to pick up stranded pax.
 
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RE: BA 747 At FRA

Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:14 am

We quite often have 744 or even 748 in FRA from BA- mostly Cargo, or sometimes Fuel Diversions that didn´t make it home from the far east.

Quoting bwest (Reply 2):
Guess it must be lucrative for other airlines to pick up stranded pax.

Next time it will be our turn again- and then they will send the A380!!
 
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RE: BA 747 At FRA

Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:11 pm

Yeah, I saw the BA cargo 748 a few months ago in FRA, my first sighting of a 748 that was. That's why I double checked if it wasn't a cargo plane.
 
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RE: BA 747 At FRA

Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:43 pm

FRA is among my fav locations for large birdies. Never ceases to amaze. all those C-17s and all...
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RE: BA 747 At FRA

Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:30 pm

Quoting Sasha (Reply 5):
FRA is among my fav locations for large birdies. Never ceases to amaze. all those C-17s and all...

When was the last time you were there? The US Air Base on the other side of the airport closed in 2005...
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RE: BA 747 At FRA

Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:33 pm

Quoting bwest (Thread starter):
I did s quick check and BA usually just sends A320's or smaller here.

BA908 as a widebody is indeed unusual but BA902/903 are operated by B 767-300 daily X6.
Flying is not inherently dangerous but it is very unforgiving in case of carelessness, incapacity or neglect.
 
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RE: BA 747 At FRA

Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:28 am

Quoting MHG (Reply 7):
BA902/903 are operated by B 767-300 daily X6.

x7 actually.

Quoting peterjohns (Reply 3):
We quite often have 744 or even

There were 2 x 744 and 2 x 777 in February (weather at LHR).

Quoting TCX69K (Reply 1):
This is more than likely due to the fact BA904 was cancelled & so have several LH flights due to cabin crew strikes.

It had nothing to do with the LH strike. BA had a clutch of btoken busses and a senior 747 captain who happened to be in the office said "If you've got a plane and crew available, I'll fly it". They did and he did.
 
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RE: BA 747 At FRA

Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:41 pm

The flow rate into FRA was reduced to 1 per hour due the LH strike and no room for planes to arrive. Someone forgot to arrange contingency parking. 3 BA flights where combined onto a single B747-400 this was all due to the LH Strike and FRA inability to handle the situation, either through support for the action or just incompetence.

Airbus fleet was fine and the BA904 aircarft sat around for 4 hours before picking up a new flight.
 
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RE: BA 747 At FRA

Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:24 pm

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 6):
When was the last time you were there? The US Air Base on the other side of the airport closed in 2005...

March and April 2012. Haven't seen any C-17 lately though. That's what happens then...
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RE: BA 747 At FRA

Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:25 am

Quoting charliecossie (Reply 8):
It had nothing to do with the LH strike. BA had a clutch of btoken busses and a senior 747 captain who happened to be in the office said "If you've got a plane and crew available, I'll fly it". They did and he did.

BA cancelled two flights to FRA on 31 August. They were the first (BA902 d. 07.00) and second (BA904 d. 10.50) flights of the day. The first of these flights is operated not by an Airbus but by a 763. The sercond is operated by a 319. The third flight of the day (BA908 d. 13.45) is usually also operated by a 319 but was operated by the 744 on 31 August. As far as I can determine apart from the two morning flights to FRA, BA cancelled no other short haul flights out of LHR on 31 August. So it appears that BA cancelled one 763 and just one 319 flight and substituted the 744 for a second 319.

Quoting Lofty (Reply 9):
The flow rate into FRA was reduced to 1 per hour due the LH strike and no room for planes to arrive.

After the 744 (G-CIVR) BA operated a normal service to FRA on 31 August. BA910 (d.1510) was operated by 319 G-EUPH, BA912 (D. 1610) by 321 G-EUXC, BA914 (d. 1710) by 320 G-EUUD and BA916 (d. 1910) by 320 G-EUUO. So if there was only one arrival per hour it looks as if BA got the lion's share of those landings from mid-afternoon onwards.

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