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Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sat Dec 06, 2014 4:31 pm

Good bye to G-BNLG after arriving from Miami overnight.
Delivered 27-02-90.
BA fleet reduced to 43 now.

http://www.thebasource.com/british-airways-b747-400-g-bnlg-withdrawn/
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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sat Dec 06, 2014 4:52 pm

Hang on a minute.
http://planefinder.net/flight/BAW81/time/2014-12-06T15:55:00%20UTC

Now showing on route to ACC ???

That was a quick re-birth.  
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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sat Dec 06, 2014 4:54 pm

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 1):
ow showing on route to ACC ???

That was a quick re-birth.  

Correct

http://www.flightradar24.com/BAW81/4fa99b9
 
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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sat Dec 06, 2014 4:54 pm

Thanks for the info. Well not a good news because we all love the 747, but always good to know.

Better fly on those now, if you travel long haul internationally, before it's too late. My last flight on a 747 was in August of 2013 from LHR to JFK flight BA 113. I flew on G-BNLV, a 747-436. I was so glad to fly on one because it had been a few years I had not flown in one, and I though it might be my last chance to fly on one. I still have the boarding pass.

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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:10 pm

Quoting readytotaxi (Thread starter):
Good bye to G-BNLG after arriving from Miami overnight.
Delivered 27-02-90.
BA fleet reduced to 43 now.

Well it's definitely en-route to ACC.

I know there have been some changes to the withdrawals timetable (and my list may be out of date), but NLG wasn't due to go until Jul 2015. And it has new First (tho' I know that in itself will not be the primary determining factor as it would just be removed and put on one fo the hulls that do not yet have new First).

Maybe the BA Source has just got ahead of itself!
 
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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:08 pm

G-BNLG is due to position to CWL Sunday morning on its return from ACC.
BA9171E will leave LHR at 1100
 
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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:11 pm

Quoting Tristarsteve (Reply 5):
G-BNLG is due to position to CWL Sunday morning on its return from ACC.
BA9171E will leave LHR at 1100

Ahhh. Thanks. So the BA Source were just little ahead of events. Which a/c is the new First from NLG destined for?
 
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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:28 pm

Cannot help but think do we really need a thread for every retiree? Seems a little bit over kill to me, for significant airframes or the last one they yeah I'd get it, but this is just one of still over 40 frames in the fleet...

And before too long we will be looking at some 772 being retired I should think as some of those are getting pretty long in the tooth
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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:51 pm

so bottom line is that this a/c is not being retired now
 
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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:18 pm

Quoting n471wn (Reply 8):
so bottom line is that this a/c is not being retired now

No It will be retired tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 0630 when it arrives from Accra.
 
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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:05 am

Quoting MWHCVT (Reply 7):
Cannot help but think do we really need a thread for every retiree? Seems a little bit over kill to me, for significant airframes or the last one they yeah I'd get it, but this is just one of still over 40 frames in the fleet...

Its ok, many readers including myself enjoy reading this type of thread, especially those persons who may have flown on the frame concerned.

I have personally flown on G-BNLF (BA84 YVR-LHR) and G-CIVZ (BA269 LHR-LAX), so I'm keeping an eye on NLF in particular.
 
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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:26 am

Looking on FLightradr24 G-BNLG is off to Cardiff shortly.
 
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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:28 am

What if one of the mods start an "Official 747 retirement thread" and we can just discuss all the retirements there, as they move along?
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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:43 am

Quoting awthompson (Reply 10):
Its ok, many readers including myself enjoy reading this type of thread, especially those persons who may have flown on the frame concerned.

Agreed...and, as I said in the last thread on this subject, G-BNLG was my first 747 flight (BA 286 SFO - LHR on May 31st, 2008...so sad to see her go. May she rest in peace.  crying   cry   crying 

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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:50 am

Quoting RTFM (Reply 6):
Ahhh. Thanks. So the BA Source were just little ahead of events. Which a/c is the new First from NLG destined for?

Insiders say the New First cabin goes to G-BNLY to be fitted in February 2015. As always plans may change.
 
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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:57 am

On a slightly similar note, but with a different carrier... The first QF 744, VH-OJA, is about 2.5hrs out of LAX right now operating QF107 as its final flight...

I think it's time to start planning a few more 744 flights before the retirement process speeds up...
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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:24 pm

Quoting readytotaxi (Thread starter):

Sorry to hear about another B747 retirement   Just curious is G-BNLG the bird QF leased a few years ago?

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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:57 pm

Quoting EK413 (Reply 16):

No. It was G-BNLH that QF reregistered VH-NLH:


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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:42 pm

So is the plan that all the G-BNL* birds are to be the first withdrawn?

I flew DFW to LHR upstairs on G-CIVG last week, and it was looking a bit tired. Still a wonderful flight though - the WiFi was excellent - please BA roll that out to more aircraft!
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RE: Another BA747 Retired Today,Dec 6th

Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:10 pm

Quoting vhtje (Reply 18):
So is the plan that all the G-BNL* birds are to be the first withdrawn?

That's where the withdrawals have come from so far, and these are the oldest, dating from 1990-1993. Four more are scheduled to go after the end of the 2015 summer timetable and these will probably be from the G-BNL* series as well.
After that the dates of the last major check may make some of the G-CIV* series vulnerable too.

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